This item is only available as the following downloads:
Honoring the past by building the
VOL. 23 MARCH 1989 NO. 1
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
From the Secretary ................................................... 1
The Editor's Corner ........................ ........................... 2
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings.........................3...3
Slate of Officers for 1989-1990 .........................................5
Fourth Generation Zonians................................ **************9
Budget and Audit Report.............................................. 10
News Clips...................... ................................ ... 15
Your Reporter Says.................................. .............. ...19
Alabama.....................19 Mississippi....................... 40
Arizona....................20 North Carolina ....................43
Arkansas ...................22 Northwest ..................4.....4..
California................. 23 Oklahoma ........................ 46
Colorado....................27 Panama............................ 47
Florida....................27 South Carolina....................54
Hawaii.................... 37 Texas............................ 55
Louisiana ..................37 Virginia...........................57
Michigan...................39 The Younger Generation ...........57
With Deep Sorrow.....................................................69
Letters to the Editor...................................................77
Where Are You? ........................................ ............... 85
Looking Back................................................ ......... 85
Announcements ..................................... .................... 89
For Sale or Wanted................................................... 93
DMm Computers, Inc..94 Eagle Shield Radiant Barrier..93 Zonian Amigos.94
Eastern Air Lines....51 Delta Air LInes....49 Avis Rent-a-Car....50
Kaw Valley Films....95
Front Cover: The commemorative 75th Anniversary logo of the Opening of
the Panam Canal, August 15, 1914.
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.
June 29-July 1
DATES TO REMEMBER
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 PM.
Buffet Luncheon, Ming Yat Restaurant, North Augusta,
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 PM.
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, St. Petersburg Yacht Club,
11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL. 11:30 AM.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 PM.
Blanche Shaw Picnic, Agri Park, Fayetteville, Ark.
PCSOFL Annual Reunion, Tampa, Florida.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 PM.
Annual N.W. Picnic Reunion, Emerald Park, Eugene, Or.
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Sarasota, Florida.
Pocono 1989 Reunion, Best Western Hill Motor Lodge,
Tannersville, PA. 18372. (717) 629-1667.
PCSOFL Annual Picnic/Meeting.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P.O. Box 1508 PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 34682
The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, April, June, September and December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
Second Class postage paid at Palm Harbor, Florida and additional entry.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Fla. 34682.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interest of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed
in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
2389 Citrus Hill Road
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625
The Foster's year started off great since we
were blessed with a beautiful new addition to the
family. (See 'Births'). We enjoyed having both
girls and their families with us in Texas for the
holidays. To top it off we spent Christmas Day
with our good friends, Buck and Barbara Krueger
who had come to visit their daughter Valerie.
Jay Stewart filled in for me while I was gone
and she and Bob did a great job! The incoming mail
is overwhelming at this time and the pressure
builds up due to having to provide the Reunion
Coordinator a paid up dues list by January 15th.
Incidently, speaking of Reunion Coordinator, kind-
ly direct your phone calls concerning Hotel or Re-
union to Vic May, Reunion Coordinator at his home
at 813-937-2584. It will save you from having to
make two phone calls since he has all the infor-
mation at hand.
In order to speed up my processing paper work,
I would like to suggest that when you send in your
dues, or for that matter, any monies, change of
address, etc., please write your card number at
the top of the form.
I apologize that we were not able to process
all the gift memberships in time for Christmas,
because we do not hold an Executive Board meeting
in December, and new memberships had to be voted
on at the January meeting held the fourth Wednes-
day of the month. Some of the renewal gift member-
ships were not received until Christmas Eve and by
then the mail was coming in at over 100 pieces a
day. I will remind the membership later in the
year to please send in all gift memberships in
time for them to be voted on at the November Exec-
utive Board Meeting. We usually hold the November
meeting the week prior to Thanksgiving so requests
should be in by the second week of November.
I will try to answer a few complaints from mem-
bers that there was no amount shown for dues in
the Canal Record. An Application for Renewal, New
and Reinstatement in every issue of the Record.
This form contains all the information needed to
pay your dues and an envelope is enclosed with the
Society's address for your convenience. The amount
for dues is also indicated in the mast-head of
each issue on Page 1. Also, we do not send notices
that dues are due but we do print several remind-
ers prominently throughout the September and Dec-
ember issues of the Canal Record.
We received close to 100 ripped-off Canal Rec-
ord covers for the December issue due to incorrect
addresses. Each returned cover costs the Society
300 and the loss of a $2.00 book. The Post Office
destroys it. PLEASE SEND IN YOUR CHANGE OF ADDRESS
as soon as possible so you won't "miss-out" on any
issues.Several members have taken exception to
'03 -kS7 -A0
being charged for replacement issues and they
claim they sent their new address in before the
Canal Record was mailed. Please keep in mind that
the labels for the mailing are printed 2-3 weeks
before the Record is mailed, therefore the address
change must reach me prior to printing the labels.
The labels are then sent to a mailing service
where the Records are labeled and mailed. Neither
the Editor or I see the finished product as the
mailing service delivers them direct to the Post
The thanks and compliments we receive from mem-
bers far outweigh the complaints and I would like
to thank those of you who took time to congratu-
late the Officers, Executive Board members, Pat
Beall and myself we really appreciate your kind
thoughts, they make our work all worthwhile!
In closing, be sure and VOTE FOR YOUR NEW OF-
FICERS FOR 1989-1890!! USE THE BALLOT ENVELOPE en-
closed in this issue to mail the ballot directly
to the Nominating Chairman. Last year there were
close to 50 invalid votes because members mailed
the ballots in the regular Panama Canal Society
envelope instead of the Ballot envelope, and they
were opened and had to be counted invalid.
Hope to see many of you at the Reunion.
We have some new reporters on our roster: Dale
Hickman, 830 East Park Ave., #108, Tallahassee, FL
32301. (904) 224-8358, will cover the Tallahassee
area. Glenda (Lewis) Kochel, 6036 Knights Ridge
Way, Alexandria, VA 22310. (703) 971-1077, will
take over from Stella Boggs De Marr of Virginia,
and James Pattison, 2605 Burly Oak Dr., Austin, TX
78745. (512) 441-2091, will take over from Janice
Newlon, who has moved to Florida, in the Austin,
Texas area. We certainly welcome these new report-
ers to our staff and wish them well in their new
job. We will miss Stella and Janice, both very
conscientious, and wish them all the best in the
Our reporter staff now consists of a little
over one-quarter of our reporters being under 40-
years of age. It's wonderful to see them taking an
interest in the Society. We hope they will cover
their area well with both the old-timers and their
generation as well. Janice Newlon, now in the
South Florida area may very well be a reporter
We are still getting reports from members that
are too long to publish, meaning some great edit-
ing must be done. Since we are not experts in that
field, it's difficult. We must keep costs down, or
we may be limited to a defined number of pages per
issue. Rather than get to that point, I must ask
again to keep your reports to the very minimum.
We have a new slate of officers for 1989-1890
in this issue. If you are a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, you are eligible to vote
whether you live in California, Panama, England or
anywhere else. It's YOUR Society, so we hope to
see a good response in ballots this year. PLEASE
use the envelope marked "BALLOT," otherwise your
vote will be void. AND remember to put your name
and address on the outside of the envelope. We
count only paid-up members.
Hopefully, we will have a commemorative issue,
in view of the 75th anniversary of the opening of
the Canal. It's a toss-up whether it will be the
June or December issue. The September issue will
be full of reunion pictures. If I get enough art-
icles and input from members in time, it may be
the June issue. So far, the input has been very
sparse. I may be able to sift through books, news
clips, photographs, etc. and make something out of
it, but it's not my book it belongs to you mem-
bers. How about it?
---------- ---------- ----
(Must be in by)
April 25, 1989
HONORARY MEMBERSHIP NOMINEE
Jerry D. Boswell, of Holiday, Florida, has been
nominated by the Executive Board of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for Honorary Mem-
bership. Mr. Boswell has volunteered his time and
expertise over the last several years in providing
the Society with Computer Programs, enabling the
Society to process our Financial Report, Payroll
information and other significant programs. He
makes necessary changes, additions and deletions
when necessary to keep the reports updated. He has
also furnished the Society with a Reunion Program
covering all facets of the annual reunion.
Mr. Boswell's services have saved the Panama
Canal Society considerable time and money.
SHARE YOUR MEMORIES OF THE
PANAMA CANAL'S 25TH AND 50TH
If you were in Panama for the Panama Canal's
25th or 50th Anniversary celebrations in 1939
or 1964, and are interested in sharing your
memories of the celebration, please write to
Ana Elena Valdes, Public Information Office,
Panama Canal Comission, APO Miami, FL 34011-
The information will be used for an article
to be published in the Panama Canal Spillway
for the Canal's 75th Anniversary in August.
Panama Canal Commission Information
Office, February 2, 1989.
SOCIETY LOGO TO BE PROTECTED
Application has been filed with the United
States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington,
D.C., on the Principal Register established by the
Act of July 5, 1946, to protect the usage of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida emblem.
Trademark rights can last indefinitely and re-
gistration on the Principal Register provides the
right to sue in Federal court for trademark in-
Already, the Vendors Sale Application for re-
unions has stipulated in paragraph 5 that the
society reserves the sole right to reproduce or
use the society emblem, therefore the use of the
society's emblem on items for sale by vendors is
The Executive Board held their scheduled
meeting on November 16, 1988 at the Or-
iental Chinese Restaurant, Largo, Fla.
and enjoyed a beautiful and scrumptious
buffet furnished by the Changs, formerly
of the Gamboa Golf Club restaurant.
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
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
November 4, 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 Yocum gave the Invocation, follow-
ed by Mr. Richard Beall, who read the list of
those recently deceased. Mr. Starke gave a prayer
in their memory.
Mr. Harry Foster led the members in the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag.
Mr. Starke welcomed the members and asked the
Past Presidents to stand for recognition. Past
Presidents attending were Anna Collins, Pete
Foster, Gene Askew, Victor May, Al Pate and Muriel
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the October
meeting and they stand as read. She read the fi-
nancial report and it stands for audit. Mrs. Fos-
ter read correspondence.
Mr. Beall reported that the December Canal Re-
cord was on schedule. He announced that he had
two new reporters, Mrs. Gertrude Allgaier, for St.
Petersburg, and Dennis Talavera, for Pensacola.
He stated that he had made copies of the request
from Conrad Horine for updating the BHS/CHS Direc-
tory if anyone wished to update their information.
Mr. Beall stated that the information on the Re-
union and the reservations form for the hotels
would appear in the December Canal Record and
suggested that members read the information very
Mr. Vic May reported that open season was
coming for Health Benefits and suggested that mem-
bers send for brochures and study them carefully
to see which is the most beneficial to their
Mr. May, as Reunion Coordinator, reported that
all was running smooth with the 1989 reunion and
suggested that members read the reunion excerpt
in the December Canal record carefully before they
complete their hotel reservation form.
Mrs. Muriel Whitman reported all was going well
for the December luncheon and the cut-off would
be December 2.
Mrs. Anna Collins reported that the Carnivalito
would be held at Fox Hall at Eckerd College on
Friday, February 3, and asked everyone to bring
a Panamanian dish.
Mrs. Jean Mann expressed concern about parking
near Fox Hall since all the students and faculty
would be there on that day and members would have
to park two to three blocks away from Fox Hall.
She stated that the following day, Saturday, was
available and would be better for parking.
Mrs. Mann referred to a letter written by Mrs.
Foster under correspondence concerning the spouse
of an Honorary member not being entitled to the
Honorary membership. Discussion followed. Mrs.
Jean Mann moved that now and in the future, all
Life and Honorary memberships be extended to the
spouse in event of death. Mrs. Jay Cain seconded.
As there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 2:10 p.m.
December 10, 1988
Holiday Inn, Ulmerton
St. Petersburg, Florida
The Christmas luncheon was called to order by
Mr. Carl Starke at 12:03 P.M.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum led the Invocation, followed
by Mr. Richard Beall, who read the list of those
recently deceased. Mr. Starke offered a prayer
in their memory.
Mr. Harry Foster led the members in the Pledge
to the Flag.
Mr. Starke adjourned the meeting so the members
could partake of the beautiful luncheon chaired
by Mrs. Miriel Ihitman.
Mr. Starke reconvened the meeting at 1:30 P.M.
He welcomed 166 members and guests attending, Past
Presidents Eugene Askew, Pete Foster, Anna Collins
Victor May, Jr., Al Pate and Mariel Whitnan. Long
absent members attending were: Tom and Marge
leavy; Gladys Mean, Alena Kelly, Giff and Evelyn
Wilde, Katherine and Eddie Goodrich, Perry and
Rita Washabaugh, Margaret Martin, Isabelle
Cunings, Beatrice Schlomning, Irene ladrach, Foy
and Kerner Fraunheim, Marjorie Bain, Kaye Burk-
hardt, Vicki Sizemore, Gerald and Paula Martin,
Shernan and Elizabeth Hammond, Nell Hickman, Bob
and Anna vache, Bob and Betty Boyer, Bill and
Jeanine Carline, Barbara and Jim Slover, Helen
Ledgerwood, Alberto and Janet Chang, Joe and Pat
Chan and Lil and Paul Rozmeski.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the last meet-
ing and they were approved as read. She read the
financial report and it stands for audit. Mrs.
Foster read correspondence. She thanked the mem-
bership for sending in their dues early and wished
everyone a very Merry Christmas.
Mr. Beall reported that the December Canal Re-
cord had gone out on schedule. He reported that
the stamp enthusiasts were still looking into the
feasibility of getting a commemorative stamp for
the 75th anniversary of the Panama Canal.
Mr. Vic May, reunion coordinator, reminded
everyone that January 15th will be the beginning
date of putting in Hotel reservations and asked
that they read the information in the yellow pages
carefully. He had hoped to be able to announce
that the Hotel would contract Frankie Pretto to
play for Thursday night but that Frankie was not
able to make a commitment for 1989.
He reported that retirees should receive a 47%
raise in annuity in their first pay check in
Mrs. Betty Frassrand reported that all is going
well for the dances, that Tito Mouynes and Charlie
Cooper would play for the ball and the Baytowne
Brass would play for the Panazonian dance. The
Baytowne Brass is very versatile and plays for all
ages. She introduced Mr. Charlie Cooper who was
attending the luncheon.
Mrs. Anna Collins reported that Betty Snow and
Anita Kaufer would be working with her on the Car-
nivalito and that the rental of the hall would
cover the set up of tables and chairs. She asked
that everyone sign up for what they will bring to
eat on a list that would be circulated at the
Mr. Foster showed the membership the 75th anni-
versary logo being used by the Panama Canal Comri-
Mr. Starke thanked Muriel Whitman for chairing
the lovely luncheon and turned the meeting over
to her so that she could present the door prizes.
Members winning door prizes were Tom Leavy, Jay
Stewart, Phyllis Humer, Pat Beall, Sherman
Hannond, Kibbey Bouche, Bob VanSiclen, Anna Vache,
Chris Skeie, Frank Morales and Jim Slover.
Mrs. Katherine Goodrich read a story written
by Dr. Moody about the collection of trees for the
Tree Burning in the Zone in days gone past.
The officers of the Society led the membership
in singing Christmas Carols.
As there was no further business, Mr. Starke
adjourned the meeting at 2:15 P.M.
January 6, 1989
St. Bedes Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
First Vice President, Betty Frassrand, opened
the meeting at 1:50 P.M., in the absence of Pre-
sident Carl Starke, who was ill with the flu.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation followed
by Mr. Richard Beall who read the list of those
recently deceased. Mrs. Frassrand called for a
moment of silence in their memory.
Mr. Harry Foster, led the members in the pledge
to the flag.
Mrs. Betty Frassrand welcomed those attending
and Past Presidents, Al Pate, Anna Collins, Gene
Askew and Miriel Whitman.
Long absent members attending were: Olga
Jennings, Dorothy and Winton Webb, Dorothy Babbitt
Marjorie Dennis Bain, Marie and Gerald Neal, C.J.
and Mrs. Williams.
Mrs. Jay Stewart read the minutes of the Decem-
ber meeting in the absence of Marge Foster. The
minutes were approved as read. She read the audit
report and it will stand for audit.
Mr. Richard Beall gave his editor's report and
read a letter from Jeanne Flynn Stough regarding
a commemorative stamp for the Canal's 75th Anni-
versary and a request to write to the Stamp Ad-
visory Committee, c/o Stamp Information Bureau,
US Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, Washington,
D.C. 20260-6700. Mr. Beall explained that the
Post Office does not normally issue a stamp for
75th anniversary, only for 50th and 100th.
Mr. Beall stated that about 1/4 of our area re-
porters are under 35 years of age and that he gen-
erally supported the activities of the younger
members of our Society.
Mrs. Frassrand gave the report of the Reunion
Coordinator, Mr. Vic May. Work on the reunion is
continuing and that everything is going well at
Mrs. Frassrand called for reports from the By-
laws Comnittee, Refreshment and Sunshine Conmi-
ttees. The telephone committee still needs volun-
The Carnavalito Committee headed by Anna
Collins needs donations of door prizes.
Under new business, Mr. Eugene Askew gave his
report as chairman of the Nominating Committee and
presented the slate of nominees for the Society
offices for the coming year.
1st Vice President....Jay Stewart
2nd Vice President....Bob Johnson
Record Editor....Richard Beall
Other members of the committee were Dorothy
Yocum, Joseph Hickey, Muriel Whitman and Robert
The Vice President opened nominations from the
floor. Mrs. Sue Barca nominated Mr. Dave Furlong
for second vice president, seconded by Emily
Mrs. Betty Malone moved nominations be closed,
seconded by Mrs. Dorothy Yocun. Motion carried.
Mrs. Frances Gilley told about some of the un-
usual Christmas decoration in Balboa, Republic of
As there was no further business, the meeting
closed at 2:25 p.m.
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR ELECTION
OF OFFICERS, 1989-1990
The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mr. Eugene Askew,
Chairman, Mrs. Dorothy Yocun, Mrs. Muriel Whitman, Mr. Robert Stewart, and Mr. Joseph Hickey, submitted
the following Slate of Officers for 1989-1890 at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting held January 6, 1988 at
the St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Florida:
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Editor, Canal Record
Mrs. Betty leDoux Frassrand
Mrs. Joanne (Jay) Stewart
Mr. Robert Johnson
Mrs. Marjorie Harrington Foster
Mr. Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Nominated from the floor was Dave Furlong of Tampa, for 2nd Vice President, by Sue Barca, of Largo, FL
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING -
Detach Ballot from mailing envelope (inserted in this issue). Vote for one (1) candidate only for each
office, placing an "X" in the block to the left of the candidate's name. One write-in candidate for each
office is permitted. Each active member (member or spouse) shall submit one ballot (only one ballot per
member household). Place ballot in envelope marked "BALLOT," placing your name and address in the upper
left hand corner. Affix stamp and mail for arrival on or before June 20, 1989. DO NOT USE THE APPLICATICN
ENVEEDPE ADDRESSED TO SOCIETY FOR YOUR BALLOT, AS YOUR VOTE WILL BE VOIDED.
Ballot envelopes will be kept sealed until the Annual Business Meeting, June 30, 1989, when they will
be opened by the Nominating Comnittee, the ballot removed, and the empty envelope discarded to ensure
confidentiality. The ballots will then be counted by the Nominating Comittee.
EVERY ACTIVE MEMBER (Member or spouse) IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE. IT'S YOUR SOCIETY.
Slate of Officers for 1989-1990
Betty (LeDoux) Frassrand
It is an honor to be nominated as President of our unique Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida, Inc. I have enjoyed serving you this past year as First Vice
President and Chairman of the Dance Committees for the upcoming 1989 Reunion.
I have continued to serve as assistant to the Editor of the Canal Record as well
-- as serving on various committees working toward the betterment of our Society.
SI' was recently honored to be named in "Who's Who of Florida, 1988 Edition,"
and was elected as Vice Chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Pasco County. I
have also been involved with many community activities.
Again, I look forward to serving you during our 75th Diamond Jubiliee.
Joanne (Jay) Stewart
Joanne "Jay" Stewart was born in Minnesota and since then has lived in Wis-
Sconsin, Texas, kansas, Panama and finally Florida. She was educated at the
University of Houston and Kansas State University graduating with a degree in
Physical Science, Geology. She went to Panama with two sons and her parents in
1059 and was employed as a geologist in the Engineering Division in December
of that year. When her husband Bob Stewart retired in 1976 she became Supervi-
sory Geologist. She and her husband have numerous children and grandchildren
scattered from Panama to Florida, New York to California. She is currently
assistant to the Secretary/Treasurer, Marje Foster, is active in the Disaster
Services of the American Red Cross and President of her Civic Association.
Robert L. Johnson
Robert "Bob" Johnson was raised on the Atlantic side and graduated from
II and completing his apprenticeship in 1947 Bob became active in community
and fraternal activities. Over the years he has held the offices of President
of the Gatun Civic Council, President of the Margarita Recreational Associa-
tion, Vice-President of Brazos Brook Golf Club, Commander of the Veterans of
I *Foreign Wars, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, twice held the title of
Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 1542, and the District Deputy for the B.P.O.Elks.
He retired from the Locks Division in 1980 with 35 years of government ser-
I attended Canal Zone schools from elementary to college; while in col-
lege I worked for the CZ Library and then for the Office of the Youth Advisor
to the Governor, where I supervised the construction and operation of "The
Pub" in Balboa (1970-72). As a paratrooper in Viet Nam, I served in the 101st
Sj hoo l Airborne Division (1968-69) and the 173rd Airborne Brigade (1969-70) and was
honorably discharged with the Bronze Star. I left the Zone in 1973 to pursue a
S career in photography and graphics arts in Los Angeles. I moved to Tanpa in 1980
J and bought a small graphic design and typesetting company which I closed after
a burglary in 1988. I am now in wholesale computer and component sales. I col-
lect Canal construction-era books, Panama and Canal poetry and Panama's coins.
Marjorie (Harrington) Foster
Marge Foster, currently serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. is a native of Akron, Ohio and went to the Canal Zone
in 1941 with her parents, Robert and Jennie Harrington. Marge attended CHS,
graduating in 1947. It was while attending CHS that she met and married Pete
Foster and they are the parents of two daughters, June Foster Trim and Colette
Foster Carlisle. Marge retired with over 22 years service in Personnel and Pay-
roll with the Panama Canal Co. in 1982. She and Pete settled in Palm Harbor
where Marge has kept busy by obtaining a Real Estate License with the State of
Florida, assisted the Canal Record editor and the former secretary in her duties
Richard (Pat) Beall
~Born in Bandoeng, Java, Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), I have lived in the
Canal Zone for 48 years, including almost 5 years with the R.C.A.F. during
World War II. My homes prior to that were in Holland, England, Venezuela, Mex-
ico and 2 years in the United States in school. This is almost my 8th year as
Editor of the Canal Record, and I appreciate the confidence bestowed upon me by
S members of the Society as a nominee for that position once more. If elected, I
S will continue to adhere to the cost effectiveness of the magazine and improve
its readability. Previous to retirement, I was the Chief of the Outside Plant,
US Army Communications Command in Corozal.
Your Vote is Important!
USE THE ENCLOSED FiPPLICFiTION BLANKS
TO UPDAiTE YOUR RECORDS
IN THE SOCIETY!
4f = kiL.EmEntl
Jerry P. Laakso
Thomas N. McGee Jr.
German L. Alicea-Rosario
Roy T. Evans
George W. Lopp
Vernon C. Whitehead
ITomas L. Harna
Paul R. Guerriero
George W. Kessel
Louise D. Russon
Charles A. McArthur
Tadeusz J. Kaliszczak
Virgina M. Hernandez
Yolanda M. Sadowski
Anthony E. Scottino Jr.
Janet P. Stanford
William L. Benny Jr.
George J. Booth
Andrew H. Crane
Kenneth B. Frazier
James D. Gallagher
Waldo B. Gilley Jr.
Fred H. Lee Jr.
Thomas W. Mason
Ralph C. Plumner
Jerry L. Ransoa
Samuel H. Rowley Jr.
William B. Shaw
Harold E. Wyeth
Melvin D. HUghes
Edward H. Kepbart
Claud L. Planchon
Linda M. Redfern
James W. Voss
Frederick R. Leggett
James J. Murphy
Jolie A. Seeley
Ronald L. Seeley
Canal Services Division 17 years
Dredging Division 39 years
Canal Protection Division 38 years
Canal Operations Unit 27 years
Canal Services Division 22 years
Community Services Division 39 years
Canal Services Division 36 years
Electrical Division 23 years
Canal Services Division 31 years
Canal Services Division 18 years
Canal Services Division 23 years
Office of Executive Planning 36 years
Accounting Division 22 years
Human Resources Development Staff 29 years
Personnel Operations Division 21 years
Personnel Operations 24 years
Personnel Operations Division 25 years
Locks Division 25 years
Locks Division 24 years
Maintenance Division 19 years
Indistrial Division 24 years
Maintenance Division 25 years
Locks Division 25 years
Traffic Management Division 18 years
Locks Division 10 years
Pilot Division 28 years
Canal Services Division 29 years
Locks Division 26 years
Engineering Division 23 years
Canal Services Division 24 years
Canal Protection Division 30 years
Canal Protection Division 21 years
Electrical Division 18 years
General Services Bureau 20 years
Industrial Division 22 years
Locks Division 19 years
Canal protection Division 30 years
Logistical Support Division 23 years
Locks Division 29 years
Office of Financial Management 33 years
Office of Personnel Administration 37 years
05 months 28 days
06 months 17 days
06 months 00 days
04 months 18 days
11 months 29 days
11 months 13 days
11 months 17 days
03 months 16 days
07 months 17 days
08 months 22 days
04 months 09 days
10 months 11 days
11 months 29 days
09 months 24 days
04 months 19 days
01 months 13 days
08 months 22 days
05 months 18 days
04 months 04 days
03 months 16 days
01 months 21 days
01 months 23 days
10 months 17 days
00 months 06 days
05 months 26 days
08 months 06 days
08 months 15 days
01 months 25 days
01 months 06 days
04 months 12 days
05 months 21 days
11 months 24 days
08 months 09 days
17 months 29 days
10 days 04 months
01 months 00 days
08 months 19 days
06 months 09 days
05 months 11 days
04 months 09 days
04 months 19 days
WE NEED YOUR
Tourth generation Zonians
. :. .
and SSgt. Alan Gregory Ridge (CHS'80), of Alex-
5. Born to Loreen Philyaw: Piper Lorianna Philyaw,
d.o.b. September 23, 1987
Born to Alan Gregory Ridge: Daniel Alan Ridge,
d.o.b. July 26, 1985.
Four generations: Great-grandmother,
Mina Dee; Catherine (Lang) Alexander,
holding daughter Emma Leal, and grand-
mother Mary Jo Lang. Photo taken in
1. Herman Kleefkens and Maria Mourik Kleefkens
were Dutch immigrants who brought their four
children to the Canal Zone in 1916. Herman
worked as a machinist at Gatun Locks then tran-
sferred to the Marine Bureau where he retired
as chief tugboat engineer. When Maria died in
1923, Herman married Leida Mourik, who now re-
sides in Tanpa, FL. Herman died in 1966.
IB. Bruce Gordon Sanders and Grace Meister Sanders
both of Kentucky, raised six children in the
Canal Zone. Bruce was employed by the U.S. Pub-
lic Health and Marine Hospital Service in Ken-
tucky when he was given employment and free
transportation to the Panama Canal construction
in June 1908. He was a sanitation inspector op-
on retirement from Canal service. He died in
1958. Grace died in 1987.
2. Hermanus A. (Louie) Kleefkens, youngest child
and only son of Herman and Maria Kleefkens,
married Virginia Lee (Gibby) Sanders, the 4th.
child of Bruce and Grace Sanders. Louie worked
as Marine Traffic Controller in Cristobal and
is now retired, living in Tampa, FL. They had
3 children: Leida, Virginia (Ginny) and Walter.
3. Leida Loreen Kleefkens (CHS'56) married Elbert
Francis (Bubber) Ridge (CHS'51), a 2nd. gener-
ation Zonian. Leida was a housewife and Bubber
became General Foreman at Mt. Hope Oil Handling
Plant and retired in 1979 from Canal service.
Both are now deceased.
4. They had three children: SSgt. John Herman
Ridge (CHS'77) of Plattsmouth, NE.; Loreen
Frances Ridge Philyaw (CHS'78) of Anderson, SC.
Four generations of Sanders: L-R: Bruce
G. Sanders III, born Colon Hospital;
Curtis M. Sanders, born Coco Solo Hos-
pital; Bruce G. Sanders, Jr., born Ancon
Hospital. Front-Center: Ryan Curtis San
ders, Born August 16, 1988, in Piano,
1. William D. Taylor, Postmaster, Balboa Post Off-
ice, C.Z. Retired in 1946.
2. William N. Taylor, Personnel Division, PCCo.
died 18 January 1958.
3. Susan (Taylor) Pitney, BHS'58, married Iouis J.
Pitney, San Diego, CA.
4. Pitney children:
Clarke Sutherland Pitney, born 1963.
Layne Catherine Pitney, born 1965.
William Taylor Pitney, born 1966.
Jeffrey Louis Pitney, born 1970
Nicholas James Pitney, born 1981.
Panama Canal Society
Of Florida, Inc.
1988 Audit Report
January 25, 1989
Mr. Carl Starke
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Mr. Starke:
Your Audit and Budget Conmmittee has completed its examination of the ledgers and accounts of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for the period of January 1, 1988 through December 31, 1988.
All ledgers (Receipts and Expenditures) were audited, balanced, and verified as correct and are
in order. All check records, deposit slips, bank statements, bills and all other miscellaneous records
were taped and verified as correct. All three petty cash funds were also verified and are correct.
As of December 31, 1988 our paid membership for 1988 stood at 4,609 and our delinquent membership
totaled 636. At the end of December, 1987, our paid membership totaled 4,436 with 591 delinquents.
This would indicate an increase of 173 paid members to the Society. Taking into consideration our
delinquents, if they renew their memberships, our total memberships (paid and unpaid) would stand
at 5,245 compared to 5,027 in 1987, or a total increase of 218 members in 1988. During 1988, a total
of 494 members were dropped for non-payment of dues.
Our committee would like to note that as of December 31, 1988, 1,497 members prepaid their 1989
dues, compared to 1,992 prepaid dues at the end of 1987, or a decline of 495. This, despite the
excellent publicity in the September and December issues of the Canal Record. The Secretary-Trea-
surer however, has informed our committee that the 1989 dues are coming in now at a very rapid pace,
averaging more than 75 per day.
The Society continues to grow and is still in a very solvent financial position. We anticipate
no increase in dues in 1989.
Our findings, recommendations, and comments are attached hereto, along with the projected 1989
Budget, and the Statement of Financial Assets as of December 31, 1988.
We would like to compliment both Mrs. Marjorie Foster and her assistant Jay Stewart for an outstanding
job in the performance of their duties as Secretary/Treasurer and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer during
1988. All records were accurate, neat and ready for audit.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
PROPOSED BUDGET CALENDAR YEAR 1989
Dues (1989-1990)(Based on 4,600 paid membership)
Other Society Reimbursables
Sales (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Record)
Salaries-Gross-(Includes 4% COLA Increase for 4 employees)
Other Society Reimbursables
Maintenance Office Equipment-Canal Record
Costs of Tags, Decals, Pins
Petty Cash-Canal Record Editor, Society, Refreshments
Capital Expenditures & Improvements
Projected Receipts -
*Monies provided to update present equipment capability for easier access
to information in the computer through programming.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENSES AND CHANGES IN
FUND BALANCES AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1988
January 25, 1989
FUND BALANCES AT JANUARY 1, 1988
Checking Account (Unlimited)
CD(4 years) Expires 3/2/91
CD(91 days) Expires 1/17/88
CD(121 days)- Expires 4/16/88
CD(181 days)- Expires 4/27/88
TOTAL FUND BALANCES AS OF 12/31/87
Dues (includes $22,455 in prepaid dues)
Annual Reunion 1988
Other Society Reimbursables
Sales (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Records)
Transfer of Funds
Salaries Gross 1'
Annual Reunion -1988 1
Annual Reunion -1989
Other Society Reimbursables
Canal Record 3
Taxes Withheld and Paid (
Equip. Maint.- CR-$560.74, SOC.-$1,218.65
Petty Cash CR-$187.07, SOC.-$288.77, REFRESH.-$164.96
Miscellaneous (Includes Mileage)
Transfer of Funds 3
TOTAL EXPENDITURES-1988 $13;
FUND BALANCES AT DECEMBER 31, 1988
Checking Account (Unlimited)
CD(4 years) Expires 3/2/91
CD(1 year) Expires 2/2/89
CD(1 year) Expires 6/24/89
CD(1 year) Expires 10/28/89
TOTAL FUND BALANCES AS OF 12/31/88
RFMCIEA1TIOCS, OXCMNLS AND FINDINGS OF THE AUDIT AND) BIXET
OX4ITTEE OF THE PANAEA CANAL SOCIETY OF FIORLDA, INC.
Having completed our audit on January 11, 1989 for the period January 1, 1988 through and including
December 31, 1988, we, the Audit and Budget Comnittee respectfully submit the following recommendations,
comments, and findings to the Executive Caomittee for its approval and implementation for good business
practices for the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
RECOMMENDATION I. This committee recommends that a 4% Cost of Living increase be awarded to all
paid employees of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., commencing with their first paycheck
in 1989. At the same time we recommend that Mrs. Jay Stewart, who has been volunteering her services,
assisting the Secretary/Treasurer, since September, 1987, be hired as a permanent paid assistant
to the Secretary/Treasurer, receiving the same salary as the assistant to the Canal Record Editor.
Her salary to commence retroactively to January 1, 1989. It is further requested by this committee
that this recommendation be acted upon by the Executive Board at their January 25, 1989 meeting,
so that the salary adjustment may be implemented as soon as possible.
RECOMMENDATION II. Heretofore, mileage, as an officer's expense (other than the paid officers) auto-
rized in Article IV, Sec 4(g) of the Society's By-Laws, has been included in the line item Miscellaneous
under expenditures on the monthly Financial Statement. It is recommended that a separate line item
entitled "Travel/Transportation" be included on the Financial Statement to include these costs.
RECOMMENDATION III. It is recommended that Mr. Jerry Boswell, who has been programming the computer
used by the Secretary/Treasurer to fit the specific needs of the Society, be compensated in some
manner. The decision to be made by the Executive Board. A great savings, by the Society, has been
incurred over the years and it is the feeling of our committee that Mr. Boswell should be recognized
in some manner for future programing.
RECOMMENDATION IV. Comnencing in 1989, our committee feels that all checks for advertising in the
Canal Record should be forwarded direct to the Canal Record Editor, payable to the Panama Canal Society.
Upon receipt of these checks, he should xerox a copy of it, along with the advertisement, and identify
it as to which issue the ad will appear in. The checks should then be forwarded, with the copy of
the check and ad with issue notation, to the Secretary/Treasurer for deposit into the checking account
of the Society. When the Canal Record is published, the editor should furnish the Secretary/Treasurer
with a xeroxed copy of the published ads in the particular issue, taken directly from the Canal Record.
This would be of great assistance to the Audit Committee when it is auditing the advertising revenue,
and a much better system to reconcile. This is another recommendation that should be voted on at
the January 25, 1989 meeting of the Executive Board in order that this change of address for adver-
tising can be included in March issue.
RECOMMENDATION V. It has been noted by our committee that the attendance at monthly business meetings
has been noticeably decreasing, contrastly, those meetings where luncheons, entertainment, picnics,
etc., have been offered attendance has been steadily increasing. Our committee, therefore, suggests
that the Executive Board explore the idea of offering some type of incentive award to the members
to stimulate better attendance at these meetings in order that a full quorum is present to conduct
the business of the Society.
RECOMMENDATION VI. Because of the rising trend of interest rates on Certificates of Deposits by
banking institutions, our committee believes that we should take full advantage of this. We therefore
suggest and recommend that the current certificate of deposits maturing on 2/2/89 and 5/24/89 be
split to $11,000.00 each, and invested for six months and one year. We would recommend that the
certificate of deposit maturing on 10/28/89, which represents the monies turned over to the Society
by the Credit Union of the Canal Zone be left intact, and rolled-over as it matures, and kept in
Reserve. With this new approach to our investments, we would be having a certificate of deposit
maturing more frequently, and available if needed by the Society, and at the same time available
for higher interest rates if they continue to rise.
FINDINGS I. Our committee found that a minimal loss of revenue occurred during 1988 from functions
held by the Society, other than the Annual Reunion. This was due to expenses incurred where no admission
was charged such as the picnic and carnavalito. All other functions sufficiently paid for themselves.
Excellent reports by committee chairpersons were submitted and they are to be complimented for their
FINDINGS II. The procedure for submitting Sales Tax on License Plates, Decals and Pins to Tallahassee
was reviewed with the Secretary/Treasurer and will be corrected in 1989. Additionally, when the
current supply of membership applications, where the order blanks for these items appear, are exhausted
and reprinted, a notation to include the 6% Sales Tax will be included.
FINDINGS III. In a previous audit our committee recommended that all office supplies be purchased
by the Secretary/Treasurer at a discount office supply house, and furnished, as requested, to the
Canal Record Editor and Committee Chairperson. We note that the Canal Record Editor is still purchasing
standard office supplies on occasion independently from another office supply house. We must insist
on this approved recommendation, except for emergency reasons.
FINDINGS IV. We have requested that the Secretary/Treasurer order new Federal Tax Coupons, Form
8109 to incorporate the correct address of the Panama Canal Society.
FINDINGS V. Our committee was unable to reconcile the 1988 Annual Reunion File, mainly due to the
lack of proper back-up documentation, needed to audit properly. All bills were properly paid, however,
the method of paying Security Guards and Ticket Collectors at the Reunion Ball should be improved.
There was no breakdown as to the disposition of the complimentary rooms furnished by the hotels.
This committee is aware that these rooms are given to the Reunion Chairpersons and Officers of the
Society, as well as the musicians from Panama, and guest speakers of the Society, however, there
should be no doubt in the minds of anyone, as to the disposition of these rooms, and an itemized
list of names should be on file. Because there apparently were no Letters of Understanding with
the hotels on file in the Society's file, our committee can only assume that these agreements were
not made. Perhaps they are in the Reunion Coordinator's file. We have no objection to this, however,
all of this information should be in an official file of the Society. Hence, complimentary parking
questions arose, overcharges of parking fees were made, and various other misunderstandings occurred.
It is hoped that these points will be clarified in the upcoming reunion.
FINDINGS VI. The Secretary/Treasurer has commented to our committee, that cash drawers for the
Secretary/Treasurer and Hospitality Chairman would be advantageous in handling money at the reunion.
She plans to instigate new procedures at the 1989 reunion, regarding the handling of cash.
COMMENTS I. The form initiated by the Secretary/Treasurer, used by committee chairpersons and officers
of the Society for itemized personal expense is an excellent informative document, and a welcome
addition to businesslike procedures to our organization. Mrs. Foster is to be commended.
COMMNTS II. The line item "Transfer of Funds" under Receipts and Expenditures on the Financial
Asset Statement in the amount of $36,901.53 seems to confuse some of our members, as they increase
the figures of the actual Receipts and Expenditures for the year. Actually, this is an accounting
procedure only, in connection with the transfer of a matured certificate of deposit into the checking
account of the Society until a decision was made by the Executive Board as to how it was to be reinvested
and then the transfer out of the checking account and purchasing of a larger certificate of deposit.
Both of these procedures affected our Receipts and Expenditures, but did not affect the overall balances
of our assets.
COMMENS III. It is to be noted that the mileage rate for society business has been increased to
244 per mile by the Internal Revenue Service, which we have used as a guide line for years, in the
event our organization is ever audited by that office. Please allow this rate for all claims commencing
January 1, 1989.
COMMENTS IV. A questions has been brought to the attention of this committee as to the possibility
of a Life Time Paid Membership to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. Perhaps the Executive Board should
investigate this and include on its agenda.
