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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
Physical Description:
v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla


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General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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University of Florida
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FOR 1990-91

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
Past President

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Legislative Representative

Mr. Harry Foster
Sergeant at Arms

Mrs. Betty Malone


The President's Message. ...................................... 1
From the Secretary .................................. ....... ...... 2
The Editor's Corner .......................................... 3
Legislative Report ........................................... 4
Reunion Coordinator's Notebook ................................ 6
Proposed Amendments ........................................ 7
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...................... 15
A activity R report ............................................. 17
R etirem ents ............................................... 21
"And the Memory Lingers on" .................................. 21
"Friends of Panama" Report ................................... 23
N ews Clips ................................................ 25
W here Are You? ........................................... 28
Your Reporter Says ........................................ 29
Alabama ................. 29 Mississippi. ............ 45
Arizona .................. 30 New Jersey (See Activities)
Arkansas .................31 North Carolina .......... 47
California ................. 33 Northwest .............. 48
Colorado ................. 34 Oklahoma .............. 48
Florida ................... 34 Panama ................ 50
Georgia .................. 40 South Carolina .......... 53
H awaii ................... 41 Texas ................. 54
Indiana ................. 42 Virginia ................ 56
Louisiana ................. 43 The Younger Generation ... 57
Congratulations ............................................ 59
Weddings ................................................. 65
Births .................................................... 69
W ith Deep Sorrow .......................................... 71
Letters to the Editor ......................................... 78
Looking Back .............................................. 82
Announcem ents ............................................ 86
For Sale or W anted ......................................... 92

Keystone Club..........94 Zonian Amigos..........94 Latin American Books...........92
Horine Travel.......93 Puerto Panama.......92 Kaw Valley Films & Video..........93

FRONT COVER: Montage created by Capt. Bradley Pearson, (BHS'41) of
Alameda, California. Brad has been providing us with the Christmas cover now for
the past several years. We appreciate his hard work.
BACK COVER: Another of the many designs Capt. Pearson has created for use
in the Canal Record. A time consuming job much appreciated.


December 1

December 2
December 7

December 8

December 13
January 11

February 2

March 2

April 6

May 3

Zonians Hill Country Christmas Party, Red Lion Inn, Austin,
Texas. (See Announcements).
PCSSC West Coast Luncheon, Knotts Berry Farm, 10:30 a.m.
Aiken, S.C. Christmas Lunch, Houndslake Country Club, starts
at 1:00 p.m.
PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon/Meeting, Holiday Inn, 3535
Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater, FL., 12:00 noon.
Dothan, Alabama Christmas Dinner Dance, Holiday Inn (South).
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. Covered dish.
PCSOFL Carnavalito! Howard Johnson Hotel, 3600 34th St. S.,
St. Petersburg, FL. 6:00 p.m. Music by LUCHO!
PCSOFL Sarasota Luncheon/Meeting, Royal Marine Room,
Sarasota Tower, corner of US 41 and Gulfstream. 11:30 a.m.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St. N. St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. Covered dish.
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Coach House Restaurant, 1900 4th
Street N., St. Petersburg, FL. 11:30 a.m.

zonE Is The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

En (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
O To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships

The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, April, June, September and December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
Second Class postage paid at Palm Harbor, Florida and additional entry.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Fla. 34682.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interest of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society
and will be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for
advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
2389 Citrus Hill Road
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625


The holidays are once again upon us which marks
the half way point for our year.
We are continuing our preparation for the 1991
reunion in Orlando. The hotels are quite anxious to have
us back and making every effort to make this reunion
even better than last year. The hotel reservation forms
are in this issue in the yellow pages. Please read the
instructions carefully and fill out the form completely.
Our Reunion Coordinator, Mr. Bob Van Siclen and his
assistant, Nancy Van Siclen, have taken a great deal of
time to make the instructions and forms easy to read and
easy to follow. Please be sure and make your reservation
for the day you plan to arrive and mark that date on your
calendar. Changing your arrival date without notifying
anyone will not only result in your losing your one night
deposit, but you will also lose your reservation. So, mark
your dates carefully.
Our Secretary, Marge Foster, has been busy with her
assistant, Nancy Van Siclen, renewing memberships.
Please make note of the notice in this issue that if you
have not paid your 1991 dues, this is your last issue, so
mail in your dues today; you certainly don't want to miss
out on the reunion information that is contained in the
We were sorry to hear of the passing of "Pop"
Ebdon. We are truly thankful to the Ebdon family for
allowing us to honor "Pop" at our 1990 reunion. He will
be missed.
Unfortunately at our August and September monthly
meetings, we failed to have a quorum. Both of these
meetings were held at HD Cafeteria and were held on a
Saturday. We have received comments from members
that they did not like the food at HD Cafeteria. However,

the meetings remained scheduled at 1:30 p.m., thereby
allowing those members who did not wish to eat the
opportunity to eat elsewhere and then come to the
meeting. It was also mentioned that some members just
did not like HD Cafeteria for a meeting and there were
also comments that members do not like having meetings
on Saturday. At the February 6, 1989 meeting, it was
voted by the membership to have some of our meetings
on Saturday so as to afford our younger working
members the opportunity to come to our meetings.
Unfortunately, the attendance by our younger, working
members has been minimal and left the Board faced with
what to do about our meeting dates.
The Board has at meetings in the past, looked to the
membership for suggestions or ideas to make the
attendance at our meetings increase. We have had more
covered dish luncheons and guest speakers and have
decided not to return to HD Cafeteria. The Board has
tossed around a number of other suggestions, one of
which is to only have a meeting every other month. We
now look to you for your suggestions, ideas and support.
The Board has, for the past year and one-half, taken
great pride in bringing our business to the membership.
This organization exists because of you, the members.
Without you, the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
will cease to exist. Not having a quorum at the meetings
stifles the business of the Board. We were not able to
complete the Nominating Committee this year until
October. This is normally done in July or August. The
Nominating Committee is very important to our
organization because it will select prospective officers to
carry on the traditions of the Society. Despite personal
feelings that members may have about this Board or the


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past Boards of our organization, it truly is a show of the
genuine concern, or lack thereof, of the perpetuity of our
organization, when members either choose to attend our
meetings or not. Therefore, I would urge all of those
members in this area to attend the meetings; they are for
you and will allow this organization of ours to continue
to prosper.
The Central Office Committee has been diligently
searching for a suitable space to house our office and I
believe we have found one. We were directed by the
membership at the Annual Meeting to have an office by
December 31, 1990, therefore a final report will not
appear until the March issue. The Committee, along with
the Board, has been reviewing a number of options and
will make the best decision possible, keeping in mind the
needs of our organization, our officers and cost.
I am happy to report that the Articles of
Incorporation and By-Laws for a Panama Canal Society
Foundation are completed and are being reviewed by an
attorney for submission to Tallahassee and Washington.
The establishment of a Foundation is an idea that has
been tossed around for quite some time now due to the
fact that the American presence in Panama will soon
cease to exist and the memorabilia will be harder to find.
I have received letters from members with artifacts who
are looking for a place to house these items. It is our
hope that with the establishment of a Foundation, we will
be able to fund a museum to house the items exclusively
from the Panama Canal and Panama. The Articles of
Incorporation and By-Laws total 31 pages, so it does take
some time to complete the process, but we are looking
forward to its anticipated completion. In the meantime,
if you have items that you would like to donate for
historical purposes, please contact Mr. "Kibby" Bouche at
1750 Faust Street, Englewood, FL 34224. Mr. Bouche is
working on a Panama Canal exhibit with the Museum in
Ft. Worth and is always looking for memorabilia.
The October picnic went off without a hitch. The
Chairman, Skeeter Camby, and his wife, Shirley Camby,
worked very hard along with the Hospitality Chairman,
Dorothy Pate, to make sure that everyone had enough to
eat and had plenty of fun.
Muriel Whitman is finalizing plans for the December
Luncheon. It is going to be a great way to start off the
holidays. Muriel always puts so much of herself into the
Christmas Luncheon that all who attend can't help but
have a grand time and get into the Spirit of Christmas.
Vickie Sizemore and her committee have been busy
with plans for Carnivalito, putting an attractive package
together. Lucho will be playing for our dancing pleasure
and arrangements have been made for discounted hotel
room rates. For those members who expressed an
interest in having the reunions moved back to the winter
months, this is a prime opportunity to have a mini-
reunion without the heat of summer. Please be sure and
read the instructions and information in this issue and
send in your reservation forms as soon as possible. The
reservations are limited to 500, so be sure and mail yours
I was very pleased to receive a call from Sheila
Taylor from Sarasota. Sheila answered our ad for a
chairman for the Sarasota Luncheon. The Royal Marine
Room in the Sarasota Tower will be the setting on March
2, 1991 and it promises to be a most enjoyable afternoon.
Reservation forms are also in this issue, so be sure and
send yours in without delay.

By the time this issue is mailed, my husband Larry
and I will have been to Panama and back. We are going
for a trip following Thanksgiving. It has been 11 years
since I have been "home" and although I am preparing
myself for the changes, I can hardly wait to go back.
Larry has not been to Panama other than on a Zonian
Amigos cruise last year. WE are both quite excited about
the trip. My thanks to COPA Airlines for offering the
special fare to our members. WE received many inquiries
about COPA so it appears that a great number of our
members took advantage of this opportunity.
If I continue much more, I will be in the dog house
with the Record Editor so I best end my report. My most
sincere wishes to all of our members and their families
for a very Merry Christmas and my wishes that you feel
the Spirit of Christmas throughout the New Year.

Betty L. Frassrand

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We had hoped our full page reminder to the
members concerning renewals would get their attention
but unfortunately, we had to return hundreds of $15
checks for the correct amount of $11.25. We started out
refunding the overpayment, but it really messed up our
bookkeeping and to give a credit would have only
compounded the problems next year. Sorry for the
inconvenience to everyone concerned.
We are already realizing the advantages of changing
the dues year; the Reunion Coordinator has been
furnished a list of paid up members for 1991 and can
begin verifying hotel reservations as they come in, first
come, first serve, so get yours in as soon as possible. If
your 1991 dues are not paid, your hotel reservation will
not be forwarded to the hotel. Also, please remember to
follow the instructions on who to make the checks out to.
The Reunion Coordinator has covered all these details in
the yellow pages (inserts) and it will save all of us a lot
of wasted time if you read the instructions before you
start filling out the forms.
We have had some problems with mail being
returned for insufficient address, no forwarding
addresses, etc., so please keep us up to date on your
address changes.
Please check the "Where Are You?" column
elsewhere in this issue and if you know of the
whereabouts of these members, please advise us.
I have been most fortunate to have Nancy Van Siclen
assisting me since July. She has been a quick learner and
a very competent person. We have been averaging 100
pieces of mail daily and we both have put in many extra
hours processing the mail and mailing out your 1991 dues

card in a timely manner. I would also like to thank Cel
Marceau, Dot Herrington and Bob Van Siclen for
helping to pick up the mail and open it on occasion.
Last but not least, I would like to publicly thank my
husband, Pete, who picks up the mail, goes to the bank
and runs many errands for the Society almost daily, puts
up with my long hours and the inconveniences in our
We will be heading for Texas to spend Christmas
with our daughter June and her family. May this holiday
season find all our members enjoying their families and
loved ones and may you all enjoy health and happiness in
Marge Foster
(813) 785-8555



To begin with, we have a whole new bunch of Area
Reporters who will be sending in their news some
already have. I have failed to mention that Mrs. Linda
Morris was elected to be the Reporter for the California
group replacing Kathryn Argo Molinaro. Sorry about
that Linda, it hasn't been a good year for me. Mrs.
Alfhild (Petie) Maedl has taken over the duties of Mrs.
Lenore Butz of Arkansas who wanted a sabbatical who
can blame her after all these years?; Mrs. Rachel Burke
has taken over the reins from Mrs. Glenda Kochel in
Virginia, who wanted to stay with her husband, newly
stationed in Ft. Knox;. Mrs. Sue Davenport has taken
over from Tom Pattison in Austin, Texas; Mrs. Carol
Vidaurri was elected for a term as Reporter replacing
Dr. Mary V. Graham in Oklahoma; Mrs. Niza Boyington
Greig has volunteered to fill the shoes of our dear friend
and associate who passed away recently, Mrs. Martha
"Mopsy" Wood in the Northwest. You have a big job,
Niza. We also have two brand new reporters and another
veteran returns. Our new reporters are Mrs. June
Stevenson for Georgia, and Mrs. Patty Kelleher
Arosemena for Tallahassee, Florida. Our veteran is Mrs.
Sandra "Sandy" Robinson who will again honcho the
Younger Generation column. We welcome you all. I
think it's great that you all have volunteered, showing
that there is an interest in sharing the news of your area
with all our members. Just to help you get acquainted
with them, I'll list their phone numbers so you can
contact them with your news:
Mrs. Maedl: (501) 442-5033; Mrs. Morris: (619) 272-
9729; Mrs. Stevenson: (404) 995-7537; Mrs. Greig: (503)
440-9248; Mrs. Burke: (703) 241-0971; Mrs. Robinson:
(813) 799-6421; Mrs. Arosemena: (904) 575-2277; Mrs.
Viduarri: (405) 942-3515.
We would like to remind our members to please type
your article or item of news you send. Sometimes, writing
is difficult to read and we have had to call several of our
members to clarify the spelling of a name or location. It's

The DEADLINE published in the Canal Record for
the 25th of the month, means that we must have it in our
little hands on that date no later. We have to conform
to the printer's schedule and submit as scheduled or we
will be put on "hold" for maybe days or weeks -
depending on their work load. We have even tried
accepting news MAILED on the 25th, but it does put a
strain on us and we're getting too old.

This chart shows the dramatic increase in membership
from 2374 members in 1980 to 5051 members in 1990,
more than doubled in 10 years. These figures are taken
from the September mailing label count each year, and
does not reflect the count for the remainder of the
year. This year, in particular, the count would have
been greatly increased due to new dues year where all
1990 members would receive Canal Records, as well
as all those new members already paid for 1991. It also
looks as if the Tampa-Orlando shift for our reunion
certainly increased our reunion attendance figure, to
4304 this summer. Now that we have broken the 5,000
barrier in membership, how far can we go?

I know it's a bore, but be sure to read and VOTE on
the Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws published in
this issue. You might be interested to know that the
Proposed Amendment #15, Article IV, Sec. 2b states
that the Secretary/Treasurer and Editor will be
APPOINTED by the Executive Board which means you
members will no longer have any say as to who is
Secretary/Treasurer or Editor. Also Proposed
Amendment #16, Article VI Sec. 6e states that neither
the Secretary/Treasurer or the Editor are allowed to vote
on Society issues any longer.
Read these amendments over carefully and make
sure you send in your ballot. Proposed Amendment #18
has been a long time coming.
Our December cover was done by Capt. Bradley
Pearson of Alameda, California, with some great help
from George Chevalier of Orlando, Florida and Mary
Coffey of the Canal Area. It's a labor of love to Brad,
and we certainly do appreciate his time and expertise to
provide us with a different cover every Christmas.
We hope you ALL have a very Merry Christmas and
a Joyous New Year, prosperity, and good health.

Pat Beall
Editor (813) 461-1377

jy Legislative


As we go to press the Budget issue is not completely
resolved and by the time you receive this December
issue, you will know what the final resolution was.
As far as our COLA increase is concerned, you will
also know what the outcome of that was. Back here in
October, it looks as though it will be 5.4%. I am very
optimistic that we will receive it.
You have received your brochures on your Health
Plans for the open season, and I would like to remind
you that December 10th is the deadline for making any
changes. Remember those of you who are presently
enrolled in the AFGE, NFFE, NAGE, NAPS, and GEBA
must select a new plan, as those five plans are dropping
out of the system this year, just as Aetna did in 1989.
Those of you who are Christian Scientists and are looking
for a plan that has a clause to cover your practioner fees,
please look into the Mailhandlers Benefit Plan. That is
only one that I am aware of that has this clause.
MEDICARE PART "A": I would like to remind
everyone that retired after January 1, 1983 that you are
entitled to Medicare Part "A" when you reach age 65, at
no cost. Please be sure to contact your Social Security
Office prior to reaching age 65.
MEDICARE PART "B": All retirees who reach the
age of 65 are entitled to Medicare Part "B" at a present
premium rate of $28.60 per month. With the finalization
of the 1991 Budget, this premium rate will probably
MEDICAL CLAIMS: The deadline for submitting
FEP claims for expenses incurred in 1989 is December
31, 1990. An expense is "incurred" on the date you
actually received the service or supply. You have until
December 31, 1991 to claim expenses incurred in 1990.
Under Medicare, you have 15 months within which
to submit claims. You have until December 31, 1990 to
submit Medicare claims for expenses incurred from
October 1, 1988 through September 30, 1989. Claims for
expenses incurred from October 1, 1989 through
September 30, 1990 must be submitted by December 31,
1991. Don't miss these deadlines. If you do, your plan (or
Medicare) probably will deny your claim and you will be
"out" the money represented by the claim.
In the September issue, I published information
concerning the addresses of the Office of Personnel
Management, and promised that I would give you
information concerning VA benefits. The following is
quoted from the Modern Maturity Magazine dated June-
July 1990, and I sincerely hope it will be of use to some
of you out there:
The following question was asked: My second
husband died last year and I've heard that I might be
eligible for VA benefits based on my deceased first
husband's service record. Is that so? I thought widows
surrendered VA benefits for life once they remarried.
The answer is: It used to be that a veteran's widow who
remarried lost all VA benefits permanently, but as of

1971 the law allows a widow who remarried, but who is
single again due to divorce, annulment or the death of a
second husband to reapply for benefits based on her first
husband's service. (This does not affect the status of a
veteran's divorced wife. She remains ineligible for
benefits based on her husband's record). There are two
separate programs of survivors benefits.
(1) Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is paid
to the widow of a serviceman (called a DIC widow) who
either died in service or later died due to a service-
connected disability after being honorably discharged.
The widow is eligible for compensation based on the
veteran's highest rank held in service. The 1990 monthly
benefit ranges from $564 to $1,550 and is not affected by
any other income a widow might have.
(2) The widow of an honorably discharged veteran
who died of non-service related causes and who had at
least 90 days' active service including a minimum of one-
days "wartime service" is eligible for a monthly pension of
no more than $377. But that amount is usually reduced
by other income (except welfare payments).
A significant, but little-known VA benefit available
to DIC and pension widows is Aid and Attendance
(A&A), available if the widow is in a skilled nursing
facility or nursing home, or otherwise shows need for
A&A due to medical conditions. This additional monthly
allowance for DIC is $169.00; pension widows receive a
maximum of $604. Housebound DIC widows may qualify
for a special monthly allowance of $83.00.
The above benefits are also available to widowers of
qualified veterans. For further information call the
nearest VA Regional Office.

Jane Huldtquist
Legislative Representative

OOPS!! Sorry June (Foster) Trim is NOT
forty. She says she has at least two good years
left before hitting the big one! So please
disregard the last Canal Record. (Page 76,
"Letters to the Editor.") OK girls, break it up.


For a good many reasons we try and save costly
printing and space in the Canal Record. At the same
time, we try and print what you would like printed. We
cannot, however, accept all the birthday notices and news
items sent in, although we appreciate your motive and we
do congratulate those whose birthday it is. If we were to
print the birthdays of all the members and families
during the year, we would print about 3,125 birthdays in
each issue. (Those born February 29 would only have one
printed every four years however). I think that when
some of the elderly (yeah, I'm one of 'em too) reach that
silver, gold or platinum anniversary, they deserve a little
notice for being able to cope all those years with the
rough life these days. Please cooperate and a happy
birthday to you too! Editor

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of the
Canal Record

If you have not paid your 1991 dues,
you NOW owe *1.25 plus 2.00 for late fee!

Dues reminders will not be sent to you this year
so please take advantage of the pull-out
envelope in this issue and send in your
dues payment.



PLEASE read the information in the yellow pages
Work on the 1991 Reunion continues at a steady
pace. Plans are falling into place so 1991 will be the year
for another great Panama Canal Society Reunion.
Chairpersons are busy working on arrangements for
their various functions. Betty Malone, Chairperson of the
Luncheon Committee has selected the menu to be served
at the Annual Luncheon.
There is always a need for volunteers to serve on
committees, and for members interested, the following is
a list of committees and names of chairpersons whom
you may call or write to express your interest in helping:
Registration Carolyn Johnson
Hospitality Pat Beall
Luncheon Betty Malone
Dance & Ball Stacy Parker
Sports Drake & Colette Carlisle
Golf Fred & Jane Huldtquist
Security Virgil "Skeeter" Camby

Reservations have already been made for several
high school reunions to be held during the 1991 Reunion,
and we await requests from others that expressed a
desire to hold class reunions. We do have space available
for other groups interested in getting together now that
the Convention Center is available to us.
Requests to hold non-society functions in a
contracted hotel during the 1991 Reunion must be
submitted, in writing, to the Reunion Coordinator, NO
LATER than May 1, 1991.
Vendors will have sufficient space to display and sell
their products. They will be located in a large room
which will be locked during non-vending hours. Vendors
tables will be assigned in the order Vendor Applications
are received.
Each of the hotels with which we have contracts has
done some redecorating. Society members who attended
the 1990 Reunion will certainly find the greatest changes
in the Twin Towers Hotel, where the redecorating of all

rooms has been completed, and all elevators are in
A full service restaurant; a "deli" style restaurant and
a lounge are now open. For members who enjoy disco
music and big screen TV, the lounge features a "Happy
Hour" with reduced drink prices and hors d'oeuvres each
evening, Monday through Friday.
Please note on the yellow HOTEL REGISTRATION
FORMS, members can indicate the choice of hotel by
placing a number (1, 2, 3, 4,) in spaces provided.
However, hotel reservations will be assigned in order of
receipt at the address of the Reunion Coordinator.
Checks for 1st night reservations MUST BE MADE
Contracts with each hotel specify that each hotel shall
send out confirmation of reservations. If a confirmation
notice is not received by May 15th, the member should
notify the Reunion Coordinator at the address shown in
the yellow pages or telephone 813-397-5366.
If you are not a member of the Society and are
planning to attend the 1991 Reunion, you should submit
an application for membership to the Secretary, P.O.
Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682-1508, between now
and the May 25, 1991 Executive Board meeting.
Marge Foster has told me that membership renewals
and new membership applications are being received in
record numbers. So, I suggest getting reservations in
On September 27, 1990, I was advised by the Howard
Johnson Hotel Management, that construction for an
additional 200 rooms will be started soon and will
continue through our reunion dates. However, this
construction will not affect the operation or services in
the Hotel.
More information on reunion activities will also
appear in the March Canal Record.
The 1991 Reunion Committees wish all members and

Bob Van Siclen
1991 Reunion Coordinator



After more than six years of rejections,
disappointments and waiting, I now believe that I have
found a home for our treasures, artifacts and
Approximately one year ago in September 1989, the
President of the North Fort Worth Historical Society told
me, "We will take it. All of it!" Since then I have made
several trips there, sometimes picking up material on the
way up and spending several days there each time. Mr.

Ken Hopkins, archivist, curator and historian for the City
of Fort Worth is on loan to the Society to aid and assist,
in any way, that will insure the proper storage, use, etc.
of all the material. He is familiar with all the latest
methods and will be in charge of the care, storage and
listing of all the "flat work" involved. (i.e. books, pictures
of all classes and types, maps, letters, diaries, slides and
newspaper clippings). The remainder of the material will
be used in the museum in displays in cabinets, or as
appropriate. For the present, "flat work" will be stored in
the Fort Worth Library. Much of it will be reserved for
study and research due to the deteriorating condition of
the material. Copies of all this should be available to the
public in the future.

The material to be put on display will not be the
entire collection at one time. It is planned to rotate the
subjects and material as to content and varying time
periods. At this time there is NOTHING of ours on
display, however a small amount of material is planned
to be displayed as soon as cabinets and space permit,
hopefully before Christmas.
At this time, the museum and I are "ready to do
business." If you have a small or moderate amount of
material you wish to donate, please send it to me for
identification and cataloguing. I will then ship it to the
museum. If your collection is large, please call or write
me so I may advise as to shipping arrangements. There
are no plans at this time for the Panama Canal Society of
Florida to pay for shipping OR forwarding (See
President's Message).
If you wish to make a cash donation, please make
your check payable and mail to: North Fort Worth
Historical Society, 131 East Exchange Avenue, No. 112,
Fort Worth, Texas 76106.

JANUARY 25, 1991
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Fort Worth Stockyards

The museum is located in the Exchange Building,
Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. It can
be reached from I-35W by getting off at 28 street NE;
going west for approximately one mile; turn left on Main
Street (south) and East Exchange Ave. will be the second
traffic light, where you turn left once more onto East
Exchange. The building will be on your left, after passing
a commercial block and the Coliseum. (28th Street is also
designated Highway 183 (state or county) and Main
Street is also designated Highway 287 (U.S.). The
museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. On Saturdays, from 10 a.m to 6 pm.

Adrien "Kibbie" Bouche
Panama Canal Historian

Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws


October 18, 1990
Members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Bylaws Committee, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Proposed amendments to the Society's Bylaws relating to officers, elected and appointed, and
standing committees.

