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Honoring the past by building the future
Honoring the past by building the future
VOL. 23 JUNE 1989 NO. 3
d J. F. Warner
Carl H. Starke
Mrs. Betty L. Frassrand
1st Vice President
Mrs. Betty Malone
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Richard W. Beall
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Victor H. May, Jr.
Sergeant At Arms
Mrs. Edna Ogletree
The President's Message............................................... 1
From the Secretary.................................................... 1
The Editor's Corner...................................................2
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings...........................4
Proposed Amendments.................................................. 6
Retirements.................................................... ..... 9
1990 Reunion Orlando................................................9
News Clips................. ..................................... ... 10
Your Reporter Says...................................................11
Alabama.................... 11 Michigan.........................30
Arkansas....................14 North Carolina...................30
California.................. 15 Northwest........................31
Hawaii......................26 South Carolina................... 35
Louisiana ...................27 Texas............................35
With Deep Sorrow.....................................................47
Letters to the Editor................................................52
Where Are Yor?................ ...... ................................. 57
The Canal To its Opening..........................................57
Looking Back........................................................ 78
For Sale or Wanted...................................................87
O.Y. Thomas..H Ace Air Cond. and Refrigeration..88 Zonian Amigos..88
Chris Gunderson, Realtor......88 Dick Gayer, Realtor...............87
Front Cover: The Canal Zone Shield, the Panama Canal Company Shield and
the Panama Canal Commission Shield, flanked by the 75th Anniversary Logo
Back Cover: Drawing of "El Camino Real" across the Isthmus of Panama,
loaned by Dennis A. Talavera, Pensacola, Fla.
June 29-Jul 1
DATES TO REMEMBER
PCSOFL Regular Meeting/Covered Dish, St. Bede's Episcopal
Church, 2500 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon
"Pot Luck" Luncheon, Senior's Clubhouse, Crosland Park,
Blanche Shaw Picnic, Agri Park, Fayetteville, Ark.
PCSOFL Annual Reunion, Tampa, Florida.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, HD Cafeteria,
130 37th Avenue, North, St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 P.M.
Annual Northwest Picnic Reunion, Emerald Park, Eugene, OR
PCSSC Summer Picnic, Andersons Pea Soup, Carlsbad, Calif.
Colorado weekend trip, Durango-Silverton, 0C. For details
write Marcia Jones, 2912 Cortez, Ft. Collins, CO 80525
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota FL
PCSSC West Coast Reunion, San Diego, CA. See Announcement
Pocono 1989 Reunion, Best Western Hill Motor Lodge,
Tannersville, PA. 18372. (717) 629-1667.
Gulf Coast Picnic, Davis Bayou Campground, Ocean Springs,
Miss. (See Announcements).
PCSOFL Annual Picnic/Meeting.
PCSSC Christmas Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm, 10:30 A.M.
SoNE The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Not-For-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.
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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
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It has been often said that time flies and I am
here to attest to that. It is hard to believe that
my time as President is almost over and that the
1989 Reunion will soon be upon us.
Vic May, the Reunion Coordinator, started many
months ago and now everything is going along very
smoothly. The Hyatt Regency and the Hilton are
booked up while the Harbor Island is filling up
fast, and the Holiday Inn is picking up.
Please remember to send in your Pre-Registra-
tion Form. Fill it out completely and be sure to
send the proper amount of money for each activity
that you expect to attend. The deadline for pur-
chasing Luncheon and Ball tickets in June 10th.
If you have not sent in your ballot for the
1989-1990 slate of officers, you still have time
to get it in the mail. Be certain that you send
your ballot in the envelope furnished, marked
"BALLOT." Do not send your ballot with your Pre-
Registration or reservations as it will be void.
At this time, I would like to thank all of the
officers, committee chair-persons and members of
the Society who gave me their help and support
during my term of office. I give a special "thank
you" to each volunteer and all of the members who
gave so much of their time on all of the commit-
tees. You all made my year the success that it has
Carl H. Starke
L 1 From the
This is the time when I wish I had jotted down
all the little tid-bits I needed to say to the
membership instead of trying to remember them now,
when I'm trying to write my message.
I have not received any complaints regarding
the April Directory, I hope you liked the new for-
mat of names, the nicknames and maiden names are
much clearer now. If you wish any changes in your
names in the next Directory, please notify me when
you send in your 1990 dues. We print only what you
send us, and many members have never completed an
application for renewal. This should be done when-
ever you have any changes in names or addresses.
If you missed out on any issues of the Canal
Record because of late arrival of dues, please
send $3.50 and I will send you the issue you
missed providing there are still some available.
Please read your Bylaws concerning this rule. The
number of Canal Records printed is based on paid-
up dues received at the time we order the books,
three weeks prior to delivery. Renewals received
after this date are required to pay for issues
missed. All members, other than new ones, have
until the first week in February to pay their dues
as the first issue of the year is the March 1st
issue. Our dues paying year is January 1 through
December 31, not from the time you pay your dues.
If you do not pay your dues until April, you will
only receive the June, September and December is-
Since this is the last issue for the present
officers and members of the board, I would like to
say that we have had to make some difficult de-
cisions this year, particularly the need to look
into the changing of some of our monthly meetings
to Saturday to accommodate more members, and the
decision to hold the 1990 Reunion in Orlando.
Hopefully, those members who have wanted to attend
our monthly meetings will make a more concerted
effort to attend and not disappoint us. It was ob-
vious that each board member was deeply concerned
that they do what they felt best for the Society.
The proposals from the different hotels in
Tampa and Orlando were studied and left little
doubt as to the best deal all around, making it a
unanimous decision. So far, the response from mem-
bers over the Board's decision in both matters
have been favorable. I have enjoyed working with
all the Board members and congratulate them on
their loyalty and dedication to the Society.
I would also like to thank all the chairpersons
who so successfully handled our special luncheons,
Carnavalito and picnic. I have worked with them on
these events in accepting reservations and hand-
ling expenses and they have been most cooperative
and concise in their reports to the Society.
A special thanks goes to Dottie Pate who worked
tirelessly to make our meetings more hospitable
and even went to the extent of making sandwiches
for the members since so many leave their homes
before lunch time.
I promised Pat I wouldn't make this too long
since he needs the space for this Anniversary
Issue, so I had better stop right now.
Jay and I look forward to seeing some of you at
the Tampa reunion, and we're especially looking
forward to meeting many of you at the West Coast
Reunion when we come out to San Diego for the
Zonian Amigos Diamond Jubilee Transcanal Cruise in
September. Stop by and say hello and introduce
yourselves, it's always nice to know who goes with
As you can see, this issue is a mite different
from all the others. A color cover and an more
articles commemorating the 75th anniversary of the
opening of the Canal. A modest effort on our part
to join in with the Panama Canal Commission in
celebrating this historic event. My assistant and
I would like to thank the following for helping to
make this issue possible, for without their help
and contributions it would not have been possible:
Adrien '"ibby" Bouch; Cleve Soper, Bruce Quinn
and Jennifer Jones of the Panama Canal Commission;
Bill and Manuelita O'Sullivan; Dennis A. Talavera;
Mr. and Mrs. George Allgaier; Nancy Norton Carter;
Bill Roddy and Niza Boynton Greig. Thanks so much.
As of this moment, I cannot tell how many pages
this issue will be. The printers are hoping it is
not more than 108, but from looking at the pile in
front of me, I'm pretty scared. We have not cut
down on any of the news sent in by members and
reporters maybe summerized a little here and
there, and squeezing photos together more than
usual. Anyway, I hope it is a popular issue. There
are some nice articles here.
While we have been wringing our hands over this
book, we are faced with the question of whether or
not we are going with Desk Top Publishing. The
committee must make their report during this term
of office. Besides preparing for the Reunion, I am
quietly getting the facts together and hope to be
able to face the committee well before the Annual
Reunion. There is little doubt in my mind that the
computer route is a definite must, sooner or later
because prices for printers paper is climbing rap-
idly. We can't do anything about that, but we sure
can cut down on a lot of the actual work they do
now for us by doing it ourselves. Just to make it
a lot more interesting is the fact that prices are
dropping on computers, gradually.
Hope you have all mailed in your ballot for the
new officers for 1989-1990. There is a lot of work
facing them this coming year.
I, for one, am excited over the prospect of
having our 1990 Reunion in Orlando. Several of the
Executive Board inspected the grounds and spoke to
those in charge there, and it looks very exciting
in not having that awful crunch like we have in
Tampa, and the facilities are abounding the Ball
in the hotel, two hotels providing 100 more rooms
than Tampa can in six, ample room for quiet class
Well, I'm back to work. Hope this issue is a
winner! Pat Beall
TAXATION OF U.S. ANNUITIES BY STATES:
If you live in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Lou-
isiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, New York,
North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia,
West Virginia and Wisconsin, the following may be
some very good news for you.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that these
states may not tax U.S. Civil Service annuities
without taxing the pensions of state and local
employees. Contact the State taxing authority to
apply for a refund of taxes. There is a Statute-of
Limitations covering claims; they differ in each
CATASTROPHIC SURTAX LAW:
For those that have Medicare A and B Both
Houses of Congress are introducing bills to re-
study the Medicare Catastrophic Surtax Law. They
hope to delay implementing it for a year to try
and correct the inequities of the bill.
There are several bills introduced in both the
House and Senate to protect your "COLA' for 1990.
Keep your fingers crossed and write your Represen-
Several members of Congress feel that Federal
Employees Hospital Insurance should be "worked
over;" that employees and retirees are not getting
what they should be receiving, and some feel that
there are too many plans in effect.
Pete Foster reported last month that those who
retired under FERS Health Insurance prior to the
introduction of FEHB Insurance should take steps
to change from FERS to FEHB Insurance. You are
spending more for the insurance and getting less
benefits. If you have any doubts concerning this,
write or contact the Office of Personnel Manage-
ment, Insurance Service Sections, Retirement and
Insurance Programs, 1717 "H" St., N.W., Washington
Anyone can buy and be covered by Medicare Part
B. Coverage by Part B only will not make you lia-
ble for the Medicare Surtax. Only those with Part
A are subject to the Medicare Surtax.
Victor H. May, Jr.
Once again the pen has proven mightier than the
Apologies go to the Past Matron's (Mrs. Edith
Cotton) and to Victor H. May, Jr. for some glaring
errors in telephone numbers.
Mrs. Cotton provided me with Mayno Walker's
telephone number and it was printed in error. It
should have read: 955-2107, not 055-2107.
Mr. May's telephone number as Reunion Coordina-
tor should read (813) 937-2584, not (813) 937-3584
The Annual Directory issue of the Canal Record
omitted the maiden name Moore from the name Donna
Sheehan, 416 E. 74 St., 4C, New York, NY 10021.
Kindly correct the listing as Donna (Moore)
Sheehan, same address.
I regret the inconvenience it must have caused
some members. All I can say is:
The typographical error is a slippery thing and
You can hunt it 'till you're dizzy, but somehow it
will get by.
"till the forms are off the presses it is strange
how still it keeps,
It shrinks down in a corner and it never stirs or
That typographical error, too small for human
'Till the ink is on the paper, when it grows to
The remainder of the issue may be clean as clean
But the typographical error is the only thing you
Poem contributed by
Louis "Lou" Barbier
HONORARY MEMBERSHIP NOMINEE
I recommend Jean B. Mann for Honorary Member-
ship into the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Mrs. Mann served as Secretary/Treasurer of the
Panama Canal Society for over thirteen years. As
the Society grew, Mrs. Mann continued to work long
hours with little compensation and assistance.
Since her resignation as Secretay/Treasurer,
she has always been available for assistance and
guidance to the incumbents who have replaced her
in that position.
Marjorie J. Foster
The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society
approved the nomination of Mrs. Mann for Honorary
Membership at the Executive Board meeting held on
March 22, 1989.
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 Commission, 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 was filed March 7 and received by
the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks on 10
March and assigned Serial Number 73/785871, Inter-
national Class 016 and U.S. Class 038.
Upon approval by the Commisioner of Patents and
Trademarks, Washington, D.C., an amendment adopt-
ing the registered trademark of the Society emblem
in the bylaws of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. must be voted upon by the membership
Trademark rights can last indefinitely and re-
gistration on the Principal Register provides the
right to sue in Federal court for trademark in-
A GENTLE REMINDER.,,
It has always been the policy of the Panama
Canal Socoety of Florida, and also directed by the
Executive Board, that all Committee Chairpersons
are responsible for submitting a report of their
activity to the Executive Board upon completion of
their event or assignment.
This report should include the names of all
committee members and their jobs, how the event
progressed, where it was held, dates, and all the
Not only is the Executive Board informed of the
activity, but the report is filed in the Society
files for audit, and a copy is passed on to the
editor for printing in the Canal Record.
There are many committees within the Society
and I'msure the members too, would like to know
who was responsible for those beautiful picnics,
luncheons, etc. A laxity in this regard only con-
fuses the Budget and Audit Committee and it does
little to recognize those who have contributed
their support of the event or assignment.
Highlights of Minutes
from Regular Meetings
February 4, 1989
St. Petersburg, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting was called to
order by Mr. Carl Starke at 12:12 p.m., at Fox
Hall, located at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg,
Florida, where the annual Carnivalito was held.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave the Invocation followed
by Mr. Richard Beall, who read the names of those
deceased since the last meeting. Mr. Starke
offered a prayer in their memory.
Mr. Harry Foster led the membership in the
Pledge to the Flag.
Mr. Starke adjourned the meeting so the members
and guests could enjoy the covered dish lunch.
Meeting reconvened at 1:22 p.m.
Mr. Starke welcomed the 146 members and guests,
many who were from out of town. He thanked Mrs.
Anna Collins and her committee, Anita Kaufer and
Betty Snow for the outstanding job they did with
decorations and arrangements. He welcomed Past
Presidents Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Vic May, Al
Pate, Bill Wheeler and Mariel Whitman. He then
acknowledged those members celebrating birthdays
and anniversaries in February.
Mrs. Marge Foster read the minutes of the Jan-
uary meeting and they stand as read. She read
correspondence which included the committee report
on holding meetings on Saturday. Mrs. Foster read
the Financial Report and it stands for audit. Mrs.
Foster expressed concern to the members that all
Society C.D.'s are in Saving and Loan Institu-
Mr. Beall reported that he and his assistant
had both experienced difficulties with their elec-
tronic typewriters but that all was pretty much
on schedule at this time. He had received a call
from the Panama Canal Information Office asking
that Society members contribute news items re-
calling the 25th and 50th anniversary of the
Canal. The Canal Zone library has available for
purchase back issues of the Canal Record from 1954
to 1978. A set of 83 issues would cost $8.30 or
they sell for 100 each.
Mr. Beall reported that he had applied to have
our trademark registered so that our logo could
not be used by other individuals.
Mr. Beall reported that he had turned over the
center pages of the Reunion to Mr. May and
suggested that the individual chairpersons edit
it before printing in the March issue.
Mr. May reported that there is some concern
that there could be a shake-up with the Aetna
Health Plan and that members should consider this
during next open season.
Mr. May stated that Hotels for the Reunion are
filling up fast, only 133 rooms left at the Hyatt,
54 at the Hilton and 117 left at Harbor Island.
He asked that members not send in their reserva-
tions for the Ball, Luncheon and Panazonian Dance
until the forms come out in the March issue of the
Canal Record, since this is a hardship on the
Secretary/Treasurer to process payments without
Under unfinished business, Mr. Pete Foster
moved we adopt the Committee's suggestion that
since we only have 6 general meetings per year,
the other 6 being luncheons, picnic or Reunion,
that if the organization would like to try Satur-
day meetings, that for the first year, at least,
we hold 3 on Friday and 3 on Saturday to see what
the turnout would be. Seconded by Betty Snow.
Discussion followed. Mr. Starke asked for a
vote and the suggestion was adopted by the member-
Mr. Foster announced that the West Coast Soci-
ety had set the date for their Reunion and it
would coincide with those taking the Trans-Canal
Since there was no further business, the
meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m. Mr. Starke turned
the microphone over to Mrs. Collins who gave out
the many door prizes donated by members.
The costume parade was won by Bill Wheeler,
Anna Collins, Betty Snow, Henri Skeie and Harry
March 3, 1989
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting was called to
order by Mr. Carl Starke at 1:32 p.m.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation, follow-
ed 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
of Allegiance to the Flag.
Mr. Starke welcomed the 55 members attending
and recognized Past Presidents Anna Collins, Gene
Askew, Pete Foster, and Al Pate. He welcomed long
absent members Midge Bain, Agnes Dalton, Barbara
Cunningiam, S.R. and Janet Cunningham and Perry
and Rita Washabaugh.
Mrs. Marge Foster read the minutes of the last
meeting and they stand with a correction regarding
the dates of the 25th and 50th anniversary dates
of the Panama Canal to 1939 and 1964. Mrs. Fos-
ter read the Financial report and it stands for
audit. She read a letter from Mr. M Auliffe
offering a donation of china plates with the seal
of the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Foster reported that she had mailed out over
1,600 delinquent notices and wished to thank Mrs.
Cele arceau, Mrs. Jennie Harrington and Mrs.
Marian Seifert for volunteering to help with the
mailing. She mentioned that there would be a lot
of complaints from those members who did not send
in their delinquent dues in time to restore their
name to the mailing list for the March Canal Re-
Mr. Beall reported that the March issue was on
schedule and would be mailed the day of the meet-
In the absence of Mr. May, Reunion Coordinator,
Mr. Starke reported that the hotels were filling
up fast and members present should get in their
reservations. He stated that the 1990 reunion
would be held in Orlando.
Mrs. Jay Stewart reported on the findings of
the study which culminated in the Executive Board
voting to hold the 1990 reunion in Orlando. All
reunion functions could be handled right in the
Headquarters Hotel, prices were competitive, no
charge for the ample parking available, and many
more activities on and near the headquarters ho-
tel. It was pointed out that the Curtis Hixon Cen-
ter would not be available after 1990 and the cost
of renting the convention center in Tampa would
be quite costly.
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist offered her comments re-
garding the Orlando Reunion since she had attended
a tour and meeting at the Orlando Twin Towers and
the Delta Court of Flags with other Board members.
She pointed out the many advantages of having all
the activities under one roof and the many activi-
ties offered at the Delta Court of Flags for young
Anita Kaufer reported on her most recent trip
to Panama and expressed her disappointment on the
appearance of the old Canal Zone area and the many
changes which had taken place since her departure.
Mrs. Anna Collins, Sunshine Chairman, reported
that she had sent cards to those members who were
ill and asked that members please let her know
when they hear or know of a member who is ill.
Mr. Pete Foster reported on the three cruises
he has planned for this year for the Zonian Ami-
Mr. Starke stated that there would be music at
the next meeting in April so please pass the word
and he hopes this will increase the attendance.
Since there was no other business, the meeting
adjourned at 2:15 p.m.
April 7, 1989
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Carl H.
Starke at 1:30 P.M. and Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave
the Invocation followed by Mr. Richard Beall who
named those recently deceased. Mr. Starke offered
a prayer in their memory.
Mr. Harry Foster led the member in the Pledge
to the Flag and Mr. Starke welcomed 61 members
present, and recognized Past Presidents Eugene
Askew, Peter Foster, Victor H. May, Jr., and Al
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the past meet-
ing and they stand as read. She also read corres-
pondence from some members and recommended Mrs.
Jean Mann for Honorary Membership. She read the
Financial report and it stands for audit.
Mr. Beall stated the April Directory would be
mailed shortly; that Mrs. Foster made the floppy
disk for the printer with a changed format. He
stated the June issue would be the 75th Anniver-
sary issue and that the PCC was also printing a
commemorative issue. He also stated a colored
cover for the June issue was a possibility. He
read a letter from David Speir stating that what-
ever the Society can do to record, preserve and
perpetuate Canal Zone folklore would be appreci-
ated by all the members. Beall also reported on
conditions in Panama, and passed out a few copies
of an article about Pop Ebdon from another maga-
Mr. Victor May mentioned that with new members
in Congress, we would see new bills intorduced.
Some would possibly affect Health benefits.
Mr. May reported that both the Hyatt Regency and
Tampa Hilton were full for the reunion and Harbor
Island had only 39 rooms left in our block of
rooms. Holiday Inn still had over 100 rooms avail-
Mr. Foster cautioned the membership to change
to FEHB if they were still under the old Aetna
Uniform Health Plan.
Mr. Starke reminded the membership of the May
5 luncheon at St. Petersburg Yacht Club. (Reser-
vation forms were placed on all tables for use by
Mr. Beall asked for volunteers to serve in the
Hospitality Suite during the reunion, and Mrs.
Pate needs volunteers for Registration.
Mrs. Stella Boggs DeMarr entertained members
on her accordian in English and Spanish.
The JUne meeting will be a covered dish and
will start at 12:00 noon.
Mrs. Foster announced that Mr. Ernie Yocum fell
and broke his hip; Anna Collins broke her ankle,
and Phyllis Crook broke her arm.
The meeting adjourned at 2:20 P.M.
Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws
To: Chairman, Bylaws Committee
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
From: First Vice President, Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc.
Subject: Proposed amendment to increase the number
of members on the Executive Board.
In the past few months I have been asked by
many of our members from Florida to California why
the Executive Board consists of only ten members.
With our growing membership, there is a great
need to increase our Executive Board membership.
In past years, each position on the Board has had
a job directly related to it. As can be seen by
the attached proposal, I have recommended that one
member be appointed and one member elected, at
large, with no specific job attached to it.
Having two new members will enable us to util-
ize our Executive Board to the fullest potential
and'perhaps eliminate some doubling up of respon-
sibilities. At the same time, the increase is
small enough that we will be able to see just how
many Board members we should have.
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
Sec. 1 Elected Officers
a. Shall be President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presi-
dents, Secretary/Treasurer, and the Record Editor.
a. Shall be President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presi-
dents, Secretary/Treasurer, the Record Editor and
a member at large.
Sec. 2 Appointed Officers
a. Shall be Chaplain, Sgt. at Arms, Legislative
Officer and Historian. They are appointed by the
a. Shall be Chaplain, Sgt. at Arms, Legislative
Officer, Historian, and a member at large. They
are appointed by the President.
First Vice President
The Bylaws Committee has reviewed the make-up
of the Executive Board and sees no evidence that
an increase of two additional members is necessary
at this time. During our study however, we felt
that the ten member Executive Board should be in-
creased by one to eliminate tie votes.
Since Article XV of the Bylaws allows only one
voting ballot per member household, we have inclu-
ded the one household member addition to the Exec-
utive Board proposed amendment.
As a result of our study, we recommend the fol-
lowing amendments to the Bylaws:
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
SEC. 1 ELECTED OFFICERS:
a. Shall be President, 1st and 2nd Vice-Presi-
dents, Secratary/Treasurer, and the Record Editor.
Proposed Amendment #12
SEC 1. ELECTED OFFICERS:
a. Shall be President, 1st and 2nd Vice-Presi-
dents, Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor and Ex-
ecutive Board Member at Large.
ARTICLE IX EKECUIVE BOARD
SEC. 1 EXECUTIVE BOARD:
a. Shall consist of all officers and the imme-
diate Past President.
1. Chairman of the Budget and Audit Commit-
tee and his/her representative shall be an ex of-
ficio member of the Executive Board in an advisory
capacity for financial matters concerning the
2. Chairman of the Bylaws Committee and his/
her representative shall be an ex officio member
of the Executive Board in an advisory capacity for
Bylaws (Rules and Regulations) concerning the So-
b. Shall designate the institution in which
funds of the Society shall be deposited.
c. Shall have the authority to appoint paid
assistants) to the Secretary/Treasurer and the
Record Editor, when required. Their salaries shall
be set in the same manner as those of the Secre-
tary/Treasurer and Record Editor.
d. Shall be empowered to fill vacancies of any
elected officer, except the President, until the
time of the regular election.
e. Meetings may be regular or special:
1. Regular meetings of the Executive Board
shall bheld each month on a date, hour and place
designated by the Chairman.
2. Special meetings may be called by the
Chairman and shall be called upon written request
of five (5) members of the Executive Board.
f. All expenditures of monies shall have the
recommendation of the Executive Board before being
disbursed by action of the Society.
g. Shall determine price charged for ads print-
ed in the Canal Record.
h. Shall report on actions taken, at each So-
Proposed Amendment #13
ARTILE IX EXE VE BOARD
SEC. 1 EXECUTIVE BOARD:
a. Shall consist of all officers and the imme-
diate Past President, and the member at large
elected by the Society each year.
1. No Change.
2. No Change.
3. The President shall preside at board
board meetings, but shall not vote, except to
break a tie.
4. Only one member of a household may serve
on the board at the same time.
b. No Change.
c. No Change.
d. No Change.
e. No Change.
1. No Change.
2. No Change.
f. No Change.
g. No Change.
h. No Change.
(Signed) Joseph L. Hickey, Chairman
Victor H. May, Jr.
Arthur L. Pollack
John C. Ramsey
James R. Smith
Tena I. Planchon
'incent J. Convery
)ris T. Hall
Billy J. Perry
Gary D. Smith
Thmnas P. Strider
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LI(IIS, CAMRA, ACTION!! The stage is set
across the street from Universal Studios, in two
very plush, newly renovated hotels; The Orlando
Twin Towers and The Delta Court of Flags. So sets
the scene for the Panama Canal Society of FLorida
At the request of many of our members, we
sought a new location for our festive annual e-
vent. We are pleased to announce that we are go-
ing to Orlando.
The Orlando Twin Towers Hotel, across
the street from the Court of Flags.
The Orlando Twin Towers will be our host hotel
and has alot to offer our group. It is a 700 room
facility featuring a jr. olympic size swimming
pool, paddle boats off its beach lagoon, along
with an exhibit hall to host our annual ball. The
Orlando Twin Towers is located directly across the
street from Universal Studios, 15 minutes from
Walt Disney World, Epcot Center and the Orlando
International Airport. In addition, it is just
minutes from Sea World, Wet 'N Wild and other area
The Delta Court of Flags' new addition,
The Delta Court of Flags features 800 rooms on
its 25 acre facility, complete with two lighted
tennis courts, two children playgrounds, sand
volleyball court, three heated swimming pools,
three outdoor hottubs and two kiddie pools.
Both Orlando Twin Towers and The Delta Court
of Flags are looking forward to serving our mem-
bers in making our 1990 reunion a memorable
The Reunion will be held June 21, 1990 through
June 25, 1990. The hotels will offer a reduced
rate for three days prior to our reunion and three
days after. So, everyone will be afforded the
opportunity to take in all the sites and enjoy
Orlando to the fullest extent.
We are presently working with the area attrac-
tions for discounts and special events and have
alot of great plans in the works. So, be sure and
mark the dates on your calendars now.
More information regarding Orlando and our 1990
reunion will be at the 1989 reunion in Tampa as
well as in the next issue of the Canal Record.
Anyone interested in hosting a Class Reunion
or other get-together during the 1990 reunion,
please feel free to contact me at P.O. Box 1303
Dade City, Florida 34297-1303 or (904) 567-1218.
Cut, and that's a wrap.
Betty (LeDoux) Frassrand
1st Vice President
OPENING OF SAFETY, HEALTH OFFICE
BRINGS BACK MEMORIES FOR SEELEY
Last week's inauguration of the new Occupation-
al Health and Safety Division building brought
back fond memories for Personnel Director Ronald
Seeley. Early in his career in the 50's Seeley
had worked in the building as clubhouse service
supervisor, and one of his last acts before re-
tiring this month was seeing two divisions under
his supervision move into it.
The new health and safety offices are located
in Building 365, Ancon, which originally opened as
a restaurant in 1917 and later become the Ancon
Clubhouse in 1934. From 1954 until 1987 it housed
the Payroll Branch.
Although the clubhouse has been closed for
years, it lives on in their minds of many Panama
Canal Commission employees who patronized the es-
tablishment as youths. Graphic Branch Cleveland C.
Soper remembers the clubhouse chiefly for its
"outstanding jelly doughnuts." Soper, whose face
took on a wistful expression as he reminisced upon
the gastronomic experiences of his boyhood, added
that the clubhouse's renowned fruit cookie was
rivaled in popularity only by the "Johnny Mazetti"
a concoction of pasta, ground meat, cheese, ol-
ives and vegetables. Soper even ventured so far as
to say, "They made probably the best double rich
thick chocolate milk shakes in the Canal Zone."
Bob Rupp, executive officer of the Panama Area
Personnel Board, used even stronger words to
praise the culinary delights offered there. "There
is no doubt in my mind," he affirmed, "that the
clubhouse served absolutley the best pastries that
I ever tasted in my life."
Executive Administration Director Joseph Wood
particularly enjoyed the so-called "African high-
ball." This featured eight types of syrup in one
glass, topped by a squirt of carbonated water.
Wood accompanied this with a portion of french
fries and gravy. "It was horrible," he reflects,
"but we loved it."
Perhaps it was the tastiness of the food that
prompted some clients to manipulate the ticket
system to devour huge quantities of food while
paying only for a five-cent soda. The the details
of this operation are a closely kept secret, Bur-
ton Mead, now Systems Division chief, recently
broke down and confessed to the Spillway's invest-
igatory team that he even employed certain under-
handed methods to get free popcorn and day-long
pinball games using only one coin. Under further
interrogation, Mead admitted to the possibility
that members of his gang may have accidentally
dropped lit firecrackers while walking past the
open door of the ladies' room.
Not all of the clubhouse clientele would admit
to past exploits. George McArthur, superintendent
of the Pacific Locks, claims he never did anything
wrong. 'We were the cream of the crop, really nice
people," he insists. "At least, we never got
Seeley was well aware that something was amiss
when all these shenanigans were under way, but he
took an understanding attitude in most cases. In
fact, according to Mead, he recently admitted to
having pulled some tricks at the Balboa Clubhouse
when he was a boy! As for Mead and his cronies,
Seeley says "I understand their behavior has since
improved, but only slightly."
PCC Press Release
February 24, 1989
KARIGER NAMED LBCC VICE-PRESIDENT
Robert Kariger, 58, has been named vice presi-
dent of academic affairs at Long Beach City Col-
He is responsible for 1,100 faculty and staff
and a budget of more than $26 million.
He has served as associate dean and health di-
rector for the past four years, after joining the
staff as a full-time physical education instructor
in 1976. He also served as trainer in 22 varsity
sports and headed the physical education depart-
ment from 1979 to 1984.
Kariger previously taught in the Long Beach
Unified School District for 19 years. He taught
adaptive physical education and typing and coached
football, gymnastics, and baseball at Lakewood
High School. He received the Golden Apple Award in
1972 from the Teachers Association of Long Beach
and the Press Telegram for excellence in teaching.
He was also honored in 1964 with a life member-
ship in the Long Beach Parent-Teachers Association
in honor of his teaching ability.
Kariger earned a bachelor's degree from North-
west Missouri State College in 1954 and a master's
in 1957 from the University of Colorado, both in
He lives in Long Beach with his wife, Nell, who
is secretary to the dean of admissions and records
at the college. They have four grown children.
"Bob has been outstanding in all his responsi-
bilities at Long Beach City College," Superinten-
dent-President Beverly O'Neill said. "His commit-
ment and strength will provide him with a strong
background to succeed in this challenge."
News Tribune, Bellflower, CA.
February 9, 1989
"UTMOST" TAKES EVERY STRETCH IN
1989 CAYUCO RACE VICTORY
The "Utmost" took first place in all five
stretches of the 1989 ocean-to-ocean cayuco race
last weekend. Breaking a record on the lake
stretch with a time of 2 hours 56 minutes 35 sec-
onds, crew members Craig Meyer, Shannon Wynters,
Torry Gragg and captain Alan Matheney pulled in a
total time of 5 hours 26 minutes 51 seconds.
The "Snafu," winner of last year's race, was
the runner up this year with a total time of 5
hours 34 minutes 11 seconds. The crew included
captain David Williford, Ernie Holland, Doug Cof-
fey and Ed Winkler.
Taking third place with 5 hours 49 minutes 29
seconds was captain Darrell Cananas, Gerald Corri-
gan, Corey Grubbs and Paul Pedersen in the "Com-
The last cayuco to complete the course in less
than 6 hours was the fourth-place "Almost," with
5 hours 58 minutes 5 seconds. Crew members inclu-
ded captain Daryl Fishbough, Luther Quinn, Robert
Myers and Ralph Furlong.
The Ephraim Leon-Guerrero Sportsmanship Trophy
was awarded to captain Randy Dunn, Eric Hajduk,
David Wilbur and Paul Hurst of the "Misconception"
which finished seventh.
Among the all-female crews, the "Bruised Reed"
took top honors, with captain Cathy Nelson, Ashley
Anderson, Kim Thompson and Denise Alberga. "Spon-
taneous Combustion" placed first among the co-ed
boats, thanks to captain Theresa Nelson, Marelisa
Samuels, Eddie Bedore and Eric Diaz.
Presentation of Kodak Trophy, pre-race
Other presentations included the Hard Luck
Award, given to the crew of the "Odyssey" for
busting a seat on the 22-mile stretch across Gatun
Lake and finishing the leg with one crew member
sitting backward while paddling forward. The Lead
Anchor Award went to the "Premonition" for finish-
ing last in the trophy-boat category. The "Most"
won the award for the best paint job and the
"spontaneous Combustion" took the honor for th
best-painted paddles. Finally, a special award was
given to Sgt. Mike Ufferman of SCN Radio and Tele-
vision for his many years of dedicated coverage of
March 23, 1989
Your Reporter Says...
All in all it was a mild winter, and we thank
God for that, and for the beautiful spring. As
spring and summer arrive, the wanderers begin to
go north, south, east and west to visit relatives
and friends. One of those travelers was Louise
(Rathgeber) Hunt who went to Bricktown, N.J. to
see her sister, Norine Lucas for two weeks. From
there she went to Atlanta for a visit with son Joe
Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff also went to visit with
her daughter, Linda Weir and granddaughter Jenni-
fer in Los Angeles for two weeks.
Wilma and Ed Kennerd went on a trek to the Ama-
zon. They went exploring. Will tell you more when
they come back.
Jim and Marie McNamara are on their way to
Connecticut to attend their granddaughter's first
communion and to visit with son, Jimny and family.
At our March birthday luncheon, which was held
at the Sheraton Inn, we had a special treat for
the guests. The hostesses...Margaret Hem, Doris
Etchberger and Catherine Filo had an "Easter and
Crazy Hat" contest. The local TV station came and
televised the show and were told how this monthly
luncheon got started. It began in 1976 in March
and Stella Nita was the only March birthday girl.
At that time there were very few of us here in
Dothan and we decided we wanted to get together on
our birthdays. Those helping to organize were Mar-
garet Hem, Muriel McGriff, Jane Burke, Rosemary
Anderson, Jean Harris, Stella Nita and Catherine
Filo. So we have been going strong for thirteen
"Easter and Crazy Hat Contest." Marie
Gangle, Elsie Woodruff and Betty Kelle-
her. In the background, Mary Mullin.
Our hat winners for the luncheon were Pat Fin-
neman, Nyra Riley, Mary Hollowell, Mary Mullins,
Betty Roe and Dorothy Beauchamp. Everyone had fun
and really enjoyed it.
Jim Snyder just retired as a two-term president
of our local NARFE. Jim did a great job.
Marie Bierbaun and daughter Theresa (Bierbaum)
Brown and grandchildren Barbara and William Brown
took a short week-long trip to visit son Raymond
Bierbaun and daughter-in-law Marty in Portsmouth,
VA. Raymond is with the Portsmouth Fire Department
and his wife is a deputy sheriff. Everyone had a
good time visiting and seeing the local sites.
Olga Gettle had knee surgery at the Houston
Orthopedic Center in Columbus, GA., and Jess Get-
tie has not been the same since. He now has to
learn to cook and serve. He says his specialty in
"hot dogs." We hope he learns some other recipes.
Olga is getting along very well and hopes to have
the cast removed very soon. Their son, Mike, who
lives in Atlanta will be moving to Granberry, TX.,
for two years. His wife Cathy and children Jenni-
fer and Jonathan will be going with him.
Johnny and Mary Urey have been making frequent
trips to University Hospital in Birmingham where
Johnny is receiving treatment. We all hope and
pray that the treatments will help him and make
him feel much better.
Travis Wallace, husband of Kay, passed away on
April 14. We extend our condolences to Kay and her
family. Father Francis Lynch (former pastor at
Sacred Heart in Ancon) came from Tallassee, AL.,
to conduct the services.
Elsie Prather has been busy winning many awards
in Panama, the Canal Zone and now in Dothan. Her
latest was first place in acrylics at the Dothan
Wiregrass Art League's 7th Annual Fine Arts and
Master Crafts show held on March 16.
Elsie began her art career in Ecuador...her
native homeland where she attended the Fine Arts
School. She then lived in the Canal Zone where she
married Jack Prather who was in the service and
then later worked for the Panama Canal on the At-
lantic and Pacific sides.
While in Panama, Elsie entered many art shows
such as the National League of Penwomen, Little
Gallery Canal Zone Museum, Inter American Women's
Annual Bazaar. She also had exhibits at the Canal
Zone Library and in Colon where she won many
awards. For a while, Elsie stopped painting to
take care of her home and son, but later decided
to again pursue her career.
After Jack's retirement they moved to Dothan in
1977. She then began to exhibit her work here in
Dothan...first at the First Alabama Bank, Porter
Square Mall, Medical Center Art Gallery. There was
also a feature story about her and her art in the
local Dothan newspaper where they printed a Panama
Chrismas Card she had done. In October 1988, she
won third place at the Annual Claybank Jamboree
held in Ozark, AL., and also in October she won
first prize at the 10th annual Indian Sunmer Fest-
ival held in Eufaula, AL., where she presented an
abstract water color painting. Again in October
1988, she won first place in the Fine Arts Divi-
sion for the Art for Heart Show held at the Wire-
grass Commons Mall. You can see Elsie's work at
the annual reunion in Tampa where she goes almost
every year. We congratulate Elsie on her talent.
Eddie and I were again in Stuart, FL., to visit
with our son Eddie and daughter-in-law Becky. At
the same time we visited with a friend from up-
state New York who had a condominium in Vero Beach
FL. We went to Dodger Stadium where the Dodgers
hold their spring training and saw Tanmy LaSorda
again and took pictures. He is really a great guy.
I am looking forward to attending my 50th class
reunion (Balboa High) in Tampa. I know we will
have a great turnout.
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
Members of the Panama Canal Society of Arizona
are looking forward, at this writing, to their
spring luncheon-meeting on April 22. Guest speak-
er will be Mr. Santiago Escatell, a retired aero-
nautical engineer who will speak on his hobby, now
a business, of coin collecting and dealing. He
will evaluate coins brought to the meeting by mem-
bers and guests, according to current market
values. His wife, who will accompany him, is the
former Hilda Padilla, who lived in Panama City for
many years and attended the Sacred Family Convent
School there. It is, indeed, kind of the Esca-
tells to give us their time on April 22, for it
will be their thirty-third wedding anniversary!
Congratulations Hilda and Santi!