COMMENTS V. In reviewing the projected budget for 1988, our committee feels it must compliment the
officers of the Society for their strict adherance to it. Some line items are almost impossible
to project and differences are obvious on the Financial Asset Statement. Some items such as the
reunion itself is difficult to project inasmuch as the budget is prepared long before we know what
the attendance will be. For this reason, we must base our projections strictly on past performance.
This committee is presently preparing guidelines for the budgetary process to be used as an information
tool by incoming officers.
COMMENTS VI. Our committee has been approached by members of the Society regarding just exactly
how much our paid employees receive in salaries each month. We feel it might be of interest to the
entire Society to publish this information so that they are aware of the quality service they are
receiving for a small remuneration. Presently, the Secretary/Treasuere and Canal Record Editor receive
a gross salary of $634.00 each per month and the assistant to the Canal Record Editor received a
gross salary of $156.00 per month. The assistant to the Secretary/Treasurer receives no compensation
whatsoever and volunteers her services to the Society. Taking into consideration a 40 hour work
week, the Secretary/Treasurer and Canal Record Editor earn $3.96 per hour and the assistant to the
Canal record Editor working a 20 hour work week, earns $1.95 per hour. These salaries amount to
approximately minimum wages. From these gross salaries, our employees have income tax deductions
and Society Security deductions, which lowers the salary considerably. Our paid employees do not
receive any amenities i.e. health insurance, mileage, or compensation for electricity used in their
homes in carrying out these duties. They use their personal residences as offices, thereby loosing
space that could well be put to use for other purposes. They are all highly qualified former employees
of the Panama Canal Zone who are dedicated to the Panama Canal Society. Each of these employees,
if they desired, could earn much more in private industry. It is a tribute to them that they conscien-
tiously continue working, making great sacrafices in their personal lives in order to serve the member-
ship. Please refer to recommendation I. for further information concerning this subject.
CC(ITrIS VII. A committee is currently studying the feasibility of desk top publishing for the Canal
Record. This is a new innovative method of preparing the material for publication on a computer,
using graphics, word processing and other technology that would eliminate many of the present costs
paid to printers. It's findings will be presented to the Executive Board hopefully before the new
officers commence their term in July. If this study proves feasible and affordable, and if approved
by the Executive Board additional funds will be allocated to the Capital Expenditure for 1989. This
expenditure will be classified as an extraordinary item of expense and will be funded from the assets
of the Society.
COMCENTS VIII. Many of our members perhaps wonder why the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
has such a large balance of funds in its treasury. The purpose of these funds is to generate interest
through investments in Certificates of Deposit to supplement the expenses of running such a large
enterprise. Our dues remain at a very nominal fee of $15.00 per year due to this generated interest.
The goal of our Society is to continue on for as long as possible and to preserve its ideals through
the generations of our families. There is no doubt that in the "not too distant future" our membership
certainly will begin to decline, so it is the responsibility of each succeeding generation to preserve
and pass on a solvent organization to the future members to come.
COMIENTS IX. This will be the first time that a complete audit will be published in the Canal Record
for review by all of the members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. It is hoped by this
committee that it is informative and will possibly answer many questions in the minds of its members.
This information is issued in accordance with Article X, Section l(c) of the By-Laws of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
GREIG IN 'WHO'S WHO'
Friends of Niza (Boynton) Greig will be glad to
hear the former San Luis Obispo resident is being
listed in the 18th edition of Who's Who in Cali-
Greig, who now lives in San Juan Batista, is on
the Board of Agnews Development Center of Santa
Clara County, a post she was appointed to by Gov.
George Deukmejian after serving on the State Den-
Greig and her husband, Bob were married in the
Panama Canal Zone shortly after World War II.
In San Luis Obispo, she was medical records
transcriber at Sierra Vista Hospital during 1961
and 1962. She studied hypnosis under Dr. Ernest
Werbell. Her husband, Bob, was a cabinetmaker and
worked on the Madonna Inn.
As a young couple, they were very active in
Republican circles. Niza was chairman of Burt Tal-
cott's campaign, was state secretary of the Young
Republicans, and chairman of the George Murphy for
Senate Committee. She also organized the county's
Teen Age Republicans.
They later moved to Santa Clara County where
Bob was born and raised.
She and her husband were active in Morgan Hills
community growth and development, and in church,
volunteer organizations, and local, county, and
They moved to San Benito County 26 years ago
and have continued their active lives in community
services, consulting in the health care field, and
in 4-H and ranching.
They have raised three children, Lance, Linda
and Lorna, and have five grandchildren, Michelle,
Mathew, Nathan, Alyssa and Nicole.
The 18th edition of the 600 page reference book
which contains biographical sketches of notable
Californians will be published in December, 1988.
San Luis Obispo newspaper
Frederick Kunkel Jr. receives a warm
welcome from Panama Canal Commission
Fire Sgt. Alexander Livingston during
his visit to the Howard Fire Station to
celebrate Fire Prevention Week. The
Commission observed Fire Prevention Week
from october 9 through 15 with a parade,
field day, dinner, visits to local
schools, extinguisher demonstrations at
Commission worksites and open house at
all fire stations. The Fire Division in-
vites those who missed the opportunity
to visit the stations during the week to
call either the Corozal or Mount Hope
stations to arrange a tour.
Panama Canal Spillway
November 4, 1988
EAST MEMPHIAN TO LEAD ZOO SOCIETY
by Connie Schneider
East memphis lawyer Donna Fisher doesn't look
much like Dian Fossy, the late gorilla-protection
activist featured in the motion picture Gorillas
in the Mist.
But the new president of the Memphis Zoological
Society knows what it's like to track primates in
...Ms. Fisher, who will be installed as presi-
dent of the society at its meeting at 6:30 tonight
spent three weeks in Borneo last year working with
Earth Watch, a nonprofit organization that sends
volunteers to work with special research projects.
...Ms. Fisher also has visited the Galapagos
Islands, home of the famous tortoises, and eight
countries in Africa. She isn't planning to par-
ticipate in this year's zoo safari to Africa, a
project of the society, but plans to go on next
year's trip to India and Tibet.
Ms. Fisher has worked with the zoo society
since 1972, when she and her mother, Kathleen
Phillips Fisher, founded the Zoo Action Patrol to
protect zoo animals and to educate the public
about them. Ms. Fisher was studying law at Van-
derbilt University when she came home for the
summer and saw an article in The Commercial Ap-
peal about litter and animal abuse at the zoo.
(Donna Fisher is the granddaughter of Dr. and
Mrs. Phillips. Dr. Phillips was the doctor at Ped-
ro Miguel Dispensary when he retired, her mother,
Kathleen, now deceased, graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1937).
...Ms. Fisher said one of her goals for the
society is growth. She wants to see membership ex-
pand from 3,200 to 10,000 members, she said. With
that increase should come an increase in the money
the society contributes to the zoo, she said...
The Commercial Appeal
January 19, 1989
GOV, PARKER RECEIVES 75TH LOGO
Former Canal Zone Governor David Parker, second
from left, receives a connemorative copy of the
Panama Canal's 75th anniversary logo from Panama
Canal Commission Public Affairs Director Willie K.
Friar, at left, while Deputy Commission Adminis-
trator Fernando Manfredo Jr., second from right,
and U.S. Ambassador to Panama Arthur H. Davis Jr.
The presentation was made during the inaugural
transit of the Royal Viking Sun. The newest
addition to the Royal Viking Line's fleet of lux-
ury cruise ships, the vessel will be a regular
Former Governor Parker receives commem-
orative 75th anniversary logo.
January 11, 1989
The quarterly meeting of the Panama Canal Commis-
sion Board of Directors convened in Houston, Texas
on January 11, 1989. The U.S. Board members, the
U.S. Ambassador to Panama and the Panamanian Am-
bassador to the United States were in attendance.
Three of the four Panamanian members appeared at
the Board meeting and made a political statement
objecting to the attendance of Ambassador Juan B.
Sosa, the representative of the U.S.-recognized
President of Panama. The Chairman reiterated that
the two Ambassadors have a long-standing invita-
tion to attend the quarterly meeting as observers
and that the invitations would not be withdrawn.
The Panamanian members then walked out of the
meeting prior to the conduct of any formal busi-
ness by the Board. This action by the Panamanians
deprived them of the opportunity to provide any
input to the Board's deliberations on Canal oper-
ational matters. The Board meeting then proceeded
as scheduled without the presence of the Panama-
The Administrator reported that Canal opera-
tions have continued to be conducted safely and
efficiently despite the many problems existing in
Panama and the impact of these problems on both
U.S. and Panamanian Canal employees.
The Board received a further report from Admin-
istrator McAuliffe that despite the positive as-
pect of Canal operations during the first quarter
of fiscal year 1989, a loss was still being pro-
jected and, therefore a tolls increase would be
necessary effective October 1, 1989 for the Canal
to break-even financially, as required by U.S.
law. The Board agreed to address the issue of a
tolls increase at the April, 1989 meeting.
The Board also reviewed a report by the Admin-
istrator concerning the continued growth of the
number of Panamanians in the Canal work force.
Since 1979, Panamanian participation has increased
by 14.8 percent while the total work force has
been reduced by 5.3 percent. During this same
period, the number of United States citizen em-
ployees has been reduced by 48 percent.
The Board approved a recommendation to purchase
two high-speed launches with the capability of
moving Commission personnel to required areas
throughout the Canal. This acquisition will reduce
the Commission's dependence on the trans-Isthmian
highway for moving essential employees between key
facilities at either end of the Canal.
The Board reviewed the premises to be used in
constructing a budget for Canal operations oper-
ations beginning October 1, 1990. Oceangoing tran-
sits are estimated at 12,000 compared to 12,318
for 1988. Tonnage, however, is estimated to in-
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION
Presenting a Water Miser Award to Woodstock
Homes Corporation Board President Brad Pearson is
Ken Kofman, East Bay Municipal Utility District
Ketchum Public Relations
San Francisco, CA.
September 27, 1988
crease slightly over 1988 due to the growing num-
ber of larger ships expected to transit the Canal.
The Board approved the Administrator's recom-
mendation for the first Panamanian to assume the
inportatnt position of Personnel Director for the
In addition to its other actions, the Board
approved the retirement of several items of prop-
erty, received briefings on the status of the
latest traffic forecast study and the impact of
the Panamanian banking crisis on the Commission,
examined the Commission's financial planning and
operations, and received reports on msrine acci-
dents during the last quarter.
The Board also received a briefing on port op-
erations from officials of the Port of Houston.
Houston is an important customer of the Panama
Canal in that approximately 15 to 20"/ of all its
port cargo transits the Canal.
The next regular meeting of the Board is sched-
uled for April 5 and 6 at a location yet to be
PEARSON WINS WATER MISER AWARD
OAKLAND East Bay Minicipal Utility District
has honored Woodstock Homes Corporation of Alameda
for its innovation and leadership in water conser-
vation. Woodstock Homes consist of 200 homeowners
who bought former civil service housing at Alameda
Air Station from the federal government in the mid
1940's after it was termed excess.
Through a vigorous program of water conser-
vation education, Woodstock Homes has encouraged
its homeowner members to reduce water consumption
this year by 31.2 percent over 1987, and by 27.5
percent over 1986.
UNEXPECTED VISITOR IN CANAL
On November 3, what appeared to be a routine
day at Pedro Miguel Locks suddenly became very
different. An unexpected visitor was caught trying
to transit the Panama Canal unnoticed.
Of course, the attempt failed. After struggling
in the locks, dodging tugs and ships and climbing
onto the lock walls and gates, the heavy, thick-
skinned visitor finally surrendered and jumped
aboard the Panama Canal Commission launch Chame.
Because the visitor a sea lion had such
friendly manners, Capt. Joshua Chapman allowed him
to stay aboard and continue his transit. Seaman
Carlos Mena and Luis Villareal let the exhausted
creature relax on the afterdeck as the boat clear-
ed Pedro Miguel, crossed the lake and locked down
The animal is believed to have arrived at the
Canal aboard the Marinero, a Venezuelan tuna
boat, which made a northbound transit on October
28. It had been seen while the boat was tied up at
Pedro Miguel that morning, waiting for the fog to
clear in Gaillard Cut. After the boat locked
through Pedro Miguel, the sea lion appeared in the
Gatun area, making a lot of friends and even eat-
ing fish out of people's hands.
Making friends Michael Bell, a civil
engineering technician with the Tow
Track Maintenance Branch, makes friends
with the unexpected sea lion visitor
while it lounges on a bouy near Gatun
He was seen again near Barro Colorado island on
Halloween, but the trick-or-treating must not have
been very good in the area because he headed back
into the cut. It appears as if the sea lion was
trying to make his way back to his point of ori-
gin. After helping him in this endeavor by getting
him through Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks, the
crew of Chame bid him a fond farewell when he
jumped off near Diablo. No further reports have
been received of his whereabouts....
The Pannra Canal Spil#wuj
November 18, 1988
ki BiL. tf i;
H 0 (, I
Balboa Elementary School recently held
its festive outdoor holiday music pro-
gram. All grade levels participated in
the singing of seasonal songs. Pictured
above is the Balboa Elementary School
choir during its performance.
DODDS Press Release
BENGALS CAN RELY ON BARKER
by Jim Montgomery
...Need an inside linebacker? Call No. 53. Need
somebody to go down under punts and kickoffs? Call
No. 53. Need somebody to start a game on short
notice? Here's your man.
"Leo is one of those hard workers who never
seems to complain that he doesn't get a chance to
use all that hard work in a game," Sam Wyche said.
"He's always ready.
"He's a very organized guy, always on time, al-
ways got his day in order, always taking notes.
Very little slips by him. He's quiet...almost si-
lent. But whe you need him, he's there."
Barker has been there for five seasons now as
a Cincinnati Bengal. Except for a half-season
flurry two years ago, when he started nine games,
not many fans noticed him. That changed Sunday, of
course, when he knocked the ball away from Houst-
on's Warren Moon, grabbed it in mid-air and took
it 34 yards for a touchdown.
It was his first, Barker said, "since little
league." That would have been boyhood days back in
Cristobal, Canal Zone, Panama. Barker is the first
Panamanian to make the National Football League,
and, so far as can be determined, the only one.
He loved living there.
"It was, to me, like a Shangri-la, really
great, really protected in there," he said. But
switching from James Hilton to Thomas Wolfe, he
doesn't go home much anymore.
"I don't, because it isn't the same," he said.
"There's almost no more Canal Zone. Everything is
turned over to Panama. So I don't go back. The
memories aren't there anymore."...
s"ti jil 11
* f' ^"
At Cristobal High, Barker played every sport.
He was a forward in basketball, a .300-hitting
catcher in baseball, a linebacker and tackle in
He played soccer and enjoyed the games. "I did
not like practice. Too much running," he said.
They started us out running two miles a day."
In track, Barker bordered on being a decathlon
man. Obligingly, he rattled off some of his
events: "I ran the 440 and threw the discus. I an-
chored our sprint medley. Believe it or not, I an-
chored our 440 relay."
Combine speed with size (6-2, 227 pounds), and
it's a package that college talent scouts find
hard to resist. But no recruiting network pene-
treated the Canal Zone.
"We did the recruiting ourselves," Barker said.
"We sent some films to a couple of colleges in the
States. New Mexico State liked what they saw."
He visited Las Cruces, his first trip to the
U.S., and signed. The Bengals drafted him in the
seventh round five years ago...
...A successful football team needs the Leo
Barkers. You need players like him and Ray Horton
and Brian Blados. When someone goes down, they
step right in and you never miss a beat. (Wyche)
Semper paratus, it's called.
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Your Reporter Says ...
Greetings from Dothan, Alabama and a very
healthy and happy New Year to all. Thank God our
winter thus far has been mild...hoping it will be
that way until spring.
Are they in town or not? Hard to tell about
these four traveling gals.
In October Arlene Abbott spent five weeks in
Wisconsin visiting her 97-year old mother, while
Edna Kovel was spending three weeks visiting Las
Vegas and California. In November, it was off to
Lido Beach, Fla., for a week of time-sharing for
Arlene Abbott, Edna Kovel, Alice Clark and Edna
O'Donnell. While there, they visited Billie Gallo-
way, son Joe, and her sister Robin Comer. In Dec-
ember they were off again for another week of time
sharing in Gulfport, Miss., with a side trip to
In December, Edna O'Donnel, daughter Mary and
family from Pennsylvania, visited Disney World for
In January, Arlene went to Panama to visit her
sons and to see her new grandson, Steven, born to
Giovanna and Gregg Abbott last August.
In February, the gals are spending a week of
time-sharing at the Lawrence Welk Resort in Escon-
dido, Calif. Alice's sister lives near by and has
a full program of sight-seeing planned. Sounds
like it will be a fun trip. While there, they plan
to look up John and Bev Fawcett.
Our Christmas dinner dance was a great success.
It was held at the Sheraton Inn on December 15th.
There were seventy (70) present. The tables were
beautifully decorated with silk poinsettas which
were later used as door prizes. Many other door
prizes were awarded. We also had a lottery which
was very successful. In spite of our age, there
were quite a few dancers on the floor, especially
Bud Th nas, who I might say is a "pretty good dan-
My sister, Mary (Whelan) Dault, who resides in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a visitor to Dothan
after the holidays. She came to spend a few weeks
with Maggie Janssen (another sister) and me. She
spent her holidays with her daughter in Arlington,
Virginia. Mary is contemplating leaving Rio and
coming to live in the United States, most probably
in Dothan. On her return to Rio, she may stop in
Panama and visit with Julie (Durfee) Guardia. Mary
has been living in South America for 40 years.
Front, L-R: Margaret Hem, Muriel Mc-
griff, Mary Dault, Catherine Filo. Back,
L-R: Babe Kessler, Kay Wallace, Mary
Urey, Maggie Janssen. Photographer, Ida
Alice (Moore) Jackson and her husband, Neal,
were visitors for the holidays. They live in Bart-
lesville, Oklahoma. They visited with Alice's sis-
ters Muriel (Moore) lMGriff and Margaret (Moore)
Hem. Margaret and Jack Hem went to Panama for
the holidays to visit with their sons, Jack and
Richard Hem and families.
My brother, Fenton (Buddy) Whelan has been
living in Boulder City, Nevada for over 35 years.
He retired from the teaching profession two years
ago and is now a tour guide at Hoover Dam in Boul-
der. Buddy graduated from Balboa High School in
1943. If anyone who reads this column and is plan-
ning a trip to Hoover Dam, please ask for him. He
would love to see anyone from the Canal Zone.
Wilma (Wickens) and Ed Kennerd plan a trip to
the Amazon in April. We will be waiting for an
account of their interesting trip.
Visitors to Panama City, Florida may not be
aware that the Museum of Man in the Sea is situat-
ed at 17314 Hutchison Road, and has a very inter-
esting display. The Museum is on the Back Beach
Road, k mile west of Highway 79.
The Museum attendant becomes very excited when-
ever a visitor exclaims, "We know/knew so and so,
such as in the area where the photos of the Cong-
ressional Medal of Honor holders are situated,
with the article of contribution to society for
each one is read.
William Badders (deceased 11/23/86) is among
those honorees shown. This should be of interest
to his survivors...wife, Lynn..son, A.W."Bill",
daughter, Marie Roberts. Hopefully this informa-
tion will be brought to their attention.
Some Atrocha treasures are included (held over
through February 1989) and many other items are
displayed in a wonderfully organized display.
Happy Easter and God bless all of you.
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
The new president of the Panama Canal Society
of Arizona, Fern (Ibrine) Dahill, enjoyed a vi-
sit fran her daughter, Capt. Carol Dadill, over
the holidays. Carol is stationed in Germany and
has returned to her base there. At this writing,
Fern plans to leave on March 16, 1989 to visit Ca-
rol in Germany and will return on April 15 just in
time to preside over the Arizona Society's spring
luncheon-meetirg on April 22. (See Announcements)
Fern also travelled out-of-state in January, 1989
to attend the Reserve Officers' Association mid-
Fern enjoyed attending the Panama Canal West
Coast Reunion in San Diego, CA, in September, get-
ting together with brother Conrad Horine and
his wife Nona, Arizonians Helen Mumson, Mary
Ann (Carnthers) Hney, Sis (Hayes) hillips, and
scores of other friends.
"Sis" and Mary Honey shared a table there with
Bill and Ruth Beers at the dinner dance. Mary is
planning to go to the Galopagos in August. Sis and
her husband, Job Phillips, will be going to New
York State and Vermont in July to visit daughters
there at a lovely lakeside cottage they have. Be-
sides Jack, daughter Peg and two granddaughters
will accompany "Sis".
L-R: Mary Ann Carruthers) Honey, Fern
(Horine) Dabill, Helen Munsen, "Sis"
(Hayes) Phillips at the West Coast PCSSC
Reunion, September, 1988.
"Sis" says that she and Mary Honey will not be
attending this year's reunion in Tampa, but are
planning to go to Hawaii together in November.
Fraim, CHS'51, the new
the Panama Canal Soci-
ety of Arizona, is a
very busy savings coun-
selor for Pima Savings
and Loan in Tucson. She
is the daughter of Ted
and Fima Englebright. Beverly (EngZe-
Ted was on the Canal bright) Fraim
Zone Police Force; he
and Emma also live in Tucson. Beverly is very hap-
py to have been transferred recently to a Pima
branch within walking distance of her home. Her
husband, Donald Friam, is a Public Safety officer
at St. Joseph's Hospital almost across the street
from her home, so he walks to work, too.
To look at Bev it seems impossible that she and
Don have two grown sons and five grandchildren who
live in Illinois! Bev tells us that Ted and Emma
are enjoying good health and are expecting a three
week visit of their other two daughters, Marjorie
and Doris, who is coming in from California and
Marjorie from Illinois.
Dan Banbo writes from Kingman, AZ, to say that
he and his wife, Ellen, enjoyed a visit in Octo-
ber, '88 from some old Canal Zone friends, Mr. and
Mrs. Kyle C. Andress, uho now live in Palmetto,
FL. They had not seen each other for 22 years, so
they had a lot of catching up to do. The Rambos
and the Andresses took in the Grand Canyon, Boul-
der Dam, the Londen Bridge at lake Havasu City, AZ
and also made several trips to the gambling casi-
nos at Laughlin, WN on the Colorado River. Dan
says none of than came away from there a winner,
but they did have fun. Jane (Dicksn) and Danny
Can escorted a group of their friends and neigh-
bors to Laughlin December 6th to 9th. There were
twenty-two in the group, and to the best of our
knowledge, not a winner amongst them. But we all
had a ball. The Coxes hosted a cocktail party for
the group while there and led the group songfest
on the way back to the bus.
Jane and Danny celebrated their 43rd wedding
anniversary on January 3, 1989, with an open house
punch-and-buffet in their home. Former Pedro Mi-
quel playmate, eggy Bradley was one of the
attendees, a truly bright spot of the day.
Left: Danny and Jane Cox in Bali, Aug-
ust, 1988. The sashes are required wear-
ing apparel for entering the Hindu tem-
ple and are provided in front of the
Lionel (Rudy) Stenpel and his wife, Anita write
from Panama about the grim conditions facing the
Panamanian people these days. Caritas and cooper-
ating parishes had to feed the equivalent of about
75,000 human beings one hot meal a day, at lunch-
time, for weeks on end in 1988, until those people
could get some food growing from the land, they
report. This, after having given up agricultural
activities one or two generations ago, has not
been easy, but with 200,000 jobless there was no
Anita has recovered from surgery which she had
to undergo shortly after Easter 1988. Their son,
Berni, lives and works in Panama; he and his wife,
Gemna, have three daughters. Their daughter Ursula
is a security officer in London, where her work
has taken her into the presence of the Royal Fam-
ily on several occasions, especially the Queen
Mother. Lionel, many of you know, is a BHS'37
graduate. His brothers, Cal and Courtney (Cookie)
also attended BHS. Cal and his wife, Helen, left
Panama in 1988 and may not return until and unless
there is a radical change for the better there.
Cookie and his wife, Doralia, remain there, but
their children are far-flung; a daughter in Aus-
tralia, a son in London, and three boys in the
States. The youngest of those, Max, is attending
a U.S. college on a baseball scholarship. Many of
you will remember Max Stempel, Rudy's father, own-
er of a large insurance agency and Haitian Consul
in Panama before and during World War II.
j.Bi i E.S
Marley Days, BHS grad, formerly of Bal-
boa, now of San Diego, being greeted by
Bali Tours, August 26, 1988, upon ar-
rival at Denpasar, Bali.
Charles and Anne (Trimble) Parks traveled to
Starbuck, Minn., for the wedding of their youngest
son, Charles, early in September. (See 'Weddings')
Anne, former president of the Panama Canal Society
of Arizona is busy drafting bylaws for the organ-
ization, having beem appointed to do so at the
October meeting. She is a busy lady, working full-
time as a nurse in a retirement center. Charlie
had successful cataract surgery early in November
and is back at work as Supervisor of Maintenance
in Westbrook Village, part of the Sun City, AZ.
The Parkses report they spent Thanksgiving in
Ft. Hood, Texa, a with son Matthew, his wife, Heike
and their little son, Brian. They had a wonderful
visit, and since then, on December 16, Matthew and
Heike had another little boy, Kevin Dieter. Anne
and Charles are delighted also that their son,
Larry Parks, now lives close to them in an apart-
ment in Tempe, AZ.
Jane (Dickson) Cox
This has been the mildest season since the
arrival of this retiree to Northwest Arkansas.
Only one really bad snowfall and the temperature
so far has been on the fantastic side. Maybe we
are being set-up for something worse later on.
Let's hope not.
Heard on one of the Fayetteville radio stations
while going up town was the fact that Luke Palumbo
had been chosen "citizen of the day" by KEZA on
December 23rd. Congratulations!
Ralph and Marie Shuey took off on December 21st
in their gift a Chrysler Fifth Avenue to spend
a few days in Huntsville, AL, with son Ralph and
his wife, Basye. On Christmas day, Basye's family
came for dinner that included goose, ham and all
the trimmings. All attended midnight mass and
chairs had to be put up in the aisles to accomo-
date the overflow crowd. Stayed until the 28th
and on return home ran into the snow storm with
ice and arrived safely home later that night.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders spent several days
in mid-October in Allen, Texas, with great-grand-
son, Ryan Curtis Sanders (age two months); his
parents, Curtis and Kim (Rylander) Sanders and his
grandparents, Bruce and Sandy Sanders, of Los
Rios, Panama. The occasion for their gathering
was the four generations of this branch of the
"Clan" Sanders and the christening at St. Jude's
Catholic Church on October 16th.
Dorothy and Bruce drove on to Santa Cruz, Cali-
fornia, where they spent all too short a time with
son, Jack, and family. While there they attended
a meeting of the local Amateur Radio Club and met
many of the members. Jack, WX6X; daughter, Jac-
queline, KB6MIV; and more recently Jack's fiance,
Pam Weiser, N6THH, are active members. The out-
ward trip was made over 1-40 and the return trip
via 1-80 just ahead of the winter storm. Dorothy
and Bruce carried their ham radio with them in the
car and made successful contacts each evening of
the trip with son Jack in Santa Cruz. Great grand-
son, Ryan, accompanied by his parents spent the
Thanksgiving weekend with Bruce and Dorothy who
hated to see him take his parents home to Allen.
Other guests for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner
were Bill and Charlotte McCue and Betty and Bud
Addie Colclasure spent Christmas in Kansas with
family. Daughter, Marion, visited with friends
in Colorado for the holidays. Son, David, and
wife, Lou, spent the holidays in Fayetteville with
in-laws and grandson, Freddy, was home for Christ-
Jack and Joan Corliss went on the "Zonian Ami-
gos" cruise to the Virgin Islands along with 120
people that was organized by Pete Foster. Son,
John, came home from Delaware for Christmas and
after went to Greenwood, Miss., where he is em-
ployed as a mold technician.
Mary Lou Engelke had her three month old grand-
daughter, Elizabeth Mary, along with Mother, for-
mer, Erin Crowell, and father, Robert Swift, spend
Christmas holidays at Rogers and says it was nice
to have a baby around.
Evelyn Engelke journeyed to Silver Springs, MD,
for Christmas with daughter, Judy, and son-in-law
John Montanaro and family. Sister, Frances Elmen-
dorf, from Illinois also there along with her two
sons, John and Dwight, from Arlington, VA. A
great time was had by all.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman enjoyed the holidays
with son, Willie and wife, Kathy, along with their
four children. Came home from Wynne, AR., in a
driving snowstorm. Next trip on agenda is to
visit son, James, in Panama City, Florida.
Norbert and Peggy Keller report that Mrs. Sue
Magee was in Chicago, IL for Christmas with son,
Betty McGilberry said daughter Kathleen Anes
and husband, Jim, spent two weeks at Christmas
in Panama with Marilyn Annen and her daughter
Marla. A wonderful time was had by all that in-
cluded trips to San Bias and the beaches.
Red and Alice Nail say that Red sold Christmas
trees for the first time off his lot. Didn't say
whether or not it was financially successful, but
that it was an interesting experience. Red was
in Monroe, LA, to pick up a tree sprayer. They
also had a quiet Christmas with daughter, Lisa
Graves, and family.
Etta Fay Terrell enjoyed having her children
son, Lance, daughter, Andrea, and her husband,
Paul, here for the holidays.
John and Polly Michaelis are planning a long
trip in February to Texas and California and plans
are to visit with family and friends.
Pete and Sue Warner had son, Stuart, home from
Bahrain and he went to Panama for Christmas and
to visit with Marilyn Annen. Their daughter,
Phyllis Gartenlaub from Long Island is expected
as this is written. Son, Robert, still on a tug
boat in the gulf. Also, daughter, Pamela as here
in early December with her two daughters.
Maxine Reinhold spent Christmas in Minneapolis,
MN. Son, Richard, and wife, Laura, drove her back
here to attend the funeral of George Engelke.
Daughter, Barbara, came to celebrate New Years and
all are expected back for Easter.
Jessie Newhard went to the east coast for
Christmas to be spent with family and friends.
Betty and Bud Balcer spent a quiet Christmas
at home and enjoyed dinner with Bruce and Dorothy
Sanders at the home of Charlotte and Bill McCue.
Time after dinner spent reminiscing about the time
spent in the Canal Zone. We also had telephone
calls from both our children, Susan Burdette in
Ohio, and Paul Rhoads in Shreveport, LA.
Although it may be a little late, I want to
take this opportunity to wish one and all a very
Happy New Year!.
Robert "Bud" Balcer
Occasionally, the cold winds from the North
drop our temperatures to the 20's, but on the
whole, our winter has been delightful with no snow
and bright, sunny days with 35's to 60's preva-
lent. However, we don't dare to be too smug, or
February and March might deal us a storm and we'll
be wearing fur coats for Easter.
Everyone in this area seems well content with
the weather and stayed quite close to home.
Luke and Betty Palumbo stated that they were
well and happy. The Keith Yorks said they were
relaxing during the winter and looking forward to
visitors in the surnner months.
Mildred and Ed Higgins commented on their seven
children, twenty-one grandchildren and seven great
grandchildren. They said all of those able to
work had jobs. The Higgins were happy to say
that they were, at last retired and each doing
their own thing. Mildred is writing and Ed is
composing music for barbershop. He is a lead
singer in the Mountain Aires.
Jim and Veva Folsom stated that they were doing
something exciting but enjoying being close to
their son in fayetteville.
Minnie Burton flew to Houston in late October
to visit her daughter, Judi Daily for five days
and they also visited her cousin, Mary Jo Yaeger.
Fred Huldtquist drove from Florida to Fayette-
ville to pick up his mother, Bates Wieman and
Frances 1iitlock, taking them to Houston. Fred
and Bates stayed with cousin, Florabelle Helmer-
icks and Frances joined Minnie at Mary Jo's home.
Florabelle's brother, David Dickenson and wife,
Mary Jane, entertained the out-of-town cousins in
their lovely home as well as cousin, Betty Rath-
geber and daughter, Suzy and Vicki Mag.
Minnie returned to Fayetteville with Fred,
Bates and Fran. On December 17, Frances flew to
Alexandria, VA to spend the holidays with sister,
Bonnie (Conklin) McClish and her husband have
moved to Bentonville, AR. Their new address is
814 Carson Drive, Bentonville 72712.
Harry and Lee Butz spent the holidays with their
son, Peter and his family in Sapulpa, OK.
Esther (Butz) Clair and husband, Bill, drove
to Quincy, IL to enjoy the holidays with Bill's
parents and family.
In no time, Sping will pop up and the next
thing will be our annual Blanche Shaw Picnic at
Agri Park in fayetteville, on Father's Day. Come
one and come all for a great time.
Catsy Shafer is in Kansas City, Kansas visiting
with her daughter and son-in-law, Layne and Tom
Ashton, over the Thanksgiving holidays.
Doris Hanson had two heart attacks this summer,
six weeks apart. She is now recovering slowly and
gradually able to do things around the house once
David Smith had surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syn-
drome (wrist) surgery on November 16. He is doing
fine now and playing the piano better than ever.
Thank Goodness! David keeps us in lovely melodies
during our luncheons.
Janice Ross wrote that she recently visited La
Von Dusold at her time-share condo in Lake Tahoe
(lots of snow which they thoroughly enjoyed.) La
Von resided in Balboa during the 60's and made
many friends while she worked in the Balboa Police
Department and also for the Dean of the CZ Coll-
ege. Her husband, Major. Paul Dusold, was respon-
sible for the construction and furnishing of the
new wing of Gorgas Hospital. She now resides in
Edmund lang, who subscribed to PIANC (Permanent
International Association of Navigation Congress)
sends a section from the US Section under Travel
Advisory. Panama is now listed on the Travel Ad-
visory due to the unsettled and anti-American con-
ditions and sporadic incidents of violence; the
State Department recommends that US citizens defer
travel to Panama for the present. This does not
apply to Americans on ships transiting the Canal.
This is a caution advisory and not intended to be
all inclusive, and should not be relied upon as
the only source of travel information.
Vivian (Corn) Flowers writes that she and hus-
band Dale, have become snowbirds. 'Time to crawl
under the bed or flee", in her own words as the
heavy snow and 15 inch ciciles hanging from their
deck roof got to them. The live in Wawona which
Vivian says is in Yosemite National Park. They
are going on a golf safari with a dozen other RV
owners. Heading for warmer climes, they will
start in Pacific Grove and end up in Blythe at the
Sno-bird-Desert Rat Classic. They will be gone
about 3 months.
Estrella de la Pena was named KNX Newsradio
Citizen of the Week on April 30, 1988. KNX News-
radio bestows this honor each week to a Southern
California citizen who has made significant con-
tributions toward helping improve the community
and who clearly has demonstrated an outstanding
achievement worthy of recognition.
Those who attended the Annual Christmas Lunch-
eon December 18, 1988 were:
Adele Argo, Charles Becktell, Kathleen (Steiner)
Bennett, Dolly and Jerry Steiner, Warren and Adri-
enne Benson, Grace Brown, Lola Cheeseman, Jack
Clay, Agnes (Reinke) Davis, Estrella de la Pena,
Irwin Inez, Rachel de Castro, Millie, Eadie and
Elena del Rubio, Jack and Joan (Ridge) DeGrnmond,
Bob and Rosa Dill, Charlie and Betty Pold, Ray and
Helen Johansen, Claus and Letty Sondermann, Rae
Donaldson, William and Eileen Finken, George and
Helen Gercich, Griff and Lucille Griffin, Mary
Hamnond, Olive Hardie, Dorothy Hayward, David and
Thelma Hollowell, Conrad and Norma Horine, Aileen
Hoyle, Anna Jones, Elizabeth Kling, Leon Krziza,
Esther (Krziza) Condry, Mary (Cryan) lade, David
lane, Edmund Lang, Joyce Levy, Tom and Helen Mc-
Guiness, Helen (Daniel) Miller, E. Helen Munson,
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro, Bob and Linda Morris, Joe
and Ella Norton, Mary Price, Betty Price, Helen
Crenshaw, Bob Provost, Bill Quinn, Ed and Rose
Rice, Robert and Judith Roe, Hedvig Seedborg,
Florence (Berude) Seiler, David LeRoy Smith,
William and Sissie Spreuer, Ed and Gilda Weil, Jim
and Missy Will, Dru Dahlman, Irene Will, Edith
Winmer, Betty landstra and Christena Schmitz.
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro
From our Roving Reporter
Birthdays are such splendid occasions, our very
own, personal holidays. But none are more mem-
orable than Bob Dill's when he turned 99 on Octo-
ber 23rd. Not only did he receive a cake (beau-
tifully baked and decorated by Kathryn Molinaro)
at the PCSSC Board meeting and luncheon, and cards
from Board members, but congratulatory messages
from Governor George Deukmegian, Senator Pete
Wilson, and President and Mrs. Reagan. The PCSSC
members are justifiably proud of their own "Mr.
Panama Canal" for his many services, his enthu-
siasm for life, and for the Theodore Roosevelt
medal which represents one of the many "ties that
The Christmas spirit really flourished at the
luncheon December 18th at Knott's Berry Farm and
why not! The Del Rubio Sisters entertained, Santa
gave out his sackful of goodies to all present (in
the person of Conrad Horine), and David Smith
accompanied the carol singing as well as his own
beautiful solo of "Oh Holy Night." Almost all
assembled came in colorful Christmas attire.
It was a pleasure to welcome so many members
and guests whom we had not seen in ages. Inex
(Arosemena) Irwin of Los Angeles, daughter of
Florencio Arosemena, Governor in Panama in 1928,
and Rachel (Diaz) deCastro, daughter of Domingo
Diaz, President of Panama in 1948, attended.
Olive Hardie, a former nurse at Gorgas Hospital
for 22 years, also enjoyed the day. She lives in
retirement in Vista. Florence (Berude) Seller of
Laguna Hills joined us for the luncheon for the
first time in about ten years, and we were glad
to see her. Son, Jack, is a graduate of CHS 1938,
M.I.T. in 1943, and retired as a Rear Admiral.
She wrote later, "At the hospital volunteer lunch-
eon in June, I received my 5000 hour service pin.
At last the time to retire? Well, a replacement
was not available, so I'm still in ICU on Saturday
and pushing the Patient Library Cart on Thursdays.
For recreation there are the Aliso Clubs, the
Travel Programs, Forum, Narfe, Historical Society,
and Canasta. I hope for time in 1989 to attend
meetings of the Women's Overseas Service League
and the Women's 9 Hole Golf Club."
Some Zonians eagerly told us of travels. Esther
(Krziza) Condry joked about her recent trip to
L-R: (1) Hedwig (Sundberg) Seedborg. (2) Bob Dill prepares to cut the cake on his
99th birthday. (3) Helen and Tom McGuiness. (4) Esther (Krziza) Condry.
L-R: (1) Warren benson, Ella Norton and Helen Gercich. (2) Aileen Hoyle and brother,
David Smith. (3) Missy Will, Kathryn Molinaro and David Lane, Chairman of Reunion
L-R: (1) Conrad Horine and Jack Clay. (2) Inez (Arosemena) Irwin, Eva de la Pena and
Rachel (Diaz) de Castro. (3) President Edith Wimmer greeted by Santa, Conrad Horine.
L-R: George Gercich and Joe Norton. (2) Adrienne Benson, William Spreuer and Sissy
Spreuer. (3) Judith and Robert Rowe.
L-R: (1) Agnes (Reinke) Davis, Florence (Berude) Seiler and Lola Cheeseman. (2) Bill
and Eileen (Cryan) Finken. (3) Dolly (Allen) Steiner, Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett and
Jerry Steiner of Dunedin, Florida.
Hong Kong and Canton, China and found the foliage
of both like Panama, but driving in China like the
interior of Panama, for the clay roads. Hong Kong
had lots of Mercedes Benz automobiles.
Canada beckoned to President, Edith Wimner, in
July when she went to the Calgary Stampede, Banff,
Lake Louise, and Jasper on the Johannison tour.
