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VOL. 22 DECEMBER 1988 NO. 5
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......................................................1
The Editor's Corner....................................................2
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings............................4
Activities..... ...................... ..............................6
Fourth Generation Zonians.............................................14
And the Memory Lingers on.............................................16
News Clips............................................................. 19
Your Reporter Says....................................................23
Arizona ...................25 New Jersey.......................40
Arkansas.................... 27 North Carolina................... 42
California .................29 Northwest........................43
Florida.................... 35 South Carolina...................50
Louisiana ..................40 Virginia.........................53
The Younger Generation ............ 54
Births ............................ ...................... ......... 65
With Deep Sorrow......................................................67
Letters to the Editor...................... ...........................72
Where Are You?........................................................ 77
Looking Back. ........................................................... ... 78
For Sale and Wanted..................................................88
Kaw Valley Films......90 Zonian Amigos......91 The Flying Book.......89
Front Cover: The 1988 Christmas Cover was drawn by Bradley Pearson of
Alameda, California. This is his sixth cover drawn as a service to the
Back Cover: A freighter going West after leaving Canal waters, and
passing under the Bridge of the Americas, drawn by Al Sprague, noted
artist of Ancon, Rep. of Panama.
DATES TO REMEMBER
December 7 South Carolina Pre-Christmas Luncheon, Houndslake Coun-
try Club, Aiken, S.C.
December 10 PCSOFL Christmas Party Meeting, Holiday Inn, Ulmerton Rd.
December 15 Dothan, Alabama Christmas Dinner, Sheraton Inn, 6-10 PM.
December 18 PCSSC Annual Christmas Party, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena
January 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 PM.
February 4 PCSOFL Carnavalito/Meeting, Fox Hall, Eckerd College,
4200 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL. 11:30 AM.
March 3 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 PM.
April 7 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 PM.
September 22-24 Pocono 1989 Reunion, Best Western Hill Motor Lodge,
Tannersville, PA. 18372. (717) 629-1667.
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Christmas is just around the corner and the
year is almost over, after a long hot summer. I
think you will all join me in hoping that this
winter will certainly not be as cold as the summer
We had a good and well attended meeting in Aug-
ust, at St. Bede's, and I thank all of the members
present for their support.
On September 10th we had our regular luncheon
meeting at Sahib Temple in Sarasota. There were
126 members present. Jay Cain is to be congrat-
ulated for the work she and her committee did with
the decoration and the nice door prizes. Thank you
On October 8th we held our annual picnic at
Seminole Park. The "early birds" got a taste of
the cold weather which is just around the corner,
as we were all in sweaters and jackets. As the day
progressed it warmed up and everyone had a real
good time. Edna Ogletree and her committee did a
fine job. The games were fun and the food, as
always, was great. Thank you Edna.
The Fiscal year is almost half over and time is
speeding right along. Before we know it, it will
be Reunion time again. Vic May and his committee
are already going full blast in getting ready.
Please watch for the notoces and PLEASE read the
instructions when they are published.
This is the time of Peace on Earth and Goodwill
toward all men. May I take this opportunity to
wish each and every one of you a very Merry
Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year y
Carl H. Starke
It's gratifying to see so many of you sending
in your 1989 dues. It not only relieves my end of
year work-load, but it also helps the Reunion
Coordinator in verifying memberships for Hotel
Although we are accepting new members at a
steady pace, we will be dropping over 475 members
at the end of the year for non-payment of dues for
the past two years, therefore those customer nun-
bers will be assigned to new members coming in for
the year 1989.
The Post Office is still returning too many
CANAL RECORD covers because of incorrect mailing
addresses. Please send in an Address Change promt-
ly so you won't "miss out" on any issues. Please
remember, the Post Office will not forward second
I would like to commend Edna Ogletree for the
outstanding job she is doing as Telephone Chair-
person. Thanks to her efforts and her committee,
we saw a lot of new faces at the October picnic
and many commented that they were there because
they had been called. Edna says she still needs
volunteers for certain areas so if you haven't
been called, you may want to volunteer to call for
your area. You can reach Edna by telephone at
It appears by the greater attendance that our
members are enjoying the Society's Saturday func-
tions. If you haven't already done so, be sure to
make your reservations now for our Christmas
luncheon chaired by luriel Whitman, to be held at
the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, Fl.
Jay Stewart will be filling in for me over the
Holidays so I can enjoy my new grandchild over in
Houston, and spend Christmas with the girls and
Jay and I both "WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY
CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY 1989!!
We have two news reporters! In St. Petersburg,
Florida, Gertrude Allgaier (813) 546-2245, has
asked to take over from the late Grace Williams;
and in Pensacola, Dennis Talavera (904) 478-8096,
has taken over as reporter for that area. We sure
welcome them into the news-gathering group of the
In this issue, I have beem swamped with photos
of the West Coast Reunion and the BHS'43 class
reunion there. Before I knew it (as they kept
caning in) I lost track of who sent what. Discard-
ing the duplicates, I have placed them all in the
most appropriate place without regard as to who
sent them. I hope you who sent them don't mind. It
is becoming difficult to keep track so much is
caning in all the time.
Newspaper photographs DON'T reproduce well. The
dots comprising the photo in the newspaper are
made worse with the dots of the printer. Some big
newspapers reproduce with more dots per square
inch than others, and they are borderline cases,
so please don't expect to see copies of newspaper
photos reproduced here. I have done it in the past
and they weren't on par with the rest of the snaps
Bob Provost of Carlsbad, California has asked
once more for input to his proposed booklets on a
facet of lives in the Canal Zone. He needs Bajun
jokes, stories, poems, known nick-names, and any-
thing else that lends flavor to life-stories of
the Canal Zone as we knew it. In twelve years from
now, we disappear from our "home" there. We must
leave a legacy! I'm asking all our Area Reporters
to urge their Societies and constituents to make
an extra effort to gather these important memories
so they can be printed for posterity. How about it
folks? The response has been poor so far. Credit
will be given for everything sent your name will
go in the book as well!
One last request once more I ask that members
sending in articles keep them as brief as possible
due to space limitation. If I were to print every
article as originally sent, the CANAL RECORD would
soon inflate greatly, and so would your dues to
make up for it. My assistant and I cannot take the
time to re-write each article sent. We only have
5 days to prepare them (deadline to 1st of the
month), and if they keep caning in with lots of
unimportant and flowery descriptions, etc., (as an
example), we may have to delete them entirely. We
certainly would like to hear from all of you, but
PLEASE keep it short.
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January 25, 1989
Sign in a Rome Laundry: "Ladies Leave You Clothes
Here and Spend the Afternoon Having a Good Time."
Ad in a London restaurant: "Wanted, Man to Wash
Dishes and Two Waitresses."
Notice in a French hotel, advising proper attire:
"A Sports Jacket May Be Worn to Dinner But No
1989 _J unMLon
Dennis Philip McAuliffe assumed the responsi-
bilities of the Administrator of the Panama Canal
Commission when that organization came into being
on October 1st, 1979, under the terms of the Pan-
ama Canal Treaties of 1977. Mr. McAuliffe brought
to this position extensive knowledge of and
experience in Panama and Central and South Amer-
ica. He was the Commander in Chief, United States
Southern Command from 1975 to 1979, with responsi-
bilities for United States security interests in
Latin America and for the defense of the Panama
During a military career spanning over thirty
five years, Mr. McAuliffe served in a broad range
of command, general staff, management and advisory
positions throughout the world. These included:
Executive Officer to the Chairman, Joint Chief
-Assistant Division Commander, 1st Infantry Div-
ision, in Vietnam.
Chief of Policy, Supreme Headquarters, Allied
Powers Europe (SHAPE).
Creating the Combined Arms Combat Developments
Activity at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to pro-
vide a major analysis, evaluation and computer
simulation capability to the U.S. Army Train-
ing and Doctrine Command.
Director, European Region, Office of the As-
sistant Secretary of Defense (International
Security Affairs), with responsibility for
defense policy pertaining to the NATO Alliance
and the European nations.
A 1944 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy
(entered from New York), Mr. McAuliffe received
his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engi-
neering from the University of Pennsylvania in
1950 and subsequently served several assignments
in the research and development field, both as a
test officer and program manager. His military
schooling culminated at the National War College
in 1964. He retired from the U.S. Army on Septem-
ber 30, 1079, in the grade of lieutenant general.
His wife, the former Kathleen Bolton of Okla-
homa City, Oklahoma and Houston, Texas, is a grad-
uate of the University of Texas. She has traveled
widely through Latin America, assisting her hus-
band during his official travels. They have three
married children: Carolyn (Mrs. B.T. Shoemaker) an
Air Force wife, Dennis P. Jr. (Den), a journalist;
and Kathleen Anne (Mrs. H.F. Boothe), who resides
in Northern Virginia.
TO ALL ZONIANS
The United States Postal Service is re-thinking
our request for issuing a commemorative stamp to
celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Opening of
the Panama Canal on August 15, 1989.
There is still time but we NEED MORE SUPPORT
AND LETTERS requesting this important stamp.
Please write the Stamp Advisory Committee and
urge that this commemorative stamp be issued as a
last-hurrah from the former Canal Zone!
Stamp Advisory Committee
Stamp Information Branch
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20260-6700
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Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
August 5, 1988
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting was called to
order by Mr. Carl Starke at 1:30 P.M.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave the Invocation followed
by Mr. Richard Beall, who read the list of those
recently deceased. A moment of silence followed
in their memory.
Mr. Harry Foster led the members in the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag.
Mr. Starke welcomed the 76 members attending,
Past Presidents, Eugene Askew, Bete Foster, Anna
Collins, Vic May, Al Pate, Muriel Waitman and Bill
Wheeler. Long absent members attending were
Winnie and Milt Halley, Waldo Gilley, Anne Gilley
Tease, Fnily and Terrell Anne Tease, Fred Mead,
Maxine and Bill Dixon, Beverly and Bud Williams.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the July meet-
ing and they stand as read. She read correspon-
dence which she had received.
Mrs. Foster read the financial statement and
it will stand for audit.
Mr. Starke reported that 2,788 members regis-
tered at the annual reunion.
Mr. Beall reported that he had received many,
many pictures for the September issue and that he
and Mrs. Betty Frassrand would be working on the
September issue and that all was on schedule. He
reported that he had received word that a new so-
ciety was being formed in Oklahoma and Mary Graham
had volunteered to be the reporter for that area.
Mrs. Collins reported that she had sent several
get well cards to ill members and requested that
members notify her when they know of a member who
Mr. Starke announced his new Executive Board
members and his camnittee chairpersons.
Mr. Starke asked for nominations for two mem-
bers to serve on the Nominating Committee. Mr.
Pete Foster nominated Mr. Robert Stewart, seconded
by Mrs. Marge Foster. Motion carried. Mrs. Anna
Collins nominated Mr. Joseph Hickey, seconded by
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, motion carried.
Discussion followed on the manner in which the
Nominating Committee for the 1988-1989 Officers
selected their slate of candidates. Mr. Eugene
Askew, chairman of the 1989-1990 Nominating Conmi-
ttee asked the membership to please contact him
if any of the wished to run for office.
As there was no further business, meeting ad-
journed at 2:10 P.M.
September 10, 1988
The regularly scheduled meeting was called to
order by Mr. Carl Starke at 12:00 noon.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation followed
by Mr. Richard Beall who read the list of those
recently deceased. A moment of silence followed
in their memory.
Mr. Harry Foster led the members in the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag.
Mr. Starke welcomed 124 members and guests
attending. He then recessed for lunch.
Members of the committee, L-R: Marion
Greene, Louise Pustis, Jay Cain, (Chair-
person), Mary Orr, Fran Jones, Myrtle
Hughes, Gladys Conley, Mabelle Walker,
and Gladys Humphrey.
Mr. Starke reconvened the meeting and welcomed
the past presidents who attended, they were Anna
Collins, Vic May, Al Pate, and Bill wheeler. He
read the list of long absent members and guests
attending with a special note of welcome to '"Fp"
Ebdon, a 99 year old Roosevelt Medal Holder.
Mr. Starke thanked Mrs. Jay Cain and her comni-
ttee for the beautiful luncheon and commented on
the nice music which was played during the lunch-
Mrs. Jay Stewart read the minutes of the last
meeting in the absence of Mrs. Foster and they
were approved as read. She read the Financial Re-
port and it stands for audit.
Mr. Beall reported that the September Record
had been mailed and that he was in the process of
taking caoputer courses and enjoying them. He in-
troduced Dave Furlong, the member who designed the
Certificates of Appreciation.
Mr. Starke mentioned the October picnic meeting
and urged everyone to attend. He stated that it
would be held on Saturday, October 8th, so that
the younger working members would have a chance
to attend. He also mentioned the December 10th
luncheon to be held at the Holiday Inn at Ulmerton
There were no committee reports and no new bus-
Rosemary (Millett) Gilead of Arlington,
Va. with Freddie Mead and Helen McKeown
Mr. Fred Mahl read a letter he had written to
several members and HR 281.
Mrs. Jay Cain read off the winners of the many
nice door prizes.
The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
October 8, 1988
Seminole Lake Park
The regularly scheduled meeting was called to
order by Carl Starke at 12:03 P.M.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave the Invocation followed
by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, led by
Mr. Harry Foster.
Mr. Starke adjourned the meeting for lunch.
Meeting reconvened at 1:18 p.m.
Mrs. Betty Frassrand read the list of those re-
cently deceased followed by a moment of silence
in their memory.
Mrs. Marge Foster read the minutes of the Sep-
tember meeting, they were approved as read. She
read the financial report and it stands for audit.
Mrs. Foster read the letter to the General Manager
of the Hyatt Regency concerning the removal of
furniture during the 1988 reunion and the response
from Mr. O'Flannery, the General Manager.
Mr. Starke announced that he wished to dispel
rumors as to his selection of Reunion Coordinator.
He had explained to Mrs. Frassrand and the Board
that although he felt Mrs. Frassrand was fully
qualified to handle the reunion, her position as
assistant to the Editor, the fact that she works
full time and if for any reason, he could not con-
tinue the duties of President, she, as First Vice
President would have to assume his duties, the
burden would be too great for any one person.
Therefore, since Mr. May had previous experience
as Reunion Coordinator and was willing to take on
the responsibility, he had asked him to be Reunion
Coordinator for 1989.
Mr. May, Legislative Representative reported
that retirees can look forward to at least 3.4%7
COLA and possibly closer to 4.0 or 4.1% effective
January 1, 1989. He recommended that members send
for Open Season brochures since Health Insurance
is going up in 1989 and they may want to shop for
the most beneficial to them.
Mrs. Betty Frassrand, in the absence of Mr.
Beall, Record Editor, reported that a group from
Texas is still looking into the feasibility of a
commemorative stanp in honor of the Diamond Jubi-
lee of the Panama Canal.
Mrs. Gertrude Allgaier informed the membership
chat she was taking the place of Grace Williams
as reporter for the St. Petersburg area and asked
for their cooperation in sending articles and news
bits to her.
Mrs. Whitman reported that plans for the Decem-
ber luncheon were going well and hopes that all
members will attend.
Mrs. Foster reported that she had been having
good responses for 1989 dues and hoped that mem-
bers would continue sending in their dues early.
Mrs. Betty Frassrand reported on her visit to
the California reunion as a representative of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and had enjoyed
the activities very much.
Mr. May reported that all is going well for the
Mr. Eugene Askew, as chairman for the Nomina-
ting Committee asked the members to let him know
if any of them are interested in running for
Mrs. Emily Brooks announced that she still had
1989 Balboa Union Church calendars available.
Mr. Foster announced his cruises coming up in
1989 and information would appear in the December
issue of the Canal Record.
Long time absent members attending were: John
and Edie Meeker, (uick and Sally O'Brian, Paul and
Shirley Whitlock, Robert and Carolyn Jdhnson, Paul
and Lilia RoImeski, Tony and Anna Mnn, Dave Fur-
long, Ivan and Soledad Stahl, Buddy and Emily
George, and George and Rosette Ambrose, and Mike
and Linda Sherry.
Past Presidents present were: Eugene Askew,
Pete Foster, Vic May and Al Pate.
Since there was no further business, the meet-
ing adjourned at 1:49 P.M.
SPACE COAST PANAMA CANAL PICNIC
-11 Over 200 picnikers
enjoyed good fellowship
during the annual Space
Coast Panama Canal
picnic held September
25 in Kars Park, Mer-
ritt Island. Fine weather and excellent company
combined to ensure that a "good time was had by
Florida lottery tickets (scratch-off) were
awarded as door prizes as well as prizes for "How
Many Beans in the Jar" and "Golf Shot" contests.
Sue (Sutherland) Dalton, who with her husnand
traveled from Jupiter for the occasion, was the
winner of the Bean Jar contest. Pat Risberg from
Titusville, cheered on by her husband Bud, was the
Golf Shot Women's Division winner. Kevin Anderson,
visiting from Tanpa, was the men's Division win-
Special guests were Betty (LeDoux) Frassrand of
Dade City, 1st Vice President of the PCSOFL, and
Richard (Pat) Beall of Clearwater, Editor of the
Other attending were
Bob and Carolyn John-
son from Kissirniee;
Eddie and Catherine .
Goodrich from Apollo
Beach; Jack and Clara
Brayton from Crystal I
River; Ted and Alice
McGann, Lanny Gumn, Tracy Balent and
Willie and Skip Hollo- Christina Grimison
well; Edna Rogers and son Willie, and Clarence and
Madge McMrray from Orlando; Leo and Sarita Cannon
and Sam and Rae Catlett and children from Gaines-
ville; Mike and Mary Gordon, the DeStaffino family
and Joe Garcia from Post Orange; Robin Sutherland
and Steve Gayer from Tanpa; Paul and Shirley Whit-
lock from St. Petersburg; Sue (Phillips) and Jon
Fisher from vero Beach; Twig and Arm Terwilliger
from Inverness; Marion (Dodson) Bowen from Winter
Springs; Vergil and Virginia Voyles from Orange
City, and Darwin Pope from DeLand with son, Marty
Organizing Committee, L-R: Nancy Grim-
ison, Tom Grimison, Mike LaCroix, John
Klasovsky, Pearl Brown, Walter Brown,
Rex Beck, Helen Beck, and Margaret Klas-
a i:: L1 -
Helper Carol Ann (LaCroix) Church of
Palm Bay takes a break while committee
member Janice Scott serves at the regis-
On left are Roger and Vi Deakins of Titusville. Center, L-R are Howard Anderson of
Dunnellon, Harry Pearl and Dick McConaughey of Ocala. Far right are Anita (Mrs. Dick
McConaughey and Garnet (Mrs. Howard) Anderson. Also present but not pictured was
Virginia (Mrs. Harry) Pearl.
The Titusville contingent included Don and Vir-
ginia Miller, Margaret Nordstrom, Bob Geddes, Art-
hur and maxine Logan, Bill and Sylvia Wigg, Lloyd
and Aurora Ernst and son Patrick, and Frank and
Pat Robinson with sons Marco and Brian.
From Merritt Island were Bill and Elizabeth
Fahy and daughters, David and Cheryl Sutherland,
Ed and Gloria Matin, with daughter and
grandchild, came from Jacksonville for
Dawn Sutherland, and the Dockery family.
Also attending were Curt, Jinjer and Kelly Jef-
ries from Rockledge; Terry and Sue (Mathieson)
Deakins and children; Randy and Joella Deakins and
children; and Ida Bradford from Cocoa; Roger and
Nancy Dean and children from Melbourne; Richard,
Melinda, Eric and Matthew Frimison, and Bob and
Carol Coneely from Satellite Beach; Ted Scott and
Max Biltoft from Cocoa Beach, as well as Carl
Meissner, Laurel (Sutherland) Patrick, Kimmi Suth-
erland, and Juanita and Wheery Poston.
PCSSC ANNUAL SUMMER LUNCHEON
The annual sumner 'picnic' of PCSSC was held at
Knott's Berry Farm on August 7, 1988. Missy Will,
our chaplain opened with an invocation, followed
by the Pledge of Allegiance and introduction of
the guest speaker by President Edith Winner.
A delicious lunch of Bar-b-qued chicken and
ribs and all the fixin's was enjoyed by all.
An illustrated talk "The Canal Zone as We Re-
member It" was given by David Hollowell and Bob
Dill. Jim Will followed with a discussion on Cur-
rent Events in the Canal Zone. Jim was there in
David Lane brought us up to date on the West
Coast Reunion to be held at the Bahia Hotel in San
Diego the second week in September.
The Christmas Luncheon of PCSSC will be held on
December 18 at Knott's Berry Farm with the enter-
tainment starting at 12 noon and lunch following.
The Del Rubio Triplets will entertain for us.
The door prize of a beautiful Lynda Geyer print
was won by Ethel Wanke. Beer donated by Francis
Fitzpatrick was raffled off and won by Hedvig
Seedborg, Griff Griffin, Evelyn Wood and Bill
Quinn. The lottery was won by Joan deGrutmond,
Chuck Austin, and Helen Crenshaw.
A very enjoyable day came to a reluctant end
with 72 in attendance. We missed you if you were
New members of PCSSC, Bob (BHS'53) and
Linda (Reimann) Morris of Cathedral
Mary Price and Helen (Hobson) Crenshaw
(of San Clemente).
Blanca and Bob Wolfenstein of Buena Park
at the picnic luncheon.
Eileen (Cryan) Finken, BHS'40, Tustin,
and sister Mary (Cryan) Lade, BHS'39, of
Huntington Beach, Ca.
Griff Griffin and wife Lucille await the
set-up of the buffet at the PCSSC picnic
luncheon in August.
Sister Joan (Powell) Arndt and Celeste
(Powell) Fulton, celebrate part of their
vacation attending the picnic-luncheon
at Knotts Berry Farm in August.
Those who attended were: Emmet and Adele Argo,
aCarles Becktell, Grace Brown, with guests Nora
Bates, Agnes Morissey, Jack Clay, Agnes (Reinke)
Davis, Jack and Joan deGrmmnond, Bob and Rosa Dill
and guests Charles and Betty Pold; Claus and Letty
Sondermnn; Chick and Joan Austin; Elva Waddell,
William and Eileen (Cryan) Finken, Francis and
LaVerne Fitzpatrick, and guests Paul Fitzpatrick
and Lina Fitzpatrick, Celeste (Powell) Fulton and
guest Joan (Powell) Arndt, Griff and Lucille Grif-
fin, Olive Hardie, Dorothy Hayward, David and
Thelma Hollowell, Al and Ann Houston, Don and Ste-
Ann Houston, San Diego and Dorothy Hay-
ward, Long Beach, Ca. Rear: At Houston
and Jack deGrmmond, Laguna Hills, Ca.
phanie (Milburn) Johnson, Anna Jones, David Lane,
Mary (Cryan) Lade, Joyce Levy, Alice Milburn,
Kathryn (Argo) Mblinaro and guests Ann Moore, Pam-
lela Moore, Sarah Moore, Bob Morris, Linda Morris,
Mary Price, Betty Price and guests Louise Arm-
strong, Helen Crenshaw, Bob Provost, Bill and
Kathryn Quinn, Hedvig Seedborg and guest Betty
Dundas, David Smith, Ethel Wanke, Ron Wanke, Dick
Wanke, Ed and Gilda (Reyes) Well, Jim and Missy
Will, Edith Winner and guests Christina Schnitz,
Tracy Hoang, Warren and Evelyn (Belanger) Wood,
Bob and Blanca Wolfenstein.
WEST COAST REUNION
SEPTEMBER 9,10,11, 1988
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
AND A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL! That is the un-
destatement of the year. 203 registrants gathered
at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego for the West Coast
Reunion. Friday night is usually light but more and
more people are coming early and staying late.
Pat, I sympathize with your comments that being
on the committee doesn't leave much time to so-
cialize. This time I can say that the Atlantic
side enjoyed putting this reunion together for
you. I love to say that.
The hospitality suite was decorated with "old"
pictures that prople brought and lists of Who Are
You? caused many a chuckle and a belly laugh or
two at times as memories surfaced and faces were
The Golf Tournament was lightly attended due to
sparse advance publicity, but more people said
they would participate now that it will be a fact
from now on.
The Class of '43 drew a nice crowd and they
clung together for the rest of the reunion. Always
knew where they were by the laughs over old times.
Their luncheon was well attended.
imprisonment during the Vietnam conflict. More
music and chatter followed and followed and fol-
lowed. Of course, duirng the course of both
events, a lotteria of many donated raffle items
were won by some lucky people, and of couse this
was always followed by more chatter and music.
A very successful reunion, and we look forward
to seeing you again next year.
L-R: Donny Marohl, BHS'75, Nancy (Ridge)
McCullough, CHS'73, Tom Jones, Steve
Cartotto, BHS'70, and Jennifer Quinn,
daughter of Kathryn and Bill Quinn,
Betty Frassrand and David Lane compare
The Taylors celebrate with a
the dinner dance. Nona Hight,
lor, Date Taylor, and Shirley
BHS competes with CHS. Identifiable in
front row: Joan (Ridge) deGrummond,
Betty Chan Snow, Isabelle (Zemer) Lively
Frances (Violette) Sharp, Bob Provost.
Roy and Frances (Violette) Sharp, BHS'37
and Graham (BHS'37) and Grace Brotherson
of San Leandro, Ca.
The highlight of the weekend was the dinner and
ball held Saturday night. 196 kindred souls gath-
ered to eat, drink and dance to the music of Tito
and Alex. Oh, how the rafters rang! Even beginning
to like the music myself, having not remembered it
in the Zone.
Sunday, the Breakfast was held at 10:30 A.M.,
giving all time to recoup from the last night. Our
speaker was Capt. Harry Jenkins, Jr., USN (Ret).
His excellent talk was about the triumphs of the
human body and soul to endure, during horrendous
CHS whoops it up. Front: Pat (Leach)
Koenig, Jim Will, Bill McLaughlin, Fern
(Horine) Dabill and Ken Stone.
L-R: Rae Donaldson, BHS'68, Terri Silva;
Michael and Tina (Cartotto) Ressa BHS'68
and Helen (Daniel) Miller, BHS'64.
CHS'ers take time out for a reunion snap
of their own. L-R: Bill Badders, Wilma
(Bejerano) Gordon '48, Norma Hall '48,
Bob Wolfenstein '47, Philip "Pinky" San-
ders '48, and Bill McLaughlin '48.
Those attending were: ADAMS, Kelly; ALBERGA,
Randy; ALLEN, Michael; Argo, Adele; ASHTON, Thomas
and Layne (Taylor); AUSTIN, Charles and Joan; BAL-
LENGER, Duncan and Shari; BADDERS, Bill and Shir-
ley; BEERS, Bill and Ruth; BELL, Eric and Naomi;
BLAIR, Jack; BLAIR, Bob; BOWMAN, Donna (Geyer);
BRENNAN, Mike and Kathy; BROTHERSON, Graham and
Grace; BURDICK, Ray and Norma (Nall); CALLESEN,
Diana; CARTOIXO, Steve; CHEVALIER, George; CLAY,
Jack; CONLEY, James and Glorii DABILL, Fern (Hor-
ine); DANIEL, Chick; DAVIS, Agnes, (Reinke); DAVIS
Gordon and Lois; deGRUMMOND, Jack and Joan (Ridge)
de la PENA, Moises and Jean; del CASTILLO, Elsa;
DIAMOND, David and Marian (Didrickson); DIEZ, Bill
and Rosemary; DILL, Bob and Rosa; DiROMA, Sugar;
DONALDSON, Rae; DORFMAN, Muriel (Israel); DUNDAS,
Betty; ELLENOR, Penny (Leeser); EVANS, David and
Gretchen; FERNANDEZ, Mike and Cecilia; FITZPATRICK
Francis and LaVerne, FRASSRAND, Betty (LeDoux);
GEOGHEGAN, Robert and Marian (Willis); GOOCH, Dav-
id and Carol; GORDON, Vilma (Bejarano); HAMILTON,
Eddie and Jennifer; HAMMOND, Mary; HARRELL, Mike
and Reggie; HARRISON, Charles and Teresa; HAYWARD,
Dorothy; HESELTON, Les and Jane (Tompkins); HIGHT,
Nona; HOANG, Tracy; HOLLOWELL, David and Thelma;
HONEY, Marryann (Carruthers); HORINE, Patricia;
HORINE, Conrad and Norma; HOUSTON, Al and Ann;
HOYT, Gordon and Joan (Kenney); HULDTQUIST, Vonna;
HUNT, Louise (Rathgeber); HUSUM, Raymond; INGRAM,
Ronald and Betty (Crooks); JACKSON; JENKINS, Tom
and Irene; JENKINS, Joe and Barbara; JOHNSON, Don
and Stephanie (Milburn); JONES, Paul and Rose;
JONES, Tom; JUVET, Lorraine; KARLAN, Bunny (Is-
rael); KELLEHER, Bud; KESSARIS, Spero and Carmen;
KOENIG, Pat (Leach); LANE, David; LEWIS, Royce and
Sue; LIVELY, George and Isobelle (Zemer); LOPEZ,
Darnell (Will); LOWREY, Le Ella; LUCAS, Norine
(Rathgeber); MAROHL, Don and friend; MAROHL, Rob-
ert and Marcella; MASON, Charles and Diane (Yost);
McCONAGHY, Christine (Gibson); McCONAGHY, Jim and
Elaine; McCULLOUGH, Nancy (Ridge); McGUINNESS, Tom
and Helen; McLAUGHLIN, Bill, McLAUGHLIN, Don and
Diane; MILBURN, Alice; MILLER, Helen (Daniel);
MILLETT, John; MOFFITT, Kathleen (Boni); MOLINARO,
Kathryn (Argo); MORRIS, Bob abd Linda; MUNSEN,
Ethel (Daniel); MYERS, Jim and Fran; NEWTON, Adri-
enne; PHILLIPS, Naomi; PHILLIPS, Sis Hayes; PIERCE
Ernest, PITNEY, Lou and Susan (Taylor); PROVOST,
Bob; QUINN, Bill and Jennifer; RANKIN, Nancy;
RESSA, Mike and Tina (Cartotto); RICE, Ed and
Rose; RICE, Tom and Marian; RYBICKI, Frank and
Cecili; SANDERS, Davis and Maxine; SCHAFER, Vern
and Catsy (Taylor); SEEDBORG, Hedvig; SHARP, Fran-
ces; SIMON, Jack and Lilly; SLAUGHTER, Terry and
Betty; SNOW, Betty (Chan); STONE, Ken, Celine,
Patrick; SWANHOLT, Merrilyn, (Brown); TATLEMAN,
Dick; TAYLOR, Dale and Shirley (Keepers); TAYLOR,
Jack; WADDEL, Elsa; WANKE, Dick and Janice; WANKE,
Ron and Peggy; WATHAN, Warren and Loretta; WEIR,
Linda (Woodruff); WILL, Blanche (Yarnell); WILL,
Irene; WILL, Gary; WILL, Jim and Missy (Wimner);
WIMMER, Edith; WOOD, Warren and Evelyn (Belanger);
WOODRUFF, Elsie (Lawyer); WRIGHT, David and Flo-
rence; WRIGHT, Hugh and Bejay; YIELDING, Ruth
(Baunan); YOUNG, Michael.
45TH REUNION OF BHS-1943
The Bahia Resort Hotel on Beautiful Mission Bay
in San Diego was the setting for the 45th reunion
of BHS'43. We joined the festivities and activi-
ties of the Panama Canal Society of Southern Cal-
ifornia at their annual West Coast Reunion, Sep-
tember 9, 10, and 11, 1988.
Bill Diez of Houston, Texas, and Isabelle Zemer
Lively of Sonoma, Ca. (50 miles north of San Fran-
cisco) were the Co-Chairmen and coordinated the
mailings with Conrad Horine of the PCSOSC. Conrad
also took care of the many numerous details to
make our reunion a huge success, and has gracious-
ly consented to keep our names and address in his
computer for future mailings. Muchas Gracias, Con-
Some eraly Friday arrivals went to Sea World,
Old Town, or has mini-family reunions, as Norine
Rathgeber Lucas with her sisters, Louise R, Hunt
and Bernice R. Jackson and husband, Andrew. Elsie
Lawyer Woodruff took advantage of the trip to see
her two daughters.
A special reunion for BHS'43 rear L-R:
Jim and Elaine McConaghy, Clearwater, FL
seated L-R: Isabelle (Zemer) Lively,
Sonoma, Ca., Joan (Kenney) and Gordon
Hoyt, Anaheim, Ca.
BHS graduates: Center, Elsie (Lawyer)
Woodruff, 1943, and daughters, Linda
Weir, 1966 (left) and Darleen Hunt, '68.
The Rathgeber sisters of Balboa High:
L-R: Louise Hunt, 1940, Dothan, Al; Nor-
ine Lucas, 1943, Brick Town, NJ, and
Bernice Jackson, 1938, Des Plaines, IL.
The reunion officially began with registration
Friday night, stopping by the Hospitality Suite,
and impromtu gatherings. The Bill Diez', Gordon
Davis', and Ernest Pierces were off to Old Town,
San Diego, for a Mexican dinner, while the Jimny
McConaughys, Gordon Hoyts (Joan Kenny), George
Chevalier, Charles Masons (Diane Yost) and the
George Livelys (Isabelle Zemer) dined in the Mer-
cedes Room at the Bahia to celebrate Diane's
Maurice "Bud" Kelleher, George Chevalier
and Gordon Davis of the BHS Class of '43
On Saturday noon, the class gathered at the
Livelys for photo taking and a little libation,
including good ole Panamanian Seco, before the
class luncheon (and any others who cared to join
us). Isabelle Z. Lively was the guest speaker and
spoke of her recent visit to Panama in July to
visit her parents, and of the conditions in Panama
--some 45 years later! Miniature Panama hats were
the table favors and copies of two recent issues
of THE SPILLWAY were provided by Isabelle through
Diane Morris of the Information Office in Balboa
heights. A special toast was made to Joan (Kenny)
and Gordon Hoyt as the 10th was their 41st wedding
Those attending were: George Chevalier, Gordon
and Lois Davis, William and Rosemary Diez, Gordon
and Joan (Kenny) Hoyt, Vonna Hambleton Huldtquist,
Betty (Crooks) Ingram, Bud Kelleher, George and
Isabelle (Zemer) Lively, Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas,
Charles and Diane (Yost) Mason, Jim and Elaine
McConaghy, Ernest and Barbara Pierce, Betty (Chan)
Snow, Merrilyn (Brown) Swanholt, Ronald and Peggy
Wanke, Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff.
Saturday night was the dinner dance with the
ballroom festively decorated with balloons and
dancing to the fabulous music of Tito Mouynes (of
Panama). A grand time was had by all to say the
A Marine color guard and the singing of both
the Panamanian and our National Anthems opened up
the breakfast Sunday morning, followed by more
music by Tito, and a speech by Capt. Harry Jerkins
Since George and I were driving home to Sonoma,
we left after breakfast so did not have the oppor-
tunity to attend the latter activities.
We encourage those of you who were not able to
make our 45th, to make plans for our 47th in '90.
Have a local mini-reunion in your own area as
Derry Ann Ellis Werge and Iras Remington Gabryc-
lewicz are planning to do, just discovering they
both lived in the Seattle area as a result of our
mailing for the 45th. Please let Bud Pierce or
Betty (Can Snow know of any changes in address.
Till our 47th, if you're in northern California
and touring the wine country, give me a call.
Isabelle Zemer Lively
Betty Chan Snow, Dick Tatleman, Isabelle
(Zemer) Lively (Chairwoman of BHS'43 re-
union) take time out for a West Coast
BHS CLASS OF 1943 REUNION, SEPTEMBER 9,
10, 11 at PCSSC ANNUAL MEETING. Back:
Elsie Lawyer Woodruff, Jim McConaughy,
Bill Diez, Ronald Wanke. Middle: Norine
Rathgeber Lucas, Vonna Hambleton Ruldt-
quist, Betty Chan Snow, Isabelle Zemer
Lively, Bud Pierce. Front: Kathleen
Boni Moffett, Diane Yost Mason, Merrilyn
Brown Swanholt. (Not pictured: Gordon
Davis, Bud Kelleher, George Chevalier,
Joan Kenny Hoyt, Betty Crooks Ingram).
It was concluded that we would have a 50th in
1993 time and place to be announced begin now
to make plans for it, and in order to keep the mo-
mentum going, to have a pre-planning reunion in
1990. Betty Chan Snow and Ernest Pierce volunteer-
ed to co-chair the '90 event.
LABOR DAY PIG-OUT
Lteavin' nothin'but emptybones 'n bottles"
by Dave Furlong
(Tanpa) Sunday, September 4, 1988 it didn't
rain one day, which was just long enough for the
Pigout to become one of the best local Zonian par-
ties in recent memory. (The next week, Tanpa and
the surrounding area received over a foot of
But the Pigout really got its start on Monday,
the 4th of July after the Reunion, when a small
gang of Zonians and friends ended up at my house
for a cookout and "wind-down-slowly-from-the-re-
That event included my father, Ralph E. Furlong
Jr., up from the Zone, my mother, Dolly Smith,
from Charleston, SC., and my sister, Gail (R~r-
long) Letina, with my niece, Danielle, from Buffa-
lo, NY. Sisters, Dusty C. Furlong and Valerie
Furlong live here in Tanpa, and sister, Alice Fur-
long was traveling through town on her way to
school. Guests whose names were not Furlong were
Mitchie Hearn, Jerrie and Joanie Ridge, their sis-
ter Gina and her son, Rygel, and parents Bob and
Pat Ridge, Dick and Ginger (Wertz) Zornes stopped
by on their way to her parents' home and Vicki
Sizemnre and Ed Wardlow, Robert Radkin, and Dave
and Allegro (oodruff) Rankin were here, but that
is not unusual.
From that small beginning, weekend cookouts be-
came a regular part of the summer routine. Ed
Wardlow's birthday was celebrated with burgers,
Scotch and oyster on the patio. My guest rooms
stayed occupied. Other Zonians drifted through:
Pan Crowell from Ormond Beach, FL, and sister,
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell (BHS '70), from Arizona
for mother, Ila Crowell's wedding in Ocala, George
lord, Keith Talbott...