Ken Middleton of Tucson, formerly of Pedro Mi-
quel, was in charge of setting up a gem facetting
exhibit at the big, internationally famous Tucson
Gem and Mineral Show in February, 1989. (Ken is
a very busy officer in the Old Pueblo Gem and Min-
eral Society, and has his own lapidary business
here.) We made a special trip to the show this
year to see the world's largest facetted gem
stone, an enormous, oval-cut (about 5" x 7" x 5
or 6" deep) blazing golden topaz from Brazil! The
market value must be in the millions, but it would
take Paul Bunyan to wear it. Ken tells us that
his daughter, Dr. Valerie Ramey, who is on the
faculty of the University of California at San
Diego, as is her husband, will make him and Wanda
grandparents about the end of June.
Ken has recently returned from a fishing trip
at Puerto Lobos on the Sea of Cortez, where he
caught a 125 lb. black sea bass which is destined
to be the featured entree at a Gem and Mineral
Club fish fry soon. He also reports that he has
heard from Henry Sumnerfreund, whom many of you
will recall as the owner of Mercurio Jewelers in
Panama City. Henry is currently at his home in
Connecticut (he has a home in Panama as well) and
is about to leave for a vacation tour of Europe.
Elizabeth ("Sis" Hayes) Phillips, of Tucson,
visited Mary Ann (Carruthers) Honey at her home
in Sun City, for three days in March. "Sis" said
she had a wonderful time, playing golf, being
shown all over Sun City, attending an Open House
and luncheon one day, and a birthday party Mary
Ann gave for a friend and twelve other guests a-
nother day. Mary will be going to the Galapagos
in July, and she and "Sis" will go to Hawaii to-
gether in November.
The President of our Arizona Pan Canal Society,
Fern (Horine) Dabill, has just returned from a
month in Europe visiting her daughter, Capt.
Carol Dabill, who is stationed in Germany. A phy-
sical therapist, as is her mother, Carol goes all
over Germany teaching and treating children in the
Dept. of Defense schools there, a very interesting
project for Fern to see as she travelled along.
Stanley Horine, Fern's nephew who lives in London,
visited them in Germany for Easter, and joined
Fern and Carol later for three days in Paris.
Fern and Carol also took a side trip to Lake Con-
stance on the border of Germany and Switzerland.
Fern is currently entertaining her brother, Conrad
Horine, and his wife, Norma, at her Phoenix home,
along with Tommy and Marion Rice, all from Cali-
fornia. The Horines and Rices are to attend the
Arizona spring luncheon-meeting with Fern.
Anne (Trinble) and Charlie Parks of Glendale
report that their son, Matthew, currently sta-
tioned with the Army in Texas, and his wife, Heike
with their two little sons, Bryan and Kevin,
visited them for a week in February. Heike's pa-
rents, Dieter and Irogaard Scheiber, from West
Germany, were with them, and really loved Arizona.
Dieter said he is sorely tempted to sell his farm
in Germany and move to Sun City! Anne and Charlie
are now looking forward to going to Florida for
a couple of months and for the Panama Canal Soci-
ety Reunion. All of their children will be there
except for Larry, whose Arizona position can't
spare him this sumnner. Son Paul Parks is coming
up from Panama; the Boatwrights, and their young-
est son, Charles, and his bride, Dana, all live
in Florida, so it should be quite a family gather-
Nancy (Crooks) Keopplinger will be occupied on
April 22 and unable to attend the luncheon, but
she reported that her friend, Lourdes Canto, wife
of Tobias Canto, of one of Panama's Northern Pro-
vinces, has completed her degree in accounting at
the University of Arizona and is now employed
full-time by a Tucson accounting firm. Lourdes
is also very much a full-time wife and mother of
two, and is expecting her third baby. Tobias is
now employed full-time as a physical education
teacher in a local school district.
Kye :._ Casey Vowell, ;:' ....e: .f Chas.
and Jacquelynn (Crowell) Vowell, St.
Johns, AZ., listening to Lucho on the
Jacqui (Crowell) Vowell writes from St. Johns,
Arizona, to say that she and her husband, Charlie,
and their two children, Kye and Casey, spent
Christmas in Rogers, Arkansas, with Charlie's
mother, Libby Vowell. While there, they had a
short visit from Charlie's sister, Kathy, and her
husband, Leon Sharpensteen. They also managed to
see Jacqui's nieces, Erin, Laura and Alison
Crowell, and visit with their mother, Kathy Engel-
ke, as well as Erin's beautiful baby girl, Eliza-
beth. Then, during the spring break, Jacqui took
Kye and Casey to see the Petrified Forest, 40
miles from St. Johns.
Jacqui still sees her Balboa High School Bio-
logy teacher, Mr. Hanshaw, who has retired to St.
Johns. How about a picture of you and Mr. Hanshaw
Jacqui? I'll bet he has many former students a-
mong Canal Record readers. The Vowells plan to
attend the 1989 reunion in Florida and to visit
Jacqui's mother, Ila Crowell Bruckert and her hus-
bank, Walter, as well as Jacqui's sisters, Bonnie
and Pam, their husbands, Michael and Reid, and
possibly their brother, Richard Crowell. Jacqui
is hoping that her sister, Dawn, who likes to sur-
prise people, will do just that and show up at the
Jacqui is one of the coordinators of the forth-
coming BHS and CHS 1970 Class Reunion. She says
that the plans for the reunion, which will be held
in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society re-
union in Orlando, Florida, in 1990, are coming a-
long well. Vicki (Sizemore) Wardlow has organized
a poolside buffet at one of the Orlando hotels.
The girls are anxious to hear from all 1970 BHS
and CHS grads. Jacqui's address is Mrs. Charles
Vowell, Box 2842, St. Johns, AZ 85936-2842.
She also reports that she had a nice letter
from a former Canal Zone College professor of
hers, Mrs. Kidd Oliver. Also a phone call from
Laurie (WMBride) Hazelip, BHS 1970, and a former
junior high friend (from Diablo), Sandra Chesson.
Her husband, Charlie, plans to return to Rogers,
Arkansas soon to visit with his brother, Joe, and
his wife, Gretta, and their teenage daughters,
Any and Ali Vowell, who will be up from Panama on
We have just received word from R.E. 'Obe"
Oberholtzer, that he has moved from Prescott, Ari-
zona to Melbourne, Florida, where is now a real-
tor-associate, with Better Homes and Gardens
Brevard Realty, Inc. The Oberholtzers left Pres-
cott in June, 1987, but travelled in their motor-
home for a year before settling in Melbourne.
A word to all Arizona readers of the Canal
Record, and friends. Your reporter's mailing
deadline is the 20th of January, April, July and
October, so please try to get news and photos
(which can not be returned) to her before those
dates. But above all, send news: if we miss one
deadline, we'll catch the next. The news may thus
not quite be "news" any more, but there are people
out there longing to hear from you.
Jane (Dickson) Cox
There is quite a change in the scenery here in
Northwest Arkansas since my last report. The red-
buds and the dogwoods are in full bloom and the
temperature should reach the low eighties. Mother
Nature did get in one last knock-out punch with
devastating freeze in early March and the apple
and peach crops were really knocked out.
A short note from Ralph and Marie Shuey of Neo-
sho, MO., tells that Marie fell and broke her arm
in February. Also they are planning on a trip to
Huntsville, AL., to help son Ralph celebrate his
birthday on April 22. They are the proud great-
grandparents of Patrick Alan born to granddaughter
Lori of Ft. Worth, TX., on February 11, 1989.
Ralph has most of his garden in, and some coming
Judy Montanaro, daughter of Evelyn Engelke is
here while her mother recuperates from a visit to
Addie Colclasure spent the month of February in
Garden City, KS., with her two sisters. Daughter
Marion spent the spring break in Castle Park, CO.
The Huffnans Willard and Kathleen drove to
Panama City, FL., to visit son James in February.
Enjoyed the visit and stayed with Will, Cathy and
family both going and coming. James was also visi-
ted by brother Will, Cathy, and their four chil-
dren over Easter.
Peggy and Nobby Keller are making plans to
attend the reunion in Florida and are keeping busy
with yard work.
Betty McGilberry says she attended the races at
Oaklawn in Hot Springs, AR., and didn't win. She
was busy with a birthday party for her daughter
when called about news.
Jessie Newhard spent the Christmas holidays
with son Bryan and wife Penny in South Carolina.
Also, took a side trip to Maryland and Virginia to
visit with her sister and family.
Etta Fay Terrell says she is kept busy with the
yard work and her house.
Edith Engelke is doing well and reports nothing
Red and Alice Nail say that the tree growing
season is keeping them occupied and that Red is
looking forward to attending the up-coming reunion
Pete and Sue Warner report that their daughter
Pam with her two daughters were here for a brief
visit and left to join her husband at DisneyWorld.
Also, their daughter Phyllis is expected from Long
Island in about a month.
Jack and Joan Corliss report the marriage of
their daughter Leslie to Steve Everett, on May 6,
and it is to be held at their home. Jack is also
busy adding a room to their abode.
Bruce Sanders III and wife Sandy from La Boca,
R.P. came by for an all too brief visit with Bruce
and Dorothy Sanders. Bruce Jr., reports everything
quiet at the Sanders household.
Mary Lou Engelke says that her mother-in-law
Connie Engelke, fell breaking some ribs and had to
be hospitalized. She is now on the road to re-
Your reporter and Betty have been occupied with
working in the yard and hope to get to South
Dakota in May to visit with me brother and his
Just a reminder that our annual picnic will be
on Father's Day, June 18, 1989, at Agri Park in
Fayetteville, AR. See y'all there.
Robert (Bud) Balcer
The beautiful spring flowering trees, shrubs,
and plants cause many people to stay at home to
enjoy them, in this area.
Among the few who have traveled are Francis
Whitlock of Fayetteville, who flew to St. Louis
to meet her daughter, Andree Whitlock Collins.
They continued on to Mishawaka, Indiana where they
spent 10 days with Jacqueline (Whitlock) Werbrouck
and her husband. Francis and Andree returned to
St. Louis where Francis visited awhile longer.
She said that she thoroughly enjoyed seeing some
of her great grandchildren.
Then for a little adventure, Francis rode on
the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway,
leaving from Frisco Freight house on Dixon Street
in Fayetteville. The train was complete with two
dining cars, an excursion car and power car for
the diesel engine. They traveled almost to
Winslow and spent a delightful 2 hour ride, round
Mildred and Ed Higgins of Fayetteville attended
a UFO conference of about 200 people, some of whom
came from as far away as England.
In January and February, Joanna and Sam
Ognibene flew to London, England, where they spent
three weeks, renting a flat during that time.
Spain was their next port-of-call and enjoyed a
beautiful two weeks there.
Over Easter, the Ognibene's took a trip to
Copper Canyon, the Grand Canyon of Mexico, which
has recently opened. It included a train ride from
Chihuahua to Los Noches which facilities were
still rather primative and rugged.
Lee and Harry Butz from Springdale, spent the
Easter weekend with their daughter, Esther and
son-in-law, Bill Clair at Broken Arrow, OK.
Son, Peter Butz, wife Janice and their three sons
joined them for a sumptuous dinner. On Easter
Sunday, they attended Church at Kellyville
where Peter sang in the Easter cantata, following
which the "gang" enjoyed another delicious repast
at Peter's home in Sapulpa. Peter's flowers
lining his curved driveway were a profusion of
color with two forsynthias brightening the end.
Our next big event is the Blanche Shaw Picnic
at Agri Park in Fayettewille on Father's Day in
June. All Zonians and their guests are welcome.
ANNUAL BUSINESS LUNCHEIN
March 5, 1989
Knott's Berry Farm
The meeting was opened with an Invocation by
Missy Will, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance
and the National Anthem. President Edith Wimner
introduced the guests present.
A delicious luncheon was served; the Chicken
Pot Pie and Boysenberry Pie was enjoyed by 63 mem-
bers and guests. Missy Will held a Memorial Ser-
vice for deceased members. This was truly beauti-
The business part of the meeting opened with
election of officers. A motion by Francis Fitz-
patrick, seconded by Rose Jones was made to unani-
mously elect the slate of officers. They are:
Edith Wimner, President; Jim Will, Vice-President;
Kathryn Molinaro, Secretary/Treasurer/New Letter
Editor; Missy Will, Chaplain; and Adele Argo, Co-
PCSSC Officers re-elected, L-R: Jim Will
Vice-President; Edith Wimmer, President;
Kathryn Molinaro, Sec/Treas and News-
letter Editor; Missy Will, Chaplain;
Thelma Hollowell, Hospitality Chmn. and
Roving Reporter; Adele Argo, Co-Chaplain
The program was a slide presentation by David
Hollowell and Bill Quinn. Some new slides were
shown. Bill's were of the Canal Zone during the
50's. Oh, what memories. Seems we always get con-
struction and then the latest developments leaving
no room for our memories (mine anyway). David's
slides were more recent, taken during the 70's.
Those attending were: Adele Argo, Grace Brown,
Joan and Jack deGrumond, with guests Vince and
Dottie Sanders) Ridge, Nancy (Ridge) McCullough,
Walter and Bess Morton, Ed and Leticia Moore; Rosa
Dill and guests Charles and Betty Pold and Claus
and Letty Sondermann; Vic and Frances Enyart, Wil-
liam and Eileen (Cryan) Finken, Francis and Laver-
ne Fitzpatrick and guests Paul and Lina Fitzpat-
rick, Griff and Lucille Griffin, Mary Hanmond,
John Hanson, Dorothy Hayward, David and Thelma
Hollowell, Conrad and Norma Horine, Aileen (Smith)
Hoyle, Don and Stephanie (Milburn) Johnson, Paul
and Rose Jones, Elizabeth Kling, Mary (Cryan) Lade
Edmund Lang, Janet Laschinger, Joyce Levy, Tan and
Helen McGuiness, Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro, Bob Pro-
vost, Bill and Kathryn Quinn, Hedvig Seedborg,
Florence (Berude) Seller, David LeRoy Smith, Ken
Stone, Jeanne Townsend, Rita Will, Irene Will and
guest Lauray (Will) Griffin, Jim and Missy Will,
Edith Winmer and guest Tracey Hoang, Bob and Mary
Our summer "picnic" will be held August 6 at
Anderson's Pea Soup in Carlsbad. We will celebrate
the 75th Anniversary of the Canal. Each of you is
asked to bring some moment of the Canal, keeping
in mind that there will not be one table per per-
The West Coast Reunion is still a go on Sep-
tember 22, 23, 24 in San Diego at the Bahia Hotel.
Joan deGrunnnd reported that the Zonian Amigos
cruises are filling up. There is one just prior to
the West Coast reunion, allowing everyone to at-
Ken Stone reported on the Annual Florida Re-
union being held June 29, 30 and July 1 in Tampa.
He also reported that the 1990 Florida Reunion
will be held in Orlando, FL., June 21-25, 1990.
Also please vote if you belong to the Florida Soc-
iety. We may live on another ocean but each vote
can add up.
The door prize, a Lynda Geyer print, was won by
Janet Laschinger; the electric wok, donated by Bob
and Rosa Dill was won by Bob Provost; the 30" Gar-
net Necklace, donated by Kathleen Steiner Bennett
was won by Stephanie (Milburn) Johnson.
The Loteria was won by Grace Brown, Irene Will
and David Hollowell.
Lots of talk and good times later, the meeting
From our Roving Reporter
Like a harbinger of spring, it was an
enthusiastic group of Zonians who gathered for the
PCSSC Annual Meeting and luncheon at Knott's Berry
Farm on March 5.
Rose Jones, of Atascadero, was happily regaling
friends with tales of her brother, les,who played
ball games for Jack Johnson in Panama City and
Canal Zone, and also played iin Quebec, Canada.
Les now lives in Reno.
The welcome mat was all in readiness for Jack
and Joan (Ridge) de Grzmnond, Laguna Hills, to
enter with her brother, Vince and his wife, Dottie
of Valley Center, PA, and daughter, Nancy
McCullough, of San Juan Capistrano, CA. Vince and
Dottie were last in Southern California five years
Walter and Bess Morton, Paul and Rose
(Rios) Jones at the luncheon.
Vincent Ridge, Dottie (Sanders)
Nancy (Ridge) McCullough, Joan
) and Jack deGrunmond.
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Ed Moore and Tom McGuiness
Rita Will. Alice Milburn and Grace Brown
Bill and Kathryn Quinn, Palos Verdes, were
delighted that daughter Jennifer is enrolled at
Long Beach State College, joined the Air Force
ROTC, and lives in a dorm. At the time of
reporting, she was on a field trip to George Air
Force Base and Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Happy to be grandparents again are Charlie and
Susan Becktell, Anaheim. Twins Charles III and
Susan, named for fraternal grandparents, were born
to Nancy and Charles, Jr. at Martin Luther King
Hospital in Anaheim on February 12, a most
auspicious date. Later Charlie, Sr. met with Bill
Eldendorf and Roy Winfrey ballplayer at BHS during
the '50's, and his brother, Richard, at LAX and
spent the day at the Marina. Celeste (Powell)
Fulton joined Charlie for lunch on another day.
Ed More and Tom McGuiness were pleased to meet
again at the luncheon. They first met at BHS
1937-38, and then Tom transferred to CHS some time
Unable to attend the luncheon was Bob Dill,
Hemet, who was being honored in Riverside at the
Holiday Inn with a framed certificate, "In
Appreciation of Devoted Services Rendered" to Al
Malaikah Shrine Tenple. Presentation was made by
the Potentate, Harvey Malin.
Since the luncheon, health has been of prime
importance in the Bill Quinn household, for he had
surgery to replace an abdominal aorta and two
femoral arteries March 29. He was for a long
period on the "Way to Live" diet program prior to
surgery, and is now on a regular diet and
recovering nicely. He will probably return to
work in July.
Several items were reported by Janet Laschinger
Spring Valley. She is pleased as punch to have
sold her first magazine story. It will appear in
the Sept./Oct. issue of a new publication, I LOVE
CATS, and is entitled "Our Mexican Cats". Of
interest to early Zonians will be the news that
Janet's mother, Annie (Williams) Nesbitt, is now
living in Janet and Richard's home. Also, Jan's
grandson, Terry Heilmann, of Manchester, TN, was
married April 10 to Brenda Claybourn. His mother
is Helen (Harness) Cox, of Manchester.
Thelna (Trobert) Sasso, BHS '35 and San Diego
is progressing well since her husband Clifton's
death in October, 1987. As of September, 1988 she
has been living with her daughter, Anne V.
Sullivan, BHS'62, at 3937 Bob Street, San Diego,
CA 92110. Friends of Anne's, formerly from
Balboa, came to visit recently. Esther ( hitney)
and Jim Phillips, of Corpus Christi, TX, were
students at BHS too, but different classes from
Anne. The Whitney parents were neighbors of the
Sasso family in Balboa.
Shirley (Keepers) Taylor, CHS '56, of San
Diego, spent two and a half months until February
in Spartenburg, SC, visiting her mother, Annie
Keepers, and daughter Sherilene Taylor, who had
undergone surgery. Annie is bedridden, but many
joyful hours were spent in Canal reminiscing.
Zonians will remember her as a kindergarten
teacher in Gatun, Margarita, Diablo, and
Spartenburg. As a result of going through family
pictures with her mother, Shirley adds a gentle
reminder for storing photos: Put dates and names,
at least, on the backs.
During March, Harry and Jeanne (O'Brien)
Townsend, El Cajon, were happy to entertain their
son, Harry, Jr., his wife, Elizabeth Stellas
(retaining her maiden name), and daughter, Rachel,
from Seattle, WA. Also, Jack and Joan deGrumond,
her borther, Vince Ridge, and wife Dottie, were
most welcome guests.
Your reporter wishes to apologize for an error.
In the March, 1989 Canal Record, also PCSSC
Newsletter, mention was made of Inez (Arosemena)
Irwin as being the daughter of Florencia Arosemena
Governor of Panama in 1928. Correction should be
made to "President of Panama in 1928".
Blessings to all and remember, if we don't
receive your news we can't print it.
The Colorado Pancanal Society had their annual
winter dinner meeting at The Fort, an unusual res-
taurant in Morrison, Colorado, which is a 3/4
scale reproduction of Bent's Fort, a trading post
in the "Cavalry and Indians" time. Besides the
delicious food, we enjoyed the privacy and con-
venience of a large private dining room, the rep-
plica of the Bent's family quarters at the origi-
An interesting feature was a collection of
Western artifacts displayed along the walls, the
type of trade goods used in pioneer days. When
making the reservations for our party, I discover-
ed that Sam Arnold, the owner, had always been in-
terested in the Panama Canal because his father,
a young electrical engineer at General Electric,
was involved with the design and manufacture of
the original electric transformers and the towing
locomotives for the locks. Sam is a well-known
Western history buff, as well as a cookbook author
and gourmet, but I'd not heard before of his "Pan-
I notified him that he was eligible to partici-
pate in our activities if he cared to so he
treated us to the special dining area and came by
to visit us after dinner.
Then we found out that Gladys Graham had known
him when she appeared occasionally on TV shows and
also was a scriptwriter when they first retired
from the Canal Zone and came here. The author of
a fine cookbook on Panamanian dishes, Gladys and
her husband Roy live in Lafayette, just a little
north of Denver, and seldom misses our activities.
Besides the Grahams, 25 other Coloradans atten-
ded our dinner: Jim and Hanna (Rowley) Byrd, Bud
and Val (McIntire) Dempsey, her sister Cathy
(McIntire) Spafford, their mother, B.J. (Becker)
Law and Hilt Law; Bob and Marcia Jones came from
Ft. Collins with Richard and Betty (Farrell)
Swearingen; Howard and Gwyneth Rhodes from Colo-
rado Springs; Chickie (Hobbs) Satriano brought
Carrie (Frensley) Waggoner to join our group for
the first time; Chung-Wai and Barbara (Geddes)
Tung; Jim and Alice (Ward) Wier and their daughter
Linda; Alice's brother, Ray Shaw, Margaret Molloy
and her daughter Kathy.
Next sunner's event was decided on and a com-
mittee formed to plan the arrangements. Durango
and Silverton, Colorado, connected by a famous old
mountain train, narrow gauge. It will be a week-
end trip in mid-August time to toast the 75th
anniversary of the opening of the Canal. Any of
you former Zonites who would like to join us, just
write ahead for details to me or to Marcia Jones,
2912 Cortez, Ft. Collins, CO 80525.
At last summer's event, the Class of '38 Re-
union at Winter Park, a commercial firm took a
video of our outdoor barbeque supper and combined
it with a promotional film. It shows the beauty of
the site, in all seasons, and the joyous gathering
of a group of old friends. Betty (Clay) Hoverter
(CHS) showed her yearbook and her class ring.
"I'll bet no one else brought one." She was right.
Also, we had copies made of a 1913 map, the Ex-
cavation Diagram of Miraflores Lock Site, which
also shows the planned site for Balboa. Fascina-
ting to anyone who used to hunt, picnic, or just
look at the area. Of the same place, an old Panama
Canal photo taken by Mr. Fisher showing the car-
rier S.S. Saratoga leaving Miraflores Locks, with
Ft. Clayton in the background. Another, a basket-
masted battleship transitting Pedro Miguel Locks,
showing Cerro Luisa, most of the town of Pedro
Miguel, and the twin cranes, AJAX and HERCULES
moored at Paraiso background. Both of these pic-
tures were taken in the 1930's, and are not dated
except for the ships themselves, the old "mules"
and lampposts. Re-photographed and printed on new
white paper, these three treasures were found
among my father's papers and are very attractive.
Send me a postcard if you are interested in the
Video, the map, or the locks photos, and I'll tell
you what they cost if you want them mailed to you,
or delivered (I travel a lot)...
Had sewing club at my house recently and was
rewarded with some news I think you'll enjoy.
First, as I finished my report in the March issue
of the Canal Record, I said I'd give you the
latest on the Skip Rowley's whereabouts; but no
need, it's in the Panama Canal Directory that just
came out, so, on to the latest news. From the
Howard Buehlers; Kathy Williamson, daughter of
Judy Buehler and Sid Williamson, spent part of her
spring break with her grandparents Hoard (Bucky)
Buehler and Eleanor of New Port Richey. Kathy is
in her 3rd year at Otterbein College in Wester-
ville, Ohio. She is majoring in Equine Science.
She was recently initiated into the Mortor Board
Society and is a member of the College Equestrian
Team. The day after Kathy left, Paul Buehler
arrived to spend Easter with his parents. Paul has
recently been transferred from Morristown, New
Jersey to Carlsbad, California.
Buddy and Beverly Williams will spend the month
of May in Panama with their son, Patrick.
Marge and Pete Foster spent Easter Sunday with
their daughter, June, and family, as the guest of
George and Sue Cotton (Trim family) at their love-
ly home at Canyon Lake, near San Antonio.
George's cousin Lew French and family were also
there from Houston, Texas.
Bud and Aura Erickson spent Easter in Sampson,
Alabama, where they attended the Christening of
their two great granddaughters. They are the dau-
ghters of Kim and Jeff Spivey and granddaughters
of Barbara and Paul Adamson.
Grace Carey (Jones) drove to California to
attend the wedding of her granddaughter, Louise
Jones. Louise's parents are Norbert Jr. and
Camille Ellus. You may remember Louise sang at
the fashion show put on by Andrew Lim last year
at the Panama Canal Reunion. I loved her rendi-
tion of "Memories". She has a beautiful voice.
I see Marie Collins often and she just went
through an eye implant on her left eye, said it
was a snap and not to worry as it has improved her
vision and she feels great.
t' .*** ^
Bev and Browne Shircliffe from St. Petersburg.
Tallahassee is a beautiful city, I especially
loved the woods which were lovely with all the
gorgeous White Dogwood trees. I even got carried
away and bought a fake dogwood tree to have in my
home, as I hear Dogwood won't grow this far South,
I wonder why? Till another time, Adios.
I received information about Christmas activi-
ties from Rusty and Elena (de Boyrie) Oberholtzer
in West Melbourne, Florida, too late to be in-
cluded in the March issue, so I promised to send
it in for this issue: Bill and Carolyn Price of
Alexandria, Virginia were house guests of Rusty
and Elena over the holidays so, of course, they
had to throw a party. Sarah (Barfield) Cohen,
lanky Flores and Dr. Ron Moore and Willie were
there. Jody and Dee Roberson came over from the
Tanpa area as did Vernon Bryant and Sandy. Susan
Adler, a friend of the Obe's, completed the gath-
ering. Jody brought some of his home-made wine
which not only tasted great and was less filling
but was also smooth going down. Bob and Lottie
(Stevenson) Orvis couldn't make it for the big get
together but they came down from Daytona Beach
later in the week so naturally that called for a-
nother party and it gave Bob and Lotty a chance
to unwind and no one can unwind like Bob can.
.... :.I .J
5 Generations of Women, February, 1989.
L-R Back: Shannon (McPherson) Fletcher.
2nd row: Lydia (Morse) "Wahl" Shannon,
age 95, and Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang. 3rd
row: Charlotte (Wahl) Dailey. 4th. row:
Kayla Denise Fletcher (age 16 mos). Mary
Lou Lang lives in Clearwater, the rest
live in St. Petersburg, FL.
Had a nice note from Pete and Mary Lou Lang
with a picture of their family, five generations.
Back row is Shannon tcPherrson Fletcher, left to
right is Lydia (Morse) Wahl Shannon who is 95
years young; and Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang; next row
is Charlotte Wahl Dailey and last but not least
is 16 month old Kayla Denise Fletcher. Mary Lou
and Pete live in Clearwater and the other four
generations live in St. Petersburg.
I too had a guest lately, my granddaughter,
Lori Lee (Stevenson) Snow spent a few nights with
me while she spent her days in Tarpa. She works
for Race Track and does alot of galivanting around
different states. I also spent Easter holiday
with the Skip Rowleys in Tallahassee, in their
lovely new home. Bonnie (Gumn) and A.J. Abellera
joined us for dinner along with Beverly's parents,
Oberholtzer Christmas Party. Front: Ver-
non Bryant, Sandy, Sara (Barfield) Cohen
Dr. Ron and Willie Moore. Back: Jody
Roberson, Elena (deBoyrie) Oberholtzer,
Susan Adler, Carolyn and Bill Price, Dee
Roberson, Rusty Oberholtzer.
The gathering at Dan and Noeme Sander's home in
Altamonte Springs the latter part of January was
well attended by fun loving Zonians. Dan left a
few days after the party to return to Panama on
business so this was a great Bon Voyage party.
My husband, Leo, especially enjoyed the evening
for it was his first outing after major surgery
in December. He was enthroned for the evening in
Dan's favorite chair and he and the other guests
thoroughly enjoyed barbequed tenderloin and all
the trimmings. No evening can be dull with Bob
Rosania on hand his jokes and songs kept us all
entertained. It was wonderful being with class-
mates I hadn't seen in 40 some years and meeting
many new friends from the Zone.
V R C
Sander Party. Front: Brian Robinson and
friend, Kimberly, Leo Snedeker, Dan and
Noeme Sander, Bob Rosania. Back: Jean
and Benny Kuller, Leona Sanders Snedeker
Florine Reilly, Bev Shaw, Pat Robinson,
Mae Rosania, Bob Shaw, Hedy Sander,
George Chevalier and Frank Robinson..
(Jack Reilly, photographer, missing).
Leo and I visited Joy (Randall) and Al Maale
at their beautiful ranch in Indiantown in Febru-
ary. We also had a lovely visit with Joy's beau-
tiful mother who has a darling apartment with them
which Al built for her. My grandson, Garrett, was
in seventh heaven with the horses and dogs to en-
tertain him, as well as the Maale's golf cart
which really got a workout. The Maale's told us
about their plans to go on Pete Foster's Zonian
Amigos Diamond Jubilee Trans-Canal Cruise in Sept-
ember and also about their plans to attend the
West Coast Reunion. It all sounded so great that
when we got home, I sent off our reservations and
now we can hardly wait.
I had a lovely phone visit with Mike Schoaner
of Deltona. Mike's wife, Margarita, passed away
suddenly a year ago December and he is still try-
ing to adjust to his great loss. Margarita was
a wonderful correspondent so many of their friends
have been in touch with him. Mike and my hus-
band, Leo, and Roy Sanker lived in the same 12
family house in Margarita before the war. Mike
worked at Mt. Hope in the General Managers Office
of the Coamissary Division and retired in 1972,
moving to Deltona. Capt. and Edith McAllister
visited them at various times in Deltona Edith
and Margarita were very good friends and worked
together at Gorgas Hospital.
I received another newsy letter from Jessie
Hunt, a/k/a Sr. Miriam Hunt (but, as she said in
her letter, she will always be Jessie to her Canal
Zone friends). She did some reminiscing about
some of her school chums. Jessie and Mary Alice
Dood lived in Ft. Sherman and would take the
ferry to attend school at CHS. Mary Alice and
Jessie's sister lived in El Paso and she is hoping
they will get together for some good "remember
when" talks. Carol (Ruoff) Goulet was another of
her school pals. Another friend, Charleen
(Hellums) Atwood, lived in Margarita, the town
Jessie's father helped to build when he was a
civilian. Roy Atwood lived in the same house
(downstairs) as her cousins, Sue and Richard
Pincus. Jessie mentioned that Sue is married to
Joe Smith's brother, Gil, and that Joe and Gil met
Jessie and Joe Hunt at the airport in Tanpa for
the 1987 reunion. Jessie also mentioned that
after a trip to Panama in 1986 she wrote a little
booklet entitled "Notebook Sketches of a Zonite".
It was written mainly for her students in Grades
3-5 and she has given talks about Panama in some
of the area schools near Yonkers, New York. She
was amazed fo find a great lack of information in
the text books for students about the country of
Panama. Jessie is planning a trip to Alaska this
summer but hopefully she will save next summer for
our 45th Pan Canal Reunion which will be held in
Orlando in conjunction with the annual Pan Canal
reunion. Now, I would like to quote directly from
Jessie's letter for I think many of us, if not all
will agree with her one hundred percent.
"In closing, I just want to say that those of
us who spent some time, no matter how long, on the
Canal Zone, will never forget those years and the
Canal Record certainly is a testimony to our
unique experience there and lasting friendships
that we made. Each of us have gone on our way,
careers, etc., but we can always say we were part
of that memorable past that will never be captured
by any other generation."
Leona Sanders Snedeker
From the beautiful emerald beaches of Pensacola
this is Dennis A. Talavera reporting. The response
and enthusiasm I have received from C.Z. ex-resi-
dents has been phenomimal. It only shows the pride
and commitment we all have in keeping the Canal
Zone alive forever. Member and members-to-be are
here, there and everywhere. Since I proudly dis-
play the Canal Zone Society car tag, I get a lot
of notes on my windshield inquiring about the
Society. Since my last report I have heard from a
lot of you who otherwise I would not have met.
Case in point, Harry Hatch of BHS'40 called me
from Alabama to congratulate me on my new assign-
ment, but most of all to tell me that he had gone
to school with my dad, Mario Talavera, my uncle,
Angel Talavera and my aunt Frances Enyart (Tala-
Canal Zone members in Niceville, FL., were in-
vited by the Association of University Women to
give a lecture and presentation about their ex-
periences while living in the Canal Zone in rela-
tion to the rest of the country while in Panama.
The lecture and presentation was organized by Lib-
by Fulcher who spoke about the status in the cul-
ture of Panama. She was assisted by Joanna Negron
Morales, wearing a "Pollera Montuna," and Dina
Meyer Fortney of Chorrera wearing Joanna's grand-
mother's and great-grandmother's beautiful "Pol-
lera de Gala" with all the wonderful jewelry and
tembleques. Regina Scott a former resident of
Cocoli wore a Guaymi dress belonging to Dina. This
reporter congratulates Canal Zone members in Nice-
ville, FL., for their interest and participation
in such cultural events and at the same time takes
this opportunity tp invite Society members to par-
ticipate just as well in the "Hispanic Month" cul-
tural event to take place in September at Eglin
AFB in the Ft. Walton Beach area. You all may con-
tact me for further details. Lets keep the Canal
Zone alive forever!
Joanna Negron Moraes, Libby Fulcher and
Diane Meyer Fortney.
Other members who took their act to the road
were Pat Birchenall and Jane Wooden Konecnick.
Pat, Jane and Libby were invited to march in the
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
While on a short visit to Aldon Fulcher of Nice-
ville, FL., Aldon was lucky enough to find "Cor-
vina" at the commissary and made a healthy batch
of sevichee." They left just enough to take on the
road to Annie Laurie Halvosa and Janice Lofton,
all now residing in Panama City, FL. They must
have talked forever because my ears were on fire!
On the way back they stopped by to visit Jo
Jones in Gulf Breeze, who is not feeling well, so
you all write her a note to bring her spirits up.
Pat Hilmnan Birchenall and her sister Virginia
were in town visiting Ada Mary Bright and then re-
turned to Mississippi.
Tom Fulcher, wife Cheryl and their children,
Randy, Stacy and Steven are back in the States
from the C.Z. After a few culture shocks they are
settling down in their new home in Columbia, MD.
Tom is now with the State Department of Agricul-
Ralph and Charlene James were visited by Herbie
and Esther Bell, and also by Ted and Shirley Brown
whom they had not seen in a long time. Ralph and
Charlene take time every so often to visit with
their son in Montegut, LA., where Mike and Vilma
live with their children. Billy is now 13 and
playing the trombone and Freddy is 11 and expects
to get into the school band next year. While shop-
ping one afternoon, Charlene noticed a C.Z. car
tag, and met two more members from Alabama. Jerry
Graff, formerly with the F.A.A. on the Pacific
Jo Marti Roebuck called me to introduce herself
after my last report came out. Jo's grandfather
Fritz Marti was one of the original old-timers of
the construction period of the Canal. Jo is a
graduate of BHS'66 and married John Roebuck; they
have two sons, Jonathan and Theodore who are
fourth generation Zonians. Jo just had surgery, so
please drop her a line to help her get back on her
Gordon and Angela Theil noticed my car tag and
introduced themselves. Gordon is the ex-president
of the Leica Historical Society of America here in
Pensacola. He tells me he has a lot of photographs
from the older days of the Canal Zone and offered
to review them with me, but I have yet to take him
up on it, but I will.
I also met Rafael Barraza, CHS'77. He tells me
that there are a lot of CHS graduates in the area
and that he will put them in touch with me.
My next report will be about my upcoming trip to
Panama on April 29. While there I will be meeting
many of you on the Atlantic and Pacific sides. I
also plan to have a cook-out at my home in Chor-
rera and hopefullt meet several of you.
Dennis A. Talavera
Sarasota welcomed many visitors to share our
wonderful sunshine, beautiful beaches and the many
attractions for sightseeing.
Howard and Arleen Osborn of Nashua, NH., traveled
in their motor home and visited with Fred and Bev
Ebdon. While here, both couples enjoyed travelling
in their motor homes to the Everglades and Key
West, as well as attending some RV Ralleys.
Allen and Kay Miller welcomed Ray and Gene Wil-
son of San Antonio, TX., for a visit to see former
co-workers and families. Besides being entertained
with several dinner parties and reminiscing of
happy C.Z. days, they also visited the Edison
House in Ft. Meyers, which is a most interesting
and educational attraction.
Elwood (Al) and Miriam Bissett had the pleasure
of a visit from Hazel Halliday of Dallas, Tx. They
spent one day at EPOOT Center and also shopped and
visited with C.Z. friends.
Mrs. Charlotte Herr of Canton, CT., accompanied
by her sister, Mrs. Marge Lunpkin of Cape Cod, MA.
who have been visiting their brother, J. Stuart
Adams in Orlando, motored to Sarasota for a visit
with Billie Galloway and her sisters. Billie and
Charlotte have been friends for many years and it
was nice to get together again.
Before returning to Orlando, Charlotte and
Marge also visited in Deltona with Ken and Dorothy
In early March, George and Ila Fenton of Lex-
ington, VA., visited with Bob and Dolores Ham-
meter. While in the Canal Zone, George worked with
the Special Engineering Division and Ila was em-
ployed at Gorgas Hospital.
Mary Orr enjoyed a short visit by her niece,
Mary Linda (Wells) Fealey of Oak Harbor, WA., when
she came to Florida to attend the World Wide Naval
Relations Conference in Jacksonville, FL. Mary
Linda is the Deputy Personnel Officer at the U.S.
Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, WA.
Mary orr hosted a group at a luncheon cruise on
the 'Marina Jack II" honoring her niece. Other
guests with Mary Linda included Mayno Walker of
Sarasota and her daughter Carole (Walker) Miller
of Tampa; Elma Carder of Ridgely, WV., and Gladys
Mary and Mary Linda also ebjoyed a visit with
other C.Z. family friends at a barbeque in Sun
City, FL., at the home of Roy and Frances Sharp.
The group also included Jean and Bill Violette,
Tommy and Alma Burrow, and George and Ila Fenton
of Lexington, VA.
Marion Greene hosted a festive birthday party
and dinner for fifty guests honoring her husband,
Mike Greene, on the occasion of his 80th birthday,
February 7, 1989.
Following the dinner, the hostess gave the
group a questionnaire, titled "Remembering 1909"
and were asked to test their memories about events
that happened 80 years ago, such as songs, books,
the president and special events. If they had been
graded for their answers, there were no "A's," but
it was a lot of fun.
Out of town guests included Mrs. Esther (Neely)
Burks of New Port Ritchie; Mr. J.B. Clenmons of
St. Petersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kariger of Murphy
NC/Sarasota FL., Mr. and Mrs.William Staats of
Harlingen, TX.; Mr. Richard and Dr. Linda Fowler
of Pensacola; Mrs. H.H. Tishrock of Venice; Mr.
and Mrs. Patrick Ward of North Ft. Myers and Mr.
and Mrs. Ronald Larson of Bradenton, FL.