The Bylaws Committee believes that these proposed amendments to the Bylaws, as revised by this committee with
the authors' concurrence, would improve the administration and operation of the Society and recommends their adoption.
Formerly, officers could absorb additional duties created by the ever-burgeoning Society, but now there is a need to
increase the number of Executive Board members. Having three Directors (formerly termed Board Members at Large),
who would perform assigned duties, will provide more flexible and efficient distribution of the work. This will allow the
other officers to concentrate on their own responsibilities.
By deleting the office of Historian and creating a Society History Committee, it was felt that the duties of Historian
could be better accomplished.
The voting members of the Executive Board would include Past President, First and Second Vice Presidents, three
Directors, Legislative Officer and Sergeant-at-Arms, the President voting only when it is necessary to break a tie. The
Secretary/Treasurer and Record Editor, being salaried officers, would not vote. The Chaplain, although not salaried,
would not vote, due to the specialized and limited function of that office. The Board, however, would still be able to
benefit from the guidance and expertise of these officers.
The procedures for opening and counting ballots for election of officers have been improved by allowing members
to witness the process at the general meetings.
The courtesy of granting lifetime Society memberships to Past Presidents is extended to include their spouses.
We believe these proposals would be beneficial to the Society and would facilitate the ever-widening responsibilities
of administering the ever-growing Society in an efficient way. It is the Committee's recommendation to members that
these amendments be adopted.
Respectfully submitted,


Beverly C. Williams, Chairman
Peter Foster
Sally O'Brien

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Date: October 18, 1990
To: Chairman, Bylaws Committee, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
From: Muriel H. Whitman and Peter W. Foster
Subject: Proposed amendments to the Society's Bylaws relating to officers, elected and appointed, and standing

We believe the adoption of the following amendments would improve the administration and operation of the Society.


a. Shall be President, 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents, Secretary/Treasurer, and the Record Editor.
a. Shall be Chaplain, Sgt-at-Arms, Legislative Officer and Historian. They are appointed by the President.
a. To hold office a candidate shall be an active member for at least one (1) year.
b. No officer, with the exception of the Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor and Chaplain shall serve more than two
(2) consecutive years in the same office.
c. No member shall hold more than one (1) office at the same time.
d. To be eligible for office of President, a member shall have served at least one (1) year on the Executive Board.
SEC. 4 ELECTIVE OFFICERS: shall be elected through "mail-in" ballots by a majority of votes of the "mail-in" members
ballots which must be received or postmarked 10 days prior to the annual meeting.
a. "Mail-in" ballots shall be printed in the March issue of the Canal Record. Each active membership (member or
spouse) shall submit one ballot (Only one ballot per member household) in a sealed envelope. Ballots must be received
by the Nominating Committee 10 days prior to the annual meeting.
b. "Mail-in" ballots shall provide space for write-in nominations. Ballots shall be mailed or given directly to the
Chairman, Nominating Committee. Ballot envelopes shall remain sealed and shall be opened by the Nominating
Committee at the annual meeting. The Committee, upon opening each envelope, shall immediately remove the ballot,
and discard the envelope to insure confidentiality.
1. For verification purposes, members shall be instructed to write on the exterior of the envelope, their name,
address and the word, BALLOT. The Nominating Committee Chairman shall confirm with the Secretary that the
individual voting is an active member in good standing; if not, the ballot shall remain sealed and returned to that
c. Oath of office shall be administered by the presiding officer.
d. Oath: I promise to uphold the bylaws of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. to the best of my ability and
shall fulfill the duties of my office as outlined in the bylaws.
e. Removal from office: An officer shall be removed from office upon the recommendation of 51% of the Executive
Board and a 2/3 affirmative vote of members present and voting, at any Society meeting, for failing to fulfill the duties
and responsibilities of his/her office as outlined in the bylaws.
f. Salaries and Expense Accounts: Secretary/Treasurer and assistantss, Record Editor and Assistant(s).
1. Shall be determined by the Executive Board.
a. Shall require a majority vote of the board.
2. Secretary/Treasurer and Record Editor shall not vote on their own salaries.
3. Salaries shall be paid on the 1st day of the month following the month in which services were performed.
4. Increases in salaries shall not be considered more than one (1) time during a Society year (annual meeting
to annual meeting).
g. The Society officers and Committee Chairmen shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in carrying out the duties
of the office upon presentation of proper bills to the Executive Board.
h. Upon completion of a full term of office, the President shall be granted a life membership in the Society.
i. Bonding of officers: The Treasurer shall be bonded in an amount determined by the Executive Board. Cost of bond
is an expense of the Society.
SEC. 5 TERMS OF OFFICE: Officers shall be elected and appointed for a term of one (1) year or until their successor
is elected or appointed; they shall assume their office on the first day of the month following the annual reunion.
SEC. 6 VACANCY IN OFFICE: Should the office of the President become vacant during the year, the first Vice-
President succeeds to tat office for the unexpired term. Vacancies in all other elected offices shall be filled, for the
unexpired term, by the Executive Board. Vacancies in appointed offices shall be filled by the President.


a. President, First and Second Vice Presidents and two (2) Directors.

a. Legislative Officer, Sergeant-at-Arms, one (1) Director, Chaplain and immediate Past President, if available -
otherwise, any other Past President. These shall be appointed by the President.
b. Secretary/Treasurer and the Canal Record Editor (hereinafter referred to as "Record Editor"). These shall be
appointed by the Executive Board.
a. No change.
b. No elected or appointed officer, with the exception of Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor and Chaplain shall serve
more than two (2) consecutive years in the same office.
c. No change.
d. No change.
a. Elected officers shall be elected through "mail-in" ballots by a majority of votes of the "mail-in" members' ballots.
b. Ballots.
1. Shall provide space for write-in nominations.
2. Shall be provided in the March issue of the Canal Record.
3. Shall me mailed or given directly to the Chairman, Nominating Committee. They shall be postmarked or
received at least ten (10) days prior to the annual meeting.
4. For verification purposes, members shall be instructed to write on the exterior of the envelope, their name,
address and the word, BALLOT.
5. The Nominating Committee Chairman shall confirm with the secretary that the individual voting is an
active member in good standing. If not, the ballot shall remain sealed and shall be returned to that individual.
c. Each active membership (member or spouse) shall submit one (1) ballot (only one ballot per membership
household) in a sealed envelope.
d. Counting of ballots.
1. Ballot envelopes shall remain sealed and shall be opened by the Nominating Committee at the annual
meeting in the same location as the annual meeting and shall be open to the membership.
2. Opening and counting the ballots shall begin one (1) hour prior to the call-to-order of the annual meeting.
3. The Nominating Committee, upon opening each envelope, shall immediately remove the ballot and discard
the envelope to insure confidentiality.
e. The oath of office shall be, "I promise to uphold the bylaws of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. to the
best of my ability and shall fulfill the duties of my office as outlined in the bylaws." It shall be administered by the
presiding officer.
a. Officers and committee chairmen shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in carrying out the duties of their
offices, upon presentation of proper bills to the Secretary/Treasurer and subject to the approval of the Executive Board.
b. The Treasurer shall be bonded in an amount determined by the Executive Board. The cost of bond shall be paid
by the Society.
c. Upon completion of a full term of office, the President and his/her spouse shall be granted a lifetime family
membership in the Society.
a. The Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor and their assistants) shall receive a salary.
b. Salaries shall be determined by majority vote of the Executive Board.
c. Salaries shall be paid on the first day of the month following the month in which services were performed.
d. Changes in salaries shall not be made more than one (1) time during the fiscal year, unless at the discretion of
the Executive Board.
a. The terms of office shall be one (1) year or until a successor is elected or appointed.
b. Elected officers shall assume office on the first day of the month following the annual meeting.
c. Appointed officers shall assume office on the first day of the month following their appointment.
a. An officer shall be removed for failing to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of his/her office as outlined in the
bylaws. Removal shall require the recommendation of at least 51% of the voting members of the Executive Board and
at least a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of members present and voting at any Society meeting.
a. Should the office of President become vacant during a term, the First and Second Vice Presidents shall succeed,
in their order, to that office for the remainder of the term.
b. Vacancies in all other elective offices shall be filled, for the unexpired term, by the Executive Board.
c. Vacancies in appointive offices, shall be filled, for the unexpired term, by the President.


SEC. 1 PRESIDENT Shall be chief officer of the Society.
a. Shall preside at all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board and perform all the duties of this office.

b. Shall have the overall responsibility for the administration of the affairs of the Society and shall require strict obser-
vance of the bylaws. He shall be kept fully informed of actions taken by all officers and committees.
c. Shall appoint all appointed officers.
d. Shall appoint chairmen of standing and special committees.
e. Shall appoint a nominating committee chairman.
1. Shall fill any vacancy on the nominating committee.
f. Shall countersign all checks with the Treasurer.
g. Shall make the President's Report on the Society at the annual meeting.
h. Shall delegate duties to the Vice-Presidents in order to coordinate the work and objectives of the Society.
a. Shall assist the President and, in their order, shall assume the duties of the President in his/her absence or inability
to serve.
b. They shall also perform any other duty delegated to them by the President.
a. Shall record and keep the minutes of all Society and Executive Board meetings and shall furnish the President
and Executive Board members with copies of the minutes they require, ten (10) days prior to their next meeting.
b. Shall be the custodian of the Articles of Incorporation, the Seal, Records and Papers, except those assigned to
others, plus the Treasurer surety bond, furnishing xerox copy to the President.
c. Shall receive and file all written reports.
d. Shall handle promptly all (official) correspondence of the Society as directed by the President.
e. Shall furnish carbon copies of all official correspondence or communications to the President for his files.
f. Shall order and maintain supplies, stationery, etc. as required.
g. In the event a Canal Record (any issue, quarterly) cannot be mailed out, the Secretary shall mail out notice cards
of Society meetings listed in that issue.
h. Shall read minutes at Society and Board meetings.
i. Shall collect and issue numbered membership cards for dues.
j. Shall, together with the Record Editor, be responsible for the compilation of the annual Directory issue of the
Canal Record.
1. Shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or the Executive Board.
a. Shall receive and deposit all funds in the name of the Society in a financial institution approved by the Executive
b. Shall sign checks for disbursement of Society funds with the counter-signature of the President.
c. Shall keep current financial records as well as past records.
d. Shall report the financial status of the Society at Executive Board and regular meetings; shall furnish each member
of the Executive Board with a copy of the current report.
e. Shall pay all current indebtedness before the date of termination of office.
f. Shall furnish reports and assistance as required for officers and committees to fulfill their assigned duties.
g. Books and records shall be audited prior to delivery to successor Provisions of Sec. 10b, as refers to Treasurer,
may apply.
h. Shall deliver books and records for audit within 10 days after close of fiscal year.
i. Shall provide new President with year-end report.
j. Shall issue written receipts for all cash collections, using numbered duplicate money receipts.
a. Shall perform all of the clerical and editorial duties pertaining to the publication of the Canal Record.
1. Under direction of the President.
b. Material, other than of a routine nature, submitted to or by the Editor for inclusion in the Canal Record shall be
brought to the attention of the President prior to printing.
c. The Record Editor and Secretary are jointly responsible for the compilation of the annual Directory issue of the
Canal Record.
d. The Editor shall be responsible for the distribution of the Canal Record.
a. Shall record in narrative form the history of the archives of the Society and read it upon request.
b. Keep an up-to-date scrapbook of news articles and pictures.
c. Keep record of all officers, appointees and committee members, with dates that each served.
a. Shall keep abreast of all legislation affecting members of the Society.
b. Shall report on current legislation at all monthly meetings of the Society.
a. Shall be responsible for devotions at the Society meetings or at other times at the request of the President.
a. Shall preserve order at all meetings and perform such other duties as may be directed by the President.
a. Shall perform the duties as prescribed in the parliamentary authority in addition to those outlined in these bylaws
and those assigned from time to time by the President.
b. When their successors take office shall deliver all official material and equipment to them immediately. Receipt

for property shall be exchanged. If necessary, Treasurer will have additional 30 days to comply.

a. Shall be chief officer of the Society
b. Shall preside at all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board and perform all the duties of this office.
c. Shall have the overall responsibility for the administration of the affairs of the Society and shall require strict
observance of the bylaws. He/she shall be kept fully informed of actions taken by all officers and committees. At each
Society meeting, he/she will report on all actions taken by the Executive Board.
d. Shall appoint all appointed officers.
e. Shall appoint chairmen of standing and special committees.
f. Shall appoint a member of the Society to fill any vacancy on the Nominating Committee.
g. Shall countersign all checks with the Treasurer.
h. Shall deliver the President's report on the Society at the annual meeting.
i. Shall delegate duties to the Vice Presidents, Directors and any other officer in order to coordinate the work and
objectives of the Society.
a. Shall maintain the element of continuity by providing guidance to the Executive Board.
b. Shall perform duties as requested by the President.
a. Shall assist the President and, in their order, shall assume the duties of the President in his/her absence or inability
to serve.
b. Shall perform duties delegated to them by the President.
a. Shall record and keep the minutes of all Society and Executive Board meetings and shall provide copies of minutes
to the Executive Board members, in the number they require, ten (10) days prior to the next Society or Executive Board
b. Shall read minutes at Society and Executive Board meetings.
c. Shall be custodian of the Articles of Incorporation, the Seal, original records and papers except for those assigned
to others, and the Treasurer surety bond.
d. Shall receive and file all written reports.
e. Shall handle promptly all official correspondence of the Society as directed by the President.
f. Shall provide copies of all official correspondence and communications to the President.
g. In the event that a quarterly issue of the Canal Record cannot be distributed the Secretary shall mail postcards
to the members advising of Society meetings listed in that issue.
h. Shall, together with the Record Editor, be responsible for compilation of the annual Directory issue of the Canal
i. Shall order and purchase all supplies, stationery, etc. as required by the Society.
j. Shall collect membership dues from and issue numbered membership cards to Society members.
k. Shall provide guidance on issues relating to his/her area of responsibility, but shall not have a vote on issues before
the Executive Board.
1. Shall perform other duties assigned by the President or Executive Board.
a. No change.
b. No change.
c. Shall keep current and past financial records.
d. Shall report the financial status of the Society at Executive Board and Society meetings, providing each member
of the Executive Board with a copy of the current report.
e. No change.
f. Shall provide reports and assistance as required by officers and committees to fulfill their assigned duties.
g. Books and records shall be audited prior to delivery to successor; provisions of sections VIOb, as it refers to the
Treasurer, may apply.
h. No change. '
i. Shall provide incoming President with a year-end report.
j. No change.
a. Shall perform the clerical and editorial duties pertaining to the publication of the Canal Record under the direction
of the President.
b. Shall bring to the President's attention all non-routine material submitted to or by the Editor for inclusion in the
Canal Record.
c. Shall, together with the secretary, be responsible for compilation of the annual Directory Issue of the Canal Record.
d. Shall be responsible for the distribution of the Canal Record.
e. Shall provide guidance on issues relating to his/her area of responsibility, but shall not have a vote on issues before
the Executive Board.

a. Shall perform such duties as delegated by the President.
a. No change.
b. Shall report on such current legislation at each meeting of the Society.
a. Shall be responsible for devotions at Society meetings or at any other times at the request of the President, but
shall not have a vote on issues before the Executive Board.
a. No change.
a. No change.
b. No change.
c. Shall attend all meetings of the Executive Board and the Society, unless excused from attendance by the President
or the Executive Board.


a. Shall consist of all officers and the immediate Past President.
1. Chairman of the Budget and Audit Committee and his/her representative shall be an ex officio member
of the Executive Board in an advisory capacity for financial matters concerning the Society.
2. Chairman of the Bylaws Committee and his/her representative shall be an ex officio member of the
Executive Board in an advisory capacity for Bylaws (Rules and Regulations) concerning the Society.
b. Shall designate the financial institution in which funds of the Society shall be deposited.
c. Shall have the authority to appoint paid assistants) to the Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor, when re-
quired. Their salaries shall be set in the same manner as those of the Secretary/Treasurer and Record Editor.
d. Shall be empowered to fill vacancies of any elected officer, except President, until the time of the regular election.
e. Meeting may be regular or special:
1. Regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held each month on a date, hour and place designated
by the chairman.
2. Special meetings may be called by the chairman and shall be called upon written request of five (5)
members of the Executive Board.
f. All expenditure of monies shall have the recommendation of the Executive Board before being disbursed by action
of the Society.
g. Shall determine price charged for ads printed in the Canal Record.
h. Shall report on actions taken, at each Society meeting.


a. Shall consist of all officers.
1. The following officers shall have a vote on issues before the Executive Board: Past President, First Vice
President, Second Vice President, three Directors, Legislative Officer and Sergeant-at-Arms.
2. The President shall vote only when it is necessary to break a tied vote.
3. The following officers may participate in all matters before the Executive Board and shall provide guidance
on issues relating to their areas of responsibility, but shall not have a vote on issues before the Executive Board:
Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor and Chaplain.
4. Chairman of the Budget and Audit Committee or his/her representative shall be an ex officio member
of the Executive Board in an advisory capacity for financial matters concerning the Society.
5. Chairman of the Bylaws Committee or his/her representative shall be an ex officio member of the
Executive Board in an advisory capacity for the bylaws concerning the Society.
b. No change.
c. Shall be authorized to appoint paid assistants) to the Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor when required.
Their salaries shall be set in the same manner as those of the Secretary/Treasurer and Record Editor.
d. Shall be empowered to fill vacancies of any elected officer, except the President, until the time of regular elections.
e. Meetings may be regular or special.
1. Regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held each month at a date, hour and place designated
by the chairman.
2. No change.
f. No change.
g. Shall determine the price charged for advertisements printed in the Canal Record.

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a. Bylaws Shall make a study of the bylaws and make recommendations on amendments or revision to the
membership of the Society.
b. Program and entertainment Shall make up the programs and entertainment to be presented at Society meetings
and functions throughout the year.
c. Luncheon Shall be in charge of all luncheons during the year except the annual luncheon.
d. Hospitality Shall be hostess at all Society meetings and funcS Artionse IX See that the President is advised of the names
of long absent or new members or visitors, so that the chair may recognize them. Other duties as assigned by the
e. Publicity Shall arrange publicity through the news media, including TV and radio, for the general benefit of the
Society. Shall be responsible for keeping an accurate and up-to-date record of the Society's publicity and printed matter
concerning Society activities.
f. Sunshine Shall visit sick and hospitalized members, send out appropriate cards in the name of the Society and
furnish the Record Editor with the names of the sick, hospitalized or deceased members.
g. Decorating Shall be in charge of decorating for all meetings and functions. Work closely with the program-
entertainment and luncheon committees.
h. Refreshment Shall be in charge of refreshments served at meetings and functions other than at luncheons.
i. Advertising Shall secure advertising for Canal Record. See Article IX Section Ig.


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a. No change.
b. No change.
c. No change.
d. No change.
e. No change.
f. No change.
g. No change.
h. No change.
i. No change.
j. Society History Shall keep a narrative history of the Society activities and read it upon request; shall keep and
up-to-date scrapbook of information and pictures relating to the Society; shall keep a record of all officers, appointees
and committee members, with dates that each served.
Respectfully submitted,

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Muriel H. Whitman

Peter W. Foster


Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

August 3, 1990
H&D Cafeteria
St. Petersburg, Florida

The meeting was opened at 1:45 p.m. by Mrs.
Frassrand. Since only 29 members were present, a
formal meeting was not held. Mrs. Frassrand gave the
Invocation in the absence of Mrs. Yocum and Mr. Beall
read the names of those recently deceased. Mr. Van
Siclen led the Pledge to the Flag in the absence of Mr.
Mrs. Frassrand welcomed the 29 members attending
and recognized Past Presidents Al Pate, Carl Starke and
Muriel Whitman.
Mrs. Foster read the July meeting minutes and they
were approved as read. She read correspondence from
the Panama Canal Commission regarding unclaimed
Roosevelt Medals. She read the financial report which
stands for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand reported she had appointed a
Central Office Committee consisting of Mr. Robert Van
Siclen, Mrs. Jane Huldquist, Mrs. Faith Brundage, Mr.
Dan DeGracia and Mr. John Disharoon.
Mr. Van Siclen reported on his findings on hotels in
both Tampa and Orlando. The Board had voted to go
back to the Orlando Towers since they had the most to
offer at the best rates.
Mrs. Frassrand reported that the Friends of Panama
shipment was about ready for its final inspection and
crating for shipment to Panama.
Mrs. Frassrand reported that the Board had
approved the purchase of a copier for the Reunion
Coordinator and it would be voted on by the membership
at the September meeting. The Board voted against a
computer for the assistant to the Record Editor.
Mr. Beall suggested tagging all Society equipment
with I.D. tags and the Board approved.
Mr. Van Siclen reported that his telephone number
and an address for the Reunion Coordinator would
appear in the Canal Record.
Mrs. Frassrand announced the October picnic would
be held at Bay Pines Park on October 6.
Mrs. Huldquist reported the 3.4% Cola was still
being considered. (Report elsewhere in the Canal
Mrs. Frassrand announced the December luncheon
would be chaired by Muriel Whitman and would be held
at the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road on December 8th.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that Ralph McClain
would be the chairman of the Nominations Committee
and two members would be elected at the September
Mrs. Foster suggested that since she will be stepping
down and her assistant at the present time was Mrs. Van
Siclen, that the membership consider the fact that a By-
law change had been made without a prior proposal that
would make it impossible for Mrs. Van Siclen to take
over her job. Nobody seems to know who proposed the
change or what brought it about but it could hinder
finding someone in the future to hold the position of

Secretary/Treasurer. Mrs. Foster stated she felt it was in
the best interest of the Society for the two paid
employees not be voting members of the Executive Board
and to have these positions as appointed positions.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that the next meeting
would be held on Saturday, September 8 at the H&D
Cafeteria and she would attempt to have a speaker.
Mrs. Pate called off numbers for the door prizes.
The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

September 8, 1990
H&D Cafeteria
St. Petersburg, Florida

Mrs. Frassrand opened the meeting at 1:40 p.m. at
the H&D Cafeteria. Since there were only 33 members
present, a formal meeting was not held. Mrs. Yocum gave
the Invocation and Mr. Beall read the list of those
recently deceased. Mr. Harry Foster led the members in
the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Frassrand recognized Past Presidents, Al Pate,
Carl Starke and Anna Collins.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that Mrs. Van Siclen has
accepted the position of Assistant Secretary/Treasurer to
Mrs. Foster replacing Mrs. Stewart who resigned in July.
Mrs. Van Siclen read the minutes of the August
meeting in the absence of Mrs. Foster and they were
approved as stated. She read the financial report and it
stands for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that since only 33
members were present, and she had heard comments
about coming to the H&D Cafeteria, she would bring
this matter before the Board to see if the April 1991
meeting could be changed back to Friday at St. Bede's.
Mrs. Frassrand asked the members if any of them
had received a flyer from Panama Friendship Tours. The
flyer shows the logo of the Society and she had spoken
with Mr. Fred Denton, a Society member, who was not
aware of the copyright, and that in the future he would
not use it.
Mrs. Frassrand showed the membership alternative
logos that Pat Beall has worked on. Discussion followed
and the outcome was that a letter will be sent to Karen
Bush at the Patent Office to find out if we can protect
the name Panama Canal Society of Florida. This matter
will be brought up again at the October meeting.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that Mrs. Faith
Brundage is Chairperson of the committee to look for a
central office and the committee has started looking for
suitable office space.
Mr. Van Siclen reported that the contracts for the
four hotels were signed on August 24th for the 1991 and
1992 Reunions. The Twin Towers have made great
improvements since we were there in June. The
restaurant, seating 375 persons, the deli and lounge are
all open. He also stated that he personally checked out
all the elevators and all were in working condition. He
also passed around pictures he had taken at the hotel to
show the membership the improvements.

Mr. Beall announced that the Canal Records were
mailed out on Tuesday, September 4, 1990.
Mrs. Huldquist reported that a 4.1% pay increase is
contemplated in the January, 1991 pay checks of federal
retirees, unless inflation drops. (Report elsewhere in
Canal Record.)
Mrs. Anna Collins announced that the St. Petersburg
Yacht Club would be closed for renovation during May
for the luncheon. It was decided that we would go to the
Coach House, since the Yacht Club would still be
hosting, but the luncheon would be at a different
Mr. Camby reported on the telephone committee.
He is looking for volunteers to call members in their area
to remind them of the monthly meetings. He also
announced that there were 750 members in the Tampa
Bay area.
Mrs. Frassrand recognized members Marie and
Roscoe Collins, Margaret (Williams) Lawson and
Pauline (Lawson) Mate, who had not attended a monthly
meeting in a while.
Mr. Camby reported on the October picnic which
will be held on Saturday, October 6, 1990 at the Bay
Pines Park.
Mr. Camby reported on the Friends of Panama. On
Saturday, September 1, 1990, Betty and Larry Frassrand
and Mr. Camby drove to Miami to bring all the boxes to
Copa Airlines. Since they were unable to get the United
States Government to deliver the boxes, Copa shipped
the boxes to Panama for a minimal charge and were to
arrive in Panama on September 8, 1990. A presentation
will be made on September 14th by the Panama Canal
Commission to Panama Officials.
Mrs. Pate reminded members of the December 8th
luncheon to be held at the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton
Road and to send in their reservation which appears on
page 88 of the September Canal Record.
Mrs. Frassrand presented Mr. Al Pate and Mrs.
Anna Collins with Past President pins, which had been
suggested by a member of the Society to show our
appreciation and to acknowledge them for all the work
Past Presidents continue to do after leaving office.
Mrs. Pate called off numbers for the door prizes.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:35 p.m.

October 6, 1990
Bay Pines Memorial Park
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Betty Frassrand opened the meeting at
12:23 p.m. with 60 members in attendance at the picnic.
Mrs. Yocum gave the Invocation. Mr. Beall read the
names of those recently departed, followed by a moment
of silence. Mr. Foster led the members in the Pledge to
the Flag.
Mrs. Frassrand adjourned the meeting at 12:28 p.m.
for members to enjoy the picnic. The meeting
readjourned at 1:30 p.m.
The President welcomed members, guests, and Past
Presidents Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Al Pate and Muriel
Whitman. Mrs. Whitman and Mr. Foster were presented
Past President badges.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the September
meeting and they stand as read. She read the

correspondence received and also the financial statement,
which stands for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand announced receiving correspondence
from the Panama Tourist Bureau suggesting we hold our
1992 reunion in Panama. She will inform them that
contracts for 1992 have already been signed. She
mentioned that she had been to the Twin Towers Hotel
and all has been completed and facilities were very nice.
Mrs. Frassrand reported that the Central Office
committee were looking into areas and office spaces and
hoped to have something by the November meeting.
The President stated that the Friends of Panama
shipment was delivered to the hospital in Panama on
September 25 and they were very grateful. We will be
receiving a video on the presentation to the hospital with
a possible showing at our Christmas Luncheon.
The President announced that Mr. Craig Villanti
would be speaking at the November meeting on Living
Trusts and Living Wills. Also, Congressman Michael
Bilirakis would be the speaker at the January meeting.
Mr. Bob Van Siclen reported that all was going well
with the Reunion and were busy compiling information
for the December Canal Record. He indicated there was
ample room for class reunions and other activities. He
asked that members not duplicate the registration of
friends and family to please read the instructions in the
Canal Record carefully before submitting reservation
Mrs. Foster reminded members to please send
correct amount for their dues. ($11.25).
Mr. Beall reminded membership that deadline for
the December issue of the Canal Record is October 25.
He also stated that the credit for the September cover
which has been well received, belonged to President
Mrs. Huldtquist read the Legislative Report (See in
December issue.
Mrs. Frassrand welcomed members who had not
attended recent meetings, and thanked Mrs. Pate for
doing a great job as hospitality chairperson.
Mrs. Collins, Sunshine Committee chairperson,
reported she had sent "get well" cards to several
Mrs. Whitman announced that the Christmas
Luncheon preparations were going well and reminded
members to send in their registrations.
Chris Skeie, a member of the Carnavalito committee
stated they had a verbal agreement from Lucho to play
for this February dinner-dance event and only 500 tickets
would be sold at $25 per person, which includes dinner
and music. The Howard Johnson hotel at 3600, 34th
Street South, St. Petersburg had been obtained for this
event (once the Ramada Inn where many of our old
reunions were held, but now completely refurbished).
Mrs. Frassrand stated she hoped this would be regarded
as a spring mini-reunion and that all our members in this
area would attend.
Mr. Camby reported he still needs callers for the
Telephone Committee.
Mrs. Frassrand asked for nominations of two
members to serve on the Nomination Committee, as
outlined in our Bylaws, for the 1991-1992 slate of officers.
Mrs. Pate nominated Henri Skeie and Larry Barca,
seconded by Mr. Pete Foster. Motion carried.
Mrs. Frassrand thanked "Skeeter" and Shirley Camby
for a successful picnic.

Mr. Adrien "Kibby" Bouche updated the members on
progress with the Panama Canal exhibit at the Fort
Worth Museum, and advised that he was now looking for
donated memorabilia for the museum.
Mrs Frassrand stated that it was requested that we
purchase a small copying machine for use by the Reunion

Coordinator. Mr. Beall moved the Reunion Coordinator
be given approval to buy a copier not to exceed $500,
seconded by Mr. Harry Foster. Motion carried.
As there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 2:18 P.M.