We began planning for a "bigger" party.
Co-hosts Dave Furlong, Vicki Sizemre and Ed
Wardlow and Dave and Allegro Rankin said, "let's
just get it started, then sit back and enjoy it.."
We started contacting people we knew lived in
the area but saw only at Reunions; invitations
were printed and mailed, T-shirts designed. (In
typical fashion, the RSVP request was ignored;
half of those responding never arrived, and most
of those arriving never responded.)
Dave and Allegro contacted Keith and Angie Tal-
bott in Homossassa Spring for a pig, which we
roasted whole on an open rotisserie on the dock.
Baked beans (of course) potato salad, cut corn and
bread rounded out the plates. Donations were
accepted toward the cost of the food which almost
came out even.
The hosts had assembled the night before for
Final Planning (or one last party before the par-
ty) at the Hotel Cali-Furlong. Bedtime was an
early 12:30 a.m., at 3:30 a.m., it was time to
wake up to start cooking the pig. Dave Rankin
would spend most of the next 15 hours at the
grill, adding green oak and Busch beer as nece-
People began arriving shortly after 11:00 and
by 3:00 there were 50 people here; a run was made
to the store for final shopping. By the time the
runner returned, there were nearly 100 people
here, and another trip was necessary. Had it not
been raining everywhere else in the area, we might
have seen another 50 people...as it was the "offi-
cial" count was 96, including a few non-zonian
friends and neighbors.
Grills were set up for those who brought their
own food, and guests covered the grass with ice
chests, blankets and lawn chairs. Most brought
plenty of extras which were shared.
The kids were great, 20 or more children en-
joyed meeting each other and romping through the
large tree-shaded, river-front yard.
My sister, Alice, came from school in Talla-
hassee, hitching a ride from Mary Beth Bowerman,
who drove from Troy, Alabama for the party.
Three generations of one family were here: Tony
and Anna Mann, daughter, Debbie (rMnn) DeHeart,
and her son, Ryler. They live close enough to be-
The PCSOFL was well represented with Assistant
Secretary Jay Stewart and husband, Bob. Bob's
daughter Noralyn lives with her family in nearby
Brandon, but wasn't here.
And the "not-so-little" family was present:
L'aine (Little) Ainsworth, with daughter, Pauline,
and son, Larry, Jr.; Butch and Lynn (Little) Neh-
ring, with Jennifer, Karl and Kevin; Ted and Mel
(Little) Henter with Emley and Elizabeth; Sue
(Little) Nolan with Jeff Johnson and their son,
Jason; and J.E.S. Little and his friend Tanny.
From Brandon, Jerry and Cathy (Dentamore) Den-
ton were early arrivals, with their three child-
ren. We almost had a second "three generation"
family here; Cathy's mother, Patsy Dentamore, was
in town from Atlanta recovering from a fall, and
not up to the picnic. Dottie (Dentamore) Kaufmann
visiting from Switzerland, stayed at home with
Mom. (Dottie was a few days later evacuated from
the Cayman Islands because of Hurricane Gilbert).
Jerry and Cathy have (if I got this right) one
child, one adopted child and three foster child-
We also had "Barrel" and Paula (Kuyoth) Martin;
Glenn and Denise (Ward) Martin; Joe and Sue
(Waters) Eytalis, and Sue's brother, Mike Waters.
From the other side of the water, Robert and
Anna Boyer arrived with three children. Tom
Carey, Randy Summers and Rory Summers, Jim Hale,
Gary O'Connor, April Wardlow and brother, Ed Ward-
low, Jr. (grandchildren of Richard T. Baltozer,
Sr.); Jay and Janice Foster and their daughter,
Shannon; Steve Nehring and Michael Laverty rounded
out the Pinellas County contingent.
Clermont, Florida is now the home of Lento and
Pan Woodruff and their three children, as well as
Leif Solien, Carl Winkler, Lisa Bonk and Jerry
Winkler helped keep the party from getting too
And Rupert Turner spent a good three hours
tossing a Frisbee with the kids I think moms
We're looking forward to our next party here
at Camp Snake Lake (so named because we're on the
long and skinny Hillsborough River, which Vicki
will forever call "lake front property").
For those of you who missed it, ask someone who
was here; this may not have been the only place
that people were happy that day...but this was the
only place around here where it didn't rain.
Jose A. Gonzalez
Michael S. Klipper
Robert D. Lawrence
Dorcey E. Rowell
Charles M. Wicks
Susanne M. Corrigan
James A. Fraser, Jr.
Robert J. Gilmore
Kenneth E. Goldsberry, Jr.
John R. Gough II
James E. Lovelady
Kenneth T. Matros
Nyda G. Miro
Gordon K. Poulsen
Cesar A. Rios
James L. Slover
George N. Stone
James M. Tllmpson, Jr.
General Services Bureau
Motor Transportation Division
Office of Financial Management
Motor Transportation Division
Office of Executive Administration
Occupational Health Division
Canal Services Division
Canal Protection Division
24 years 06 months 25 days
20 years 06 months 02 days
23 years 09 months 09 days
35 years 01 months 12 days
22 years 06 months 26 days
22 years 05 months 07 days
23 years 00 months 12 days
39 years 06 months 28 days
17 years 02 months 19 days
26 years 08 months 13 days
23 years 11 months 27 days
39 years 11 months 12 days
32 years 01 months 14 days
23 years 03 months 01 days
12 years 10 months 00 days
23 years 03 months 14 days
23 years 00 months 04 days
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37 years 04 months 28 days
4tf genemtion Zonians
Great-grandfather, John Corrigan, worked for the
P.C. as a carpenter. (Father of paternal grand-
mother, Jane Corrigan Quinn). His wife, Anne Tier-
nan Corrigan is buried at Corozal. His three sons,
John Paul, Joseph A., and Peter F. were all Roose-
velt Medal holders as well as paternal grandfather
Patrick Joseph Quinn, a general ironworker during
construction period. Patrick Quinn, John, Joseph
and Peter Corrigan were all members of the Society
Sof the Chagres. To be a member you had to be a
SRoosevelt Medal holder and worked at least 6 years
is on the construction of the Canal before it's anti-
cipated opening on January 1, 1915.
Grandfather retired from Canal service in 1937.
Our father, Marcus Patrick Quinn picked up the bat
in the 30's as a P.C. employee, working until
1953, serving as Chief of the Management Division.
Our mother, Berta Quinn also worked for the
Canal in the Internal Security Office until re-
tirement. Her family's presence on the Isthmus
dated to the 17th century.
Female members of the Quinn clan also working
FOUR GENERATIONS: Linda and Larry Layman for the P.C. were: great-aunt, Margaret Quinn, a
of San Diego, Calif. had a visit from nurse; aunts, Alice Quinrn Imbard, Teresa Quinn,
her father, Jack Clarke of Sarasota, Fl. Genevieve Quinn, Regina Quinn Enjuto, Rita Quinn
in August. He got to meet his first Crume, and Claire Quinn; and uncle James Quinn.
grandson, Justin, 5 months old. Justin With the phase-out of American control of the
is the son of Cliff and Nancy Layman, Canal, my brother and I look back with a sense of
Linda and Larry 's son. pride and honor on our family's records. We are
<^\t i TEMEnt,
members of a long grey line whose famliy nearly
spans a century of service with the Panama Canal.
Marc Quinn, Asst to the
Director, Board Matters
Office of Executive Ad-
1. John Victor Leach married Alvina Sudneyer. John
came to Panama in 1907 and worked on the con-
struction of the Canal. He died in 1921 in the
2. His son, John Henry Leach, married Dorothy Sel-
by. John worked for the P.C.C. for 42 years.
He retired in 1962 from the Cristobal Freight
House. Dorothy retired from the Electrical
Division at Mt. Hope.
3. Patricia Ann Leach, born in Colon Hospital,
married Richard Bjorneby. Pat is Education Of-
ficer at Ft. Davis, and Richard is Superinten-
dent, Launch/Linehandling Branch. They live in
4. Their children were raised and attended school
in the Canal Zone:
Jan (Bjorneby) Krajewsi (CHS'71), Buffalo, NY
The late Michael Bjorneby (CHS'73) Seattle WA
Kari Bjorneby, Spokane, WA.
Dr. John (Buzz) Bjorneby (CHS'77) Pullman, WA
Marc (CHS'86) and Kristi (CHS'87) Bjorneby
who are attending Highline Community Col-
lege in Seattle, Washington.
1. Thomas I Grimison (Roosevelt Medal holder) and
Jessie S. Grimison arrived in Panama in 1907.
They had three children: Helene, Thomas Rich-
ard and Janice (Scott).
2. Thomas Richard (Dick), born in Ancon Hospital
in 1911, died 1939, married Helen Cawl (now
Helen Beck). They had one son, Thonas William,
born in Colon Hospital, 1935.
3. Thomas William and Nancy Burns Grimison have 8
children, 6 of whom born in C.Z. Tom, BHS'53
was a P.C. Co. architect until retirement in
1986. They reside in Satellite Beach, FL.
4. Elizabeth (Fahy) (BHS'77) (UCF'87), Merritt Is.
FL. Married, 2 daughters, elem school teacher.
Christina (BHS'79) (UCF'84), Satellite Beach,
works at Y-102/WMB Radio Station, Melbourne.
T. Richard (BHS'80) (USMMA-Kings Point '86),
Sat. Beach, employed by Exxon Shipping Co.
Patrick (BHS'82) (FSU'87) US Navy Supply Off.
Rebecca (BHS'84) (FSU'88) Tallahassee, Market-
ing consultant, Fla. Education Assoc.
Melinda (BHS'86) Sat. Beach, attends Brevard
Community College, Melbourne, Fla.
Eric (Merritt Is. H.S.'88) Sat. Beach, attends
Matthew, Sat. Beach, a senior at MIHS.
Back, L-R: Daniel Cashman, Jane (Holger-
son) Thompson. Middle: Joy Grey, Mar-
garet Lahrochar, Janet Fields, Jo-Ann
Fields. Front: Annette Fields, Annette
Cashman with Lindsay Eliese Cashman, and
John B. Fields.
1. John Belcher Fields, Roosevelt Medal holder,
married Gertrude G. King in Gatesville, Texas,
March 20, 1901. Children: John B. Jr., Mary
Glenn, and William Frank.
2. John Belcher Fields, Jr., born October 8, 1902,
Gatesville, Texas, married Annette Fillius on
January 21, 1939. They had two daughters, Jo-
Anne, born in Gorgas Hospital June 3, 1942;
Janet, born in Gorgas Hospital February 9,
1946. Annette and John both retired from the
Panama Canal Company.
3. Janet married Robert Lahrochar; they had two
daughters, Annette Sylvia born August 2, 1966
and Margaret Karrel, born February 15, 1969.
4. Annette Sylvia married Daniel Cashman on April
16, 1987. They had a daughter, Lindsay Eliese,
born January 27, 1988.
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PRY YOUR 1989 DUES NOW! fiVOID THE
CHS'68. Back L-R: Doug Jones, Jim Carlson, Steve Radell, Craig Firth, Dave Belt,
Rich Wainio, Monty Belanger, Dennis Huff, Renee (Ballou) Krimminger, Will Graham.
Middle: Marcy (Hilzinger) Broe, Sue (Hirons) Fehrenbach, Beth (Lewis) Brandenberg,
Louise Hixon, DeSha (Dade) Andrews, Linds (Hood) Stirling, Denise (Coleman) Espinosa
Norman Spector, Barbara (Geddes) Tung, Joan (McCullough) Ohman, Carol (Peterson)
Ziemiecki, Linda (Renfrow) Thatcher, Peggy (Hale) Huff, Margaret (Will) Ender, David
Swmnerlin, Judy (Oberholtzer) Hebble, Colleen (Huson) Scholz. Front: Steve Jackson,
Pat (Waggoner) Dockery, Carol (Beall) Fritz, Dale (Scott) Brokaw, Irma (Stone) Kocib
Aida (Padilla) Benero, Lois (Richmond) Healan. Attending but not pictured: Karen
(Bell) LaValle, Randy Smith, John Sollas.
BHS Class of 1968 20th anniversary photo
at the Hyatt Regency, Tampa
BHS'68 REUNION A SUCCESS
The BHS Class of 1968th 20th anniversary re-
union was a huge success. The class enjoyed a
night with Lucho immediately preceding the Panama
Canal Society's Reunion in July.
This Lucho appreciation function was also spon-
sored by other BHS and CHS classes. Many thanks to
Frank Baldwin from Stone Mountain, Georgia, and
John Disharoon from St. Petersburg, Florida, for
turning this program into a very memorable event.
Rae Donaldson, John Disharoon, and Candy
John Disharoon, Mike
Tom Duncan and Wayne
Tim Lane, Paul Boostrom,
Approximately 700 friends of Lucho attended the
Lucho Appreciation Night Ball. The BHS Class of
1968 had about 125 of their classmates in atten-
dance. In addition, the CHS Class of 1968 also had
a very nice turnout, as did the BHS Class of 1965.
As usual, these events bring back many fond
memories. Hopefully, we'll do it again in about
St. Petersburg, Fl.
CRISTOBAL '68 "WE'RE NOT GETTING
OLDER JUST BETTER"
The Cristobal High School class of 1968 held
it's 20th year reunion in July in Tanpa in con-
junction with the PCS reunion. This being the
first reunion for the CHS Class of '68 the turnout
was better than anticipated.
In the true spirit of Zonians, the gathering
was like those of long lost friends. Coordinated
by Renee (Ballou) Krimninger over the last 3 years
with the assistance of everyone in one way or an-
other (or more) the reunion consisted of a cold
buffet lunch and cash bar with remembrances of
days gone by. Name tags were made using the class
pictures from the '68 yearbook (not to everyone's
liking) but a good conversation maker. Copies of
the Last Will and Testament and the Class Prophecy
were included in the book, along with everyone's
address. Tables were "assigned" places from Panama
(that strangely disappeared after the lunch) that
we would all remember.
Thanks to Peggy (Hale) Huff and Margaret (Will)
Ender for the great job they did on the film from
Panama. Spanning from Gatun to Coco Solo and
around. For some, it was the first time seeing
anything since leaving "home" quite a while ago.
THANKS! Also seen were the slides from the '68
Powder Puff Football gane.
Drawings for donated door prizes were done from
old lottery tickets given out as everyone checked
Announcements were made according to informa-
tion available and being:
Most children: Catherine (Crews) Hockett, Col-
leen (Huson) Scholz, Carol (Peterson) Ziem-
iecki, Evelyn (Menges) Sellers, and John
Spilling all having four.
Oldest child: Sue (Hirons) Fehrenbach
Youngest child: Nanci (Gercich) DeLima (Nancy
missed the reunion since she had just given
birth in June, their newest edition).
Newest married: Denise (Rainier) Sullivan (mar-
ried 1/88) Denise was unable to attend the
Grandparents: There were none that were admit-
Ideas are already being filed for a 25th in
1993 with an anticipated better turnout for an
even bigger and better reunion.
The reunion came to a close with the singing of
the CHS Alma Mater. (most everyone remembered the
words). The class gathered again at the Saturday
night dance, near the bar, of course!
Mother's first reunion with all four
children in many years. Left to right:
Joan (Sprague) Kilgallon, Terry Sprague
Giles, Josephine Sprague, At Sprague and
"The gasoline crunch put the manufacturer out
of business," he said. 'They get about 14 miles
per gallon in the city and 16 to 18 miles per
gallon on the highway. That wasn't enough to make
them practical for the taxi companies."
Parker does much of the work on his Checkers.
He put bucket seats in the one he drives, as well
as cruise control and rear air conditioning units
in all three.
Parker said the Checker cars have Chevrolet en-
gine parts, so its no problem getting replace-
ments. The body is another story, however.
Although Checkers were manufactured through
1892, the body style did not change after 1959.
'The biggest problem in this area is getting
body parts," Parker aid. 'There were three places
around here, but they ended up scrapping what
parts they had.
Parker will travel to Ohio this month with a
trailer in tow to pick up parts. He will have 200
Checkers to pick from to get arm rests, junpseats,
fenders, windshields, and instrument panels.
COLLECTING 'CABBIE' LOVES
By: Judi Middleton
PALM HARBOR You can call R.E. Parker a
"cabbie." But he doesn't drive taxis for a living
he collects them.
His love of this unique automobile began when
he bought his first one a station wagon in 1963.
Parker was working as an operating engineer on
the Panama Canal at the time. He brought a Check-
er with him when he moved to Pinellas County with
his family in 1968.
'There is so much room in them," says Parker,
who owns three 1978 Checker cabs. "I can put any-
thing in the back seat, there is much more leg
"I also think its the safest car on the road.
It has an X frame and it's all 18-gauge metal.
and it weighs 3,900 pounds.
But Parker said the car's weight is a major
reason why it's no longer being made.
Checker cabs were manufactured in Kalamazoo,
Michigan from 1922 until 1982, according to
R.E. Parker with three of his cabs.
Information about parts frequently comes from
the Checker Car Club, a 500 member organization
that also holds shows throughout the country.
Parker bought his three Checkers from Florida
"They bought a fleet of them without back seats
and put shelves in the back instead," he said.
'Their service people put their tools on those
shelves and drove them to repair calls.
'They could take Checkers home easier than they
could a conmercial-type van, because some sub-
divisions have restrictions against commercial
vehicles in the neighborhood."
Parker has a limousine-type Checker and two
regular taxi cars. Each of the vehilces has
logged about 100,000 miles.
August 1, 1988
ASTILLEROS BALBOA PUTS TWO
OLD CANAL CRANES TO WORK
After three years of exposure to sun, wind,
rain and encroaching vegetation and just before
they were about to be sold for scrap metal, two
retired Locks Division cranes were saved from an
ignominious end by Astilleros Balboa, the Pana-
manian firm that operates the Balboa dry dock.
The two steam-powered cranes were among those
originally purchased by the Panama Canal organiza-
tion from the Browning Crane and Shovel Conpany
of Cleveland. U.S. 96 was acquired in July 1940
and was stationed at Miraflores, while U.S. 102
was stationed at Gatun and arrived on the Isthmus
in January, 1941. Both were used mainly for lock
overhauls. The cranes were retired from service
in 1985 and towled along railroad track from Mira-
flores and Gatun to the Excess Disposal unit's
yard at Building 42, Diablo.
ON TO NEW CHORES! Astilleros Balboa per-
sonnel look over reconditioned Locks
Division crane U.S. 96 before it leaves
the Excess Disposal unit yard to take on
new responsibilities at the Balboa Dry
Astilleros Balboa operations manager, Jerry
Costa said the cranes will now be used to lower
and raise scaffolds for workers who scrape off
barnacles and apply new paint to vessels that come
into dry dock for repairs. To prepare the cranes
for the assignment, Astilleros has eliminated the
boilers, installed compressors, changed the lubri-
cation systems and traction gears and manufactured
replacements for worn-out parts. Costa feels that
with these modifications, the cranes are probably
as good as new and will be of invaluable service
to the firm.
Balboa, Republic of Panama
August 5, 1988
NEW LAUNCH JOINS
MARINE BUREAU FLEET
A new launch, the Ballena, has joined the Canal
Services Division fleet. Capable of cruising at
up to 30 miles per hour, the 30-foot, five-speed
boat is faster than any of the other launches pre-
sently owned by the division. It also offers in-
creased comfort with reclinable, airplane type
seats and air conditioning. Since no special
training is needed, any Panama Canal launch opera-
tor can operate it.
Ballena on the move. Built by the MonArk
Boat Company, the recently acquired Bal-
lena is a faster, more modern and more
comfortable launch than others serving
the Canal Services Division.
Canal Services Division Chief, Jerry Ransom,
says the Ballena will carry out a variety of func-
tions. It will be used as a backup for the regu-
lar launches in assignments such as transporting
line-handling crews to transiting vessels. It will
also give Marine Bureau officials and visitors
quicker access to operational sites. Furthermore,
it can be used to provide an alternative to the
Transisthmian Highway for transporting personnel
between the Pacific and Atlantic side.
The vessel is the first of its kind for the
Canal Services Division. Although the Dredging
Division owns a similar launch, the Ballena
differs in that it was designed to provide greater
The Ballena was acquired to test the feasibi-
lity of using a faster workboat on the Panama
Canal. Because of its good performance, the
Canal Services Division hopes to acquire two more
launches of the same type in the near future.
Balboa, Republic of Panama
August 5, 1988
NEW LOCOMOTIVE CRANES ASSEMBLED
industrial and locks personnel have recently
put the finishing touches on two new Ohio locomo-
tive cranes for the Locks Division. When two addi-
tional cranes arrive for assembly in November, it
will complete the replacement of four Browning
diesel cranes that have been in operation since
the early 1940s.
The new cranes were shipped in crates from Lake
Charles, LA, and were assembled at the Industrial
Division under the direction of Ray Baldwin, ser-
vice engineer for the Ohio Locomotive Crane Co.
Panama Canal locks locomotive tracks are unique
in size and have a center rack, so the cranes had
to be designed to meet local conditions. Locks
industrial engineer, Rodolfo Sabonge, who is also
the contracting officer's representative for the
project, says the first two will be tested at
Gatun Locks before their final acceptance and
These cranes will be assigned to Pedro Miguel
and Miraflores, and the two due in November will
go to Gatun. With a 30-ton lifting capability,
NEW CRANE. Examining one of two brand
new Ohio locomotive cranes being assem-
bled at the Indiustrial Division are
contracting officer's representative
Rodolfo Sabonge, crane operator leader
Joseph Eastman and Ray Baldwin, the man-
Photo by Sue Stabler
the cranes will perform routine jobs at the locks,
but will be used primarily during overhauls to get
equipment and machinery in and out of the dry
chambers, lift rising stem valves and perform
numerous other tasks including critical position
of manned baskets during major projects.
According to contract specialists, Camen Mar-
tinez and Lina Boza, the contract for the four
cranes was awarded to the American Equipment Com-
pany, distributors for the Ohio Locomotive Crane
Company, last September at a total cost of nearly
Balboa, Republic of Panama
August 12, 1988
HERALDRY, COATS OF ARMS
IS DAMES TOPIC
Mrs. Vernon L. Schafer (Catsy Taylor), National
Chairman, National Society Colonial Dames 17th
Century, Heraldry and Coats of Arms, was the guest
speaker at a luncheon attended by members of the
Cavalier Chapter, CDXVIIC, recently.
The luncheon was held at Villa Valencia in Lag-
una Hills, CA, and women who are interested in
their 17th Century ancestors were invited. Mrs.
Schafer gave an interesting talk on heraldry, a
romantic art that goes back to the days of the
great Gothic cathedrals and knightly tournaments.
She also showed slides describing coats of arms,
detailing the designs of the crest, wreath, hel-
met, mantling, shield and motto.
Vernon and Catsy (Taylor) Schafer.
Catsy is a member of the Heraldry Society of
London, Magna Charter Dames, the Jamestown Soc-
iety, New England Historic Genealogical Society,
Colonial Dames 17th Century and other hereditary
societies. She studied her family genealogy for 50
years, and while she lived in the Canal Zone, com-
piled this genealogy so her children would know
they had roots in the United States. From this
interest, she went on to the study of Heraldry and
Coats of Arms.
Leisure World News
CANAL EMPLOYEES BIKE 433 MILES
Would you consider riding a bicycle 433 miles
in 100-degree weather? Two Panama Canal Comni-
ssion employees did just that during the week-long
RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride A-
cross Iowa). Spent from seven to eight hours a
day on their mountain bikes. Priscilla Hernandez
and Jay Sieleman started in Sioux City (on the
Missouri River side of Iowa) on July 24 and fin-
ished in Fort Madison (on the Mississippi River
side) on July 30. The ride is sponsored by the
Des Moines' Register, Iowa's leading newspaper.
It attracts some 7,500 participants, but there are
no winners or losers.
Both Sieleman, an attorney for the Office of
General Counsel, and Hernandez, secretary to the
Executive Planning Deputy, had participated in the
first 25 kilometer race at Howard Air Force Base
on July 10. Hernandez, in fact, won the women' s
competition in that event. Their two-month train-
ing period also included riding from Los Rios to
Gamboa and back about 35 miles. In comparison,
they rode from 50 to 74 miles every day during the
i*A1 / > .
Priscilla Herndndez and Jay Sieleman
demonstrate the style used to bike
Even though it was exhausting, they said the
ride was fun, largely because of the hospitality
shown by the people of the towns they passed
through. 'We could take showers in the schools,
camp outside churches and in the yards," Sieleman
For Hernandez, the other riders also made the
zrip interesting. There were 6 year old kids, 80
year old veterans and all kinds of riders in be-
tween, some of them wearing hilarious outfits.
Sieleman plans to participate in another RAG-
BRAI, but not Hernandez. "It's a challenging ex-
perience and good exercise," she says, "But for
me, once is enough."
Balboa, Republic of Panama
August 26, 1988
SUPERS SET NEW CANAL TRANSIT
The one-day record for the number of large
ships transiting the Panama Canal was broken July
19 when 18 supers (vessels over 91 feet in beam)
passed through the waterway. The record for
transits by ships with beams of more than 100
feet was also broken as 17 of 18 supers fell into
this category. The previous record for 17 supers
and 13 vessels with beams over 100 feet had been
set December 19, 1986.
SECOND PLACE WITH FIRST TRIP. En route
from Alabama to China, the southbound
Panama registered car carrier Cattleya
Ace pulls out from Pedro Miguel Locks
during its maiden Panama Canal transit.
Represented by Boyd Steamship Agency,
the vessel paid tolls of $104,425.29,
the second highest payment made for a
Canal Transit. The record tolls payment,
set by the Queen Elizabeth II on January
21, was for $106,782.33.
Because the amount of pilots required in-
creases with the size of ships, a third record was
set for the number of pilots working during a
single day. A total of 122 pilots were used July
19, just one more than the 121 used when the pre-
vious record was set March 22, 1982.
The total number of transits on July 19 was 33.
This figure is not in itself overly impressive,
but as Assistant Traffic Management Division Chief
Dale Wagner points out, "More than half those
ships had beams over 100 feet." Tolls for the day
came to $1,230,648.44.
Balboa, Republic of Panama
August 5, 1988
OVERSEAS SCHOOLS COMBINED ALUMNI
(CLASS REUNION COORDINATORS NOTE)
(The following was printed in the "Life-
style" section of the Austin American
Statesman newspaper, in a question and
answer column by Ellie Rucker. Submitted
by Date Cockle, Austin, Texas).
Q. Would you like to make an awful lot of people
happy? Then tell them about OSCAR. OSCAR is an
acronym for Overseas Schools Combined Alumni Reg-
It's an automated date base that serves as a
directory of former students and teachers from Air
Force, Army, Navy and Marine dependent high
It's sole purpose is to find alumni for class
Central Texas has a high distribution of re-
tired military personnel and the former dependents
we are looking for.
Getting them together is tough. They are scat-
tered everywhere, but seeing old classmates is
just as important to them. David Grant.
A. We're happy to hear that OSCAR exists. It'll
make our job easier.
For information about class reunions, send a
stamped, self-addressed envelope to OSCAR, Box
7763, Washington, D.C., 20044.
Your Reporter Says ...
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan net at Mr.
J's Steakhouse for their luncheon meeting and for
election of officers. There were 60 members pre-
sent. Elected for the coming year were: Maggie
Janssen, President; Charles Fears, Vice President;
Catherine Filo, Secretary/Treasurer.
In July, Woody and Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff were
off to attend the PC Reunion in Tanpa where they
were joined by daughter, Darlene Hunt and her
three daughters who had just returned from a three
year tour in Germany. Daughter, Linda Weir, and
granddaughter, Jennifer, also flew in from Los An-
geles. After the reunion the entire clan returned
L-R: Lou Hunt, Elsie Woodruff, Norine
Lucas, Joan deGrunoond, Dorothy Hayward,
(typing teacher at BHS) and Jane (Tom-
pkins) Heselton at the 1943 BHS reunion
during the PCSSC San Diego Reunion.
On July 12th, son-in-law Joe Hunt, Jr., arrived
from Germany. Two weeks later the Hunt family
moved to Peach Tree City, GA as Joe's new assign-
ment is at Ft. McPherson (Atlanta). Linda re-
turned to her home in Canaga Park, CA on the 15th
and Jennifer followed two weeks later.
In August, on her way to Florida to attend a
family reunion, Mary Lou (Haines) Engelke arrived
from Rogers, Ark., with her two granddaughters,
Allison and Laura Crowell for a two day visit.
After Mary Lou's departure, brother-in-law, Jack
Morris, stopped by for a few days on his way home
to Pinellas Park, FL after a visit with son,
Richard and family in Lancaster, PA. Also in Aug-
ust, Jerrye and Al Stumpf of Venture, CA arrived
for a five day visit. Woody stood up for Al when
he and Jerrye were married in the Canal Zone 41
On September 6th, Elsie and daughter, Darlene
Hunt, flew to Los Angeles for a two week vacation
and visit with daughter and granddaughter, Linda
and Jennifer Weir. On the 9th, Elsie, Darleen and
Linda drove to San Diego to attend the PC reunion
of Southern California and Elsie's high school
class reunion. Sixteen members of BHS class of
1943 were in attendance and a wonderful time was
had by all. A special thanks to Isabelle Zemer
Lively and Bill Diez (Class of 1943) and Conrad
Horine and his reunion committee for their hos-
pitality and all their effort in making the West
Coast Reunion and the BHS Reunion such a great
Jeannine and Bill Carlin and daughter, Sandy
of Sarasota, Florida were Woody's houseguests for
a few days in mid-September.
The Etchbergers were off again. After the PC
Reunion in July, at which they were joined by
their son, 1hnmas, III, they returned to Dothan
and son Tom flew back to Russellville, Arkansas.
Mid-August was the beginning of a hectic two
months. First was a dash to Jacksonville, Florida
to renew an old friendship with an old friend from
"growing-up" days, Adela (Snediker) Raymond.
Adela lives in California but she happened to be
in Jacksonville visiting Neilson's sister-in-law
so they dashed off to Jacksonville to surprise
her. Had a wonderful visit reminiscing about the
"good ole days."
(Rathgeber) Jackson, Virginia
and Hank Dolim of Hawaii.
After they returned home, there was a crowded
week of meetings, etc., sister, Betty (Chan) Snow
came from Clearwater and off they went to Litch-
field, CT for a long-overdue family reunion. All
the Chans (except Irene) with their spouses and
all the Luthases (Chan cousins) met in Litchfield
where cousin Irma and her husband have a gourmet
food store and catering business. They cater for
such people as Susan St. James of "Kate and Allie"
TV show. After almost a week of reminiscing,
visiting and "eating" everyone dispersed to do his
own thing. Cousin Vernon returned to medical
practice in Ohio; Cousin, Carlton and brother
Harry took off on a sightseeing tour of some of
New England; Betty flew out to the PC reunion in
San Diego; Bev returned to Palm Harbor and Doris
and Neilson drove south and stopped in Williams-
burg, VA for a short visit with Bill and Doris
Etchberger, then home to Dothan to prepare for
their next trip.
After Betty's return from San Diego to Dothan,
she and the Etchbergers took off for Houston, TX
to attend the wedding of nephew, Howard Paulding,
younger son of Irene. This time all the Chans
were present except Harry and Thelma. Irene and
both of the Paulding boys were finally reunited
with the rest of the family for the first time in
about 30 years. It was quite a gathering and a
touching reunion of the family. During the course
of their stay in Houston, the family was joined
by Tino (young Bert) Shelton. Tino lives in Hous-
ton and works for Exxon Corporation.
The travels of the Etchbergs probably have not
yet ended. They probably will not be going to
Florida for Thanksgiving. But they will all pro-
bably get together for Christmas as usual, al-
though the Etchbergers have been invited to spend
Christmas with the other Etchbergers in Virginia
time will tell!
Florida State University fans, David and Betty
Kelleher were in Tallahassee for a tailgate party
preceding the Florida State-Michigan State game.
Those attending with them were Walter, David, Jr.,
and Jamie Kelleher, Patrick Grimison, David Mel-
ton, Myra Brannon, Kelly Stromberg, Pat (Kelleher)
Arosemena and Tom Ford.
.$b, l ", 46-
L-R: Tom Ford, Walter Kelleher, David
Kelleher Jr., Michigan State fan, Myra
Brannon, Patrick Grimison, David Melton,
David Kelleher, Sr., Betty Kelleher, Pat
K. Arosemena and Jamie Kelleher. Not in
photo: Kelly Stromberg.
Louise Rathgeber Hunt had a wonderful trip out
west. She joined sister, Bernice Jackson for her
class reunion in Winter Park, Colorado. After the
reunion they were houseguests of Dorothy (Kalar)
Kennedy and husband, Roy. Dot and Roy had a house
full in Englewood. Dot's sister Olive Krouse and
husband, Len, and also Lee Kennedy (Dot and Roy's
son) and his wife and son. Next stop for Lou was
Houston, Texas to visit sister, Margie Ruoff and
husband, Jack. Also stayed two days with her
sister-in-law Betty (Morrison) Rathgeber. San
Diego was the next stop where she joined her sis-
ter, Norine LIcas, for her 45th class reunion.
Bernice and Andrew Jackson were there also.
(Sounds like Lou is getting in practice for her
reunion of the BHS class of 1940 1990 is the
year.) Jane (Taopkins) Heselton and husband, Les,
were there and showed Norine and Lou a wonderful
stay in their home in La Jolla after the reunion.
Called Beverly (Neville) Fawcett and joined her
for lunch up in rancho Bernardo where Bev and John
live. Los Angeles was next on the agenda. We
were with Bernice and Drew's daughters, Randee and
Darlene. Great to have nieces who know the area
they were excellent tour guides and such fun to
be with. Norine accompanied Lou back to Atlanta.
They stopped off for a visit with Lou's son, Joe,
and wife, Darleen (Woodruff) and daughters in
Peachtree City, Georgia, before going back to Do-
L-R: Bernice Jackson, Roy Kennedy, Olive
(Katar) and Len Krouse, Dot (Kalar) Ken-
nedy, Lee Kennedy and wife, and son Wes.
The Dothan Society will hold their Christmas
dinner dance on Thursday, December 15th at the
Sheraton Inn. Open bar from six to seven, dinner
from seven to eight and dancing and entertainment
will follow. Anyone coming this way at that time
will be more than welcome.
A very HAPPY AND BLESSED HOLIDAY TO ALL AND
Catherine (Ihelan) Filo
The Panama Canal Society of Arizona held its
fall luncheon-meeting at the Arizona City/Casa
Grande Ramada Inn on October 15, 1988. In atten-
dance were: Dr. Dan and Miriam Hirschl, Charles
and Ann (Triable) Parks, Cec and Tom Gove, (Coral)
Ann Strickler, Charles Judge, Helen Munson,
Kenneth and Wanda Middleton, Peggy Bradley, Ted
and Enma Englebright, Beverly (Englebright) Fraim,
Rayburn and Rhoda Brians, Fern (Horine) Dabill,
Rachel tMrtindale, Arthur and Ruth Smith, and
Danny and Jane (Dickson) Cox.
As usual, the Zonian spirit of "family" pre-
vailed and the Inn provided a delicious hot and
cold buffet. Elections of new officers were held.
Our new President will be Fern Dabill, Secretary-
Treasurer: Beverly Fraim; Chairman of the Execu-
tive Board: Dr. Dan Hirschl. Danny Cox remains
Program-Activities Director. Our outgoing Presi-
dent, Anne Parks, was named chairman of a comni-
ttee to solidify simple by-laws, and was given a
standing ovation for her past two and a half years
of devoted service. All elections, by the way,
Past President Anne Parks, President-
elect Fern Dabill, Miriam Hirschl and
Executive Chairman-elect Dan Hirschl.
President-elect Fern Dabill, with Pro-
gram Director Danny Cox.' October 15, '88
New Executive Chairman and his wife, Miriam,
were bubbling over with excitement at the recent
birth of their new granddaughter. (See Announce-
Elizabeth ("Sis" Hayes) Phillips was unable to
attend the October luncheon because she and Mary
Ann (Carruthers) Honey were on a Bermuda cruise
at the time. Dr. Bob and Evelyn Matheney were al-
so unable to attend, because of out-of-town visit-
ors. We are grateful to Bob for his devoted
efforts to get and keep the Arizona Society roll-
ing in the capacity of Chairman of the Executive
Board until this fall, when he felt he had too
many commitments to continue.
Fred Banan wrote to say he and Betty have been
nagged a bit by health problems recently, but he's
always thinking of his Zonian friends. He en-
closed a photo of himself and his fellow musicians
in Gus Schlidt's Orchestra playing for the Presi-
dential Ball of 1935 at the Hotel Tivoli. We won-
der if everyone misses the old Tivoli as much as
Freddie and the rest of us in Arizona do. It was
much discussed at the luncheon. Freddie's picture
and comments are reproduced in "Looking Back" of
Our dear friend, Betty (Crooks) Ingram, of On-
tario, Canada, wrote to say that she and husband,
Ron; son, Michael; his wife, Suzy; and their
little son, Wayne, spent two weeks at Carpland By
the Bay in San Diego in July, in their big motor
home. They enjoyed it so much they planned to
stay there during the West Coast Reunion and
Betty's forty-fith BHS reunion, held simultaneous-
ly. Betty enclosed a photo of herself and Ron
taken at Mike and Suzy's home on Betty's and Ron's
42nd anniversary. Congratulations, dear friends!
Danny and Jane Cox spent a few days in South-
ern California the last week of June, at which
time Jane got a chance to run over and visit with
Betty. Their grandson, Wayne, is so smart for
less than two years old; he was haranguing Betty
with why he does and does not like different types
Betty and Ron Ingram, Ontario, Ca., on
their 42nd anniversary, June 29, 1988.
Our member, Art Snith, is also an active member
of an organization called the Sun City Prides.