In October 1988, Bob and Dolores Hamneter tra-
veled to Greece and Turkey. "It was great visiting
this cradle of civilization, see the Parthenon,
the Corinth Canal (all four miles of it) as well
as many Biblical locations such as Ephesus and the
Island of Patmos."
The ship disaster, in Athens Harbor, involving
the S.S. Jupiter with 476 Brittish school children
aboard an Italian freighter was a close one, for
our ship left the dock only one-half hour after
the S.S. J&piter, which sank shortly after the
collision. Our ship spent seven hours helping to
get the survivors out of the sea.
Myrtle Hughes and Jay Cain enjoyed a ten-day
cruise on the S.'S. Rotterdam visiting Curacao,
Grenada, Martinique, Barbados, Virgin Islands and
Earlier during Thanksgiving week, Jay and
Gladys Conley joined a travel group to the Bahamas
for sightseeing and shopping. A grand time was had
Blanche (Walker) Hartman of Sarasota accompan-
ied by her niece, Stella (Boggs) DeMarr of Braden-
ton, drove to Ft. Lauderdale for an Easter visit
with Mary (Walker) Sasso and other family members.
The group later motored to Jupiter, FL., to visit
another family member, Brenda (Collins) Rice, her
husband Jon, and family. Their daughter, Rhonda
Rice, had recently arrived home following her
early graduation from Asbury College in Wilmore,
KY., with a degree in education. Their son Jon Jr.
is enrolled at the U. of North Dakota in Grand
Forks, majoring in Aeronautic Science towards a
degree for a commercial pilot's license. A younger
son, Mike, attends a local high school.
Brenda's parents, Al and Anita (Boggs) Collins
and their daughter, Alita of Ft. Valley, GA.,
joined the group for the holiday.
During the month od March, Frances (Days) Jones
visited with Edna (Thirlwall) Tipton in Portsmouth
VA., and attended the 50th wedding anniversary
celebrations of Dick and Donna (Eaton) Wood. She
also visited with her son and his family in Vir-
ginia Beach, VA., and Al and Lola (Fraunheim)
Jones and their three lovely daughters. Edna's
daughter, Judy (Tipton) Hooper was also along for
all the festivities a real blast!
The main event of the Golden Anniversary was
held at the Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club
on March 7, 1989 with over 200 guests attending.
Congratulations and many best wishes were extended
to the Guests of Honor.
Barney and Tinsie (Bliss) Barnes enjoyed as
their house guest, Barney's sister, Elma Carder
of Ridgely, West Virginia, who made her annual
visit to celebrate barney's birthday, his 89th.
RAY and DIANE MURPHY REPORT ON THEIR
TRIP TO IRELAND
Ray and Diane (Roscoe) Murphy and son, David
Wertz, who is a member of the Riverview High
School Kiltie Band (Sarasota), recently returned
from a trip to Ireland and England, where the
Kiltie Band had been invited to participate in the
St. Patrick's Day parades, by the Lord Mayor of
Diane and Ray were two of the chaperones for
the 190 Kiltie Band members who went on the trip.
(There are 265 members in the Kiltie Band).
The band marched in
the St. Patrick's Day ,
parade in Dublin and also
in another parade in the e .
town of Bray on the same -
day. They had a police
escort to Bray because of
the time frame between
parades. The band won
trophies in both of the
parades; Superior in the
Dublin parade and Best
Overall in the Bray par- David Wertz, River
ade. The band marched in view H.S. Kiltie
International Marching Band member.
Contest in Limerick, Ireland on March 19 and won
three trophies, Best Dressed Band, Best Overseas
Band, and Best Overall Band.
Riverview Kiltie Band Chaperones, Ray
and Dianne (Roscoe) Murphy in Dublin,
They toured Ireland
for seven days, visiting
Trinity College to see r
the famous Book of Kells, i
St. Patrick's Cathedral
and dining at the Abbey
Tavern with typical Irish
entertainment, and enjoy-
ed a medieval banquet at
Bunratty Castle, eating
the entire meal with
their fingers. They also
visited Blarney Castle
and of course, kissed the .
Blarney Stone, and shop-
ped at Blarney Mills.
They saw lots of old
castles, beautiful sce-
nery and very friendly David Wertz ready
people. They also saw the
Rock of Cashel which join Band members.
dates back to the 12th
century and stayed at Waterford, famous for its
Diane Murphy with her son, David Wertz,
relaxing in Ireland.
It snowed twice while they were in Irland, the
first time it had snowed in Ireland since 1981. Of
course, the kids were very excited as most of them
had never seen snow.
They traveled across the Irish Sea to Fishguear
in Wales where they traveled across the English
countryside to london and had a two day tour and
saw Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of Lon-
don, Westminster Abbey and looked in at Harrods,
but didn't buy too expensive. The kids couldn't
go to London without a visit to the Hard Rock Cafe
which they enjoyed. They also went to the play,
Gladys B. Humphrey
The Carnavalito and meeting February 4 was held
at Fox Hall, Eckerd College. It was a huge suc-
cess with Latin music and dancing. Most everyone
had a colorful costume on and each one marched
around the room to be judged for a prize. Door
prizes were also given. Best of all the tables
of native foods and other delicious foods and
desserts made by the women. Thanks to all of you
who worked hard to make this happy occasion a
Rita and Francis (Perry) Washabaugh are leaving
St. Petersburg. They enjoyed their stay with
Rita's sister, Anna and husband, Charles Collins.
The Washabaughs will travel north to daughter Hary
Iouise, at Sheffield PA., to reside. On their
way north, they will visit sister, Helen, in Jack-
sonville, Florida and the Logans in Titusville,
Florida. Also daughter, Ruth Hacel, in Maryland.
Good luck and please come back.
After returning from New York and Virginia for
the holidays, Bob and Nancy Van Siclen visited
with Bill and Alice Forsstrnm of Rhode Island.
They have been coming to Florida for the past few
years during the winter months. While here,
their daughter, Barbara, arrived for a weeks visit
and they all went to dinner at the Oriental Chi-
nese Restaurant owned by Alberto and Janet Chang.
During this time, Bob and Nancy enjoyed a weeks
visit from Bob's daughter, Robin, and her one year
old son, Paul John. While here she had the oppor-
tunity to visit with her Aunts, Nealie Van Siclen,
Anna Wright and Till Bogle. Robin enjoyed visit-
ing with her aunts who she had not seen in many
In April, the Van Siclens traveled to Dothan,
Alabama to visit with Bill and Dot (Duvall) Benny
for a few days. One day they all drove to Colum-
bus, Georgia to see Bill and Dot's son, Billy, and
his wife, Patty, who have settled into their new
home since recently moving up from the Zone.
Carnavalito covered dish
Daile and Elizabeth Keigley report that they
had as house guests their son, Richard, his wife,
Janet, and their two children for two weeks in
March. Richard and his family live in Estes Park,
Colorado where he works as a Research Biologist
with the National Park Service in the Rocky Moun-
tain National Park.
It's good to be back in Florida where so many
Zonians live. I traveled here from Texas during
the month of January and enjoyed the company of
many Zonians along the way. Through my journey
south, I was able to spend time with some of our
favorite people, and just to mention a few; Val
Krueger, Bob Knick, Hollie (Gibson) Dobson, Bob
Gibson and Marie Gibson in Houston; Jeff Clark and
Russell Gillespie in Pensacola; Lynn (Budreau)
Gritt and my second mom, Pete Budreau in Panama
City. I stayed in Tallahasee for several days to
visit with my mon, Nel Green and family; Bud
Green, Andrea Green, Bertha Wise, Karen (Newlon)
and Jimny Millins with my nieces Jamie and Kaycee,
and Keith Meade in Tallahassee. Traveling south
I saw Dick Rathegaber in Gainesville, Diana (New-
Ion), Gene, Rusty and Michelle Rendon in Cooper
City. My final destination, Coconut Grove, Miami,
lead me to Jim Parthenais and Kelly Cahill who I
am staying with at the present. It was a long
trip but very enjoyable seeing so many friends and
family along the way. It is the only way to tra-
vel, from one casa to another.
We baptized my niece, Kaycee, in Tallahassee
and enjoyed a visit with Mary and Earl Mullins as
well as Mary Mallia and John (Jack) Mallia. Keith
Meade took me to a little party in Tallahassee
where I saw his brother, Rick Meade, John Wruck,
Mitzy Hem, David Walker and a bunch of other
In March, Any Green was married to Jeff An-
drews. They will be making their home in Plant
City. While in the Tanpa area, I stayed with
Jean (Wruck) and Henry Dorzback who have a lovely
home in Temple Terrace. We visited with Earl and
Sue (Roberts) Millins with their two girls,
Jennifer and Shannon in Tampa. Kelly Cahill and
I enjoyed seeing her family, Dick and Lynn Cahill
and the rest of the gang, Rick and Gerri who live
We have visited with Debbie (Pollack) and John
Randall who live in a beautiful home in South
Miami. Debbie Seldon and Cindy Seldon were also
down visiting at the same time, since Debbie S.
had such a good time in Miami, she has decided to
live here and already has a job with Gallegar-Cole
Insurance Agents. Among some of the other we have
spotted in South Florida include; Everett and
Lynn White, Bo and Taco (Sam) Chasco, Kenny and
lee (Nickersher) Gaul, Fred and Terry (Hunt)
Watkins, Bryant (Tork) Chevalier and I'm sure
there are others that we will see in time.
Although I've been able to say hello to a lot
of old friends, it sure saddens the heart to see
a true friend leave our world. Lulu Peterson,
class of 1976, passed away earlier this year.
For those of you who knew Lulu I'm sure you will
always remember her cheerful attitude and good
nature. Maybe we can put a little more of that
attitude in our life to remember her by.
We have been lucky to have some good friends
come to visit us in Miami. Noreen Hanson blew
through one weekend in March. Paul Dolan had a
couple of round trip tickets gratis from Austin
to Miami. So they both got to visit Miami for
about 18 hours. Gerri Cahill came to visit her
sister Kelly and they enjoyed the sites of Miami;
beaches, Vizacaya, Bayside and of course the
Grove. Being back in Florida you can just go on
and on about all the Zonians and family you see.
So, if you live in South Florida and have some
news to report or just want to get in touch,
please call us; Jim Parthenais, Kelly Cahill or
myself at the following: 3073 Orange Street,
Coconut Grove, Florida 33131. See ya at the re-
Janice (Cookie) Newlon
Greetings friends and neighbors from throughout
this swirling globe. Once again it's time for that
fabled chronicle: "As Tallahassee Turns!" Things
have been fairly tranquil in this, Florida's cap-
itol city. First I need to address some political
turmoil over last issue's article. Many of the
older folk thought the wording too racy and the
content too spacy. At first I ignored criticism as
all journalists experience censure of one form or
another. But when my mom called it was time for a
change! I erred in my statement that Walter and
David Kelleher remember but little from a night of
celebration, due to my glasses being elsewhere, I
mistook them for Bonzo the Bouncing Bear and wife.
Apologies Walt and brother.
On to bigger things in T-Ville. In March, Steve
and Margaret and daughter Jennifer Marsalona visi-
ted their family David, Walter and Jamie Kelleher.
Special congratulations to David and Jamie soon
there'll be yet another addition to the Kelleher
clan. Best wishes to them all!
During a February trip through Tallahassee,
Carl and Elaine Bretscher stopped to visit several
former Zonians at the home of Bill and Mary Beck
and daughter, Paige. A reunion was held with other
former members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bal-
boa. Carl and Elaine met with Irene, George, Lisa,
Karen, and Bradley Gauger and Bud and Nell Green
and daughter Andrea. Carl was a former pastor of
that church. Fond memories of past church picnics
celebrated at Summit Gardens were shared by all.
Ever diligent in the pursuit of recordable news
I've been wearily traversing from one Canal Zone
celebration to another. It seems that many of the
younger generation have stashed endless amounts of
Ron Cortez and Atlas beer throughout Tallahassee
in sealed tunnels. Of course, in the tradition of
a free press, I was required to be on hand to re-
cord the opening of these caches for future pos-
terity. It's a rough job but someone has to do it.
Charlie Thrush recently his birthday complete with
band and dancing women. Jimmy Bradley also threw
a fiesta but seems elisive on the details, some-
thing to do with chandeliers and jello.
One advantage of this job is that I receive
phone calls from the strangest people. Sandra
Lovelady recently called from the Ft. Lauderdale
area. Sandra graduated from Balboa High around
1982. I'm glad to report she's doing well and
plans on attending the reunion. If any of you '80,
'81, '82, '83, '84, '85 BHS grads wish to catch up
on friends, give me a call and I'll relay what I
know. Scott Gilman called from Gainesville and has
recently purchased a condo and seems to be doing
well. Luke Givens called from Colorado and he's
recently formed a company called the Zonian Cor-
poration. He's in the business of retailing water
purification systems. Luke left Tallahassee a few
months ago and seems to be doing well. Good luck,
Luke! Another Tallahassean Daniel-San-George moved
to Alabama and seems to be on the track of big
things. The old town hasn't been the same since
Patrick and Myra left, and I've heard they've set-
tled in Key West, which was Pat's first assign-
ment. Rough duty, Pat, drop us a line!
And now for that tasty tidbit you've all been
waiting for "TALLAHASSEE TALES:" Billy Totson
swears he knows nothing of the recent UFO's sight-
ed over Tallahassee but he looks decidedly green-
ish and has taken to wearing television antenaes.
Eddy Totson recently had his car broken into and
stereo stolen. Just like 4th of July Avenue, huh
Eddie? Steven Steuart has been glimpsed around
town with an "older woman" but for some reason he
seems to be steering clear of me, wonder why? Arm
Barca is deciding to move to Tampa or Atlanta,
weather seeming to be the deciding factor. Richard
Candia is working for the State and shopping for
Porsches wonder where he's getting the funds,
hnmmn. Bruce Barca is soon to become a dive in-
structor working out of Tallahassee, good going
Bruce. Gino Reinhardt recently won a couple of
lottery tickets and swears he's paying for the
whole reunion; this rumor is subject to investi-
Kristy Connigan is doing well in Orlando, often
being seen in A1A-West, a favorite Jimmy Buffett
bar. Lynn Henderson is seeking employment and Matt
Flores has been seen wearing shades and hanging
with someone named Quido outside of Seven-Elevens.
Billy Beers is happily working by day as a mild-
mannered word processor, and by night, Bouncing
Bill, fabled crimefighting beach ball!
That covers it for the ruror readers, but stay
tuned. The reunion is coming soon and my tape-
recorder and pencil are ready! Well, I think I
hear the call of spring break ans scantily-clad
college co-eds. See ya next issue.
The Tampa area had its annual "Gasparilla"
celebration in March. Activities included the in-
vasion of the city by "Jose Gaspar" and his band
of pirates, followed by a parade that rivals Mardi
Gras in New Orleans. While Keith Mead and Maritza
Reyes enjoyed the floats and 900 weather, Sue Kel-
leher and Lynn Haddaeus retired to the Hyatt Reg-
ency Downtown (sound familiar?) where they enjoyed
a luncheon of Paella, empanadas and black beans
Bryant 'Tork" Chevalier would like to report
that he has finished "doing his time" in Puerto
Rico for the FAA. He is now located in Miami, FL.,
andwouldlike to hear from his ZZnian fr dand
Sue Keliener recently visited nonna
Adam Myerson in Orlando, FL. Small worls, as it
turns out that Adam, Donna's husband, is employed
by the same firm as Balboa High School 1981 grad-
uate, Tracy Balent. Tracy had as her guest, Cris-
Margaret (Kelleher) Marsalona and daughter
spent Easter with parents Betty and Dave Kelleher
in Dothan, AL. On the way back to Ft. Lauderdale
they visited sister Patty, and brothers Davey and
Walter in Tallahassee, FL. Next stop was Tampa to
visit sisters Sue Kelleher and Mary (Tochterman)
We heard from Sybil (Harley) Stinson who re-
sides in Dothan, AL., with husband David and their
children. David and Sybil will be attending his
10-year reunion this year in Tampa.
Dave Furlong hosted yet another of his well-
known picnics on Sunday, April 16, which was at-
tended by many Zonians residing in the Tampa area.
Maritza Reyes and Kelly Morris, with her dog
"Alfie" flew to New Orleans in mid-April to cele-
brate the birthdays of Kenny Morris II, and his
son Kenny III. Keith Mead of Tallahassee also
joined in the festivities, which included a craw-
fish boil at Kenny's new home in Covington, LA.
Kenny's wife Paige (Maisano) Morris was a great
hostess to all of the guests, which included many
of Kenny's friends and co-workers, and Paige's
family, Joe and Gloria (Sigle) Maisano and their
children Nancy, Bo and Billy. While in New Orleans
Maritza and Kelly spent the day in the French
Quarter with former Gamboa boy Keith Fearon and
his new bride Cindy and their daughter Hope. Ken-
ny and Paige would like to announce they are ex-
pecting their second child. The Morris family will
be in town (Tampa) for Kenny's 10-year reunion.
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Front L-R: Page Morris, Kelly Morris,
Cindy Fearon, Keith Fearon, Hope Fearon.
Back L-R: Keith Mead, Maritza Reyes,
Kenny Morris, Jr.
Steve Tochterman provided the following tidbits
of information: His parents, George and Arlene
have sold their home in Green Bay, WI., and plan
on an extended visit with Jim "Smiley" and Marie
Morris in Clearwater, FL. Steve's grandmother,
Helen F. Ledgerwood, spent Easter with Steve,
Mary, daughter Andrea, and Sue Kelleher. On Sunday
they attended Mass followed by Easter brunch at a
Steve, in his many travels with the FAA has
visited Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and on
his way back to the U.S. stayed with Billy and
Laura (Hansen) Breaden, Steve's God-child Amanda,
and the latest addition to the Breaden family,
Steve, Mary and Andrea recently dined with
Hobie, Lisa (Wilkinson) Richie and their daughter.
Also attending were Sheila Rose, Alba Martinez and
Val Richie. Val will graduate this spring from the
University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Steve would like to announce that if anyone out
there has any "St. Augustine" grass parcels to
please send tham ASAP so that Mary can re-sod the
John Reardon and Larry Smith entertained Tito
Montalvo (who was visiting from Hollywood, FL), at
the Baja Beach Club in downtown Tampa. Tito was
also put to work helping to build a deck onto Lar-
ry and Sandy (Sylvester) Smith's new home.
We would like to close with the following: If
you don't give us the news, no one is going to
hear it. This is your space, please give us a call
or drop us a line.
Aloha from the only state in the nation in
which all counties are boundaried by ocean!
In February, I had a fine telephone visit with
Margaret Meigs Malloy of Lakewood, CO, who stopped
overnight at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, en route
to Australia. Her husband died last spring; her
daughter Kathy is attending college and lives with
Margaret. We spoke of many fond Isthmian
experiences and friends such as the Evans girls,
June Brown, and others from the Pedro Miguel
times and of two popular girlfriends of hers and
her husband's who were in my court when I was the
Canal Zone carnival queen in 1940 Petey Ellis
and Polly Perkins. We wondered if anyone knows
where they are living now. Hank and Virginia
(Ridge) Dolim invited Margaret Malloy, Margaret
McMillan, and me for dinner at their home in
Hawaii Kai. Virginia reports that they took
Vincent Ridge and his wife Dottie, while on their
first visit to Hawaii, to the Elks Club for dinner
by the sea ( Dottie retired from nursing at Gorgas
Roy and Dorothy (Kalar) Kennedy of Denver were
houseguests of Margaret fcMillan later on, and
were honored with a Panamanian dinner party at
Margaret's home, which included baked "cooking
banana" Hawaii's poor excuse for plantain. Also
present were Bill and Jan (Koperski) Taylor, Hank
and Virginia Dolim, and I a jolly reunion with
news of the three other Kalar girls, Harriet, Jean
and Olive. And the sad remembrance of their
wonderful mother, Helen Kalar, who was killed in
an auto accident many years ago when driving to
Greenville, NC to visit my mother, Ann DeLaMater.
Marjorie (Foscue) King, now living in Raleigh,
plans to spend a month this sumner in her former
home area, Kona, on Big Island, and I hope she can
visit me on Oahu. Marj is so happy to have
another granddaughter, born to the Gil longs,
(her daughter and husband, also of Raliegh).
At a market, I met Frances (Farrell)
Vieglielmo, when she spotted my Panama Canal T-
shirt. Frances grew up in Pedro Miguel, and, with
her husband, has lived here for many years.
Honolulu newspapers publish some of the pungent
essays of this talented writer, frequently about
In February, after delaying rains, we had the
famous Hawaiian Open golf tournament (PGA),
followed by the LPGA at the Turtle Bay Hilton on
North Shore, and then the Ladies' Kemper Open at
Princeville, Kauai Island.
The world's busiest public golf course, the Ala
Wai (a record 198,656 rounds played in 1987), has
reopened after renovation as an 18-hole course.
The coach of the UH men's volleyball team (the
Rainbows, ranked second in the nation), is
receiving inquiries from all over the world about
their new psychedelic uniforms. So they are known
as the best dressed volleyball team in the nation.
Waikiki's oldest hotel, the Moana, built in
1901, reopened after a $50 million face lift that
restored it to turn-of-century style, with
improvements. (It's now called the Sheraton Moana
Surfrider.) And the weather is perfection.
Hasta la reunion!
Lois DeLaMater Bates
(Must be in by)
July 25, 1989
Robbie and Adele Farbman Adams are still re-
ceiving mail at the New Orleans address, although
they have relocated temporarily to Tulsa, Okla.
Daughter Elyse is now a year old. For such a pet-
tite one, she's already well-traveled, having
visited friends and relatives in Alabama, Florida,
Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Robbie con-
tinues to work on his patented project.
Arby Mathews Call, San Diego, is working with
Myrna Boynton Erickson on preparations for the BHS
'52 get-together at the West Coast Reunion Sep-
tember 22-24. Daughter Michelle and then-fiance
John gave Arby a surprise birthday party recently.
Beside friend, all four daughters, son-in-law and
grandchildren were there. Arby enjoyed the task of
rehearsing with the children, flower-girl Brittany
and ring-bearer Anthony, for Michelle and John's
wedding earlier this year. The couple honeymooned
Was great hearing from Joan Gibson Conover, San
Diego, recently. She enjoys working as a "temp"
now and then, most recently for the county regis-
trar of voters. Daughter Lori and her Afghan hound
still live in Los Angeles but visit regularly.
Earlier this year Joan visited her son Keith in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he is a biochemistry
postdoctorate at Dalhouse University.
Northwest Chapter Reunion, Tumwater,
Washington. Class of '52 reunion contin-
ues. Murray Falk and Henry Cruz.
Henry Cruz, Edmunds, Washington, landed his
biggest bass of the year on a recent camping trip
- 3 lbs., 20 inches. He's been in touch with Mary
and Jim Young of Camano island, and the Byron
Johnsons who recently retired to Bellingham. Next
time Henry goes to California to visit his mom, he
hopes to contact former classmate Betty Ruiz. And,
he's headed for the BHS'52 get-together in San
Diego. Ladies may check with Shirley Zemer Swenson
for any openings on henry's dance card.
Sylvia Dinkgreve Stonich, Metairie, went half-
way through the canal on a cruise late last year.
"Rusty chains and junk in general laying all over"
were noted as conditions deteriorate. We hope to
see Sylvia and her mom Via Mae Dinkgreve and the
family at the Gulf Coast picnic September 30.
Now that Harold has returned from Taiwan, he
and wife Myrna Boynton Erickson have moved tempo-
rarily to a townhouse on Lake Erie, Mentor-on-the-
Lake, Ohio, for four or five months. Home for
Myrna is really San Jose, California, where she
'graduated" from taking tap-dancing classes to
joining an amateur performing group that puts on
musical comedies, melodramas and a circus clown
act around the Santa Cruz Valley. When not rehear-
sing, she's a volunteer docent at the San Jose
Historical Museum. As of March, she reports that
30 couples have reservations for the BHS'52 lunch-
eon, Saturday, September 23, held in conjunction
with the West Coast reunion in San Diego. Conrad
Horine, 16136 Lassen St., Sepulveda, CA 91343, is
taking reservations until August 22. Cost is $13
per person. Other planned events are printed else-
where in this issue.
Sally Ackerman Estes, Oak Park, Ill., expects
to be in New Orleans for a meeting of the American
Library Association as we go to press. She is the
editor of Books for Young Adults and an assistant
professor at Rosary College's Graduate School of
Library and Information Science. Her daughter,
Rhonda is in Oregon working as a certified log
scaler and daughter Deborah expects to graduate in
June in elementary education from the University
of Albuquerque. Sally has enjoyed recent Chris-
mases in New Mexico spoiling grandchildren Robby
10, and Cai, 7.
Happy news came from George Fryer of New
Orleans he passed the Coast Guard license up-
grade exam, after much hard studying at the South
Louisiana Vo-Tech School in Houma. Congratulations
George! A fellow student was Marvin Marcun, CHS'80
who also passed, received a third mate's license
and went to work on an Exxon tanker (not Alaska).
Freeland and Penny Hall Hollowell have moved from
St. Petersburg to New Orleans, so Freeland could
accept a promotion to port captain with Harvey
Gulf International. Over Easter Tim and Any Garber
were visited by Tim's sister Jane of Columbia, SC.
and his parents Alice and Bill Garber of Talla-
hassee. Tim threw another great crawfish boil.
George promises to round up the New Orleans young
folks for the Gulf Coast picnic September 30.
Through the Canal Record two more old friends
have been reunited. For years, Jean Harris Turner
Milosevich of North Riverside, Ill., has wondered
aloud to this reporter about the whereabouts of
Shirley Beckham Gillis. Finally Shirley's mom in
Tarpon Springs saw the message and a telephone
reunion was arranged. Shirley lives in a log cabin
in the Smokey Mountains and is in the restaurant
business. Now if we could just find Dick Burns for
Larry Mohler of Fairfax, VA. Both were members of
the Coast-to-Coast Riders in the '50s.
John R. Gough Sr., Marrero, has sent copies of
articles on Panama from American Legion, Army
Times and Insight magazines and the Times Picayune
newspaper for which we are grateful. If and when
we get our library-museum, all such materials will
be transferred there.
Alfred Graham's son, Al Jr., has introduced a
pre-Colombian jewelry collection using red coral,
malachite, rose quartz, black onyx, turquoise and
jade. Golden huacas are reproduced by the lost-wax
process used in museums. A gorgeous catalog was
received from the company, Graham International.
Alfred is a member of BHS'51 and now resides in
In April Gene Gregg phoned from babysitting at
daughter Lynn Brown's home in Zachary to play
catch-up. Ed Parker in Slidell is recovering nice-
ly from heart surgery. Roland Casanova was off
shooting birds in El Volcan with his buddy George
Lopp. Gene was just back from Panama where he had
been since his daughter Laura broke her right leg
in October. In December Laura married Juan Roa of
Panama City. Juan is a safety officer for the
canal and Laura has resumed teaching. Gene Jr. is
in his second year at La. State University and the
Phyllis Gross, daugh-
ter of Henry and Beverly
Phillips Gross, Dayton,
Ohio, is in her senior
year and looking at col-
leges in Ohio and Flor- -' v
ida. Beverly's parents,
Lewis and Vera Calhoun
Phillips of Selma, Ala.,
are doing better. Her
grandmother, 95, spent
last winter with Bev-
erly's brother Ken, who Phylis Gross,
has retired. Dayton, Ohio
Shirley Woodruff Hicks, Lawton, Okla., pianist,
recently gave a recital with David Bradley, a bar-
itone friend from her FSU days. David teaches at
the U. of Nevada-Las Vegas. Shirley's mother, 90,
has settled nicely at Woodland Care Center. Daugh-
ter Lois is a student at the U. of North Texas,
Denton. She and Todd are adjusting to newly wed
life. Jeannine sent airline tickets for Shirley to
fly to the Baltimore-Washington area for Christ-
mas. Jeannine has worked for five years as a
draftsman-engineering technician. Her sons, now 6
and 8, were both born on March 27. Susan is work-
ing in Montana. Her daughter Tina Marie, 3, re-
mains with her father Ron in Iowa where Tanommy and
his family also live. Shirley moved to a smaller
house last year, but the piano still has a room of
A reminder letter to Judith T. Hooper in Alex-
andria asking for news was returned as undeliver-
able, forwarding order expired. What became of
Evel Knievel better watch out Ray Magan, of
Pueblo, Colorado is back on bikes. He was a con-
sistant winner a "few years" ago in Panama. The
bug bit when he ran into a gathering of hundreds
of Honda Gold Wing owners at Steamboat Springs.
Two months later he bought a touring machine. He's
retired from the sheriff's department and contin-
ues to serve on the Colorado Fire and Police Pen-
sion board of directors. Besides Steamboat, Ray
and Helen Edwards Magan have enjoyed recent trips
to Palm Springs and Orlando where Helen visited
her sister in Yalaha while Ray was on business.
Who would send a greeting card is Korean? Mary-
adelia Morley Mantle, that's who. She is still a
flight attendant with Delta Airlines ani now flies
to Korea and Taipei. The shopping in marvelous and
she loves the job so much we should all be watch-
ing for her as-yet-unpublished book "Nice Guys
Don't Sit in the Lounge." Jackie Collins and Erica
Jong can just make room for Maryadelia.
Sam and Coila Goodin Maphis, Boulder, Colorado,
are at home in the new condo, enjoying their more
carefree living near downtown. They also maintain
a cabin at Steamboat lake. The children are all
doing well. Sam IV is a landscape architect in
Santa Barbara, CA.; Jeff is an architect in Miss-
oula, MT., he and Beth have two children, Whitney
and Austin; Joy is a medical assistant and her
husband is a student in Fort Collins. The whole
family gathered in Las Cruces, NM., recently to
celebrate the 90th birthday of Coila's mother.
Dr. Gus Mellander, Saratoga, CA., has been
working hard to increase enrollments at West Val-
ley-Mission Community College District in the
heart of Silicon Valley. His efforts paid off and
the goal was surpassed recently by more than 600
students. His wife Nelly has also become involved
in district activities having served on the Found-
ers' Day champagne brunch committee in celebration
of the district's 25th anniversary.
Jean Harris Milosevich, Riverside, IL., credits
the Canal Record with putting her in touch with
three BHS buddies this past year Shirley Beckham
Gillis, gatlinburg, TN.; Rusty Stapler LoFranco,
Staten Island, NY.; and Jack Herring, Marshall,
Texas. Jean and her family are all doing well. At
presstime everyone is excited over son Jack and
wife expecting their first child after nine years
of marriage. Jean says there will be almost 15
years between her two grandchildren.
Helen Munson in Sun City, AZ., has recovered
nicely from total left hip replacement surgery in
time to enjoy the graduation of granddaughter Reb-
ecca from the U. of Wisconsin-Whitewater in busi-
ness. Rebecca now works in Milwaukee. Helen and
her daughter Helen Frances, attended the West
Coast reunion in San Diego.
Got a letter from Capt. Gregory J. Rougeau,
(BHS'78). He is currently stationed at Camp Hum-
phreys in Korea as an Army aviator, flying fixed-
wing reconnaissance aircraft. He expects to leave
in June for a 15-month tour of duty at Quarry
Heights. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory
Rougeau of Many, LA.
Dick Sena, Chalmette, heard the plea and gener-
ously sent this reporter three pair of old eye-
glasses for a project sponsored by the Christian
Medical Society. Thanks, Dick! If anyone has any
old glasses regardless of condition, please send
them to this reporter.
Bill and Gretchen Warren at son David's
in New Orleans, New Year's Day, 1989.
Linda Renfro Thatcher, New orleans, just phoned
in some news from her area. Kathy (Mrs. Tom) Mal-
lia made her first trip to Panama recently and
fell in love with Taboga and El Valle. Linda and
husband Charles ran in the Crescent City Classic
10K race. During the race in which 31,000 had en-
tered, Linda was spotted from the back by Sissy
Hixon who is a nurse and lives in River Ridge.
Through all the excitement, two former CHS'68
classmates finished the race together and linda
even bettered her last year's time. Over Easter
weekend the Thatchers with Ellen Best Osborne, her
family and Linda's parents, Bobby and Daisy, spent
four days camping out at Toledo Bend. Bobby re-
cently retited from the military at Fort Gulick
and they now live in Marshall, Texas.
Gretchen and Bill Warren are home for the mo-
ment in New Port Richey, Florida, and looking for-
ward to the reunion. This reporter was privileged
to enjoy an overnight stay in their RV deep in the
jungle of New Orleans. It was an experience every-
one should have before investing big bucks in an
expensive rolling house. Daughter Kathy and her
husband Jim flew to New Orleans for Christmas with
Gretchen and Bill at son David's. After gathering
for Mardi Gras, their RV group toured the Gulf
Coast and Florida.
Just wondering whatever happened to all the
deck chairs off the old Panama Line?
Patt Foster Roberson
A quick trip to Clearwater, Florida on April 13
to visit my sister-in-law Marge Daniels who was in
I accepted the warm hospitality of Lee and
Grace (Schack) Wilson for one night, and stayed
another night with my cousin, Melva M. Fernandez
of Port Richey. At the same time I got to visit
her sisters, Violet Shattuck and Gladys Spencer.
I would have enjoyed staying a few more days in
your beautiful sunshine, but our daughter Sue, who
helped me drive had to be back to work.
Marie Haggerty Ewing was also a visitor at the
"Wilson Hospitality Inn." We hadn't seen each
other since high school days and so we spent a few
My International Cooking classes start this
month and I'm very excited because I will be
having Norwegian, German, French and Puerto Rican
dishes. If any of you have some good recipes, I
would like you to shere them with me, and would
love to try them and use them in my weekly recipe
Anita Daniels Asnussen
Now that Earl has retired after 34 years of
government service, the Bolands of Meridian are
considering a move to South Carolina. Earl's bro-
ther, Donald and wife Geneva live in Columbia, SC.
Lynn Degenaar Boland has gone back to school since
her husband's retirement taking courses in word
processing and spread sheets in anticipation of
going back to work. Their sons, Erin and Kevin,
are well, although Erin knocked a front tooth out
while skateboarding. Luckily a skilled dentist was
able to transplant it successfully. Meanwhile,
Kevin, 9, is heavy into baseball, bowling and
Catherine and John Boswell, Hattiesburg, have
been busy building a shed to house grounds-mainte-
nance equipment, a gardening work table and plants
in the winter.
They plan a fall trip with son Gordon, his wife
Helen George and daughter Ashley to oregon, Wash-
ington and Canada. Gordon is presently atationed
at Vandenburg AFB in California after a tour of
duty in England. Daughter Lynn and her husband
John Turner and sons William and David moved into
their new home early this year. Daughter Jeannie,
her husband, Dick Green and daughters Katie and
Liza came from Miami for Thanksgiving last year.
Daughter Deanna and husband Pat live in Austin,
Elena Kelly, Hattiesburg, says that Carol and
Randy came over from Texas and they all went to
Janet's in Jackson for Christmas, especially to
participate in the children's excitement.
In March the Zemer-Selby (alias Swenson-Entre-
kin or just Shirley and Virginia) team issued ear-
ly spring greetings or late Christmas salutations.
The Swensons' latest major undertaking in Carriere
has been the building of a dam which resulted in
a 40-acre lake. The lake has filled up and stocked
with catfish fingerlings. Bass and Brim were added
Virginia, meanwhile, has math workshop engage-
ments in Puerto Rico and Denver this fall. Over
Chrisrmas break she and Rod moved a daughter to
Bloomington, IN. They were close to Edgar and
Oscar Kourany, but the weather did not permit soc-
ial calls. Maybe next trip they can get together.
Rod and Virginia work and maintain households in
Whitfield and Hattiesburg, respectively, so they
stay on the road. For companionship when apart and
traveling, Virginia has acquired two small mixed
breeds, Lucy and Millie. Last fall her math de-
partment at the U. of Southern Mississippi attend-
ed a convention in Baton Rouge and dropped by this
reporter's dome home for a look-see. Mathemati-
cians do love deometrics. After a cup of mulled
cider we all went to a Cajun restaurant. On the
trip back to Hattiesburg they stopped at a sugar
cane plantation to watch the harvesting equipment
Virginia and Shirley definitely plan on going
to the West Coast Reunion September 22-24.
Patt Foster Roberson
The Panama Canal Society of Western North
Carolina had the Spring Luncheon Meeting on April
20th. Those attending were: Ron Angermuller,
Janet and Ross Cunningham, Jean and Jack
Dombrowsky, Ruth and Louis Everson, '"Han' Falk,
John L. Hall (new member), Carmen and Charlie
Howe, Antoinette and Maenner Huff, Norma and San
Irvin, Marian and Lee Kariger, Agnes and Pat
Patino, Elizabeth Quintero, Alice Roche, Eugenie
Sanders, Ruth Tillman, and Ruth Zelnick.
We are very sorry to lose one of our members,
Ruth Zelnick is moving to Broken Arrow, OK, early
in May. She will be close to her son, John and
his family there. Ruth's daughter, Carol
Richmnd, came on April 21st to spend a week
helping with the packing, etc., Jean Hill stopped
overnight with Ruth on her way home to Castine,
ME, from Jekyll Island, GA.
Janet and Ross unninghan are back at Connastee
Falls and plan to stay until after Thanksgiving
this year. They are going to the reunion where
they will meet their son, Tom, his wife, Chris,
and their two boys from Denver, CO. Chris and the
two boys will come back to NC with Janet and Ross
to spend several weeks.
In March, Marina Joudrey, celebrated her 90th
birthday at her home with her daughter, Rosita
Suarez. Those who came to help her celebrate
included Lenny and Gilbert Joudrey from St.
Augustine, FL, Alba (Joudrey) Stone, Carmen
(Joudrey) Howe, Marian Howe, Sheila and Dan Howe,
Shirley (Howe) M Henry and her family.
Norm and Sam Irvin drove to Corpus Christi in
March to spend a weekend with their son, John, and
his wife, Julie. John has now had his first solo
flight and is continuing with his Navy flight
Jean and Jack Donbrowsky spent Easter weekend
in Asheboro, NC, with their daughter, Barbara
Sanders, and her family.
Marian and Lee Kariger spent the winter here
in Murphy, NC, and now they are leaving on May 1,
for an extended trip. First they will go to
Sarasota, FL, then up to Virginia to visit Lee's
sister, Marian (Kariger) Libsconb and her husband,
"Hud". From there, they will go to Lakeland, OH,
and see Pam (Johnston) Gorski, and her family.
On to Bremerton, WA, to visit Nancy (Kariger) and
Darrell Eide. They will see Jean and Bruce Crooks
in Ukiah, CA, and in Long Beach will be with Nell
and Bob Kariger. They will return to Florida in
time for the reunion.
Alice H. Roche
What a wonderful surprise I received in the
mail; a letter from a friend of early Pedro Miquel
and Gamboa days. She mentioned the fun we all en-
joyed together, some I remembered and some I did
not, but it was all good clean fun. She is Adela
(Snediker) Raymond of Napa Valley, California.
Her mother at 85 years is well and residing with
Adela and her husband Andrew.
