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VOL*24 SE/PTEMBER' NO.4
J. F. Warner
Mrs. Betty L. Frassrand
Mr. Bob Van Siclen
1st Vice President
Mr. Virgil H. Camby
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Richard "Pat" Beall
Mrs. Faith Brundage
Mr. Carl H. Starke
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Mr. Harry Foster
Sergeant at Arms
Mrs. Betty Malone
The President's M message ............................... ............. 1
From the Secretary .................................................. 2
The Editor's Corner ................................................. 3
Legislative Report .................................................... 4
1991 Reunion Report ................................................. 4
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 5
R etirem ents .......................................... ............... 8
Logo Tradem ark ..................................................... 8
1990 Reunion ....................................................... 9
N ew s C lips .......................................................... 28
W here A re You? ................................................. 29
Your Reporter Says ................................................... 30
Alabama ................30 Louisiana ................44
Arizona ................. 31 M ississippi ...............46
Arkansas ................32 North Carolina ...........47
California ................34 Northwest ................48
Colorado ................36 Oklahoma ...............49
Florida .................. 36 Panam a ................. 49
Hawaii .................. 42 South Carolina ........... 50
Indiana .................42 Texas ................... 52
V irginia ................. 54
G olf Q questionnaire ........................................... . ..55
C congratulations .................................................. 56
W eddings ........................................................... 61
B irth s . .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. . .. .. . .. .. .. .. . .. .. . .. .. .. . 64
With Deep Sorrow ................. .............................. 67
Letters to the Editor ................ ............................... 73
Four G generations ................................................... 78
Looking Back ................................................... . 79
A nnouncem ents .................................................... 85
For Sale or W anted ................................................. 89
Puerto Panama ........ 90 Zonian Amigos ....... 89 COPA ....... 91
Latin American Books ....... 90 Marji's Molas ..... 89 Cartotto ......... 90
FRONT COVER: Elected Officers for the year 1990-1991. Back: 1st Vice President
Bob Van Siclen, Editor Pat Beall, 2nd Vice President Virgil Camby. Front:
Secretary/Treasurer Marge Foster, President Betty Frassrand, Member-at-Large
BACK COVER: Ship in the Panama Canal Locks. Painting by Mr. Al Sprague,
noted Canal Area artist
DATES TO REMEMBER
September 8 PCSOFL Meeting, H&D Cafeteria, 130 37th Ave. N., St.
Petersburg, Florida, 1:30 p.m.
September 16 Space Coast Picnic, Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island, Florida,
12:00 noon. (See Announcements).
September 29 Gulf Coast Picnic, Davis Bayou Campground, Ocean Springs,
Mississippi. (See Announcements).
September 28-30 PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA
October 6 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, Bay Pines War Veterans Memorial
Park, 12:00 noon, Shelter #2.
October 20 Arizona Fall Luncheon, Sunland Inn, Arizona City, AZ. 11:00
a.m. (See Announcements).
November 2 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th Street N., St. Petersburg, Florida. 1:30 p.m.
December 1 Zonians Hill Country Christmas Party, Red Lion Inn, Austin,
Texas. (See Announcements)
December 2 PCSSC West Coast Luncheon, Knotts Berry Farm, 10:30 a.m.
December 8 PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon/Meeting, Holiday Inn, 3535
Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater, FL. 12:00 noon.
January 11 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St. N., St. Petersburg, Florida. 1:30 p.m.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
STo preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
SP.O. Box 1508 PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 34682
The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, April, June, September and December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
Second Class postage paid at Palm Harbor, Florida and additional entry.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Fla. 34682.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interest of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed
in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
2389 Citrus Hill Road
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625
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Thank you seems so inadequate to express my
feelings and deep sense of gratitude to the membership
for your show of support and vote of confidence in
allowing me to serve another year as President, but
please know that it is the biggest and deepest thank you
that one can muster.
The 1990 reunion in Orlando was a magnificent
success. I'd like to once again thank Joanne "Jay" Stewart
for all she did to help make the reunion one that will be
We have received many calls, cards and letters from
members expressing their comments, concerns and
compliments of the 1990 reunion. Yes, we did have some
problems, we cannot ignore that. However, most of the
problems we encountered were due to the hotel not
being completed, a problem we will not have to face in
1991. Despite some of the problems being beyond the
hotel staffs control, they were most accommodating to
us, offering a solution and a smile to most of the
problems that arose. I was so happy to receive a note
from two ladies that had an incident of being stuck in
the elevator and believe it or not, they are anxious to go
back to the Twin Towers, knowing that this problem was
one that could not be helped at that time. Thank you so
much for your calls and cards. Keep them coming. The
only way we can know of what your concerns are is to
hear them from you. I did receive a letter from a
member expressing her concerns about the younger
members (underage) drinking. This is a problem we have
had for a number of years and will most likely continue
to have. We are looking for solutions to try to curb this
activity. But again, we must rely a great deal on our
membership. If these "minors," specifically, college-age
students are at the reunion with their parents, the parents
must take the responsibility for their actions and help us
minimize any disruptive and destructive behavior.
Although the suggestion has been made to move the
reunion back to the Winter, I feel that this will be
affecting a great deal more of our members than those
with teenage children. We have a great number of school
teachers and parents who have younger school-age
children who would not be able to participate in our
reunions if they were moved. Therefore, I feel we must
look for another viable solutions to this problem. We
welcome feedback from you, if you have ideas, please
share them with us.
This was the biggest reunion we have ever had and
I am grateful to all those who supported the idea of a
move to Orlando. I hope that you will all be back next
year. For those of you who said this year that they will
not attend another reunion in Orlando, I hope that
between now and next june, we can convince you that you
don't want to miss out on the visiting with old friends and
the companionship that is so uniquely shared in our
Our Executive Board for the 1990-1991 year is as
1st Vice President/Reunion Coord. Bob Van Siclen
2nd Vice President Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
Editor, Canal Record Richard "Pat" Beall
Secretary/Treasurer Marge Foster
Member at Large Faith Brundage
Legislative Representative Jane Huldtquist
Historian Betty Malone
Sergeant at Arms Harry Foster
Chaplain Dorothy Yocum
Past President Carl H. Starke
Our committee chairmen are as follows:
Audit and Budget Jeanne Wheeler
ByLaws Beverly Williams
Hospitality/Refreshments Dorothy Pate
Nominating Committee Ralph McClain
Sunshine Anna Collins
Telephone Virgil Camby
Our special events chairmen are as follows:
October Picnic Virgil Camby
December Luncheon Muriel Whitman
Carnavalito Vickie Sizemore
May Luncheon Anna and Joe Collins
We are looking forward to an exciting year and hope
that those of you in the area will take part in our various
activities and those of you who might be visiting the area,
please join us.
We are, of course, sorry that Drake Carlisle has not
chosen to stay on the Board this year. Drake is so
involved with getting his business, Ware Masters
International, going, that he did not feel he had the time
to commit to the Society. We will miss him as he was a
great asset to the Board.
We were also sorry to receive the resignation of
Charles "Buddy" Williams from the Member at Large
position. Mr. Williams was elected to this position at the
Annual Business Meeting and we received his resignation
shortly thereafter, which left the Board with a position to
fill. Inasmuch as Mrs. Faith Brundage received the
second highest amount of votes, we felt that it was only
fair that she be appointed to this position.
A motion was made at the Annual Meeting that the
Board obtain a central office for the Society by
December 31, 1990. I must first apologize for any
confusion that I may have caused during the meeting with
regard to the Motions and Amendments that were being
voiced. Although a motion to amend was made that we
have until the Annual Meeting in 1991 in which to find
an office, there was no second to this motion and it
therefore died, and we proceeded with the vote on the
original motion. It did get a bit confusing there for a
while, but we straightened out the best we could and
hope that everyone understood what transpired. (For
further information, please refer to the minutes in this
issue). A committee has been selected to look for an
office and we will advise the membership of our findings
in the December issue of the Canal Record.
We are excited about the 1991 reunion. We have a
great committee working with us this year and plan to
make it even better than last year, which quite honestly,
is going to be hard to top. But we will give it our best
I would like to again thank all of those individuals
who worked so hard to make this reunion a success and
to those members who have taken the time to write or
call us, it is greatly appreciated. As I have stated for the
past year, if you have ideas, suggestions or comments,
please let us know. The only way our organization is
going to continue to prosper in the way it has is by all of
us working together to make it happen.
I hope you had a very nice Summer and that you
enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays.
Betty L. Frassrand
The 1990 Reunion was a tremendous success from all
the comments I have received from members all over the
States. It certainly was the largest and the best attended.
It was heartwarming to see all the family reunions!
The officers, board members, reunion coordinator
and her committee chairpersons and their volunteers
work long and hard to make these get together a reality
and deserve a lot of credit. It has been an honor to be
associated with them and to see how smooth they keep
the Society running.
I was sorry to see so many of our members vote
against a central office. Even though the motion to get
a central office was approved by a small majority, I can't
help but wonder how many of our over 6,000 members
realize the amount of time and work involved in the
clerical and accounting duties in keeping the records up
to date, post all reunion funds received, prepare financial
statements, tax forms, pay the bills, monitor and take
care of CD's, bank business, run to the Post Office daily,
buy supplies, answer correspondence, print out labels for
the Canal Record and a bundle of other duties. I have
given up an entire room and closet in my home, tied up
our personal car and telephone and subjected to phone
calls all hours of the day, evening and weekends.
But most important, we have so much sophisticated
equipment spread out between three homes, the death of
anyone in these three locations could result in legal
difficulties, at the least, a delay in obtaining the
equipment. With a central office, assistants would have
access to these machines to help out when needed.
Having worked as assistant to both the
Secretary/Treasurer and the Canal Record Editor, I go
on record as stating that it is not necessary for the
Society to furnish the assistants with their own
computers. What is best for the Society must take
precedence over the feelings of the individuals affected by
gaining a central office.
We cannot continue moving from house to house.
The work involved in a move of this type is
overwhelming, the Post Office must be in the same area
as the office and changes must be made to stationery,
application forms, Canal Record, notifying
correspondents, IRS, and Insurance companies.
Personally, I need to get my house back in order,
spend more time with my family and start enjoying
retirement. I will be happy to help out when needed
because I love the Society and what it stands for, but if
all goes well, I plan to make this my last year as
Secretary/Treasurer. I am sure that with a central office
and decent wages, somebody out there will be happy to
take over the clerical and accounting duties of the
Interested persons should contact our president, Mrs.
I want to thank Jay Stewart for helping me this past
year and I regret her resigning as assistant but can
certainly understand her wanting to get on with other
projects that both she and Bob can share.
Well, the largest ever Reunion is finally over. Will
there be another like it? Apart from several Twin Tower
Hotel deficiencies, and they did their best to rectify them,
it appeared that the many class reunions and other
activities held during those four fun-packed days had
quite a time. Many glowing reports from everywhere. The
contractors for the hotel did not quite finish up their
work in time for us, but they will be gone in 1991 and we
will have the entire Convention Center where we can all
do our thing. It has been quite a while since I had time
to get around and see people, and Bob Van Siclen very
ably took over my chores and let me wander. Saw so
many people that haven't been with us before. It was
great getting time to chat a bit. Thanks, Bob.
I am a bit rusty in getting out this issue as Betty
Frassrand took over for me with the June issue while I
was mending. So many photos this time as always for
it's reunion time. Although we stipulate that photos sent
us become the property of the Society, more and more
members are asking me to return them, hoping that a
stamped envelope will do the trick even sending cash to
return them. We will not deviate from the statement in
our masthead (page 1) and after this issue, all snapshots
sent for entering in the Canal Record WILL NOT BE
RETURNED. Photos other than snapshots (construction
day photos, professional wedding photos and the like)
will be returned provided a stamped envelope is enclosed.
Inasmuch as there seems to be a great deal of
information lacking among the legislators in Washington
about the Panama Canal in general, we are now sending
a gift copy of each issue to the Library of Congress which
will not only show them a little history about the Canal,
but may also shed some light as to our legislative
objectives and interests. Let's hope it works.
The issue of a central office for the Panama Canal
Society paid employees is not something I wish to discuss
in this column. I'll do my discussing at the proper time at
a board meeting where we should all have an equal say
in the matter. 'Nuff said.
We have been advised after the Canal Record went
to press, that our Northwest Reporter, Martha "Mopsy"
Wood passed away on August 3, 1990. I am pre-empting
another paragraph in this column to report this after
press time. Mopsy had been a faithful and dedicated
reporter for the Northwest for more years than I can
remember, and has done much in bridging the large gap
between two extremities of the United States into the
Society. We will miss her terribly she was a great lady
and a great reporter and friend. Our sincere condolences
to the members of her family. Pat Beall
(Must be in by)
October 25, 1990
Mrs. Betty Frassrand, our newly re-elected President
has graciously asked me to be your Legislative
Representative for one more year, and I have accepted
with pleasure. I sincerely hope that my reports have been
informative and of help to all of you, and I will genuinely
try to continue to the best of my ability.
COLA: It seems that this is an ongoing thing for all
of us, and the latest information I have, as of this date
(July 25) is that thus far, Federal and Postal retirees have
accumulated a 3.4 percent increase toward the scheduled
January 1, 1991 Cost of Living, and FECA employees
projection as of May is 2.4 percent. The National
Association of Uniformed Services said that if inflation
continues at that rate through September, the COLA
could be as high as 5.3 percent. The National Association
of Federal Employees is still cautioning their members to
stay alert and be ready to respond, if they are singled out
for a reduced COLA to cut the budget dificit.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS:
Four organizations have announced that they will not
participate in the future in the Federal Employees Health
Benefits Program. They are: AFGE, NAPS, NFFE, and
GEBA (not to be confused with GEHA). Anyone who is
presently enrolled under these plans should be prepared
to change plans during the Open Season in November,
At the annual business meeting in Orlando in June,
I mentioned that the June issue of the publication
"Retirement Life" had a listing of the Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) directory. I had a large response to
this as well as an article in the June/July issue of
"Modern Maturity." I was asked by many of the members
to publish these articles so I am including the OPM
directory in this issue and the Veteran's Benefits in the
December issue. Clip out the article or xerox it and keep
it handy for future reference.
Any time an annuitant wishes to write the Office of
Personnel Management about retirement, insurance, or
survivor benefits, please give the:
* Civil Service Claim Number ("CSA" or "CSF"
followed by 7 digits); and the
* Social Security Number.
All correspondence must be signed by the
Annuitant correspondence should be addressed to:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Employee Service and Records Center
Boyers, Pennsylvania 16017
OR to one of the specific post office boxes listed
below. All correspondence sent to a post office box
should be addressed:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Washington, D.C. 20044
Change of Address
Tax Election Forms (WP4A)
State/Federal/Tax or Allotment Inq.
General Health Benefit Inquiries
Marital Status Survey, Earnings
Post Office Box
P.O. Box 686
P.O. Box 961
P.O. Box 989
P.O. Box 17
P.O. Box 14172
P.O. Box 579
Checks to Pay Deposit, Redeposit,
Overpayment, Voluntary Contributions
(Include Claim Number on Check) P.O. Box 7125
Adult Student Certification
Disputed Insurance Claim Inquiries
Lost Checks/Non-Receipt (Include
Date of Check)
P.O. Box 956
P.O. Box 436
P.O. Box 7815
Report of Death OPM at Boyers, PA
(See Complete Address Above.)
If an annuitant wishes to speak to someone over the
telephone at OPM about retirement, please call:
for all types of retirement related inquiries. This number
will put you in contact with the OPM Retirement
Information Office. This office is staffed by experienced
specialists who will either provide an immediate
response or will redirect your inquiry to a more
appropriate location and will give an expected
Once again, if I can be of service to you, please
contact me, my address is shown in the Directory.
1991 REUNION REPORT
The 1991 Reunion will be held June 19 through June
23, 1991 at the Orlando Towers Hotel (formerly Twin
Of all the hotels contacted in the Orlando area,
nightly rates ranged from $64.00 to $115.00. The Hyatt
Regency Hotel in Tampa offered a rate of $62.00 per
night, but was not available on selected dates. Also, the
Hyatt Regency does not have space available in which we
can hold the Ball.
The Orlando Towers has offered a nightly rate of
$64.00, and we know from the past reunion, that the
"Towers" offers the luxuries and amenities for a
A restaurant seating 375 persons and a lounge which
can handle approximately 200 people will open August 9,
The "Towers" Convention Center, which was
undergoing complete renovation last June, and is adjacent
to the area in which we held our dances and luncheon,
will be completed by October 1, 1990, and we will have
total use of the Convention Center and Exhibit Hall for
our 1991 Reunion.
As of this writing, the four hotels located in the
immediate area of the Orlando Towers (Orlando Delta
Resort, Howard Johnson, Days Inn) and including the
"Towers" have committed a total of 1,400 rooms for our
Reunion. We will all be within walking distance of each
This year all reunion forms will be available to
members residing in Panama after December 1, 1990.
The Atlantic side residents may contact Sue Stabler, and
Pacific side residents may contact Beverly and Joe Wood
for their reunion forms. Members residing in Panama
willnow have the same opportunity to register for the
Reunion and make hotel reservations as do our stateside
Thank you, Sue, Beverly and Joe.
The 1991 Reunion Committee cordially invites all
Society members to attend the 1991 Reunion, to again
renew old friendships and reminisce about the days gone
COME BACK COME BACK TO ORLANDO
Robert Van Siclen
Reunion Coordinator 1991
PLEASE READ VERY IMPORTANT
Information concerning the 1991 Reunion will be
published in the December issue of the Canal Record.
Deadline for material to be published in the
December issue of the Canal Record is October 25.
1990. Please note that hotels will NOT honor requests
for non-Society sponsored functions, such as class
reunions, luncheons, etc., unless such requests are
authorized in writing by the Reunion Coordinator.
Therefore, initial requests for non-Society functions
must be made IN WRITING, and addressed to me as
soon as possible.
Mail information and requests to: Bob Van Siclen
P.O. Box 10621
Largo, Florida 34643
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
May 4, 1990
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was opened by Mrs. Frassrand at 12:20
p.m. after which Mrs. Yocum gave the invocation
followed by Mrs. Frassrand in the absence of Mr. Beall,
who read the names of those recently deceased with a
moment of silence in their memory. Mr. Foster led the
Pledge to the Flag in the absence of Mr. Carlisle.
Mrs. Frassrand welcomed the 103 attending including
Past Presidents Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Al Pate and
Muriel Whitman. She adjourned the meeting temporarily
at 12:30 and turned the podium over to Mr. Collins who
called the table numbers who were to serve themselves,
in order, to the lovely buffet.
During lunch, a ballet performance was given by
Sean Musselman who introduced his lovely partner
followed by a short discourse on their accomplishments
The meeting readjourned at 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Foster
read the minutes of the April meeting which stand as
read. She read correspondence from a member who was
trying to locate a former Zonian, followed by the
financial report which stands for audit. She reported that
over $11,000 had been received for the 1990 reunion over
last year at the same time.
Mrs. Frassrand thanked Mr. and Mrs. Collins, Mr.
and Mrs. Pate, and presented them with tokens of
Mrs. Frassrand announced that under the Society's
Bylaws, the meeting prior to the Annual Meeting could
be cancelled, therefore the Executive Board voted to
dispense with the June meeting and hold a July meeting
at St. Bede's on Friday, July 13.
The President expressed her disappointment that a
chairperson had not volunteered to chair the annual
Sarasota luncheon resulting in its cancellation. A notice
will appear in the June Canal Record asking for
volunteers in the hopes that a Sarasota luncheon could
take place at a later date.
Mrs. Frassrand read a letter from the White House
stating that due to prior commitments, President Bush
would be unable to speak at our Annual Luncheon.
Mrs. Stewart announced we were in the process of
making reservations in our 6th hotel and that the cut-off
date would be May 20. Seventeen vendors have paid their
fee to sell at the reunion and discounted tickets for
different attractions would be available at the reunion. A
pre-conference meeting would be held on May 16 at the
Twin Towers and would be attended by all committee
chairpersons. The President thanked Mrs. Stewart and
her committees for working so hard on the reunion.
Mrs. Frassrand stated that Mr. Beall had asked her
to thank everyone for their cards and calls during his
recent hospital stay. She announced that the June Canal
Record was on schedule, thanks to Mary Lou Lang,
Nancy Van Siclen, and she also had been spending as
many hours as possible in preparing the June issue for
Mrs. Foster reported that she had contacted some of
the branch post offices regarding the delay in delivering
the Canal Record, however she needs the assistance of
members if she is to pursue these delayed delivery
complaints. She asked the members to notify her of
Mrs. Huldtquist gave her Legislative Report (filed
with the original minutes and appears in the Canal
Mrs. Pate announced that the July 13 Meeting at St.
Bede's would be a covered dish starting at 12:00 noon.
Mrs. Collins, Sunshine Chairperson, reported she had
sent a card to Pat Beall.
The Amendment 14 votes had been counted prior to
the meeting and the results were: 224 votes received, 218
YES votes, 4 NO votes, 2 abstained. Mr. Van Siclen
moved the ballots be destroyed, seconded by Mr. Foster.
Mr. DeGracia gave a short talk on the solvency of
Savings and Loans and some of the problems they were
facing in the Tampa Bay area.
Mr. Foster informed the members that Mrs. Frassrand
had spent many hours helping to get the Canal Record
completed in the absence of Mr. Beall and thanked her
for her dedication. He also thanked her for the part that
she, her husband Larry, and Virgil and Shirley Camby
for their efforts towards the Friends of Panama project.
The membership gave them a round of applause.
The President again thanked the committee and
chairpersons Mr. and Mrs. Collins for their successful
luncheon. She also thanked Mr. Foster for his kind words
and expressed her appreciation to all of the members
who helped make this past year a memorable one.
Mr. Harry Foster moved the meeting adjourn,
seconded by Mr. Camby, and the meeting adjourned at
June 22, 1990
Twin Towers Hotel
Mrs. Betty Frassrand, President, opened the meeting
at 10:09 a.m. All executive board members were present.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation, followed by
Mr. Richard Beall who named those recently deceased.
A moment of silence in their memory followed. Mr.
Drake Carlisle led in the Pledge to the Flag.
The President welcomed 330 members attending and
recognized Past Presidents Eugene Askew, Anna Collins,
Pete Foster, Victor May, Jack Morris, Al Pate, Robert
Roy, Carl Starke, Gaddis Wall and Bill Wheeler. She
also welcomed one of the honored guests at our reunion,
Mr. Robert Dill. Mr. Thomas J. "Pop" Ebdon, Sr., was
unable to attend.
Mrs. Frassrand then introduced Mr. Sam Modica,
Sales Manager of the Twin Towers Hotel who welcomed
members and apologized for the inconvenience with the
elevators and restaurant due to construction delays. He
expressed hope that the Society would return in 1991 and
informed them that a 376-seat restaurant and the
Convention Area would be completed and available for
use by the Society.
The President reported on her year as President; a
year of firsts; the first year in Orlando, first year for Desk
Top Publishing, first year to hold selected meetings on
Saturday, and the first time the Society has organized a
relief effort for Panama. She thanked Mr. Bill Wheeler,
Past President, for donating a plaque given to him by Mr.
Bob Hurdle with the recommendation that we inscribe
the names of all Past Presidents on it with a new brass
Mrs. Frassrand read a proclamation from the City of
Orlando designating June 23, 1990 as Panama Canal
Society of Florida Day in the City of Orlando.
The President thanked her Executive Board,
Committee Chairpersons and members who helped make
her year a success.
At this point, the President called numbers for door
prizes, and pages Jay Cain and Stacy Parker helped pass
out the prizes.
The President then called on the First Vice
President, Mrs. Jay Stewart, who thanked the Officers
and Executive Board for their support and stated she had
enjoyed serving with them.
Mrs. Marge Foster read the minutes of the May
meeting and they stand as read. She also read the
financial report and it stands for audit.
Second Vice President, Mr. Robert Johnson thanked
the board and officers and stated that he too, had
enjoyed his year on the Executive Board.
Mrs. Foster read her report on the membership
growth, concerns for a central office and expressed her
pleasure of having worked with such a dedicated group of
officers and board members.
Fern Dabill asked to be recognized from the floor and
moved that we get a central office by the end of this year,
December, 1990, seconded by Paul Rozmeski. Discussion
Mrs. Anna Collins stated that she felt we needed
some figures as to costs involved before making a
decision. Stacy Parker stated that she felt it put too much
of a burden on the board to be put to such a short time
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limit. Jo Konover moved to amend the motion extending
the time limit to July 31, 1991. There was no second. Mr.
Paul Rozmeski stated that we should get it over with as
soon as possible. Mrs. Foster reiterated her stand on the
central office. She felt that the Society growth and the
number of computers owned by the Society warranted a
central office and she no longer wanted the disruption in
her home. Mary Lou Lang stated that she would prefer
working at home and commented that Mr. Richard Beall,
editor, should state his views. Mr. Beall stated that,
granted he could use more space but was much more
comfortable working at home and preferred to work in
his own time schedule.
Since there was no second to Jo Konover's motion, a
vote was taken on the motion made by Fern Dabill. The
vote was 96 in favor of a central office, and 87 against.
Motion was carried.
Mr. Beall gave his report as Editor, Canal Record,
thanking Mrs. Frassrand for getting the June issue of the
Canal Record out while he was ill, and also thanked all
those who had sent him cards while in the hospital. He
stated that most of the June issue was typed by computer
and printer on the laser printer, generating a little cost
savings, but that was negated by the increase in
membership requiring more books being printed. More
savings will be found once the total book is completed
through desk top publishing.
Mr. Camby, Executive Board Member at Large
thanked the members for their support.
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, gave her Legislative Report.
Additional door prizes were awarded at this time.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate was asked to assist the Pages.
Mrs. Jeanne Wheeler, Chairperson, Budget and Audit
Committee stated she looked forward to working with
the new accounting system.
Mrs. Beverly Williams reported on the amendment to
the Bylaws concerning the Patent of the Society logo.
Mrs. Anna Collins, Sunshine Chairperson and Mrs.
Dottie Pate, Hospitality Chairperson were called upon for
their reports. Mrs. Pate reminded the membership that
the July 13 meeting would be a covered dish to be held
at St. Bede's.
Mrs. Jay Stewart, Reunion Coordinator, thanked Mrs.
Foster, Mrs. Frassrand and all her committee
chairpersons and volunteers for their hard work and
dedication in making this a successful reunion.
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen thanked all her volunteers for
assisting her in Registration and reported that 3,974 had
registered as of the morning of June 22.
Mr. Beall thanked all the volunteers who helped in
the Hospitality Suite.
Mrs. Betty Malone, Luncheon Chairperson, reported
that she was setting up for 900 persons at the Annual
Miss Stacy Parker reported that all was proceeding
well for the two dances to be held in the Exhibit Hall.
Mr. Robert Johnson reported on
Transportation/Security and the Shuttle Buses. He told
the members that security would be provided for both
inside the hotel and between hotels for their safety.
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist reported on behalf of she and
her husband as Co-Chairpersons of the Golf Committee
that the 11th annual golf tournament was a big success
and she particularly thanked Dottie Yocum for her efforts
in obtaining prizes for the golfers.
Mr. Drake Carlisle stated that although they had
received over 500 responses from those wanting to play
some sort of sports, that very few actually signed up and
asked members to please sign up in the Registration
area. He thanked his wife, Colette for assisting him.
Mr. Virgil Camby, Chairman of "Friends of Panama"
reported that the response had been most gratifying and
barring further red tape, the shipment should be in
Panama in the very near future.
Mr. Drake Carlisle reported on the Fax and Modem
Committee and stated it was not economically feasible to
go forward with these purchases. He reported that the
Desk Top Publishing Committee had approved the
purchase of a computer, and had in fact, purchased a
computer and is already in use by the Editor, Canal
Mrs. Frassrand read her request for Honorary
membership for Mr. Robert Dill and Mr. Thomas J.
"Pop" Ebdon, Sr. Mr. Foster moved we award them
honorary memberships, seconded by Mrs. Grace Carey.
Mr. Pete Lang, Nominations Committee Chairman,
read the results of the election for officers. President:
Betty Frassrand, 306 votes; Jay Stewart, 146 votes; 1
write-in. 1st Vice President: Robert Van Siclen, 328 votes;
2 write-ins. 2nd Vice President: Virgil Camby, 311 votes,
2 write-ins. Member-at-Large: Paul Rozmeski, 91 votes,
Charles "Buddy" Williams, 218 votes, Faith Brundage, 94
votes, 1 write-in. Editor, Canal Record: Richard "Pat"
Beall, 328 votes. Secretary/Treasurer: Marjorie Foster,
328 votes. There were a total of 481 votes with 28 being
Mr. Drake Carlisle moved that the ballots be
destroyed. Mr. Foster seconded. Motion carried.
Mr. Carl E. Starke, Past President swore in the new
officers for 1990-1991.
More door prizes were awarded at this time.
The meeting adjourned at 12:16 P.M.
July 13, 1990
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Frassrand opened the meeting at 12:15 p.m.
and then read the Invocation, followed by Mr. Beall who
read the list of those recently deceased. Mr. Harry
Foster led the members in the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Frassrand adjourned the meeting at 12:20 p.m.
so members could enjoy the covered dish luncheon.
The meeting readjourned at 1:28 p.m. Mrs. Frassrand
welcomed the 62 members present and Past Presidents
Pete Foster, Vic May, Al Pate and Carl Starke.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the June meeting
and they stand as read. She read the financial statement
and it stands for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand introduced the new board members
for 1990-1991 and swore in Faith Brundage with the oath
Mrs. Frassrand reported that the Reunion committee
for 1990 had held a post convention meeting and will
incorporate suggestions made to improve the 1991
Reunion. She encouraged members to pass along
suggestions they might have to the board members.
Mrs. Frassrand informed the members that the city
of Orlando had proclaimed a Panama Canal Society Day
during our Reunion. The luncheon to honor the
Roosevelt medal holders had gone well, but she
apologized to members who had given names of their
fathers and grandfathers, that time did not allow her to
read off the list at the luncheon. Congressman Crane was
pressed for time and had to catch a plane immediately
after the luncheon. However, the list will be printed in
the Canal Record.
Mrs. Frassrand explained to the members that the
videos put out by Mr. Frank Bright were priced at $40.00
and $20.00 and would be advertised in the Canal Record.
The fly sheet put out at the Reunion was erroneous.
Mrs. Frassrand reported that the central office issue
would come up at the July board meeting and a
committee would be formed to look into obtaining a
Mr. Bob Van Siclen reported that he had already
contacted eight hotels and was already working on the
Mr. Camby reported that the first inspection of the
supplies obtained with the Friends of Panama monies had
been made and we would be shipping the supplies as
soon as all the red tape with the U.S. Government had
been cleared up.
Mrs. Foster reminded the members that the dues
renewal would be $11.25 for 1991. She reported that Mrs.
Stewart had resigned as her assistant and that Nancy Van
Siclen was assisting her at the present time. Discussion
followed concerning Mrs. Foster's announcement that
she would like to be replaced and that she felt a central
office was a necessity.
Mr. Beall stated that he was disappointed in the
selection of pictures given to him by the photographer
and that he would have to settle for montages of pictures
since he could not distinguish who individuals were. Mrs.
Frassrand stated she had contacted the photographer and
he had agreed to bring prints to our meeting so that
members could select any they may have missed at the
Mrs. Huldquist gave her legislative report.
Nancy Van Siclen reported that at the close of
Saturday afternoon, 4,304 persons had registered for the
Mr. Beall reported he had turned over $6,000 from
the sale of tickets, Canal Records, tags and decals in the
Mrs. Frassrand reported that she was still looking for
a chairperson to chair the luncheon in Sarasota.
A discussion followed on the cancellation of the June
meeting without notifying the members. Mrs. Frassrand
apologized for any inconvenience this may have caused
and assured the members that in the future, the meetings
will adhere to the schedule in the Canal Record.
Mrs. Frassrand asked members if they would like to
have a program speaker at our regular meetings. Mr.
Foster suggested that perhaps our legislative
representative could make contact with some of the
Senators and Congressmen in Washington on behalf of
our members. Discussion followed. Mrs. Huldquist stated
that she would keep the members informed with
information she receives and wondered if one small voice
such as the Panama Canal Society would have much
impact when there are so many powerful organizations
well represented in Washington. However, this might be
a good subject to take up before the Executive Board.
Mrs. Frassrand thanked Mrs. Pate for the door
prizes to be awarded.
As there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 2:43 p.m.
SOCIETY LOGO IS
A Certificate of Registration No. 1596344 has been
issued to the Panama Canal Society of Florida by the
United States Patent and Trademark Office, Washington,
D.C. on May 15, 1990 for the Society insignia (logo).
The Society Logo is described as two overlapping
circles, the upper and foremost containing the words
"PANAMA CANAL" in the upper arc, and
"***SOCIETY***" in its lower arc, with a map of the
Republic of Panama in the center of the circle. The lower
circle, of which only the lower arc is visible, contains the
words "FLORIDA" with the word "OF' in the space
between the two circles.
It shall be a registered trademark, and shall appear
with the mark of a circled "R" whenever used.
The Society logo shall be reserved exclusively by the
Panama Canal Society of Florida for stationery, namely
writing paper and envelopes, gift cards, Canal Record
magazine, which includes news items from members,
Legislative/Retiree information, Historical data and items
listed in Class 16 (U.S. CL38).
This provision shall be governed by all requirements
of law and with the regulations prescribed by the
Commission of Patents and Trademarks.
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October 25, 1990
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Donald Louis Lipman
Elizabeth Kennedy Rodgers
Michael Arthur Uvingston
Lloyd Eldon Mills
Chester William Pearson, Jr.
Maritime Training Unit
Office of Public Affairs
Occupational Health Div.
Canal Services Div.
Traffic Management Div.
27 years 10 months 07 days
33 years 05 months 26 days
24 years 02 months 22 days
24 years 08 months 26 days
16 years 09 months 07 days
24 years 04 months 09 days
Our first reunion in Orlando was a resounding
success. Many, many members have told me it was the
best reunion they had ever attended; everyone had a
We had a total of 4,304 people register, that includes
the 3,691 that pre-registered and the 613 that registered
during the reunion. We don't count the ones that never
register but we probably had close to 5,000 people
attend. Both the Panazonian Dance and the Annual Ball
were big events with 2,548 Panazonian Dance tickets sold
and 2,769 Annual Ball tickets sold. There were 51
complimentary tickets to the Panazonian Dance and 50
complimentary tickets to the Annual Ball given out.
The Annual Luncheon was one of the biggest the
Society has ever had with 844 members and guests
attending. There were 54 complimentary tickets given to
We sold 185 adult and 59 children's tickets to Sea
The information printed in the Canal Record prior
to the reunion regarding baby-sitting services made our
big event a lot more enjoyable for parents with young
There were more vendors this year than in any
My recommendations for changes, additions or
improvements has been submitted to the Executive Board
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida for consideration.
Joanne 'Jay' Stewart
1990 Reunion Coordinator
The Eleventh Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament was held June 21, 1990 at the Cypress Creek
Country Club, Orlando, Florida with an 8:30 a.m. "shot-
132 players participated, the weather was "muy
caliente" and four players gave us the "ghost" and were
unable to continue.
A buffet luncheon followed, which was served in the
Empire Room at the Delta Court of Flags for 140
people. The additional eight lunches were for non-
playing committee members and three invited guests,
Mrs. Irene Will, Mrs. Lauray Will Griffin, and Mrs.
Darnell Will Lopez, the widow and two daughters of our
honored Ray Will Memorial Trophy namesake.
The same format was used as in 1989 with Low
Gross winners by age group flights. There were 5 men's
flights and 1 Ladies flight.
Mrs. Irene Will donated two beautiful hand-
crocheted afghans that were given as special door prizes
and were won by Hugh Norris and Bill Wheeler.
Many donations were given to the tournament and
used as favors and door prizes. Donors were Al White,
Bob Johnson, Irene Will, Bob Van Siclen, Betty
Frassrand, Bill Murchison, Head Professional at Cypress
Creek Country Club, Boris Garden Restaurant, Jim Will,
Drake Carlisle, Dotty and Ernie Yocum, Peter Foster,
Bill Wheeler, NCNB National Bank, Barnett Bank, Indian
Rocks Bank, and Fortune Savings Bank. If anyone has
been omitted, the committee apologizes.
Members of the committee included Jane and Fred
Huldtquist, Co-Chairpersons, Joe and Anna Collins,
Ruth and Pete Tortorici, Dot and Mike LaCroix, Isabelle
Gibson and Betty Frassrand.
Irene Will presenting RAY WILL MEMORIAL TROPHY to winner in Ladies Flight, Margot Jordan, and to winner
of Mens Flight, Tom McGuinness.
Top Left, L-R: Pat Risberg, Terry Blog, Dolores Sovey, Margaret Leigh. Top right, L-R: Frank Reed, Mike Boswell,
Maurie Moore, Drake Carlisle. Center L and R: Ay, que forma! Bottom left, L-R: Jane Huldtquist, Donna
Dondanville, Ruth Tortoricci, Linda DesLondes. Bottom right, L-R: Dick Roscoe, Ray Murphy, 'Mac"
McCullough, Jim Riley.
Favors were given to all participants, committee
members and guests. The Panama Canal Society
presented each of the committee members with
monogrammed address directories which were also
presented to all committee persons of the 1990 Reunion.
The RAY WILL MEMORIAL TROPHY was
presented to the champions of the field by Mrs. Irene
Will. The winner in the Ladies Flight was Mrs. Margot
Jordan shooting a 92. Mr. Tom McGuinness was the
men's winner, shooting a 75. Congratulations to both.
Margot resides in Panama and Tom in California. In
addition to the engraved perpetual trophy, each of these
champions received a crystal salad bowl with silver
Mrs. Dolores Sovey, Ladies Division, drove the ball
closest to the pin on hole #13, winning a special prize.
Mr. John Johnson, Men's Division, also won a prize with
a ball 91 inches from the cup on hole #9.
Two Canal Zone professionals played in the
tournament, Mike Smith and Steve Waggoner, who both
shot two under par 70. Also playing was Leo Barker,
linebacker #53 for the Cincinnati Bengals professional
football team. Keep your eye on him in the fall. We are
all very proud of these young men from the Canal Zone.
Winners by flights were: Ladies Flight Jane
Huldtquist-94, Linda DesLondes-94 (tied), Margaret
Leigh-95, Bunny Parthenais-97, and Maurie Moore-102.