This year's Space Coast Panama Canal picnic was
held September 16 in Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island,
FL. Over 100 hardy souls braved the heat to enjoy a
convivial afternoon renewing old friendships and forming
new ones.


plants (donated by Margaret and John Klasovsky and
Pearl and Walter Brown), were won by Curtis Bliss,
Nancy Lou Costello, Diane Petrosky, Earl McMillin,
Christina Grimison, Tom Grimison, and Yvette
McCrory. Pearl Brown won the bean jar guessing game,
prepared by the Klasovskys.
Besides the picnickers pictures, those attending
included Marc Deakins, Randy Deakins, and Bob and
Iris (Schmidt) Waggoner of Cocoa; Prudence (Paine)


L _o

(1) Welcoming smiles of Denny Bartholome and Dorothy LaCroix greeted picnickers as they registered. (2) L-R:
Maxine (Mrs. Merle) Kuns, Sandy Kuns, Rick Baltozer and George Booth interrupt their conversation for a smile
for the camera. (3) More smiling picnickers L-R; Alice and Ted McGann, Fred and Laura Tiencken, Max Biltoft,
and Clarence and Madge McMurray.


(1) Happy picnickers seated, front L-R; Yvette McCroty, Christina Grimison. mid row L-R: Tom Grimison, Tracy
Balent, Rex Beck. Standing, L-R: Rebecca Grimison, Nancy Grimison, Janice (Scott) Herring, Mike LaCroix.
(2) L-R: Don DeStaffino, Joe Garcia join a 4 generation group of Cele Davis, Titusville, daughter Karen Scofield,
Saudi Arabia, granddaughter Karen Dolan and great-grandson John, both of Titusville. (3) Enjoying good company
and good food, seated at left: Valerie (Mclntire) Dempsey, Nancy Dean, Terry Deakins, Pat Munchbach, nancy
McMillin. Standing: Ed Dolan. Seated at right: Roger Dean, Sue Deakins, Earl McMillin and Violet Deakins,
displaying her needlecraft handiwork.

All prizes awarded this year were door prizes. First
prize, won by Pat Munchbach, was a one-year
membership in the Panama Canal Society. Other prizes,
which included hats, shirts and novelties (donated by
Elizabeth and Bill Fahy now living in Diablo, R.P.), and

Salminen of Cape Canaveral; Dutch and Gloria
(Gutierrez) Borell of Daytona Beach; Bonnie (Davis)
Raftery of Ft. Myers; Bill and Millie Morris of Indian
Harbor Beach; Diane (Boyd) and Mike Petrosky of
Largo; Nancy Lou Costello and Elena (DeBoyrie) and


Obe Oberholtzer of Melbourne; Pearl and Walter Brown,
C.W. Brucado, Jeannette and Larry Davis, Bud, Andrea
and Darin Dempsey, Harry and Pat (Waggoner) Dockery,
John and Margaret Klasovsky, Fred and Leona (Hart)
Lee, Heather and Wil Rogers, and John Smollock of
Merritt Island; Edward and Tina Hallinan of New
Smyrna Beach; Carmen Baltozer, Frances Booth, and
George and Virginia Booth of Ocala; Mavis (Beall)
Fortner, and Dorothy and John Gallagher of Orange
City; Marie Lorenzo of Orlando; Ed Culberson, Barbara
and Melissa Fitzgibbons, and Dylan and Cindy Forsythe
of Pam Bay; Beverly (Dockery) and John Ivy of Pompano
Beach; Kathy (Kessel) and Kevin Bradley and their baby
daughter, Curtis and Emily Bliss, and Ginny and George
Kessel of Rockledge; Eric and Matthew Grimison of
Satellite Beach; Evelyn (Townsend) and Jim Cullen,
Roger Deakins, Bob Geddes, Art and Maxine Logan,
Patricia and John Manning, Bud and Pat (Geddes)
Risberg, Bill and Gladys Weigle, and Joe Young of
During the picnic, Ed Culberson set up a slide show
of familiar Canal Zone sites/sights, and Barbara
Fitzgibbons, who with her family, was living in Panama
during "Just Cause," shared photographs of various
invasion scenes, for the edification and entertainment of
all present.
When Ed Culberson of Pam Bay set up the slide
show, few present, if any, realized that there was a
genuine celebrity in our midst. It wasn't until almost a

month later when this writer, reading the People section
of the October 11 edition of the "Florida Today"
newspaper, learned that "biker/adventurer" Ed
Culberson's new book entitled "Obsessions Die Hard,"
dealt with his trip by motorcycle, through Panama's
Darien Gap, to realize his dream of traversing the entire
Pan American Highway, from Alaska to Argentina,
including the unfinished "proposed highway."
A phone call brought biker/writer Culberson to my
door with an autographed copy of his book in hand. As
it turned out, Ed, his wife and their four daughters lived
in the Canal Zone, first at Fort Kobbe, and later in
Balboa, from 1971 through 1975. Ed, then an Army
Intelligence Officer, was assigned to Quarry Heights. It
was during this time that he first became interested in
Having read the book let me assure one and all that
"Obsessions Die Hard" is a riveting account of
Culberson's unusual trek through the Darien jungle.
While it is of particular interest to all former and present
residents of Panama, as well as motorcycle enthusiasts, I
would recommend, unreservedly, this book to all
interested in reading an extremely well written true
adventure story.
Those interested in more information, or who wish
to order the book can call (800) 654-0403 (the publisher)
or Ed, himself, at (407) 725-6278.

Nancy Grimison

Bahai Hotel
San Diego, California
September 28-30, 1990

Memories of Panama abounded at the recent West
Coast Reunion held at the Bahai Hotel in San Diego,
September 28, 29 and 30th. The Reunion, which included
a Golf Tournament organized by Conrad Horine, and a
Dinner-Dance and Breakfast coordinated by David Lane,
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro and Jack Taylor were enjoyed
by 150 lively merry-makers.
The Hospitality Suite was the hub of the gathering
with Janet (Nesbitt) Laschinger and Fern (Horine)
Dabill narrating Bajun jokes and singing Lord Cobra
songs faster than Michael Young could write them down.
Royce and Sue Lewis, who drove all the way from Las
Cruces, NM were really enjoying the fellowship.
The Golf Tournament held at the Tecolote Canyon
Golf Club was great fun, with lots of "Basilando." Tom
Rice was Caddy Numero Uno and a fine job he did.
Three winners according to age and score were Tom
McGuinness, Bob Ciepiela, and Carlton Morris.
The ballroom looked festive, with mini sombreros de
Montunos, Tivoli Coffee packets, and Panama Canal
Matches (made in USA) on each table. The musical
strains of Tito Mouynes drifted through the ballroom, as
friends gathered in groups to reminisce about old times
and update new.
Delia Henderson, escorted by her husband, Jim, was
resplendent at the Dinner-Dance wearing a pollera-motif
dress and at Sunday's breakfast in a San Bias costume

complete with gold nose ring. Jim said "NO" however to
black nose paint. The Henderson's daughter, Cathern,
spent part of her summer vacation in Panama visiting
her grandmother and family. She celebrated her "Fiesta
del Quince Anos" there.

Delia Henderson dressed as a Cuna Indian.

Alex McKeon, wearing his familiar Panama hat, and
wife Sheila were on the dance floor for every dance as
were Bob and Rosa Dill. In fact, the 101 year-young Bob
Dill was one of the last couples to leave the ballroom at
1:00 a.m. Sunday morning. He was up bright and early to
give the Invocation at Sunday's Breakfast. He beamed
when all present sang Happy Birthday to him.
Ephraim Leon-Guerrero and wife were weekend
visiting with friends and snapping photos of party bunch.
Photos of all festivities at reunion will be available for
viewing and sale at Christmas Party at Knotts Berry
Farm on December 2nd.
Henry Ho and wife Jacqueline drove down from
Concord to attend their first reunion. Henry retired with
twenty-seven years of Federal Service in February.
Jacqueline is a Bank Manager for the Bank of America.
It was wonderful seeing them again. Rogelio and Virginia
(Kam) Fong and Art and Marla Hassan also drove down
from Northern California.
The "Dallas Contingent," Bob and Carol Ciepiela and
daughter Marie, Art and Edie Farrell, and Carlton
Morris, kept busy participating in the Golf Tournament,
sightseeing at SD Zoo and Encenada Baja, CA, and
keeping the Rafters rocking at the Dance. After the
reunion, the Ciepielas, Farrells and Rices, Tom and
Marion and John and Rosalind, were continuing to
vacation in Laughlin, NV on a "Chance Fun." With
"Lucky" Ciepiela along, they probably carried home their
winnings in a pillow case.
Bob and Nell Kariger and lovely daughter Tricia
were sighted everywhere. But where was NANCY?
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West Coast Reunion 1990. L-R: Adele Argo, Vera
Irving, Florence Seiler, Kathryn Argo Molinaro, Mary
David Lane, Coordinator of the Reunion, was also
everywhere. He and Margi Gilbert of Mola Magic,
presented a fashion show with outfits in every shade of
the Rainbow. The models were great, especially Art
Farrell and Marion Rice, who pleased the crowd with
their fanciful turns and twirls. The sweats, all with a real
Mola stitched on them are perfect gifts for Christmas.
(See ad in this issue.)
The Stag corner of the bar included Bill McKay,
Frank Lasinger, Frank "Bootsie" Leves, James Lovelady,
Charlie Becktell and Joe Jenkins, who together did not
resolve world problems but their lively "Bochinche" sure
was fun!
Warren and Evelyn Wood, Francis and Laverne
Fitzpatrick, Ron and Jolie Seely and Jack and Joan
DeGrummond's table was centrally located and they had
a chance to visit with everyone.

Billy Satterwhite danced the "Tamborito" with not
just one, not two, not three, but with four graceful ladies
- Gloria Conley, Mivia Alridge, Elizabeth Hayes and
Mayra Matson and did a fantastic job! Jack
DeGrummond and Lloyd Spradlin finally joined the
circle and helped him out.
Pat Hutchings, quite distinguished with his grey hair,
and his wife, Jill (McKaig) drove down from Los Angeles
area with Charlie and Leslie Laatz. The Class of BHS'64
was well represented with Peter and Stefanie Young,
Jackie (Lovelady) Harper, Bobby and Jane (Wellington)
Lawyer, Jane (Holgerson) Thompson and Carole
(Solonick) Harper who did ENJOY!

Back L-R: Carlton Morris, Wil Rob Morris, Bob
Morris, Pat Hutchings, Charles Laatz. Front L-R:
Conrad Horine, Bob Ciepiela, Fern (Horine) Dabill,
Tom McGuiness.

Sue (Taylor) Pitney attended breakfast with mother
Catsy Schafer. She was excited about attending a MINI-
Reunion at Donna (Jones) Brophy's home in Castile,
ME. Classmates "the girls" Doodle Brady, Charlotte
Herr, Ann Field, and Joan Lawler Harris were getting
together to celebrate "Mutual 50th Birthdays."
Catsy (Taylor) Schafer plans to attend her Alma
Mater, The Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing,
in Boston, 100th Anniversary on October 15. Catsy was
quick to remind that it is only her 55th Anniversary!
Loretta (Hirschfeld), CHS'58, joined the Reunion
Breakfast group and looks wonderful. She and her
husband, Dr. Henry Adams will spend two weeks in
Europe in October. Al and Ann Houston will be spending
the winter months in Florida. Al says "It's getting too
cold in California!"
Lots of winners at the Dinner-Dance. Lottery
winners were Marion Rice, John McGann, Evelyn Wood,
Ruth Yeilding, Joan De Grummond, and Millie Provost.
Winners of the raffles were a brass plate donated by Leo
Krzizza won by Jane (Daufer) Cochrane, a Linda Geyer
print donated by the PCSSC won by Ann Collins,
insulated can holders won by Bootsie Leves, Joan De
Grummond, and Carole Barber, a mola sweat shirt
donated by Mola Magic won by Helen McGuinness, and
an Al Sprague print won by Wil Robb Morris.
To all the Committee Members David Hollowell,
Conrad and Norma Horine, David Lane, Kathryn

Molinaro and Jack Taylor and Tom and Marion Rice -
we thank you for your hard work and dedication. It was
"Mucho" fun! Let's do it again next year!
Bill and Jeannine Carlin were in San Diego to
CELEBRATE daughter Melanie's wedding to David
Filos on October 20th. It was a splendid affair in the
picturesque Victorian Village in Old Town. The day,
setting or Bride could not have been more lovely, as were
the Carlin sisters, Jeannine, Barbara, and Sandra and
Julie Smith, who were the Bridesmaids. Of course,
Panamanian music was included on the DJ's repertoire
and Zonians in attendance did their "ETHNIC THING"
as one guest was heard to comment. We toast Melanie
and David "Amor, Vino Y Pesetas Y tiempo para

Linda (Reimann) Morris


We all started arriving September 7 for a glorious
week-end in the Pocono's. The weather was beautiful and
we were able to sit out in the courtyard and bask in the
sun and enjoy spirits and everyone's company on both
We were extremely pleased to meet and enjoy the

company of some more newcomers again this year; Liz
Zent Beall, Judy Gonshor, Shirley Erickson, Wendel
"Cinco" Allen, Neal Small and John Clark. We were also
happy that Marjorie and Tom Halliday decided to join us
again. Jack Kromer came and had dinner with us on
Friday and Shirley Gerchow Sargent joined us during the
day on Saturday. It was good to see them.
After dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, Bill
Poole showed us his slides from the Zonian Amigos
cruise last year.
As of this writing, I do not have a date for next years
reunion but hope to have something for you in the March
Canal Record.
Those attending were: Jo Dennis Konover, Shirley
Gerchow Sargent, John H. Poole, Jr., Vince and Wilma
Reynolds, Bill Michaelsen, Betty Sturgion, Grace and
Jack Carey (Jones), Jean Dennis Herbert, Jean (Kalar)
McAndrews and Frances McAndrews, Eleanor
(Hammond) and August Schwindeman, Olive (Kalar)
and Len Krouse, William and Muriel Poole, Joe and
Marge Coffin, Marjorie and Tom Halliday, Liz (Zent)
Beall, Judy (Crosby) Gonshor, Shirley (Jennings)
Erickson, Wendel "Cinco" Allen, Neal Small, John Clark,
John and Vera McGuire, Rosemary Gilead, Doris
(Nolan), Horace Lefferts and Sarah Storey.

Jo Dennis Konover and Marge Coffin
(717) 755-6667

1. Betty (Brooks) Stergion and Shirley (Gerchow) Sargent. 2. Standing L-R: Bob Hazeldine, Neal Small, Jack
Poole, Jack Carey, Wendel "Cinco" Allen, John McGuire. Seated L-R: Muriel Poole, Irene Hazeldine, Sarah
Storey, Rosemary (Millett) Gilead, Grace (Jones) Carey, Liz (Zent) Beall, Judy (Crosby) Gonshor, Betty
(Brooks) Stergion, Vera McGuire. 3. Olive (Kalar) Krouse and Bill Poole.

Front L-R: Olive (Kalar) Krouse,Grace (Jones) Carey, Jo (Dennis) Konover, Eleanor (Hammond) Schwindeman,
Wilma Reynolds, Judy (Crosby) Gonshor, Betty (Brooks) Stergion, Marjorie Coffin, Jean (Kalar) McAndrews,
Mary Michaelsen, Doris (Nolan) Lefferts, Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Marjorie Halliday, Olive (Kalar) Krouse, Grace
(Jones) Carey. Standing L-R: Len Krouse, Dr. John Clark, Shirley (Jennings) Erickson, Augie Schwindeman,
Vince Reynolds, Neal E. Small, Jack Poole, Joe Coffin, "Mac" McAndrews, Billy Michaelsen, Horace Lefferts,
Tom Halliday, Len Krouse, Dr. John Clark.

'K. ,Kij,,,


The reunion was held as usual the first Saturday of
August. Camping at Bruceport Park at least overnight -
some arrived as early as Thursday were 98 by count of
the park manager. Others arrived at various times
Saturday, including Tito Mouynes who played the organ
while some of us danced.
A "No Host Breakfast" at a restaurant Sunday was

announced at the reunion, and most of those who signed
up for it also went on the tour of the Pacific County
Museum, which features logging and fishing history.
Others played at the golf course.
Hosts for next year are Jim and Clover Duffus, who
plan not only another No Host Breakfast for Sunday
morning, but a Saturday Night Dance as well.

Anne Grimm-Richardson
Naselle, WA.

Byron Robert Brooks
William Thompson Coffey, Jr.
Ella Carter Cornelison
Gerard P. Lavecchia
James Leon Mize
Patricia Picard-Ami
Gene Edward Blackford
Jerzy Bressel
Vernon D. Davis
Richard G. May
Richard Dolphus McGraw
Herman Bradley Palmer
Vivian L. Williams
Woodward R. Draughton Jr.
Richard Lopp
Paul Louis Skrable


Canal Protection Division
Admeasurement Division
Off. of the Administrator
Log. Support Division
Electrical Division
Human Resources Develop. Staff
Off. of the Insp. General
Locks Division
Electrical Division
Sanit. & Grounds Division
Canal Services Division
Canal Operations Unit
Construction Division
Motor Transp. Division
Accounting Div.
Pilot Division

30 years 03 months 15 days
27 years 06 months 19 days
23 years 00 months 05 days
30 years 00 months 25 days
23 years 00 months 06 days
23 years 10 months 29 days
22 years 09 months 05 days
23 years 01 months 20 days
20 years 00 months 09 days
27 years 10 months 15 days
19 years 06 months 20 days
15 years 00 months 19 days
18 years 05 months 23 days
23 years 00 months 01 days
27 years 07 months 28 days
26 years 02 months 28 days



The first Redeemer Lutheran Church Reunion held
on Saturday, June 23, 1990 at the Delta Court of Flags
turned out to be the most successful event. Many brought
family photos and church memorabilia to share with
friends. Irene Gauger put together an excellent slide
show of church events during the 1970's that everyone
enjoyed very much.

Of special note was the attendance of Charter
Members (1945) Paul and Leona Badonsky and
Catherine (Mueller) Peabody. Chaplain (Col.) Arthur
Meyer and wife Jan made a special effort to also attend,
traveling from Seoul, Korea.
Others attending were Bill, Mary and Paige Beck,
Jeannie Biehl, Jim and Caroline Bryson, daughter Carol
Sue Emerick, Don, Loretta and Donna Date, Daryl and
Verna Bullinger, Bill and Carmen Cunningham, George
and Irene Gauger, Al and Jane Krienke, Emma Leather
and daughter Patty, Chap (Col.) Art and Jan Meyer with

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1. Front row L-R: George Gauger, Barbara Ulven, Irene Gauger, Loretta and Don Date. Back, L-R: Marvin Ulvin,
Jane and Al Krienke, Frank and Barbara O'Connor, Bob Tilidetski. Back L-R: Chaplain (Col.) Art Meyer, Joanne
Meyer, Jan Meyer and granddaughters in front. 3. L-R: Leona Badonsky, Loretta Date, Joanne Meyer, Meyer
granddaughter, and Paul Badonsky.


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daughter Joanne and two granddaughters, Frank,
Barbara and Chris O'Connor, Pete, Bea and Marie
Panagotopolus, Catherine (Meuller) Peabody, Jean
Riess, Frank and Kay Shaffer, Bob Tilidetzkie.
Loretta Date
Cross Village, MI.

Three equestriennes; Nola (Swain) Boyer, Lori
(Flores) Roche, Maurie Moore.

Jack Kromer and Millie (Seeley) Hammond




1. Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Jack Poole, Jo (Dennis) Konover. 2. Back L-R: Raymond Welch, Miriam (Whitsett)
Cardi, Peter Corrigan, Edward Coyle, Lois (DeLaMater) Bates, Lucile (Tarflinger) Robison, William Jones. Front
L-R: William Poole, Peggy (Sealey) Hutchison, Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd, Vivian (Cristle) Felps. Missing: Isabel
(Schloming) Cummings, and Claudia (Howell) Pierce. 3. L-R: Wyllis (Rocker) Leonhard, Frances (Violette)
Sharp, Virginia (Morgan) Cooper, Jean (Dennis) Herbert, and Ruth (Bauman) Yeilding.

1. Dolores (Asparren) Coffey, and Lucile (Tarflinger) Robison. 2. Miriam (Whitsett) Cardi and Gene Bjerke. 3.
Jo (Dennis) Konover and Issie (Schloming) Cummings.



Generally, waking up at 3:30 a.m. is only for the
birds, however, it was three weary- eyed individuals that
were up and ready to go on a trip that was long overdue.
Excitement filled the morning of September 1, 1990 as
Larry Frassrand, Skeeter Camby and I headed from
Dade City in the U-Haul, heading for Miami, loaded with
52 boxes, (4,277 pounds) of merchandise consisting of 84
doz. 9 inch plates, 56 doz. 6 1/2 inch plates, 124 doz. 7
oz. cups, 124 doz. 5 1/2 inch saucers, 100 doz. 10 oz.
bowls, 48 doz. 5 oz. glasses, 126 doz. 9 1/2 oz. glasses,
250 doz. spoons, 250 doz. knives, 250 doz. forks, 46 doz.
pillow cases, 46 doz. flat sheets, 46 doz. fitted sheets, 46
doz. blankets.


shipment. Fortunately, Skeeter and Larry knew exactly
what had to be done to unload these items in an efficient
manner and they elected me supervisor (I think there was
a method to their madness). After about two hours of
unloading, it was time to head back to Dade City.
Although the fatigue had finally hit us, we were still quite
happy knowing that the items were finally on their way.
Besides, have you ever tried to take a nap in a U-Haul?
It's not easy.
The items were then shipped by COPA AIRLINES
to Panama where Mr. Joseph Wood was awaiting their
arrival. After proceeding through Customs, the boxes
were transported to the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid
Hospital Complex. Mr. Wood and his assistant, Chris
Walsh, arranged for the presentation to the hospital on
behalf of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and
conducted the presentation on September 25, 1990. This
presentation was filmed by a television station in Panama
and was aired on the News. Additionally, the Panama
Canal Commission had made a video tape of the
presentation which will be shown at the December
Luncheon of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.

Larry Frassrand and Skeeter Camby begin loading
over 2 tons of material onto a truck they will deliver to
Miami for shipment to Panama.

Scene from the warehouse where the packages were
stored. A total of 4,207 Ibs. of material was donated.

President Betty Frassrand and "Friends of Panama"
Chairman Skeeter Camby strapping the last boxes
which they will deliver to Miami for shipment to
Panama via COPA, who graciously delivered shipment
at no expense to the Society.

We arrived in Miami in the late morning and Larry
and Skeeter unloaded the U-Haul onto pallets to be
shipped to Panama. COPA Airlines had personnel there
to assist us bring these items into their warehouse for

Jorge Endara Paniza, at left, Joseph J. Wood, and
Jose Carlos Bermudez, exchange pleasantries on
their way to the presentation of the donation.

Skeeter Camby and I wish to thank all those
members who contributed to this very worthwhile project,
and for all those people who helped make it happen. Mr.
Roy Orr, Administrator of Medical Center Hospital in
Punta Gorda, Florida, who allowed us to purchase the
items at a reduced cost; Alvaro Heilbron, Mr. Fidanque,

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Millie Barral and Jose Blanco of COPA AIRLINES, who
allowed us to ship these items at virtually no cost; Mr.
Joseph Wood and Mr. Chris Walsh of the Panama Canal
Commission, who made sure these items were delivered
to the appropriate place and who made the presentation
on behalf of the Panama Canal Society of Florida; the
Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
who offered their guidance, assistance and support of this
project, and last but not least, our thanks to Shirley
Camby and Larry Frassrand, who not only helped us
with the dirty work of the project, but who put up with
our frustration and time spent on this very worthwhile

A social security official opens the first of 52 boxes of
supplies donated to Panama's Social Security System.
At right, PCC Director AE Joe J. Wood exchanges a
few words with Jorge Endara Paniza.

On behalf of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Panama Canal Commission Executive Administration
Director Joseph J. Wood presents Panama's social
security system with supplies bought with over $20,000
donated by members of the society. Receiving the
packages of blankets, sheets, eating utensils and
dinnerware are, from left, Jose Carlos Bermudez,
Administrative Director of the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid
Hospital Complex; Mario Vilar, National Director of
Purchases; Jorge Endara Paniza, Director General of
the Social Security System; and Hector Penalba,
Secretary General of the Social Security System. At
right are Wood and Christopher Walsh of the
Commission's Administrative Division.

As evidenced by the following letter, the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. will not be forgotten by the
patients and staff of the Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid
Hospital and the Social Security System of Panama.

Again, our many thanks to all who supported this
Betty Frassrand
Virgil "Skeeter" Camby

Members of the Panamanian press coverage upon
Jorge Endara Paniza, Director General of Panama's
Social Security System at center and Mr. J.J. Wood,
Director, AE, at right.

Cable Address: "CASESO"
Box 1598, Panama 1, Panama
Office of the Director General

Panama, October 1, 1990

Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 1303
Dade City, Florida 33526-1303

Dear Mrs. LEDOUX:

On behalf of Panama's Social Security, I have
gratefully received the donation made by our friends of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Due to our geographical position and the Panama
Canal, our two countries have maintained a close
relationship, which has become more evident after
December 20, 1989.
The deplorable condition of our health institutions
shows the lack of respect of the previous administration
for the people of this country. Your donation to the "DR.
ARNULFO ARIAS MADRID" Hospital Complex has
come to fill an urgent need and will contribute to the
well-being of the patients of this hospital. Gestures such
as these increase our mutual friendship, and make the
ties between us adjust to the reality we Panamanians are
living today.
You, who have lived in our country for so many
years, can attest to the feeling which has led us to walk
side by side through a path of understanding and
We Panamanians, and especially the beneficiaries of
our Social Security, are eternally grateful for your
gesture. Thank you from the bottom of our heart.


(signed) JORGE ENDARA P.
Director General


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News Clips


Thursday, 20 September, 1990, saw the opening of a historic chapter in the annals of both U.S.
and Panamanian history. In accordance with the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty, a Panamanian
national, Gilberto Guardia F., was formerly sworn in as administrator of the Panama Canal
Commission. Also, as mandated by the treaty, a U.S. citizen, Raymond P. Laverty, was formerly
sworn in as deputy administrator.
At a historic ceremony in the State Department's Benjamin Franklin Room, Gilberto Guardia F. took the oath of
office, becoming the first Panamanian administrator of the Panama Canal Commission and the first non-U.S. citizen ever
to head a U.S. government agency. Administering the oath was Chairman of the Panama Canal Commission Board of
Directors Robert W. Page.

MEETING PRESIDENT BUSH. The President of the United States of America, George Bush, talks with Guillermo
"Billy" Ford (BHS'55), Second Vice President of the Republic of Panama in the Oval Office of the White House. Ford
was in Washington, D.C. for the swearing in of Gilberto Guardia F. and Raymond P. Laverty as administrator and
deputy administrator of the Panama Canal Commission. From left are Laverty, Chairman of the Panama Canal
Commission Board of Directors Robert W. Page, Guardia, Ford and President Bush.