I also received the following "Better friends
never met in the garden spot of the world. ( am
Jane (Jennie Hall) Journey living at Winslow Con-
valescent Center at 835 N. Madison Avenue, Winslow
Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110, (206) 842-
2456. Do a lot of church work and volunteer work
for the Center. I am a former resident of the
Canal Zone (1909-1949), and was married to Ewing
Journey at Balboa Union Church, March 3, 1928.
Ewing passed on February 9, 1971. I am a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and South-
ern California. My family consists of Bud and
Harriet Journey, Molly Sullivan and family, and
E. Hayes Journey, Addie and Andy Journey all of
the West Coast. Lucille (Journey) Davis and her
daughter Bonnie Dolan and family reside in Fla.
My niece from Sunnyvale, California, Jane (Kaufer)
Cochrane visited Bud, Harriet and me recently for
five days. Was ever so nice to have her visit".
Jane is well and would enjoy hearing from anyone
who knew her.
Congratulations are in order for Betsy (Lasher)
Curtin of Miami, Florida. She will graduate from
Barry University May 5. She is a member of Phi
Theta Kappa and made the National Honor Society
My son-in-law, Ed Napoleon, is a coach for the
Houston Astros Baseball Team this year. His old-
est son, Eddie, is an Anthropologist on a "dig"
in the Dominican Republic.
My summer visitors will be my sister, Peggy
Bradley, from Tucson, Arizona, and my daughter,
Marcy Napolean, from Florida. I plan to take many
side trips to show off more of the NW that they
have not seen on their previous visits. If anyone
is planning to visit with me this sumner, please
let me know, and you too will be shown some of the
best of the NW. This year is Washington State's
The NW Picnic Reunion is on Saturday, August
5, 1989 at Emerald Park, Eugene, Oregon. Those
wishing further information and planning to attend
please send a self addressed stamped envelope to
Inez and Michael Plucker at 777 Hatton, Eugene,
Oregon 97404. They will send you the directions,
places to stay and necessary information. Hope
to see you all there.
Martha B. Wood
There's no place prettier than Oklahoma in the
Springtime and its most welcome this year. We are
depending on a spring shot in the arm to get all
Oklahoma Pan Canalers to our second Panama Canal
Society meeting which is a picnic on April 29th
in Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City. Ester
(Butz) Clair and Carol Vidaurri have been the
movers and shakers behind this activity. So far
we expect about 35 Zonians and their families to
Keith, the 10 year old son of Bonnie (Ward) and
Phil Rogers, has been chosen to be a "Torch
Runner" for the Olympic Festival in Norman, Okla-
homa this summer. He will carry the torch through
a part of Cleveland County. Keith is also one of
four children chosen to take part in a public ser-
vice television program on Tourette's Syndrome
being sponsored by Oklahoma Baptist University in
Shawnee, Oklahoma. At the age of six, Keith was
diagnosed as having Tourette's Syndrome so he and
family are thrilled to be able to bring public
attention to this disease. Bonnie and Phil, along
with Keith and their older son, Scott are planning
to attend the Pan Canal picnic. Bonnie is also
looking forward to her 25th CHS reunion in Tanpa
In January, Marilyn and Wade Carter came from
Kerrville, Texas to visit Renee (Carter) Collins
and her family in Broken Arrow. They were here
to celebrate Renee and daughter, Tina's birthdays.
Marilyn called Mary Graham in Tulsa but unfortu-
nately time was too short for a face-to-face gab-
fest although they managed pretty well over the
phone. At spring break, Renee's sister, Kim
(Carter) Baird and her husband, John, and their
children, Rebecca, John and Joan came from Houston
to visit the Collins. Kim is doing remarkably
well handling the difficulties of raising twins.
Cathy and Eddie Goodrich, Apollo Beach, Fla.,
visited Jean, Doris, Scott and laura Burns for a
couple of days in March. Before coming to Tulsa,
they spent the previous week with their daughter,
Gail Totten and her family in Austin, Texas. They
also went by to see Mel and Bev (Senter) Biernan
in Fort Worth. I'm happy to say the Burns will
be at the picnic.
Bill Keller from Woodward just called to say
he was bringing "Johnny Mazetti" to the picnic.
Doesn't that bring back good memories? You Canal
Zone Okies that don't come to the picnic are going
to be sorry.
See you at the Reunion.
Mary V. Graham, M.D.
Capt. Jim's Bass Tourney
The third annual "Capt. Jim Bass Tournament"
was held on April 16, at Gatun Lake. The
tournament honored Capt. Jim Young of Camino
Island, WA, who was in Panama with his wife, Mary,
visiting their sons Jim III, Tom, Mike, and Dave.
Tom Ellis, Tourney Judge, while an
anxious Don Chadwick looks on, and show-
ing off his catch of Bass at the Tourney
The fourteen boats in the tournament met at
Abbotts Island at noon to determine the winner.
In the adult group, the winner was Mike Young,
with the largest bass weighing in at 3 Ibs.
Chris Trotter was second, and Linda Hayes was
third. In the junior group, the winner was Jack
Young, Capt. Jim's grandson. Judges for the
tournament were Tom Ellis and George Hayes.
After the tournament, a fish fry was held at
the Gamboa Conmunity Center, and prizes were
awarded. Those who participated in the tournament
were: Jorge Bloise, Celio Cedeno, Don Chadwick,
Mike Chadwick, Tom Ellis, Diane Ellis, Colleen
Ellis, Ralph Furlong, Bob Fearon, Jackie Fearon,
Jay Gibson, Lee Gibson, Mark Goodrich, Linda
Hayes, George Hayes, Billy Hanna, Daniel Hanna,
Leo Easthan, John Hern, Fred Kunkle, Donna Kunkle,
Kirk Kunkle, Jim Lee, Elaine Little, Mike Little,
Will MCxonaughy, Dave kMConaughy, David McArthur,
Deanna Richardson, Rusty Smith, Harry Smith, Donny
Mans, David Tribble, Nancy Trotter, Chris Trotter,
Jim and Debbie Wiese and family, Kaye-Boy Ritchie,
Pat Williams, Shawn Williams, Marvin Wright,
Gloria Wright, Dave Young, Mike Young, Tom Young,
Julie Young, Jim Young, Jack Young, Mary and Jim
Explorer Post 10, under the leadership of Jay
and lori Gibson with the support of the Gamboa
community, had another very successful year. This
year's cayucas (3) did extremely well, all
finishing in the top ten of the annual ocean-to-
ocean race. The all male crew (David Wilbur, Eric
Hadjuk, Paul Hurst, and Randy Dunn) placed 7th
overall and won the Sportsmanship Award. The all-
girl crew (Kim Thonpson, Denise Alberga, Cathy
Nelson, and Ashley Anderson) placed 8th overall and
1st in the all-girl category. This was the third
year in a row that they won this category, thus,
they retired the trophy. The co-ed crew (Eric
Diaz, Theresa Nelson, Marelisa Samuels, and Eddie
BeDore, all rookies) placed 10th overall and wor
their category. They also won the best deco-
rated paddle award.
Cayuco Race, L-R: Cathy NeLson, Uenzse
Alberga, Jay Gibson, Kim Thompson, Ash-
ley Anderson, Llori Gibson, Eric Hadjuk,
Faye Thompson, Adriano Diaz, Pricilla
Dunn, Eric Dias, Eddie BeDore, Theresa
Nelson and Marelisa Samuels.
Pat Williams and super catch (a 60-lb
Broom Tail grouper) while fishing off
Pacheca Island with Rick Williams and
Mark Haddaeus. They caught 600+ pounds
of fish that day.
their spearfishing adventures.
the glamorous kitchen crew
Cheryl Williams, Jackie Fearon,
Jim Young and Tom Ellis on pigeon hunt
in Cerro Punta during Jim's trip to Pan-
ama in April. Also in the group were
Jim's son, Jim; Tom's wife, Diane (Brae-
der); Roberto Fabrega and son, Rafa;
Rick and Sherry (Keopke) and family; and
Pat and Cheryl (Allen) Williams and fam-
ily. They stayed at Hanna's cabin in
Two days after the race, Post 10 went on it's
Third Annual Beach/Canping/Surfing Trip. This
year, the Explorers chose to try out the "big
waves" at Catalina. Thanks to the generosity of
KiKi O'Brien, they had a great house to use. A
caravan of four vehicles containing 24 people and
packed to the hilt, headed out at midnight
hour. Six and a half hours later, the kids hit the
water and most of the drivers hit the beds!
Bobby Fearon, Jay Gibson, Pat Williams and Randy
Dunn could tell you a few good fish tales from
Pictured below is
and lori Gibson.
Glamorous kitchen crew, L-R: AshLey An-
derson, Cheryl Williams, Jackie Fearon,
and Llori Gibson.
Hola from the Atlantic side. Yes, we're still
hanging on down here, holding things together as
best we can. By the time you read this, the Pana-
manian presidential elections on May 7th will have
come and gone. We hope they will have been legit-
imate and that the will of the people will now be
the law of the land.
& PF ^i
Congratulations to B.P.O.E. Lodge 1542 for an
outstanding Atlantic-side picnic in Gatun at the
playground across from Sibert Lodge on Saturday,
April 1. Organized by Camille 'lazz" Mazerole, the
day celebrated the Elks Lodge 60th anniversary on
the Isthmus. Festivities included free food, live
band, Jumping Ambassadors, kite flying, pony rides
and LOTS of beverages and a horseshoe pitching
contest organized by Robert Rankin that was
"almost" won by Tan Snider and Collin Corrigan.
While nearly ALL of us from the Atlantic side
were at the picnic (we still number about 150 fam-
ilies), we also welcomed Pacific siders Joe and
Greta Vowel, Mike and Elaine Asbury Stevenson,
Rusty and Sheila Smith, and quite a few others.
The celebrations began at noon and went strong on
into the night. Great job, 'Mazz!"
Also behind us now is the 36th annual Ocean-to-
Ocean Cayuco Race. An Atlantic side boat, the COM-
MAND PERFORMANCE, took third place in 5 hours 49
minutes and 29 seconds, with crew members Darrel
Canamis, Gerald Corrigan, Paul Pedersen and Corey
Paul Pedersen, Gerald Corrigan, Corey
Grubbs and Darrel CaNamas of the Atlantic
side's COMMAND PERFORMANCE pull hard and
nab third place in this year's Ocean to
Ocean Cayuco Race.
In the Patch Boat category, the ULTIMATE MOST
took first place in 6:57:35, paddled by Captain
Peggy Huff, Laurie Engelke, Marjorie Egger, Mar-
garet Ender and Linda Hayes. In the really-big-
patch-boats, the best time was achieved by the
SLAVE GALLEY in 7:01:05. The SLAVE's crew members
included Captain Rick Dahlstrom, Jim Sweeney,
Laura Peter, Lawrence Peter, Justin Winter, John
Husun, Marcos Gonzalez and Ken Waugh.
Easter week saw many of our Atlantic families
taking off for Atlantic beaches for some fun in
the sun. Collin and Alberta Wilder Corrigan and
their kids, Tiernan and Gerald, spent most of the
week at the beach house they are building at PiNa
Beach. They were joined off and on by Kim Holmes;
Kevin Teal; Lew and Sue Lessiack Stabler and their
boys, Timmy and Robby; Robert and Gayle Fettler
Rankin and their girls, Jennifer and Kindra; War-
ren Gibbs; Vincent and Penny Wilder Ca amas and
their kids, Darrel and Dyonne; Norman and Marix-
enia Pedersen and their kids, Paul and Lutcia; and
Another group camped out on PiNa Point near the
Chagres River, including Mack and Sylvia Glass
Landrun and their children, Misty and C.M.; Rick
and Janice Kunkel Doubek and their kids, Allison,
Sondra and Daren; and Mike and Sheila Carnes Bell
and their daughter Sarah. They were joined by "day
timers" Frank and Judy Hoover, Wayne and Bonnie
Willis Seeley and their girls, Vicky and Darlene;
Tim and Theresa Snider Herring and their six, Tam,
Chris, Mary, Joey, Monique, and James; and Tan and
Evelyn Barraza Snider and their children, Kristin
Congratulations to Tim Herring who recently
joined the ranks of the Panama Canal pilots. Cur-
rently a P.I.T (Pilot-in-training), Tim says he's
enjoying the change of pace from towboat work and
so far finds pilot work interesting.
The women's softball team, the "Hustlers," has
done it again, taking first place in the Atlantic
military league on Fort Davis. Team members inclu-
ded Lynda Mazerolle, Gayle Rankin, Penny CaNanms,
Sue Stabler, Grace Whitney, Marva Campbell, Sheila
Whitney, Dalis Niles, Edith Rozette, Barbara Heady
Leigh Ann Lancaster, Melinda Collins, Xiomara Diaz
and Bonnie Seeley. Robert Rankin and Vincent CaNa-
mas coached the girls to their victory.
We've bid farewell to another Atlantic family,
this time to Gary and Betty Smith and their boys,
Allen, Dirk and Brian. Gary was a control house
operator at gatun Locks. He and Betty are now at
home in Payson, Arizona. Their departure was hast-
ened by the unexpected death of Gary's dad. We all
extend our sympathies.
Margaret Keinzle was in Panama in April, stay-
ing with Betty Ross and visiting with friends on
both sides of the Isthmus. Margaret is with the
World Bank in Washington, D.C. Also visiting here
in April was former Gatunite Jan Sperling who now
lives and works in Tampa. While here, she stayed
at the home of Ines and George Coykendall.
Bob and Joan Webb dry-seasoned here too. They
currently live and sail on the HUNKY DORY, a large
sailboat Bob built for their retirement. While
here, they moored their boat at the Panama Canal
Yacht Club and spent much of their time repainting
it inside and out. They also spent time visiting
with old friends like Marty and Bev Hoffman, Rob-
ert and Gayle Rankin, John Carey, Janet Rigby, Sue
and Lew Stabler and many others. The Webbs are
currently sailing somewhere in the Pacific.
Claud Planchon surprised us with a return visit
not too long after retiring to Dothan, Alabama.
Industrial Division was able to get him back as an
advisor or something under a special contract.
New additions to the scene are "Yapita" and
"Hey Guy," two little colts born right at Gatun
Stables. Yapita's grandparents are Billy and Ginny
Kleefkins Rankin, while Hey Guy gets most of his
attention from Lynda Mazerolle.
Bill Epperson reports p. t
that his son, Billy Ep-
person, caught a 60-lb
tarpon in the Chagres the I
other night. That will be
a hard fish for the young
set to beat in this years A
Roy Rinehart Tournament,
which has been going on
finish up during the end .ri
Congratulations also to
Leslie Griffin, Sue and ?
Lew Stabler's daughter,
who graduated in May with a BA degree in profes-
sional and creative writing from Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh.
Former Atlantic siders Ann and Mike Herring and
their children, Ray, Paul, Georgie and Leigh, have
relocated to Panama City, Florida, where Mike got
a Priority Placement position. They are much mis-
sed here, but they were happy to get the position
and felt like it was time to move on.
It's time for me to move on, too. Here's wish-
ing all of you a happy and healthy summer vacation
wherever you may be.
Forty-one members and guests enjoyed our March
luncheon and get-together at Ming Yat's in North
Augusta, S.C., including new members Mitzi and
Arnold Schwindt of Grovetown, Georgia. Also pres-
ent were Otis and Eletheer Catron, Paul Badonsky
Charlotte (Kilbey) Mullins, Hazel Kilbey, Blanche
and Carl Browne, Ethel and DeWitt Tate, Beverly
Lord, Virginia Smart, Ann and Doc Harley, John
Everson, Conny and Mel Menges, Ray Woodzell, Eve-
lyn and Howard Hilborn, Peggy Hutchison, Bea Lee,
Kathleen Burkett, Grace and B.J. Hartley, Trudi
Clontz, Nora and Charles Green, Verna and Andy
Kapinos, Marjorie Thomas, Kathleen Cynova, Fina
and Frank Balinski, Josey Tilley, Carolyn (Holmes)
Morris, Olga Holmes, Lorna Shore, and Sis and Bill
Our next scheduled meeting will be a "pot-luck"
luncheon at the Seniors' Clubhouse in Crosland
Park, Aiken, S.C., on Thursday, June 15.
Aiken weather has had its ups and downs this
winter, but was apparently just what the plants
needed as the azalea and dogwood were spectacular,
making up for the past two years when frost dama-
ged the buds. Peggy Hutchison and I even checked
out the Augusta National on the first practice day
of the Master's and oh'd and ah'd over the blooms.
At Eastertime Nora and Charles Green drove to
St. Petersburg to see family and friends. Earlier
this year, their son and daughter-in-law, Edward
and Roxanne, came in from Kalamazoo, Michigan for
Betty and Peter Barr also traveled to St. Pete-
ersburg to visit Pete's aunt, Dorothy McNall. In
April they took their granddaughter, Kristina Barr
the daughter of Sean, to EPOOT and Disneyworld.
Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock with their
daughter Susan in Aiken in December 1988
The Badonsky house at Easter was really busy...
as both daughter Paula's family and son Leo's fam-
ily came to Aiken. It was the first time that
grandsons Robby and Adam Leitch met their brand
new cousin Natassia Badonsky. Your reporter had no
luck separating Leona from a snapshot of her new
granddaughter perhaps next time.
Last year I reported that Edna Mae Reavis would
be moving to Florida however I now hear that she
is again living in St. George, S.C.
Peggy Hutchison and I made several bus trips to
Georgia this spring in March to Milledgeville
where the dogwood were in full bloom, and in April
to the Little White House in Warm Springs, Calla-
way Gardens, and Macon. We could have spent all
day at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, a con-
servatory filled with over 800-1000 tropical but-
terflies, some of which fly within inches of your
nose or land on your head. If you're quick enough,
you might even spot a hummingbird.
A reminder to you South Carolinians...if you
want your friends to know what you have been doing
- get your information to me at least 10 days
before the Florida deadline...
The big highlight in February was an over the
hill party for Stanley Wright, Jr. The party was
held in downtown Austin on the famous Sixth
Street. It was a great success as Zonians came
from everywhere to wish Stan a happy fortieth
birthday. Stanley's mother Liz Cowitz, and two
of his four sisters, Any and Julie Cowitz came
from Philadelphia, PA and Stan's father, Stanley
Wright, Sr., came from Kerrville, Texas. Richard
"Big A from L.A." Allen and Lance Hughes flew in
from the West Coast. Mary, Margi, and Dave, the
Lanes' Mac, Robin, Roberta, Timny, Cassie,
Melissa, and Bo, Val Krueger, Lynn Saarinen,
fanuel "Catz" Catzuela, Dorian and Debbie Mills
Jaco, Eda, and Alex Petiton, Mike Melant, Beth
Wright, Brian and Bridgette Donovan, Matt Donovan,
Joe and Paul Dolan, Tim Calvit, and his wife, Sue
Ann Daenport, Helen Cavanaugh, Dnny Raybourn and
his wife, Jim and Kathleen Andrews, Noreen and
Kathy Hanson plus Kat Pattison and myself. The
manager of the club had us change the salsa music
when the floor started to bend. Just like dancing
to Lucho at the American Legion in Amador.
Needless to say, we all had a blast.
a few of the "Austin Zonians" meet every month
for dinner. The last dinner was held at the Red
Tomato and was attended by Buck and Barbara
Krueger, Thelma and Harry Chan, Georgia and Ted
Corin, Ellen and Ed Cowle, Donna and Jerry LePage,
Jean and Henry Lee, Joe and Ana Dolan. The next
dinner will be held at the Salt Lick Barbeque
restaurant near Oak Hill. For more information,
contact Ana Dolan at 835-4871.
Please feel free to contact me with any news
you might have.
Jim '"ed" Pattison
The date for the Hill Country Zonians' Christ-
mas Party has been set for Saturday, December 2,
1989 to be held at the Y.O. Ranch Hilton, Kerr-
ville, Texas. Committee members are Marilyn
Carter, 896-4596; Bea Rhyne, 896-8643; Anna Lee
Young, 257-2669 and Elsie Larson, 257-4204. Be
sure to mark this date on your calendar. If any-
one has had a change of address or would like to
be on our mailing list, please let us know. After
a hiatus of one year, we are looking forward to
seeing you all again. Any of you who will be
traveling in this area at this time would be most
welcome. Let's make this Christmas party one that
will be outstanding.
Two hundred friends of Reverend J.B. and
Annette Fields attended a reception to help this
couple celebrate their Fiftieth Anniversary. J.B.
and Annette were married in Brownsville, Texas on
January 21, 1939. The reception was held in the
Parish House of St. Peter's Epsicopal Church,
Kerrville, Texas. The ladies of the church hosted
the reception and made the delicious refreshments.
J.B., Janet, Annette Fields
versary, January 21, 1989.
Annette and J.B.'s daughter, Janet, came from her
home in New Jersey to be with her parents. THe
Fields have two daughters, Jo-Ann and Janet, two
granddaughters, a great granddaughter and a great
grandson. J.B. was employed by the Housing Divi-
sion and Annette was employed at Gorgas Hospital
as a lab technician. J.B. became a deacon after
attending seminary in 1960 and a priest in 1963.
The family left the Canal Zone in 1969 and settled
in Kerrville, Texas. They were here to greet the
rest of us "displaced" Zonians when we arrived.
Betty Marshall's son, John, of Blairstown,
Iowa surprised his mother and his twin brother,
Ed, when he showed up to spend Christmas with
them. It was the first time the family had been
together for Christmas since 1962. John returned
to Kerrville in April for two weeks of visiting
and fishing with the family.
A very dear Kerrville friend had a few Canal
Zone ladies for a luncheon at a Chinese Restau-
rant. Those attending were Kathy lessiack, Verla
Grier, Anna Calvit, Marion Wells and Marilyn Car-
ter. They talked and ate for two hours so you
know the get together was most enjoyable. Thank
you Mildred Architut.
Jeanne (Rocker) Allen of Reston, spent a few
days in Kerrville as the houseguest of Kathi
(Adams) Lessiack. A no host luncheon was held for
Jeanne to meet all of her friends in Kerrville.
We hope you will come back, Jeanne, and let us
show you more of our beautiful Hill Country.
Fred and Marion Wells have just returned from
a visit with their some, Fred, Jr., and his family
in Australia. Fred says he took Marion to Austra-
lia and left her there. He actually did. He re-
turned home two weeks before Marion. They had a
wonderful visit in spite of the lost luggage and
Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan spent six weeks with her
daughter, Mary, and family in Dallas, helping
the family prepare for the arrival of their son.
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Chiles, son Christopher
1989 and daughter Jess-
Marilyn and Wade Carter flew to Broken Arrow,
Oklahoma in January to celebrate the joint birth-
day of their daughter, Renee (Carter) Collins and
their granddaughter Christina Collins. Their
birthday was January 29. A lot of cake and ice
cream was enjoyed by Renee's other children: Eli-
zabeth, Christopher and Michelle. One of the bir-
thday cakes was made by Renee's husband, Rick.
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Wade Carter, granddaughter Christine
Collins (6) and Marilyn Carter.
Marilyn continues to enjoy and work in the
nursing profession. Recently, she was selected
by the National Reference Institute of Washington
to be included in Who's Who Among Young American
Professionals. Marilyn especially liked the
choice of words in the title, "Young Profession-
als". She will also be included for the fifth
year of Who's Who in the South and Southwest
The Italian Inn in Falls Church, Virginia was
the place to be on March 4 as former Canal Zone
residents gathered for a revival of the Virginia
Chapter of the Canal Society. A pleasant evening
of reminiscing with old friends ended with plans
to meet again soon at the home of Jane and Bob
Reppa. In attendance: Shirley and Richard Biava;
Helen and Cliff Brown; Ingrid and Dick Bryan;
Rachel and Charlie Burke, Jean Carrion, Diane and
Jay French, Rosemary Gilead, Basil Harrington,
Vickie and Harvey Johnson, Jean Karch, Glenda
(Lewis) and Mike Kochel, Leonia Lam, John Millett,
Judy (Engelke) Montanaro, Irma and Manny Quintero,
Jane and Bob Reppa; June Riesy, Evelyn (Menges)
and Tom Sellers, Sarah Storey, Dolly and Dorn
Thomas, Gail, Kelly, Erin and Sherry Dawson,
Thelma and Tony Grizzard, Barbara and Bruce Reyle,
Dora and Sonny Seixas, Elisa Keiswetter, Georgia
and Milo Alexander, and Kitty Callander.
Virginia bids farewell to Liz (Zent) Beall who
has retired after many years of loyal service in
the Washington D.C. area to Senator Pete Domenici
of New Mexico. Liz will be missed but we all real-
ize that she is very happy in the more tropical
climate of Florida!
Louise D. Russon and Richard J. (Murph) murphy
recently retired from the Panama Canal Commission
and are currently living in Waldorf, Maryland.
Their visit with me for dinner gave me a chance to
learn all the latest from the Atlantic side! Both
are working and enjoying the area and the many
activities available to them.
Front: Barbara (Bonanno) Sanders and
Sherry (Bonanno) Dunlap. 2nd row: Val
Kish, Val (Kish) Bonanno, Margaret
(Gately) Bonnano, Peggy (Roddy) Pruett.
3rd row: John Bonanno, At Kish, Frank
Gately, Jack Sanders, Justin Bonanno,
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born January 27,
Left photo, Back: Bruce Reyle, Barbara (Fritz) Reyle, Dorn and Dolly Thomas. Front:
John Millett, Chuck Lord, unknown couple. Right photo, Back: Taylor Grizzard, Irma
and Mannie Quintero. Front: Thelma (Anderson) Grizzard, Helen (Anderson) Brown, and
Left Photo, Back: Erin Kelly and Kitty Daw
Harrington, Vicki (Van't veld) Johnson. Ri
low) Riesz, Rosemary Giliad, Jane Reppa.
Storey, Bob Reppa.
Barbara (Bonanno) and Jack Sanders of Arlington
Virginia gathered with family and friends recently
at Margaret and Justin Bonanno's home in Sarasota,
Florida. Pictured is the group at the Sarasota
Linda (Gough) Laymon from Phoenix, Arizona
visited her mother Diane (Sparks) French and fam-
ily of Burke, Virginia for several happy days,
made even brighter by the birth of Justin Paul
Gough on March 6 to son John and his wife Bridg-
itte. Happy days for Diane!
Hilda Baas of Alexandria, Virginia is looking
forward toa June family reunion which will include
among other, children Matt, Pete and Chris. The
family will gather in Virginia.
son. Front: Gail and Sherry Dawson, Basil
ght photo, Back: Jean Carrion, June (Bar-
Front: Judy (Engelke) Montanaro, Sarah
Another former Atlantic sider, Debbie (Garner)
Morgan has moved to Upper Marlboro, Maryland. We
welcome her, her husband Jack and children Stacie,
Jay and William. It was fun to talk about our high
school days in providing a warm-up for the Class
of CHS '69 in Tampa this summer!
Since becoming the Virginia reporter, I've re-
ceived calls from former Zonians who are interest-
ed in our area activities. I welcome any news and
enjoy having information to provide to the Canal
Record. Please keep the letters, calss and visits
Glenda (Lewis) Kochel
ALICE DOSSETT, U OF SM GRAD
Alice Dossett, daughter of Angie and Lou Dos-
sett of Hattiesburg, Miss., was graduated from the
University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg
in December with a bachelor of science degree in
In january she began work on a master's degree
in biology at USM.
VERNICE (VIOLETTE) MOODY VOTED
"RESIDENT OF THE MONTH"
Mrs. Vernice (Violette) Moody, widow of the
late H.C. Moody (former employee of the Panama
Canal) and the mother of Mrs. Pete Bolea of Tampa,
FL. and Mrs. Fred Ebdon of Sarasota, FL., was hon-
ored as the "Resident of the Month" at the Spring-
wood Nursing Center.
Vernice was born in Maine and moved to the Zone
when she was 10 years old, grew up and married
Harry Clinton Moody and had two daughters, Ruth
and Beverly. She had a career as a beautician for
20 years and was active in her church. In 1950 her
husband retired and they moved to Tampa, closer to
her daughters. She is healthy in spirit and body
and her biggest reward is providing comfort and
companionship to the many residents she visits on
a one-to-one basis.
Vernice has five grandchildren and four great-
grandchildren, one of whom is a daughter of her
grandson, the one and only "Hulk Hogan."
MARTHA MATHENEY VOLUNTEER OF
THE MONTH DECEMBER, 1988
Submitted by: Patricia Broad
The South Branch, St.
Petersburg Library's nom-
ination for Leisure Ser-
vices Volunteer of the -
Month, December, 1988, is
Mrs. Martha Matheney.
Martha appeared on the
doorstep of South Branch
Library in October, 1980,
while it was still an emr- Martha Matheney
pty building. It is a wonder we didn't lock the
door and imprison her when she said she came to
volunteer her services to help us organize the new
library. Whatever chore had to be done, Martha
pitched in with a smile. In less than 2 months,
we opened to the public and Martha became one of
our permanent volunteers behind the desk. For
over 8 years, she has worked the hardest day to
get volunteers on Saturday from 9:00 A.M., to 2:00
P.M. To us, she is staff member even though un-
paid and a dear friend. Over the long period of
time, she has contributed 2200 hours of service
which equates to more than a full man year of
work. The Library is not the only place that is
blessed with Martha's commitment to the community
as she volunteers weekly at the Dali Museum and
teaches classes in nutrition for the American Red
We feel fortunate that Martha recognized a need
for helping hands at the Library back in 1980, and
has continued to offer the support-help which is
vital to our operation. A graduate of Columbia
University with advanced studies in the fields of
dietetics and public health, Martha has lived all
over the United States and the world working for
hospitals, the United States Public Health Ser-
vice, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Or-
ganization, and various State Public Health Agen-
cies. During World War II, Martha worked in the
Panama Canal Zone, the United Nations took her to
Ecuador, and she even met her husband, Angus,
while attending a workshop in the Virgin Islands.
Her career has taken her from New England to a
Navaho Indian Reservation in New Mexico, with jobs
in Washington, D.C., lisconsin and Florida in the
field of Public Health.
CHARLES AND MARIE MORENCY
CELEBRATE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Charles and Marie Morency of St. Petersburg,
Florida were honored on their 60th Diamond Wedding
Anniversary February 11, 1989 with a dinner party
given by their daughters, Sandra Abell of Gamboa,
Charlene Rogers of Cocoli, and Nancy Jeffcoat of
About 20 family members and friends attended
the celebration, held in Nancy's home in Seminole.
Family members included: sons-in-law Dick Abell
and Don Rogers of Panama; granddaughter, Wendy
Jeffcoat of Tallahassee, FL.; great-granddaughter,
Sandy Marie Abell (1 year old) of Gamboa; and
niece Jeanette (Morency) Stewart and husband Bill
of Indiatlantic, FL.
L-R: Wendy Jeffcoat, Nancy Jeffcoat,
Sandra Abell, Chuck Morency, Marie Mor-
ency, Charles Rogers, Don Rogers, and
Also attending were David and Fanny Kaplan of
Pinellas Park, FL.; Julian and Odessa Hearne of
St. Petersburg, Fl; Irving and Angelica Spector of
St. Petersburg, FL; George and Chris Felps of St.
Petersburg, FL; and Helen (Spector) Gentry and son
Anthony of Seminole, FL.
Chuck and Marie were married on February 7,
1929 in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, at St. John
the Baptist Catholic Church. In 1941, they settled
in Gamboa, Canal Zone where Chuck was employed by
the Dredging Division. Following their retirement
in 1967, they moved to St. Petersburg, Florida.
We wish them many more happy years together.
JIM AND VIRGINIA WOOD REACH GOLD
A memorable 50th anniversary dinner was held at
the Hilton Hotel on St. Petersburg Beach, Florida,
on April 15 for Virginia and Jim Wood of Seminole.
meag agemanager arne sumem
Virgina and Jim Wood
Virginia and Jim were married on April 10, 1939
at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon, Canal Zone.
The Golden Anniversary was attended by over 100
relatives and close friends.
TERESA CASSERLY TURNS 102!
Mrs. Teresa Casserly celebrated her 102nd
birthday on March 26, 1989.
Teresa is the widow of Dr. Timothy L. Casserly
who retired in 1946. He was with the Health De-
partment, in charge i=of Mindi Dairy from 1915 to
1946. Following his retirement from Panama Canal
service, he conducted small animal clinics at Mt.
Hope and later at Corozal, Canal Zone. Dr Casserly
died in April 1952.
Teresa celebrated her birthday with her family
and friends at the Country Meadows Nursing Home,
Bridgeville, PA., where she has been a resident
for the past year.
Mrs. Teresa Casserly
LOTTERHOS APPOINTED TO
Joseph Edward Lotterhos
Jr., 17, was nominated by
former Congressman, Wayne
Dowdy, former Sen., John
C. Stennis and Sen. Thad
Cochran to the U.S. Naval
Academy, Annapolis, Mary-
The Clinton High School
senior is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph E. lotter-
hos of Clinton. Ed's mot-
her is the former Pery Ed Letterhous
Catron, BHS '62.
Lotterhos is a member of the CHS speech team,
Academic Bowl Team, National Honor Society, Fel-
lowship of Christian Athletes, science club, Spa-
nish Club, and a swim team participant.
He served as a delegate to American Legion Boys
State, is a varsity cross-country team letterman,
and placed third in Spanish competition and the
Mississippi State University history competition.
As a member of Troop 88, Clinton Methodist
Church, he earned the Eagle Scout with Palm, and
the Order of the Arrow.
Lotterhos also received the PACE (Promoting
Academic and Creative Excellence) Scholarship last
summer to the University of Mississippi. He is
a member of the Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church.
TED HENTER SELECTED AS PRICE-
WATERHOUSE/TAMPA BAY BUSINESS
JOURNAL 1989 UP & COMER
Tanpa, Florida Ted
Center of St. Petersburg,
Florida, and President of
Henter-Joyce, Inc. has
uals selected for the
1989 Ptice Waterhouse/
Tampa Bay Business Jour-n
nal Up & Coming Award.
The award honors out-
standing Bay Area busi-
ness men and women in
Ted Henter, Jr.
their respective fields.
Ted was selected in the field of "Entrepreneur-
ship" and will be honored with the other selectees
at a banquet and awards ceremony on May 8, 1989 at
the Hyatt Regency Westshore.
The Up & Comers, which are all younger than 40,
are selected on the basis of professional achieve-
ment and community contribution.
In addition, Ted has been selected to be a com-
mittee member on C.A.P.I. (Committee for the As-
sistance of the Physically Impaired) which acts as
a liaison with the City Council of St. Petersburg
on all projects which would affect the physically
impaired. Ted will hold a three (3) year term with
Ted graduated from the U. of Florida with B.S.
in mechanical engineering in 1974 and took compu-
ter courses at the U. of South Florida in 1979-80.
He founded Henter-Joyce in 1987 and from 1985-87
ran his own consulting and training firm, En Tech.
He is a pioneer in computer training for the blind
and visually impaired, and invented the Henter
Wheel Aligner and the Henter Hydraulic Suspension
He captured the National Blind Slalom Water
Skiing Championship three years in a row, and won
the gold medal for slalom skiing at the World
Championships in England in 1987.
McKEON REBHAN ENGAGEMENT
Donald and Joan McKeon
of Balboa, Panama, are
pleased to announce the
engagement and forthcom-
ing marriage of their
daughter, Mary Ellen, to
Jeffery Allen Rebhan of
Warren, Ohio. Jeffery is
the son of John C. Rebhan
and Margaret Glodde, also
of Warren, Ohio. Mary Ellen McKeon
Mary Ellen (Cookie) is Jeffery A. Rebhan
a 1982 graduate of Balboa High School, and is cur-
rently attending Saint Thomas University in Miami,
Jeffery is a graduate of Champion High School
and Youngstown State University. He is the Presi-
dent and owner of Warren Fabricating Field Erect-
A December 30th wedding in Panama is planned.
SHANNON L. GRIFFIN GETS HER B.A,
Shannon L. Griffin,
daughter of Robert and
Lauray Griffin, Crescent
City, Florida, graduated
April 22, 1989 with a
B.A. degree in Marketing
from St. Leo College in
Shannon is the grand-
daughter of the late Ray
and Irene Will of Laguna
Niguel, California. Shannon Griffin
DR. CHARLES R. GIBSON
Charles Robert Gibson,
son of Marie Wright Gib-
son of Houston, Texas and
the late Charles R. Gib-
son, formerly of the Can-
al Zone, graduated Sunma
Cum Laude from the Uni-
versity of Houston Col-
lege of Optometry in
Houston, Texas on May 13,
Bob graduated from
Balboa High School in
1977 and the University
of South Florida in Tampa
in 1982 where he earned
a bachelor of arts degree Charles R. Gibson
in Zoology. After working for 22 years as a re-
search scientist at NASA/Johnson Space center in
Houston, he returned to school in 1985 to work to-
wards his doctorate in optometry.
At present, initial plans are to work within an
associated/group practice and to continue research
at the Johnson Space Center.
THE SLICES CELEBRATE 50TH
James and Julia Slice of Venice, Florida, cele-
brated their 50th wedding anniversary on February
Their children, Gloriella, Jim, Jr., and Tom
planned the dinner/celebration.
Family members attending were Mrs. Slice's sis-
ter, Maria Edwards, niece Virgie Franklin with
husband Robin and son Robbie.
The Slices retired from the Panama Canal Com-
pany in 1974 after 40 years of government service.
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James and Julia Slice
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
On January 18, 1989, Howard and Janet Keenan
of LaGrange, Illinois, celebrated their Golden
wedding anniversary at the Hyatt Hotel West in
Houston, Texas. Family members attending included
Janet's brother, Robert and wife Betty Keenan of
Polson, bMntana, and their daughter, Janet, of
Dallas, Texas. Howard's brother William and wife,
Marion Keenan of Unionville, Indiana, George and
Harriet (Keenan) Wollners of Sun City Center,
Florida, C. Marvin and Maxine Keenan, Charles, Jr.
and wife, Kathy Keenan, as well as John and wife,
Kathy (Orr) Keenan of Houston, Texas were also
One junior from each Brevard County High School
was selected by an 11-member conmittee of digni-
taries and will spend seven days in Washington,
D.C., attending seminars, interviewing members of
Congress, and touring Washington landmarks in the
Kelly, who will represent Rockledge High School
was judged on scholarship, citizenship, activities
and interest in Government.
DIANA STUMVOLL EARNS DEGREE
Diana Stunvoll earned
a Bachelor of Business
from Emory University in
Atlanta, Georgia on May
15, 1989. Diana, a 1985
graduate of BHS, is the
daughter of Richard and
Dorothy Stumvoll (nee
Metzger, BHS'57) of Curu-
ndu, Panama and the grand Diana Stumvo0l
daughter of Armenia C. Metzger (nee Asparren,
BHS'33) of Ormond Beach, Florida.
While at Emory, Diana was active in Kappa Alpha
Theta sorority and served on numerous committees
for the school as well as the city of Atlanta.
and Janet Keenan
Following a banquet, Howard entertained the
group at the piano. One of his selections was the
'Canal Zone Waltz' by Charles Bath. When William
joined in on the saxaphone, they brought back
memories of the days when they harmonized at the
dances at the Strangers Club and Cristobal High
School. In addition, Marvin and Harriet sang
Howard and Janet both grew up in the Canal
Zone, Janet Keenan on the Pacific side and Howard
Keenan on the Atlantic side. They were married
in 1939 at the Balboa Union Church, Harriet ser-
ving as the flower girl.