By now, Joyce Levy will have completed her Grand
Circle Tour to the southern part of Spain. Bill
and Eileen (Cryan) Finken flew back to Hawaii for
their 40th wedding anniversary and took the cruise
to all the islands.
Conrad and Norma Horine, Fern (Horine) Dabill,
and Stella (Boggs) DeMarr had a memorable time for
one month in July/August. They visited England
for one week and son, Stan Horine, for one week
in London, taking in most of the sights. The
third week they were off to Paris, where they had
the same hotel with Stan, then to Normandy and
Omaha Beaches of World War II memory. They great-
ly enjoyed the tapestry of the Battle of Hast-
ings 1066 at Bayeaux, France. The remainder of
their time they spent in Austria and Germany,
sharing a joyful visit in the latter with Carol
Lynn, Fern's daughter, who is stationed in Ger-
During October/November, the Hollowells spent
five days with brother, Bill and Edna "Skippy"
Hollowell in Orlando, where Bill was recovering
from his bout with shingles. Part of a day was
spent visiting Uncle Wilbur Jordan (former member
of the Canal Zone Police Department) and cousins,
Jordan and Betty NMrray (son of the late Phebe
(Jordan) lMrray), in Sarasota. Then an additional
six days were spent in Washington, D.C. (a dream
come true), where David and Thelma visited most
of the historical attractions, such as the White
House, Capitol Building, Archives, Smithsonian,
Ford's Theatre and the house where Lincoln died,
Arlington, then a day with cousins in Annapolis,
MD, in touring scme historical spots there in-
cluding the Chapel at the Naval Academy and John
Paul Jones' crypt. After all this, it was diffi-
cult to leave!
Word has been received that Ellen Johnson moved
to Port Townsend, Washington from Alpine, Cali-
fornia to be with her son, Bill Bailey, who is re-
Of interest to many Zonians will be the letter
received by Edith Wimner from Dr. Carl and Esther
(Miller) Ahiteen, Mantorp, Sweden. Esther is an
early friend of Edith's from the 1930s in Balbo
and Pedro Miquel. Dr. Ahiteen is a chiropractor,
and Esther is a nurse. They are still working in
the clinic four and half days a week, but next
year they hope to retire to Florida. During last
spring they took a trip to Denmark and in the
fall a bus trip around Spain for three weeks, also
Gibralter and a bit of Morocco. Esther has been
taking a course in Swedish folk art, which she
pronounced "exciting and different."
Jane Ellis keeps busy all the time and sends
a wonderful diary letter for every month of the
year. In August at the Waves National luncheon,
held at Naval Station Officers Club, a drug
sniffing dog with its trainer (a Navy woman in
combat fatigues) gave an interesting demonstra-
tion. In October Jane attended "Swan Lake" at San
Diego Civic Theatre, and at the November Retired
Teachers' luncheon she enjoyed being entertained
by 18 talented seniors, all in their 60's, 70's,
and 80's, known as the "Comedy Makers".
Ruth and Bill Beers were "in a whirl" over the
Christmas holidays. Among the events were a
breakfast on Christmas Day at La Estancia Restau-
rant, Fallbrook, with twin sons, Phillip and Peter
Daly, and a family get together later in the day
at the home of son, William H. Beers, Jr. Bill
is still talking about a surprise at the West
Coast Reunion when he sat down at the table next
to two classmates he hadn't seen in year Mary
Ann (Carruthers) Honey, CHS '35, of Sun City, AZ,
and Elizabeth "Sis" (Hayes) Phillips, CHS '34, of
Tucson, AR. The ladies had just gotten together
at the Arizona Reunion. Since September, they
have taken a cruise to Bermuda.
Marie Browder of San Diego is walking quite
well after three months in bed with a fractured
spine. Over the New Year weekend she and Ed had
a lovely short visit from Judge Dave and Pat
Markun. He just retired from the Securities Ex-
change Commission in Washington, D.C. He was
General Counsel in the Canal Zone. They had been
to Hawaii for Christmas with all their children
and grandchildren and decided to tour Southern
California. The Browders and Markuns were joined
for luncheon at the Rancho Bernardo Inn by Catsy
(Taylor) Schafer (Pat and Catsy were in Pen Women
together), John and Beverly (Neville) Fawcett
(Bev's mother was secretary in Dave's office in
the Canal Zone), Linda (Fawcett) and Joe Griffin,
and Peg Courtney (widow of Dr. Ken Courtney).
Martha lerchen phoned during the gathering, and
all visited with her on the phones as well. "It
was a fun time," declared Marie.
Blessings to all, and remember us with all of
your news please.
.. S -.: -- -r -
.- ~- ;-
Referring to the last issue, I received in-
quiries about the pictures. Starting top row, left
to right; one of the cowboys of Devil's Thumb
Ranch serenading Frances (Violette) Sharp; Nealie
and Nancy Van Siclen and Bob Provost at Sunday
brunch; Dot and Roy Kennedy, Jane and Leslie
Haselton at the Kennedy home; Don and Marion Canp-
bell Martin, Adrienne Muller Peabody on the hay-
ride; Olive Kalar Krause and Dot Kalar Kennedy at
the banquet; Al and Norma Evans Harrington at the
banquet; Bernice Rathgeber Jackson and Ed Sullivan
Noma Evans Harrington, Muriel Evans and Ed Neill,
Estella Sullivan and Katherine Adams Lessiack, all
at that Sunday brunch. Our Record editor does won-
ders with all that comes in to him send com-
plaints to the reporters.
It's been a mild winter here so far, but sever-
al are fleeing to summer elsewhere. Dot and Roy
Kennedy to New Zealand and Australia; Margaret
Molloy to Australia, by way of Honolulu and an
evening with Hark and Virginia Ridge Dolim, Mar-
garet Sullivan McMillan and Lois de la Mater
B.J. Becker Law and her two daughters drove all
the way to Lutia, Texas, to help celebrate Carl
Zeeck's 80th birthday.
Joyce Zeeck Mundell left her SE Colorado ranch
to be there with brothers Richard and Charles,
whose son Kevin was a temporary member of our
Colorado group while attending the Air Force Acad-
emy. He flew in from the East coast for the party.
Ed and Susan Ewing Bishop spent Christmas in
California with their daughter Joann and family.
Al and Norma Evans Harrington will make their
February trip to Mazatlan to warm up, then, in
March, travel with sisters Barbara and Muriel to
California to aunt Ruth and uncle Harold Duncan.
Their birthdays are 89 and 90, respectively. Norma
has been laid up all winter with a cast on one
knee and hopes that she won't need corrective sur-
gery to correct the other one.
The Grahams are ignoring winter's perils and
are very busy with their therapy office in Lafa-
yette. She reports that their son, Commander Roy
Graham, Jr. is commanding a Navy-Marine base in
Indianapolis, Indiana and that his son will be
entering Annapolis in September.
The Kennedys spent Thanksgiving in Olympia,
Washington and were able to meet their grandson,
Ricky Allyn Erdahl, who arrived on November 19.
Mid-March will be the Colorado midwinter re-
union party if you are going to travel this way,
keeo that in mind, and call me at 303-985-3267.
Margaret Meigs Molloy
Happy New Year from us folks in Clearwater and
Largo and thereabouts. Hopefully everyone stays
well and has a prosperous year. Guess all is well
as I have had no news from this area, good or bad.
I don't know what everyone has done this last year
but my year was outstanding. So may it ever be.
On the day after Thanksgiving, several of us
from this area joined the Zonian Amigos caravan
for the first leg of our Caribbean Cruise. Over
65 of us converged on the Marina Inn in Ft. Lau-
derdale where the majority of us ate dinner and
then sat around the pool reminiscing on how much
it reminded us of the La Siesta Hotel at Tocumen
Saturday morning we all headed for Pier 21 and
the COSTA RIVIERA where Marge Foster and Shirley
Boswell welcomed the 113 Zonian Amigos and pre-
sented them with souvenir bags and hats.
-as4" ~~, ^ssA f "ifw.
Marina Inn, Ft. Lauderdale. Zonians get
together before cruise: Edna Wertz, Dot-
tie Sanders, Dot Herrington, Billie Mar-
tin, (?), Annie Rathgeber, Aura and Bud
Erikson, Jane Huldtquist, (?).
Jerry Boswell and Jay Stewart ran shuttle be-
tween the hotel and pier for those who had flown
in from other areas. Our only casualty was Debbie
lee who fell at the entrance of the motel but
thanks to Frank and a wheel chair, she was able
to continue on the cruise and attended all of the
many activities, always with a big smile on her
face. The Italians really treated us royally from
our cabin stewards to their elaborate presenta-
tions of special dishes served in the dining room.
Each Zonian Amigo was honored for his/her birthday
and wedding anniversary with a cake and a sere-
It was great meeting friends in the passageways
and renewing old acquaintances. On tropical night
many of our ladies wore their Guaymi Indian
dresses and other passengers commented on how fes-
tive we looked.
Pete Foster, our Zonian Amigos Coordinator and
the Cruise Line hosted a cocktail party for all
Zonian Amigos and Bob VanSiclen and Sara Rowley
each won $25.00 door prizes.
Zonian Blowhards L-R: Pete Foster, Buddy
Williams, Mike LaCroix, Fred Huldtquist,
Bud Erikson, Bob Herrington, Hugh Hale,
Bill Carlin and Jack Corliss.
There were ten of us from Brown Baggers and
Sewing but we didn't have time for sewing even
though there were craft lessons offered aboard
It was a memorable trip and I'm looking for-
ward to the transcanal trip. Our past president,
Pete Foster, did a magnificent job of getting us
all together, making the hotel reservations,
getting us all to the ship, making sure we sat
together in the dining room it all reminded re
so much of the trips we all had to take many years
ago on the Panama Railroad ships, the Ocean in all
its beauty, and the wind, ahh, the sunsets and
The last night out was Toga night and they also
presented a Gong Show. Jack Taber, singing Sly
Mongoose, and Betty Snow, dancing, led Bill Carlin
Jack Corliss, Bud Erickson, Norm Currier, Bob
Herrington, Pete Foster, Mike LaCroix, Fred
Huldtquist, Hugh Hale and Buddy Williams as they
played the melody on their combs wrapped in tissue
paper. The audience loved them and needless to
say, they did not get gonged.
. w -1.-w
Brown Baggers and Sewing Club, L-R: Dot
Yocwn, Jane Huldtquist, Dottie Sanders,
Carlie Taber, Grace Carey, Aura Erikson,
Cele Marceau, Edna Wertz, Sara Rowley,
Elma Seiferlein, Dot Herrington, Marie
Foster and Edie Cotton.
The Zonian Blowhards,
Betty Chan Snow.
Jack Taber and
Once the trip was over, we all went our sep-
erate ways and then I had another surprise. My
daughter, June and her husband, Davis Stevenson
arrived from Panama and in a day or two we left
in my "Merry Oldsmobile" for Silver Spring, MD to
visit my daughter, Dorothy, and her family. While
there, we visited Washington, D.C. and had one day
visiting the White House which was beautifully de-
corated for Christmas. Also did the usual tourist
bit and the weather was perfect for visiting.
From there we went to Lilburn, GA to spend the
Christmas holidays with my granddaughter, Iori,
and her husband, Virgil Snow, and of course my
great granddaughter, Alexandria, who is almost
three years old and watching a small child enjoy
Santa's visit is a real treat. Back to Clearwater
for New Years and Dave's trip back to Panama while
June stayed on for another week before heading
back to Panama. As she left, my grandson, Kenneth
Gerhart arrived to spend several weeks with me,
hopefully to recuperate from the back surgery he
had at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Decem-
Then my Skip arrived to spend a few days while
waiting for his car to arrive from Panama. Yes,
he has retired and he and Beverly with their two
daughters, Renee and Andriane will be living in
Tallahassee where Bev has a job with the U.S. Air
Force! They are in the process of buying a new
home so no address is available at this time. Will
keep you posted via the "Record".
The Inauguration and the Super Bowl are now
things of the past and we can start planning for
the New Year and our next reunion.
Speaking of reunions, Dan and Noema Sander in-
vited a few members of CHS to their home for a
covered dish supper, including the Jack reillys,
the Benny Kullers and Bob and Beverly Shaw, who
have recently moved to Kissimnee. Bob is working
at the new Universal Studios in Orlando and they
found Dan and Noeme by reading the phone book.
Also invited were Frank and Pat Robinson and Ann
and Hugh Hale. Unfortunately, the Hales could not
make it but I had a nice phone conversation with
Hugh and we plan to get together at the Tampa re-
union to work on the CHS Class of '45 Reunion to
be held in 1990. Hugh and Ann report that they
had an absolutely fantastic time on the Zonian
Amigos Cruise which was held last November. They
think Pete Foster is doing a great job and should
be comnended. The Hales also had a vist from Jo
and Lloyd Kent. George and Martha Bull were also
on hand for their visit.
Randy and Sondi Smith of DeLand recently re-
turned frma a two week vacation with Sondi's pa-
rents in Blairstown, NJ. They managed to get in
some skiing, even our C.Z. boy, Randy, so guess
Sondi is a good teacher, no broken bones. They
must have had an interesting trip to NJ driving
their pickup truck and taking six Labrador puppies
along to try to find good homes for them. What
fun! Randy and Sondi three a New Years Eve party
and besides family and Local friends, a number of
Canal Zone buddies were on hand. Steve Burgess,
who now lives in Jacksonville and Mark Theriault,
as well as Randy's C.Z. college buddy, Mark Parker
Harriet Thurgood has once again taken over the
job as president of the DeLand Fish Memorail Hos-
pital Auxiliary. Harriet and her sister, Virginia
Bingham took an eleven day Caribbean Cruise over
the holidays but are now hard at work. Virginia
is very active in the local neighborhood center
and Harriet informed me that the hospital auxi-
liary donates noney each month to the center as
well as gathering toys and food for underprivi-
leged children and adults. In fact, both Harriet
and Virginia are in great demand by the Center
over the holidays since they both speak fluent
Spanish and there are many people in the DeLand
area who speak no English. Many of them are from
Mexico and are employed by the fern growing in-
dustry which is located here in Volusia County.
Harriet told me that her mother was very far-
sighted and insisted upon them being educated in
the Panamanian schools so that they would learn
Spanish as a second language. Harriet told me she
had finally met Diane Soyster who also works at
Fish Memorial Hospital and that they had had a
Mavis (Beall) Fortner called to tell me about
her wonderful Christmas present (early) from her
son, Kenneth, and daughter-in-law, Delight (Nel-
son) Fortner, a trip to Hawaii with the family,
including her two grandchildren, Charisse and
David. Mavis met the family in Atlanta and they
flew to L.A. and then on to Hawaii where they
stayed on the island of Oahu. They rented a car
and managed to cover most of the island, visiting
the Dole pineapple plantation and the cannery.
the children especially enjoyed their visit to the
North Shore and managed to see a few surfers.
They visited Queen Iolani Palace, China Town, the
Punch Bowl (National Cemetery), the Arizona Mem-
orial, the Kodak Hula Show and managed to spend
afternoons on Waikiki Beach. A special treat was
having their Thanksgiving Dinner at the Officer's
Club at Pearl Harbor. Pat Beall and brother, Don,
spent a day with Mavis just before Christmas.
I talked to John Gallagher who has recently
moved back to Orange City from Lancaster, PA. I
think John enjoys the weather in Lancaster but
Dottie and their daughter, Mary Am are glad to
be back in Florida. Mary Ann works for a vet and
has two horses which she enters in shows. Now
Dottie and John are looking forward to doing some
traveling and seeing the good old USA.
I received a short note from Jessie Hunt who
attended BHS as well as CHS during the '40's with
her brother, Joe.
Our daughter, Lourelene, has just finished
filming one of the shows to be used in the up-
coming Leave it to Beaver series which is being
filmed in the Universal Studios in Orlando. She
will be playing the part of General McBatten, the
head of a military boy's school. We do not know
when this particular segment will be shown on TV
but it will be sometime in the Spring and will be
on Ted Turner Broadcasting. So, keep an eye out
for our redheaded daughter.
See you at the reunion in June!
Leona Sanders Snedeker
My name is Dennis A. Talavera, your Canal Zone
reporter for the Pensacola area. I take this
opportunity to welcome any and all new members to
the society. At this time, I would like to ask
for your help in organizing a society chapter in
this area. T can not do it alone. How about a
spring picnic before we all go down to Tampa for
the BIG ONE! My address and phone number is list-
ed at the end of this report so get in touch with
me and keep in touch.
So what are some of the members doing now a
days you ask? well, I got news from Pat, Bill and
Tom Arnold. Tom (Canal Zone Police) just got
transferred to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where
he is to spend his last years before retiring from
the Customs Division. Joining him is his wife,
leslie Arnold of D.O.T. (Margarita) and his daugh-
ter, Angie, who will be graduating from high
school this year. Pat and Bill have been enjoying
snow skiing in N.C. this winter. Bill is a trea-
sury agent (IRS) and living in Atlanta. Pat sold
his liquor store in California and moved to South
Carolina, Hilton Head area. Bill gave me his re-
mote control airplanes so if you see a few run a-
way remote control planes, "Don't worry be happy"
is just me learning how to fly.
Speaking of remote control flying, Louis
William helped me with a couple of building pro-
jects and one is yet to fly but we'll see. His
wife, Heidi, daughter, Janifer, and son, Christo-
pher, are good friends now. Louis has been sta-
tioned at Eglin Air Force Base since '87. He just
completed training in becoming a helicopter tech-
nician instructor and enjoys it very much. Monica
(my wife) and Heidi had met in Panama way before
we got married so they enjoy a special relation-
Tom Mitchel of Gulf Breeze just got back from
special assignment at Howard Air Force base. When
I asked him how he liked it, he said it was diff-
erent but I loved it!! His wife, Linda, just got
out of the Air Force and is enjoying the "private"
In trying to collect more news, I called on our
ex-reporter, Mildred Hearne, only to find out that
my cousins, the Arnolds, used to live above her
in Curundu. Mildred has had a busy fall and win-
ter schedule. Son, Jim, Charlene, and grand-
children enjoyed her company in Corpus Christi.
After, son, Jon, came to visit and played golf
with friends for a while. At Christmas, she
visited John in Memphis, where she enjoyed a nice
Just recently after the New Year, we ran into
Joseph A. Reeves and his family. Joe is now a
Realtor with Metro-Merica and lives here in Pen-
Over the holidays I also heard from George
Barbier (BHS '58). he is currently assigned to
the Naval Hospital in Pensacola where he is a car-
diologist and Director of Medical Services. His
brother, Louis J. Barbier (BHS '57) had hoped for
a transfer out of C.Z. and into the navy base here
but plans failed. Louis spends a lot of time now
at the Albrook Shoppette doing what we used to do
Last but not least, Mario A. Talavera came to
visit me over the holidays. Mario is now retired
from the civil service (FBIS) and enjoys his free
time traveling. While here, Mario (my dad) en-
joyed our hospitality but most of all our culli-
nary skills. He asked me about a class reunion
for his BHS 40? His address is: Apartado 6053,
Panama 2, Panama. So, drop him a line I know he
will be glad to hear from BHS '40. For now, this
is my report but with your help, I will be more
detailed next time.
Dennis A. Talavera
Mr. and Mrs. William Hoyle were honored at
a Volunteer Awards Luncheon. Both William and
Rita are honor roll Volunteers at St. Anthony's
Hospital. Rita started in 1976 and has filled
nearly every volunteer assignment there is. Rita
holds "down the fort" during the volunteer direc-
tors absence, finds substitutes, or fills in her-
self when needed. She designed an outstanding
system of record keeping and has maintained the
system until this past year. She is the most ex-
perienced West Information Desk Volunteer and
helps train new people. Her broad knowledge of
the Volunteer Department and the hospital itself
are invaluable. William is the other half of
the Hoyle volunteer team, William works in Plant
Operations in the Bio-Med Department. He is a man
who can, and will fix almost anything mechanical.
He received a letter of appreciation from St. An-
thony's in 1984 for his outstanding assistance
with the change over to the new telephone system.
His quiet patient good humor is a blessing to all
with whom he has contact.
We heard from Dottei Payne from California,
that her husband, Ira, had a stroke. We all hope
you regain your strength Ira.
Can you kindly take a few moments of your time
to sit down and write me and if its only a few
lines, everybody likes hearing from all of you.
We can also stay in touch with those that are far
away through our column.
John Allgaier and his 65 Ib. cobia.
Sierras to see Devils Post and Pile National Monu-
ment. In August a 19 days bus trip "the"big one".
On to Salt Lake City, Yellow Stone National Park,
Seattle, Washington, vancouver, Mount St. Helens,
Portland and Eugene, Oregon, where I spent my 80th
birthday. September I went to Ensenda and Rosa-
rita Beach for the famous Lobster Lunch. October,
I fell and crushed a couple vertabreas in my
spine. In spite of it all, I went to the Shubert
S Theatre to see Les Miserables". Another bus trip
over Thanksgiving day to Scottsdale and Tuscon,
S Arizona. In Bisbee, my sister, Mary went into the
Ore Mines. In December, I went to see the Living
Christmas Tree in Lemon Grove. Hope to visit lots
of you in 1989."
While on a fishing trip, John
a 65 pound Cobia 60 miles off Ft.
Joyce and Dick Danielson are
Towers, St. Pete, Florida after si
will be missed by their many frie
35 foot R.V., they plan to travi
Scuthwest for the winter and back
sunmer. We wish them well in thei
and look forward to their return.
-- m -
*~~ ~ ~ it k
Joyce and Dick Danielson's
Homeowners around Lake Charles h
lit up from the middle of December
Day. A continuous chain of cole
so three foot candles along the bor
Christmas trees over the lake on
many lights on bushes and tropical
chances a Christmas fairyland to be
of you in St. Petersburg can come
Ida Mcdade from California writ
time she had traveling throughout
March a 5 day bus trip to Death
through Scottys Castle. In April
bus trip to the Mainoth Lakes, a
tional Park. In June, a trip to
Pennsylvania. July, it was a tr
Bernhard "'mo" and Phyllis Everson enjoyed a
departing Sea family reunion when their three sons and Emo's
x years. They brother, John Everson of Aiken, S.C., arrived for
nds. In their the Christmas and New Year holidays. Their eldest
el through the son, Lt. Col. John Everson, USA, and wife, Lynn,
North for the with their two sons arrived from Carlisle, Pa.
r new adventure Randy and Bev Everson reside in Chicago, II., with
their son and daughter; and Bernhard Everson, Jr.,
is from Dallas, Texas.
SThanksgiving holiday guests at the home of Rob
and Elsie (Neely) Smith were the Rev. and Mrs.
Mainert Peterson (Virginia) of Louisville, Ky.
Reverend Peterson, who recently retired from the
ministry, served as Dean at Christ Church By-the-
sea in Colon and at St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon.
h Zonella (Bliss) Field of San Fernando, Ca.,
spent the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays at
the home of her brother-in-law and sister, George
and Mayno (Bliss) Walker. She was also entertained
35 foot RV. by her sisters, Tinsie (Bliss) and Barney Barnes
and Gladys B. Humphrey and her daughter, Donna
ad the Lake all (Htmphrey) Mann and her children. While here, she
r to New Year's was also the guest of her niece, Carole (Walker)
)red lights al- and Ken Miller of Tampa and with them, they visit-
der of the lake ed Busch Gardens. She attended Disney World's
platforms, also special Christmas programs with another niece,
trees. It en- Mabelle (Mickey Walker) Fitzgerald and her husband
hold. Hope all Martin of New Smyrna Beach. Fl.
in December to Zonella was happy with visits from her brother,
Curtis H. Bliss and his wife, Emily, of Rockledge,
es what a great Fl., and from her cousin, Catherine (Haynie)
the year. "In O'Brien from Ft. Lauderdale. Catherine is the dau-
Valley and went ghter of the late Robert L. Haynie and Gladys
L another 5 day (Bliss) Haynie. Her father was secretary to Col.
nd Yosemite Na- George Goethals during the early construction days
New Jersey, and and her mother was a teacher in the Canal Zone
ip to the High schools.
Mike and Marion Greene attended commencement
excercises at Florida State U. at Tallahassee, Fl.
in December wheh Mike's niece, Linda, Mrs. Richard
Fowler of Pensacola was awarded her Doctorate of
Education. Linda is a member on the teaching staff
in the Pensacola Public Schools System.
Kay Nelson flew to Green Bay, Wis., to visit
her father, Adolf Duescher, who celebrated his
96th birthday on November 7, 1988. Over 35 rela-
tives and friends attended the celebration ar-
ranged by Kay's twin brothers, Leonard and Lynden
Duescher. The homoree received many cards and con-
gratulatory messages, including special greeting
from President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy.
Fran Orvis and Frances (Days) Jones spent the
Thanksgiving .-h Fran's son and daughter-in-law,
Bob and Lottie Orvis at their home in Daytona
Billie Galloway, accompanied by her sisters,
Ruth Gatz, Maxine Hitchcock, and Robin Comer of
Sarasota, and Alice Jones of Rosedale, Ms., flew
to Houston, Tx., to spend the Christmas holiday
with her son-in-law and daughter, Pat and Anna
Kathryn (Galloway) Daniel and their children.
Myrtle Hughes spent Christmas with her son, Tom
Hughes; his wife, Lorna and their sons in Deer
Park, Houston, Texas.
Jay Cain and Myrtle Hughes were overnight
guests of Ann Pennock at her home in St. Peters-
burg, and with her, attended the December Panama
Canal Society Christmas luncheon and meeting.
Mrs. Blanche Hartman entertained family members
at a Thanksgiving dinner party at her home. Among
the guests were her son, Leo McIntire and family,
who arrived from Tulsa, Ok., for a holiday visit.
Blanche also invited 20 friends to a novel "Untrim
the Christmas Tree" party, followed by a delicious
arroz con pollo dinner. Later that evening, her
niece, Stella (Boggs) De Marr entertained a group
with her accordian and group singing was enjoyed
by all. As many of the guests were Cristobal grad-
uates, Stella finished the evening playing and
singing the CHS Alma Mater song.
Martha, Dale and young Michael Allen Hoskins of
Portland, Or., spent Thanksgiving in Sarasota with
Martha'a parents, Allen and Kay Miller. They en-
joyed going to EPCOT and Disney World. The Millers
also entertained Tom and Barbara Peterson on the
occasion of Tom's birthday. Sharing the get-to-
gether were the Petersons' daughters, Diane Peter-
son and Carole (Peterson) and Don Heintz and three
children, all of Orlando, Fl., and Tom's mother
Mrs. Margaret Peterson of Sarasota. The Petersons
also enjoyed a visit by their youngest daughter,
Elaine (Peterson) and Mike Little and three child-
ren from Balboa, R.P., who spent the Christmas
holidays here before leaving for a visit with
Mike's parents in Texas.
Mrs. Marge Orr accompanied by a close friend
and neighbor, Alice Cobb, of Newton, N.C. drove to
Sarasota for a visit with friends and relatives in
the area. Marge was the guest of her two sisters,
Mrs. Irene Mitts in Tallywood, Sarasota and Mrs.
Marion Moeller of Windmill Village, Bradenton, Fl.
Marge's daughter and son-in-law, Mary Orr (CHS'56)
and Ed Armistead of Carlisle, Pa., joined the
above group in Ft. Lauderdale for a week's cruise
on the S. S. Amsterdam of the Holland-American
Line to Puerto Rico and various stops in the Vir-
The Armisteads and family of three children and
seven grandchildren reside in Carlisle, Pa. Ed is
employed with Motorola Co. and at present is in-
stalling the communications system for the State
Marge's son, John Orr of Derry, N.H. is employ-
ed by Racion Corp. of Boston, Ma., and her younger
son, Earl Orr and family reside in Louisville, Ky.
where he is vice president of the Farmer's Co-op
Colin and Rosemary Campbell are now enjoying
their winter residence in Venice, Fl. Colin has
recently retired as a Professor of Economics at
Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., though they
are still actively involved in writing textbooks
on economics and playing tennis, swimming, etc.
They recently joined several of their CHS'34 class
mates: Stella (Boggs) De Marr, Fred and Bev Ebdon,
and George and Mayno Walker for a luncheon get-to-
gether at the Brenton Reef Restaurant in Sarasota.
Mina Dee enjoyed two weeks in Portland, Or.,
with her son, Bill Lang, his wife, Mary Jo, and
their children. She says," I enjoyed seeing them
all, especially my granddaughter, Catherine (Lang)
and her husband, Thomas Alexander and their new
baby daughter, Bmna Leal. Also, it was nice having
my picture taken with my great-grandson, Andrew
William Lang, son of Tom and Kathy Lang."
r~luaaru >:"ho r,q
Mina Dee with great-grandson Andrew Wil-
Gladys B. Humphrey enjoyed a holiday visit by
her son, Donald L. Humphrey with his daughter,
Danna Lynne Humphrey and her son, Glenn Michael,
all of Palm Bay, Fl., and accompanied by his
daughter, Dellrie Joy Himphrey, who recently ar-
rived from Aurora, Co., for a holiday and spring
Dell is in her 4th year at Metro State College
in Denver, where she has double majors; she is
pursuing a Major in Mathematics with emphasis in
Secondary Education, and Physical Education with
emphasis in Athletic Training. She has been doing
her internship at Lake Middle School in Denver, as
well as tutoring math students after school.
Donald Humphrey was recently elected President
of Grant, Fl. Volunteer Fire Station, where he has
been a member for 10 years, and his wife, Cindy is
a 5-year member. Donald's father, the late B. Don-
ald Humphrey, until his retirement in 1963, was
with the Fire Department on the Canal Zone.
Family guests at the home of Snookie and Mau-
rice "Mac" McCullough during the Christmas season
included their daughter, Judy and her son-in-law
and daughter, Tracy and Jeanne Altman, all of this
city. Also, Judy's other daughter, Lynn Pridgen of
Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Snookie's sister, Louise
Saun of St. Petersburg with her daughter, Karen
Saum, who was visiting from Me., and Mac's mother,
Mrs. Hazel Morrison. Recent visitors included Neil
Magner and his wife from Mexico City.
Rose Margaret (Stroop) Carmody and her husband,
Bill, were guests of Rose's eldest son and family,
Donald and Chaque Russell and their daughters,
Shannon and Shawn when they visited here from
Houston, Tx., for the holidays. Rose and Bill
spent some time at the Russell's time-share condo
in Kissinmee, Fla., and all visited EPCOT and Dis-
ney World, along with Rose's daughter and her fam-
ily, Denise (Dee) and Malcolm Privette and their
children, Robert, Michael, Paul, Christopher and
little 1-year old Polly, all from Gainesville,
Fla. Rose's youngest son, Douglas and Janice Rus-
sell and their 2-year old daughter, Whitney Lee
(you should see her gorgeous red hair!) from Sara-
sota, joined them in Kissimmee.
During the holidays an Open House was held at
the home of Karen Patricia (Stroop) Wolfe's home
for the occasion of the visit of Rose's son and
family, Donald and Chaque Russell and their daugh-
ters, Shannon Michelle and Shawn Tiffin. Thirty
one of the large stroop clan attended. This is the
first time since last June that this many of the
family got together. In june, the Stroop family
held the first of, hopefully, future annual Stroop
reunions at Ed and June Stroop's "ranch" in Kis-
Donald and Chaque and daughters were holiday
guests of Chaque's parents, Tom and Neil Ulrey,
formerly of Sarasota, now residing in St. James
City, Fla. Shannon is attending Sam Houston Uni-
Back row L-R: Bill Carmody, Donald Rus-
sell, Darte Stroop Jr, Tonya and John
Wolfe. Front, standing: Gerald Stroop
Sr., Shannon Russell, Chaque Russell,
Douglas Russell, Whitney Lee Russell,
Janice Russell, Leslie (Stroop) Phillips
and Kelly (Stroop) Grubbs. Back row,
seated: Brenton and Don Cole, Leneve
(Dough) Stroop, Karen Patricia (Stroop)
Wolfe, Ruth (Mrs. Edward C. Sr.) Stroop
holding latest (32nd) great-granddaugh-
ter, Kayla Grubbs, Rose Margaret Stroop
Carmody, Ruth Ann Wolfe, Vicki (Wolfe)
Cole with Mallory Stroop. Front row:
Jerry Stroop, Caitlin Phillips, Tamara
Cole, Erin Grubbs, Shawn Russell, Jamie
Grubbs, (not pictured but present: Deb-
bie Stroop and Donnie Cole.
versity, and Shawn is in her first year of Jr. Hi.
school in Cypress, Texas.
Sunday, Dec. 20th was the beginning of "full
house" at the Carlin's home in Georgetown, Sara-
sota. Bill and Jeannine anticipated the arrival of
their daughter Melanie from San Diego, with her
friend Julie Smith of Charleston, S.C., who was
unable to be with her parents, Gilbert and Susie
(Pincus) Smith in Panama. On the 20th, the Carlins
"sneaked" to Tampa Airport for the secret arrival
of their eldest daughter, Jeannine, son-in-law
John Clark, and grandson Jonathan from Levittown,
Pa. Their daughter, Sandra Carlin, working late at
the florist shop was the first to be let in on the
secret when Jonathan came through the back door
with his stuffed Humpty-Dumpty pillow, hand-made
by Bess Baumbach of Winter Haven, Fla. Soon after,
another daughter, Barbara Carlin happened by. Once
again the Clarks scrambled outside and sent Jon-
athan in with his pillow, after Sandra coaxed her
sister back to the shop. In an expression of happy
disbelief, Barbara realized the Clarks would be
home for Christmas too. Melanie's discovery of the
surprise as she walked into the kitchen on the
22nd was recorded on her sister's camcorder.
A wonderful 10 days started with all of the family
together for Christmas for the first time since
1981. Laurie Fennel of Tampa and the C.Z. joined
them on Chrustmas Eve in time to round out the
table of 14 for Christmas dinner and stayed over-
night to enjoy Christmas with friends from home.
The following days were full of various activities
for all. The Clarks headed back on the 30th, while
Melanie and Julie headed north for New Years in
Jacksonville with more young Zonites of Florida.
It was fun, and Santa didn't mind a bit step-
ping over sleeping bodies on the floor.
Fred and Bev Ebdon left Sarasota in their new
32 ft. South Wind motor home for a trip west to
visit with their sons, Paul in Oregon and Jim in
California, making stops en route to visit friends
First stop was Mississippi to visit Fred's bro-
ther, Bill and his wife, Susie (Fahnestock); then
on to Houston to visit Fred's 109-year old aunt,
Lydia Jerrell (Pop Ebdon's sister). In San Antonio
they visited Helen (Hewitt) Alexander, one of
Bev's best friends in the C.Z. A short detour to
Kerrville, Texas, for a visit with June Burns, who
is recovering from injuries sustained when her
tour bus in Alaska rolled over. June was found in
high spirits and looking great. Then to Colorado
Springs, Co., to visit Don and Marge (Miller)
Scheiwe, daughter of Sarasota neighbors, Allen and
Kay Miller. Two days were spent in Ft. Collins
with Buckeye and Betty Swearingen. Fred and Buck-
eye were working buddies in the C.Z. and members
of the "Junta de Cerro Punta."
They finally arrived at Paul and Connie's in The
Dalles, Or., and after a few days rest, all piled
into the motor home for Napa, Ca., via the Oregon
Coast and beautiful California redwoods. Walter
and Susan (Urey) Kleefkens accompanied them half
way but had to return as some folks still have to
It was great having the family together again
but a little rough on the old man with both daugh-
ters-in-law answering to the name of Connie.
Plans were for a slow trip home, but plans did
change. On the second day out, Fred came down with
a case of chicken-pox. Needless to say, a shortest
route home was charted and it was a good thing.
They weren't home long before Bev, not wanting to
be slighted, got a worse case of the chicken-pox.
being isolated from friends at Christmas is no
fun but they started the New Year off right by
celebrating both Christmas and New Year on January
Rose Margaret (Stroop) Carnody retired in Nov-
ember, 1988 after working at Sarasota Memorial
Hospital for the past 10 years, and prior to that,
for a general contractor, as well as with the City
and County of Sarasota. While on the Canal Zone
she worked for the United Fruit Company and the
Receiving and Forwarding Agency on the Atlantic
Rose (Stroop) Carmody, CHS'40, as a re-
Rose is a CHS'40 graduate and mother of Donald,
Denise and Douglas, and has 10 grandchildren.
She plans to "take it easy" for a while, taking
care of her husband Bill of two years, and visit-
ing her children and grandchildren. She doesn't
intend to relax for very long, and looks for pro-
jects to keep her busy and useful. Got any ideas?
Gladys B. Humphrey
Here is a short letter from Tallahassee. As
you can see, there is quite a bit of Zonian acti-
vity happening there and should probably be men-
tioned, I hope you can use this note from all of
Hark, a cry from the wilderness backwoods in
the lost City of Tallahassee. Yes, there are
still those of us, formerly of the late great
Canal Zone, who reside in the cold, blistery cli-
mate of North Florida. Tallahassee has been
blessed by the golden touch lately, and about
time. The Florida State Seminoles soundly de-
feated the Florida Gators in football and basket-
ball, and as usual the Kelleher clan was there to
cheer them on. Dave and Walter Kelleher testify
that they remember but little from a night of
drunken debauchery. Also up for the game was Eddy
Toston whose brother Billy lives in town, long
live the surf ants and Cavaliers of Panama! The
walls of Hobbit Hoagies rang with the sound of
Frank Sinatra as Eddy, Steve Steuart, myself and
Richard Candia cheered the Seminoles to victory.
Shortly after that great event was another
hallowed tradition, the bonding of two Zonies.
Myra Brannon and Patrick Grimison tied the knot
in resounding fashion. I'm sure there will be
plenty about the wedding in the lofty pages of
this trusty magazine, so here's a brief summary.
Loud was the salsa music as Richard Grimison and
company demonstrated the abilities of the younger
generation to carry on the traditions of the home-
land. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson along with the
Brannons and Grimisons lent an air of dignity to
the event as rum bottles tinkled and salsa
swelled. Patrick looked dashing in his naval
whites, and as for Myra, she was the very pic-
ture of beauty dazzling the world. The ceremony
was wonderful as Luke Givens and friend read with
a flourish. What followed at the reception can
only be described as "CARNIVAL!!!"
In appearance were Steve Steuart, Gino Rein-
hardt, Richard Candia, Kelly Stranerg, Kathy and
Marie Steuart, Kevin Anderson, Richard Grimison,
the Josiah clan, Brian and Marco Robinson, David
Sutherland, Alice Furlong, Mitchie Hearn, Billy
and Mary Toston, with her lovely baby; Elisa Malo,
Billy Beers, Bruce and Ann Barca, Willian Henning-
sen, Walter Kelleher and sis, Belinda Arms, larry
and Julie Smith, Melanie Donoaue, John Thurber,
Cliff Livingston and bro, the Grimison clan, Eddie
Dolan, Christie Connigan, Dave Dalstrom, Beth
Mizerachi and Patty, and many many others who
will hunt my scalp to the ends of the earth for
not mentioning them here. It was a wonderful
celebration with all wishing the new couple the
best of luck in the future, and as Richard said,
As for other tales from the windy city, one of
the Bell sisters is in Tallahassee, as a matter
of fact, Beth Bell just transferred to a better
job. As you can see, Tallahassee is a virtual
mecca when it comes to the younger Zonian legacy.
Things are well, if cold here, and many of us will
be returning to the motherland for rejuvenation
in sun, sand and surf. Those of you who will not
be able to pass Christmas in Panama, we'll toast
you at the new year ping-ding.