Until just recently, Guardia was president and chief
executive officer of Diaz and Guardia SA., an
architectural, engineering and construction firm. Under
his leadership, the company was involved in projects such
as the construction of the Bayano Cement Factory, Banco
Exterior Building and Bahai Temple, as well as the
construction of schools, houses and other buildings in the
Canal area.
Guardia holds a bachelor of science degree in civil
engineering from the University of Santa Clara in

California and has served on the boards of numerous
organizations, including the Banque Nationale de Paris in
Panama; the Panama Construction Chamber; the World
Business Council in Washington, D.C.; and the Panama
South Chapter of the Rotary Club.
Visiting a number of different Commission worksites
has impressed Guardia with the complexity of the Canal
organization and the high degree of commitment in the
work force. He says he will be relying on those
commitment in his new position.

Administrator Gilberto Guardia F.

Deputy Administrator Raymond P. Laverty

With his appointment by U.S. President George Bush
and swearing in as Panama Canal Commission deputy
administrator, Raymond P. Laverty became the first
career employee of the Panama Canal organization to
ever be promoted into one of its two highest positions.
The Commission's executive planning director since 1981,
Laverty has been serving in the interim position of deputy
administrator for operations since the beginning of this
Born in Brockton, Mass., Laverty received a
bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Following service in the U.S. Army, he earned an M.B.A.
in industrial management from Boston University. He has
served as president of the Rotary Club of Panama West;
Chairman of the Canal Zone Chapter of the American
Red Cross; executive director of the Canal Zone United
Way and a member of the committee on the Canal Zone
Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife,
Marilyn, raised their three children Kathleen, Brian,
and Michael in the Canal area.


Richard A. Gilman, an engineering technician with
the Panama Canal Commission Housing and Buildings
Branch, was named All American Department
Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the
United States. Gilman, who is the commander of the

Department of Panama Canal, will be honored at a
luncheon ceremony on August 19 during the national
VFW convention from August 17 through 24 in
The title of All
American Commander is
one of the most prestigious
honors given by the
organization, according to
VFW Commander-in-Chief '
Walter G. Hogan.
"Commander Gilman is one -
of only 40 VFW
Department Commanders
selected for All-American
status," he explained.
The VFW is a national
organization of more than 2
million overseas wartime
veterans. Founded in 1889,
it is the oldest major
veterans group in the Richard A. Gilman

The Panama Canal Spillway
August 3, 1990


When someone says "Canal builders," one might
immediately think of the "big names" --names that have
gone down in history or that are attached to buildings,
streets and monuments --names like Theodore Roosevelt,
the president credited with building the Panama Canal;
Col. George W. Goethals, the project's chief engineer;
Col. William C. Gorgas, who rid the Isthmus of malaria
and yellow-fever carrying mosquitoes; and Maj. David D.
Gaillard, who was in charge of the Culebra Cut
There is another group of Canal builders, however,
whose names do not spring to mind because we never
knew them by name. They were part of that vast,
anonymous group of workers we see swarming over the
various Canal construction sites in historical photos. Yet,
these people were no less heroic than those whom history
has remembered. They put forth heroic efforts to
perform heroic tasks. They sweat and toiled to lay the
tracks, to run the trains, to carry and place the explosives,
to build the foundations and to lay the concrete. Many of
them even gave their lives.
But who were these people? Where did they come
from? How did they five, and more importantly, how did

"...these people were no less heroic than
those whom history has remembered."

they feel? Some insight has been gleaned from first-hand
they feel? Some insight has been gleaned from first-hand

accounts sent to the Isthmian Historical Society in 1963,
accounts that give life and personality to a few of the
unsung heroes who dug, dredged, hammered and blasted
to help create the Panama Canal.
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Dynamite Work. Unnamed heroes place dynamite in
holes bored in rock in Culebra Cut.

One of these accounts came from Albert Peters, who
was born in Nassau, Bahamas, on February 10, 1885.
"One day while reading the daily paper I saw where they
were digging a Canal from ocean to ocean on the
Isthmus of Panama and needed thousands of men," he
wrote. "I and two of my pals read it over and we
suggested to take a trip over. We were all eager for some
adventure and experience. My parents were against the
idea. They told me about the yellow fever, malaria and
smallpox that infested the place but I told them that I
and my pals are just going to see for ourselves."

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Typical home. A West Indian family sees to the
household chores.

Not all the new arrivals were able to find
employment right away. Mary Couloote from Jamaica
tried to get a job at the asylum at Miraflores. The doctor
instead gave the job to her older sister because,
according to Mary, "I was too young to handle those

crazy women." Mary eventually did find work sewing for
people in her home. She lived in a small cottage in
Miraflores with her husband. When the Canal was
finished, they moved to Panama City.
Organized recreation and entertainment were scarce
back in those days, so "the married couples would have
weekly parties, and the bachelors would kill time
gambling," according to Enrique Plummer of Panama.
Baseball caught on, Plummer noted, and finally got to
the stage that they would "import" players from the
United States by giving job priority to those who could
play ball.
In order to play ball, you needed a baseball diamond.
When John Altyman Richards of Jamaica came to
Panama, "still quiet and a green young man bursting with
energy," he was unable to get a job on the Canal, but on
March 9, 1914, went to work leveling off the baseball
diamond in Pedro Miguel. "While doing this job for one
year, I met various men from other countries and we
swapped many ideas and interesting stories among
each other, thus making working conditions rather
enjoyable to a certain extent," he reminisced.

Waiting for wages. A crowd of West Indian Canal
workers awaits the arrival of the pay car.

Those working on the Canal were often impressed
with the construction equipment. James A. Lewis from
Antigua described his fascination with the steam shovel.
"The way the engineer worked that lever, you should see
that long arm slide out and down coming up with the
bucket full of dirt and rocks and dump it on the train
with flat cars."
The work was very hard and sometimes dangerous.
Castilla M. Weeks credited a vision with saving his life.
One day a gang of 30 men was accompanying two
carloads of dynamite when a box of the explosives fell
off and was crushed under the wheels, causing an
explosion that killed the entire crew. Because of a vision
he had that morning, Weeks had not gone to work that
fateful day.
It was difficult for many workers to believe that such
a monumental project as the Canal could ever be
finished, and some supervisors tried to prepare them for
the inevitable day. "While working, some of our good
bosses would find some encouraging talk for us," reported
George H. Martin of Barbados. "They would say to us,
'boys, are you saving your money, it won't be long from
now, we will see water into the cut,' but we just took it
for a joke. I, personally would say to my fellow men, that
could never happen, my children would come and have
children, and their children would come and do the same,

before you would see water into the cut, and most all of
us agreed on the same."
Despite these predictions, however, the Canal was
completed. Ironically, this grand achievement brought
unemployment to many of those who made it possible.
Some were transferred to other places, and others were
sent home to different islands. Z.H. McKenzie of
Jamaica described the West Indians as feeling a "great
desolation" when the waterway was finished and claimed
that many "died from a weak heart."

The Panama Canal Spillway
August 17, 1990


It was early in 1922 and the cameraman was
following telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell,
who was on a world tour and had stopped in Balboa,
Panama Canal Zone. The youngsters were members of
the Red, White and Blue Troupe, which performed fancy
swimming and diving stunts at the Balboa Swimming
"There were no mosquitos in the Canal
Zone. It was a wonderful place to live," says Ursula
Raphael Neyrey of Metairie, the teen-ager on the
extreme right, one of the troupe's star performers. Born
August 11, 1907, in New Orleans, she moved to Balboa
when she was 10.

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Where Are You?


Jay Alonis
Julio "Papo" Aponte
Jeanie Bassett
Lorna Boone
Alma Austin
Vivian Boseman
Bill Bradbury
Beth Carter
Patty Christian
Susan Couts
Armando Cabrera
Faith Coad
Kathy DeRaps
Allen Farnsworth
Josephine Forbes
Danny Ferguson
Francisco Gonzalez
Brenda Gibson
Sharon Golden
Patricia Gutierriz
Allen Harmon
Isaac Heres
Nancy Huson
Robert Johnson

Tom Kredell
Neal Anthony LaRoche
Shelly Lund
Ann Lauritzen
Sue Mendenhall
Susan Metivier
Aleida Montenegro
Kathy Milligan
Alex Normandia
Richard Perra
Ingrid Portier
Jasmin Rivera
Danny Robinson
Nestor Rodriguez
Rhonda Rollings
Nai-Yen Shum
James Spangler
Eligio Thomas
Danny Tweedy
Joe Valencia
Linda West
Jenny Wirtz
Priscilla Zavinski
Maria Zayas

If you know the whereabouts of any of our above
mentioned classmates or wish additional information
about our reunion plans, please contact us!

Hila Lyman Hanley
2921 Sycamore Sprgs Dr. #109
Kingwood, TX 77339-1303
(713) 360-4067 (H)
(713) 861-4652 (W)

During her days with the troupe, she thrilled
spectators by swimming underwater while wearing heavy
chains. "I would go down to the bottom of the pool and
work my way up," she says, explaining that two men lifted
her out of the water as she emerged.
Aside from Bell, other people who witnessed her
performances include former president Teddy Roosevelt,
future film "Tarzan," Johnny Weismuller and the Prince
of Denmark. Bell, who patented the phone when he was
just 29, died in August 1922 at the age of 75.
Neyrey returned to the New Orleans area in 1924
and later married and had two sons. Today she is a
retired medical secretary. Does she still swim? "Of
course," answers Neyrey, now a great grandmother.

John Burke
The Times-Picayune
July 29, 1990

Robert Phillips
22522 Bucktrout Lane
Katy TX 77449
(713) 347-2364 (H)
(713) 556-7675 (W)
(713) 556-7603 (FAX)

Don Byrd
17518 Ridge Top
Houston, TX 77090
(713) 893-5830 (H)
(713) 874-6123 (W)
(713) 874-6147 (FAX)



Mail for the above individuals has been returned for
non-sufficient addresses or no forwarding address. Canal
Records will not be forwarded by the Post Office since
they are mailed Second Class. If you know of the
whereabouts of any of these members, please advise the
Secretary, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Box 1508,
Palm Harbor, FL 34682-1508.


The Pedro Miguel Reunion Committee would
appreciate receiving addresses for those listed below.
If you know where they are, let us hear from you please!

BAILEY, Nancy (Conneele,
DUFF, Mrs. Eldermae
HEATH, Shiela (Curling)
HINKLE, Mrs. Corina

y) HUNT, John A.
KLOTZ, Phillip
LOVE, Jack
McKENZIE, Margie (Ga.?)

Please send any addresses you may have to: Ginger
(Coffey) Young, 1220 John Anderson Dr., Ormond
Beach, FL 32176. (904) 441-1858.


I am currently involved in compiling a family
geneology of my great-grandfather, Stephen Elijah Calvit,
Jr. and Sarah and Stephen Elijah Calvit, Sr. I am having
no luck determining anything about Sarah and Stephen
Calvit Sr., of Houston, Texas, especially their origins and
her maiden name.
Any person or descendent with any information about
Sarah or Stephen E. Calvit, Sr., please contact me. Sarah
remarried in the Canal Zone, a Panama Canal employee,
a Williams or Thomas, on or about 1909.
Will be glad to share information obtained with any
descendent. Please help! Any leads are welcome. Robin
E. (Harrison) Walker, 8412 Winands Road, Baltimore,
MD 21208.


If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of
Dave "Elf" Albertson who lived in Balboa and later in
Diablo Heights, please contact John Bundy at 10256
39th Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98146, or please forward my
address to him.

Your Reporter Says ...


We are so glad to see summer is going and fall
arriving. This was a very hot and unbearable summer -
ready for some cool weather.
There were many comings and goings this summer.
Maggie and Johnny Janssen had their son, John, Jr., and
wife, Teresa, as guests for one week. John is stationed at
the Pentagon in Washington, DC but resides in
Alexandria, VA. They enjoyed going to the beaches in
Panama City, FL. Johnny and Maggie's grandson, Sean
Beck, graduated from Auburn University in August. He
is the son of Col. and Mrs. Rex E. Beck, Jr. of Val Rico,
FL. Gene is stationed at McDill in Tampa. Sean is also
the grandson of Rex Beck of Merritt Island, FL.
Margaret and Jack Hern were presented with a trip
to England by their children, Jack and Fran Hern and
Dick and Ruth Hern. This was in honor of their 50th
wedding anniversary which they celebrated in May of
1990. They had a great time visiting all the wonderful
sights of London and England.
Mary (Gilbert) Urey spent 10 days in Alamo, CA
visiting Dick and Leslie (Dugas) Firth and Ida Dugas
(she had spent two months with her children in
California). Highlights of her visit to California were
attending an Oakland Raider and San Francisco Giant
baseball game and the fabulous stage show Les
Miserables. Mary then flew to Oregon and visited with
Walt and Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens, granddaughters,
Cathy and Jennifer and great granddaughter, Jamie.
Mary then joined Louise Hunt and the Zonian Amigos
gang in Seattle for a short visit before taking off for the
Alaskan Land Tour Cruise about which she has not

stopped talking. She is now off to Texas to visit with
brother John (Bucky) Gilbert and wife Jackie (Carlin) in
San Antonio. She will then spend Thanksgiving in Del
Rio, TX with Michael and Michele (Urey) Perez and
grandsons. When she returns from that trip she will go to
Panama for Christmas.
Wilma Kennerd also joined the Alaskan trip and had
a great time. When she returned to Dothan, she took off
again on a bus tour of New England. She was gone for
two weeks. Sorry to report that when she returned she
had to be admitted to the hospital. I heard she has

Joyce (Masters) Danford with Fred and Judy Rose
at the "Rusty Pelican" in Los Angeles for dinner, fine
food, company and fun.

Fred and Judy (Jorstad) Rose wandered off the
beaten path to Ensenada, Mexico in August, to help
celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of some dear
friends. The anniversary party was complete with
mariachis, and the whole neighborhood came to dance.
The fiesta and the route to Ensenada, with tin/cardboard
shacks on little farm plots alternating with beachfront
developments, was reminiscent of Panama. A highlight of
the trip was a visit in the LA. area with Joyce (Masters,
BHS'49) Danford and family. Joyce talked about hot-air
ballooning with her daughter even made a couple of
beer commercials in Canada and Brazil in their balloon.
(No grass growing under her feet.) Joyce also reports
that her four children and her brothers are doing fine.
Freeland and Mary (Straus) Hollowell of Dothan,
AL are proud grandparents for the first time. Free Jr.
and Penny (Hall) of New Orleans, LA had their first
child, Adrianna Marie on May 19, 1990. Grandparents
Hollowell have seen her several times since birth and
she's getting plenty of TLC. This makes a total of nine
great-grandchildren for Mary's mother, Ruth Straus of
Burbank, CA. The paternal great-grandparents were the
late Ross Hollowell and the late Margaret R. Hollowell.
Mary and Freeland, Sr. are planning a trip to
Guantanamo Bay to visit with daughter, Laurie Rinehart,
and husband, Michael.
Muriel and Mike McGriff also went on the New
England, New York and Canada bus tour. They enjoyed
the changing colors of the trees and the cool weather.
It was great seeing John McDowell here in Dothan
even if it was for only a short visit. He was visiting
Woody and Elsie Woodruff. He and his wife, Elsie, had
been in Florida visiting friends. John never changes -
looks young. It must be all that hard work and TLC from
I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving and a Happy
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan will hold its
annual Christmas dinner dance on December 13th at the
Holiday Inn (South). This used to be the Sheraton Inn.
Anyone coming this way at that time is welcome to join
us. We would love to have you!

Catherine (Whelan) Filo
(205) 794-0145


The Panama Canal Society of Arizona held its Fall
luncheon meeting on October 20, 1990, at the Sunland
Inn, Arizona City, AZ. Those in attendance included
Alan and Natalia (Bender) Broderick, Helen (Daniel)
Munson, Elizabeth ("Sis" Hayes) Phillips, Rev. and Mrs.
Milton Cookson, H. Loring and Evelyn White, Danny
and Jane (Dickson) Cox, Wallace and Martha (Lommel)
Jobusch, Bill Dupree, Ted and Emma Englebright,
Beverly (Lindstrom) Fraim, Dolores (Lindstrom) Harris,
Mary Ann (Carruthers) Honey, Jeffrey and Melissa
Hirschl, Dr. Daniel and Miriam Hirschl, and Cecelia
Wensing and guest.
An election was held for the office of President.
Jeffrey Hirschl was unanimously elected to the office,

and graciously accepted. The consensus of opinion among
those present was that the meetings may generate more
interest in the future if we vary the sites of meetings,
coordinating them with places of interest for sight-
One interesting aspect of this meeting was that there
were two and two-thirds members of the Jeffrey Hirschl
family present; the youngest attendee was minus three
months old! Jeffrey and Melissa are expecting their first
child in January, 1991! Congratulations, Jeff and Melissa!

Jeff and Melissa Hirschl, October 1990


Rev. and Mrs. Milton Cookson, October 1990
Don and Beverly (Lindstrom, CHS-51) Fraim, went
to Illinois in October to pick up their oldest son, Donald,
and his wife, Cheryl, along with their five grandchildren.
They then motored to Collinsville, IL, to visit Bev's sister,
Marjorie (Lindstrom, CHS'44) Presson and two of her
children, Ronald and Frank Presson. Marjorie is
recovering from spinal surgery that she had earlier this
year. From Collinsville, the Fraim family continued to
Knoxville, TN, to visit their youngest son, Martin Fraim.
The Fraim entourage enjoyed hiking in the Smokey
Mountains National Park, sight-seeing, visiting antique
shops, and picnicking, a thoroughly enjoyable vacation in

Marjorie plans on spending the Christmas holidays
with her daughter, Pat, and her two granddaughters,
Elizabeth and Erica, in Seattle, WA. She plans to be in
Tucson, AZ, the middle of January for an extended visit
with her folks, Ted and Emma Englebright, her sister,
Dolores (Lindstrom) Harris, and Bev.
Fern (Horine) Dabill missed the October luncheon-
meeting of the Panama Canal Society or Arizona because
on its very date, October 20, she arrived in Frankfurt,
Germany, to spend seven weeks visiting her daughter,
Capt. Carol Dabill, who is stationed there at the 2nd
General Hospital in Laundstuhl, which is near
The week before the Florida Reunion, she went on
a cruise to the Bahamas with her brother, Conrad
Horine, his wife, Norma, and daughter, Patricia; brother
Larry, and his wife, Mary Ellen; sister, Emily Brooks,
and some other friends. They all enjoyed the Reunion
after the cruise. From the Reunion, Stella (Boggs)
DeMar drove Fern to Atlanta for the Reserve Officers'
Association National Convention. Then Fern flew to
Washington, DC, for a week's visit with friends in
Virginia and Maryland.
Barely home in Phoenix long enough to repack, Fern
left in the middle of July for Calgary, Alberta, Canada to
attend the conference of International Reserve Officers
for a week. At the end of September, she went to San
Diego for the West Coast Panama Canal Reunion.
In May, Betty (Crooks) Ingram took a nostalgic trip
by Amtrack (not having been on a train in years) to visit
her late husband, Ron's, family in St. Joseph, MO. She
says she is glad of the experience, but won't want to
travel by train again, despite the fact that she had the
most deluxe accommodations, a private room to herself.
Meanwhile, her son, Michael, was promoted to a high
supervisory position in the State of California
Department of Criminal Fraud. Betty and Michael both
have homes in Ontario, CA.
In July, Peggy Bradley drove out to Florida, where
she visited with her nephew, Ed Napoleon, Jr., in St.
Augustine. Ed is an archeologist attending graduate
school there. While there, Peggy learned of her sister,
Martha (Bradley) Woods' serious illness, which, indeed,
was found to be terminal. She then drove diagonally
across the country to be with Martha in Vancouver, WA.
Shortly after her arrival, she learned that the roof had
blown off her Tucson home, during our severe July
monsoons, and had to rush back to Tucson to have the
damages repaired. If it isn't one thing, it's two!

Danny Cox and faithful companion Doc with their
"catch of the day" Pinetop, AZ, July 1990.

Danny and Jane (Dickson) Cox spent much of July
in cool, lovely Pinetop in Arizona's central mountains -
elevation 7200 feet (not 2700 feet as erroneously printed
in the last Record). Danny spent many days diligently
fishing, but an Izaak Walton he isn't! In September, back
home in Tucson, they were visited for two days by
Danny's youngest brother, Richard, and his wife, Helen,
who like Betty and Michael Ingram live in Ontario,
CA. We were delighted to have Peggy Bradley come over
to meet our relatives and have dinner with us. Later in
the same month, Danny, Peggy and I drove down to
Sasabe, AZ, a little over 70 miles from Tucson on the
Mexican border, to a dude ranch, Rancho de la Osa, for
lunch one day. The ranch has a well-deserved reputation
for marvelous cuisine, all prepared by the "Grandma" of
the family that owns it!

Jane (Dickson) Cox
(602) 298-3147


Fall has come to Northwest Arkansas and the leaves
have started to turn. Also, the many arts and craft fairs
are over and most of them reported bigger sales and
more people in attendance than last year in spite of the
rising cost of gasoline. Now, we can look forward to
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman hope to finish their
Christmas shopping by going to the many arts and crafts
fairs having exhibits at this time of year. The Northwest
Society of the Panama Canal employees, of which Willard
is President, had a nice turnout for the fall luncheon
which was held at the Heritage Cafeteria in Rogers, AR.
The Society is planning to move our annual picnic in
June up one week so our members have ample time to
cruise to Orlando, FL, to attend the annual Reunion.


List of those who attended:
Arkansas Dean Anderson, Bud Balcer, Harry and Lenor Butz,
Richard and Mary Condon, Frederick and Marion Coclasure, Lara
Adams, guest, Jack and Joan Corliss, Evelyn Engelke, Audra
Dugan, Harold and Jerry Harp, Willard and Kathleen Huffman,
Nobby and Peggy Keller, Milan Kluth, guest, Betty McGIllberry,
Ruth and Lyle Mertz, Red and Alice Nail, Carl and Petle Maedl,
Jessie Newhard, Bruce and Dorothy Sanders, Etta Faye Terrell,
Ken, Mary Ellen (McGann) and Christopher Thomas, E. D. "Van"
and Lois Van Horn.
Missouri Ralph and Marle Shuey, Georgia Gwinn, and Bea
Setser, guest.
Florida Alice McGann.
Jack and Joan Corliss are planning a short trip to
the gulf coast of Alabama.
Marion Coclasure reports her mother, Addie,
accompanied by her two sisters from Kansas made a trip
to Huntsville, AL, to visit her son David and family.
Jessie Newhard enjoyed a brief visit with son John
Albright from Denver, CO.
Nothing newsy from Harold and Jerry Harp just
staying close to home.

Mary Lou Engelke went to the Reunion in Orlando
and was joined by daughters Susan Engelke and
Margaret Gallardo and their families. After the Reunion,
they went to Seminole, FL, and spent two weeks with son
Robert Engelke and family. They had to return home
suddenly because of illness of her mother-in-law,
Constance Engelke. In September, she enjoyed a visit by
daughters Margaret and Susan and sons Tom and Bobby
and their families.
Ralph and Marie Shuey returned in early October
after a three-month visit to Germany with Marie's sister.
They were kept busy with yard work. While there, they
also were joined by son Ralph and his family for a short
Pete and Sue Warner had daughter Pam home for a
short visit after Pete had spent a short time in the
hospital. They also expect daughter Phyllis some time in
Alice and Red Nail are kept busy by preparing for
their third season of growing and selling Christmas trees.
Evelyn Engelke is looking forward to a visit from her
daughter, Judy Montanaro, in late October. She also
wishes to report that her son Bill has a new address: 1925
Rainier Drive, Los Banos, CA 93635.
Maxine Reinhold attended a Norwegian language
camp in Minnesota in September. Also, she attended a
national conference for THEOS a support group for
widows and widowers. She will spend the upcoming
holidays in Minnesota with all of her family in
Lee Cotton just returned from Camp Robinson, AR,
where he helped with the National Shooting
Championship of the National Guard. With his wife, Lee
will be on a trip with Community Concerts.
The Grammers Rita and Harold report not much
doing at this time. Her father, Herb Engelke, and his wife
Willa are doing okay. Also, her brother, Herbie, Jr., and
his wife, Judy, and two children were in Washington, DC,
where Judy attended a seminar on infertility. They are
also teaching their children at home this year.
John and Polly Michaelis report all is quiet on the
home front.
Peggy and Nobby Keller report that Nobby had to
postpone a trip to visit his brother in Hyattaville, MD,
because of a checkup on his heart condition.
Betty McGillberry was expecting relatives for the
annual arts and crafts festival, but they called and
Andrea and Paul Oliver came up from New Orleans
for two weeks in September to visit Etta Faye Terrell.
They helped with some small jobs around the house and
enjoyed an overnight trip to Kansas City, MO. Andrea
and Paul went camping at a state park near Huntsville
and the temperature got down to 34 degrees.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders are planning a short trip
to Piano, TX, to visit with family.
The Balcers Betty and Bud had a very enjoyable
seven-week trip to England, Wales and Scotland. The
first ten days the weather was very warm and we thought
we had not left Arkansas. One day in London, it got to
99 degrees. Our rental car had over 4,000 miles on it
when we turned it in. While in Scotland, we visited our
friends Dick and Ella Barclay in Glasgow. Some of the
highlights included a visit to "Old Sarum" at Salisbury,
Glamis Castle in Scotland, Eileen Donan Castle in
Scotland, and The Wild Animal Park in the Cotswold

where we enjoyed the "MEERKATS" and the RED
PANDA. We also spent some time in the Dales of
Yorkshire. Another highlight of our trip was driving
through Wales and its rugged scenery. The prices of most
everything were sky high and the price of petrol kept
rising while we were there. But, all in all, both of us had
a great time.

Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754


Fayetteville news:
Mack and Frances McLendon were delegates to the
NARFE National Convention in Louisville, KY, in
September. Mack is one of the district vice presidents in
the Arkansas Federation of NARFE.
In Panama, Mack was livestock superintendent for
the United Fruit Co. in Changuinola and Almirante for
6-1/2 years. Then for 3 years he was the Agri-Extension
Advisor for the University of Arkansas at David and
Panama City. Frances taught school in Changuinola.
The McLendons are planning a trip to Australia and
New Zealand in December/January to celebrate their
50th wedding anniversary.
Keith York has a son, Keith, Jr., and a daughter,
Gladys Marie Perez, and five grandchildren still in
Panama. From them he keeps abreast of the situation
there. Keith is recovering well from two light heart
attacks suffered recently.
Luke and Betty Palumbo drove to Maryville, MO, in
October to attend the Homecoming festivities at NMSU.
Special recognition was given to the 1931 football team
which had been undefeated. A freshman that year, Luke
played on the team. At the banquet, an All-Star team,
chosen from the best players from 1907 to 1960 was
announced. Luke Palumbo was named center on this
team and George Coulter, who played football under
Palumbo at Cristobal High, was named end.
Frances Whitlock received word that her thirty-
second great-grandchild, Raymond Paul, has been added
to the clan. The parents are Maureen and Andrew
Whitlock II of Fort Worth, TX. Betty and Bud Huldquist
of Dothan, AL, visited Mattie Wyman. During that time
there were several family gatherings with Frances
Whitlock and the Mike Burtons.
Springdale news:
Earl and Maxine Wrenn traveled to Rochester, NY,
in August to visit Keith and Melissa Wrenn and to
welcome a new grandson, Joseph, the third in that family.
In September, Joe and Marge Coffin paid them a three-
day visit. Joe and Earl retired from the Canal Zone Fire
Department. In October, the Wrenns had as guests
Ernest and Lois Van Horn and Alice McGann, and
Alice's daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen and Ken
Thomas and son Christopher. These folks had come to
attend the NW Arkansas PC annual luncheon.
Gloria Malsbury flew to Oregon in August for a ten-
day visit with a friend. She reported the weather was
much cooler than Arkansas, and the flowers beautiful.
She especially enjoyed visits to Portland and Eugene.
Gloria is currently recovering from surgery to her hand.