The Prides had been written up recently in a
Japanese newspaper, commending them upon their
non-profit, all-volunteer efforts in keeping up
the community's streets and parkways: a total ex-
penditure of over 62,000 man hours of work per
year. The October 4, 1988, Daily News Sun of Sun
City carried a large photograph of Art Smith pick-
ing up litter in a culvert. Good work Art!
Peggy Bradley, who just drives all over the
country, drove up to visit with sisters Mcpsy Wood
and Bets London in Washington State this summer.
They took several side trips up there, including
one to the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Oregon. After
that, Peggy went to Oklahoma for a visit with
The Coaes flew to Bali for nine days in August,
then flew to Venice in late September to spend two
days there before departing on a week's Mediterra-
nean cruise including Yugoslavia; Greek Islands;
Kusadasi and Istanbul, Turkey; then Athens and
home. Enroute to Bali (17 hours flight from LA)
the plane stopped at Honolulu and (brace yourself
for this) beautiful, downtown Biak. (Biak is a
small island off the northwest coast of New
Guinea, not yet much developed.) Danny stepped
out of the airport there onto a low seawall-walk
and remarked to the man next to him, 'This looks
like Panama". Whereupon a lively little voice
piped up, "Who said Panama?" The owner of the
voice, a cute little pony-tailed blonde, ran over
and introduced herself as BHS graduate, Marley
Days, whose father, Al Days, was a 15th Naval Dis-
trict employee at Amador. Marley is a travel a-
gent now in San Diego, and since she was a member
of the same tour group we were in, we had the
pleasure of meeting her twice more during our stay
Ray and bhoda Brians visited family and friends
recently; first, son, Wallace, in Euless, Texas,
where they also saw Carla Spofford. Then on to
Jacksonville, Florida, to see their grandson,
Scott, now a senior in high school. Scott plans
to attend the University of Florida in Gaines-
ville. Ada Mary Bright, full of news of the
Panama Canal Reunion, was hostess for the day.
Clyde and Sarah Flowers took them by car to their
home at Port Orange for a good visit. Then Ray
and Rhoda took Antrak to Ft. Lauderdale to visit
their son, John Michael, and his family. They re-
turned to Euless on their way home. They said
they enjoyed the Arizona society luncheon as a-
nother chance to renew old friendships.
Albert J. Goguen (Buddy), son of retired Gatun
policeman Albert E. Goguen, went to Florida in
summer to keep his another, Dot, company while his
father, Al, underwent quadruple bypass heart sur-
gery in Tarpa. Al came through in great shape,
thank goodness! They then sold the senior Go-
guens' home in Florida and sent them to Phoenix,
AZ, to plan. Buddy's sister, Mimi, came from
Kansas and drove back with Bud. Al and Dot Goguen
now live in Phoenix near their sons, Buddy and
Buddy has located a "teens" friend, Pat Brzen
zinski, after these 28 years of being out of
touch! He urges all former Zonians to realize the
importance of membership in the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Florida for listing in the Directory "so
friendships are not lost or forgotten".
He traced Pat's sister, Mary, by contact with
the Rev. Charles Shanley, of St. Mary's Church,
Balboa, who told him that Mary's husband (formerly
with United Fruit in Cristobla) had gone to San
Antonio, TX. Urpteen phone calls later, he
reached Mary and found that Pat's married name is
Packer and she lives in Pocatello, Idaho. Bud and
Pat had a wonderful telephone reunion and plan to
have a real reunion in Spring.
Ken Middleton electrified our table at the Oc-
tober luncheon with the news that diamonds have
recently been found in Arizona for the first time
ever. As an officer of the Old Pueblo Lapidary
Club here, Ken is very busy preparing for the
semi-annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in Octo-
ber, an international convergence of gem experts
from all over. So no wonder the lucky fellows
who found these specimens brought them to Ken for
his opinion. He was pretty sure what they had,
but took them to B.J. Calhdell, top ranking gemo-
logist who has spoken for the Arizona Socity lun-
cheons, for study under her powerful scopes. B.J.
gasped, Ken says, when she saw what they were -
tiny, and probably negligible as to quality, but
diamonds, with who knows what larger and better
ones lurking where they came from? This, just at
the time when gold strikes have been reported in
hills adjacent to Tucson, may make a Sutter's
Creek out of our Old Pueblo!
If that, and our delicious, fun spring and fall
luncheons won't lure you to visit Southern Ari-
zona, perhaps warm friendship we will guarantee
you'll find, and our balmy winter weather will,
we hope! Meanwhile, please keep sending in all
your news to your reporters. What doesn't seem
like news to you certainly will to those who, as
Buddy Goguen has reminded us, are anxious to lo-
cate and hear about you!
Dr. Bob Matheny phoned to mention that he
thoroughly enjoyed a visit from his old friend,
Dr. Frank Smith, formerly with Gorgas, this past
summer in Sun City, AZ. Dr. Frank is now a resi-
dent of Easley, South Carolina and is also a long
time friend of the Hirschls.
Jane (Dickson) Cox
Autumn leaves are falling, covering the green
lawns in colorful array while many trees still
proudly flaunt their gorgeous dresses of flaming
reds, bright yellow and soft rusts.
Maxine and Earl Wrenn of Springdale made a
short trip to Florida visiting their son, Keith,
and family on the way through Atlanta, Georgia.
However brief their journey, the Wrenns saw Fraoie
Fender, the George Roths, Michael Greens and Hugh
and Ann Hale.
Winona and Keith York of Fayetteville have had
lots of company this sunier. Winona, as Presi-
dent of the WRMC (Washington Regional Medical Cen-
ter) Hospital Auxiliary, attended a convention in
Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Peter Butz, Sr., and wife, Janice, and their
three sons, of Sapulpa, OK, spent a weekend with
his parents, Lee and Harry Butz of Springdale, in
September. All seven of the Butz family piled in-
to Peter's Suburban and drove to Eureka Springs
to enjoy a rollicking ride on one of the wood-
burning steam engine trains. Both son, Peter,
Jr., and father, model railroad buffs, managed to
get a ride in the cab and blow the whistle! They
also stopped off to see the lovely "Thorncrown
Chapel" which was voted National Honor Award in
In August, Carl and Alfhild (Petie) Maedl tra-
veled to Minnesota to celebrate their 50th wedding
anniversary with family and friends. (See Anniver-
Group picture. Seated: Carl and Petie
Maedl. Standing L-R: Pam Gutowski, Cart
Gutowski, Vince Gutowski, Frank Gutowski
Leslie Krough, Jennifer Gutowski, Pat
Krough, Todd Krough, Webster Krough and
On August 7, 1988, a reception was held for
them at the home of their daughter and son-in-law,
Pat and Jim Krough, in Deephaven, MN. Assisting
as hosts were their other daughter and son-in-law,
Pamela and Vince Gutowski, and the Maedls' six
grandchildren. Former Canal Zone people attending
were Ted and Marion Franklin of Elk River, MN and
Jim and Grace Pfau of Lake Park, MN.
The Maedls were surprised with a beautiful Mem-
ory Album, comprised of a collection of letters
pictures and memorabilia from persons associated
with them in the last 50 years. In addition,
there were quilt blocks with embroidered signa-
tures which Pamela, the quilter in the family,
will assemble into a quilt for them.
On their return from Fayetteville, the Maedls
had a delightful visit with Judy (Palumbo) and Bob
Gates in Fairfield, IA. Bob is the pastor of the
First Christian Church in Fairfield, and Judy will
be teaching 9th grade English, this year.
Our Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting, held
in Rogers, AR, was very well attended and a good
time was enjoyed under Bruce Sanders' able chair-
manship. Don't forget to look forward to Father's
Day picnic at Agri Park but, first, Happy
Thanksgiving, and a Merry, Merry Christmas to all!
Submission of the annual fall report of the Ar-
kansas branch of the Panama Canal Society coin-
cides with the holding of the many arts and crafts
fairs of Northwest Arkansas. Somewhere between
five and ten are held here in the Ozarks and it
is estimated that somewhere between two and three
hundred thousands of people will visit this area.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders drove to Allen, Texas
in late August to see their great grandson, Ryan
Curtis Sanders born August 16th in Plano, Texas,
to Curtis and Kimberlin (Rylander) Sanders. Grand-
parents are Bruce, III and Sandy Sanders of Los
Rios, Panama. Dorothy continues to make progress
and has discarded her crutches, but retains her
wheelchair for transportation around the shopping
malls. In September, they drove to Michigan to
visit family and friends. A highlight of the trip
was an afternoon visit with Carl R. Newhard whom
they found in excellent spirits and who asked to
be remembered to all his friends. They also had
a nice visit with Carl's son, Bruce, wife, Karen,
and other members of the family. Another high-
light of the trip was a short get-together over
dinner with Dorothy Huffman Smith in Findlay,
Ohio, on the way home.
Betty McGilberry had her brother, Don Blauert,
and wife, Jean, from Merced, California here for
a week and they took in all the sights. Her bro-
ther-in-law, Douglas McGilberry, and wife, Jean,
from Mobile, Alabama are coming for the Arts and
John and Polly Michaelis report they are spend-
ing a lot of time doing things around the house
and taking care of the yard.
Alice and Rex Nail report they have been stick-
ing close to hone.
Your reporter would like to say that Herbert
Engelke is now a resident in a nursing home and
his condition has improved greatly.
Jack and Joan Corliss are doing okay and Joan
has gone back to work again.
Jessie Newhard had a visit with Bob and June
Harris formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone. Son, Bryan,
from South Carolina came for a visit and accom-
panied his mother to Denver, CO, for a visit with
son John and wife.
Maxine Reinhold expects to go to the Twin
Cities in Minnesota in November to visit with her
two daughters, Barbara and Shirley. This summer
she attended elderhostels in Pennsylvania and Mi-
chigan and visited son, Richard, Jr., between
Addie Colclasure reports grandson Danny got
married in Buffalo, NY, the 14th of October, but
she had none of the specifics about the ceremony.
She also drove to Leesville, LA to see her grand-
daughter, Wendy. Daughter, Marion is kept busy
with her computer.
Mary Lu Engelke in August traveled with grand-
daughters, Allison and laura Crowell to Miami,
Florida, for a Eaines family reunion to celebrate
mother Elizabeth _aines' 85th birthday. On the
way to Miami, they stopped at Dothan, AL, to visit
with Woody and Elsie Woodruff. On to Seminole,
Florida, to see son Bobby John and family and was
able to see daughter Marva and Teddy Barsness.
About 175 attended the family reunion including
all her sisters with spouses and children. On the
way home, they stopped in Jacksonville, Florida,
to see daughter, Sue, and in Atlanta, GA, it was
daughter, Margaret Gallardo, and family. On Sep-
tember 30, 1988, Erin Crowell Swift gave birth in
Fayetteville, AR to Elizabeth Mary. Paternal
grandfather is Richard Crowell and maternal grand-
mother is Cathy Engelke Crowell.
Peggy and Norbert Keller say all is well. Mom,
Mrs. Sue Magee, has returned from California and
will go to Chicago to spend the holidays with her
son, Buddy. Bob Byrd from Kerrville, Texas,
called and said he was on his way to Eureka Spring
with an RV tour.
Pete and Sue Warner were being visited by son,
Stuart, and daughter, Pamela leidel, with daugh-
ters, Kady and Jennifer. Pete continues to re-
cover from his recent stroke.
George and Edith Engelke are doing okay.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman are anticipating
Willy's family coming up to visit for Arts and
Crafts fairs. Proud to announce that son, James,
who is in the Air Force and stationed in Florida,
has been promoted again.
Evelyn Engelke had Norm and Aggie Anderson from
Boca Raton, Florida, stop by for over night visit
and they were returning home after a class reunion
in Colorado. Son, John, and wife, Laurie, and
daughter, Joy, came by for two weeks and they went
to Springfield, MJ, to call on 'Uncle Herb". My
sister, Frances (Dwyer) Elmendorf, came from Illi-
nois for a visit while John was here. Is being
met in Nashville, TN by son, Bill, and family and
they will all return to Salinas, California.
Edith and Vernon Bircher were called for news
and had nothing to report.
Etta Faye Terrel is on a trip to Big Bend
Country in Texas accompanied by daughter, Andrea,
and her husband, Paul. They also plan to call on
son, Lance, in Austin, Texas.
Bud and Betty Balcer drove to McGregor, Iowa,
in August to help Edna Balcer celebrate her 80th
birthday. On the way home they drove to Lake Oko-
boji and spent a night with his brother, Dr.
(harles Balcer and his family.
Ralph and Marie Shuey flew from Tulsa, Oklahoma
on July 19th for Frankfort, Germany, and arrived
safely on the 20th. They were met by Marie's
niece and were driven 200 miles to the Black
Forest area of southern Germany. We found her
brother Henry with her sister Hedwig after his re-
lease from the hospital. Our three months were
anything but a vacation. Taking care of two indi-
viduals: Hedwig has to walk with a walker and
Henry with two canes. Normally we take off a
couple of weeks and drive into Austria, but this
time we never got away. Our son, Ralph, and new
wife, Bayse, came over on September 20th and stay-
ed for 10 days before returning to their home in
Huntsville, Alabama. We were driven to airport
when we left on October 6th by Marie's niece and
her husband in his Mercedes at speeds of 100 to
115 miles per hour. Arrived home tired, but glad
to get back.
The following are those who attended the North-
west Arkansas Panama Canal Society Annual Fall
Luncheon on October 9, 1988: Richard Condon, Mary
Condon, Carl Maedl, Petie Maedl, Bruce Sanders,
Dorothy Sanders, Earl Wrenn, Maxine Wrenn, Dr.
William Scarborough, Marge Scarborough, Bobby J.
Stokes, Gloria Malsbury, Keith York, Lyle Mertz,
Ruth Mertz, Bill Craft, Lee Craft, Georgia GOinn,
Betty McGilberry, Addie Colclasure, Marian Colcla-
sure, Maxine Reinhold, Jessie Newhard, Virginia
Hursh, Evelyn Engelke, George Boudreau, Dorothy
Boudreau, Alice Nail, Red Nail, Barbara Andrasek,
Polly Michaelis, John Michaelis, Ralph Shuey,
Marie Shuey, Kathleen Huffman, Willard Huffman,
Bud Balcer, Betty Balcer, Veva Folsom, Jim Folson,
Glen Conklin, Bonnie McClesh, lenore Butz, Harry
Butz, Jerry Harp, Harold Harp, Vern Bircher,
Edith Bircher, Ron Jacobs and Alice Jacobs.
From our Roving Reporter
Sumner is always a most appropriate time for
tarvels, picnics, reunions, and other socializing
of which Zonians are so fond. But where do they
get the energy?
The PCSSC picnic-luncheon held at Knott's Berry
Farm on August 7th was well attended and full of
memories and a jolly atmosphere. During the Panama
and Canal Zone slide program presented by David
Hollowell, David Smith was struck by the view of
the rooster statue near the Senate Building in
Panama City. His father had cast the statue.
David Lane told us of attending a Neilson fam-
ily reunion on his mother's side (parents are Leah
and Keith Lane) at a three-day affair in a lodge
in Heber City, Utah. About 70 people, mostly from
Utah and Wyoming attended in July and had a memor-
able time. David is presently engaged in brokering
frozen juice in Oceanside.
Having high praise for the Florida reunion were
Warren and Evelyn (Belanger) Wood, for they met so
many classmates, mostly of BHS'41. A treat to the
eye were Isabelle "Issy" Gibson, FL; Rosemary
(Millett) Gilead, VA; Frances "Bricky" (Coleman)
Pattison; Thelma (Anderson) Grizzard and sister,
Helen (Anderson) Brown, both of VA; Bitsy (Frens-
ley) Atkinson, FL; Gertrude (McConaghy) Roberto,
FL; and Joe Smith, NJ. In addition, the Woods
visited Dollywood, TN; Heritage USA, NC; Stone
Mountain, GA; then Michigan, Ohio, and all the
southern and southwestern states for a total of
11,000 miles. Patty (Dodson) Motykiewicz was at
home to them in Mobile, AL.
Robert J. (Bud) Balcer
Speaker, Capt. Harry Jenkins, USN Ret.,
former Vietnam POW, is greeted by Thelma
and David Hollowell at Sunday breakfast.
New members were a welcome sight at the lunch-
eon, including Linda (Reinma) and Bob Morris,
BHS'53. They came to California a few months ago
from Richardson, Texas, where he was engaged in
real estate. He went to the Canal Zone at age 5,
and retired in 1982 as a fruit buyer, Supply Divi-
sion. Linda came to the Canal Zone in 1953. Her
parents, Francis and Carmen Reimann (she came from
Costa Rica), lived in Curundu, and he worked as a
civilian engineer for the US Army Corps of Engin-
eers in Corozal. The Morris family reside at 35910
Ottawa St., Cathedral City, CA.
Unaware that she was eligible to join the Pan-
ama Canal Societies, Helen (Hobson) Crenshaw of
San Clemente attended the luncheon as guest of
Mary Price. Helen's father, Clarence, was born of
the Atlantic side and left at age 6. Grandfather,
also Clarence Hobson, was in the Zone during con-
struction days, operated a steam shoverl, and died
there at age 36 in 1912. She retired as a US Navy
Joan (Powell) Arndt, BHS'50, from Perrysburg,
OH., was visiting her sister, Celeste (Powell)
Fulton, and both attended the lincheon. Joan is a
retired payroll supervisor from the corporate
offices of McGraw-Edison, Rolling Meadow, IL.
During her visit to the west, they took several
trips by bus, seeing "Camelot" at the Lawrence
Welk Theater (Escondido), also Grass Valley (in
the Gold Country), Monterey, and Lake Tahoe.
Registered nurses devote their lives to saving
lives, but Donna (Geyer) Bowman is presently as-
sociated with a special newsworthy cause at Capis-
trano General Hospital as an RN in the Adult De-
pendency Unit for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation.
Along the line of health, all were sorry to
hear of Marie (Hughes) Browder's severe fall and
the resulting spinal fracture needing several
months for healing. Her address is Mrs. Edward M.
Browder, Jr., 17342 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego,
CA 92128, if you wish to send a card.
Sue (Taylor) Pitney, Bob and Linda
Reiman) Morris, Frank (Bootsy) Leves and
Layne (Taylor) Ashton.
Earlier, Ed and Marie had flown to Indianapolis
for the wedding of their granddaughter, Ann Brow-
der to Karl Schoemer, same city and Michigan, July
2nd. Ann is the daughter of Capt. Edward Browder
BHS'51, USN (Ret), and Judy Browder, and is a
graduate of Purdue. Ed and Marie were also thril-
led to see their first great-grandchild, Andrew
Stephen Browder, son of Lt. Stephen Browder, Under
Water Demolition, Andrews AFB, and also the senior
Browder's other son Bill and his two sons.
Zonians came from far and wide to attend the
West Coast Reunion at the Bahia Hotel, San Diego,
and found it well worth the trip. New Mexico, Ari-
zona, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Ark-
ansas, New Jersey and Florida were only a few of
the states represented. The BHS'43 Class Reunion
so successfully chaired by Isobelle (Zemer) Lively
helped to swell the numbers and make it a memor-
able event. Beginning with registration on Friday,
there was hardly a let-up of noise and enthusiasm
until the Sunday breakfast.
Committee of 1988 West Coast Reunion and
a guest from Florida. Front Bob and
Rosa Dill. Back L-R: David Lane, Donna
(Geyer) Bowman, Betty Frassrand (First
Vice President, Panama Canal Society of
Florida), Conrad Horine, Celine Stone,
Ken Stone, Thelma Hollowell, Kathryn
(Argo) Molinaro, Norma Horine, David
Some of the funniest moments occurred during the
dinner-dance. When a request was made for a class
member to stand for recognition by the graduation
year, some, as a lark, stood for ages 41, 65, 78
etc! For our information, Frances Fitzpatrick of
1934 was the earliest graduate. Then the CHS and
BHS grads stood on opposing sides to sing their
school songs. CHS under the direction of Jim Will
seemed to most nearly in control with their school
song with plenty of volume. BHS had difficulties,
and we discovered later it was due to confusion
over two school songs, both from different time
At Sunday's breakfast, the Marine Color Guard,
the playing of the U.S. and Panama national an-
thems was impressive, as was Capt. Harry Jenkins,
Jr., USN (Ret.) and a Vietnam POW. He drew a
standing ovation before and at the end of his
speech, mostly concerning about the humor of his
experiences during almost eight years of inprison-
ment; four spent in solitary confinement. It re-
minded Moises de la Pena of his son, James, an In-
fantry Sergeant in Vietnam from 1969-70 and recip-
ient of the Air Medal as a machine gunner. A guest,
originally from Vietnam, learned for the first
time of POW experiences, as she and her family had
escaped to the South.
Jim and Elaine McConaghy of Clearwater, FL made
the reunion the culmination of a vacation to the
Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and Colorado Springs,
where he participated in the World Seniors Golf
Tournament. They then drove to San Diego.
Having snacks in the Bahia coffee shop were
David and Thelma Hollowell with Tom and Helen
McGuinness of Irvine, CA; Le Ella Lowrey of San
Diego, and her cousin Lorraine Juvet. Lorraine was
a teacher in Balboa schools from 1949 to 1951. Tom
and Helen had an eventful time at the Florida Re-
union, especially since his brother flew in from
Gordon and Joan (Kenney) Hoyt were happy to be
greeting early friends after a recent festive Sit-
mar cruise to Alaska.
Fern Dabill, Ken Stone, Donna Bowman,
Betty Frassrand and Dale Taylor.
Dick Wanke, Tom and Helen McGuinness,
Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff, Ronald Wanke,
Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt.
For Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff of Dothan, Alabama,
daughter Darleen (Woodruff) Hurt of Peach Tree
City, GA, and daughter Linda (Woodruff) Weir of
Los Angeles, the reunion represented part of their
visit together from September 6 to 21st.
Much of the fun of reunions is finding out un-
usual facts. Pat (Leach) Koenig of San Jose, CA,
glowed with pride as she mentioned her three sons.
All are graduates of the US Military Academy at
West Point in consecutive classes, and all with
the US Army Corps of Engineers. All sons are Ma-
jors Maj. James R. Koenig, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas
NV; Maj. Gary M. Koenig, Shreveport, LA; and Maj.
Douglas R. Koenig, Nashville, TN.
CHS grads jitterbugging: Conrad Horine,
1944, committee member and past presi-
dent, PCSSC, and Pat (Leach) Koenig,
Bunny (Israel) and Muriel (Israel) Dorf-
The growth of San Diego was a surprise to John
Millett, who last saw it during Army duty in the
Mojave Desert during 1951-53. He lives in Takoma
Park, MD, and is a teacher in Prince George's
County, near Washington, D.C.
It was good to welcome Michael Young of Aptos,
CA. an annual visitor to these parts. He surfs
in the Senior Division of the Western Surfing As-
sociation, and professionally is a consultant in
food services financing and design of restau-
rants. His mother, Josephine Young of Richmond,
CA, recently took a trip to the land of her birth,
Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mike's brother and fam-
ily (Peter and wife Stephanie, and son David) live
in Hong Kong. David will enter college in the U.S.
Jack Clay of Lancaster, CA, was brimming over
with the news of the BHS-CHS 1938 Class reunion he
had just attended in Winter Park, CO. He estimated
about 100 attendees, including the following from
California: Ruth (Baunan) Yielding; Jean (Irwin)
Becker; Ed Sullivan, Bill and Boz French; Donald
Mitchell; Bob Provost; Willis (Rocker) Leonhard;
Shirley (Crews) Finlason; and Kelly (Bauman)
Adams. From the state of Washington came McRoy and
Betty (Clay) Hoverter, Jack's sister. Point of in-
formation: Who was the 92-year old Zonian who rode
the Alpine Slide longest in the USA and flab-
Helen Munson and daughter, Helen Daniel
While we're about it, what Zonian at the Bahia
went to the Grossmont High School reunion in the
same hotel, until the obvious age difference sent
him scurrying for his own classmates?
Naomi (Bailey) Phillips and guest Adrienne New-
ton, both from Tiburon, CA, flew into Los Angeles
to come with Marion Rice, Estrella and Sarah de la
Pena. Jean de la Pena met the sisters at the Bahia
and took them to stay with her and Moises in San
Diego, where Estralla injured her back in a nasty
fall and had to be hospitalized upon the sisters'
return home. Neither was able to participate in
the reunion, sad to say.
While on vacation in Cheyenne, WY, Celine Stone
tore a cartilege in her knee a short time before
the reunion but somehow managed to prepare the
lovely flower-and-mask table decorations and even
dance a little.
Charles and Diane (Yost) Mason were happy to be
at the Bahia for her BHS'43 Class Reunion, all the
way from Eldorado, AR, or "on the way to every-
where," as Charles described it. He said the re-
union in Florida in 1984 fostered the idea.
Frances (Violette) Sharp had dreams of a BHS'37
reunion, without much success, but at least some
Zonians came to celebrate with her: David (Chick)
'37 and Florence Wright; Hugh '37 and "B.J."
Wright; Ruth (Bauman) Yielding '37; Graham and
Grace Brotherson; Kelly (Bauman) Adams, and Ruth
(Brown) Robertson '37. Other BHS'37s might want to
get in touch with her: Mrs. Roy Sharp, 1913 Wolf
Laurel Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33570.
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Royce and Sue Lewis drive all the way
from Las Cruces, NM each year for the
West Coast Reunion.
Fern (Horine) Dabill and Norma Horine
have fun in Panamanian dress at the din-
Bill Quinn attended with his daughter Jennifer.
He is employed by Douglas Aircraft at Long Beach,
CA, as a flight test engineer and recently spent
five weeks in Yuma, AZ, testing a new plane for
the Navy. Jennifer was a June graduate of Los An-
geles Community College.
Sugar (Calloway) Di Roma, Bernice "Bunny"
(Israel) Karlan (BHS'42) and sister Muriel (?)
(Israel) Dorfman (BHS'47) visited with David Lane,
Donna (Geyer) Boman and the Hollowells in the
hotel patio, letting the afterglow was over them.
In the sisters' view it was the "best reunion
ever." Their father began working on the Canal
during World War I; left after a while, then was
called back in 1939 to work on the Third Set of
Locks as a sanitary engineer. The family lived in
Williamson Place and Barneby Street in Balboa.
Sugar has worked as secretary for a hospice in
Pinellas Park, FL, for the past five years and de-
clared it is "very rewarding."
Wherever you are, come join us next year. The
welcome mat is always out.
THEORIST AND WRITER
Tom A. Heppenheimer, in his continuing travels
as a science writer, has still been able to take
care to visit old friends from the Canal Zone.
During 1988 he has visited Richard and Norma
Bock in Alanosa, Colorado; Lou Fattorosi in Lake-
wood, New Jersey; Veronica (Walker) Ross and her
husband, Lieut.Col. (Ret) Jerry Ross, in Peachtree
City, Georgia; James and Grace Pfau, Pelican Rap-
ids, Minnesota; and John and Sandy (Weigle) Wanio,
Durham, North Carolina. "I'm looking forward to
next year's reunion," says Tom, "where I'll see
some others whom I have missed along the way."
Tom is a freelance writer based in Fountain
Valley, California. His work has appeared in ( MI,
AIR & SPACE, and other science-related magazines.
He wrote an article called "Losing the Panama
Canal" which appeared in A CRITIQUE OF AMERICA,
recently named ARETE magazine.
The Orange County Register of September, 1988
printed an article regarding his research, as an
aerospace theorist, on an aeroplane known as the
X-30 space-plane. He is to discuss his findings in
October '88 when he conducts a seminar for the
University of California, Irvine, Extension ser-
vice on hypersonic flight and the X-30.
His students are expected to include "Buzz"
Aldrin of Laguna Beach, the second man to walk on
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro
In May, Leslie and Jane (Toapkins) Heselton The Colorado Canal Zone group had a mainspring,
visited Roy and Dot (Kalar) Kennedy Margaret Eleanor Becker, who lived with her daughter, B.J.
Molloy joned them for dinner to reminisce with and son-in-law Milt Law for the last few years.
Jane about elementary school days in Pedro Miguel. Despite illness, she attended every event, enjoyed
Roy Kennedy took over as Treasurer of the Class of her granddaughters and great-grandchildren. Al-
1938 Reunion at Winter Park a complicated, time- though unable to attend the event, she had volun-
consuning task. teered to help make name tags, classbooks, etc..
That wasn't possible either, as she entered the
hospital for her final illness and died right
after the Winter Park Reunion.
For four days in August 18 21, nearly 100
former Zonites, friends and relatives met to cele-
brate 50 years since graduating from BHS and CHS
and the 74th Anniversary of the Canal opening.
During 1987 and 1988, thanks to the help of the
Kennedys, Alice and Jim Wier, Frances (Violette)
Sharp, Alice (Strauss) McLean, Bill French, Wilma
(Wickens) Kennard, Doris ((han) Etchberger, Marga-
ret (Moore) Hem, Richard swearingen, Claud and
Ruth (Wood) Lyon, plans were made and addresses
The attendees were: Katherine (Adams) Lessiack,
Larry Baker, Albert Baldwin, Francis Coyle, Marie
(Haggerty) Ewing, Jean (Irwin) Ecker, Bill French,
Bob Van Siclen, Vance Howard, Norma (Evans) Har-
rington, Bernice (Rathgeber) Jackson, Donald
Mitchell, Ed Sullivan, Lee Kelso, Olive (Kalar)
Krouse, Robert Provost, Bill Russon, Dan Meehan,
Harry Foster, Mary Jane (Comley) Lachlen, Virginia
(Ridge) Dolim, Dorothy (Pirisky) Martin, and Mar-
garet (Meigs) Molloy (BHS); Claud and Ruth (Wood)
Lyon, Betty (Clay) Hoverter, Al Hendricks, John
Finlasson, Alice (Stetler) Nolan, Marion (Canpbell
Martin, George Black and Rafael Canton (CHS).
Macel (Goulet) Thomson substituted for her sister,
Teresa, too ill to attend: Margaret (Sullivan)
MacMillan brought her late brother Tmn's son,
Other relatives and friends: Barbara (Evans)
O'Shaughnessy, Muriel (Evans) Neal, Jim Meigs,
Mattes Orr, Nealie Van Siclen, Norman and Aggie
(Atkinson) Anderson, Katherine (Muller) Peabody,
Adrienne (Muller) Neuhaus, Bill Poole, Frances
(Vioilette) Sharp, Susan (Ewing) Bishop, Blanche
(Adler) Browne, Ray Shaw, Alice (Ward) Weir, Gra-
ham Brotherson, Ruth (Bauman) Yielding, Kelly
(Baunan) Adams, Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan, Wyllis
(Rocker) Leonhard, Betty (Comley) Forgeson, Lou
(Rathgeber) Hunt, Richard Swearingen, Bud Hallett,
Jack Clay, and Estella Sullivan, Ed's lively, re-
Many non-Zonian husbands, wives, sons, daugh-
ters, in-laws, 4 grandchildren, and friends came.
HIGHLIGHTS: Banquet the Pledge of Allegiance
led by Harry Foster, invocation by John Finlasson,
delightful Bajan stories by Ed Sullivan, a moving
talk on "Panama, As It Is Today" by Al Baldwin.
Daytime: Historical tour by Jim Weir, Bill
Poole's great slide-shows of old times in Balboa,
the Interior, and Taboga, visiting and sharing
Margaret Meigs Molloy
Greetings from Naples, Italy. Let me intro-
duce myself to all you members. My name is
Lynnette (Leni) Stokes and I am the new reporter
for the Europe area.
I have not been able to send in a report sooner
than this due to the lack of telephones and the
slow processing of mail here. That has made it
difficult for Zonians in the European Theater to
try and contact me. But slowly and surely, trick-
les of mail has been arriving.
For the last six months, I have been trying to
locate some of my old classmates. I am trying to
set up my 10 year high school reunion from Cristo-
bal High, class of 1979. I have sent out some
letters but to date not many responses. So if you
are out there and you are interested, drop me a
line. Lets celebrate our 10 years right.
I have received some letters from several old
friends. Will Hall, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy
dropped me a line from the USS Enterprise where
he is flying jets. He indicated that he too is
trying to locate his classmates from the Balboa
Class of 1979, and has offered to help me as well.
Since we were in the last classes from the Canal
Zone, I hope we succeed in our search.
Lately, I have been corresponding with my old
high school chum, Laurie Myers. She told me that
she has left Panama, and is currently staying with
her sister Sandy in South Carolina. She was ex-
cited about the reunion and has offered to help
me. It is nice to have a contact in the States,
since I am so far away. Thanks laurie.
I recently received a great surprise. Edward
Tanner (CHS 80) wrote me from Okinawa, Japan. He
is a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He wrote
that he would like to keep in touch with some
"Zonians" and would appreciate some letters.
Being overseas, the mail really helps us here.
Speaking of Marines, my husband, Eric Thompson,
is currently stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA. But
in November, my daughter, Amber, and I will be ex-
pecting a short visit together before I go and
join him in February.
So, Arrivederci for now.
Lynnette (Leni) Stokes
AFSOUTH Box 119
FPO NY 09524
I received a newsy letter from Rusty and Elena
DeBoyrie Oberholtzer and they informed me that
they have moved from Arizona and are presently
living in Melbourne. This means that they can
spend more time with their sons, David and Allan,
who live in Orlando. Allan, after working his way
through college, is now a Manager for Burger King.
David has completed college and is working in a
temporary position while looking for something in
his field of International Public Relations. He
is hoping to end up in South or Central America
where he can use his spanish and help build better
relations between the U.S. and those countries.
Judy and Joey are living in New Jersey. She is
the Director of a large N.J. Hospital and Joey is
still driving 18 wheelers and loves it. Both
Rusty and Elena are 'Tenp" workers so they can
have time for traveling and visiting their many
Canal Zone friends. Elena graduated from CHS in
1955 and worked as an instructor/teacher for the
Army on the Atlantic side; teaching typing, mili-
tary correspondence and GED. Rusty was with the
Air Force and then worked as a Shift Conmander at
Cristobal Police Department until he retired in
Henry and Mary (Phelan) Nagel
Mary Phelan Nagel of Port Orange sent me the
sad news that she had lost her husband, Henry, the
latter part of July. Although Henry never lived
on the Zone, they had visited Mary's daughter and
son-in-law, Sharon and Don DeStaffino eleven years
ago shortly after Mary and Henry were married.
Sharon and Don now live in Port Orange. Henry en-
joyed attending the reunions and was so impressed
by the warmth and friendliness of all the C.Z.
folks. In August, Mary visited her daughter in
Chicago and she plans to spend Christmas in Kansas
with her son, Jim Pbelan.
I also received word from Mary Ellen (Mrs. Roy)
Knoop that they had taken a short vacation and
traveled from Gig Harbour, Washington to San Diego
and while in the area they stopped to see Lois
(Stapf) Mauer. They were saddened to learn that
Lois had lost her husband, Bob, a month before.
Leo and I drove to Yalaha, Florida, a beautiful
wooded development on Lake Harris, to visit with
Hugh and Ann Hale. While there, Hugh and I were
able to further discuss plans for our 45th CHS re-
union in 1990.
Earl Freund, Linda (Bull) Rice and dau-
ghter Nicole Mauritson and Lelia Freund,
George Bull's mother.
George Bull and Bill Gaines take time
out for a game of pool at the Johnny
Mazetti dinner at the Waterwood club-
There are three couples living in Yalaha who
once lived in the C.Z. George and Martha (Zent)
Bull, the Hales, and Earl and Lelia Freund (George
Bull's mother). Fred Ashworth, who is now Pastor
of the Howey Memoria Church in Howey-in-the-Hills
(about three miles from Yalaha) lived for a short
time in the Zone when his father worked for the
George and Martha visited their son, Mike, his
wife, Denise, and grandson Tristan in Olathe, Kan-
sas in may and saw their new granddaughter, Megan,
who was born May 16th. The Bull's daughter, Susie
traveled from Colorado Springs to see her new
little niece and their daughter, Linda, and her
family arrived from Raymore, Missouri.
Martha's sister, Liz Beall, from Washington,
D.C. attended the reunion. She and her son,
Richard, of Tampa visited with brother-in-law,
Bill Gaines and sister, Lou Ellen (Zent) Gaines
in Zephyrhills and also with George and Martha in
Yalaha. Liz will be retiring from her government
job in Washington next January and she purchased
a condo in Largo where she will make her home af-
Martha and George's daughter, Linda, and their
granddaughters, Regan and Nicole, visited Water-
wood in August as well as Mike and his family.
Earl and Lelia Freund enjoyed seeing and visiting
with their grandchildren and great grands. Megan
was baptized at the Howey Memorial Church and
George and Martha hosted a luncheon in honor of
Al and Traudie Wehr from Berlin, Germany also
visited Martha and George in September. Al and
Traudie hosted hundreds of Americans stationed in
Berlin and it was an honor and a joy for the Bulls
to welcome them to the United States. They hosted
an open house to honor their guests and to intro-
duce them to family and friends.
L-R: Bill Mclnerney, Martha (Zent) Bull,
Regan Mauritson, Lou Ellen (Zent) Gaines
and Glenora (Hale) Mclnerney.
Hugh and Anne Hale's daughter, Glenora, married
Bill McInerney in April. It was the first time
that all of the Hale family had been together in
their home since Hugh retired in 1976. Their dau-
ghter, Peggy, son-in-law, Dennis Huff and grand-
daughter, Lauren, all traveled from the Canal Zone
to attend the wedding. Exactly one month after
the wedding, the Hales sold their home in Tarpon
Springs and moved to Yalaha.
Anne's sister, Helen, and brother-in-law, Ray
Megan, visited with them in August before Ray
attended a seminar in Orlando in connection with
his position on the Colorado Police Pension Board.
The Governor of Colorado appointed Ray to this
position. Glenora and Bill joined the family and
since that was the same weekend that George and
Martha Bull's daughter, Linda, was visiting, the
two families, Earl and Lelia Freund and Lou and
Bill Gaines got together for a Johnny Mazetti
dinner at the Waterwood Clubhouse.