Men's "A" Flight Mark Thrailkill-82, John Tortorici-
89, Leo Barker-89 (Tied), Paul Myers-90. "B" Flight -
Greg Thompson-80, Tom Gray-82, Lloyd Roberts-82
(tied), Dick Roscoe-86, Tom Wilder-89, Robert Will-89
(tied), Dennis Light-90, Tom Frensley-90 (tied). "C"
Flight Bill Hatchett-78, J.D. Bryant-78 (tied), Jim
DesLondes-79, Leo Constantino-82, Jim Orvis-83, Robin
Morland-83 (tied), George Downing-84, Burt Mead-84
(tied). "D" Flight Louis Dedeaux-81, Ed Stroop Jr.-83,
Bill Holtzclaw-87, Dick Duncan-89, Bob Waggoner-91,
Claude Purvis- 91 (tied). "E" Flight Jim Riley-77, Jack
Smith-80, Bud Stroop-82, Jim Catron-91, Don Bruce-
94, Fred Huldtquist-94 (tied), Bud Risberg-96, and
Lauren Woodby-96 (tied). Congratulations to all!
Because of the large turnout for this year's
tournament, the committee is publishing a questionnaire
printed elsewhere in this issue, regarding next year's
tournament. Please take the time to fill it out and send
it back to the committee so that we may improve the
Chagres Invitational each year. If we go with a one-day
event, send in your registration early. The form will be
published in the March issue of the Canal Record.
At the present time, it appears that the tournament
will be held in Orlando again in 1991. Looking forward
to seeing you there. Thanks to all for a successful
tournament, your cooperation was appreciated.
Jane and Fred Huldtquist, Co-Chairpersons
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament
The Golf Luncheon, held at the Empire Room,
REUNION SPORTS REPORT
The sports committee was a new venture for the
PCSOFL this year. Drake and Colette Carlisle, as
chairpersons for the committee, polled the membership
through the Canal Record to determine which events
would be most popular. After receiving over 400
responses, volleyball, water volleyball, horseshoes and
bingo were chosen to as the featured sports. Water
volleyball and horseshoes were informally set up, while
volleyball and bingo required sign-up sheets.
Unfortunately, despite the high response, only three
teams signed up for volleyball, while at the time the
chairpersons were to report numbers to the hotel, no one
had signed up for bingo. Volleyball was a surprising
success because enough people for nine teams actually
participated at tournament time. The winners of the
volleyball tournament endured a rain-out on Friday
afternoon and came back on Saturday morning on their
own to complete the tournament.
Part of the lack of response is due to the fact that
the time period between the sign-up sheets being posted
and the time they had to be turned in to the hotel was
too short. The committee recommends that in years to
come, the sign-up sheet be posted in
Hospitality/Information when they open for business on
the first day of the reunion until Friday afternoon,
restricting the sports activities to Saturday afternoon only.
We wish to recognize the staff of the Recreation
Department of the Delta Court of Flags for their
outstanding support and efficiency.
Drake and Colette Carlisle
Chairpersons, Sports Committee
Delta Court of Flags, Orlando.
I want to thank the volunteers, listed below, who
worked at the Registration desks during the 1990
Reunion. 4,304 persons were registered at this, the largest
registration in the history of the Society. It was due to the
efforts of all involved that registration went smoothly, and
with a few exceptions we had many compliments for our
Sue and Larry Barca
Marie Agnes Burns
Marion & Michael Greene
Mary V. Larson
Debbie & Frank Lee
Joy & Al Maale
Gloria & Ed Malin
Paula & Jerry Martin
June & Vic May
Dottie & Al Pate
Nealie Van Siclen
Bob Herrington Muriel & John Whitman
Bonnie Howle Bev Williams
Myrtle Hughes Dottie & Ernie Yocum
In addition to the volunteers mentioned above, I give
special thanks to those who worked behind the scenes,
writing names on badges ane envelopes, checking tickets
to the various functions to assure that members would
have the number of badges and tickets they ordered and
then "stuffing" those into over 1,800 envelopes.
Betty and Larry Frassrand
Nealie Van Siclen
And of course, Dottie Pate, a tireless worker for all
Society functions, who so graciously counseled and
advised me through my first year as chairperson of the
And last but not least, a very special thanks to Bob,
my husband, who spent many a night with me, sometimes
until 2:00 a.m., making sure everything was correct.
Look forward to seeing you at the 1991 Reunion.
Nancy Van Siclen
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The Hospitality Suite, with 15 volunteers
participating, was open for 19 1/2 hours, 5 hours more
than last year during the reunion. The Information
section was more knowledgeable and provided excellent
support and assistance to those members utilizing that
service. The Orlando Convention Center provided
comprehensive booklets and material to assist members
in enjoying Orlando and we were in a position to help
more members than those who took advantage of our
service. In 1991, more information will be offered about
our services in all pre-reunion notices so that all
members will be aware of the many ways in which we
may assist you.
The total receipts turned over to the
Secretary/Treasurer from the Hospitality Suite was
$6,729.30 for the sale of license plates, decals, Panazonian
Dance and Ball tickets, Canal Records and Sea World
discount ticket sales. Sea World was reimbursed $883.30
for the sale of discount tickets sold at the Hospitality
Suite, leaving $5,846.00 total receipts for the Society.
Bob Van Siclen and Pat Beall
Co-Chairmen, Hospitality Suite
Taber Family: L-R: Lewis Taber, Sandra Taber,
Lillian Taber, John Taber.
REUNION DANCE REPORT
As this was my first year to Chair the dances, I
learned a great deal. Next year, hopefully, you will see
improvements over this first time learning experience.
The turn out was a large one as the Panazonian
Dance sold 2,548 tickets and the Annual Ball sold 2,769
On each night, people "rocked and rolled" until the
very end. Music for Friday night for the Panazonian
Dance was provided by the Baytown Brass creating a
blend of music for all ages. Tito Mouynes teased us for a
few minutes with his hometown salsa.
Again on Saturday night, Tito reminded us of those
"good ole' days" of home with his musica tipico." Charlie
Cooper and his Copra Band kept us in the nostalgic mood
with his musical renditions. It was a tremendous night
and I saw all-smiling faces on the dance floor.
To all those who helped me through this Thank
Chairperson, Dance Committee
Harrington Family: L-R: Marge Foster, Wanda
Johnson, Robert Harrington, Jennie Harrington,
Fashion Show, conducted by Andy Lim, prior to the Panazonian Dance, with members serving as models.
Potf)ou2o i . .
Egger Family, Back row, L-R: George Edward Egger,
George Egger, middle row L-R: Carol Egger, Kern
Egger, grandson Ryan Egger, Jean Egger, front L-
R: Christopher Egger, stepson David Hammer.
Grimison Family, L-R: Patrick Grimison, Myra
Brannon Grimison, Christina Grimison, Bill Fahy,
Elizabeth Grimison Fahy, Matthew Grimison, Tom
Grimison, Nancy Grimison, Eric Grimison, Melinda
Grimison, Richard Grimison, Rebecca Grimison.
BHS'60 CLASS REUNION, L-R: Jo Anne Fields, Alan Scott, Al White, Tom Richardson, Hugh Harvey, Joe
Lastinger, Bryce Kinberling, Mike Klipper, Leon Strawn, Florence Davis Strawn, Carol Sharpe Lange, Ellen
Rennie Keeney, Cathie Cameron Charmelo.
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL Class of 1960 celebrated their 30th reunion in Orlando, Florida on June 21 June. A cocktail
party was held at the Delta Resort Hotel. A good group attended and fun continued throughout the evening. The rest
of the week-end was spent renewing friendships and just having a'great time.
CITY OF ORLANDO
BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY
THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND BY
THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF ORLANDO,
I, MARY PEREZ JOHNSON, ORLANDO CITY
COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT #2, HEREBY DO
PROCLAIM JUNE 23, 1990, AS
PANAMAA CANAL SOCIETY OF
FLORIDA, INC. DAY"
IN THE CITY OF ORLANDO.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto
have set my hand and caused the
seal of the City of Orlando to
be affixed this 19th day of June,
sCit tCo missioner
Mary 1. Johnson, City Commissioner, District #2,
names June 23, 1990 as "Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. Day" in Orlando, and also presented
President Betty Frassrand with the Keys to the City
Mary I. Johnson, City Commissioner, also presented
miniature Keys to the City to Bob Dill and Fred
THE WHITE HOUSE
June 22, 1990
I am delighted to send greetings to the members of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. My congratulations go
to your honorees, Roosevelt Medal holders Robert Dill
and Thomas J. Ebdon. The luster of their
accomplishment in the construction of the Panama Canal
has not diminished.
Your gathering is a wonderful opportunity to renew ties
and to relive moments that are very dear to you now.
Barbara and I hope that you will derive much pleasure
from your reunion, sharing great memories in the
company of old friends.
You have our best wishes for a wonderful celebration.
Ms. Betty LeDoux Frassrand
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
Post Office Box 1303
Dade City, Florida 33526-1303
Head table, Luncheon, L-R; Mary Johnson, Orlando
City Commissioner, Mr. Larry Frassrand, husband of
President, Mrs. Bev Wood, wife of Dep. Admin. PCC
Joe Wood, Congressman Philip Crane, Guest
Speaker, Betty Frassrand, President PCSOFL, Mr. Joe
Wood, during his presentation to honorees, Mrs. Jay
Stewart, 1st Vice President and Reunion Coordinator,
Mr. Bob Stewart, Mr. Johnson, husband of Orlando
City Commissioner Mary Johnson.
TRIBUTE TO ROOSEVELT MEDAL
The annual luncheon of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was held on June 23, 1990, at the Twin
Towers Hotel, Orlando, Florida. A tribute to our
Roosevelt Medal holders made for an emotional and
We were honored to have Congressman Philip
Crane of Illinois address over 900 members and guests.
His presentation was nothing less than spectacular as his
knowledge of the Panama Canal and its history is
surpassed by none. We were also very proud to have Mr.
Joseph Wood, Deputy Administrator of the Panama
Canal Commission present with his interesting
presentation of the history of the Roosevelt Medal and
his moving introduction of Thomas J. "Pop" Ebdon and
Robert L. Dill and families.
Unfortunately, "Pop" Ebdon could not be with us, but
we know he was there in spirit and was well represented
by his family. We were fortunate to be once again blessed
with the presence of Robert L. Dill and his wife, Rosa. It
was truly a great privilege to be able to honor these men.
In addition to June 23, 1990 being declared "Panama
Canal Society of Florida Day" in the City of Orlando, Mr.
Dill and Mr. Ebdon were presented with keys to the City
by Commissioner/Mayor Pro Tem, Mary Johnson, along
with a 16 x 30 photograph of the Administration Building
taken during an anniversary celebration of President
Roosevelt's visit to Panama, presented on behalf of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida by Joseph Wood, and
two beautiful plaques presented on behalf of the Society
by Congressman Crane.
The Luncheon was made memorable due to the
participation of Congressman Crane, Deputy
Administrator Joseph Wood, City Commissioner Mary
Johnson, the Ebdon family and the Dill family, and we
thank you so very much for helping to make this
Luncheon the success it was.
This Luncheon, however, could not have taken place
without the Luncheon Committee chaired by Betty
Malone with the assistance of her family, Lou, Jan and
Nikki Andino and the entire luncheon committee. They
worked very hard to make sure the luncheon was enjoyed
We had asked at the Annual Business Meeting that
those members in attendance whose parents or
grandparents were Roosevelt Medal holders to please let
us know and we would announce their names at the
luncheon. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we
were unable to announce the names of the families of
other Medal holders. The Medal holders whose families
were in attendance were:
Morris Monroe Seeley
Charles E. Thomas
William Henry Hyde
Gerald Deleo Bliss
John J. Kotalik
Charles L. Morris
Frank H. Wolf
Mary M. Butler
Arthur W. Goulet
Alfonsus L. Kerr
John F. Hern, Sr.
Father of Mildred Seeley
Father of J.E. Dorn Thomas
and Charles E. Thomas
Grandfather of Harry D.
Foster Jr. and Evelyn Foster
Father of Mayno Bliss Walker,
Gladys Bliss Humphrey, Tinsie
Bliss Barnes, Lonella Bliss
Field, and Gerald D. Bliss, Jr.
Father of Anna Kotalik Collins
Father of Ethel Askew
Father of Jack Morris
Father of Dorothy Wolf Pate
and Jean Kirk.
Grandfather of Dorothy Wolf
Pate and Jean Kirk.
Mother of Macel Goulet
Father of Macel Goulet
Father of Grace Jones Carey
Father of Joanne Flynn Farley
Grandfather of Richard
Mallett and Jeanne Wheeler.
Father of Margaret Moore
Hern and Muriel McGriff.
Father of John F. Hern
Freeland "Fred" HollowellGrandfather of Freeland
Frank J. Violette
Frank W. Violette
Charles C. Clement
John D. Palm
Gilbert B. Owen
Brady R. Owen
William F. Morrison
John H. Sealey
Louis F. Hause
Frank Anderson, Sr.
Father of Frances Violette
Grandfather of Beverly Moody
Father of Virginia Clement
Townsend and Caleb Clement.
Father of John A. Palm
Father of Mildred Sutherland
Grandfather of Mildred
Grandfather of Ruth Bauman
Yielding and Kelly Adams.
Grandfather of Fred
Father of Margaret Sealey
Father of Louis "Fred" Hause
Father of Frank Anderson, Jr.
Father of Catherine W. Filo
and Margaret Janssen.
Grandfather of the Ebdon
Frank Herbert Townsend Father of Wesley H. Townsend
and grandfather of Frank H.
Congressman Philip Crane presents plaques to
Roosevelt Medal holders Bob Dill and Thomas J.
Ebdon, accepted by his son, Fred Ebdon in his
Mr. Bob Dill, 101 years old, and his wife Rosa, from
Hemet, California, youngest surviving Roosevelt Medal
Front and center Bob Dill and wife Rosa, and Fred
Ebdon and wife Beverly, occupy tables in front and
center during Luncheon honoring Roosevelt Medal
Presentation of Mr. Joe Wood
Acting Deputy Administrator
June 23, 1990
Twin Towers Hotel
Congressman Philip Crane, Commissioner Johnson,
President Betty Frassrand, members and friends of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, I bring you greetings
from Panama. On behalf of the Acting Administrator,
Fernando Manfredo, and all the employees of the
Panama Canal Commission, we want you to know that
the Canal is doing well, inspite of some extraordinary
hardships we have had to endure over the past few years.
I am pleased and deeply honored to have been invited
here today to pay tribute to two very distinguished
members, Thomas J. Ebdon and Robert L Dill. Both are
over 100 years old and both are proud holders of the
Roosevelt Medal, which, as you all know, was issued to
employees who worked for the Isthmian Canal
Commission or the Panama Railroad Company during
the construction of the Panama Canal.
Because of these two gentlemen, and thousands of
others like them, the Canal was able to be constructed
despite enormous obstacles and under the most difficult
conditions. The loyalty, dedication and spirit that those
men originally brought to the Canal has endured for well
over 75 years and I am happy to report that the Canal
work force today shows that same fierce loyalty that
same dedication that same fighting spirit. How else
could we have survived Noriega?
On November 16, 1906, President Theodore
Roosevelt gave a speech before a large gathering of
Canal workers in Cristobal. He was so impressed with
their work at that time, that he told them, "I feel that to
each of you has come an opportunity such as is vouch-
safed to but few in each generation. I shall see if it is not
possible to provide for some little memorial, some work,
some badge which will always distinguish the man who
did his work well on the Isthmus, just as the button of
the grand Army distinguishes the man who did his work
well in the Civil War."
With those words, Theodore Roosevelt initiated the
plan which was to honor the participants of the great
Panama Canal undertaking. The badge of distinction took
the form of the Roosevelt Medal, or, as it was called in
the early days, the Canal Medal. It was presented to
employees of the Isthmian Canal Commission or the
Panama Railroad who were American citizens and who
served their government for two consecutive years of
satisfactory service during the construction period.
The medal was designed by artist Francis D. Millet,
who later was to lose his life in the sinking of the Titanic.
The medals were made from nearly 1000 pounds of
staybolts taken from old locomotives, excavators and
railroad cars left behind in Panama by the French when
they abandoned the Canal project.
Each medal bears the name of the recipient, the
dates of service for which the medal was awarded, and a
number which placed the recipients in order of their
employment date. In addition to the medal, a bar was
issued for every two years of additional service. At the
end of the construction period, which lasted from May 4,
1904 to March 31, 1914, there had been issued 7,391
Roosevelt Medals; 3,883 first bars; 1,865 second bars; 636
third bars and 41 fourth bars; indicating that only 41
Americans worked the entire ten year construction
period. Now, 86 years after the beginning of the
American effort in Panama, two men remain who were
part of that incredible achievement, and we honor them
Mr. Joseph Wood, presenting a 1915 photo of the
Administration Building to Mr. Fred Ebdon, son of
Thomas J. Ebdon, Roosevelt Medal holder #2683, 1st
Bar #1645, 2nd Bar #1135, who was unable to atend.
Roosevelt Medal holder number 2683, Thomas J.
Ebdon, better know as "Pop", arrived in the Canal Zone
on May 2, 1907 at the age of 18 for a one month visit
with an aunt and uncle. He went to work on the Canal 2
days later and started a career that would span nearly
forty-four years. He worked at various sites (Gorgona,
Miraflores, Pedro Miguel) on the Pacific side as a
Machinist, Crane Operator, and Engineer on railroad
locomotives. He transferred to Gatun Locks in 1912 and
when the Panama Canal opened to ship traffic in 1914,
he had a dual assignment of Crane Operator and Towing
Locomotive Operator. At the time of his retirement --
December 15, 1950 -- he had more service than any other
U.S. citizen employee of the Panama Canal.
Pop Ebdon is also widely known for his recent
starring role as the spunky driver of a new automobile on
a T.V. commercial. He turned 101 years old in January.
Unfortunately, Pop was unable to be here today.
However, we hear he is doing well. He is represented by
his son, Fred, and Fred's wife, Bev, and children Paul
and Connie, also by Rae Ebdon, his daughter-in-law, and
by Pop's niece and nephew Omar and Ann Franklin.
Roosevelt Medal holder 6726, Robert L Dill, went to
work on the Panama Canal on July 7, 1911, starting first
as a Machinist on heavy equipment earning 38 cents per
hour and soon, because of his experience in accounting,
was promoted to property accounting where he set up the
accounting system for the Mechanical Department as well
as the inventory of all non-expendable property for Col.
Goethals, who was very cost conscious. In 1914, he spent
six weeks in the hospital with typhoid fever, and, after
several other jobs and promotions, returned to the
United States in 1916. After he left the Canal, Bob Dill
distinguished himself in various endeavors, including the
U.S. Army Air Corps, a successful business career in
automobile and tire distributorships and, ultimately,
retired from the U.S. Government's War Assets
Administration in 1946. Throughout his life, Bob has
maintained an active interest in the Canal and has given
talks to many groups about the construction of the
Panama Canal. Bob Dill will be 101 years old on October
23. Also here with Bob are his wife, Rosa, and his niece
and nephew, Jeanne and Jerry Mason.
anyone who has ever been associated with the Panama
Canal, we thank you, and God bless you.
At this time, I would like to present to each of you,
on behalf of all the members of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, a photograph of the Administration
Building in the Canal Zone taken on the occasion of
Teddy Roosevelt's visit during the construction of the
Mr. Joseph Wood, in his research into the Roosevelt
Medal discovered that the Panama canal Commission
holds in its vaults, twenty five unclaimed Roosevelt
Medals and six unclaimed Roosevelt Medal bars which
apparently were never issued to their legitimate owners.
Heirs of the individuals listed below should contact Carol
E. Twohy, Chief, Administrative Services Division,
Panama Canal Commission, APO Miami, Florida 34011
for additional information. These medals will be released
to the heirs who can properly document his or her right
to receive the medal. The names and numbers of the
medals held by the Panama Canal Commission are:
Mr. Joseph Wood, Acting Deputy Administrator of the
Panama Canal Commission presents a 1915 photo
taken of the Administration Building during an
anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt's visit
to the Isthmus, to Mr. Bob Dill, Roosevelt Medal
Theodore Roosevelt summed up the contribution of
construction day workers and the great achievement that
was the Panama Canal when he said,"It is not the critic
who counts, not the man who points out how the strong
man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have
done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is
actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and
sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs and
comes short again and again; who knows the great
enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spends himself in
a worthy cause who, at the best knows in the end the
triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he
fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place
shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know
neither victory nor defeat."
Teddy Roosevelt was talking about Pop Ebdon, and
about you, Bob Dill. You were brave and you were
courageous. You entered the arena where few men dared
to go, you survived the hardships and the death and
disease that everyone faced in the unknown jungles of
Panama and you participated in one of man's greatest
achievements. The Roosevelt Medal is your badge of
courage -- and the Panama Canal is your monument.
Pop Ebdon, who is here in spirit, and Bob Dill, we
are honored to be in your presence. From the bottom of
our hearts, on behalf of everyone in this room and
Von Baumgarten, C.
*Names are included on list from the 1910 Canal Record.
6 Roosevelt Bars
Hart, Henry A.
Sylverter, Olin K.
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Wheelers, L-R: Bill Wheeler, Dolores Wheeler Hall,
Jeanne Wheeler, LeMoyne Hall, Pamela Hall.
Class and Group Reunions
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MORRISON FAMILY DECENDENTS FAMILY REUNION
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BHS/CHS 1955 REUNION
The 35th graduation anniversary of the BHS and
CHS classes of 1955 held in Orlando, Fl., June 21-22 was
a huge success. In all, 180 people attended, 64 were
BHS'55 alumni while 27 were CHS'55 grads. The dinner,
dance, cocktail party and class roast with door prizes
were conducted at the 4th Fighter Group Restaurant on
the 21st. Joe Wood and Burt Mead (BHS) assisted by
impromptu performing by Stan Smith were at their
comic best; Nina Brown gave an interesting presentation
on the history of the Canal Zone educational system, and
Edith Cotton, our "chaperon" for both classes was
honored as a representative Canal Zone parent of the
'50s recognizing the wonderful quality of parenting all of
BHS'55 graduate Billy Ford, 2nd Vice President of
Panama, was unable to attend but sent his personal
wishes and an inscribed official photograph (door prize)
with his emissary, cousin, and classmate Tommy Ford.
Other interesting notes: 14 of 28 BHS honor graduates
attended as did 14 of their 20 superlatives (most
intellectual, most athletic, etc). Also we were gratified
that Marilynn (Abreu, BHS'54) Stevens, widow of
BHS'55 class president Jim Stevens was able to attend.
Johnny Hatgi (CHS'54) who was to attend our reunion
fell ill and didn't make it, but the good news is that
Johnny recovered from a sudden chemical imbalance
after a short hospital stay.
A pool party was held on the 22nd at the Delta
Resort. A cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, and door prizes kept
everybody busy for about three hours until a Panama
style rain storm sent everyone scampering for cover and
laughing. The BHS group photo was taken at the pool
The CHS'55 class members attending were Elena de
Boyrie, Andy Frazer, Roland Lees, Dudley Smith, Stan
Smith, Alice Chambers, Tom Gibson, Pam Hawthorne,
Shirley Tobin, Elaine Sievers, Johnny Pabon, Pat Kelly,
Malcolm Stone, Will Price, Esther Reynolds, Goldy
Hatgi, Diane Scheidegg, Joan McKenzie, Betty Smith,
Lee Cotton, Larry Cotton, David Lane, Tony Prenzlau,
Manuel Perez, Peggy Lee, Nick Lamis, and Don Smith,
with apologies to their spouses, we've listed all the ladies
in both schools by their maiden names.
The committee of Joe Wood, Burt Mead, Bob
Zumbado, Doris Ehrman Monaco, Paul Glassburn, Joan
Hensler Toscar for BHS, and Will Ray Price for CHS
and their respective spouses are all to be congratulated
for a job well done.
Final note: Aaron Toscar, Joanie Hensler's husband,
put together a terrific VHS video tape of our reunion and
for a mere $20.00 which includes reproduction, packaging
and mailing costs, he will be glad to send the tape to
anyone interested. (Aaron Toscar, 6124 Del Rio Drive,
Port Orange, Florida 32127).
Front L-R: Mary Abele, Joan Hensler, Cesar Von Chong, Paul Glassburn, Pat Steiner, Isaac Perez, Bob
Zumbado, Barbara Hammond, Burt Mead, Reggie Hayden, Carol Adams. 2nd row: Mike Carpenter, Nina
Brown, Phyllis Phillips, Janet Willow, Sadie Williams, Kay Frangioni, Dixie Humes, Araceli Rubio, Lois
Spencer, Miguelda Arbaiza, Doris Ehrman, Sonia Aliponga, Nita Jones, Dee Dee Teewinkle, Margie Zent,
Julieta Arosemena, Helen Tilley. 3rd row: Jane Jennison, Dave Hilliard, Steve Park, Henry Turlington, Henry
Ehrman, Marge curries, Dawn Crowell, Butch Hope, Sara Collinge, Page Costello, Teonilda Larrinaga, Al Otero.
Back row: Lee Cotton, Larry Cotton, Doug Schmidt, Jimmy McKeown, Joe Wood, Ralph Connors, Tom Ford,
Charlie Hummer, Bob Crooks, Donald Huff, Dick Gramlich. Those present but not pictured: Jim Boughner,
Orlando Cruz, Mike Drennan, Robin Greene, Sandy Hinkle, Rita Duran, Tilcia Femenias, Nancy leslie, Lee
Rigby, Bryant Rogers, Joe Vowell, Greta Navarro.
BHS-CHS'70 CLASS REUNION, Top, L-R: Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Stateside, PCC; Stanley Wright, BHS'67, US
Govt. Germany; Don Ross, PCC; Steve Cartotto, BHS'70, N. Hollywood, CA; Bottom L-R: Vince (Holcomb)
O'Connor, BHS, U.S.'73, Portland, OR; Chuck Petersen, BHS'70, Pompano Beach, FL; Bill (Kelly) Colbert, BHS'70,
Tampa, FL; Edwin Soriano, Miami, FL.
BHS-CHS '70 REUNION FOLLOW-UP
Following the BHS-CHS '70 Class Reunion, former
members of several Canal Zone musical groups got
together for a "reunion ping-ding." "Bacalao" vibrations
were abundant and everyone had a good time to rass!
The band sounded pretty good after 20 years and nc
Thanks, Dave, for passing the hat, and everyone else
for shaking a tail-feather!
Members of the band were: Chuck Petersen
(BHS'70 Pompano Beach, FL.), Steve Cartotto (BHS'70
North Hollywood, CA), Tom Pattison (Stateside '70
P.C.C.), Vince (Holcomb) O'Connor (BHS/Stateside'73
Portland, OR), Albert Fehrenbach (BHS'70 Kerrville,
TX), Bill (Kelly) Colbert (BHS'70 Tampa, FL), Stanley
Wright (BHS'67 Austin, TX), Don Ross (CHS'? -
P.C.C.), Edwin Soriano (Miami, FL), Mike Young (?).
BHS 1943 47th REUNION
Spurred on by Chairman Betty Chan Snow and issues
of The Golden Parrot published by Co-Chairman Ernest
(Bud) Pierce and their committee members Isabelle
Zemer Lively and Bill Diez, the 47th Reunion of the BHS
Class of 1943 became a reality in Orlando, Florida, on
June 22, 1990.
An impromptu cocktail party hosted by Rosemary
and Bill Diez on Thursday night kicked off a wonderful
weekend. Classmates came from near and far John
Rosetti from Canada, Barbara Hutchings Schmitt and
Wilson Purvis from Georgia, Carol Russen Wright from
Ohio, Gordon Davis from Pa., Tom Orr and Bill March
from NY., Eileen Fitzpatrick Lebow of D.C. (author of
the newly published Cal Rodgers & The Vin Fizz),
Victor Melant, Larry Jones and Vonna Hambelton
Huldtquist from Florida, and Merrilyn Brown of
California used the occasion to celebrate her honeymoon
- to name a few. (people, that is, not honeymoons). Some
were attending a reunion for the first time!
Lottery tickets (computed-designed & printed by Bud
Pierce) were sold as about 50 of us, including spouses,
gathered at the Delta Court Hotel on Friday for a
spectacular afternoon planned by Chairman Snow. It was
"immediate" recognition with the help of name tags!
We were seated at tables of ten with goodies of
Alabama peanuts, courtesy of Elsie Lawyer Woodruff and
Applets-Cotlets from Iras Remington Gabryclewicz' State
of Washington, a trivial pursuit quiz on Panama/Canal
Zone prepared by Norine Rathgeber Lucas and other
literature such as "Recollections of a Canal Zone
Following luncheon our guest speakers were Betty's
cousin, Andrew Lim of Colon, and Steve Hamilton, who
is stationed in Panama. They gave us a first-hand account
of what transpired on the night "Operation Just Cause"
started on the Atlantic side and answered questions from
Our class history "We are the Guardians," read and
written by Ernie Pierce was heart-rending to say the
least. Marien Evans Goldstrom's dissertation of her
version of Sly Mongoose, amid regales of laughter from
the crowd! These will be produced in their entirety in the
next issue of The Golden Parrot.
The Loteria was worth it! Proceeds amounted to
some $200. The committee decided $100 was to be
awarded as prizes, and kept $100 as seed money for our
50th anniversary reunion in 1993. But the greatest
surprise came when Tommy Marine donated his 3rd
prize money back to the committee, prompting the two
big winners, Marchall Hughes and Harlan Baxter, about
ready to break-out "crying," to donate their winnings too -
swelling the "kitty" to enable us to pay off expenses for
our 47th and to have a fund for future mailings of The
Golden Parrot. Let's hear another round of applause for
After a lively discussion we voted to "piggy-back" with
the West Coast Panama Canal Reunion in San Diego in
September 1993 for our 50th! Since it will be in
California, we hope that Ron Wanke will assume the
chairmanship to be assisted by committee members:
Isabelle Zemer Lively, Iras Remington Gabryclewicz, Bill
Diez, Ernie Pierce and Betty Chan Snow.
The fantastic afternoon was concluded with the
awarding of muchh" door prizes wines from California
and Washington; molas, smoked salmon, Panamanian
coins (generosity of George Chevalier), old blueprints of
the Panama Canal, etc. Thanks also is due George
Chevalier who brought his fabulous collection of Canal
memorabilia and old photos for us to see.
The remainder of the weekend, we participated in the
events planned by the Panama Canal Society and spent
money at the vendor's booths. As we departed on
Sunday, we left with wonderful memories of seeing old
familiar names and faces, and as Tom Orr wrote to me,
"It seems like a dream."
See you in San Diego in 1993!
Isabelle Zemer Lively
BUSH NOMINATES GUARDIA,
APPOINTS BOARD MEMBERS
U.S. President George Bush last week nominated
Gilberto Guardia Fabrega to be the administrator of the
Panama Canal Commission. Guardia has held the
position of president and chief executive officer of the
Diaz and Guardia engineering and architectural firm
since 1952. He has also served on the boards of directors
of numerous other organizations. Fernando Manfredo Jr.
will continue as acting administrator until Guardia's
appointment is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
In a separate announcement, President Bush
appointed the four Panamanian members of the Panama
Canal Commission Board of Directors.
Returning to the Commission board is former
member Luis A. Anderson, who previously served as
Panama's minister of labor and social welfare and is the
current general secretary of the Inter-American Regional
Labor Organization of Workers in Mexico. The other
newly appointed members are Cecilia E. Alegre, a
University of Panama professor and a director of the
Panama Human Rights Committee; Alfredo N. Ramirez,
who has served as both minister of the presidency and
minister of education and is a senior partner in the
Alfaro, Ferrer, Ramirez and Aleman law firm; and
Joaquin J. Vallarino, who is president of the Panama
Coca Cola Bottling Company and has also served as
president of a number of organizations.
Panama Canal Spillway
May 11, 1990
PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR
Former Panama Canal Commission Administrator
D.P. McAuliffe was recently presented the President's
Special Award for Exceptional Service by President
George Bush for distinguished service to the nation as
Commission Administrator. The award was presented at
a ceremony held April 11 in the White House Oval
Office. McAuliffe's wife, Kathleen, and daughter, Kathy
McAuliffe Boothe, were present.
McAuliffe's tenure as Administrator, from October
1979 through December 1989, was marked by many
challenges involved in shepherding the newly organized
Canal agency through its first ten years of existence. The
job of the chief executive officer of any large and
complex organization is a demanding one, but the
Commission's one-of-a-kind status as a binational U.S.
government agency carrying out the mandates of an
international treaty while tending the reins of a very
competitive business enterprise presents special
challenges. McAuliffe's achievements in meeting those
challenges were recognized by the presidential award.
"Under your direction," the citation reads, "significant
programs have been implemented to modernize, improve
safety, and maintain the competitive posture of the Canal
in a developing environment of alternate trade routes."
"Through your personal leadership, vigorous training
and employment preference programs were established
to meet treaty-mandated goals for increasing Panamanian
participation in the operation of the Canal, thus
anticipating Panama's assumption of full control of the
Canal at the year 2000. Your superb stewardship of the
Panama Canal has served well the needs of international
maritime shipping and enhanced the image of the United
States as the operator of this vital seaway."
The Panama Canal Spillway
May 25, 1990
OVERSIGHT DELAYS "OFFICIAL" CANAL
It was just an oversight, of course, but for the first six
years of its operation the Panama Canal had not actually
been opened presidentially speaking, that is.
As we all know, ships began using the waterway and,
more importantly, paying their tolls, then the SS Ancon
made its historic transit on August 15, 1914. Although the
outbreak of World War I in Europe dampened the
festivities somewhat, the local celebration would have led
even a casual observer to assume that the Canal was truly
opened on that great day.
This, however, was not the case. Section 4 of the
Panama Canal Act of 1912 provided that upon the
Canal's completion, the president would cause it to be
officially and formally opened. It's easy to overlook small
details when there's a war on, and this is probably the
reason why the waterway while operating perfectly -
languished for several years in the land of technicality
between open and not officially open.
When finally alerted to the situation, the president
rectified it with these words: "...I, Woodrow Wilson,
President of the United States of America, acting under
the authority of the Panama Canal Act, do hereby
declare and proclaim the official and formal opening of
The Panama Canal for use and operation in conformity
with the laws of the United States."
And thus, on July 12, 1920, after almost six years of
service to world shipping, the Panama Canal was not only
open, but also presidentially proclaimed to be so.
Panama Canal Spillway
July 6, 1990
PCC DIRECTORS PAY TRIBUTE
The Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors
rendered a spontaneous and moving tribute to acting
Administrator Fernando Manfredo Jr. at the July 10
board meeting. Panamanian and U.S. members alike
expressed their admiration and appreciation to a
colleague and friend for a job well done.
Individual board members spoke of Manfredo's
contributions to the Commission during more than a
decade of service, emphasizing his leadership, dedication,
creativity and hard work throughout this period and
particularly during more recent times of difficulty.
Chairman Robert W. Page spoke for the group when
he said, "It's extremely difficult for all of us to put into
words what you've meant to us as a group, personally and
to the Panama Canal Commission as we watched you go
from number two to the number one position. All of the
trials and tribulations that were associated with that took
a man of great resolve, courage, dedication and devotion.
You put almost everything aside personally to dedicate
yourself to this pursuit. I want you to know that we here
on this board all recognize that, and we shall not forget
Panama Canal Spillway
July 20, 1990
The Star & Herald resumed publication on Sunday,
July 1, after discontinuing operations some three years
ago. The English newspaper, which has a 138-year history
of service to the Isthmian community, is now being
produced daily as a supplement to its Spanish-language
sister paper, La Estrella de Panama.
Where Are You?
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1941
ESPENER, ELsa WATSON
JOURNEY, Ewing, (Bud)
PORRAS, Rose Marie
SHUEY, Edith LOVELL
If you have any information on any of the above names,
please contact me. Isabelle Gibson, 2020 Oxford Street
N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710. (813) 384-0304.
LOOKING FOR CHS '49-'50 GRADS
Arthur (Reds) Corbett
Betty Lou Bougan
Dorothy Rowenna Burton
Jose Angel Colina
DeElda Lou Cotanche
James Andy Gracie
Alex H. Michaud
Sanna Louise Munden
Thomas H. Simmons
Please send any of the above addresses to: Jackie
Whitlock Werbrouck, 1309 S. Spring, Mishawaka, IN
Your Reporter Says ...
Well, now that the 1990 annual Reunion is over,
everyone is awaiting the Reunion in 1991. Hope everyone
had a good time! Frankly, I'd rather go back to Tampa
or why not try Ft. Lauderdale with its beaches? Eddie
and I saw many of Eddie's police co-workers who were
in abundance. I wish someone would try to get a get-
together for the police officers. I was glad to see Mary
Hare who looked so well and had not aged a bit since I
last saw her. I wish to thank Bud Antone from
Jacksonville who treated Eddie and me. After the
Reunion, we went to Stuart, FL and spent a few days
with our son, Eddie Jr. and his wife. Eddie came to the
Reunion for one day to attend his 20th class reunion.
Many of the Dothanites had their families for visits
after the Reunion. Mary Urey had her daughter,
Lorraine Dugan and son Brian from Panama; the Jack
Herns had Dick Hern, Jack and Fran Hern from
The lunch reunion of Balboa High School, class of
1935, was held at the Mango Room of the Delta Court of
Flags on June 22nd during the Orlando Reunion.
Classmates Issie (Schloming) Cummings, Lois
(deLaMater) Bates, Claudia (Howell) Pierce, Bill Poole,
Bill Jones, Raymond Welch, Miriam (Whitsett) Cardi,
Peter Corrigan, Ed Coyle, Peggy (Sealey) Hutchison,
Vivian (Christie) "Chris" Felps, Lucile (Teflinger)
Robison, Jack Kromer and Wilma (Wilkins) Kennerd
Also joining the group were Virginia (Morgan)
Cooper, Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Jo (Dennis) Konover,
Jack Poole, Vera (Howell) Ryan, Jeannie (Rocker) Allen,
Katherine (Adams) Lessiack, Wyllis (Rocker) Leonhard,
Gene Bjerke, Roy and Frances (Violette)_ Sharp, Muriel
Poole, Ruth (Bauman) Yielding, Dolores (Asparran)
Coffy, George Felps and Mildred (Seeley) "Millie"
They did more talking than eating and the party
lasted over three hours. Some of those attending believe
we should have informal affairs such as this every year.