Harry and Lee Butz spent the weekend of October
6th with Esther and Bill Clair in Broken Arrow, OK.
That Saturday they attended the Oklahoma PC Society
picnic in Tulsa, which they enjoyed very much. Esther
was one of the organizers of this group. The new
president is Ron Jacobs, a former Canal Zone teacher.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


It was a pleasant August afternoon at the Holiday
Inn, Laguna Hills, where old friends gathered to share
memories at the Panama Canal Society Southern
California "Memorabilia" Luncheon.
We remembered the thrill of sliding down the
Admin. Building hill on palm fronds, picking and eating
mangos til we were sick, and swimming at the Arraijan
falls "au natural." We remembered how the streets
smelled of pine needles, long after the annual Christmas
Tree burnings, a fragrant reminder of the trees being
dragged from one hiding spot to another. We
remembered the GRAND parades on all the holidays -
Boy and Girl Scouts in all sizes, the Army and Air Force
marching bands, the spiffy-stepped Bomberos in red and
white, marching to the cadence of the "Himno Del
Patria," the Lucho truck, complete with organ, and of
course the grand finale with the horses. We also
remembered the patriotism that was demonstrated when
"Old Glory" passed by no flag burners there!!
We laughed loud and heartily with our two local
"Bajun joke masters" Janet (Nesbitt) Laschinger and
Robert Provost, who presented their finest. We were also
entertained by the multi-talented David LeRoy Smith,
who sang an original song, "Don't Skylark With Me" from
his musical "A Lucky Day" introduced in 1954, as a Red
Cross Production.

Joan and Jack deGrummond at the Memorabilia
Luncheon, August 5, 1990.

An impromptu show of Panama of Fashions was a
medley of colors and styles. Everyone had a chance to
"Strut their Stuff' to a tape of Panamanian Music
prepared by Joan De Grummond and David Smith. Mary
(Crayan) Lade and sister Eileen (Crayan) Finken looked
colorful in dresses made in the USA but with a Guaymi-
Indian look. Jack De Grummond, dressed in a Montuno,
complete with bolsa and Sombrero de Montuno,
however, stole the show.
Edith Wimmer, President, introduced four former
PCSSC Presidents Jack De Grummond, Francis
Fitzpatrick, Bob Quinn, and David Smith all present
and well, to the group. Bob Dill, the only surviving
Roosevelt Medal holder of the 7,391 awarded, spoke to
the gathering about " of the greatest experiences of
my life." The Panama Canal Reunion Luncheon was
dedicated to Pop Ebdon and himself. He proudly
exhibited the plaque presented to him by Congressman
Philip Crane and a miniature of the key to the City of
Orlando, presented him by Mary I. Johnson, City
Commissioner. (June 23rd was dedicated as Panama
Canal Society of Florida Day in Orlando.) Mr. Dill
concluded the program with the reading of a poignant
poem entitled "A Shadow's View" by S. W. Perkins. We
applaud you, Mr. Robert Dill!!
Bob Quinn reported on his 1st Florida Reunion an
exciting reunion with his brother Bill and family from
Alabama. Bob also donated a book entitled "Ships of the
Panama Canal" for the drawing and it was won by Bob
Provost. Lucky lottery winners were David Smith, Edith
Wimmer and Elva Waddell.

Blanquita (McNatt) Schield and son, Dag (21), junior
at U.C. San Diego and daughter, Tana (23) at
Noriega's Mansion at Fort Amador Causeway in August

Blanquita (McNatt) Schield (BHS'54) included Bay
Area news with membership renewal. She and husband,
Dr. Paul Schield, live in Livermore, CA. Blanquita was
graduated with a degree in Political Science, Magna Cum
Laude, from Cal State, Hayward in June 1990. Well done,
Blanquita! She spent August in Panama with daughter
Tana, 23, and son Dag, 21, and helped celebrate mother
McNatt's 80th birthday. Brother Richard (BHS'61) and
wife Pandy also joined in the celebration.

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1990) and children. Back L-R: John Magee, Peggy
(Magee) Keller, Charles Bud Magee. Front L-R: Anne
(Magee) Severy, Sue, and Susie (Magee) Allen.
Susie (Allen) Magee celebrated her 90th birthday in
Oceanside, with forty family members. In attendance
were daughters Peggy (Magee) Keller, Anne (Magee)
Severy and Susie (Magee) Allen and sons Charles Magee,
Jr. and John Magee, eight grandchildren and two great-
grandchildren. Other Zonians included her sister and
brother-in-law Dolly and Jerry Steiner, her nieces
Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett and Joanne (Steiner)
Robinson and friend Tom O'Donnell. Susie Magee went
to Panama at age 12, attended Canal Zone Schools and
in 1927 married Charles "Mugsy" Magee. Both she and
"Mugsy" worked for the Panama Canal and retired in
1956. "Mugsy" passed away in 1983 and Sue has recently
relocated in California. She is "at home" at 1080 Arcadia
Avenue, Vista, CA 92084.
Christina (Kreis) Anderson called recently to update
the "Kreis Klan." Sister Patti has a position with
Bloomingdales as a buyer, Donald is a Chef in a posh
country club in Concord, and the youngest, Richard, has
recently graduated from college and is working for Hertz
in Las Vegas. Rob and Christina Anderson make their
home in San Diego.
Dan and Marge (Morris) Hanesworth were in Costa
Mesa on business recently, which gave brother Bob and
Linda Morris an opportunity for "Fiesta Time." The
Hanesworths have recently been relocated to Chicago,
after ten years of residing in Piano, TX. Daughter Holly
is attending the University of Arizona in Tucson. "Grand"
plans for a family reunion have been outlined for
Orlando 1990.
Linda (Reimann) Morris
(619) 272-9729


Alice Wier (Ward) reports that her cousin Ed
Sullivan (BHS'38) and new wife were visiting the Winter
Park area this summer. She hopes that they may leave
California for the Colorado mountains. Ed how about
it, mon??
Penny Pennington Graham visited Spain this
summer, guided by Pilar, her former boarder who was an
exchange student in Lakewood. Now, Pilar's sister Marivi
has arrived to live with the Grahams for a year. Penny
still teaches high school Spanish in Denver.
Ray Ward is in Panama now, visiting friends for
several week. He is having a great time.
Neal Parker, grandson of Barbara (Evans)
O'Shaughnessy, expects to graduate this December from
the University of Colorado at Boulder. He majors in
Aeronautical Engineering. His uncle and aunt, Al and
Norma (Evans) Harrington live nearby in Greeley, CO.
Captain Fred and Mary Jane (Ugart) Weade enjoyed
summer visitors daughter Mary and grandson Austin;
and daughter-in-law Jan with grandson Jason, who had
just graduated from Balboa High School! The Weades
leave soon for several weeks in San Francisco, then to
Panama for Christmas.
Milton and BJ. (Becker) Law drove to the C.Z.
Reunion in Orlando, taking their grandsons along. Their
mother Kathy flew in for the party and all visited
daughter Val who relocated to Merritt Island, FL, with
husband Bud after one Colorado winter. They all made
a trip to Key West hot but beautiful and worth going to
Does anyone have an address for Mrs. Geneva
My brother, Jim Meigs, and I buried our mother in
Tampa, next to our father and grandparents. She outlived
most of her contemporaries, but never her memories of
Panama. We were so glad to see Ray and Frances
(Violette) Sharp, Sun City Center, and Bill Johnson,
Lakewood, who came to her funeral.

Margaret Molloy
(303) 499-9528.



Faith Brundage reports from the Crossroads, the
Zonian Amigos, returned from their best tour yet -
Upon departing from Tampa and various other
gateway cities on August 24th, the group merged together
in Seattle, WA where they spent three beautiful days
visiting the many sights, including the Moscow Exhibit
which was in its closing days of a world tour.
The group enjoyed Pike's Market on the waterfront,
the mini-locks, and salmon ladders which are all a must
to see when in Seattle and, of course, dinner at the
Emerald Suite in the Space Needle.

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and Marge Foster, Patsy Rice, Tommie Lou Horter,
Billie Martin. 2nd row L-R; Anne hale, Lou Hunt, Issy
Gibson, Rosalie Cook, Mildred Sutherland, Lisa
McNamara, Faith Brundage, Betty Snow, Joy Maale,
Al Maale. 3rd row L-R: Hugh Hale, Mary Urey,
Bernice Jackson, Drew jackson, Marcia prinkey,
Fred Wellington, Rex Prinkey, Ben Brundage, Edith
Cotton. Not shown: Wilma Kennerd, Lucille Robison.

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Gibson, Lucile Robison, Mary Urey, Al Maale, Marje
Foster, Lou Hunt.
From Seattle, the Zonian Amigos flew to Fairbanks,
Alaska, where they enjoyed a riverboat trip, a salmon
bake, and a visit with Mary Shields, the famous woman
dog sledder who gave us all a demonstration in
From Fairbanks, the group took the domed Midnight
Sun Express train to Denali National Park. They stayed
overnight in Denali Park and toured the park where they
saw moose, caribou, red fox and dall sheep in their
natural habitat. In addition, they took in the scenery of
snow capped mountains and the beginning of Alaskan
Autumn as the train traveled on to Anchorage.
The group stayed two nights in Anchorage
sightseeing, eating and shopping, but the highlight of
their stay was coming upon a Panama Canal construction
days small "Dinky" Railroad Locomotive memorial.
The group left by train for Whittier on September 1st
where they boarded the loveboat, Fair Princess, for a
seven-day cruise stopping at Glacier Bay, Juneau,
Ketchikan and cruising through the Inland Passage. One
of the most unforgettable events of this portion of the
Alaskan venture was the group shooting the Mendenhall

Glacier's rapids with its Coordinator, Pete Foster, getting
the wettest, but even with 35 degree water, they all had
a great time.
Upon arrival in Vancouver, the group disembarked
and stayed two nights which included a visit to Victoria
where they toured this beautiful city and the Butchart
On October 10th this happy Zonian Amigos group
headed for home with many fond memories of their
Alaskan adventure.

Sara Rowley
(813) 531-7339


Last July, my husband Leo and I visited our
daughter, Lourelene, and her family in West Palm Beach,
primarily to watch her perform at the Jupiter Theatre in
the musical, La Cage aux Folles. The male leads were
Alan Rachins of LA Law and Tom Urich, Robert Urich's
older brother. Lourelene played one of the main
characters and the newspapers gave rave reviews for the
show and for her performance. It was one of the best
musicals we had ever seen and of course we were so
proud of our talented daughter. A big thrill for me was
having my picture taken with Alan Rachins and his
charming wife, Joanna Frank who also plays his TV wife.
Ed Hallinan of New Smyrna Beach and his lovely
fiance, Christina (Tina) MacLean were married
September 1st at Ed's home with a few close friends and
Tina's son, Stuart MacLean, in attendance. The
newlyweds are planning a trip to Long Island over the
Thanksgiving Holidays to visit friends and relatives. They
are also hoping to squeeze in a trip to Puerto Rico.
Richard and Louise Soyster were given a surprise
50th Anniversary party on August 30th. On hand were
friends and neighbors, some of Richard's bowling
buddies, Gene and Diane (Soyster) Leighton, Susan
(Soyster) Valenine and Susan's daughters, Ingred and
Amber and also Mavis (Beall) Fortner. The party was
held at the home of the Soyster's good friends, Robbie
and Debbie Westdyke. Granddaughter Ingred is a
freshman in high school and Amber is attending DBCC
and also works full time at Bryans Department Store.
Diane and her husband Gene celebrated their first
Wedding Anniversary August 6th. They plan to go to
Maine to celebrate Thanksgiving with Gene's two
daughters, son and grandson.
I called John and Dottie Gallager's home but they
were vacationing in Northtown, PA. According to their
daughter, Mary Ann, they plan to visit a close childhood
friend, Hank Dowd and some of John's "war biddies."
Mary Ann stays busy training her two young horses,
getting them ready to be shown at the Volusia County
Fair in November. Her three-year old thoroughbred,
Panama Red, competes in Hunter in Hand, Halter Class,
and he has won a number of ribbons and is her pride and
joy. I am looking forward to seeing them perform the
next time there is a show here in Lake Helen.
I had a nice chat with Roland Mans and he informed
me that Marie and their three children, three-year old
Sebastian, seven-year old Andrea, and nine-year old

Chris, have moved to Santiago, Chile where they
purchased a home five years ago. Roland plans to join
them as soon as he has sold his insurance business in
DeLand and he hopes it will be about five months from
now, if not sooner. He has a position waiting for him
with one of the major insurance companies. In the
meantime, he celebrated his 39th birthday at the home of
his aunt and uncle, Douglas and Anita Smith. Darwin
Pope was also on hand for the party. I was interested to
learn that the American dollar is still strong in Chile.
Mavis (Beall) Fortner and the Gallagers attended
the Space Coast Picnic in September. It was held this
year on Merritt Island. Mavis told me Pat and Donald
Beall visited with her in October and they had a great
time catching up on family and friends. She said Pat
looked wonderful and I know all his friends are pleased
he has recovered so quickly from his heart surgery.
Donald has recently retired and if he is anything like Pat,
he is probably knee deep in projects.

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Hugh Hale, Anne Hale, background, Ben Brundage.

Anne and Hugh Hale report they enjoyed their
Alaska trip with the Zonian Amigos. Two days in Seattle
prior to the start of the Alaska land-tour-cruise, gave the
Hales the opportunity to visit with former Zonians and
friends, Mary and Dick Taht, whom they hadn't seen in
many years. The Hales are looking forward to visits in
Oct./Nov. from their son Douglas, daughter-in-law Maria
(Huffman) and granddaughter, Lauren; daughter Peggy
Huff and her husband Dennis. Peggy and Douglas are
still living in Panama and Anne, Hugh and their daughter
Glenora Mclnerney and husband Bill will be going to
Panama in December to spend Christmas with them.
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year and hope that it won't be long until all
our boys in the service are back home, safe and sound.

Leona Sanders Snedeker
(904) 338-0022


Sometime in July my wife and I thought of a small
social in which to meet the people in the Society of which
we have been writing about since I took over as reporter
for the Pensacola area, so a flier went out with a map in
the back and an invitation on the front. The word was
out and it spread like wild fire!!! We awaited, but it took
a while for responses because by mistake I had written
out the wrong phone number; that's right, I put the
wrong phone number. Luckily, somebody noticed, the
mistake was corrected, and the phone started to ring, and
ring, and ring. We were expecting 10 to 12 people, but
Randy Williams, being the "partier" that he is, called to
tell us to plan for a bigger crowd because the word was
out. The phone kept on ringing, and the plans started to
solidify. We asked that everybody bring a covered dish
and refreshments, and we supplied the "Arroz con Polio"
Panamanian style.
August 25 finally came. We started on the rice the
night before. On Sunday, we finished the cooking,
cleaning and off to church we went. We left a note on the
door "BE BACK AT NOON." Mass ended, and by the
time we got home, the party had already started. Some of
the patio furniture was moved to the front. An
enthusiastic group cheered us back; our first Panama
Canal Society social in the Pensacola area had started!!!
After all formal introductions were out of the way, a brief
period of getting acquainted took place. There was food,
drinks, and coolers here, there, and everywhere. My
house got smaller and smaller. The bar was opened. We
had the best since the Prohibition Era. At this party, even
Elliot Ness would have had a good time because good
time was the theme of the party. We all drank, ate, and
danced to our heart's content. When I say dance, I mean
"pindin times" for we played some of that salsa and
Panamanian music we heard so much while in Panama.

Sitting L-R: L. Dedeaux, George and Gisela Smith, D.
Talavera, L. Gillespie, R. Gillespie. Standing L-R: B.
Dedeaux, Bea Sears, Gaddis and Byrle Wall, Eddy
Williams, Gina Presley, Robert Bryan, Sadie Bryan,
Clyde and Eleona Willman, Randy Williams, Michael
and Dio Stone, Sara Stone, ? Chery York, Denise
Williams, Michael Martinez, Norma Martin.

After a while, it got too crowded and too hot in the
house, so we moved the party to the back yard. The small
party I had planned turned out to be a high school prom.
As in any high school proms, there are a few who party
a little harder than the rest....and we even had a real
Balboa High School ex-principal, Mr. Clyde Willman.

The die harders were: Russell Gillespie, Randy Williams,
Michael Martinez, Denise Williams, Debra Dedeaux, and
yours truly, Dennis Talavera....we went for the
gold...Jose "Cuevero" Gold 1800....Texas style....shooters.
When we all got too hot and we all got too happy, to the
swimming pool we went where we played water polo.
Later on back at the house, Robert Bryan and Gina
Presley informed us that they had written a song about
Panama while on vacation to that hot and tropical place
we can't get out of our blood. The name of the son is
"Living South of the Border" currently playing in some
stations in Panama. The song has a good beat and the
vocals are excellent. If you all wish copies of it, 1irite to
Robert Bryan, P.O. Box 10266, Pensacola, FL 32524.
Attending the social (besides those mentioned above)
were: Gaddis (PCS President, 1976) and Byrle Wall, Earl
and Bea Sears, Elenor Willman, George Barbier, Louis
and Gloria Barbier, Jo, John and Ted Roebuck, George
and Gisela Smith, Norma Martin, Cherry York, Barbara
and Louis Dedeaux, John Dedeaux, Leslie Gillespie,
Eddy Williams, Ann Penseyres, Sadie Bryan, Michael
and Dio Stone, and Monica (my wife) and I. In
conclusion, we all had a good time. We all made new
friends, and I hope we all keep in touch forever and ever.
Till the next time, this is your Pensacola reporter. Good

Dennis A. Talavera
(904) 478-8096


Our Annual Picnic was held at Bay Pines Memorial
Park October 6. Our Society members who attended
enjoyed the scenic park and good food and most of all
enjoying our members. Games and prizes were added. In
all, it was a perfect day!
Marie and Gerald Neal attended the reunion of
Gerald's World War II Battleship, The Guam, in
Philadelphia, PA, from September 13-16. After the
reunion, they drove to Hartford CT to visit their
granddaughter Esther Marie Robles. She is employed
there with the law firm of Day, Berry and Howard. They
returned on September 25.
Visiting George and Gertrude Allgaier were Calvin
and wife Peggy, and 2 sons, Mathew and Mark Allgaier,
cousins of George. They reside in Reading, PA.
Having President George Bush visiting and
campaigning for Governor Bob Martinez in St.
Petersburg on October 10 brings to mind a good time for
our President Bush to attend our 1991 Reunion.
The Bohannons and Wades have just completed two
months of travel through Europe, Asia and Africa. Bo,
Naomi, their daughter Gail (Bohannon) Wade, Gail's
husband Bob Wade, and their daughter Jennifer and son
Clinton of Clermont, FL started out June 8th from
Orlando, FL via Pan Am to London. After 2 days in
London, they joined a tour group totaling 25 for the
longest rail journey in the world, London to Hong Kong.
Stops were made along the journey in Moscow,
where they visited the Kremlin, Red Square, and the
Bolshoe Ballet, Irkutsk (Siberia), Ulan Bator, Mongolia,
and Beijing where we visited Tiananmen Square. They

saw the Great Wall and many other interesting spots;
then on to Canton and finally Hong Kong and back to

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L-R: Clinton Wade, Gail (Bohannon) Wade, Jennifer
Wade, Naomi Bohannon, Bo Bohannon, Bob Wade.
For the second month of their journey, they went to
South Africa. which they toured, then on to Zimbabwe
(Victoria Falls), and Botswania for a safari. Then it was
back to London and then home.
The Canal Zone Reunion of 1990 was of special joy
to the Gibsons as they had their own "mini" reunion at
that time. Noel and Trudy enjoyed having their son from
Houston, TX, Guy Gibson and also from Houston, their
daughter, Kyle, and her husband John Lopez and their
son, Christopher. From Jacksonville, FL, their daughter
Robin and her husband, Mark Collins, and two children,
Jessie and Erin, and from Panama, their son, Jay, and
his wife, Llori, and two children, Lee and Kris.
After the Reunion, Noel and Trudy went to Canada
to spend a week with friends on Lake Erie and fished
every day nothing like the fishing we once enjoyed in
Panama, though. They are looking forward to their
annual week at Hilton Head with their oldest son, Hal,
and his wife, Helen, and two children, Jennifer and
Jason, who live in Savannah, GA.
Irene Donovan spent a pleasant 5 weeks this summer
escaping the Florida heat. She and Virginia Reese visited
Eunice Richards in Atlanta first before going on to
Virginia's cottage on a lake in New Hampshire. Then on
to Boston and Chicago before returning to her lovely new
apartment in Seminole.
Joyce (Haldeman) Collinge and Louise (Heim) Saum
with a friend flew to Stultgard, Germany in June, rented
a Mercedes Bentz, and toured Germany, Switzerland and
Austria for 3 + weeks. Then Louise spent the rest of the
summer in Maryland visiting her son Jack and family,
ending up in North Carolina for a big Heim family
reunion (24 in attendance) the first part of October to
celebrate Louise's 80th birthday! Joyce flew to
Algonquim, IL, in October to visit her daughter Sara
Ulrich and family. She says the Ulrichs rented a sailboat
in St. Thomas and cruised the Virgin Islands this
News of the Comley sisters is that all 3 are still on
the go! Betty and Barney Forgeson drove over 6,000
miles sightseeing this summer. In July, they flew to
Seattle and drove 2,000 miles on the West Coast touring
Washington, Oregon and Vancouver Island, getting
together with ex-Canal Zonites along the way Roger
and Katie Adams, Margaret (Haw) and Clark Teegarden,

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Jim and Shirley Harned, all in Seattle; and the Vockrodts
in Victoria, B.C. Cecil and Verona are in the midst of
building a lovely new home on the lot next to their
present abode overlooking Straits of Juan de Fuca. Then
in August, Betty and Barney drove 4,000 miles up and
down the East Coast from Florida to Canada where they
fished two pretty lakes in Ontario before a fun visit and
more fishing with the Fuciks, Ed and Peg (Reinig) at
their summer cottage on Neebish Island in upper
Michigan. In October, they took a "falls color" drive
through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina,
Virginia and Maryland to attend a grand niece's wedding,
Leigh, daughter of Nancy (Coleman) and Bill Grubbs.
This event resulted in a Forgeson and Coleman clan
Mary Jane (Comley) and Jess Lockleer had a super
family reunion the end of July with their 3 children and
grandchildren 1st at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
continuing on to Arlington, VA and then to
Harrisonburg, VA to housewarm daughter Diane and
Roland (?) new home with Betty and Barney in
attendance for that family reunion! Beverly (Comley) and
George Dilfer had a wonderful trip to California in May -
1st a week at the Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido
with get-togethers with Beverly (Neville) and John
Fawcett and the Jimmy Triolos there, and then visits with
George's two brothers Tnd families in Louisiana and with
the son Bob and family in Menlo Park. In October, they
took a "fall colors" drive to the Highlands of North
Carolina and Lake Lure, TN for some golf and a get-
together there with Tom and Lorraine Spencer of
Tallahassee before heading to Arlington, VA for a visit
with sis Mary Jane and Jess Lochlen. The 4 of them
drove to Atlantic City to try their luck for 2 days at
Trump's Taj Mahal Casino. They also had a nice
luncheon visit in Reston, VA with Jeannie (Rocher)
Gertrude Allgaier
(813) 546-2245


ALOHA was Miriam and Al Bissett's favorite word
from September 13-24, 1990. A fabulous trip to Hawaii
was spent with two days on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu;
then a seven-day boat cruise to four islands on the S.S.
Constitution and finally another two beautiful days on
Waikiki before flying home to Sarasota. For those of you
who thought you wouldn't particularly care to go because
of the similarity to Panama, their advice is GO! You'll
love it! The Hawaiian people are charming, open and
friendly. The scenery is magnificent. MAHALO (gracias)
was the second word they used most often.
Allen and Kay Miller accompanied Fred and Bev
Ebdon in their motor home to Breckenridge, CO and
spent several days with the Miller's younger daughter and
family, Margie and Don Schiewe and daughter, Melinda
Kay, at the ski lodge cabin. They later drove through
Idaho en route to Oregon to visit other family members.
The Ebdons visited their son, Paul Ebdon and family in
Dallas, OR, while the Millers visited their other daughter,
Martha (Miller) Hoskins and husband, Dale Hoskins,
and son Michael Allen, in Portland, OR. The Ebdons

went on to Napa, CA for a visit with their other son, Jim
and Connie (Pustis) Ebdon and family.
The Allen Millers and Ebdons met in Monument,
CO at the home of daughter, Margie, for their return to
Sarasota, after many happy days with their children.
Malcolm and Faye Wheeler of San Diego, CA, were
house guests of George and Mayno Walker during their
cross-country trip to Canada to see the beautiful "fall
leaves" and to visit family members and friends en route.
While in Sarasota they were guests at a small gathering
of friends and former co-workers, at the Walkers home.
En route they visited his brother, Bill Wheeler and family
in New Port Richey, Harry and Virginia Pearl in Ocala,
and other Zonians in the Florida area.
The George Walkers also enjoyed a visit with their
niece, Nola (Bliss) Culley and her husband, Ken Culley,
of San Jose, CA. Other family members joined for a
mini-family reunion. Nola is the daughter of Gerald D.
Budd" Bliss, Jr. and Eleanor (Lawson) Bliss of
Campbell, CA. She is an accomplished pianist and played
at their morning church service, which was enjoyed by
After departing Sarasota, the Culleys traveled to
Rockledge, FL to visit other relatives, Curtis and Emily
Bliss, and later to New Smyrna Beach, FL to visit her
cousin, Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald and family.
Jeanne Burgoon's daughter, Karen (Magnuson)
O'Neill and granddaughter, Laura Jeanne (Magnuson)
Fox of Dearfield, FL, spent the weekend in Sarasota to
honor her mother, Jeanne, at a birthday celebration.
Alice Jones of Rosedale, MS, has returned to her
home following an extended visit with her sisters, Billie
Galloway, Maxine Hitchcock, Ruth Gatz and Robin
Barbara and Tom Peterson took a trip to Governor's
Island, NY, to return to where they were married to
celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. They later went
to Boston, MA, where Tom attended the Grand Lodge
of Massachusetts State Meeting. They stayed with
Barbara's cousins in Long Island and had an enjoyable
family picnic in Poughkeepsie, NY; it was a most
memorable happy anniversary celebration.
Myrtle Hughes and Jay Cain flew to Montreal,
Canada for a cruise on the S.S. Queen Bermuda to see
the beautiful autumn leaves. They visited in Quebec,
Halifax and in Providence, RI, went through the Cape
Cod Canal, and on to New York to fly back home to
Sarasota. They report a most scenic and cold weather
Earlier in August Jay Cain spent a week in Houston,
TX, with her sister-in-law, Mrs. George Cain (Nadine) to
celebrate her special birthday. There were over 30 family
members and friends at a dinner at the famous La
France Restaurant. There were many out-of-town guests,
but mainly Nadine's son, Michael and wife Cheryl Cain
with their son, Jason, of Miami, FL.
Frank Naughton of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, spent several
days in Sarasota visiting with Maxine Hitchcock and her
sister, Billie Galloway. Frank and his wife, the late Elsie
Naughton, have been family friends since the 1920's.
Billie entertained in their home with an Open House for
friends to visit and meet with Frank during his short stay.
He was formerly employed in the Personnel Bureau of
the Panama Canal Company.
The following special notice has been received from
Sheila (McNamee) Taylor to include in this column:

"The P.C. Society's March luncheon will be in
Sarasota. The date is March 2, 1991. A cash bar will be
available at 11:30 with a sit-down luncheon beginning at
12:30. The Royal Marine Room at 2 North Trail in the
Sarasota Tower, with the most spectacular view of
Sarasota Bay, is the place. The menu includes: salad, rolls
and butter, grilled lemon chicken, selection of fresh
vegetables, beverage, and dessert. The price is $14.00.
Please see the back section of the Record for the form to
fill out and mail to make reservations. There will be no
1990 luncheon in Sarasota, so I'm hoping we have a big
turnout and can return to hosting at least one luncheon
a year.
Sheila McNamee Taylor"

opportunity to patronize a Deerfield Beach club named
Bimini Bob's. Carol (Fish) and her husband, Bob
(Bimini?) own a cool club where the atmosphere is
tropical and fun. Diana and Gene Rendon, with Karen
and Jimmy Mullins, Tim Calvit and myself met Jim
Fish's wife (yes, the Jim Fish). Fun place and great food.
I have seen lots of friends meeting in Miami for the Jim
and Kelly Parthenais wedding. Pre-wedding festivities
included a party at Kenny and Lee (Nickisher) Gaul's
house and a shower/happy hour at my place.