While in Panama, things were balmy and greent
in the land of Ron Cortez. Yet another year had
passed since my last visit and as always a pang
of homesickness hit me as we passed over the
mountains and jungle. Contrary to popular belief
all was quiet in Dodge City. As with any place,
things had changed, but it seems that more things
change than stay the same. An evening trip to a
local zonian bar called Frenchies set my weary
mind at rest, the last bastion of Zonianism was
going strong. Arthur Sherry was kind enough to
take me bass fishing the next day out of Gamboa,
and yes, the numbers were plentiful, the water
clean, and the sunshine perfect. Gatun still has
the best bass fishing I've ever experienced. A-
long for the trip were Scott Mendenhall who now
works for the Navy in Rodman and Craig Gilman who
also stayed and now works for the maintenance
The restaurants downtown still serve the best
ceviche in the world and a newish bar titled
"Drakes" lent a very familiar atmosphere. Drakes
is owned by an ex-pilot from what I can gather,
and the walls stand draped in Canal paraphernalia
from construction photos, tug pennants, and rope-
work, to the binacle set in the bar, the nostalgic
atmosphere was one to warm the heart of one gone
so long from home. The younger folk of the canal
area threw a Christmas party called Ocean View in
Coronado. The party has become somewhat of a tra-
dition and many were on hand to toast the end of
yet another year of trials. As usual, the water
was deep blue and the sand pure white. No matter
the problems in the city, the beaches have re-
mained as pristine as we all remember. A short
visit to Uncle Joe's in Santa Clara rested the
body and refreshed the throat with a tropical con-
coction. Uncle Joe Strnmberg has been living in
his house at Santa Clara since retirement and one
would be hard pressed to find a more content man.
A block party was thrown in Los Rios and I
would imagine practically every Zonian family was
in attendance. Mr. Phillips set the salsa tone
as he danced the night away. Also in attendance
were the Hern clan, some Anderson, the Magees, the
Reyes, a few Grimisons and many more familiar
faces. Not to be outdone, John Stronmerg and
friends threw a New Years block party in La Boca.
Again, the night echoed with the sounds of swaying
palms and salsa nusic. The younger population in-
cluding Todd Mendenhall, Lynn Henderson, Tom Eckel
John Underhill, Elisa Malo, Bill Beers, Suzanne
Fahlgren, Sandy Gordon, Bobby Ames, Stevie Joyce
Martha Bellofatto, Sandy Brown, Salina Meade,
Stacy Keats, Kelly Stroaberg, Devon Kane, John
Ruck, Carl Horn and many others toasted in the new
year steadfast in the best traditions of the old
The Atlantic side still offers some of the best
diving around, the water was '-urky since dry sea-
son had still not made up its mind to participate
in the new year. The roads have deteriorated
throughout Panama to the point of being dangerous
in many areas, so care had to be taken to reduce
damage to the car. As it was we lost two hubcaps
somewhere along the way. The Yacht Club was a
mere shadow of its former glory but still offered
smiling faces and cold Panama beer. K Ritchie put
in many an appearance as helpful bar hand. The
visit closed with a happy belly full of shrimp,
ceviche, Ron Cortez, and a few lobster. Ernest
and Jeannie Hickdmn, my happy folks, are contem-
plating leaving the Zone in the next few years
with much the same sad thoughts of departure we
all have shared. As I left the greenery behind
and prepared to face the cold and responsibilities
again I can only say, Panama is still a jewel in
the necklace of the Americas and all of you de-
serve a return visit. To the exit line of
screeching monkees and clanking beer cases T leave
you all. Until next time.
A wedding shower for Michele Owen was hosted
by Willeen (O'Sullivan) Hodge and her mother, Nena
O'Sullivan at their lovely home in Lutz, Florida.
In attendance were Michele, Patty and Mrs. Tess
Oen, Donna (Malin) Myerson, Adrianna Ateek, Mary
Lou Jablonski, Linda (Smith) Patton, Sue Kelleher,
Mary Alice (Myers) Albritton and her mother, Alice
Meyers. A delicious lunch of arroz con polio, em-
panadas y patacones was enjoyed by all.
Michele Owen and Steve Pepe were married on No-
vember 19, 1988 in Tampa. The wedding was attend-
ed by many friends of the bride and groom. A few
familiar faces were Angie Slater, George and
Adrianna Ateek, Donna (Malin) and Adam Myerson,
Willeen (O'Sullivan) Hodge, Mr. and Mrs.Edwin Ma-
lin, of Jacksonville, Paul Myers of Gainesville,
FL, Mary Joblonski, Tom Frensley, Jess Little,
Patty Owen, sister of the bride, Mrs. Tess Owen,
mother of the bride and relatives of the bride
Linda (Smith) Patton has moved to Charleston,
S.C., having accepted a position with Kellogg,
Inc. Linda is rooming with her sister, Julie, in
Mary Lou Jablonski is a frequent visitor to the
Bay area and recently heard from Mary Claire Pas-
cavage. Mary Claire is living in Virginia and re-
cently joined the Naval Reserve. Mary Lou also
heard from old St. Mary's friend, (hantal MkFar-
land, who resides in Key West, Florida. Chantal
would love to hear from any Zonians visiting the
Katya Poschal of Panama City, Panama made a re-
cent visit to the Reyes family in Tampa.
Susan Thoupson and Maritza Reyes will be taking
a trip to New York City over the Thanksgiving
holidays and will be staying with Bobby "Skew'
Askew, formerly of the Canal Zone. Look out New
Lynn Dunning just got back from a 3 week tour
of Europe, visiting with sister, Cheryl, in Ger-
many. Lynn had a fantastic time, sightseeing in
Amsterdam, Munich, Paris and as many other places
she could fit into her schedule. Cheryl is enjoy-
ing teaching for DOD schools, and has signed up
for another two years.
Another jet-setting Zonian, Sheila Rose, al-
so just returned from Europe, having spent a ro-
mantic week in Paris with her boyfriend Walter,
and some friends.
Sue Kelleher was in Tallahassee for the FSU
Homecoming game. While visiting with her sister,
Patty (Arosemena) Kelleher, she saw Jeanine Carlin
and her family who were visiting from Pennsyl-
vania. Beside all of the homecoming festivities,
there was a keg party hosted by Jimny Bradley and
an engagement party for Patrick Grimison and Myra
Myra Brannon and Patrick Grimison were married
on December 3, 1988 in Tallahassee, Florida. So
many Zonians attended it felt like a mini-re-
union. Myra and Patrick will reside on the At-
lantic side in Panama.
Steve, Mary (Kelleher) and Andrea Tochterman
went to Green Bay, Wisconsin to spend Thanks-
giving with George and Arlene Tochternan, proud
grandparents of Andrea. Andrea saw snow for the
first time and Steve got passes to see the Green
Bay Packers practice from George who is a referee
for their practices. Steve and Mary also want to
announce they are expecting their second child in
June. Steve has been busy traveling for the FAA
to Europe, Haiti, Dominican Republic and the far
Susan Thompson and Maritza spent the Thanks-
giving holidays in New York City. It was our
first trip there and we enjoyed the sightseeing
and shopping. We stayed with Bobby "Skew" Askew,
formerly of the CZ and also visited with Joey and
Eileen fallas, formerly of Panama City, Panama.
We took in Greenwich village, the World Trade Cen-
ter and the Statue of Liberty.
We have heard from James and Dorothy Bryant who
are residing again in the Tanpa area. They report
that, "After selling our home in Tampa last year
and moving to Oregon for a few months, we returned
to the Tampa area and are residing at the Lake
Carlton Arms on Van Dyke Road, Lutz. We have a
nice apartment and are once again enjoying the
Florida weather. Our daughter, Beverly, and her
husband, Warren lMcire, have visited us twice
since we came back to Florida. They live in Shad-
ow Woods, a mountain community near Waynesvelle,
NC. We spent about 10 days with them in Septem-
ber, 1988, enjoying the cool mountain air and
scenery. A trip to Grandfather Mountain was a
highlight of the trip. We attended the last re-
union and visited with many old friends that we
both had worked with and attended church with in
Balboa. Hope to see a lot more of them at the
next reunion in June, 1989."
Kelly Marris had a Christmas get together in
Clearwater. Attended by her mother, Diane (Ves-
til) Marris who is visiting her from Panama for
the holidays. Elaine (Vestil) lewis, Kelly's
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vestil of St. Peters-
burg and Marie Morris of Clearwater were also in
Kelly and her mother will be flying to Orlando
to spend Christmas with Kenny, Paige and son,
In January, I had a big party at the Top o' the
Elks Club in Waikiki, which reacquainted some for-
mer Isthmian residents, namely, the Panama Consul
General to Hawaii, Sra. Nina White and Col. White;
Bill and Jan (Koperski) Taylor and their daughter
Marty and husband Bill Frensley; Hank and Virginia
(Ridge) Dolim; Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan; and
The Whites brought their houseguest from Pan-
ama, Carlos Abad, the Consul General of Panama to
Kobe, a most charming representative of the Repub-
lic of Panama. Nina reports that her daughter
Clarita's husband, Ens. Dale Ramsey is stationed
at King's Bay, Georgia, where they live with their
son, Logan, aged 5. Nina's son Abraham Morton
("Abie") died May 20, 1988. His wife, Elizabeth
and their four children live here on Oahu.
In my August travels I spent several delightful
days visiting in Austin, TX, with Vivian Simons
(formerly DeLaMater) in her lovely artistic home,
and enjoyed exploring the charms and cusine of San
Antonio with her, Faye Cobb, and the Jim Bells,
who were frequent Panama visitors.
Bill and Jan Taylor have a new grandchild
("Tassos") born to Bill and Lani Taylor in San
Francisco. Margaret McMillan, noted Hawaii artist,
now has a showing of her paintings (in Jan.) at
the Hickam AFB Officer's Club. Margaret mentioned
that Margaret (Meigs) Molloy of Colorado will be
coming soon to Hawaii for a short visit enroute to
In November I enjoyed a one-week cruise of the
West Coast of Mexico with California friends, fol-
lowing by the San Diego Jazz Festival a lilting
The opening ceremonies of the Fifteenth Hawaii
State Legislature on Jan. 18 included a splendid
three-hour show by top entertainers, followed by
parties in all the Senator's chambers on three
floors of the beautiful Capitol.
Some Hawaiiana: Hawaii's building boom has cre-
ated a shortage of guess what? coco trees.
Mature plants can fetch $1,000 each. A big resort
needs hundreds, and coconut-hungry golf courses
are sprouting up like grass.
Homer Piper of Florida is in town his first
visit to Hawaii, having just taken the one-week
cruise on the Independence through the major
Jessie (Carruthers) Hanson (left) and
sister Beverly (Des Londes) Stiles, Wof-
ford Hgts., CA.
At the Elks Club I met a fascinating gentleman
who ran a fleet of tuna boats in Panama for many
years, Captain (Ret) Frank Valin, Jr., who lives
here in Kailua. He asked me if I might have known
a remarkable man and friend with whom he had many
pleasant dealing Bob Worsley my beloved, late
"Uncle Bob", who died a few years ago at a happy
and healthy age of 90.
Lois D. Bates
Frank Aseron, New Orleans, has submitted the obit-
uary for his father (see With Deep Sorrow). Frank
is a union carpenter currently working on the New
Orleans Aquarium construction project. He had
hoped to make the Gulf Coast picnic, but that week
he worked 62 hours. The Aserons had a family re-
union in San Antonio last fall and Frank promises
to send us news and pictures when his niece is
married in California. Most of the Aseron family
will be there, including his two brothers, Clem
Jr. and Doug, who are also BHS graduates.
Arby Mathews Call, sent a card from her mini-
vacation in Las Vegas. At Indian Springs she en-
joyed a nice visit with BHS'52 classmate Irwin
Frank and toured his casino and the motel he has
under construction next door. Irwin and his wife
Sherrill have two sons, Ed, 28, and Fred, 24. Ir-
win says that never did he think he would own a
casino in the Nevada desert. He doesn't gamble or
even know how to play poker. His casino has black-
jack, poker and 75 slot machines.
Sue Barfield-Chelette of West Monroe sent some
great pictures of her family. Both of her sons are
in the U.S. Coast Guard. Eddie, 24, is stationed
in Natchez, Miss., on board the Tender Lantana
which is responsible for bouys from Natchez to
Baton Rouge. They will make a run up the Quachita
River in late November and will be away from Nat-
chez on Thanksgiving. Sue hopes to be able to do
something for them. Last year (1987) they were on
the Quachita at Easter. She dyed eggs for all the
crew and had them delivered in the dead of night
just like the Easter Bunny. Eddie has been a
Coastie for two years.
Son David, 21, is on
his way back to the .7..
United States aboard
the Cutter North&d,
an icebreaker. He left
Wilmington, N.C. in
land, Scotland, Norway
and England. They did
same heavy icebreaking
and assisted in scien-S David Chelette
tific projects inclu-
ding the Polar Bjorn, a polar drift off Norway for
the University of Washington. David's first as-
signment was on the Cutter Westwirzd in Mobile,
Ala., which was decommissioned in February. David
has been a Coastie for one year.
Daughter Doriane, 17
is a senior. She is
working part time and
finishing up her last
year of high school
with a 3.5 average. At
deadline Sue was pre-
paring for a Barfield
family gathering to /,
celebrate sister's 50th
on November 10. Sue's ,
parents, Doris and Le-L
Roy Barfield were in Doriane Chelette
West Monroe the end of
August and LeRoy helped work on the "penny-by-pen-
ny addition" to Sue's house. Earlier in August
they had gone up to Mike and Sue's in Georgia and
had a great visit with Zeke and Larry Tradwell
from Tennessee. Doris and LeRoy will be on the
dock when David gets into Wilmington.
Myrna Boynton Ericksen, 6968 Burnside Dr., San
Jose, CA 95120, is making inquiries of the BHS
Class of 1952, its friends and neighbors, about
having a three-day reunion in San Diego over the
Fourth of July in 1989 or 1990. It seems only fair
says Myrna, to "switch out West for those who live
on this side of the U.S." If you want another
class reunion in San Diego or Tampa, Myrna is
waiting to hear from you.
Rusty Folger, New Orleans, is looking forward
to a visit soon from Carolyn and Bob Johnson, for-
merly of Kissinmee and now of 16333 Rambling Vine
Drive W., Tampa, FL 33624. Rusty thoroughly enjoy-
ed the last reunion, her first in three years. It
was her son's, Wayne, 20th BHS reunion and all
four of his closest friends were there. Other son,
Gary and niece Sharon also attended so they suc-
ceeded in having a family reunion as well. Wayne
and his family have moved from New Orleans to Aug-
usta, Ga., and, like his father, Wayne is an elec-
trician. Rusty travels a great deal visiting close
friends in Sarasota, seeing George's family in New
York every Thanksgiving and of course visiting her
three grandsons now in Augusta.
George Fryer has a new address: PO Box 740703,
New Orleans, LA 70174-0703, and a new phone (504)
361-3053. He wrote to say how much he enjoyed the
Gulf Coast picnic and hopes we can do it again
next year when it's a bit cooler.
Gene Gregg, Mandeville, writes that Marian was
in Mason, W.Va., visiting her parents in August,
came home to repack and then went to the Bahamas
in September with Clayton, Lynn, Carlye, Rayne,
Hayley, the Harry browns of Zachary, Helen and
Nancy Gregg and Barbara Weirda. On September 10
while Gene was minding the animals up in Zachary,
Marian's brother Arthur telephoned that her dad
Isaac Smith, 92, had died. Marian flew back to
West Virginia to attend his military funeral. He
was a hero of the 1917-18 Western front in France
and Gene says there's only about two left of his
artillery battalion. Gene went up in late Septem-
ber and drove back with Marian along the Blue
Ridge Parkway. At deadline Gene is in Panama see-
ing about daughter Laura who is in Gorgas Hospital
with a broken leg following a boating accident
while Marian is with daughter Gail in Texas.
Conrad Horine, Supulveda, alif., says the West
Coast Reunion in San Diego was another great one
with more than 200 attending. His work on the BHS-
CHS Alumni Directory continues. He is asking
anyone with yearbooks for years other than those
listed to send him the full name of the people
shown as members of the senior class. He already
has the senior lists from BHS from 1924, 25, 26,
28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37, 41, 42, 43, 47, 48, 49, 50
51, 51, 59, 63, 69 and 72. For CHS he has the sen-
ior list for 1930, 32, 33, 34, 45, 47, 49 and 50.
When sending other lists than these, please type
carefully and proofread your work for accuracy. To
get yourself included in the new alumni directory,
just send Conrad a SASE to VAMC PO Box 40, 16111
Plummer St., Sepulveda, CA 91343, and he will send
you a directory form.
Carolyn and Bob Johnson are loving their new
home in Tampa. Russ, Sheila, Jessica and Owen
Smith visited in early August and carolyn finally
got acquainted with her grandson Owen. She regrets
being- unable to get back to Panama for his birth
in April 1987 as she had been able to do earlier
for his sister Jessica and cousin Kyle Dixon,
Carol Leigh's son. Carolyn's sister Hallie Witcher
hopes to retire from Cristobal High in January
1989. She and her husband Robert plan to make
their home in Citrus Springs just north of Tampa.
The Johnson's are planning a trip to Carlsbad, NM,
soon to see Robert's new granddaughter, Diana,
born July 12. Diana is the daughter of Robert's
youngest daughter Judy and her husband Joe Carras-
The new Morris family is well at their new home
at 2808-A David drive, Metairie, LA 70003. At 4
months, Kenny III checked out at 17 lbs. and 272
inches tall. Kenny Jr., Page and Kenny III recent-
ly vacationed in Destin, Fla., where the baby had
his first exposure to the ocean. Grandparents Ken-
neth Sr. and Diane Marie Vestal Morris from Panama
along with great-grandfather James J. Morris, paid
a week's visit recently. It was james first meet-
ing with little Kenny. James has been in Panama
taking it easy. His wife of 53 years, Ida Haimble-
ton, died earlier this year.
A letter to Michael and Vivian Pederson, 203
Omega St., #B, Belle Chasse, LA 70037 was returned
in October marked, "Moved, left no address." If
anyone knows what became of the Pedersens, please
notify this reporter.
Keeping up with Velma Medina Reilly of Panama
isn't easy. In the States on business, she managed
a weekend off and flew to Omaha, Neb., to see
Kathy Sandidge Bedford. They were close friends at
CZJC and had't seen each other since the '50s.
"Shorty" Schexnayder in Amite is taking it easy
out on his place which includes a guest house and
a seven-acre lake. In some parts it's 35 feet deep
and stocked with catfish, large mouth bass, bream,
white perch, goggle-eyed perch, chickapin, soft-
shell and green-headed turtles. Shorty suffers
with shortness of breath so is not able to do as
much as he'd like. He enjoys visits from Roland
Casanova who recently brought him some pictures
taken at the Gulf Shore picnic.
Jeanne Stough, San Antonio, Texas, is involved
in a campaign to help mark the 75th anniversary of
the opening of the Panama Canal. She urges every-
one to join in by writing to the Citizens Stamp
Advisory Comittee suggesting the issuance of a
commemorative stamp to mark the occasion. In case
you forgot, the exact date was Aug. 15, 1914. Cast
your vote by writing the committee in care of:
Stamp Information Branch, United States Postal
Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, Room 5800, Washington
Camping out the weekend of the Gulf Coast pic-
nic at Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands
National Seashore were Charles and Linda Renfro
Thatcher and son Michael, Ellen Best Osborne and
daughters Shelly and Shari, and Kathy Mallia and
sons Keith and Kelly, all of New Orleans. Linda
returned recently from Costa Rica visiting her
daughter Nicole Nicolaisen who had been in a car
accident but is now doing fine. While there, Linda
also saw Andy and Beatrice Wright who are retired
in San Jose.
Paul Thampson, son of Ursula and Robert L.
Thmpson, moved to Baton Rouge in November 1987
and works as an assistant vice president, Louisi-
ana National Bank. He can be reached at 7942 Bles
Ave., Apt. B, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, Telephone:
(504) 767-1202. Paul, with 11 of his 12 brothers
and sisters, was born on the Zone. The other sib-
ling was born in Belize. They were on the Zone
from the '30s until 1967. Robert retired as chief
of administration at Gorgas Hospital, moved to New
Orleans and worked 10 years for the Louisiana Wel-
fare Dept. Ursula was a special education teacher
in New Orleans for 18 years. Paul had been pupil
at St. Mary's School. left when he was 13, but re-
turned to become CZC valedictorian in 1962. From
1974-76 he was stationed at Howard AFB.
Just heard from Bill and Gret Warren who pick
up their mail in New Port Richey between expedi-
tions. They were at son David's in New Orleans,
headed for a mail call before returning to New
Orleans for Christmas. They've been away from
Florida this time for five months traveling up the
east coast to New York, then west through Ohio and
Michigan, crossed into Canada at Sault St. Marie
and west to the annual Calgary Stampede. They saw
Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper Park, Edmonton, then
took the Top of the World Highway to Alaska. Flew
to Pribilof Islands for bird and seal watching.
They took their camper to Seattle aboard the Alas-
ka Ferry System with a stop at Sitka from whence
your reporter was privileged to receive a "No Puf-
fin" no-smoking sign. In California they spent
some time with daughter Kathy before heading east.
The Good Sam camper group they often travel with
has plans to rendezvous in New Orleans for Mardi
Patt Foster Roberson
The 1988 holiday season was a festive one for
the family of Owen and Ann Sutherland. First came
the family reunion at Thanksgiving. Mildred (Owen)
Sutherland left Clearwater to join Owen, Ann, and
their three sons, Eric, Mark and Curt; Ann's par-
ents, Everett and Geraldine Wirgau, and Ann's bro-
ther, Everett Wirgau Jr. for several days of cele-
brating and feasting in Rochester, Michigan.
The primary focus of the celebration was Mark's
graduation from Ohio State University with a bus-
iness degree in Telecommunications Management. He
left Michigan right after Thanksgiving for the
first step in his new career, a position on the
staff of the Keystone Resort near Dillon, Co. He
plans to enjoy the skiing at The Sunmit this win-
Christmas brought another new adventure. Shortly
after receiving the annual Christmas call from
James Selby of Atlanta, Ga., Owen, Ann, Eric, Curt
and Everett Jr. piled into a van to head for the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They wre joined by
Ann's nephew, Shane McLean from Waco, Tx. After a
long drive they reached their destination, the ski
area of Ironwood, Mich. Three nearby ski resorts
provided more than enough snow, fresh air and ex-
Owen enjoyed the evening visits to the hotel
whirlpool where he had the opportunity to exhibit
his "Panama Ski Team" sweat shirt. This treasure
was designed and produced by Harold Sorrel of Sac-
ramento, Ca., and features the team motto, "Ski
Sosa." In fact, Harold was at least partially res-
ponsible for bringing the holiday season to a per-
fect close. He wore his 1989 Michigan Wolverine
Rose Bowl sweatshirt as he rooted the Wolverines
to "another easy victory" over their PAC-10 rival,
USC. All of us in Michigan thank Harold for his
help. He may get a Rose Bowl sweatshirt every year
from now on.
From Susan McCullough-Burk:
1988 for the Burk family was truly a year to
remember. The most exciting event was my mother
and fathers (Snookie and Mac McCullough) 50th an-
niversary, which was February 26. As in the Decem-
ber issue, they celebrated all year, and I was
lucky enough to be there for all. They have many
wonderful friends and family who shared their
special day with them. Mom, you forgot to add to
your anniversary party ended with us (eight to be
exact) being stuck in the elevator.
I was able to attend the 1988 Panama Canal Soc-
iety reunion. What a great time! I saw so many
people that I haven't seen since I graduated in
1974. Everyone should attend at least once.
I stayed in Sarasota for 2 weeks after the re-
union, and was able to spend time with Maryann
Palmer Bross and Sandy May Robinson. I really en-
joyed myself. Lots of laughs, just like old times.
My daughter Chevaun saw my true self.
Christmas time is always a busy time. It's al-
ways nice to hear from so many friends. I'm still
working on my cards.
Karen Jones/Clifford Gabriel just adopted a
little boy from Colombia. Congratulations you two!
Tom and Holly Finneman just moved to Fort Dix,
N.J., where Tom just took over command. Tom is a
Captain in the Army. Tom said his mother, Pat Fin-
neman, just spent a really nice Christmas with
I did not hear from Cheryl Olsen this Christmas
but I heard that she moved into a house. I know
that she and the kids drove down to Beverly's home
in Utah this past summer, and met Don and his fam-
ily there also. This was the first time in 13
years that her sister, brother and Cheryl have
been together at one time.
I received a nice card from Jim Huffman last
Christmas while he was stationed in Korea. I sent
him a card back, but it was returned. I know he
was transferred to Florida, and I would like to
write back, but I don't know his address. Can any-
I received a card from Becky and Dennis Wood.
I hope to look them up when Jim and I go to New
Orleans this summer.
Well, we have our house up for sale, and have
invested into a 1950 farm house, with 3 acres.
Wish us luck!
Anita (Daniels) Asmussen
More than 80 people came from Alabama, Florida,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas for the Gulf
Coast picnic September 24 at the Davis Bayou Camp-
ground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore,
Ocean Springs, Miss. Several families made a
campout weekend of it and had only praise for the
facilities and their upkeep. "Gerda and Owen Smith
were the organizers and promised to do it again
next year a bit later in the year when it's cool-
er. Although it was planned to be a no-host,
several gracious members brought pot-luck includ-
ing dips, ceviche and Johnny Mazetti. Mrs. Janet
Jenner brought a delightful lasagna, a cup of
which was equally delicious the next day, and we
thank Libby (Mrs. Aldon) Fulcher of Niceville, FL
for the delicious ceviche she made and shared with
L-R: Picnic organizers Owen and Gerda
Smith, Hugh and Chita Cassibry.
Peter and Jean Baas with daughter Lauren
L-R: Roland C. Casanova, Audrey Benoit
Bowman, and Edward B. Parker.
I&'o.- r-BSa^ -,CA3ke- -.
L-R: Bill Gough, JoAnn Cathey, John
Gough and Kathy Mallia. Front: Keith
and Kelly Vincent, Kathy's 10-year-old
L-R: Dennis Wood, Ed Blount, Mark Gewin,
George Fryer, Dave Finneman and Mike
L-R: Georgia Smith Sumrall, Phyllis
Smith, Judy Smith Krough, Mary Emma
Smith McDonald. Back L-R: Jimmy Sumrall,
Charles Smith, Ken Krough, Paul McDonald
Bill and Hilda Epperson of Ocean Springs
Bob and Faye Lee, Mobile, Ala., and Lea-
vell and Elena Kelly, Hattiesburg, Miss.
L-R: Jerrye Jenner Tisdale (BHS'69), Jim
Jenner (BHS'67) with their mother, Janet
Jenner of Pensacola and Jerrye's sons,
Tyler, Reagan and Brad Tisdale.
A much welcomed letter has arrived from the
newly retired Earl "Couch Potatoe" Boland of Mer-
idian. After 34 years of government service, he's
into a well-deserved regime of goofing off. In
August he packed up the van with wife Lynn and
sons Erin and Kevin, and took a three-week trip.
First stop was Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which is some-
thing like Coney Island with rides, water parks,
minigolf and Dolly Parton's Dollywood. Kevin was
the only one brave enough to try the indoor sky-
diving. Earl recommends the area to anyone with
children or who's young at heart.
They then drove through the Smokey Mountains
to Columbia, S.C., to visit Earl's brother, Don,
his wife, Geneva, and his mother, Marge, 89, who
lives in Rikard Nursing Home in Lexington, S.C.
Earl says Marge would love to hear from some of
her friends from the Canal Zone. Cathy, daughter
of Don and Geneva, graduated from High School in
May and is now attending the University of South
Carolina in the honors program. Lynn's mother,
Jessie Degenaar, lives in a Meridian apartment
near the Bolands. She traveled to Maryland this
sumner to visit Lynn's sister and brother-in-law,
Joan and Jerry Durfee. The Durfees took her sight
seeing around Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Joan
and Jerry's daughter, Lesli, stopped in Meridian
on her way from Jacksonville, Fla., to Oklahoma
where she was going back to college. Lynn's bro-
ther, Al Degenaar, and his wife, Judy, were ex-
pected in Meridian from Tampa in October to help
celebrate his mother's birthday. Earl would like
to get some prints of the pictures taken at the
1953 BHS reunion. Anyone with extra pictures or
negatives that Earl might borrow can reach him at
3201 12 Avenue, Meridian, MS 39305.
Catherine and John Boswell, Hattiesburg, re-
cently returned from a trip to Estes Park, Colo.,
where a gathering of Scottish clans celebrated the
Scottish Highland Games. They enjoyed three days
of parades, dinners and booths set up at the fair-
grounds selling Scottish items. They watched wo-
men spinning lambs' wool into yarn for knitting
sweaters and lap robes. They saw a display of an-
cient barbaric instruments used in early Scotch-
Irish wars. They watched a competition to select
the best drum major from among those leading the
bagpipe and drum marching bands. The winner re-
ceived a round-trip ticket from Scotland for next
year's gathering at Estes Park. In Novmeber they
hope to attend the fourth annual highland games
in Bioloxi. Next year the Boswells want to a-
ttend the Scottish Highland games at Grandfather
Mountain in N.C.
Catherine was happy to see several familiar
names in our September report. She wants Virginia
Selby Entrekin to know she remembers the Selby
family living very close to her on Barnebey
Street for 13 years and wonders if Virginia remem-
bers Gordon, Lynn, Jeannie and Deanna. And Cath-
erine worked with Shirley Zemer Swenson's mother
at Fort Clayton for 10 years and has kept in touch
with her. The Boswells were also happy to see
Shorty Schexnayder's name. They knew him when he
worked in the Industrial Area around 1942-45.
John worked in the Machine Shop and Catherine
worked in the Shop office. Freddy Prefontaine and
Al Goguen also worked in the Wood Shop Office,
and lived several houses up the street from the
Boswells in Cocoli. The Boswells enjoyed meeting
friends, neighbors and co-workers at the Gulf
Coast picnic and thank Chiquita and Hugh Cassibry
and Gerda and Owen Smith for setting it up. Ching
the Boswells' Shih Tzu, delivered an outstanding,
untiring performance as picnic greeter.
Chita Cassibry, Ocean Springs, joined the Miss-
issippi Mudders team for the Audubon Society's
1988 World Series of Birding in Cape May, NJ. Her
team, the first all-woman team to compete, counted
173 species and placed third in out-of-region
teams. A lead article depicting the adventure was
published in the September/October issue of
Class Secretary, Virginia Selby Entrekin, Hatt-
iesburg, has been in touch with Myrna Boynton
Ericksen, Cynthia Evarts Totty and Arby Mathews
Call about Myrna's requesting a vote on BHS '52
going to San Diego for a reunion. Things are in
the preliminary stages. Whatever you want yes
or no let Myrna know and we'll try to publish
the results in this column. Virginia is planning
a trip to Baton Rouge in November for a math neet-
ing at LSU.
Opal Harvey phoned from Meridian to say she had
good luck growing the luffa seeds this summer. She
remembers, as a girl, using the "dishcloth" gourds
for household chores. Opal and her husband, Ray-
mond, who was with Motor Transportation, lived in
Margarita. They left the Zone in 1962. Raymond
died earlier this year. Opal, who has worn a
pacemaker since 1970, is doing all right. Her
daughter, Carol Elaine Harvey, (CHS '50) worked
on the Zone for the Army and Port Captain's
Office. She was married to Bob Wilford (CHS '50)
who now lives in California. Carl has four dau-
ghters and lives in Meridian.
New member, Isis Johnson-Brown of Starkville
has dropped us a line. She is a 1965 graduate of
BHS. Her father, M/Sgt. Leonard B. Johnson, was
stationed on the Zone with the Air Force Office
Inspector General 1955-60 and 1962-66. Over the
years the family has lost touch with many friends
met on the Zone but remembers them fondly. Her
father died December 15, 1985. Her mother, Emma
Johnson, and son Leonard Brown, both reside at 501
D Vine Street, Starkville, MS 39759. Leonard is
a sophomore at Mississippi State University School
of Business and just pledged Sigma Nu fraternity.
Isis, after earning a BS in medical technology
from the University of Tennessee in 1972, worked
in Tennessee, Mississippi and seven years in Saudi
Arabia and a year in Alaska. She is now a soph-
more in veterinary medicine at Mississippi State
University. In December Emma plans to visit her
home. in Puerto Rico and Isis will visit friends
in Belfast, Ireland. In line with her school work
Isis's household includes two cats (one she
brought home from Saudi via Alaska), an ex-student
surgery dog and two birds. Through this means,
Isis hopes to get in touch with some former BHS
Elena Kelly enjoyed seeing old friends at the
picnic and arrived back home in Hattiesburg just
in time to welcome friends from Venezuela. Mrs.
Landris lee of Picayune sent her a newspaper
clipping concerning the death of Audrey V. Penton
(see In Deep Sorrow). Mrs. Lee was a friend of
the Pentons in the Zone.
Norman Scheffner, Vicksburg, credits Dr. Corbin
McGriff of Jackson for telling him about the Soci-
ety. Meeting in graduate school at the University
of Kansas in 1969, they discovered they had both
attended Balboa High School. He attended CHS from
1960-62, moved to the other side and graduated
from BHS in 1963. His father was an Army officer.
Norman attended the University of Kansas from 1963
to 1969, earning a BS in civil engineering and an
MS in water resources engineering. Two and a half
years as an Army officer and a trip to Vietnam la-
ter, he began working with the U.S. Army Engineer
Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg. After
an assignment in Annapolis, MD., and more graduate
school at the University of Florida (Ph.D. en-
gineering mechanics), he returned to Vicksburg in
1980. He and Gail Bird have been together since
Jim and Georgia Smith Sunrall, Moss Point,
spent part of September in Washington and Van-
couver with Ted and Ellen Clute (CHS '60) Starkey.
Spokane was especially fun for Jim as he was sta-
tioned at Travis AFB in 1957-58. They saw John
Denver in concert at the Western Washington Fair
in Puyallop. Georgia and Ellen found each other
through the Record and in October 1986 had a re-
union in New Orleans with Paul and Andrea Terrell
(CHS '61) Oliver. In October 1987 they all re-
unioned at the Sumralls.
On the Fourth of July this year, Georgia's two
sisters and brother and their spouses got together
in Moss Point. There was Paul and Mary Emn Smith
(BHS '50) McDonald, Ken and Judith Ann Smith (BHS
'50) Krogh, Phyllis and Charles E. Smith (CHS '53)
and the Sumralls. This was their first reunion
since the death of their mother, Mildred Cotton
(Mrs. David) Smith, in January, 1986. Before
driving to Moss Point, Ken and Judy had met Charl-
es and Phyllis in Tampa for the CZ and Balboa
First Baptist Church reunions. Also, while in
Tanpa, they got together with their Aunt Dot and
Uncle Arthur Cotton and children Fred and Jackie
(McCoy) Cotton and Ken and Dottie (Cotton) Man-
thorne. For the Moss Point get-together, Paul and
Mary Emma drove in from their home in Port Royal,
Shirley Zener Suenson, Carriere, writes that
her parents Bmmett and Mary Zener have left Panama
and moved to Villa Serena, 1340 Pomeroy Ave., Apt.
201, Santa Clara, CA 95051. Shirley's luffa were
doing nicely until the drought got them while she
was on vacation. She took a trip with a friend
through Canada from Vancouver to Banff and Jasper
national parks. They traveled exclusviely on pu-
blic transportation, starting on BART in Menlo
Park, Calif., and went on to Amtrak, city buses
in Seattle, Greyhound, Canadian National Rail,
ferries, tour bus and streetcars. They became
experts at packing up and making a dash for what
conveyance was next on the list. "Nothing creaky
about the Class of '52," says Shirley. Her sister
Isabelle's Class of '43 had a reunion in San Diego
in conjunction with the PCS of California in Sep-
Anyone interested in experimenting with some
luffa "dishcloth sponge" gourd seeds may contact
this reporter. They're free but please send a
self-addressed stamped envelope.
Patt Foster Roberson
We've certainly been having a mild winter, so
far. Some days are like spring. Some of the for-
sythia have blossoms on them.
Betty Bentz flew to Stonington, CT, to spend
Christmas with her son, Alan, and his family. In
January, Alan stopped off on a business trip to
spend time with Betty.
Ruth Sill and her dauther, Mary Peck, from
Princeton, NJ, and two grandsons, Chris and Troy
Peck, visited her in January.
Carmen and Charlie Howe drove to Daytona where
they met Lloyd and Joe Kent and spent a week to-
gether there in mid-December. While there, they
visited many old friends. The Howes had all of
their children and grandchildren with them for
Christmas, except for Bill and his family. Bonnie
Kent and two friends from Florida visited them
early in January and went skiing at Wolf Laurel.
Betty and Bill Dunning have been busy with
house guests. Bill's sisters and her husband, Pat
and Jack Hunt from Panama, were here. While here,
Pat and Jack bought a house in Hendersonville.
Bill's mother, Jo Dunning, came with the Hunts.
Willie and Wilna Nowatny, from Germany, were
guests and they also purchased a home here. Bob
Stern from Florida visited and Art and Marg Sherry
from Panama stopped to see them. Betty and Bill
spent the holidays in Tampa, Florida.
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky's daughter, Barbara
Sanders, has moved closer to them. She trans-
ferred from Ahoski, N.C. to Asheboro, N.C.
Dr. Paul Zelnick and his family came from
Little Rock, AR to be with Ruth for Thanksgiving.
Ruth spent Christmas and New Year's holidays with
them in Little Rock and with John and his family
in Tulsa, OK.
Capt. Sam and Norm Irvin and Elizabeth (Irvin)
Quintero drove to Dallas, TX to attend the wedding
of their son and nephew, John R. Irvin. Sam was
John's best man. Thomas Irvin and his wife, Karen
from Charleston, S.C., went with him.
Alice H. Roche
Christmas greetings with news were many and to
make it easier on the reader, I'll send it to you
State by State, starting with Alabama.
Doris and Neilson Etchberger spent more time
away from home in '88 than in, at home. They vi-
sited with Thelma (Oyer) and Harry Chan; Buck and
Barbara Kruegar; Ted and Georgia Corin; Taomy Iou
and Bud Horter; Belle (Jones) Schroeder and her
daughter, Patsy (Thompson) Bujalski. Enroute to
visit their son, Tom, they paid a surprise visit
with Dr. Kenneth Lake. The day after Thanksgiving
Betty Snow, Bud and Beverly Williams went on a 10
day enjoyable cruise to St. Croix, St. Thomas and
Bermuda. Last report, Irene Chan has left Hawaii
and now residing in Houston, Texas. Doris and
Neilson spent Christmas in Williamsburg, VA., and
had a grand time. A point of interest, 'twas the
first time in over 45 years that Neilson spent
Christmas with all the Etchberger families.
Gladys and Harry Hutch cruised to Greece and
the Aegean Islands and sailed as far as Istanbul.
They reported the best ruins of the Greek civili-
zation are in Turkey. In September, they took a
trans-Canal cruise starting in San Francisco, down
the coast of Mexico, across the Isthmus of Panama
to the Caribbean. They visited Aruba, St. Thomas,
San Juan and ended in tampa, 500 miles from their
home in Lillian. They also visited in Maryland
and Salt Lake City, UT. The high point of their
year was baby sitting their first grandchild,
Whitney, while their son and his wife, Anne, were
in Portugal and London.
Curtis and Alberta George spent Christmas and
the holidays with their daughter, Helen Gordon and
family in California. They took a short trip to
Las Vegas and played the slot machines. "Curtis
won some and lost some. Nothing outstanding. But
he is satisfied and enjoyed himself."
Arizona Natalia (Bender) and Alan Broderick
were kept busy helping family moves, and escorting
a 16 member group on a 20 day cruise of the Ori-
ent. In August en route to Sun City, they stopped
to visit her brother, Thomas Bender in Rochester,
Jane and Danny Cox, off and running to the four
corners of the world while good health lets them.
February to Panama reliving old memories; March
to Malaysia and Singapore to enjoy "English High
Tea" with an orangutan; August to Bali for a week;
September/October to Venice, then cruised the eas-
tern Mediterranean for a week, visiting Yugoslavia
Mykonos, Kusadasi, Istanbul and Athens. In '89
their plans are to drive and see the US of A.
David and Dora Illhenny have enjoyed many
visitors from Canada, England, Costa Rica and
areas of the U.S. They were most grateful to all
for helping them get through a trying 1988. David
is getting stronger every day and looking forward
to the Spring flowering the desert.