There will be photos in the later issues (submitted by
RATHGEBER GET TOGETHER Dothan, AL. July 1990.
1st row: Jacque Arias, Natalie Watkins, Megan
Whitter 2nd row: Ted Arias, Leanne Watkins, Lou
Hunt, Annie Rathgeber, Wayne Watkins, Woody and
Elsie Woodruff. 3rd row: Mark McLanahan, Norm
and Janet Watkins, Dot Yost, Judi and Keith Whitter.
Lou (Rathgeber) Hunt has had a busy summer. She
joined her sisters, Norine Lucas, who was visiting sister,
Bernice Jackson, in Port Richey, FL, and all headed for
the Orlando Reunion. It was hectic but still fun. Her
other sister, Margie Ruoff, was there with husband, Jack,
and after the Reunion she accompanied them back to
Port Richey where they stayed at the Jackson's home.
She headed home the next day and Norine and Margie
helped Bernice close up their winter home and then
drove back to Chicago with her, with one stopover in
My families from Panama started arriving for visits
right after the Reunion. Janet (Hunt), Norman, Leanne,
Natalie and Wayne Watkins were first to come. After a
week they went to Tallahassee and Panama City Beach
for a while. Jerrie (Hunt), Jim, Noelle and Brooke
Farnsworth arrived for a five-day visit and then left for
Austin, MN to visit with Jim's folks, Camilla and Noel
Farnsworth. That same evening, Jacque (Hunt) and Ted
Arias arrived. When the Watkins family returned we had
a get together with Annie (Carpenter) Rathgeber of
Columbus, GA, Dot (Rathgeber) Yost and Elsie and
Woody Woodruff of Dothan. My son, Joe, and family
couldn't make the family day as they are busy packing up
for their next move from Peachtree City, GA to Panama,
R.P. They leave on July 29 and will be stationed at Ft.
Clayton. I'm excited about Jacque and Ted buying a
home here in Dothan (of course, they are too). They will
spend their summers here until Jacque retires which is in
I noticed that many Dothanites attended the Reunion
this year. Some of the grandparents went to take care of
their grandchildren while their sons or daughters
attended class reunions or the dances. Eddie enjoyed his
visits with Andy Kapinos, DeStefano, Lester Wiles and he
saw an old friend he had not seen in years who lives in
Northern Alabama Maurice Nichols (he worked Ancon
beat for years). He also saw the Brown boys, Red Nails,
Dal Heilman and so many others. We can't forget Dick
Tomford or he would never forgive us.
Dorothy Hayward (former BHS teacher) and Mary
Jane Paulson at the 50th reunion of BHS Class of
1940, which was held in Dothan, Alabama.
We wish to congratulate Margaret and John "Jack"
Hern who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in
May. Their boys are treating them to a trip to England
in August and will accompany them. Margaret and Jack
spent a nice morning with Milly and Bill Edmondson
while at the Reunion. The Edmondsons live in Orlando.
We wish to welcome Grace and Russell Lawrence
who moved here from Arkansas so they could be close to
Grace's parents, Luella and Cecil High.
Again, it was great seeing all of our dear friends. I
wish more of them would have attended. Love and God's
blessings to all!
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
This report is coming to you from beautiful Pinetop,
AZ, elevation 2700 ft., in the White Mountains, where
Danny and Jane (Dickson) Cox are escaping Tucson's
current 100 degree plus heat. More about this in the next
Congratulations to our BHS classmates, Rudy
(Lionel) Stemple and his lovely wife, Anita, on their
being appointed Ambassadors to the Vatican by the new
democratic government of Panama. Rudy and Anita
richly deserve this honor because of their years of
participation in the resistance-to-Noriega movement and
devoted service to the Catholic Church. They assumed
their duties in Italy in mid-July.
A new voice in Arizona has been heard from:
Richard Errhalt, Jr., BHS'75, is now living in Sierra
Vista, AZ and working in nearby Ft. Huachuca as an
electronics technician. He was hoping to join the Panama
Canal Society of Florida in time to attend the 1990
Reunion in Orlando for he is anxious to encounter
and/or hear from his former Isthmian friends and
classmates. He would also like to attend a BHS'75 class
reunion when one is held.
Ken Middleton of Tucson has had his lapidary shop
rebuilt and in working order again after its having been
destroyed by fire about 18 months ago. He is giving gem-
facetting classes there, and Lydia Czapek, former
Panama Canal employee, is taking the lessons. Ken's
good friend, Henry Summerfreund, spent part of this
summer at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, before taking
off for his annual visit to Switzerland. Henry was, until
his recent retirement, the owner of Mercurio Jewelers
in Panama City, as many of you will recall. Dave Dickson
of Pedro Miguel did Henry's hand-engraving in the
Ed and Alice Mix with Anne Parks, Sierra Vista, AZ.,
Ed and Alice (Brayton) Mix left Sierra Vista, AZ,
when Ed retired from his position at Ft. Huachuca early
in 1990, to settle in Kissimmee, FL. In Kissimmee they
are within easy visiting distance from their children and
grandchildren, as well as Alice's brother, Jack Brayton,
and sister, Shirley (Brayton) Bruce. Anne (Trimble)
Parks and her husband, Charlie, enjoyed a visit with the
Mixes in Sierra Vista shortly before they left for Florida.
Anne and Charlie's daughter, Lisa (Parks)
Boatwright, and her husband, Craig, attended the 1990
Reunion and participated in the BHS'70 twentieth
reunion, along with Lisa's brother, James Parks, and his
wife, Chris. Another Parks son, Charles, was there to
attend BHS'80 tenth reunion. Anne's sister, Jane
(Trimble) Alley, formerly of Flagstaff, AZ, attended her
BHS'50 fortieth reunion at the same time! Paul Parks,
another of Anne's sons, spent a week visiting with all of
them in Florida and attending the Reunion. Anne points
out that she, her brother, George, and sister, Jane, as well
as all seven of Anne's children, graduated from Balboa
High! When I spoke with Anne, she was looking forward
to a visit from her son, James Parks, of Pt. St. Lucie, FL
with his wife, Chris, and their three children in July.
Dr. Dan and wife Miriam Hirschl spent most of the
summer in Logan, Utah and returned to Sun City West,
AZ, in August; then they were off to Coronado Beach,
CA. In September they will go to Philadelphia for a visit
with their son, Dr. Ron Hirschl. Their other son, Jeff,
and his wife, Melissa, residents of Tempe, AZ, are
expecting their first child in January, 1991. Their
daughter, Janice (Hirschl) Sondheimer, also of Tempe,
is now the mother of 3 year old twins and an "almost
two" year old. Janice is married to Dr. Stuart
Sondheimer, a Tempe ophthalmologist.
Hazel (Griffith) Barry, a Phoenix resident, reports
that her mother, Martha Griffith, is quite well. Hazel's
son, David, has just completed his second year of law at
Gonzaga University and worked this summer in the office
of Congressman Ron Marlinee of Montana. He will
return to law school in the Fall.
Kathleen (Taner) Day and her brother, Barney
Taner, are both living in Scottsdale, AZ, now. Their
mother, Mildred, is also a Scottsdale resident, is quite
well, and they are able to visit each other frequently. Cele
Wensing of Scottsdale, Eloise (Monroe) Simpson of Sun
City, AZ, Helen Munson, and Shirley Moffett and her
sister get together frequently. Their next "get-together"
will be at Eloise's home. Dr. Bob Matheney of Sun City,
AZ, attended the 1990 Reunion in Florida and stayed on
for several days visiting his mother, Jessie Matheney.
Bob's wife, Evelyn, remained at home because of being
allergic to many of Florida's plants and pollens.
My former class-
mate, Robert Shultz, still
residing in Panama, spent
all of June in the U.S. He
and his daughter,
Charlotte, flew up to
Birmingham AL., to
attend the college grad-
uation of one of her sons,
after which Charlotte
returned to the Isthmus
and her position as Jr.
High School teacher in
Curundu, while Robert
stayed on, visiting his son, Col. Robert Schultz, Jr., in
Virginia. At that time, Robert attended his son's
graduation from our National War College in
Washington, DC. When Robert telephoned me from
Virginia, he was expecting to spend the last week of June
with his daughter, Mitzi, in Bradenton, FL. He planned
to return to Panama for a only a week or two and then
fly back to the States to attend his son Robert's
promotion to full colonel in Ft. Hood, TX, Col. Schultz's
new post of duty.
The Panama Canal Society of Arizona will hold its
Fall luncheon-meeting and election of officers on
Saturday, October 20, 1990. (See Announcements for
details.) Y'all come! Please keep sending your news of
family and Isthmian friends, with snapshots, to your
Arizona Reporter in Tucson. Your friends in the reading
audience of the Canal Record care about you, want to
hear about you, and I need all the help I can get!
Jane (Dickson) Cox
The Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas
hasn't been completed as of this date. The time and place
will be gotten to all interested parties in the near future.
Rita and Harold Grammer have a wedding
scheduled for Saturday, July 28th, in the garden of their
home. Daughter Leslie is marrying Michael Beckham.
This is their second wedding in seven months as daughter
Tracee married Darrell Williams the 16th of December,
1989. Sister Molly Williford and two sons, Rob and David
from Panama will be here for the wedding and will also
spend some time with Herbie Engelke and his family.
Dad, Herbert and wife Willa, are both doing fine.
Harold and Jerry Harp report that Harold spent
some time in Panama on business and also visited their
son Bill and his family.
The Shaws Dr. William and wife Pat have been
home-bodies most of the summer.
Lee Cotton was in attendance at the Society Reunion
in Orlando, FL, and had a very enjoyable time. Daughter
Kristen was here for a visit from Dallas, TX, where she
The Balcers Bud and Betty just returned from
Bud's home town of McGregor, Iowa, where they visited
with his mother, Edna Balcer, and attended his 50 year
high school class reunion. Eleven out of fourteen
surviving members were there. They also got to visit with
his brother, Dr. Charles Balcer and wife Elizabeth from
Sioux Falls, SD. By the time the next issue of the Canal
Record is printed, they hope to be somewhere in
England or Scotland.
Maxine Reinhold is going to Seattle, WA in August
to visit her brother and then to Minnesota in September
for an Elderhostel Norwegian camp for a language study.
Evelyn Engelke had her son John and his daughter
Joy here from Panama for a short visit. From
Bentonville, John and Joy left for Boone, NC to take
daughter Laurie to Florida before returning home.
Daughter Andrea and son-in-law Paul Oliver were
here on a "working vacation" for a week in May. Etta
Faye Terrell says they got most of the project completed.
Ralph and Marie Shuey left in mid-July to visit with
relatives in Germany.
Jessie Newhard was at the Reunion in Orlando, FL
and had a great time. She met a lot of people she hadn't
seen in many a moon. Son Bryan from North Carolina
and daughter Anne and her husband from California
were also there.
Peggy Keller is off to California to help her mother,
Suzie Magee, celebrate her 90th birthday. Husband
Nobby is recovering from surgery; he had his heart valve
replaced and wasn't able to go.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary by taking an 8 day trip to the
southwest part of the USA with a three day layover in
Las Vegas. After returning home, they headed for
Orlando to attend the Panama Canal Society Reunion
and stayed there afterwards for a sight-seeing trip to Sea
World and MGM. After that, they headed for son
Jimmie's hacienda in Panama City, FL where they
enjoyed visiting with Gary and Mary (Huffman) Novak
and their two young ones Heather and Casey. After
spending a couple of days at home, they then headed for
the casa of Kathy and Willie Huffman in Wynne, AR.
Daughter Mary and husband, Jim, came up from
Panama City, FL, and the Huffman reunion was enjoyed
by all. Red says the car keys are parked for an
undetermined time period.
John and Polly Michaelis went to Houston, TX to
visit son Gregory and family. The weather being too hot,
they didn't stay long and went on to the Rio Grande
Valley to see James and Cora Tribble, ex-Canal Zone
friends. While there they sailed on a gambling ship off
of Padre Island. Nobody won, but the buffet was fantastic
and the "sea air" was enjoyed by all.
Betty McGilberry accompanied the Nails in their RV
to the Reunion in Florida. On the way home, they
stopped in Jacksonville, FL and visited with Capt. Joe
and Mary Beale and family.
Alice and Red Nail had a marvelous time at the
Reunion in Florida and were happy to see a number of
people they might not have seen otherwise. Even the
unearned traffic ticket acquired on the way down and the
two breakdowns of the RV didn't spoil their delight on
having attended the Reunion. At present time Red is
maintaining the Christmas tree crop and Alice "speeds"
on the riding mower.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
-LPH A. SHUEY
IS OFFICIALLY COMMENDED
Exemplary performance of duties as Gneral Engineer, STINGER Project Office,
Syste Engineering Division, Technical Manageent Directorate, Reseach,
development, and Engiering Center, U.S. Ary Hissile Cond tro n
31 March 1989 to 1 April 1990. During this period, r. Shuey's outstanding
performance of duty has reflected great credit upon himself and this c--nd.
is perfM once s ervee as an inspiration to all other, and xI recognized in
awarding this certificate.
I MAY IM
Technical Director, USAMICOM
and Director, Researh., Developent.
and Engineering Center
Exemplary performance of duties as aGenera Engineer,
STINGER Project Office, System Engineering Division,
Technical Management Directorate, Research Development
and Engineering Center, U.S. Army Missle Command from 31
March 1989 to 1 April 1990. During this period, Mr.
Shuey's outstanding performance of duty has reflected
great credit upon himself and this command. His
performance serves as an inspiration to all others and
is recognized in awarding this certificate.
Joan and Jack Corliss attended the Reunion in
Orlando after a sight-seeing trip to Washington, DC.
Pete and Sue Warner report that son Stewart was at
the Reunion in Florida hawking his book dealing with the
recent "invasion" of Panama. Son Robert, in Alabama,
welcomed an addition to the family daughter Amice
Tamar in June. Daughters Phyllis and Pam are both
expected to visit Rogers in the near future.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders report a happy, busy
June. First, Bruce and Sandy Sanders, returning from a
motor trip to the Pacific Northwest and en route to Texas
visited with them for a few days. They were just nicely
gone when Jack Sanders of Santa Cruz, CA flew in for
a Father's Day weekend visit and joined them in
attending the annual Panama Canal Society of Northwest
Arkansas picnic. Jack saw and talked with several in
attendance he knew from "Canal Zone" days. Then
Dorothy and Bruce flew to the Reunion in Florida from
Dallas, TX. Friends and associates of yesteryear were
many and conversation and reminiscences were plentiful.
The Sanders clan enjoyed a reunion of their own with
four generations of their family present. In addition to
themselves there were Bruce and Sandy, grandson Curtis
Sanders and wife Kim and great-grandson, Ryan. Jeanne
Sanders drove down from Inverness and Louie and Jibby
(Sanders) Kleefkens drove up from Tampa. Angelo and
Caroline (Sanders) Falasca came from Wilmington, DE
and Gordon Sanders came home from Lenoir, TN. You
can bet they had much to talk about. Meanwhile, Jack
Sanders and daughter, Jacqueline, have been very
involved in amateur radio in the Santa Cruz area. Jack is
president of the local radio club and Jacqueline has just
returned from a two-week assignment as Amateur Radio
Operator on board the sail ship "Californian," a full-scale
reproduction of an 1849 revenue cutter. This vessel was
launched in 1984 and has been designated by unanimous
vote of the California legislature as the Official Tall Ship
of California and is active in special events throughout
the state. Jacqueline, KB6MTV, has the distinction of
being the first person to serve on board in that capacity.
ANNUAL BLANCHE SHAW PICNIC OF
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
Agri Park, Fayetteville, Arkansas
June 17, 1990
Bud & Betty Balcer, Mike & Minnie Burton, Bill & Esther
Claire Broken Arrow, OK, Dick & Mary Condon, Glen
Conklin, Bill & Lee Croft Jonesburo, AR, Evelyn
Engelke, Willard (Red) & Kathleen Huffman, Peggy Keller,
Bonnie McClish, Carl & Petie Maedl, Michelle Martin -
Clarksville, AR, Lyle & Ruth Mertz Harrison, AR, Jessie
Newhard, Luke (Coach) & Betty Palumbo, Maxine Reinhold,
Bruce & Dorothy Sanders, Jack Sanders Santa Cruz, CA,
Bill & Marjorie Scarborough Clarksville, AR, with
granddaughters Michelle & Margaret Fort Davis, R.P.,
Ralph & Marie Shuey Neosho, MO, Bobby & Elia Stokes -
Joplin, MO, Jay & Margaret Stroupe Clarksville, AR,
Etta Faye Terrell, Ernest & Louis Van Horn Hot Springs,
AR, Jerry & Bee Williams Harrison, AR, and Earl &
Robert "Bud" Balcer
The hot summer days are with us once again after a
refreshing respite of cool weather. We've had very little
rain and things are drying up, though gardens seem to be
Elaine Bohan Johnson of Jonesboro has changed her
name back to Hooper, her first husband's name. She
proudly announced the birth of her granddaughter, Mary
Kathleen, born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dean Metzgar of
Albuquerque, NM (see Births). Elaine and her son, Dr.
Andy Hooper, flew there to see her new baby and the
rest of the family.
Minnie Burton of Fayetteville flew down to take part
in the Pan Canal Reunion on June 20th and stayed until
the 24th. While there, she enjoyed a mini-reunion of
relatives, 40 in all, who had breakfast together on
Saturday. Some members were Mattilee White, Minnie's
daughter from Alexandria, VA with her daughter, Jean
(White) McGuinn and husband, Charlie. In fact, the
whole McGuinn tribe was there!! Robert Crooks, with his
wife, Nikki, and sons Brian and Ben from Mansfield, OH
swelled the ranks and a wonderful time was had by all!!
Mike Burton, on the other hand, spent a week with
his son Mike Jr. and wife Caroline with daughters Tracy
and Michelle in Birmingham, AL.
Fran Whitlock has been enjoying a stay with her son,
Paul, in St. Petersburg, FL.
Mary and Dick Condon had two guests from
Massachusetts: Mary Collins from Cambridge and Anne
Palmisano from Quincy. They planned many interesting
activities. Both of her guests taught in Balboa for two
years. Mary has had a garden plot, 131/2' by 22', in which
she has raised a variety of flowers and vegetables which
she has shared with friends and neighbors.
Winnona and Keith York have had a busy month in
June. Daughter Kerry and sons from Salt Lake City spent
10 days with them, and then Keith's son and two children
arrived for a 5 day visit. His son works for Trop Test
Center in Panama.
In the latter part of May, Petie and Carl Maedl of
Fayetteville drove to Minnesota to attend Petie's 55th
anniversary class reunion at Gustavus Adolphus College,
St. Peter. and to visit family, Pat and Jim Krough and
grandchildren in Minneapolis. Other former Zonians
whom they saw were Roscoe and Kathleen Haining,
Alexandria and Ted and Marion Franklin, Elk River.
On June 1, they attended the high school graduation
of their granddaughter, Jennifer Gutowski, in Charleston,
IL. Jennifer had won the 19th Congressional District
juried competition for her ink-water-color of "The
Phoenix Bird of Light" which is on exhibit for a year in
the U.S. Capitol. Jennifer and her mother, Pam
Gutowski, flew to Washington, DC to attend the
ceremony and to do some sight-seeing.
The Maedls then headed for Orlando, FL to attend
the Panama Canal Reunion, their third since leaving
Panama in 1970. Although getting up and down the
elevators at Twin Towers was a bit of a hassle, they saw
many friends, students and teachers whom they knew.
Highlights for them were the class reunions of CHS/BHS
1949/1950 and CHS 1945 and the cruise on the St. John's
Lee and Harry Butz of Springdale drove east to visit
an old school friend in Kingston, NY. While there, Lee
attended her 60th high school reunion, the first one since
she left school!! They had a fun trip into the Catskills
with Lee's brother and wife in their 40' motor home.
Lunch and dinner were prepared on the grill with all the
comforts of home. From there, they drove south to visit
friends and relatives in York, PA taking in many side
trips including Gettysburg battle field. There Harry found
his grandfather's name on the Pennsylvania monument!
Returning homeward, they stopped off at Monticello
to see Jefferson's homestead in Viriginia and the famous
Greenbrier Hotel at Hot Sulphur Springs in West
A few days after reaching Springdale, they attended
the wedding of their grandson, Peter F. Butz, Jr., son of
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Butz, Sr. of Sapulpa, OK, and April
Salinde Summers of Bixby, OK. Ushers were his
brothers, George and Jason, in a pretty summer affair.
It won't be long after reading this that our annual
Fall meeting will take place. Please keep this in mind
when making your Fall plans.
It's official! All the votes are in the 1990 Orlando
Reunion was a COLOSSAL success. Some of the
attendees from Southern California included: Charlie
Becktell, Steve Cartotto, Bill Fullerton, Celeste (Powell)
Fulton, Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro and Jack Taylor,
David Lane, Bill and Kathryn Quinn, Laura (Seeley)
Rydell, Ron and Jolie (Kilbey) Seeley, and Dale and
Shirley (Keepers) Taylor. They did enjoy! Thank you,
Florida Reunion Committee, for a job "bien hecho."
Kathryn (Argo) ,
Molinaro and Jack
Taylor visited Disney
World with Dale and
Shirley (Keepers) Taylor
after the reunion. Dale
and Shirley continued on
to South Carolina to visit
family. Kathy and Jack
vacationed in Key West, \"
Florida, where they stayed
at the historical Duval
House, built in 1856 in
Old Town. They both
agreed that the highlight
of their trip was snorkling
at a reef off a 50ft
catamaran. Kathy "The Gatun Wild Ones,"
Molinaro was also one of Kathryn (Ar g o)
the models at Andy Lim's Molinaro and Jack
Fashion Show at the Taylor in Key West, Fla.
Panazonian Dance. after Reunion 1990.
Our distinguished Roosevelt Medal Holder, Robert
Dill, was the guest of honor at the Orlando 1990
luncheon. He shared this honor with Thomas "Pops"
Ebdon of Sarasota. We are hoping that Mr. Dill will
share his "special occasion" with us at our August
Steve Cartotto, North Hollywood, attended his 20th
reunion of BHS class of 1970. He and former "Uncle
Trip" band members, Chuck Petersen, Pompano Beach,
FL, Tom Pattison, Panama, Vince Holcomb O'Connor,
Oregon, presented the assemblage of the group to
classmates on June 21st. Steve also designed a "Rockin at
the Crossroads" T-shirt stylized with original sketch and
the names of some of the bands that played in the Canal
Zone Panama over the years. Included was his dad's
name, "Greg Cartotto and his Orchestra" 1940. This
editor lived on Las Cruces Street when "all that
practicing" was going on. I'm sure it was a grand
Mildred Anderson of Costa Mesa is hoping to locate
the family of Anne Szobo who married Joe Hummer in
the Canal Zone in the late 30's or early 40's. She has
photos of their wedding and young children, Bobby and
Betty. Any information will be helpful.
Edith Wimmer, Lucille and Griff Griffin and Tracey
Hoang spent ten days in Hawaii in May. They enjoyed
sight-seeing on Islands Oahu and Maui and, of course,
the beautiful weather.
Juanita Jensen Houk, confined to her home in
Woodland Hills, would love to hear from friends. In a
recent visit, David Smith and Edith Wimmer enjoyed
recalling "the good ole days" with Juanita and her
Roy and Arby (Matthews) Call enjoyed a memorable
old-fashioned family reunion, July 5-8, in San Diego.
Four days of sight-seeing and picnicking culminated with
a special "reunion luncheon" at Carlos Murphey's
Restaurant in Old Town.
The Calls are happy to announce the birth of
grandson Dustin born to their daughter Michelle Denise
and her husband John Pene on June 6th.
Chatting: Jack Taylor, Dale Taylor, Tommie Hughes,
Diane Scheidegg, Lois Scheidegg, Leo Constantine,
Sally Bigelow, Dick Scheidigg.
"Gatun Gang" Noel Giblon, Robert Lawrence, Nancy
Kariger, Barbara Egolf, Ann Thomas, Lois
Scheidegg, Bill Quinn, Kathryn Argo, Ed Lawrence.
Anne (Magee) Severy, Oceanside, writes that her
brother John and his family will be visiting in Oceanside
this summer after the Orlando Reunion. Their daughter,
Linda, will make them "first-time grandparents" in July.
Ron and Jolie (Kilbey) Seeley, Laguna Hills, had an
impressive family gathering in Orlando. They attended
the class of 1970 reunion dinner with their daughter
Laura Rydell of Mission Viejo. They also enjoyed visiting
with their son Glenn and his family from Garland, TX.
Mrs. Marie Seeley, Ron's mother from Calfont, PA and
Jolie's sister, Tina Luken and family of Grovetown, GA,
also joined in the Reunion fun.
Sue Taylor Pitney celebrates her birthday June 15.
Son Clarke S. Pitney, LCpl, USMC, has just returned
from Okinawa and the Philippines. Also shown is son,
Nicholas James Pitney.
Jeff Pitney, son of Louis and Susan (Taylor) Pitney
is shown at the Berlin Wall chiseling "a piece of
Proud grandmother Catsy (Taylor) Schafer writes
that grandson Jeff, son of Louis and Susan (Taylor)
Pitney, BHS'59, chiseled a "bit of history" from the Berlin
Wall on a six week tour of Europe. Jeff, a student at San
Diego University, is a political science major.
Oldest grandson William Taylor Pitney was
graduated from the Citadel in May.
David Lane, West Coast Reunion Coordinator, is
accepting reservations for Dinner-Dance and Breakfast
for the Panama Canal Reunion in San Diego, September
28, 29, and 30th.
Recipe for West Coast Reunion
Combine perfect San Diego weather.
Blend in golf, dinner, and dancing to Tito Mouynes.
Add Panama-Zonian camaraderie.
Add relaxation and friendship.
Stir in sight-seeing and visiting friends.
Yield a gala weekend of enjoyment with memories to last
See y'all there!
BHS'40 classmates in California met for a mini-50th
anniversary reunion luncheon at the Sheraton Newport
Beach Hotel on July 11, 1990. L-R: Grace McCaslin
Laurie, Palo Alto; Arlo "Grant" Westbrook, La Jolla;
Lolita Provost Packard, Westminster; Edward Moore,
El Segundo; Joan Ridge deGrummond, Laguna Hills;
and William Monsanto, Santa Ana. Also attending
were Letty Moore and Jack deGrummond
A mini-reunion-luncheon at the Sheraton Newport
Beach was enjoyed by BHS'40 classmates Grace
McCaslin Laurie of Palo Alto, Arlo Grant Westbrook of
La Jolla, Lolita Provost Packard of Westminister,
Edward and Letty Moore of El Segundo, Jack and Joan
Ridge deGrummond of Laguna Hills, and William
Monsanto, Santa Ana in July.
Bob and Linda Morris spent the Fourth of July and
weekend in San Francisco visiting sister Maria
(Reimann) and Bill Thomas. They played "tourist" at the
Golden Gate Park, museums, Sonoma wineries, and had
a chance to finally see the 16 year running music revue,
"Beach Blanket Babylon."
Son Carlton Morris, Dallas, writes that "...all that
dancing on the tables" at the Reunion was done for sister,
Bliss Connerton, who could not attend her BHS 10th
anniversary reunion. Carlton will be vacationing in San
Diego in September and will attend the West Coast
Grace McCaslin Laurie, BHS'40, of Palo Alto, CA,
enjoyed another wonderful tour in July with her local
AARP group, "who are like family" this time to Laguna
Beach, CA for the annual Festival of the Arts, which
includes exhibits from artists and craftsmen and the
famous Pageant of the Masters. From Palo Alto, they
visited the mission in San Luis Obispo, the Danish village
of Solvang, had an overnight stay on Santa Catalina
Island, and a Newport harbor cruise. While in Newport
Beach, a group of classmates met with Grace for a mini-
class reunion luncheon. The tour group then visited the
Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, the mission in
Ventura, Santa Barbara and Paso Robles on their return
Linda (Reimann) Morris
Bob and Marcia Jones recently spent two weeks in
Texas visiting their son, Dr. Daniel Jones, who is working
out of Fort Worth with Animal Welfare, a division of
Also visited with Sam and Lou (Farley) Bargnesi in
San Antonio. Spent a short visit in Kerrville with Harold
Chambers (Panama Railroad) and Beth Waddell.
Robert L Jones
Ft. Collins, CO
The Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando, FL is now
in the past and, as usual, it was a huge success and a
homecoming for many of us. It was noisy and crowded so
we missed many of our friends. The hotels were amazed
at the enormity of us all a "huggin" and a "kissin" but they
want us back in 1991 so maybe we will be back, quien
My daughter June and husband Davis Stevenson,
from Lawrenceville, Georgia, attended as well as my son
Skip Rowley and his wife Beverly with their daughters
Renee and Adriane. My granddaughter Suzanne Gerhart
from college in Clemson, SC was there and I know her
parents Dorothy and Jim Gerhart, who now live in
Heidleburg, Germany, misses being with us all. I also saw
my niece, Joan VanVliet Corliss and her husband Jack,
so it was truly a nice reunion in more ways than one.
Renee Rowley, daughter of Skip and Beverly Rowley
of Tallahassee, FL, is going to be married to Brian
Friedel at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17, 1990 in
Tallahassee. We'll let you know more about it later.
Laurie (Stevenson) Snow, husband Virgil, and their
two children, Alexandria, 4, and Nicholas came to visit us
in July for a week. Nicholas celebrated his first birthday
on July 27th.
I had a Brown Baggers meeting at my house recently
and there were nineteen of us. Two guests from out-of-
town were Tommie Lou Horter and Frances Brown
Whitlock. It was great seeing them both again. I asked
Dot Herrington for news of her husband Bob who just
had a heart by-pass operation in Gainesville, FL. He is
doing very well and enjoyed having their son Russ and
his family up during this time and also their daughter
Bobbye Wellington came to be with them. Dot had her
sisters Marjorie Hall and Tommie Lou Horter visiting
them, so they had a reunion of their own.
Helen McKeown Ledgerwood had visitors, too -
Rosemary Millett Gilead came from Arlington, VA and
Yvette George came down from Maryland. While they
were here, they visited Dorothy Babbitt in Clearwater.
Tom Mckeown from Jacksonville, FL also spent a few
days with Helen. She said they all enjoyed the good
eating places and good times just being all together.
Sally and Will Nickisher are making Clearwater their
permanent home and if anyone is interested in contacting
them, their new address is 2438 Moore Haven Dr., E.,
Clearwater, FL 34623.
That's all for now!
Hello from Miami! Mike Trout has just returned
from a two-week trip to Costa Rica. He and Steve
Bertsche travelled around and really enjoyed their visit.
While in Costa Rica, Mike was able to visit with Janet
Sutherland (a former Gamboa elementary teacher) and
her son, Lucas. Mike is planning to return to Costa Rica
to build and maintain vacation properties for small
investors. He has negotiated the purchase of property in
Playa Grande on the Northwest coast which is regarded
as the best surfing spot on that coast. Anyone who is
interested in Costa Rica may contact Mike at (407) 347-
Lynn (Budreau) and Rick Gritt are expecting a child
in October. This will be their first and we are excited!
Mike Young stopped by Miami on his way back to
Panama. It was a hectic visit but we hope he will venture
COPA Airlines is hosting a "Panamanian Fiesta" at
the Historical Museum. They promise lively Panamanian
entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, open bar and drawings
for COPA tickets. I believe that many Panama Canal
Society members were invited and we hope to see our
The BIG NEWS for this issue is from Jim
Parthenais and Kelly Cahill the wedding date is set for
October 6th here in Miami. Mass and the ceremony will
be held at St. Agnes Church on Key Biscayne with the
reception at the Beacon Hotel on South Miami Beach.
Congratulations! To celebrate the engagement, Jim and
Kelly threw a "Zonie" keg party and BBQ. Tom and
Mary (Jablonski) Frensley brought Tom's great ceviche.
Others who joined the fun were: Kenny and Lee Gaul
with daughters, Nikki and Kristen, Fred Watkins, Bryant
Chevalier, Larry Rich and Mark and Patty Kerr.
So long for now anyone in this area with news
items is welcome to call or write me at 800 West Ave.,
Miami Beach, FL 33139. Ciao.
Janice "Cookie" Newlon
The wonderful Orlando magic Reunion is over but
the memories will linger for a long long time. For me,
the Reunion was a very special one, for CHS class of '45
held their 45th reunion our class' very first. Many of us
hadn't seen or heard from one another in forty-five years
and the wonder of it all was that when we were finally all
together, it seemed like only yesterday when we were all
at Cristobal High together.
One of the highlights of our class reunion was a four
hour cruise aboard the beautiful Grand Romance River
Boat on the St. Johns River. We traveled by bus to
Sanford and were joined aboard by BHS's class of '45.
After a sumptuous lunch, we were entertained with music
and Joy Randall Maale, Bitsy Gates Anson, Melida
Howard Horan, Mary White Holtzclaw and I led our
class in school songs and cheers. Joy made a most
thoughtful presentation from our class to Hugh Hale and
myself. On Saturday our class held a cash bar gathering
around the Howard Johnson Motel pool. Hugh showed
a recent VCR tape made in Cristobal, Margarita and
Gatun by his son and son-in-law. What wonderful
memories this presentation revived.
John Fisher and Keith Moumblow were on hand to
represent their brothers, Bill Fisher and Garvin
Moumblow our classmates lost during WWII. Our
former teachers Helen Paterson Schrum, Carl Maedl and
his lovely wife "Petie" and Luke Palumbo also joined our
Those attending CHS class of '45 reunion besides
those mentioned above: Bob Anson, Roy & Charteen
(Hellums) Atwood, Beverly (Ruoff) Berger, Ted & Shirley
Brown, Bernie & Priscilla Delong, Pat Gormely, Carol
(Ruoff) Goulet, Eugene Gregg, Anne (Edwards) Hale, Bill
Hotzclaw, Jessie Hunt, John & Wanda (Herrington) Johnson,
Ray & Mary Ellen Knoop, Alvin & Isolina Lim, At Maale,
James & Norine (Terry) McLaughlin, Charles & Jean McGinn,
Bill & Joan (ELLis) Moser, Beverly Moumblow, John &
Florine Reilly, Grace (Thomas) Ruggles, Dan & Noemy
Sander, Lucien & Susie Skeets, Leo & Leona (Sanders)
Snedeker, Irvin & Rita (Shoaf) Speas, Buddy & Lilia
(Tanzi) Stroop, Bud & Lois (Kridle) Thomas, G.G. &
Shirley Thomas, Charles & Josephine Thomas, Thelma
(Thomas) Wayman, Philip & Carol (Hendricks) Whitney, Luis
& Angelica (Lim) Wong and Benny Kuller.
CHS Cheers: Leona (Sanders) Snedeker, Bitsy
(Gates) Anson, Mary (White) Holtzclaw, Melida
(Howard) Horan, and Joy (Randall) Maale.
! F -/ ., :
ABOARD THE GRAND ROMANCE, I-r: Melida (Howard) Horan, Helen (Patterson) Schrum, Irv and Rita (Shoaf)
Speas, Charlene (Hellums) Atwood, Suzie and Lucien Skeels, Bill and Mary (White) Holtzclaw, Bill Moser and
CHS'45 CLASS REUNION, L-R: Roy Knoop and Joy (Randall) Maale, Charles Thomas, John Reilly, Lois
(Kridle) Thomas, Luis and Angelica (Lim) Wong.
CHS'45 CLASS REUNION, (Left) front: Petie Maedl, Bill Moser, 2nd row: Thelma (Thomas) Wayman, Carl Maedl,
3rd row: Irv Speas, Roy Knoop, Mary Ellen Knoop, Ted Brown, Al Maale, Pat Gormley, Benny Kuller.
(Right) Waiting for the boat, front: Charlene (Hellums) Atwood, Lois (Kridle) Thomas, Ann (Edwards) Hale, Bud
Thomas, Roy Atwood. Back: Joy (Randall) Maale, Thelma (Thomas) Wayman, and Grace (Thomas) Ruggles.
CHS'45 CLASS REUNION, L-R: Joy (Randall) Maale, Pat Gormmely, Priscilla and Bernie DeLong, Charles
McGinn, Lois (Ellis) Moser, Roy Atwood, Beverly (Ruoff) Berger, Carol (Ruoff) Goulet, Carl Maedl, Hugh and
Ann (Edwards) Hale.
Another special time for me was wearing the pollera
that I had spent nine months making to the ball. Betsy
Gates Anson and I had spent many hours making the
tembliques and Violet Randall Deakins dressed our hair
just before the ball. Did we ever feel elegant!!
One afternoon while waiting for the rain to stop, I
met Leo and Sarita Cannon, former Diablo residents.
They told me their daughter Leslie Cannon had recently
graduated from college. See Announcements in this issue.
My husband Leo and I met a gentleman one
afternoon after he hunted us down after seeing the
Panama Canal plates on our car. He told us he had a
good friend who had worked in the C.Z. and would like
to talk to us about the C.Z. society. Sure enough, the
following week, Ted Valander called us and I have sent
him membership forms. Ted was a civilian employee with
the Army at Corozal and Ft. Gulick from 1940-1950. He
operated the Fire Control Shop and radar instruments.
After telling him about this year's Reunion, he is looking
forward to 1991.
I must comment on the wonderful job done by our
Reunion Coordinator, Jay Stewart, and all the hard
working people in charge of registration, hospitality and
information and our hard working president, Betty
LeDoux Frassrand. It was wonderful seeing how well Pat
Beall looked in spite of his recent surgery.
I am sure there were many problems due to the
recent construction work at the Twin Towers, but let us
all keep in mind we had a wonderful time and this was
the first time our Reunion had been held in Orlando, so
next year will no doubt be bigger and better and our hard
working officers should be given a big hand!
Leona Sanders Snedeker
Hello....hello....does anybody care, is anybody
listening? Hello....The year 2000 is just about here and
another Reunion has come and gone. The age of
colonization in the western hemisphere is no more and as
the year 2000 approaches, I ask myself, "What would
Zonians call home" as I re-read Thomas Wolff's, "You
Can't Go Home Again."