Janice Cookie Newlon
(305) 373-5400

Put the date March
Support your Society.

2, 1991 on your calendars.


Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900


L-R: Gerri Cahill, Robin Cahill, Janice Newlon, Kelly
and Jim Parthenais, Paul Bierman, Keith Mead,
Chris Gordon. Front: Evan and Eileen, children of
Alice (Parthenais) and Tom Engelke.

We are lucky in Miami as many friends come our
way. Forgot to mention in my last report that Kevin
Pope, formerly of Gamboa who now lives in Austin, TX,
had come to visit and stayed with me on Miami Beach
right before the Reunion in July. He swears that the
barracudas at the beach are bad at night. Mike (Martini)
Young also stopped on a layover in Miami back to
Panama guess he'll want to take a cab next time. Diana
Duncan was here on her way up from Panama to
Maryland to meet her folks where her sister Martha
Duncan now lives. Anna (Patchett) Calvit has been
visiting with her son and daughter, Tim and Helen, both
of Pembroke Pines. Anna, who lives in Kerrville, TX,
visited with Harry and Virginia (Calvit) Pearl. Harry
Pearl was Chief of Surveys for the Panama Canal
Company before retiring to Ocala. Anna also saw
Frances and Sully O'Sullivan, formerly of Balboa who
now live in Dothan. Several months ago we had the

It's football season in Tallahassee again and the FSU
games have been a gathering place for Zonians, with
tailgate parties before each game. They are also an
excuse for family get-togethers in Tallahassee. Betty and
Dave Kelleher, Sr. came down from Dothan, AL and had
Arroz con Polio with Ellie Husum and the Kelleher
family. Ellie-wood (Husum) didn't go home until the wee
hours of the morning a good time was had by all. Due
to rain, the game was watched at the infamous Palace
Saloon by Jamie and Dave Kelleher, Jr., Patty Kelleher
and sons Kristopher and Andrew Arosemena, Charlene
(Rose) and Frost Burke, Sheila Rose, Sue Kelleher and
her fiance Steve, and Betty and Dave Kelleher. Such a
tough decision to bypass the wet stadium for the comforts
of ice-cold pitchers of beer and big-screen TV. We ran
into Lorraine (Husum) and Tod Allen before the game
and Jimmy Lovelady at The Palace.
Betty and Dave Kelleher will be visiting Mary
(Kelleher) and Steve Tochterman and their daughters
Andrea and Lauren who now live in Brussels, Belgium on
their 48-day trip to Europe. Grandpa Kelleher will be
visiting his "roots" in County Cork, Ireland (and visiting
with the natives in the local pubs).
Margaret (Kelleher) and Steve Marsalona held their
10-year anniversary party on Saturday, September 1st in
Fort Lauderdale. After the festivities, their daughter
Jennifer along with Betty and Dave Kelleher, Sue
Kelleher and fiance Steve drove down to the Keys for
some R & R.
Walter Kelleher is teaching drum lessons in addition
to working for the Division of Retirement in Tallahassee,
and is planning a trip to Europe in December with his
girlfriend Christy Evans.
Luke Givens is back in town after relocating from
Colorado and is working for a computer company in
Heard from Bonnie Chevalier in Reno, NV. She's a
registered nurse and is happily married with a son.
Janet (Husum) Herrington is visiting Tallahassee for
a week from Fort Worth, TX where she works for the
Bureau of Prisons. Barb and George Husum are up
visiting while Janet's in town.
If you live in the Tallahassee area, please call with
your news.

Patty Kelleher Arosemena
(904) 575-2277


We don't want to start off by "stealing" Cookie's
news, but have to mention what a good time everyone
had at Kelly (Cahill) and Jimmy Parthenais' wedding.
The ceviche was great, Tom!

Had a great time at the annual Packer-Backer party
held prior to the Tampa Bay vs. Green Bay football game
each year. Tom McEwen came through with tickets for
the event for Lynn Dunning, Sue Kelleher, and Sue's
fiance, Steve Baird. All the free beer, bratwurst, and
polka band got us ready for the game which Tampa

Maritza Reyes
(813) 968-22885

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John Morris giving Jimmy Parthenais advice for the

A wedding shower for Kelly Morris was held on
Sunday, October 21, 1990, at the Hyatt Westshore in
Tampa. Kelly's mother, Diane (Vestal) Morris, was up
from Panama, and sister-in-law Paige (Maisano) Morris
of New Orleans, LA, also attended. The shower was held
by bridesmaids Keri Colvin, Susan Thompson, Maritza
Reyes, Lynn Heddaeus, Cori Morris, Paige (Maisano)
Morris, and Erin Daley.
Congratulations to Keri Colvin and Mike Reardon
on their engagement!
Betty and Dave Kelleher are spending their children's
inheritance. They're on a 6-week trip in Europe where
they'll visit with Mary (Kelleher) and Steve Tochterman
and family in Brussels, Belgium.

Susan Kelleher
(813) 960-5840


Davis and June (Rowley) Stevenson hosted a mini
get-together at their home in Lawrenceville, GA on
August 12, 1990 for several ex-Canal Zone residents now
living in Georgia. A barbecue was held, with everyone
bringing something to eat and drink, and a good time was
had by all. It was fun getting together and sharing
memories of the former days in the Canal Zone. Cleve
Soper brought his trusty camera and took lots of photos.
Since I have volunteered to be a Reporter for the
Atlanta area, I would like to take this opportunity to let
the ex-Canal Zonites know I am around and am ready
and willing to write up the latest news sent in to me by
you, either by phone or mail.
The Atlanta area is a good place to live, and if you
haven't already decided on where you want to live when
leaving Panama, you should consider Georgia. There are
so many choices of things to do that at times it boggles
the mind.
My husband, Davis, and I recently returned from a
2-1/2 week trip to Heidelberg, Germany to visit Jim and
Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart. Jim was reassigned to
Heidelberg late last year, and they hope to remain there
for at least 5 years. It was a fun trip with some

Sitting, L-R: Jini Hearn, Rita Johnson, Allie Snow, Lester Smith. Standing, L-R: Bruce Hearn, Lori and Virgil
Snow holding Nick, daughter and friend of Jack Johnson, Odie and Cleve Soper with daughter Karen, Jack
Johnson, Andrea Smith, Davis Stevenson, Daren Boatwright, Vicki and Bob Boatwright, and Dave Stevenson
at swimming pool at Casa Stevenson in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Dave and June Stevenson in Bavaria, Sept. 1990.

sightseeing in Baveria, Austria, Italy and France, and
some minor spending along the way. Jim and Dorothy,
along with their son, Brian, live in a beautiful town house
on a hill overlooking France, and are enjoying the
European lifestyle for now. Just prior to our trip to
Germany, we drove down to Tallahassee, FL for the
wedding of my niece, Renee Rowley to Brian Fridell. Our
granddaughter, Allie Snow, was the flower girl. The bride
was lovely and we were happy to see many ex-Canal
Zonites there.

June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


Weeks before I received the September issue of the
Canal Record (by slow boat), I had several calls from the
Mainland describing a mix-up in my report in which I
had someone married to the wrong party. Sorry about
that; perhaps a computer or printer had the hiccups?
Here is what I wrote (from my carbon copy, mid-
paragraph 6) in part: "..Jean (Smith) keeps up with
Mathilde (Brewerton) Blesh and Norma (Stillwell)
Martin, who visited her sister Jean (Stillwell) Crook and
Bruce of Yukia."

Jean (Walsh) Kaufman and Jean (Mitchell) Smith at
latter's apartment with Panama paintings (Portola

My cousin Arline (Schmidt) Winerman of Sarasota
enjoyed her very brief visit at the Reunion and regretted
not being able to stay longer. Arline does modeling and
fashion shows and enjoys competing in ballroom
championships for Arthur Murray Studios.
I was grieved to learn from Elaine (Bohan) Hooper
of the death of Jack Dombrowsky. I've known him, as
well as his wife Jean and the Coleman family, since early
high school days when we all lived in Balboa Flats. Elaine
also told of Charlie Helm's illness and inability to attend
the Reunion. Elaine and I had our ears pierced together
(it was done together, not the ears together!) when we
were aged 13. Dr. Ben Keene at Gorgas Hospital refused
to do it, so we went to Dr. Raymond in Panama. Elaine
mentioned that Nardi (Reeder) Campion (BHS'34), who
lives in New Hampshire, writes an amusing column which
Elaine enjoys reading (there's one in the current
Gourmet magazine. Elaine will be visiting San Diego in
October to see her son Dr. Andy Hooper (a radiologist)
and will see Ruthie (Brown) Robertson and reminisce
happily with their old Zonians. Elaine keep contact with
Dr. Bliss and Adaline Shrapnel of Honolulu; Adaline has
earned many awards for her paintings and other art
Bill and Olga (Sissie Rowe) Breuer of Capistrano
Beach, CA brightened my week with their visit to
Honolulu en route Kauai, the Garden Island. Bill had
been a fighter pilot at France Field, Panama a while
back, and now flies his own airplane (a model named
"Cozy", related to the "Long Easy"). The Breuers
thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Waikiki Elks Club, where
we went for "kaukau" (food), music, dancing, and the
vista. Their later call from California revealed that Mary
(Foley) Cronan had visited Maui recently and was
delighted to find the brilliant yellow alamanda flower she
cherished in Panama (wasn't it called the yellow trumpet
vine?). The Breuers plan to attend the PC Society of
Southern California reunion dance, and the breakfast at
a later date at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego. Tito
Mouynes' band will be playing for the dance.
Hank and Virginia (Ridge) Dolim of Hawaii Kai are
glad to report that Virginia recovered completely from a
total hip replacement operation and is now walking freely
without pain. They are excited about their trip planned
for November, via Pan Am charter to Barbados for a
visit, then they board the CROWN ODYSSEY, cruising to
Aruba and Cargegena, and then transit the Canal, with a
six-hour stop at Balboa, where Virginia's brother Jimmie
may be able to come aboard ship for a visit. When the
ship docks at Caldera, Costa Rica, the Dolims will take
the train to San Jose, where they had spent their
honeymoon 50 years ago! Acapulco is next, disembark at
Los Angeles, and back to Hawaii nei.
I called Nesta (Morales) La Montagne to inform her
that she is on the "Where Are You?" class of 1941 list in
the Canal Record (I sent her address to Isabelle Gibson).
Nesta lives in Aiea, Hawaii, and works here in Waikiki.
She was grieved to hear of the recent death of Lee
Wilson, husband of her close friend Grace Schack. Nesta
keeps in contact with Anita Daniels.
The very simpatico Mel Sayoc (CHS ??) is
semiretired (from dentistry), is occupied with aquaculture
here in Hawaii, with traveling and with dancing at the
Waikiki Elks Club. His wife Lois is practicing physical
therapy in San Francisco, where their son Gaspar also
lives. Mel and his wife have two daughters, Melinda and

Lisa, both of whom are married; Melinda lives in
Oregon, Lisa in Honolulu, and she has a baby girl named
"Kahealani" Mel says "Saludos buenos amigos and
aloha." His sister-in-law Alita Lee worked a few years as
secretary in Mel's dental office in Margarita during the
early 1970's and now lives in Honolulu.
I enjoyed a long talk with Bill Brophy, a friend of my
son Paul Bates. Bill lived in Panama City several times,
with his family, and was graduated from La Salle
University there. Since 1982 he has lived in Hawaii an
architectural designer. His mother, who divides her
residence between Miami and Panama, in 1956 was
elected "Miss Panama" but was persuaded by her father
to resign. Bill will soon have a special honor and task -
bestowed upon him stay tuned!

Rosemond ("Scottie")
Calestoga, CA.

Rosemond ("Scottie") Scott is now at home, in
Calestoga, CA, from the hospital and is recovering from
a long illness. Her neighbors and her friends from
Panama times have been so generous with their love and
help. She had just had a birthday call from Manny
Quintero (I think he was with IAGS in Panama). The
Scotts, with daughter Jo (now Jo Bernard) had lived both
on the Atlantic Side of the Isthmus and at Curundu
My pal Beverly (Des Londes) Stiles is so happy that
she moved, with son Jim's great assist, from California to
Mt. Dora, FL to the Park South Condominium. She
enjoys the people, variety of activities, some gardening
and is already planning fishing and a New Year's party
(not at same time). Son Danny and his wife Mary may be
leaving Panama in January. Grandson Damon married a
Hawaii girl ("Kalani"). They plan to attend UC/Berkeley
in January, and Beverly plans to attend the next PC
Reunion with Jimmy, and probably Danny and their
The Valley Isle of Maui called, so my daughter
Katya and I spent ten idyllic days at Kihei Beach in the
"condito" belonging to my cousins Stan and Bobbie
(Worsley) Richards. That magnificent tree-lined beach

has not a pebble or piece of coral anywhere, high or low
tide. This and the beauty of mountains and valleys iterate
that "Maui no ka oe!" (Maui is the best.) We also
attended the first national jazz festival held in this state,
at Ka'anapali Beach. Five great Mainland bands and the
John Norris Band from here superb music and dancing
but sparse crowds.

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, IN drove to Lynn
Haven, FL in early August, accompanied by her two
granddaughters, Jenny and Kristin. She visited her son
Mickey and daughter-in-law Peggy who at that time were
adding a large deck on the back of their house. Mickey
and Peggy's twins, Robin and Pam are seniors in high
school this year. Robin had a job as lifeguard at
Shipwreck Island and Pam was in Spain studying spanish
and touring the country. Mickey and Peggy's older son,
Nathan, works part time and also attends a junior
Jane also had some sad news to report. A friend of
the family, formerly from the Canal Zone, Danny
Ireland, son of Winfield and Ramona Ireland ("Irish"),
drowned in the river at Kerrville, TX in August this year.
(Winfield (Irish) had worked with the Postal Service in
the Zone.) He died a few months ago. Ramona (Pettis)
Ireland had been a nurse at Gorgas Hospital. Ramona
and Danny were swimming together at the time Danny
Jane also reported that she had driven to Sunbury,
OH in September to attend the funeral of another close
friend, Harry Wentsler. Harry was born in Las Cascadas,
Canal Zone. He and his wife Mildred had been staying
with their daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Dallas
Evans since January. Mildred will continue to make her
home with them. Her address and telephone number is:
Mildred Wentsler, c/o Dallas Evans, 3480 Carter's
Corners, Sunbury OH 43074; telephone (614) 965-4400.
Claud and Ruth (Wood) Lyon of Charlestown, IN
enjoyed a visit from some members of the Canadian
branch of Claud's family. The visitors were Derrick and
Pat (Lyon) Hollar and their son Dirk. From the quantity
of gifts and supplies that the visitors bought to take back
to Canada with them, it is very obvious that Canadian
prices are a lot higher than they are in Indiana.
Derrick, Pat and Dirk Hollar also spent some time
with Claud's sister and brother-in-law, Hobart and Leila
(Lyon) Mills of Louisville, KY.
Claud and Ruth, accompanied by Nelle Robles, the
widow of Frank Robles, formerly of Panama and the
Canal Zone, drove to Largo, FL to visit Bob and Eola
Hamblen, formerly of Panama and the Canal Zone. Bob
has been very sick for a long time. While there they
visited with Dr. Terry Hamblen and his wife, Emiline and
son Chris. There was also an opportunity to visit Frank
and Norman Finlason in Tarpon Springs. Claud and
Ruth also visited Dick Parker and while at Dick's house,
visited with Donald (Poss) Parker and his wife Gloria

and some other Zonian friends who were at Dick's house
at the same time. Dick's wife Ruth Anne had died the
day before. Dick, we are really sorry about your great
On the way back home Claud and Ruth stopped in
Ocala, FL long enough to say hello to George and
Virginia (Garcia) Booth. If you have not heard of
George's recipe for bean soup, next time you see him,
ask him for it. The main ingredient is 239 beans.
Jackie Werbrouck of Mishawaka, IN reports that
there was an arts and crafts exhibit at the local library
and she entered 6 pieces. Her daughter Kathy Lou
(Werbrouck) Reece, who was born at Coco Solo, Canal
Zone, and who had been living in Seattle, WA, has
moved to Mishawaka and has built a new home. Kathy's
sister, Theresa (Werbrouck) Lundquist flew from
Minneapolis, MN to attend Kathy's open house and also
the arts and crafts exhibit. Jackie's adopted sister, Mary
Stringer, who was formerly in the Army Nurses Corps in
Panama, drove from Vandalia, IL to attend Kathy's open
house to celebrate her new home and also to attend the
arts and crafts exhibit.
Jackie also reports that she has kept busy answering
letters from classmates and working with others on plans
to keep in touch with the CHS classes of 1949 and 1950
and possibly have another reunion in the next two years.

Claude E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


Arby Mathews Call has recovered nicely from
surgery and a bout with pneumonia earlier this year. She
reports the back-to-school routine has set in and her
spare time is devoted to revitalizing the motorhome.
Those camping trips to the beach last summer with five
grandchildren took their toll. In the planning stage now
are trips to Hawaii, Canada and a Call family reunion in
Texas. Arby and Roy eagerly look forward to Roy's
retirement so they can go when and where they like.
Arby stays in close touch with Joan Gibson Conover,
Myrna Boynton Ericksen and Casilda Castellanos
Larose, all BHS'52 classmates.
Jean-Michael Cousteau (Jacques' son) discussed the
Panama Canal in a recent "Cousteau Watch" column,
saying that the future of the Canal is linked to its
environmental health. Increased population, poverty and
commercialized overcutting of jungle cover not only
threaten the watershed, but the supply of drinking water
as well. It takes about 52 million gallons of fresh water to
move one ship through the Canal. "While the Panama
Canal manages ships, nature manages the Panama
Canal," he concluded.
Roland Casanova of Slidell, who makes annual trips
to hunt around El Volcan, says that, for 10 miles back
from either side of the highway, not a single tree has
been left standing and the primitive method used for
cutting allows tremendous waste in the salvaged timber.
Henry Cruz writes that friends and family gathered
for the annual Northwest Reunion campout in August,
enjoying pleasant weather, good food and the organ
music of Tito Moynes, who moved to Bellevue in

January. These reunions were started in 1977 by the late
Martha Wood, who was also the Northwest reporter for
many years. Reunion newcomers included Dick and
Marje (Ely) Breming, Bellevue. Marje is the younger
sister of Rodney and Barbara Ely, formerly of Diablo
Henry whipped out the fishing gear in June for Roy
and Maryadelia (Morley) Mantle. Roy, who is Mickey
Mantle's brother, promptly showed them how it's done
by catching the most salmon and trout. Henry and
Maryadelia were BHS'52 classmates.
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Maryadelia Morley Mantle, Henry Cruz and Roy
Mantle with a string of Puget Sound salmon.
The summer ended with Mike Cruz's wedding to
Barbara Burns of Spokane. Both are recent graduates of
Eastern Washington University. Barbara is a buyer for
Nodrstrom and Mike is in premed. Henry's mother,
Sylvia, and his sister, Landy, flew up from the San
Francisco Bay area for the wedding; their first visit to the
Northwest, so Henry and Pat took them sightseeing,
including a visit to Snoqualmie Falls, east of Seattle in
the Cascade foothills, site of the filming of "Twin Peaks"
on ABC.
Father's day was made
extra special this year when
Henry participated in the
Dad-and-Me Fun Run with
daughter, Kathy Cruz Cox,
and grandson, Michael Cox.
They finished the half-mile li,
run, then Henry and Kathy i r
went on to finish the 1 1/2-
mile run. proceeds went to
the Big brother Association.
Now they're looking forward
to next year's run. Henry is P
remembered for his
swimming, diving and track Dad-and-me Run,
prowess at BHS as well as Father's Day, Seattle,
for being the Best Dancer in Kathy Cruz Cox, Henry
his class. Cruz, and Michael Cruz.
Kathleen and John Gough enjoy frequent visits with
their grandson, Sgt. John R. Gough, III; his wife,

Bridgette; and their great-grandson, Justin Paul, almost
2. Also visiting recently were granddaughter, Linda Lee
(Gough) Laymon, and her husband, Gregory, of Santa
Ana, CA. John is recuperating nicely from major surgery
and radiation therapy treatments. He's tinkering with the
restoration of a 1938 Art Deco Zenith console radio and
enjoys making table lamps from old junk, the latest being
his version of a plumber's lamp using faucets. This
reporter thanks John for an April 1986 issue of National
Geographic containing a 27-page article "Panama: Ever
at the Crossroads."

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Ex-Zonian Sgt. John R. Gough III with his 18-month
old son, Justin Paul Gough.

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Ex-Zonian Linda Lee (Gough) and husband Gregory
Laymon during a visit to John and Kathleen Gough
in Marrero, La.

Gene Gregg, formerly of Mandeville, now living in
Slaughter, reports that Ed McFarland, a former Coco
Solo Elementary and BHS teacher, is recuperating from
a bout of bad health up in Massachusetts. Marian made
a recent trip to West Virginia to see her mother, brothers
and sisters. The Gregg children are well: Helen is living

in Mandeville and going to nursing school in New
Orleans. Gene is hanging in at LSU, Baton Rouge. Bob,
Gail and Molly Weien are fine in Enterprise, as are the
Browns in Slaughter.
Down in Panama Juan and Laura Gregg Roa had
Ann Marie baptized and a big fiesta at Roa's after. One
of the guests, Rafael Chen, got home after the party and
was shot in the leg by robbers. He's OK. Panama is still
dangerous. Gene is going down for Christmas and
promises to bring back some tales. From Dolly Housely
in Milton, FL, Gene heard he didn't win the big Florida
lottery. Next time he will be able to play in Louisiana as
the lottery bill just passed. The first drawing is planned
for February to coincide with Mardi Gras.
Shirley Woodruff Hicks ha moved from Lawton, OK,
back to Tallahassee so she could look after her "Aunt"
Maude and Katherine. Roy and Maude Mason lived side
by side with the Woodruffs on the Zone when Shirley
and Katherine were growing up. Both were adopted. Roy,
a Roosevelt Medal holder, retired in 1939 and died in
1955. Shirley's son, Tom, came down from Iowa to help
her pack, clean, move and drive the truck. She is looking
forward to accompanying a clarinetist from Costa Rica in
the Music Teachers' National Association competition in
November and hopes to get a full-time job at Florida
State University soon. Jeannine works as a draftsman and
Lois is lead alto sax in a hot jazz band.
Robin Mitts-Lacrouts misses her old BHS friends,
having left the Zone just before her senior year. She
moved in with her older sister, Tasha, in Tucson, AZ.
She wants to contact Debbie Erhart, Stacey Keith and
"Bonkers," and extends congratulations to Monica
Livingston and Becky Hunt on the recent births of their
children. Robin's husband, Larry, is a Kenner police
officer and Robin is a collection clerk at Pelican
Velma Reilly writes that she and her youngest
daughter, Linda, flew to Zweibruecken, Germany, in May
to be with Debbie Jordan who was awaiting the birth of
her first child. Debbie is also Velma's daughter. After
Stacy Lynn's birth, Velma and Linda toured Germany,
Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland. Both Grandma
Reilly and Auntie Linda enjoyed spending time with
Stacy and Debbie, and agree that Europe is beautiful and
a vacation they will long remember though it was over
too quickly.
Karen Saum, BHS'52, has launched a new midlife
career as a murder-mystery writer. Her first book
"Murder is Relative" has been published; another,
"Murder is Germane," is currently being printed; and a
third, as yet untitled, is in the works and set in the Canal
Zone. More on that one later.
Millie Damerau Sellers of Washington, LA, gave us
a call to say this summer she spent a weekend in non-
stop reminiscencing with Mary Rose Sewell of Slidell,
whom she had not seen in 35 years. Along with Ann
Livingston Hawkins, who now lives in Barryton, MI, they
made up the JC Three, a popular vocal group in the '50s.
Millie and Mary Rose got a kick out of telephoning
Grace Joustra in Sarasota and Louis Hasemann in
Jacksonville. They were all BHS'54 buddies. Millie is busy
with plans for her son's wedding on November 17.
Walton III is engaged to Christine Breaux of Lawtell,
LA. Younger son, William, who is at LSU in Eunice
now, plans to transfer to LSU in Baton Rouge next year
and hopes to go to law school.

New grandpa and
former Canal pilot, Charlie
Taylor, Baton Rouge, sent
along a photo of Alyssa
McKenzie Taylor, daughter
of Annette and Gregory
Taylor of Harrisburg, NC.
Alyssa is now 5 months old.
A birth announcement ran
in the September issue of
the Canal Record.
CHS'52 class treasurer,
Martha Graham Vickery,
Milwaukie, OR, phone (503)
659-1247, has begun
rounding up folks for the '92
fiesta in Florida. And Nancy

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Alyssa McKenzie
Taylor, 2 mo. old.