From Arkansas, Maxine and Earl Wrenn, Earl en-
joys golf and is involved with a "neighborhood
crime watch" group, while Max keeps busy with her
bridge club and monthly Pan Canal sewing group
(mostly visiting each other). Their trips were
to Tyler and Atlanta for visits with sons; Louisi-
ana to see Lottie Tinnin, and to Florida to visit
friends. Both Max and Earl are enjoying life.
We find Jesse and Lucille Bunker visiting Dr.
Bill and Jackie (Bunker) Knowlton and family in
Atascadero, CA. It is rather comical since Jack
and Lucille left the NW to get away from the fin-
icky weather (rain) to enjoy the grandchildren and
sunshine. Well, on the 15th of December it snowed
in California, first time in over twenty years.
The "natives" were out playing and building snow-
men in their front yards. When the passes shed
their snows and icy road conditions, the Bunders
will return to the NW.
Florida Vera and Alton Jones have moved into
an apartment enjoying more freedom from "homework"
Their apartment is on the 9th floor with a very
nice view of largo. They enjoyed Christmas with
their son Harry and his wife Lynn. If you are in
the neighborhood of Largo, Alton and Vera hope you
will drop by for a visit with them at 1150 8th Ave
S.W., #2908, Largo.
Margaret and John Klasovsky are both well.
Visit and enjoy their 7 grandchildren, Toni and
Steve have two daughters, while Nick and Mike have
4 sons and one daughter between them. Ivan is
still in Panama. His wife is teaching there and
they will stay as long as possible.
Betsy lasherr) and Mike Curtin and family will
be leaving Miami, for Spokane, WA., in July.
Betsy will graduate from Barry with her BSN degree
in May. In June, they will be packing and in July
heading for Spokane, WA.
Dr. Ira and Dorothy (Godfrey) Brandt (Indiana-
polic, Indiana), will be retiring March 1st, and
planning to move to Santa Paula, CA shortly there-
Thomas Bender (Minnesota) watched ants climbing
a young Maple tree, while the scene reminded him
of the ants climbing up the mango tree behind the
bachelor quarters on Frog Alley in Pedro Miquel.
(What wonderful memories large and small, we all
have of our Canal Zone growing up years.)
From Nebraska Clarice Hewitt, with her daugh-
ters, Betsy and Harriet (Pinky), attended the
Florida reunion. Off to Sanibel Island to rest
up and review those met at the reunion. In August,
Betsy, Larry and Clarice drove to the Black Hills
and the sandhills of central Nebraska. Enroute
home, they visited with Clarice's sisters and
nieces arriving right at roasting ear time. Later,
the three generations; Clarice, Pinky and Lacey,
with a friend spent a weekend in Kansas City.
While Pinky attended a Flower Growers Convention,
Clarice and the girls took in the World of Fun.
Oregon Laura Stephenson has returned from her
teaching jaunt in Australia enjoying every moment
of her sojourn. She is now student teaching 5th
grade in Dallas, while attending her final year
of college. She will be graduating in June.
Marilyn (Metzger) and Tom Marsh both enjoyed
a very rewarding year in Eastern Star, now can
settle down doing jobs and visits that slid for
a year. Marilyn spent a week in Minneapolis,
visiting Bill and Doris, her mother (95), and her
Aunt Edythe (83). Both ladies are in the same re-
tirement home. The Marsh's granddaughter, Heidi,
broke her arm and had her tonsils out. Their
grandsons, besides sports, raised pigs and sheep
for 4H, and won some prizes for their efforts.
Texas Harry and 1helma (Oyler) Chan enjoyed
a guided tour of Great Britain. They liked having
the assistance with luggage included in the tour
plans. In September, they drove to New England
visited friends and relatives, they saw lots of
new areas of our nation and the beautiful fall
colors in the forests. Bruce, their son, visits
Washington Snow has covered the landscape a-
round the home of Mary (Plummer) and Claude Thcm
son, yet Mary hopes to visit with their son and
family (Alaska), in February for the birth of her
larry Barkema wrote, "Last sunmer was the first
time in 26 years that all three Barkema brothers,
larry, Carlos and Heraldino ("Ninque") were to-
gether again. We stayed at Ninque's house in Had-
lock, WA. Some of the highlights of the reunion
were 1, seeing where the movie "An Officer and a
Gentleman" was filmed (Port Townsend and Fort
Worden). The bunkers at Fort Worden sure reminded
me of the bunkers out on the Amador Causeway; 2)
a side trip to victoria, B.C., and 3) Carlos' son,
Salvatore, battle with a 10 lb. cabezonn" (no
kidding, a NW fish with a Canal Zone name). Sal
couldn't reel it up the 30 ft. peir, so he had to
fight it back a couple of hundred feet to the
beach. Then his line broke. Undaunted, he waded
into the c-o-l-d saltwater and after three
attempts he scooped up the tired fish in neck-deep
water. During the struggle, a crowd had gathered
and they applauded when he came out of the water
with the fish. I swore I saw the fish mouth the
words, "Dejame en paz, cabezon!" Ceviche was ex-
tra good that night. Enclosed is a photo of the
three of us. Since then, Ninque, wife, Jody, and
kids, Jason and Alysa have moved to Florida.
The Barkema brothers, L-R: Heraldino
"Ningue", Carlos and Larry.
Betty (Lockwood) Crocker, tho losing her hus-
band and mother in 88, has four grandchildren to
enjoy. Her father just received his 50-year pin
from the Masonic order, of which he is very proud.
Betty, tho visited the Isthmus 6 years ago, having
left there 47 years past, will be spending two
weeks for a return visit during the dry season.
Roland and Isabelle Stemmer spent three weeks
in Germany visiting friends and sightseeing the
country. They also visited Cozumal, Mexico.
Robert W. Blake has been active in politics in
1988 primaries. He ran for a vacant seat in Con-
gress on the Republican ticket. He lost by a very
close margin to another.
George and Dorcas Cooper had the pleasure of
their granchildrens visit for a month, before they
joined their parents, son, David, and his wife,
Lynn in Zion National Park in Utah. In August,
they enjoyed the visit of son, Richard, and his
three children. October Dorcas and George spent
their 45th wedding anniversary in Harrison Hot
Springs and Hope, B.C. Canada. Richard and David
further honored their parents on their anniversary
with a three day, two night trip to the San Juan
Islands. David has accepted a position as Chief
of Police in Connell, WA., as of January 1, 1989.
His wife and children will remain in Texas until
school is out, and they will join David in Con-
Jack and lera Walker enjoyed Thanksgiving and
Christmas with their daughters Joan Smith and Gin-
ger Graham and their families. After Christmas,
Ginger and her family shared the holidays with her
husband Sam's family in Montana. Ginger and Sam's
oldest daughter, Kristin, is attending her first
year of College in Ashland.
Panama Richard and Carolyn (Rowley) Dillon.
Carolyn gives the ex-Zonian an idea of what living
on the Zone today is really like, and I found it
quite enlightening. At the end of her letter, she
said it so beautifully; here it is. "I am truly
grateful to God for the wonderful country I have
to come home to in December '89. I think every
American should have to live overseas, just 1 year
so they would know how much they have, and how
blessed we are. And, if anyone ever started
taking our benefits for granted, ship them back
overseas!" Her mother, Mrs. Rowley, fell and
broke her hip. Last call she was battling with
an ulcer in the esophagus. Bob Dillon, youngest
son of Carolyn and Richard has received his Asso-
ciates Degree from the Panama Canal College last
June with an Award of Excellence. He is now
finishing his Junior year at the University of
South Alabama in Mobile. He also has an "A" av-
erage; not that we are proud or anything. Oldest
son, John, is going back to college after working
full time for over a year. He has moved from Sav-
annah to Scottsboro, Alabama and will be married
there on the 29th of April. Carolyn is still
working for the U.S. Army and Richard is chasing
ships through the canal on his tug boat. On the
31st of this month, their 1 year count down be-
gins. "Will be so glad to live in my own country
for a change, but will leave the source of many
memories behind. Still they are only memories,
as the Canal Zone we used to know is no longer
here; it has been replaced with something strange
and foreign to me. Not beautiful or happy, just
For visitors to Northwest around the first Sat.
in August, we will be having our annual Picnic Re-
union. It will be held at Emerald Park in Eugene,
OR. The hosts are Inez and Michael Plucker. When
I received the necessary date and particulars, it
will be in the June issue of the Record.
Martha B. Wood
The first meeting of the Oklahoma Chapter of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida was held on
October 22, 1988 at the home of Bill and Ester
(Butz) Clair in Broken Arrow.
The turn-out was great with ex-Zonians coming
as far away as Lawton (Shirley Woodruff Hicks) and
Oklahoma City (Carol Vidaurri). Harry and Lee Butz
came from Springfield, Arkansas to lend a hand and
offer advice, for they are active members of the
Springfield Chapter. Peter and Janice Butz and
their sons, George and Jason came from Sapulpa.
Ronald and Alice (Lange) Jacobs, Doris Burns and
daughter, Laura, Marilyn and Don Sampson were
among those who enjoyed the good pot-luck meal.
Janeth Cannon is our newest Tulsa Zonian and we
are happy to welcome her. Several other interested
recruits were unable to come to the first meeting
but have promised to attend the second.
Unfortunately for the Oklahoma Chapter, Cynthia
Farley, who offered to host the April meeting has
moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, so the time and
place will be announced later.
Our Oklahoma Chapter Officers are: President,
Ester Claire; Vice-President, Ronald Jacobs; Sec-
retary/Treasurer, Laura Burns; Reporter, Mary
Graham. Dues are $5.00 per family and meetings
will be held twice a year, in the spring and the
Vera Vidaurri, Carol's daughter, will marry
Kevin Fitzsimnons on February 25, 1989. The wed-
ding and the reception will be held in Oklahoma
City where the young couple will live. Kirk and
Verna (Vidaurri) Saline, from Houghton, N.Y. are
coming for the wedding, as is the bride's father,
Vic Vidaurri, who lives in Panama.
Bill and Ester Claire spent the Christmas Holi-
days in Quincy, Illinois, with Bill's parents.
This fledgling Oklahoma Chapter would like to
ask all Zonians to get in touch and stay in touch.
Send in your news. Any visitors, friends, or mi-
grant Zonians from other areas will be most wel-
come at our April pot-luck luncheon/meeting. Watch
for time and date which will be announced soon.
Mary V. Graham, M.D.
The year 1988 will be remembered as a "Year of
Firsts" for Hubert and Margot Jordan. One of the
many highlights they first enjoyed was a 4-week
trip through Europe, visiting London, Belgiur.,
Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Italy, France and
Spain, They had an excellent guide throughout so
they just enjoyed sitting back and absorbing the
magnificent sights and listening to the important
historical events of each country. Hubert took
time out to take Beta Video pictures, so now they
can enjoy it all again and again.
Hubert's son, Shawn, took leave from the Air
Force in August to return to Panama where he and
Debbie Reilly, daughter of Dave and Vilma Reilly
of Curundu, were married. Shawn and Debbie are now
enjoying an overseas tour in Germany.
In October, Margot son, Patrick (Smith) married
a California gal, Michelle. They flew to Hawaii to
tie the knot. Pat left the Navy after 8 years of
service, choosing to accept a managerial trainee
position in one of the big restaurants in Los
Hubert and Margot ended the year by traveling
to Alabama to celebrate the marriage of Margot's
son, Paul (Smith) and Kerrie Hill, daughter of
Alicia and Fred Hill, former residents of Panama.
Margot recently completed a rarity: a hole-in-
one at Horoko Golf Club. Now both she and Hubert
have enjoyed a phenomenon. They are the only hus-
band and wife team in Panama to have accomplished
Hubert and Margot Jordan on the steps
of a cathedral in Rome.
Marge and Art Sherry also enjoyed a European
tour this past summer. After leaving their young-
est son, Mark, at the Unoversity of South Florida,
they took off from Tampa for Norway, Denmark, and
Holland where they toured by car, then flew to
London where they joined Bob and Gladys Saarinen.
The two couples then took a bus tour of 12 top
cities in Europe, then headed to Germany where
they met Willie and Wilma Nowotny and toured Bav-
aria and other points in Germany. On their way
home, they stopped off in Hendersonville, N.C. to
visit Bill and Betty Dunning. Bets were on that
Art wouldn't last a week; however he surprised
everyone and is looking forward to doing it again.
Ain't we got fun! Enjoying one of their
many busito trips in Germany, L-R: Wil-
lie Nowotny, Bob Saarinen, Gladys Saari-
nen, Wilma Nowotny, Marge Sherry and Art
The Christmas season was a time for visiting
families in the U.S. and for family members to
return home to us.
Diane (Vestal) Morris joined her daughter, Kel-
ly and flew to New Orleans to enjoy the season
with Diane's son, Kenny, daughter-in-law, Page
(Maisano) and grandson, Kenny III. While there
Diane and Kelly also enjoyed visiting Joe and
Gloria (Sigle) Maisano. Diane and Gloria were
close friends in high school, and now they're in-
laws together and couldn't be happier! Before re-
turning home, Diane visited her parents, "'ex"' and
"Jewels" (Garrett) Vestal of Clearwater, former
longtime residents of Panama.
Jackie (Ashton) Cofer spent Christmas in Boca
Raton, FL. with her sons, John and Jim Wagner.
John is employed by the Boca Raton Police Depart-
ment, and Jim is attending West Palm Conmunity
College and working as a lifeguard for the City of
Boca Raton. While in Florida, Jackie also attended
the wedding of her step-daughter, Tracy Cofer, in
Although the groups get smaller, it is wonder-
ful to see those "kids" who still manage to get
home for the holidays. To name a few: '"itchie"
Her; Lyn, Carol and Brian Friedman; Monica and
Vali Richey; Hobey Richey, wife Lisa (Wilkins) and
their daughter; Paul Williams; Erica, Diana and
Doug Stunuoll; Patrick Coffey; Cheryl Schnidt;
Lynn Saarinen; Linda Smith; John and Nancy McGee; -
Linda and Mark Sherry, and MORE! And, as if it was
the most natural thing to see, most of the Grimi- .-
son siblings: Eric, Melinda, Rebecca, Richard, '.' -
Patrick, and wife Myra (Brannon). They came down
for Monica Reyes' wedding, of which we hope to
have some input in the next issue.
At a patio Barbeque at John Riley's home
in La Boca, friends gathered to say good
bye to Charlie McArthur, who retired on
December 12, 1988, after more than 37
years of service with the Panama Canal.
L-R Kneeling: Burt Mead, Ronnie Mead,
Joe Wood, John Riley. 2nd row: Bill De
La Mater, Fernando Martinez, Gil Smith,
Dick Hern, Charlie McArthur, Rolo Linar-
Enjoying the Holiday Season at the home es, George McArthur, Kurt Menzel. 3rd
of Rich and Dot (Metzger) Stumvoll in row: Louis Tremblay, Bill Young, Jack
Curundu are, L-R: Paul Williams, Erica Hern, Kenny Morris, Louie Reyes, Mandy
Stumvoll, Patrick Coffey, Mary (Andrews) Calvo, Jim Doyle. Back row: Ashby, Will
Young, Jim Young, Cheryl (Allen) Wil- Nickisher, Russ Stromberg, Ramon Reyes,
liams and Pat Williams. Roy Culbreth, Ed Capablo, and Bob Bar-
nes. Photographer: Duane Rigby.
Russ and Kathy (Asbury) Stromberg had their
usual houseful with Kelly and Karen returning home
plus a new addition to their family, a precious
foster child named Terry, who is 2 years old.
S Daughter Kelly graduated from FSU in December with
a degree in Business Administration. She will now
S- be making her home in Washington, D.C. where she
will work and hopes to acquire her Master's in
Hospital Administration at George Washington Univ.
Karen, after attending semester at the University
Sof New Mexico,plans to complete her Associates De-
a. Degree at Panama Canal College and hopes to attend
the University of Texas at Arlington next January,
majoring in Photo Journalism.
Mrs. Lena Asbury, of Carlsbad, N.M., formerly
of Gatun and Diablo, took turns visiting in the
homes of her daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and
Russ Stramberg, Elaine and Mike Stephenson, and
Diane and Jim Sweeney, plus a multitude of grand-
Dr. Louise Krasniewicz, Department of Anthro-
pology, University of Albany, Albany, New York, is
currently visiting Panama and working on a study
of the Anmerican Commnunity in the Panama Canal
area. She will be here approximately three months.
If anyone in Panama wishes to give her some unput
Burt and Carol Mead transitting the for her study, please give this reporter a call at
Canal on December 24, 1988, aboard the the number below (evenings).
new Viking Royal Sun. Dr. Kraniewicz (bravely) plans to attend the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
AT HYATT REGENCY, TAMPA
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, June 28, 1989
REGISTRATION 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (3 HOURS)
Thursday, June 29, 1989
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON. GOLF STARTS AT 8:30 AM.
REGISTRATION: 1:00 PM 5:00 PM; 7:00 PM 9:00 PM. GALLERIA "B" (6 HOURS)
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 1:00 PM 5:00 PM. BUCCANEER SUITE "A".
VENDORS SET UP: 1:00 PM SELLING HOURS 5:00 9:00 PM. GARRISON SUITES.
Friday, June 30, 1989
CASH C'ItJTinEIrTAL BREAKFAST: 7:30 AM 9:00 AM. BREEZES LOUNGE.
REGISTRATION: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM; 1:00 PM 4:00 PM; 6:30 PM 8:30 PM (6 HOURS)
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 10:00 AM; 1:00 PM 5:00 PM.
*ANNUAL BUSINESS !lEEL'1L [: 10:00 AM (MEMBERS ONLY) HYATT REGENCY BALLROOM.
CASH SANDWICH/EMPANADA SALE: 11:00 AM 2:00 PM. BREEZE'S LOUNGE
VENDORS: 12:00 noon 8:00 PM GARRISON SUITES.
AREA REPORTERS LUNCHEON: 12:00 noon 2:00 PM.
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE: 9:00 PM 1:00 AM HYATT REGENCY BALLROOM.
Saturday, July 1, 1989
CASH (,C IriEIfI1.L BREAKFAST: 7:30 AM 9:30 AM BREEZE'S LOUNGE
REGISTRATION: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM 4:30 PM (4 HOURS)
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 11:30 AM; 2:00 PM 5:00 PM.
VENDORS: 10:00 AM 5:00 PM GARRISON SUITES
CASH SANDWICH/EMPANADA SALE: 11:00 AM 2:00 PM P.PFF.E'S LOUNGE.
BANQUET LUNCHEON: DOORS OPEN 11:30 AM; LUNCH 12:00 noon. HYATT REGENCY BALLROOM
ANNUAL BALL: 8:00 PM 1:00 AM CURTIS HIXON CONVENTION CENTER.
Sunday, July 2, 1989
CASH CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 7:30 AM 9:00 AM BREEZE'S LOUNGE.
VENDORS: 9:00 AM 11:30 AM. GARRISON SUITES.
CHECK-OUT: 12:00 noon. IT WAS A PLEASURE HAVING YOU ATTEND. DRIVE CAREFULLY -
AND HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
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 27 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
F --- --- --- ---- -- -- -- --1--
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)
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
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.
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.
1989 REUNION REGISTRATION
HYATT REGENCY TAMPA
Co-Chairpersons Dot Pate and Sandy Robinson
1. Please pre-register yourself, family and guests if you plan on attending the reunion and/or ordering
tickets. 1989 DUES MUST BE PAID.
2. Use the Pre-Registration and Ticket Order Forms printed in this Canal Record.
a. Mail this form (INTACT DO NOT SEPARATE) along with your check or money order payable to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and send to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Box 1508, Palm Harbor, FL 34682.
Those members residing in the Rep. of Panama please use checks on U.S. banks or money orders or
drafts payable by U.S. institutions.
b. Cut-off dates for Pre-registration and ticket orders is June 10. For cancellations or refunds,
cut-off date is June 16.
3. At Registration Tables located in Galleria "B", name badges and pre-paid tickets will be alphabetical-
ly filed under the last name of the member who ordered them.
a. Make sure that you pick up badges and tickets during registration hours.
See Schedule of Events for Registration hours. Our Registrars are volunteers so we cannot work
b. The member that orders tickets and badges is responsible for picking them up. If you are unable
to pick them up, a signed note to the Coordinator, Vic May, authorizing another individual to pick
them up, may suffice.
c. Tickets will not be sold at entrances to Dances or Luncheon.
d. Unsold tickets will be for sale at the Hospitality Suite during operating hours.
e. Ticksts will not be mailed.
4. Tickets for Golf Tournament, Class Reunions, Past Matron's Luncheon, etc. should be picked up froa the
Chairperson of that event.
ANNUAL BALL HOTELS TO CURTIS HIXON TO HOTELS.
1. FOR MEMBERS UNABLE TO WALK we will provide two (2) shuttle buses. Staring at 6:30 PM they will pick up
on a circular route at (1) Tampa Hilton, in front of Hotel then to (2) Hyatt Regency, at Jackson
Street entrance, then to (3) Holiday Inn, in front of Hotel and drop you off at Curtis Hixon. Service
will stop at 8:00 PM.
2. Starting at 11:30 PM buses will pick you up at Curtis Hixon and on a circular route drop off at (1)
Tampa Hilton then to (2) Hyatt Regency then to (3) Holiday Inn. On the last run at 1:30 AM both buses
if necessary will make one run to Harbor Island Hotel.
3. For those able to walk, security guards will be posted along the route.
4. People Mover: Runs between Ft. Brooke Garage (adjacent to Hyatt) and Harbor Island Hotel. Small fee.
Hours of operation: Mon-Sat. 7:00 AM 2:00 AM. Sunday, 8:00 AM 2:00 AM.
Chairman Vic May
1. Vendor's Applications may be obtained from Vic May, 6704 Cheshire Drive, Holiday, Florida 34690. They
will not be published in this issue as stated in December issue of the Canal Record.
2. Vendors must file an application with the 1989 Reunion Coordinator/Chairman, Vic May. Include Vendor's
Fee, payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
3. There is only room for 11 vendors, due to limited space.
4. Only paid-up members of the Society will be authorized to sell. Approval of application will be based
on whether items for sale are related or compatible to Panama Canal memorabilia. Authorization will
be assigned in order of receipt of application.
5. Deadline for filing Vendor's Application is June 5. After this date, applications will be considered
if space is available.
6. Deadline for Cancellation and refund is June 10.
7. Instructions are outlined above the Application Form.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Co-Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The Tenth Annual Golf Tournament will be held at the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd.,
Entrance fee is $35.00 which includes Greens Fee, Shared Cart Fee for 18 holes, Morning Refreshments
Luncheon and Prizes. Due to limited seating capacity in the dining room, no guests may be entertained.
This also includes spectators.
The format of play will be Medal Play (Gross Scores only by flights, and Men and Women Champions of
the field. You may play with players of your choice, however, each player will compete in his respective
age group flight. Prizes will be awarded in each flight based on the number of entrants in the flight.
Players should be in the Clubhouse no later than 8:30 AM for check-in and tee-off will be at 9:00 AM
sharp, with a shot-gun start. No late-comers will be accepted. Reservations will be accepted through June
16, 1989 and no refunds made after that date. Make your reservations early. The field will be limited to
Players will furnish their own transportation to the course. Information concerning the tournament
will be posted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Registration Area) on the afternoon of June 28 so that players
can make possible arrangements for transportation among themselves.
If you require receipt of your entry fee, please send SASE with your golf registration form and
check, otherwise consider yourself playing unless the committee advises differently. If you have doubts of
your entry and playing, consult the bulletin board at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Submit your registration form and check payable to: R.F. Huldtquist, and mail to: R.F. Huldtquist,
8447-140th St. N., Seminole, FL 34646.
Note: Professional Panama Canal Golfers are welcome to play but are ineligible for prizes, as this
is an amateur tournament. Please so designate on your registration form.
DIRECTIONS TO LAKE SEMINOLE COUNTRY CLUB FROM HOTELS SEE PAGE K .
Make check/money order payable to R.F. Huldtquist. Mail to R.F. Huldtquist, 8447-140th St. N., Sem-
inole, FL 34646. (Tel. No: 813/397-5846).
GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM JUNE 29, 1989.
CITY STATE ZIP
GOLF and LUNCHEON Persons @ $35.00 per person
SNO LUNCHEON GUESTS PERMITTED DUE TO LIMITED SPACE. TOTAL ENCLOSED
AGE GROUPS: (A) Up to 30 years, (B) 31 to 45 years, (C) 46 to 60 years (D) 61 to 65 years, (E) 66
years and up. LADIES FLIGHT (Only one due to small field of entrants.
List names of foursome and age group you wish to play with, or we will pair you as in the past. You
may list handicap, but it will be used for pairing purposes only.
NAME AGE GROUP
NAME AGE GROUP
NAME AGE GROUP
NAME AGE GROUP
Professional / / Amateur / /
. --------- --...- ------ ---------------.
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
President, Carl H. Starke
1. Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM.
2. Show your interest in your Society by attending this meeting and assist in conducting the business of
3. Only paid-up (1989 Dues) members will be admitted.
4. You will be given a lottery ticket at the entrance to the meeting. There will be drawings for several
prizes. You must be present at the meeting to claim your prize.
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE
Chairperson Betty Frassrand
Hyatt Regency Ballroom. 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Do Not bring your own drinks the Hyatt Hotel will have cash bars set up in the area.
The Hyatt Restaurant will be open after the dance.
Music by "THE BAYTOWN BRASS".
1800 person ticket limit 6 per member Price $3.00 each.
Cut-off date for orders is June 10. For refunds June 16. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE ENTRANCE.
NO DRINKS ALLOWED ON THE DANCE FLOOR.
SATURDAY, JULY 1
ANNUAL BANQUET LUNCHEON
Chairperson Betty Malone
Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Doors open at 11:30 AM Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
1000 person ticket limit 10 per member Price $12.50 each (includes tax and gratuity).
Seating will be at tables for 10 persons.
Menu: Half Avocado filled with chicken salad, half tomato filled with chicken salad, surrounded by
seasonal fruit with cottage cheese, dilled cucumber.
Dessert Chocolate mousse. Tea and coffee.
Cut-off date for orders June 10. For refunds June 16. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE ENTRANCES.
SATURDAY, JULY 1
ANNUAL SOCIETY BALL
Chairperson Betty Frassrand
Curtis Hixon Convention Center. 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
YOU CANNOT CARRY FOOD OR DRINKS INTO CURTIS HIXON CENTER.
Curtis Hixon will have cash bars set up.
3000 person ticket limit 6 per member Price $8.00 each.
No Reservations (Except Reunion Committee Members and Past Presidents).
Semi-formal dress NO SHORTS OR JEANS.
Tito Mouynes and Charlie Cooper's "Copra Banc"' will provide the music.
NO DRINKS ARE TO BE CARRIED ONTO THE DANCE FLOOR.
Cut-off for orders June 10. For refunds June 16. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE ENTRANCE.
Parking available at Curtis Hixon Parking Deck A fee is charged.
It is recommended that you walk (3 or 4 blocks from downtown hotels). Security guards will be stationed
along the walking route.
Two (2) Shuttle busses will operate for those unable to walk.
TELEPHONE OF REUNION COORDINATOR: (813) 937-3584
DEADLINE JUNE 10, '89
We can prepare nametags and
Ticket envelopes, thereby
saving you time at the
Registration table. If you want a
"nickname" or "maiden
name" on your tag, please
advise. Please use first and last
names (with no initials) on
NOTE TICKET LIMITS
PER EACH MEMBER.
DO NOT EXCEED.
All tickets will be filed under last
name of member who ordered
the tickets and may be picked
up at Registration Tables.
If you wish to sit with/near
another member or person at
the Luncheon, write their name
on the reverse side of the
Luncheon Ticket Form.
Seating is contingent on the
other member's timely
submission of their Form.
Mail the entire PRE-
REGISTRATION Form (intact)
to: Secretary/Treas., Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
PO. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, FL
Make checks payable to the
Panama Canal Society of
IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING THE 1989 REUNION, PLEASE COMPLETE
AND MAIL IN THE PRE-REGISTRATION FORM (INTACT) IF YOU WANT
TO BUY TICKETS FILL IN TICKET ORDER FORMS. PLEASE DO NOT
SEPARATE THIS FORM.
REQUESTS TO HOLD CLASS REUNIONS, LUNCHEONS, ETC.
There is an agreement between all the participating Hotels and the Reunion Coordinator that requests
to hold Class Reunions, Luncheons, Dinners, Dances, etc. during the Panama Canal Society Reunion must be
approved by the Coordinator, Vic May, before the Hotels will accept them. Requests should be sent to the
Hotel THROUGH Reunion Coordinator, Victor H. May, Jr., 6704 Cheshire Drive, Holiday, FL 34690. Your re-
quest should state the location, day/date, hours, and type of event. (i.e. Cocktail party, Luncheon,
Class Reunion, Dinner, Dance, etc).
TELEPHONE OF REUNION COORDINATOR: (813) 937-3584
DIRECTIONS TO LAKE SDEINOLE COUNTRY CLUB FRCM HOTELS
Take 1-275 South over the Howard Frankland Bridge to Exit 15. Turn right and continue straight on
Park Blvd. until you reach Park Street, a large busy intersection, tall condo complex on left. Turn left
for 2 block on Park Street, then right on Augusta Blvd. and follow to Clubhouse. Reverse directions to
return. In early A.M. allow for 45 minutes from Tampa.
I -- 11 i "'w ^ ia^
Construyendo el future honramos el pasado
Tito-Mouynes and his Conjunto Charlie Cooper's Latin "Copra" Band
10 MINUTES NORTH
ON 1-75 /
WALT DISNEY WORLD
50 MINUTES EAST
/ ON 1-4
YBOR CITY V
NEXT EXIT EAST
HENRY B. PLANT
Ft. Brook Parking Garage
P PUBLIC PARKING GARAGES
UC UNDER CONSTRUCTION
IN DINING GUIDE
ARROWS INDICATE FLOW OF TRAFFIC
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
This special discount is available
ONLY through this number.
If special fares don't coincide with your travel dates, a 40% discount off Delta's unrestricted round trip coach rates
will be offered. (Canadian originating attendees will receive a 35% savings). Seven days advance reservations and
ticketing will be required. (Seats may be limited). To take advantage of either discount call 1-800-241-6760 today.
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
to pleasure and back. For example, you can enjoy low
discounted rates like these:
Subcapact like the (N $22.95 $69.00
Compact like the GM 27.95 99.00
Intermediate like the GI 29.95 119.00
Full Size 2 door like the e 30.95 139.00
(G Olds Cutlass Supreme
Full Size 4 door like the 33.95 149.00
GM Buick Century
Luxury like the Cadillac 39.95 229.00
Brougham or Seville
Convertable like the GM 34.95 229.00
These special rates are available one week be-
fore and one week after the meeting, and you
may pick up and return your car to any AVIS
rental location throughout the state of Flo-
rida at no additional charge.
'Minimum 2 day rental required for rate. Un-
limited mileage weekly. 100 free miles/day,
250 for each additional mile. Refueling, sales
tax and optional CDW, PAI and PEP are addi-
TO RESERVE YOUR CAR and assure availability:
Call the special AVIS convention toll free
number, 1-800-331-1600. Please give the reser-
vation sales agent your AVIS Worldwide dis-
count number (AWDl#) A/B791707 to ensure you
receive these spacial rates.
(Delivery to hotel, call 221-1666 on arrival).
[ ]So easym
0 1985 Avs Rent A Car System, Inc. Avis,
Special Savings, Comfort and
Convenience for Your Convention.
Avis invites you to enjoy special convention savings and
services. And remember, there is never a charge for
mileage on any Avis car. Plus, the GM or other fine car
you rent from Avis will be clean and travel-ready to help
get you down to business faster.
Call 1-800-331-1600 now to reserve your car and take
advantage of special convention savings. (Be sure to
give the reservation sales agent your convention AWD
number as printed on the reverse side.) Then just com-
plete the tear-off identification card and bring it with you
when you pick up your car. It's that easy.
Important: Even if you do not reserve in advance, be
sure to bring this I.D. card with you to your convention.
If you need a car at the convention, it will still entitle you
to the special savings. (Subject to the availability of cars)
Rates are good from one week before to one week after the meeting.
Let Avis help put excitement into your meeting plans.
Reserve your car for the meeting by calling toll free:
Be sure to mention your Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD)
number to get your special savings:
s ,' .i ,r,,r :, ,
Rates are nondiscountable and available at participating locations only Cars subject to
availability One-way service fee will apply if car is not returned to renting location,
There is an additional charge for miles in excess of the free mileage allowance Renter
must meet standard Avis age, driver and credit requirements Refueling service charge,
taxes. CDW and optional coverages are not included
Present this I.D. card when you pick up your car
TO RESERVE YOUR AVIS CAR
When you reserve your car, please give
your AWD number (shown below) to get
your special savings. And present this
card when you rent your car.
Your signature _
R d I C-, Wizard Co Inc., 1987
IIII il I I I11 I 1 1111111
FROM PANAMA TO TAMPA
NOT ALL ROUNDTRIP
AIRFARES ARE EQUAL!
For reservations call US or
Mr. Ed Armbruster 286-4988
Panama Canal Society Reunion
AGENCIA DE VIAJES c VISIT US AT BALBOA.
r la Arm I., ^ j LA BOCA ROAD
ordonR.aulon oBLDG 792X.
TRAVEL AGENCY OR CALL USI
AT DALTON'S TRAVELING IS OUR BUSINESS! Inn 228-2555 OR 252-5132
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
KTo Cross C Keystone Rd To Lake City T U.S. Hy. 98,e
Crystal Beach Erlich Rd. s
Ave. Skippwe Ae Rd.
Honey-oon Palm Harbo}r I1 r
6 Gunn 1 owler South Florida "
84n41 Busch 2 301
Cades, 9 3 3 Oldsmar T aTrack c Gardes epleTerrace
OFA ~IFirl. Downs3( c0 Vunderburg
island de rucers 1 Blvd. 580 Te e rpot,
U p T EXIT 25 a ll 4 Terrac !
8EXIT 25 X
DNEDN 19 go Sah A 1 1 3 Har
4Sunset Point r Pt. 2
cfe, o ,Sf ety Harbor A Prog
s6 I CRockya Pt. 5743
u ,- s''W'3 a' u p 2
Sulf to B Blvd. U60
el CI lub
595 4 Clear or Hs o ia Museum City
Treasurer 686. EL S 6ST. PETERSBURG 4 8
SBl eters br LAR ss GO1 t i Peter 0A so
Ba 1 2 2 1 2Knight O
3 a 8 Airpor Key PrO gre
2on a 21 3 6 t 3 35 ain Village
TikiGardens 92 so i Ala,
Indian Rocks 95 n HOTEL
Beach Ln 2 n
Beach ) 2 Petersburg
2 2 Ave. 4 h2
RedinP non 5 8th 6 Gadsden Pl. damsville
69 t 6oAve N 6 92
Madeira 19 .9 S2 -dens
jOLF Beach 4 3 W1 tY Exhi4in
w Hissaial Museum P
F C t ra e. 595 M- m of Fne Ars
Isan a0outh, Sehool 2 C ST. PETERSBURG
2 Guifport .nd Ave fitted Aiport 35 Apollo Beach
19 eerbr 2 A 690 Coast Guard Mangrove Pt.
Beach 3 S 2 NCo .,a 4301
2 434 68 Pellas Pt.
Pine Key 41
Vr y ush S Sun City
PIEuLSSA Key 41
Tou. 4 3 23
3 Piney Point
0 1 2 3 4 5
scale I I I I
12 Mound .G.... i
2 Parrish -- 62
g4rra R ubonia
Sned M phis 2 Mansi on
nn Maria DeSoto P 2 o
uttKey e~n, 1 Ellenton
S r de 2ladn Manhattan
URG 2 2 Samoset .-
"n~t Tn **. 2.l,
i flf 0 T illfl I 1
Panama Canal Reunion this june with the purpose of
interviewing as many former residents as possible.
So if you see an attractive, smiling young lady
approaching you with a tape recorder in hand, she
would greatly appreciate your giving her a few
minutes of your time. Thanks!
Harriet (Smith) Dunsmoor, Susanne (Mit-
ten) Corrigan and Christine (Mitten)
While visiting is San Diego, Susanne
(Mitten) Corrigan had lunch with Betty
(Willis) Slaughter and caught up with
the last 19 years of their lives.
Larry and Susanne (Mitten) Corrigan, who are
enjoying their retirement traveling in a camper
across the U.S., stopped off in Santa Rosa, CA.,
to visit Gary and Harriet (Smith) Dunsmoor. While
there, Sue and Harriet went to San Francisco where
Sue's sister, Christine (Mitten) Gibson flew up
from San Diego to enjoy a fun-filled weekend in
All of us here wish all of you there a very
Happy, Healthy, Successful 1989.
See you at the Reunion!
With the holidays behind us, we've settled back
into the usual day-to-day routines. Most of our
college kids have returned to school. Those who
were home for Christmas vacations included Marc
and Kristi Bjorneby, David and Maurice Cohen, Ray
Laatz, Shelly Boggs, Mike Rigby, Tom and Alan
Eckel, Dawn Teal, Michelle and nariam Calvo,
Frankie Hoover, Leslie Griffin, Sandi Rankin, An-
drew Adema, Angelina Palumbo, Danny, Tito and Dav-
id Lowinger, Jerry Ferro, Sheila McDaniel, Missy
and Greg DeBoer, Kathy Blennerhassett (graduated
and teaching now), Stuart Newall, Bernard Josephs,
Thomas Sorensen, Mark and Chipper Gewin, Kim Trum-
ble and Martha Sollas.
Other visitors to the Atlantic side included
Rob Trumble, who's in the U.S. Army now and sta-
tioned at Ft. Benning. Dick Bjorneby's dad, Norman
Bjorneby, made the tip all the way from the Pacif-
ic Northwest. Bjorneby's also played hosts to Hal
and Dale Conoay and their son, Chris, who were
making their first return trip to the Isthmus
after retiring to Texas several years ago. Bill
Epperson's parents, Bill and Hildegarde Epperson,
made their annual Christmas visit to Gatun. A most
special visitor and a sight for sore eyes was
Larry Finnean, who works and goes to school in
Tallahassee. While here, he stayed with Robert
Mizrachi and his family.
Coming home to stay for a while were Tom and
Evelyn Barraza Snider and their two children,
Kristin and Kyle. Capt. Evelyn Barraza, a U.S.
Army physician, is currently assigned to and prac-
ticing at Coco Solo Medical Activity (Coco Solo
Hospital). The Sniders will live on Ft. Espinar
(Ft. Gulick) as soon as their quarters are ready.
In the meantime, they're at home with Tim and The-
resa Snider Herring in Gatun. Talk about yours,
mine and ours! With eight kids in the house,
everyone's on duty all the time!
The end of the year also spelled the departure
of some of our Atlantic "family." Ken and Lorene
Frazier headed for Wilmington, N.C. Chico and
"Baby" Stella Calvo will soon depart for Ruston,
La. Louise Russon and Jim Murphy have taken off
for parts unknown and will settle, they say,
wherever Jim lands a job. All these departures
leave big holes in our hearts.
Billy Gewin says he's moving to the Pacific
side and has already accepted a house up on Ridge
Road in Balboa Heights. He will continue to serve
as a Port Captain in the Port Captain's Cristobal
Office, commuting every day.
Claud and Lena Planchon will wrap up careers
here shortly. Claud has already hung up his hat,
anf Lena's hanging on to hers for another month or
so to fulfill hre retirement requirement not a
moment longer, right Lena? They will settle in
Dothan, Al., leaving their Atlantic "family" for
the growing Canal family in Dothan.
Although the SPILLWAY assures us that according
to Met and Hyd, all the determiners of dry season
are in place, we're still getting lots of unsea-
sonal rain. We don't complain because it keeps
things greener longer, but you can imagine local
kids' disappointment when, for the first time in
anyone's recent memory, it rained on Christmas
morning. Happily, it cleared up later in the day
so all the new bikes, skates and skateboards made
their Christmas Day debut after all.