Howard worked several years with the En-
gineering Bureau, served in the US Navy during WW
II and then followed a career with Illinois Bell
telephone company. Janet worked for the super-
intendent of Gorgas Hospital prior to her
Private Second Class,
Tom C. Deakins, son of
Randall and JoElla Deakins
formerly of Gamboa, Canal
Zone, graduated from Army
Basic Training at Fort Le-
onard Wood, Missouri, on
December 18, 1988. Tom is
currently attending Advan-
ced Individual Training at
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
He will then be stationed
in Europe for two years
Tom C. Deakina
with the Army missile
KELLY JEFFRIES HONORED
Kelly Jeffries, daughter of Curt and Jinjer
Jeffries, Rockledge, Florida, has been chosen to
take part in U.S. Representative Bill Nelson's
Student Intern Program next year.
Announcement is made of the engagement of
Ananda Lee Richter of Arlington, Virginia, form-
erly of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, daughter of Fritz and
Shirley Richter of Fort Lauderdale, FL, to Matthew
Donald Ubben of Alexandria, VA, son of Jack and
Cecilia Ubben of Balboa, Republic of Panama.
The bride elect graduated from Northeast High
TOM DEAKINS, U.S.A., GRADUATES
School, Oakland Park, Florida, and Wake Forest
University, Durham, NC.
Her fiance graduated from Balboa High School,
Balboa, Republic of Panama, and University of Ca-
lifornia, Santa Barbara, CA.
A May, 1989 adding is planned.
Bill and Cecile Dolans' 50th wedding
anniversary. L-R: Bill Wheeler, Joe
Dolan, Kenneth Daly, Jack Tabor, Bill
Dolan and Fred Mohl.
NEW WORLD'S RECORD
Rene Nellis and her World Record catch.
In October 1988, Renee Nellis caught
this 184 pound Roosterfish on 4 pound
test line in Panama Bay. A new Women's
World Record for 4 Ib. test line.
Special thanks to Lenny Wertz, the
Wedding of Michelle Denise Call and John
Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Cleremont, San
Diego, California was the setting for the wedding
of Michelle Denise Call and John Anthony Pene,
(pronounced Penny) on January 7, 1989. Many family
The bride is the daughter of Roy and Arbulin
(Mathews), of San Diego, Formerly of the Canal
Zone, and the groom is the son of Lou and Kathy
Pene, Northbridge, California.
The reception was held at the Horton Grand
Hotel, San Diego, after which the couple left in
a horse-drawn, white covered carriage for a ride
to Seaport Village and back again. They spent
their honeymoon on Kauai, Hawaii.
John will graduate in May, 1989 from the Uni-
versity of San Diago and then will enter the
Police Academy in June. Michelle has been attend-
ing Mesa College, San Diego.
Miss Cindy Bruce and Mr. Richard H. Farrington
are pleased to announce the marriage on January
28, 1989 at the Atlanta Unity Church, Atlanta, Ga.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C.
Bruce of Winston Salem, North Carolina. She is em-
ployed as a Lab Technician at Emory University
Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia.
The groom is the son of Jean Campbell Farring-
ton Inzer, and the late Andrew Farrington, and
stepson of Henry L. Inzer, Atlanta, Georgia. Mr.
Farrington is employed as an anesthetist at Grady
Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia.
The couple now live near Stone Mountain, Ga.
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 sunmerize and not list each name.
Kyran E. Hines and Murray M. Harper
Kyran E. Hines and Murray M. Harper were united
in marriage on October 1, 1988 in Altoona, PA.
Mr. Harper retired from the U.S. Army after
twenty-two years of service. He was stationed for
nine years at Fort Gulick, Canal Zone.
Mary Ann Spaeth and Jeffrey P. Nelson were
united in marriage at Ft. Sam Houston Main Post
Chapel, San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1988.
Mary Ann is the daughter of Mrs. Jewell H.
Spaeth and the late Mr. Lee Spaeth of Yoakum, TX.
Jeffrey is the son of Mrs. Kathleen Nelson and the
late Mr. Gotfred P. (Bip) Nelson of Sarasota, FL.
He was born in Gorgas Hospital, Ancon and attended
C.Z. schools until 1979.
Nelson and bride, Mary
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Spaeth, San Antonio, TX.,
brother and sister-in-law of the bride attended
the couple as best man and matron of honor.
A wedding reception, hosted by the parents of
the bride, for relatives and friends followed the
ceremony. Out of town guests included the mothers
of the bride and groom, and the bride's four bro-
thers and their families from Texas and Califor-
The newlyweds spent Christmas Week in Florida
with his mother before returning to Hawaii, where
they reside. The bride is Administrative to the
senior vice president Administration of Terri-
torial Savings and Loans in Honolulu, HI. She
attended San Antonio Community College, Texas.
Jeffrey was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, Med-
ical Service Corps, U.S. Army Reserve, when he
graduated from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL.
in 1987. He has been assigned to Hq 25th Med Bn,
Schofield Barracks, HI., since March 1988.
Beverly (George) Keller and Donald L.
Beverly (George) Keller and Donald L. Keller
were united in marriage on November 26, 1988 at
Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in Lafayette,
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Her daughter, Mrs. Kin Link, Indianapolis, IN.,
was her matorn of honor and the groom's son, Don-
ald L. Keller Jr., Concord, CA., was his best man.
The bride's daughter, Elizabeth Jean Kendrick,
Brownsville, TX., and the groom's daughter, Angela
Keller, Concord, CA., were also in attendance.
Relatives and former Zonians attending were:
the bride's parents, Curtis and Alberta George,
Fairhope, AL; the bride's sister, Helen (George)
Boswell, Vandenberg AFB, CA.; John and Martha Kel-
ler, the groom's father and new wife, Scapposse,
OR.; Jerry and Ann (Keller) Daykin, groom's sister
from Walnut Creek, CA.; John and Cora Dare, nephew
of the groom, Fairfield, CA.; and Jerry and Debbie
Dare, nephew of the groom.
The bride was born and raised in the Canal Zone
and attended CHS, Class of '62. Bev and Don were
high school sweethearts.
The groom grew up in the Canal Zone and attend-
ed BHS, Class of '60.
The bride and groom are residing in Concord,
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 CONTINENTAL 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 MEETING: 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 CONTINENTAL 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 BREEZE'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!
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 from the
Chairperson of that event.
Chairman Harry Foster
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)
Tanpa 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.
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 Band' 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) 937-2584
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 FRCM 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
NO 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 / / Amteur / /
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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.,
P.O. 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.
For Officee Date/Post Fee Rec'd Dues Paid Lunch Ball '
I Use Only
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Name (Please Print)
List name of each additional person in member's group.
Please print) Residence, State/Country
No. of tickets
No. of tickets
Do Not Detach
PANAZONIAN DANCE ORDER FORM
LIMITED TO 1800 CAPACITY $3.00/Ticket 6 tickets/member
Cut-off date for orders, JUNE 10 For refunds, JUNE 16
Do Not Detach
ANNUAL BALL ORDER FORM
LIMITED TO 3000 CAPACITY $8/ticket 6 tickets/member
Cut-off date for orders, JUNE 10 For refunds, JUNE 16
Do Not Detach
BANQUET LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
LIMITED TO 1000 CAPACITY $12.50/ticket 10 tickets/member
No. of tickets Total enclosed
Cut-off date for orders, JUNE 10 For refunds, JUNE 16
1. Member 6.
5 5. 10. 1
I. _________ 10. ___________E I
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) 937-2584
DIRECTIONS TO LAKE SEIMIOLE COUNTRY CLUB FROM 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 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.
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. 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 OR THE CURTIS HIXON CONVENTION CENTER, OUTSIDE OF THE CONFINES OF YOUR
OWN OR FRIEND'S HOTEL 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.
THOSE TICKETS NOT SOLD THROUGH PRE-REGISTRATION WILL BE SOLD AT THE HOSPITALITY
SUITE FOR THE PANAZONIAN DANCE AND THE ANNUAL BALL. PANAZONIAN DANCE TICKETS WILL BE
SOLD FOR $4.00 EACH, AND ANNUAL BALL TICKETS WILL BE SOLD FOR $10.00 EACH.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
11902 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
WHe 4 S ON ac/L
PHOTOS ON LOCATION!
* HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS
* FAMILY & PERSONAL PORTRAITS
CONTACT US TO RESERVE A PHOTOGRAPHER
FOR YOUR GROUP ACTIVITIES.
SAME DAY/NEXT DAY DELIVERY OF PHOTOS -
* FAMILY REUNIONS
* TOWN REUNIONS
Charlie Cooper's Latin "Copra" Band
Tito Mouynes and his Conjunto
I ~ **~
Roy (BHS'72) and Janet (Samp) Morales
Janet Sanp and Roy Morales were married Decem-
ber 18, 1988 in the home of his parents, John and
Margaret Morales, Savannah, Missouri.
Roy is a 1972 graduate of Balboa High School.
He is currently teaching English, speech, psycol-
ogy, sociology and history in Stewartsville, Miss-
ouri. He is also a licensed lay reader with the
Reformed Episcopal Church.
Janet, an elementary teacher, is from Moberly,
Missouri. Moberly is also the home of former
Zonians Pete and Evelyn Riley.
Roy and Janet are currently residing in Savan-
nah, MO. Their mailing address is 1207 W. Market,
Stevensen and Russell Michael
The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton
Beach, Florida was the setting for the double ring
ceremony uniting Leslie Ann Stevenson and Russell
Michael Gillespie on December 3, 1988.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl
Stevenson of Fort Walton Beach. The groom is the
son of the late Capt. William Gillespie and Mrs.
Grace Gillespie of Hyannis, MA.
Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Gillespie, sister of
the groom, Jill Nicklas and Laura Mueller. The
bride's sister Lynn Mills served as matron of
honor. Groomsmen were Jon Dedeaux, Dave Moochler
and D. LaPorta. Rod Snyder served as best man. Jim
Snyder served as an usher.
Out of town guests included the bride's rela-
tives, Mr. and Mrs. Vince Hudec, Karla Hudec and
Jewel Johnson. The groom's relatives were Mrs.
Carmella Pintauro, Mrs. Grace Gillespie, Mr. and
Mrs. William Gillespie and family, and Mr. and Mrs
Arthur Pintauro. Other guests were K. Jones, Tom
Snider, Mr. and Mrs. Tan Wilder and family, Nick
Scott, Tracy Herring, Bob Knick, Valerie Krueger,
Jim McCarrick, Catz, Cindy Moochler, Joe Fineman,
George Fryer, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Alexaitis and fam-
ily, and Fred Wainio.
The couple took a honeymoon cruise to the Baha-
mas, and are now at home in Pensacola, Florida.
Alexa Nicole J
Kenneth and Emily
(Nickisher) Gaul are
proud to announce the
birth of their second
child, Kristin Ann Gaul
on October 11, 1988. She
weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and
was 19 3/4 inches long.
Kristin is welcomed by
her proud sister, Nicole,
Mark and Julie Macdon-
11 announce the birth of
lexa Nicole Macdonell,
Ibs. 5 oz. on January
7, 1989, in Sugar Land,
Proud grandparents are
oderick N. and Virginia
ixon Macdonell of Wim-
erley, Texas, and Dr.
ohn and Helen King of
an Antonio, Texas.
who is 2 years old. '. "
Maternal grandparents K n An
are Sally (Harrold) and Krst Ann Gaul
William John Nickisher,
Jr. of La Boca, Panama. Maternal great grandfather
is Bill Nickisher of California, formerly of Bal-
Paternal grandparents are Jane Marie (Shaffer)
and Eugene W. Gaul of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania,
formerly of Diablo.
Journey Rei Morris
proudly announces the
birth of her new baby
sister, Mychael Elizabeth
on January 31, 1989 in
She weighed in at a
whopping 5 lbs. 13 oz. ,
Mychael Elizabeth is
the daughter of Michael Mychael Elizabeth
J. & Rei Spradlin Morris. Morris
Maternal grandparents are Woody and Louise
Spradlin of Escondido, California, and paternal
grandparents are Jim and Marie Morris of Clear-
I k I
Sunday and Mike McCrory and Michaela Eve
On January 21, 1989, Sunday (Bissell) McCrory
and her husband Mike of Ventura, CA. became the
proud parents of a daughter, 9 lb. 4 oz., Michaela
Maternal grandparents are Steve and Anna (An-
drews) Bissell III of Santa Barbara, CA. Maternal
great-grandma Edna (Mrs. Bill) Andrews and great-
aunt Lisa (Andrews) Nehring were also on hand for
the 20+ hour hospital wait...and was the wait ever
worth it...she's a beautiful baby.
Out from Florida to visit soon will be maternal
great-grandfather Steve Bissell II and his wife,
Rick & Kathy Horter
are proud to announce
the birth of their son,
ITomas Jordan Horter,
on January 23, 1989 in
are Ruth and Ralph Kop-
plin of Dallas, Texas.
are Tommie Lou (Jordan)
Horter and the late
Thomas Jordan Milton Horter, Jr. of
Horter Austin, Texas.
Dennis and Dawn Streeter of Stanwood, WA.,
proudly announce the birth of their first child,
Kristian Robert, born December 23, 1988. Kristian
weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. and measured 202 inches. He
is the second grandson of Bob and Dianne Streeter
of Olympia, WA.
Maternal grandparents are Bob and Lou Calvin of
Richard and Maureen
Perez of Houston, Texas
proudly announce the
arrival of their first
child, Richard James,
born on November 10,
1988, weighing 8 Ibs.
13 oz. and measuring
Proud grandmother is
formerly of La Boca,
Richard (Smiley) and
Shelly Dishong proudly
announce the birth of
their daughter, Brittany
Brittany was born on
March 16, 1988 in Cape
Canaveral, Florida, and
weighed 5 Ibs. 25 oz.
are Josefina Dishong and
the late Carl W. Dishong.
Justin Paul and Bridgitte Gough
Diane (Sparks) and Jay French of Burke, VA.,
are proud to announce the birth of their first
Justin Paul Cough, born March 6, 1989, was a
7 lb. 12 oz. baby and 21 inches long.
Bridgette and John R. Gough III of Marrero, LA.
are the proud parents.
Richard and Jane Little (the former Jane Whea-
ton of Gatun, Canal Zone) would like to announce
the birth of a healthy daughter, Jennah Marguerite
born on the couple's 9th anniversary date and her
grandfather's 81st birthday, December 27, 1988.
She weighed 8 Ibs. 7 oz. and has a 7-year older
Mary (Richmond) and Lee Chiles of Kaufman,
Texas announce the birth of their second child, a
son, Christopher Lee, who was born January 27,
1989. Christopher has an older sister, Jessica.
Maternal grandparents are Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan
of Kerrville, Texas, and Paul Richmond of Houston,
Tyler Matthew Clark, second son of Dean and
Denise (Streeter) Clark was born February 21, 1989
Tyler weighed 8 Ibs. 12 oz. and measured 21
inches long. He joins his brother Ryan who is 4.
Maternal grandparents are Bob and Dianne Stree-
ter of Olympia, WA. Paternal grandparents are
Richard and Kay Clark of Olympia, WA.
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Richard Wathen Abell, Sr., a native of Kentucky
and resident of Fairhope, Alabama, died December
17, 1988. He was an employee of the Panama Canal
Locks Division from 1943 to 1974 when he retired.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian; a son,
Richard W. Abell, Jr.; a daughter, Rebecca A.
Erhart, both of the Republic of Panama; four grand
children, Michael, David and Deborah Erhart, and
Richard C. Abell; two great-grandchildren; a bro-
ther and two sisters.
Lea A. Baldwin, 91, of Miami, Florida, died at
the Coral Reef Hospital, Miami, on March 8, 1989.
She was born in David, Rep. of Panama. She was the
wife of Floyd H. Baldwin, former General Auditor
of the Panama Canal Company, and mother of Frank
A. and Floyd H. Baldwin, Jr. She was also the old-
est member of the Azcarraga family of Panama.
She is survived by son, Frank A. Baldwin, form-
er Panama Canal Information Officer; six grand-
children and families, and numerous relatives of
the Azcarraga family, including "Lucho," one of
her younger brothers.
Carlton Spooner Bell, 78, of St. Petersburg, FL
died March 3, 1989 at Alhambra Nursing Home. He
was born in Williamsport, PA., and retired from
the Police Division in 1967 after 28 years service
as a Police Officer. During World War II he served
in the Navy Seebees, serving earlier with the U.S.
Army. He was a member of Elks Lodge 1542 in Cris-
tobal, and a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; a son,
David, Coral Springs; two daughters, Bonnie Howle,
Houston, and Betsy Williams, Stanley, NC; two sis-
ters, Mrs. Lester Sechman and Bernice Bell of New
Columbia, PA.; a brother, Robert, Fort Lauderdale;
five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ruth Gafney Blake, of Seattle, Washington, died
on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1989. Although she
never lived in Panama, she and her husband visited
there together and knew a number of his BHS 1937
classmates. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, took a
BA major in English and did graduate work at NYU
and Columbia, and made a 25 year career in adver-
tising in New York City. She joined her husband in
world adventure from Afghanistan to Zaire, and
worked for schools, health, housing, and hospitals
in New York, Kabul and Seattle. Her grave lies
next to Major General Robert Blake USMC, father of
her husband, who was based in Balboa during 1935-
She is survived by her husband, Robert W, Blake
of Seattle, Washington.
Margaret C. Boland, 90, of West Columbia, S.C.
died March 2, 1989. She was born in Cincinnati,
Ohio, and moved to the Canal Zone in 1943. After
living in Diablo and Curundu, she and her (late)
husband moved to West Columbia, S.C. While in the
Canal Zone, she was a member of the Balboa Union
Church and was active in the Diablo Camera Club.
She was the wife of the late Harry A. Boland.
Survivors include two sons, Donald H. Boland
of Columbia, S.C., and Earl R. Boland of Meridian,
Joseph C. Bremer, Sr., 73, of Johnstown, PA.,
died April 19, 1988 at Windber Hospice. He was a
former employee of the U.S. Army Logistical Sup-
port Services (DOT) in the Canal Zone and retired
in 1971 to devote full time to his chicken farm in
Panama (Finca Bremer), and moved to San Diego in
1974. He later moved to Virginia in 1979 where he
met and married his second wife, Joan Myrvold,
then returned to his birthplace in Johnstown, PA.
He was a pilot in the Air Force during World War
II and was a Major in the Air Force Reserve.He was
a member of St. Mary's Nocturnal Adoration Society
in the Canal Zone, and Visitation BVM Catholic
Church where Mass of Christian Burial was held.
He is survived by his wife, former Joan Myrvold
and five children from former wife, Dalys Escof-
fery Bremer: Dalys "Didi" Rogers of Fairfax Sta-
tion, VA., (BHS'61), Joseph C. Jr., Oak Park, IL
(BHS'64), Maria Elena Merriam, Ft. Sill, OK.,
(BHS'67), Frederick, Palos Heights, IL. (BHS'71),
and Michael, Los Angeles, CA; eight grandchildren;
brother Robert, Titusville, FL; Clemens, Point
Pleasant, NJ; Francis "Herm," Westfield, NJ., Mrs.
Marie Kinney and sister Colette both of Pitts-
burgh; Vincent, Johnstown, and Marcella "Dolly"
Pfister, Detroit, MI.
Mrs. James T. Canpbell, 89, died February 26,
1989 after having a heart attack. She and her hus-
band left the Canal Zone in 1952, her husband pre-
deceased her in 1985.
She is survived by two sons, James W. of Niles,
ME., and Clyde R. of Manchester, TN.; a daughter,
Mrs. B.W. Treadwell, also of Manchester; two grand
children and two great-grandchildren.
Hamner Cook, of Clarksville, Virginia, passed
away February 5, 1989 at the Durham County General
Hospital, Durham, North Carolina. She had cancer
that was diagnosed as such too late for treatment.
Hamner was employed by the Commissary Supply Divi-
sion, mostly at Mt. Hope. The last few years were
at Balboa (GMO) from 1943 to 1963, when she re-
She is survived by her husband, Joel (Ted)
Cook of Clarksville, VA.
Buford Morgan "Buffy" Cooper, 42, a veteran
Hillsborough County, Florida sheriff's deputy,
died March 22, 1989 at Tampa General Hospital
after being shot by his wife, mistaking him for an
intruder. A native of the Panama Canal Zone, he
had lived in Temple Terrace, Florida since 1950.
He was a 14-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office
and had been assigned to northwestern Hillsborough
District III at the time of his death. He was a
member of St. Catherine's Episcopal Church and was
a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the
Florida Sheriff's Association.
He is survived by his wife, Charlene K.; two
daughters, Julie Ward of Jacksonville and Jane of
Georgia; his mother, Virginia (Morgan) Cooper of
Tampa; his father, Buford Lester of Brooksville;
two brothers, Roy of Westville and John of Tampa;
and one grandchild.
Judith S. Ferri, 88, of San Francisco, CA.,
died January 9, 1989, five days after her eldest
daughter died of cancer. She was the widow of
Capt. Henry G. Ferri and they moved to the Canal
Zone in 1935 and lived there until Capt. Ferri re-
tired in 1957. A native of New Orleans, she was
active in the Girl Scouts and was the leader of
the Senior Girl Scout Troop in Cristobal. She was
also active in the American Legion Auxiliary,
especially during World War II.
She is survived by her daughter, Henrietta
Ferri) Wilson of San Francisco; three grandsons,
three granddaughters and 10 great-grandchildren.
Thorna J. Freund, 75, of Arlington, Virginia,
died of heart failure January 8, 1989 at Northern
Virginia Doctors Hospital. She was a native of St.
Louis, and worked in accounting for the Department
of Finance almost 30 years before retiring. She
had lived in Arlington since 1978.
Mrs. Freund is survived by a daughter, Betty
Stewart of Arlington; a son, Gilbert E. Freund of
the Panama Canal Zone; a sister, Jewel E. Trout of
Missouri; a granddaughter, Sandra L. Dye of Ster-
ling; and three grandsons.
Lilian M. Gerchow, 97, of Montoursville, PA.,
died January 11, 1989. She was the widow of Frank
J. Gerchow of Pedro Miguel.
Survivors are son, Frank E. Gerchow Jr., daugh-
ter, Shirley E. Sargent; four grandchildren and
Deborah Ann Gladue, 32, of DeFuniak Springs,
Florida, Saturday evening. (Mailed from Mobile, AL
on February 22, 1989.) She was a native of the
Panama Canal Zone and moved to DeFuniak Springs in
1970. She was employed by Showell Farms in DeFun-
Survivors include her mother and stepfather,
Joan and Bobby McMillian of DeFuniak Springs; her
father, Mike Gladue of Tallahassee; a brother,
Michael Paul Gladue of Tallahassee, and other rel-
Irena (Ewing) Godfrey, 87, died in Santa Paula,
California on September 2, 1988. She was born in
Dublin, Ireland and was the widow of William B.
Godfrey, who retired as Superintendent, Municipal
Engineering Division, Balboa, C.Z. in 1948. They
resided at 0940 Amador Road, Balboa from 1937 to
She is survived by her brother, Brian A. Ewing
of Burbank, and stepdaughter Dorothy G. Brandt of
William T. Harness, 69, died in Coca Beach,
Florida, on April 7, 1989. A native of Fort Mon-
roe, Virginia, he was a 1937 graduate of Balboa
High School, and attended Canal Zone Junior Col-
lege about 1941. He was employed as a movie pro-
jectionist while attending Junior College, and
later in the Meteorological and Hydrography Divi-
sion. He resided in Ft. Amador and Ancon.
Survivors include his daughter, Helen A. (Har-
ness) Cox and grandchildren, Terry W. Heilmann and
Darli J. Cox, all of Manchester, TN., and Mandy L.
Harness, of Willis, Texas. The latter's father was
James William Harness, who died in Vietnam, Novem-
ber 13, 1968.
Gary Hauser: February 26, 1989, was a day fil-
led with sorrow for those who knew Gary Hauser, a
DODDS teacher at Curundu Jr. High, who died on
that day, leaving behind many people who respected
and cared for him.
For those of you not fortunate enough to have
known Mr. Hauser, let me just say, he was an in-
credible man who would go out of his way for any-
one, no matter what the cost. He was definitely
someone you wanted on your side, because he never
let you down.
As a referee during intramural girls basketball
Mr. Hauser always did his best to get you to play
to your potential, and then some, by telling you
things like, "If I can learn to play, anyone can."
Mr. Hauser is survived by his wife Lesley, his
his two daughters, Anne and Lori, his mother,
father and two brothers. All our prayers are with
his family and friends at this time of loss.
If it is any consolation, know that Gary has
begun his life in heaven with Jesus Christ our
Lord and savior!
Karen E. Stromberg
William W. Heddaeus of Allison Park, PA., died
on July 28, 1988 after a ten-month battle with
cancer. One of his greatest memories was that he
was able to attend the 40th reunion of his class
in 1987 and enjoyed being with his former class-
He is survived by his wife, Janice Heddaeus.
William 'Willie" I. Hollowell, 72, of Orlando,
Florida, died May 5, 1989. He was born in the Pan-
ama Canal Zone and moved to Orlando upon retire-
ment in 1978 from the Panama Canal Water Systems
Branch as a foreman. He had over 40 years of
government service when he retired. He was well
known for his participation in community affairs,
especially for being "Santa Claus" for many years,
pulled in his sleigh, for all the children on the
Atlantic side of the Isthmus. He was a member of
several fraternal organizations, including the
Masonic Lodge, member of Abou Saad Shrine Temple
and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Edna "Skip" Hollo-
well of Orlando; a son, Cody J. Hollowell of the
Panama Canal Area; a daughter, Billie Cooper of
Orlando; a brother, David Hollowell of Imperial
Beach, California; sisters Victoria Allen, Thermo-
polis, Wyoming, Hope Hirons of Kerrville, Texas,
and two grandchildren.
Milton Horter, Jr., 68, died February 24, 1989,
at home in Austin, Texas. He was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1938. He attended Canal Zone College and the
University of Iowa. Bud enjoyed many hobbies in
the Canal Zone after retirement. His favorites
were boating and deep sea fishing. He retired in
1972 as Chief, Miraflores Generating Station.
Survivors include his wife, Tommie Lou Horter;
two sons, Ernest L. Horter and Richard J. Horter
of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Debra H. Watson
of Houston, Texas; two daughters-in-law, Mary Ann
and Kathy Horter; a son-in-law, John C. Watson; a
grandson, Thomas Jordan Horter; three sisters,
Marguerite H. Sheridan and Joan H. Lundy of San
Diego, California, and Ruth H. Spooner of Sarasota
Florida, and other relatives and friends.
Phyllis (Murray) House, daughter of Judge and
Mrs. P.E. Murray, died April 14, 1989 in Norfolk,
VA. of leukemia.
She is survived by four children and her sister
Mrs. LaMar Leopold of Boca Raton, FL.
Ronald M. Ingram, 72, of Ontario, California,
passed away March 5, 1989. He was employed on the
Canal Zone as an electrician during 1940-1945. He
returned to California to work in his family's
business in the Los Angeles area, and later worked
for the State of California for many years before
retirement. He was active in community and church
work in the First Church of Christ, Scientist,
He is survived by his wife, Betty Mae (Crooks)
Ingram, a BHS graduate; his son, Michael; daughter
in-law Suzy; grandson, Wayne of Ontario; a brother
Clark, and sisters Nadine and Erna in Kansas and
Clena in Michigan.
Dinah (Sasso) LaPorta, 55, of Ft. Lauderdale,
FL., passed away November 10, 1988 after a long
illness. She lived most of her life in Colon and
Cristobal; attended St. Mary's Academy in Colon,
and two years at Cristobal High School. She grad-
uated from Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD.
in 1953. She is the widow of the late D.R. LaPorta
a former police lieutenant with the C.Z. Police in
Cristobal. She is survived by her son, D.R. La-
Porta, Jr., and a daughter, Debra LaPorta, both of
Ft. Lauderdale. Other family members include her
mother, Mrs. Mary (Walker) Sasso, formerly of Pan-
ama, R.P., now residing in Ft. Lauderdale; her
twin sister, Nancy (Sasso) Stokes and Vilma Sasso
De Jean, also of Ft. Lauderdale, and two brothers,
Dr. Richard W. Sasso, DMV of Warsaw, IN. and Wen-
delll Sasso of Panama City, R.P.
Miss Doris Little McClellan, 70, of Little Rock
Arkansas, died March 13, 1989. She was a retired
U.S. District Court clerk and daughter of the late
Sen. John L. and Eula Hicks McClellan. She served
as clerk of the U.S. District Court of the Canal
Zone during 1971-1981.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Alice
McDermott of Little Rock.
James B. McGuiness, 33, died October 5, 1988 in
a motorcycle accident near Coco Solo Hospital in
Panama. He was born in Gorgas Hospital and grew up
in Diablo, graduating from BHS in 1973. He was em-
ployed as a tugboat captain with the Marine Bureau
of the Panama Canal Commission.
He is survived by his wife, Cheri Gayer McGuin-
ess; two daughters, Shavon 5, and Sheena 3; his
parents Robert and Hilda McGuiness of Panama City;
three brothers, Sam of Curundu, Bobby of Diablo,
and Johnny of Manassas, VA; a sister, Jeanette of
Corozal, and aunt and uncle, Tom and Helen McGuin-
ess of Irvine, CA.
Hazel Frances Nall, 82, of Medford, Oregon,
died September 1988. She was married to William V.
Nall who died in 1961. She was a payroll officer
for the Panama Canal Company for 17 years and re-
sided in Gatun and was a member of the Eastern
Survivors include daughters Norma Burdick of
Foster City, CA., and Lynn Bieber of Pleasanton,
CA; son William R. of Houston, TX.; sister Irene
Robinette, Jefferson City, MO; 13 grandchildren
and 12 great-grandchildren. A son, Donald V. Nall
preceded her in death.
Lucille (Lulu) C. Petersen, 31, of Deerfield
Beach, Florida, passed away February 28, 1989.
Born in Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone, she
attended St. Mary's Parochial School, Curundu Jr.
High and graduated from Balboa High School, Class
of 1976. Lucille was employed by Sensormatic Elec-
tronic Corporation of Deerfield Beach and was held
in the highest regard with the company.
Lucille is survived by her parents, Thomas and
Ella; brothers Charles (Chuck), James (Duke), and
Thomas Jr.; and three sisters, Marjorie (Petersen)
LePage, Mary (Petersen) Swenning, and Christina.
Bertha M. Phelps, of Attica, N.Y., died April
1, 1989. She was the wife of the late Francis Eddy
Survivors are Francis Jr., and Sandra Phelps,
Martin and Judith Phelps, George and Becki Phelps,
Robert and Glenda Phelps, Michael C. Phelps, Hazel
and C.R. Holder, Ginny and Ken Hill, Kathy and Ray
Bechtold, Kay and Joel Celso, 30 grandchildren,
two great-grandchildren and several nieces and
nephews.; sister of Elena Fedalto and Benardo
Clarence E. Priest, 74, died at his home in
Margate, Florida on April 5, 1989. Retired March
1965 with 25 years government service as a police
officer from November 1943 until retirement. He
was a Past Master and Life Member of Darien Lodge,
AF&AM, member of the District Grand Lodge, Scot-
tish Rite, Abou Saad Shrine Temple, Past patron of
Orchid Chapter #1, O.E.S., and Life Member of Elks
Lodge 1414, all in the Canal Zone. He was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and a mem-
ber of the Margate Tennis Team.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Tess)
Priest of Margate; a son Robert and daughter-in-
law Robyn; granddaughter Jackie, all of Dallas,
Texas; mother-in-law Mary E. Ruppel of Margate,
Philip R. (Pinky) Sanders, Sr., 58, died sud-
denly at home in Benicia, California on February
25, 1989 due to a ruptured aortic aneurysm. He
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1948, ser-
ved an electrical apprenticeship with the Panama
Canal, and worked with the Electrical Division and
Locks Division until he moved to California in
1965. At the time of his death he was manager of
the Martinez, CA. office of Beard Corp. and held
a California Electrical Contracting License.
He was the son of the late Grace A. and late
Bruce G. Sanders, Sr. and was married to Laura
Walston, daughter of Myra (Davis) and the late
William Walston, which families saw Panama Canal
construction service. He was a life member of Can-
al Zone Isthmian Lodge, AF&AM, Clayton Valley-St.
John's Lodge #756, F&AM, and Past Patron of Silver
Gate Chapter #30, OES.
He is survived by his wife, Laura, and son,
Philip (Randy) Jr., of Benicia; daughter, Eliz-
abeth L. Reichert, Pittsburg, CA.; brother, Bruce
G. Sanders, Sr., Bentonville, AR; three sisters,
Bernice A. Hill, Aiken, SC., Virginia L. Kleefkens
of Tampa, FL., Edith S. Diaz, Cary, NC.; two grand
children, Karl and Kristina Reichert; and thirteen
nieces and nephews.
Jack W. Sargent, 74, of Montoursville, PA.,
died March 2, 1989. He was the husband of Shirley
Survivors also include sons Jack E.,James W.,
and Jill Stanvert and seven grandchildren.
Raymond M. Schneider, 79, of Annandale, VA.,
died April 10, 1989. He was born in New Hyde Park,
NY., and left the Canal Zone in 1966 where he was
an electrician for 30 years. He was formerly of
St. Petersburg and moved to Anandale during 1986.
Locally he was a member of IBEW 397, St. Peters-
burg, and a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and NARFE.
He is survived by his wife, Anita K; a son,
Herbert R. of Brandon, FL.; a daughter, Anita S.
Roeckel, Anandale; two sisters, Margaret Seibert
and Charlotte Kreig, NY., and six grandchildren.
William W. Spencer, 74, of Palm City, Florida,
died March 16, 1989 in Gwinette Medical Center,
Lawrenceville, GA. He was bron in Barbourville,
West Virginia and retired in 1972 from the Panama
Canal as Chief of the Building and Equipment
Branch of the Supply Division. He was a 32 Mason
and former member of Abou Saad Shrine Temple and
B.P.O.E. Lodge 1414. He was also a member of the
Board of Adjustments of Martin County, Florida for
a number of years.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Virginia
Spencer of Palm City, FL.; two daughters, Lois Ann
of Port St. Lucie, FL, and Billie Sue of Logan-
ville, GA.; a son, Philip Spencer of Lawrence-
ville, GA.; a brother, Earl E. Spencer, Jr.; six
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services were held March 22 at the
First Congregational Church in Palm City.
Anne Stahl, 68, of San Antonio, Texas, was
fatally shot in the chest in a shooting rampage
outside her home on March 9, 1989. She spent much
of her youth in Huron, South Dakota where she will
be buried. She was the former secretary to the
Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command, Quarry
Heights, Canal Zone. She retired from the National
Bank of Fort Sam Houston where she served as sec-
retary to the former chairman of the board and
chief executive officer. As a result of the shoot-
ing rampage, Becky Green, her friend and co-worker
in Quarry Heights has put her home up for sale.
Jennie E. Stephens, of Apopka, Florida, died
March 21, 1989. She was the wife of Nubern Z.
Stephens, who went to the Canal Zone in 1941 and
worked with the U.S. Army Caribbean Engineers at
Corozal until 1956 when he was transferred to the
Office, Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army, Washington,
D.C. The Stephens retired and moved to Apopka, FL.
in August 1976.
Jennie was active in various organizations in
Panama and the Canal Zone, including the Inter-
American Women's Club, Fort Amador Women's Club,
and the Balboa Union Church. She was also active
in numerous clubs and churches in Washington, D.C;
Arlington and Falls Church, Virginia; and in Apop-
She is survived by her husband, Nubern; a
daughter, Jennye Alyce Davidson, of Columbus, GA;
grandson, Stephen Johnson of Falls Church, VA.; a
brother, Don Cometti, and sister, Teresa Cometti,
both of Coalgate, Oklahoma.
Dorothy P. Stroop, 85, of San Jose, California,
died January 26, 1989. Born in San Francisco, she
married R.B.H. Stroop, Jr. in the Canal Zone and
was a resident there from 1929 to 1951. Her daugh-
ter, Carolyn preceded her in death in 1981.
She is survived by her husband, Hayes Stroop
and her son, Warren Stroop and six grandchildren.
Judith (Ferri) Sutherland, 64, died January 4,
1989 in Fort Ord, California of cancer. A native
of New Orleans, LA., she attended Cristobal High
School, and before her enforced retirement due to
her illness, was a Real Estate Appraiser for HUD.
She is survived by a son, three daughters and
Arthur Eldon Sutton, 65, died at his home in
Greenville, Illinois, on January 1, 1989 of an
apparent heart attack. He came to the Canal Zone
in 1950 and joined the Police force, serving en-
tirely on the Atlantic side. While working in the
Gatun Lake patrol, he became interested in col-
lecting native orchids and built up quite a col-
lection. He was instrumental in the distribution
of Christmas gifts to the lake-dwellers. He was a
member of BPOE #1542 and the Cristobal Gun Club
where he was an avid trap and skeet shooter. He
served in the South Pacific with the First Marines
during World War II.
He is survived by a sister and two brothers as
well as several nieces and nephews.
Hanpton F. Tedder, 73, died at Newport, CA. on
November 12, 1988. He was born in Tallahassee, FL.
and lived in Pedro Miguel. He was employed by the
Electrical Division and after retirement set up
his own business in electric supplies in Califor-
He is survived by sons, David, Hampton Jr., and
Mathew Tedder; a sister, Birdie Cerbone, and five
Linnie B. Turner, 86, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
died March 19, 1989. She was born in Mississippi
and left the Canal Zone in 1955 where she was a
registered nurse in an operating room. She was the
widow of Macon A. Turner, retired Captain, Canal
Zone Police and past-president of the Panama Canal
Society from 1958 to 1960. Locally, Mrs. Turner
was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the
Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Gertrude
Turner, South Hadley, Mass.; and three grandchild-
Travis J. Wallace, 80, of Dothan, Alabama, died
April 14, 1989, in the Montgomery Rehabilitation
Center after an extended illness. A Texas native,
he moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1960 where he
was employed with Ulhorn Construction Co. and then
for the U.S. Navy from 1964 until his retirement
in 1979. He was a life member of Sanbenito Elks
Club #1661, Sanbenito, TX., and was a member of
St. Columba Catholic Church and the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine B. Wal-
lace, Dothan; two daughters, Judith Weber, Detroit
Michigan and Gloria Maisano, New Orleans, LA.; a
brother, Clyde Wallace, Harlinggen, TX.; eight
grandchildren, a great-grandchild, a niece and a
Mary L. Wheeler, 64, of Stuart, Florida, died
April 3, 1989 in Martin Memorial Hospital. She was
a native of Bigelow, MO., and prior to retirement,
was a court reporter in the U.S. District Court in
the Canal Zone for Judge Crowe. She had 30 years
of service. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society for 10 years.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law,
Christopher and Marty Wheeler of Jacksonville, and
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Letters to the Editor
TO DE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY FOR
HOLE PEOPLE RETIRED FROM DE ZONE
Dere Mr. Heditor:
Last week gone I went to a dentist to extract
a toot dat was giving me a pain in me head.
De doctor came in an' after he make an hexam-
inashun he tole me dat de toot don't have to hex-
tract but he had to do some class of canal busi-
ness an' I was to come back next week. I went to
me housee an' when I went back again de doctor came
in looking like a teef. He had on a face mask an'
two gloves wid only his high-balls peeping out.