Wells (201) 792-1859 has agreed to assist on the BHS'52
side with the help of classmate, Rusty Stapler LoFranco.
It's none too early to begin making plans for whatever
adventure these creative minds conjure up. Class
secretary, Virginia Selby Entrekin, Hattiesburg, MS, is
updating the BHS'52 mailing list. Class members should
contact Martha or Virginia to be sure you are on the
mailing list for a newsletter as developments progress.
Gret and Bill Warren phoned from New Orleans on
their way back home after months on the road from
Florida to Canada to California, where they visited with
daughter, Katherine Ann, and her husband, Jim; gambled
in Reno and saw Zion, Bryce and Cedar Breaks National
Parks in Utah. Son Dave's Reserve unit has been called
to active duty in Houston until Thanksgiving.
The "Chutzpa Sisters" have published a Happy
Holidays newsletter -- in July and invite us to pick our
own holiday. Nancy Wells, BHS'52, is working at the
School of Visual Arts in New York City, teaching
teachers to teach art and hoping she is opening them up
to experiencing themselves. This summer she taught 50
teen-agers how to create art using MAC computer
graphics. Next year she will have a solo printmaking
exhibit. She and Anne "Rusty" Stapler LoFranco get
together now and then at Rusty's mobile home on Staten
Island. Rusty is a registered nurse and clinical consultant,
approving home care for geriatric patients and trying to
deal with a macrobiotic Buddhist director who tries to
convert her eating habits.
Ev and Bob Wertz returned to Rota, Spain, for a
two-week vacation earlier this year. They rented a car
and drove through Seville, Lisbon, Cordoba, Costa del
Sol, Granada, Mijo and Gibraltar. Bob says the drives to
Gorgona and Santa Clara in the '30s and '40s were great
training for present-day driving in Spain and Portugal,
but must faster. They attended the BHS'40 reunion in
Dothan in March and had a great time.
The Women's Auxiliary at Balboa Union Church has
its 1991 calendars ready and the price is the same as last
year's, $6.50 including postage for one; $12.25 for two;
and $17.75 for three. Order early as the supply is limited.
The address is no longer P.O. Box, but Apartado 3664,
Balboa, Republic of Panama, and your check envelope
will require 45 cents postage to get there. Bergueline Goe
has retired to Arkansas and won't be mailing out the
calendars this year. She will be missed, but her
replacement will carry on with business as usual.
Patt Foster Roberson

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Catherine and John Boswell with Mr. Chung of
Hattiesburg, Miss.
The Boswells hope someone can help them locate
Millie and Oscar Hakanson, formerly of Locks Div.,
Gatun. They lived in Palatka, FL, for a while after
retiring. Or perhaps someone who is in touch with one of
their children (Judith, Lennie or Richard) would let
them know that the Boswells would like to reach their
The annual Gulf Coast picnic at Davis Bayou
Campground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore,
Ocean Springs, on September 29 was terrific with 50
signing the guest book. Gerda and Owen Smith, Osyka,
arrived a day early in their trailer with the girls, Kessie
and Hildi, to secure our favorite bohio and tidy up the
area. This reporter and friend, Andy, had a super time
camping out overnight with the Smiths. Gerda made a
huge arty sign for our bohio and Owen stirred up a
delicious jambalaya. Everyone brought potluck, ate
heartily and still plenty was left over. Jean Bouche gave
the blessing before we sat down to eat. Beverly Creel
brought a big pan of delicious Johnny Mazetti, Gene
Gregg arrived with several boxes of Popeye's spicy fried
chicken and Mary Jane Paulson made fruitcake cookies.
This was just a small part of the spread we feasted upon.
We all felt lucky that Al and Libby Fulcher, Niceville,
FL, brought such special treats -- Al's ceviche and Libby's
yucca, which she fried fresh right there in our bohio and
served. Al wrote out his ceviche recipe for this issue of
the Canal Record:
3 lb. white fish
(grouper or amberjack if you can't get corvina)
3 large white onions
about 4 cups lime juice


Catherine and John Boswell, Hattiesburg, will be
heading for Milwaukee soon to attend Uncle Tom's 90th
birthday party. Cousins in Milwaukee are rounding up
cousins living in other states, so they hope to see a few
cousins they haven't seen for many years. Uncle Tom is
the only living relative of his generation in the family. On
the return trip the Boswells plan to stop to see Gordon,
Helen (George) and Ashley in their new home in
Huntsville, AL. The family is enjoying the changeover to
civilian status since Gordon's retirement from the Air
Force in June.

salt and pepper to taste
3 round Panama peppers (orange when ripe) or
Chop and mix. Leave overnight for best results.
No one in this state ever heard of corvina so this
reporter tried it once with red snapper. Al used
amberjack for the picnic and it was better than the
snapper. As for the Panama peppers, we are working on
getting some seeds in case anyone's interested in spicy
gardening. Jalapena will melt your plumbing almost as
When you see a mouth-watering recipe like Al's,
don't you wonder why the Society has not yet published
a cookbook? If no one else wants to tackle the job, this
reporter, having seen one cookbook into publication
(LSU's "Tiger Bait"), would like to serve on a committee
to explore the possibilities. Does anyone think this is a
good idea? If so, let me hear your ideas and send in your
favorite CZ recipes.
Jean and Adrien "Kibby" Bouche of Englewood, FL,
came to the picnic by way of Utah and told us about the
status of securing museum space under the care of a
curator within the complex of the Fort Worth (Texas)
Stockyards National Historic District. It was created in
1976 and is committed to historical preservation. It
includes restaurants, retail shops, hotels and saloons, live
entertainment, weekly cattle auctions and guided tours
for adults and school children.

as the only Panama Canal Museum in the world.
Wherever he goes Kibby has enlisted help, interest and
advice for this project. As it unfolds the Record will be
kept informed of developments. In a few years a grand
opening may be planned and a traveling show worked
out. Perhaps an exhibit room could be set up at the
Reunion where folks could see a different exhibit each
year. The Society might be persuaded to provide some
seed money or matching funds should grant money be
available. This is a noble and worthy project that deserves
our full support. Be sure your will stipulates which of
your valued CZ treasures are to be sent to the museum.
Richard Dillon (BHS'61) was at the picnic from
Grove Hill, AL, along with his wife, Carolyn Rowley
Dillon (CHS'63). Richard is a retired chief engineer-in-
charge of the Tugboat Paz, Balboa, and was reared in

Richard and Carolyn Rowley Dillon of Grove Hill, Ala.

Adrien "Kibby" and Jean Bouche, Englewood, Fla.

Kibby has already prepared and delivered several
boxes of materials. At this time he would like all items to
be routed through him to be cataloged before delivery. It
would be helpful if you would include a check in the
amount of your cost of shipping to him so he will be
reimbursed for forwarding your materials to Fort Worth.
He is working with a wide variety of collections including
books, maps, diaries, pictures, metal artifacts, bottles,
and shells. In his untiring labor of love, Kibby is fulfilling
the dream of his grandfather, J. A. Hess, who was a
neighbor of Maj. D.D. Gaillard, U.S.A., in Georgetown
before his Canal days where he earned a Roosevelt
Medal. Hess is responsible for the establishment of the
observatory and the huge plaque once mounted on
Contractor's Hill.
Kibby believes it is impossible to separate Panama
from the Canal from the railroad and is collecting
material from these three areas. The variety and
uniqueness of the collection will distinguish this museum

L-R: Reagan Tisdale, 2; Tyler Tisdale, 8; Lauren
Baas, 3; and Brad Tisdale, 12.

Bill and Hildegarde Epperson, Ocean Springs, came
and reported that their son, Bill Jr., his wife, Janice; and
children Angela, 16; Billy, 9; and Aaron, 7, came up from
Panama to visit in July. The kids had a great time
swimming and fishing in the bayou behind the Epperson's
home. Bill Jr. is a senior lockmaster at Gatun.
Bill Montgomery was there from Dowling Park, FL,
and told us about his May-June trip with his bride, Cleo,
to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France,
climaxing at Oberammergau for the Passion Play. Bill's
hobby is ham radio, call letters W4TBF, which stands for
"Two Big Feet," he says. Young Bill is a professor of
radiology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and
also works at Shands Hospital. He graduated from CHS
in 1966, married a girl from Chattanooga and they have
four sons, 16, 14, 9 and 7.
Others attending were Shawn Acker, Jean and Peter
Baas with Lauren, Bobbie and Curtis Bell, Catherine and
John Boswell with Mr. Ching, Audrey Benoit Bowman,
Patricia and Allen Brady Sr., Floy and Polly Calhoun,
Jim "Rocky" Calhoun, Roland Casanova, Chita and
Hugh Cassibry, Bev and Mary Creel, Catherine and
George Darnall, Robert C. Dillon, Janet and Jim Jenner,
Ed Parker, Mary Jane and Cash Paulson, Thelma and
Tom Stewart, Jerrye Jenner Tisdale with Brad, Tyler and
Reagan, and Becky and Dennis Wood.
Shirley Zemer Swenson, Carriere, sent us a summary
of her visit with Myrna Boynton Ericksen and her family.
They had a wonderful "feed" at Myrna's in San Jose, CA.
She prepared enough food for the Class of 1952. Myrna
says she's used to preparing meals for six kids and their
According to Myrna, July was the perfect time for
backyard barbecue and the best this year was with
Shirley, Gus Mellander and his wife, Nellie. Shirley
remembered swinging on the big rope swings off the
garages behind Myrna's house in Balboa. They compared
everything from food to teachers to classroom capers
from the first grade on. Myrna's mother, Maria Boynton,
83, and her sister, Rena, also is an artist, making copies
of the Impressionists. Myrna says you wouldn't know the
difference between her "Sunflowers" or "Dr. Gachet" and
those of Van Gogh.
Gus and Nellie live in Santa Clara. Coincidentally,
Gus is chancellor of Myrna's youngest son's junior
college. He is also the author of six books, one on the
historical politics of Panama. They all agreed to meet
again at their 40th class reunion, summer of '92 in
Shirley spent three weeks in Santa Clara, CA, visiting
her family. Most of the time was with her mother, Mary
Milloy Zemer, in a retirement home apartment with daily
trips to a convalescent hospital to see her dad, Emmett
Zemer, who was recovering from a broken hip. Shirley
teaches 7th grade.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


We were deeply saddened by the sudden death of
Jack Dombrowsky on September 18th (see With Deep
Sorrow). To be with Jean and attend the services, her
son, Dale, came from Lakeland; daughter Barbara and
her four children came from Asheboro; Jack's brother,
Alan, and his wife Susan came from Miami Shores; and
Jean's sister, "Bricky" Pattison, came from Austin, TX.
Bricky stayed on for a week with Jean.
Betty and Bill Dunning enjoyed their trip to
Germany. While they were there with Cheryl, they visited
Arthur Sherry in Belgium. Since their return, Bob Stern
from St. Pete has been a house guest and Marg and Art
Sherry from Panama visited, also.
Linea and Ron Angermuller's children, Larry and
Brita, were both here in September. Larry was leaving
for a permanent assignment on the West Coast on his
Navy carrier in Alameda, CA. Jeannine and Bill Carlin
came up to their time-share in Fairfield and visited the
Angermullers. Ron got in some golf with them.
Pat and Jack Hunt have had several visitors from
Panama this summer. John Husum was with them for a
week; Lucille Baker and her daughter, Michele, were
guests as were Melanie (Trim) and Fred Bales with their
son, Caleb. Their grandchildren, Michael and Jennifer
Watkins, from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, spent the summer
with them. Louise Hunt with Elsie and Woody Woodruff
were guests in August.
Elizabeth Quintero, with her sister and brother-in-
law, Martha and Steve Tanner, spent a week in October
at her time-share in Banner Elk, NC. "Issy" Gibson and
her sister-in-law, Doris Gibson, were there with them for
three days on their way back to St. Pete from New York
and Baltimore. After their return, Martha and Steve had
their daughter and her husband, Amanda and Conway
McGee from Beaufort, SC, with them for a weekend.
In September, Carmen Howe traveled with her
daughter, Marian Howe, and Carol Finn to Boston and
Nova Scotia. They were gone for most of the month. Jo
Anne and Lloyd Kent from Boca Raton, FL, spent two
weeks with the Howes in October.
In September, I had a very delightful surprise
telephone call from Fan Fugelso. She and "Fugie" were
in town on their way home to Bloomington, IN, from
Florida. I joined them at their motel for breakfast and a
talk-fest. Col. Fugelso was Health Director of the
Panama Canal Government in the early 1960s. My
daughter, Noralie (Roche) Shobe from Bellingham, WA,
was here with me for two weeks in October.
Our trees are very slow in changing color this year.
It may be because the weather has been so mild. We
might not have the usual brilliance this year.

Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127


The Boynton family held two great affairs on their
Running "G" Ranch in San Juan, Bautista.
In July, they honored the Reunion with part of Niza's
class (BHS'47) and the old gang Anne Marie Schultz,
BHS'49 (now Pennsylvania) and son, Sammy stationed at
Ft. Ord, CA; Loretta Willard, BHS'49 (now Florida),
with husband, daughter and granddaughter; Bernice
Israel, BHS'47 (now California) and beautiful daughter.
After 40 years there was much to catch up on. We spent
5 glorious days being teenagers again, phoned old friends,
sang Mr. Brandstetter's Hallelujah Chorus and recorded
same for our grandchildren, ate all the famous
"Panamanian" dishes Mom Boynton fixes so well arroz
con polio, ceviche, puerco asado, sopa borracho con Ron
rico, Suspiros, drank Cerveza Panama and played Lucho's
tapes. Forty Zonites were present, i.e., George Boynton
(BHS'49), Rena Boynton (BHS'51), Myrna Boynton
(BHS'52),and Edna and Rudy (graduated in California)
plus all their children and grandchildren many born in
the Canal Zone.
The next meeting of this old gang will include all 22
of them. As Anne Marie was making a trip to the West
Coast, she only had time to get a few.
Please mark your calendar for July 1992 Niza's
resort in Roseburg, OR. Write her for details she has
a huge place and lots of room 508 Echo Drive,
Roseburg, OR 97470, (503) 440-9248.
To name a few: Anita Catanzarro, Lillian Norris,
Lois Hollowell, Anne Edwards, Rose McKee, Mary
Snedeker, Lois Baumbach, Henry Joe Leisy, Gloria
Glaze, Jean Keiswetter, Paul Kramer, Stanley True, etc.,
etc. "Reunion of Ole Tavernilla Street Gang."
Imagine our surprise to find out from Henry Joe
Leisy's phone conversation that he is in partnership with
his son in the "alligator farming production" in Alabama.
We laughed about the irony of it when Niza Boynton,
Billy Webb and Henry Joe used to crocc hunt in Pedro
Miguel at night."
In speaking with Paul Kramer, we discovered some
of our old gang had passed away, i.e., Dick Harris, Billy
Webb and Tommy Herring. We were like brothers and
sisters for some 5 or 6 years. It's a shame we lose contact
when there is something about a "Canal Zone Brat" that
makes them so close, transgressing all barriers and time
when they meet again.
Niza Boynton reporting


Fred Hatchett's family (Pedro Miguel retired Pan
Canal employee) decided that they should start getting
the family together yearly after the unexpected loss of
their mother "Mary" recently. Those attending were Pat
Hatchett and Don and their children and grandchildren:
Joe, Mary and Jessie; and Steve, Nina and Jarad. Also
Barbara and Don Jackson and their children and
grandchildren: Ken, Annie, Amber and Rhett; Mary,
Freddie, Tyler, Joey, Andy and Ben; Elsie and Bart;
Shane and Libby. Close friends were: Jimmy and Mary
(Sullivan) Young (Washington State); Darcy, Tyler and
Aaron Leake (Idaho), Niza (Boynton) and Bob Greig,
Lorna and Michelle Greig.

We missed all who couldn't attend especially Paul
Carr and family now living in Japan, however, Paul is in
the Persian Gulf crisis. (Paul is Pat's son.) The days were
filled with croquet, bocci ball, horseshoes, cribbage,
singing and dancing. Main courses were ceviche, Johnny
Mazzetti, cracked crabs and barrels of "cerveza fria."
There is nothing like a jam session band with Bart
Smith (Elsie Jackson's husband) on guitar, Fred
Hatchett on banjo, Don Jackson on harmonica, Bob
Greig on trombone and Pat (Hatchett) Clark and Mary
Jackson as vocalists. The "Saints were definitely
Marching In" as this band played all the oldies but
goodies. Even the "Hallelujah Chorus" was done. Neil
Brandstetter would have loved it. Ha, ha!!

Reported by Pat (Hatchett) Clark


George G. Boynton (Conductor on the Panama
Railroad 1929-1955) retired to Morgan Hill, CA in 1955
and died in 1957 of cancer leaving all his six children in
Morgan Hill where Niza and Bob Greig had settled in
1952, after leaving the Canal Zone. Since that time, Niza
and Bob kept the family close with all family activities
held at their Running "G" Ranch including a 200-person
Pan Canal reunion which was held a few years back.
Bob and Niza's family gave them a retirement and
relocation party where the six Boynton kids, Mama
Boynton's 25 grandchildren and 18 great grandkids were
represented. They have moved to Roseburg, OR on the
N. Umqua River to a resort area to Salmon fish,
crabbing, etc.
George V. Boynton, a retired manufacturing engineer,
Rena Boynton, retired Pan Canal Government employee,
Myrna Boynton (getting book ready for publication about
life in the Canal Zone), Edna Boynton, retired nurse, and
Rudy Boynton, chemist, all live in the San Jose, CA area.
Mama Boynton (Maria), now 85, is still in excellent
health, drives her own car, travels with the grandkids, oil
paints, wins acclaims on her writings and poetry and loves
hearing from all our friends and reading the excellent
"Canal Record."

Submitted by Lorna Greig
(Niza and Bob's daughter)

Niza (Boynton) Greig
(503) 440-9248


The Oklahoma Chapter held its fall meeting on
October 6th. A bang-up good potluck picnic was held at
La Fortune Park in Tulsa. Forty-one people came from
all over the State and many were wearing clothing with
molas. Thanks to Peter Butz, a large Panama Canal
Society sign was fastened across the front of our "bohio"
so no one got lost. A few curious joggers stopped to ask
about Panama and the Canal. (Personally, I think they
were hoping we'd invite them to join us since we had a
lovely array of food and everyone was obviously having a

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1991 Reunion
At the Twin Towers Hotel


Wednesday, June 19, 1991


Thursday, June 20, 1991

8:00 AM
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HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON; 1:00 PM 5:00 PM
VENDORS: 12:00 noon 8:00 PM

Friday, June 21, 1991

REGISTRATION: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM; 1:00 PM 5:00 PM
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Saturday, June 22, 1991

REGISTRATION: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM 5:00 PM
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Sunday, June 23, 1991

VENDORS: 9:00 AM -11:30 AM


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Room rates are effective from June 16 to June 26, 1991.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 19, 1991.
Parking is free of charge
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Game Room. Junior Olympic-size pool.
Restaurant seats 375 persons, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Deli with seating.


Room rates are effective from June 16 to June 26, 1991.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 19, 1991.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Restaurants 2.
Game room, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts, children's playground and Teddy Bear Club for small children.
Miniature Golf Course.
This hotel is recommended for members with small children. Baby-sitting available.


Room rates are effective from June 16 to June 26, 1991.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 19, 1991.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Free in-room movies.
American Grill Restaurant open 6:00 a.m. until late night.
Game room pool.


Room rates are effective from June 16 to June 26, 1991.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 19, 1991.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Denny's Restaurant open 24 hours.
Pool Poolside Bar Game room.


1. Hotel reservations may be made upon receipt of this issue of the Canal Record.
2. Hotel reservations will only be accepted from Society members who have paid their 1991 dues and all reservations
will be made through the Reunion Coordinator. No phone reservations to be made directly to hotels, please.
a. Rooms will be assigned by the hotel.
c. Cut-off date for HOTEL RESERVATIONS and REFUNDS is May 19, 1991.
3. Hotel reservations must be made on the RESERVATION FORM printed in the Canal Record. PLEASE PRINT
or TYPE and fill out completely.
4. Mail your hotel reservations and one (1) night's deposit to REUNION COORDINATOR, P.O. Box 10621, Largo,
Florida 34643. (One night's deposit made out to the hotel of your choice).
a. The deposit is payable by check on a U.S. bank, money order or draft payable by U.S. institutions to the
hotel of your choice, or by major credit card (AMEX, VISA, MASTER CARD, or other). Please
indicate card number, expiration date and your signature.
5. There are a limited number of rooms available for handicapped guests; if required, please note on the Special
Request section of the Reservation Form.

6. There will be an added charge of $10.00 per night plus tax for roll-away beds.
7. Hotel charges listed do not include a 6% sales tax and 4% resort tax. THESE TAXES WILL BE ADDED TO
8. There are a limited number of one and two bedroom suites available from $225.00 to $350.00 per night at the Twin
Towers Hotel, and a few one-bedroom suites at $128.00 per night at the Delta Orlando Resort.


Please pre-register yourself, family and guests, using the forms in this issue in the yellow pages, if you plan to attend
the 1991 Reunion. 1991 DUES MUST BE PAID. Note: Pre-registration is not Hotel Registration.


By pre-registering, we can prepare name tags and ticket envelopes, thereby saving you time at the Registration tables.
All tickets will be filed under the last name of the member who ordered the tickets and may be picked up at the
Registration tables during Registration working hours. (See Schedule of Events).


There is an agreement with the participating hotels and the Reunion Coordinator that requests to hold Class
Reunions, Luncheons, Dinners, Dances, etc. during the Panama Canal Society Reunion must be approved in advance by
the Reunion Coordinator before the hotels will accept them. Initial requests should be sent to: Reunion Coordinator, Bob
Van Siclen, P.O. Box 10621, Largo, Florida 34643.

Chairperson: Harry Foster

1. Vendor's Applications may be obtained from Reunion Coordinator, P.O. Box 10621, Largo, Florida 34643. They will
not be published in the Canal Record.
2. Vendors MUST file an application, address above. Include Vendor's Fee, payable to the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc.
3. Space is available for 20 vendors.
4. Only paid up members of the Society will be authorized to sell. Approval of the application will be based whether
items for sale are related or compatible to Panama Canal memorabilia. Authorization will be assigned in order of
receipt of application.
5. Instructions are outlined with the Application Form.

Chairperson Pat Beall

The Hospitality Suite was conceived as a service to our members attending the Reunion, to help make their stay a
little more pleasant, helping them over some of the rough spots they might encounter in an unfamiliar city and
surroundings. The Hospitality Suite and the Society Information Desk is open to any member during the published
working hours. Our staff is experienced and have volunteered to serve.

We can: 1. Assist members in finding a restaurant of their choice and show locations.
2. Assist members regarding their Class Reunions when where.
3. Advise members of location (hotel) of friends and guests.
4. Advise members of local transportation outside of Reunion confines.
5. Assist those wishing baby-sitting services.
6. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
7. Help those wishing to worship at the church of their choice.
8. Guide members to proper channels in hotel complaints.
9. Place your message on our Notice Board for friends, guests.
10. Sell Society license plates, decals, current Annual Directories (Canal Records).
And we also serve free coffee and hot tea throughout our working hours.

Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The Twelfth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament will again be held at the Cypress Creek Country Club
in Orlando, Florida. In response to the golf questionnaire published in the September issue of the CanalRecord, you voted
to continue with a one-day tournament, followed by a luncheon, using the same format by age group flights, expanding
the field to 144 players, continuing with the door prizes, no trophies, you didn't think the price was too high, and the vote
was divided concerning guests. One suggestion was given that we should use the player's handicap and make it a net
tournament rather than medal play, even if it meant hiring scorekeepers. Unfortunately, most of our players do not have
an established handicap, and consequently, flighting by age groups was necessary. The committee realizes that this would
be the best alternative, but the hiring of scorekeepers is beyond our budget. Another suggestion was that we have a super-
senior flight, i.e. 70 years of age or over. The committee will take this under consideration, and it may be incorporated
in the 1991 tournament. In fact, the committee may include your age on your application and possibly revise all flights.
Let us hear from you on this matter.
Because of the 'heat" and the expansion of the field to 144 players, the 1991 tournament will commence at 8:00 a.m.
with a check-in time of 7:30 a.m., hopefully serving a continental breakfast (still in the planning stage) as in the past in
Seminole. We are negotiating with the Towers and Delta Resort for luncheon arrangements and the March issue will have
all of the details. As for having guests, it will depend on the location of the luncheon. Your committee must alert you,
however, that there has been an increase in green fees and cart, and also luncheon costs. We are doing our best to keep
the cost at an affordable rate. Be sure to get your entries in as early as possible after the March issue is published. Thank
you for your cooperation in answering the questionnaire.

President Betty Frassrand
1. Citrus Crown Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting and assist in conducting the business of the Society.
3. Only paid-up (1991 Dues) members will be admitted.
4. You will be given a lottery ticket at the entrance to the meeting. There will be drawings for several prizes. You must
be present to claim your prize.

Chairperson Stacy Parker
1. Exhibit Hall 8:00 PM 1:00 PM
2. DO NOT bring your own drinks the Twin Towers will have cash bars set up in the immediate area.
3. Music by Charlie Cooper's Latin "Copra" Band. Teaser by Tito Mouynes.
4. Andy Lim will have a Fashion Show from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM prior to the Panazonian Dance. you MUST
PURCHASE a ticket to the dance to see the Fashion Show.
6. No tickets will be sold at the door.
7. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the dance.
8. Transportation will be available between the Twin Towers and the other three hotels.

Chairperson Betty Malone

1. Citrus Crown Ballroom Doors will open at 11:30 AM Lunch at 12:00 NOON.
2. Tickets are limited to 1,000 persons 10 per member.
3. Seating will be at tables for 10 persons.
4. Menu: London Broil, Mixed Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Salad, Carrot Cake, Coffee and Tea.


SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 9:00 AM 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM 4:00 PM
Chairpersons Colette and Drake Carlisle

This is the second year for this event. Plans are being made for more good fun and good times at the 1991 Reunion.
To facilitate registration for those who wish to participate in the sports events, a pre-registration form will be printed in
the MARCH issue of the Canal Record. However, sign-up sheets will be posted in the Hospitality/Information area each
day during business hours until Friday afternoon.
Members are requested to re-register at the hotel to give the committee a more accurate number of persons wishing
to participate. Watch for the MARCH and JUNE Canal Records where members will receive more detailed information
on the events that will be held.

Chairperson Stacy Parker

1. Exhibit Hall 8:00 PM 1:00 AM
3. The Twin Towers will have cash bars set up.
4. No reservations (except Reunion Committee members and Past Presidents).
5. Semi-formal dress NO SHORTS OR JEANS.
6. Music by Tito Mouynes and his Conjunto and Charlie Cooper and his Latin "Copra" Band.
8. Transportation will be available between the Twin Towers and the other three hotels.
9. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted into the dance area.