Jim Murphy retires from Gatun Locks and
accepts a gift from the guys in his shop
The terrible problems in Liberty City, Miami,
notwithstanding, this year's Super Bowl holds a
special place in our hearts. It isn't everyday
that Leo Barker, a Cristobal High School graduate,
plays in such a splashy event. Congratulations,
Leo, you've got the whole Atlantic side behind
you, whether the Bengals win or not! (see News
The Holcomb Field Coed Softball League got un-
derway recently with four teams participating,
Navigation, Schools, Gatun and Industrial Divi-
sion. Danny Holcomb and Jim Hinz, your ghosts hap-
pily haunt us. Ken Willis serves as the league's
To date, nine Atlantic crews have signed up to
participate in this year's Cayoco Race, which will
take place on March 17-19. The captains include
Karen Rankin, Vence Dodge, Ivette Benitez, Jenni-
fer May, Miguel Medina, Lili Borsellino, Darrell
Canamas, Jennifer Rariin and Ricardo Castillo.
Ill winds continue to blow here in Panama. It
saddens us to see what this beautiful country is
coming to. Our only hope is that those who can
make a difference, do so before it's too late.
Susan K. Stabler
On December 7th, our pre-Christmas luncheon was
enjoyed by forty seven members and guests. Those
present were: leona and Paul Badonsky, Billy and
Bob Rowe, Lorna Shore, Sandra Davis, John Everson,
Kathleen Cynova, Laura Olga Holmes, Dr. and Mrs.
Rasnussen, Fina and Frank Balinski, Mr. and Mrs.
Cooper of Georgia, Joseph Tilley, Bea Lee, Mr. and
Mrs. Barraza of El Paso, TX, Betty and Peter Barr,
Arnold Jackson, Conny and Mel Menges, Scottie
Steele, Grace and B.J. Hartley, Blanche and Carl
Browne, Caroline Westendorff, Ether and J.D. Tate,
Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Eletheer and Jim Catron
Ann and Doc Hartley, Sis and Bill York, Peggy
Hutchison, Nora and Charles Green, Grace and Stade
Carlson, Trudi Clontz.
Our next meeting scheduled for March 16th a
buffet luncheon at the Ming Yat restaurant in
North Augusta, S.C.
In October, Sis and Bill York traveled to Long
Island, NY to visit friends and relatives and to
attend Sis' 50th High School reunion. Their
Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were cele-
brated in Aiken with daughter, Norma (York) Holder
granddaughter, Anne-Marie, Jessica and Christina
of Georgia, and daughter, Nancy (York) Coffey and
grandson, Chris, of Florida. Earlier in the year,
Grace and Bernie Dorfman paid a brief visit en-
route to Vermont.
Nancy (York) Coffey and son, Chris.
Norma (York) Holder and daughters Anne-
Marie, Jessica, and Christina.
Conny and Mel Menges are delighted to announce
the arrival on December 22nd of Granddaughter,
Elizabeth Ann at the Charleston Air Force Base
where Bob and Patti are now stationed. Her other
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David Gillam, reside
in Goose Creek, S.C.
In November, Blanche and Carl Browne, headed
for Montgomery, AL to see Ray and Louise Caldwell
who moved there a year ago. In December they tra-
veled to Panama where they spent three rainy but
much enjoyed weeks with Grover Matheny and Ellen
Majors and families. While in Panama they attend-
ed the funeral of Gladys Shelton Harrington, a
1937 graduate of Balboa High School.
Ethel Tate reports that her daughter, Louise
Schlegel, experienced several "firsts" on her trip
east last fall from Brownsville, TX, her first
view of the fall colors in North Carolina, her
first visit to the State Fair in Columbia, and a
trip to Rameses exhibit in Charlotte, NC. Over
the holidays their son, David, and family visited
Ethel and JD in Columbia.
When Arnold Jackson went west in September, he
covered quite a bit of territory. After picking
up a friend in Texas, they went to Las Vegas for
several days. Other places and sights seen were
El Paso, Las Cruces, Phoenix, Hoover, Dam, the
Petrified Forest, and the Grand Canyon. In Dallas
he visited the Scotts.
Family get-togethers had top priority over
Christmas and New Years. Jim and Eletheer Catron
spent Thanksgiving in Mississippi with their dau-
ghter's family and Chrismas in Tampa, Florida with
their son, Billy, and family, also stopping to see
other family members in Orlando. lorna Shore's
daughter, Sandra Davis and family came to Aiken
for Thanksgiving and Lorna drove south with grand-
son Stevie for a Florida Christmas with the
Davises and her other daughters.
Leo and Gabby Badonsky entertained leona and
Paul at their home near Atlanta at Thanksgiving
and then came to Aiken to join in a family reunion
at Christmas when Al and Paula (Badonsky) leitch
and sons, Robby and Adam came in from Virginia.
At Thanksgiving Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison)
Cox drove to Peggy Hutchison's for dinner which
was also shared with Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock
Evelyn and Howard Hilborn and Trudi Clontz. At
Christmas, in addition to Diane and Jerry, Peggy's
grandson, Wally, who is stationed at Norfolk, was
able to be in Aiken.
Among those who traveled from Florida the
latter part of the year were Bobby and Donna Rowe
and family who visited Bob and Billy Rowe in Nov-
ember and Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock's daughter
Susan who came from St. Petersburg to spend two
weeks with her parents.
Your reporter had an interesting Christmas week
end. Since no one would guarantee good weather,
she decided to fly to Greensboro, NC to visit my
brother. Started out on an 8:30 a.m. flight on
the 23rd. Charlotte was closed, came back to
Aiken late that morning. Went back for the 3:00
p.m. flight, Greensboro was closed. Rescued my
car from long term parking and came home. Went
back for a 10:30 a.m., flight on December 24th
which departed some time after the 11:30 flight,
and arrived in Greensboro in mid-afternoon on the
24th. A five hour trip. Happy New Year to all.
We enjoyed a nice holiday season here in Aus-
tin. The weather has been much much warmer than
usual, but we aren't complaining!
There were three Zonian Christmas parties where
we enjoyed ourselves this past season. Val Schroe-
ter and her daughters hosted a Christmas get-to-
gether. We enjoyed the Zonian company and the
ceviche was superb!
Red and Kat Pattison also hosted a Christmas
party. We enjoyed a visit from his brother, Tom
"T-Bird" Pattison who was visiting from Panama.
Other guests included Sue and Albert Fehrenbach
(Kerrville), Stanley Wright and friend Tricia
Fraga; Noreen Hanson, Dave Fehrenbach and Mary
Fehrenbach; Paul Dolan, Helen Cavanaugh and Jaco
Petition (San Antonio).
Kat made some empanadas that were better than
the ones I remember from Curundu.
Other Christmas hosts included Brian and Brid-
gette (Dolan) Donovan, where we visited with Steve
and Becky Byerly, Robert and Marie Holland, Joe
Dolan, Matt Donovan, among others.
Red and Kat also hosted a going-away party for
me as I am moving back to Florida this month (Jan-
uary). I look forward to seeing everyone again in
Florida and hope to continue reporting.
Red Pattison will be the new Austin Reporter,
so if you have any news, he can be reached at 2605
Burly Oak Drive, Austin, TX 78745. His telephone
is (512) 441- 2091.
So long for now.
Janice M. Newlon
(Long gone for Miami)
The holiday season was opened with the arrival
of Mary Orr from her home in Sarasota, FL and
Honey Fealey's Annual Christmas Luncheon/Card
party. Thirty Canal Zone friends attended the
luncheon and exchanged gifts. There were 24
ladies who stayed for Canasta and Bridge. It was
a beautiful party with good food, good friends and
a good time was had by all. Marion (Orr) Wells
composed the following poem especially for the
By Marion Wells
I've been commissioned once again
To greet you on this date
You're sure a mighty special group
And you'll always stay that way
We're back into that season
When the days just seem to fly
And things just seem to pile up
No matter how we try.
So it's great to pause upon this day
To greet friends and have some fun
And to hear the latest news flash
On what each of us has done.
The elections are now over
Noriega's still afloat
Bank closures and recession
Continue to get our goat
But this is a day for joy
As we celebrate Christmas here
With the hope that the very, very best
Will be yours through the coming year.
Merry Christmas. Happy New Year!
Several families were able to be together for
the holidays. Bill and Gigi Fleckenstein's dau-
ghter, Mary Louise, came with her husband and dau-
ghter from their duty station in Germany, making
the Fleckenstein family complete. Their son,
Johnny, his wife and two children make their home
Ln Kerrville. Elsie and Ray Larson had their son,
Terry Autry, and his family down from Seattle
Washington. Also Bob and Liz Holland of Jackson-
ville, FL spent two days with the Larsons during
the holidays. Les and Muriel Johnston spent
Christmas with their son, Gary, and his family in
Phoenix, AZ. Anna Lee Young drove to Dothan, AL
to join her son, Dwayne, and his wife, Gloria, at
the home of Gloria's parents, Joe and Gloria Bur-
goon. After Christmas, Anna Lee, Dwayne and
Gloria went by Amtrak to Washington, D.C. to
visit Anna Lee's daughter and son-in-law, Debbie
and Joe Ford. Helen and Ezra Smith went to Corpus
Christi for the holidays. All was going fine un-
til Helen fell and broke her hand. The cast has
been removed, but her hand is still very tender.
I am happy to report that she is improving daily
and was able to play Canasta with the group in
Mary Orr's visit was marred by her illness.
Sorry Mary. Hope you are fully recovered and ex-
pect to see you hale and hearty at the Reunion in
Bob and Anna Calvit had a pleasant surprise on
Christmas Eve afternoon. Daughter Helen of Pem-
broke Pines, Florida, flew into Houston. Son Tim
of College Station met her and the two came down
They stayed overnight and on Christmas Day we
all opened packages and had our Christmas Dinner
Tim and Helen had to leave in the afternoon as
Tim had to work Monday and Helen had to catch the
plane back to Florida to work.
What a wonderful surprise, since they were not
Marilyn Carter organized a no-host luncheon
which gave us the opportunity to meet Elsie Lar-
son's daughter-in-law, Deloris and granddaughter,
Bea and Harvey Rhyne were visited twice during
the year by their two daughters from Panama. Bar-
bara Stanford and Camille Easthan. They toured
the Big Bend Park in October with Camille and her
husband, Leo, and spent Thanksgiving holidays on
Mustang Island in the Gulf of Mexico with Barbara.
Bea and Harvey and friends spent Christmas in Mon-
We extend our condolences to the Ridge family
on the sudden death of their brother, Elbert
(Bubba) and to Paul Kramer on the loss of his wife
Micki, on December 27, 1988 in Corpus Christi.
As the new year begins, please note that the
state of Virginia has a new reporter for the "Can-
al Record". My former English teachers (Dorothy
Smith and Beverly Hoffman) will have an amused
look on their faces when they read about my leap
into the world of writing. In turn, I'm sure they
will wish me luck. I will be attempting to fill
some pretty big shoes. Stella De Marr has done an
outstanding job over the years, filling the Vir-
ginia column with interesting, newsy items. She
will be missed but her move to the warmer climate
of Florida made reporting for Virginia difficult.
With some help I will keep the tradition going. As
time goes by I hope to meet, through correspon-
dence, as many Panama Canal Society members that
live in the Virginia area as I can.
A brief note about myself. My connection with
Panama and the "Zone" is very strong. I lived most
of my life on the Atlantic side, only recently
(1986) moving to Virginia to be with my husband
Michael, who is in the Army. I'm routinely in
touch with both friends and family that still re-
side in Panama, as well as friends that have re-
settled, all over the states. I'm a 1969 graduate
of CHS and lived in Margarita for almost 33 years.
Even though I've been here for over two years, I
am still adjusting to my new life style. I am
always on the lookout for former Canal Zone resi-
dents and love to hear about their lives and re-
membrances of the "good life" we all cherished so
Two short items of news from our area. Dylan
Denpsey, my oldest son, is now in the Air Force,
stationed at Clark Air Force Base, the Philip-
pines. Before departing in early December, he was
able to visit his grandmother, Mary Ivy Lewis in
Suffolk, Virginia and share Thanksgiving Day with
his family. He was missed at Christmas time but
seems happy with his first assignment.
;; IC p
i fi* *
Family of John J. Millett, Sr., Christ-
mas 1988, Takoma Park, Md. Front, L-R:
Patti, wife of Michael, Anna Marie, John
Millett Sr. Back, L-R: Michael, twin son
John Jr. and Louis.
Rosemary Gilead visited her brother, John Mil-
lett, Sr. in Takoma, Maryland during Christmas.
John was sharing the holidays with his family. In
attendance were, Michael and his wife, Patti; Anna
Marie; John Jr., and Louis.
I am looking forward to receiving and gathering
the news from Panama Canal Socoety members in the
Virginia area. Please feel free to mail news items
to my home address.
Glenda (Lewis)(Dempsey) Kochel
6036 Knights Ridge Way
Alexandria, VA 22310
Well, the holidays are over and January is
flying by so it must be time for another issue.
Drumond McNaughton called while he and his
family were in Florida for the holidays. They are
still enjoying life in Guam.
Patty (Snider) Morgan says Mike Snyder spent
Thanksgiving with her family while Bill Snyder
spent the time with sister, Beth, and family in
Colorado. Patty keeps busy with work at St.
Francis Hospital in Kansas and with her three
girls, Bridgett, Leslie Ann and Katie.
Barbara Goodwin writes that she will be moving
to D.C. this sunner...hard to believe she's been
in England two years already.
Ann (Norval) Allinder writes that her daughter,
Abbie, is now in 5th grade and second daughter,
Carolyn, just turned 1. This past July she visit-
ed with her mom and sister, Jeannie, and family
in St. Augustine, Florida. Also visited with bro-
ther Andy and his family during the month.
Theresa (Snider) Herring reports that her and
Tim's 6th arrived in November. James George
weighed 8 lbs. 1 1/2 oz. and was 20" long. In
December, Tom and Evelyn (Barraza) Snider and
family arrived to stay with them until they could
move into their quarters in Ft. Espinar (Ft.
Evelyn wrote that they should be all moved in
in January. She has been assigned to Coco Solo
clinic. Says lots has changed. The places that
were turned over to Panama are run down and not
properly maintained. Buildings are dirty, need
paint and the roads and railroad are bad.
Heard from Carol (Baker) Goodwin. She and her
family have moved to Arizona and they love it.
Michele (Urey) Perez called to report that they
had a wonderful Thanksgiving visit from her par-
ents, John and Mary Urey, of Dothan, Alabama.
Donna and Dell Bunnell, Bremerton, WA) write
that they've enjoyed camping and fishing with dau-
ghter, Cheryl Olsen, and her family. Dell is
looking forward to retirement in about a year.
Donna has a few years to go. She is still keeping
busy with Sweet Adelines while Dell enjoys his
fishing and yardwork.
This reporter's Aunt, Clara (may) Chambers,
wrote to say that she would spend the holidays in
the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with daughters, Carla
Spafford and Alice Weidenhoff, and their families.
Talk about a small world! For New Years we (my
family, June and Vic May and Vonna Huldtquist) de-
cided to go out for dinner. What a surprise we
had when we ran into Brian and Liza Kennon at the
restaurant with his folks, Sid and Ann Kennon.
Brian is a history teacher in Haines City, FL,
while his dad teaches in Plant City High School.
I had not seen Brian in over 10 years.
Last but not least, I also received a phone
call from Jim Huffian right before Christmas. He
is now stationed in Pensacola so we sure hope we
will get to see him before he moves on.
Well, that's all folks! Till next issue....
Sandy (May) Robinson
HUMMER NAMED CHIEF OF THE CORPS
OF ENGINEERS DREDGING DIVISION
Brigadier General Patrick J. Kelly, Director of
Civil Works of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
has announced the selection of Mr. Charles "Chuck"
W. Hummer, Jr., as the chief of the Corps Dredging
Division. The Dredging Division was formed in 1979
as an element of the then newly established Water
Resources Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
The Division is responsible for the program man-
agement of the Corps dredging program. It is also
responsible for the management of the Civil Works
capital acquisitions program and the Corps center
of expertise for marine design and naval archi-
tecture, the Mrine Design Center located in Phila-
delphia, Pennsylvania. In February 1988, the Dred-
ging Division was relocated to the Corps headquar-
ters within the Directorate of Civil Works in
Washington, D.C. Hummer succeeds Mr. William R.
Murden who served as chief of the division since
it was founded. Murden retired in January 1988
after serving 47 years with the Corps of Engin-
Hummer served as assistant chief of the Dredg-
ing Division since 1983. He is presently chairman
of the board of directors for both the World Or-
ganization of Dredging Associations and the West-
ern Dredging Association, both of which are non-
profit professional organizations which promote
the development and publication of technical lit-
erature on all phases of dredging. He also serves
as Chairman of the Corps Marine Engineering Board
and as the Chief Technical Monitor for the Corps
$35 million dredging research program and is a
member of the Committee on Tidal Hydraulics. In
addition, he is a liaison for the Corps with the
Marine Board of the National Research Counsel. In
a non-technical area, Hunmer has served for a num-
ber of years as a member of the Corps National
Maritime Labor Negotiating Team and the Hispanic
Employment Program Committee. He is also a member
of the Society of American Military Engineers and
the honorary research Society of Sigma Xi. He has
published numerous technical papers in the fields
of corrosion and dredging technology.
.- -y\,, ,_.:
Charles "Chuck" W. Humner, Jr.
Hummer, born in the Republic of Panama, is a
graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a
batchelor and master degrees in chemical engineer-
ing. He began his government career as a research
scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory in
Panama. He also served as a corrosion engineer and
petroleum operations specialist for the Navy in
Panama until 1970 when he joined the Panama Canal
Company as the agency's first Oil Pollution Con-
trol Officer and subsequently the Environmental
and Energy Control Officer for the Office of the
Governor of the Panama Canal Zone. Prior to join-
ing the Corps in 1979 he was assistant chief of
the Panama Canal dreding division for five years.
October 28, 1988
CHRIS AND SARAH BECKLEY GRADUATE
Chris Beckley grad-,
uated from Mount Union
College in Alliance,
Ohio, with a B.A. deg-
ree in Business Admin-
istration. He is the
grandson of Anna L.
Beckley (Balboa, C.Z.)
now residing in New
Port Richey, FL.
His sister, Sarah
Beckley graduated from Sarah Beckley
al and Technical College in Mossisville, N.Y.
with her A.A.S. degree in Secretarial Studies.
Both Chris and Sarah's parents are Samuel and
Beverly Beckley of Oakfield, N.Y.
member of the USL English faculty. While teaching
at USL, she received her Ph.D. from LSU in 1961.
Her post-doctoral work specialized in Black Liter-
ature studies at Southern University in Baton
Rouge from 1967 to 1969...
...Throughout her career as an educator and
scholar, Dr. Rickels has received many honors.
Distinctions include being the Phi Beta Kappa hon-
or recipient from the U. of Washington, being in-
ducted into the faculty division of Phi Kappa Phi
at USL, receiving the Martin Luther King Award
from Humanitarian Service in 1975, being the joint
recipient with Dr. Milton Rickels of the Human-
ities Award for the Louisiana Endowment for Human-
ities in 1987, and being the first USL recipient
of the Amoco Award for Distinguished Undergraduate
KAREN M. HICKS APPOINTED VISITING
LECTURER IN SOCIAL RELATIONS
AT LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
BETHLEHAM, Pa. Karen M. Hicks has been ap-
pointed visiting lecturer in social relations at
Lehigh University. Her appointment was announced
by David A. Sanchez, Lehigh's provost and academ-
ic vice president.
Sonja, Beverly, Chris and Sam Beckley.
DR. PATRICIA RICKELS HONORED
With great honor, the University of Southeast-
ern Louisiana chapter of Blue Key National Honor
Fraternity dedicates the 1988-89 Campus Directory
to Dr. Patricia Rickels, professor of English and
Director of the Honors Program at USL.
Dr. Rickels was born in Kemnerer, Wyoming and
is the daughter of Charlotte Kennedy sister of
Edward Kennedy, and she graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1944 and from Canal Zone Junior
College in 1946. She earned her Bachelor of Arts
degree from the University of Washington in 1948
and acquired her master's degree from Louisiana
State University in 1951. In 1957 she became a
Karen M. Hicks
Prior to coming to Lehigh as an adjunct in-
structor in social relations in 1984, Hicks was a
remedial reading specialist and an adult basic ed-
ucation instructor in Binghamton, N.Y. and a high
school Spanish teacher in Dansville, Mich. She was
also a graduate assistant instructor in the career
opportunities at the University of Massachusetts.
Although born in Munich, Germany, Hicks was
raised in the Panama Canal Zone and graduated from
Balboa High School there. She earned a bachelor's
degree in Spanish education from Michigan State
University, a master's degree in education from
the University of Massachusetts, and a master's
degree in social relations from Lehigh. Presently
she is working towards her doctorate in human sex-
uality education from the University of Pennsyl-
Hicks is a member of the Society for Scientific
Study of Sex, the Society for Traumatic Stress
Studies, and the Dalkon Sheild Information Network
of which she is president.
Hicks is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Hicks of Diamond City, Arkansas. She and her hus-
band Barry Bean, reside in Bethlehem with their
Office of Public Information
December 16, 1988
CAROLYN HALE GRADUATES WITH HONOR
Carolyn Louise Hale,
daughter of Mary A Hale
of Largo, Fla. and
Philip Pete Hale of
Titusville, Fla., grad- 7
uated Summa Cum Laude
from Appalachian State
University in Boone,
Carolyn a graduate
of Balboa High School,
Class of 1984, was in- Carolyn Louise
ducted into Gamma Beta Hale
Phi, Alpha Kappa Delta and Alpha Chi honor socie-
ties, and was awarded an academic scholarship.
Carolyn is currently vacationing with friends
PAMELA CLARK GRADUATES
Pamela Lynn Clark,
daughter of Fred and
Inez Clark of Curundu,
Panama, will graduate
in May, 1989 from Rhema
Bible Institute in Bro-
ken Arrow, Oklahoma, as
a licensed missionary.
She was born in Ft.
Knox, Kentucky and is
a BHS '85 graduate. Pamela L. Clark
She will return to Panama for a short visit
with her parents before receiving her first mis-
TRINA CLARK GRADUATES
T Trina M. Clark, dau-
ghter of Fred and Inez
Clark of Curundu, Pan-
ama, graduated in Jan-
uary, 1989 from the
Manhattan Beauty School
in Tampa, Florida, as
a licensed cosmotolo-
gist, beautician, mani-
curist and pedicure
Trina was born in Trina M. Clark
Ancon, Panama and is a
Balboa High School graduate in the Class of 1986.
She will return to Panama for a short visit with
her parents before electing her location to prac-
TAYLOR SPELLA ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spella of Charlotte, N.C.
announce the engagement of their daughter, Annette
Marie Spella, to Gregory Alan Taylor, son of Capt.
Charles H. Taylor of Baton Rouge, La., and the
late L'Dora McKenzie Taylor.
Annette is a graduate of East Mecklenburg High
School and Central Piedmont Comunity College. She
is currently employed with Wachovia Bank and Trust
Gregory attended Canal Zone schools and grad-
uated from Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge in
1985. He attended LSU and is the owner of Pro-
fessional Bowlers' Emporium, Charlotte,
Their wedding is planned for March 11 in Char-
Annette Marie Spella and Gregory Alan
THE MARSHES CELEBRATE THEIR 40TH
Marilyn and Tom Marsh (Marilyn Metzger) of
Oregon City, Oregon, were honored with a beautiful
reception to celebrate their 40th anniversary on
August 21, 1988.
Their children, Billie Wallace and Edythe Mar-
shall and Tom's sister Susan DeBoer planned the
reception at the First Presbyterian Church, 40
years to the day, that they were married at Cris-
tobal Union Church, in Panama.
Tom and Marilyn Marsh
A computer banner declared the anniversary and
the girls had fixed a display table and the Brides
Book, all the wedding cards and pictures, the bri-
dal gown were on display. The bakery featured the
original bride and groom cake top on one of the
sheet cakes served, and Billie had made empanadas,
Panama style, to be included in the refreshments.
Beautiful decorations in green and yellow were
much in evidence.
Guests included 80 friends and family members
and out of town guests were Edythe (Marsh) Mar-
shall and Heidi from Clayton, California; George
and Susan (Marsh) DeBoer of Ontario, California;
Billie (Marsh) Wallace and Lester, David and Ste-
ven Wallace of Clatskanie, Oregon, and Floyd and
Beverly Baker of Federal Way, Washington.
"POP" EBDON REACHES 100!
Mr. Thomas J. Ebdon, Sr., affectionately known
as "Pop" Ebdon, of Sarasota, Fla. reached the cen-
tury mark and turned 100 years of age on January
24, 1989. He was a construction day worker of the
Panama Canal and saw Haley's comet in 1910 and
again in 1986. He also saw the first four-wheel
vehicle (automobile) in Houston, Texas, and shook
hands with Presidents Howard Taft, Teddy Roosevelt
and Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is one of the four
remaining Roosevelt Medal holders alive. He was
featured on the NBC TODAY morning program along
with other 100-year-olds. He always has interest-
ing and fascinating tales about his experiences in
the early days on the Canal Zone.
"Pop" was the guest of honor at a dinner party
held at the home of Joe and Rae Ebdon, hosted by
his sons and their wives, Thmas J. Ebdon, Jr.,
and Fred Ebdon of Sarasota, and Bill Ebdon of
Mississippi, for a large circle of relatives and
He has received many congratulatory phone calls
and greetings, and was visited by many of his
Out of Town guests included his niece, Ann (Ed-
wards) and husband, Hugh Hale of Leesburg, Fla.
The Ebdon family celebrates "Pop" Ebdons
100th birthday. Bill and Sue Fahnestock
Ebdon of DeLisle, Ms.; Fred and Bev Moo-
dy Ebdon, "Pop" Ebdon, Joe and Rae New-
hard Ebdon Jr., all of Sarasota, Fl.
J. EBDON WINS GYMNAST TITLE
D, STROOP PASSES SURVEYOR EXAM
Darte Stroop, son of Gerald and Leneve (Dough)
Stroop, just received confirmation of his passing
his Professional Land Surveyor exam. He is working
for his father who is president and owner of Bill
Roberts, Inc. in Bradenton, Florida.
Darte and Debbie are the parents of two child-
ren, Jerry and Mallory, and reside in Bradenton.
Jennifer Ebdon of Irvine, California, captured
the 1988 California all-around gymnastics title
for the 10-year-old division early in December at
San Diego State.
Jennifer took first place on the floor excer-
cise with a 9.35 score, first place in the vault
with a 9.2 score, second place on the beam with a
9.05 score and 10th place on the bars with a 8.85.
Her all-around score was 36.35.
Jennifer is the daughter of Dick and Kathy
Ebdon of Irvine. Her grandparents are Rae (New-
hard) and Joe Ebdon Jr. of Sarasota. She is the
great-granddaughter of Pop Ebdon Sr. of Sarasota,
who celebrated his 100th birthday on January 24,
Willeen O'Sullivan Hodge of Louisiana and Donna
Malin Meyerson of Orlando, Florida, both formerly
of the Canal Zone, along with Lisa Gonzalez and
Demetra Lianidis were the bridal attendants.
Groomsmen were Paul Meyers of Gainesville,
formerly of the Canal Zone; Mark Butkis, Mark Sig-
nund and Joseph Pepe.
MATTHEW PEAKE A MARITIME GRAD
Matthew H. Peake was graduated May 24, 1988,
with Honors from California Maritime Academy, re-
ceiving the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nau-
tical Industrial Technology.
Matthew H. Peake
Matthew is the son of Marjorie P. Frensley, of
Attica, Michigan, and Capt. Robert S. Peake of
His parents; his brother, Andrew T. Peake of
Seattle, WA., and sister, Robin Peake Bland with
her family of Las Vegas, NV., attended the grad-
uation in Vallejo, California.
Michele Owen and Steven Pepe
The bride is a graduate of the University of
South Florida and is employed by Eastern Airlines.
The groom is a graduate of the University of
Wisconsin and is employed by Nico Industries as a
The couple spent a week in St. Johns in the US
Virgin Islands before making their new home in Ft.
Due to space limitations and to provide equi-
tableness to all members, wedding guest lists
cannot be printed in the future. Members are
asked to sunrerize and not list each name.
Michele Owen and Steven Pepe were united in
marriage on November 19, 1988 at Sacred Heart
Church in Tampa, Florida.
The bride's mother is Teresa Owen of Clearwater
Florida. The groom's parents are Eleanor Pepe of
Brigantine, New Jersey and Joseph Pepe of Phila-
Patricia Owen of Gainesville, Florida attended
her sister as matron of honor and Michael Pepe,
the groom's brother was the best man.,
Myra Ann Brannon and Patrick Eugene Grimison
exchanged marriage vows on December 3, 1988 in the
Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Tallahassee, Fla.
The bride is the daughter of former Balboa res-
idents Elvia and Jerry Brannon of Bastrop, Texas.
The bridegroom's parents are former La Boca resi-
dents Nancy and Tom Grimison of Satellite Beach,
Maid of honor was Kelly Stramberg of La Boca.
Bridesmaid was Melanie Donohue of Cardenas. Flower
girl was Erin Fahy, the bridegroom's niece, dau-
ter of Bill and Elizabeth (Grimison) Fahy of Mer-
ritt Island, Fla.
The bridegroom's attendants included his bro-
thers, Richard, Eric and Matthew Grimison of Sat-
ellite Beach, who served as best man, and ushers,
respectively, and former Diablo resident Brian
Robinson as groomsman. Ring bearers were Scott
Brannon of Freeport, Fla., and Ted Brannon of
Niceville, Fla., the bride's cousins. Navy Supply
School classmates of the groom served as sword
bearers for the Arch of Swords.
Along with Elizabeth, the groom's sisters,
Christina, Rebecca and Melinda Grimison, of Mel-
bourne, Tallahassee, and Satellite Beach, Fla.,
respectively, performed musical selections during
the wedding ceremony.
Scripture readers were former Corozal resident
Luke Givens of Boulder, Co., and Andre Joshia of
Paraiso, currently a student at Texas ASM.
Jim Gagnon and Gerry Simon
Gerry Simon and Jim Gagnon were married on Jan-
uary 24, 1989 in Steamboat, Colorado, on their
annual ski trip.
Ensign and Mrs. Patrick Grimison
(Myra A. Brannon)
Myra (BHS'84) received her B.S degree in Inter-
ior Design from FSU on Dec. 10. Patrick, (BHS'82)
(FSU'87) completed Naval Supply School in Athens,
Ga. on Dec. 15. Sfter a wedding trip to Panama,
the couple is living in Key West, Fla.
Wedding guests came from as far north as New
York, Mauro Arthur, as far west as California,
Cindy Oliver, and as far south as Panama, Kaye Boy
Richie, official photographer for the wedding, and
all former residents of Panama or the C.Z.
Other wedding guests included former or current
Isthmian residents Laine (Little) Ainsworth, Kevin
Anderson, Juan Arango, Belinda Arms, George Ateek,
Mark Baker, Anne and Bruce Barca, Jessica Bettally
Kathy (Thurber) Bishop, Jinny and Mike Bradley,
Barbara and Sandra Carlin, Sam and Raeann (Thrift)
Catlett, David and Maurice Cohen, Patti Cowles,
David Dahlstrom, Eddie Dolan, Laurie Fennell, Joey
Fernandez, Alice Furlong, Teresa Givens, Jeannette
Harrington, William A. Henningsen, Ricardo Henry,
Mitchie Hern, Christopher Jeffries, David Josiah,
Sue and Walter Kelleher, Kimj Lauderbaugh, Carlos
Lavanzo, Mary (Toston) Liermann, Jes and Mary Lit-
tle, Cliff Livingston, Jinmy Lovelady, John MaGee,
Angie Martin, Jennifer Melcher, Beth Mizrachi,
Paul Myers, Suzanne (Little) Nolan, Patty Owen,
Linda (Smith) Patton, Ovid Rijfokle, Gino Reinhart
Maritza reyes, Patti Rice, Rene Richards, Kimberly
Rivera, Frank, Pat, and Mark Robinson, Edna and
Wil Rogers, Christine Shepherd, Gilbert Smith,
Julie Smith, Larry Smith, Paul and Kerrie (Hill)
Smith, Kathy, Marie and Steve Steuart, David, Dawn
and Kimi Sutherland, Billy Toston, Charlie Thrush,
John Thurber, Gustavo and Katrina (Herring) Vas-
quez, David Walker, Robert Weldon, Paul Wright and
Suzanne Marie Dolan and Adam Thomas Gill
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Dolan, of Austin, Texas,
are happy to announce the marriage of their dau-
ghter, Suzanne Marie, a graduate of Balboa High
School, Class of '80, to Adam Thomas Gill of
A private family wedding was held on November
26, 1988, in the home of the young couple. Those
who attended were: Arm and Joe Dolan, parents of
the bride; Katherine J. Dolan; Joseph F. Dolan II;
Lorie and Michael Dolan; Eileen (Dolan) and Lynn
Powell and sons Travis and Shelby; Paul Dolan;
Virginia (Dolan) Perkins, Bridget (Dolan) and
Brian Donovan. Out of state guests were Ms. Per-
kins of Miami, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Wright
of Sun City, Arizona. Ms. Wright is the bride's
aunt and the former Lillian O'Hayer. Mr. Timothy
Mazur, of Pearland, also attended.
After a week long honeymoon on the Grand Cayman
Islands, the young couple are receiving their
friends at: 2316 Bauer Drive, Houston, Texas.
Former Zonians in the wedding party were Rich-
ard Nellis, best man, and Larry Parks, groomsman.
Family photographer for the joyous occasion was
Paul K. Parks, who attended from Panama.
The young couple honeymooned on an extensive
automobile trip through Iowa and Wisconsin, then
down to Jensen Beach, Florida, where they are to
make their home. Charles works as a plumber for a
contractor there, and Dana is employed there by
Norman Dugas, Paula Ann Dugas, Daniel
Thomas and Doris Gleim Dugas.
My daughter, Paula got married this year on
July 5th to Danny Thomas, previously from Washing-
ton, D.C. She and Danny were married in Annapolis,
MD., and had a reception at the Fleet Reserve Club
with 100 guests attending.
The bride and groom are living in Charleston,
South Carolina. Paula is a mechanical engineer at
Charleston Navy Yard and Danny works for the Amway
Service Merchandise Co.
Coyle and Keith Alan
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Andrew Parks
(Dana Meredith Lundebrek)
Dana Meredith Lundebrek and Charles Andrew
Parks were united in marriage on September 23,
1988, at the Indherred Lutheran Church, Starbuck,
Minnisota, with a reception following in the
The bride is the daughter of Alden and Kay Lun-
debrek of Starbuck. The groom is the son of
Charles and Anne (Trimble) Parks, former Zonians
now living in Glandale, Arizona.
Suzanne Marie Coyle and Keith Alan Miller were
married on July 30, 1988, at Holy Family Catholic
Church in Fort Worth, Texas. The bride, given in
marriage by her father is the daughter of Edward
and Ellen Coyle, formerly of the Canal Zone.
Suzanne was graduated from Southwest Texas
State University with a degree in Criminal Jus-
tice. Keith was reared in El Paso, Texas, and was
graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock,
Texas, with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Both are currently working for General Dynamics,
After a honeymoon in the Bahamas the happy
couple are at home in Benbrook, Texas.
Attending the wedding were the members of both
families and many guests, among those were Mar-
guerite Orr and Theresa Elizalde, formerly of the
Canal Zone and now residing in San Antonio, Texas.
St. Bede's Catholic Church was the setting for
the October 29, 1988 wedding of Annette Marie
Kearns and John Robert Couch.
The bride is the daughter of Lt. Col. and Mrs.
James R. Kearns of Williamsburg, formerly Patricia
Steiner of Balboa, C.Z. The groom is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Couch of Sarasota, Florida.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Paul Mooradian of Harwich, Mass. was best man. The
ushers were James R. Kearns, Jr., brother of the
bride; Thomas B. Couch and Richard W. Couch, Jr.,
brothers of the groom; Lucas Brown and Richard
Colleen Patricia Davis served as her sister's
matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Laura Kearns
sister-in-law of the bride; Jane Anderson; Janell
Blair; Susan Cousins, and Joan Palmer.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at
the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station Officer's Club.
The bride is a graduate of Walsingham Academy
and the College of William and Mary with a BA
degree and a master of business administration
degree. She is employed as director of marketing
and public relations at Fauquier Hospital, War-
rington. She is the granddaughter of Jerry and
Dolly Steiner of Dunedin, Florida, who were resi-
dents of the Canal Zone for 50 years. Jerry was
formerly Treasurer of the Panama Canal. The groom
holds a BA degree from the U. of Colorado and a
master of Business administration degree from the
College of William and Mary. He is marketing
director for CSX Transportation.
After a wedding tip to St. John, U.S. Virgin
Islands, the couple will reside in Reston.
Julie and John Irvin
Julie Liebes and John Irvin (BHS '80) were
united in marriage on December 31, 1988 at St.
Michael and All Angels Epicopal Church in Dallas,
Texas. A reception followed at the Aldredge House.
John is the son of Capt. and Mrs. Samuel S.
Irvin of Horseshoe, N.C. (formerly of Los Rios,
C.Z.) and Julie is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs.
George Liebes of Dallas, Texas.
The couple will reside in Corpus Christi, Texas
where John is in Naval Flight Training.
Former Zonians attending were parents of the
groom, Capt. Sam (best man) and Norma Irvin; Tham-
as and Karen Irvin, brother and sister-in-law;
Elizabeth (Irvin) Quintero, aunt; and friends,
Robert White III (groomsman), Betsy, Margaret and
David Biven and Bruce (han.
Summer and Shawn Christensen
Summer Gene Wells, daughter of Bob and Penny
(Pennington) Graham and Shawn Christensen, son of
Colene Holloway, all of Lakewood, Colorado, were
married September 24, 1988 at Rockland Conmunity
Church in Evergreen, Colorado.
Summer was attended by her sister, Sheridan
Both bride and groom now live in Phoenix, Ari-
zona, working and attending college.
Summer and Sheridan and their brothers Todd and
Taylor are the grandchildren of the late James
Pennington and Juanda Pennington, formerly of Gam-
boa and Pedro Miguel.
Harold I. Paul family, L-R: Norman San-
in, Angela Guzman, Leticia A. Paul, Gri-
zel Serrano, Bryan E. Paul, Amparo Paul,
Harold Paul and Danny A. Paul.
Retired Army Captain and Mrs. Harold I. Paul
of Ft. Gulick, now residing in Tampa, Florida, are
proud to announce the marriage of their son, Bryan
E. Paul. The couple were married on May 14, 1988.
Debra Lee ei y and Shan M. Jordan
Debra Lee Reilly and Shawn Michael Jordan were
Debra Lee Reilly and Shawn Michael Jordan were
united in marriage on August 6, 1988, at the Fort
Amador Chapel. A reception followed at the Fort
Amador Officer's Club.
Brenda L. Scott, sister of the bride, served as
matron of honor and best man was Keith Jordan,
brother of the groom.
The bride's sisters, Jo Ann and Linda Reilly,
were bridesmaids. Ushers were Tom Scott and Hubert
The bride is the daughter of David and Velma
Medina Reilly of Curundu, Panama. The groom is the
son of Hubert J. Jordan and Lois L. Paredes of Los
Debra graduated from Appalachian State Univer-
sity, Boone, N.C., in July 1988 with a major in
marketing. Shawn is with the Air Force. They were
recently assigned to Zweibrucken, West Germany,
where Shawn is serving a three-year tour of duty.