When I saw him I did catch fright because never
in me whole rass life did I see a dentist dress-up
in dese class of things. De nurse did explain to
me dat he put on dis business because he did
fright he may catch haids. I did hask 'er what
name so? She did tell me it was a sickness dat did
start in Africa but did transport to dis country
illegally by a gang of men skeet. I said, Oh yes,
I did see dose skeet in Colon City wid man dress-
up like woman down by de Cash Street side. She
did explain dat dese skeets dem pass around dis
sickness. I tole 'er to tell de dentist he doan
have to frighten from me because I never in me
rass life had associashun wid no class of skeet.
She came back an' tole me dis sickness is out of
control an' lickin' down all class of people dem
an' it could kill your rass ded. She said dat de
General Surgeon Kernal Koop made a big hinvestiga-
shun an' came on de telly vision chube to inform
de people dem dat haids is contageous no rass an'
dangerous too an' you could have it in your system
from anyone you slept wid 10 years gone.
Dis t'ing has got me mind all box-up. How de
rass I can remember who I slept wid 10 years gone
when I can't even remember who I played golf wid
I don't know if I should make out me last will
and testimony or not an' me doctor tole me not to
fret but I am in a state of fright.
I t'ink you should warn all de people dem be-
fore it's too late so dey can purge out dere sys-
tem an' take a purge yo'self.
Frances Dykes with Cory Estes Leitzes
YULETIDE ENGLAND TRIP
It was wonderful to be with my oldest grand-
child, Cary Estes Leitzes, (15 years old) during
the Yuletide 1989 on a trip to England. A great
experience to see London and the countryside of
Sussex through the eyes of a 15 year old on her
first visit to England.
Cary Estes is the daughter of Betsy Dykes who
went through school (1-12 grades) in the Zone.
She lives on Mountain Road, Irvington-on-Hudson,
New York with her husband, Gerald, and their two
(Mrs. James M. Dykes)
Chapel Hill, NC
Roy Hall and Louis Seldon
Roy Hall (B.H.S. '63) and Louis ("Sparkie")
Seldon (CZ Schools '50-'60, Panama City, Florida)
discuss who the "World's Greatest Aviator" really
is at Lantana Airport (Palm Beach County Airpark)
on January 1st during the annual Bar-B-Q and open
house. The airplane is Roy's PT-17 Stearman WWII
trainer which is based at Lantana Airport where
Roy is a Freelance pilot and aircraft mechanic;
Lou is an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector at Ft.
Lauderdale International Airport.
Coral Springs, Florida
5,000+ MILES LATER...
With record breaking temperatures in Alaska, I
knew it was time for this tropical kid to head
south. So, I packed up my Bronco, stored my mem-
ories at Mom and Dad's, kissed my family and
friends, said a tearful goodbye to Alaska, and
headed for the Florida warmth of friends and
sunshine. With 5,000 some odd miles before us,
it would be 4 days to the Florida border. It
was a very tired traveler who would spend a week
enjoying the kindness and hospitality of Robbie
Carey. Got a chance to see Jon, Deb, Sonja, J
and Mrs. Dedeaux, Ralph Barraza, Randy and Denise
Williams. Betty Kay (Le Doux) Frassrand would
finish the trip with me, as my final destination
was to her home (where I am currently living).
During my drive down, I would fall in love
with Canada, (except the Canadian Rockies), and
its people. Montana and Colorado would impress
me with their beauty, Kansas and Wyoming would
seem endless, and the last leg, we pulled six
states. So I knew this wouldn't be a weekend
trip to Florida.
Since being in Florida, I've spent time with
Drake and Colette Carlisle, Donald and Sharon
Three Car los M. Badiolas
THE THREE CARLOS M. BADIOLAS
Pictured are three Carlos M. Badiolas, taken at
"Fort Wilderness," Disney World, Florida in Jan-
Left to right is Carlos M.; Internal Medicine
at Hartford, Conn. Graduated from the University
of South Florida, College of Medicine. (Center)
Carlos M.; Retired from the Panama Canal in 1973.
(Right) Carlos M.; Emergency and Internal Medicine
at Orlando, Florida.
The young Carlos M. is my grandson, and the
older is my son, and an ex-MD from Gorgas Hos-
Now you have something different from Panama
instead of politics.
Thanks in advance for publishing this photo in
our Canal Record.
Carlos M. Badiola
Panama, Rep. of Panama
Love, Shirley, Jerry, Mike, Brian, Steve, Carmel,
Steve, Jr., and Jennifer Boswell, Pete and Marj
Foster. All having been extremely welcoming and
kind. I've been enjoying the Florida weather,
and the comfort of lifelong friends while seeing
the tourist traps here (even running into Ted
Kaufer at Busch Gardens). Currently, I'm plan-
ning my next road trip, as work is still a four
letter word, settling down, at best, is question-
able, I suppose though I'll make my new home in
My brother Marc has also bailed out of Alaska,
and is living in Boston. Scott, Mom and Dad are
still in Alaska. All are well, and all of the
Parker family plan on attending the reunion this
For now, my address is P.O. Box 1303, Dade
City, FL 33525, drop a line or call (904) 567-
1218. See you in June.
I/M *' s l
FROM THE ARNDTS IN OHIO
I recently returned from Waukesha, WI., where
I visited my sons, Dr. James Arndt, Rolf Arndt,
Rolf's wife Crystal and met Jim's fiance Martha
Dr. Arndt received his Ph.D. in Psychology from
Forrest Institute, Des Plaines, IL. in October
1988. He is currently an adolescent psychologist
at the Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, WI.
He met his fiance while doing his internship at
Barclay Hospital in Chicago where she is the head
nurse of the adolescent psychology unit. They are
to be married June 23, 1989 in Chicago.
that can offer help, suggestions and addresses of
Enclosed is a copy of
a medal I was awarded in
the 25th Anniversary Day
Parade. I was dressed as
Betsy Ross with a flag on
my lap in a decorated
wagon pulled by George
Bull (Yalaha, FL.) and
George Hatchett (Incline
Village, NV) dressed in
military uniforms of the
period. We represented
Pedro Miguel in the par-
ade which was held on the
Prado in Balboa.
Joan (Powell) Arndt
Martha Layman, Dr. James Arndt, Joan
(Powell) Arndt, Rolf Arndt, Crystal
Rolf and Crystal Arndt were transferred Decem-
ber 1988 from Mt. Vernon, IL., to the Iron Range
in Minnesota. They are currently living in Chis-
holm, MN., and will be building a home in Hibbing,
MN. in the near future. Rolf is a mining engineer
for Nalco Chemical Co. of Naperville, IL., and was
recently awarded "Salesman of the Year" for the
mining group. They are expecting their first child
in May and I plan to be there for the birth of my
Daughter Diana Arndt Olms spent the Easter week
end with us. She is the executive assistant to the
Chief of Pediatrics at Akron Children's Hospital.
She is going on a Caribbean cruise in early June
so won't be coming to the reunion with me this
year. She has gone to three reunions with me and
her comment after the first was, "Mom, why did you
leave the Canal Zone? Those are the greatest
people I've ever met!"
Myrna (Boynton) Erickson, BHS'52, her husband
Harold, daughter Jennifer and son Andrew visited
last weekend. We all went to Detroit to see the
Henry Ford Museum. Hal works for GE and is tempo-
rarily working in the Cleveland area and I visited
them in February. They are returning to San Jos4,
CA., the end of May. It's such a treat to get
together with friends from the Zone.
I'm in the beginning stages of organizing a
40th class reunion of BHS Class of 1950 in Orlando
in 1990. I'd like help from any fellow classmates
Panama Caity, Florida, December 20, 1988
L-R: Adrien M. Bouchd, Sr., Adrien M.
Bouchj, Jr., H.P. Butcher, Sr.
THE ROWELLS HEARD FROM
The Rowells; Jack, Zoe, Mark and John, III, are
headquartered at 13 Camelot Farms, Radford, Vir-
ginia 24141. Jack, an employee of T & T Bureau
before treaty, TOF to DA and DOD retired in 1984
has been working for the commonwealth of Virginia
as a Regional Coordinator for the Dept. of Emer-
gency Services. Zoe, who taught Math and Science
at Cristobal High School is a math teacher at
Pulaski County High School herein in Southwest
Virginia. John, III, is an Air Force Sgt. sta-
tioned in Germany due to return to the States in
January, 1990. Mark is a third year student at
the University of Virginia.
We would like to correspond, visit with or hear
from any of our friends on or off the Isthmus.
TREE BURNING IN GEORGIA
On Saturday, January 7, 1989 in Stone Mountain,
Georgia, at the home of Mariella and Mike McNally,
a Curundu-style Christmas tree bonfire was held.
Roasted hot dogs amd toasted marshmellows (to
make those delicious "some mores") reminded us all
of our years in the Zone. An additional buffet of
chili, baked beans, chips and condiments rounded
out the meal.
Front, L-R: Mary Leach, Eddie Wirtz,
Bill Arnold. 2nd row: Maryanne and Frank
Baldwin, Janis and Ray Burda, Marietta
McNally, Woody DeJernette, Joe Lastinger
Pat and Janet Bartlett.
Besides the McNallys, neighbors and friends,
the following Zonians were also present: Maryann
and Frank Baldwin, Janis and Ray Burda, Janet and
Pat Bartlett, Mary and Bill Leach, Rosemary Sturn-
iolo, Bill Arnold, Lester Smith and Pat McCarri-
gher. Out-of-state guests included Woody Dejernet-
te, Joe Lsstinger and Eddie Wirtz.
Woody arrived from Chatanooga with his Christ-
mas tree in tow and upon arrival, tied his tree to
a bicycle and dragged it up the driveway remin-
iscent of how they were collected in the Zone.
A wonderful and nostalgic time was had by all
Mary Scigliani Leach
STEPHEN GOOD WRITES FROM KOREA
I enjoy the many hours of reading pleasure that
I get from going from page to page on every issue
of the Canal Record.
How's the project coming along with the 75th
Anniversary Issue? I know I haven't been much
help in contributing in its making, but I have all
the confidence in the world that the Panama Canal
Society and its members will make it happen.
If I didn't inform you earlier, I am currently
on a remote tour of Korea and plan to be back in
the States by May 19, 1989.
Are you willing to share what you experienced
moving from the Canal area to the U.S.? Judy Baerg
is publishing a "Retirement/Relocation Clearing-
house" newsletter for Canal area residents.
She has gathered information from over 200
Chambers of Comrnerce in the U.S., and each month
describes several places and includes hints on
She would like to receive information from
those who have already made the move, with success
stories as well as reports of problems encountered
and how to avoid them. Her March newsletter in-
cluded an article from Vic Canel, who retired from
the Panama Canal Information Office in 1981, des-.
cribing retirement in France.
If you are willing to contribute, please con-
tact Judy at P.O. Box 37301 PAC 0636, Washington
D.C. 20013. If you have something to share, but
would prefer your name not be used, she will res-
pect your wishes.
If you want to subscribe to the newsletter,
send $6.00 for a six-month subscription to Judy at
the address above.
Betty Frassrand with popular Country
singer, Charlie Daniels.
BETTY (LEDOUX) FRASSRAND MAKES
PRESENTATION TO CHARLIE DANIELS
Betty (LeDoux) Frassrand attended a campaign
fundraiser for U.S. Senator Connie Mack recently
which featured the entertainment of Charlie Dani-
els and the Charlie Daniels Band. Following the
pprform-nce, Betty was honored to present a P(J-
MIA flag to Charlie Daniels along with Walter B.
O'Reilly of the National Forget-Me-Not Assoc. for
This presentation was made by Betty and Walter
as a token of appreciation for all the work Char-
lie Daniels has done to enhance the POW-MIA aware-
THE FINKS NOW IN GEORGIA
Early last month, my husband, Joe, and I fi-
nally found a permanent address so we would like
to get in on your books: Joe and Sara Fink, P.O.
Box 22, Cornelia, Georgia 30531.
We are up in the mountains in Northern Georgia
on 3 acres of hills and trees where we can hear
a pin drop if we want to quite a respite from
our condominium near SU PIZZA in El Dorado, Pana-
ma. We love the change but still can't get use
Joe's retirement and our departure from Panama
happened so fast that this new life is not really
real yet. Last week he asked me if I felt like
I had a grand piano in the kitchen yet.
The deal with the sale of our condo fell
through the week before we left Panama. We were
very much down in the mouth when we left on 15 No-
vember but by the 1st of the year we had leased
the penthouse to the new Dean of Pan Canal Col-
lege, Joe Shields, and his wife.
At this moment, my Joe is out in the Far Paci-
fic visiting spots we love such as taipei and Cebu
and Zamboanga in the Philippines. First time we
haven't traveled together in 18 years. Sure I'm
jealous but he had to take care of the business
of filling in the holes in our shell collection
so we can get started selling in Malls and arts
and crafts fairs.
We've got a house that covers 3,800 sq. ft. so
I had to stay behind to take care of our cats and
get the Fink's Arts and Crafts Museum in order.
I've got two carpenters working full time now.
We're very excited about getting our new shell
venture under way. We don't want the obligation
of a shop but there are all kinds of shows to keep
us busy on weekends all year long. We already know
that people are very interested in our shells,
cocobolo carvings, molas and framed shells. I've
got all kinds of invitations to speak to group af-
ter group on molas and shells.
THE JOYS OF AGING
I have become quite a frivolous old gal. I'm
seeing five gentlemen every day. As soon as I
awake, Will Power helps me out of bed. When he
leaves, I go see John. Then Charley Horse comes
along and when he is here, he takes a lot of my
attention. When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up
and stays the rest of the day. He doesn't like
to stay in one place very long so he takes me from
joint to joint. After such a busy day, I'm
really tired and ready to go to bed with Ben Gay.
What a day!
On a recent trip to Houston, Jake
Connerton (14 months), son of John and
Bliss (Morris) Connerton flew with the
Dallas Mavericks. Pictured here with
Rolando Blackman, formerly of Panama.
Charlie Salyer, John White, former P.R.R
engineers, and Eddie Dollar, formerly of
the Dredging Division at gamboa. Welaka,
Florida, January 1989.
We finally got settled in and I'm catching up
on correspondence that was set aside because of
a trip to Panama to visit with my dad, Father Bill
Baldwin; and then the winter depression caused by
moving from Hawaii to the DC area.
For many different reasons after Greg retired
from the Navy, we packed up most of our belongings
and left Hawaii for a Mainland Adventure/Vacation.
We're smack dab in the middle of this crowded city
and enjoying most of it except that Winter is way
too cold after seven years on the beach. We are
looking on this time in the Nation's Capitol as
a chance to renew old friendships and ties with
relatives, explore, experience, and enrich our
lives; bus just as soon as these last two of our
seven young'uns are closer to self supporting and
we got some bucks in the bank, back we go to
Hawaii to really enjoy Greg's retired life.
Vicki Lynne Baldwin Fischer
P.O. Box 15272
Arlington, Virginia 22215
COSTA RICA SPEAKS
Greetings from Costa Rica. I'm sorry that it
took me so long to get this. I do look forward
to receiving the magazine and reading about every-
Our family is fine. Alex, our 18 year old just
graduated this past June and is headed for the
Marine Corps. He goes to Parris Island, N.C., in
May. In the meantime, he has been helping his dad
fix things around the house. Jobs are almost im-
possible for young Americans here. He did get a
part time temporary one at the U.S. Consulate, but
that was only for three weeks. With all of the
cutbacks, even that type of a job is no longer
Monica, our 16 year old, is a junior at Costa
Rica Academy and doing very well. She keeps busy
with her horse, Stranger, and is preparing for an
International Jumping Competition here in April.
Clarence is involved in helping the school
Monica attends with a new supply store he set up
there. It's a lot of fun and the kids are great.
I'm still working at the U.S. Embassy and love
Anyone who comes here, we would love to see,
please give us a call.
Joan Coffey Rienks
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Where Are You?
The Secretary/Treasurer of the Society would
like to know the new addresses of the following
Burns, Laura L.
Please send correct addresses to the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Box 1508 Palm Harbor, FL 34682
THE CANAL -
This is the diary of Dr. Thomas Flint, brother
of Benjamin Flint and cousin of Llewellyn Bixby,
who, as the Flint-Bixby Co., in conjunction with
Col. W.W. Hollister, purchased the Rancho San
Justo and promoted settlement of what is now San
Benito County. Thomas Flint's record of going to
California, returning to Maine and going to Calif-
ornia again was written between 1851 and 1855 and
appeared in the Evening Free Lance in 1927.
Trip Through Panama 1851
NEW YORK TO CALIFORNIA
May 21st, 1851:
Left my childhood home for California in com-
pany with cousins Llewellyn and Amasa Bixby of
Arrived in New York by rail from Boston evening
of 22nd, stopping at the Judson Hotel.
May 28th, 1851:
Sailed from New York on steamship Cresent City
Capt. Taney for Chagres. Found on ship 45 other
passengers from the state of Maine.
Llewellyn Bixby was the third son of Amasa Bix-
by and Fanny Weston Bixby, and was born in Norrig-
TO ITS OPENING
ewock, Maine on October 4, 1825. He died in Los
Angeles, California on December 5, 1896. He was
first cousin of Thomas and Benjamin Flint, and all
three were grandchildren of Benjamin Weston and
Anna Powers Weston of Madison, Maine.
Had all the conveniences of a crowded ship with
the resulting growling, rowing, and occasional
personal combat between the crew and passengers.
We spent most of the time night and day on the
deck, the fresh air being less conducive to sea
sickness than the close contaminated atmosphere
June 6, 1851:
Arrived at the Bay of Chagres, mouth of the
Chagres River. Was taken off steamship in small
boats handled by natives of the small village of
thatched huts of the native population and board
shanties of the adventurous white skinned race.
We passed on the left going in the old Spanish
Fort, an insignificant defense when compared with
later built fortifications.
Left Chagres at 2 o'clock. Started up river on
a small stern wheel steamboat owned and commanded
by Capt. Jewett, a Maine man from the City of Ban-
gor. Night coming on the boat was made fast to a
stump called "Dos Hermanos" a landing point near
the line of the Panama Railroad where men were
working in the swamp bordering the river.
-3- ; .
Running the lines.
Found a man from Indiana there keeping what was
called the US Hotel who was quite sick with an
attack of cholera morbus. Stayed with him some
four hours, gave him some medicine much to his re-
lief. Charged him $15.00 and returned to the decks
of the steamboat to camp down for the night.
Room on the decks was scarcely obtainable,
having been all preempted before my return, by
crowding, some of my friends managed to get a re-
cumbent position and so passed the night.
Learned that a man from South Boston had fallen
overboard and not seen again after striking the
turbid river waters made so by recent heavy rains.
June 7, 1851:
Early in the morning our boat was started up
river again for its destination Gorgona but at
noon Capt. Jewett landed and ordered all the pas-
sengers into small native boats to be taken
through in them.
As the steamer was much more comfortable and
the scenery could be much better enjoyed from it
we naturally were much opposed to the change and
harsh language was used by both sides.
Matters looked a little warlike when Gen.
Hitchcock took a hand so effectually as to con-
vince Capt. Jewett that he had better carry out
his agreement with the passengers and all was ser-
Gen. H. was on his way to California to take
command of the Pacific Division of the U.S. Army.
Capt. Jewett wished to get his passengers off the
boat so he could return to Chagres for another lot
of passengers expected next day by steamship Ori-
Arrived at Gorgona that evening. Most of the
passengers going ashore by permission of Capt.
Jewett, we spread our blankets again on the deck
of his boat for the night.
The heavy tropical vegetation upon the river
banks was a novelty to those of us who for the
first time had an opportunity of observe it. The
naked native children and lightly clad elderly
ones filled in an occasional picture.
June 8, 1851:
Breakfasted at an American Hotel of which there
were three at that time in Gorgona after which we
took passage in a boat which was propelled by six
natives with long poles twelve passengers to a
The natives were strong, muscular fellows, per-
fectly made whenever they got heating in working
through rapids, they would dash themselves with
water using large gourds. In places they had to
get into the water and push the boat against the
Arrived at Cruces at noon. Dined at Dinsmore -
hired our baggage packed on mules for Panama and
started on foot to cross the dividing ridge be-
tween Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Arrived at Frenches Halfway House about dark.
Were fortunate in finding cots and a pair of blan-
kets each for the night. Was disturbed in our
slumbers by those of our fellow travelers who
waited to obtain mules for the ride across, about
11 o'clock, and there were not cots or blankets
June 9, 1851:
Started early in the morning tramping along
leisurely bathing now and then in the pure mount-
ain pools and arrived a little after dark in Pana-
ma. Knowing we would have to wait several days for
the steamship Northerner for which we had tick-
ets, we engaged board in the Western Hotel kept by
a man named Allen from Lowell, Mass., at $10 per
City of Panama.
Panama at this time was quite free from sick-
ness and we spent the time very pleasantly in and
around the old walled city.
June 15, 1851:
Went on board steamship Northerner, Capt. Rand-
all, and sailed for San Francisco next day (16th).
We found ourselves on another ship crowded to its
utmost limits and the food question, all an ab-
I luckily found an opportunity to make the ac-
quaintance of the baker which I improved to the
extent of getting a pie now and then and some hot
rolls with butter occasionally.
We were deck passengers and slept under an aw-
ning over the quarter deck in Standee berths, when
we could get them, some large stuffed chairs laid
down made me a pretty good substitute for pillow
and I got accustomed to sleeping on the deck floor
so would not trouble myself to hunt for anything
softer even after arriving in California.
We soon found ourselves infested with vermin
and later observed that all passengers were ad-
dicted to rubbing and scratching. There was no es-
cape so we settled down to a daily slaughter of
the rapidly increasing pests.
June 24th, 1951:
We arrived at Acapulco where we remained two
and a half days.
There we enjoyed the fruits and found somewhat
better food at the hotels. Went out into the coun-
try for a day's walk on the banks of the Rio
Grande where we found a great number of women
washing clothes standing in the water and using
the rocks for wash boards.
Returning from our walk as we got into town we
saw a crowd of excited Mexicans rushing through
the streets heard some shots and soon learned
that a returning Californian had been killed, shot
by a posse of city police. The shooting actually
created considerable excitement among the American
or rather Anglo-Americans who at that time num-
bered some 2,500 three passenger steamships
being in port.
Inquiry developed that he was a rough character
from California named Brekenridge and had caused
no little difficulty among the passengers.
The verdict "served him right" for having used
his pistol when the attempt to arrest him was made
by the police shooting a native in the knee and
luckily for the crowd his other three shots did
not strike anyone.
The Northerner having taken in coal and water
for balance of voyage sailed on eve of 26th. Off
the cape of St. Lucas and a cold norther which in-
duced the passengers to gather into all the warm
corners of the ship. The smoke stack was particu-
larly sought for.
CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK
January 1st, 1953
Concluded to carry our gold on our persons
stowed in buckskin jackets made for the purpose.
Sailed in the morning.
Soon found the gold, some $3,500 each, burden-
some. Could not get it any way so it would not
drag and become painful night or day. We there-
fore took possession of a berth, there being
plenty of them and put our jackets between two
mattresses and made ourselves comfortable. One
of us sleeping over our deposit nights and being
on guard during the day.
January 8, 1853
Celebrated the anniversary of the battle of
New Orleans by a sunset gun. In the evening had
sons and address by Col. etc.
January 9, 1853
In Acapulco again. Ben and I went ashore.
Lewell stayed by our deposit. An earthquake had
shaken up things badly since our visit in June,
'51. At 8 o'clock P.M. sailed on our course again
January 13, 1853
Head winds. Ocean very rough. Seasick.
Passengers execrating a sea voyage. Old Neptune
treated with most uncomplimentary language.
January 14, 1853
Sea calmed down. First land seen since cross-
ing the Gulf of Tehunantepec. Passengers become
jovial and joking remarks are in order.
January 15, 1853
Coasting along towards the Bay of Panama during
the day which we entered through a narrow passage
just at dark.
January 16, 1853
Steaming along in Bay of Panama for the city.
Arrived early in the morning. Were advised to
spend but little time in the city.
Before leaving the steamship we packed our gold
in a small chest we had for our blankets and
clothing. It was so large that the weight was not
sufficient to rouse curiosity or suggest its con-
A small valise or satchel having gold in it
would be snatched or stolen if not closely watched
and backed with a revolver.
January 17, 1853
Landed from the anchorage in small boats early
in the morning, contracted with a native muleteer
to pack our chest across to Cruces on the Chagres
We kept the mule with our valuable cargo in
sight most of the time. About sunset arrived at
the halfway station. Near the submit of the di-
vide between the waters of the Pacific and Atlan-
tic we took possession of a vacant hut, built a
fire in the center and started to get supper when
there came in quite a large party of passengers
for California, a number of women and children
from New Orleans they said.
It had been raining, they were drenching wet.
Their mules had acted badly and bucked them off
and they had to wade and wallow through muddy
pools, their skin shoes were poor protection to
their feet. All in all they were in a most abject
and delapidated condition.
The First Shanty
The hut could not accommodate all so we asked
our guide how far it was to another stopping place
where we could get something to eat. He said it
was one league, so we repacked, left our good
fire and started out knowing it would be dark be-
fore we could get through, so it was the longest
one league ever experienced.
Getting to our objective place we tried to
arouse some one but no response but out guide
knew how to get in to the hut, which we entered
but found no provisions of any sort.
We got out our dry clothes and blankets and
prepared to rest as comfortably as possible. There
were several bunks and a scaffolding over one end
so we managed to find places to lie down.
About 11 o'clock the owner of the place came
home and proceeded to prepare his supper of rice
with a little dried meat boiled together but from
the size of the pot it was evident he was not
keeping a restaurant.
About the time the stew was done we slung a
little Spanish lingo at him and so got pretty
familiar with the result that we three got a pint
cup each of the rice and meat which satisfied our
hunger completely but not another fellow got a
As good luck would have it a native came in
with a good sized bag of bakers bread which he
parted with seemingly very reluctantly at a large
profit and the other fellows appetites were
appeased all told there were 14 of us.
January 18, 1853
Arrived at Cruces about 10 o'clock in the mor-
ning and first move was to get something to eat.
Contracted for a chicken and eggs meal, were told
it would be ready in an hour.
In the meantime we engaged a boat to take us
down the Chagres River to Barbacoa to which place
the Panama railroad had been completed.
We were summoned by a bell to our breakfast,
started on coffee, bread and eggs, but not chick-
en. There were five of us. As the contract
called for chicken we made the demand.
Our boatman was anxious to get away of course,
but we did not budge, thinking there might be some
collusion. The chicken was finally produced but
it was so tough we had to give up and paid our 75
and started down the river for the railroad
Found the little river steamboat in which we
came up to same place in '51 used for a restaurant
in which we took our next meal.
Just at time for train to start we had a little
excitement caused by a Virginian who had induced
a negro slave to return to that State with him,
but when the negro found friends with the darkies
at the station that he was going back to unavoid-
able slavery again and could escape by stopping
there where he could not be legally held he
accepted the situation and did not respond when
called by his owner, whereat the owner asked that
the train be held a few minutes.
His friends with much bragadocio swore they
would get him anyhow, so started to get him,
knowing he was up in a garret nearby. They made
a rush for the garret and started to ascend a
rickety stairway when they were told to stop and
looking up saw a lot of big bore Mexican muskets
(Escoptatas) pointing close to their heads.
They naturally did not want him so bad as they
did a few minutes before, and crestfallen came
aboard the train. We who were not in sympathy
enjoyed the outcome.
Many slave owners brought negroes with them to
California to dig gold for them.
Looking out for a sail from the Battery
Reached Aspinwall by rail and found an
independent steamship about to sail for New York
on which we engaged passage in an upper deck cabin
for $25.00 each, making $75.00 from San Francisco
to New York.
Put into Kingston Jamaica for coal. Lewell
stayed by our deposit on the steamship though
it was in a large trunk or chest. Ben and I went
ashore for a few hours.
Story sent by Niza Boynton Greig
Photos by Adrien Bouche
The Mountain Movers
by Terry Stepp
On May 4, 1904, a second lieutenant of the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers met with representatives
of the French government at an old French hotel in
Panama City. He read the documents presented to
him and signed his name. Marke Brooke had accepted
for the United States all the property and equip-
ment of the new Panama Canal Company.
The United States had officially accepted a
challenge which defied men for nearly 400 years,
the construction of a waterway connecting the
Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.
The French spent years trying to do it and suf-
fered a painful defeat. The cost was $260 million
and an untold number of lives lost to disease.
French defeat was a lesson the U.S. would remember
when the new effort to build a canal began.
Malaria plagued the French during their efforts
to build the canal. Imported labor from Italy and
China could not develop any resistance to the
deadly virus carried by the anopheles mosquito. As
a result thousands perished within months after
they arrived in Panama. The local native popula-
tion of Panama was immune to malaria, but as
laborers they were undependable.
Count Ferdinand de Lesseps headed the French
company which began operations on the Isthmus of
Panama in 1881. De Lesseps was fresh from his
success in building the Suez Canal. He was not an
engineer or a financier but a visionary who saw
the Panama Canal as his ultimate triumph.
The plans called for a sea level canal to be
completed in seven years. The French soon realized
a sea level canal would be impossible to build and
changed to a locks system.
De Lesseps' nightmare was just beginning. He
could not raise enough money to finance the dig-
ging and the intolerable work conditions began to
devastate his work force.
Culebra Cut. Steamshovel excavating and
loading French dump cars near Gold Hill,
Culebra Cut, an awesome excavation through a
massive rock structure which marked the backbone
of the Continental Divide, was the death blow to
the French. The French tried to break through from
1887 until 1904 without success. After they gave
up, it took the U.S. nine more years to finish the
job. It was accomplished only by the daring engin-
eering techniques years ahead of their times.
The size of the job can be seen by the fact
that when the Panama Canal was finished, the total
amount of excavation exceeded 200 million cubic
yards of earth, and half of this came from Culebra
The cut attracted more attention during its ex-
cavation than any other part of the canal con-
struction. It became the eighth wonder of the
world and thousands came to see it. Special excur-
sion trains brought people to the site to see men
dig with steamshovels and jackhammers.
Malaria had been licked, but standing in the
way now was a mountain of rock and mud which had
to be hammered away slowly inch by inch.
To do the job a mountain had to be cut in half,
and a cut made deep enough so that when it flooded
it would allow for passage of a ship. Workers be-
gan the tedious job of laying railroad track at
the site. Giant steamshovels mounted on flat cars
moved forward on tracks as they clawed away the
solid wall of earth in front of them.
Slides were a major problem at Culebra,
Burying steam shovels and covering up
200 miles of track in a year. In Feb-
ruary, 1913, three million cubic yards
slid into the cut. The locomotives are
working on the bottom of the canal.
Hand pushed dump cars were used to haul fill
from the site for dumping in the Pacific Ocean.
The dump cars rode on portable track which could
be shifted to keep up with the steamshovels. This
method proved slow, and railroad track was put in
so locomotives could back railroad cars in to be
loaded hundreds at a time.
When blasting became necessary, dynamite had to
be hauled in box by box. The men balanced the box-
es on their heads like natives carrying fruit and
made their way slowly along mud slicked jungle
A shovel operator described what the life of
the laborer was like. "At meal time it was a tin
plate full of good vittles from the company
kitchen with a king sized cup of coffee, but you
stood in line to get it. You just took the big
stairway. But it was something else after 10 hours
work. Those 154 stairs up to the village made a
long hard climb."
Culebra Cut, showing Well or Churn
Drills. November 20, 1911
Jack-hammers and dynamite cut deeper into the
rock, loosening the walls of granite that rose on
either side of the cut. Disaster became an every-
day occurrence as tropical rains flooded the cut
and the equipment in it. Mud slides and shifting
rock caused the ground to move out from underneath
railroad tracks and steamshovels, leaving them
twisted and buried beneath tons of dirt.
Colonel Davis Gaillard, who directed the work
at Culebra, wrote, "The slides are slowing work,
but progress is being made. Never have I felt such
frustration. The removal of one slide will cause
another to occur."
Culebra Cut. Steamshovel 226 at work on
last cut on bottom of canal on September
5, 1913. Last cut was completed Septem-
The canal was opened on August 15, 1914. War
had broken out in Europe a few days earlier so
there was very little ceremony. Water flowed
through Culebra Cut and filled the locks. A lone
ship, the S.S. Ancon made an uneventful transit.
Culebra Cut was the narrowest channel of the
Canal. During the first fifty years of canal oper-
ation, only one ship at a time could pass through
the narrow cut. In 1960 it was widened so it could
accommodate two ships.
Rock slides are still a problem. A big slide
will often block canal traffic for days until it
is cleared away.
Today the Cut doesn't look as forbidding as it
did during construction days. The hills are over-
grown with jungle, and machinery no longer needed
lies rusting in abandoned ghost towns.
Ships slip through the cut in a matter of min-
utes paying little heed to the rock walls that
rise up around them. It took 29 years to dig
through Culebra Cut so a ship could pass through
in five minutes.
Culebra Cut has a place in history. There are
no more special excursion trains taking tourists
to see it, but there is a simple plaque at its
base reminding those that pass by of the epic
struggle a group of men undertook to connect two
The Miami Herald SUNDAY MAGAZINE
August 6, 1967
Calendar of events
for the Panama Canal's
January I Beginning of anniversary year.
Display of 75th anniversary logo on Canal facilities begins.
February 24 Invitational golf tournament.
y 25 and 26 Men's softball tournament.
7 through 19 Explorer Cayuco Race.
March 18 Open air band concert, Goethals Memorial.
April I and 2 Bowling tournament, Curundu Lanes.
7 through 19 Distribution of commemorative publication to employees.
8 through 21 PCC exhibit and showing of anniversary film at Expoship
ril 29 and 30 Coed volleyball tournament.
4 through 26 Divisional soccer tournament.
July I Administrator will be guest speaker at annual reunion of the
Panama Canal Society.
t 5 through 7 Men's volleyball tournament.
3 through 19 Anniversary entertainment pageant at Balboa High School
Auditorium, 8 o'clock nightly.
August 15 Anniversary of first official transit.
Ceremony and unveiling of anniversary painting.
Presentation of commemorative medal and certificate to all
Presentation of plaque to transiting ships.
September 21 Adult swim meet.
October I Commission's 10th anniversary.
tober 5 and 6 Visit by group of former Panama Canal employees on
October 19 Special anniversary run open to men and women.
8 through 20 Divisional basketball competition.
6 through 18 Racquetball tournament.
Honoring the past by building the future
EXTRACTS OF TRUE STORIES OF LIFE
AND WORK ON THE ISTHMUS OF PANAMA
SPONSORED BY THE
ISTHMIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
In 1963, as the 50th anniversary of
the opening of the Panama Canal drew
near, the Isthmian Historical Society
decided to make a collection of stories
of personal experiences of non-United
States citizens during Construction Days
by means of a contest. This contest was
published on the Isthmus and in news-
papers in the Caribbean area. Prizes
were awarded in December, 1963.
Most of the 112 contest entries were
handwritten. I have tried to reproduce
the entries exactly as they were written
but in some cases the handwriting was
difficult to decipher and it is possible
that there are errors.
The original entries are in the cus-
tody of the Canal Zone Library-Museum.
Typewritten copies of the entries were
given to that library and the Institute
of Jamaica at Kingston, Jamaica.
Ruth C. Stuhl
From Harrigan Austin, Chorillo, R.P.:
My first experience, landing in Colon, on the
9th of October, 1905, from the Royal Mail Steam-
ship "Orinoco" having had a hazardous trip, of 13
days of bad weather, poor accommodation in general
with sparing meals on a crowded ship, we were all
more or less hungry. We saw after landing on the
dock, a pile of bags of brown sugar. And the whole
crowd of us like ants fed ourselves on that sugar
without questioning anyone, and no one said any
thing to us either.
Soon we were all loaded up in freight cars and
hurried off, and distributed at various stations.
My lot happened to be at Las Cascadas. It was Sun-
day, we were led to open camps and given a cot
each, and assigned to a place to stay. Then we
were gathered together, and marched to the mess
hall, and given our first meal, and told when we
should be there for meals and be ready for work
the next morning. I had a box of carpenter's tools
and was assigned to work at Bas Obispo, the next
station to Colon. There the carpenters was to work
repairing quarters, take the midday meal there,
and on evenings return to the labor train to Las
Cascadas to eat and sleep.
Our forman was a white man, he appointed one of
the most experienced men to be sub-foreman as
really the only thing he knew what to do was to
watch us but really very little about handling or
directing a carpenters gang. It rained excessively
in those days and we were often forced to work in
the rain, in order to show up for a days work; the
bad thing about it we had to get our own tools and
do skill labor for the same 100 per hour at 8 hour
per day, which was only 800 per day. While the un-
skilled laborers was given their tools, picks,
shovels, machets, etc.; and received equal pay as
us, and at some times whan it rained and we were
not working while it rained our time was cut. Most
of the time the food prepared at the Mess Kitchen
was poorly cooked; sometimes could scarcely be
used. Most of us was forced to find other ways to
feed ourselves. Clothing was also a problem they
were no laundries or women who could do our wash-
ing for us we had to do it ourselves the best we
could. ...Some others who couldn't do their own
washing for themselves wore their clothes as long
as they could, then threw them away and put on new
ones, and kept repeating that way...
Scene aboard "SS Ancon" on September 2,
1909, as it arrived in Cristobal with
1,500 Barbados laborers.
As I have already said, there were few women
here in the early construction period. And were
many men who didn't seem as though they could get
along without the opposite sex, hence the absence
of women seemed to have been disadvantageous for
many, and caused some difficulties. For this the
government brought many French women from Martin-
ique and those who wanted went to those in author-
ity and took themselves wives and became respon-
sible for them hence some of those conditions be-
came better on another hand Many accidents
were caused on the job because they were not so
many precautions and safety measures then as we
have today. Some of those in authority were un-
trained for their positions, causing many accident
although they were doing the best they knew note
also skilled workers in construction days did not
have the privilege as today. We had to prepare all
out material for jobs from our own brain and man-
ual labor we had no machinery to prepare our
working materials we had to take the rough lumber
or metals cut them up to dementions, and make
what we wanted for small wages at that...
...In the beginning of the construction period,
the Isthmus of Panama from Colon to Panama was al-
together or practically nothing to compare with
what is was at the close. ...Things had changed
for the better... We had better doctors good san-
itation, better prepared food, laundries and more
justice in the courts, and better respect in gen-
eral from our superiors. Christian workers were
doing Church work along the various sections. And
the Isthmus of Panama became a place to be de-
sired. But few of the natives of Panama were in-
terested to work in the canal in those days the
few who ever did were unreliable. Most of them, as
soon as they got their first pay, they'd go drink-
ing and may show up some future time. The men who
stuck to the job, as with a purpose were the West
Indians as it was with the French. But thank God,
the Canal has been finished and has become a bles-
sing to the world at large. A great accomplishment
- the work of a Great Nation May God Bless
(This series of stories will continue as space
CANAL-DIGGERS WIVES WERE
PIONEERS OF TROPICAL BRAND OF
Housekeeping during the construction days of
the Panama Canal was almost as much of adventure
in pioneering as the excavation of the big ditch
or the construction of the locks or the dam.