Douglas Hale spent a week with Hugh and Anne
in September, before going to Toledo, OH to attend
a ship simulator school in connection with his
The kitchen crew at the Johnny Mazetti
dinner: Anne (Edwards) Hale, Regan Mau-
ritson, Helen (Edwards) Magen, Hugh Hale
and Glenora (Hale) Mclnerney.
The Hale family at 4th July celebration.
L-R: Dennis Huff, Anne Hale, Bill McIn-
erney, Hugh Hale, Glenora Hale Mclnerney
and Peggy Hale Huff.
training as a Panama Canal pilot. Glenora and
Bill again joined the family and Hugh made arrange
ments to use the Waterwood pontoon boat for an
outing on Lake Harris which also included a trip
up the beautiful Dora Canal with Douglas at the
helm. Wade and Marina Huffman, Douglas's in-laws
joined the Hale family for the outing and they all
ended the day with a barbecue, also ably executed
Max and Earl Wrenn from Springdale, AR stopped
for a short visit with the Hales in September.
The two ex-CZ firemen and co-workers and their
wives enjoyed reminiscing about the "good 'ole
The Hales are expecting their son, Douglas, and
his family to be with them again in October. They
will be going up to visit Marie's family in North
Carolina for a family reunion and an old fashioned
'pig-pickin'. Wade and Marina Huffman will also
be going and Anne and Hugh hope to join them and
will hopefully visit a few days with Hugh's aunt,
Mary Sueeney, in Bethesda, MD. The Hales are now
eagerly looking forward to making the Zonian
Cruise with other Canal Zone Amigos in November.
Merry Christmas to all!
Leona Sanders Snedeker
Hello, fellow members. It's hard to believe
that December is already here and before we know
it, Christmas will be upon us. I hope that each
and every one of you have a very nice Holiday Sea-
son and hope that everybody had a great Thanks-
Gene Clinchard and his sister, Constance
(Clinchard) Wright will be driving up to Blairs-
ville, GA to visit their brother, Dr. Bill Clinch-
ard, around the end of October and will stay for
about two weeks. Hope they have a scenic drive
up there and a pleasant visit.
Unfortunately, this will be my final report for
you. After a lot of long, hard thinking, I have
decided to resign as your area reporter. I think
it only fair to tell you why.
As I was making my usual calls to everyone, I
was chewed out by one of the members, which shall
remain nameless. This member was upset over one
of my reports.
I am not a professional, merely a volunteer.
I am tired of having to call everyone prior to
making my report. I work part time and am pretty
busy the rest of the time. When I do phone the
members, some of you seem aggravated that I am
calling. Some members have been outright rude to
me. Please don't get me wrong, there are a few
members that seem glad to hear from me and I en-
joy chatting with them and I will miss them.
I wish you all luck and happiness.
Lorraine (Sunshine) Grose
John Disharoon who was born in the Canal Zone
and who graduated from BHS in 1968 has found many
ways to keep busy.
First of all, John has been a teacher in Pine-
llas County for the past 17 years. This year he
teaches the sixth grade and is the Athletic Direc-
tor and after school Activity Coordinator at his
school. Besides this, he has been a statistician
during Tanpa Bay Buccaneer football games since
the team's first game in 1976. He has done his
statistics work at the 1984 Super Bowl and hopes
to work the 1991 Super Bowl. In addition, John
enjoys traveling with his team during the Pre-
As if this were not enough, John is also under
contract as an associate scout with Major League
Baseball's Kansas City Royals. He attributes any
success that he may have in this position to his
former BHS baseball coach, Herb Raybourn, who
lives in Bradenton, FL. John also speaks very
highly of Ed Napoleon who is a coach with the Big
League K.C. Royals. His pet project has been Bo
Jackson, a former Heisman Trophy winner in Foot-
ball, who is also an outfielder for the Royals.
Since Jackson hit 25 home runs this year, Ed must
be doing something right. Bo Jackson also plays
pro football for the Los Angeles Raiders.
John Disharoon, known as "Little Dish" to his
friends may well be the only Zonian ever to hold
a job in both Major League Baseball and National
Football Leagues at the same time. Keep up the
good work John and by the way, what do you do with
all your free time?
George and Gertrude Allgaier flew to Denver,
CO to visit relatives, The Honorable John Kane and
his mother. They gave us a tour of the city. The
city is beautiful with its Capital Building and
Courthouse and parks. The 16th Stree Mall is in
the downtown area, stores for 16 squares, a street
without traffic and free bus rides all day.
We were in the U.S. Mint. It is money coining
that intrigues many visitors. Until 1968, the
Denver Mint cast its own metal...today, private
contractors supply the prefabricated metal coils
from which the coin blanks are punched. High
speed punch presses work to punch out blanks -
round pieces of metal of the proper diameter. Each
minute, these presses stamp out 550 smaller coins,
pennies, nickels, and dimes. Blanks pass to a gas
furnace for strengthening. They are then cleaned,
polished, rinsed with water and dried. A rirming
machine adds the first familiar feature, the
raised edge. At the coining press, one heavy blow
impresses designs such as the nickels portrait of
Thomas Jefferson. About 40 tons of force is
needed to stamp a penny or a dime; as much as 110
tons are needed for a half dollar. Perfect coins
move into the count where they are separated and
bagged and distributed to commercial banks and in
turn, small change in our pockets. They are fond
of joking, "This is one tour where you won't get
a free sample."
A birthday party was held for George in August
with family friends and neighbors.
Gene and Ethel Askew had a busy summer. First
a visit from daughter, Linda, and her son, David,
who took in a trip on SeaEscape and a visit to
Cape Canaveral and St. Augustine. Then grand-
daughters, Lisa and Katie Goodwin, from Panama re-
turned from a visit with Bob Askew and family in
Germany and spent some time with us. We went up
Sky Valley in North Georgia for a week and came
back by way of Nashville, Birmingham and Mobile,
visiting relatives. Daughter, Nancy, and grand-
daughter, (Cristy, came up from Panama to help
Christy enter the University of South Florida.
At the end of August, we took off for Alaska, fly-
to Fairbanks, taking the Midnight Sun Express
train to Denali National Park (home of Mt. McKin-
ley) on to Anchorage, boarding the Sea Princess,
cruising past the beautiful mountains, glaciers,
many islands and visiting several towns and fi-
nally through the Inland Passage to Vancouver
where we boarded the plane for home. It was really
a beautiful trip.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida held their
annual summer luncheon at the Sahib Shrine Tem-
ple in Sarasota on Saturday, September 10, 1988,
with over 116 members and guest attending.
Jay Cain, Chairman, and her committee, deco-
rated the Banquet Room with red, white and blue
table coverings and American flags to carry out
the theme of "Our Great United States". Marion
Greene had corresponded with the Governors of each
of the 50 states and the District of Colunbia and
received acknowledgments from all, including sou-
venirs, State seals, flags and other replica re-
presenting their own State. These were given out
as prizes to the lucky number winner of their home
state. Other items were donated by our Coast Fed-
eral Bank and Panama Canal Society members, which
were given as "special category" prizes.
It was a delicious lunch, a fine short meeting
conducted by our President, Carl Starke, followed
by visiting and reminiscing with each other. Many
commented on what a fine, fun affair it was. Jay
Cain's committee members were Carl Starke, Gladys
Conley, Myrtle Ikghes, Gladys HImphrey, Frances
Jones, Marion Greene, Mike Greene, Mary Orr,
Louise Pustis, Mayno Walker and Betty Malone.
Maxine Hitchcock recently returned from a visit
with her son, William C. Hitchcock, Jr., and
family in Bethesda, MD. Bill and family had just
returned from a two week vacation in Italy, tour-
ing in a rented car. Maxine was happy to get a
first hand report on their trip and enjoy the
beautiful pictures taken while sight-seeing.
Rae and Joe Ebdon enjoyed a two week trip to
St. Albans, VT to visit Sarasotans, Jim and Edna
Million and Truman and Betsy Hoenke in their
Jeanne Burgon a member of the Sarasota Bowling
Association, was a participant in the Women's In-
ternational Bowling Tournament held in Reno
and Carson City, Nevada. During her ten day stay,
Jeanne's nieces, Jacqueline (Carr) Fames and her
sister, Joyce Carr, joined Jeanne for a visit and
accompanied Jeanne on a trip to Lake Tahoe.
Recently Jeanne had a nice visit from her dau-
ghter and granddaughter, Karen (Magnuson) O'Neil
and Laura Jeanne Fox, of Deerfield Beach, FL, who
arranged an informal surprise birthday celebra-
tion for Jeanne.
Douglas and Cindy McClain and children, Dee Dee
and David of Balboa, R.P., spent the sunmer with
his parents, John and Gladys McClain. Following
their visit, Doug and family flew to Heilbronne,
Germany, where he has been transferred by the De-
partment of Defense. Doug has been the Band Di-
rector at Cristobal and Balboa High Schools for
the past seven years. Doug writes that they are
just 25 miles from Heidelberg and have visited
many of the castles there.
Jay Cain and Myrtle Hughes, accompanied by
Myrtle's daughter, Sandra (Hughes) Claflin of
Merritt Island, spent a week in Franklin, NC, and
enjoyed mining for rubies. They also visited the
Cherokee Valley Festival being held in a nearby
town where the many Indian tribes gathered to dis-
play their handicraft gifts and participate in
games and contests. They also enjoyed the Indian
Jack Clarke, recently returned from an extended
trip his first vacation in many years. Early
in August Jack motored to Savannah, GA, for a
visit with his grandson, John Kresge. He also
visited his brother-in-law, Richard Bell and wife
in New Bern, NC. (He is the brother of Jack's
late wife, Joyce B. Clarke.) Jack later visited
his daughter, Nancy (Clarke) Kresge in Tupulo, MS.
After an extended visit with Nancy, Jack flew to
California to visit his other daughter, Linda C.
Iayman and her husband, larry, in San Diego.
Linda was her dad's unofficial tour guide and kept
him on the go sightseeing much of Southern Cali-
fornia. Jack returned to his daughter's in Tupulo
by plane, picked up his car and his dog for his
return trip to Sarasota. He said traveling and
seeing many family members is great, BUT, "There's
no place like home".
"Five weeks seems like a short time when you're
having such fun", say Al and Miriam Bissett. The
first two weeks of the Fall, they spent in Arundel
England, and Swanses, Wales, visiting friends.
This is the Bissetts fourth trip in this fascina-
ting area and say they'd do it again.
During the sumner, Louise Pustis joined a group
to go by air for a two week tour of Norway, Swe-
den and Denmark. They traveled by ferries and
old-fashioned carriages drawn by sturdy fjiord
horses, enjoying the beautiful glaciers and the
delightful water. The group went to Lillehanner,
Norway, the site of the 1992 Winter Olympics,
where construction is already in progress for the
ski slopes and other events.
The George Walkers, accaopanied by their dau-
ghter, Carole Miller, of Tanpa, Florida, had the
pleasure of a trip to see the beautiful fall foli-
age in Blowing Rock, NC. Enroute they stopped to
do some sightseeing and visiting in Charleston,
S.C., and in Savannah and Helen, GA. While in
Blowing Rock, they were joined by their daughter
and son-in-law, Mabelle Walker and Martin Fitz-
gerald of New Smyrna Beach, FL and their son and
wife, Frank and Wendi Fitzgerald of Franklin, NC.
Also the Walkers grandsons, Mike and Tomny Peregoy
of Richmond, VA, joined their mother and other
family members there.
Bob and lotty Orvis of Daytona Beach visited
over the weekend with his mother, Fran Orvis, and
their oldest son, Robert Michael Orvis. He has
been a resident of Sarasota for the past seven
years and recently moved to Naples, FL. His new
address is 1201 10th Avenue, Naples, FL 33940.
Barney and Tinsie (Bliss) Barnes enjoyed a
visit with Mrs. Barnes' sister, Elmy Carder of
Ridgeley, WV, who made her annual trip to Sara-
sota to share her 87th birthday with them. Bar-
ney and his sister have shared each others birth-
days together either in Sarasota or in West Vir-
ginia for a number of years.
Gladys Humphrey recently returned from an ex-
tensive visit in California with her sister,
Zonella (Bliss) Field (Mrs. John F. Field) of San
Fernando, CA. While there, her brother and his
wife, Curtis and Emily Bliss of Rockledge, Florida
and cousins, Bill and Dorothy (Hoffman) Allen of
Seal Beach, CA came to visit. Gladys also spent
two weeks in Campbell, CA with her brother, Gerald
D. (Budd) Bliss, Jr., his wife, Eleanor and other
family members. She had several telephone visits
from a former Old Cristobal neighbor, Katherine
Storm, of Tujunga, CA, and wants to be remembered
to those who may remember her.
Gladys B. Hmphrey
It became an investigative project to locate,
for Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd, her old friend and
co-worker from Corozal F.O. days, Carol Pahia of
Hawaii. Carol, who is unlisted, has remarried -
Carol Suganuma an akamai (smart) and interesting
woman I hope to meet who now has a travel agency
office in Honolulu.
Telephone visits with my BHS-and-forever friend
Elaine (Bohan) Johnson of Jonesboro, Arkansas,
stir up such jolly memories of the hau'oli (happy)
and active life we shared in the unique Canal
Zone/RP lifestyle, probably equaled nowhere
(though I protest Elaine's reasons for not attend-
ing the reunion!).
Beverly (DesLondes) Stiles of Santa Maria, CA,
will not be visiting me in November as planned be-
cause her car was struck head-on by a hit-and-run
driver three days after she had moved to a new
apartment, assisted by grandson, Jim DesLondes,
of Santa Barbara. Beverly is recovering all right
from minor injuries.
In Raleigh, NC, a special pleasure was visiting
Marjorie King, a widow of Bob who died here in
Hawaii, a few years ago, in her beautiful new
townhouse in a pretty section of Raleigh. We
spent some time with Marj's daughter, Karin and
husband Gil Lng, and their precious child in
their nearby home.
Hawaii's dreamer-developer Chris Hemmeter's
latest resort wonder, the Waikoloa on Big Island,
is claimed by many world travelers and writers to
be the most magnificent and appealing luxury/phan-
tasy resort in the world. My daughter, Katya, and
I look forward to a three-day weekend at a close
runner-up of Henneter's the Westin Kauai, on the
Garden Isle of Kauai, in November, a discounted
courtesy to Hemmeter employees, of which she is
When the rehabilitated S.S. Monterey made her
first stop here, she was decorated with a giant
50-ft lei and 25,000 orchids, as she became the
third luxury liner among the seven-day inter-
island luxury cruises.
Enjoyed hearing from, and later entertaining,
Jim Moore, an 18-year Hawaii resident who grew up
in Cristobal (CHS '64), who lives on Kailua Beach.
Jim asserts that Hawaii is the most relaxing at-
mosphere anywhere in which to combine business and
pleasure. He is a systems analyst and a golfer.
Counterclockwise from left: Bill DeLa-
Mater, his sister Lois Bates, her daugh-
ter Katya DeLaMater, and their cousin
Arline (Schmidt) Winerman.
Hank and Virginia (Ridge) Dolim were delighted
when the Dodgers beat the Mets in the playoff, and
when they won the World Series, they partied all
day. Virginia's brother, Jim Ridge, is still
living in and doing business in Panama. He calls
Virginia with interesting reports on the que pasa
there. Virginia and Henry hosted my friend and
me to a big luau with ono kaukau (delicious food)
and a dance at the Elks' Club, at which she was
one of the honchos.
Lois DeLaMater Bates
(Unfortunately did not meet the deadline due to
This has been a beautiful Fall with all the
leaves changing from greens to reds and yellows
We had a lot of free time this summer and spent
most of the afternoons on the beach.
Last month for Senior Harvest Day at Muskegon
Community College I won the Blue Ribbon for the
"Most Delicious Cookie" contest. It can be frozen
and one batch makes 120. It's called Marshmellow
Delight, and I'll send the recipe upon request. If
I rated myself from 1 to 10 in baking, I would
have given myself a 3, so the ribbon was quite a
thrill and surprise.
My fall activities have started and had my
first international cooking class which was Japan.
The next three will be Polish, Puerto Rican and of
course, Panama. My teaching 1st-5th graders Span-
ish classes have also started by will teach only
at the North Muskegon School, since it's only four
blocks from home. From reliable sources we are in
for a dandy winter, so I have accumulated enough
sick and vacation leave so that if we have a storm
I won't go to work. I'm still working 4 hours with
the Red Cross as Shelter Advisor for low-income
I hope that after Thanksgiving, some of you our
there will give me some news. Have a nice turkey
Anita Daniels Asnussen
Unfortunately did not meet the deadline due to
My brother, Bob "Dink" Dennis hit the big
birthday this fall with a surprise party given by
his sons and their wives. He did very well and
was really surprised until he spotted his youngest
son, Howard, who had flown in from Hawaii. The
laughter and tears flowed freely. Howard had a
home built on the big island of Hawaii a few years
ago. I don't have to tell you who watched the
electrical installations with an eagle eye.
Dink has sold his electrical contracting busi-
ness and retired. He does some consulting work
and enjoys his three granddaughters.
Sibby Hallin Pittman came East to visit her
sister-in-law, Myrtle Pittman Kenny. We toured
our Alma Mater, Helene Fuld Medical Center. They
rolled out the "Red Carpet" and gave us the V.I.P.
treatment. Sibby had not seen the hospital in
over fifty years. She was thrilled and surprised.
Mrs. Seeley, Norma Seeley McGahhey, Jean
My sister, Jean Dennis Herbert, and I spent a
visit with Mrs. Maria Louisa Seeley and Norma
Seeley McGahhey. Norma had brought her mother to
live with Barbara Hamond Serafini (Milly Seeley
Hammonds daughter). W spent the day talking a-
bout the good old days. The Seeley's were trans-
ferred from Cristobal to Balboa. There house was
not ready so they moved in with the Dennis Clan.
With all the Seeley's and Dennis', believe me we
were wall to wall people in our. house on Barnaby
Street. Mrs. Seeley's address is 275 Old Lyme
Kiln Road, Chalfonte, PA 18914, c/o B. Serafini.
Our sympathy is extended to all the Rathgeber
Family on the death of Jack. I have lost a class-
mate, long time friend and Hide and Seek and Kick
the Wicket Buddy...
The gang gathered the last weekend in September
to enjoy our company and beautiful mountain fall
weather. Everyone likes to get there early on
Friday so as not to miss anything. Hugs, kisses,
food and beverage flowed freely. You can't beat
the gals from C.Z. when it comes to cooking and
goodies. The outdoor chairs and picnic tables
were set up and we were ready for fun and monkey
Faye Hamlin, Rosemary Millett Gilead,
Sibby Hallin Pittman, Eleanor Hammond
Jeanne Rocker Allen, Jo Dennis Konover,
Jean Dennis Herbert, Norma Stillwell
Martin, Eleanor Schwindeman, Olive Kalar
Krouse, Sibby Pittman.
Billie Michaelsen, Grace Jones Carey,
Rosemary Gilead, Doris Nolan Lefferts.
Horace Lefferts, Jack Carey and Dottie
Front L-R: Jack Tonneson, Gene Hamlin.
Back L-R: Frank Key, Jack Poole, "Dink"
The Panama Canal Society of Western North Ca-
rolina had its Annual picnic on August 6th at Lake
Julian. It was a beautiful day and we all en-
joyed getting together. Jeannine and Bill Carlin
from Sarasota, Florida were very welcome guests.
Norma Martin, Jeanne Allen,
Gene Hamlin with Bill Poole and Augie
Friday evening after dinner, thanks to Gene
Hamlin and Bill Poole, we took a trip down Memory
Lane. We saw slides of The Red White and Blue
Troops of the 20's, 30's and 40's, took a trip to
Chiriqui and went through the Panama Canal all in
one evening. Saturday evening was spent dining,
watching more slides, singing and dancing.
Sunday arrived all too soon and lingering good-
byes were said and promises of seeing each other
We will hold our 1989 Pocono Reunion the week-
end of September 22-23-24, 1989. Best Western
Hill Motor Lodge, Tennersville, PA 18372. (717)
They have always given us a weekend special
price. This year for two nights lodging, Friday
and Saturday Dinner $63.00 for two in a room.
Those present were: Norma Stillwell Martin,
Jean Dennis Herbert, Jo Dennis Konover, Jeanne
Rocker Allen, Faye and Gene Halin, Muriel and
Bill Poole, Jack Poole, Betty Brooks, and Andy
Stergeon, Rene Taylor and Jack Kromer, Sibby
Hallin Pittman, Augie and Eleanor Hammond Schwin-
deman, Horace and Doris Nolan Lefferts, Vince and
Dottie Ridge, Frank Key, Jack Tonneson, Tede Duff
Lyng, Willie Kirpatrick, Vince Reynolds, Jack and
Grace Jones Carey, Rosemare Mellett Gilead, len
and Olive Kalar Krouse, Frank and Jean Kalar Ic
Andrews. We have added some new ones and missed
our usual regulars.
Jeannie Jensen Lampe, Becky Fall and Jan
On October 20th, we had our fall luncheon and
welcomed guests, Joe and Lloyd Kent, Peggy Hutchi-
son and Noralie Shobe.
Agnes and "Pat" Patino spent three weeks in
September touring the British Isles. While in
Ireland, Agnes had the experience of kissing the
Charlotte and Henry Falk spent 10 days in Ice-
land visiting a foreign exchange student who had
stayed with them previously. From Iceland, they
flew to Europe and traveled in Luxembourg and the
wine country of France.
Janet and Ross Cunningham are going to Fenton
Lake, Michigan to be with Janet's uncle on his
91st birthday. Their oldest son, Dick, is trans-
ferring from Florida to Davidson, North Carolina.
Lloyd and Joe Kent spent a week in Henderson-
ville in October and enjoyed our beautiful fall
My daughter, Noralie (Roche) Shobe from Bell-
ingham, Washington, was with me for two weeks in
October; fortunately, at the peak of the color
Fred Sill spent a few days with his mother,
Ruth Sill, in September. Fred was on his way back
to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from London, England.
Houseguests of Jean and Jack IDnbrowsky in Oc-
tober were Alan and Susan Dombrowsky from Miami
and Peggy Hutchison from Aiken, SC. In August,
their son, Dale, and grandson, Jason, were here
from Lakeland, Florida. Also, Jean's sister,
'Bricky" Pattison spent two weeks with them.
Capt. Sam Irvin came home from sea in early Oc-
tober. Sam and Norma went to Pensacola, Florida,
to see son, John, before he leaves for Naval Pri-
mary Flight Training in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Sam, III, is at sea as Chief Mate on a Lykes liner
and will return in early January. He and Jenny
became parents in September. (See Births.)
My summer visitors have returned to their re-
spective homes, happy after their sumner spent in
the Northwest. The highlight of Marcy and Steve
Napoleon's visit, was climbing Mt. Adams and tent-
ing under the stars for two nights. Their guide
and group was led by Jim Wood and family. It was
Marcy and son Steve's first for rock climbing up
into the glaciers having fun sliding and playing
in the snow; seeing beautiful waterfalls, and
having a panoramic view of the foothills and
The Northwest picnic reunion held at Millers-
vania Park on a cool dry day, hosted by Noralee
and Jim Shobe, was very successful. Every reunion
seems to get bigger and better as this was just
fine with 170 in attendance. A special thank you
to Mary and John Urey (Ala); Suzanne and Walter
Kleefkens and Mary Young for all the memorabilia
gathered to raffle off. It was appreciated by
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Norma Irvin, "Bricky" Pattison and Alice
smith with Eizabeth
Smith with Elizabeth
Ruth Zelnick returned from her sumnner in Ver-
mont in September and is now visiting her two
sons, John and Paul, and families in Tulsa, Okla-
homa and Little Rock, Arkansas.
Alice H. Roche
L-R: Bob Eddy, Duane Davis, Ralph Smith,
Our Zoners who signed in came from far and
wide; Bill, Elaine, Fmily and Louise Duffus; larry
and Hayden Bushong; Dorothy and Ralph Henderson;
Tom and Cece Gove; Nelson and Merrie Day; Bob,
Shelly and Jessica Day; Don and Barbara Jackson;
Jack and Anne Rocker.
From Oregon, the following Mary E. '"ebs"
Ausnehmer; Owen Blair; John T. Dodds; Paul and
Connie Ebdon; Margaret and Grady Hardison; Pauline
(Engler) Harvey; Walter and Suzanne (Urey) Kleff-
kens; Tom and Marilyn (Metzgar) Marsh; Lil and
Gene Nott; Butch, Connie (Lasher) and Heather
Pennington; Mike and Inez Plucker; Joe, Lori,
Scott and Lisa Stephenson; Martha (Johnson) Ste-
phenson; and Billie (Marsh) Wallace.
From Washington Roger and Katy Adams; Floyd
and Beverly Baker; larry Barkema; John and Michele
(Greene) Bundy; Ken, Erin (Rocker), Sheila and
Michael Bragg; Dale and Donna Bunnell; Bill Bai-
ley; Betty (Lockwood) Crocker; George and Dorcas
Cooper; Henry and Patricia Cruz; Mark and Mounyen
(Lyman) Clifton; Donna and Cec Caudill; Duane L.
Doris and Dr. Frank
Davis; Dorothy L. Doherty; Frank and Marge (Price)
Doherty; Neil, Lindsay Doherty; Jim, Clover
(Shobe) Jon, Tina Duffus; Jim and louisa Duffus;
Lillian and Harvey Ewart; Robin Erixon; Nancy and
Darrell Eide; Clara and Buddy Fmery; Robert E.
Eddy; Murray, Candy and laddy Falk; Dale and
Bonnie Fontaine; Lavinia (Wink) Greene; Ed and
Lori Herring; Ann Higgins; Jan (Doherty) Huff;
Cheri, Randy and twins Henderson; Ann Laura John-
son; Janet (Kinmel) Kinnier; Marti Iohr; Neil
Lohr; Barbara (Greene) Litchford; David lee; Glenn
and Gladys lasher; Tim and Coleyne lasher; Don and
Maycel MacLean; Barbara (Comber) tcDougal; Brian
Cindy Mclaughlin and family; John and Garnett Mc-
Laughlin; Chuck Nelson; Cheryl Olson; Barbara and
Bob Ross; Carl and Jan (McLaughlin) Roush; Dick
and Diane Reed; Cheryl Schmmner; Don and Sandi
Seymour; Debbie (Rowley), April, Scott and Dillion
Shobe; Jim and Noralee Shobe; Nancy Slover; Ralph
and Helen Smith; Jim Snider; Lee and Kathy Snider;
Rusty and Cindy vauchen; Doug, Lance and Crystal
Wood; James B. Wood; Martha (Bradley) Wood; Dan
and Susie (Slover) Wells; Phil and Weulcia Wil-
kins; Frank Young; Jim and Mary (Sullivan) Young.
each with a sweat shirt. Stanped on the front of
one was "Captain Jack", and the other "First Mate
Anne". On the back of each "Sea Spider" "Kodiak,
Alaska" Latest report from the Rockers, they have
caught 17,000 pounds of Halibut on their boat.
Laura Stephenson, daughter of Martha and John
Stephenson, left for Sydney and Melbourne, Aus-
tralia for 3 months student teaching training.
Tom and Dr. Evelyn (Barraza) Snider are on the
Atlantic side of the Isthmus. Dr. Snider is now
practicing medicine in the same job as her parents
did at Coco Solo Hospital. That old saying, "The
wheel comes around" has been proven here.
News from Donna Caudill on July 23rd, Cec and
Donna Caudill hosted a "deck party" at their home
in Port Orchard. Former Zonians were Cheryl
(Caudill) Schanmer, Bev and Floyd Baker; John and
Garnett Mclaughlin; Lee and Kathy Snider and son,
Jim; Phil and Weulcia Wilkins; Bill and Marti
lohr; Jim and Sherry Hansen.
Tom and Marilyn Marsh celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary August 21, given by their
children at the Presbyterian Church in Oregon
John Doherty, Marge (Price) Doherty, Jan (Doherty) Huff, Janet
met) Kinner BHS'49, Cece Gove, Sun Lakes, Arizona.
LL i .f^ Ioi
Mike Plucker, Host for '89 NW Reunion, Cheryl (Caudill) Schommer, Cec
Caudill,, Donna Bummell, Martha (Johnson) Stephenson.
Hosts for the 1989 NW Picnic Reunion are Mike
and Inex Plucker and will be held in Emerald Park,
Eugene, OR. If interested in attending next year,
please send a self addressed stamped envelope to
the Pluckers at 777 Hatton, Eugene, OR 97404.
Jack and Anne Rocker, formerly of Camano Is-
land, Washington, sold their home and moved after
buying a commercial fishing boat to Kodiak, Alas-
ka. Our hosts, Noralee and Jim Shobe presented
Floyd and Beverly Baker have a new granddaugh-
ter, Brittany Nicole Baker, born on July 29, 1988.
Her parents are Glen and Diane Baker of Houston,
Larry Barkema, Jim Wood, Joe Stephenson, and
Butch Pennington got together at reunion, rehashed
Zone fun days of fishing, hunting and Christmas
tree gang wars. The good hiding places to stow
trees until the night of the big burn were remem-
bered. One in particular, the young men were won-
dering if they (trees) were ever lowered from the
tree they were chained to. Jim read the latest
Record (September) and had a very bad case of home
sickness after seeing phots of Sid Coffin (his
diving buddy) fishing and lobstering on the Zone.
Guess he needs a vacation, as the "grass is always
greener on the other side of the fence". Yes, we
and they thoroughly enjoyed the freedom, fun and
growing up in the Zone. It was a wonderful time
of our lives and one we'll always remember with
been hospitalized since our reunion.
Tim Lasher reinjured his knee and though on
crutches is on light duty until decision whether
to operate or not is made. His father, Glen lash-
er is on the go again after his recent operation.
Glen and Gladys with Ann Laura Johnson are on a
3 day, 600 mile loop into Canada to view the fall
I heard from Joyce (larrabee) Russell (NJ) who
wanted the address of Al Rankin and family. She
wanted to thank Peggy Rankin for her patience and
perserverance in teaching her piano when she was
John Dodds, Betty (Lockwood) Crocker, Barbara Comber) McDougal BHS'49,
Merrie Day (Casper, Wyoming), Nelson Day (Casper, Wyoming).
Ralph Henderson with one of the twin grandsons, St.
Dorothy Henderson, Ohio, Barbara Ross, Bob Ross.
Jim Shobe with daughter Clover (Shobe) Duffus, Larry Barkema (FAA
to '70) and Jim Wood, Pauline (Engler) Harvey, Lillian Harvey.
Murray and Candy Falk visited their daughter
Sandra in Santa Rosa, CA, then off to see San
Francisco before returning home to NW. Murray then
flew to St. Petersburg, FL for a visit with the
Petersons. Candy remained home to can foods for
winter usage. Murray reported that Dick Reed had
on the Zone. Joyce is now teaching music at a
school in the area.
Peggy Rankin phoned me to share her excitement
and pleasure of hearing from her former student.
Peggy also said that her granddaughter, Nancy
Rankin, daughter of Bill and Ginny Rankin (Panama)
stopped by for a short visit with them. She was
on a business trip from Los Angeles.
John and Winnie Towery's visitors were Jack and
Ruth Carey who were enroute to visit family in
Baker, CA. Winnie and John are now in Idaho
visiting Winnie's brother and his family.
Jack and Lillian Bunker are visiting their dau-
ghter Jackie Knowlton and family in Santa Rosa,
I received a very nice letter from my friend
of Frog Alley, Pedro Miguel days Ferne (Morgan)
Peel. She brought me up to date on her scattered
children, who have blessed her with thirteen
grandchildren. Ferne's sister, laura, lives in
Coronado and Hawaii, while Jean lives in Oak
Ridge, IN, and wintering in Florida, while Ferne
takes off driving wherever and whenever the will
strikes her. It was so nice hearing from her a-
My sister, Betty London, and I spent a day
swimming in the Kahnetta, OR warm springs pool.
The water was wonderful and sooo relaxing. Bring
a bathing suit next time in this area, as you must
try this spot. Enroute home, we stopped in Hood
River for refreshments and ran into Connie (Bal-
mas) Ebdon, who is the Assistant Manager at Mc-
Donalds. It was so unexpected, yet great to visit
Visitors to the Shobe door after the reunion
were Bob and Kay (Knapp) Rogers, who were on vaca-
tion from Zone and checking out the area for fu-
ture retirement. Jo and Lloyd Kent of FL, who
were visiting Jim and Mary Young on Camano Island,
stopped by to visit with Jim and Noralee. Labor
Day, the Shobe's and Duffus' gathered for a
family reunion near Winthrop, WA. The "kids" rode
motorcycles up an 8000 foot mountain, and cooled
off skinny-dipping in a water hold in the valley.
labor Day in Connecticut was the site for the
Chan Lucas families, see Catherine Filo's re-
I received a short note from Sara (Shytle) Kee-
gan, requesting Mebs Ausnhemer's address for Ruth
Fishbough, another Gorgas nurse. I phoned Sarah's
daughter and learned that Sarah was in Europe on
a tour. Had a very nice phone visit with her dau-
ghter, Laurie Jo Kidd of Miami, Florida.
To each and all who submitted news, Thank You.
Closing for 1988, I wish one and all a very Merry
Christmas, and may the New Year bring you all
Health, Happiness and Prosperity.
Martha B. Wood
The Panama Canal Society of Oklahoma will have
its first organizational meeting on Saturday, Oct-
ober 22, 1988 at the home of Bill and Esther
(Butz) Clair in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Bill and Esther have recently returned from a
trip to see the Grand Canyon with all its splen-
dor! On the return trip, they stopped in Albuquer-
que, New Mexico, for a short visit with good
friends: Arthur and Linda (Hellmund) Payne with
daughters; James and Marsha Slover with sons; and
Russ and Virginia Hellmud of Rio Rancho. The
Paynes have recently moved to Albuquerque and love
Mary Graham was not able to host the projected
meeting of our Society due to a shoulder operation
earlier this month. To date, she is at home and is
Peter L. Butz, Jr., the son of Peter and Janice
Butz, Sr., is attending Roger State College in
Clarence, OK. He goes home every weekend to be
with his family in Sapulpa.
Janeth (Budgy) Vinton Camron proudly announces
the birth of her granddaughter, Kelly Margaret
Delay, daughter of Vickey Canron Delay and great-
granddaughter of Jane and Kenneth Vinton. The Vin-
tons lived in the Canal Zone from 1930 to 1966.
Ken was in the Schools Division; teaching science
at CHS, then at Canal Zone Junior College.
Hereby Apply For:
E New Membership
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immediately following the calendar year in which they dropped membership. Total Fee: $30.00 ($15/Previous
Year + $15/Current Year.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
AT HYATT REGENCY, TAMPA
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, June 28, 1989
Registration, 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. (also each Reunion day).
Thursday, June 29, 1989
Chagres Golf Tournament and Luncheon. Starts at 8:30 A.M.
Friday, June 30, 1989
Annual Business Meeting, 10:00 A.M. MEMBERS ONLY.
Area Reporters Luncheon, 12:00 Noon
Panazonian Dance, 9:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. Tickets: $3.00
Saturday, July 1, 1989
Annual Luncheon, 11:30 A.M. Tickets: 12.50 incl. Tax and Gratuity.
(Menu: Half avocado filled with chicken salad, half tomato filled with tuna
salad, surrounded by seasonal fruit with cottage cheese, dilled cucumber.
Dessert: Choclate mousse; tea and coffee)."
Annual Ball, 8:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. Tickets: $8.00
Note: Full schedule of events will be published in March Canal Record.
Vendor Appications will also be published in March Canal Record.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Headquarters Hotel Hyatt Regency Tampa
Participating Hotels: Tampa Hilton, Harbour Island, Holiday Inn, Hyatt Westshore.
1. HOTEL RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED STARTING JANUARY 15, 1989.
a. Will all Past Presidents and Executive Board members submit hotel reserva-
tions as soon as possible.
2. Hotel reservations will Only be accepted from Society members who have paid their
a. Only 1 reservation for 1 room per member at Reunion room rates.
3. Hotel reservations must be made on the Hotel Reservation Form printed in this
Canal Record. Please print or type. Fill out completely..
a. Written confirmation will be sent you by your hotel.
4. All hotel reservations must be made through the Reunion Coordinator No phone
a. This is to prevent anyone, not a Society member, from securing a room at
b. The Reunion Coordinator does not have any control over your room assign-
ment; rooms are assigned by the hotel.
5. Mail your hotel reservation PLUS one (1) night's deposit to Victor H. May, Jr.,
6704 Cheshire Drive, Holiday, Florida 34690.
a. Pay deposit by check, payable to REUNION COORDINATOR (Not V.H. May, Jr.)
or by major credit card (Amax, Visa, Master Card or Diners Club). Furnish
the card (account) number and the expiration date of your card.
6. The Hyatt Regency has rooms for handicapped guests; if you require one, please
note under "Special Request" section on the Reservation Form.
Room rates are effective from June 27 to July 3, 1989.
Cut-off date for reservations is June 1, 1989.
Parking $3.00 per day in both the hotel and Ft. Brooke Garage.
Check-in time is 3:00 P.M. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
**Limo Service Between Airport and Hotel (See note below)
Hotel may offer a package (tour) deal. More on this later.
Room rates are effective from June 29 to July 3, 1989.
Cut-off for reservations is June 8, 1989.
Parking free to Hotel guests.
Check-in time is 3:00 P.M. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
**Limo Service Between Airport and Hotel (See note below).
Room rates are effective from June 27 to July 3, 1989.
Cut-off date for reservations is May 30, 1989.
Parking $5.00 per day in Hotel Garage.
Check-in time is 3:00 P.M. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
**Limo Service Between Airport and Hotel (See note below).
People Mover Runs between Harbour Island and Ft. Brooke Garage. (Small fee).
HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN
Room rates are effective from June 27 to July 3, 1989.
Cut-off date for reservations is May 27, 1989.