The Reunion was one again festive and enjoyable. So
many of us celebrating with such an enthusiasm, the one
thing we all have in common: C.Z./PANAMA, molas,
montunos, polleras folklore. Music, dances such as
Cumbia, Tamborito, Comparsa, Pidin and six thousand
plus people dancing the same tunes and most of all
feeling the same thing. At the peak of the festivity, all
that came to mind was the year 2000...then a flash and
behind it...faces...faces and more faces. Faces of people
I had met earlier and faces I had just met recently.
George Barbier of Pensacola received recently the
high honor of being awarded Best Clinical Instructor at
Pensacola Navy Hospital! Such has been the calibre of
George's performance at work that it has been decided
that the award be presented every year to a fellow worker
and the award is named after George!! So, we take this
opportunity to congratulate George Barbier for a job well
Louis Barbier, on the other hand, has just returned
from Panama where he had been stationed for a while
and dying to get back to Pensacola, FL. He tells me that
he spent his last days making the best of it at the
Albrook Shoppette and Los Rios. Louis is now working
at NAS in Pensacola where he is an inventory manager
at the aviation depo. In his spare time, he does time with
the Reserves as a Senior Chief. Good to have you back,
Louis, so welcome home!
Charlene and Ralph are doing fine and missing
everybody still! They are spending time with the
grandkids and teaching them golf. They are both round
dancing still and Ralph is still nursing the bad back. We
miss you both, too!
Robbie Barnes of Pensacola, who spent time at Fort
Sherman, is always asking me for Seco Herrerano, Hoy
alegre y tomorrow sano!! Robbie is now working at the
Pensacola Hilton in its fine dining restaurant "1912." If
you have not seen Mr. Barnes in a long time, you can
catch him at the restaurant while cooking a ferocious
"Steak Diane" table-side!
Jon and Debbie Dedeaux got together with Russell
Galespi, Randy Williams and other folks from the
Atlantic side and celebrated the 4th of July by watching
fireworks by the bay at Pensacola! They all celebrated the
fact that Randy became a daddy right on Father's Day!!
Hello, little girl Denise is her name. Russell tells me
wife Leslie is expecting. Ladies, don't drink the water
while in Pensacola be forwarned!
Sherie York of Gulf Breeze had visitors. Sam and
Anna celebrated the 20th high school reunion from
Woodland High. Sherie just got back from Mexico's
Acapulco and Mexico City.
Libbie Fulchern of Niceville visited friends and
relatives in Maryland. At the Reunion she spent most all
of her time with the grands Stacy and Randy. Daniel Ann
Miro came and spent her summer with us here in
Pensacola and kept my wife Monica pretty busy trying to
keep her busy! She was joined later by La Negra Miro
and her husband Quique Rogers on a brief visit with us,
Enrique Rogers, Jr. just got married. Congratula-
tions, Marilyn, and welcome to the family! May God
bless you both and guide you through the years to come!
In closing, I say to you all again....Hello....is anybody
listening, is anybody there? Membership is more than
paying dues and meeting once a year. It is active
participation and keeping in touch. A new century brings
with it a new era and the one just passed should not be
just another page in the history books. Hello...hello...
Dennis A. Talavera
The annual Panama Canal Society Reunion is always
a great time for family and friends to get together, to
renew friendships and share many happy memories.
Sarasota has certainly had its share of visitors.
Leo A. McIntire of Tulsa, OK visited with his
mother, Mrs. Blanche Hartman, in Sarasota. They visited
with friends at the Reunion and later went to New
Smyrna Beach to attend the wedding of their niece,
Kathleen Fitzgerald, that same weekend. In early July,
Blanche, accompanied by her granddaughter, Cheryl
(McIntire) Burkemper, took a trip to Tulsa, OK to visit
with her son, Leo and granddaughters, Cheryl Burkemper
and Vicki (McIntire) Healy and families in the Tulsa
Nellree Berger of Signal Mountain, TN, was the
house guest of Allen and Kay Miller. She went with Kay
to Marion Greene's annual "After the Reunion Coffee"
and entertained the many guests with her lovely voice,
singing the hostess' favorite hymn, "In The Garden" and
other requests as she has done for the past several years.
Fred and Bev Ebdon enjoyed a three-week visit with
their son and his wife, Paul and Connie (Balmas) Ebdon
of Dallas, OR and with them attended the P.C. Reunion;
Connie also attended her BHS class reunion.
The family travelled in their motor home. Fred and
Bev also looked forward to seeing their long-time friend,
Louis "Fred" Haus and his wife, Josephine, of Colts
Neck, NJ. It had been 40 years since they had seen each
other and enjoyed reminiscing about the Canal Zone
when the men worked together in the Electrical Division.
Fred Haus recently retired from AT&T in New Jersey.
Charles Selles and his children, Jared and Natalie,
visited Bobby and Molly Orvis at their home in Naples.
Carlos is with the Electrical Division in Panama. The
Orvises drove their guests around Naples showing them
the sights of their town. They had a good time
reminiscing about "growing up" years in the Canal Zone.
The George A. Walkers had all their family together
at Reunion time and to attend the wedding of their
granddaughter, Kathleen Fitzgerald, of New Smyrna
Beach Jeanne (Walker) Wagner of Anchorage, AK,
Fred Walker and family of Balboa, R.P., and daughters
Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach and
Carole (Walker) Miller of Tampa, FL.
Additional visitors were Mayno's niece, Margie
(Bliss) Stephenson, daughter of Gerald (Budd) and
Eleanor Bliss of Campbell, CA with her husband, Steve
and three children of Newton, CT. The Walkers
entertained with a family dinner, including Curt and
Emily Bliss of Rockledge, FL, Gladys B. Humphrey and
Tinsie (Bliss) Barnes and her husband, Barney, of
Sarasota. Family get-togethers always bring pleasant
memories of happy days in the Canal Zone.
The Walkers also had several special occasions to
travel first to visit daughter, Mickey Fitzgerald and
family to see their new home in Tara Trails, New Smyrna
Beach and later to participate in the wedding of their
granddaughter, Kathleen Fitzgerald.
Bob and Alice Forsythe of Rancho Cordova, CA
visited in the Sarasota area after the Reunion, driving
first to Venice to visit former neighbors, Mrs. Elsa
Metzer and her son, AJ. Elsa is the widow of Andrew
Metzer, Bob's co-worker at Gatun Locks.
Pre-reunion guests at Bill and Maxine Dixons were
Jani (Faris) Brown and Glen of Colorado Springs, CO.
Jani is a Cost Appraisal Consultant with the U.S.
Government. She was attending her first P.C. Reunion
and also came for her CHS class reunion. She later
visited her younger sister, Marie Olga Faris in Virginia.
The Dixon and Faris families have been close friends and
neighbors since Margarita days. The other family
members, Ernie Faris and Ernie Jr., and Virginia (Faris)
Angle and her husband, Cliff, reside in Kingman, AZ.
Joe and Rae Ebdon spent three weeks in California
with their sons, Thomas J. Ebdon, III, at his home in
Racho Santa Margarita, with Dick Ebdon, his wife Kathy,
and their children, Geoffrey and Jennifer, in Irvine, CA.
Tom is First Officer with American Airlines and Dick is
a Representative with DuPont. Joe and Rae also visited
at the home of their niece and family, Dr. Omar and
Anne (Newhard) Franklin in Visalia, CA.
The Franklins later attended their first P.C. Reunion
in Florida and also her CHS reunion. Anne enjoyed
reminiscing with her former classmates and other friends.
After the Reunion, Anne and Omar were house guests of
her aunt and uncle, the Joe Ebdons for several days
before returning to their home in Visalia.
Bob and Elsie (Neely) Smith enjoyed a summer visit
with her niece, Janet (Davis) Guirham of Memphis, TN.
Janet also visited her uncle and aunt, Michael and
Marion (Neely) Greene, in Sarasota and with another
aunt, Esther (Neely) Davis. She is on the teaching staff
with the Memphis Schools.
Jeanne Burgoon and daughter, Karen (Magnuson)
O'Neill of Fort Lauderdale, spent several days in Orlando
and attended the new MGM Studios, Sea World and
Disney World Epcot. They especially enjoyed the Italy,
China and U.SA. country exhibits.
A group of friends from Sarasota were luncheon
guests of Mina (Adams) Dee in her new residence at the
Village at Manor Park in Dunedin, FL. Those motoring
to share her birthday luncheon were Rae Ebdon, Kay
Miller, Betsy Noonan, Franny Jones, Billie Galloway,
Myrtle Hughes, Mary Orr and Mayno Walker.
Mother's Day at the Fred Ebdon house was a very
special day for Vernice Moody as she celebrated with her
two daughters and their spouses, Fred and Bev Ebdon
and Pete and Ruth Bollea of Tampa. She was especially
surprised and elated when her grandson, Terry Bollea
(popular wrestler Hulk Hogan), with his wife, Linda,
and their two-year old daughter, Brooke Ellen, came to
the Springwood Nursing Center to take her family dinner.
This made four generations at the dinner party.
Fran Orvis enjoyed a Mother's Day visit from her
son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Julie Orvis, of Temple
Terrace, FL. Fran and Gladys Conley were their guests
for dinner at Marina Jack's in Sarasota. Later in the
month, Fran also had a weekend visit from her other son
Bob Orvis and his wife Lotty of Daytona Beach and their
son, Carl Orvis, with his wife Christine and their son,
Ryan, of Punta Gorda, FL.
Gladys Conley participated as a delegate in the 25th
anniversary of the University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia. The four-day celebration consisted of
receptions, entertainment, fireworks and guests speakers -
Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States,
Pscar Arias, President of Costa Rica and Nobel Piece
Prize recipient and current Czechoslovakian Ambassador
Rita Klimona. Other dignitaries included Pennsylvania
Governor Robert Casey, Philadelphia Mayor Wilson
Good and hosted by University President Sheldon
Hackney. Also offered were programs in fields of
humanities, sciences, future European Common Market
and workshops ending with a giant birthday party.
Naturally Ben Franklin was the honored guest!
Margaret Peterson celebrates her 95th birthday.
Margaret Peterson, lovingly called "Aunt Margaret"
was honored on her 95th birthday on Tuesday, May 8,
1990, at a dinner party at the home of her niece and
nephew, Allen and Kay Miller in Sarasota. Her son
Thomas C. Peterson, and his wife Barbara are also
residents of Sarasota.
Aunt Margaret is proud to claim she has three lovely
granddaughters and six great-grandchildren. She received
phone calls, gifts and cards from family and friends. The
highlight of her birthday party was receiving birthday
greetings from President George Bush and his wife
Family members from out-of-town who joined the
host and Tom and Barbara included her granddaughters
Diane M. Peterson and Carol (Peterson) Heintz with her
husband, Don Heintz, and their children, Christine and
twins Jason and Eric, all from Orlando, FL.
Margaret is presently residing at the Springwood
Nursing Center, 4602 Northgate Center #412-B,
Sarasota, FL 34234.
Vernice Moody, who was 90 years young on June 4th,
was honored at a birthday diner at the home of her son-
in-law and daughter, Fred and Bev (Moody) Ebdon in
Sarasota. Their home was decorated with many balloons
containing birthday greetings thereon and also her
birthday cake was made by a friend in the shape of a
doll. She received many lovely gifts, phone calls and
birthday cards including birthday greetings from
President George Bush and his wife Barbara.
Vernice Moody, 90 years young, with daughters. L-
R: Bev Ebdon, Vernice Moody, and Ruth Bollea.
Out-of-town guests included her elder daughter,
Ruth (Moody) Bollea and her husband Pete Bollea of
Tampa FL, and her niece Frances (Violette) Sharp and
husband Roy Sharp of Sun City Center, FL. Besides her
two daughters, she has five grandchildren, twelve great-
grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Vernice is presently residing at the Springwood
Nursing Center in Sarasota, FL.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Loretta (Willard) King, from Treasure Island, FL.,
returned from California where she attended a mini-
reunion with 3 old friends from Balboa, C.Z. that she
hadn't seen in 40 years Niza (Boynton) Greig, Bernice
(Israel) Karlan, Redondo Beach, CA, and Anna Marie
(Schuttz) Falcone, Philadelphia. They all had a wonderful
time sharing old times and old memories. They sang their
school songs and Anna Marie amazed them with her
fluid Spanish in songs like La Cucharacha accompanied
by Loretta's husband, Frank, on guitar. All of Niza's
family were present. There were 4 generations of
Boyntons attending. All are planning to meet again in
Oregon in 1992 at Niza's home.
On May 28, Marie and Gerald Neal attended the
graduation of their granddaughter, Esther Marie Robles,
from the Georgetown University Law School, Wash-
ington, DC. She is now with Day, Berry and Howard Law
Firm of Connecticut.
The Panama Canal Reunion at Twin Towers Hotel
was enjoyed by all. For those special folks, the executive
committee and officers and all the others that did so
much to make it a success, we all thank you again and
again! There is so very much to be said about the
overwhelming labor and long hours Marjorie Foster, Pat
Beall, Betty Frassrand, besides many more, did for our
Society. Marjorie Foster asked if anyone would be
interested in helping her and learn about the Secretary's
It is always a pleasure to attend the monthly
meetings. Come out and get acquainted!
TAMPA (813) 546-2245
We can't believe another Reunion has come and
gone! Despite the weather, we all had a great time!
The BHS Class of 1980 had their 10 year reunion on
Friday, June 22, 1990 at the Howard Johnsons in
Orlando. Richard Grimison did a great job as Master of
Ceremonies, the band "The Puzzlers" played a lot of
reggae and old favorites, and the slide show brought back
a lot of memories. Steph Nellis won the limbo contest,
but honorable mention has to go to Dean Young and
BHS 1980 girls; Sue Kelleher, Steph Nellis, Celia
Ciepela, Carol (Stein) McGuinness, Donna (Malin)
Meyerson, Margaret Bivin, Lynn Quast.
Congratulations to Michele (Owen) and Steve Pepe;
they're expecting their first child.
Steve and Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman and
daughters Andrea and Lauren are getting settled at their
new home in Brussels, Belgium. They were sorry to have
missed the Reunion and look forward to having visitors.
Dave Furlong hosted another BarBQ on Saturday,
July 21., with horseshoes, volleyball, and of course, rain.
Some attendees were Rupert Turner, Jan Farnsworth,
Allegro Woodruff, Dave Rankin, Lynn Dunning, Tiger
Maloney, Greg Evans, Lucky Summers and several of
Alice and Ralphy Furlong's friends.
Katya Poschl was up from Panama visiting the Reyes
family in Tampa. Katya also visited her brother Andy
Poschl and her friend Mari Boyd in Miami. The Reyes
family enjoyed Katya's visit but thought it was too short.
Also visiting the Reyes during the Reunion were Sonia
Poschl, her grandson Alfonso Andreas and Mami Pena
from Panama. Mami was in Orlando for their class
May-time brought the anticipated visit to Hawaii of
Al (Frank) and Carmen Baldwin of Miami. What a
pleasure it was to be with them again and to take that
Elk to our Elks Club where they treated me to dinner,
and especially to attend with them a beautiful party at the
unique home of Col. Dick and Mrs. Nena Adames de
White. Guests included some delightful young people
whn had lived in Panama
Katya DeLaMater, Al (Frank) and Carmen Baldwin,
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Nina and Col. White (Ret.), Kailau, Hawaii.
Post-Reunion nostalgia and blues! The 1990 Reunion
exceeded my high expectations and bestows much credit
upon all those who worked toward its success and the
supreme pleasure of renewing Zone and Panama
experiences with old and new friends. And then there was
the sadness in missing those not present. Being somewhat
related to Billy D. intensified the enjoyment of my
daughter Katya and I had in the big event, including a
day afterward at Sea World. A pinnacle of the festivities
for me was the luncheon reunion of the BHS 1935 class,
which was so well arranged and congenially carried out
the Wilma Kennerd, besides the work on the part of
Wilma and others toward locating and informing all
possible class members. We surely missed Gene Hamlin!
Bill DeLaMater, Arline (Schmidt) Winerman, Katya
DeLaMater, Lois (DeLaMater) Bates, Taylor
So sorry Elaine (Bohan) Johnson of Jonesboro, AR
did not attend the Reunion as she would have thoroughly
enjoyed the camaraderie of our '35 class luncheon group,
as well as the other events. I was also disappointed to
learn from Jimmy and Danny DesLondes that their
mother (and my friend) Beverly (Carruthers) Stiles of
Santa Maria would not be attending the Reunion. Beverly
reports that her grandson Damon has completed four
years in the Army and is now attending Santa Barbara
City College. His brother Jim is also doing well. Another
brief but relished Reunion visit was with Taylor Drysdale,
an engineer with the Gamboa Dredging Division in the
late 1930's and a 1936 Olympic swim champion who lives
in Orlando (and still keeps in fine shape by swimming).
Katya and I were so pleased to see our cousins Linda
(Clark) and Larry Layman of San Diego area and to
catch up on life's vicissitudes and to find them (the
Laymans) looking great. I regretted not having the
chance to visit Marj (Foscue) King in Raleigh, with
having so many Worsley and Brake relatives to visit in
Sheila Bell, Linda Layman and Phil Sanders.
Some warm and wonderful visits in California
followed the Reunion en route home: My Aunt Anna
Worsley (widow of Bob Worsley who lived in the Zone
from about 1913 until his death in 1980). Anna
celebrated her 95th birthday in July when her daughters
Bobby Richards and Jackie Williams and spouses were
I enjoyed a fine three-day visit with Jean (Walsh),
CHS'37, and Willie Kaufman in Menlo Park. Jean, a pal
of early Cristobal days, and her husband have four
children and some grandchildren, some of whom I had
the pleasure of meeting. Another Cristobal childhood pal,
Velvia (Miller) Long and husband Tom of Hayward
entertained and reminisced with me on Panama
pleasures, people and problems. Velvia's father, Captain
Sterling Miller, was a Canal Pilot and Velvia and her
engineer husband Tom were with the PC several years
during the '50's, mainly on the Pacific Side. (Most of
their 40 + offspring live nearby.)
Jean (Mitchell) Smith (BHS'35) entertained Jean
Kaufman and me for a grand lunch visit at the splendid
apartment complex, "The Sequoias" of Portola Valley,
where she now resides. For Jean and me this was a
reunion after 50 years! Jean's sister Vera died ten years
ago; Jean's brother Donald Mitchell retired last year and
now lives in Sacramento with his family. A few years ago,
when Jean was transiting the Panama Canal, she ran into
Gen. David Parker (former PC Governor) and my
brother Billy D. and enjoyed the trip with them. Jean
keeps up with Mathilde (Brewerton) Crook and Bruce of
Yukia. Jean and Doris Brotherson were to visit Ruthie
(Brown) Robertson. Jean says Bruce Crook is reportedly
doing well after having had several illnesses.
Olive (Koperski) Nicholson of Saratoga is in her
usual fine spirits despite her husband Nick being
hospitalized most of the time. Her sister, Jane Taylor and
husband Bill (and I) hope that Olive may soon visit us in
Hawaii. (Parents of Olive, Jean Kaufman, Velvia Long,
and mine were all good friends during the Canal
Those Rocker girls, Jean and Willis, and Kathryn
Bill Jones, Ed Coyle, Bill Poole, Ruth Bauman
Another especially gratifying visit was with Lucille
(Cook) Nanney (BHS'35) and her husband David of Palo
Alto, reviving memories of wartime living in Inglewood
with our respective children, where we lived near each
other when our husbands were overseas in the war. I
filled her in on the Reunion and old friends and
classmates since she was unable to attend.
Lois DeLaMater Bates
In April Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, IN visited
her son, Dennis, and daughter-in-law Carol and five year
old great-granddaughter, Meghan, who live in San Bruno,
CA. Meghan had the chicken pox but was feeling well
enough to enjoy her grandmother's visit. In June Carol
and Meghan visited Jane in Terre Haute, IN.
Sheila (McCauley) Marshall, Jane's daughter who
lives in Danville, IN had company from La Boca. Her
guests were Kari (Batalden) and Ed McIlvaine and their
two children Sarah and Nathan. The guests enjoyed
doing a lot of sight-seeing in Indianapolis and also
enjoyed a canoe trip on Sugar Creek at Turkey Run State
Jackie (Whitlock) Werbrouck of Mishawaka, IN and
her husband Marcel attended the Orlando Pan Canal
Reunion in June. She was the CHS Coordinator for the
1949-1950 joint CHS and BHS Class Reunion. Jackie says
that it was a great success. There were 85 classmates,
teachers, honorary sponsors and special guests present to
represent the CHS portion of the reunion. During the
program the CHS Reunion Committee made Marcel an
honorary member of the CHS class of 1949 and
presented him with a diploma to that effect.
Jackie also organized the CHS/BHS 1947-1954
Conjunta which was held on June 22nd. It was attended
by 250 classmates and friends. Those who attended
enjoyed the opportunity to meet and renew old
friendships in a delightful setting separate from the
Jackie was also involved with the Morrison
Descendant's Family Brunch held on June 23rd. There
were about 40 family members present. At the close of
the brunch, the reunion photographer took a family
group picture which each of the family members will
Even though Jackie and Marcel had a full schedule
with their involvement in the three events mentioned
above, when they left Orlando, after the Pan Canal
Reunion, they found time to attend a Whitlock Family
Reunion at Treasure Island. Those present at that
reunion were Frances Whitlock, Andree (Whitlock)
Collins, Paul and Shirley Whitlock, and Jackie
(Whitlock) and Marcel Werbrouck.
In Jackie's words, the trip to the Reunion in Orlando
and the family reunion afterwards was a tender trip down
memory lane. She says that she will always remember the
unique camaraderie of the greatest and friendliest people
in the world -- our families, classmates, teachers and
friends from the Panama Canal Zone.
Jackie, and I am sure many others who attended the
Orlando Reunion, congratulate the Pan Canal Society's
officers and members of the various committees, who
were responsible for making the 1990 Orlando Reunion
a very special and wonderful experience for those who
Claud and Ruth Lyon of Charleston, IN were unable
to attend the Reunion this year. However, they were
looking forward to a visit from Betty (Clay) Hoverter of
Bellevue, WA, her brother Jack Clay of Lancaster, CA
and Tom and Marion Rice of Los Angeles, CA. These
three groups of ex-Zonians were traveling to the Reunion
together. On the way they planned to visit family and
friends. Unfortunately their route took them too far
north and so they were unable to stop by for a visit.
Judy (Stepp) Parietti and Charles Stepp.
In May Claud and Ruth did enjoy a visit from
Charles Stepp and his daughter Judy (Stepp) Parietti of
Medina, OH. Charles lived in Charleston, IN for a few
years and some time was spent seeing familiar sights or
shopping at once familiar stores. Judy loves horses and
enjoyed a visit to the Churchill Downs Museum in
Louisville, KY. Claud and Ruth and their guests visited
Claud's sister and brother-in-law in Louisville, KY, Leila
(Lyon) and Hobart Mills.
Hobart and Leila (Lyon) Mills.
Liz Hicks formerly of W. Lafayette, IN has notified
me that she has accepted a job with Texas Instruments in
Austin, TX as a Business Systems Programmer/Analyst.
She would like her friends to know that her new address
is 11411 Research Blvd., #824, Austin, TX 78759. We
wish you good luck and much success in your new job.
Texas Instrument's gain is Purdue University's loss.
Claud E. Lyon
Lots of news this quarter about the Reunion. A few
problem areas need work, but basically old-timers were
pleased with the new location and first-timers were
overwhelmed by everything.
First-timer, Lois Steiner Cahn, New Orleans,
attended the CHS 1949-50 reunion and is still in a daze
over seeing, in just a few days, so many people she hasn't
seen in 40 years. She extends warm thanks to Jackie
Whitlock Werbrouck, A. Brian Albright, Jean Dough
Judge, Patricia Casswell Stuller and J. E. Dorn Thomas
for making the CHS get-together such a success. Lois
says it's wonderful to think every year you can go to a
reunion to celebrate the fact that you once lived in the
Canal Zone. She has started corresponding with one of
her old teachers.
Debbie Erhart, BHS'86, has transferred from Loyola
University in New Orleans and is studying advertising at
the Manship School of Journalism, Louisiana State
University. She plans to graduate in May 1991. Debbie
recently moved off campus to 5055 Nicholson Drive, Apt.
G302, Baton Rouge, LA 70820. When she can get away,
she enjoys trips to Fairhope, Alaska to visit her
grandmother, Lillian Abell, formerly of Diablo. Debbie
joined a brother, Michael, BHS'79, there recently.
Michael was on vacation from his teaching position at
Howard AFB Elementary School. Another brother,
David, BHS'81, was married in June to Valerie Kwaiben
in San Francisco. Debbie, Michael and David are the
children of Rebecca and Herman Erhart of Diablo.
Rebecca grew up in Pedro Miguel and graduated from
BHS in 1957.
John R. Gough Sr. with granddaughter Bridgette and
great-grandson Justin Paul Gough, Marrero, La.
John R. Gough, Sr., Marrero, is recovering nicely
from surgery in April, with plenty of TLC from wife,
Kathleen. Son, John II, came from Tampa, and son, Bill,
and his wife, Jo Ann, all helped take care of him.
Grandson, John III, an Army sergeant, has been
reassigned to a Fort Polk infantry unit. His and
Bridgette's son, Justin Paul, is now 11/2 years old. John
II and Bill made the Reunion and had a great time
seeing old friends.
Thanks to John Sr. for sending us a Sept. 1950 issue
of the Panama Mirror with a cover photo of Boy Scout
Troop 801, among whom we recognized Anton Pedersen,
Herbie Raybourn, Ray Tucker and Lowell Jones, an
Eagle Scout. The troop participated in the second
national jamboree at Valley Forge, Pa.
Marion and Gene Gregg have moved to 3776 Piper
Road, Slaughter, LA 70777, phone (504) 654-0398, right
across the street from their daughter, Lynne Brown, and
her family -- husband, Clayton; and children, Carlye, 10;
Rayne, 9; Haylye, 6; and Harrison, 5. The Greggs' four-
bedroom, three-bath Mandeville house is now up for sale.
Daughter, Laura Ann, and her husband, Juan Carlos
Roa, came up from Diablo in time for Laura to have her
first baby with her mother nearby to help. Ann-Marie
Lynn Roa was born July 3 and will return to Panama
with her parents in August. Laura teaches French at
Balboa High School and Juan Carlos works in Industrial
Hygiene for the Commission. They plan to stay in
Panama until the year 2000, and maybe beyond.
Daughter, Nancy Gregg, works off-shore for Conoco
Oil and attends LSU. Daughter, Gail, lives in Alabama
with her husband, Bob, who is an Army doctor, and
daughter, Molly. Daughter, Helen Gregg, is in nursing
school in New Orleans. Son, Gene Gregg, is spending the
summer with the Louisiana National Guard in Virginia.
Bill Hatchett, BHS'56, CZJC'58, FSU'60, dropped us
a note to express his enjoyment of the Reunion, but
hopes the elevator delays and lobby congestion will
improve. He suggests we send the hotel a good
Panamanian recipe for empanadas. Whoever has that
recipe, please send it to us for publication.
It was wonderful and she only regrets not having enough
time to talk to everyone and leaving so many things
unsaid. Home in Slidell, Dona enjoys playing bridge and
Harris Hurst, BHS'85, graduated in May from LSU
with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and
has returned to Panama to seek employment.
Lacrouts and husband
Larry, have returned
from vacation in St.
Louis. She reports that
the view from the atop
the Gateway Arch is
regrets, after several
recent moves, losing
touch with many of her
Canal Zone friends. Her "
new address is 1201 W. 0,
Esplanade Ave., Apt.
1004, New Orleans, LA
70065 (this corrects the
April directory listing).
Robin was born in Balboa
and moved to Tucson at
17. She wants to be Robin and Larry
included in all BHS'86 Lacrouts.
activities and hereby requests assistance in getting her
BHS senior yearbook.
Capt. George J. Rougeau is still stationed at Fort
Polk as a pilot for the commanding general and other
VIPs. He's trying to make a contact with the family of
Raymond Dragseth, his BHS chemistry instructor. If you
can help him out, please call collect at (318) 239-9696.
Norman Haydel and Pete Lang, BHS'50 party.
Norman Haydel, BHS'50, who lives in Metairie,
writes that after all these years he has joined the society
and attended his first reunion and class get-together,
along with his wife, Kathy, and mother, Vivian. They also
went to Disney World, but the most fun was meeting old
friends at the Reunion.
L-R: Amanda Spilling, Megan Spilling, Dona
Helmerichs, Ray Duncan, Rob Spilling, Susie
Helmerichs Duncan and Cindy Helmerichs Spilling.
Dona Helmerichs, Slidell, reports that along with
daughter, Cinda; son-in-law, Rob; and granddaughters,
Amanda and Megan; she ventured to her 20th reunion.
David Warren of New Orleans (standing) with his
parents, Bill and Gretchen Warren of New Port
David Warren of New Orleans visited with his
parents, Bill and Gretchen Warren, at the Reunion.
Despite complaints about the elevators and food, he
thought the Reunion was wonderful and only regrets he
didn't get to the hats in time to get one his size. David
also attended the BHS'65 reunion at La Palma Hotel
June 22 and congratulates Sue Dessert, Camille
Hendricks and Phil Stewart for a job well done. A live
band and Elvis impersonator provided entertainment.
Gag gifts were presented to Danny Aleman, Linda
Askew, George Black, Jackie Lovelady, Mike Morrow,
Ken Phillips, Mike Plucker, Bob Rupp, Kathleen
Sheridan, Phil Stewart and Rick Williams. Later, Bob
Rupp, Elaine Vestal and Tom Zorn took over the
bandstand to play some old BHS favorites. Before
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BHS'65 reunion, June 22, 1990.
returning to New Orleans, David helped his parents
celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary during an RV
trip to Cedar Key and Manatee Springs. He topped off
his visit with a day of swimming at Clearwater Beach.
Dave is up for probable promotion to lieutenant colonel
in Army Reserves and may be relocating in his civilian
job. At deadline, Gret and Bill were readying the camper
for a leisurely summer trip to the Northwest and West
Coast and are talking cruise for their 50th.
Patt Foster Roberson
After nearly a year of maintaining two households,
Earl and Lynn (Degenaar) Boland (BHS'53) and their
sons, Erin, 16, and Kevin, 11, are back to one home, at
669 Red Bud Park, Sumter, SC 29150, phone (803) 469-
7454, and their four-bedroom, two-bath Meridian home
is up for sale. Lynn's mother, Jessie Degenaar, who
worked at Balboa Heights, left her Meridian apartment
to move with them. The Bolands took time off from
packing and unpacking to attend the reunion. Earl says
he heard the hotel made more money in those three days
than in the preceding four months.,
From Hattiesburg, Catherine Boswell writes that the
house, yard, hobbies and projects keep her and John
busy. Earlier this year they spent a few days in Hot
Springs Village, AR, with Dot and Charlie Sabathne, and
the Cullen Booths, whom they knew in Cocoli in 1942-
5. While at the Cullens, they also enjoyed a telephone
visit with ex-Cocolians Dorothy and Dane Caylor who
now live in California. At deadline the Boswells were
expecting the arrival of a cousin of Catherine who was
flying his plane from Milwaukee for a visit with them in
Son, Gordon Boswell, along with his wife, Helen, and
daughter, Ashley, 15, visited in June, then went to see
Helen's parents, Alberta and Curtis George, in Fairhope,
Alaska. The Georges formerly lived in Gatun. In July,
Gordon retired from the Air Force at Vandenberg AFB,
California, and the family plans to settle in Huntsville,
AL, where Gordon has accepted a position with Teledyne
& Brown Contractors at the Huntsville Space Center.
Ashley is looking forward to high school at her first off-
base school. She is an accomplished pianist and played
for the church choir when Gordon was stationed in
Daughter, Lynn Boswell, and her husband, Dr. John
Turner, attended the BHS'60 reunion and enjoyed getting
reacquainted with school friends they hadn't seen since
leaving the C.Z. Afterwards they went to Miami to visit
with Lynn's sister, Jean, and Dick Green, and nieces,
Katie and Liza. Katie will be returning to Duke
University for her sophomore year. Liza recently won
first place in a contest for a modeling contract. She
placed second out of 5,000 in another contest, was on the
Oprah Winfrey Show and won $5,000 plus a contract for
the summer. This fall she returns to high school in
Miami. Katie and Liza are also fluent in Portuguese after
attending school in Brazil when Dick was with Texaco
The youngest daughter, Deanna Boswell, and her
husband, Pat Barry, who retired from the Air Force last
year, have moved from Austin, Texas, and are now in
California where Pat supervises contract work in progress
at several bases.
Union, had her two
visiting for four weeks
this summer. The newest
Kay Long, lives nearby.
Her parents, Mike and
Sheila (Chisolm) Long,
report a bumper crop of
butter beans this year.
They picked 30 gallons Allison Kay Long
and a washtubful off just one row with six rows to go.
That's what you call a long row! Friends and neighbors
came to help pick and plenty was given away. They also
put up corn and gave away string beans by the tubful.
Tomatoes, okra, mustard and turnip greens are also
coming in. Roger is now on a breathing machine four
times a day. Jerry made him a cute cart for Father's Day
so he can get around the yard and garden.
Class secretary, Virginia Selby Entrekin, Hattiesburg,
hopes to see BHS'52 plan a get-together in '92, perhaps
with CHS'52 to share the fun and work. A call goes out
to BHS class president, Ray Davidson, for guidance. Last
we heard Ray had moved from Texas A&M to Illinois or
Oklahoma. Father Fred Raybourn has moved to
Nebraska and we need his new address, too. Through this
medium, the officers of CHS'52 are asked to contact this
reporter if interested in a joint 40th (ugh!) reunion.
Don and Donna Seitz of Purvis, along with their
children, Mark and Danielle, were hosts for a potluck
lunch honoring their son and daughter-in-law, David and
Mayra, and granddaughters, Katherine and Melanie.
Local friends and former Zonians enjoyed a great meal
and wonderful fellowship. Among those attending were
Bob and Faye Lee, Picayune; Florence Carlson,
Hattiesburg; and Brian and Michelle Carlson with
children Christopher and Rachel, Hattiesburg. David and
Michele Carlson were unable to attend because they
were in Mexico for a month.
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On the farm with Owen Smith, Osyka, Miss.
Back to farm chores after great fun at the Reunion
are Gerda and Owen Smith in Osyka. They took all the
comforts of home in their new camper to the Reunion.
Then they motored up the East Coast to visit friends and
relatives, traveling more than 1,000 miles round trip. At
deadline they are looking forward to enjoying the Baton
Rouge Little Theater summer production of "Music
Patt Foster Roberson
At the PC Society of WNC luncheon in May, we
welcomed new members Pat and Jack Hunt, Wilma and
Willy Nowotny and Martha and Steve Tanner. It was
good to see Bonnie and LeRoy Wilson and Janet and
Ross Cunningham back in N.C.
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Wilma and Willy Nowotny.
We held our annual picnic at Jackson Park in
Hendersonville on July 7th. Thirty ex-Zonians enjoyed
picnic lunches and being together. Those attending from
out-of-town were: Dr. Frank Smith, Maenner Huff with
Edith (Huff) and Jack Willoughby, Dick and Lynn
Cunningham with Ross and Janet, Marian and Lee
Kariger, Al and Norma West, and Denise and Wayne
West with sons, Adam and Daniel. At a short business
meeting, the current officers were unanimously elected
for another two years: President, Ron Angermuller; Vice
President, Louis Everson; Secretary, Jean Dombrowsky,
Treasurer, "Pat" Patino, and Reporter, Alice Roche.
Back row L-R: Lynn Dunning, Betty Flenniken
Dunning, Carol Flenniken Schwenke, Tracy Wolf
Dickey, Freda Flenniken Stohrer, Carol Stohrer
Grench. Botton L-R: Anne Stohrer with baby Andrew
Ellis, Mathew Schwenke, Mary Wolf, Amanda Ellis
and Ileen Grench.
Betty Dunning went to Florida in April to attend the
ordination of her sister, Carol Flenniken Schwenke, to
the Sacred Order of Priests at the Holy Innocents
Episcopal Church in Valrico, FL. Among those attending
were Freda Flenniken Stohrer, Anne Stohrer and her
family, Carol Stohrer Grench and daughter, Betty and
Lynn Dunning, Barryl and Paula Martin and boys, Tracy
Wolf Dickey and her husband, Bob and Evelyn Turner
and Mary Wolf. Betty and Bill left July 3rd for Germany
to visit their daughter Cheryl who teaches school in
Marian and Lee Kariger had a great time at the
Reunion in Orlando. Son Bob and his wife, Nell, from
Long Beach, CA, were there; also, daughter Nancy and
her husband, Darrell Eide, who accompanied Marian and
Lee back to Murphy for a week's visit.
Dr. Frank Smith and his wife, Doris, were at the
Reunion accompanied by son Andrew, his wife, Marcia,
and granddaughter Carmen. Frank is proud and happy to
announce the birth of his grandson, Matthew, on March
28th to Myke and Lynn Smith of Cupertino, CA.
Elizabeth (Betty) Quintero and her sister and
brother-in-law, Marty and Steve Tanner, drove to
Orlando for the Reunion. Elizabeth spent three days in
Orlando with daughter, Barbara Brown, and grand-
daughter, Lyza Byrne. Her daughter, Beth, son-in-law,
Paul, and granddaughter Amanda Schmidt from Silver
Springs, MD were also visiting friends in Orlando.
Elizabeth then went to St. Pete to visit Issy Gibson. They
had lunch with Shirley Persons Smith and Chris Felps
and visited with good friend Ruth Powell.
Edward, Martha and Steve Tanner.
Marty and Steve Tanner left the Reunion with son,
Donald Tanner, and spent two days with him in Tampa.
Then they visited their son Ed in St. Pete for two days.
Elizabeth, Marty and Steve returned to Hendersonville
on June 28th.
Janet and Ross Cunningham have been busy with
house guests. Among them, their son, Dick, and his
daughter Lynn from Huntersville, NC, who were here for
two weeks; their youngest daughter, Janet, her husband,
Cliff Ruud, and two children visited and their son, Ed,
wife, Judy, and two children will be with them the end of
Norma and Sam Irvin went to Corpus Christi, TX to
see their son, Lt. (j.g.) John R. Irvin receive his "Wings"
as a Naval aviator on July 13th. Congratulations, John!!!
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky had their son, Dale, and
two grandsons, Scott and Jason, from Lakeland with
them for a week in July.