In the very early days, from 1905 through 1909,
the housing problem was acute. F-ployees were
asked not to bring their wives or families with
them when reporting for work, and in some cases
a year or more elapsed before children saw their
fathers, or wives their husbands. Those few in-
trepid souls who did come down with their men,
lived in box cars two being assigned to a large
family in some cases while others made shift
with some of the old French quarters which were
dilapidated and badly in need of repairs.
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A typical household during
As the construction of American quarters pro-
gressed, tropical problems arose and some of the
early houses were not particularly adapted for use
here. One Old Timer recollects that his first
family quarters were built without sufficient
overhang to protect against the driving tropical
rains. The dining room of this particular house
was on the back porch, and many days the family
sat at table sheltered by umbrellas while they ate
Early settlers in Gorgona even found the bath-
room situation a problem. No tubs or showers or
other bathing facilities had been installed in the
houses although there was running water, and for
several months a community bathhouse served for
Almost all of the houses were built on stilts
off the ground, but the supporting pillars were
not creosoted and ants, roaches and spiders swarm-
ed through the quarters. At certain times of the
year, the large black ants migrated, evidently
from one nest to another, and on these occasions
floors of the infested quarters were black with
the swarms of marching insects.
During construction days and until 1915 Canal
employees paid no rent, water, care of grounds,
electricity or fuel for the cook stoves. Their
only expenses were for food and the ice with which
to refrigerate it. Distilled water was delivered
to each house daily by donkey cart in the very
early days, and later by truck. At first each
householder had to provide his own container for
water but later it came in five gallon glass jars
daily. Although each house was equipped with
running water, the water was not filtered and was
unsafe to drink. In case of parties or an ex-
cessive drain on the drinking water supply, neigh-
boring families borrowed water much in the same
manner as ice cubes are swapped back and forth
EARLY COMMYS CRUDE
The early commissaries were not the up-to-date
department stores which modern day employees are
accustomed to complain so bitterly about. Ready
made clothing was not sold in the commissaries un-
til about 1914, although yard goods for both men
and women's apparel was available. In the very
early days, about 1907, the dry goods section at
the Empire cormissary carried the following items:
needles and pins, black and white thread and un-
bleached muslin by the yard.
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The construction day employees had considerable
difficulty accustoming themselves to the native
fruits and vegetables, and consequently the commi-
ssaries carried very few of them. In 1908 and for
a few years afterward fresh refrigerated vege-
tables were shipped in from the States twice
weekly and women stood in the conmissary lines for
hours to buy them.
What native vegetables were used were procurred
from pedlars as the present system of Chinese gar-
dens had not been developed. An orange grove of
about 25 trees behind Empire toward the Mandinga
River supplied oranges for any employee who wanted
to take a sack and go to collect them.
Each of the construction towns in the central
division supported a commissary although there was
none in Ancon until almost 1913. Ancon residents
ordered their meats and ice directly from Cristo-
bal on weekly orders. For instance, Mrs. Smith
would place a weekly order specifying lamb for
Monday, liver for Tuesday, pork chops for Wednes-
day and so on. The meat and an order of ice, plus
what groceries she had also ordered were then de-
livered daily. All of the ice came from Cristo-
bal, and if there were a washout along the line
or the train were delayed the people in the Cen-
tral Division and in the Pacific end were somewhat
PROBLEM OF MILK
Fresh milk was always a problem and in the
earliest days was practically unavailable. A 1913
commissary list shows certified milk as selling
at 20 a bottle size not specified with 5 cents
returnable on the container. As late as 1923 milk
was scarce and could be obtained from the commi-
ssary only on the presentation of doctors' certi-
ficates. These certificates were divided into
three classes. Class I which included babies un-
der a year of age and nursing mothers always got
milk. Class II, which was for babies up to three
and convalescents, received milk if there was a
surplus after Class I was supplied. Class III,
which was for older children and chronic invalids,
was taken care of after the first two groups had
been cared for.
Ice cream was made of canned milk and was
pretty awful. For several years an ice cream par-
lor operating on the point across from Antonio's
which specialized in ice cream made of goats' milk
did a land office business. Most of the Americans
on the Zone infinitely preferred this rather than
strong flavored sweet to the flavor of canned milk
Ice delivery wagon, Cold Storage Plant,
1910. In 1906 mail wagons sometimes had
to double as ambulances.
During construction days commissary books were
not the familiar pink or white books now issued
to Canal employees, with their contents divided
into perforated penny sections with each five
cents marked off with a blue line.
Each of the old time books carried a number
coupons having values of five, ten, fifteen,
twenty-five and fifty cents. There is consider-
able disagreement among old timers as to whether
the books had any penny sections at all, but the
fact remains that some amusing mixups arose. If
a commissary customer's purchase amounted to
twelve cents, the clerk accepted ten cents in cou-
pons from the book and two penny boxes of matches.
If the purchases amounted to thirteen cents, fif-
teen cents worth of coupons were taken from the
book and the customer was given two penny boxes
Hard liquor was sold in the commissaries for
some time, although beer and ale were not avail-
able. The sale of liquor was discontinued about
Bachelors lived in Commission quarters and took
their meals at the I.C.C. hotels along the line.
Books of meal tickets were issued to employees
just as commissary books were sold. Each meal
cost 30 cents, and the amount of food was un-
limited. A thirty cent meal entitled the pur-
chaser to as much as he could eat, even if he
wanted three or four servings of the main course
plus a couple of desserts.
Few of the married couples or families patro-
nized the I.C.C. hotels for meals except for Sun-
days or holidays. On those days, however, most
families-with the younger members slicked up and
in their best clothes-descended on the hotels for
unlimited servings of turkey and puddings.
Most of the old timers report that living in
construction days was much cheaper than it is at
present. A check of commissary prices does not
reveal a greal deal of difference however from
present day prices. Butter and dairy product
prices from 1909 through 1913 as shown in the
weekly Canal Records, are almost the same as
those prices today.
A price list for an April issue in 1913 shows
the following prices: leg of lamb, 20 cents a
pound; lamb chops (cut not named) 24 cents per
pound; fresh pork hams, 20 cents a pound and sir-
loin steak, 19 cents a pound. Prices for States
vegetables were about the same as they are today.
The problem of servants has changed little from
that of construction days. Spanish was a problem
to the early housewives and consequently the ma-
jority of them used West Indian women in the
households. They were the wives or daughters of
laborers employed by the Comnission for the larger
part, and the wages they were paid were about the
same as they are today.
Social life of the early Canal Zone women was
nearly the same as that of any community of the
same size at the same period. Card parties and
supper parties were given in the homes, although
most of the larger functions took place in the
clubhouses or at the hotels.
A number of women who lived in Empire during
construction days still keep up a club which was
started almost thirty years ago. They meet weekly
at their various homes for supper parties, in the
group are Mrs. Fred Whaler, Mrs. Russel Potter,
Mrs. Marshall Benninger, Mrs. T. A. Rath, Mrs.
Lichty, Mrs. W.G. Hull and Mrs. Harry Hartmann.
August 15, 1939
THE FLOODING OF THE CHAGRES
CREATES GATUN LAKE
"To understand the Panama Canal, one must
understand the land and its people. Panama, a land
divided, a world united."
While the heavy machinery droned painstakingly
across the land digging the Big Ditch, the campe-
sinos of what used to be happy and prosperous
towns in their own right, were preparing for a
In very little time there would no longer exist
towns like Machitin, Gorgona, Bajo Obispo, and
Enperador. Town born under the tropic heat of the
railraod tracks. They were condemned to disappear
when the concept of the canal was nutured on Nov-
ember 3, 1903. They would be flooded by the waters
of the Chagres, tamed by Teddy Roosevelt, George
W. Goethals and David Gaillard to create Gatun
Lake, the largest man-made lake in the western
Having gathered all their domestic belongings
and the live-stock, the campesinos were transfer-
red to higher grounds away from the lower banks of
Gatun. To hold back the waters of the Chagres, the
engineers built a dam at the mouth of the river.
A concrete wall reinforced with steel measuring
nearly half a mile wide at the base, sloping to a
width of 100 feet at the crest with 105 feet above
sea level. The two wings of the dam and the spill-
way have an aggregate length of almost a mile and
a half. After the course of the river had been
favorably changed and its waters contained, the
Chagres took its designed plans in flooding the
valleys and low ground to slowly gain possession
of higher ground as it grew into Gatun Lake. Today
one can only appreciate and remember the way it
was by seeing tree trunks drowned in the waters of
Once the lake reached the required depth, the
steel doors opened to allow for the overflow of
water not needed to operate the locks. To the
first explorers it would have been impossible to
build Gatun Lake. A lake 85 feet above sea level
and with a depth of 45 feet, sufficient to allow
for safe oceanic transit between the two hemis-
pheres. Thus the expression: Panama, Puente del
Mundo: Corazon del Universe. Panama, Bridge of the
World: Heart of the Universe!
Operation of Miraflores Locks. First
boat through. Leaving West chamber of
upper lock, entering Miraflores Lake.
October 14, 1913, the day after they
blew up the dyke in Gamboa.
TUGBOAT "GATUN" INAUGURATES LOCKS
The second half of September 1913 was as excit-
ing as the first. The major event came on the 26th
when the tugboat Gatun, decorated with all its
flags and blowing its whistle, made the inaugural
through the locks of the same name. A large crowd
gathered to witness the tug move from the Atlantic
channel to Gatun Lake. The event began at 10 a.m.
and finished at 6:45, but the actual lockage took
only 1 hour 51 minutes. The primary reason the op-
eration lasted so long was that the central con-
trol tower was not in service and local controls
had to be used.
September 23, 1988
Operation of Gatun Locks. First boat
through. Tug "Gatun" entering lower lock
West chamber, September 26, 1913.
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Operation of Pedro Miguel Locks. Dredg-
ing fleet leaving Pedro Miguel Locks;
East chamber, to enter Culebra Cut. Oct.
FRENCH BOAT MAKES FIRST COMPLETE
The New Year, with all its promise of hope and
change, brought a significant milestone to the
Panama Canal construction effort in 1914.
By January 7, the channel at Cucaracha Slide
had been cleared to almost its full width, which
not only represented a major step forward in its
own right, but also opened the door for another
historical event to take place. On the morning of
that same day, the first transit of the Canal was
made by the Alexandre La Valley, an old Fre-
nch crane boat.
Craneboat "A. La Valley" leaving Mira-
flores lower locks. First steam vessel
to pass from ocean to ocean through the
Panama Canal, January 7, 1914.
The transit took place almost incidentally,
without ceremony or much attention of any kind, as
part of the daily routine of events at the water-
way. No passengers were on board the vessel for
the monumental event.
The Alexadre La Valley had been brought thru
Gatun Locks some time before and was working at
Gaillard Cut at the time. It passed through the
cut, cleared Pedro Miguel Locks at 9:30 a.m.,
reached Miraflores Locks at 10:15 and passed into
the Pacific Channel at 11:05 a.m.
That a French boat was the first to make the
ocean-to-ocean transit through the Canal was pure-
ly accidental; however, it seemed perfectly fit-
ting considering the sacrifice made by the French
in the initial construction effort.
January 13, 1989
ALLIANCEA" FIRST PASSENGER SHIP
TO TRANSIT LOCKS SYSTEMS
In 1914, a number of transits were undertaken
to make sure all the equipment was in order. On
the morning of June 8, 1914, the Panama Railroad
steamer Allianca passed through Gatun Locks from
the Atlantic to Gatun Lake, becoming the first
oceangoing passenger ship to enter or pass through
any of the lock systems. The Allianca arrived off
Gatun at 6:45 a.m. and was taken in hand by four
canal towing locomotives (mules), Nos. 641, 642,
643, and 644. The tug Cocoli accompanied the Alli-
anca throughout her transit. Workers and their
families, dressed in their Sunday best, were on
hand to see the passenger ship through. The ship
stayed in Gatun Locks for one hour before return-
ing through the locks to the Atlantic.
The "AlLianca. "
Built in 1886, the Allioacn began operating for
the Panama Railroad in 1895 and served the PRR for
many years. After 37 years of service, the ship
was sold for scrap in 1923.
FIRST WEDDING IN CHAPEL BEFORE
On their wedding day, June 15, 1914 Teresa
Frances Boland, formerly of Renovo, PA., bride at
right, and John Eugene Ridge, formerly of Rankin,
PA., groom seated; Estelle Cody, maid of honor,
(bride's niece) at left, and Stephen Mark Ridge,
best man (groom's brother) at rear.
John E. Ridge and Teresa F. Boland with
Estelle Cody and Stephen M. Ridge.
The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Thomas
J. McDonald, C.M., pastor, at the Church of the
Irmaculate Conception, Corozal, Canal Zone, just
two months before the Canal was officially opened.
This was the first wedding to be performed in
the new chapel.
Note: Estelle (Mrs. Thomas C. Sullivan, Jr.)
now resides in Rancho Bernardo, CA.
Photo from Joan Ridge deGrummond
Laguna Hills, CA.
PANAMA BUYS GRAND HOTEL FOR
The biggest news at the Panama Canal during the
latter part of February 1914 was the sale of the
Grand Hotel to the government of Panama for
The "Grand," as it was then known, had been
closely linked with the canal construction effort.
Facing Independence Plaza in Panama City, it was
built by Frenchman George Loew between 1874 and
1875. Count Ferdinand de Lesseps stayed there when
he visited Panama to commence studies on the con-
struction of the waterway. In 1881, the Universal
Interoceanic Company (the first French canal com-
pany) acquired the building to use as its head-
quarters. Later on, when the Americans took over
the construction effort, the Grand became their
first administration building.
The old ICC Administration Building in
Panama City during visit of Pacific
Squadron in 1909. Later called the Grand
Although chief engineer John F. Stevens moved
the engineering department to Culebra in 1906 and
a new administration building was erected in Ancon
in 1907, the Grand continued to be partially occu-
pied by the Isthmian Canal Commission until 1909.
A year later, the Panamanian government worked out
a deal with ICC to use the vacant space, paying
only the electrical, water and repair bills. Under
this arrangement, various offices were moved into
the building, including the national printing of-
The Grand, which is approximately 75 by 166
feet, surrounds a small patio and has three main
and two mezzanine floors. Today, it serves as the
headquarters for the General Bureau of Mail and
February 24, 1989
NEW GOVERNMENT AGENCY ESTABLISHED
AND NEW "MULES" PUT TO USE
On April 1, 1914, the Isthmian Canal Commission
and the Panama Railroad Company were discontinued
and a new U.S. government agency, the Panama Canal
was established. All employment contracts were
terminated except those involving employees on
sick or injury leave, which were to be annulled at
the end of the disability period.
Those whose service was still required were
transferred to the new organization, becoming sub-
ject to new conditions of employment outlined in
an executive order on February 2, 1914, and to
regulations imposed by the governor.
Another important event that took place on
April 1 was the use of the electric towing loco-
motives for the first time. Locomotives 641, 642,
643, and 644 towed the launch Balboa and a scow on
a northbound transit trough the west flight of
Gatun Locks, from Gatun Lake to the Atlantic en-
Gatun Locks. Towing locomotives in posi-
tion for making fast to vessels. North
approach walls, March 31, 1914.
The early part of April also saw the new town
of Pedro Miguel virtually completed. The munici-
pal work that had been finished included the lay-
ing of water mains and sanitary and storm sewers
and the construction of roadways.
Panama Canal Commission
April 7, 1989
Operation of Miraflores Locks. "S.S.
Santa Clara" in upper West chamber. June
Isthmian Canal Commission Clubhouse,
Panama R.R. Station. Cristobal Commisary
"CRISTOBAL" MAKES TEST TRANSIT
ON AUGUST 3, 1914
Before the Canal was open to commerce, a test
transit was made by the C istobd1 southbound on
August 3, 1914, returning northbound on the fol-
lowing day. When the Cristobal left Miraflores
Locks and entered the Pacific that day, she became
the first large oceangoing vessel to transit the
canal's entire length. The unofficial but history-
making trip was followed by similar tests by the
Advance and Panam2 on August 9 and 11. Guest pas-
sengers were carried on these short voyages, but
On this first transit of the canal by the Cis-
tobal, the ship was handled through by lock's per-
sonnel, but after a locomotive motor was ruined
and a cable snapped, it was decided that a profes-
sional pilot force would be needed to guide ships
through. Captain John A. Constantine became the
first member of this elite group when he took the
Ancon through the canal without incident on August
The Cristobal left Dock 9 in Cristobal shortly
after 7 o'clock and reached the lock approach at
Gatun at 8:15. Passage through the locks was
rather slow and the ship did not enter Gatun Lake
until nearly 11 a.m. She entered Gaillard Cut at
1 p.m., reached Pedro Miguel at 2:30, Miraflores
at 3:40 and arrived opposite Balboa about 6:30.
"S.S. Cristobal" passes through the
Canal, August 3, 1914.
S.S. Cristobal passes through the Cut.
Invitations to make the trip on the Cristobal
were issued to some of the older employees and
were signed by "The Colonel" personally. Those
thus honored were:
Colonel and Mrs. H.F. Hodges and Duncan Hodges,
H. H. Rousseau and son, Captain and Mrs. Hugh Rod-
man, Captain and Mrs. R. E. Wood, Captain and
Mrs. F.O. Whitlock and two daughters, Mr. and
Mrs. C.A. McIlvaine, John K. Baxter, Captain and
Mrs. C.W. Barber and son, Judge and Mrs. and Miss.
Feuille, William M. Jackson, A.B. Nichols, Captain
and Mrs. W. H. Rose, Mr. and Mrs. George M. Wells,
F.H. Cooke, Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Monniche, Mr. and
Mrs. J.A. Walker.
W. G. Comber, Lt. and Mrs. A. H. Acher, Mr. and
Mrs. B. L. Jacobson, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Mann, Miss
Wood, Mr. and Mrs. H.A.A. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. T.
L. Clear, Mr. and Mrs. John H. McLean, Dr. and Mrs
M. E. Connor, C.H. Motsett, Charles R. Williams,
Judge and Mrs. W. H. Jackson and daughter, Colo-
nel and Mrs. Charles F. Mason and three children,
Dr. and Mrs. A. B. Herrick and daughter, Dr. and
Mrs. R. C. Connor, Dr. and Mrs. D.F. Reeder, E.M.
Goelsby, W. H. May, Judge and Mrs. S. E. Blackburn
Levi M. Kagy.
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Elder, J. MacFarlane and two
children, Mis MacFarlane, Miss Anna R. Turner,
Miss Mariette L. Meech, Robert M. Glaw, J. C. An-
gel, Miss Mary Prial, Frank Loulan, J.J. Mehan,
William Bodette, Miss Genevieve Russell, J. P.
Kyte, M. S. Hathaway, William Gilbert, A.S. Jussen
R. C. Shady, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Smith, Jr., Eu-
gene Ash, George Armiger, J.T. Duckworth, A.B.
Simkins, A. R. Brown, J.F. Dumanior, Henry Schoel-
C. C. Snedeker, W. G. Thorpson, M.B. Stevens,
J.J. Jackson, C.B. Cook, J.B. Fields, D. W. Mac-
Cormack, C. B. Austin, E.E. Harrod, A.L. Hacken-
berg, Charles R. Campbell, A.M. Warner, A. E.
Rogers, R. T. Bradberry, Peter Johnson, Mr. and
Mrs. O.E. Malsbury, Mr. and Mrs. Ad Faure, Paul
S. Wilson, W.E. Tragsdorf, Dr. and Mrs. B.W. Cald-
well, James Laird, G. DeL Bliss, the Misses Faure.
Mr. and Mrs. Harley Rowe, Mr. and Mrs. W. P.
Copeland and son, Mrs. Rosdick, W.C. Chester, Hen-
ry Anderson, M. A. Griley, F. G. Swanson, Mrs. Jes
E. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Willson, Mrs. R.H.
Whitehead, Mrs. W. R. Holloway, Master W. H. Rose,
Jr., Miss Margarite Rowe, Mrs. D. E. Wright,
William E F. Ashton, W. J. Spalding, O.S. Boyd,
J. J. Reidy, A. B. Dickson, John Constantine, John
Weishofer, Niels Langvardt, Esther Collins, Dr.
Pittier, Mrs. C. R. Wentz, Miss Lewis, the Rev.
Moss Loveridge, Miss Reidy and Mr. and Mrs. Stock-
August 15, 1939
First Deep Water To Deep Water Transit
Made By 'Ancon'
SECRETARY OF WAR RESERVED HONOR
OF LEADING WAY FOR VETERAN
PANAMA R.R. VESSEL
AMERICAN HAWAIIAN LINE'S FREIGHT
SHIP "ARIZONAN" FOLLOWED "ANCON"
On August 15, 1914 the S.S. Ancon of the Panama
Railroad Steamship Line made the first deep-water
to deep-water transit of the Panama Canal, and by
its passage officially opened the greatest en-
gineering feat in the world to commercial traffic.
Although several ves-
sels, among them, the Ad-
vance and the Cristobal,
preceded the Ancon thru
the Canal, even passing
through the locks, they
did not venture into deep
water. This honor of go-
ing from one ocean to an-
other was reserved for
the Ancon, by order of Capt. Gardner E.
the Secretary of War. oSu forth, maste
The first Canal tran- o .
during first tran-
sit took approximately during first tran-
nine and a half hours. sit, Aug. 15, 1914
The Ancon was unberthed at Cristobal at exactly
7:08 a.m. Her skipper, Captain G.E. Sukeforth, was
on the bridge and Canal pilots Osborne and John A.
Constantine in the pilot house. As she swung into
the Canal channel, vessels tied at the Cristobal
pier blew their whistles in salute while their
crews lined the rails and waved.
Im4- 1 -f IJ 1 Wlqm
The "S.S. Ancon" at the North pier,
Gatun Locks, August 15, 1914.
The Ancon arrived at Gatun Locks at 8 o'clock
and the first mules were attached at once. The
first lift of 32 feet was made in 6 minutes while
the last elevation was made in nine.
The time elapsed from the arrival of the ship
at the lock approach to its departure into Gatun
Lake was one hour and ten minutes although the
actual passage through the lock flight was made
in 53 minutes.
GOOEHALS NOT ABfARD
Governor Goethals was not aboard the ship when
she left Cristobal but had gone ahead to Gatun to
supervise the operation of the Gatun locks.
The ship made good time passing through Gatun
Lake and during this time lunch was served to
those aboard. The 21 mile length of the Lake was
crossed in a little over two hours and the ship
slid into Gaillard Cut right on schedule.
The "S.S. Ancon" passing Cucaracha slide
on August 15, 1914.
At 12:50 the Ancon entered the left hand cham-
ber of the Pedro Miguel locks. Passage was with-
out incident and took only half an hour. A short
delay occurred after the ship had been through at
Miraflores as the mixing salt and fresh water
whirled around the southern lock approach.
When the current subsided the Ancon continued
to Balboa, arriving off the piers at just 4 o'
clock. Shop and ship whistles screamed an uproar-
ious welcome as the ship passed through the har-
bor, answering with her own whistle.
The Ancon did not dock in Balboa at once, but
continued out past the Fortified Islands before
swinging in a wide circle and returning to her
SECRETARY NOT HERE
The then Secretary of War, Lindley Garrison,
was scheduled to make the first transit on the An-
con but was not able to come to the Isthmus due
to the pressing European situation. The ship
carried more than 200 passengers, all of whom were
officials, of Panama and the Canal Zone, members
of the diplomatic corps and officers of the Army
At the conclusion of the trip the diplomats who
were aboard the Ancon sent the following cable to
the secretary of war:
"We, the undersigned members of the diplomatic
and consular corps accredited to Panama, are
deeply thankful for your invitation to attend the
inauguration of the Isthmian Canal, one of the
most glorious happenings in the memory of human
events. We send greetings to Your Excellency and
to His Excellency, the President, expressing our
best wishes for the success of this great inter-
oceanic highway, hoping that it will be instrumen-
tal in the progress of the United States and of
the entire Western Hemisphere, strengthening the
solidarity of the world's peace.
"Minister of Portugal, Charges, France, England,
Nicaragua, Cuba; Consul General Guatemala, Mexico,
Argentina, Costa Rica, China, Bolivia, Peru and
At the time of the first Canal transit, J.F.
Newman of New York, a firm of manufacturing jewel-
ers, manufactured 50,000 bronze medals comremora-
ting the passage of the first vessel through the
Canal and these were carried aboard the Ancon when
it made the trip. The only other souvenir of the
first trip was the invitation card signed per-
sonally by Governor Goethals and sent to all
guests invited to make the trip.
ANCON PASSENGER LIST
The complete passenger list of the Ancon for
the first trip follows:
The President of the Republic of Panama and
Mrs. Belisario Porras, Secretary and Mrs. Lefevre.
Secretary and Mrs. Sosa, Secretary and Mrs. Arjona
Secretary of Public Instruction, Secretary and
Mrs. Acevedo, William Jennings Price, Firnao Botto
Machado, Dr. J. Cueva Garcia, Sir Claude and Lady
Mallet, R. Gutierrez Alcaide, Paul Bizel, Marcos
E. Velasquez, Josquin Miro Quezada.
H.W. Chalkley, Moracio Bossi Caceres, Samuel
Boyd, Humberto M. Vaglio, Fong Tsiang Kwong, Mr.
and Mrs. Alban G. Snyder, J.F. Arango, Jules Faine
Francisco Mallen, Aristides Calcano, Carlos Ragu-
zzi, H. Gale, Rodolfo Chiari, Ramon M. Valdez,
Percivale Helyar, Frederick L. Herron, Major and
Mrs. S.T. Clayton, Colonel and Mrs. W.F. Blauvelt,
Colonel and Mrs. Hodges.
Captain and Mrs. Rodman, Mr. and Mrs. H.H.
Rousseau, Mr. W. G. Comber, Mr. and Mrs. C.A.
McIlvaine, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Nutting and son,
Commander and Mrs. Disnukes and daughter, Command-
er Butler, Captain and Mrs. R. E. Wood, Major and
MRs. W. R. Grove and two sons, Colonel and Mrs.
C. F. Mason, Major and Mrs. P.M. Adhburn and two
sons, Colonel and Mrs. G. D. Deshon, Dr. M. C.
Guthrie, Judge and Mrs. Jackson, Hon. Levi M.
Kagy, Mr. and Mrs. H.A.A. Smith.
C.H. Motsett, Judge and Mrs. Frank Feuille,
Captain and Mrs. W.H. Rose, Mr. and Mrs. T.B.
Monniche, Captain and Mrs. Whitlock, Lt. and Mrs.
A.H. Acher, Captain and Mrs. C.W. Barber, John K.
Baxter, W.K. Jackson, F.H. Cooke, W.C. Haskins,
Hamilton Foley, representatives of the "Star and
Herald" and "Panama Morning Journal".
J.O. Collins, Major and Mrs. Douglas Settle,
Captain and Mrs. E. T. Collins, Captain J. B.
Gowan, Captain and Mrs. R. E. Ingram, Captain and
Mrs. F. W. Coleman, Major W.E. Cole, Captain and
Mrs. A.O. Maybach, Captain and Mrs. F.H. Smith,
Captain and Mrs. Alfred Hasbrouck, captain Lauren
S. Eckels, Major Thomas L. rhoads, Captain and
Mrs. D.C. Harmon, Captain H.C. Carter, Major L.D.
Wildman, Miss Wilson, Miss Anne Davis, Miss Bertha
F. Dew, Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Crenshaw, Mr. and Mrs.
F.C. Seibert, Sam Lewis, W.P. Cresson, Mrs. Fernao
Botto Machado, Mrs. R. Gutierrez Alcaide, Mrs. H.
B. Caceres, Mrs. M.E. Velazquez, Madame Bizel, Sr.
Amelio de C. Matta Ortiz, Mrs. Fong Tsiang Kwong,
Mrs. J.F. Arango, Mrs. Aristides Calcano, E.
Vallarino, C. N. Chan, Colonel Fieberger, Mrs. W.
L. Kerruish, Judge Aurelio Guardia, Judge Juan
Lombardi, Judge Alberto Mendoza, Judge Heliodoro
Patino, Judge Saturnino L. Perigault, Antonio Papi
Aizpuru, Judge Demostenes Arosemena, Captain R.C.
Humber, Captain and Mrs. T.J. Rogers, Captain and
Mrs. W.C. Jones and son, Captain W.L. Reed.
Captain and Mrs. O.S. Eskridge, Dr. and Mrs.
Pittier, Ricardo Bermudez, Carlos Clement, Gonzalo
Santos, K.E. Adames, Captain and Mrs. Pariseau,
R. E. White, Captain and Mrs. H.G. Ford, Captain
Dana T. Merrill, Captain and Mrs. William Taylor
Officially opening the Panama Canal on
August 15, 1914, the old "S.S. Ancon"
nears the midway point in her historic
50-mile journey, taking 9 hours and 40
minutes to transit from Cristobal to the
On August 15, 1914, following the departure of
the Ancon, transit of the Canal was begun by the
steamer Arizona of the American Hawaiian Line.
She left Cristobal at 10:23 a.m. and completed the
transit the following day, passing Balboa at 4:10
p.m. August 16. She was a cargo ship but the na-
ture of her load is not known.
The yacht Lasata, owned by Morgan Adams, start-
ed through the Canal about 1 p.m. August 15, and
completed transit at 5:35 p.m. on the 17th. The
steamship Missourian of the American-Hawaiian Line
left Cristobal at 2 o'clock on August 15 and
passed Balboa at 11:05 August 17.
The P leidades was the first ship to make the
northbound transit. She left Balboa at 6:30 p.m.
on August 16, 1914, and arrived in Cristobal at
5:30 p.m., the same day. She was followed by the
Pennsylvanian of the American-Hawaiian Line, which
left Balboa at 9:40 a.m. August 16, and arrived
at Cristobal at 8:50 a.m. the following day. The
Pleiades was piloted through the Canal on her
first transit by Captain Charles Stevenson, former
assistant port captain at Balboa.
The Ancon remained in Balboa for several days,
returning to Cristobal on August 23 with a full
load of Canal employees and their families.
it was net all along the line with greatest ova-
tion ever made on the Isthmus, according to a con-
temporary report. Steam shovels and engine whis-
tles, hand clapping and every possible method of
applause greeted the train as she steamed on to
make the excavation of the Cut a matter of his-
Mr. Geddes knows from first hand experience of
the illnesses and dangers encountered in con-
struction days. He had yellow fever in 1905,
shortly after his arrival on the Isthmus. He was
in two explosions, one at Contractor's Hill in
1907 and the other at Las Cascadas in 1910, when
a steam shovel was blown to pieces and all its
crew except the craneman was blown to bits.
'The average Canal employee does not know and
will never know what the construction day worker
went throught" Mr. Geddes says. "Everything in
those days was in a state of development. Such
accidents would not happen today because now
safety is the first word on all projects."
Mr. Geddes left the service of The Panama Canal
in 1914 and went to the States to live. He re-
turned to the Isthmus in 1921 as a subcontractor
at Albrook Field. Since 1929 he has had his own
contracting business in Panama City.
August 15, 1939
HONOR THOSE WHO DIED
Al Geddes, Veteran of
Constructions Days Recalls
The memory of the Canal employees who lost
their lives through illness and accident during
construction days must not be forgotten in the
celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the
opening of the Panama Canal, according to Al
Geddes, Canal Old-Timer and excavation contractor
in Panama City.
Too much stress is being placed on the sur-
viving Old-Timers, Mr. Geddes feels, and too
little has been said about the men who were killed
in the line of duty or who died of yellow fever
Mr. Geddes is one of the Oldest Timers still
on the Isthmus, although he is no longer in the
employ of the Panama Canal. He came to the Isthmus
February 2, 1905 from New York City. He claims
to have dug more dirt from the Isthmus than any
man ever employed here.
The last dipperful of earth was taken from
Culebra Cut at 10:54 a.m., September 10, 1913, by
steam shovel No. 226 manned by Mr. Geddes as en-
gineer and W.I. Hudson as craneman. As the last
train containing this spoil pulled out of the Cut,
OLD-TIMERS CHILDREN WILL
PERPETUATE MEMORY OF PARENTS
WHO DUG THE CANAL
Growing much faster than their organizers'
fondest hopes, the Society of the Sons and
Daughters of Panama Canal Oldtimers, now numbers
well over 175 members of which 126 are charter
For an organization that had such a small
beginning, the Sons and Daughters have fared
exceedingly well. Their start was made while a
handful of Canal Zone young people were enjoying
a chat-fest at the Balboa Clubhouse. They were
bemoaning the fact that the Zone had no place
where young people could gather, dance and have
a general good time so they decided to do some-
thing about it.
With Jimmy Deslondes furnishing the initiative
and a few others to help out, a rough working
order was drawn up a constitution and by-laws was
formulated. Helping Jinmy were Ruth Westennrman
Adams, Dorothy Watson Everson, Bernhard Everson,
John Everson, Elmer Orr, and Beverly Carruthers
This group decided that it would be selfish to
band together just for their own amusement, and
they decided to branch out, take on all the
youngsters over 18 whose fathers or mothers were
employed on the Canal Zone prior to the opening
of the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914.
They called an organization meeting ten days
later and were surprised by the enthusiasm with
which their proposed society was greeted. Over 70
people attended this meeting and before the night
was over 64 of the number had signed as charter
members and approved the constitution and by-laws
a proposed except for a few minor changes in
They were banded together, in accordance with
the preamble of the constitution "to perpetuate
the names of their parents, the builders of The
Panama Canal, and to maintain or improve present
social and living conditions."
In token of the regard and appreciation of the
hard work the organizers had done, the assembly
elected James O. Deslondes, President of the
Society; Bernhard Everson, Vice President; Ruth
Westman Adams, Secretary; and William H. Grant,
Meetings of the Society are held at the Balboa
Yacht Club on the second Tuesday of each month.
All have been well attended and the group has been
well re-paid for the time spent. At its first
meeting, after the regular business had been
attended to, the group had a dance with
refreshments thrown in. At its second meeting
they were guests of Mr. Fred De V. Sill who
showed pictures of the construction of The Panama
Canal and augmented the movies with an interesting
How well they have succeed in keeping with the
purpose of their organization can best be shown
by the fact that they have had good times without
going outside the Canal Zone. They have been
invited to sit in on meetings of the committee on
the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the
opening of the Panama Canal. Their proposals are
not those of criticism, but, rather are they
suggestions for improvements.
List of Members
The names of the members serve to perpetuate
the memories of their fathers as the list of
charter members indicates. Those who signed the
charter include Robert H. Adams, Robert K. Adams,
Ruth Westman Adams, Reba Alexander, Ruth Jenkins
Bain, Dorothy Klumpp Barbour, Rae Bliss Barnes,
Josephine Blanton, Maude Sullivan Boggs,
Burnmester, Elizabeth Ash Carruth Womack Brown,
Raymond Carrinton, Leslie B. Clarke, Caleb C.
Clement, Jeanette Alexander Clement, Francis Ayers
Conley, Richard F. Conley, Agnes B. Connor.
Also, Alice Henter Corrigan, John P. Corrigan,
Jr. Joseph S. Corrigan, Peter P. Corrigan,
Phyllis Hersh Crook, Earl O. Dailey, Ralph L.
Davis, Lois de la Mater, Beverly Carruthers
Deslondes, James 0. Deslondes, Rena de Young,
William Dobson, Marion Dugan, Alice Wood Engelke,
Herbert O. Engleke, Bernhard Everson, Dorothy
Watson Everson, John A. Everson, Louis A. Everson.
And, Corrine Browning Feeney, Margaret Flynn,
Genevieve K. Foley, Mary A. Foley, Thomas F.
Foley, Marie F. Fallivan, Margaret Garrett, Gordon
A. Graham, william H. Grant Jr., Robert Greir,
Mary MacSparran Hamnond, Julia Hartman, Edna M.
Hersh, Carl P. Hoffman, Jr., Cahterine Hunter,
Robert M. Hull, Juanita Orr Jones, Norbert A.
Jones, Walter J. Jones, Dolores Kelly, Francis S.
Key, Mildred Phillips Kline, Charles R. Klunp,
Edward J. Kunkel, Mina Adams Lang, Todd Lipzinski,
Viola Brown Mathues, Mary F. Maguire, Laura G.
Mohr, Frances Morrison oon, Roberta Morgan, Irene
Hopkins McIlvaine, Gladys Potss Napoleon, Edward
P. Napoleon, Edward H. Neville, Jr., Carl R.
And, Elmer B. Orr, Joseph H. Orr, Jr., Harry
O. Ottman, nary L. Pappendick, Virginia Calvit
Pearl, Florence M. Peterson, Lloyd W. Peterson,
Walter G. Petersen, Marion Hutchison Phillips,
Noble A. Phillips, Edward Randolph, Jr., Ruth G.
Reese, Robert L. Ridge, Virginia Ridge, Ellen
Roberts, Eleanor Farrell Robertson, Hal Robertson,
Allison W. Sears, Norman D. Short.
Otto F. Sonneman, Jr., Patricia Spearman, J.
A. Stevenson, Thelma Sealey Stoudnor, Edward J.
Sullivan, Estelle Cody Sullivan, Gladys Ashton
Sullivan, Paul A. Sullivan, Thomas C. Sullivan,
Lucille C. Tarflinger, Dorothy Knox Thornton,
William B. Tragsdorf, Harry Walbridge, H. E.
Walling, Myra D. Walston, Harry Wertz, Ruth
Hopkins Whipple, Charles J. Williams, Lois A.
Williams, Margaret M. Williams.
George W. Winquist, Katherine Miller Winquist,
Christian W. Wirtz, Edward S. Wood, Joseph W.
Wood, William W. Wood, Julia Neilsen Wood, Mary
OcConaughey Wright, mmnet Zemer, Frank Viollette,
William Viollette, Margaret Maigs Webster, M. A.
Weens, C. E. Weidman, Frank Weicdmn, William H.
Weitz, G. M. Wells, Mrs. H. J. Wenpe, E. A.
Wentworth, J. E. Westburg, Fred M. Wescott, A. F.
Weston, J. W. Whaler, C. Earle Whipple, C. L.
Whitaker, F. D. White, H. J. White, James White,
S. M. White, W. J. White, W. W. Whitehead, F. O.
Whitlock, G. A. Whitney, W. J. Whyte, J. H.
Wilkins, Chas. Williams, J. D. Williamson, F. D.
Wilson, L. E. Wilson, C. M. Wilson, H. C. Wilson,
P. S. Wilson, W. N. Windes, C. C. J. Wirz, R. E.
Withrow, D. R. Wolverton, James Woodside, B. J.
Womack, R. E. Wood, William M. Wood, W. C.
Woodsun, T. R. Woolfolk, D. E. Wright, Herman
Wurdenann, Joseph Wynne, B. T. Yocum, J. R. Young,
T. H. Young, A. S. Zinm.
August 15, 1939
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WOMEN REENACT HISTORIC TRANSIT
Almost 75 years after the S.S. Ancon opened the
Panama Canal to world commerce, the granddaughter
and great granddaughter of the Ancon's master,
Capt. Gardner Emerton Sukeforth, made a nostalgic
reenactment of the historic transit aboard the
Royal Princess. Marge Carr Fausch and Marnie
Fausch Banks discussed family history and ties
with H.A. Iaatz of the Panama Canal Cammission.
through Sukeforth himself, although she was very
young when he died in 1920.