Check-in time is 2:00 P.M. Check-out time is 11:00 A.M.
Parking Free to hotel guests.
**Limo Service Between Airport and hotel (See note below).
Room rates are effective from June 29 to July 3, 1989.
Cut-off date for reservations is June 1, 1989.
Parking Free to hotel guests.
Check-in time is 3:00 P.M. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
**Limo Service Between Airport and hotel (See note below).
Shuttle Service Complimentary to hotels, Golf and Shopping.
**Limo Service: When you have all your baggage, go to Direct Line Phone in the
baggage area and call your hotel for pick-up. Check with Hotel Bell Captain for
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
JUNE 29 JULY 1, 1989
HOTEL RESERVATION FORM
MEMBER TEL. NO.
(Print or type)
ADDRESS STATE ZIP
(Print or type)
ARRIVAL DATE DEPARTURE DATE
HOTEL CHOICE List preference 1 5 TYPE ROOM REQUESTED (Check one)
1. Hyatt Regency Tampa Single $49 Triple $59 Suite $175
Double $49 Quad $69 to $500
2. Tampa Hilton Single $48 Triple $48 Suite $100
Double $48 Quad $48 to $150
3. Harbour Island Single $52 Triple $62 Suite $190
Double $52 Quad $72 to $500
4. Holiday Inn Downtown Single $46 Triple $56 Suite $90
Double $46 Quad $56 to $160
5._ Hyatt Westshore Single $52 Triple $62 Suite $200
Double $52 Quad $72 to $500
Rates are per night plus tax. SPECIAL REQUESTS:
NAMES OF ALL ROOM OCCUPANTS: GUARANTEE RESERVATION WITH 1 NIGHTS DEPOSIT
(Print or type)
Check enclosed $ (Payable to Reunion
1. (Member) Coordinator)
I AMEX VISA MASTER CARD
3. Card (Account) Number:
4. Expiration Date:
Member's Signature Date
After each hotel's Cut-off date, Reservations may not be guaranteed at Reunion rates.
Mail Reservation Form, PLUS one (1) night's deposit, payable to:Reunion Coordinator,
Victor H. May, Jr., 6704 Cheshire Drive, Holiday, Florida 34690.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED STARTING JANUARY 15, 1989
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
ANYONE, NOT A MEMBER OF THIS SOCIETY, PLANNING TO ATTEND THE 1989 REUNION SHOULD
SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP TO THE SECRETARY/TREASURER, BOX 1508, PALM HAR-
BOR, FLORIDA, 34682-1508, BETWEEN NOW AND THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD IN
MAY, 1989. (Executive Board meetings are usually held on the 4th Wednesday of the
month, subject to change). IF YOU WAIT TO FILE AN APPLICATION AT THE REUNION, IT
WILL BE TOO LATE. YOU WILL NOT BE VOTED ON BY THE EXECUTIVE BOARD UNTIL IT'S JULY
MEETING. WITHOUT A MEMBERSHIP CARD YOU CANNOT REGISTER, SECURE A NAME BADGE OR BUY
TICKETS TO THE DANCES OR LUNCHEON.
UNDERAGE DRINKING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED OR PERMITTED AT THE REUNION. THE HOTEL
SECURITY WILL BE ON THE ALERT FOR INFRACTIONS. IF SECURITY HAS DOUBTS ABOUT AN INDI-
VIDUALS AGE, THEY WILL REQUEST PROOF OF AGE. ANYONE OBSERVED SUPPLYING DRINKS TO
UNDERAGE INDIVIDUALS WILL BE DEALT WITH, AND ALL VIOLATIONS WILL BE HANDLED AS DEEM-
DRINK COOLERS OR THE MAKING OF YOUR OWN DRINKS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ANYWHERE IN
THE HOTELS, OUTSIDE OF THE CONFINES OF YOUR OWN OR FRIEND'S ROOM.
CHAIRPERSONS OF SOCIETY AND NON-SOCIETY FUNCTIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PLACE
SCHEDULES, PICTURES, ETC. ON THE WALLS OR FURNITURE ANYWHERE IN THE HOTELS. ANY
SCHEDULES AND INFORMATION CONCERNING YOUR EVENT, DEEMED REASONABLE BY THE HOSP-
ITALITY CHAIRMAN, MAY BE DISPLAYED IN THE HOSPITALITY SUITE.
*** *. ***
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON. The tenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament
will be held on June 29, 1989. Final details and reservation form will be published in the March 1989
issue of the CANAL RECORD.
Co-Chairpersons Jane and Fred Huldtquist
Tito Mouynes and his Conjunto Charlie Cooper's Latin "Copra" Band
AVIS "ZIPS UP"
By special arrangement...
Avis invites you
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Avis makes it easy to zip over to your meeting, as well as
out and around town before, during and afterward. Special
savings and services from Avis help steer you from business
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*'Mininum 2 day rental required for rate. Un-
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Announcing A New Name
For Some Old Friends.
Delta Air Lines in cooperation with the Panama Canal Society is offering special rates which afford a 5% bonus
off Delta's published round trip fares, within the United States and San Juan providing all rules and conditions
of the airfares are met. All you have to do is call this number 1-800-241-6760, for your reservations 8:00 a.m.
- 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time Daily.
File Number J0316
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P.O. Box 1508
Palm Harbor, Florida 34682-1508
Jean and Doris Burns of Tulsa, enjoyed the Pan-
ama Canal Reunion. While in the Tampa area, they
attended a "Paisano Island Family" cookout hosted
by Cathy and Eddie Goodrich at Apollo Beach. Those
attending were: Frank and Debbie (Mokray) Lee,
Dunnellon; Wally and Helen Matthews, Weems, VA.;
Ed and Gloria Malin, their daughter Helen and
granddaughter, Jacksonville; Gail (Goodrich) Tot-
ten and children, Austin, TX.; Cathy (Goodrich)
Scribner and children, Panama. A BIG THANKS to Ed-
die and Cathy for an enjoyable evening!
After the Panama Canal Reinion, Jean, Doris and
Scott drove to Orlando and visited "Uncle" Willie
and Skip Hollowell. Then from Orlando, Jean and
Doris drove to a Clearwater Point beach condo for
a good time with Bob and Vicki Hutchison Boukalis
from Panama, and Helen and Wally Matthews.
Lisa Moffett, daughter of Bunny Frensley, who
Doris worked with in the Marine Bureau, overnight-
ed with the Burns family the latter part of Aug-
ust. Lisa was on tour with the Continental Singers
who were in Bixby. The concert was super. If the
Continental Singers are ever in your area, go and
In the first two weeks in September, Jean and
Doris Burns drove to Fairberry, Nebraska, and to
Denver, Colorado, to visit her sisters. Then on to
the Rocky Mountain National Park for a week in the
A TROPICAL WEEKEND IN A CAYUCO
by John T. Husun
Some people said we were crazy, scme remarked,
"Sounds like fun", but what reaction would you ex-
pect when you tell people that you plan to spend
a Palm Sunday weekend in an eight-person cayuco,
paddling your way through the Canal? And so be-
gins a story about how it was for the crew of the
"Slave Galley" and the Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race.
The "Slave Galley" was crewed by Rick IDhlstron
and Jim Sweeney, DODDS teachers; Albano Aguilar
and Devin Kane, Conmission lifeguards; Tod Under-
wood, a student at BHS; Lawrence Peters, a U.S.
Navy Lieutenant and his wife, Laura Maher Peter;
and John Husun, a Cocmission instructor. The
"Slave Galley" is 35-feet long and is slower in
the water than the sleek four-man boats that win
the race. One begins to wonder, why put your body
through the anguish of paddling umpteen million
strokes from one ocean to the other if one can
just sit on the bank of the canal and take pic-
tures as someone else paddles the cayuco? What
is the reward, just a patch? Does one do this
sort of thing in an effort to relieve their ado-
lescent years (the age group of most of the other
competitors) or to stave off the inevitable aging
of one's body? After pondering these profounds
thoughts, and figuring back in January that I had
nothing else planned for the weekend of March 25
to 27, I accepted Rick's invitation to participate
in the race.
When Rick said we wouldn't get real serious,
I believed him. When he said the first practice
would be at 5:15 A.M., on a Monday, I thought it
would be a good time because my afternnons were
busy anyway. Little did I know WHAT motivation
it takes to get out of a warm, cozy, soft bed, and
try to get into a cold, wet, and hard boat in the
dark of night. Now, that's serious. After com-
plaining about how cold the water was, we all
boarded the boat and start the first practice.
Driving home after the first day, I wondered if
I could possibly do, no matter how much I prac-
ticed, the big challenge, the most fearful thought
the second leg of the race, 22 miles of non-stop
paddling, four hours of grueling torture, "The
"The Slave Galley" L-R: Rick Dahlstrom
Jim S~eeney, Albano Aguilar, Devin Kane,
John Husum, Todd Underwood, Lawrence
Peter, Laura (Maher) Peter.
Soon the weeks blended together, and the race
was fast approaching as we sanded our paddles and
patched cracks in the boat that were constantly
popping up, making us wonder if it would be ready
for race day. The more we practiced, the more we
found ourselves becoming serious about this adven-
ture. We were even thinking about beating a few
of the faster boats. Our pride in our boat grew
and the muscles ached less and less after each
practice. Some of the younger competitors laugh-
ed at our oversized cayuco resembling a pange, but
we quietly smiled as we paddle away with hopes of
passing them at least once during the race.
The "Slave Galley" was classified in the patch
boat category, a category separate from the small-
er trophy boats, and just for old timers like us.
In 1988, there were four patch boats.
The practices were done and race day arrived.
Ten minutes after the trophy boats took off, the
four patch boats lined up. Hearts pounded and all
the memories of past practices surfaced as the
countdown started. This was it, all our efforts
were finally going to bear fruit. The gun sounded
and we were off. As expected, the "Ultimate Most"
streaked to the lead and left the real patch boat
race between the three big boats. As hard as we
paddled, we couldn't shake the "Ever-Hustlers" un-
til we rounded the final pier and into the rougher
waters of Cristobal harbor. I can still hear
their bajun count, "Wan-tt tree-fo". Soon we
were passing the smaller boats that had swamped
in the waves. This was where our advantage came.
Our larger size enabled us to master the waves
that very maliciously tried, in vain, to topple
us. As we passed each boat, we encouraged the
frustrated crews to work together to the finish.
After sprinting 55 minutes, we arrived at Gatun
Locks and pulled the boat out for the night.
After a delicious shrimp dinner at the Davis
Community Club, we settled in for a night's sleep
in Gatun, with thoughts of "The Lake" in our
I can't remember a prettier sight than the
sun's golden rays shining on Gatun Lake in early
morning. It was picturesque to see all the cayu-
cos and escort boats in the water.
The gun sounded and we all started toward
Banana Channel, with the "Ultimate Most" again
bee-lining out in front. "Wan-two-tree-fo sounded
in our ears as the "Ever-Hustlers" again battled
us. As we slowly pulled ahead and entered the
Banana Channel, we encountered more swamped boats.
The Banana Channel proved to be a real test,
nearly swamping us with its waves and leading us
to wonder how the smaller boats that didn't
swap managed not to.
As we settled into a long steady stroke, paced
by the count of "Gamboa One, Gamboa Two, Gamboa
Three..." and so forth, (maybe thinking it would
get us there quicker), we started to enjoy the
trip. As a team we worked well, and the camara-
derie that had grown during the practices paid
off as we encouraged each other for the long haul.
After four tough, but not-so-grueling hours, we
reached Gamboa and congratulated ourselves on
having completed the hardest part, "The Lake".
All that remained on Sunday were three stret-
ches to the finish line in Diablo. The water
through Gaillard Cut was calm and smooth, and
there was a sense of respect as we passed through
the hills on which so many men labored to cut the
channel. In spots, the rock rises straight out
of the water. It amazed me what man was capable
of doing 75 years previously. I wondered about
the miles of track and locomotives that were
buried beneath us. Except for the flourescent
lights lining the banks, one wouldn't know that
many years had passed since the waters first
filled the cut.
Paddling our hardest, we crossed the finish
line and finally, it was over. All the work had
come to an end. We were proud of our accomplish-
ment. Though we didn't win our category, we came
out ahead in many ways. The friendships that were
built among our crew, the companionship of working
toward a common goal, and the enjoyment of the
competition all enriched us. Besides, it was
downright good fun. The rewards were much more
than a patch.
I also realized that this body isn't too old
to do kid's stuff (not yet). I thank the Lord
for the physical strength He's given me and also
for reminding me that taking care of ourselves is
a nust. So, if someone comes up to you and asks
what you're doing next Palm Sunday weekend, give
it a thought. The "Slave Galley" wouldn't mind
Well, most of us are back from sumner and fall
vacations, the kids are back in school, and life
on the Atlantic side has returned to "normal."
"Normal" these days continues to mean living
under a fair amount of political uncertainty. Gar-
bage collection in PCC townsites, a responsibility
of the Government of Panama, is very uncertain,
sometimes only once a week. And, if you're plan-
ning a trip to Panama, be sure you have a Tourist
Card since the Panamanian Government is currently
failing to honor Visas issued in the United
States. With a Tourist Card, your entry should go
Ray Laatz on Acceptance Day at the U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.
Ray 's mom and dad are Howie and Gerry
Laatz of Gatun. Paternal grandparents
are Bellamy and Elmer Abbott of St.
Petersburg, Ft., and his maternal grand-
parents are Ruth and Bob Adams of Laguna
Gerry Laatz recently returned from the U.S. and
a visit with son Ray Laatz at the U.S. Merchant
Marine Academy at King's Point, N.Y. Gerry was on
hand to watch the formal acceptance ceremony where
Ray officially became a Plebe. While stateside,
Gerry also headed out west for some time with Ed
and Millie Kennedy and family in Washington State.
While there, he also got a big hug from Honey
Fealey, of Kerrville, Texas, but was visiting her
son and daughter-in-law Guy and Mary Linda Wells
Fealey and their family.
Theresa Snider Herring is joyfully awaiting the
arrival of her brother and sister-in-law Tan and
Evelyn Barraza Snider, who will soon be stationed
on the Atlantic side while Evelyn works as a U.S.
Army Doctor at Coco Solo Army Health Clinic. She
hopes they'll be there by November. Tom and Evelyn
and their two kids, Kristin and Kyle, will stay
with the Herrings in Gatun until they get military
housing. The Herrings sixth child is also due very
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Gary nSith of Gatun holds the 30-pound
boa constrictor he recently found on the
Ft. Sherman road.
A couple of weeks ago on the Sherman Road, Gary
Smith came upon a live, seven-foot boa constrictor
on the road. The snake was moving slowly so gary
grabbed it and took it home. The thing was as big
around as his arm and weighed at least thirty
pounds! after enjoying it for a few days, including
sharing it with some local elementary school
classes, Gary and his wife, Betty took it back out
to the Sherman Road and let it free.
Cathy and Jim Hinz are perfect examples of the
old saying you can take sane folks out of the
Atlantic side, but you can't take the Atlantic
side out of some folks. Since leaving Gatun two
years ago, Cathy and Jim have two-years-in-a-row
sent monetary donations to every single Atlantic-
side cayuco race crew, and they recently sent a
monetary donation to the Gatun Conmunity Youth
Center. We wish they could rejoin our "family"
here as much they themselves would like to. Jim
and Cathy currently live in Sisseton, South Dakota
where Jim's teaching at a small, local college.
While preparing this write-up, I've also kept
an ear to the radio for information on Hurricane
Joan, which for a while looked like she'd make an
unwelcome appearance along Panama's Atlantic
coast. The latest update predicts she'll keep
moving in a westward direction, pretty much pas-
sing us by except for buckets of rain and some
In the last several weeks we've had to say good
bye to some more of our people. Paul Snyder and
family have left for Florida, Cal Egle headed for
Maryland, Phyllis DeBoer left recently for Arizona
and "Red' and Elaine Gilmore are now in Naples,
Florida. Next to go will be Ken and Lorene Frazier
with Ken's last work day being December 31. Saying
good-bye to friends is hard enough, but now it
also make those of us remaining feel something
like an endangered species. There are certainly no
newcomers to fluff our empty nests.
From Gatun Pool, there's incredible news in the
Swim-and-Stay-Fit program. Sid Coffin has com-
pleted 350 miles, Jim Kraemer over 160 miles and
Doug Finley over 640 miles! Six new swimmers also
recently earned "B" badges, including Chrissy Eng-
lert, Gian Paolo Sferrazza, Billy and Aaron Epper-
son, Mary Herring and J.R. Flockhart.
John A. Catanzaro, recent graduate of
Texas A&M University of Galvaston, where
he earned a BS degree in Marine Engi-
neering. (See Congratulations.)
News from other former Atlantic siders includes
that Michael and Glenda Dempsey Kochel still live
in the Washington, D.C area. Stephanie is in the
6th grade, and Dylan was scheduled to enter the
Air Force on September 28. Little Jason is just
growing fat and happy! Their address is 6036
Knights Ridge Way, Alexandria, VA, 22310.
Bob and Sheila Lawrence and their kids are
doing fine, too. Mary has her own apartment and is
attending Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Bobby's attending a trade school. Bob and Sheila
have been looking for a house to buy but haven't
made the plunge yet. They may currently be reached
c/o 1417 Reynard Drive, Ft. Myers, FL 33919.
Pat McDonough is living in Jacksonville, Flor-
ida, and working in a bank there. Her son Adan re-
cently left Arizona where he was in college and
relocated to the Jacksonville area to continue his
studies there. Her daughter Beth lives and works
in Washington, D.C. and is planning to become en-
gaged to a fellow she met while in college in PA.
Lew and I recently returned from a whirlwind
states trip where we visited Cash and Mary Jane
Paulson, and Judy, Marty and Brian Weaver in Tal-
lahassee. In Kerrville, we saw my mom, Kathi
Lessiack; my brother and sister-in-law, John and
Dawn Jenkins Lessiack, and their baby, Lauren
Ella; Sue Fahrenbach; and Ann and Ed Marshall. And
in Pittsburgh, we stayed with our daughter Leslie
Griffin and were blessed with a visit from Toni,
Meghan, and Griffin Hill, and my other 'omn,"
Bette Darniele. On our way home, Lew's mom and dad
Joe and Thelma Stabler, and their friends Tom and
Isabel Price spent the day with us in Miami. We
got a log of good, warm hugs in our ten days in
Finally, so many of us here have been saddened
by two recent deaths. Dick and Pat Bjorneby's son
Mike died in September in a tragic truck accident
in Washington State, and Jinmy McGuinness lost his
life in a motorcycle accident on the Transisthmian
Highway in October, not too long after leaving the
Industrial Division where his tugboat was in the
yard for repairs.
Susan K. Stabler
A change of location for our September 15th
luncheon resulted in the get-together being held
at Hite's Restaurant in Lexington, S.C., attended
by thirty-three members and guests, including
George Brady who was in the Zone as an Air Force
civilian from 1956 to 1974. Others present were:
A.W. Jackson, Beverly lord, Virginia Smart, Doc
and Ann Hartley, Eletheer Catron, Phyllis and Jack
Woodzell, Bea lee, Kathleen Burkett, Peggy Hutch-
ison, Verna and Andy Kapinos, Grace and B.J.
Hartley, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Lorna Shore,
Caroline Westendorff, Blance and Carl Browne,
Ethel and DeWitt Tate, Olga Holmes, Fina and
Frank Balinski, Josey Tilley, Kay Pierce, Scottie
and Jack Steele, and Grace and Stade Carlson.
We have come to the season when the birds fly
south and some of our members are also taking
off for other places. With the change at the
Savannah River Plant from DuPont to Westinghouse,
Jerry Pierce, a DuPont employee, has been trans-
ferred to the Corpus Cristi, Texas plant as Pro-
ject Engineer for the development of a replacement
for Freon. This means we lose Jerry and Kay. Kay
hopes to be relocated in Texas by Christmas. She
very much enjoyed her father's visit to Aiken re-
Edna Mae Reavis lost her husband, Billie M.
Reavis, this summer, and I hear by the grapevine,
that she may be planning to move to Florida to be
near her son. We wish all these folks well in
their new locations.
Peggy Hutchison and Trudi Clontz continued
their sightseeing making a trip to Myrtle Beach
in September taking a boat ride on the Savannah
River in August a bus trip sponsored by the Uni-
versity of South Carolina to the Rameses II ex-
hibition in Charlotte, N.C., followed by a brief
stop at the "Discovery" museum in Charlotte, N.C.,
described by our guides as a "hands on" experience
for children of all ages and its well worth a
On their way back to Florida from Henderson-
ville, N.C., Garnet and Howard Anderson stopped
in to see Peggy Hutchison.
Garnet and Boward Anderson at Peggy
In September, Elsie and Arthur Blystone travel-
ed by motor home to Unico State Park and Helen,
Georgia, with Richard Reynolds and wife, Sheila,
and Gloria Reynolds then in October, Elsi and
Arthur drove to Ashville, N.C., and Chimney Rock
and returned via the Parkway, taking in the be-
ginning of the Fall foliage.
The Brownes, as usual, had a busy schedule this
sumner with family and friend. They attended
Carl's 50th class reunion at Cornell University,
and Grace and Ed MacVittie visited them in July.
Blanche and Carl went to BHS/CHS '38 reunion in
Winter Park Resort, Colorado, which was attended
by almost 100 people, and I gather from Blanche's
description that it was a very busy time with
barbecues, rodeos, hayrides, banquets, bajan story
telling and a talk by Frank A. Baldwin who had
spent 11 months in Panama. On September 25th, the
Brownes boarded the "Nieu Amsterdam" in Vancouver,
B.C., for a three week cruise through the Panama
Canal to Tanpa, Florida. Blanche wrote they hoped
to see relatives and friends in San Francisco -
Woody Spier in Los Angeles and, of course, her
family in Panama.
In mid-September, Eletheer and Otis Catron
traveled to Washington, D.C. for a week's visit
with relatives. The same month their daughter,
Penny Lotterhos and family came to Aiken for a
Eletheer Catron and Trudi Clontz sharing
Evelyn and Howard Hilborn drove to Treasure
Lake, PA in September for a short stay and a
change of scenery.
Last Saturday, while winding my way through the
crowds and all the merchandise at White's super
sale, I bumped into Sophie Hauser who as accom-
panied by her daughter, Dorothy Hauser, who re-
cently retired and is now living in Aiken.
SSgt. Robert J. Menges, an instructional pro-
gram developer with the Maintenance Training Divi-
sion was spotlighted in a South Carolina newspaper
recently. He produces slide/tape training modules
that teach job performance and increase training
efficiency of maintenance people. The modules
deal primarily with the C-141B aircraft engines.
He also developed new procedures for installing
thrust reverser switches on the TF-33 engine.
After growing up in the Panama Canal Zone he
enlisted in the Air Force. The seven-year member
has earned the Air Force Commendation Medal and
NCO of the Quarter honors. He holds an Associates
Degree in Aircraft Powerplant Technology through
the Comnunity College of the Air Force. He is the
son of Mel and Cony Menges of Aiken, South Caro-
Greetings from Austin, Texas! We have seen many
familiar faces these past few months. In September
we joined a group of Zonians for dinner at Benni-
gans. What a treat it was to meet new friends and
Stanley Wright, Kevin Pope and I joined the
following lively group: Ann and Joe Dolan, Barbara
and Buck Krueger, Gerald and Dona LePage, Edward
and Agnes Mulroy, Ted and Georgia Corin, Jess and
Gail (Goodrich) Totten, Val Schroeter, Henry and
Eugenia Lee, Betty Bell, Vivian Sinnons, Marie and
Warren hester, Ellen Coyle, Shirley and Chuck Cav-
Kyle Gibson and John Lopez were married on Sep-
tember 17, 1988. It was a beautiful weekend in
Houston despite the anticipation of Hurricane Gil-
bert, which turned west towards Mexico before it
finally hit the coast.
The Zonians in Austin welcome Red and Cat Pat-
tison with two-year old Tomny. Moving here from
Florida, Red has taken a job with Advanced Micro
Devices. It sure is nice to have more friends in
We had quite a few visiting Zonians in October
for the big birthday bash. (We won't say whose
B-day or how many though). Karyn Dumas flew in
from Santa Barbara, Ca, and was delighted to see
old friends like Stanley Wright, Jaco Petiton and
Paul Dolan. My big surprise was when my brother,
Doug Newlon drove down from Denver! Karen (Newlon)
and Jimny Mullins were back for a brief visit from
Florida. Our guests from around Texas included:
Hollie (Gibson) Dobson, Catz, Val Krueger, Bob
Knick, Rod Snyder, Colin Creel, Pat Gyrmala, David
and Sheri Teller with the three wild ones, and
Matt and Heike Parks with little Bryan.
Other Austin Zonites were spotted doing the
limbo, and this festive gang included Noreen and
Kathy Hanson with visitor, John Sauvy, Tom Pasa-
mante, Dave and Mary Fehrenbach, Kevin Pope, Helen
Cavanaugh, Robert and Vernel Mullins, Joey and
Debbie Mullins, and Dave (Bones) Melendrez.
I want to thank everyone who came to celebrate
and help me drink champagne. The visitors to
Austin received the traditional morning swim at
Barton Springs and an afternoon cruise out to the
Oasis which overlooks Lake Travis. After steaks at
Stanley's we toured downtown Sixth Street with the
little energy we had left.
Received a call from Stephanie (Halinan) McDon-
ald. She and husband Mike, both from Gamboa, have
lived here in Austin for two years now. What a
That's about all the news for now. Should your
travels bring you to Austin, be sure to look us
Janice (Cookie) Newlon
Four generations of J.B. and Annette Fields'
family met for an auspicious occasion in Marlton,
New Jersey. On Sunday, June 26, 1988 in St. Bar-
tholomew's Episcopal Church, Cherry Hill, N.J.,
Fr. Fields baptized his great granddaughter, Lind-
say Eliese Cashman. Lindsay is the daughter of
Dan and Annette Cashman. Annette is the daughter
of Janet E. Fields, the younger of the Fields'
daughter. Godparents for Lindsay were Milton and
Jane (Holgerson) Thoapson of Irvine, CA. Jane is
also the godmother of Lindsay's mother, Annette.
Also there for the occasion was Jo-Ann Fields
of Panama, sister of Janet, and Dan's mother, Mrs.
Joy Grey of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Following the
ceremony a reception was held in the Club of
Hunter's Case, Marlton. Jo-Ann returned to Kerr-
ville with her parents where she stayed until her
return to Panama in August.
We welcomed two families to Kerrville and our
Canal Zone group. Mrs. Kitty Schnidt of Pasadena,
Maryland, and Bob and Lois (Bergunr) Carpenter of
Prescott, Arizona, have relocated in Kerrville to
be closer to their families.
A luncheon for 24 ladies was held in honor of
Kitty Schmidt and Lois Carpenter to wish them
bienveniaa. At the same time Honey Fealey and
Mary (Wells) Fealey were wished despedida. Honey
accompanied Mary and her children to their home
on Whidby Island, Washington to visit with her
sons, Guy and Jinny Fealey and their families.
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Seated L-R: Kitty Schmidt, Mary (Wells)
Fealey. Back L-R: Lois Carpenter and
Our "Poet Laureate" i.e. Marion (Orr) Wells
composed and read the following to the guests of
BY: Marion Wells
We're glad to get together
On this most auspicious day
To welcome Kitty and Lois
Who are in Kerrville to stay.
You know we're glad to have you
Because you're special to us all
We hope to see much more of you
As the weather cools this fall
We're also saying adios
To Honey and Mary Fealey
We hope you have a pleasant trip
But we'll miss you both sincerely.
This is a very special group
Of friends from days gone by
The lives we lived upon the Zone
Are like a binding tie
Atlantic and Pacific siders
We're glad you all could come
To join this Bienvenida
And to join in the fun
We're glad bea had this lovely thought
And got us all to meet
For a Kerrville Bienvenida
Is a very special treat
To Kitty and Lois Bienvenida
To Honey and Mary Hasta La Vista.
Mrs. Vera Larson of Seattle, Washington, had
not moved here in time to be included in the Bien-
venida-Despedida luncheon so another luncheon was
organized to bid her welcome. Mrs. Larson is the
mother and mother-in-law of Ray and Elsie Larson.
Mike Largent and her husband, Sam, grew an 8
lb. 12 oz cantelope on their 'mini" farm in West
Texas. This upholds Texas' reputation for big-
Bill and Sue Graham had a visit with Dick and
Jo Amberlang of Ft. Meyers, Florida in their home.
Dick may be remembered as the last Pennsylvania
Railroad Manager, sent to the Canal Zone in 1962
under a Congressional directive to manage the
Panama Railroad. He was succeeded by Donald Bray-
ton. Dick enjoyed his golf games with Bill and
We are happy and excited for the Del Rubio
Triplets (known as Edith, Elena and Mildred Boyd
from Balboa High School) who have had their tal-
ents recognized on National TV and People maga-
zine. They have made appearances on the Dick
Clark Show in September, Good Morning Anerica in
August and appeared on the TV show "Married With
Children", the David Letterman Show and Hour
Magazine with Gary Collins. They also released
a record recently. Congratulations to them and
we hope to hear and see more of them in the fu-
Gene Litton is recuperating from surgery at her
home. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Our condolences are offered to Jackie and Dale
Bishop on the loss of Jackie's mother, Kitty
Schmidt and to Chita Hanna and her family on the
loss of her husband, Parker Hanna.
Honey Fealey has just returned from a six weeks
visit with her sons and their families in Oak Har-
bor, WA. Mary Wells and Guy Fealey and their two
children, Guy and Jamie, and Sudy (Bryson) and
Jimmy Fealey and their daughter, Jesslyn, who live
on Whidby Island in Puget Sound. While in Wash-
ington, she was able to enjoy several good visits
with former Zonians: Ed and Millie (Turner)
Kennedy and their children and Charlotte Kennedy,
Marti and Bill I[hr and their son, Niel. An added
bonus was a visit with Gary laatz from Panama, who
was visiting the Kennedys, and a surprise luncheon
with Jerry Fleming in Seattle. It had been 17
years since Honey had seen Jerry. The Fealeys,
Kennedys and Lohrs all spent a couple of hours
reminiscing about the happy days in the Canal
Zone. She was also able to see Joe Wallace and
his youngest daughter, Jodo, of Bremerton, WA, and
overnighted with John Bundy and his wife, Michelle
in Seattle. She made a quick trip into Canada and
enjoyed the specialty shops. Honey says she es-
pecially enjoyed the bountiful seafood of Puget
Sound the prawns and grilled fresh Salmon were
her favorites, expertly done by son, Guy.
Bill and Sue Graham's daughter, Donna Elliott
and her two sons, David and Jeffery, left from the
Dallas Ft. Worth Airport to join her husband, Rod-
ney. Rodney will be stationed with the Army in
Schweinfurt, Germany for the next three years.
David and Jeffery Elliot and Donna
Sue is the President of the Kerrville Art Club
this year and stays busy with her paintings and
her presidential duties. In the meanwhile, Bill
keeps busy with his tax work and tax school in
preparation for tax season. In his spare time,
This wraps up another year as the Kerrville Re-
porter. I thank all of you who encouraged my en-
deavors as a reporter and who kept me apprised of
the news. A special Thank You goes to my Husband,
Harvey, who is my advisor, proofreader and sup-
porter. Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy,
Prosperous New Year.
A snappy German salute to you from atop the
Eagles Nest in Germany...a flirtatious French
smile to you from the sidewalk cafe in Paris...and
an English bow to you all from a garden of an old
castle! No... I'm not dreaming...I was there! That
is why your reporter didn't get her news in the
last issue of the CANAL RECORD. I was in Europe!
It wouldn't have made the deadline...sorry 'bout
that Mr. Editor!
I seem to have mispalced the letter sent me by
John and Ellen (Miller) Hatgi of Walkersville, MD,
but I sure do thank them for that excellent photo.
You know, all the events we write about are
happy ones. So was the get-together of three form-
er policemen; Roger Melton or Arlington, VA, Tom
Judge from the CZ, and Glenn De Marr of Arlington,
VA. Roger and his wife from Costa Rica had a cook-
out at their home for visitor Tom and his wife,
Martha, sons Patrick and twins, Christopher and
Mathew. They took in sights and friends in New
York, Washington, D.C. and North Carolina. Tom now
works for Budget and Finance in Balboa.
Host Roger had 13 years in Balboa..made detect-
ive Sergeant from 1964 to 1975...and his last two
years were with the Canal Protection Division...
working as director of training for security and
property, etc. They have 3 sons, David, Paul and
Larry...all born at Gorgas Hospital.
Glenn De Marr and his wife, Laurie (Severson)
also enjoyed their evening there. All of them re-
viewing their good and bad times in the Zone on
that type of a job. Glenn is now enjoying a new
lifestyle and has a CFP after his name! Certified
Financial Planner...tax and investment planner
with his offices in Fairfax and Arlington, VA.
Your reporter also missed out on the Pocono
Clan affair in Pennsylvania, September 23 to 25.
But...Rosenary (Millett) Gilead came up with the
news for me. She and Jeanne (Rocker) Allen and
Norma (Stillwell) Martin attended the reunion and
of course enjoyed!
Rosemary M. Gilead with Louina "Wink"
Greene at Seattle, Wa. July 1988.
John McNatt, Rosemary M., Gilead and Jo
Ann McNatt at a salmon bake, in Juneau,
Alaska. July 1988.
Before this event, Rosemary spent time with her
daughter, Kathleen in Ft. Lauderdale, then to Sem-
inole for a visit with Helen McKeoun Ledgerwood
and Nellie (Holgerson) Armstrong. Rose was also
elated with her trip to Alaska with the Gold Star
Wives Convention which started in Seattle, WA.
While there, she called Wink Green who had lived
in Farfan and worked for the Navy. The tour cover-
ed Vancouver, British Columbia, and Juneau where
she was met at the port by John McNatt, who works
for F.A.A. She experienced a salmon-bake, saw
Skagway, White Horse, Tok, Fairbanks...saw the
Alaskan pipeline. In Anchorage, she saw Paul Fiori
the son of Cynthia and Don who live in Alaxandria,
VA. All of this by ship, bus, "the midnight Ex-
press" train." "Beautiful" were her words, and
Well Amigos, that's all for now. Remember, "Be
Happy...Don't worry!...Don't worry!"
Stella (Boggs) De Marr
Time sure does fly by! Here it is October 20th
Received a commencement invitation from Roberta
Sanchez (sorry Roberta, but it arrived too late
to make the last issue). She graduated from the
University of Florida with a Master Degree in Sci-
ence Education and is now teaching 6th grade sci-
ence at Venice Middle School. Congratulations!
Another apology to Theresa (Snider) Herring,
your letter also arrived after the deadline for
the last issue. Theresa wrote that after the big
Reunion here in Tampa, she spent 3 nights and 4
days in California with her brother, Bill. She
reports that Bill is very happy and that health-
wise he is always making progress. Theresa was
also able to spend 1 night with Glenda and Keith
Allaun. While with them she attended a perfor-
mance of Romantic Comedy that Keith and Ginger
Sell (CHS 78) starred in. She said that Mr. Bock
would have been proud. Theresa enclosed the pic-
ture of all 10 Herrings. It was taken at Margaret
and George Herring's home in Wappingers Falls, New
George Herring's family together for his
funeral, May 18, 1988. Rear, Tim. L-R:
Joe, Chris, Elaine Mason with Jared,
Margaret Herring, Mary Ballem, Anne
Marie with Mark.' Front L-R: Mike, Mark,
Karen (Rood) Ramsey wrote to tell me about Mike
Bjorneby's most untimely death. My sympathy's to
the entire Bjorneby family...Mike was truly one
of the best. Karen also asked if I know the
whereabouts of Paula Vaught. Karen knows she's
married but does not know her married name. If
you can help out, you can send the info to me or
directly to Karen at 102 Wicker Lane, Anderson,
Barbara Barkeim wrote that they really enjoyed
their trip to Texas in August. They visited with
Shannon (Montanye) Penas' family in Dallas, saw
Seaworld in San Antonio and spent a weekend with
Debbie (Boswell) and Phil Sanders in Houston. On
the way home, they visited with Brian and Carol
Allen in Topeka, Kansas.
Talked to Cheryl Olson...all's well in Washing-
ton and Sue (MLCullough) Burk who's planning a
change of address in Michigan. Sue has still not
sent me the promised report of her parents anni-
versary celebration but I do have this picture of
them on their paddle boat trip which was their
Well, seems to be the news for this issue! Be-
fore I close, I'd like to wish each of you the
Happiest of Holiday Seasons!
Sandy (May) Robinson
JOHN CATANZARO NOW AN ENSIGN
John A. Catanzaro, son of Olga and John Catan-
zaro, of Houston, Texas, graduated from Texas A&M
University at Galvaston on May 14, 1988. He grad-
uated with a BS degree in Marine Engineering. He
was commissioned as Ensign in the U.S. Naval Re-
serve. At this time he also received his license
as Merchant Marine Officer which was issued by the
Coast Guard. The Sun Transport Company was pre-
sented to John for being the 1988 Marine Engineer-
ing graduate who demonstrated the highest degree
of practical effectiveness aboard ship during his
training cruises. While a student, John achieved
the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Commander. He was
also honored as outstanding engineer cadet of the
1987 Texas Clipper.
Present at the graduation ceremonies were his
parents, Jane V. Catanzaro, his grandmother and
Rose V. Brogie, his aunt. All are former residents
of the Canal Zone now residing in Houston.
John recently left for Athens, Greece, where he
boarded the Sealift Aribian Sea, which is manned
by officers from the MEBA, Pacific Coast Dist. 1.