Susan M. Smith and Lt. Craig A. Hamner were
married on October 8, 1988 at St. Mary of the Cat-
eract Church, Niagra Falls, New York.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, is
the daughter of Captain and Mrs. Gerald H. Smith
of Winchester, Tennessee.. She is the granddau-
ghter of Julia (deceased) and James Carr, Westwood
Massachusetts, and Hubert Smith (deceased) and
Ruth Ramsay of Chatham, Mass. The groom is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamner of North Towanda,
Matron of honor was Mary Geisinger of Omaha,
Nebraska. Bridesmaids were Becky Van Pelt of CO.,
Anne Bloom of WA., Dana Smith, sister-in-law of
Virginia, and sisters of the bride Sharon Kearley
of Florida and Sheryl Danciu of North Carolina.
Kristen Hammer, groom's neice was the flower girl.
Lt. Gary Williams was best man. Ushers were
brother of the bride Lt. Stuart Smith, Lt. Scott
Williams, Dave Krull and brothers of the groom,
Dave Hamner and Brian Hamner. Ring bearer was Jake
Kearley, nephew of the bride.
Susan M. Smith and Lt. Craig A. Hamner.
Former Canal Zone residents and classmates at-
tending were Teresa (Behre) Matherly and Bonnie
The bride is a graduate of Creighton University
in Omaha. She is a registered nurse in Virginia
Beach General Hospital. The groom is a graduate of
the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, and
is stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.
The couple live in Virginia Beach, VA.
On November 15, 1988, Mrs. Elizabeth M. Bradney
of Westerville, Ohio and Mr. Curtis L. Coate of
Kissimmee, Florida, were married at the Osceola
County Courthouse in Kissimnee, Florida.
They will be residing in Ohio.
Barbara Ann Voss and Lt. Wilfred Robert Morris,
Jr. were united in marriage on October 8, 1988 at
Mary's Star of the Sea Chapel in La Jolla, Cal.
Following the ceremony, the guests were treated to
a Mission Bay cruise aboard the "Hilton Queen."
Fun was had by all!
The bride is the daughter of Joseph and Rita
Voss of Springfield, II. The groom is the son of
Bob and Linda Morris, formerly of Balboa, who now
reside in Cathedral City, California.
Rob and Barbara Morris on board the
Hilton Queen. October 8, 1988. Bon Voy-
Barb graduated with a degree in nursing from
Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Rob (BHS'78)
graduated with the Class of '82 from the U.S.
Naval Academy and serves as a surface warfare of-
ficer. He has deployed overseas with various ships
and staffs and is presently assigned to Fleet
Training Group in San Diego, Ca. Barb, formerly
with the Naval Nurse Corps, now is employed as a
pediatric nurse with Children's Hospital in San
Carlton A. Morris (BHS'79), Rob's brother, was
best man and Rebecca S, Voss, Barb's sister, was
the maid of honor.
Following a honeymoon in Manzanillo and Puerta
Vallarta, Mexico, the couple will reside in Encin-
Mark and Dena Cicero
of Louisville, Texas,
proudly announce the
arrival of their first
child, Brian James,
born on December 4,
1988 and weighing in
at 7 lbs. 6 oz.
are Joe and Marcia
Cicero of Clearwater,
Florida, and Bob and
Sandy Chandler of
Eduardo and Lea Anne
(Wilson) Garcia of Pan-
ama City, Panama, are
the proud parents of
Logan Eduardo, their
Logan was born Nov-
ember 10, 1988 at Gor-
gas Army Hospital and
weighed in at 7 lbs.
er, Beverly Wilson and
Logan's first dog,
Scruffie were his wel-
coming committee on his
first day home.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith were married on Novem-
ber 18, 1988 in Mobile, Alabama.
Mrs. Smith is the former Kerrie Hill, daughter
of Alicia and Fred Hill. Paul is the son of Mike
Smith, formerly of Panama, and Margot Jordan of
Los Rios, Panama.
Colleen Theresa Fahy was born on July 14, 1988,
not July 4, 1888 as printed in the December 1988
Canal Record. (Sorry, it's those gremlins!)
Korbin and Diana
Fearon announce the
birth of their first
child, Megan Jeanne,
born on November 21,
1988. Megan weighed
7 lbs. 1 oz. and was
19 inches long.
Grandparents are Bob
and Jackie Fearon of
Panama and Edward and
Madeline Delaney of St.
Robert J. and Kim
Bloemer, CHS'72, an-
nounce the birth of a
son, David Robert in
David joins his 2
brothers, Mathew, 5,
and Greg, 3.
Robert is stationed
in Del Rio, Texas.
~O '-- Michael and Julie
S (Follett) Kuk, of Whi-
ting, Vermont, are
pleased to announce the
arrival of their son,
Bailey H. Kuk, on July
ents are Frank and
Sarah Follett, formerly
of Gamboa, Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Roberts of Plantation, Florida
announce the birth of a son, Gregory Scott, on
December 5, 1988. Mrs. Roberts is the former Kathy
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Fears, of
Gregory Scott has an older sister, Stephanie,
who is eight years old.
The family will be moving soon to Atlanta, Ga.,
as Ken has been transferred by his company, West-
Leona and Paul Badonsky are celebrating the ar-
rival on January 16, 1988 of their first grand-
daughter Natasha Anne daughter of Gabriela and
The grandparents are residents of Aiken, South
Pam and Thomas Crowell.
Pamela Crowell and Reid Garcia of Ormond Beach,
Florida, are proud to announce the birth of their
son, Thomas Reid, on June 6, 1988 in Ormond Beach.
Paternal granbparents are Adrien and Sasha Gar-
cia of Middlesex, New Jersey. Maternal grand-
parents are Mrs. Ila Bruckert of Ocala, Florida
and the late Mr. Richard Crowell.
John David Trim and Jaquelyn
Monty and June Trim are proud to announce the
birth of their daughter, Jacquelyn Monti on Dec-
ember 14, 1988. Jacquie weighed in at 7 lbs. 7 oz.
She joins her eleven year old brother John David.
Maternal grandparents are Pete and Marje Foster
and paternal grandparents are Dorothy Trim and the
late Preston M. Trim, Jr.
Brittany, 1 yr., Samantha, 3 yrs., and
Kathy and Tom Wilder of Ocala, Florida, are
proud to announce the birth of their son, Christo-
pher Thomas Wilder, born October 23, 1988.
He joins his sisters, Samantha, 3 years old,
and Brittney, 1 year old.
Paternal grandparents are Albert and Rosemary
Wilder of Ocala, formerly of the Canal Zone. Mat-
ernal grandparents are Harold and Janet Grise, of
Laurie (Hunt) Trinca with Justin Daniel
and Zachary (1 years).
Sam and Laurie (Hunt) Trinca proudly announce
the birth of their second child, Justin Daniel, on
November 9, 1988, at Gorgas Army Hospital, Panama.
Justin joins his proud big brother, Zachary,
1 years old.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John A.
Hunt of Diablo, Panama. Paternal grandparents are
Mr. Saverio J. Trinca of Stanfield, N.C. and the
late Ginger Trinca. Maternal great-grandmother is
Elva R. Dunning of Tampa.
Gordon and Janiel Million of Cape Coral, Fla.,
proudly announce the birth of a daughter, Megan
Ann, on August 10, 1988, weighing 8 lbs. 1 oz.
The paternal grandparents are H.J. (Jim) and
Edna Million of Sarasota, Fla.
Megan Ann was welcomed home from the hospital
by her sister, Vicki and two brothers, Gordon Jr.
Tomnas and Catherine (Lang) Alexander of Port-
land, Oregon, proudly announce the birth of their
first child, a daughter, on June 7, 1988.
The bay, who has been named Fama Leal, weighed
7 lbs. 15 oz. and measured 202 inches.
The maternal grandparents are William and Mary
Jo Lang of Portland, Oregon. Mina Dee of Sarasota,
Florida, is the very proud maternal great-grand-
A daughter, Kayla Michelle, was born in Novem-
ber, 1988, to Kelly (Stroop) Grubbs of Sarasota.
Kelly is the daughter of Ed and June Stroop, Jr.
of Kissimmee, Florida.
Kayle is the third daughter of Kelly and Mike,
and the 13th granddaughter of Ed and June's. Sis-
ters Erin and Jami are very happy with the new
Uitti peep thorrow
'1e6 eUd Reai pvwe & M/tem,, (Toa
arnd kdft eyie wdt it r Aine uftomn 4emI"
Ruth (Frank) Abranson, 88, passed away on Sept-
ember 22, 1988 at Los Angeles, California. She
went to the Canal Zone as a bride of the late Fred
Frank, a Roosevelt Medal holder and formerly was
Assistant Superintendent of the R&FA at Pier 18,
Balboa. She and her husband lived in the Canal
Zone from 1927 to 1952 and lived on the Prado.
She had two sons, Irwin Frank (BHS'52) of Gran-
ada Hills, California and Las Vegas, Nevada and
the late Norman Frank (BHS'47), who died in 1974.
In addition to son Irwin, she is survived by
grandsons Edward and Fred Frank, and greatgrandson
Paul Niel Frank, born May 21, 1988.
Clemente Aseron Sr., 94, died quietly in a nur-
sing home in San Antonio, TX. on April 21, 1988.
A native of Palawig, the Philippines, he served in
the U.S. Navy through two World Wars, retiring
from active duty after 30 years. As a Navy civil-
ian, he worked as a paymaster in a lumber yard and
a security guard until his retirement 16 years
later in 1961. During his tour of duty in Panama,
he married in 1925 and they lived in Panama until
1979 when they moved to San Antonio. He was a life
member of both the VFW and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy Laffo Aseron,
San Antonio; three sons, Clem Jr. of Hanover Park,
IL., Frank in New Orleans, LA., and Doug in Austin
TX.; eight grandchildren and three great-grand-
John (Jack) Bidwell, 79, of Odessa, Florida,
died in his sleep on November 7, 1988. He was a
former marine machines employed by the Mechanical
Division of the Panama Canal.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma, of Odessa;
and a son, William, who lives in Modesto, Califor-
nia with his three sons.
Pearl Ella Brown, of Jacksonville, Florida,
died in a local hospital on January 11, 1989. She
was a retired Federal employee, having worked for
the Air Force in the Canal Zone. She was also a
member of the Riverside Park United Methodist
She is survived by four sisters, Carrie L.
Brown, Irene Hasemane, Margaret Chandler, and
Anna B. Carter of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, died
January 2, 1989 after a long illness. She was em-
ployed by the Schools Division of the Panama Canal
Company, and was the manager of the Gatun Swimming
Pool for several years.
She is survived by her sons, Timothy of Boca
Raton, FL; Daniel of Delray Beach, FL., two grand-
sons, Thomas and Joshua, and her former husband,
Ruth Palmer Clum, 63, of St. Petersburg, Flor-
ida, died December 29, 1988 at her residence. She
was born in the Panama Canal Zone, and locally was
a retired microscopic assembler for ECI for 15
years. She was a member of the Transfiguration
Catholic Church, The Panama Canal Society of Flo-
rida, the Air Force Sergeants Association, the ECI
Retirees and United Auto Workers, all of St.
Survivors include three daughters, Dana Clum
Aubrey, Tampa, Dale Ludwigsen and Deon Clum, both
of St. Petersburg; a son, Dany Clun, Gulfport; a
brother, Louis Palmer, Dothan, Alabama; and eight
David E. Coffey, 70, passed away December 20,
1988. He was the sixth son of Roosevelt Medal
holder Daniel A. and Marie G. Coffey, a well known
Gold Coast family of eight children. Born in Colon
and a 1937 graduate of CHS, apprenticed to the
former Mechanical Division, he served 37 years
until retirement in 1974 as a supervisor in the
Industrial Division. He was a WWII veteran of the
U.S. Navy and an internationally known HAM enthu-
Surviving are his wife Frances Jean (Rabiteau)
of Vancouver, WA; a son, David F., also of Van-
couver; a daughter, Barbara Carwithen of Medford,
OR; brothers, William T. of Panama, Eugene G. of
Guatamala, Robert L. of Altamonte Springs, FL,
James C. of Lillian, AL; a sister, Patricia M. of
Houston, TX; and six grandchildren.
Mr. Coffey's ashes will be placed in Limon Bay,
Panama, at the convenience of the family.
Carolyn R. Coffin, 68, of York, Pennsylvania,
died November 27, 1988 at York Hospital. She was
a native of New York City and a member of the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida. She was the daughter
of the late Thomas and Loretta (Ellis) Geddes. She
was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph W. Cof-
fin, Jr.; five daughters, Lynne C. Cunningham of
Keene, N.H., Marjorie L. Coffin, Red Lion, Marcia
L. Abu-Taleb, Long Beach, CA., Kathi L. Coffin,
Alexandria, VA., and Nannette J. Halliwell, Red
Lion; four sons, Joseph W. Coffin IV, Middlesex,
N.J., Thomas G. Coffin, Wakefirld, MA, Jon D. Cof-
fin, Gatun, R.P., and Gerald F. Coffin, Brooklyn,
N.Y.; six grandchildren; two brothers, Frank Ged-
des, Inverness, FL, and Robert Geddes, Titusville,
FL.; and a sister, Gloria Parker, Inverness.
David Keith Conley, 70, of Encinitas, Califor-
nia, died January 11, 1989 of a chronic respira-
tory illness and pnuemonia. Born in the Canal Zone
he was the youngest child of a Georgia couple who
participated in the construction of the Panama
Canal. His parents were among the first to travel
to Panama to build, and later to maintain the
Canal. Mr. Conley left the Isthmus to attend Emory
University where he majored in English and Journa-
lism. Before U.S. entry into WWII, he volunteered
for service with the R.C.A.F. and later served as
an instructor in the U.S. Army Air Force. He was
recalled to duty during the Korean conflict and
served at various posts as an A.F. information of-
ficer. He was formerly a proof-reader for the Los
Angeles Times until his retirement in 1980, still
maintaining his interests in journalism, travel,
politics, philosophy and Panama, and has written
several articles for publication in the Canal Rec-
He is survived by a son, Keith, of Denver, Co.,
a daughter, Suzanne Conley Nemish of Encinitas; a
son-in-law, James Nemish of Encinitas, and grand-
sons James and Michael Nemish.
George V. Daniels, 77, of Belleair Bluffs,
Florida, died December 15, 1988 at Largo Medical
Center Hospital. He was born in Panama and worked
for Operations Division, retiring with 32 years of
service. He was a member of the Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; a son,
George V. Jr., AL; a sister, Anita Asmussen, Nor.
Muskegon, MI; two granddaughters, several nieces
Katherine J. Daniels, 86, of St. Petersburg,
Florda, died December 1, 1988 at College Harbor
Health Center. She was born in Shepherd, Michigan,
and left the Canal Zone in 1965.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary L. Daniel-
sen, St. Petersburg; and two granddaughters.
George N. Engelke, 94, of Bentonville, Arkansas
died December 26, 1988 at Bates Memorial Hospital
in Bentonville. He was born in Athens, Georgia,
and retired in June, 1956 from the Commissary Div-
ision, Panama Canal Company, with 45 years of ser-
vice. He was one of the last remaining recipients
of the Roosevelt Medal for service during the con-
struction of the Panama Canal. He was an active
golfer and former president of the Twin Cities
Golf Club, which is now the Prairie Creek Country
Club. He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal
Survivors include his wife, Edith Engelke of
the home; two sons, Paul Engelke of Siloam Springs
and John Engelke of Marble Head, Mass.; a brother,
Herbert 0. Engelke of Springfield, MO.; three
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Sarah Elizabeth Flowers, 75, of Port Orange,
Florida, died December 23, 1988. Born in Fitzger-
ald, Georgia, she went to school in DeLand, FL.,
where she met her future husband. Twenty five of
their 56 years of marriage were spent in the Canal
Zone where she was an elementary school teacher,
first in Margarita, Cristobal, and then Balboa,
where her 3 children, Jack, Kay and Sue grew up.
She was active in the Balboa Union Church.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest Clyde
Flowers of 4832 S. Halifax Dr., Port Orange, FL
32019; two daughters, Kay Flowers McFarland, M.D.,
of Columbia, S.C., and Susan Ann Martin of Pelham,
Margaret H. Granger, 80, of Harrison, Tennessee
passed away October 10, 1988 after a long illness.
She and her late husband, Leo E. Granger and fam-
ily arrived in the Canal Zone in 1040. She worked
for the Army at Quarry Heights, Headquarters PAC,
during the '40's and left the Canal Zone in 1950.
She was a Past High Priestess of the Ladies Orien-
tal Shrine of North America, ASEBI Court #36, and
a member of the Harrison Chapter of the OES #56.
Survivors include six sons, Bruce Behre, Clark-
sville, TN., Thomas T. Behre, Harrison, TN., Phil
Granger, Chattanooga, TN., Paul Granger, Harrison,
TN., Charles F. Granger, Aiken, SC., and Richard
Granger, Franklinville, N.C.; two sisters and one
brother; 17 grandchildren and 10 great grand-
Beverley Charles Halliday, of Dallas, Texas,
passed away March 12, 1988 at Richardson Medical
Center, Richardson, Texas. He was a World War II
Navy veteran and a retireee from the Supply Div-
ision, Panama Canal Company.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel M. of Dallas;
a daughter, Sandra of Albuquerque, N.M.; sons, J.
Craig of Richardson, and Brian of Dallas; a sister
Norine Sheldon of Wheatland, N.D., and two grand-
Andrew Hand, of Concord, California, died Dec-
ember 11, 1988 of cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Brotherson
Sidney Hayes, 76, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died January 14, 1989, a month short of his birth-
day. Born in Vest, Kentucky, he followed his older
brother, the late Troy Hayes to the Canal Zone. He
later joined the C.Z. Police Force in 1937 and
served 34 years. During these years he was active
in C.Z. Police Gun Shoots, taking 1st place in
1939 and 1954, and tied for 1st in 1943 and 1953.
Elks Lodge 1414 became his second home where he
made many friends and was a loyal brother for 46
years. Sidney retired in 1971 with 38 years of
service to the Panama Canal Company. He was also
a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
where he attended the last 13 reunions. We will
always remember him this way:
A man's no bigger than the way
He treats his fellow man;
This standard has his measure been
Since time itself began.
He's measured, not by titles or creeds
High-sounding though they may be,
Nor by the gold that's put aside
Nor by his sanctity.
He's measured not by social rank
When character's the test,
Nor by his earthly pomp or show,
Displayed wealth possessed.
He's measured by his justice
His fairness at his play,
His squareness in all dealing made
His honest upright way.
These are his measures, ever near
To serve him when they can;
For man's no bigger than the way
He serves his fellow man.
He is survived by Berniece Hayes, his wife of
38 years; a son, Capt. George Barkley; daughters
Mary Hipsher and Catherine Bell; granddaughters
Nicholette and Bryanne Bell; a brother, Gardner;
a sister, Lula, and many loving relatives and
Agnes Larson Hearon, 85, of Greenville, S.C.
died January 24, 1989 after a declining illness.
She was born in Pt. Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y.
After completing school in N.Y. she worked several
years in the Wall Street area. In 1935 she moved
to the Canal Zone with her husband, Capt. W.C.
Hearon who was a pilot on the Canal Zone until he
retired in 1961. They lived in Gamboa and Balboa.
They retired to Staten Island in 1961. Upon the
death of her husband in 1970, she moved to Green-
ville, S.C., where she attended Our Saviour Luth-
ern Church. She was buried in Staten Island.
She is survived by a son, Chris Hearon of
Greenville; a brother, Alfred Larson and two
nieces of Staten Island.
Annabelle Lola Henderson, 66, of Dothan, Ala-
bama, died November 4, 1988 at a local hospital
following an extended illness. A native of the
Republic of Panama, she lived in Dothan since
1980. While in Panama she was employed with the US
Navy as a translator, and at one time served as
Assistant Field Director of the American Red
Cross. She was also employed with the Canal Zone
Credit Union until her retirement in 1978. She was
a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
and the Dothan Chapter.
Survivors include her husband, Alfred (Wayne)
Henderson of Dothan; a stepson, Ronald Henderson
of Pensacola, Fla., and several nieces and neph-
Dorothy "Dolly" Bowen Hicks, 68, of Davidson,
North Carolina, died November 19, 1988 in Char-
lotte, N.C. She was a graduate of Balboa High
School in 1938 and left the Canal Zone in 1942.
She is survived by her husband, E.M. Hicks of
Davidson; a daughter, Janet Harvin of Arcadia,
Fla.; a son, Mell Hicks of Davidson; two sisters,
Jacquelyn Bowen Hall of Clearwater, Fla., and
Billie Bowen Martin of Safety Harbor, Fla.; two
granddaughters and 3 great-grandchildren.
James Kenneth Hicks, 76, of Erwin, Tennessee,
died December 28, 1988 at his residence. He was a
native of Erwin and came to the Canal Zone in 1936
while serving in the U.S. Army, remaining in the
Canal Zone after his discharge and worked as a
civilian for the Army Department of Transportation
until his retirement in 1968 after 33 years of
government service. He was a member of the First
Baptist Church, the Watauga Valley Chapter of the
National Railway Historical Society and an avid
"rock hound" while in the Canal Zone. He is pre-
ceded in death by his first wife Hayleda de la
Lastra Hicks, in 1969.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Hicks; a
son, James H. of Erwin; three brothers, Gordon and
Harry of Erwin, and Mack C. of Callahan, FL.; four
sisters, Norma Jean Garland, and Margaret Kellet
of Erwin, Helen Hendrix of Johnson City, TN, and
Jennie Lou Keesecker of Bristol, TN; one grand-
child and several nieces and nephews.
Arnold Jackson, of Palmetto, Florida passed
away December 19, 1988. He was preceded in death
by his wife, Edna in December 1987. They left the
Canal Zone in the early 60's and lived several
years on Guam where he retired from government
They had no children.
Mary Evelyn (Perry) James, 76, died at a hos-
pital in Miami, Florida on December 28, 1988. She
resided in Balboa from 1919 until 1938 and grad-
uated from the Canal Zone Schools system in 1930.
She worked in the Personnel Branch of the Panama
Canal Co. until retiring in 1938, following her
marriage in Atlanta, GA.
Survivors include her husband, Herman D. James
of Miami, FL.; a daughter, Margaret A. James of
Charleston, SC; a sister, Peggy (Perry) Raymond of
Ft. Myers, FL; a brother, William B. Perry of Den-
ison, TX; four granddaughters and one great-grand-
Paul F. Karst, Jr., 64, of St. Petersburg, Fla.
died January 18, 1989 at his residence. He was
born in St. Petersburg. He was a BHS'42 graduate,
received his degree at the University of North
Carolina, and his master's degree at the Univer-
sity of Texas, at Austin in Physical Education.
During World War II, he was in the U.S. Navy as a
Lieutenant and a pilot, later flying jets over
Korea. He became a physical education coach at
Balboa High School, and later became a counselor
at Curundu Jr. High. He retired from the Schools
Division in June, 1979 with over 33 years of gov-
Survivors include his mother, Henrietta Basley
Karst, Gulfport, Fla.; a son, Paul E. of the Rep.
of Panama; a daughter, Maxine M. Ruegger of Swit-
zerland; two sisters, Zoe Nalapa and Shirley Alex-
aitis of St. Petersburg: and four grandchildren.
Private services were held at the home of his
sister, Shirley Alexaitis in St. Petersburg.
Madge S. Kleasner, 85, of Salem, Oregon, died
November 25, 1988 in Salem. Memorial Services were
held at Maximo Presbyterian Church, St. Peters-
burg. Fla. on December 4. She and her late husband
Eugene F. Kleasner went to the Canal Zone in 1935,
returning in 1962, and lived in St. Petersburg and
Gulfport until 1988.
Survivors include daughters Jeanene Zinmerman
of Salem, and Bonnie Wilson of Tallahassee; six
grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Paul Edwin Kline, 82, died in Columbus, Ohio on
November 19, 1988. He was born in Columbus and at-
tended Ohio State University. He was employed from
1929-1945 with the Panama Canal Co. as General
Manager of 14 movie theaters. From 1945-49 he was
Manager of the Panama Oil Co. Inc., in Manila, the
Philippines. He was appointed Honorary Council
General from the Republic of Panama to the Repub-
lic of the Philippines. From 1950-64, he was Man-
agement Analyst for the U.S. Army Caribbean head-
quartered at Fort Amador. He was married to Mil-
dred Phillips from 1938 until her death in 1981.
They retired to Tustin, California and after her
death, he returned to Columbus to spend the rest
of his life with his brother Ed and family. He was
Past Master of Ancon Lodge, AF&M, Balboa; a member
of the Scottish Rite and Abou Saad Temple; the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, and was president
of the Panama Canal Society of Southern California
Helen (Mickie) Kramer passed away December 27,
1988, at Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mickie was born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania April 2,
1925. She and her husband resided in the Canal
Zone for 34 years prior to his retirement in 1984,
when they moved to Portland, Texas.
She is survived by her husband, Paul Kramer, a
long time resident of the Canal Zone; three sis-
ters, Mamie Muschlitz, Jenny Brior and Alice Bar-
ral, who reside in Pennsylvania.
Mary Nell Lee Kulig, 45, of Spring Hill, Fla.,
died November 5, 1988 in Spring Hill. She was a
graduate of Cristobal High School in 1961. She was
a Randolph County, Florida native and a resident
of Jacksonville for many years, and a Spring Hill
resident for the past two years. She was a U.S.
Department of Agriculture secretary and was a
Survivors include her husband, Keith Kulig of
Spring Hill; three sons, Gordon of Jacksonville,
Brent of Spring Hill, and Mark of Jacksonville;
her mother, Mrs. Era Greene of Anniston; three
sisters, Mrs. Peggy Luke of Leeds, Mrs. Huey Clark
of Jacksonville and Mrs. Pat Moore of Houston,
Texas; and several nephews and cousins.
A. Thomas Larsen, Sr., 66, of Portsmouth, Vir-
ginia, died December 3, 1988 in his home. A Ports-
mouth native, he was the former president of A.T.
Larsen Co. Inc. He came to the Canal Zone about
1937-38, graduated from Balboa High School in 1943
and was the captain of the football and baseball
teams. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force
during World War II. He was a member of Holy Angel
Catholic Church, the Refrigeration Service Engin-
eers Society and Portsmouth Moose Lodge 898.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Ziemann Lar-
sen; three daughters, Cynthia Hardy and Mary Ann
Mischke, both of Chesapeake, and Frances Drake of
Fredericksburg; two sons, Dr. Robert A. Larsen of
Haleyville, Ala., and A. Thomas Larsen Jr. of
Portsmouth; two sisters, Christine L. Anton of
Springfield, Va., and Margaret L. Howell of Vir-
ginia Beach; and nine grandchildren.
Edward A. Linney, 63, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
died November 11, 1988 at St. Anthony's Hospital.
He was born in Fort McPherson, Ga. and was an
attorney in St. Petersburg. He was a U.S. Airforce
veteran, flying 33 combat missions on B-17's. He
was the attorney for the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc.; and in 1975 served as the last
municipal court judge for St. Petersburg. He was
a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Mears Linney;
a daughter, Alicia Linney; three sons, Bill, St.
Petersburg, Ed, San Francisco, and Army Capt. John
Linney of Ft. Bragg, N.C.; and three granddau-
Lois G. Magner, 88, of Bradenton, Florida, died
December 28, 1988 in Suncoast Nursing Home. She
was born in Wsshington, D.C. and left the Canal
Zone in 1957. She was a homemaker and an Episco-
palian. She was a member of the Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida and the Manatee Art League.
She is survived by two daughters, Nancy M. Hall
of Marietta, Ga., and Carolyn M. Lowery of Brandon
Miss.; a son, Neil, of Mexico City; a sister,
Frances Greene of Bradenton; and five great-grand-
Joe Medlinger of Panama passed away at him home
September 29, 1988. He was a well known business-
man in Panama.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine Sundquist
Virgie E. Meyer, 85, of Dothan, Alabama, died Dec-
ember 28, 1988 at the Wesley Manor Nursing Facil-
ity after an extended illness. She was born in
Plant City, FL., and upon marriage to her husband,
the late Samuel R. Meyer, the couple lived in the
Canal Zone from 1929 until 1956. Following retire-
ment, they moved to Tampa where her husband died
in 1981 and her son, Samuel W. Meyer died in 1986.
Survivors include her daughter, Virginia A. Ny-
gard of Dothan. AL; three granddaughters, Laurie
Yates, Columbia, MO., Janet Lane, Tanpa, FL., Judy
Peiry, Sikeston, MO.; and five grandchildren.
Father George Mullen, C.M., 66, died November
24, 1988 in Jackson, Michigan. He was first sent
to Panama (David) in 1949, and also saw duty in
Almirante, St. Mary's (Balboa), Brooklyn, Miami,
Niagara University, Washington, D.C. and Jackson,
He is survived by three brothers; Andrew of New
Smyrna Beach, FL., Joseph of Miami, FL, and Msgr.
Edward Mullen, pastor of Christ the King Church,
Windsor Ave., Haddenfield, NJ.
Expressions of sympathy could be addressed to
James H. Nichols, a civil service employee at
Albrook AFB, C.Z. from 1946-1970, died suddenly at
his home in Memphis, Tenn. on December 15, 1988.
Known to his many friends as "Nick," he attended
the First Baptist Church in Balboa and was active
as a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the OES and
was a veteran of World War II. Since retirement,
he and his wife attended Audubon Park Baptist
He is survived by his wife, Bea Nichols, 2895
Stagecoach Dr., Memphis, TN 38134 (901-388-7314);
a son, Jim Nichols, 5602 Rushing River Dr., King-
wood, TX 77345 (713-360-3977); three grandsons,
Scott, Chris and Travis; and a sister, Mrs. May-
bell Tucker of Obion, TN.
Claire E. Ogden, 92, of Pittsfield, Massachu-
setts, died December 27, 1988, at Berkshire Medi-
cal Center. She had been a petient at Berkshire
Nursing Home. She was an Episcopalian missionary,
and spent 35 years in Bella Vista, Panama, R.P. as
head of the American-Episcopal Bella Vista Child-
ren's Home where girls from 4 to 18 years old were
raised. She was known as Auntie Claire. in 1962,
she became housemother of St. Luke's Hospital, an
Episcopal mission project in Ponce, Puerto Rico,
spending two years there and retiring in 1964. She
was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and
the Women of St. Stephen's; also a member of the
OES, Senior Citizens, Retired Seniors Volunteer
Program, and the American Red Cross of Panama. She
had been a longtime volunteer at the Pittsfield
John S. Palmer, 68, of Hamilton, New Jersey,
died October 31, 1988 at home. Born in the Canal
Zone, he was a Hamilton resident for the past 32
years. He was a member of Sojourners Lodge F&AM in
Cristobal, the Scottish Rite in Balboa; the Hamil-
ton Township Forever Young Senior Citizens Club,
and St. Mark United Methodist Church. He was an
Army veteran of World War II.
Father of the late Jon Leigh Palmer, he is sur-
vived by his wife, Ruth Pennington Palmer; a sis-
ter, Ruth A. Clum of St. Petersburg, FL.; a bro-
ther, Louis E. Palmer of Dothan, AL.; and several
nieces and nephews.
Kay Ritchie Paton, 64, of Salem, Oregon, died
January 22, 1989 at a local hospital in Salem. She
attended Canal Zone schools in Gatun and Balboa
with the Class of 1941 and spent her last 2 years
of high school at St. Josephs H.S. in Emmitsburg,
Maryland. She then returned to the Canal Zone and
worked for several years before leaving in 1947,
upon reassignment of her husband, a U.S. Army of-
She is survived by a daughter, Ann Benson and
Fred E. Perra, 67, of Gainesville, Georgia,
died of a heart attack on November 1988, while
hunting in the South of Georgia. He was born in
Burlington, Vermont and a graduate of Northfield
High School, the Blackstone School of Law, Chicago
Illinois, with the degree of LLB and a criminal
justice degree (Cum Laude) from Brenau College,
Gainesville, GA. He held the distinction of ser-
ving in three branches of the Military Service.
From 1937-1939 he served in the 172nd Infantry of
the Vermont National Guard. From 1940-1941 with
the 74th Bombardment Squadron, Albrook Field, C.Z.
and with the U.S. Navy in the 15th Naval District
from 1943-1945. Before his appointment to the
Canal Zone Police Force, he was employed as budget
and procurement officer for the Veterans Admin-
istration in White River Junction, VT. Then as a
fiscal and contracting officer for the Air Force
at the Panama Air Depot. Fred joined the Canal
Zone Police in 1949. During his service there he
started as a rookie and rose through the ranks
holding several positions, such a Balboa District
Police Inspector, Cristobal District Police Com-
mander, and prior to his retirement in 1971 he
held the position of Assistant Chief of the Canal
Zone Police Forces.
While residing in the Gainesville, Hall County,
Ga., he served for 15 years as special investi-
gator with the Northeast Judicial Circuit for the
Superior Courts of Hall, White, Lumpkin and Dawson
counties. He declined the position as Chief Magis-
trate in 1983 for personal reasons, and at the
time of his death he was an investigator for the
law firm of Stephens and Shuler.
He is survived by his wife, the former Cecilia
Simms; three daughters, Beverly McDonald, Quincy,
WA., Virginia Canupp, Gainesville, GA., and Sylvia
Fox, Panama City, R.P.; four sons, Fred E. Perra
III, Allentown, PA., Richard Perra, Olynpia, WA.,
Bruce Perra, West Palm Beach. FL., and Steven Per-
ra, Gainesville, GA; 14 grandchildren, 3 great-
grandchildren; two sisters, Joan Strickford, Long
Beach, CA., and Diane Rossiter, Newport, NH.
Ardrey V. Peyton, 80, of Picayune, Mississippi,
died September 16, 1988 at Crosby Memorial Hos-
pital. A native of Huntington, West Virginia, he
was an electrician for the U.S. Government.
Survivors include Helen L. Peyton of Picayune;
a son. Phillip Peyton of Rockledge, Fla.; a dau-
ghter, Regina Skipper of Picayune; six grandchild-
ren and three great-grandchildren.
Marion (Hutchison) Phillips, of Laguna Hills,
California, died of a brain tumor on January 31,
1989. She and her husband were married in Pedro
Miguel on January 8, 1938 after meeting in Balboa
High School and after her husband's 4-year appren-
ticeship. They were former members of Margarita
Union Church. After her husband retired in 1972
from the Industrial Division with over 39 years of
service, they moved to Leisure World, Laguna Hills
She is survived by her husband, Noble Phillips,
Laguna Hills, Ca.; two sons, Richard Phillips and
Douglas Phillips, both working and living in the
Canal Area, Panama; a daughter, Susan Fisher of
Vero Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Powell and
Doris Hutchison of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and sis-
ters-in-law, Peggy Hutchison of Aiken, S.C., and
Betty (Phillips) Gerhardt and Fred Gerhardt of
Boca Raton, Florida.
Maj. Gen. William E. "Joe" Potter, 83, of
Orlando, Florida, died December 5, 1988. Born in
Oshkosk, Wisconsin, he moved to Orlando from Los
Angeles in 1968. He was Senior Vice President of
Walt Disney World. He graduated from West Point in
1928, from MIT in 1933 and from the National War
College in 1952. He served as a Corps of Engineer
Officer in Nicaragua in 1929 and in Europe in 1943
to 1945, and as Governor of the Canal Zone and
President of the Panama Canal Company during 1956-
1960. He was Executive Vice President of the New
York World's Fair 1960-65, then joining the Walt
Disney organization. He was instrumental in the
planning and construction of the Walt Disney World
complex and formed and managed the Reedy Creek im-
provement district. He was a director of the Car-
lisle Corporation, Florida Gas Company, Bank of
Perrine, Trust Company of Florida, American Banker
Insurance Company, and the Central Florida Kidney
Center. He was a member of the Greater Orlando
Airport Authority, the Orlando Regional Medical
Center Foundation, the Florida Council of 100,
the Florida Bicentennial Comission, and the Gov-
ernor's Management Advisory Commission. His honors
include an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from
Drexel Institute, the Distinguished Service Medal,
the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and French
Croix de Guerre.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Potter;
his daughters, Jo Ann Hipp of Orlando and Suzan
Schull of Honolulu; his grandchildren, Mark, Kent
and Stephen Hipp of Orlando, Gunner and Amanda
Schull of Honolulu and Kendall Yates of Jackson,
Edward Sydney Randolph, 72, of Martha's Vine-
yard, Massachusetts, died January 12, 1988, at the
Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He attended elementary
and high school on the Canal Zone. His father was
a prominent Canal Zone engineer. After serving in
the U.S. Navy during World War II, he went on to
graduate from Louisiana State University. Later he
worked as a Purser on the United Fruit Line. After
many years in Fort Worth, Texas, he moved to his
last address where he worked for the Steamship
He is survived by his sister, Sheila Randolph
Price, two nieces and a nephew.
Jeremiah Rankin, 20 months, of Homosassa
Springs, Florida, died November 18, 1988 at the
Children's Hospital of Pittsburg while undergoing
a third liver transplant
He is survived by his parents, Robert and Sher-
ry Rankin and his sister Jenny of Homosassa
Springs, FL.; his uncle and aunt, David and Alle-
gro (Woodruff) Rankin of St. Petersburg, FL. The
paternal grandparents are retired marine traffic
controller Robert L. Rankin and his wife, Evelyn,
who worked at the first aid stations at Miraflores
and Pedro Miguel.
Edward C. Rasmussen, 88, of Houston, Texas,
died January 22, 1989. He was born in Esjberg,
Denmark and came to the United States in 1914. He
has been a resident of Houston since 1950, enploy-
ed as building superintendent with Farnsworth and
Chambers, Lott Company and Mustang Tractor. Prior
to that he was in the construction business in
Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, Missouri and the Canal
Zone. He was a member of Richmond Plaza Baptist
Church and the Masonic Lodge, Balboa, Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Ann, of Houston;
daughters, Evelyn Werlla Minnick of Houston and
Karen Swinney of Spokane, Washington; a son, Rich-
ard H. of Atherton, CA.; stepchildren, Mary Harold
King of Brazoria, TX., Elizabeth McNatt of Houston
Charles Street of Mobile, AL., and Edward Street
of Dickinson, TX.; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grand-
children, 9 step-grandchildren, 12 step-great-
Richard (Dick) J. Reed, 54, of Vancouver, Wash-
inton, died January 9, 1989 at his home following
a short illness. A native of Bellingham, Washing-
ton, he had lived in Vancouver the past 15 years.
Dick graduated from Crsitobal High School in 1953.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Reed; a son,
Christopher J., Pacific Beach, CA.; two daughters,
Michelle, Vancouver, WA., and Lisa Tereski, Seat-
tle, WA.; his mother, Evva Reed, Houston, TX.; a
sister, Joan Dabek, Houston, TX.; and two grand-
children, Amy and Reed Tereski.
Elbert Francis (Bubber) Ridge, 57, Kerrville,
Texas, passed away in his sleep December 16, 1988.
Born in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone, he attended
Canal Zone schools and went to work for the Mt.
Hope Oil Handling Plant in 1951. He became Fuel
Distribution Systems General Foreman in Mt. Hope
and retired on December 15, 1979. He belonged to
B.P.O.Elks Lodge 1542 in Margarita, Canal Zone,
and the American Legion Post No. 208 of Kerrville,
and was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S.
Air Force Reserve. He is preceded in death by his
wife, Leida Kleefkens Ridge.
His is survived by his three children, SSgt.
John Herman Ridge of Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Loreen
Ridge Philyaw of Anderson, SC; and SSgt. Alan
Gregory Ridge of England AFB, Louisiana; also
three sisters, Joan Marie deGrummond of Laguna
Hills, CA., Mary Gribbin of Trenton, NJ., and Mar-
garet R. Coffey of Metairie, LA; and five bro-
thers, Robert Ridge of Columbus, OH, Vincent Ridge
of Center Valley, PA, Patrick Ridge of St. Augus-
tine, FL, Ralph Ridge of Trenton, NJ, and Joseph
Ridge of Burlington, IA; and two grandchildren,
Daniel Alan Ridge of Homestead, FL., and Piper
Lorianna Philyaw of Anderson, SC.
He is buried at St. Mary's Cemetary, Trenton,
NJ., next to his parents and his eldest brother.