Maenner Huff has recovered from his mild heart
attack, looks great and was at the society picnic with his
daughter Edith and her husband, Jack Willoughby, who
are on vacation from Panama.
Bert and Bob Read from Carmel, CA were visitors
of Lnea and Ron Angermuller.
I want to thank Elizabeth Quintero for her help in
gathering news as, due to flu, I was unable to attend the
News from Tom and Marilyn Marsh they made a
trip to Alaska May 10-15, saw the usual sights and Tom
met his match at the airport. They are planning a trip to
Minnesota with their children and family members.
Tom Marsh has met his match.
I received a note from Pablo Carrasquillo. He and
his wife Cynthia (De La Cruz) had planned to attend the
June Reunion but duties at McChord AFB limit goings
and comings. They are new PCSFL members and plan to
attend the NW picnic reunion August 4 at Bruce Port
Park. For those of you that may remember, they
graduated from BHS in "69."
Lucille and Jesse Bunker are in California visiting
daughter Jackie and Bill Knowlton. Gladys and Glenn
Lasher just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a
little early so all their family members could attend. It
was held at daughter Betsey Curtins' home in Spokane,
Also news that the Kimberlings are traveling
Recently the Hardisons, Grady and Margaret drove
up to visit from Mcminnville.
Due to illness, I am unable to continue as your
Northwest Reporter. Whomever takes over, I will send
what info comes my way to the new Northwest Reporter.
I have enjoyed the many years I've been your reporter.
Alice H. Roche
Martha B. Wood
The Oklahoma Chapter sponsored a picnic in
Oklahoma City on April 28, 1990. Members in
attendance were Pat Stallcup; Bill and Esther Clair;
Jean, Doris, Scott and Laura Burns; Bill Teresa, Kim,
Troy, Mike, Gregg and B. J. Keller; David Lugo; Lillian
Greniger; Jimmie Wickham; Carol Vidaurri; Bruce Chan
and Patricia Anduss. The group was small but the
socializing was great! The next meeting will be a picnic
in a Tulsa park on a Saturday in October.
In June, Vicki and Bob Boukalis, who still live in
Panama, visited Jean and Doris Burns in Tulsa for
several days so the Burns family was able to get an up-
to-date report on the situation in Panama. All four
members of the Burns family attended the Reunion in
Orlando. Scott and Laura hosted a special party in the
Twin Towers for their parents on June 23rd in
celebration of Jean and Doris' 40th wedding anniversary.
In July, the Burns drove to Dallas to visit with Helen and
Wally Matthews who were visiting the Ed Matthews
family. Helen and Wally live in Weems, VA.
Jimmie Wickham has just returned from a vacation
in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where she spent time with
friends. Jimmie has had word that Diana and Tom Ames,
both of whom taught in pacific side schools, have moved
to Tulsa so perhaps we'll add them to our Oklahoma
During their vacation, Ron and Alice Jacobs visited
son, Lange, in Boca Raton where he is a paramedic with
the Fire Department. After visiting George and Ronnie
Coleman in Bradenton, FL, they went to the Reunion
and had a great time seeing such old friends as Ed and
Barbara Healey. They finished their vacation by making
a swing through North Carolina where they spent time on
the beach with John and Diana Davis and in
Hendersonville with Steve and Mary Tanner. They fell in
love with the mountains and agree that if they ever shake
the dust of Oklahoma from their feet, they'll head for the
North Carolina mountains.
Carol Vidaurri played the organ at the First Baptist
Church in Oklahoma City when her son Vincent married
Judy Sanders on June 9, 1990. Kirk and Verna
(Vidaurri) Sabine came from New York. Vincent
Vidaurri, Sr. also attended the wedding.
Mary Graham has had eye surgery and as soon as
she can travel she plans to visit her son Chris Van
Overen and his wife, Vickie, in Portland, OR. Chris
works for the University of Oregon as a maintenance
Wade and Marilyn Carter came from Kerrville, TX
in March to visit Rick and Renee (Carter) Collins in
Broken Arrow and to see their new granddaughter,
Lauren, as well as Beth, Chris, Tina and Michelle, the
other grandchildren. In June, Rick and Renee packed all
the children into their new conversion van and headed
for the Rocky Mountains. They visited Denver, Salt Lake
City, Aspen Grove Camp in Utah and Dinosaur National
Park. They were able to visit friends in Provo, Utah
where their alma mater, Brigham Young University, is
located. In August, Beth, Chris and Tina Collins will fly
to Texas to join their grandparents in Kerrville for a
week while Rick, Renee, Lauren and Michelle went to
Would you believe that in 1921 General George
Goethals came to Tulsa, OK as a consultant to look over
the new municipal water system the city was installing?
He approved and the work went forward.
Mary V. Graham, M.D.
First of all, congratulations to everyone who
contributed to the success of the 1990 Panama Canal
Society Reunion. The glitches in the "Towers"
notwithstanding anyone have problems with the
elevator? The whole Reunion was wonderfully organized
and accommodated the thousands of us incredibly well.
I'm sitting in San Francisco in my daughter Leslie
Griffin's apartment as I write this, relying largely on
memory and a quick phone call to Howie Adams Laatz
in Panama for up-to-date news of the Atlantic side.
I was shocked and saddened to hear from Howie that
"Tuli" Farrell died of an apparent heart attack in his
home in early June. He was Superintendent, MTD,
Northern District at the time of his death. I'll miss him,
as I'm sure will many others, including Charlie Chisholm,
his frequent Elks Club lunch partner.
A Stabler family reunion in Miami includes, standing,
Timmy, Lew and Robbie, Jane and John, Thelma
and Joe, and Nikki and Ronnie Meyer, and kneeling,
Graig and Fran Stabler Meyer.
My husband Lew Stabler and our boys Timmy and
Robbie Stabler started our vacation at the Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando this year along with a host of
other past and present Atlantic siders. Those I remember
seeing included Vincent and Penny Wilder Canamas and
their kids, Darrel and Dionne, Mack and Sylvia Glass
Landrum and their kids, C.M. and Misty, Collin and
Alberta Wilder Corrigan and their kids, Gerald and
Tiernan, Sid Coffin, Mike Andres, Andrew Lim, Mike
and Sheila Carnes Bell and kids, Warren and Sarah,
Coral Adema and her daughter Caroline, Alan Eckel,
Bonnie and Wayne Seeley, Maurice Cohen and Henry
Mizzrachi. Recently "displaced" Atlantic siders that I was
thrilled to see included Louise Russon, Sheila and Bobby
Lawrence, Phyliss, Misty and Greg DeBore, and Pat and
Adam McDonough true sights for sore eyes. If I've left
anyone out, forgive me. The whole place was swarming
with happy friends.
Just before heading stateside for the summer, I went
to Cristobal High School's graduation. It was another
small graduating class this year, I think about 38 or 39.
Some of the "Canal Zone brats" included Christine Will,
Allison Hoffman, Darrel Canamas, Kathy McDaniel,
Teresa Johnston, Paul Pedersen, Corey Grubbs, Jimmy
Brown, Lili Borsellino and Marc Boggs. The ceremony
was beautiful. Under the artful and loving coordination
of teacher Beverly Hoffman, the entire thing was woven
around a tapestry theme and included colorful
Panamanian touches like Beverly and others dressed in
polleras. Jodi Chisholm, who read the class list, included
a personal tapestry entry for each grad that she wrote
herself. Although she's not technically a graduate, Jodi
will begin college in Florida in the fall.
Congratulations are due Dr. Evelyn Barraza Snider
on recently being promoted to Major. She's currently
serving as the Officer in Charge (OIC) at Coco Solo
Army Health Clinic. She and hubby Tom Snider joined
the other Snider clan members for a big family reunion
in Washington State this summer.
Tim and Theresa Snider Herring are expecting
bambino number seven any day now. This one will be
born in the USA as the Herrings are spending most of
the summer with Theresa's parents Lee and Kathy Snider
in Paulsbo, WA.
Butch and Janis Brogie Eckle joined the grandparent
circuit this summer when their daughter Joanne brought
precious Christopher Aaron into the world. It won't be
long before he's out running around with the Gatun gang.
I wish I had some news about the results of this
year's Roy Rinehart Fishing Tournament, but alas, I
don't. I'll get the info from Sid Coffin when I get back to
Panama and include it in the next issue of the Canal
Record. Suffice to say, the tourney's still going strong
after all these years.
Gary and Howie Adams Laatz and sons Ray and J.
will round out their summer with a visit to Howie's
parents Bob and Ruth Westman Adams in Laguna Hills,
Gerald Corrigan's been earning his summer mad
money by working two jobs in Orlando, FL. Howie says
he's teaching swimming lessons in the morning and
lifeguarding at Wild Waters, or some place like that, in
Jerry and Reidunn Petroni and their kids, Erik, Paul,
Sonia and Karina, are spending the summer in Norway.
The Atlantic side's sure going to miss Richard and
Alice May and their girls, Jennifer and Sharon. Richard,
who's been battling cancer for a long time, retired
recently to head for the U.S. They started in Miami and
will, I think, settle in Arizona. Jennifer hopes to continue
her education in Georgia.
Zack and Merran Gray returned to join Bob in
Gatun for the summer. They spent at least three weeks
of their stay in Costa Rica and probably Nicaragua.
Although I don't know any details, Howie reported
that an Aero Perlas plane, one of the daily commuters
between Colon and Panama City, was hijacked to
Colombia recently. It was a morning flight and the
passengers were released somewhere just over the
Leslie Griffin, Sue Lessiack Stabler, Jennifer
Lessiack and Kathi Lessiack pose for a family shot
after Jennifer's graduation from Eastern Illinois
In May, I met my mom, Kathi Adams Lessiack, my
daughter, Leslie Griffin and my sister-in-law Polly
Lessiack Ellner in Charleston, IL, for my niece Jennifer
Lessiack's graduation from Eastern Illinois University.
Besides being a wonderful occasion, it was a terrific
reunion for all of us.
School starts again in the Canal area on August 23.
That should bring most of our summer travelers home
for a while. Life at "home" has improved measurably
since the December action in Panama. We all hope for
a healthy recovery as Panama struggles to get back on its
feet both economically and politically. Most of us have no
illusions about a quick fix, but we're cautiously optimistic
about a continued revival.
On June 8th, 28 members and friends met at the
Senior Citizens Club in Aiken for a potluck luncheon.
We have some outstanding cooks, it seems, from the
many delicious dishes brought and enjoyed.
Nellie (Bruland) Jansen and Jim Catron.
Mark, and mother Mitzie Schwindt.
Those present were: Trudi Clontz (President), Peggy
Hutchison, Eletheer and Jim Catron, Phyllis and Jack
Woodzell, and her sister Marjorie Davisson, Ann (Dyer)
and Andrew Harley, Lorna Shore, Sis and Bill York,
Grace and BJ. Hartley, Bea Lee, Leona and Paul
Badonsky, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Blanche Browne,
Josey Tilley, Olga Holmes, Beverly and LeJune Lard and
her mother, Virginia Smart, Betty Galardi, Marita
Schwindt and son Mark.
After the luncheon, Mrs. Clontz called the meeting
to order and it was decided to hold the September
luncheon in Columbia. Mrs. Browne arranged to have it
on September 7th, at 12 noon, at the Ft. Jackson Officers
Club. The members also voted to hold the Christmas
luncheon at Houndslake Country Club in Aiken on
December 7th, at 1 PM.
Summer brings guests, weddings and of course the
Reunion in Florida. Those attending were the Catrons,
Kapinos, Grace and BJ. Hartley and sister Bea Lee,
Peggy Hutchison and daughter Dianne and Jerry Cox.
Everyone enjoyed it in Orlando.
In May the Badonsky's motored to Irving, Texas with
son Leo and wife Gabriela and daughter Natassia to visit
relatives. The men golfed; the ladies shopped. In June
they attended the reunion of the Redeemer Lutheran
Church of Balboa, C.Z. held at the Royal Arms in
Orlando and reminisced with many friends. In July they
attended Leona's 63rd reunion of North Union High
School Class of 1927 at Uniontown, PA, and will visit
relatives in Ohio.
Lorna Shore and grandson Steve motored to Miami
in June. Steve and his mother, Diane Shore LeBlanc,
spent a week in the Bahamas and Lorna and daughters
Charleen and Sandree and grandson Adam enjoyed a
cruise on the Sea Escape to Bimini Island.
The big news for the Tates was the marriage of their
grandson David in April (see Weddings). In early June,
J.D. and Ethel and their daughter Louise Schlegel of
Brownsville, TX, traveled to Sanibel Island, FL for a
reunion with Donald and Alice (Westman) Weigold.
Ray and Phyllis Woodzell had a busy summer visiting
their families between gold tournaments. In June they
visited Phyllis' sisters at North Bend State Park,
Harrisville, WV at a family reunion, and visited their
three daughters and families in Stafford and Aldie, VA.
They plan to visit Ray's brother in Colorado in August.
The Barr's report the marriage of their son Sean in
June (see Weddings). Their oldest son Reb and his 4 year
old son Christopher came from Inex, TX for two weeks.
Pete took them to Ghost Town in Maggie Valley, TN and
the whole family went to Myrtle Beach for a few days on
June 20th where Pete and Betty celebrated their 39th
wedding anniversary. On their return, Joe and Margie
Cofin (ex-CZers) from York, PA stopped by for dinner.
They were returning from the CZ Reunion.
Andy and Verna Kapinos attended the Reunion.
They had just bid goodbyes to their daughters Carol
Smith, on her way to Arizona to join her husband, and
Linda and family who are stationed in the Marshall
Stade and Grace Carlson are on a trip to Sweden.
Art and Elsie Blystone took a two-weeks vacation to
visit relatives and attend two family reunions in
Philadelphia and Ohio. They visited Elsie's nephew John
Reynolds and family in Washington, PA, and saw the new
River George Bridge in West Virginia, one of the longest
bridge spans in the U.S., and took a sight-seeing trip
around Wythville, VA. Elsie's nephew in Orlando, Dr.
Carlos Badiola, is a grandfather for the second time. His
oldest daughter Mary Carmen had a boy on June 27,
1990, named Luis Eduardo Ortiz, 7 lbs. 2 oz. Great-
grandfather Carlos Badiola of Panama visited with Elsie
and Art on Memorial Day weekend, along with his son
Carlos and Marisin Badiola.
Carolyn (Holmes) Morris and son David Boyd.
Chita Hanna, Betty Marshall, Beth Waddel, Sue
Graham, Kerrville, Texas.
Evelyn Hilborn, Chita Hanna, Beth Waddel.
Evelyn Hilborn, Chita Hanna, Beth Waddel.
Evelyn (Condon) and Howard Hilborn.
In April, Howard
and Evelyn (Condon)
Hilborn drove to
Kerrville, Texas. They had
a bried visit in Marlin,
TX., with Jim and
Florence Bird and 5-year
old grandson, Michael.
Jim up-dated Evelyn on
many of her former
Terminals Division and T
and T co-workers. Jim's .
family all live in Texas.
Betty Ann lives in Fort
Worth and is Senior
Consultant with Ernest
and Young Health
Division in Dallas. James
Jr. has been accepted by
the Dallas Police
Academy, and George James and Florence
resides on the family Bird, and grandson,
farm in Reagan. Evelyn Michael.
and Howard took the tour
of LBJ's ranch, and then on to Kerrville to stay with Bill
and Sue Graham. Chita Hanna, Beth Waddell and Betty
Marshall had dinner with them, and during the visit, the
Hilborns were entertained by Chita where she saw Clara
Chambers, and Olga and Buddy Nordstrom. Beth also
entertained them. They went sight-seeing around
Kerrville, down to San Antonio, saw their first IMAX
move, took the river boat trip, visited the Alamo,
shopped and ate at the Olive Garden. Their plans to visit
Fredericksburg fell through as a tornado watch was out,
and it followed them all the way back to Aiken. Evelyn
definitely recommends the "Graham Motel" and all the
C.Z. group there.
Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis visited her mother,
Peggy, after a short trip to see Helen and Wally
Matthews. Trudi Clontz, Vicki, Peggy and Dianne
(Hutchison) Cox went on a three-day trip to Ole Salem,
NC by bus to take a tour of the Moravian settlement
there and found it very interesting and enjoyable. Vicki
spent about two weeks in Aiken, then flew to
Weatherford, TX to join her husband and attend Kenny
Boukalis' wedding and saw brother Gary and family.
They flew up to Las Vegas and then returned to Orlando
to attend the Reunion. Jerry drove Peggy, Diane and
Vicki over to Largo to see Doris Hutchison and Ruth
(Hutchison) Powell -- Ruth is very ill. Peggy attended her
55th class reunion and Vicki attended her 25th. Dianne
had a wonderful visit with her dear friend "Sis" (Crooks)
Fiori and hubbie Rocky. They had taken a quick visit
back to Panama, after 30 years, and this was their first
time at a reunion. They live in Washington State. Peggy
flew down to St. Petersburg to stay near Ruth while
Doris went on a 10-day trip to Alaska.
While the Catrons were in Orlando for the Reunion,
Jim played gold and got a prize in his age group, which
was a boost to his morale as he has been discouraged
about his golf. Alatheer saw people she had known as
babies -- with their children! Their son Bill and daughter
Glenda were in Aiken for Jim's birthday (39x2). Wife
Dorothy (Harper) Catron was on a trip and was missed.
Blanche Browne is in New Hampshire at their
summer place. Carl's son visited her for 10 days before
she left and her daughter Ellen had been there.
The summer got off to a good start this year with a
visit from my brother T-Bird (Tom Pattison) coming up
from the Canal Zone for a three-week stay before
heading on to the Reunion. After a week at the Reunion,
he was off to the Virgin Islands for a sailing trip with
Dave and Terry Wlatt and Bob and Mindy Dollar. What
a rough life! While "TI was here we had a great time.
Bob Dollar also came by Austin on his way to see his
folks in Florida. We took Bobby and "T" on a tubing trip
down the Guadalupe River with Val Krueger, Kat
Pattison and myself. What a blast on the "Lube shoot."
With Bobby and "T" here in town it gave us an excuse to
have a party, as if we ever needed an excuse before.
Spike and Wendy Baldwin drove up from San Antonio as
well as Joanne Simonsson Flaherty and Steve Price.
Albert and Sue Hirons Fehrenbach were up from
Kerrville. Mike Melant and his wife plus his brother Gary
Melant popped in. Dave and Gail Melendrez were there.
By the way, congratulations to Dave and Gail on the
birth of their baby boy. Best wishes to you both. Jaco
Petiton and his girlfriend Ruth Crowe plus all of our
local Zonian group made the party complete.
The Annual Bandera Camping trip on the Davenport
Ranch was a lot of fun again. Kat and I couldn't make it
this year but I heard all about it. I understand they went
on a misguided tour of the caves but luckily found their
way out before it got dark, thanks to master spelunker
Front L-R: Jim Andrews, Chuck Soukup, Sue Ann
Davenport, Mary Fehrenbach, Catz, Margie
Fehrenbach. Back L-R: Joe and Debbie Mullins,
Dave Fehrenbach, Kathleen Mullins Andrews,
Chuck Silverman, Val Krueger, Jim and Mary Beth
Andrews Young, John and Kay Andrews.
Jim and Kathleen Mullins Andrews had a visit from
Jim and Mary Beth Andrews Young and their children,
plus John and Kay Andrews and their children. Jim and
Kathleen had a party to celebrate the occasion. Chuck
Soukup, Chuck Silverman and "Catz" Catzuela drove up
from Houston town. Judging by the picture they gave me
they had a good time.
"Catz" was also up here another time with Julie Boos
and Lynn Saarinen to meet up with Val Krueger and
check out the Pecan Street Festival on Sixth Street in
downtown Austin. Colin Creole and his girlfriend Karen
Powell drove down from Dallas as well.
Don and Betty Ross had a Fourth of July gathering
at their new home in Westlake. We all had fun on the
pool slide and chowed down on some excellent Texas
briskett. Barkley Hayes came by as well as the gang
visiting the Andrews. Becky Young and her children came
up from San Antonio as well as a return trip from Spike
and Wendy Baldwin.
The Zonians Hill Country Christmas Party is now set
for December first; it had previously been set for the
eighth. The festivity will be held at the Red Lion Inn here
in Austin and should be a lot of fun so please contact
the party committee if you want to be on the mailing list
or have changed your address. Reservations are required
and notices for reservations will be mailed out around the
end of August. The committee members are: Thelma and
Harry Chan (512-832-0573), Georgia Corin (512-339-
4342) and Jack Morton (512-250-1182). A big thanks to
the party committee for all your hard work!
Jennifer Davidson flew into Austin from California
for a visit with Sue Ann Davenport. Sue Ann said they
had a good time seeing some old friends from Panama.
Some of us decided to go on a picnic this coming
October sixth. If you want to join us come on out to Lake
Georgetown at Cedar Breaks Park. It will be BYOE
(bring your own everything). Call me if you need
directions or call me anyhow so we will know if we need
more than one bohio.
Well, on the sadder side of things, Austin lost one of
its most famous Zonian landmarks as Noreen Hanson
decided to move to "Big D." We will miss her and hope
she comes to Austin for a visit often. The Austin council
on tourism says they don't think they can replace their
most valued Sixth Street guide.
The new Panama license plates.
And speaking of sad things, I have decided to give up
my reporting since my work load makes it difficult to
bring you the bochinche. I would appreciate anybody
who's interested in reporting letting me know. I plan to
continue reporting until a replacement can be found.
Hasta la proxima vez.
Jim "Red" Pattison
Marion and Fred Wells hosted a family reunion on
the Fourth of July. Because of the distances the family
had to travel, they began arriving in mid-June. Son Fred
Jr., his wife Tricia and two children came from Australia;
son Allan, his wife Kathy June and 3 children came from
Atlanta; daughter Mary Fealey and two children came
from Washington; sister Mary Orr came from Florida;
brother Mattes, two sons and two children came from
Colorado; brother Bob, his wife Eloise, two sons,
daughter-in-law and two children came from San
Antonio, TX; and sister-in-law Rita Orr, son Joe and
Sonia and two children came from San Antonio, TX. It
was quite a gathering and everyone had a good time. Guy
Fealey was not able to attend the reunion, but joined his
family later in the month to take them home to
The Rathgeber sisters, Bernice Jackson, Louise Hunt
and Margie Ruoff were house guests of Honey Fealey
and Olga Nordstrom over the Memorial Day weekend.
A no-host luncheon was held for the visitors. It was a
well-earned R&R for Louise after chairing a most
successful BHS'40 class 50th reunion.
Leon Eastham and Bill Hanna, the "Balboa Bito
Bikers" from Panama rode into Kerrville June 2 on their
new Yamaha bikes. It was the first leg of their trip to
Arkansas and New Mexico looking for snow. They
succeeded in Taos, NM.
"Balboa Bito Bikers" Billy Hanna and Leo Eastham,
Kerrville, Texas, June 2, 1990.
Irma Patchett Kruzich came from her home in
Kirkland, WA for a 10-day visit with her sister, Anna
Calvit. While here she renewed old friendships with
Honey Fealey and Julie Ridge.
Bob and Lois Byrd were in northeast Texas at the
time of the terrible floods in that area. They were
traveling to Indiana and ran into 45 mph head winds
which lengthened a normal 8-hour trip into 12 hours.
They arrived safely and all went well for them.
The Rhynes also ran into a bit of foul weather on
their trip to the Grand Canyon and the national parks in
mid-April. At Mt. Rushmore the chilling rain was so
heavy that even George Washington had tears streaming
down his face. They ran into snow, sleet, hail and even a
blizzard going to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. If
it hadn't been for the tapes shown at the visitors' centers,
they would never have known what they went to see!!
Inspite of the weather, it was a fun trip and Bea saw her
first snow plow.
In June, Bea and Harvey went to Panama. They had
a direct flight from Houston on Continental. Les and
Muriel Johnston were on the same flight. What excite-
ment to land at Tocumen and have our families waiting
for us. It had been 5 1/2 years since our last visit and the
changes were many. It was a great trip and we heard the
many versions and personal experiences of the "war." We
divided our time between Playa Coronado and the
Volcan, each outstanding in its own way, and eating our
way through numerous corvina dinners, Chinese
breakfasts and dozens of pan de micha. We were pleased
to run into a few old friends: Rhoda Fox, Elizabeth
Dillon, Edna Rodgers, Sis and Carlin Gallardo and Ellen
Major. It was extra special as the old meeting places are
all gone. Alberto Chan was also in Panama on a visit and
it was a complete surprise to us, and him, to meet each
other. Our daughter and their husbands, Barbara and Ed
Stanford and Camille and Leo Eastham hosted an open
house for us. The Saturday morning shopping spree on
Central Ave., the pawn shops, and lunch at the Napoli
brought back pleasant memories and made us feel
completely at home.
The Hill Country Zonians were saddened by the loss
of three of their members in May when "Irish" Ireland,
J. B. Fields and Benny Calvit left us. Our sympathies are
extended to their families. They will be missed.
Jeanne Bishop, daughter of Dale and Jackie Bishop,
graduated cum laude from Schreiner College, Kerrville,
TX in May. In June, she was married to David Sheets
(see Weddings). Edie Bishop, sister of the bride, was a
bridesmaid. Edie is with the National Institute of Health
in Bethesda, MD. She is a low-handicap golfer and she
played a few rounds of golf with her dad while she was
In June, Doug and Sharon Schmidt and their
daughter Cheryl drove from their new home in Kerrville
to the Canal Zone Reunion and then to attend the
wedding of John C. Schmidt, son of John E. (Bill)
Schmidt of Tallahassee. Bill returned to Kerrville and
spent time there with his brother Doug and family and
his sister Jackie and her family. Cheryl Schmidt spent
part of the summer in Kerrville with her parents before
returning to Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX
where she is studying nursing.
All of us in Northern Virginia want to thank Glenda
Kochel for a nice job in reporting news from this area.
Glenda and her family have now moved to Kentucky. We
all wish them good luck and hope they keep in touch.
Our friends from Burke, VA, Jay and Diane
(Sparks) French, had a nice long one month visit from
their daughter-in-law, Bridge, and grandson, Justin
Gough. To their surprise, they also had a nice visit from
Stanley and Virginia Wilson and daughter Jennifer.
Stanley had another pleasant surprise for the Frenches -
Gloria and her son Lucas Wilson, visiting from Oregon,
were with them. They all had a nice time talking about
the old days in the Zone.
June '90 Reunion: L-R: Rosemary (Millett) Gilead,
Harvey Johnson, Vickie (van't Veld) Johnson.
Harvey and Vickie (van't Veld) Johnson attended the
Orlando 1990 Reunion, but unfortunately they missed her
41st BHS 1949 reunion dinner, BHS 1945 reunion boat
cruise organized by Manny Quintero and the fashion
show/Panazonian Dance due to a 24-hour intestinal virus.
They did get to see a few former BHS 49ers in the hotel
lobby (she called it "The Parakeet Cage") and enjoyed the
Annual Banquet Luncheon and Annual Ball.
Lady Hard Luck wasn't through with her yet because
on returning to Virginia, she was hospitalized at Fairfax
Hospital from 2 through 14 July with a ruptured lower-
back L-5 disk and it was surgically removed on July 9.
She is confined and recuperating at home until August 6.
Let's all wish and send her get well wishes for a truly
speedy recovery. Vickie has had a rough two years with
medical problems. Let's hope this is the end of it and she
can get back to her happy-go-lucky self and organize
more local reunions.
Rosemary Millet Gilead, Anna Marie Millett and Rosemary (Millett) Gilead, Shirley (Dyer) Erickson,
Louis Millett (John's children), Helen (McKeown) and Phydelis (Walbridge) Netherly.
Ledgerwood, and John J. Millett, Sr.
On a trip to Clearwater and Seminole, FL, Rosemary Your new Virginia Reporter is Rachel (Van Dyke)
(Millett) Gilead was the house guest of Helen Burke, formerly of Balboa and a graduate of BHS'61. I
(McKeown) Ledgerwood of Seminole and also visited am married to Charlie Burke and have three children:
with her brother, John J. Millett, Sr., and his family now Chuck (24), Steve (19) and Tammy (17). I have lived in
residing in Clearwater. John retired last year and is now the Arlington area since 1963. Any news you would like
a Floridian. to share with old Zonian friends is welcomed and I would
While attending the wedding of her granddaughter, love to hear from former classmates 2227 N. Powhatan
Robyn Lynn to Ensign Joe McDougall, Rosemary St., Arlington, VA 22205-2113.
(Millett) Gilead visited with Phyldelis (Walbridge)
Netherly and Shirley (Dyer) Erickson both of Santa Rachel (Van Dyke) Burke
Barbara. It was a great reunion for Rosemary as she had Reporter
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CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
We promised a questionnaire to those participating in the 1990 Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament, for planning'
purposes for the 1991 tournament. Before you fill out the questionnaire, be advised of the following: (1) Orlando summers
usually rain in the afternoon, which could destroy a morning and afternoon play-type tournament. (2) Playing on two
Different courses in the morning would not be fair, if one course was easier than the other. (3) We must guarantee a
Minimum of 100 participants in each tournament in order to reserve a course, meaning a minimum of 200 players, and I
|also keeping in mind that green fees may differ for each course. With these thoughts in mind, please fill out the
(questionnaire and send them to: R.F. Huldtquist, 8447-140th St. N., Seminole, FL 34646.
(Please indicate with an "X")
1. Would you be interested in a 2-day tournament on the same course with Awards Luncheon following second-day play? I
( )Yes ()No.
12. Would you be interested in having a guest at the Awards Luncheon? ( )Yes ( )No.
13. Do you think we should continue with a 1-day tournament in the morning as in the past? ()Yes () No.
4. Do you like the present format with flighting by age groups? ()Yes ( )No.
5. Do you like the idea of door prizes for non-winners? ( )Yes ()No.
6. Do you think entry fee is too high, bearing in mind green fees, cart, luncheon and prizes? ()Yes ()No.
7. Would you prefer trophies? ( )Yes ( )No.
8. Would you prefer less prizes, using only golf equipment as prizes (keep in mind cost of golf equipment)? ()Yes ( )No. I
19. Do you intend to participate in the 1991 tournament? ( )Yes ( )No. I
110. Would you prefer that we not have a luncheon? ( )Yes ( )No. I
I11. Would you like the field expanded to 144, which would mean a later lunch time? ( )Yes ( )No.
112. Do you have any suggestions to improve the tournament as it stands? If so, please write them down below.
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MORRIS FENTON ENGAGEMENT
Kenneth and Diane Morris of the Panama Canal
Zone are proud to announce the engagement of their
daughter, Kelly Lynn, to Joel Burdine Fenton of Clear-
water, Florida. Joel is the son of Joan Kadel fenton of
NEW DISTRICT GRAND MASTER
R.W. Donald Prieto Garrido of La Boca, Republic of
Panama, was appointed District Grand Master of the
Panama Canal Masonic District by M.W. Edgar W.
Darling. Unable to attend the installation of Grand
Lodge officers Dec. 27, he was installed into his office on
Jan. 27 by R.W. Charles R. Lavallee, the man he
succeeds in office. The political crisis in Panama
prevented his traveling to Boston for the traditional
and Kelly Morris
and Kelly Morris
Kelly graduated from Balboa High School in 1981.
She attended the Panama Canal College and Tallahassee
Her fiance is a graduate of Dunedin High School in
1980 and also graduated from Florida State University
with a Master's degree in Counseling and Human
Kelly is employed by Tech data Corporation, a
distributor of computer hardware and peripherals. She is
a representative for the Southern Regional Sales
Joel is employed by Hertz Equipment Rental
Corporation as an Outside Sales Representative.
A February 23 wedding is planned in Clearwater,
LESLIE CANNON EARNS DEGREE
Cannon, daughter of Leo
and Sarita (Boyd)
Cannon graduated with a
degree in English on May
5, 1990 from the
University of Florida in
Leslie is a
graduate of Balboa High
School, Class of 1986.
Raised in Zeredatha Lodge No. 131, Jersey City, NJ,
on May 21, 1952, he affiliated with Sojourners Lodge,
Cristobal in 1964. A Past Deputy District Grand Master
and Past Master of the First Lodge of Instruction he
was presented the Joseph Warren Medal in 1984. A
native of New Orleans, he graduated from Florida State
University with a BA. degree in 1971. He is a chief pilot
for the Panama Canal Commission and first arrived there
in 1962 following military sea transportation service at
He is a member of the Scottish and York Rite Bodies
and a past president officer of all York Rite Bodies. He
is a recipient of the Royal Arch Distinguished Service
Medal and is presently Grand High Priest of the Grand
Chapter of Panama. A Past Potentate of Abou Saad
Temple, he has been awarded the Order of Manuel
Amador Guerrero in the Grade of Commander by the
President of the Republic of Panama and the Honor
Public Service Award from the Panama Canal
Commission. He is now the deputy to the International
Supreme Council and Executive Office in the jurisdiction
of Panama for the Order of DeMolay and holder of the
Honorary Legion of Honor.
With the Merchant Marine service in World War II
he retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as Captain with
pay in 1987. He and his wife Lydia are the parents of
Lydia Denise Garrido, Past Worthy Advisor of Balboa
Assembly No. 1, Rainbow, and Ronald Joseph Garrido.
They are students in Panama. Dad and mother are active
in Orchid Chapter #1, Eastern Star. They have been
honored for their work in Rainbow with the Grand Cross
of Color Award.
CATHERINE HEALEY PASSES BAR
Catherine Ann Healey, Cristobal High School 1981,
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward W. Healey, graduated
from the University of Florida College of Law, January,
She passed the Florida Bar examination in April and
has been named an Assistant State Attorney for the state
She will be practicing in Naples, Florida, beginning
ROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED
Virginia (Ginger Wertz)
Zornes of Cardenas,
Panama, are pleased to
announce their son,
Jeffrey Shane, has been
selected to receive a 4-
year Air Force ROTC
Scholarship. Jeff, BHS
Class of '90, will enter
located at Daytone Beach,
Florida, in August to
pursue a degree in
Aerospace Engineering. Jeffrey Shane Zornes
Jeff, who obtained his Eagle Scout rank on 28 June,
1990, is the grandson of Joe and Peggy Wertz of
Fruitland Park, Florida, and Dick and Myrna Zornes of
Denver, Colorado, all former residents of the Canal
Upon completion of his studies, Jeff will be
commissioned and serve in the U.S. Air Force. His long-
range goal to be a member of the NASA Astronaut
COLONEL P. BRUENLE RETIRES
Colonel Phillip C. Bruenle, of the U.S. Army
Medical Service Corps, recently retired with 30 years of
service. Phil was assigned for five years (1972-77) to the
former Panama Canal Company/Canal Zone
Government as military executive officer to Governors
Parker and Parfitt and as Assistant to four different
His active duty spans a career of various health care
administration assignments including stateside and other
overseas duty in Korea and Thailand. He has received
many military awards and decorations, including the
Army Legion of Merit, the Army Meritorious Service
Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Expert Field
Medical Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He completed
the Army's Command and General Staff College Course
and served as an Associate Professor with the Baylor
University Graduate School.
Among his numerous professional affiliations, he is
a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare
Executives. He also holds Fellow status and had been
awarded the prestigious Diplomate in Health Care
Administration designation in the American Academy of
He and his wife Judy have two sons, Shawn of
Boston, MA., and Kris, at home; as well as two
daughters, Melissa, who is in the Air Force, and Kara,
also at home.
For the last two years, Phil has been assigned to the
Department of Defense in the Pentagon with duty in
Aurora, Colorado as the Deputy Chief, Program
Operations Division, Office of the Civilian Health and
Medical Program of the Uniformed Services
FRANK FRENCH HS GRAD
Frank French, son of Diane (Sparks) and Jay
French of Burke, Virginia, graduated in June from Lake
Braddock High School. Frank will be attending Northern
Virginia Community College where he is planning to start
his major in Art.
MOUNTS CELEBRATE 50th
Fred and Nellie Mounts of Kansas City, Missouri
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 6,
They were married in the First Baptist Church,
Fred retired from the Panama Canal Police, Balboa,
in 1964. He also retired from the Tension Envelope
Corporation as a mail room supervisor in 1974. He later
worked part time for the Upjohn Company in the
Laboratory Procedures Department.
They have two children; a daughter, Carolyn McLeod
of Raymore, MO., and a son, William, who is a
Commander in the U.S. Navy at the Pentagon, living in
The Mounts have three grandchildren.
PATRICIA DUFFY HONORED
Miss Patricia L.
Duffy has been nominated
for Honorary Award
Recognition for her
and will have her
biography published in
the 24th edition, 1989-
1990 of WHO'S WHO
STUDENTS, an honor
reserved for only 5% of
our nation's high school
students each year.
Born in the Canal Zone, Patty is the daughter of
Edward J. Duffy (deceased) and Geraldine (Foster)
Duffy, now of Ocala, Florida, where she will be
graduating a year early from Vanguard High School, and
plans to attend Central Florida Community College in
Noeline and Joseph
Morrissey of Los Rios,
Rep. of Panama and East
Hampton, N.Y. are
pleased to announce the
engagement of their
daughter Brenda, to
Kevin Markovitz, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Markovitz of St. Louis,
Brenda, a 1985
graduate of Balboa High
School and cum laude
graduate of the University Brenda Morrissy
of Notre Dame, class of
1989, with a double major in economics and political
science, is a management information consultant for
Andersen Consulting in St. Louis. She has recently been
awarded a full Fellowship from the Kellogg Institute for
International Studies and will be returning to the
University of Notre Dame in August as a candidate for
a doctoral degree, with a concentration in Latin
Kevin is also a graduate of the University of Notre
Dame majoring in management informations systems and
was a four year letter winner on the varsity ice hockey
team. He is currently employed as a systems analyst with
Sears Payment System in Chicago, a subsidiary of Deam
Witter Financial Services Group.
An October 5th, 1991 wedding is planned in South
YOW MANN ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs.
Johnny Yow of Sarasota
are pleased to announce
the engagement of their
daughter, Sylvia "Chris"
Yow, to Douglas Lee
Mann, son of Donna J.
(Humphrey) Mann and
the late David T. Mann
of Sarasota and the
grandson of Gladys ,
(Bliss) Humphrey, also of
Sarasota. A November *4 '
10th ceremony is planned |
at the Bee Ridge via "Chris" Yow and
Presbyterian Church in S lva hs Yow and
Sarasota, Florida. Dougas Lee Mann
The bride-elect is a 1981 graduate of Riverview High
School in Sarasota, and is secretary with Morris Oil
Company in the city.