Anita Oberholtzer thru Susan Stabler
JENNY BLISS GRADUATES
Jenny Ellen Bliss of
Saratoga, Ca., grad-
uated from Prospect
High School in Saratoga
on June 16, 1988. She
was selected as a new
member of Outstanding
High School Students of
America, because of her
service to Community
and outstanding merit Jenny Ellen Bliss
and accomplishments. Class of 1988
Following graduation, as a graduation gift from
her parents, Jenny and a classmate spent several
weeks touring Europe. Jenny received a scholarship
and is enrolled at De Anza Junior College in Cup-
Jenny is the daughter of Betty Ruth and Gerald
D. (Jerry) Bliss III, presently residing in Eng-
land; and the granddaughter of Eleanor and Gerald
D. (Budd) Bliss Jr. of Campbell, California.
80TH BIRTHDAY FOR MARGARET MORRIS
Mrs. Margaret (Mo) Morris, who lived with her
son, Charles, and his family in Panama, celebrated
her 80th birthday on September 8, 1988.
Her daughter, Margie Morris Hanesorth, and her
husband, Dan of Plano, Texas, flew to Panama for
a week's visit in honor of Mrs. Morris' birthday.
Panama is still a beautiful country, but the
economy is very depressed. But we all had a nice
visit and it brought back many cherished memories.
Margaret E. Hanesworth
JOSEPH A. ROBLES SELECTED AMONG
OUTSTANDING COLLEGE STUDENTS OF
Joseph A. Robles has been selected as a new
member of the Outstanding College Students of
America because of outstanding merit and accom-
plishment as a American college student.
Joseph is the grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
Neal of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Joseph is a second year graduate student at
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
THE McCULLOUGHS CROWN 50TH
Dearest family and friends:
I didn't inherit the talent of "scribe" that my
brother, Charles Heim, sister Frances Hennessey
and daughter-in-law Karen (Hammond) did, but I
will tell you about the bestest 50th wedding anni-
versary that ever was. A whole year.
We had a glorious year, thanks to our very
special children who were responsible for making
We were visited by four of my sisters in Feb-
ruary to start off our first celebration with a
dinner at the Crwon House in Sarasota, with Lois
Cotton, Dan and Frances (Heim) Hennessey, Fair-
field, Ar.; Louise (Heim) Saum, St. Petersburg,
Fl; Jeanne (Heim) Kalander, Huntington Beach, Ca.
Also present were our three daughters, Susan Burk,
Keego Harbor, Mi; Joan Chman, Cardenas, R.P. and
Judi McCoullough and granddaughters Lynn Pridgen
of Myrtle Beach, SC., Jeannette (Pridgen) and
Tracy Altman, Sarasota, as well as friends and
neighbors from Sarasota. We had a great dinner and
came home to "party" to Tracy and his friends'
Eight of Snookie and Mac's grandchildren
arrive for 50th anniversary. Back L-R:
Jeannette Altman, Krystal, Dawn, Heather
and Shari McCullough. Front L-R: Jason
Ohman, Grandma and Granddad McCullough,
and Kevin Burk. (Not shown Sean Burk).
Our children and many friends brought our wish
to make a trip up the Mississippi on a paddle
wheel boat a reality in April. The trip was fan-
tastic, everything we imagined. The friends we
made, the weather, the side trips to mansions and
historical places, the entertainment, food and
crew made it all worthwhile, and we highly recom-
mend it. We won four prizes. Mac won first prize
at the Mardi Gras costume party. By the way, I
made it out of crepe paper. I think they felt
sorry for him.
The trip was highlighted by spending a week-end
with the Jim Riley's, the lnomas's and friends in
Dothan, Al., one of my favorite towns.
Our whole family came home in July to give us
the "greatest party ever." Many friends joined us
at the reception at the Harley Sandcastle on Lido
Beach in Sarasota.
Just a run down on our beautiful kids and fam-
No.l Judy McCullough and daughters Jeannette and
hubby Tracy Altman, Sarasota, and Lynn Pridgen,
Myrtle Beach, SC.
No.2 Tom McCullough, home from Madrid, Spain after
seven years, now in Philadelphia. Daughters Kris-
tel and Shari.
No.3 Don and his wife Karen (Hammond) McCullough,
Millington, NJ, and daughters Dawn and Heather.
No.4 Joan and hubby Ed Ohman and son Jason of Car-
No.5 Susan and hubby Jim Burk and daughter Chavaun
and son Sean, Keego Harbor, Mi.
I regret not being able to list all the guests
and friends who contributed to the Paddle Fund. We
did get our paddle with all the names, and we love
The reception was fantastic great decorations
and cocktails, food and band. There was never a
dull moment on the dance floor. Can you believe -
18 months to 83 years on the floor? True!
Snookie and Mac McCullough, 50th anni-
versary celebrants on the "Mississippi
Family from Idaho included my sister, Mary and
her husband, Fred Hatchett, the patriarch of the
family. Also Jeanne Kalander and family, Bob, Lynn
and Kris and Kim, Huntington Beach, Ca. as well as
Lois Kalander and children from Virginia Beach. It
was good to see the first cousins and to get to
know and enjoy each other.
We want to thankeveryone for all the beautiful
cards and remembrances we received. Thank-you
notes will be arriving knowing me, it may be in
1990. We just want everyone to know what a super
year it was and to express our appreciation.
We did not realize on February 26, 1938, when
we eloped to Maryville, Ky. what a terrific future
we were going to have.
Wish everyone could have been with us. Come see
Take care, God Bless, love ya'll!
Snookie and Mac McCullough
ROB AND ELSIE SMITH CELEBRATE 50
John R. (Rob) and Elsie (Neely) Smith of Sara-
sota, Fl. were honored on their golden anniversary
on October 1, 1988, with a dinner at the Plaza
Club in Bradenton, hosted by their son, the Rev.
John R. Smith and wife, Victoria of Rutland, Vt.
and their daughter, Robbin (Smith) and her hus-
band, Ronald L. Larson of Bradenton.
About 60 family members and friends attended
the celebration. Family members included: the
Smith's grandson, Daniel R. Larson, USN, of Gulf-
port, Ms.; Elsie's sisters and family, Mike and
Marion Greene, Sarasota; and Esther Burks and son,
Charles Burks, and daughters and sons-in-law Bryan
and Julia (Burks) Sides and Bob and Becky (Burks)
Jackson, all of New Port Richey; cousins Dr. Frank
and Mary Ruth (Davis) Bowman of Durango, Co. Also
attending were Rob's sister, Elva Keenan of Silver
Spring, Md., and his brother and wife, Ralph and
Pauline Smith of Palm Aire, Sarasota.
The guests of honor's grandson presided at the
registry table. Rob and Elsie were presented a
large, framed collage of snapshots compiled by
their children as a picture record of many happy
times during the past 50 years. They also received
anniversary greetings from The President and Nancy
Reagan, as well as cards and remembrances from
friends unable to attend.
Granddaughters Allison and Kirsten Smith in
Vermont sent special greetings as they were unable
to attend because of school and new employment
Rob and Elsie were married October 1, 1938, in
St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon, Canal Zone, and
lived in the Canal Zone most of their lives. Rob
was born in Culebra and Elsie arrived at an early
age with her parents. Following their retirement
in 1970, they moved to Sarasota. Bob retired from
the Electrical Division after 30 years service and
Elsie retired from the Accounting Division on the
Pacific side, also with 30 years service.
The Cicero clan.
JOE AND MARCIA CICERO CELEBRATE
Joe and Marcia Cicero celebrated their 30th
wedding anniversary on June 28, 1988.
Their sons, Larry, Craig, Jim and Mark and all
their wives came from Texas, Rhode Island and Port
St. Lucie, Florida for a family celebration.
A surprise party was held to conremorate the
L-R: Ron and wife, Robbin (Smith) Larson
and son, Daniel Larson, Rob Smith, Elsie
(Neely) Smith with their son, The Rev.
John Smith and wife, Victoria Smith, at
the 50th anniversary celebration.
THE JENKINS' HONORED ON 50TH
Dr. and Mrs. Joe Cash Jenkins of Paradise Pines
California were honored on their golden wedding
anniversary with a reception and banquet given by
their three children. Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins were
married July 30, 1988 in the First Baptist Church
in Woodsboro, Texas.
Joe and Eleanor Jenkins
Guests were welcomed by their daughter, Joella,
who is married to Randall Deakins formerly of Gam-
boa, Canal Zone. Also receiving guests were the
honoree's sons, Senator Dan Jenkins of Jackson-
ville, Fl., and David Jenkins, owner of Perform-
ance Aircraft Co., Ft. Lauderdale. All were former
residents of the Canal Zone. The elder Jenkins
lived in Panama more than 30 years. Lillian Elnora
Jenkins taught in the Canal Zone schools, while
Dr. Jenkins was a mission doctor there. More than
100 local and out-of-town guests helped the Jen-
kins celebrate this occasion, including John and
Shirley Finlason of San Diego, Ca., formerly of
the Canal Zone.
The Jenkins family.
The flowers and decorations were beautiful in
the color decor of mauve and burgandy. On the wall
were hung huge enlargements of the couple in pho-
tos taken 50 years ago, and recent photos in con-
Presiding at the punch bowl was their daughter,
Joella. Serving the three-tier anniversary cake
was daughter-in-law, Judy Jenkins, Dave's wife.
The grandchildren, Holly, Mark and Danny, Jr.
helped with the celebration. Music of the 1930's
and 1940's was played in the beautiful reception.
WASHABAUGHS CELEBRATE GOLDEN
Rita and Perry Washabaugh enjoyed a weekend of
love and laughter as they celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on October 1st and 2nd. They
were married at Miraculous Medal Church, Colon,
Republic of Panama on October 17, 1938.
The festivities took place at the home of their
daughter Theresa Harvey in Dubuque, Iowa. All six
of their children were present. They are Mary
Louise Wagner, of Sheffield, PA; Perry Jr., of
Rapid City, SD; Theresa Harvey of Duduque, IA;
Macel DeSalvo of Glen Burnie, MD; Paul of Wooster,
OH; and James of Omaha, NE. Rita's sister, Anna
Collins of St. Petersburg, FL was a special guest.
Anna was the maid of honor at the wedding. Also
present were Mary Louise's daughter Jean (Wagner)
Lindsey; Paul's daughter Dawn Washabaugh; Jim's
wife Alma and their son Quinn Washabaugh; and
Theresa's husband Mel and their four daughters,
Rita, Mary, Kathy and Julie Harvey.
Seated L-R: Mary Louise, Rita, Perry and
Theresa. Standing L-R: Macel, Paul, Per-
ry and Jim.
Saturday evening highlights were a lasagna din-
ner, including empanadas, French fruit cookies,
mints and a beautiful three-tier wedding cake made
by Macel. Jean Lindsey made a lovely centerpiece
for the table. After dinner Rita apd Perry opened
over 70 cards with greetings and pictures from
their relatives and friends (many from former
Sunday morning everyone attended Mass where
Rita and Perry were featured several times during
the liturgy. Granddaughters Rita and Kathy sang
and the Mass concluded with Perry's favorite song,
"Let There Be Peace On Earth." After a stop at the
photographer's studio for portraits, everyone en-
joyed a brunch at Brian's Supper Club in East Du-
The many special moments were captured on video
tape, so the love and laughter shared by the fam-
ily, will be enjoyed for years to come.
'heresa (Washabaugh) Harvey
BETTY (LEDOUX) FRASSRAND NAMED
IN WHO'S WHO OF FLORIDA
Warren E. LeDoux of De
Land, Florida, is proud
to announce that his dau-
ghter, Betty LeDoux Fras-
srand, will be named in
the 1988 edition of Who's '
Who of Florida, which is
"specifically designed to
recognize those profes- B y
sionals who are committed B y ssrand
Betty's involvement in her community as Presi-
dent of the Dade City Republican Club, Member of
the Executive Board of the Pasco County GOP, Mem-
ber of the Board of Directors for the Boy's and
Girls Club of Pasco County, and having been active
in the Panama Canal Society as Florida as Legis-
lative Representative, Assistant Editor and pre-
sently 1st Vice President and having previously
been named in the premier edition of Who's Who and
Why of Successful Florida Women, is why she has
been honored to be named with 4,000 of "Florida's
top movers and shakers...for professional accomp-
lishment and recognized leadership within the
50TH ANNIVERSARY FOR THE MORTONS
Walter and Bess (Stapleton) Morton of Glendora,
California, celebrated their 50th wedding anni-
versary at a reception and dinner attended by 85
guests, hosted by their daughter at her home in
The celebration was highlighted by a renewal of
the couple's wedding vows and the exchange of
rings at Christ Lutheran Church of West Covina.
The couple were married in Cristobal, Canal
Zone. Both worked for the U.S. Government, U.S.
Navy and the Panama Canal Company until 1954 when
they moved to El Monte, Ca. Walter worked for the
I.T.T. until 1968, and Bess worked for the City of
Monrovia, then the US Navy in Pasadena until they
moved to Oregon in 1968 to wotk for the Dept. of
Agriculture where they retired in 1974 and 1979,
Walter and Bess (Stapleton) Morton
They have three children; Dr. James Morton of
Richardson, Texas; Wally Morton of Redding, Ca.,
and Mrs. Robert (Margie) Tellkanp of West Covina,
all of whom attended the celebration with their
spouses. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Gordon
Dalton, Pinehurst, N.C.; Mrs. S.S. Turner, Wash-
ington, D.C.; Miss Jackie Morton, Cooleemee, N.C.;
Mr. Robert Morton, Prospect, Or.; Dr. and Mrs.
George Yates, New Orleans, La.
The Mortons are sports enthusiasts. They first
met during a double header baseball game at Balboa
Stadium while Walt was playing with the Navy team.
Walt is very active in Lionism, a Past District
Governor, currently a Director of the Covina Lions
Breakfast Club. He is also a 320 Mason and a
Shriner. Mrs. Morton enjoys swimming, bowling,
gardening, sports, painting and traveling.
LORETTA DATE RETIRES
On July 2, 1988, Loretta Date retired after 28
years of service as a civilian with various U.S.
Military Forces. Loretta is the wife of Donald
Date who served as architect for the Panama Canal
organization. Her longest tenure was with J-3,
Headquarters, US Southern Command, Quarry Heights.
The couple left the Isthmus of Panama late in 1985
after she accepted a position with the US Army
Missle Command in Huntsville, Alabama. There, she
worked with the Resource Management Directorate.
The couple now reside on their 80-acre farm in
Cross Village, Michigan (19 miles south of the
Mackinaw Bridge on the Lake Michigan side). Her
husband completely remodeled a 80-year old farm-
house in which they now call home.
To celebrate their new life a family reunion
was held in late July of this year, down on the
farm. The highlight of this event was a full day
outing on Mackinaw Island. A special luncheon was
served at the Grand Hotel for the group.
Daryl, their son, arrived from Tampa, as did
their youngest daughter, Dorna, and her husband
Mike Smith. Alison, their other daughter flew in
from San Francisco with her husband Eric Black.
All three children are products of the Canal Zone
school system. Other relatives arrived from Maine,
Detroit, New York and China.
JARED RINDFUSZ NAMED U.S.
NATIONAL AWARD WINNER
Jared A. Rindfusz has
been named a United
Statesd National Award
winner in Honor Roll by
the U.S. Achievement Aca-
demy. The academy recog-
nizes less than 10% of
all American high school
Rindfusz, who attends
Northview High School in
Dothan, Alabama, was nom-
inated for this award by
his counselor at the
school. Rindfusz will ap-
Jared A., Rindfusz
pear in the U.S. Achievement Academy Official Year
book published nationally.
The Academy selects USAA winners upon the ex-
clusive recommendation of teachers, coaches, coun-
selors or other school sponsors and upon the stan-
dards of selection set forth by the academy. The
criteria for selection are academic performance,
interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, res-
posibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and
improve, citizenship, attitude and cooperative
spirit, dependability, and recommendation from a
teacher or director.
Rindfusz is the son of Edwin and Rose (Monzon)
Rindfusz of Dothan. His grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Willian Monzon of Panama, R. de P., and Mr.
and Mrs. John H. Zellner of Show Low, Arizona.
CURT JEFFRIES EARNS PILOT'S WINGS
2Lt Christopher L. Jeffries was awarded Pilot's
Wings during ceremonies held at Columbus AFB, Mis-
sissippi, over the Labor Day weekend this year.
Several members of the Jeffries/Reinhardt clan
traveled from Florida to Mississippi to join in
the celebration, as well as in the Red Carpet act-
ivities which mark the culmination of T-38 train-
Joining in the festivities were Chris' parents,
Curt and Jinjer, and sister Kelly, of Rockledge;
his maternal grandparents, Walter and Marguerite
Reinhardt, formerly of Cocoli, now residents of
Port Charlotte; and his brother and sister-in-law
Clay and Deborah of Merritt Island. His sister and
brother-in-law, Jennifer and Richard Fisher of
Port St. John were unable to attend but were cer-
tainly there in spirit.
Chris and his wife, Toni Renee, also celebrated
their first wedding anniversary during that week-
Chris is scheduled for several months further
training, including water survival, before he and
Toni settle in for their first assignment at the
George AFB, Ca., in mid-March, 1989.
THE COOKS CELEBRATE THEIR 50TH
Hamner and Joel (Ted)
Cook of Clarksville, Va. -7
celebrated their 50th.
wedding anniversary on
July 9, 1988. They were
married on that date in
1938 in Lynchburg, Va.
They spent the weekend
at the Peaks of Otter,
near Bedford, Va. They
were accompanied by their
brother and wife, Dr. and
Mrs. W.E. Cook.
Harmer and Ted resided
in the Canal Zone from a
1942 to 1963, living in
Margarita mostly. Ted -
worked with the Police
Division in Cristobal, Mr. and Mrs. J.'L.
Margarita and Gamboa. Cook.
Hannmer worked with the Peaks of Otter,
Supply Division at Mt. Bedford, Va. are in
Hope and Balboa. the background.
Hannmer and Ted recently sold their big brick
home and now reside on the lake at "The Moorings,"
Condo 63, in Clarksville, Va. Anyone passing this
way, do stop by. We enjoy seeing Zonites.
Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Cook
P.O. Box 862
Clarksville, VA 23927
FORMER BOYD TRIPLETS GLIDE INTO
The Del Rubio Triplets, formerly known as the
Boyd triplets, born in Panama and in the BHS Class
of 1939, left Panama in the late 30's and were
reared in Washington, D.C. Although they did not
graduate from Balboa High, they were well known
throughout the Canal Zone.
Del Rubio Triplets
Milly Elin. Eadie
Milly, Elena and Eadie adopted the three-guitar
concept with their singing and have been featured
in DETAILS magazine, EXPOSURE magazine, the Los
Angeles Examiner; Los Angeles Weekly, and lately
in PEOPLE'S WEEKLY (Sept. 5, 1988) and other news-
The Del Rubio Triplets have performed in Asia,
Australia, Europe, and from Miami to New York to
Los Angeles, California, and many places in
between. They have performed in Hospitals, Elk
Lodges and retirement homes for 14 years as well
as the "Late Night" show with David Letterman, and
"The New Monkees" and other TV shows.
The triplets live in a mobile home in San
Pedro, California, yet are able to do over 20 per-
formances a week, putting more than 374,000 miles
on their 1971 Plymouth station wagon.
Milly, Elena and Eadie have also landed a
record contract. Their "Three Gals, Three Guitars"
LP is selling on both the East and West coasts.
Milly plays the lead guitar; Elena the bass guitar
and Eadie plays the rhythm guitar.
THE EBERENZ'S HAVE THEIR 50TH
Leo and Madeline Eberenz of Sterling, Virginia
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug-
ust 6, 1988 with 41 family members and friends at
a Saturday evening reception and dinner at the
Sheraton Premiere Hotel at Tyson Corner, Va. The
gathering was a complete surprise planned by their
Leo and Madeline Eberenz
Those who attended the dinner were daughter
Marie Lindsay, her husband Tom and sons Richard
and Matthew of Virginia; son Alexander and wife,
Mary, daughters Rachel, Lynn and Mary Arm and son
David of Virginia; son John and wife, Linda and
daughters Xan and Christine, the youngest of the
grandchildren, of Panama; daughter Mable Cannaday
and daughter Christina of Florida; daughter Jo-
sephine Sharp, son Wayne, and daughters Margaret
Sovieno and Catherine of Virginia; brother David
and wife Helen and daughter Diane Gaugler of New
Jersey; sister Virginia Williams of New York;
Madeline's sister Claudia Davies and husband Sam
Sr. of Louisiana; Sam Davies Jr. with wife Mary
Ann and daughters Sharon, Susan, Krista and Karyn
of Maryland; niece Barbara Eshleman and husband
Joe of Texas; and friends Cele Wensing of Arizona;
Doris (Ducky) Edelin of Florida; Louise Barnes of
Florida; and neighbors Sherwood Garrett and wife,
Helen and Mrs. Agnes Cummings of Sterling Park,
On Sunday afternoon a lawn picnic was held at
the home of Marie at Colvin Glenn, Va., at which
Bobby Barnes of Panama joined the celebration.
All the Eberenz children were born in the Canal
Zone and graduated from Balboa High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Willie J. Brannon of Bastrop,
Texas (formerly of Balboa, C.Z.) have announced
the engagement of their daughter, Myra Ann, to
Patrick Eugene Grimison, Ensign, SC-USNR, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Grimison, Satellite Beach,
Florida, formerly of La Boca, Canal Zone.
Myra, a 1984 graduate of Balboa High School, is
currently completing her Senior year at Florida
State University in Tallahassee, majoring in In-
Patrick, (BHS'82) (FSU'87), having been commis-
sioned in the U.S. Navy in June after completing
a 16-week course at Officer's Candidate School in
Newport, R.I., is attending a Naval Supply School
in Athens, Ga.
A December 3rd wedding is planned, in Talla-
50TH ANNIVERSARY FOR THE MAEDLS
Carl and Alfhild (Petie) Maedl were married in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 8, 1938 and left
shortly thereafter on the old S. S. Cristobal
for their first trip to Panama. (See "Reporters -
and Walter Bruckert
Ila Crowell, widow of the late Richard Crowell,
was married August 7, 1988 to Walter Bruckert at
Hope Lutheran Church, Citrus Springs, Florida, in
a private ceremony with only the couple's children
Ila's eldest daughter, Dawn, was her attendant.
She walked down the aisle on her son, Richard's
The couple will be living in Beverly Hills,
AlI.fhild (Pet je) and Carl Maedl
Alfhild (Petie) and Carl Maedl
50th Anniversary, Aug. 8, 1988
I (Must be in by)
January 25, 1989
Monica and Dennis Talavera
Monica Patricia Rogers, daughter of Enrique and
Magdalena Rogers of Panama City, and Dennis A.
Talavera, son of Mario A. Talavera, retired Civil
Service employee (F.B.I.S.) of Chorrera were
united in holy matrimony at the Holy Nama of Jesus
Parish in Niceville, FL. on April 16, 1988. A re-
ception was held at the bride and groom's resi-
dence in Gulf Breeze, FL. following the ceremony.
Attending were former C.Z. resident Francis
Enyart (Arnold's of the Curundu pack; Tom, Bill,
and Pat). Mrs. Enyart, aunt of the groom, Lorena
Rogers, Panama City, sister of the bride, Irene
Beersdorf of Novato, CA, sister of the groom,
Enrique Rogers, Jr, brother of the bride. Others
attending were Walt and Sally Monteith of Nice-
ville, Mike and Beth Ascroft, Fr. Phil Halsted,
Fr. Bob Morris, Mark and Maria LoCastro, Brent and
Katie Wall, Mary Hall, Tom and Linda Mitchel, and
Lorenzo and Isabel Nunez.
Monica works at West Medical Clinic in Pensa-
cola as Medical Transcriptionist, and is finishing
her studies as a Lab Technician at West Florida
University, class of 1990. She received her A.A.
from F.S.U. in 1984, after which she received her
Medical Secretary Certificate from Phillips Jr.
College in Noew Orleans.
Dennis works for WENDCO Co. in Pensacola as
Food Service Manager. He is a graduate of Brenau
College in Gainesville, GA. with a BS degree in
Science. He received his Food Service Management
Certificate from the University of Miami, Coral
Wendy Lynn Cooper and Christian Scott
On May 7, 1988, Wendy Lynn Cooper and Christian
Scott Vermilyea were united in marriage in a gar-
den ceremony at the Cafe Rey Moro in Balboa Park,
San Diego, California.
They are living in a small mountain village
near the Italian Alps outside Vicenza, Italy where
Christian is attached to the US Army 325th Infan-
try Regiment Airborne Combat Team for three years.
They plan to see as much of Europe as possible
during that time.
Wendy lived on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus
from 1969 to 1982, and is the daughter of Janet
Cooper, and granddaughter of Capt. Leonard and
Mrs. Ardice Bell, who now reside in San Diego.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl B. Orvis (Christine
Christine A. Nash and Carl A. Orvis (BHS'80)
were united in marriage on August 6, 1988 at All
Saints Lutheran Church in Port Orange, FL. A re-
ception followed at the Port Orange VFW.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Betty Nor-
nhold of Dillsburg, Pa, and the late Kenneth C.
Lightner of Gettysburh, PA.
The groom is the son of Robert and Leticia
(Lotty) Orvis, formerly of Balboa, now residing in
Daytona Beach, FL.
The bride was given by her step-father, Richard
Nornhold. Best man was Robert M. Orvis, (BHS'76)
and the maid of honor was Mindy Newan of Ormond
Beach. FL. Nita Orvis (BHS'82), the groom's sister
was the bridesmaid and Mike Overton of Port Orange
was the usher. Ryan Nash, the bride's son was the
ringbearer and Rachel Rogers of Ormond Beach was
the flower girl.
Out of town guests included the bride's parents
and family; the groom's grandmother Frances Orvis
of Sarasota; Jim and Julie Orvis, aunt and uncle
of Tampa; Andy and Linda Orvis, cousins, of Port
Former Zonians attending were Dick and Amy Bell
and family; Ed Flud and family; Leneve and Jerry
Stroop, John Irwin, Elsa Smith and family; Mike
and Mary Gordon, and Lillian Hoags.
Christine is Assistant Administrator for the
International Academy of Hair Design and Carl is
a State Correctional Offocer at Tomoka Correctio-
nal Institution, both at Daytona Beach, FL.
The couple drove to Pennsylvania for their hon-
eymoon, where a second reception was given by the
bride's family and friends. They are now residing
in Ormond Beach.
A wedding rehearsal dinner was hosted by the
groom's parents, Bob and Lotty Orvis at their home
where Lotty prepared a typical Panamanian dinner,
after which everyone relaxed by the swimming pool.
Susan E. Edwards and Matthew J. Davis of Chats-
worth, Ca., were married May 14, 1988 at First
United Methodist Church in North Hollywood, Ca. A
reception followed at the Universal Sheraton in
University City, Ca. A dinner and dance was atten-
ded by 160 friends and relatives of the bride and
groom, on the 20th floor overlooking the city.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.
Richard Edwards of Burbank, Ca., formerly of the
Canal Zone. Susan is the granddaughter of Ruth L.
Straus and the late Robert J. Straus, formerly of
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Paul
Davis of Santa Barbara, Ca.
Ring bearers were the bride's identical twin
nephews Aaron and Andrg Edwards; flower girl was
Darlene Deppe, Susan's second cousin. Maid of hon-
or was Karen Olfert; bridesmaids were Laurie (Hol-
lowell) Reinhart, cousin of the bride from Guan-
tanamo Bay, Cuba; Robin Washburn and Joanne Kes-
sen. Best man was Paul Davis Jr., brother of the
groom. Groomsmennwere Eric Greeley, Mike Decker,
Gary Schumake, Paul Edwards, brother of the bride,
and Michael Davis, brother of the groom.
Susan E.- Edwards and Matthew J.' Davis
Those in attendance were the bride's brother,
Robert and wife Sharon Edwards and children; Aunts
Ida (Straus) Gifford and daughter Lara of Orem,
Utah; William and Dorothy (Straus) Romeyn of Ore-
gon; William and Carrie Edwards of Northridge, Ca;
Grandmother Ruth L. Straus; cousins Mike and Mary
(Moore) Burleson and children; George and Kathy
Deppe (Moore) and daughter; Clifford and Leigh
Moore of Arizona; Eric and Kirk Edwards of Cali-
The wedding cake was decorated by the bride's
sister-in-law Sharon Edwards.
The couple honeymooned on the Tropicale to Mex-
ico and are now living in Chatsworth, Ca.
Theodora Regas and Robert E. Medinger, Jr. were
united in marriage in a garden ceremony at Dallas
Civic Garden Center, Fair Park, Dallas, Texas on
June 11, 1988.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
George Theodore Regas of Tyler, Texas and the
groom is the son of Capt. and Mrs. John W. Meeker,
Jr., and the late Robert E. Medinger, Sr. He is
the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Augustus C.
Medinger, all former residents of the Canal Zone.
The bride's attendants were Alma Roberts, maid
of honor from Cincinnati, OH, Randy Wagner, Grand-
view, Texas, Denise Talmage, Dallas, and Theo's
sister, Dena Regas, Houston. Bets man was John
Meeker, Spring Hill, FL, and groomsmen were Joe
Vito and Colin Creel of Dallas, and John W. Meeker
III of Mountain View, CA.
Theo attended the University of Texas and the
University of Georgia and holds a degree in Mark-
eting. She is president of her own printing bro-
kerage firm, Theo Regas Company in Dallas. Bob is
a graduate of Texas State Technical Institute and
is a regional manager for Midwest National Life
Insurance of Tennessee.
Former Canal Zone residents attending the wed-
ding were George and Ann (Medinger) Stillman,
Gaithersburg, MD, and Gary and Jean (Medinger)
McGuire, Duncanville, Texas, sisters of the groom;
Ruthann (Kelleher) Smith, Tina (Eastham) Kelleher,
Dallas, Noreen Hansen, Valerie Krueger and Manuel
The newlyweds honeymooned for a week on a
chartered sailing yacht in the Virgin Islands.
Rikke Lange and David Zemer
David Zemer and Rikke Lange were married in
Oslo, Norway, where they reside, in July, 1988.
The bride is a flight attendant for a Norwegian
airline, and the groom is an aerospace and mechan-
ical engineer employed in Norway.
Rolanda F. Sanders and Joseph R. Huamer are
pleased to announce their marriage, July 30, 1988,
at Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bur-
gess Sanders of Dover. She is the granddaughter of
Mrs. Floy Whorton of Flat Rock and the late Willie
B. Whorton. She is a 1984 graduate of Dover High
School, graduating as salutatorian of her class,
and was a 1986 honor graduate of Capital City
Business College at Russellville. She is employed
as a legal secretary by the Pettis Law Firm at
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rob-
ert L. Humenr Sr. of Belleville and is the grand-
son of Pearl Wells of Belleville.
He is a 1984 honor graduate of Belleville High
School, and is a senior at the University of Ark-
ansas at Fayetteville, majoring in electrical eng-
Craig and Stephanie
Cicero announce the
birth of their second
son, Jeffery Christian,
born on September 13,
1988. Jeffery weighed
in at 8 lbs. 10 oz.
are Joe and Marcia
Cicero of Clearwater,
Florida, and Joe and
Marie Lions of Dallas,
Texas. Photo was taken
when Jeffery was 4 days
To mother Debra Ann
Dedeaux and a proud dad,
Jon L. Dedeaux, of Pace,
Florida, J. Michael, a
baby boy was born on 20th
September, of 1988. He
weighed 7 Ibs, 13k oz. at
Congratulations go to
the new grandparents,
Barbara and Louis Dedeaux
of Pensacola, Florida,
and to Delila and Jack
Hepler of Robertsdale, AL
Jeffery Christ i
Pictured with great-grandmother Helen
Beck are Erin (left) and Colleen Fahy.
Bill and Elizabeth (Grimison) Fahy proudly an-
nounce the birth of their second child, Colleen
Theresa, on July 4, 1888 at Weusthoff Hospital,
Rockledge, Florida. Colleen joins her happy big
sister, 3 year old Erin Patricia in the family's
Merritt island, Fla. home.
Maternal grandparents are former Panama resi-
dents Tom and Nancy Grimison of Satellite Beach,
FL. Paternal grandparents are Fina and Ted Fahy of
Great-grandparents include former Panama resi-
dents Rex and Helen Beck of Merritt Island; Mrs.
an Mary L. Burns of Easton, Pa., and Ildaura Espinosa
Colleen's Godparents are former Panama resi-
dents Gustavo and Katrina (Herring) Vasquez of
Sonia and Joseph H. Orr III announce the birth
of their second daughter, Shannon Kellsea, on Aug-
ust 16, 1988, in San Antonio, Texas.
She joins her sister, Ashley Lauren, age 2.
Maternal grandparents are Elda and Conrad Mal-
donada. Paternal grandparent is Marguerite M. Orr.
J. Michael Dedec
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Scott and Steven
Sondheimer are proud to
announce the arrival of
their little sister,
Melissa Andrea Sondhei-
mer, of August 5, 1988.
Scott, Steven and Mel-
issa are the children
of Dr. Stuart and Jan-
ice (Hirschl) Sondhei-
mer, of the greater
Megan Nicote (6) with Matthew McClain
Barriteau (4 mos).
Mr. and Mrs. John (Frenchie) Barriteau, Sr. are
proud to announce the birth of their second grand-
child, Matthew McClain Barriteau, born on June 3,
1988 in Huntington, West Virginia.
Matthew is the son of Zip and Lisa Barriteau
and joins his sister Megan Nicole, who is 6 years
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George
McClain of Huntington, West Virginia.
Phoenix, Arizona area. Their grandparents are Dr.
Dan and Miriam Hirschl of Sun City West, Arizona.
Dan was formerly chief of pediatrics at Gorgas
Hospital in Ancon.
Will and Melody
McConaughey of Cardenas
Panama, announce the
birth of their second
daughter, Ashley Rose,
born on March 10, 1988.
The maternal grand-
mother is Rosita Toler
of Panama, R.P.
The paternal grand-
parents are Richard and
Juanita McConaughey of
Arnold and Bonnie (Gunn) Abellera with
Arnold and Bonnie (Gunn) Abellera are proud to
announce the birth of their first child, Lillian
Lillian was born at Tallahassee Memorial Re-
gional Medical Center on July 31, 1988. She was 19
inches long and weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz.
Maternal grandparents are Landen H. Gunn, Jr.
and Dorothy L. Lawing. Paternal grandparents are
Robert and Priscilla Abellera.
Lillian is named after her maternal greatgrand-
mother, the late Lillian Gunn, and her paternal
grandmother, Priscilla (Mazon) Abellera.
Edward C., Jr. and
Shannon S. Blount of
Mobile, Alabama, are
happy and proud parents
of Edward C. Blount III
who was born July 30, A
1988 at Mobile Infirm-
ary. He was 20 inches
long and weighed 6 lbs.
and 5 oz.
He is the first
child of Ed and Shannon
and is the first grand- Edward C. Blount
child of the paternal
grandparents, Ed and Ginny Blount of Mobile, Ala.
Maternal grandparents are Joe and Shirley Shaper
of Theodore, Alabama.
Jim and Priscilla Landrum Brusich are proud to
announce the birth of their second child, Evan
James, who joins his sister, Charlene, age 2.
Evan was born on September 13, 1988 in Atlanta,
Maternal grandparents are Veralea Landrun of
Anacoco, LA. and Calvin and Margaret Landrum of
Capt. Sam, Norma and Jessalyn Nicote
Sam and Norma Irvin of Horse Shoe, N.C. (for-
merly of Los Rios, Canal Zone) proudly announce
the birth of their first grandchild, Jessalyn
Nicole, daughter of son, Samuel III and Jenny of
Pisgah Forest, N.C., born on September 8, 1988.
Mr. and Mrs. Christ--
opher L. Bensen, of Ft.
Myers, Florida announce
the birth of their
first child, Edward
Herschel Bensen, July
14, 1988, who joins his
step-brother, James. Edward H. Bensen
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Ball and
Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Bensen.
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William E. Affeltranger, 62, of Clearfield,
Utah, died July 30, 1988 at Humana Hospital Davis
North in Layton of an aneurysm of the aorta. Born
in Chaleroi, PA., and retired from the Police Div-
ision as Chief Detective in December 1980 with 32
years of government service. He was a veteran of
the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Balboa High and
attended Canal Zone Junior College. He also served
as a Boy Scout leader. He was a member of the
Clearfield 5th LDS Ward; served as a past Sunday
School president; was a High Priest and had been
a Branch President in the Canal Zone.
Surviving are his widow, Lois (Flowers), Clear-
field; two sons, Mark Van of West Valley City and
Eric, Sandy; two daughters, Mrs. Leslie Moody of
Orem and Mrs. Peter (Debby) Zolik, Panama; a bro-
ther, John Henry of Baden, PA.; a sister, Mrs. Ron
(Marion) Cheshire of Ridgecrest, CA.; and 15 grand
Paul Ambort, of Carmel, California, died in
September. He was the husband of Beverly (Arnold),
who graduated from Cristobal High School in 1939,
and brother Gale a year or two before. Mother,
Dorothy was a long-time Canal Zone employee. Paul
was with Pan American Airlines and retired as a
captain. They spent many years abroad in Germany,
England and Hong Kong.
rEmett W. Argo, 85, died October 5, 1988 in
Laguna Hills, California. Ermett was on the Canal
Zone from 1939 to 1965, retiring as Foreman, Con-
struction, Gatun Locks. He was retired for twenty-
three years and enjoys and did all the things he
talked about. He was heavily into Masonic activi-
ties all his life, being a member of Sibert Lodge
in the Zone and active in Eastern Star as a Rain-
bow Daddt. When he retired, he continued with his
Masonic activities, including Shrine Clubs, He-12,
Eastern Star and the Shrine.
In addition to his wife, Adele, he leaves two
daughters, Grace Allen of Beaumont, Texas, and
Kathryn Molinaro of Hemet, Ca., five grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren.
Gladys B. Baldwin, 83, died in Fort Walton
Beach, Florida, on July 6, 1988 after an extended
illness. She was born in Boundbrook, N.J. and had
lived in the Panama Canal Zone from 1915 to 1967.