Following in the family pattern of generations
alternating between the sea and writing, she
married a career Navy man. Their daughter, Marnie
a writer and former owner and editor of the fort-
nightly Boca Raton in Boca Grande, Florida, plans
another visit to Panama to gather data to write
a romantic noval based on early Canal days. Her
daughter is engaged to a British navy seaman.
During their recent transit, Fausch's and
Banks' enthusiasm for the Canal deepened. They
marveled at its technical yet simple works and the
beauty of its surroundings. The transit was all
they had hoped for but ended too soon.
The Panama Canal Spillway
January 27, 1989
Marnie Banks and Marge Fausch.
Born and raised in Maine, Capt. Sukeforth had
become master of the Ancon after a long sea career
which started at age 13 when he signed on as a
cook and crew member on a schooner plying Maine's
rough and rocky coast. At 15, he was working a-
board a square rigger that sailed out of Boston
and New York.
On one of his voyages aboard the Ancon, he had
the privilege of bringing his own daughter, Marian
Sukeforth, from New York to Panama to teach high
school English at the Canal Zone Public High
School. She met Charles C. Carr, who had been
principal since 1909, and they began courting.
When the couple became stranded by high tide
during a seaside picnic, she agreed to get them
out, he to marry her. They both kept their word
and wed in 1912.
Carr and Frank A. Cause, then superintendent
of Canal Zone Public Schools, co-authored and had
published in 1912 "The Story of Panama The New
Route to India," a historical account of Panama
and Canal construction days.
The Carrs left the Isthmus in July, 1913 aboard
the Ancon, under Sukeforth's command. After
Charles Carr's initiation into a newspaper career
in Indiana, they moved to St. Petersburg, Florida,
where he became co-owner and editor of the St.
Petersburg Times. Although they were unable to
return to Panama for her father's famous transit,
the Carrs continued to feel strong ties to a
voyage from New York for an "old-timers" reunion
in Panama in January, 1928.
As Marge, their only child, grew up, she caught
the spirit of the Canal via the many tales of
Panama adventures related by her parents and
A TOAST TO THE CANAL ZONE
To the changing of seasons from rainy to dry,
To the lottery vendors from who we did buy.
And here's to the churches we all loved so much -
St. Mary's, Holy Family, Sacred Heart we still
To the "commy", the "clubhouse", the "Admin",
To the clerks, the accountants, the teachers,
And let's not forget those who dug the Divide,
For we know that they saw it as worth pilgrim's
The Atlantic, Pacific and points in between
Are a marvel to tourists who come on the scene.
How a jungle all covered with mud, bush and ill
Could be conquered by those whose equipment was
We may ne'er return to the marvelous "Zone",
But we call it and bless it "Our true native home"
As the last light is doused and the last toast
We say, "Here's to all here and all folk from
December 16, 1988
Puzzle Paves Way for 75th Anniversary
1. Largest ship than can use
8. Ship's record book
11. Affirmative, nautically
12. Pacific Canal Terminal
17. Subaqueous salvager
18. Respiratory disease (abbre-
19. Do away with
22. System of multi-cargo trans-
fers with various carriers
26. Office that receives com-
plaints (PCC organization
28. Jim and Tammy Faye's former
30. Ranks below the Captain
32. To toss
36. Labor relations office (PCC
37. Do again (prefix)
38. Found along the bottom of
39. Culebra's other name
42. To look over something
44. Construction-era Canal Or-
45. Parcel (abbr.)
47. In the center
49. Office that produces the
Spillway (org. abbr.)
50. Expression of relief
52. Vacation time
54. Canal alternative
57. Senior Canal official (org.
58. Portions out
60. Canal motor pool (abbr.)
61. Tax-deferred financial op-
64. Apiece (abbr.)
66. Marine elevator
72. Homophone of two
75. Feeds on Fido
76. Opposite of down
77. Fisherman's prize
1. Site of next overhaul
3. Same as 11 across
4. Basis of employment system
5. Budget officer (org. abbr.)
6. Air Force Station
7. Type of vessel (slang)
9. Leading commodity transiting
in fiscal year 1987
10. Express disappointment
16. U.S. oil source (abbr.)
20. Water retainer
23. Suspense deadline (initials)
24. Madden and Gatun
25. Primary operating bureau
27. Graduate degree (abbr.)
28. Remove the outer layer
31. Prefix for three
33. Canal's heavy-lift crane
34. Seven days
35. The whole amount
40. Canal's newest tug
41. Cooling machine (abbr.)
43. Major river in Canal
Transfusion method (abbr.)
Present tense of 13 down
Supports the rigging
Person who takes the ships
Connects above the leg
Same as 70 across
Prepared English version
Economic Research and Market
Panama Canal Spillway
August 12, 1988
Answers to crossword ON PAGE 82
The Canal Zone was a place of many and varied
organizations. It is not the purpose of this piece
to try to delve into the sociological reasons why
there were so many. Rather, the purpose is to re-
member, fondly, one of them. This particular or-
ganization was, and is, largely unknown, even, I
dare say, to some who were members.
I am speaking of the PSST. This was, and per-
haps still is (I have no way of knowing) the acro-
nym for the Pacific Side Stag Teachers. Jimmy
Lyons, business education teacher at the Canal
Zone Junior College, was the first person I ever
heard use the name. Jimmy may have originated it,
the acronym that is, not the organization. He was
good at that sort of thing.
I say that even some who were members did not
know of PSST's existence because of the way in
which it was organized. Or, rather, the way in
which it was not organized. Membership was auto-
matic if you were a male employee of the Division
of Schools on the Pacific side. There were no
officers, no rules and no charter. There was, how-
ever, a purpose. The purpose was to have an all
male party about once a year. I almost said stag
party, but that carries a connotation not truly
representative of the PSST gatherings.
These meetings were held in such places as the
Agewood Bohio, the National Brewery Hospitality
Room, the Panama Golf Club and the old La Venta
Hotel in the Interior (we always capitalized In-
terior because, to us, it was a Place and while
I'm here inside the parentheses marks let me add
that the La Venta cocktail was invented at the La
venta Hotel and, for many years, its ingredients,
Ron Cortez rum, Chianti wine and lime juice, were
a well kept secret by the owner).
Over the years the PSST get-togethers evolved
from rather formal, even pompous, meetings to more
casual (but with planned entertainment) affairs,
to completely unstructured gatherings. How the
PSST meetings changed from the first to the second
stage of development was the subject of a story
often repeated at later parties.
It seems that during the early years of the
PSST the then Superintendent of the Canal Zone
Schools, Ben Williams, would use the PSST gather-
ings as an occasion for making long speeches on
educational subjects. These speeches would come
after a large dinner which, in turn, had come
after a lengthy cocktail hour. No one has ever re-
membered what he actually said in these speeches,
but apparently Ben was intimidating enough so that
everyone sat quietly waiting for him to finish so
that the serious drinking could get under way
One year the PSST conclave was held at the Pan-
ama Golf Club. I'm talking about the old Panama
Golf Club and it wasn't even completed yet. Back
in those days, i'm sure it must have been in the
thirty's, everyone wore white linen suits to the
PSST affairs, as well as to all other functions.
Ben Williams had been speaking for some time, as
I said his speeches were not noted for brevity,
when one of the young teachers could, how shall I
say it, contain himself no longer. Unfortunately,
the poor fellow was seated at a table very near
the head table. Being young, and new to the Canal
Zone Schools, he hadn't known that the farther
from the head table one sat, the better. With all
eyes, including Ben's, on him our hero got up and
made his way to the men's room.
As I said, the Club was not yet completed. This
may have been the first function ever held there.
There was no grass, just red clay surrounding the
building. Doors opened on to what seemed to be, in
the dark, vast expanses of nothingness. On his way
back to the dining room our young friend opened
one of those doors and stepped out into space.
Space, as it turned out, was only five feet or so
straight down to freshly dug red clay that was as
red, as wet and as messy as only Panama clay can
be. He landed face down, full length. Unhurt,
thanks to the generous amount of Agewood he had
consumed, he got up and, after several attempts,
finally found his way back to the inside of the
His entire front, from head to toe, and all
areas in between, including his new white linen
suit, was completely red. His back was still snow
white. His appearance, to say the least, was des-
cribed as startling. History does not recount
whether he knew how he looked or not but, whether
he knew or not, he re-entered the dining room,
where Ben Williams was just reaching the high
point, to him, of his speech and solemnly walked
back to his table and sat down.
Needless to say, all eyes, including Ben's,
were again on the young teacher. From the time he
entered the room until he sat down there was com-
plete silence, even Ben had stopped speaking. The
silence continued, Ben was understandably having
difficulty regaining his train of thought, no one
was paying any attention to him at this point any-
way, until the Red Man realized that he was the
center of this silent attention. He gazed around
at his spellbound audience for a long moment then
acknowledged them with a broad grin. It was a
splash of white on a red background.
Those present say it began as a surpressed col-
lective giggle until someone lost control and
laughed out loud. The laughter grew as if it had
taken on an entity of its own. There is no laugh-
ter like the laughter that comes when least ex-
pected, such as in church, in a tense situation or
during a speech by Ben Williams. Hysterical was
one, probably accurate, description used. As the
years went by the accounts of the ensuing hilarity
grew. Words such as gales, peals and waves have
been used to describe the laughter. Apparently
there was much slapping of thighs, wiping of eyes
and, perhaps, even some rolling around on the
floor, before a degree of calm, but certainly not
order was restored.
Whatever became of our young hero? He stayed on
as a teacher until he was appointed to an adminis-
trative position. In fact, he held a number of
successively more important positions in the Canal
Zone Schools until his retirement. How could this
be, in view of this exhibition, you may well ask.
It seems that only those who were seated at his
table at that infamous dinner knew who the Red Man
as he was forever secretly called by his close
friends, was and they never told. The red clay
mask completely obscured his identity. I have
always suspected that some of those in authority
knew who he was but never let on because they were
eternally grateful for his contribution to the
PSST. His contribution? Ben Williams never made
another speech at a PSST gathering.
David A. Speir
Former Superintendent of Schools
ty miles from there we entered the deep harbor of
Porto Bello was an interesting place, for here
was where they had what was called the Black
Christ Ceremony, every year on October 21st. Many
boats from all over would bring people to see the
ceremony. George, himself, took many tourists,
most prominent were General Patton's wife and a
Panama president. The ceremony cosisted of the
natives carrying a statue of the Black Christ out
of the church and through the town. There was a
peculiar way they walked three steps forward and
then two steps backwards. This took hours some-
times and the bearer of the statue would tire and
have to change over. Other natives carried candles
and a band played with folks chanting.
Sir Walter Drake entered this harbor with the
intentions of capturing the village. Instead of
being a warrior, he was a sick man and died of the
fever. He was buried in a lead casket within the
harbor in 1596. Before coming to Porto Bello, he
looted the town of Nombre De Dios, a few miles
down the coast in 1572. Henry Morgan, the most no-
torious of all pirates, sacked Portobello in 1668,
taking several ship loads of booty.
Isla Grande was a beautiful Island with sandy
beaches. There is a lighthouse on the hill that we
would climb many times. Escribana Shoals was an-
other place to stretch out and swim. Farlon Sucio,
a massive high rock was a good area for fishing.
A most enjoyable stay was Queely. Many wide reefs
on which George and our son John would go lobster-
ing at night. What a delicacy, lobster omelette
for breakfast and lobster salad for lunch!
During our years spent in Panama, the most mem-
orable ones are those spent on our boat, and all
the lovely trips. George Allgaier built two cabin
cruisers at the Cristobal Yacht Club. The first
was twenty-six feet. This was during the war years
and the Army needed boats, so George had to sell
the boat to the Navy. Our second boat was built
thirty-eight feet long. George named it Louise
after our daughter. The Louise was a very nice
boat, having twin diesel engines, sleeping quar-
ters with four bunks, a kitchen with a stainless
steel refrigerator, and even a bathroom with a
shower. Our family spent many enjoyable weekends
and vacations at sea.
On the Caribbean Sea, one sails along the
coastal mountain range, which rises from a thou-
sand to fifteen-hundred feet above sea level.
Leaving Cristobal, we had to pass through what is
called "The Breakwater." A few miles from the
Breakwater, was our first stop, Orange Keys. Twen-
San Bias island
Our next and most beautiful stop, San Blas. 360
beautiful white beaches and coral island. From
Cristobal breakwater to San Blas Islands is 90
miles. The Cuna Indians live here, being very
friendly. Some of the women were shy and would
cover their faces. On arriving at the first island
called Porvenir, one must register to be able to
travel to various islands. After registering, the
sight of the islands was as if you were entering
a beautiful new world.
We found out that each family (man) owns so
many palm trees and they use the coconuts for
trading money when the trading boat arrived from
Colombia. The boat is loaded with food supplies
and household items, etc. The Indians carve out
cayucos from large trees. This can make them very
serviceable over the coral reefs. Since many of
them work in Colon, they felt the need for a die-
sel engine boat.
S.Zr rm.n -m -a
Group of San Bias Indians attired in
their gala costumes on Tiger Island of
Bright red bandana scarfs called Musive are
worn over the women head. Her colorful blouse, a
mola, usually three thicknesses of cloth appliqued
onto a black cloth. A straight piece of cloth go-
ing one and a half times around the waist to hold
the skirt in place. Her hair is short, a gold nose
ring, and beginning in the middle of her forhead
she paints a brown streak down her flat nose to
make it more prominent. Wearing many beaded neck-
laces, most attractive are the necklaces of coins,
ranging from dimes to dollars of Panamanian, U.S.
and Colombian currency. On her arms and legs she
will wind a single strand of colored beads to ap-
pear like a solid band which a pattern has been
woven to 5 inches. These are not removed unless a
A retreat in the San Blas Islands
Many times we stayed at the island Mau Cay. One
day some of our indiand friends asked us to go
with them to a river to get fresh water. They had
large cayucos so we all fit in them helping paddle
far up river, about 5 miles. They used calabashes
to put water in. On another day we would take many
natives around to the other islands in our boat.
Our daughter, Louise, was given a small cayuco to
paddle around the islands while we stayed there.
Mr.MdcGipsy, a retired government employee was
the only white man allowed to live on an island.
After retirement, he bought a boat and every month
would arrive at Cristobal Yacht Club and would
stay long enough to get supplies. He lived on Mau
During our trips to San Bias, the island of
Nagana was the only island to have electricity.
There was also a church and school.
Our son, John had built a small boat, and on
some trips to San Blas we would tow it. He would
take a native fishing all day and numerous large
fish were caught. The fish the natives caught
would be smoked.
In his spare time, George designed and built
the marine railway for larger boats to come up out
of the water, at Cristobal Yacht Club.
Memories like these will live on forever.
Kenneth City, FL.
BEGINNING OF THE PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
In the fall of 1917 a group of ex-employees of
the Panama Canal and Panama Railroad living in
California, held a picnic at Hollenbeck Park, Los
Angeles, and discussed forming an organization.
Arrangements for the affair were handled by Mrs.
W.H. Naylor, Mrs. P.S. Watkins and Mrs. Frank
Rivers. For the next three years picnics were held
at regular intervals, all details being handled by
these three ladies.
In September, 1921, a permanent organization
was set up as "The Panama Canal Club of Southern
California" with Mr. Walter C. Cousineau as the
first president. Four picnics were held in 1922
and in 1923. Yearbook listing 217 ex-employees
(not all members of the club) was published in
July 1923. Monthly meetings were held from October
1923 to June 1928, except for short periods during
the summer months. Those attending enjoyed dancing
and card parties and entertainment.
In 1929, interest waned, and the club was inac-
tive from 1929 to April 1932. At that time, Mr.
Tan Booz arranged a picnic at Palm Villa, to re-
activate the group. At a picnic in Griffith Park,
Los Angeles, in June 1933, the club was reorgan-
ized, with 157 dues-paying members.
The 1940 directory shows: "Panama Canal Society
of Southern California." the 1942 directory shows
"Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles." About 400
names are listed, not all members. The name was
later changed back to "Southern California to in-
clude all ex-employees in that area. For many
years luncheons were held each year on second Sun-
days in March and December; picnics on second Sun-
day in June and September. Various locations were
selected in the Los Angeles area for the gather-
Old-timers will remember that at the picnics,
the president or vice-president carted big, gray
enamel coffee pots and made coffee. That got to be
a monumental task, so serving of coffee at picnics
Sometime in the late 50's, interest in and at-
tendance at picnics waned, and it was decided to
discontinue picnics and have three or four lunch-
eons each year. In the 1950's a newsletter was
started and sent to members of the Society, and
forwarded to the Canal Record in Florida for in-
clusion in that publication. Luncheons were held
at various locations many were held at Knott's
Berry Farm the latter drew large attendance.
Over the years the Society has had its ups and
downs, good membership and attendance and poor;
many of the old-timers who worked hard to keep
things going are not with us anymore, set somehow
the Society survives.
It is reassuring to see that now the younger
generation is taking over the reins, and will keep
the Canal Zone spirit alive and well.
Selected from old records by Ihelma Reppe
RETIRED WORKERS OF PANAMA CANAL
HAVE ACTION GROUP IN FLORIDA
Doesn't seem possible the 25th anniversary of
the opening of the Panama Canal is at hand! Un-
usual experiences incident to the construction of
a work so unusual and so important made the time
from the American occupation in 1904 to March 31,
1914 pass swiftly. Despite the wonderful sanitary
equipment and efficient hospitalization, many fal-
tered, sickened, and died in the task and are
sleeping the years away overlooking the great
Canal, to the construction of which they had con-
tributed a part.
A retirement system came in time, with age and
service limits, and lightened hearts faced the
time when, without a job, employees could return
to the homeland and be assured of a steady, if not
large annuity for an old age and the glories and
expenses of a western sunset.
On July 24, 1932, a number of ex-enployees re-
cently retired and before landing in New York the
following day, held a meeting and organized a
Panama Canal Club of about twelve members. They
planned to issue a monthly letter to each member,
and when possible, to hold an annual meeting.
Strange to say, but few of the members lived in
Florida and as time passed our membership grew un-
til it comprised many States. We have held annual
reunions ever since in various Florida cities, our
attendance averaging from a hundred to a hundred
Our meetings are usually formal, with a busi-
ness session, a dinner and a social period. Our
first president, R.S. Houston of Erlanger, Ken-
tucky, died a few months ago. Our membership has
grown to over two hundred and from this numerous
ever increasing family letters come in with news
of interest to the craftsmen for the next bulle-
tin. In this way we keep up the bond of friend-
ship of the early days.
All the clubs are seeking a closer union in the
promotion of the general welfare of Oldtimers.
We hope to see every one with early Isthmian ser-
vice given an annuity proportional to what others
receive for similar service, and to see a provi-
sion for annuity for widows of deceased annui-
The Florida club sends greetings and best
wishes for this 25th birthday of the opening of
the great waterway.
J.F. Warner, Secretary
The 1939 reunion of ex-employees of the Panama
Canal Zone was held in Bradenton, Florida, on
Washington's Birthday. A business session at the
Chamber of Commerce Building was followed by
dinner at the Hotel Manavista. Members were iden-
tified by white satin ribbons on which was printed
1939 Panama Canal Bradenton, Florida.
Officers of the Florida group at the time of
the February meeting were C.H. Beethaml of Tanpa,
president; T.H. Young of St. Petersburg, vice pre-
sident; J.F. Warmer, of Bradenton, secretary and
treasurer; Rev. C.B. Mitchell of Tarpon Springs,
chaplain; Mrs. T.H. Young of St. Petersburg, pian-
ist; and C.W. Duey of Miami, chairman of the music
August 15, 1939
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S.S. Ancon Twenty Fifth Anniversary Trip 1914 August 15 1939, at Gatun Locks
FOR NEW TIMERS ANSWERS TO CROSSWORD PUZZLE ON
DID YOU KNOW?
That the site of the Canal Zone Governor's
House was first set aside as the location for a
tuberculosis sanitarium because of its elevation?
That there was once a cemetery on Flamenco Is-
land where yellow fever victims from the old wood-
en ships were buried because their bodies could
not be brought to the mainland?
That the Fortified Islands at the Pacific en-
trance to the Panama Canal are of volcanic origin
side outlets of the great volcano whose core made
That the French plan for the building of the
Panama Canal called for a depth of 28 feet and a
width of 72 feet at the bottom and that the Canal
as built by the Americans has a depth of 45 feet
and a width of 300?
That the largest employment in Panama Canal con-
struction work was 56,654 in 1913?
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BHS 1939 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
By now our classmates have received their final
information bulletin concerning the plans of the
BHS-1939 Class Reunion to be held June 29, 1989.
Hopefully, everyone interested in attending has
been contacted by the committee and has made their
reservations. It's going to be a real fun party
and we are looking forward to seeing you all.
8447-140th St. N.
Seminole, FL. 34646
3103 Haverford Avenue
Clearwater, FL. 34621
BHS CLASS OF 1940 REUNION
The Class of 1940 Reunion will be held during
March 29-30-31, 1990 in Dothan, Alabama.
An information letter has been mailed out to
all those whose addresses are in the committee's
files. Please let us hear from you as soon as
possible if you are interested in attending, with
your name, address and telephone number. The com-
mittee members are: Dorothy Kalar Kennedy, Jane
Tonpkins Heselton, Joan Ridge deGrummond and the
Chairperson, Louise Rathgeber Hunt, 2810 Evans
Drive, Dothan, AL 36303.
CHS 1939 50TH CLASS REUNION
We will celebrate our GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY of our
graduation in 1989, in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Reunion in Tampa, Florida.
It will be our first reunion since graduation,
and we want to bring together as many of our class
mates as possible, including those of the Class of
'38 and '40 who would like to get together with us
for old times sakes.
Would like your input if interested and also
possibly getting together at the WEST COAST PANAMA
CANAL REUNION in San Diego in September 1989. Let
us hear from you!
Rural Route 1, C Box 261-K
Eastham, MA 02642
Fern (Horine) Dabill
4210 No. 56th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85031
BHS CLASS OF 1945
Rolando A. Linares, Jr.
P.O. Box 37301, PAC 0117
Washington, D.C. 20013
In the U.S.A.:
Marguerite (Neal) Robles
3226 Mulberry Drive
Clearwater, FL 34621
June (Rowley) Stevenson
P.O. Box 37301, PAC 0102
Washington, D.C. 20013
John (Jack) Corrigan
2414 Timbercrest Cir. W.
Clearwater, FL 34625
BHS CLASS OF 1959
Let's celebrate our 30th anniversary reunion by
getting together Thursday, June 29, and Friday,
June 30, at the Tampa Hilton Hotel, Tampa, Fla.
for HAPPY HOUR from 4-6 p.m.
We are also planning a class golf tournament on
Friday, June 30th. If interested contact:
PSC Box 1685
APO Miami, FL 34002
PSC Box 2915
APO Miami, FL 34002
Attention graduates! Mannie Quintero is com-
piling a list of our class where we are what
we've done what we are doing, etc. So many years
have gone by that many of us have nearly lost
touch. If you are a member of BHS'45 and would
like us to know your whereabouts and where-with-
all, drop Mannie a card to: 4375 Greenberry Lane,
Annandale, VA 22003.
BHS CLASS OF 1952 REUNION
In conjunction with the West Coast Reunion in
San Diego, BHS'52 will have a mini-reunion and
luncheon at noon, Saturday, September 23. Cost is
$13.00 per person. Mail your check payable to the
West Coast Reunion, and marked for the BHS'52
luncheon to Conrad Horine, 16136 Lassen St., Sep-
ulvede, CA 91343. Deadline is August 22. Exact
location to be announced, but probably at the
Bahia Hotel, 998 West Mission Bay Drive, which is
CHS CLASS OF 1959 REUNION
Our 30th class reunion will be held in con-
junction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida
Reunion. For further information please write:
Mickey Cunningham Alice Hardwick Hope
1410 NE 56th Court 3349 Monte D'Oro Dr.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 Birmingham, AL 35216
BHS GOLDEN CLASS OF 1964 REUNION
The celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The
balboa High School Golden Class of 1964 (the Fif-
tieth Graduating Class of BHS) has been scheduled
for June 27-29, 1989, at the Holiday Inn, SURFSIDE
in Clearwater, Florida. If interested in attending
and have not yet received any information, please
send your name, address, phone number plus any
names and addresses of fellow graduates and teach-
ers to one of the following Committee Members:
BHS CLASS OF 1954 REUNION
We will celebrate the 35th anniversary of our
graduation in 1989, in conjunction with the Pan-
ama Canal Society Reunion. It will be our first
reunion since graduating, and we want to bring to-
gether as many of our classmates as possible,
including those who would have graduated with us
but did not for whatever reason. We invite all
members of the CHS Class of 1954 who wish to join
us. The persons to contact are:
Carole (Salonick) Barber
404 Marble Cove Way
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Helen (Daniel) Miller
1302 E. Candlewood
Orange, CA 92667
Jane (Holgerson) Thanpson
476 East Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92714
P.S. Families of Classmates Please send us their
addresses or have them contact us. Thanks!!
CHS CLASS OF '64 REUNION
Carol (LaCroix) Church has offered to assist
Robert Delano Martin in contacting as many CHS
'64 grads as possible for our 25th class reunion.
to be held in the summer of '89. We could use a
lot of help. To all CHS '64 grads reading this,
please send either Robert or me your name, address
and telephone number plus the names and addresses
of fellow grads you may know. The summer of '89 is
not far away and to make this one of the "Best Re-
unions" ever, a lot of time is needed for plan-
ning. Please contact me (Carol LaCroix Church) at
1436 Starboard St., N.W., Palm Bay, FL 32907. Tel:
(305) 724-1299, or Robert Delano Martin at 4409
Malaga Dr., Austin, TX 78759. Tel: (512) 345-9473.
BHS CLASS OF '69
The BHS Class of '69 needs to get organized for
our 20th Reunion!! We want your address, and those
of any other you have! Write to:
971 SW 7th St.
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Gail Goodrich Totten
4930 Trail West Dr.
Austin, TX 78735
CHS CLASS OF 1969
Our 20th class reunion will be held in con-
junction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida
Reunion. We will be having a pool party at the
Tampa Hilton, Saturday, July 1st from 11:00 A.M.
to 3:00 P.M.
*** Please note that the dates given in our last
letter were incorrect. The correct dates are:
June 29, 30 and July 1.
Response has been slow coming in. Please fill
out the bottom of our last letter and return to:
Maria Kerley Hernandez
291 El Dorado Parkway
Plantation, FL 33317
Marie Wheeler Partik
4820 S.W. 170 Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33331
Other members of the committee are: Jacque
(Crowell) Vowell (BHS); Faye (Weisser) Finegan,
(BHS); Edith (Smith) Coulson, (CHS); and Donella
(McLean) Vogel, (BHS).
Packets for the reunion will be mailed in Aug-
ust, so we encourage you to get your address in as
soon as possible.
CHS CLASS OF 1979 REUNION
The Ten Year Class Reunion of the CHS Class of
1979 will be held on Friday, June 30, 1989 in
Tampa, Florida, in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society of Florida Annual Reunion. Those
who wish to attend please contact Donald Love very
soon at P.O. Box 1721, Keystone Heights, Florida
32656; (904) 473-0315.
BHS CLASS OF 1980
We are beginning to make plans for our 10th
reunion. Please send your address and addresses of
other classmates you may have to:
3517 Normandy Ave. Apt. 3
Dallas, Texas 75205
CHS CLASS OF 1980
The CHS Class of 1980 is making an effort to
locate any classmates who would like to attend and
Who would be willing to help plan our 10-year re-
union to be held in Orlando in conjuction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in 1990.
Please send your name and address to Holly or
Vicky at the address below. Don't forget to let us
know if you are interested in helping, AND if you
have address of other classmates.
Holly (Coe) Wheeler
358 2nd Street
Spring Hill, FL 34610
P.O. Box 652
BHS CLASS OF 1981
BHS-CHS CLASS OF 1970 REUNION
The BHS-CHS Class of 1970 Reunion Committee is
currently making plans for their 20th Class Reun-
ion to be held in conjunction with the 1990 Panama
Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, Florida. Plans
for the reunion will be a poolside fiesta at the
Delta Court of Flags. If you are a member of the
class of 1970 or know of someone who is, please
send name, address and telephone number to: Vicki
Sizemore (BHS), 205D Carol Blvd., Auburndale, FL.
33823. (813) 967-2106.
We are beginning to make plans for our 10-year
class reunion. Please send your names and address-
es to Maritza or Susan at the addresses below. If
you are interested in helping and if you have any
addresses of other classmates, please forward them
4814 Northdale Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33624
16402 Cypress Mulch Circle
Tampa, FL 33624
NEW BHS-CHS INDEX
The BHS-CHS Index provides a ready reference of
your friends and fellow alumni. It is organized by
school and class with an alphabetical index in the
front. We would like to include your information
in the next issue. To get a listing form, just
send a self-addressed envelope to Conrad S Horine,
16136 Lassen St., Sepulveda, CA 91343.
There is no charge for your listing. The Rec-
ord will announce publication of the new Index.
Its cost will be nominal.
PAST MATRON'S LUNCHEON
The Canal Zone Past Matron's Association, their
guests and Canal Eastern Star members are invited
to attend a luncheon to be held on Thursday, June
29, 1989 at the Hyatt Regency, Tampa, in the Es-
planade Room from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
The cost is $14.50 per person, tax and gratuity
Deadline for reservations is June 22, 1989.
Send your reservations to Edith Cotton, 4054
Church Creek Pt., Largo. FL 34644, (813) 584-8830,
or to Mayno Walker, 4100 Tee Rd., Sarasota, FL.,
34235, (813) 955-2107.
GULF COAST PICNIC
A no-host picnic will be held starting at 11:00
a.m. on Saturday, September 30, at the Davis Bayou
Campground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore,
off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Miss. All ex-Zonians
in the area or passing through are invited to
For those with trailers or RV's, Davis Bayou
has campsites with electric and water hook-ups and
a dump station. For camping details, contact the
Assistant Superintendent, Guld Islands National
Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
For picnic details, contact Owen or Gerda Smith,
(601) 542-3441. If you need a ride or have room to
offer someone else a ride, please coordinate with
state reporter Patt Roberson (504) 774-7761.
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PCSOFL SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON/MEETING
September 9, 1989
Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, Fla.
The September Luncheon/Meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida will be held at the Sahib
Shrine Temple, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, Fla.
on September 9, 1989.
The menu will consist of: Poinsetta Tomatoe
with Chicken Salad, with Fresh Fruit, Rolls, Des-
sert, Coffee and Tea. Cost per person is $9.00
Directions are shown on the attached map.
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PCSOFL SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON/MEETING
September 9, 1989
Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, Fla.
Please make reservations for me at $9.00
per person. Total enclosed $
Make checks payable to: Panama Canal Society
Sof Florida, Inc.
MAIL TO: Panama Canal Society of Florida
P.O. Box 1508
Palm Harbor, FL 34682-1508
Telephone Number: ( ) -
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PANAMA CANAL WEST COAST REUNION SEPTEMBER 22, 23, 24, 1989
COME TO THE WEST COAST REUNION AND THEN DEPART ON YOUR ZCNIAN AMIGOS CRUISE
WE CHANGED OUR DATES TO ACCOMMODATE YOU SEE YOU IN SAN DIEGO
998 West Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
MAIL ROCM RESERVATIONS DIRECTLY TO HOTEL:
Name Organization: Panama Canal West Coast Reunion
Address Rate: Single Double
Arrival Date Departure Date
Number in Party Deposit enclosed $
All rates subject to 7% room tax. Please advise of late arrival.
ENCLOSE FIRST NIGHT ROOM DEPOSIT
Room rates: SINGLE $62.00, DOUBLE $66.00
This is a special rate for our reunion. AFTER August 22, rooms subject to availability.
Live Music by TITO KDUYNES of Panama
Deadline for reservations Sept. 12, 1989. Mail checks to: PANAMA CANAL WEST COAST REUNION, c/o David Lane
603 1st St. #515, Oceanside, CA 92054. Make checks payable to REUNION ACCOUNT.
Dinner/Dance: $35.00 r xr person. Breakfast: $12.00 per person.
10% off full table purchased by one person. DINNER/DANCE @ $35.00 per person
Deadline: August 22, 1989 Table of 10 @ 10% discount $315.00
NAME AND ADDRESS OF EACH PERSON: BREAKFAST @ $12.00
TOTAL ENCLOSED: $
Telephone: ( )
Area code number
FRIDAY, September 22 6:00 8.00 PM REGISTRATION AND OPEN BAR (Hospitality Suite)
SATURDAY, September 23 8:00 AM 2:00 PM Golf Tournament and Luncheon
9:00 AM 4:00 PM (Same) Bring your favorite libation.
6:00 8:00 PM No Host Bar and Dinner Ballroom.
8:00 PM 1:00 AM Dancing to the music of Tito Muynes.
NO HOST BAR
SUNDAY, September 24 10:00 AM REGISTRATION Ballroom
10:30 AM 1:00 PM BREAKFAST, Film or Talk, Raffle, Lottery
Dancing to Music by Tito.
FOR FURTHER INFO, CONTACT THE "CCtMITTEE": David Lane 619-630-9629; Ken and Celine Stone 818-361- 1964
Kathryn Molinaro 7.4-927-2908; David and Thelma Hollowell 619-424-5704; Tan and Marian Rice 213-
662-0547; Conrad and Norma Horine 818-895-1681; Rae Donaldson 213-809-0018; and Donna Bowman -
For mini-class reunions to be held in conjunction with the West Coast Reunion and for the Golf Tour-
nament and Luncheon, contact Conrad Horine.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY!
Send all ads and checks for ads DIRECT to the
Editor, 1408 Byram Drive, Clearwater, FL 34615
Make checks payable to: Panama Canal Society
of Florida. Ads accepted from members only.
Approx. 3-x1" (1/20th page) is $4.00. 1/5 page
is $16.00, Half page $40.00. Full page $80.00.
Write for COMMERCIAL AD RATES, (Businesses).
PROMPT COURTEOUS SERVICE
REAL ESTATE REFERRAL
135 WEDGEWOOD DR
TORRINGTON, CT 06790
60 CARPENTER DR.
EAST HARTFORD. CT
For Sale: Last of my inventory of the Panama Canal
postcard set. Ten cards on Canal construction,
$2.00, also last copies of reprint of Official
Handbook for shippers, 1915. 58 pgs, illustrations
and map. $4.00 ppd. Bill Roddy, PO Box 280711, San
Francisco, CA 94128.
FOR SALE: Better Health with BARLEY GREEN. Add
life to your years and years to your life. $34.00
plus postage, for 6-8 week supply. Call or write:
Lauray (Will) Griffin, Rt. 1, Box 203, Crescent
City, FL 32012. Tel: (904) 698-2264.
FOR SALE OR TRADE for other Canal Zone memora-
bilia: Canal Zone Post Office Box doors. Send
$1.00 and a SASE (refundable with order) for com-
plete information. Gerald L. Graver, Rt. 2, Box
510-R, Goliad, TX 77963. (512-645-3189).
For Sale: Dansco Republic of Panama coin collec-
tion, 58 coins, ranging from 1904-1966. Very good-
Extremely Fine condition. $1,200 or best offer.
Contact: Nancy Lindenmeyer, 175 Grosvenor Lane,
Severna Park, MD. 21146. (301) 647-9142.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
WHY NOT RENEW THE ENJOYMENTWE HAD AS
ZONIANS WHEN WE CRUISED TOGETHER ON
THE PANAMA LINE SIGN UP To Travel With A
Fun Loving Group Of Zonians And Their Friends.
PETER W. FOSTER
2389 Citrus Hill Rd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
***SECOND ANNUAL ZONIAN AMIGOS FALL CRUISE***
Seven Day Cruise Visiting
JAMAICA COSTA RICA PANAMA CANAL ARUBA COLOMBIA
November 26 to December 3,1989
Sun. = Montego Bay
Mon. = At Sea
Tues. = Costa Rica
Wed. = PANAMA CANAL
Thurs. = Aruba
Fri. = Colombia
Sat. = At Sea
Sun. = Montego Bay
The Following Per Person
RATES Include FREE AIR between Tampa and Montego Bay, Jamaica:
Cabin Double Occupancy $795.00 to $995.00
Cabin Single Occupancy $895.00 to $995.00
3rd and 4th person in a cabin $590.00. Taxes and Fees $100.00
Deposit $225 per person (fully refundable thru October 1, 1989).
RATES GUARANTEED THROUGH JUNE 30, 1989.
Limited Cabins are available, therefore, acceptance of reservation will be based on a
1st come 1st served basis.
THE 16 DAY TRANSCANAL DIAMOND JUBILEE CRUISE CABIN BLOCK IS CLOSED, BUT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED,
I can still obtain cabins on an individual basis for a limited time.
This cruise departs Los Angeles on September 26, 1989. DON'T DELAY!!!
JOIN THE WEST COAST SOCIETY FOR THEIR ANNUAL REUNION ON SEPTEMBER 22-24 JUST PRIOR TO THE CRUISE
CONTACT CRUISE COORDINATOR PETE FOSTER FOR RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION!!
Ace Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
State Certified Licensed Insured
Complete Systems Bryant Dealer
No Overtime Rates
e Smat Bet"
"The Smart Bet"
(813) 938-8494 (Anytime)
1421 Pilgrim Drive
Holiday, FL 34690
Wanted: Canal Zone stamps Used on Envelopes (Com-
plete). Collector will pay the following:
1. Registered Letters, 1905-1925 $15.00
Special Delivery Letters
Covers with C.Z. Postage Due Stamps
All other envelopes, 1904-1924
7. Construction Scene Postcards 1.00
Used from Canal Zone 3.00
For large accumulations call collect to:
(213) 474-5951. Brad Wilde, (BHS'75), 19418 Gulf
Blvd., #305, Indian Shores, FL. 34635.
(Must be in by)
July 25, 1989
Wanted: TV-Video Nut wants to buy or copy (or
trade for blanks), your Beta/VHS video taped off
Panama or SCN-TV. Want commercials, cartoons,
musicals, specials, etc. Write: Crazy Willie, Box
291554, Tampa, FL. 33687.
RETIRING? READ THIS!! and think TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
After so many years of living in a foreign land it's excilerating, and some-
times confusing, to plan the big move back to the good-old U.S. of A. Lots of fun
but also many questions to be solved. Primary among the many pit-falls and
unknowns is the question of how best to go about buying that perfect, and long
dreamed of retirement home.
Rules and regulations, materials and methods of construction, prices, types
and rates of mortgages, discount points, closing costs, are just a few of the
many questions to be considered. Also, the uninformed buyer is often unaware of
the fact that the Realtor, who is employed by the Seller, is obligated by law to
seek the highest price and terms. This can be reversed, but unfortunately for the
Buyer, seldom is. A Realtor employed by the Buyer (at little cost to the Buyer)
becomes obligated by law to seek the lowest prices and terms.
After 32 years in the Canal Zone and Panama I have now lived in Tallahassee
since Christmas 1984 and both my wife Phyllis and I love it here. I am a licensed
Realtor Associate with Eason-Russell Inc. and have been active in real estate for
the past 3 years during which time I have successfully represented several
ex-Zonian buyers who have happily settled here.
If you would like information about the Tallahassee area and how to get more
for your real estate dollar, please drop me a line:
Chris Gundersen, 2705 Pine Ridge Rd., Tallahassee, FL. 32308
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