The groom-elect graduated from Sarasota High
School in 1979. He is Route Supervisor at Morris Oil
DOUG COWELL SWORN IN
Douglas Geoffrey Cowell, son of Colonel and Mrs.
Geoffrey T. Cowell of Severna Park, Maryland, was
recently sworn into the United States Army as a Second
Lieutenant by his father, Col. Cowell. The commissioning
took place at Loyola College.
2nd.Lt. Douglas was a Distinguished Military
Graduate and will report for active duty in June of 1991.
He was commissioned in the early commissioning
program, and will graduate in May 1991 with a degree in
VALERIE KWAI BEN AWARDED M.D.
Valerie Camille Kwai
Ben, M.D., was among 179
students to receive a Doctor
of Medicine degree from
Medical College of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, at
May 27, 1990, at Milwaukee
Exposition and Convention
Center and Arena
Dr. Kwai Ben is the
daughter of Oliver
and Betty Kwai Ben, Balboa/Ancon, Panama. She will
serve an Internal Medicine residence at Kaiser
Permanente Medical Center-Santa Clara program at
Santa Clara, CA.
She was a recipient of a Summer Research
Fellowship from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She
is a 1986 honors graduate of the University of San
Francisco. She is engaged to David Erhart of the Canal
The Medical College of Wisconsin is a private
medical school based on the campus of the Milwaukee
Regional Medical Center. The Medical College ranks in
the top third of all American medical schools in research
grant support, receiving more than $33 million annually
in research funding.
DAILEY'S CELEBRATE 55TH
Charlotte and Earl Dailey celebrated their 55th
wedding anniversary on August 9, 1990. They were
married at the Union Church in Pedro Miguel in 1935.
They live in St. Petersburg, Florida.
DEGREES AND HONORS RECEIVED
Paul and Vilma Evans both received degrees with
honors from the University of North Alabama in
Florence, May 11, 1990.
Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum
Laude, in Theater, and Vilma, a Bachelor of Social
Work, Cum Laude.
Faul Evans, ot Uelwem, Iowa, was a tormer Canal
Zone Customs Inspector and retired from the Graphic
Branch, Public Affairs Bureau in 1985 as an
Audio/Visual Production Specialist.
Vilma Evans (Lopez) was from Puntarenas, Costa
Rica, came to the Canal Zone in 1973 and became a U.S.
Citizen in 1983.
The Evanses have moved back to Dothan, Alabama
and have made application to serve as volunteers in the
PITNEY CITADEL GRAD
Pitney, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Louis J. Pitney,
(Susan Taylor, BHS'59)
of San Diego, Ca. was
graduated from the
Citadel in Charleston,
S.C. on May 12, 1990.
He received his
degree in Business
Administration and will
make his home in I .
Charleston. His parents
attended the ceremony.
Bill is the grandson of Catsy Taylor Schafer and the
late William N. Taylor of the Personnel Division.
JOHN IRVIN EARNS NAVY
"WINGS OF GOLD"
Lieutenant Junior Grade John Irvin (formerly of Los
Rios) earned his coveted U.S. Naval Wings of Gold at
the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station on July 13. John's
wife, Julie, pinned on his wings during a ceremony held
at the NA.S. Corpus Christi Officer's Club.
FRENCHES CELEBRATE 50th
John and Julie will be assigned to the VA.W. 110
"Firebirds" at Miramar Naval Air Station, San Diego to
fly the E-2C "Hawkeye" (Airborne Early Warning
Aircraft) and then John will be assigned to a Pacific Fleet
The Irvin's celebration was made even more special by
visiting family, including Sam and Norma Irvin from
North Carolina and George and Nancy Liebes (Julie's
parents) from Dallas, Texas.
Worden and Bea French of Castleton, Vermont,
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Holiday
Inn in Rutland, Vermont on May 19, 1990.
Sons Charlie, Worden and Lewis, their wives and their
children hosted the celebration where eighty family
members and friends from all parts of the United States
SURPRISED the couple.
A Memory Book of letters, clippings, pictures and
cards was a wonderful gift from their family and friends.
BOBBY LEISY INSTALLED
Robert Leisy of Key Haven was installed recently as
the 33rd Commander of the Key West Power Squadron.
The ceremony, held at the Trumbo Point Officer's Club,
was attended by a large delegation of local and out-of-
town members from District 8, covering 17 squadrons
from Key West to Vero Beach.
Leisy was retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a
pilot with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 26 years
of service covering the Korean conflict and in Viet Nam.
A Balboa High School graduate of 1949 and of the New
Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, Leisy
did graduate work at George Washington University. He
and his wife Dolores have resided in Key West for three
and a half years.
Leisy's parents are Etta V. Leisy and the late
"Coach" Henry T. Leisy, formerly of Balboa, Pedro
Miguel and Diablo, and currently of Bryan, Texas, near
son Ralph and his family.
TAMMY BURKE HS GRADUATE
daughter of Rachel (Van
Dyke) and Charlie Burke,
graduated in June from
Yorktown High School in
Arlington, Va., with an
Tammy will be
attending Elon College in
North Carolina in August
where she plans to major
WAY TO GO ANITA!
Anita Asmussen, our Title V Shelter Advisor
stationed at the American Red Cross, was recently
acknowledged at the state level for the exceptional job
she had done with the Burn Safety project.
The National Institute for Burn Medicine (NIBM)
developed a brochure and slide tape presentation
outlining common sense measures to help protect older
people in their own homes without modifying their life
styles. Their joint goal was to educate 800 senior citizens
Mrs. Asmussen took her show on the road and has
made 42 presentations to over 1,255 senior citizens!
Region 14. Oceana-Muskegon-Ottawa
Barbara Ann Rudge Halko and John Charles
Delaney were married on July 7, 1990 at Spanaway
Lutheran Church near Tacoma, Washington. They were
attended by their children, Dustin and Nathan Halko,
John, Patrick and Michael Delaney.
Both were raised in Panama and attended Atlantic
side schools. Their parents are the late Daniel and
Wilhelmina Kleefkens Rudge and the late Charles and
Evelyn Delaney, all former residents of Margarita.
After a wedding trip to Maui, Hawaii, they are at
home at 135 Riva Drive, Hackettstown, New Jersey
Robert F. Gilead proudly announces the wedding of
his daughter Robyn Lynn to Ensign Joe P. McDougall.
The couple were married in Santa Barbara, California on
April 22, 1990.
The bride's grandmother, Rosemary (Millett) Gilead
attended the ceremony.
Robyn and Joe are graduates of the University of
California, Santa Barbara campus.
The couple will make their home in Seattle,
Washington, where Joe is stationed.
Mabelle Kathleen Fitzgerald and Rick Loeffler of
New Smyrna Beach, FL., were united in holy matrimony
in a double ring ceremony, at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in New Smyrna Beach on June 23, 1990.
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Family members from out-of-town included the brides
paternal and maternal grandparents and two uncles, Fred
R. Walker, Panama, R.P., Leo A. McIntire, Tulsa, OK;
four aunts, Jeanne Walker Wagner, Anchorage, AK,
Carole (Walker) Miller, Tanoa, FL., Gladys (Bliss)
Humphrey, Sarasota, FL., and Blanche (Mclntire)
Hartman, Sarasota, FL.
Lora J. Meline and Dr. Denis Healey were married
in Gainesville, Florida at the St. Augustine Catholic
Church on May 12, 1990.
Maid of honor was the bride's sister, Leia and the
bridesmaids were Gayle Loos of Gainesville and the
groom's sister, Catherine.
Best man was Michael Mowery (CHS'81) of Coal
City, IN. The ushers were Dr. Joseph Ford of Staten
Island, NY, and the bride's brother, Mark Meline of
The bride is the daughter of Martin F. and Mabelle
(Walker) Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach, and
granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fitzgerald of
Keyser, W.Va., and George and Mabelle (Bliss) Walker
of Sarasota, FL.
The bride was given by her father, Martin Fitzgerald.
Her only attendant was Tina Loeffler, the groom's sister-
in-law. Larry Loeffler served as best man.
A reception for over 100 guests was held at the New
Smyrna Beach Garden Club. A surprise feature at the
reception was a large photo collage of the bride and
groom from age 6 months to the present time. Also, a
video was taken at the wedding ceremony and reception -
a gift for the newlyweds.
Kathleen attended Daytona Beach Community
College and is presently working as a dental assistant in
the Doctor's Office at Daytona Beach. Rick is an
electrician with the Coronado Paint Company in
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Loeffler are now at home at 2154
Pioneer Train, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.
Dr. and Mrs. Denis Healey and parents, Dr. and Mrs.
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Donald E.
Meline of Little Orange Lake, FL., and Dr. and Mrs.
Edward W. Healey, formerly of Coco Solo, CZ.
A lawn-party reception was held at the home of the
bride's parents following the ceremony.
The bride attends the University of Florida in
Gainesville and is a branch bank manager.
The groom, CHS'80, graduated from Creighton
University in 1988 and is beginning his third year of
surgical residency at the University of Florida.
Several former residents of the Canal Zone attended
the ceremony. The couple honeymooned in the
Caribbean on board the SS Seaward and returned to
Gainesville on May 20.
David E. Tate, jr. and Susan Stoll Brown of
Charleston, South Carolina, were married April 21, 1990
at Firrct rntc Prpichvtprian 'hiirlr in hlirlrh1tn
David Jr.'s parents are David and Jane Tate of
Spartanberg. Grandparents are J.D. and Ethel Tate of
The bride and groom are students at the Medical
University of South Carolina, Charleston.
The wedding reception was held at the Omni Hotel,
Katherine J. Dolan and Timothy J. Mazur were
married May 5, 1990, at St. Helen Catholic Church,
Pearland, Texas. Following the ceremony, a reception was
held at the Hobby Airport Holiday Inn Atrium, Houston,
1i :_ -_,
The bride, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone
(BHS'65), is the daughter of Ann and Joe Dolan of
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter T.
Mazur of Pearland, Texas.
Following a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico,
Katherine and Tim are home at 1104 Robert St.,
Pearland, Texas 77581.
Bryant "Tork" Chevalier was married on April 27,
1990 to the lovely Marilyn Ortiz of Guaynabo, Puerto
Rico, whom he met while living there.
Ed McArthur and Winship Dowell acted as
groomsmen. Bryant's parents, his sisters and their
families, and several other acquaintances of Bryant's from
his bachelor days also attended the ceremony, which was
held in the Holy Cathedral Church in Old San Juan and
was followed with a reception at the Coronado Beach
Hotel in Santurce, Puerto Rico.
The next day the group went out to the Hyatt El
Dorado resort for a round of golf and some fun in the
The bachelor party was an all-night affair during
which Tork dropped Ed three times and Winship twice.
Needless to say, the following morning when everyone
was supposed to be at the church for rehearsal, Bryant
was counting sheep. Marilyn eventually forgave him and
the vows were tied without a hitch.
Bryant graduated from BHS in 1974, and following
a 4-year stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, attended and
graduated from Southwest Texas State University. He is
now employed with the U.S. Government as a Special
Agent in Anti Terrorism and currently resides in Miami,
The most eligible bachelor list will never be the
L-R: Winship Dowell, Bryant Chevalier, Ed McArthur.
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 summarize and not list each name.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bishop announce the marriage of
their daughter, Jeanne Katherine, to Mr. David Sheets
on June 16, 1990 at the First United Methodist Church
in Kerrville, Texas.
Kathy Storey, of Aiken, a sister of the bride, was
maid of honor. Steven Schultz of Aiken was best man.
Groomsmen were James A. Barr and Peter J. Barr, Jr.
Following the ceremony, the couple left for a
wedding trip to Hawaii. They will reside in Aiken.
The bride is a 1983 graduate of Midland Valley High.
She is a 1989 graduate of USC Aiken with a BA degree
in finance. She is employed by C&S Bank in Aiken.
The bridegroom is a 1980 graduate of Southgate
Christian School in Augusta, Georgia, and formerly of
Gatun, Canal Zone. He attended USCA and is employed
Attending her sister's wedding from Rockville, MD.,
was Edie Bishop. The bride's brother, Mark, from
Austin, and her cousin, Cheryl Schmidt, from San
Angelo, were also in the wedding party.
Jeanne is the granddaughter of the late John and
A reception was held at the church and included many
Zonians living in the Kerrville area. After a wedding trip
by car to Colorado, the couple will reside at 100 Poco
Vista, Kerrville, Texas 78028. The bridegroom is formerly
from Morgantown, W. Va. and is employed as a
Landscpae Architect with Texas Orchards, in Kerrville.
Pene, was born on June 6,
1990 in San Diego,
California to John and
Michelle Denise (Call)
The proud grand-
parents are Roy and
Arbulin (Matthews) Call
of San Diego, Ca.
Deborah Lynn Storey of Aiken, S.C. and Sean
Andrew Barr of Aiken were married June 2, 1990, in
New Testament Baptist Church, Graniteville. The bride
was given in marriage by her father.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
Storey of Aiken. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Leonard H. Storey and the late Carson and Nettie
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter
Barr of Aiken. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Earl
and David Tooke,
formerly of Corozal,
Canal Zone are proud to
announce the birth of
their first child, Kristen
Emily, on June 20, 1990
in Fairfax, Virginia.
9 pounds 4 ounces and
L was 21 3/4 inches long.
Grandpa David B. Baglien holding Eric C. Dawson-
Julie Baglien and Dr. Gary Dawson of Onondaga,
Michigan, are proud to announce the birth of their third
son, Erik Carl Dawson-Baglien. He was born on April 4,
1990, weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz. and was 22 1/4 inches long.
Erik was welcomed by brothers Evan, 4 1/2, and Ethan,
2 1/2. All three boys are handsome blue-eyed blonds.
Maternal grandparents are David and Bernice
Baglien of Toccoa, GA., formerly of Diablo, Canal Zone.
In August, they will be making their third trip to
Michigan since Erik's birth when the Baglien family
gathers at Julie's home for a reunion.
Freeland I, a"*'-
(BHS'76) and Penny .
(Hall, BHS'79) Hollowell B
of New Orleans, La.,
announce the birth of
their first child, a
Marie, born May 19,
1990, weighing 4 lbs., 12
oz., at Meadowcrest
Hospital, Gretna, La.
are William and Mary
Lou (Webb) Hall of St.
Petersburg, Fl. Paternal
Freeland and Mary
(Straus) Hollowell Sr., of
Maternal grandparents are Dorothy (Walston) Webb of
Frankfort, Ky., and the late Adrien "Doc" Webb. Paternal
great-grandparents are Margaret Hollowell of
Gainesville, Fl., and the late Ross Hollowell, who was
president of the Panama Canal Society of Florida in
Annette and Gregory Taylor of Harrisburg, N.C.,
announce the birth of their first child, Alyssa McKenzie,
born July 11, 1990, weighing 7 1/2 lbs., at Presbyterian
Hospital, Charlotte, N.C.
Maternal grandparents are Rose and Robert Spella
of Charlotte, N.C. Paternal grandparents are Capt.
Charles H. Taylor of Baton Rouge, La., and the late
L'Dora McKenzie Taylor.
Back: Heidi, 2nd row: Tyler and Mickey,
Jerry and Catherine (Detamore) Denton are pleased
to announce the adoption of Tyler Edward (September
19, 1989) and Jorden (Mickey) Lee (May 4, 1990). The
two little boys join big sister Heidi and brother, Adam in
Valrico, Florida, where their father is employed by the
Federal Aviation Administration.
Maternal grandparents are Patsy (Clemens) and the
late Jerry Detamore, while paternal grandparents are
Jerry J. and the late Georgina Denton.
Mrs. Marie W. Gibson of Houston, Texas, announces
the birth of her third granddaughter, fourth grand-child,
Taylor Christine, born on May 2, 1990, at Humana Clear
Lake Hospital in Webster, Texas. Taylor weighed 7 lbs.
2 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long.
Her proud mother is Joy Gibson, also of Houston.
Juan Carlos and
Laura Ann (Gregg) Roa
of Diablo, Panama,
announce the birth of
their first child, a
Lynn, born July 3, 1990,
weighing 8 lbs., 4 oz., at
Lane Memorial Hospital,
are Marian and Gene
Gregg of Slaughter, La.
Paternal grandparents are
Alina and Carlos Roa of
Panama City, R.P.
Ann Marie Lynn Roa
with her aunt Helen
Gregg in Slaughter,
Metzgar, born May 6,
1990 to Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Dean Metzgar.
Grandparents are Elaine
Hooper and the late Dr.
Rector Hooper and Mr.
and Mrs. Bernard
Metzgar of Albuquerque,
Great Grandmother is
Claudina Montano, also
of Albuquerque, N.M.
Great-grandfather Joseph Christopher with Thane (L)
and Blair (R).
Thane Robert Campbell and Blair Christopher
Campbell were born to Dennis and Nadja (Van Hoose)
Campbell of 935 W. Lexington, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46807
on May 22, 1990.
Great grandfather, Joseph Christopher (former PCC
employee) is holding the boys. Thane in the right arm
and Blair in the left arm.
Maternal grandmother is Camille (Christopher) Van
Hoose of Ft. Wayne. IN.
Great grandparents are Joseph and Alice
Christopher of Ft. Wayne. Maternal grandfather is Jack
Van Hoose of Florida, and paternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Clarence Campbell of Logansport, IN.
Shelbie Lynne holding Stephanie Anne Paters.
Shelbie Lynne holding Stephanie Anne Paters.
Stephanie Anne joined Shelbie Lynne early morning
of April 29, 1990 in completing the family of Scott E.
(BHS'79) and Lisa L. Peters. Stephanie was born in
Langley AFB, Virginia hospital, weighing 8 lbs., 1 oz.,
and was 20.5 inches long. Scott presently works for the
74th Tactical Control Squadron (USAF) as a Radio
Communications Repair Technician.
Maternal grandparents are Ron and Sherri Gallagher
(Perrinton, MI.) brought Lisa's maternal grandparents
Raymond and Beulah Richards to Virginia to help
celebrate the new arrival from May 6 to 11.
Paternal grandparents are Virgil L. and Doris E.
Peters (Blue Rapids, Ks.) formerly of Balboa, CZ. Virgil
(Pete) worked at Miraflores Locks as Senior Control
L House Operator.
Laura, Jose and Joseph William Payne.
Jose and Laura (Bianchi) Payne, of Cupertino, Ca.
are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, a
son, Joseph William Bianchi Payne, on July 11, 1990. He
weighed 8 lbs., 7 oz., and was 21 1/2 inches long. Jose
Payne was born in Ancon and lived in Balboa most of his
life. His wife, Laura, was born in Satatoga, Ca., and lived
there most of her life.
Maternal grandparents are Leo and Helen Bianchi of
Saratoga, Ca. The paternal grandparents are Guillermo
and Elda Payne of Balboa, Panama.
Robert and Lisa (Swisher) Avey of Midland City,
Alabama, are proud to announce the birth of William
Robert Eisenhower Avay on June 11, 1990. He weighed
8 lbs. 12 oz. "Ike" joins two sisters, Danielle Elizabeth
(age 5) and Taylor Marie (2 1/2).
Paternal grandparents are William and Mary Avey of
Sierra Vista, Arizona. The maternal grandmother is
Arden Cooke O'Daniel of North Carolina and the
maternal great-grandmother is Mabel E. Cooke of
Jennifer (Jeffries) Fisher
are proud to announce
the birth of their son,
Alec Matthew, born
January 14, 1990 in Cocoa
Beach, Florida. Alec was
born with a head full of
red hair and deep blue
eyes. He weighed 8 lbs. 8
oz. and was 21 3/4 inches
His grandparents -:-
are Greg and Janet Fisher, currently of Denver,
Colorado, and Curt and Jinger (Reinhardt) Jeffries of
His great-grandparents are Walter and Pete
Reinhardt, formerly of Panama.
Bonnie Chevalier and
husband Clint Spicer are
proud to announce the
birth of their first child,
Ryan James Spicer, in
Reno, Nevada. He was
born on February 10,
1990 at 10:31 a.m. and
weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. He
was 21 1/4 inches long.
grandparents are George
and Joan Chevalier of
Orlando, Florida, and
paternal grandparents are Joan Krip of Iowa and the late
Russell John Patton (first
child and first grandchild)
was born on May 10, 1989
in Camarillo, California.
He weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz.
and was 19 inches long.
Douglas and Nora
(Ruble) Patton (CHS'78).
are John and Doris Ruble
of Sunrise, Florida,
formerly of Margarita,
Canal Zone. Grandfather John Ruble retired in 1981
after working for Customs in Cristobal.
Paternal grandparents are Gene and Esther Patton
of Crownpoint, Indiana.
Richard and : .,
Nola (Swain) Boyer are
delighted to announce the
birth of their first child,
Alina Marie. She was
born February 8, 1990 in
parents are Capt. Roger ---
Swain and the late Fl
Antonia (Toni) Swain,
formerly of Gatun, Canal
Zone. Paternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Richard
Boyer of Yuba City, California.
Alina accompanied her mother and father to the
1990 reunion in Orlando and had a wonderful time.
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Margaret (Spreadbury) Arthur, 81, died in Medical
Center Hospital in Nacogdoches, Texas, June 19, 1990 of
complications following surgery for a broken hip. Born in
Wilkesbarre, PA., and spouse of clubhouse manager,
Wendell Spreadbury, she lived in Cocoli, Diablo Heights
and Ancon between April 1941 and July 1953. She
worked for the Panama American, S.E.D., the Army, and
the Panama Canal Company. During World War II she
was very active in the Patrietts dance group. After living
thirty-six years in Austin Texas, and during April of 1989,
she moved to Nacogdoches to be near her son, Dr.
Wendell N. Spreadbury. She was active in the Catholic
Church and was a long time member of the Panama
Her survivors are her son and two brothers, David
and Paul Arthur, both of Pennsylvania.
Anna Louise Barnes, 76, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died June 25, 1990 at Humana Hospital. She was born in
Buckner, Mo., and retired from the Panama Canal
Schools Division in October, 1973 as a gym teacher.
Locally, she was a member of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida and the Eastern Star. She was a Protestant.
Survivors include a daughter, Joanne Morgan of
Texas; two sons, Grover R. Barnes, Panama, and James
M. Barnes, Texas; a brother, Raymond Edie, California;
five sisters, Irene Staton, Dorothy Lawson and Ellen
Converse, all of Nebraska, Hester Penny, California and
Hazel Jones, Missouri; five grandchildren and a great-
Wada Sue Becktell, 50, of Anaheim, California,
passed away on April 11, 1990 after a lengthy illness.
She is survived by her husband, Charles N. (Chuck)
Becktell, (BHS'50) to whom she was married for 30
years; three sisters, Janie Cline of Dayton, Ohio, Willie
Milton of Lauderhill, Florida, Charlene Phillips of
Rockwood, Tennessee; five children, Charles, Jr., Judy
Ann Banfield, Lisa Ann Becktell, all of Anaheim,
Margaret Ann of Dayton, Ohio and Carla Ann Becktell,
also of Anaheim, CA.; and 14 grandchildren.
Rosa C. Berquist, 67, of Oldsmar, Florida, died May
10, 1990 at home. She was bron in Hartford, Conn. and
came to Florida in 1985 from the Panama Canal Zone.
She was formerly employed by Royal Typewriter Co.,
Hartford. She was a Baptist and a member of Egypt
Shrine Temple Clownettes, AA.R.P. and Humana
Seniors Association and was past matron of Coral
Chapter #2, O.E.S. Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include her husband, Warren; two sisters,
Jennie Rodrigoes, West Hartford, CT., and Filomena
Lucas, Hartford, and several nieces and nephews.
Carol S. De Piper, 70, of Cooper City, Florida, died
on April 30, 1990. Carol came to the Canal Zone in 1961
with her husband, Harry P. De Piper (deceased). Carol
worked for the Accounting Branch at Rodman Naval
Base until she retired. She was born in Staten Island,
Surviving are her son, Geret, Holland; two daughters,
Drucilla French, Toms River, New Jersey and Valerie
Boughner, Cooper City, Florida; three brothers, Robert
Stanfield, Annapolis, Maryland, James Stanfield, Toms
River, NJ., and Charles Stanfield, Warren Township, NJ.
and eight grandchildren.
Henry P. Butcher, Sr., 90, of Ocala, Florida, died May
21, 1990 at his son's home. Born in Huntingdon, West
Virginia, he came to Ocala from Panama two years ago.
He worked on the construction of Madden Dam and was
later employed by the Locks Division at Gatun Locks
until his retirement. He was a Protestant and a member
of the Canal Zone Orchid Society. He was a lifelong
naturalist and specialized in the study of orchids.
Survivors include his son, Henry P. Butcher Jr., Ocala,
Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Rusack and Mrs. Jeanne
Elia, of Los Gatos, CA.; three daughters, Mrs. Althea
Goff, Hinesville, GA, Jackie Niver and Edna Butcher,
both of Fort Benning, GA.; eight grandchildren and 12
His ashes were scattered at sea.
Robert C."Benny" Calvit, 73, of Kerrville, Texas, died
May 28, 1990 in his home. He was born in the Canal
Zone where he lived and worked as a building inspector
for the Panama Canal Company for 36 years until his
retirement in 1976. He was a member of Elks Lodge #2
in Kerrvile; the Panama Canal Society of Florida and was
a Mason in a Canal Zone Lodge. He married Anna
Patchett in 1939 in the Canal Zone.
Other survivors include a son, Tim Calvit; a
daughter, Helen Calvit of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister,
Virginia Pearl of Ocala, Fla; a brother, Paul E. Calvit of
Orlando, Fla.; two aunts, Eugenia Litton of Kerrville and
Peggy Burke of Costa Rica; two uncles, C.H. White of St.
Petersburg, Fla., and Hugh White of Washington, and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert P. Carey, 67, of Clearwater, Florida, died May
8, 1990 at home. He came to Clearwater from his native
Panama Canal Zone where he was a branch supervisor
with the Postal Division of the Panama Canal Company.
He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of
Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Martha; three sons, John C.,
Gainesville, Fla., Thomas J., Clearwater, and Robert P.
Jr., Pensacola, Fla.; two daughters, Barbara Ann Darby,
Gainesville, and Maureen E. Domenech, Panama; his
mother, Ann Cody Carey, Deltona, Fla., a brother, Ellis
D. Jr., Dallas; a sister, Mary J. Kammerer, Deltona; and
Maxine (Maggie) Dillman was called home quietly
and peacefully on June 1, 1990 in El Paso, Texas. Her
father, George Potts was an engineer on the Panama
Railroad during construction days. She first went to
Panama when 6 months old. She received her education
in the US, but returned to Panama and worked for the
Civil Affairs Division, starting out in Playgrounds and
retiring as a first grade teacher from Ancon in 1969. She
volunteered for a time as Nurse's Aide at Gorgas
Hospital. Her late husband, N.E. (Tuffy) Dillman was
active in Elks Lodge 1414 and Maggie was past president
of the Emblem Club. Together, they were active with
young people. Her heart never left the Canal Zone and
kept in touch with all her special friends. She attended
the 1988 Reunion in Tampa and was delighted to see so
many of her school "chums," as well as ex-students who
came to her to share memories.
She leaves her son, Dr. Everett Dillman and wife
Connie of El Paso; son Dr. Richard Dillman and wife
Karen of Miramar, Fl.; a daughter, Norine Simms and
husband Charles of El Paso; a sister, Gladys Napoleon of
Panama; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Constance G. Engelke, 83, of Bentonville, Arkansas,
died July 12, 1990 at her home. She was born in Culebra,
Canal Zone, to George and Adelaide Roeder Graff. She
moved to Bentonville in 1972. She was a homemaker, and
was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of
Rogers, Ar. Mrs. Engelke was preceded in death by her
husband, Robert in 1984, who was Administrative
Assistant, Dredging Division, Gamboa, Canal Zone.
, Survivors include a daughter, Joyce May of
bentonville; a daughter-in-law, Mary H. Engelke of
Rogers, Ar., eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren,
and two great-great-grandchildren.
Rev. John B. Fields, 87, of Kerrville, Texas, died
May 14, 1990 at his home. Born in Gatesville, the Rev.
Fields was a retired minister with the Episcopal Church
and had spent most of his life in the Panama Canal
Zone. A resident of Kerrvile since 1969, he was a life
member of the Kerrville Masonic Lodge 697 AF&AM
and belonged to St. Peter's Episcopal Church. He
married Annette Fillius in 1939 in Brownsville.
Other survivors include two daughters, Jo-Anne
Fields of the Republic of Panama and Janet E. Fields of
Voorhees, NJ. and two grandchildren.
Col. William Hayes Gaines, Jr., 67, died May 13,
1990, in Zephyrhills, Florida. He was born in Mobile,
Alabama. He lived in Winnetka, Illinois when his father
first went to the Canal Zone. Bill, his mother, Della V.
Gaines, and sister, Elizabeth (Betty) followed William
Hayes Gaines, Sr. to the Zone where Bill attended Jr.
High, High School, (class of 1940) and Jr. College in
Balboa. He worked in the Electrical Division, joined the
Navy and returned to the Canal Zone and worked again
for the Electrical Division. He married Lou Ellen Zent,
then decided in 1948 to complete his college degree in
Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. After R.O.T.C.
there, he became an Air Force officer and retired in
He is survived by his wife, Lou Ellen; a daughter,
Sharon Lee Linger and her husband William; a son,
William Hayes HI, and his wife, Marilyn; a sister, Betty
(Gaines) Bartholomew, of Seattle, WA.; grandchildren
Debora L. and Wade E. Linger of Windsor, CT, and
William W. and Amanda L. Gaines of Wilmington, N.C.
Eva Gardner, widow of Foxy Gardner, former
employees of the Electrical Division, died July 15, 1990
at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Mr. and Mrs.
Gardner retired from the Canal Zone in 1965 and lived
in Aiken, South Carolina. Mr. Gardner died before 1975.
Mrs. Gardner was buried at Sunset Memory Gardens,
Jean Marie Gee, 87, of Bryan, Texas, died April 18,
1990 at the M.B. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston,
Texas. Known professionally as Ana Ludmilla, Mrs. Gee
was an internationally famous ballerina and highly
respected ballet instructor. Born Jean Marie Kaley in
Chicago, Mrs. Gee began dancing at the age of 5 under
the training of Mabel Wentworth, a famous instructor.
She made her professional debut at 13 performing with
the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1917. Later she
went to Europe to study and perfected her skills in
England and France. In 1945, she and her second
husband, Howard Gee moved to the Panama Canal
Zone. At the insistence of Cecilia Pinel de Remon, whose
husband later became president of Panama, Mrs. Gee
was named director of the ballet department at the
National School of Dance in Panama in 1948. Through
her expertise, the school became highly respected and
produced dancers of professional quality. Many Canal
Zone youngsters attended her classes. For her
achievements she was awarded the Order of Vasco
Nunez de Balboa in 1971 at a gala in her honor.
She retired in 1967 and moved to College Station where
she continued to teach ballet.
Mrs. Gee's husband, Howard, predeceased her by
Mary Belle Knapp Hicks, 80, passed away
suddenly at her home in St. Petersburg, Florida on June
16, 1990 of an apparent heart attack. She was born in
Birmingham, Al., and went to the Canal Zone with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.Z. Knapp, Sr., in 1914 where her
father was employed by the Locks Division as a boiler
maker. A graduate of BHS in 1927, she returned to
Birmingham with her mother, Pearl Knapp and two
sisters, Alice Knapp Fower and Virginia Knapp Nelson,
and two brothers, J. Zeno Jr. and Robert Lee where she
lived until her marriage to Bobby Hicks in 1931. They
returned to the CZ and lived there until his retirement in
1962. She was employed by the U.S. Navy for 20 years in
the Canal Zone and after moving to St. Petersburg she
worked for the VA. until her retirement in 1970. She and
her husband were active members of North Side Baptist
Church. She was preceded in death by her husband in
She was a 50 year member of the O.E.S. and past
matron of Orchid Chapter in the CZ. She was also a
member of the St. Petersburg Garden Club and past
president of the Jungle Circle, remaining active in her
church, garden club and O.E.S. until her death.
She is survived by two daughter, Dorothy Anne
Chapman of Banner Elk, NC., and Mary Alice Kelley of
Houston, Texas.; six grandchildren, 7 great-
grandchildren; two sisters and a brother, Zeno Knapp of
Lake Pannosofke, Fl.
Trudy Fleet Homa, died February 28, 1990, in
Jacksonville, Florida from cancer after a nine month
illness. She was a native Floridian, born in Live Oak, and
lived in Lakeland until fifteen years ago when she moved
to the Panama Canal Zone upon her marriage. She was
a member of Kol Shearith Israel Congregation in
Panama; the Who's New in Panama; the Panama Canal
Society of Florida; the U.S. Navy League; and Ladies of
Abou Saad Shrine Temple. Her husband was Potentate
She is survived by her husband, C. William Homa of
Balboa, Panama; two children, Barry Slakman of Atlanta,
GA., and Lynda (Mrs. Daniel) Evans of Mandarin, FL.;
five step-children, Bruce M. Homa, Dean C. Homa,
Donna (Mrs. Fred) Kunkel of the Panama Canal Area,
Gary L. Homa of Boca Raton, FL., and Diane Homa of
Tampa, FL.; eleven grandchildren; her sister and brother-
in-law, Lillian and Dr. Seymour Morse of Jacksonville,
Charles W. "Tuck" Hummer, 78, died suddenly on
May 16, 1990 while on a return transatlantic flight from
Amsterdam, Holland, where he and his wife, Phyllis had
spent a three-week vacation with his son, Charles W. Jr.
He was born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone
where his father, Charles D., was involved in the
construction and subsequent operation of the Panama
Canal. He spent his entire U>S> Government career
working with various Canal agencies. He retired in 1968
from the Specifications and estimating Section of the
Engineering Division of the Panama Canal Company. He
considered his involvement as a construction inspector on
the new Gorgas Hospital and the Bridge of the Americas
as highlights of his career. He lived in St. Petersburg,
Florida since his retirement.
While in Panama he was active and a life member of
Elks Lodge 1414, and the C.Z. Gem and Mineral Society.
Since his retirement he was a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, AA.R.P. and NA.R.F.E.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of St. Petersburg;
his son, Charles W. Jr., The Hague, Holland; and
grandson Charles W. HI of Orlando, Florida.
His family has requested that those wishing to
remember "Tuck" make contributions to the Peggy Ann
Donovan Scholarship Fund, South bend, Indiana,
established to memorialize another Canal Zonian, which
provides scholarships for needy adopted children.
Winfield S. Ireland, 77, of Kerrville, Texas, died May
5, 1990 in a local hospital. He was born in Owensboro,
Kentucky and left the Canal Zone eight years ago where
he was a postal clerk. He was a member of the First
Baptist Church in Kerrville.
He is survived by his wife, Ramona Pettis, whom he
married in 1948 in Panama, now of Kerrville; three sons,
Daniel Scott Ireland of Kerrville, Conrad Ireland of
North Carolina and Roy Ireland of Nacodoches; a
daughter, Martha Ireland Wynn of New Zealand; a
brother, Carroll Farmer Ireland of Savannah, Georgia
and four grandchildren.
Dorothy H. Knox, of Sarasota, Florida, died in
Sarasota Memorial Hospital on April 14, 1990, after
suffering a heart attack. She was the widow of Lieutenant
Robert Knox of the Canal Zone Fire Division who died
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Knox of
Henry T. Leisy, 94, of Bryan, Texas, died July 12,
1990. He was born in Wisner, Nebraska and attended the
University of Kansas and received his BS at Morningside
College in Iowa. In addition, he attended several
coaching schools, including Rockne-Meanwell School in
Notra Dame University in South Bend, IN. He coached
in Blunt, S.D. and Primero, CO. He was employed as
Recreation Director for the Clubs and Playground in
1929. The next 29 years he worked at Balboa, Pedro
Miguel and Gamboa. He enjoyed his work and once
remarked, "I would have done it even if I had not been
paid." He retired in 1958, making his home in
Albuquerque, NM., where he worked for Las Lunas
Hospital and Training School. He later received many
awards for volunteer rehabilitation work with the
mentally and physically disabled. He was runner-up for
the 1983 Jefferson Award in Alabama for his work with
Members of his family said he will be remembered
for his love of family: his lifelong, uncomplaining struggle
with his disability; his love of sports and his dedication to
Survivors include his wife, Etta Leisy of Bryan,
Texas; three sons, Henry Joe of Montgomery, AL., Al
Robert R. of Key West, FL., and Ralph H. of Bryan,
Texas; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Maj.Gen. George L.Mabry, Jr., 72, former
commander of the U.S. forces in the Panama Canal and
who won the Medal of Honor for his heroics against
German troops in World War II, died July 13, 1990 at
Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C. While a
Captain, he landed in Normandy on D-Day in June, 1944
and during an attack in Germany's Huertgen Forest, he
cleared a path through a German minefield, captured
three German bunkers, Killing three German soldiers
and injuring another with his rifle butt. He captured nine
other Germans. He served as regimental commander of
the 31st Infantry Regiment in Korea from 1954 to 1956.
He is survived by a son, Lt.Col. George L. Mabry
Captain Joseph L. McDaniel, 61, of Southern Pines,
North Carolina, died June 20, 1990, of lung cancer at
Moore Regional Hospital. He was born in Colon,
Republic of Panama and was a retired Panama Canal
Surviving him are three children; Archie R. McDaniel,
II, Kathleen M. Vogel, and Christine L. Auten; a sister,
Lucy M. Matchett, and a grandchild.
George G. Mikez, 69, of Richardson, Texas, formerly
of DeKalb, Illinois and the Canal Zone, died June 10,
1990, during his recovery from heart by-pass surgery. He
was born in DeKalb, the son of Joseph and Mary
(Rukavina) Mikez. He married Edna McArthur in 1955
in the Panama Canal Zone. After graduating from high
school and entering the Army, where he fought in both
World War II and the Korean conflict, he worked 28
years for the federal government as a communications
specialist for USASTRATCOM in the Canal Zone.