She retired from the Canal as Secretary to the
Administrator of Gorgas Hospital. She moved from
St. Petersburg to tje Ft. Walton Beach area in
1985. She was preceded in death by her brother,
Edward Lowande, and brother-in-law, Gordon H.
Survivors include her sister, Marion C. Thomp-
son of Gretna, FL; three nephews, Lane A. Thompson
of Shalimar, FL., Carl A. Thompson of Telogia, FL.
and Gary Dunsmoor of Santa Rosa, CA.; four nieces,
Celia E. Rick of Lancaster, PA., Carole A. Corey
and Eddie Lynne Lam of Houston, Texas, and Karen
Nagy of Easton, PA.; and thirteen great-nieces and
Mary Eleanor Becker, 79, of Lakewood, Colorado,
died September 2, 1988. She was born in Tuckahoe,
New York, but went to the Canal Zone when 18 mos.
old. She was a Past President and Life Member of
the American legion Auxiliary, Unit One, Panama,
Canal Zone; active in the Girl State program of
the Canal Zone; member of the Jefferson County Re-
tired Senior Volunteer Program, Lakewood, and an
active member of the City of Lakewoods "Grand
Timers" Senior Citizen Club. She worked in Pedro
Miguel and Balboa with the Clubhouse Division; the
Mechanical Division Accounting Office, then the
Diablo Heights Accounting Office and finally re-
tired in January, 1968 from the Accounting Branch
in Ancon, C.Z.
She is survived by her daughter, Bertha-Jane
Law; granddaughters Valerie A. Dempsey and Cather-
ine A. Spafford, and four great-grandchildren, all
of Lakewood, Colorado.
Elmer William Bierbaun, 69, of Dothan, Alabama,
died August 18, 1988 at a local hospital following
an extended illness. A native of Lafe, Arkansas,
he lived in Dothan for the past 14 years after his
retirement in 1974 as a police officer, Panama
Canal Company, after 31 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Marie R. Bierbaumn;
a son, Raymond V. of Portsmouth, Va; two daughters
Theresa K. Brown, Columbus, Ga., and Carolyn A.
Bierbaum, Dothan; a brother, Luis A. Bierbaun, of
Ponce de leon, Fla.; a sister, Edlin Steinkoetter,
St. Louis, Ms.; two grandchildren, Barbara M.
Brown and William E. Brown; several nieces and
Michael M. Bjorneby, 32, died August 31, 1988
in an automobile accident in Seattle, Washington.
He was born in Bremerton, Wa., and went to Panama
in 1961, a part of a family that had been in the
Canal Zone since 1907 and was a fourth generation
Zonian. He graduated from Cristobal High School in
1973 and attended Canal Zone Junior College for
two years. He was a well-known motorcycle races in
Panama and Latin America. He was active in the
Lions Club in Seattle for the past 3 years and
had served as secretary. He had bee chairman of
the Lions Club White Cane Charity and was an act-
ive member of the Lions' blood and bone marrow
Survivors include his parents, Patricia (Leach)
and Richard Bjorneby, Gatun; three sisters, Jan
(Bjorneby) Krajewski, Buffalo, NY., Kari Bjorneby,
Spokane, Wa., Kristi Bjorneby, Seattle; and two
brothers, Dr. John Bjorneby, Pullman, Wa., and
Marc Bjorneby, Seattle, Wa.
William P. Bowen, 64, of Charlotte, N.C. died
October 22, 1988 from a lingering illness at Pres-
byterian Hospital, Charlotte. He was born in the
Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1943. He was a retired television technician
from a TV station in Charlotte, N.C.
He is survived by his widow, Peggy, of Char-
lotte; a son, William Jr.; a daughter, Debbie;
three grandchildren and one great-grandchild;
three sisters, Jackie (Bowen) Hall, Billie (Bowen)
Martin, and Dorothy (Bowen) Hicks.
Vincent J. Clarke, 89, of South Yarmouth, Mass.
died August 10, 1988 at his home after a long ill-
ness. He was born and grew up in North Attleboro.
He worked for more than 30 years for the U.S. Gov-
errment in the Canal Zone, retiring as General
Manager of the Commissary Division, overseeing an
estimated 4,000 employees. He was a Past Exalted
Ruler of B.P.O.Elks Lodge 1542, Cristobal and Dis-
trict Deputy; Past Grand Knight of K. of C. Lodge
He is survived by two daughters and two sis-
Eugenia H. Egger, 64, of Dunnellon, Florida,
died May 19, 1988. A native of Sabinal, Texas, she
was a housewife and a Protestant by faith. She had
been a resident of Dunnellon for three years,
coming from Ocala, Florida.
Surviving are her husband, Thomas J. Egger,
Dunnellon; two daughters, Patricia E. Ritch, Gain-
sville, and Beverly Dykes, Greenville, S.C.; and
Cyrus W. "Rusty" Field, 43, died September 11,
1988 in Houston, Texas after a prolonged battle
with cancer. Rusty was born on the Canal Zone,
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1963 and
from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. At the time of his
death he was Vice President of Gulf Tank Cleaning
Corporation of Houston, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine; sons,
Jeremy 17; twins, Jason and Nick 14; a daughter,
Amanda 7; his father, Cyrus W. "Cy" Sr.; brothers,
Kenneth and Melvynn of Tampa, FL.; a sister,
Marianne (Field) Hockin of Marietta, Georgia.
John F. (Jack) Field of San Fernando, Calif.
died July 30, 1988 at The Good Samaritan Hospital
in Los Angeles, Ca., after a brief illness. He was
a stamp collector and received numerous awards for
his exhibits at stamp shows, and was recently fea-
tured in the San Fernando Valley newspaper. Prom-
inent among his exhibits from his large collection
was a series of Express Mail stamps and a prize
envelope taken into space by the crew of Space
Shuttle Challenger in 1983. He had visited the
Canal Zone at various times and later in Florida
and California as guest of his wife's families,
Gerald D. (Budd) Bliss Jr. of Campbell, Ca.; Cur-
tis H. Bliss of Rockledge, Fl.; and sisters, Rae
(Bliss) Barnes, Gladys B. Humphrey and Mayno Walk-
er, all of Sarasota, Florida.
Internment services with a Marine Honor Guard
and close friends were held, and the following day
there was a memorial service.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Zonella
William Garner, 66, died on October 12, 1988 in
North Augusta, S.C., due to complications from
Parkinsons disease. Bill went to the Canal Zone in
1955 and lived on the Atlantic side until his re-
tirement in 1985. He retired as a master plumber,
general inspector, of the Construction Division.
For many years he was an active member of the Mar-
garita Union Church and of Sibert Masonic Lodge
AF&AM in Gatun where he was a Past Master. Before
caning to the Canal Zone he was a native of Lan-
caster, Pa. He was also a WWII veteran of the U.S.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine of Aug-
usta, Ga; two daughters, Deborah Morgan of Upper
Marlboro, Md., and Mardette Fitzgerald of Lexing-
ton Park, Md; a son, Paul R. of Sachse, Tx.; a
sister, Josephine Wiker of Lititz, Pa. and nine
Ruth E. Gomez, 82, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died October 8, 1988. Born in New Rochelle, N.Y.,
she was briefly employed as a mail censor in the
Canal Zone. She was a past president (1955-1956)
of the Inter-American Women's Club in Panama and
was a member of Cruz Roja Panamena. Locally, she
was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church and
a St. Anthony's Hospital volunteer. She was the
wife of Louis Gomez. Louis and Ruth resided on the
Atlantic side when he was manager of the Chase
Manhattan Bank in Cristobal/Colon. They moved to
the Pacific side when he became vice-president of
the branch in Panama. They retired to Mendon, MA.
in 1965 before moving to St. Petersburg in 1972.
Survivors include her husband, Louis; a son,
Robin Gomez of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Cora
Ann Gomez Yore, New Orleans, La., and five grand-
Paul T. Goudie (Tom), 36, of Duncansville, Pa.,
passed away October 1, 1988, at Mercy Hospital,
Altoona, Pa. He was born in 1952 at Mt. Pleasant,
Iowa, the son of Paul L. and L. Ivaleen Goudie. He
attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from
Balboa High School with the class of 1970. He
graduated from Drake University, Des Moines, la.
in 1974. He married Nancy Boyd in 1981 in Memphis,
Tennessee. She preceded him in death.
Surviving are two stepchildren, April Martin
and Bradley Martin; his parents, of Morning Sun,
Iowa; a brother, Terril, of Clearwater, Florida,
and one grandparent, Mrs. Lerla Smith of Mt. Plea-
He was employed as the educational director at
the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto,
Parker P. Hanna of Kerrville, Texas, died on
September 7, 1988 in a local nursing home. He was
born in Hancock, Maine in 1913, and married Chita
Murray in 1938 in Gatun. He was an assistant fore-
man in the Cristobal Oil Handling Plant for 34
years, and was a life member of Elks Lodge 1542 of
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two
sons, James Robert of Seattle, Wa., and Max Wil-
liam of Spring Texas; a daughter, Elizabeth Hanna
Neal of Lomita, Ca.; three grandchildren; three
brothers, Robert of Clearwater, Fl., P. William of
Dallas, Pa., and Charles of Shelton, Wa.; two sis-
ters, Virginia Copello of Clearwater, Fl., and
Harriet Perkins of Garden Grove, Ca.
Hans E. Hansen, Jr., 69, of Houston, Texas,
died October 10, 1988 in a local hospital. He had
served in the US Navy during World War II in the
Canal Zone, and later was employed by the Panama
Canal Company. Locally he was president of Hansen
Enterprises for 12 years. He was a member of the
Masonic Eastgate Lodge 1153 and of the Scottish
Rite as a 32 Mason.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughter and
son-in-law Ellen and Dr. Fred Minning; a daughter,
Hansita, of Houston; sons Peter of Seabrook, TX,
and David of Pasadena, CA; sisters, Mary Green of
Houston; Erna Ellis of Friendswood, TX; a brother,
Patrick of Huntsville, Alabama.
James E. Hayden, 75, of Titusville, Florida,
died October 5, 1988, at Cape Canaveral Hospital
in Cocoa Beach. A native of New York City, he was
employed by the Dredging Division in the Canal
Zone and retired in June, 1973 after 22 years of
service. He was a lieutenant commander in the Navy
during World War II. He was a member of Elks Lodge
2113 and American Legion Post 1, both in Titus-
ville, and was a life member of the VFW. He was
also a member of the Merritt Island Moose Lodge,
the Eagles, the Patrick AFB Officers Club and the
Retired Officers Club.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Hayden of
Titusville; a son, Peter of St. Louis; a daughter,
Ilse Hayden of New York City; stepdaughters, Kath-
leen Semple of Nutley, N.J., Geraldine Kelly of
Wantaugh, N.Y., and Colleen Riley of Lindenhurst,
N.Y.; and a brother, Paul of Birmingham, Alabama.
George J. Herring, 71, a resident of Wappingers
Falls, New York, died on May 13, 1988, after a
short illness. He retired as Train Master, PRR, in
1977 with 42 years of PanCanal service.
He is survived by his wife of forty-five years,
Margaret (Kunkel); four daughters, Elaine Mason,
Utica, SD, Mary Herring, Carver, MA; Christine and
Marie, both of Panama; six sons, Michael, Timothy,
and Joseph, all of Panama, Mark, N. Weymouth, MA,
Stephen and Edward, both of Vancouver, WA; two
brothers, John of Marshall, TX, and Paul of Phila-
delphia, PA; thirty three grandchildren and six
Edward J. Husun, Jr., 62, of Tallahassee, Flor-
ida, died October 24, 1988 at Tallahassee Connu-
nity Hospital. A native of Chicago, he lived in
Tallahassee for 12 years after retirement in Jan-
uary, 1976, as a police lieutenant with the Canal
Zone Police Division, with 31 years of service. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society of Flor-
Survivors include his wife, Ellen Husun of Tal-
lahassee; six sons, Edward III and John Husun,
both of thr Republic of Panama, Raymond Husum of
San Luis Obispo. CA, George Husun of Sarasota, FL,
and Gregory and Michael Husun, both of Tallahas-
sea; five daughters, Janet Herrington of Marianna,
Karen Clary of Austin, TX, Maureen Husum of the
Rep. of Panama, Lorraine Allen and Mary Husun,
both of Tallahassee; his mother, Edna Sanford of
Gulfport; a brother, Charles Husun of Houston; and
Edwin Peter Light, 99, of St. Petersburg, Fla.
died October 23, 1988 at Edward White Hospital,
St. Petersburg. He was born in Cincinnati and came
to St. Petersburg in 1953 from Waterford, Califor-
nia. He was a retired supervisor for a federal
government machine shop in the Panama Canal. A
member of the Masons for 73 years, he was a life
member of Queen City Lodge 559 F&AM, a life member
of the Panama Canal Consistory and a member of
Abou Saad Shrine Temple, all of the Panama Canal.
He was also a member of Sapphire Chapter 363 OES,
Cincinnati, and the Panama Canal Society of Flori-
Survivors include a niece, Dorothy Nelson, four
nephews, John, Robert, Edwin and Richard Light,
and a sister-in-law, Helen C. Light, all of Cin-
Grace V. McConaughey, 94, died April 23, 1988.
She was born in Marion, Illinois and went to the
Canal Zone in 1931 as a school teacher, teaching
in Cristobal. She was married to Harvey A. McCon-
aughey in 1935, who retired in 1948, making their
home in Oakland, CA., and who passed away in 1971.
Grace was active in the Balboa Union Church and
the Eastern Star on the Canal Zone. In Oakland,
they both were active in the First Methodist
Church of Oakland.
She is survived by a step-son, Richard H.
McConaughey and wife, Juanita of Ocala, Florida;
three other step-sons, Robert H., David H., and
Will J., and six grandchildren.
Robert R. McQueary, 86, of St. Petersburg, Flo-
rida, died September 18, 1988 at St. Anthony's
Hospital. He was born in Paint Lick, KY. and was
a federal employee for 43 years, serving in the
U.S. Navy, the Panama Canal Company and the Fed-
eral Aviation Administration. He was a Methodist,
and a member of Sojourner's Masonic Lodge in Cris-
tobal, Canal Zone for over 60 years, and a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and the
Kentucky Historical Society.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Alice;
a daughter, Marijane Staley, Idaho Falls, Idaho;
two sons, Melville R. of St. Petersburg and Robert
C. of Lexington, KY; and five grandchildren.
Col. Leonard F. Olliver, 72, of Greensboro,
N.C., died August 18, 1988 at Moses Cone Memorial
Hospital. Born in Canada, he retired from the Army
in the Canal Zone as a colonel as Assistant Chief
of Staff, 1966-1970 after which he was employed
with the United Services Life Insurance Co. in
Panama in 1970. Three of his children graduated
from Balboa High School and his wife taught in the
English Department of Canal Zone College for six
years. The family moved to the States in 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Kidd-
Olliver; a son, Frederick of Virginia Beach, Va.;
daughters Mrs. Katherine Haas of Williamsburg, Va;
Mrs. Deborah Williams of Winterhaven, Ca.; Ms.
Jodie Olliver of Southbury, Ct.; stepson, Bryant
Kidd of Cary; brothers, Carl Olliver of Wilmington
De., Robert Olliver of Amarillo, Tx., Donald Olli-
ver, Dover, De; sisters, Mrs. Vivian Johnson and
Mrs. Verna James, Wilmington, De., Mrs. Irene
Deamer, Dover, De., Mrs. Hazel Lightner, Acranum,
Oh., and seven grandchildren.
Francis Eddy "Frank" Phelps, 75, died June 3,
1988 in Cheechtowaga, N.Y. He spent 10 years in
the U.S. Army at Corozal, C.Z. and was subsequent-
ly employed by the Mechanical Division of the Pan-
ama Canal Company. He will be remembered for his
He is survived by his wife, "Bertie,"; nine
children; 30 grandchildren, and 3 great-grand-
Anne Giavelli Picklesimer, 87, of Highlands,
North Carolina, died June 1, 1988 after a lengthy
illness. She was a registered nurse and retired
from Corozal Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Pick-
lesimer of Highlands, N.C.
Raynmnd Irving Pinto, 54, of Lansdale, PA., died
at his home on August 12, 1988 after an extended
illness. A native of Colon, he graduated from CHS
in 1951 and the University of Pennsylvania in
1955. At the time of his death he was employed by
Merck Sharp & Dohme, West Point, PA.
He is survived by his wife, Cereda (nee Lehr-
feld; daughters, Ann Darrow, Donna (and John) Hoh,
and Mena Pinto; his parents-in-law, Bill and Eve
Lehrfeld and sister-in-law, Marlee Jameson; his
mother, Joyce (Alberga) Pinto, Riverside, CA.; his
brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Pat (Lawson)
Pinto, King of Prussia, PA., and by his uncles,
Percival, Cecil, Lloyd and Frank Alberga of River-
side, CA. and Santa Clara, Panama, and his aunt,
Lisa (Pinto) Vaz of Vancouver, B.C. and their fam-
John Edward Rathgeber, 72, of Glassboro, New
Jersey, died July 31, 1988 in Riverview Hospital,
Red Bank, N.J. Born in the Canal Zone, Jack worked
as a painter and left the Canal Zone in 1955. Set-
tling in Glassboro, he worked as a pipefitter for
the Eagle Point Refinery in Westville before re-
tiring 10 years ago. He was a life member of the
Ancon Masonic Lodge of Balboa and a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Surviving are his wife Betty (Searcy); two dau-
ghters, Penny Whilden of Pitman, N.J. and Linda
Rowse of Belford, N.J.; four sisters, Bernice
Jackson of Des Plaines, IL, Louise Hunt of Dothan,
AL, Norine Lucas of Bricktown, N.J., and Marge
Ruoff of Houston, Texas; and eight grandchildren.
Jack's parents were Nora and John Rathgeber.
Stephen William Ridge, 34, of Coral Springs,
died July 12, 1988 at Northwest Regional Hospital,
Margate, Florida. He was born in Panama City, Rep.
of Panama, and had resided in Coral Springs since
1969. He was a graduate of Deerfield High School
and Florida Atlantic University. He was employed
at Danny's West for eight years. He was a member
of Broken Woods Country Club where he organized
and ran the Danny's Monday Night Golf League and
was also a volunteer at the Honda Golf Classic at
He is survived by his father, James G. Ridge of
Panama City, Panama; his mother, Beverly Ridge of
Coral Springs; two brothers, James Jr. of Boca
Raton, and Larry of Coral Springs; his maternal
grandmother, Mrs. Regina Meitzen of Coral Springs,
and a nephew, Jayme Ridge of Boca Raton.
Catherine G. Schmidt, 77, of Kerrville, Texas,
diea C-otember 3, 1988 in a local hospital. Born
in Baltimore, MD., she married John E. Schmidt in
Baltimore, who preceded her in death five months
to the day. A resident of the Canal Zone from 1934
to 1963, and Pasadena, MD. from 1963 to 1988, she
had lived in Kerrville since July this year.
She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline
Bishop of Kerrville; two sons, John E. Schmidt Jr.
of Tallahassee, FL., and Douglas C. Schmidt of
Corozal, Panama; a brother, Edwin M. Gosnell of
Baltimore; nine grandchildren and six great-grand-
Thoms J. Sherlock, Lt. Col., U.S. Army (Ret),
68, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away September
1, 1988. He graduated from Balboa High School, ex-
celling in baseball, tennis and golf.
Survivors include his wife, Allyne Sherlock of
San Antonio; a son, Thomas J. Sherlock Jr. of San
Antonio; a sister, Catherine Morcski of Florida;
brothers, Fran Sherlock of Arizona and Bill Sher-
lock of Alabama (BHS'40); granddaughter, Cristin
Shamin Sherlock of San Antonio.
He was buried with full military honors at Fort
Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Claire E. (Venning) Tedder, 64, of Alta Loma,
California passed away on August 4, 1988 in Hoag
Memorial Hospital, Newport Beach, California. She
was born in Everett, Washington and was a graduate
of Cristobal High School. Claire and her husband
were residents of the Canal Zone. In 1957, Claire
and Hanpton established Hampton Tedder Electric
Co., Inc., in Ontario, CA. and together they work-
ed and traveled throughout the United States and
the world. Claire was active in the business until
a month prior to her death. She was an active pol-
itical party member and also a supporter of may
charities. She was an excellent bowler, wrote
beautiful poetry and had a wonderful sense of
She leaves her husband, Hampton F. Tedder, Sr.;
her mother, Ethel H. Venning, three sons, David,
Hanpton Jr. and Matthew; five grandchildren and
Abbie G. Thompson, 96, a former employee of the
R.&F.A. in Cristobal, died August 14, 1988. She
retired in 1948 and she and her husband, Capt.
Theo. Thompson (deceased in 1966) retired to San
Jose, Costa Rica. She was born in Lorena, Texas,
and came to Inverness, Florida to live with her
daughter Peggy (Brown) Smith. She had been a resi-
dent of Brentwood in the Meadows Nursing Home for
the last three years.
She is survived by three sons, James G. Brown,
Houston, Texas, Allen S. Brown, Ft. Worth, Texas,
and Capt. Theodore E. Brown, Pascagoula, Miss.;
and a daughter, Peggy (Brown) Smith, Inverness;
nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Chester B. Wine, 68, retired Colonel, U.S.A.F.,
died May 17, 1988 in Costa Mesa, California. He
went to the Canal Zone with his parents in 1930,
graduated from Balboa High School in 1938 and then
fecm Canal Zone Junior College. After attending a
flying cadet school in the U.S., he was sent back
to the Canal Zone as a 2nd. Lt. just before the
war. He served at Albrook AFB, Howard AFB and was
stationed in Equador for a while. His last station
in the Canal Zone was at Madden Field as Comman-
ding Officer. He also served as Commanding Officer
of the South Korea based 335th Fighter Interceptor
Squadron during the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Joy, who is in a
nursing home; two sons, Robert of Costa Mesa, and
Ronald of West Melbourne, Fl.; a daughter, Cheryl
Vandermelon, Morrow, Ga.; a brother, Leonard, also
a retired Colonel, USAF of Denver, Co.; three sis-
ters, Dorothy Amory, Grafton, Va., Lillian DeVore,
Ft. Myers, Fl., and Kathryn Meissner, Hayes, Va.
Col. Wine was buried in Arlington National Cem-
etery with full military honors.
Letters to the Editor
MONACOS VISIT AHNA JOHNSON AYASSE
While Doris (Ehrman) .i0' B *.
and I were on vacation -
this summer, hiking in
the Presidential Mount-
ains of the White Mount-
ain range in New Harp-
shire, we took a day to
look up Ahna L. (Johnson)
Ayasse, a classmate, BHS
1955, in Hiram, Maine.
Doris and Ahna last Doris (Eahrman)
saw each other in 1955 Monaco and Ahna L.
and had a lot of old time (Johnson) Ayasse.
memories to share.
Currently, Ahna owns and operates the Bilhan
Arabians, a horse farm consisting of blooded Arab-
ian horses, with champions at stud and breeding
champions. Her walls are covered with more award
winning ribbons from her show and performance
horses than I have ever seen in one place; and her
mares are not only winning ribbons, but are also
having offspring that have been blue ribbon win-
ners, halter-shown as yearlings.
Ahna and one of her blooaea Araozan
If we can talk her into getting a sitter for
her present dozen Arabians, we know her friends
would love to see her at a reunion of the Society.
Al and Doris Monaco
Jeannie Jensen Lampe, Becky Fall and Jan
A LONG AWAITED GET-TOGETHER
When my sister Jeannie Jensen Lampe and Becky
Fall got together at their BHS'68 Reunion, they
gave me a call. Immediately I regretted not being
with them. It was the first time in over 20 years
that I had spoken to Becky.
Jeannies's 16 year old daughter, Kristal, my
goddaughter was born on Becky's birthday, so there
was always that time of year when I would think
about Becky. I had tried several times to locate
her but never had any luck. And suddenly she was
at the other end of the phone line! I was almost
speechless but did manage to plan a get-together
On the afternoon of August 9, Becky arrived
from Highland, NY with Willie, her 5 year old son.
Later that evening Jeannie and her daughter Kris-
tal came from Dubuque, Iowa. My home in Middlebury
Indiana was picked as the place to meet as it was
What a great 5 days we had! memories rushed
back; we had done everything together. It was won-
derful to share those memories and start to make
some new ones. We plan to get together and golf at
least once a year and I want to get out to New
York to visit Becky's mom.
Jan Jensen Noethe
THE COMLEY SISTER ON THE GO
Dilfers: The big news is that Beverly and
George have left Panama for good! They are now re-
siding permanently in their lovley beachfront
apartment in Boca Raton, FL at 2800 S. Ocean Blvd.
They enjoyed a visit in August with their son,
Bob and family in California after a 2-week Alaska
cruise on the Island Princess, including the
dome train ride from Anchorage to Fairbanks.
The three Camleys and hubbies had a fun reunion
in Vancouver, B.C. the day the Dilfers sailed to
Alaska, as Betty and Barney and Mary Jane and Jes-
sie were touring together at that time. In October
another sisters reunion in Tallahassee where Bev
and George renewed acquaintances with old Canal
Zone friends Pat Waring, Bart Elich (in town
visiting his family), Curt Darden, the Tom Spen-
cers, the Pat Conleys and the Chris Hendersons be-
fore heading for Memphis, Tn. to see Tutty and
Bell Mallory; to Pinehurst, NC to see the Gordon
Daltons, ending up in Arlington, Va. to visit with
sister Mary Jane and Jessie.
The Lacklans: Mary jane and Jessie are thor-
oughly enjoying flying around the country on their
Eastern Senior Citizen "Get-up-and-go Passports!
They have been on 13 round trip flights so far
since November a year ago when their first trip
took them to the Lucho shindig in Atlanta. Then
next to Florida for Thanksgiving with sister Betty
and Barney. In February to Las Vegas to try their
luck at the "one-armed bandits," and in March to
Arizona to visit Jessie's brother, Bob Lacklen; in
April to Tierra Verde, Fla. to celebrate Easter
and their 45th wedding anniversary at Betty and
Barneys, with former C.Z. classmates plus a visit
with their daughter, Pat and son-in-law Tim Ash-
croft in Tallahassee. Back to Florida in May for
a Comley sisters and husbands reunion at Ft. Myers
Beach as Bev and George had just arrived from Pan-
ama. Over to Las Vegas again in June; in July Mary
Jane flew to Boca Raton for another visit with Bev
(Dilfers son Jim and wife Lynn were there too from
Panama for a few days visit), while Jesse flew to
Billings, Montana for his high school class re-
union. Then to Seattle, Wa. and Victoria, BC to
meet Betty and Barney for seven days. In August to
Colorado for Mary Jane's 50th BHS class reunion,
plus a visit with their son, Cary in Boulder, Co.
where he is a Public Defender. Then to Tallahassee
to join Betty and Barney, Bev and George to "house
warm" their daughter and husbands (Pat and Tim
Ashcroft's) new home.
Forgesons: They have been enjoying gadding
around the country also on their Delta Sr. Citizen
Frequent Flyer program. First to San Diego for a
fun visit with "best man" and wife, Peg (Reinig-
Pedro Miguel) and Ed Fucik, driving into Mexico.
Were lucky to see the America's Cup catamaran
with its unusual plastic sail at the San Diego
Comley sisters and husbands at Stanley
Park, Vancouver, B.C. August 28. Back,
L-R: George Dilfer, Jessie Lacklan, Bar-
ney Forgeson. Front, L-R: Mary Jane
Lacklan, Beverly Dilfer, Betty Forgeson.
Yacht Club while spending a few nights aboard How-
ward and Corky Dilfer's boat, "Cents-less." Also
had a fun happy hour with Peg (Horter) Sheridan in
La Jolla. Then a flight to Holland, MI. for the
Dutch Tulip Festival for a week. In July to Sea-
ttle, catching up with CZ'ers Syd and Elva Stein-
horn whose home overlooks pretty Lake Washington
and the Roger Adams summering there in their Mer-
cer Island apartment, thenon to Victoria, BC. Flew
home and then to Colorado to join Mary Jane. While
visiting Colorado Springs, had mini-reunion with
Ed Bishop, Kitty Adams Lessiak, Iris (Dedeaux)
Hogen, Charles and Johnny MacMurray, Henry Fidan-
que, Bill LeBrun and Roy Glickenhaus. The latter
four were there representing Panama in a Seniors
International Golf Tournament held annually at
Broadmoor C.C. Then saw Capt. Fred and Mary Jane
Weade and daughter, Mary. Then to Tallahassee and
Virginia for more Comley get-togethers.
Now that we three Comleys are within driving
distance, hopefully there will be more family re-
unions and all especially looking forward to
Florida for Thanksgiving.
We All wish everyone a most Happy Holiday Sea-
The Forgesons, Lacklans and Dilfers.
SALMON GREAT ON SACRAMENTO RIVER
Nola Swain Boyer and husband, Richard Boyer,
report that the salmon fishing is great on the
The all-expenses paid two-day fishing trip was
taken in September. A total of eight King salmon
from 16 to 28 lbs. were caught.
The trip was a wedding present for the couple
who were married June 11, 1988.
Nola is the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Roger
Swain, formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone.
Richard is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard D.
Boyer of Yuba City, California.
FROM ELOISE (RAMEY) CADE
My sister Helen (Ramey) Schmulbach and I had
a wonderful trip this sumnner. Esther (Miller)
Ahlteen and her husband, Carl met us in Copenhagen
Denmark where we did some sight-seeing in that
beautiful city before taking the ferry to Sweden.
Esther and Carl have lived in Sweden 10 years
this time. In a year or two they will be moving to
Florida near theur daughter, Lucy.
Esther is fluent in Swedish and out-did herself
in seeing that we saw so many interesting things,
and translating the historical signs.
Nancy (Norton) Carter of San Diego, California
was to have met us in Stockholm, but was unable to
To my surprise, there is another Canal Zone
lady, Marjorie (Maslin) McBride living in our same
complex here in Menphis, In fact, there are quite
a few people here in Memphis and I think we should
have our own reporter. If you members are inter-
ested, please call me. I'm listed in the phone
book under Charles R. Cade.
Eliose (Ramey) Cade
A PLUG FOR LOCAL RESTAURANT
Recently, fourteen of us had our monthly birth-
day club luncheon at Alberto's and Janet's Chinese
Oriental Restaurant on Ulmerton Road, Largo, Flor-
The food, service, and hospitality was superb!
All of us hope that anyone who likes Chinese
food will pay them a visit. Try it, you'll love
Richard and No a (Swa-n) Boyer
CALVITS HAVE EXCESS IN GARDEN
Robert (Benny) and Anna Calvit had a garden
that over-produced this year. They had 2 types of
corn, yellow squash, golden zucchini, radishes,
lettuce, string beans, cucumbers, golden bell pep-
pers, two types of tomatoes, Panama hot chumbo
peppers and golden sunrer bell peppers.
They picked at least 50 tomatoes daily, and
daily called friends to come and get the vege-
tables. They also canned everything, many jars of
each. Finally had to till the plants under so as
to stip producing. They ran out of friends wanting
them. Only thing left now are tomatoes, coming in
fast but getting smaller. Had some 2 and 3 pound-
Bob and Anna say, "No fall garden." They have
had it for this year.
Some of the great luncheon menu served.
We had empanadas, Shrinp and Bacon Roll, Fried
Wanton, Pepper Steak, Almond Chicken, Sweet and
Sour Pork, Oriental Fried Rice, and a birthday
JUDY PALUMBO-GATES REPORTS
Summertime is a great time for reunions with
Panama friends and relatives. I was able to visit
by phone with Beverly and Allison Hoffmnn from
Coco Solo while they were in Texas and talked with
Randy and Donna Grubbs from Coco Solo while they
visited Ira and Betty Wiggins in Naples, Florida.
Lisa Barrett, Luke C. Palumbo, and Judy
My dad, Luke Palurbo from Fayetteville, Ark.,
came to Iowa after welcoming his stepdaughter,
Vicki Terry to the USA while she was on her fur-
lough from missionary work in Loma Linda, Colom-
bia. I hitched a ride with dad to visit our family
in Ohio, New Jersey and Maryland, but first I in-
troduced him to Lila Cruz Hampton, a transplanted
Panamanian woman who married an American and moved
here to Fairfield, Iowa 23 years ago. She lives a
block away so we visit often.
We left the house and two cats in good hands as
"adopted daughter" Vannia Evans came to town last
February searching for a college and has lived
with us ever since. She received grants, aid,
loans, and is working at a Hy Vee grocery until
school starts in September at Central College in
Pella, Iowa, close enough to attend her basketball
games and be substitute mother. Her mother, Doro-
thy Evans came up for a visit and gave us up-to-
date reports of Panama.
rancis and C (Mee Ban
Francis and Carla (Meehan) Homan.
On our two-week trip, I visited Lisa Barrett,
a branch manager for an employment company, and
assured me a job if I ever left Iowa. She resides
in Rockville, Md. Luke went to Westminster, Md. to
visit Father Brian Cox, priest at St. John's and
administrator of Resurrection Farms. I spent two
days with Carla Meehan Haman, recently married to
Francis Homan. Both work at the Bally Grand Hotel
in Atlantic City. They left shortly after my visit
for a delayed honeymoon in England and Amsterdam
where Carla met more of her husband's family.
Last May, husband Robert and I attended an
Evangelistic Workshop in Cincinatti, Oh., where we
visited with Wayne and Ruth (Linkemann) Smith and
their three girls Elizabeth, Becca, and Jessica.
These visits and our Miedwest drought have made
me very thirsty for Chagres River water!
THE FORSYTHES PILOT OWN PLANE TO
We departed from Auburn, Ca. Airport June 25
and flew the Cessna 182 to the first waypoint, Rio
Bravo Airport, just east of Bakersfield. Weather
was VFR (FAA Visual Flight Rules). From Rio Bravo
we went through the Tehachapi Mountains to our
first landing at Fox Field, Lancaster, Ca. for
fuel. Our next fuel stop was Blythe, Ca. Third and
overnight stop was El Paso, Texas. Took off from
El Paso June 26 in good weather, but went to mar-
ginal forcing us to lower altitudes. North of
Kerrvile, we were down to 3,000 ft. in broken
clouds and rain. We climbed and headed south. Min-
utes before reaching Kerrville we came out into
VFR conditions and saw the airport to our left and
landed. Even though it was only noon, the weather
going east was too bad to go on. We stayed with
cousins Bill and Sue Grahan.
Bill dropped us off at the airport next morning
and we called Flight Service every hour on the
hour, finally getting a break in the weather in
the afternoon. Could not get more than a few thou-
sand feet with 3 to 5 miles visibility all the way
to the Florida Panhandle, forcing us to go around
Landed at Lake Charles, La. for fuel and went
on in marginal weather. The Controller handed us
off to Pensacola Approach Control who gave us a
heading to Milton Field. We were down to 800 ft.
in rain and it was getting dark.
We landed at Milton Field and called Mary Ellen
Taylor from a general store about a mile from the
airport. Mary Ellen and Dick picked us up and we
stayed two days. Left Milton June 26, although the
weather was overcast we were able to fly at about
5,000 ft. with 10 mile visibility. Came down the
west coast of Florida and arrived at West Pasco
Field, which is now called Tampa Bay Executive
As we unloaded, our cousin, Terry Stabler pick-
ed us up and we stayed with her and Marty.
The 56th Panama Canal Reunion was worth all the
bad flying weather and scary moments. I got to see
and talk to more BHS'42 friends at this reunion
than any past reunion.
There was Elsa and EBma Arruda who lived near
me in the Gavilan area; Roland Casanova, Bill DeLa
Mater; Robert (Dinky) Dennis; Freeland Hollowell;
Marion Woodruff. From the Atlantic side and Gatun
Locks there was Warren ntz; Bill & Geri Foster;
Lou Domenech; Larry Barca; George and Virginia
Booth; Steve Enoch, Arnold Jackson; Bob and Car-
olyn Johnson; Ted and Anita Kaufer; Darwin Pope,
Skip and Beverly Rowley, Douglas Smith, Ernie and
Dottie Yocun, Joe Young, and many, many more.
The Reunion was superb, thanks to the Officers
Bob and Alice Forsythe
Rancho Cordova, Ca.
TERRY ZEMER TRAVELS
In June, Terry Zemer attended high school grad-
uation ceremonies of her granddaughter, Jennifer
Sanders of Aptos High in California. Jacqueline
Sanders, granddaughter #2, accompanied her grand-
mother back to Indiana to visit and meet several
Rikke, David, Terry, Connie and Jacque-
line in Oslo, Norway.
In July, Jacqueline and her mother, Connie
Zemer Bumgarner, flew to Norway for the wedding of
her uncle, David Zemer. Terry flew from Florida.
The return trip from Oslo to Copenhagen, Den-
mark was by ship, then to Amsterdam, Holland by
train, and across the English Channel again by
Sightseeing was great and so was the weather,
not more than 700 anywhere.
BOYER MINI-REUNION AT EPCOT CENTER. Back
L-R: Betty and Bob Boyer, Robby, Maddie,
Anna, Rob Boyer. Front L-R: Corrine Boy-
er, Barbara (Boyer) Stover and granddau-
ter Jamie (Ramey) Crocker.
CHARLENE AND RALPH JAMES REPORT
Greetings from Pensacola. Ralph and Charlene
James are alive and kicking, although we have not
taken time to write.
Planned for several years to tour and visit
some of our friends from Panama, but something al-
ways seemed to spoil our plans. Finally, September
5, we left after a visit with Mike, Vilma, Billy
and Freddie James in Montegut, La., and left for
San Antonio to visit Mary Lou Farley. She is a
delight and savvy lady. We had a ball, learned
some new line dances and "did" San Antonio. Next,
we went to Uvalde, Texas, to visit Tony and Louise
Johnson. Looked forward to this visit for so long,
but Louise was ill and not up to much activity. Am
happy to report we are in touch with them and she
says she is a little stronger. We wish her our
best, as I know all of their friends do.
Went on to Alamosa, Co. to visit Dick and Norma
Bock amid beautiful scenery and what fun it was to
be with them again. They have a lovely, comfort-
able home and are so hospitable.