Richard J. Salvato, 68, of Panama City, Rep. of
Panama, died November 18, 1988. He was formerly
with Canal Zone Customs Division on the Atlantic
side that worked the "cargo deck." A veteran of
the U.S. Navy, he was also a devout Catholic.
He leaves his widow, Maria, and a daughter,
Janet, with possibly more relatives in Long Island
Anna (King) Seagrave, 88, died at the home of
her daughter, Marian Sadowski, in Bricktown, N.J.
on June 4, 1988 following a long illness. She was
born in Wallingford, Conn. She married "Shorty"
King who was stationed with the U.S. Navy in Coco
Solo and later joined the Lighthouse Division,
where he was a Pilot. He paased away in Gatun in
1949. She later married Earl Seagrave of the Hydro
Electric Station, and passed away in 1971. She was
employed by the Clubhouse Division in Gatun and
Balboa in management until she retired, and when
Earl retired they settled in Lakeland, Fla. in
1956. She was a member of OES Coral Palm Chapter
#3, NARFE, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Lake-
land General Hospital Auxiliary, Auxillary of
Florida Presbyterian Homes of Lakeland, Woman's
Club, Newcomers Club, Woman's Assoc. of Westmin-
ster Presbyterian Church, and NARFE #194.
She is survived by her daughter, Marian; grand-
children John and Joan; great-grandchildren Carrie
Ann, John Anthony, Erin and Travis; several nieces
Herbert F. Stapf, 90, of Clearwater, Florida,
died December 30, 1988 at Mease Hospital, Dunedin.
He was born in Crafton, Pennsylvania, and was a
retired cost accountant for the federal govern-
ment. He was a member of the Kirk of Dunedin and
the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Marian W.; a bro-
ther, Andrew C., Ashville, N.C.; a niece; and a
Arthur E. Sutton of Greenville, Illinois died
suddenly on January 1, 1989 of a heart attack.
Martin Lane Weaver, 41, passed away on November
10, 1988 in Tallahassee, Florida. A natuve of
Colorado, he lived in Tallahassee for seven years.
He was a research and development specialist for
the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He
lived in Margarita, Canal Zone from 1974 to 1979
and was employed by Fenton and Company.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Paulson
Weaver; a son, Brian A. Weaver; his mother, Mignon
Weaver; a brother, Mitchell, both of Colorado; and
the Cash Paulson family of Tallahassee. Florida.
Ruth Beatrice Beard Whitsett, 97, of Williams-
burg, Virginia, died January 13, 1989 in Riverside
Regional Convalescent Center. She acme to the Zone
about 1914 and taught grade school in Empire where
she met her future husband, an electrician working
on the locks construction, later as lock operator
at Pedro Miguel and Miraflores. The automatic loss
of her teaching position upon marriage started a
a long and varied career for her as she gave pri-
vate lessons in English in Panama, became Editor
of the Woman's Page of the Star & Herald, a part-
time economist for Fuerza y Luz, and briefly had
a weekly broadcast on a radio station in Panama.
She traveled to Peru and Costa Rica and supported
herself by teaching English, then returned to the
Canal Zone in the 1940's and worked for the Pay-
roll Division, and retired. She continued teaching
in New Mexico and finally retired in the 1950's.
In 1974 she became a convalescent, spending time
in Las Cruces, NM., and finally the Williamsburg
area to be close to her daughter.
Survivors include a daughter, Miriam Cardi of
Williamsburg; a son, James J. Whitsett of Clear-
water, FL.; six grandchildren and eight great-
Neil H. Wilson, 85, of San Francisco, Califor-
nia, died November 16, 1988 following a long ill-
ness. He was born and lived in Chandlers Valley
until 1928 when he went to the Panama Canal as a
surveyor of the Trans-Isthmian Highway. He later
became chief engineer of Panama Canal fortifica-
tion, then chief and director of the Admeasurers
for all shipping through the canal.
Surviving are his wife, Dora of San Francisco;
three sons, Ray Wilson, Englewood, Colorado, James
Wilson, Vallejo, California, and Tom Wilson, Her-
cules, California; two sisters, Harriet Wilson and
Lois Brown, Warren; two nieces and two nephews and
Letters to the Editor
DEL RUBIO TRIPLETS CORRECTION
The December, 1988 issue of the Canal Record
made an erroneous reference to the fact that the
Del Rubio Triplets were associated with the Balboa
High School graduating Class of 1939. The Del
Rubio Triplets did, in fact, attend Balboa schools
but left the Isthmus at an early age for the Uni-
ted States. The Editor apologizes for any incon-
FROM IRENE (WRIGHT) HOLLOWELL
...I look forward to each issue and reading it
from cover to cover. Love the pictures! Congrat-
ulations on the work and devotion of each officer.
The Founder, John F. Warner, was my Sunday
School teacher in the 1920's at Balboa Union
Hope to see you at the 1989 Reunion. Best
wishes for the coming year. Most Sincerely,
Irene (Wright) Hollowell
Balboa High School 1922.
MORE ZONIANS WORK TOGETHER
Polk County School District has hired both
Vicki Sizemore and Paula (Kuyoth) Martin as spe-
cial education teachers for Roosevelt Vocational
School in Lake Wales, Florida.
Vicki (BHS '70) has a Bachelor's Degree in Spe-
cial Education from the University of West Florida
and has held teaching positions in Florida, Texas
and New York as well as teaching with Department
of Defense schools in the former Canal Zone. She
lives in Auburndale with husband, Ed Wardlow,
(formerly with the Canal Zone Post Office, and now
with the US Postal Service in Orlando).
Paula (BHS '69) lives in Brandon with her hus-
band, Gerald "Barrel" Martin, an FAA employee at
Tampa International Airport, and their two child-
ren. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary
Education from Southern Illinois University.
FROM NIZA (BOYNTON) GREIG
Am surprised and honored to have received
this "Who's Who." (Bill and Marty Evans', Estes
Park, Colorado Newsletter). Here's our addition:
Bob and I just returned from visiting Jimmy and
Mary (Sullivan) on Camano Island, Washington.
We live in Baja Calfornia del Sur, Juncalito,
(near Loreto) Mexico, from January thru May. Any
Canal Zone friends are invited to stay on our
Beach Cabanas. Ask for Antonio Villa Lejo Ranch.
We own place there.
Count on Bob and I to help at the next Reunion
if west of the Mississippi. East Coast os too hot
and humid for us.
George Hatchett lives in Lake Tahoe, Califor-
nia. Otherwise, any and all are invited to stay on
our ranch for a visit. We have a guest house plus
room for 3 RV hook-ups. Fond recollections to all.
Niza (Boynton) Greig
November 1, 1988
LUCHO'S ENTERTAINING EXPANDS..!!
In a recent visit to relatives in Longview,
Texas, Lucho entertains in a more individual way
while holding Brandon O'Sullivan Hodge, first
child of Lewis and Willeen Hodge of Haughton, LA.
Brandon's maternal grandparents are Bill and
Nenna O'Sullivan of Lutz, Florida.
Lucho's entertainment expands!
FROM ELIZABETH ZIRKMAN
Our address is now Omaha, Nebraska. Who would
have thought that after so many years as New
Yorkers we would be living in the midwest?
Of course, some of our New York friends know
the struggle we went through from August until
November when we finally decided that staying
alone in an apartment in the Bronx was no longer
In August, Walter fell and broke his upper arm.
Because of his breathing problems, surgery was not
possible. After a three week stay in the hospital
he came home so weak that he could not walk much
less care for himself.
I have been suffering from osteoporosis for
three years now, and try as I might I just could
not help him enough even with the assistance of
home health services and a physical therapist.
Finally, after many sleepless nights, we thought
it best to ask Caroline and her husband for some
In short order, they had us packed and moved
to Qmaha where they have been living for the past
ten years. Of course, they have wanted us to live
nearer to them for some time, especially since I
broke my hip in 1985. I am living in an apart-
ment building for senior citizens where I have to
do a minimum of work. That is, my meals are pre-
pared for me and there is a maid service to do the
cleaning. Also, there is limosine service to take
us anywhere we want to go of course not to New
York but anywhere in driving distance. We
arrived here on November 16. Believe it or not,
our furniture arrived on November 21. The grand-
sons came over and helpt get things into the pro-
per places and though the apartment is smaller
than our old one, most of the important things are
Unfortunately, Walter is not yet enjoying this
nice living style. He went from the plane to a
rehabilitation center to get him up and walking.
He decided to hurry the process just a bit too
much, and on November 18, he fell again, this time
breaking his hip. It was possible to set the hip
by using a spinal anesthesia and he is up again
at this writing. Hopefully, this time he will
allow the therapists to set his pace. If all
goes as planned, he should be in the apartment by
I had a nice Thanksgiving with Caroline and
family and a few extras. Eric, who is a sophomore
at Creighton University in Omaha invited a few
foreign students. It turned out to be six fellows
from Malaysia spending their first Thanksgiving
and their first winter in America.
A brief update on the children. Richard and
family are still in Elyria, OH. Stephanie, his
oldest, will graduate from high school this June.
She spent part of the sumner in Omaha with her
cousins and I understand she is applying to
Creighton University. Maybe next year, we'll have
another grandchild nearby. Richard is still busy
as ever with all of his music activities. He is
the minister of music at one of the Elyria chur-
ches and continues as a Fine Arts Coordinator for
Elyria Public Schools.
Caroline is still teaching in an Omaha suburb
as well as doing some night teaching for one of
the State colleges in the area. Their second son,
Bryan, is a freshman at Augustana College in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota. Alyssa is a freshman in high
school and happy to try to practice her German
with me. Harold retired from 20 years in the Air
Force in August. He is presently serving as an
interim pastor for a small church outside of
Omaha while awaiting a permanent call in the area.
Of course, nothing is perfect. This has been
a big change and it will take time to get re-
oriented, but I know it was the right move. In
the meantime, it will be nice to hear from old
Our new phone number is 402-390-9813.
MARJORIE SCARBOROUGH SAYS:
(To Marje Foster)
You are doing a great job. We appreciate your
Three of our four children are home for Xmas,
plus the grandchildren. So our home is truly buz-
Jo Anne and 2 children (Michelle and Kenneth)
have just returned to Panama. She is an education
specialist she has quarters on Fort Davis.
We have lots of Canal Zone friends drop in as
they transit Interstate 40.
We get together with Max and Earl Wrenn and
Ernest and Lois Van Horn quite often.
Enjoy the Canal Zone activities at Fayetteville
and are busy with church, NARFE and community
activities. I am President of NARFE just now. We
had the National Convention in Little Rock, Ark.
Happy New Year!
FROM HAZEL RICHARDS, N. HAMPSHIRE
Greetings from New Hanpshire!
The Richards are still going strong! Had a
lovely visit with Zeke and Larry Treadwell in
Tennessee this past summer.
We are still strong into photography and doing
programs for churches and clubs, etc.
Howard is in his eighth year on the City Zoning
Board of Adjustment, and the city is still growing
by leaps and bounds!
Our son Mark was voted "Employee of the Month"
at Howard Johnson's in October. A watch and a $100
bill went along with it!
Arleen and Howard Osborn celebrated their 50th
anniversary in October with a surprise dinner by
their many friends here then took off on a Car-
Merry Christmas to you all in Florida.
Jonkopings Westra Tandsticksfabriks
CANAL lONE MATCHES
MADE IN SWEDEN
EXPRESSLY FOR THE
si PANAMA CANAL COMPANY -"
DE CANAL ZONE MATCH
Matchmaker, matchmaker, make I a match -
one dat does flicker and de water don't catch.
Dis why Sweden de sweetest, de match I attach.
One ting does fright me when de match I does light
- de mosquito in flight who does lash wid a bite.
But if her want to fight in de light, I mus' win,
For I very hard woman from de tan o' me skin.
Now Canal does light from flourescent stick,
It show all de ship and it stronger den Bic.
Out de light, mind your manners and pray for a
And maybe one day we cyan dig a NEW ditch!
(Sister Theresa Ann Ridge)
SLUGGING PRIEST STILL A PLAYER
The Rev. Daniel Renaldo, C.M., starred in gram-
mer football and baseball at Roseto and Bangor
In the Bi-State, Father Renaldo led the league
with a .354 batting average one season, was named
the league's most valuable player and received
tryouts with Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics
of the American League.
Recently he observed the silver jubilee of his
ordination into the priesthood. It has been 26
years since he wore the uniform of Kayser, Ban-
gor's entry in the Bi-State. He is 23 pounds
heavier since hanging up his spikes and he has a
touch of gray in his dark hair. -
Father Renaldo smiled broadly when he said,
"I still love to play baseball. I have a bat, ball
and glove in the car's trunk wherever I go."
He is in the Slate Belt this summer, being home
from his third assignment in the Panama Canal
Zone. There he has done some golfing and played
He first went to St. Mary's in Balboa in 1948,
then to St. Vincent's in Panama City, and Rio
Abajo and Curundu. He went to Cristobal in '53-'59
and to Rainbow City. In 1972 he was sent back to
Panama at St. Joseph's, Paraiso, until 1976. -
AND THE HOLIDAYS
October-Fiesta! That was October 22 at Dave
Furlong's house in Tanpa. It was picnic by the
river day as almost 90 Zonians and friends showed
up for another relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.
Co-hosted by Chris Skie, Dave and Allegro (Wood-
ruff) Rankin and Vicki Sizemre and Ed Wardlow.
Co-host Debbie (Mann) DeHeart had to cancel be-
cause her son was ill. The bring-your-own-every-
thing-and-then-some party brought plenty of re-
quests for doing it again! We're planning.
Bob and Jay Stewart, Larry and Betty (leDoux)
Frassrand, Pete and Marge Foster, Drake and
Colette (Foster) Carlisle, Tony and Anna ann, and
Larry and Sue Barca formed their coolers into a
circle near the river, offering food to anyone who
My sister, Alice Furlong, collected her usual
gang of college-age Zonians across the creek, safe
from "old people" like myself. Chris must have
expected them, though, as he brought about 40
pounds of arroz con pollo! Sister, Valerie Fur-
long, arrived with a Texan, not a Zonian, but we
let him stay.
Craig and Lisa (Parks) Boatwright were a wel-
come surprise. They caravaned from Port St. Lucie
with their kids, along with Lisa's sister and her
Classmate Andrea (Garavanta) Bellerose (BHS 67)
was here with husband, larry, and son, Alan. How
come I look our age and she doesn't?
Chris Skie ran into Bill Livingston in St. Pete
and brought him along.
Overheard at the party: "That's a beautiful
kid! He's got to be a NEHRING!" "Are you kid-
ding? He's got LITILE written all over him!" Good
work, Butch and Lynne (Little) Nehring.
We also had Tan Carey, Mel and Ted Henter,
Steve Nehring, Robert Rankin, L'Aine (Little)
Ainsworth, J.E.S. Little, Sue (Little) Nolan, Ru-
pert Turner, Steve Goodman and his new wife;
Barrel and Paula (Kuyoth) Martin, Jerry and Cathy
(Dentanore) Denton, and lots of beautiful kids.
I went to Auburndale for dinner Christmas Eve,
at Vickie and Ed's; Faye (Weiser) Finnegan was
visiting from Texas with husband, Richard and dau-
ghter, Sarah. A few days later, they all came to
Tampa for dinner at Shells, where we ran into the
entire Denton clan (Jerry and Cathy take foster
children, often badly abused, and seem always to
have three or four minimum! What a wonderful
New Year's Eve, Chris Skeie and I fired bottle
rockets by the gross, launched mortars and other
fun things, and in general caused a lot of smoke
and noise. Chris devised and built a rocket
launcher which could hold 45 at a time. I used
a propane torch to ignite them all at once. We
had a covered dish dinner which featured ceviche,
plantain chips, arroz con polio (would you believe
5 lbs of dry rice and 4 chickens?), empanadas,
Johnny Mazetti, black beans with chopped onions
(which were supposed to bring luck for the new
year), bread, butter and brownies. Dave and
Allegro Rankin stopped by on their way to Homo-
sassa Springs with a bottle of champagne for a
quick toast, and dropped off a late Christmas pre-
sent; stone crab claws from his traps.
Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow, Ed Wardlow, Jr.,
Dusty Furlong, Valerie Furlong and friend Pat
Connors, Chris Skeie, and Lisa Gibson, Barrel and
Paula Martin with Barrel, Jr., and MIichael, and
George Lord were all here for the food and fun.
Barrel's empanadas are GREAT those lucky people
who spent the night had four or five a piece for
breakfast, with their choice of catsup, hot sauce,
and their (clockwise from left) coffee, diet coke,
diet pepsi, beer or champagne.
Rick Baltozer was in town on leave from Panama,
visiting his parents in St. Pete; that was enough
reason to barbecue some chicken on the patio.
"Baldy" is still working in the control house, but
planning to retire to Florida next year.
Tom Carey called from Bern's Steak House one
night to tell me he had John Gough,II in tow; they
came over for an hour or two. John is considering
Florida, Southern California and Louisiana to
Back in '57 or '58, in gavilan area, I met a
kid who has remained a real friend ever since.
He was in the Zone while I was away in the Army;
he lived in Florida all the years I lived in Cali-
fornia, and he moved to Alaska shortly after I
moved to Florida in 1980. Obviously, I haven't
seen too much of him. But on New Year's Day, Rick
Plucker with his wife, Nancy, and son, Jason,
showed up in the driveway! They were en route to
Busch Gardens from Disney World.
I came back from overseas in April, 1970, so
attended Canal Zone College with Balboa's Class
of 1970. Having made a lot of friends in that
class, it was no surprise to find myself (or was
it my computer they were after?) on the BHS '70
Reunion Comnittee; negotiations were tough, but
they finally gave me everything I asked for, pro-
viding I agreed to be reimbursed for supplies.
I talked to Rudy Crespo in San Francisco, who sent
me a floppy disk with the addresses from their
last reunion (Austin, Texas 1980). If you know
of anyone from either BHS or CHS Class of 1970,
please ask them to write to me or to the names
listed in the announcements at the back of this
magazine. Parents of BHS/CHS '70 graduates are
also encouraged to write to us. And please, any-
one, if you have knowledge of a classmate's death
or serious illness, please let us know.
I'm also maintaining the official list of BHS
'67 class members. We're planning our 25th anni-
versary, so keep me posted. (CHS '67, send me
your addresses too).
Finally, I've had phone calls in the past two
weeks from Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Arnold '"Cito"
Talbott and Debra Plucker, who are all planning
to be in Tampa for the Reunion. It seems like
most of the Christmas cards I received were signed
"See you at the Reunion".
FROM DAVID ZEMER IN NORWAY
October 30, 1988
I will be flying down to Florida to visit my
mother with my wife Rikke in two weeks. Then we
will be flying down to Panama for a week vacation.
We now have about 2 inches of snow here and free-
zing temperatures so we are looking forward to the
We were in Panama in February 1988 for 3 weeks
and had a great time. Most of the days were spent
at my grandparents', Mary and Fannett Zemer, house
in Santa Clara. We also drove with them to Boquete
and stayed at the Pension Marilos which is owned
by friends of theirs, and who's son, Frank Glavas,
had attended CHS.
#I, 'f --
V~fS r- -* -T65`1^
^^^^P 1 JII^L .H^^^^^^k J^^^L -_-"* AItt
Rikke, David, Mary and Emmett Zemer at
the birthday party.
Since this was February, we had a great fish-
ing trip to Taboga with Bob and Vicki Boukalis and
attended carnival there.
The next week George Bletterman gave a party
for my grandmother's 88th birthday, and Rikke's
Since then my grandmother fell (on the 4th of
July) and fractured her hip and had to spend some
time in the hospital. She is now able to get about
with a "walker" but due to this injury both my
grandparents have moved from Panama and are now
living in California.
Ernett arrived on the Zone in 1913 to take a
look and kept looking for the next 75 years. Mary
arrived 5 years later with her family and they
were married a few years later.
Panama won't be the same without them but their
friends can contact them at: 1340 Pomeroy Ave.
Apt. 201, Santa Clara, CA 95051. (408) 544-0280.
KATHLEEN McCONAGHY IN KOREA
Kathleen Mary McCon-
aghy is now on assign-
ment at Yongsan, the
U.S. Joint Armed Forces
Military Base at Seoul,
She is the daughter
of Mathilda McConaghy
who, before retirement,
was a nurse at Gorgas
Hospital, and the late j
John McConaghy, a son
of the late Maria and
Benjamin McConaghy who
held the Roosevelt
Medal. Before his re-
tirement John was em-
ployed by the Supply Kathleen Mary
and Conmunity Services. McConaghy
Kathleen was born in Gorgas Hospital, received
her elementary education in the Balboa schools,
her bachelor's degree at Incarnate Word College
and her master's degree at Webster University in
San Antonio, Texas.
Her mother visited her and her daughter Cortney
this past September. The Olympic Games were held
in Seoul at that time and the three attended a
nunbeof interesting and exciting events.
The accompanying photograph was taken during a
visit with her mother at the Joint Security Area,
Panmunjom, where the Republic of Korea and commu-
nist North Korea face each other. There, the
United Nations Command Security Force keeps lonely
vigilance. Although an armistice was effected be-
tween the two countries in 1953, a peace treaty
never has been. It has been the longest armistice
CALLING ALL CANAL ZONE SWIMMERS!
Where have all the Canal Zone swimmers gone? In
1919, Coach Henry J. Grieser formed the Red, White
and Blue Troupe and was the first to have age
group swimming. He exhibited his six-year old
swimmers at the opening of The Madison Square Gar-
den Pool in New York City in 1924. The American
Athletic Union didn't have age group swimming un-
til after World War II. Now they have Master Swim-
ming for ages 25 to 95 plus.
If Henry were alive and coaching, he would
probably be having races for all ages.
The first Master Races were held in Amarillo,
Texas in 1970. There are now over 28,000 regis-
tered U.S. Master swimmers. The age groups are
every five years starting at 25. There are local,
regional, national, and international meets. In
addition to the National Championships, the YMCA
and the Senior Olympics hold meets. The Second
Worlds Championship was held in Brisbane, Austra-
lia, October 9 to 15, 1988. Over 4,000 swimmers
participated. Japan sent 1,400; the U.S.A had
about 800. Holmes Lumberjacks of Jacksonville,
Florida, sent 200 swimmers.
There are no national ratings. More than half
the swimming competitors are people who never com-
peted before. Many have become involved because
their spouses were swimmers. Many are doctors,
lawyers and professional people. They are a great
Future meets are as follows: Senior Olympics at
St. Louis, MO., June 19 to 24, 1989. Qualification
in a local meet is required; Short Course National
(25 yards) at Boca Raton, FL., May 10 to 14, 1989;
World Master Games at Arhus, Denmark, July 23 to
August 5, 1989; Long Course Nationals (50 Meters)
at Grand Forks, N. Dakota, August 17 to 20, 1989;
Third World Meet, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August
6 to 18, 1990.
Former Canal Zone residents who were winners
when they were 6 to 18 years old should be out-
standing in Master Swinming. Many would be sur-
prised at how well they would do. Don't let this
wonderful activity of travel, health and enjoyment
pass you by. Get into the swim!
St. Louis, MO.
(Bill is a Master Swimmer of some note, does quite
well in Master tournaments. Ed.)
TOUR SCOREBOARD FROM PANAMA
Henry Trohy joined Ed Arbruster as Tour Direc-
tor for Gordon Dalton's in Panama. Henry, a recent
retiree from the Panama Canal Commission, escorted
a group from Panama to Venezuela over Thanks-
giving. The highlight of this trip was to see the
awesome Angel Falls deep in the Amazon river ba-
sin. The usual shopping bargains and the hustle
and bustle of Caracas was also a hit. Some of the
adventurers were: the other TWohy's, Carolyn (Hol-
gerson), H.B. and Cara; Susanne Follett, Margaret
Leigh and about twenty others.
Some of the other trips conducted throughout
the year, the most recent being to Peru during the
Chrustmas holidays. Here, Ed Armbruster was joined
by Pat Coleman, her daughter Dottie and little
Jody Whitlow in the quest to climb Machu Picchu
along with a dozen others in the party. This was
Ed's second trip to Peru in '88, the previous was
during Easter when a group of 35 PanaZonians con-
quered Machu Picchu, the Alto Plano and La Paz.
The Twohy's (Henry, Carolyn, Kara and H.B.); Mindy
and Robert Dollar, Bob and Judy Aurich were part
of that group.
Bonaire Dutch Antilles, another popular spot
for Zonites, especially for divers like Maruja
Charles, Jackie and Bob Fearon, Bob and Judy Aur-
ich, Kenny Morris, Anita Siefert were joined by
Jim Aurich and Bill Hatchett from the U.S.
Trips were conducted to Costa Rica for the
great White Water Rafting, considered World Class.
Here again, Pat Coleman, along with Ed and Pat
Friedman, Jean Armbruster made up part of two
groups departing Panama.
Many exciting trips are featured for '89 inclu-
ding Dominican Republic and Costa Rica in Feb-
ruary; Guatamala and Peru in March; Bonaire and
Cancun in May; the best of Africa (Kenya and
Egypt) via Amsterdam in June; the big Reunion in
Tampa for June/July; Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
and the Sound of Music tour (Austria/Switzerland)
via the Rhine and Amsterdam scheduled for Septem-
We stopped overnight at bed and breakfast
places. All of them were scruplously clean. Each
room also had a bath. I was interested to note
that all the breakfasts were almost identical.
They served an egg, hot buns and a platter of 3
kinds of thin sliced meat and 3 kinds of cheese,
also delicious jams and jellies.
While I was in Stavanger, where Louise and
Charles live, I did a lot of sightseeing. Norway
is a beautiful country.
In Switzerland, we had a lot of time to go
sightseeing and since we were at the foot of the
Alps, the view was gorgeous. One day we rode up
to the top of the next highest Alp the Schilter-
horn. It was a scary experience swinging out over
nothing on what seemed like a very slender cable
in a tiny little boxlike cable car. However, it
was worth it and I am glad I did it.
I came home in September and missed all the hot
sunner weather. It was cold in Norway, although
the Norwegians didn't seem to mind it.
I am still enjoying living here. Small town
living is so different from what I am used to.
People are so friendly and speak to you even if
they don't know you. The Bank gave all their de-
positor's a $2.50 Christmas check.
We have had a very pleasant winter so far. Last
Sunday we had our first snow and it was melted a-
way by Monday. The temperatures have been in the
40's and up to high 60's and low 70's. At night,
the temperature drops to the teens, but it doesn't
bother me because I stay indoors.
St. Marys, Kansas
ALBERTA HARRIS SEES EUROPE
I had a wonderful summer. I went first to Ca-
lifornia for my grandson Tim's, wedding and spent
two weeks visiting Marion and my friends in Anti-
och and Oakley.
Charles and Louise came from Norway, where
they are missionaries so Charles could preside at
the wedding. It was a great family reunion be-
cause all of Charles' sisters and their families
came to the wedding, as well as Anita's son and
daughter from Hueneme Bay.
When Louise and Charles went back to Norway,
I went with them. I spent three months with them.
During my stay, we went to Switzerland for the
European Baptist Conference. It was an inspiring
trip. We traveled through Denmark, Sweden and
I was impressed by the cleanliness of the
countries we passed through as well as the love
of flowers they have. Everywhere there were pro-
fusions of flowers, on window ledges, balconies
and along the streets.
A TRIBUTE TO DAD AND GODFATHER
Charistmas is a time for giving, family gather-
ings, and remembering past events that shaped our
lives. So it was with good feelings and anticipa-
tion that accompanied me to visit my family in
Tallahassee, Florida, this Christmas.
It was also my first Christmas without my Dad,
who died of cancer two months earlier. Christmas
Day he would have been 63. We always joked with
him about having to get both his Christmas and
birthday presents on the same day, and he always
took it good-heartedly.
Presents were opened, joy was spread, and food
was served. I then sat down in a different room
and started to read all the Christmas and sympathy
cards that friends had sent the family, and this
prompted me to write a letter.
I noticed how many cards my mom had received
from ex-Zonian friends from all over the country
expressing their happiness in the season and their
condolences to our family. It was then I realized
what made the Canal Zone such a unique and great
place. The sincerity of these cards were felt
through the too many miles and too many years that
separate us now.
Mom then walked into the room with the December
issue of the Canal Record. She opened it to the
page of my dad's obituary. In a sad tone, she also
told me to read the obituary directly preceding
it. It was George Herring's obituary. George
Herring hels me in his arms the moment I was bap-
tized at St. Mary's Church over 26 years ago. He
was my Godfather. Cancer had taken him too. To-
gether, they were married to their respective
wives for 83 years, had a total of 21 children,
and worked a combined total of 73 years in the
One was a cop, one a trainmaster on the Panama
Canal Railroad. One lived on the Pacific side, one
on the Atlantic. Their boys played against each
other in football and baseball. It seemed like the
streets were safer and the train ran more effi-
ciently. Now there are no more Canal Zone cops and
no more Panama Railroad. Now there is no more Dad
and Godfather. A little of the Canal Zone died the
day my Dad and Godfather died.
I looked at my mom and asked her who wwre the
people who wrote these cards. I knew some of them
but not all. Her face lit up with a smile as she
described family, friends, co-workers, neighbors,
who she and dad had the pleasure to know in the
Zone. Her memory is fantastic, her joy immeasur-
able. Talking about the Canal Zone made her happy,
and then she said serenely, "George, we must never
forget that place."
I won't forget the Zone, and so I write this
letter, no, make it a tribute, to my Dad and God-
father, their wives, families and friends.
This indeed had turned out to be a great
Love, your son and Godson,
The J.F. Dolan family, spouses and
grandchildren gathered in the home of
Suzanne (Dolan) and Tom McGill for their
wedding. (See Weddings).
IN RESPONSE TO THE 'ALHAJUELA'
ARTICLE, SEPTEMBER '88 ISSUE
I just finished reading the September '88 Canal
Record! In answer to "Old Tugs Never Die" article
on page 78, I've enclosed copies of clippings
about the accident.
My dad was Capt. William H. Nesbitt, master of
the Alhajuela. I understand a plaque was in
the rebuilt tug commemorating him and the others.
I wonder where the plaque is now? It would be nice
to have if no one else "needs" it.
Here's something ironic. Capt. Tedrick was pur-
ported to have, on his day off, dropped by to see
my dad and asked if he could ride across the bay
with him. He left so many very young children with
his widow. My older of two brothers and I were
grown. My youngest brother was only 11 years old.
Use and cull whatever you wish from the clip-
Janet Nesbitt (Harness) Laschinger
Spring Valley, CA.
(Excerpts of articles written by the Star & Herald
and Panama American, August 19 and 20, 1942.)
12 KILLED, 7 HURT IN TAKE-OFF
CRASH AS NAVY PLANE HITS TUG
OFF COCO SOLO
Tug 'Alhajuela' Is Pyre In Zone's Worst
Twelve men are known to have been killed and
seven others injured early this morning (August 19
1942) when a Navy Patrol bomber, taking off from
the Coco Solo Naval base struck the Panama Canal
tug "Alhajuela." The accident is the worst in the
marine history of the Canal. Gasoline from the
plane was scattered over the decks of the Alha-
juela and for more than an hour the tug and plane
wreckage were enveloped in flames.
The known dead are:
Eight officers and enlisted men of the bomber's
crew of ten. Their names were withheld by Naval
officials pending receipt of Navy Department
notification by their families in the United
William H. Tedrick, 36, Panama Canal pilot who
was aboard the tug;
William H. Nesbitt, 49, master of the Alha-
F.S. Jules and C.C. Sayers, Silver oilers on
The injured are two from the Navy bomber; Henry
F. Stevenson, chief engineer of the tugboat, 53;
Jose Gutierrez, Oswego A. Newball, Felix Pionett,
Colombian members of the tugboat crew, and Carlos
Ben, San Bias Indian crewman.
The Alhajuela left her berth in Cristobal har-
bor shortly after five a.m. and was enroute to the
Coco Solo base when she was struck at 5:20 a.m. by
the big Navy bomber. The plane hit the tugboat in
the bridge house (where Tredick and Nesbitt were).
Gasoline from the plane exploded on the decks
of the tug. This burst into flame and spread to
the water nearby...
A short time after the accident a depth charge
which apparently had been thrown clear of the
plane exploded in the water but was at sufficient
distance from the burning wreckage so that no
additional damage was done.
When the flames were put out the Alhajuela was
towed to the Cristobal docks where firemen played
hoses on the smoldering wreckage...
Captain Tredick was well-known in shipping
circles not only in the Canal Zone but in other
parts of the Americas as well. He was employed by
the Canal as a pilot-in-training in February 1939.
He was made a probationary pilot in January 1940,
and promoted to pilot in January a year ago.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and
a baby son.
Captain Nesbitt was born in New Jersey and had
spent 16 years in the U.S. Navy and was stationed
in Coco Solo when he was employed temporarily by
the Canal in 1926. His permanent employment dates
from April 3, 1937.
He is survived by two sons, William H. Jr., and
Raymond A., both residents of Cristobal, and a
daughter, Mrs. Janet A. Harness, who is employed
in the Dredging Division.
The Alhajuela is a 265-ton deisel electric tug
which was built by the Panama Canal Mechanical
Division. She was commissioned in 1936. The super-
structure of the vessel was burned badly but a
preliminary investigation indicated that the tug
could be repaired.
Funeral rites for Capt. Nesbitt were conducted
by Sojourners Lodge, AF&AM, and the funeral for
Capt. Tedrick was held in the Cristobal Union
FROM CLIFF AND LUCILE TORSTENSON
Another year has slipped by, so fast it is un-
believable. It seems that the older one gets, the
faster time goes by.
1988 has been a busy year for us. Early in Jan-
uary Lucile's sister Pat had a quadruple by-pass,
and we went back to Minneapolis to be with her,
since she was alone. The end of February we went
back to Texas, until the end of April. We made our
Spring trek to Minnesota the long way via Cali-
fornia, to visit Carol on the way. During the sum-
mer we did a bit of dog-sitting for Mary and Bill.
We had the grandchildren with us, but nearly long
Our trip back to Texas at the end of summer was
round-about, too, via Michigan and Ohio to visit
Cliff's brothers. The sad thing was that three
weeks after we left Ohio, Cliff's oldest brother
died. Everything is once again on an even keel
We wish you all a happy holiday season, and a
wonderful New Year.
Cliff and Lucile Torstenson
FROM THE CONNERTONS
Due to Bob and Linda Morris' move to California
from Texas, their children have started celebra-
ting holidays at Dan and Marie Hanesorth (Bob's
sister) in Piano Texas.
Bliss and John Connerton went to see Bob and
Linda for New Years, and had unseasonably cool
weather for the desert areas.
Back, L-R: Brooks Hanesworth, Dan Hanes-
worth, John Connerton, Carlton Morris,
holding baby Carlton (22 mos.) Front L-R
Holly Jean Hanesworth, Marnie Hanesworth
Bliss (Morris) Connerton (holding baby
John, 13 mos.), Victoria Morris, Ken
JOHN McLELLAND THANKS RECORD
Words can't describe the warm sensation that
comes over me upon receipt of each edition. What
trips down memory lane!
Thank you, one and all, for all of the hard
work that goes into each publication.
Whenever one arrives, everything around my home
comes to a complete stand-still until I devour it
from cover to cover; there are priorities in life.
(The Editor and Staff say many thanks, John.)
Where Are You?
OCS CLASS OF 1959 REGION
The following members need to send in current
addresses since the Post Office has returned their
Canal Records as undeliverable.
Anderson, Peggy McKeen, Bryan
Austin, John Morales Jr, Ralph A.
Corrigan, John IV Post, Beverly
WHERE ARE YOU, TERRY STEILER, CLASS OF 75, Bal-
boa High School?
Terry and I grew up together for 13 years and
lost touch when I moved to Florida. I would love
to get in touch with her after all these years!
Sherry Flatham (Rohde)
916 72 Street N.W.
Bradenton, FL 34209
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of any of the
following people please contact: Mickey Cunnirghan
at 1410 NE 56 Court, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334:
Sandra Lee Chester
r -c "Pit ^ ^JZ
April 10, 1969. LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS. For the third straight year, Elks No. 1542
were crowned champions of the Atlantic Little League defeating the Police Pals 10 to
7 for the clincher. Pictured above, L-R, kneeling: M., Luke Green, Oscar Wheeler,
John King, John Ridge, Bruce Egolf, Kevin Ridge and Clarence Alberga. Standing:
Steve Kardonski, Dan Green, Mike Ridge, Charles Alberga, Ricky Diaz, Bill Allen, Ray
Wheeler and Sam Kredell. In rear: Elbert (Bubber) Ridge, Coach, and Vince Ridge,
Manager. Not in picture, Bat Boys: Rickey Chappell and Allen Ridge.
HISTORY OF LOCAL FERRIES CARRIES
US BACK TO 1920s
by Joaquin Horna
A part of Panama's past that most people are
reluctant to forget is the ferry ride across the
Panama Canal. Many fondly remember boarding their
cars on the ferryboat and putting their heads out
the windows to watch the sea gulls fly by and feel
the afternoon breeze caressing their faces and
filling their lungs with salty air. Yet, although
many people still vividly recall the ferry ser-
vice, few knew much about its history.
At the turn of the century, maritime travel was
the most important means of communication between
Panama's principal towns, which were founded near
the coast. A number of steamers chugged up and
down the Pacific coast supplying passenger, cargo
and mail service at practically all ports. After
independence, the new republic constructed roads
and bridges to develop and exploit the country's
natural resources. And the U.S. government con-
structed roads necessary for the defense of the
Panama Canal. All this in addition to the auto-
motive revolution of the time made it necessary
to accommodate traffic across the Canal.
... .- .... u
The ferryboat "President Roosevelt" car-
ries U.S. Army wagons across the Panama
Canal for maneuvers.
The first ferry to meet this need began oper-
ations in the early 1920s, when the U.S. Army
started a tug-and-barge service between the east
and west wing walls of Pedro Miguel Locks to sup-
ply its west side posts. After the military sta-
tions closed in 1927, the Dredging Division con-
tinued offering ten daily round trips, with only
four crossings scheduled on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days. Three years later, traffic to the country-
side had increased and a steam powered tug re-
placed the gasoline tug and continuous service was
rpovided from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Vehicular traffic continued to increase, so the
Mechanical Division (noe the Industrial Division)
built the ferryboats President Roosevelt and
President Amador at a cost of $127,930 each.
The 125-foot-long, 38 foot-wide ferries had a 68.7
ton maximum load capacity and a speed of 9.3
knots. They were commissioned July 28, 1931, and
used for a few months at Pedro Miguel.
The "Presidente Amador" and "President
Roosevelt" are shown at the La Boca fer-
ry slip for loading of steelwork and
ferry ramp installations. When loading
is completed on the east bank of the
Canal, the ferryboats will be moved to
the west bank for a repeat loading per-
formance of ferry ramp installations
there. Next stop, Ecuador.
The service was transferred to Balboa in Sep-
tember 1932, when a highway that connected the
western ferry slip with Panama's national highway
was opened. Both the highway and ferry were named
in honor of Maurice H. Thatcher, who introduced
the legislation which led to their construction.
Thatcher, who was the Isthmian Canal Commission
Civil Administration Chief from 1910 to 1913, ser-
ved in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1922
until 1933. A recipient of Panama's Order of Vasco
Nunez de Balboa, he also authorized the act that
created the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in Panama
Ferryboat President Roosevelt moves
through locks on way to Gamboa after
being removed from service in wake of
The Thatcher Ferry first operated from 6
a.m. to 9 p.m., but public demand was so great
xml version 1.0 encoding UTF-8
REPORT xmlns http:www.fcla.edudlsmddaitss xmlns:xsi http:www.w3.org2001XMLSchema-instance xsi:schemaLocation http:www.fcla.edudlsmddaitssdaitssReport.xsd
INGEST IEID E2DZ8JOD7_3KTSIE INGEST_TIME 2013-03-21T14:38:45Z PACKAGE AA00010871_00154
AGREEMENT_INFO ACCOUNT UF PROJECT UFDC