Returning to the United States after retirement in 1980,
George worked for 5 years for Contel in Dallas. He spent
his second retirement playing golf and enjoying his
He is survived by his wife, Edna (McArthur); a son,
George Mikez; a daughter, Debbie (Tim) Conard; two
grandsons, Michael and Brian Conard, all of Richardson;
four brothers, Nick Mikez, of New Port Richey, FL.,
Steve (Dorothy) Mikez of Milwaukee, WI., Joe (Ann)
Mikez of Mayfield, KY., and Michael Mikez of DeKalb;
three sisters, Anne Mikez of DeKalb, Mandy (Al)
McCabe of DeKalb, and Mary (Lowell) Hayenga, of
Oregon, IL.; and several nieces and nephews.
Gertrude M. (Patsy) Milloy, 89, died in Melrose-
Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Mass. on May 23, 1990. She
went to Panama with her mother and sisters in 1917 to
join her father, James C. Milloy. She attended Balboa
High School and graduated from Fisher Business College.
Upon returning to the Canal Zone she was employed by
the Panama Canal Company in Balboa, and retired in
1962 from the Accounting Division with over 42 years of
service. She then moved to West Harwich, Cape Cod,
Mass., to join her parents. Later she resided with her
younger sister in Melrose.
She is survived by two sisters, Mary Zemer of Santa
Clara, Ca., and Isabella Milloy of Melrose, Ma.; a
nephew, William Zemer, nieces Isabelle Z. Lively and
Phyllis Z. Wright, all of California, and Shirley Z.
Swenson of Mississippi; grand-nephews David Zemer,
James Wright and John Swenson; grand-nieces, Connie
Bumgarner and Julie Wright and four great-grand nieces.
Ora O'Leary, long-time Zone resident, passed away
May 25, 1990 at her home in Rancho Bernardo,
California. Private funeral services will be held in
Oelwein, Iowa, at a future date. Ora waa educated in
music, both violin and piano, as well as the Stenotype, a
then-new type of machine for court reporting. Her
community life in the Zone was devoted to her music.
She served for many years as organist of the Balboa
Union Church, and performed as guest organist at many
military bases on the Isthmus. She also taught music to
many youngsters in both the Zone and Panama. She was
a charter member and subsequently Dean of the
American Guild of Organists Isthmian Chapter, and
was also a member of the Daughters of the American
Revolution and Colonial Dames.
Ora is survived by her husband, Arthur; and sons
Robert Thiele of Pioneer, California and Arthur Jr., of
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Alzheimer's Family Center, 2017 Felecita Road,
Escondido, CA 92015.
William J. Park, 68, of Pinellas Park, Florida, died
May 31, 1990 at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. He
was born in New York City and left the Panama Canal
Zone in 1960 where he was a police officer. During
World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He
was a member of the VFW and the Panama Canal
Society. He was a Catholic.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Schmidt Park; three
sons, Allan and Lewis, both of Pinellas Park, and Michael
of New Mexico; two daughters, Mary Schmidt, Jupiter,
FL., and Jeri Brawn, St. Petersburg; a brother, James,
New York; two sisters, Mary Cunningham, Terre Haute,
IN., and Patricia Roman, Denver, CO.; his mother, Mary
Park, Terre Haute; 12 grandchildren; and two great-
Darlene ("Darcy") Robinson Parker died May 19,
1990 in Columbus, Nebraska. She was a civilian employee
of the UA. Army for many years on the Pacific side.
Maj.Gen. David S. Parker, (ret.), governor of the
former Canal Zone from March 1971 to March 1975,
died May 9 in San Francisco of congestive heart failure.
He was 71 years old.
While governor, Gen. Parker also served as president
of the Panama Canal Company, the U.S. government
agency that operated the Panama Canal until October 1,
Born in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Parker graduated from
the U.S. Military Academy with the class of 1940 and
earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the
University of California at Berkely. His service with the
Panama Canal began in 1952, when he was a lieutenant
colonel in the U.S. Army assigned as military assistant to
the governor. He returned to the Isthmus in 1963 to
serve as the Canal Zone's lieutenant governor. During his
two years as second in command of the Canal
organization, Parker was deeply involved in the project to
widen Gaillard Cut from 300 to 500 feet, the
modernization of the Canal lighting system, the delivery
of new towing locomotives and the celebration of the
waterway's 50th anniversary.
Among the major accomplishments during his four-
year tenure as governor were the completion of a
Dredging Division project to provide transiting ships with
a minimum 38-foot, year-round draft (an increase of two
feet); the inauguration of a new marine traffic control
center in La Boca; and the development of the guidelines
on which the first tolls increase in Canal history was
The general played a key role in several critical events
in America's military history. It was he who gave the
controversial order to call American troops to Panama to
restore order during rioting there in 1964, leading to talks
establishing the current Panama Canal Treaty. The
general also acted as "stick man" during the Cuban
missile crisis, pointing out missile sites on enlarged
photographs to members of the Security Council.
During World War II, he served on General Douglas
MacArthur's staff in Tokyo as well as on the staff of
Admiral Chester Nimitz. He earned a number of
commendations during his military career, including the
Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters,
the Legion of Merit, the Army Commendation Ribbon,
the Presidential Unit Citation and the Air Medal with
two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a military man, but he
was also a teacher, an engineer and a civic leader. The
Belvedere resident taught for three years at West Point.
After retiring from the Army in 1975, he became vice
president and director of corporate planning for
International Engineering Co. in San Francisco. He was
active in his own neighborhood as he was in the world.
He served as Belvedere's fire commissioner, among other
local activities and was a trustee of the Northern
California World Affairs Council.
General Parker is survived by his wife, Betty Parker;
sons David and Bruce Parker of Washington, D.C.; son
Steven Parker of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter Ann
Diggory of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; brother Ambassador
Richard B. Parker of Washington, D.C.; and four
Mary Frances Scofield, 54, died March 1, 1990 at the
home of her mother in Portsmouth, Virginia, as a result
of cancer of the gall bladder. Mary worked for the U.S.
Army Signal Office at Corozal, and was active in the
Sweet Adelines, the Balboa Union Church Choir, and the
Ft. Clayton Riding Club during their second tour in the
Canal Zone from 1976-80. The Scofields were also in the
Canal Zone during 1955-59.
Mary is survived by her mother, Nancy Black of
Portsmouth, Va., her husband, William E. Scofield,
former Executive Director of the Balboa Armed Services
YMCA; sons Robert and James, and daughters Susan
and Rebecca, and two grandchildren.
Lydia Morse Shannon, 96, of St. Petersburg, Florida
died July 9, 1990. She was the widow of the late Matthew
Shannon. She was born in Milwaukee and came to the
Canal Zone in August 1918 where she was a member of
the Union Church. Lydia and Matt then came to live in
Florida in September 1972.
She is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Wahl
Dailey of St. Petersburg, FL., 4 grandchildren, Mary Lou
Lang of Clearwater, FL, Robert W. Dailey of St.
Petersburg, FL, Ralph D. Wahl of Seattle, WA, and
William Frederick (Buddy) Wahl of Connecticut, 14
great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Elizabeth "Bette" Shulenberger, 64, of West Seattle,
Washington, died December 31, 1989 as a result of an
automobile accident, in which her husband, Marvin died
the following day, and her daughter, Kale is recovering
from injuries sustained. Bette was born in the Ukraine
and came to the U.S. when she was 3 years old, growing
up in Sacramento, where she attended the Sacramento
School of Nursing. She met her husband while in the
Canal Zone as a nurse and were married in 1949.
She is survived by three daughters, Sue and Kale of
Seattle, and Dev-Suroop Khalsa of Fairbanks, and a
sister, Marie Robertson of Sheepranch, Ca.
Marvin Shulenberger, 66, of West Seattle, died
January 1, 1990 as a result of injuries received in an
automobile accident. He was born in Rosalie, Nebraska
and grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. He served with the
Brown Shoe Army Air Force during World War II as a
B-26 pilot in the Panama Area. He and his wife were
known for their skill in propagating orchids and were
members of the American Orchid Society. Before his
retirement in 1986, he flew or trained flight crews for
every Boeing commercial airplane model.
He is survived by three daughters, Sue and Kale of
Seattle, and Dev-Suroop Khalsa of Fairbanks; two
brothers, Harold of Sioux City and Bob of Orange
County, CA., and a sister, Maxine Lorenz of Little Rock,
Jennie Joy Fulton Steen, 22, formerly of St.
Petersburg, died April 1, 1990 in Hampton, W. VA. She
came to St. Petersburg in 1977 from her native Ancon,
Panama Canal Zone. She was a 1985 graduate of
Northeast High School and served in Information
management as an airman second class in the Air Force
from 1985 to 1989.
Survivors include her husband, Terry; her mother,
Dr. Patricia Fulton, St. Petersburg; her father, James L.
Fulton, Jr., Palm Beach Gardens; two sisters, Constance
K. and Kathleen J. Fulton, St. Petersburg; and paternal
grandmother, Kathleen A. Fulton, Palm Beach Gardens.
Russell C. Stevens, 74, of Granbury, Texas, died June
28, 1990 at a Granbury hospital. He was born in
Medford, Mass., and was a management analyst for the
Army and was with the Comptroller's Office in the
Dredging Division of the Panama Canal. Mr. Stevens
retired in 1974. He was a veteran of the Army Air Force
during World War I. He was a member of St. Matthews
Masonic Lodge in Massachusetts and the Abou Saad
Shrine in Panama. He was a member of the Andover
Baptist Church in Andover, Mass.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Stevens of
Granbury; three sons, Peter of Granbury, Dale and
Russell Jr., both of North Carolina; a brother, Clinton
Stevens of New Hampshire; a sisrer, Rebecca Wilkinson
of Massachusetts, and nine grandchildren.
Edna L. Tipton, 76, of Clearwater, Florida, died July
1, 1990 at The Village, at Countryside, Safety Harbor.
She was born in Colon, Panama, and came to Florida this
year from Portsmouth, Virginia. She graduated from
Cristobal High School in the early 1930s. She was a
retired government clerk, an Episcopalian and a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a daughter, Judith Hooper, Safety
Harbor; a sister, Mavis Thirlwall Ballantyne, Palm Beach;
and four grandchildren.
Jane (Mrs. Kenneth) Vinton, passed away July 12,
1990 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was the widow of Kenneth
Vinton who lived and taught in Canal Zone schools for
35 years and who passed away in 1975.
She is survived by two daughters, Janeth (Vinton)
Cannon and Kayleen Vinton, both of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Lee A. Wilson, 68, of Dunedin, Florida, died June 22,
1990 at Mease Hospital Dunedin. He was born in
Glenwood Springs, Colorado and moved to Dunedin
from Miami in 1980. He was a veteran of World War II,
serving in the U.S. Navy in Panama. Locally, he had been
a realtor and tax consultant as well as self-employed. He
was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
He is survived by his wife, Grace J. (Schack); four
sons, Drew, of Clearwater, Jim of Gainesville, Larry of
Jacksonville, and David of Palm Harbor; three daughters,
Patsy Moore and Judy Sanfilippo, both of Jacksonville,
and Twinky Siboni of Palm Coast; and nine
Martha Jean (Bradley) Wood, 69, of Vancouver,
WA. died August 3, 1990 at home. She was born in
Ancon, C.Z, grew up in Pedro Miguel, attended Balboa
H.S and graduated from Hoover H.S. in Glendale, CA.
While in the Canal Zone, she was a member of the Red,
White and Blue Troupe, and also swam for the Los
Angeles Athletic Club. She married James Armand
Wood and returned the the C.Z. becoming active in the
OES, and was Past Worthy Matron, Coral Chapter,
Gatun. She worked for the Canal Zone Credit Union.
She moved to Washington in 1972 and was the Northwest
Reporter for the Canal Record for almost 20 years, also
co-founded the Northwest Reunion. She was active with
the Ladies Oriental Shrine, Vancouver, and the Shriners
Crippled Childrens Hopsital in Portland, Oregon.
She is survived by a son, James, of Vancouver, WA.,
a daughter, Martha Ann Napoleon, Bradenton, FL; five
grandchildren, Edward P. and Stephen J. Napoleon,
Bradenton, and Jesse A., James A. and Brittany Leigh
Wood of Vancouver; two sisters, Betty London,
Washougal, WA., and Peggy Bradley, Tucson, AZ; and
mother-in-law, Ethlyn C. Wood, Walnut Creek, CA.
Phyllis Zipperer, 86, passed away April 24, 1990 at
the Winter Haven Hospital, Florida. While in the Zone,
she worked for the military at Fort Amador and Fort
Clayton. She was the wife of Kenneth (Zip) Zipperer
who worked for the Postal Division and passed away in
1956. They left the Zone in 1955 and settled in Winter
She is survived by a brother, R.A. Hammond of
Lakeland, FL., and seven nieces and nephews.
Letters to the Editor
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PANAMA
INSTALLS NEW OFFICERS
The American Society of Panama Installation Dinner
was held at the Executive Golf Club on May 18, 1990.
Ann (Wood) Suescum, Richard A. Wainio, Donna
Sanchez, Raymond Underwood, and Ambassador
Deane R. Hinton.
The new officers elected were, President, Raymond
Underwood; Vice-President, Ann Wood Suescum;
Treasurer, Richard A. Wainio; Secretary, Donna Sanchez.
The Guest Speaker was Deane R. Hinton, United States
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Spirits ran high at the R.H. Adams residence where
Jack Campbell's triumph in the Transcontinental Golf
Tournament was celebrated (circa 1964). Other entries
were R.W. Wheeler and R.H. Adams, runners-up, tied
with 312, and J.LH. Demers, 313.
THE JOHNSTONES DOINGS
Attended the second annual reunion of the Johnstone
clan at Kathie's in Huntsville, AL. A grand time was had
Number one grandson Matthew, graduated from high
school in May and entered the U.S. Navy on June 1,
hoping to study marine biology.
Seated: Granddaughter Elizabeth, Captain Hank,
Evelyn, grandson Charlie. Standing: Eileen
Johnstone Legg, Joe Johnstone, Kathie Johnstone
Whittier, kneeling: grandson Matthew.
We returned to Florida for our third trip as
"snowbirds" in January. We lunched with Judy and Jack
Stuart, dined with Mary and Bob Boyd and enjoyed
talking about the old days in the Zone. Golfed with Nita
Schwartzman and friends. Enjoyed the weather. Hank
had emergency open heart surgery in March at Largo
Hospital, aneurism repair and single by-pass. Our visit
had to be extended so he could fully recover before
We arrived back home in Bricktown, NJ and Hank
is fine. He walks two miles a day and will soon be picking
up the golf clubs again. The care he received at Largo
Hospital is worthy of note...excellent all the way around!
We are very grateful for the way things turned out. We
purchased a double-wide mobile home on Crystal Lake
in Pinellas Park. We have our own dock and Evelyn and
Nita have a grand time cannonballing into the fresh water
We are now official snowbirds and hope that some
of our old friends will contact us during the winter
months in Pinellas Park.
DUES ARE DUE FOR 1991 ON OCTOBER 1, 1990
The Dothan get together was such fun and so
rewarding to those of us who hadn't seen each other in
so many years, it might even have been called a teaser. It
left us wanting more so a couple of us, with Dr. John
Clark at the helm serving as cheerleader, instigator and
address locator, dared to hope that we could find a
nucleus of people in our surrounding states who would
not be flocking to the big "DO" in Florida. We received
positive responses even from those with previously made
plans, but who indicated they would like to be on our
next years calendar and we'll start earlier.
We chose June 30 as the date and the Hyatt
Regency, Baltimore's Inner Harbor as the place to meet
for lunch. We ate up on the top floor overlooking the bay
and its lovely sights, with the Navy's oldest flag ship The
Constellation in the foreground looking beautifully ship-
shape, waiting to be toured and some of us did.
I'm sure the luncheon menu offered many delicacies
- the Maryland Crab Salad was "to die for" almost as
good as Corbina!
We were a small group but we made up with
enthusiasm where we lacked in numbers.
Olive (Kalar) Krouse made the drive from
Springfield. Len was unable to be with us. She was her
cute, lively self. Bill Logsdon and his beautiful wife, Gwen
made the not-too-large trek over from Arbutus,
Maryland. He claimed as a rule they don't venture out
too often, preferring to stay home. Hopefully they will
now look forward to other gatherings. Bill's smile could
light up a room, hope he plans to shine on us. Warren
Cain and his better half, Frances, came down from Bear,
Delaware. Mixing 'n matching was obviously a familiar
kick for him.
Jane (Tompkins) and handsome hubby Les made the
short jaunt from Annapolis, Maryland, where they are
currently living waiting for their new house to be
completed. We had last seen them in Dothan where one
of us (this klutzy writer overlooked a cinder block) and
wound up in the Flowers Hospital with a badly broken
wrist. Not only was I absent from some of the festivities
and the renewing of old friendships, but I learned while
in the hospital of the death of dear friend Blanche
(Adler) Browne's beloved Carl. We will miss him for the
fine person he was and his great "Bajun" joke telling; he
was the best. We'll miss him.
John Clark, the eminent cosmetic surgeon drove
from Hagerstown, Maryland, to serve as host over the
goings on. He was accompanied by Shirley (Jennings)
Erickson who had driven to his house from Carlisle, PA.
We were delighted to have a friend of Johns join us for
lunch at the last minute. She had lived on the Zone for
eight years and felt she did not qualify to be among us -
not so. I hang my head in shame by having to admit her
last name never got to the end of my table From now
on we will have an official signing-in. Her first name was
There were ten of us vicing to speak "a mismo
tiempo." We played, "did you know, did you ever, and do
you remember." Nostalgia was the name of the game. We
could all relate stories about the Clubby, running out of
yards of commy book paper before next payday. Henry
Grieser insisting we do kicks at the side of the pool
before we could just playfully splash around (which one
of us is sorry now?); enjoying chocolas after school and
buying that wonderful home-made fudge that was in the
big jar on the counter that we tried to make last through
the movie, and you knew Bernice was there when you
heard that laugh.
To fortify our own childhood memories of another
time and place and to prove we had really been there "for
true, mon," we shared show and tell treasures which we
passed around with interest and affection. There was a
large portion of a Panama Railroad tie. I imagine all of
us have fond memories of the train, usually to take us
from our ship at vacation time and those trips evoke
other memories. There was a prize moment of a heavy,
solid brass ashtray from the old Chagres Society. Several
books were passed around, one of Sue Core's collection
of Jamaican stories and a book written about Panama
published in 1913, given to Shirley Erickson by good
friend, Nancy (Norton) Carter.
We talked about the Panama Canal reunion being
held on September 7 and 8 at Tannersville, PA. in the
Poconos at the Best Western. Most of us are planning to
go to find some new/old friends. Nothing of material
value means anything compared to friends we have
known, or could have known, as children. I for one place
them at the top of my priority list along with our own
Believe that our little group agreed that whatever
effort it took to get us together was well worth it.
Hopefully we'll have "Inner Harbor II" next spring with
more friends joining us, appreciating how lucky we all
are. We were in total agreement that childhood on the
Zone or in Panama, where John and I lived, was happy,
carefree, healthy, safe and drug-free.
As the years pass we lose our partners and some of
our dear friends, all the more reason to relish the ones
who are here, not to wallow in the past but to remember
and bring joy to our lives.
Shirley (Jennings) Erickson
Linda Kleefkens, Tampa, Fl., and granddaughters
Stephanie, Renee Nellis and Jeanine Nellis
Each issue of the
CANAL RECORD is
eagerly welcomed by me.
I read it from cover to
cover as I appreciate not
only the news it contains
but also the interesting
articles and information.
appreciate it very much if
you would print the two
enclosed pictures in an
issue of the CANAL
RECORD. There is a
caption under each one.
Margaret King shows
off her newly adopted
Elyse Jaffe King.
NICE PRAISE FROM A NICE LADY
Congratulations to those who participate in the
assembly and production of the CANAL RECORD. The
photographs are priceless!
I lived in Balboa, Canal Zone from 1915 through
1950. I am a graduate from Balboa High School, Class of
1922. This was the first class to have graduation exercises
on the Canal Zone and was held at the Hotel Tivoli. In
previous years, these exercises were held in the National
Theater, Panama City, R. de P.
Wishing you continued success in your endeavors, I
Irene (Wright) Hollowell
FROM MARY C. PASCAVAGE
Just "recovered" from a visit with Eric Fennell, who
was here on leave from Germany, where he is currently
stationed in the Air Force. We went over to the Norfolk
Naval Base to visit with Junior Bryant, who we hadn't
seen in a few years. It was just a small reunion for us,
since none of us were able to make it to Orlando for the
BIG ONE! Junior is in the Navy stationed here in
April 12, 1990 Court House
Judge James Onion poses with James M. King, Alice
L. Jaffe, Leigh Elyse Jaffe King, and Jesse Nolan
Jaffe King following the adoption of Leigh. James is
the son of Margaret M. King and the late James O.
The adoption of my granddaughter, Leigh Elyse Jaffe
King, was a special occasion indeed and I would like to
share it with those who remember me.
I wish it were possible to attend a Panama Canal
Reunion, but I can only be there in spirit. I enjoy reading
about this event in the RECORD.
Thanks for your fine work.
Margaret M. King
EUGENE BURCH CLASSMATES?
Eugene Burch, BHS '58, resides at a Veterans
Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a double
amputee and continues to fight effects of severe diabetes.
He is buoyed by the news that he will become a
grandfather soon, but he would enjoy hearing from
friends and classmates. His address: Eugene Burch, VA.
Hospital, Ward 4B, Rm 125, 2100 Ridgecrest Drive S.E.,
Albuquerque, NM 87108. (505) 265-1711.
Junior Bryant, Mary C. Pascavage, and Eric Fennell
at Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, Va. Junior is currently
stationed on the ship in the background, the USS Iwo
I should also be getting another visitor in July, Allen
Dekle of Tampa, Florida. He will be doing his two weeks
of active duty for the Naval Reserves at one of the Naval
bases here in Virginia Beach. Not too many people make
it up this way, so it is nice to see them when they do!
I just wanted to say hello to everyone who I haven't
seen or talked to for a while. I'll be sure to make it to
the next reunion.
Mary C. Pascavage
Virginia Beach, VA
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JUNE!
to June (Foster) Trim
who celebrates her 40th
birthday on September 7,
June, your sister
and family join together
to wish you a Happy
younger than ever.
CONNERTONS TIM BROWN MEET
Pictured here is Tim Browm, (1987 Heismann
Trophy Winner and currently a Los Angeles Raider),
Rita Kotchick, visiting from New York, Jake Connerton
(2 1/2) and Bliss (Morris) Connerton.
Tim's brother works with Bliss and arranged a visit
where they received the red carpet treatment.
L-R: Rita Kotchick, Tim Brown w/Jake Connerton
and Bliss Connerton.
SLOW ME DOWN
Slow me down, Lord, I'm going too fast;
I can't see my brother when he's walking past.
I miss a lot of good things day by day.
I don't know a blessing when it comes my way.
Slow me down Lord; I want to see more of the things
that are good for me. A little less of me and a little
more of You.
I want the heavenly atmosphere to trickle through. Let
me help a brother when the going's rough; when
folks work together, it ain't so tough.
Slow me down, Lord, so I can talk with some of Your
Angels. Slow me down to a walk.
FROM MILTON & CHUBBY WRIGHT
We do miss the Canal Zone Society Reunions of Florida
but have many good memories of those we attended in
the 70s and 80s, and the many friends we had the
pleasure of seeing. It was great seeing so many in a short
We are doing okay for "old folks." Milton has had a
few problems but we get out every day that the weather
permits. He is doing alright but not able to do much. He
loves to go for drives and get out to see what is going
on, and I like to drive but don't drive at night. The
population has increased so much here and traffic is so
thick on all roads and freeways that it isn't safe as it
was when we retired 26 years ago!
Milton and Chubby Wright
MILLS FAMILY REUNION
Robert "Bud" Mills, former Chief of the Detective
force with the Canal Zone Police Division in Balboa, and
his wife, Eve Mills, had the pleasure of having all of their
seven children together for the first time in 23 years, with
their spouses and children.
Front: Sandy Holterhoff, Kay Walker, Donna Mills,
Matriarch Eve Mills and Sharon Lloyd. Back: Rick
Mills, Patriarch "Bud" Mills, Buddy Mills, and Ron
The family of four girls and three boys included:
Sandy (Mills) Halterhoff of Chicago, IL; Kay (Mills)
Walker of Balboa, R.P.; Donna Mills, Chicago, IL,: and
Sharon (Mills) Lloyd who came from Kansas. Also Rick
Mills from Indiana, with Buddy Mills and Ron Mills,
both are residents of Panama.
The reunion was held at Bud and Eve's residence in
Valrico, Florida, with over 30 family members present. It
was a large and happy group, reminiscing, catching up on
family news, and getting acquainted with the children. A
great time was had by all.
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JUST WEATHERING ALONG
HP"ur v .
Mary Jo Yeager, Bates Weiman (aunt), Flora Belle
The enclosed snap is just to show how we have
weathered the passing years. Bates, is Fred Huldtquist's
Mary Jo Yeager
Doris Peters (Blue Rapids, KS) formerly of Balboa,
flew to Virginia to visit two of the three children and
Back: Douglas and Christian. Front: Doris, holding
Stephanie and Shelbie Peters, Kimberly and Samuel
Sue (Peters BHS'72) Carroll and three of her 4 kids
(Christian, Samuel, and Kimberly) along with myself, my
wife and our two met at the Richmond International
Airport on June 13, to greet Sue's eldest son Douglas
and grandma Doris whose plane arrived on time believe
it or not. Douglas was ending a several day vacation with
grandma and grandpa on the Kansas farm. After
spending time together at the airport, I "Mom-knapped"
my mother and we all headed to our own homes.
The following week, after draining all available
energy from Mom, we drove to Sue and Rick's (BHS'71)
home for a short visit before Mom had to return to her
home in Kansas. I also had an important weekend to go
to in Orlando.
One day (hopefully soon), grandpa Virgil and my
brother Stan (BHS'76) of Pensacola, FL., will be able to
join us for a family get together.
Scott E. Peters
Newport News, VA.
Mrs. Deya Morales, of Lakeland, Florida, was again
"hostess" to quite a troop during the Annual Panama
Canal Society Reunion.
In attendance during the week, were daughters, Edna
(Morales) Foster and Dennis Foster with sons Jason and
Robert of Orange Park, FL., Yvonne (Morales) Arable of
Marrero, LA., Luella (Morales) Womble and Colin
Womble of Lakeland, FL., son Ralph A. Morales, Jr. of
Stockton, CA., granddaughter Kimberly (Didier) Clowers
and Gordon Clowers of Miami, FL., and family friend,
Beverly (Dockery) Vaughn, of Douglasville, GA.
Back L-R: Dennis Foster, Edna (Morales) Foster,
Gordon Clowers, Kim (Didier) Clowers, Ralph A.
Morales, Jr., Yvonne (Morales) Arable. Front L-R:
Jason Foster, Mrs. Deya Morales.
Good times are what dreams are made of,
Our past marks the end of a golden age,
But, the memories hang around of the old Isthmus Town,
And the place we call home on the Zone.
We recall all those memories, both good and the bad,
But, the things that we dwell on are good times we had..
Like a walk on the Causeway as the ships pass you by,
Or a trip to Fort Morgan where the buried ships lie.
Yes, we all shared the Good Life, and never untrue
To our glorious Homeland and the Red, White and Blue.
We now share a bond of memories past,
And we praise our Society for making dreams last,
A toast to the future for all of our kind,
And never forget what we all left behind.
by Dick Duncan
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
A DOUBLE-TAKE LICENSE PLATE
1st row: Dot Herrington, Carolyn Johnson, Jane
Huldquist, Marie Dube and Issy Gibson. 2nd row:
Mary Lou Lang, Edie Cotton, Al Dube, Nancy Van
Siclen, Marge Foster, Bob Van Siclen, Fred
Huldquist, Pete Foster and Bob Herrington. With the
group, but not pictured are: Peter Panagotopulos,
Betty Snow and Nealie Van Siclen.
The Panama Canal Society Bowling Group was
started under the direction of Bob and Dot Herrington
on April 2, 1990. They bowl every Monday starting at
3:00 p.m. at the Major League Lanes in Clearwater. Just
show up or call Bob or Dot for information at 796-
888120. Everyone is welcome!
David English, Judy Nash English, Matthew, Peggy
I'm sending you this photo for obvious reasons!
Hope it can be in your next issue. Caption should be: If
you're driving on the Virginia Peninsula and do a double
take on this license plate, it belongs to Andy Nash
English, shown here with sons David and Matthew, and
mom, Peggy Nash.
Ft. Monroe, VA.
FOUR GENERATIONS CELEBRATE
Ruth (Moody) Bollea holding granddaughter, Brooke,
Brooke's father, Terry (Hulk Hogan) Bollea, and
great-grandmother, Vernice Moody.
ANOTHER FOUR GENERATIONS
L-R: David Boyd, Del Rio, CA., Olga Holmes, Aiken,
SC., Carolyn Morris, Augusta, GA., holding grandson,
Derek, son of David Boyd, and Donald Boyd, Cane
Junction, OR. David and Donald are the sons of
1. Steven Calvit arrived in Panama in 1906. Was
employed as a blacksmith. Retired in 1929.
2. Son, Charles Calvit arrived with his father in 1906.
Was employed as a boilermaker. Retired in 1945.
3. Charles Calvit's daughter, Virginia Calvit, was born in
Ancon Hospital. Married Harry Pearl who was
employed by the Engineering Division and retired in
1968. Virginia worked for Coupon Section,
Commissary Division and retired from Dept. of
Defense in 1965.
4. Virginia and Harry Pearl's daughter, Linda Pearl, is
still working in the Personnel Division of the Panama
Canal Commission. Married: Dahlstrom.
5. Linda Pearl Dahlstrom's son, Richard Dahlstrom is
still working as a teacher for D.O.D. Panama Area.
84 years of roots is mighty hard to give up!
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GUARDIANS OF HISTORY
Dateline: September 1, 1939 Balboa, Canal Zone, R. de P.
Mr. Ben Williams Sr., Superintendent of Schools, reports a
record enrollment in all schools. The start of schools was
delayed one day awaiting some 250 vacationing families
returning from New York aboard the S.S. Ancon. The
steamship was delayed off Norfolk, Virginia, to avoid a late
season hurricane. He further reported that there was an
outbreak of hazing on board ship; a practice that he said
must be abolished. Canal Zone upper classmen have
traditionally captured incoming freshmen and cut off all
their hair. Mr. Williams stated that he deplores this practice
of shaving the heads of freshmen and labeling them
"scobies" to humble them for their first days in high school.
This is how it all started the birth of Balboa High
School Class of 1943. We first convened in the white
three-story quad building on the circle at the North end
of the Prado, under the watchful eye of the
Administration Building. The school building was solid
reinforced concrete, capped with a red tile roof and
surrounding a cool tree-filled courtyard. Most of us
walked to school from nearby housing in Balboa and
Balboa heights. Others came by bus and train. The
warning bell rang at 20 minutes to 8:00 each morning to
giver students time to start to walk and arrive by the 5
minutes before eight tardy bell. Those entering in the
front of the building were always greeted by the freshly
hoisted American Flag. This huge flag flapped its
cheerful greeting yet reminded each student of their
unique patriotic birthright. Later, this very flag would be
an incident preserved in history. Each day the building
would gather us, and our teachers, into its privileged
sanctuary shielded from the world itself. Each day, we
learned our lessons and were also instilled with a set of
treasured values to guide our very lives. For us, this
building was a haven or even, perhaps, a heaven. If the
building was our heaven, then, certainly Sigurd E. Esser
was our God with Harold "Zip" Zierten the Archangel
Who were we, this embryonic class of 1943? We
were many kinds, sorts, types and genesis. Most of us
were the sons and daughters of the men who operated,
maintained or serviced the operation of the Panama
Canal the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Others were
the sons and daughters of the Army and Navy who
defended and protected the Canal. There were a few
tuition students from Panama and of special contractors
servicing the Canal Zone. Most of us were native born
"Zonians" with parents adopting the Canal Zone as their
home. We brought together a diversity of ancestries,
religions, ethnic, civil and social values into the cauldron
of life in Balboa High School. We slowly became bonded
together with the common cause of education and a
sense of comradeship growing from the experiences of
special people in a special place during a special time.
Certainly, the Canal Zone was some sort of a garden
of Eden for we high schoolers. Although devoid of
political self-determination, we trusted our benevolent
local government and an existence guaranteed by the
surety of the United States of America itself. In every
sense, we were colonists enjoying a high standard of
living without the responsibilities of private ownership or
the burden of taxes. We knew and appreciated that we
were being reared in a privileged environment.
Freshman year included many firsts. We paid our first
school activity dues for our newspaper, The Parakeet, for
admission to the annual school play at the Clubhouse and
attendance to the Freshman-Sophomore informal dance
at the Playshed. How timid we were at our first dance at
the Playshed. We walked to the dance in groups or were
dropped off by tolerant parents. The decoration
committee had lined the gym's posts with fresh-cut palm
leaves wrapped in twisted strips of crepe paper. We
danced to a live band of Army enlisted personnel playing
the latest "jive" music. How the perception of the world
had changed, when we first timidly held in our arms the
playmate with whom we had earlier played tag, or
softball or ring-a-levio. Our world of social consciousness
changed that night.
The world changed elsewhere. In the Fall of 1939,
Germany invaded Poland. As carefree Freshmen our new
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world of high school was still full of anticipation, exciting
new experiences and new friendships. In the back of our
minds, we knew that distant Europe was entering chaos
that would eventually embrace us all. But, like Scarlett
O'Hara, we said, "I will worry about it tomorrow."
In high school, we matured our race for education.
Miss Elinor Robson and Olga Frost taught us Spanish
and French. Ed Hatchett introduced us to higher math
and George Lee to science. Subert Turbyfill tried to
teach us to speak correctly and Beatrice Gardner to
appreciate art. We all loved our librarian, Margaret
Teegarden, and we "made beautiful music together" to
the leadership of Neal Branstetter. That Halloween was
especially good. Dick Cromer and a group of seniors ran
a piano wire from the school bell across the street to the
hill at the botanical gardens. That night they rang the
school bell for 45 minutes before the police entered the
building, climbed the bell tower and cut the wire. We
enjoyed the Christmas chorale in the school patio and
then the burning of dried Christmas trees jealously
gathered by "street gangs."
The summer of 1940 separated us into two groups.
Those whose families went on vacation in the States, and
those who stayed home. It was the first summer that any
of us were old enough to look for summer jobs. The
benevolent government did make a few temporary jobs
available but they were all pay-scaled to the "silver"
payroll. I remember earning $43.00 per month working
summers at the Transportation Division. The Recreation
Department provided summer sports classes at the
playshed mostly archery. There was always the town
swimming pool. At Balboa swimming pool, Henry
Grieser's specialty was his famous Red, White and Blue
Troupe and their pre-Olympic training. We ritually
attended the Friday night movie at the Balboa or Ancon
Clubhouse for our weekly dose of morality, spoon-fed by
movie westerns with good guys in white hats. Tom Mix
was passe. Hopalong Cassidy, as a stern moralist, was
just coming into full stride. The astonishing new
phenomena was a costume cowboy who could sing as
well as fight, named Gene Autry. Oddly, at the end of the
movie, he would shake hands with the rescued girl then
kiss his horse. Even as naive emerging sophomores, we
knew something was wrong with his priorities. If you
were lucky and had a dime, you could go to the Saturday
matinee to watch the serials before the movie. Matinees
were hot. The black curtains that blocked out the sun
also blocked the breezes, trapping the tropical heat in the
The start of our sophomore year, September 1940,
was full of new excitement. There was excitement
because of the many new students from the Third Locks
Project and from the expanding military presence. We
were no longer the lowly freshmen we were
sophomores and knew the ropes. We welcomed the new
"Army brats" with tolerant curiosity. We were puzzled by
the new Navy kids, an unknown phenomena. The Third
Lock Project brought new families with strange dark
clothing, different accents and big city backgrounds. They
bussed in newcomers from new towns Diablo, Curundu,
Naval District and an expanded Albrook Field.
Sophomore year was busy with new activities, new friends
and our first formal dance at the Tivoli Hotel. There was
now tentative excursions to the beer gardens the El
Rancho, the Atlas and the Balboa. The talk of war in
Europe was distant and remote from our carefree days of
learning and yearning. We were in prime time and very
much alive. But, our world shattered like a crystal wine
glass at the resounding voice of our president shouting,
"Infamy a day in infamy!" It was December 7, 1941. The
broadcast was greeted with personal fear but also with a
quiet resolve. As sophomores we were old enough to
realize we were also "Zonians." We too shared a heritage
to operate and defend the Panama Canal for the needs
of our nation. Each of us waited, that night of December
7, listening for the planes, looking for the searchlights
and the expected explosions. We only heard the sirens of
our military forces going on full alert and the rounding
up of known Axis sympathizers. The sirens also wailed
away the frivolity of our youth but replaced it with a new
sense of purpose for completing our education and
serving our nation.
That summer, jobs were plentiful because of the high
pace of construction and military activity. However, some
families went to the states on vacation and chose to
remain in its safety for the duration. Some fathers were
called to active duty, but most were asked to stay on their
'essential jobs of running and supporting the Canal." We
started our junior year with new attitudes and new
priorities. Our typical high school social life was seeing
new challenges. We organized and learned new skills to
parade as members of the Canal Zone "Victory Corps."
We invested our class treasury in War Bonds. We added
Red Cross First Aid training and had mock disaster drills
where we bandaged each other on the ball field. We
trained in Morse code and as Air Raid Wardens. We
built air raid shelters and practiced extinguishing
incendiary bombs. Despite war preparations, times were
still exciting and good. All school activities took on a new
excitement. A few cars entered our lives with older
brothers and upperclassmen who had turned the required
18 years of age. Far Fan Beach and Chiquita Pool and
the air conditioned Lux Theater were now within easy
reach. Other older brothers and sisters drifted away to
serve in the Armed Forces. We now experienced grief as
we mourned for friends that had been killed in the war.
In contrast, Tivoli Hotel dances were at their best and
the El Rancho, the Atlas and the Balboa were our
regular social haunts. Toward the end of our junior year,
a new type of person entered the Canal Zone it was,
"The Boy Next Door." The crusty, ostracized, twenty-
one-dollar-a-month soldiers had been shipped out and
were being replaced by fresh-faced kids not much
different from ourselves. New young officers, shipped
down for duty, were bringing new life to the Officers
Clubs and stealing our dates, and even rescuing some
teachers from spinsterhood. New service and social clubs
were opened. The old taboos, separating military from
civilian fell like dominos.