Ever since Bob and March Jones came to see us,
we talked of going to Ft. Collins. Got there OK
but for only a 16 hour stay. "Gilbert" was threat-
ening the coast and with the kids, parents and our
place in the proposed path, we could not relax and
enjoy the visit. Drove home in two days and thank-
fully had no storm problems. We shall return, Bob
and Marcy, ready or not!
Stayed home for three days and left to do the
last part of the planned trip. Went to Conway, Ar.
to see Ray and Beenie Wilson. Can't believe Terri
is 23! Had a wonderful visit and enjoyed touring
the town and reliving all the old times. Our next
stop was Fayetteville, Ar. to visit Dick and Mary
Condon in their beautiful new apartment. It has
everything including free popcorn in the lobby! We
loved being with them and enjoyed the tour of
Terra Studios and glass shop. We drove to Eureka
Springs in two cars and Ralph and I stayed over
for the Passion Play. What a beautiful experience.
Our last stop was Menphis to see the Bells. We
missed Herbie as he was at sea, but thoroughly
enjoyed our time with Esther. Unfortunately, Myr-
tice Aday, her mother who had visited Panama many
times, had an automobile accident and is laid up
with two broken legs and two broken knees. She was
in good spirits all things considered.
We'd be happy to hear from any of our former
friends and would welcome the visits.
Ralph and Charlene James
JIM BERNARD IN KINSHASA, ZAIRE
I will be working in Kinshasa, Zaire for the
next year and will welcome (and get you through
Customs and Imnigration) anyone who wants to come
to visit the Congo.
My address is Jim Bernard, Amembassy, IDO-MA,
APO New York, 09662-0006.
LOCAL COMPANY EMPLOYS 4 ZONIANS
Zonians are getting as thick as sand-fleas
Tech-Data Corporation of Clearwater, Florida,
a major wholesaler of computers and related hard-
ware boasts four Zonians at its national head-
First they hired Dusty C. Furlong for their
sales staff. Next in seniority is her sister, Val-
erie Furlong. This year, Kelly Morris and Lynne
Haddaeus joined the staff.
Kelly's cousin, Mitchie Hearn, shares an apart-
ment with Alice Furlong in Tallahassee.
Where Are You?
Please notify the Secretary, P.O. Box 1508,
Palm Harbor, FL 34682-1508, if you have a current
address for the members listed below:
Barnes, James M. Keith, Rick
Robison, Edward Winberg, L E (Ernie)
Roberts, Kimberlee (Broyles)
BHS 1939 CLASSMATES:
The Class Reunion Coordinators are missing the
addresses of the following classmates. If anyone
knows the addresses or thier status, please advise
either: Fred Huldtquist, 8447-140th St. N., Semi-
nole, FL 34646 (813) 397-5846, or Bob Herrington,
3103 Haverford Ave., Clearwater, FL 34621. Tele:
Arosemena, Fulvia; Arosemena, Olga; Avera, Garland
Bender, Thomas; Blanton, Josephine; Bonwell,
Jeanne; Bradford, Doris; Brislawn, Richard; Bruce,
Maude; Caldwell, Louis; Calabreves, Alice; Cala-
breves, Minerva; Cruz, Joaquin; Cruz, James;
DeMott, Jean; Deveneau, Phyllis; Duncan, Martha;
Foster, Fernando; Gamble, Jack; Gardner, James;
Getman, Pat; Green, Pete; Hall, Helen; Hall, Kath-
erine; Henry, Florence; Hernandez, Julio; Henri-
quez, Ralph, Irish, Dorothy, Jacome, Tomas; Jerome
Andre; Johnson, Alvin; Johnson, Helen; Jorge,
Isolda; Kain, John "Bobo"; Kendall, Donald; Lawson
Beatrice; Lewis, Daphne; Logsdon, John; MacKenzie,
Margo; Madrigal, Emilio; Marshall, Susan; McCaw,
Jane; Miro, Judith; Montgomery, Ila; Nelson, Lorna
Palacio, Albert; Perkins, Polly; Phillips, Roy;
Ponce, Guillermina; Riggs, Anne; Rodriquez, Carlos
Rosson, Juanita; Shearer, Betty; Sherwood, Warren;
Smith, James "Windy;" Solis, Ernesto; Spano, Gra-
ciela; Sullivan, John; Symington, Tom; Thornton,
Virginia; Tiger, David; Yohoros, Ben; Young, Betty
A Date That Will Live In Innocence
On the starry night of March 1, 1929, Canal
Zone stars were born.
The stage was the U.S.S. Arizona. The Jam-
boree was a farewell to the Black Fleet. Buddy
Williams played the musical saw, bicycle pumps,
balloons and spoons. Rae Newhard and Bobby Jacques
danced. Baby-faced seamen whistled and old Chief
Petty Officers applauded politely.
Good sportsmanship was the theme in the follow-
ing six boxing bouts honor was the heart of a
S 4 4 d 4 4 4: 4
The U. S. S. Arizona
in the Bay of Panama
March 1st, 1929
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Photo of USS Arizona passing through the
Canal. Built in 1915, she was armed with
four turrets of 14-inch guns and twenty-
two 5-inch guns. One of the most heavily
armed and armoured vessels of her time.
Her heavy protection, however proved to
be useless on December 7, 1941, destroy-
ing the battleship in minutes, leaving
the Arizona submerged at Pearl Harbor,
where she remains today as a permanent
Music was supplied by the marching bands of the
U.S.S. Arizona and the U.S. S. Pennsylvania
and they played loud and strong as the audience
burst into song with "Anchors Aweigh." A happy
On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy
sank the U. S. S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor. The
admission is free to the National Monument.
We would not feel comfortable at the Arizona
memorial. We would wonder how many of the 1929
boys are buried in the belly of the battlewagon.
We recall President Roosevelt's words "A date
which will live in infamy."
We hear the good and decent men of theArizona
singing, "Anchors Aweigh."
Cnmab,kr Ml. -. a fre .. .. A I.. ,x_ trtibt officer
I'm going' away for to stay a little while,
But I'm coming' back if I go ten thousand miles.
Oh, who will tie your shoes?
And who will glove your hands?
And who will kiss your ruby lips when I am gone?
Music furnished by the bands of the U. S. S. Pennylvania and the U. S. S. Arizona
This program a hand-embroidered by the U. S. S. Arizona Pres Guag.
Program cover of the March 1st. 1929
Farewell Jamboree on board USS Arizona.
YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Was it yesterday that I swam in the warm waters
of Colon Beach, played ball in the playshed on a
rainy day, hiked in the verdant jungles of Panama,
or drank cold beer at Bilgray's Garden in Colon?
In some ways it seems like it was and in others it
seems like it must have been another time, another
world, another life. When I read the Canl Record
I am almost convinced it must be the latter. I re-
cognize a few names, even family names, and a few
people I was associated with during my sojourn on
the Isthmus from 1924, when I was born in Colon
Hospital, to 1950, when I left for good to "make
it" in the States. I keep wondering, "What happen-
ed to them? Oh, I recognize a few, Leroy "Bocas"
Leeser and Marjean (Metzger) Koperski, to name a
Captain tt arb %. Portman, Pl. *. W.
couple that come readily to mind and I noted with
sadness the passing of Arthur Goulet and others
that don't come readily to mind. Those I mentioned
above were classmates of mine through most or all
of my schooling on the Zone and naturally are more
engrained in my consciousness than others. Also,
of corse, some of my first loves, Alice Ray (Ward)
Weir and Eula Mae (Sugar) Callaway (Sorry about
forgetting your married name, Sugar) to name a
couple of them. It is good to hear about them all
and to learn something about their lives and loves
meager as that information may be. And sad to hear
of their losses.
Through the Canal Record I was able to get in
touch with RBH "Buddy" Stroop, and old childhood
pal who shared many wonderful experiences with me
when we were growing up, some I'm sure we both
cherish and some we would as soon forget. But I
personally wouldn't change any of them even if I
could. Several other old pals I shared unforget-
table experiences with were two wonderful guys who
gave their last measure during World War II; name-
ly Alvin Ingram and Douglas Batten. Unfortunately
the Canal Record can never get me in touch with
them. When I look back at the "Canal Zone Brat"
experiences we shared, my heart aches for those
poor kids that had to grow up in the States. And
to think it is over. Too bad for us, but good for
the Panamanians! Let us pray they do as well.
It is interesting for me to look at the Zone
from construction days until now. The people came
from dirt farms in the South, factory towns in the
Midwest, mining communities in Pennsylvania, the
mountains of Tennessee, and God only knows where
else. Some were literally ditch diggers, and of
course there were the machinists, plumbers, elec-
tricians, construction workers, etc., who had quit
school in the sixth, seventh, eighth grades to
help support their families, blue collar workers
used to hard work and a dedication to God and fam-
ily. Their children went to first rate schools and
were fortunate enough not to have to quit school
early, and a few took that option because there
was little ot nothing for them to do if they did.
I can't say some of us were sorely tempted, how-
ever. Those Canal Zone brats were given something
their parents never had the opportunity to enjoy;
that is, freedom of choice. We could be anything
we wanted to be. Some followed in their father's
or mother's footsteps because they wanted to, not
because they had to, and other went into complete-
ly different fields of endeavor, some foreign even
to themselves. Some remained in the Zone and other
returned to the States or to other foreign count-
ries to make their "fortunes." Judging from the
number of "my son, the doctor" statements I read
in the Canal Record, the brats didn't do too bad-
ly. Good for them! And you have a right to be
proud of them, mom and dad. Unlike our fathers, we
were usually better educated in whatever field we
chose to follow and had a lot of the kinks in life
straightened out before getting entangled in them.
I am grateful to our forefathers for their pioneer
spirit that enabled them to leave their familiar
homes and families for an unknown future in a for-
eign land and for passing that heritage on to us.
The voyagers into outer space will surely have
some decendents of our forefathers on board.
How many of you have longed, at least once, to
return to the warm, moist womb of the tropics, es-
pecially when things were not going exactly as you
had envisioned they would? I know I have, any more
than I longed to return at times to the protection
of my mothers when I was a child. But that cannot
be. So we give up our past and the life that no
longer is, regardless of how much it hurts to do
so. And life goes on!
GUS SCHMIDT'S ORCHESTRA PLAYED
AT TIVOLI AND OLD CENTURY CLUB
The photo actually shows Gus Schmidt's orches-
tra playing for a Presidential Ball at the Tivoli,
but they are probably known best for playing every
Saturday night at the Old Century Club. They also
played at the Century Club for a special party
every Charistmas morning where the participants
enjoyed great pitchers of eggnog. Somehow or the
other, the band's pitchers were only half full of
eggnog, but the rest was pure whiskey. I don't re-
member going home from any of those Christmas par-
ties, but I do know that one year Jackie Brown and
I must have gone home via Miraflores Golf Course.
We managed to play three holes before we lost all
our golf balls and had to quit!
The Gus Schmidt Orchestra, 1935.
Those in the picture are, from left to right
and ignoring the kibitzers in the back: Jorge
Somebody (bass), Somebody else from the Ft. Amador
Band (tenor sax), Jackie Brown (alto sax), Emilio
Somebody (drums), Freddie Banan (alto sax), Gus
Schnidt (banjo), Arturo Galinany (piano more
about him later), Cecil Banan (trumpet and voice),
Russell Heath (violin), and "Dinty" Moore (encee).
Dinty was not actually a member of the group, but
he was constantly in demand as an emcee, so he
must have been darn good.
Many Zonians may not realize this, but Galimany
was the conductor of Panama's National Band, and
was once the guest conductor of the combined U.S.
Army and Navy Bands in Washington, D.C. He was
also very prolific in composing and scoring Pana-
manian dance numbers, and it was seldom that he
showed up at the Century Club without one or two
new numbers for the band to play on sight! and
often in a key of umpteen sharps and flats! Gali-
many never had any music on the piano in front of
him; instead, he had a Panamanian magazine which
he read while the rest of us were trying to de-
cipher his chicken scratches.
I remember that I was heading for Galimany's
apartment down near the sea wall in Panama City
one morning, when I was suddenly and soundly
christened on the top of my head by a pelican fly-
ing overhead! And unfortunately, to this very day,
whenever I think of Galimany, I think of pelicans.
End of story.
Betty and Freddie Banan
Sun City, AZ
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STEAMSHIP SAILED IN SIXTY YEARS
AGO WITH SILKWORM SHIPMENT
The steamship Cristobal brought two cases of
silkworm eggs from Marseilles, France, for use by
an expert employed by the Panama Government in a
program for promoting the silk industry. Silkworm
eggs previously received in Panama had come from
The Dredging Division took over ferry service
across the Canal at the north end of Pedro Miguel
Locks, with four round trips daily, except for
Thursday. The service had previously been oper-
ated by the US Army. In later years, the ferry
service moved to Balboa and then to Miraflores
In November, plans were announced for an exper-
imental arrangement for partial transits of ships
that could not be dispatched on the day of their
arrival. Ships arriving after scheduled hours
would be allowed to anchor in Gatun Lake and com-
plete their transit the following day. The number
of ships that could be given partial transits
would depend on such factors as traffic volume,
requirements for special attention, fog and moor-
ing conditions. The plan was expected to save an
average of four hours for late arriving ships.
Third Grade Class, Balboa, taken of the 1931-1932 Class. The teacher was Mrs. Rhoda
Jarvis, now Mrs. C.E. Howell of Rock Stream, N.Y. (From Mrs. Jane Bevington Etienne)
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VESSELS FROM 31 NATIONS USE CANAL
The Board of local Inspectors investigated 39
shipping accidents in Canal waters during the fis-
During the year, 1,593 individual oceangoing
commercial vessels, representing 31 nationalities,
passed through the Canal.
Three emergency calls, five false alarms and
112 fires were reported. A new fire station was
constructed to provide protection for the new Gam-
boa housing area.
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BANANA BOAT MADE 34 CANAL
The U.S. steamer Limon made the greatest num-
ber of transits for the year, with 34 trips
through the Canal. The vessel was engaged in the
banana trade between gulf ports and Central Amer-
The total inflow into Madden and Gatun Lakes
during the four-month dry season, January to April
was 22 percent below the 34-year average for the
Slide activity in Gaillard Cut was much lower
than in previous years and the small bank breaks
that did occur were all described as movements of
THE STAR & HERALD AN EPITAPH
By: Mercedes K. Mrris
For years a fixture at Isthmian breakfast ta-
bles, the Star & Herald bridged the wilderness be-
tween international events and Everyman. Facing
the sea in a Casco Viejo building, the pioneer pa-
per chronicled mankind's giant leaps, captured
forever by the people who produced it daily.
In 1849, three enterprising Americans who were
stranded in Panama waiting for a steamer to take
them to California gold founded the Panama Star.
Two years later, a couple of men on the Star staff
quit to found their own newspaper, which they
called the Panama Herald. In 1854, after three
years of fierce competition between the two pa-
pers, they merged to become the Star & Herald.
That was the beginning of the Star & Herald Co.
which that through years of hard work became a
communications emporium. For about 140 years, the
Star & Herald informed millions of English-speak-
ing people passing through or living on the Isth-
mus. Its sister publication, La Estrella de
Panama, continues the proud tradition in serving
A year before the union of the Star and the
Herald, the Star added a page in Spanish called
La Estrella de Panama, which intensified competi-
tion with the Herald and perhaps precipitated the
merger. The Panama Herald wrote (and had pub-
lished in a New York paper) that it was the "only
English language newspaper in Panama," now that
the Panama Star had gone bilingual.
The first years of the Star & Herald presented
a problem for publishers because information moved
at a snail's pace. A case in point was the ini-
tiation of work on the Panama Railroad. Although
construction began only a few miles from the city,
Isthmian residents were informed about it by a
Panama Star reproduction of a story in a U.S.
Journal which, in turn, was copied from a British
paper that got the facts from a warship visiting
Another problem that afflicted publications was
their short life span. In the mid-1800s eight
different newspapers could be found at the stands
at once, all holding their ground for a while.
Then they closed out, one by one.
"Political expedience gave them life only to
sentence them to an early death when the political
moguls no longer needed them," Albert McGeachy,
long-time Star & Herald editor wrote. The motto
for the Star & Herald "Open to allcontrolled by
none," set it apart from the others and helped it
survive the political tug of wars.
Not only the motto was different. The Star &
Herald survived the last half of the 19th century
perhaps because it was constantly changing hands.
But in 1893, Jose Gabriel Duque bought the paper
after problems between the previous owner's heirs
brought on a government seizure. Today, La Es-
trella de Panama is still owned by the Duque
Many things at the Star & Herald changed over
the years, including the motto. It became, "For
the cause that lacks assistance, for the future
in the distance, for the wrong that needs resis-
tance and the good that I do."
McGeachy once wrote that the Star & Herald and
La Estrella de Panama like the railroad first
and the Canal were the creation of Yankee enter-
prise. Their longevity, however, was the result
of something McGeachy called "sticktoitiveness."
WMGeachy started working at the paper in 1915
and stayed for 53 years. Of those, he was the
editor for 35. In recognition of his contribution
to the development of the Star & Herald, his por-
trait was hung in the newsroom. McGeachy won the
Marion Moors Cabot award from Columbia University
for his editorials, and upon his retirement, was
appointed Editor Emeritus of the paper.
Luis Carlos Noli, who left an indelible im-
pression on the publication, also becoming the e-
ditor. He was an Associated Press correspondent
for 32 years, receiving several awards for news-
breaking scoops wired to the United States. For
example, the assassination of President Remon was
known around the world before it was common know-
ledge in Panama.
For most of the Star & Herald staffers, journa-
lism was a way of life, not just a career. Work-
ing together 16 hour days and seven day weeks,
some for more than 65 years, bound them together.
Above all individual accomplishments, it was
the dedication of editors, writers, photo-
graphers and many others which kept the Star &
Herald going. They took their readers by the hand
and led them through history, from the days of the
Gold Rush to the day of the Rush Hour.
(The Star & Herald suspended publication effec-
tive October 5, 1987. Editor)
The Prince of Wales danced with a Canal Zone
girl. The Duke and Duchess of York were on their
honeymoon cruise to Australia. He became King
George VI. She is still the Queen Mum.
We saw movie stars in the Balboa Clubhouse ice
cream parlor. They got Klim shakes and Freezo sun-
daes. But who needs celebrities? The rich and the
famous are on TV, a dime a dozen.
We had the Commy, the Clubhouse, the Corrigans.
Across the street at the Dispensary (prescriptions
were 250) we had Dr. Friday to heal our bodies.
Down the Prado at Balboa High School we had Mr.
G.O. Lee to inspire our minds. Pacific side or
Gold Coast, we were family.
We were smart to choose our parents a father
who went to Panama in 1906, and his bride in 1907.
Just so we could be at the right place Balboa -
at the right time 1918 to 1935.
We were not smart we were lucky.
THE CANAL ZONE CELEBRITY STATUS
Canal Zone children had front row seats at a
passing parade of celebrities. Charles Lindberg,
Admiral Byrd, John Barrymore, Clark Gable, and
others too numerous to mention, such as George
Bernard Shaw who threatened to cane a Star & Her-
Charles Lindberg flew the "Spirit of St. Louis"
to Paitilla, charting routes for PAA. He was
cheered at the Admin by Balboa school kids who got
the afternoon off. He was Red, White and Blue
Trouped, and stayed at the American Embassy, guest
of honor at a banquet by the Canal Zone brass.
Admiral Byrd stayed at the Tivoli with his door
open. He sat on the deck of the City of New
York telling tales to the Balboa kids. He made
hishis Navy staff driver pick up hitchhiking kids.
He was no Lone Eagle.
John Barrymore and Dolores Costello honeymooned
on their yacht. He spent hours at Mrs. O'Brien's,
the bird lady. Her aviary was in Ancon by the res-
taurant. He took a pair of love birds back to
Birds of a different feather were Clark Gable
and Wallace Beery. A lot of the movie "Hell Diver"
was shot in Panama. Carlos Alvarado was the stand-
in for Beery. Gable returned to go fishing with
Zane Grey, enroute to New Zealand for marlin,
showed us his fishing gear. His reels looked like
pulleys off the Aja,.
We went to a smoker on the U.S.S. Arizona and
here we saw the dress rehearsal of Pearl Harbor.
Naval aviation was used in Fleet maneuvers to
attack France Field, Albrook Field, then strafe
Amador, Ft. Clayton, Quarry Heights and then roar
across Balboa Harbor. How did the umpire score?
Written by Esther R. Fisher, resident
of the Canal Zone from 1919 to 1950;
wife of William G. Fisher, resident from
1914 to 1950.
I am thinking today of a little town called
Gatun. For centuries it had lain quietly between
two oceans beneath a tropical sun almost unknown
to the world. But when the Panama Canal, that mar-
vel of the century, was completed and the ships of
the world came almost to its door, Gatun woke up
and became a place of importance.
If you happened to live there during the 30's
and 40's, you knew it as a place where there were
no strangers, no rich, no poor, but just friends
and caring neighbors. We all went to one comnis-
sary, one doctor at one dispensary, and our child-
ren all went to one school.
Gatun Commissary, next to Railroad Sta.
Going to the commissary was almost a daily
event. There we found plenty of food, really all
we needed, but there were no frozen foods, no
fresh milk, some not-too-fresh eggs, and perhaps
some rather wilted vegetables. Somehow we knew how
to put it all together and come up with a deli-
cious meal. There were plenty of native fruits -
bananas, mangoes, papayas and alligator pears -
and we could buy a few fresh vegetables from a
Chinaman who sometimes came around with two bas-
kets hanging from his shoulders.
The commissary sold various other things we
needed. If we happened to be there when a bolt of
new material came in, we might buy a few yards to
make a dress, and in a short time our neighbor
might be wearing a dress of the same material. If
a little kitchen appliance came in and several
people wanted to but it, lucky was the one who got
I a.II .tW- '
Gatun Fire Station
Remember Christmas time when the larger com-
missaries kept open the Sunday before Christmas so
that we could go there and see the big display of
toys piled high on the counters and shelves? We
walked around and made a list of things we wanted
to buy for the children, then rushed back to the
store the next day to grab them if they were still
there. Then no other shipment of toys for another
If you were there during the war years when the
ships could not bring us Christmas trees or toys,
you were glad if you had an artificial tree to
use. If not, perhaps you fixed something to take
its place. I remember that our clever doctor's
wife made a large paper tree for their children,
and at our house we brought in a little pepper
bush which grew on a nearby hillside and used it
for a tree. Some of the men in Gatun made toys for
the neighborhood children, working in their spare
time in the under-the-house shops.
The Union Church of Gatun, which some of us at-
tended, played an important part in our lives. For
many years Sunday School and church were held in
the old lodge hall. We were happy when it was torn
down and our new church was built, even though
part of the time we had no pastor. The women found
ways to earn some money to help pay for building
the church. Remember how we cooked that tough Ar-
gentine beef till half-way tender and served good
meals to the public once a month, or how we had a
stand down near the locks and sold soft drinks to
the tourists who got off the ships there for a
brief look-around? In working together, we grew
closer together and made life-long friendships.
If you were there in the early years, you may
have lived in one of those large four-family up
and down frame houses with the screened-in front
porches. They stood about a yard back from the
narrow sidewalk and there were long rows of them,
all just alike.
Schoolhouse Road, (Bolivar Ave.), Gatun.
Some of us were given big ugly iron cookstoves
to use, a bucket of coal dust to burn in it, and
some kindling with which to start a fire. We soon
got rid of ours and bought a two-burner coal-oil
stove with a small oven to set on top. That helped
a lot. We lived in these houses rent-free for many
years, and later when rent was charged for all the
houses, these old 4-family ones rented for ten
dollars a month.
Perhaps there were little inconveniences here
and there, but we were all in it together, and
wasn't it really fun?
We think of the many advantages that life of-
fered. We could go down to the locks and see the
ships of the world go by. We could step across the
street from Cristobal and Balboa and be in a for-
eign country, Panama. Walk down the narrow streets
with its stores built just off the sidewalk with
the front side standing open.
If interested in history, you could ride out to
Old Panama, once a happy little town by the ocean
with its stone tower and other stone buildings
lying in ruins, destroyed years ago by Sir Henry
Morgan and his pirates seeking gold.
Yes, Gatun, you were through it all, past, pre-
sent and into the future. As for our home away
from home, we will always cherish the memory of
the years spent there. Sometimes in our dreams, we
seem to walk again along those quiet streets at
night in the glorious moonlight and feel once more
the soft touch of your balmy, caressing breezes
1 1i 1
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 members of the
(Continued from previous issue)
Mr. G.O. Lee expressed himself in a recent let-
ter to me in 1988 acknowledging that 'My brain may
not respond accurately" "G.O." is now pushing 90
years of age by the way! His letter follows in
part: "Nowadays they have Counselors but then we
had Class Advisors. I was a Senior Advisor.
Mayor William Thompson (former Mayor of Chicago
nick-named 'Wild Bill' after whom the yacht is
named) left his boat in Panama after it had taken
him all the way down the Mississippi. Mr. I.L.
Maduro took it off his hands and rented it out to
The first year was uneventful and went off
smoothly. We gassed up 'behind' the Post Captains
Office where all the launches did the same.
In the meantime there was a change of Port Cap-
tains. I usually don't load the boat until after
the fuel has been added, but this fellow wouldn't
let me have any at all.
I told him I had no trouble getting fuel there
before, but he said the boat was too long by two
or three feet. So he sent us out into the Canal
where catwalk from shore ended where the big
ships fueled (oil crib).
There was no place to get off so we just visit-
ed around. The lines were thrown off except one,
for the motor was balky about starting.
Of course, a bunch of boys who knew more about
starting motors than I did were helping the black
fellow who ran it. I looked down there myself and
he was wiping out the distributor cap with a damp
(with gasoline) cloth.
Myrtle mhaley, English teacher; a taller com-
mercial teacher, Verna Steen, and my wife, Gladys,
were sitting on hatches when a tremendous explo-
sion blew them and the awning canvas high into the
air. I saw Gladys hook her chin over the ceiling
(or canvas) pipe and swing to the deck with a
heavy thud. At nearly the same time, one after the
other boys, clothes aflame, without a glance to
right or left, leaped unhesitatingly into possible
shark-filled waters. A nearby row boat picked up
some; others climbed a barnacled iron ladder to
the catwalk, leaving burned skin and flesh from
their hands on the rungs.
I sent a boy off to get an ambulance and a doc-
tor. A boy had gone on his own to do the same
thing, but the driver went to the wrong place ...
Yacht Club? They don't pick up people ordinarily
at the shore terminus of the catwalk!
They, the students and chaperones, all finally
made it ashore. I was the last one to leave the
boat. The blast blew itself out, but by the time
I took my leave it was rapidly recovering; the
woodwork and upholstery were fiercely burning.
Many of the girls had burns of sorts and the chap-
erones and my Gladys carried to their graves burn
scars on the backs of their legs.
One Jewish boy (Freddie Maduro) with a very bad
case of acne came out of it with clear, very pink
A Chinese boy (Eddie Iowe) I thought would
never make it, he just laid there and didn't even
know me when I visited him; he was naked but cover-
ed all over with brown stain tannic acid?
On the way to the hospital some of the girls
with no burns were weeping and wailing, so the
Doctor was dropping them off, one by one as we
neared their homes.
We had an altercation! With the burned folks,
with strips of skin and tissue hanging down, I
commanded the driver to go straight to the hosp-
ital. The doctor and I didn't speak for some time
There was a lull of a few days, then a Navy
Officer came to the Port Captain's Office and act-
ed as a sort of a judge and called a hearing on
the "Big Bill" affair.
I was called on first to give testimony. I
can't remember whether I told them that the fuel
man put a big (six-inch) hose down the companion-
way or down the hatch. The fuel man contradicted
me in his testimony and after arguing back and
forth, he said he put it through a porthole and
stuck to it.
Finally the Judge said, "Let's go down to the
boat and settle this!"
When we got there he told the fellow to get the
hose and put it through the porthole. It wouldn't
go! (He meanwhile had attached a cut-off valve at
thelower end of the hose!)
Al te gas that was in the hose from the valve
up at the catwalk (12 or 20 gallons) spilled into
the bilge after it was shut off, and impregnated
the cabin air with explosive fumes."
Here's another recently received recollection
of the event by Margaret (Stapleton) Dalton:
I guess it was a Senior or Junior class outing
and as we had done several times before, were to
go to Taboga for the day on the "Big Bill" a
fairly large boat with sail and motor. Plenty of
space on the deck for a fairly large group.
I was eith my three-year steady boyfriend,
Kemper Price (Choke) and we wore our usual Satur-
day uniform dungarees (mine were old ones of
his) and shirts and Keds.
It was a beautiful sunny morning when we took
off. I think the boat belonged to a nice couple.
We were chaperoned by one or more teachers prob-
ably Mrs. Hodges.
We left the mooring and started out the pier
area. But instead of heading right to Taboga, we
pulled into a pier to load fuel. We were all
quietly setting around when there was a blast from
below which blew open the hatch and caught the
sail on fire.
The kids sitting on or near the hatch were bad-
ly burned. I particularly remember seeing the skin
peeling off the face of a Chinese-Panamanian stu-
dent (I think he later worked in the Balboa Chase
Manhattan Branch). I believe some kids jumped in
With very little panic, we climbed on the pier
and walked away from the smoking boat. I had a
camera and took a number of photos. Choke borrowed
them at a later date to show some teachers and I
never got them back.
That was the end of our Taboga excursions which
were great innocent fun."
One note regarding this incident is a copy of
SENIOR TABOGA TRIP, taken from the 1930 ZONIAN
which differs slightly in some aspects from the
versions recalled by some of the principals in-
SENIOR TABOGA TRIP
"At eight o'clock Saturday morning, January 25th
the "Big Bill" left the Yacht Club for Pier 19 to
take on gasoline and passengers. At Pier 19 Donald
Weigold was informed that he would be unable to
get the gasoline but would have to go to the oil
crib. The fifty-three students then got on the
boat. The soda pop and eskimo pies went along.
Thhe trip from Pier 19 to the oil crib was a
memorable one. It was a beautiful day. The singing
hilarious crowd was looking forward to a perfect
outing. Bit it all came to a sudden tragic end
when a gasoline explosion violently shook the
boat. Several of the students and chaperones were
seriously burned. Fire broke out and the party
left the "Big Bill" in flames after throwing lun-
ches, cameras and other valuables on the dock. An
ambulance was summoned for the injured. Thus end-
ed what promised to be a most pleasant Senior Tab-
The chaperones were Mr. and Mrs. G.O. Lee, Mr.
and Mrs. G.R. Lee, Miss Whaley and Miss Steen."
In a subsequent letter Mr. Lee added that the
"Big Bill," minus the upholstered seats, was used
for several years for carrying lumber and various
other crude materials.
The "Big Bill" was a double-ended auxiliary
ketch-rigged yacht, two masted, with a capacity
for 100 passengers but had been licensed to carry
25. A special permit was issued for this trip pro-
vided that 65 life preservers were aboard. "Big
Bill" was of wooden construction 60.7' long, with
a 16.6' beam and 9.6' depth with a gross tonnage
of 49.64 tons. The total number aboard was 63 on
this day (the number of people on board when the
fire occurred comprised of 5 teachers, 54 students
plus 3 members of the crew, and one small child,
five or six years old, the son of Mr. G.R. Lee,
one of the teachers; a total of 63 persons). The
complete list is attached as a matter of interest.
The subsequent investigation by the Board of
Local Inspectors (Marine Division) resulted in the
FINDING OF FACT Report, and in their opinion, the
employee refueling the boat was negligent as well
as the operator of the "Big Bill."
On a final and happier note, the Governor, in
a letter dated May 2, 1930, decided to cancel all
hospital charges for persons injured in the fire,
and also cancelled charges against Mr. Maduro for
tug service rendered by the Marine Division.
Names of persons on board:
Donald Weigold (Hospital) Helene Hudson
Edward Lowe Sam Bardleston
George Hilbert Douglas Johnston
Fred Maduro Emma Van Clief
Stanley Butler Rae Newhard
Helen Bejarano (Dispensary)Maenner Huff
Ethel Byrnes Ida Esleek
Ophelia Oiler Alan Peterson
Vincent Marcy John Hall
Eleanor Parker James Cole
Elizabeth Parker Mary Ester Chesney
Connie Clinchard Bernhard Everson
Mary Poole Jean Meehan
Elsa Reiman Marjorie Brooks
Alice Westman Adelaide Willette
Joyce Haldeman Edward Madoro
Rita Driscoll Monte Maduro
Lillie Wiley Jement Reynolds
Clara Wiley Naeme Grace Jennings
Ruth Boyd T
Bil Hee Mrs. G.O. Lee (Disp)
S leMiss B. Steen "
Tom Conley ,,
Sley Miss M.M. Whaley
Charles Hummer Mr. .. Lee
Mr. G.O. Lee
E r Or Mr. G.R. Lee
August Schwindeman ,
Mr. G.R. Lee, Jr.
Jim DesLondes Crew of "Big BIll"
Lewis Right Lorenzo Beckford (Jam)
Karl Winquist Eng. and Capt. (Hosp)
Earl Solenberger Pedro Hurtado (Panama)
Kemper Price Seaman.
CHS 1939 50TH CLASS REUNION
We will celebrate our GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY of our
graduation in 1989, in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Reunion in Tanpa, Florida.
It will be our first reunion since graduation,
and we want to bring together as many of our class
mates as possible, including those of the Class of
'38 and '40 who would like to get together with us
for old times sakes.
Would like your input if interested and also
possibly getting together at the WEST COAST PANAMA
CANAL REUNION in San Diego in September 1989. Let
us hear from you!
Rural Route 1, C Box 261-K
Eastham, MA 02642
Fern (Horine) Dabill
4210 No. 56th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85031
B.H.S. 1939 CLASS REUNION
Our committee is working diligently on locating
all of the members of the class of 1939, Balboa
High School. We have been contacted by Cristobal
Alumni of 1939, but at this point in time we are
restricting it to Balboa High graduates only. We
have "tracked" down the addresses of over half of
the class, but are missing those listed under the
'Where Are You?" column in this issue.
We realize that many of these classmates were
military, and will probably never know their ad-
dresses. Many are from Panama. Perhaps others in
Panama know them. If any are deceased, please ad-
vise. If your name is not on the list, we have
your address and will contact you soon with the
details of the reunion.
Our personal thanks to John Gallivan, Bea Mon-
santo Rhyne, Blanche Adler Browne, Billie Bowen
Martin and Nealie Van Siclen for their help.
8447-140th St. N.
Seminole, FL 34646
3103 Haverford Avenue
Clearwater, FL 34621
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:
Rolando A. Linares, Jr. June (Rowley) Stevenson
P.O. Box 37301, PAC 0117 P.O. Box 37301, PAC 0102
Washington, D.C. 20013 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
BHS GOLDEN CLASS OF 1964 REUNION
The celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the
Graduation of the Balboa High School Golden Class
of 1964 (the 50th graduating class of BHS) has
been scheduled for June 27-29, at the Holiday Inn
SURFSIDE, in Clearwater, Fla. These dates were
chosen to coincide (but not conflict) with the
Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion being held
June 29-July 1, 1989. If you are interested in
attending the BHS'64 Reunion and have not yet
received the first mailing, please send your name,
address, phone number plus any names and addresses
of fellow graduates to one of the following Com-
Carole (Salonik) Barber
404 Marble Cove Way
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Helen (Daniel) Miller
1302 E. Candlewood
Orange, CA 92667
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
Jane (Holgerson) Thiiapson
476 East Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92714
P.S. Families of our classmates Please send us
their addresses or have them get in touch with us.
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
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.
BHS'79 CLASS REUNION
Will Hall would like to hear from members of
BHS Class of 1979 who are interested in a class
reunion. Everyone who attends must be a member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Please con-
tact him (new address) at: Lt. Will Hall, 640-C
South 19th Ave., LeMoore, CA 93245. 209/ 924-8208.
BHS CLASS OF 1980
We are beginning to make plans for our 10th
reunion. Please send your address and addresses of
other classmates you may have to:
3517 Normandy Ave. Apt. 3
Dallas, Texas 75205
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
CHS CLASS OF 1969
Our 20th class reunion will be held in con-
junction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida
Reunion. We will be having a pool party at the
Tanpa Hilton, Saturday, July 1st from 11:00 A.M.
to 3:00 P.M.
*** Please note that the dates given in our last
letter were incorrect. The correct dates are:
June 29, 30 and July 1.
Response has been slow coming in. Please fill
out the bottom of our last letter and return to:
Maria Kerley Hernandez
291 El Dorado Parkway
Plantation, FL 33317
Marie Wheeler Partik
4820 S.W. 170 Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33331
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.
TALLAHASSEE BRANCH OF SOCIETY?
Any and all residents of Tallahassee, Florida,
who were former residents of the Canal Zone, and
who are interested in forming a branch of the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida, please contact: Vern
D. Calloway, Jr., P.O. Box 1023, Tallahassee, FL.
PCSOFL 1989 CARNAVALITO
Saturday, February 4, 1989
Fox Hall, Eckerd College Campus
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL.
Anna Collins, Anita Kaufer and Betty Chan Snow
say, "Fix a little Panamanian dish and dress in
your costume, for it's Carnival Time!"
The opening of the Regular Scheduled Meeting
will precede the luncheon at 12:00 Noon. Members
are asked to bring a Panamanian covered dish, des-
sert, etc. and the Society will furnish the coffee
Anita says the hall will look like Bolivar St.
and Betty says the Panamanian music will such you
will want to dance. Anna will have the door prizes
and Betty will oversee the prizes for best costume
This is an affair you won't want to miss, so
come one and all, bring a friend to introduce them
to our old customs. It is at an early hour so that
we may arrive before rush hour, leave before traf-
fic gets heavy and get home before dark.
Parking will be on the left beyond Fox Hall
(just drop off your goodies and passengers) across
from Binnger Center for the Performing Arts or
anywhere you see a parking place.(See over)
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