Our senior year was a year of contrasts. We had the
happy excitement of a new school building yet the serious
contrast of war. In Junior High School we had endured
the constant pounding of the pile drivers as it prepared
the footing for the new high school. Now it was finished.
We abandoned the old courtyard building for the new
high school just across the way. We were elated. It even
looked like a school should look in the States. It was a
long, three-story building with roll-out windows, excellent
labs, a tiered lecture room and a beautiful central library
with a secluded balcony. We were proud that we would
be its first graduating class. Our Senior year was a year
of frustrations and decisions what to do after
graduation? Girls had to consider work, Jr. College at
home or college in the States, or even marriage. All we
fellows faced military service. Join Now? Finish school?
Get in a year of college first? Apply for OCS or an
Academy? Shall it be the Army, Navy, Air Force,
Marines or what? The war has become real to us. The
commissary shelves were frequently almost empty. Each
torpedoed ship may have been carrying our missing
supplies. We could see the damaged Navy ships creeping
through the Canal with huge canvasses covering gaping
wounds of tortured, blackened metal. We saw the mile
long column of troops marching to Ft. Amador for relief
from crammed troopships. The Balboa ship yards were
always floodlit and noisy. The barrage balloons, and the
airplane snare cable at Pedro Miguel were constant
reinforcement of the fear of air attack. Yet we enjoyed
our friendships and maintained all school social activities
sharing our thoughts, dreams and apprehensions. The
Little Theater put on Once and For All and The
Wiffenpoof. The music chorale was This is America
presented on Pan American Day.
Dateline: June 4, 1943, 8:00 P.M. Friday evening, Balboa Clubhouse.
The Balboa High School Class of 1943 having met the
academic requirements established by the Superintendent of
Schools of the Panama Canal Zone are herewith granted
diplomas certifying said achievement.
How proudly we marched up, then down the aisle of
the Balboa Theater. We marched while our school
orchestra played Pomp and Circumstance. The
commencement program listed 145 of us, but there were
many who could not be there. This was the last time for
us to be together as the Class of '43. We whooped with
joy of our accomplishment, accepted the accolades of our
parents and friends and charged off to various
What we did not know at the time was that we also
charged off with a valuable treasure the treasure of a
fortune in friendships a fortune that time cannot waste
away. The Canal divided the land so that the world could
be united. Let us be blessed knowing that by lands we
may be divided, but by friendships we will always be
united. This friendship is the treasure that we have
always carried with us since that evening of June 4, 1943.
We also now carry a newer responsibility. As our
parents before, and we ourselves, have lived, benefitted
and accepted the administrations of the government of
the Panama Canal Zone, we became "de facto" citizens of
that government we became "Zonians." That
government is no longer viable. That "country," the Canal
Zone no longer exists. Yet our earned birthright as
Zonians we carry forever. We carry the responsibility to
perpetuate this birthright so all men will know of the
achievements of the "ditch-diggers" and the successes of
that society. We, and others like us, carry the
responsibility to be the Guardians of this piece of history.
Dateline: June 22, 1990 Orlando, Florida.
It has been 47 years and 18 days since a group of 143
graduating young men and women marched together in a
hot, frame theater on the Isthmus of Panama. They
scattered wide into a worn-tor world with no promise ever
to meet or reunite again. Throughout these years they have
been bound by a vast webbing of friendships. Most strands
of the web are tightly stretched some are broken. Today,
here in Orlando, the web gathers into itself once again. The
web of eternal friendship reunited them to renew their
bonds and celebrate their being bonded again.
Ernest E.(Bud) Pierce
Balboa High School Class of 1943
Sea Level Canal Project, Miraflores. 1st row, L-R:
Charles E. Lee, W.D. Johnston, Jr., Rex V.
McKinley, Edward A. Shultz, J.S. Meyers, Robert
Chriss, George Roats, James E. Young, Francis
Haynes. 2nd row L-R: Curtis Bliss, Thomas Millett,
Herb Hinklemier, Richard Beall, Harold Lindsey,
Melvin Goldstrohm, Fred Ponce, Robert O'Connor,
Peter Bengsten. 3rd row L-R: Jerry Fagg, Emil
Chauvin, Loy Bates, R.W. Gulbransen, Dallas
Watkins, Loren Eric, Robert Anderson, James
Stuart, John Presley, Edward Lucas. Circa 1948.
This badge was found at Oldsmar Flea Market (Florida)
by Chris Skeie, local member of the Society. What is
the story behind it and how did it get there?
The Balboa Boys Band was organized the first week of January, 1926. Officers are J.H. Poole, president; Capt. M.
Peterson, vice-president; B.T.Betz, Secretary-treasurer. These officers and M.M. Jacques and L.R. Smith form a
board of directors. Herman Webel, band leader, 4th Coast Artillery Band, Ft. Amador, is teacher and director. The
following boys are members of the band: Robert Adams, Robert Bardelson, Sam Bardelson, Jr., Nathan
Bickford, Stanley Butler, Joe Byrne, Hal Cooper, William H. DeVore, Bernard Everson, Richard Grimson,
Charles W. Harrison, Robert Hazeldine, Charles Hummer, Donald Jacques, Gerald Maiers, Robert Marstrand,
Felix Murray, Elmer Orr, Jack Poole, Harry Preston, David Smith, Edward Smith, Stanwood Specht; Charles
Williams, William Willoughby, Karl Winquist, Norman Zidbeck and George Lowe. Mascot: Herman Webel, Jr.
Most of the band instruments were ordered through the Panama Canal from the U.S. Army Quartermaster's Depot
at Philadelphia. Twelve or 15 boys have gone to the United States during the school vacation, but it is the intention
of those remaining here to carry on the work, with possibly two rehearsals a week instead of one. By the end of the
year the Pacific side will have a Boy's Band which will be a credit to any community. Thanks are due to Col. M.L.
Walker, Governor of the Panama Canal and other officials for secuting the band instruments, which were sold to the
boys' parents at cost plus the usual handling charge. Without this assistance it is most certain that there would not
have been a band. Much credit is due Herman Webel, the director, for his patience and skill in instructing the boys.
THIS WAS PANAMA
This might be titled "Further Recollections of a
Canal Zone Childhood" or "Rambling Reminiscences of
Flora and Fauna."
Though some would deny it, it was indeed a rare
household in the 1930s that was completely free of
cockroaches. There is a tender age before squeamishness
is learned and it must have been during this period that
the Great Cockroach Races took place. We still had coal
bins under the concrete four-families in those days and
they were good roach stables. We rounded up some of
the big fellows and everyone chose a racer. The course
was the length of the kitchen linoleum. It was hard to
keep the racers on the course and occasionally one would
fly off in a huff. This was not a sport in which mothers
could take pleasure.
It was also in this period that we collected the eggs
of the little brown lizard from cracks in the bark of a fig
tree. These were carefully laid in cotton-lined boxes and
placed in a dry closet to incubate. Sometimes the wee
lizards would emerge sooner than anticipated and escape.
Then there would be a desperate search to find the
fragile little fellow and then release them outdoors before
they perished. These remain the only lizards I can
consider socially acceptable.
Speaking of roaches, one of the hazards of going
barefoot outdoors after dark was the danger of stepping
on one of the giant, not big but giant, hard shelled type.
Rounding up the cats in a dark basement before bedtime
could bring one into contact with a variety of creeping
things, but worst of all was the moment of "scrunch"
when that ages-old horror put itself under a naked foot.
It was almost enough to make one wear shoes. An
ordinary bath was not enough you wanted to slough off
the tainted skin and grow a new layer. No doubt none of
my contemporaries remember such things. It is not
compatible with graying hair.
Another threat to bare feet was a nasty little booby
trap known as cow itch. This plant thrived particularly
well on the site of the old Balboa steam plant. Although
we knew it grew there, we would hop along dodging
stickers, another pesky plant, and hop hop into the cow
itch. We would squirm, jiggle and scratch and finally run
for the nearest supply of liniment. This treatment was
based on the fight fire with fire theory. At least the
liniment burned evenly. The risks never outweighed the
pleasure of bare feet, however.
The tiny red pepper was another plant which could
produce anguish. The wary did not bite more than once.
I saw the peppered apple trick played on a youngster
who no doubt was singled out only because he was small
and gentle. A plug was carefully cut from a shiny red
apple, a tiny pepper was placed in the hole, the end of
the plug was cut off and the plug was replaced. The
effects were every bit as dramatic as expected.
Apparently a certain percentage of children go
through a mad-for-horses phase in extreme cases there
is also the act-looks-and-smells-like one phase. I can
recall no riding clubs in the Zone in the 30s. Most of the
lucky few with horses kept them at the Canal corral. One
of the exceptions, Jackie Worsley, and I worked out a
mutually advantageous arrangement. In exchange for
taking care of Dynamite, a native horse that was three
parts horseflesh and one part wily orneriness, I was to
ride whenever I wished. Every day I trotted over to the
Union Oil tank farm, watered and brushed Dynamite and
then staked him out in fresh grazing. I would carry his
rope from the water hose, from which he had learned to
drink, out to the grazing while he plodded along behind
me. There I would slip the nose over his head and leave
him contentedly browsing. A few hours later I might
receive word that he had slipped his noose (he could do
it at will) happily kicked up his heels between lanes of
traffic on La Boca Road, and had last been seen
munching on someone's lawn in the Flats. Then I would
have to trudge out and put an end to his fun. For some
reason the noose was never tightened.
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Someone brought some of the little Galapagos
Islands penguins to the Zone and they remained for
some time in an outdoor pen beside the parking lot on
the Tavernilla side of the old Balboa Clubhouse. They
had a small pool in their pen but it must have seemed a
poor puddle after the deep cold waters of the Galapagos.
Some of the boys delighted in sneaking them out of the
pen and into the swimming pool. What the penguins
thought about this has never been revealed but I hope
that they found these excursions welcome interludes in
the monotony of a captive existence.
How long the annual Christmas tree burnings have
been a tradition on the Canal Zone I do not know. I
suppose the obvious answer would be, "as long as there
have been Christmas trees." At any rate, by the 1930s it
was a well-established custom.
In those pre-war days a neighborhood tree burning
was not a quiet affair organized by the adults for a ring
of admiring kiddies. Parents provided refreshments and
enough supervision on the big night to prevent property
damage and any inadvertent barbecuing of toddlers. The
children who had passed an anxious week foraging for
trees and guarding them whooped it up around the
bonfire like happy little savages.
Even before Christmas, neighborhood youngsters
made the rounds obtaining promises of trees. No
discarded tree remained in sight long. It was whisked
away to a hiding place by the first child that spotted it.
Maids' rooms, garages, and hallways were filled and
caches were made in the woods on Ancon Hill and in the
sawgrass on Sosa Hill. All this was organized activity on
a neighborhood basis with one or more of the older boys
assuming recognized leadership.
Credit for accumulating the greatest number of trees
usually was given to the San Juan Hill gang. They were
considered a tough gang to steal from and successfully
hiding and guarding one hundred Christmas trees is no
mean feat. My own Tavernilla Street was fairly successful.
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In retrospect, it seems as though we rode wherever
we wanted. Aloha on her Little John and I on Dynamite
would tear up the sod on the Prado with embarrassment
to no one but my older brother, who was at a self-
conscious age and would look the other way in hope that
no one would know I was his sister. My only
embarrassment came when old Dynamite would stop in
the middle of Balboa Road, stare down the traffic and
refuse to budge until he felt he held the stage long
For reasons unknown to me, there was a deer pen on
the side of Sosa Hill behind Balboa Clubhouse. Not all
the deer were in the pen. They used to cross back and
forth between Ancon Hill and Sosa Hill late at night. If
dawn found them on Sosa Hill they would remain
couched in the high grass until evening. The land license
gardeners dug deer pits in hope of obtaining venison and
we considered these pits a menace. What the gardeners
thought of us is another matter.
New Quarters Balboa, looking North (1917)
I remember best the year that the late Lewis Prager
was captain of my neighborhood. Our raiding parties
ranged over all of Balboa. We filled the available maids'
rooms and a garage, and faced with the problem of
finding additional space, Lewis obtained permission to
store our trees in the basement of the Scottish Rite
Temple. This was a definite advantage since once we
were able to get the trees there without being
intercepted, they were safely locked away.
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Santa Clara Casino Restaurant menu. "It ain't goin' to get no better than this." Wouldn't you travel 75 miles for these
prices? This menu must have been printed around 1930s.
DUES ARE DUE FOR 1991 ON OCTOBER 1, 1990
There seem to have been no rules except to avoid
giving injury. Anyone's trees were fair game and once a
gang had begun to accumulate them, members of other
gangs tried to locate the hiding places. We watched
everywhere for the telltale traces of pine needles and
tinsel. When a cache was located, a raid would be
planned, usually at night.
Most of us were fairly familiar with the backyards
and basements through endless games of kick-wicket,
ring-o-leaveo (or something that sounds like that), hare-
and-hounds, etc., with friends around town. Irate fathers
lacked this advantage and found it unwise to give chase.
On one occasion of a snatch from a hallway in the Flats
papa came bellowing after us and was laid out by a low-
hanging wire clothesline. When he was able to breathe
again we were gone.
I do not recall any real violence between members of
opposing gangs. The strategy was to move in quietly and
if a cache proved to be guarded, we hoped that surprise
would permit some of the trees to be carried off. If the
opposition was too strong, we retreated. After all, we
were stealing from our friends. In fleeing from an
unsuccessful raid on Morgan Avenue, one of our gang
unfamiliar with the area ran head first into a wall and
was captured and left tied hand and foot in a driveway.
Half an hour's wiggling stretched the rope and the
prisoner went home chagrined but unharmed.
Some of the younger members of our gang worked
out a plan that we thought was especially clever. That it
was also thoroughly dishonest and unfair was not
considered. Knowing that the Empire Street gang had
trees stored in the Ridge family's garage, we proceeded
over there after supper and suggested to the Empire
Street guards that we make a joint raid on a cache on
Amador Road. They unwisely decided to leave their own
trees unguarded while on this expedition. When silently
loping through the dark backyards of Empire Street, it
was easy for our own group to double back and make off
with their trees. Although not happy about it, our Empire
Street friends were good sports and we never received
the trouncing we deserved.
On the night set for the burning, the trees were
brought to an open area in the neighborhood. The older
boys carefully built up the high pyre that was to make the
spectacular blaze for which we had worked so hard. To
have burned all the trees one at a time would have taken
away much of the excitement of the evening. Not all the
trees went into the initial blaze but there were enough to
The completed pyre was surrounded by fire fighters
and fired at the base. As the flames roared upward
through the dry trees, light spread until a pillar of flame
shot higher than the rooftops and surrounding great
trees. Then the entire neighborhood was illuminated.
This was the moment of glory for young fire worshippers.
When the blaze shrank back and lost its magic, all
the children big enough to pick up a tree had the
privilege of adding one to the fire. One by one the
remaining trees were thrown into the flames and the
dancing, leaping, and war whooping around the fire
began. When the fire at last sank down enough to be
leaped over, the festivities were ended. This still seems a
much more sensible secular celebration of the ending of
one year and beginning of the next than the asinine
behavior of many adults on New Year's Eve.
by Ruth C. Stuhl
Star & Herald
December 29, 1963
DUES ARE DUE FOR 1991 ON OCTOBER 1, 1990
BHS/CHS CLASSES OF 1952
Virginia Selby Entrekin, BHS'52 class secretary,
announces the BHS'52 is looking for officers of CHS'52
for possible get-together in '92. If interested, Virginia
asks that you please send your ideas and suggestions to
the Louisiana-Mississippi reporter, Patt Foster Roberson,
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714, phone (504) 774-
CHS CLASS OF '62
PLEASE RESPOND!! If you are serious about our 30th
Class Reunion, contact:
Edna G. (Morales) Foster
1540 Pawnee Street
Orange Park, FL 32065
30th FOR '61
WE'RE HAVING A PARTY
WHO: C.H.S. CLASS OF 1961
WHEN: IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PANAMA
WHERE: TWIN TOWERS IN ORLANDO.
WHY: BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T HAD ONE YET!
If memories of Pina Beach still stir on the backroads
of your mind, then you should contact one of the
P.S. Families of our 1964 Classmates Please send us
their address of have them get in touch with us. Thanks!
BHS CLASS OF 1971
We are in the process of planning our 20th class
reunion which will be held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion. Please send
your name and address (as well as any of our classmates)
to one of the following contacts:
Shirley (Bonneau) Camby
2391 52nd St. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Panama Canal Commission
Office of Port Engineer
Hilda (Saborio) Boseman
379 Avenida Abetos
San Jose, CA 95123
Rt. 1, Box 312-C
Bluemont, VA 22012
314C Acacia Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Katie (Oliver) Haas
912 Jackson Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Janie (Souder) Small
544 20th Avenue North
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 34635
28 Ocean Shore Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
Pass the word to all our classmates so we can hoist a few
to good old C.H.S. and Mrs. Smith.
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C.H.S. CLASS OF 1961
REUNION REGISTRATION FORM
Please make _pre-registrations. Fee of $20.00 each.
Total enclosed is: $
Send form and checks payable to Hilda (Saborio)
Boseman, (Treasurer), 379 Avenida Abetos, San Jose, CA
Zip Telephone: e:_ _
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BHS GOLDEN CLASS OF 1964
We wanted to give you lots of time to save up your
sheckels...the celebration of the Thirtieth (30th)
Anniversary of the Graduation of the Balboa High School
Class of 1964 is tentatively scheduled to be held in San
Diego, California, the summer of 1994. Please keep in
touch if you are interested in attending. We would like
to keep our list updated so please send your name,
address and phone number (especially if you have
moved) to one of the following:
If you're willing to donate your time with the reunion
activity committee, please let us know. We look forward
to seeing everyone on '91!
CHS CLASS OF 1971
We are organizing our 20th year reunion! Please
send us your names, addresses and phone numbers so
that we may contact you. Anyone with the knowledge of
the whereabouts of our classmates and friends, please
drop us a line and let us know.
Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, friends, we need
your help. Thanks!
1301 W. Meadgreen Dr.
Austin, TX 78758
Chris (Bailey) Mott
5474 Bellefield Dr.
Theodore, AL 36582
Hila (Lyman) Hanly
2921 Sycamore Springs Dr. #190
Kingwood, TX 77339-1303
BHS CLASS OF '76
We have it on good authority that Helen is anxious
to put together plans for the 15th Reunion of the BHS
'76 Class for 1991. Please write to: Helen (Malin)
Christiansen (BHS'76), 11293 Derringer Circle South,
Jacksonville, FL 32225.
BHS CLASS OF 1981
Carole (Salonick) Barber
404 Marble Cove Way
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Jane (Holgerson) Thompson
476 East Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92714
We are organizing our 10-year reunion. Please send
names and addresses to: Maritza Reyes, 4814 Northdale
Blvd., Tampa, FL 33624. (813) 968-2885.
CHS CLASS OF 1981
We are beginning to make plans for our 10-year
reunion! Presently we are trying to locate any classmates
interested in attending a reunion and/or are willing to
help plan a class reunion!
Please contact us if you are interested or if you have
addresses of other classmates.
Melissa (Knoop) Thacker
234 S.W. 305th Street
Federal Way, WA 98023
Stacey (Follett) Stilley
San Antonio, TX 78253
A NOTE OF THANKS
I would like to thank all those special people who
assisted me in fulfilling my responsibilities as the CHS
Coordinator of the CHS/BHS 1949-50 Joint Class
Reunion in Orlando this year. This includes many thanks
Jay Stewart, Reunion Coordinator
Pat Beall, Editor of the Canal Record
Marge Foster, Society Secretary/Treasurer
Bea Gunn and Joan Arndt, BHS Coordinators
Jane Huldtquist, my cousin.
My heartfelt thanks are also extended to the CHS
Reunion Committee who made the success of our
Reunion and "Conjunta" possible.
Pat (Casswell) Stuller
Jean (Dough) Judge
Frances B. Whitlock
!Una infinitiva de gracias, mis amigos!
Jackie (Whitlock) Werbrouck
CHS 1945-50 Coordinator
PBS BACK-TO-BACK VIDEO TAPES
AVAILABLE ON SALE
Several members have called and written the
Louisiana reporter expressing interest in getting copies of
the recent back-to-back PBS documentaries, "A Man, A
Plan, A Canal, Panama" with David McCullough, and
"Giving Up the Canal" hosted by Edwin Newman. She
learned that video cassettes are available. "A Man..." is
$99 + $3 shipping from Coronet Films, 108 Wilmot,
Deerfield, IL 60015, phone 1-800-621-2131. "Giving Up..."
is $59.95 + $8.50 shipping and handling from PBS Video,
1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314-7963, phone
1-800-424-7963. Printed transcripts are $5 each ---"A
Man..." from WGBH, NOVA Transcripts, Box 322,
Boston, MA 02134; "Giving Up..." from Dr. Churchill L.
Roberts, Chairman, Communication Arts, University of
West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL
PCSOFL ANNUAL PICNIC
The Panama Canal Society of Florida will hold its
annual picnic starting at noon, Saturday, October 6, 1990
at Bay Pines War Veterans Memorial Park, Shelter #2.
Bay Pines Park is located on Bay Pines Blvd. in St.
Shelter #2 has ample parking, handicapped drop-
off, and rest rooms close to the shelter. There is also a
playground across the parking lot.
Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish
and your own soft drinks. The Society will furnish plastic
plates, utensils and paper cups.
Members are reminded that the Park does not allow
alcoholic beverages on the premises.
GAMES AND PRIZES!
A short business meeting will be held after
SPACE COAST PICNIC SEPT. 16
The annual Space Coast Panama Canal Picnic will
be held on Sunday, September 16, at Kiwanis Island
Park, Merritt Island, Fla., starting at noon.
All Panama Canal retirees, as well as former and current
employees of the Panama Canal Company, residents of
the Canal area and Panama, along with their families
and friends in the area, are invited to attend.
The picnic is sponsored by Central Brevard
"Zonians". Picnickers should bring their own food and
The Kiwanis Island Park turnoff is located on the
left, a short distance East of Merritt Square Mall, on
Merritt Island Causeway (SR 520), at a traffic light. A
large sign indicating the turnoff can be seen from both
sides of the highway.
Further information can be obtained by calling the
Browns, (407) 453-1375, the Klasovskys, (407) 452-5162,
or the LaCroixs, (407) 452-1425, in Merritt Island. Janice
Herring (407) 783-4316, in Cocoa Beach; or the
Grimisons, (407) 777-5762, in Satellite Beach.
GULF COAST PICNIC
A no-host, potluck picnic will be held starting at 11:00
a.m., Saturday, September 29, at the Davis Bayou
Campground, Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Hwy.
90, Ocean Springs, Miss. Ex-Zonians in the area or
passing through are invited to attend.
For those with trailers or RVs, Davis Bayou has
campsites with electric and water hook-ups and a dump
station. For camping details, please contact the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500
Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
For any further picnic details, please contact Gerda or
Owen Smith (601) 542-3441. If you need a ride or have
room to offer someone a ride, please coordinate with
state reporter, Patt Roberson, (504) 774-7761
PCSOFL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
December 8, 1990
3535 Ulmerton Road
Begin the Holiday Season by attending our own festive
Luncheon/Meeting at the Holiday Inn chaired by
Muriel Whitman, on Saturday, December 8, 1990.
The Holiday Inn is located next to the Showboat Dinner
Theater on Ulmerton Rd. (State Road 688).
The Luncheon/Meeting starts at 12:00 noon. The cost
per person is $11.25. The menu consists of : Tossed
Salad, Tender pieces of Tenderloin in a Burgandy wine
Sauce served over Buttery Egg Noodles, Roll and
Butter, Beverage and Dessert.
The deadline for reservations is December 4. 1990.
NO REFUNDS after December 5, 1990.
Make your plans now to join us and get in the Holiday
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HOLIDAY LUNCHEON RESERVATION
December 8, 1990
Holiday Inn, 3535 Ulmerton Rd. Clearwater, FL.
Please make reservations at $11.25 each.
Total enclosed Is: $___
Mail to, and make checks payable to: Panama Canal
Society of Florida, PO Box 1508, Palm Harbor, FL
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The Panama Canal Society of Arizona will hold its
Fall, 1990, luncheon-meeting at the Sunland Inn, Arizona
City, AZ, halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, on
Saturday, October 20, 1990. The no-host bar will open at
11:00 a.m., and the hot and cold buffet will be served at
12:00 noon, followed by election of officers. The cost per
person is $8.50, which includes tax and gratuity.
Checks should be made payable to Panama Canal
Society of Arizona, and should reach the Treasurer,
Beverly (Englebright) Fraim not later than October 15,
1990. Mail checks to Beverly Fraim, c/o Pima Savings
and Loan, Pantano and Wrightstown Roads, Tucson, AZ
Directions: Take Interstate 10 to Sunland Gin Road,
about 1/8 mile south of junction of 1-10 and I-8. If
traveling south on 1-10, Sunland Gin exit is the next exit
after passing the 1-8 junction. If traveling north on 1-10,
Sunland Gin exit is the exit just before the junction with
1-8. Sunland Inn can be seen from this point on the east
side of 1-10.
All former Isthmians, from wherever they reside, are
Traditionally, the Panama Canal Society of Florida
has held its September meeting in conjunction with a
luncheon in the Sarasota area. Unfortunately, due to the
inability of the Exeuctive Board to get a chairman for this
event at this time of year, the September Luncheon will
not be held in Sarasota.
We do, however, wish to hold an event in Sarasota
and would appreciate anyone interested in chairing such
an event to contact the Secretary, Marge Foster, (813)
HILL COUNTRY XMAS PARTY
The Zonians Hill Country Christmas Party will be
held December 1, 1990 at thge Red Lion Inn in Austin,
Texas. Reservations are required. Notices for
reservations will be mailed out around the end of August
so contact the party committee if you have changed your
address and to get on the mailing list.
Committee members are: Thelma and Harry Chan
(512) 832-0573, Georgia Corin (512) 339-4342, Jack
Morton (512) 250-1182.
RAMS FAMILY GET-TOGETHER
Type of Function, Undecided
Need Information/Suggestions from
Coaches, Coordinators, Cheerleaders,
Players, Friends, Opponets, Sponsors
CONTACT: Dick Gayer
135 Wedgewood Drive
Torrington, CT 06790
PANAMA CANAL WEST COAST REUNION SEPTEMBER 28, 29, 30, 1990
998 WEST MISSION BAY DRIVE
SAN DIEGO, CA 92109
MAIL ROOM RESERVATIONS DIRECTLY TO HOTEL
NUMBER IN PARTY
ORGANIZATION: Panama Canal West Coast Reunion
RATE: SINGLE DOUBLE
ALL RATES SUBJECT TO 9% ROOM TAX. PLEASE ADVISE OF LATE ARRIVAL
ENCLOSE FIRST NIGHT ROOM DEPOSIT
ROOM RATES: SINGLE: $66.00; DOUBLE: $70.00
THIS IS A SPECIAL RATE; AFTER AUGUST 29, ROOMS SUBJ. TO AVAILABILITY
LIVE MUSIC BY TITO MOUYNES OF PANAMA
Deadline for reservations is September 18, 1990. Mail checks to Panama Canal West Coast Reunion, c/o DAVID
LANE; 603 1st Street, #515, Oceanside, CA 92054. Make Checks payable to REUNION ACCOUNT.
DINNER/DANCE: $35.00 PER PERSON
10% off full table purchased by one person
Deadline: August 28,1990
NAME AND ADDRESS OF EACH PERSON:
BREAKFAST: $12.00 PER PERSON
Table of 10 @ 10% discount $315.00
After Sept. 18, $39.00
Friday, September 28 11:00-8:00 Registration and open bar (Hospitality Suite)
Saturday, September 29 8:30 AM Golf Tournament Tecolote Canyon Golf Course $18.00
9:00 4:00 Registration and open bar
6:00 8:00 No host bar and dinner ballroom
8:00 -1:00 Dancing to the music of TITO MOUYNES
Sunday, September 30 10:00 AM Registration Ballroom
10:30 -1:00 Breakfast; film or talk; music by TITO MOUYNES
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: CONTACT; DAVID LANE (619) 434-9710; KEN AND CELINE STONE (818) 361-
1964; KATHRYN MOLINARO (714) 927-2908; DAVID HOLLOWELL (619) 424-5704; TOM AND MARIAN RICE
(213) 662-0547; RAE DONALDSON (213) 439-0804; CONRAD AND NORMA HORINE (818) 895-1681.
FOR MINI REUNIONS AND OTHER GOLF INFORMATION; CONTACT CONRAD HORINE
The golf tournament will be played at The Tecolote Canyon Golf Course, formerly the Sam Snead Golf Cousrse. The
total cost is $18.00 plus carts (if you want one) at $15.00. Starting time is 8:15 a.m., Saturday, September 29, 1990. So we
must be ready to leave Bahia by 7:45.
While we have not finalized the details, we will probably include the following: closest to the hole; Low Gross Men;
Low Gross Women; Longest Drive.
Please complete the form below and mail to Conrad Horine
Conrad Horine, 16136 Lassen Street, Sepulveda, CA 91343: Enclosed please find my check for the following to play in
the Golf Tournament:
DUES ARE DUE FOR 1991 ON OCTOBER 1, 1990
Are any Zonians, besides me, also Mensans? Is our top
2%-ness due to quality education and environment? Are
you curious about how many other Zonians are also
"gifted"? Call or write Betsy Barbeau, POB 11353,
Raleigh, NC 27604-1353. Phone: 919/878-0031.
- 20% OFF
FLEECE SHIRTS 72,00
Specify: Crew or "V" Neck
3/4 or Long Sleeves TOTAL ORDER
Colors: Red, Gold, Turquoise, Royal Blue, Black,
Grey, White, Raspberry, Hot Pink.
Sizes: S,M,L,XL,& XXL (Specify Men's or Women's)
Prices include handling & shipping
1603 Skyhawk Rd.
Escondido CA. 92029
1 ZONIANS FRIENDS CLASS REUNIONS
PETER W. FOSTER
2389 Citrus Hill Rd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
TOURING ZONIAN AMIGOS STYLE
AN INTRODUCTION TO EUROPE
About 22 days
Cruise The Rhine River Past The Castle-Crested Cliffs And The Lorelei!
EUROPE 1991 NON-BINDING PRELIMINARY REGISTRATION
Tour limited to 40 persons and a minimum of 30 persons
RESERVE SPACES FOR (1/2/3/4) PERSONS.
]PLEASE ADD THE FOLLOWING PERSONS TO THE ZONIAN AMIGOS LIST:
(Attach their names and address on a separate sheet).
FLORIDA RESIDENTS: I am interested in short two or three day trips.
(e.g., St. John's River Cruise, St. Augustine Tour, etc.)
MAIL TO: Pete Foster, 2389 Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor, Florida 34683
Men' s ?
Si W7 o LJ/-men's ?
ALWAYS SEEKING Fine & Unsual:
BOOKS ON PANAMA
AND THE CANAL
in ALL languages & disciplines. New, used, out of print, scarce & rare. Z
(Please file for future reference)
LATIN AMERICAN BOOKS
B sBox 39090
Washington. D.C. 20016
From the earliest Spanish-language imprints thru the Society of the Ohagres Yearbooks & even runs of
the Canal Record, etc. We could use several copies of Sanuel Lewis' Retazos for stock, for example.
LAB has the nation's largest stock of books in all disciplines on latin Anerica, the Caribbean, Spain & Portugal, &
the Hispanic U.S. From individual o.p. titles, no matter how obscure, to entire collections, on hand or built to
order. Wouldn't some handsome favorite from yesteryear appeal, to enlighten your children & delight your friends?
Gift & presentation books a specialty. Why not write or call today: (202) 244-4173, Man.-Snm, round the clock.
Also: Large GenWl uock in l fields.
DUES ARE DUE FOR 1991 ON OCTOBER 1, 1990
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 1/2 x 1" (1/20th) page is $4.00. 1/5
page is $16.00, Half page $40.00, Full page is
$80.00. Write for COMMERCIAL AD RATES (for
ROCKIN' THE CROSSROADS
^l(C T SHIRTS
J Commemorating C.Z. Bands
Red & Black on Yellow
$10 plus $2.50 shipping
Size L (some M & XL avail.)
C B STEVE CARTOTTO
PO0 Box 894
No. Hollywood, CA 91603
WANTED: From BHS and CHS chairpersons, a copy,
please, of your yearbook update or printed program as
distributed to class members at your get-together. We are
collecting them in the interests of future historical
research. Please send a copy to: Patt Roberson, 2801
Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714.
FOR SALE: Two-weeks Time Sharing. (26-27). Dover
House A1A Delray Beach, Florida. Cost $15,000. Will
sell for $8,000 or make offer. Returning to Old Country.
Sleeps 5 adults 1 Bedroom. Josephine P. Young, 3725
North Ridge Drive, Richmond, CA. 94806. (415) 223-
MOLAS IN MINIATURE!
Hand stitched by Kuna
(=Cuna) Indian women of
Panama, these colorful MOLA
PATCHES (2 1/2 4 inches in
diameter) make unique (and
useful*) gifts. The diversity of
designs of birds, fish, insects
plus other tropical wildlife
captured on each appliqued
patch mirror the life
experiences and imagination of
their Kuna creators.
City State Zip__
Please send me mola patch(es) (prices listed
$4.00 each for 1 4 patches
$3.50 each for 5 11 patches
$2.50 each for 12 or more patches (a 37 1/2% I
Michigan residents add 4% sales tax. All orders
postpaid. Enclosed is a check or money order for I
$ .payable in U.S. funds to PUERTO PANAMA.
Send PUERTO PANAMA (Dept. S) THANK YOU
order Route 1, Box 63 for your
to: Calumet, Michigan 49913 order!
S*A FREE color post card showing the wide diversity of
mola patch designs and a brochure including
suggested uses comes with each order as does a
GUARANTEE of returning your order within 30 days of
receipt for a complete refund if it doesn't meet your
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DUES ARE DUE FOR 1991 ON OCTOBER 1, 1990
-This fare applies only to active
members of the Panama Canal So-
-The Copa portion of the trip must
start in Miami.
-Passengers must request tickets,
detailing name, address and phone
6485 NW 20th St.
Office Suite 105
Miami, Florida 33122
-Please allow two weeks to process
-The tickets will be delivered prior to
your departure at Copa's Ticket
Counter at the Miami International
Airport. All tickets must be canceled
upon receipt (major credit cards are
This is copa NOW
-All reservations should be made
directly by calling 1-800-FLY-COPA or
-For the status of your ticket, prior to
your departure, please contact:
Ms. Mellie Barral
Phone (305) 871-1783
FAX (305) 871-1785
COMPANIIA PANAMERA DE AVIACION.
FOR SALE: Panama Travel poster, laminated; Bateas
by D. Chiari; Cannon balls (San Lorenzo); Senapi
ceramics; Mola towels and place mats; framed Napoli
and Tivoli prints; Ecuadorian oil paintings; Chinese
made rug 12x15; Brazilian leather furniture; Jade
tree/fruit; San Bias design gold jewelry; Huaca jewelry;
Linen, crystal, china; Chinese hardware (drawer pulls,
etc.); Wooden roses; CZ books and Last Day of
Operation stamps; Garden seat (brass cut-out design);
Antique copper umbrella stand; antique rocking chair;
Many other items. M.E. Banks, 1657 Killean Ct.,
Apopka, FL. Ph (407) 889-9284. Exit 1-4 at Altamonte
Springs/Apopka, NEAR ORLANDO.
WANTED: Canal Zone license plates sought by hobbyist.
All years wanted. Also want plates from U.S. Military
bases (Azores, Kagnew, Germany, etc.) Call or write
Steven West, 3998 11th Street N.E., St. Petersburg,
Florida, 33703. Phone: (813) 895-3218.
MOUNTAIN HOME FOR SALE: Beautiful view
overlooking the Pisgah National Forest and Mount
Mitchell Golf Course, one of the finest in North
Carolina. Settle in and enjoy nature as it was created on
three acres of lush mountain top. Three year-old custom
built home, 2,800 sq.ft., 2 master bedrooms,
greatroom/modern kitchen/dining area with stone
fireplace, 600 sq.ft. deck on two levels, laundry room
with washer and dryer, microwave, refrigerator with ice-
maker and lots of extras. If interested, please call Pam
Rowe Herold during working hours at (704) 373-0544
or evening (704) 664-6960.
FOR SALE: Seal of the Canal, counted cross stitch and
needlepoint kits. Cross stitch is $15 plus $1.50 for
shipping. Needlepoint is $27 plus $2.25 for shipping.
Jeanne Wheeler, 12504 Wild Turkey Lane, Bayonet Point,
FL. 34667. (813) 863-1489.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO MEMBERS
THAT THE DUES YEAR HAS BEEN CHANGED TO OCTOBER 1 SEPTEMBER 30
FROM JANUARY 1 DECEMBER 31
THE FOLLOWING CHANGES APPLY ONLY TO MEMBERS PAYING DUES FOR 1991;
Members who have paid dues for January 1 December 31, 1990, the dues for dues year 1991
(October 1 September 30) shall be $11.25.
New members for 1991 will pay $15.00.
All renewal and new members will pay $15.00 for 1992 beginning with dues year October 1 -
DUES REMINDERS WILL NOT BE MAILED REMINDERS WILL APPEAR IN THE
JUNE AND SEPTEMBER
ISSUES OF THE CANAL RECORD
THE DECEMBER CANAL RECORD WILL NOT BE MAILED TO MEMBERS STILL DELINQUENT
AFTER OCTOBER 31, 1991.
ADDRESS CHANGES MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OFFICE,
BOX 1508, PALM HARBOR, FL. 34682 AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE MAILING
OF EACH CANAL RECORD TO ENSURE DELIVERY SINCE THE POST OFFICE WILL NOT
FORWARD SECOND CLASS MAIL!
PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR POST OFFICE IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING DELAYS
IN RECEIVING YOUR CANAL RECORD!
RENEWAL APPLICATIONS AND ENVELOPES ARE ENCLOSED IN EACH CANAL RECORD
ISSUE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE AND WILL ASSIST THE SECRETARY IN KEEPING
YOUR RECORDS CORRECT AND UP TO DATE!!
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
PO. Box 1508
Palm Harbor, Florida 34682-1508
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on
Form 3579 to Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682
2nd Class Postage
At Palm Harbor,
And Additional Entry