The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. determined that appointing an Official Reunion
Travel Agent would be a more beneficial and efficient method to arrange air and land transportation for Society members
who will be attending the 1991 Reunion in Orlando. As a result, and after reviewing several Transportation proposals,
the Executive Board, at its October 18, 1990 meeting, accepted the Transportation Proposal submitted by Keppie Travel
of Clearwater, Florida.
Delta Airlines has been designated the official airline for the 1991 Society Reunion. However, for more detailed travel
arrangements, it is suggested that all reservations be made through Keppie Travel, the Society's Official Travel Agent.
The primary purpose of appointing Keppie Travel as the Society's Official Travel Agent is to provide the Society
members the lowest fares available when making their travel arrangements to the Reunion. Also, the Travel Agent will
provide the Reunion Committees with arrival/departure data of reunion attendees. This data will be utilized to coordinate
Reunion Registration hours, airport ground transportation to/from Reunion Hotels and Hotel Registration Desk staffing.
Upon making a reservation for Reunion travel, the member will be sent a complete travel profile which will permit
members to specify frequent flyer numbers, special meal requirements, seat location preferences, rental car reservation,
airport/hotel limousine transportation and other travel needs.
Keppie Travel, in cooperation with Delta Airlines will offer Society members, during a pre/post 7 day period (June
12 through June 30, 1991) a 40% discount off Delta's roundtrip coach fares and a 5% discount off any published fare
(with a few exceptions). Also, if there are fares or routings on any other carrier which would be favorable to the member,
the member will be advised and given the opportunity to choose the carrier which will best serve the members needs.
In addition to ticketing the lowest rates available on all airlines and Amtrak, Senior Citizen discount fares will be
honored when available. Also, all travel documents will be sent directly to each member making their reservation through
Keppie Travel.
Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1991 Reunion are asked to support your Reunion
Committee's efforts by taking advantage of this new membership transportation program.
To make your reservations, telephone Keppie Travel at their nationwide toll free number 1-800-768-2131 and ask for
the Panama Canal Society Specialist. The hours of business are 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Monday
through Friday and these hours will be adjusted as need dictates. If you should call after hours, leave your name, phone
number and request the Panama Canal Society Specialist return your call.
The Reunion Committee hopes that the Society members will support the new transportation program, as it will
provide data to improve present and future Reunion arrangements.



The Official Carrier


June 19 23, 1991

Keppie Travel, in cooperation with Delta Air Lines, Inc. is offering special
rates to the Panama Canal Society's 1991 Reunion. These fares are based on
Delta's published round-trip fares within the United States and San Juan.
FROM JUNE 12 TO JUNE 30, 1991
A 5% discount off any published fare (except group, military, government contract, Visit USA, and Delta's
Canadian fares), providing all rules and conditions of the airfare are met.
A 40% discount off the unrestricted Coach (Y, YN, Y1) fare. Seven days advance reservations and ticketing
is required.
Travel from Delta's Canadian cities will apply at 40% discount, and travel solely on delta Connection Carriers
will apply at a 35% discount.

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Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 1508
Palm Harbor, Florida 34682-1508

good time.) Terry and Cathy (Hoyle) Coleman and their
children, along with Bill and Teresa Keller and their
children, Kim, BJ., Mike and Gregg, came from
Woodward. The Lugos (Eliezer, Lydia, David Jr. and
Toy (Lugo) Barnard) came from Norman and Midwest
City. Ron and Alice Jacobs, from Locust Grove, joined
the Tulsa and Broken Arrow Group made up of the
Zelnicks (John, Nancy, David and Leila), Bill and Esther
(Butz) Clair, Peter and Janice Butz, Sr., Peter Butz, Jr.
and his bride, April; Terry and Daisy (lanoale) Williams
and their sons Barry and Gregory, Doris and Jean Burns,
Scott Burns and Laura Burns. Jan and Patricia Anduss
came from Barnsdale. Jimmie Wickham came from
McAlester which is in Southern Oklahoma. They were
pleased to have Harry and Lenor Butz from Springdale,
AR join us for they have helped Esther Clair, Chapter
President, get the Oklahoma Chapter through these first
two years.

THE OKLAHOMA CHAPTER at the Picnic held October
6, 1990 in Tulsa.
The drawing of door prizes contributed by Ron
Jacobs and Jimmie Wickham helped establish order so
our President, Esther (Butz) Clair could conduct chapter
business. Our next meeting will be a picnic in late May
1991 in Oklahoma City. Patricia Anduss reported on the
cost and other details of having T-shirts made with the
Society logo. Thanks to Peter Butz and Jimmie Wickham,
the Chapter will have a permanent banner for use at
future meetings.

1990-1992 Officers of the Oklaoma Chapter. L-R: Ron
Jacobs, President; Patricia Anduss,
Secretary/Treasurer, and Bill Keller, Vice President.
The election of officers for the next two years was
held, and the following were elected: Ron Jacobs -
President, Bill Keller Vice President, Patricia Anduss
- Secretary/Treasurer, Carol Vidaurri Reporter, and

Scott Burns Photographer. Esther Clair was
unanimously elected to the Board of Directors and given
a vote of thanks for her hard work in founding the
Oklahoma Chapter and serving as its first president.
Laura Burns was recognized for her work as
Secretary/Treasurer. The meeting was adjourned and
everybody went back for seconds of whatever dessert
Jan Anduss has recently returned from Saudi Arabia
and is looking forward to returning there soon to join her
husband. Daughter Patricia will stay in Oklahoma and
hold down the Diamond A Ranch while her parents are
in Saudi Arabia.
The Peter Butz family celebrated the marriage of
Peter Butz, Jr. in June. The young couple are living in
Sapulpa with Peter's family until he finishes college. Peter
Sr. is putting the finishing touches to the home he and
Janice have built in Sapulpa.
Jimmie Wickham announced that she had the names,
phone numbers and call letters of Tulsa ham operators
who would patch through calls to Panama for Chapter
members during our meeting. Unfortunately, there were
no phones in the picnic area so us Okies will have to call
on the hams at a later date. Thanks, Jimmie, for setting
this up.
Doris and Jean Burns are going to Panama in late
November to visit Bob and Vicki Boukalis who live in
Cardenas. They are looking forward to seeing old friends,
going shopping, and going to the beach.
Bill and Teresa Keller and daughter, Kim, flew to
Panama in June to attend the funeral of Bill's mother,
Maria Keller. She retired from the Health Bureau of Pan
Canal in 1976 with 25 years of service as a registered
nurse. During their stay in Panama, Bill and Teresa were
able to see some old friends and make a trip to Taboga
which they report is as nice as we remember it.
Bill and Esther (Butz) Clair are going to
Albuquerque, NM in mid-October. They will be house
guests of Arthur and Linda (Hellmund) Payne and hope
to see Linda's twin sister, Marsha (Hellmund) Slover
while they are there for she also lives in Albuquerque.
Charlie Lee (BHS'76) came to Tulsa in September
on a house-hunting trip. He was a house guest of Jean
and Doris Burns. He and his wife, Patty (Soukup), and
their children will be moving to Broken Arrow in
October. Charlie is employed by American Airlines.
Jimmie Wickham is expecting Tom and Deana Ames
to settle in Broken Arrow soon. They recently retired
from Pan Canal. The Tulsa group will be happy to have
them join us for new members are always welcome!

Mary V. Graham, M.D.
(Past) Reporter
(918) 587-525


JANUARY 25, 1991





Dateline Panama...
Diana Pilar Stumvoll was second runner-up in the
"Miss Panama" contest held on 10 August at the Atlapa
Convention Center in Panama City. The televised show,
which was sponsored by RPC TV Canal 4 and several
other agencies in Panama, was truly spectacular and very
much enjoyed firsthand by this reporter and friends as
well as an audience of several thousand others. In
addition to the 15 lovely contestants, there were local as
well as international entertainers from the world of Latin
music, such as Franco, Franco de Vita, and Ednita
Nazario. The event was hosted by Local TV 4
personalities and out-of-town celebrities, Barbara
Palacios, Miss Universe 1987, and Gabriel Traversari,
host of TV-Mujer, in Miami. Diana, a 1985 graduate of
BHS, holds a marketing degree from Emory University
and is currently employed in Panama. She is the
granddaughter of Armenia Asparren Metzger, BHS'33
now residing in Ormond Beach, FL and the daughter of
Dottie (Metzger) and Rich Stumvoll of Curundu,
Panama. Asked about her participation in the contest,
Diana described it as "an incredibly demanding,
worthwhile experience." She added that "Panama can be
proud of the extremely professional job done by all those
concerned with putting this event together, particularly
during such a difficult year."

photos yourself, and to meet and speak with many of the
troops who were the subjects of your paintings. There is
no doubt that they enjoyed meeting YOU! I'll be doing
an update concerning these paintings in a future issue,
but if anyone is interested in finding out more about the
poster and lithographs that will be made from them,
please contact Pam Reid, P. O. Box 73548, Puyallup, WA
98373-0548, telephone: (206) 841-8536.

Leanne Thrift, daughter of Robert and Pat (Chase)
Thrift represented the Couger Varsity football team as
their Princess at the Annual Football Jamboree making
Leanne the 1990 Jamboree Football Queen. A Senior
at Balboa High School, Leanne plans to graduate mid-
year and attend Panama Canal College.

Diana Pilar Stumvoll
Second Runner-Up in the Miss Panama Contest
Just received the photographs of the original oils
done by Al Sprague depicting scenes during Operation
JUST CAUSE. Naturally, the photos do not compare to
seeing them "in real life," however, it is hoped that some
of us will be fortunate to see them on exhibition here in
Panama in the near future. Right now they are in
Washington, DC being framed and catalogued.
Congratulations, Al, they are WONDERFUL! I know
how much dedication, perseverance, and HEART went
into doing this project for the Department of Defense. I
know too that you went to great lengths to take the

Charles E. Chase Jr. of Dallas, Texas, celebrated his
50th birthday at a surprise dinner party at the Texas
Rangers Stadium Club on 28 September. Out of town
guests included his brother Fred (CA.) and his sisters
Mary Gordon (FL) and Pat Thrift (Panama). Following
the dinner an additional surprise included viewing the
Oakland A's and Rangers game from a Diamond Suite,
courtesy of Home Sports Entertainment, which
employes his wife, Marilyn.

Lois (Stevens) Paredes celebrated her 50th birthday
on 19 September. Her many friends went all out to make
it a memorable one. As she drove to work, there were
signs along the road at various intervals wishing her a
Happy Birthday. When she arrived at her office she was
met by her co-workers with a wheelchair and was

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wheeled into her office protesting all the way. Nothing
else happened during the course of the morning, which
made her all the more apprehensive. When she returned
after lunch, she found the office draped in black and
white crepe paper and black and white balloons. A
female pinata decorated with jewelry (filled with
unmentionable "adult" accessories) was the focal point. A
little while later a clown roller-skated in holding black
balloons, singing Happy Birthday. Right after that a
DOMINOS Pizza delivery young man came in with a
large pizza box. He opened it in front of Lois and it
contained a black apron with the inscription, "Oh no ....
5-0-0-0! All this time Lois is quite nervous and not
enjoying it near as much as her co-workers and friends.
The music started up and the good-looking Pizza man
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"Cruising the Canal"
"Attack on the Comandancia"
"To Find a Sniper"

proceeded to dance and "take it off," much to the dismay
of Lois, who kept screaming, "Don't do that, don't touch
me," etc. A great time was had by all, and yes, even by
Lois. I'm told that after several bottles of champagne she
was looking for the Pizza man. Happy, Happy Birthday,
Lois! I understand that the main "culprits" responsible for
all of these happenings are Jack Hern and Ellen (Wilson)
Anderson. I overhead Jack say the other evening that he
and Fran plan to be on a long vacation when his 50th
comes due. I know who will laugh last, right Lo?

Mary Coffey

"Black Hawk Assault"
"Air Asault"
"Unorthodox Warrior"


Sue Stabler

Congratulations to Beverly Teal who served as this
year's Tiger Jamboree Queen. Under the excellent
guidance of Coaches Richard Elliot and Bill Will,
Cristobal High's having the nearest thing to a winning
football season in recent history. Our guys make
touchdowns regularly, and we currently stand something
like 3 wins, 2 losses. Our quarterback, Ricky Alvarez, son
of Luz and Ricardo Alvarez, will be around for several
more years, so future seasons look bright, provided CHS
is around that long. We're currently hearing the annual
grim rumblings about our high school being discontinued
on the Atlantic side. Vicky Seeley will reign as this year's
Homecoming Queen.
Gayle Fettler Rankin's worked her usual magic with
the CHS girls basketball team, which includes Misty
Landrum and Angie Epperson, among others. They were
undefeated this year, bringing another crown of victory to
the old blue and gold. Gayle will probably have a winning
season in volleyball, too.
A lot of the credit for our Tiger wins goes to the
cheerleaders, who flip over backwards inspiring Tiger
spirit. This year's squad includes Dionne Canamas, Vicky
Seeley, Josie Borsellino, Beverly Teal, Evie Keith, Debbie
Rabago, Adrian Holmes, Ana Pedersen and manager
Marian Northweather. Their coaches Bonnie Seeley and
Penny Canamas have helped the girls raise enough
money to attend U.S. cheerleading camps the past two
years, making it possible for the girls to bring all sorts of
innovative spirit campaigns to CHS.
Condolences to Nina Cohen, whose 100-year old dad
died recently, and to Brian Plaisance on his mother's
death at Gorgas Army Hospital in October. Brian
scattered her ashes in the Chagres. Our sympathies, too,
to Colette Johnson, who lost her mother, Clare, this past
I'm happy to report that three-year-old Daren
Doubek, son of Rick and Janis Kunkle Doubek, is
recovering well from a very serious head injury suffered
in a fall at pre-school last year. He and his mom will
travel to Atlanta the first week in December for a follow-
up at a hospital there. Congratulations to Rick on his
recent promotion to general foreman, Salvage and Diving
Janet Johnston has fulfilled practically a lifelong
goal. She recently sold to Clarion Publishers a book that
will be out in the spring of 1991. Imagine, Gatun has its
own resident author, or is it "authoress?"
Allison Doubek and Galen, Phil and Chris Herring
participated in a recent Gatun Yacht Club fishing
tourney, headed up by Dr. Dan Coulter, our one-of-a-
kind local veterinarian. Galen and Allison each won $20,
splitting the prize for the biggest bass caught by a kid,
while Chris won $40 in the last tournament. The adult
winners were, unfortunately, Pacific siders.
Lee Snider and his son Jim Snider from the Pacific
Northwest will visit Theresa Snider Herring in Gatun and
Tom Snider at Fort Espinar in February, but the main
purpose of the trip is a deep sea fishing trip with Sid
Coffin, Rick Doubek and Tom. Let's hope they have the
same good luck Sid had recently on a weekend trip to the
Caimito area. Cody Hollowell told Sid his line was "acting
funny," and Sid ended up landing a blue marlin well over
200 pounds! The Tarpon Club plans to cook it up for a

feast at a Halloween dinner-dance.
We Atlantic siders are so proud of our former
resident Greg Litton who plays for the San Francisco
Giants. Theresa Herring reports that she frequently gets
seats for her stateside family, and her brother Billy
Snider was even presented a game ball autographed by
all the players.
Lots of wedding bells coming our way: Beth
Mizrachi, daughter of Henry and Sunny Morland
Mizrachi, will marry on December 15 in Tallahassee, FL.
Attending the ceremony will be Todd and Karen
Mizrachi Atkins, Robert Mizrachi and Virginia
Woodhull Morland, who will have just returned from a
trip to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii with her
nephew Skip Hibner. Stephanie Follett, daughter of Sue
and Joe Follett, will marry on Christmas Eve; and Susan
Bowerman, daughter of Mary Ellen and Emil Bowerman,
all former Gatunites, will marry on December 29, at St.
Mary's Church in Balboa.
Gatun Yacht Club will soon have a new Commo-
dore. Lew Stabler, who's held the position for the past
five years, will hand the keys over to Kirk Kunkle, who
will have Tom Snider as his able assistant.
Tim and Theresa Herring's seventh child was a girl,
christened Bernadette Marie, 7 lbs. 11 oz., born in
August in Washington. Lewis and Susan Lessiack Stabler
have a new nephew named Daniel Owen Lessiack, born
to John and Dawn Jenkins Lessiack in Kerrville, TX, in
October. He's also welcomed by his paternal
grandmother, Kathi Lessiack, and his sister, Lauren.
Jane DeBoyrie Robillard traveled to Panama recently
to visit friends and also scatter the ashes of her father,
Dr. DeBoyrie, in Limon Bay, according to his wishes. Dr.
DeBoyrie was a prominent Colon doctor years ago,
especially serving the needs of the shipping community.
Sylvia Glass Landrum is currently in the States
taking care of her mom, who has been sick. Meanwhile,
hubby, Mack Landrum, and kiddos, C.M. and Misty, are
being well cared for by Gatun's "newtowners."
Skipper Berger will make his annual walk to
Portobello in honor of the Black Christ celebration on
October 21. His wife, Jill Paulson Berger, is happily
employed in the accounting section of Coco Solo Army
Health Clinic (that's what we call Coco Solo Hospital
these days...).
In early November, Ned and Mike Coffey
Blennerhassett, Searce and Donnie Pierpoint, Martin
and Yocunda Cain, and "Doc" Coulter will make a
weekend trip to Santo Domingo for some sightseeing and
Coming for Christmas this year that I know of are
my daughter Leslie Griffin, Susan and Stuart Newall,
Todd and Karen Mizrachi Atkins, Robert Mizrachi,
John, Kathy and Tony Blennerhassett, Thelma Stewart
Stabler, Richard Stewart, who's Lew Stabler's cousin and
I hope plenty of others. You statesiders have no idea how
your presence during the holidays brightens our lives.
The more our number dwindle, the hungrier we get for
We're all praying for a quiet holiday season. In many
ways, anti-U.S. sentiment has grown again over the past
many months as more and more U.S. policy skeletons
come out of the closet and changes to the Panamanian
economy and government move ever so slowly. May the
anniversary of last year's military action simply pass in


On September 7th, the Panama Canal Society of
South Carolina met for lunch and a business meeting at
Ft. Jackson Officers Club, Ft. Jackson, SC. 32 members
and guests attended. They were: Trudi Clontz, Peggy
Hutchison, Jeannie and Jack Dombrowsky, Dr. Don
Robinson, Beverly and Le June Lard and her mother,
Virginia Smart, Betty Galardi, John Everson, Grace and
BJ. Hartley, and sister Bea Lee, Carolina Westendorff,
Nora Green, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Fina and
Frank Balinski, Josey Tilley, Olga Holmes, George Brady
and daughter Jean Bauanco, Lorna Shore, A. Brian
Albright, Billie and Bob Rowe, Bill and Sis York, Ethel
and DeWitt Tate, and Blanche Browne. Everyone enjoyed
the meeting, and we especially enjoyed the interesting
talks that Brian Albright and Dr. Robinson gave about
their work and interests. Brian had been with
Smithsonian, did underwater archeology in South
Carolina, and Dr. Robinson has traveled all over the
world collecting artifacts. After the luncheon, the
Dombrowskys, Trudi Clontz and Peggy Hutchison went
to his home in Irmo, SC and enjoyed seeing his massive
collection from around the world.
In August, BJ. and Grace Hartley with sister Bea
Lee, joined the Prime Timers from the Methodist Church
for a Capital Tours motor-coach trip to the Ozarks. They
visited Bardstown, KY, My Old Kentucky Home -
Stephen Foster Story, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby
Museum, and a ride to the top of St. Louis' 630 ft.
Gateway Arch. In Eureka Springs, AR, they saw the
Great Passion Play which has been called America's
number one outdoor drama. They enjoyed lunch on the
Arkansas Railroad and a scenic tour aboard the train,
headed for Memphis and a tour of Graceland, on to
Chattanooga and home 2500 miles in 7 days, and a
great trip.
The Arnold Jacksons traveled to North Carolina
mountains to visit sisters, Pilot Mt. and Winston Salem,
then to Florida to Sun City, saw John and Natalie Graves
in Melbourne, John and Margaret Kalsovosky in Merritt
Island, and the LeCrois all Atlantic siders, stopping by
Cape Kennedy, and going to the dog races at Daytona
before returning home.

Dorothy Willenbrock has moved to St. Petersburg,
FL to live with daughter Susan Wiseman. Dorothy has
not been well since the death of her husband, Harry. We
are sorry to lose her from Aiken.
Jim and Eletheer Catron are in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
baby-sitting their granddaughter while son Billy and wife
are in Europe.
Leona Badonsky attended her 63rd high school
graduation in Uniontown, PA 19 out of the 74
graduates attended. Son Leo, wife Gabbie and daughter
Natassia visit Aiken often, as well as Paula and family,
who live nearby in Lexington, SC.
John Everson flew to Norfolk, VA and while there
saw Mary Stewart. John, brothers Emo and Louis and
wives all met in Charleston, SC to celebrate Louis' 50th
wedding anniversary.
Nora and Charles Green spent some time in Florida
visiting her three sisters, Helen Alexander from San
Antonio, TX, Margaret Sapp and Ellen Ogletree from St.
Pete and Pinellas Park. Nora and Charles attended the
Pan Canal meeting held at the St. Bede's Episcopal
Church, and Nora had time to visit with Issie Gibson,
Margaret Martin and the Joe Hickeys. Daughter Virginia
Ann and hubby live in North Augusta and granddaughter

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George Brady celebrating his 75th birthday, with the
Brady family.

(1) George Brady and Sue (Lessiack) Stabler during the reunion. (2) Mr. and Mrs. Bob Smith and George Brady.
(3) Val Lynch and George Brady. How can you deny that gentleman 3 photos when he has a Canal Record in front
of him, by George?

Shelby Jean Machak is in her second year of college at
the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Son
Edward is still in Kalamazoo, MI.
Andy and Verna Kapinos report that daughter Carol
Smith's husband, Col. Robert Smith, is in Saudi Arabia;
granddaughter Melissa Swaney's husband is also there.
Daughter Linda and family are in the Marshall Islands.
Verna is recovering from cataract surgery and doing well.
Jack and Jeannie Dombrowsky visited Peggy
Hutchison and attended our luncheon at Ft. Jackson.
Jeannie's former boss, Dr. Robinson, attended and they
had a great reunion after 25 years or so. You will
remember him from his articles in the Star and Harold
called "Robinson at the Ninth Parallel." Peggy returned
from a short visit to Ohio to find that her sister-in-law,
Ruth Powell, has passed on, and she and daughter
Dianne and Jerry Cox drove down for the services. They
met Ruth's son Jim whom they hadn't seen for 25 years
or more. Sue Foster (Phillips) and daughter also
attended the service. While in Florida, they visited with
Julie and Harry Werkheiser Harry worked for
Willliams Bros. while in the Canal Zone. Peggy's
grandson, Wally Doane (Dianne's son) who is in the
Navy, called to say that he was married on August 10th
in Maryland, and that he was being sent over to Saudi
Arabia on the Hospital Ship USNS COMFORT. Wife
Jodi, who is also in the Navy, is stationed at the Bethesda
Naval Hospital, MD.
Blanche Browne spent the summer in New
Hampshire at her home on the lake, returned to attend
our luncheon and then flew overseas with Doris Leeser
to attend the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.
Ethel and DeWitt Tate drove up to New Hampshire
and spent some time with Blanche.
Jack and Phyllis Woodzell visited his twin brother for
a week in Denver, in August, went to Castle Rock, Co
and saw the great historical museum there, and then to
Virginia to visit their daughters. Kim Hood attended
junior college in Balboa, and met her hubby there he
was in the service.
Lorna Shore had her daughter Sandy Davis, hubby
Bob and their son Adam for a three-week visit. The
Davis' live in Miami.
Peggy and Trudi Clontz are on their way to Canada,
flying to Boston and joining a bus trip to Montreal and
Quebec a 10 day tour.
Our next meeting will be our Christmas luncheon at
Houndslake Country Club in Aiken on Friday, December
7th, 1:00 p.m.

Peggy Hutchison
Assistant Reporter

Carl L. Swenson, Seneca, SC, wrote that his wife
Esther and two sons, Darien and Gary, flew to Panama
in June and July to visit friends, while Carl flew to
Minneapolis and Wisconsin to visit family and friends.
Son Barry, who graduated
from Balboa High School,
Class of '82 and attended Jr.
College, enlisted in the Air
Force at Howard Field in
1984 and is stationed at
Nellis AFB, Las Vegas,
Nevada. He is married to
Ronda Yates of Las Vegas.
His family flew out to
attend the wedding, taking
in the scenery and night-life
of Vegas, and had a great
Barry Swenson Barry (Sgt.) has now been
assigned to serve in Saudi Arabia as part of "Operation
Desert Shield," attached to the 37th Tactical Fighter
Any friends wishing to write him may send letters to:
Sgt. Barry Swenson, 229-23-6941, Oper. Desert Shield, 27
TFS/AGS Deployed, APO NY, NY 09671.
Eletheer Catron
(803) 648-7517



The summer has ended but none of us here in
Austin know it yet! We're all still in summer fever
enjoying the pool at Mom Pattison's new house.
Congrats, Mom, on the new casa! "Hotel a la Mom" is
now open pool, bar, and all! This beautiful new home
has been the site of numerous celebrations already.
The regular gang from Austin enjoyed the last
weekend of the Austin Aqua Fest, the city's annual
riverside festival. T-Bird (Tom Pattison) was able to be
here that weekend!
In early September, we all gathered on kick off Red's
(Pattison) 30th birthday. It was a great time and we all
thoroughly enjoyed the "Summer Salsa Olympics!"
Participants were judged by audience applause. First
place went to Dave and Dave of the Calypso Water Ballet

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Team. That is David Jones and David Fehrenbach.
They're the latest duo of David and David, two of
Austin's finest guys!! And dancers second place went to
none other than the birthday boy himself as he narrowly
edged out Greg Louganis in the diving competition!
Judges and contestants included Mom, Kat, and Red
Pattison, Dave, Mary, Albert and Sue Fehrenbach,
Kathleen Mullins Andrews, Dan Mullins (visiting from
California), Joe Mullins, Val Kruger, David Jones, and
myself. About those great birthday gifts, T-Bird, Red is
really getting a lot of use out of the end table you
shipped to him; it does a great job holding those rum
drinks nice and steady. And the cordless phone that came
inside also comes in real handy when we're all poolside!
Jennifer Davidson Trost came out to Texas again for
a visit over Labor Day. We had a good time while she
was here, and she also got to visit with her brother
Dennis Davidson, who drove up from Houston while she
was here. Also in early September, Jennifer Jones came
through Austin to visit her brother David. She was able
to stay for about a week, so they got lots of sailing in,
compliments of Skipper David. David owns (and lives on)
a sailboat. Ah, the life of a bachelor! Doug Sanders flew
in from the bay area of California to pay a visit to Red.
We all had so much fun that he had to come back again
at the beginning of October for a big lakeside picnic.
My brother Boone came to Texas with his daughter
April and son Wesley during September for a quick
weekend visit. It was a chance for my family to get-
together again after a few years, and, of course, it was a
wonderful weekend. They drove in from the Pensacola,
FL area where Boone is living.
The Georgetown Lake picnic and party was a great
success. All of our "regular gang" was there for the big
day! We played volleyball, swam, and enjoyed the
company of one another. Noreen Hanson and her friend,
Sue, drove down from Dallas for the weekend. Also in
attendance were Harry and Thelma Chan, and Val's
parents, Buck and Barbara Kruger.
I'd like to mention that I am in the process of
coordinating my 15-year class reunion (BHS'76), and if
anyone has any addresses of classmates to please contact
me at the number below or Helen Malin at (904) 642-
2386. I am trying to cover the western U.S., Helen is
covering the eastern U.S., and Diana Duncan DeGreef is
covering Panama and other overseas countries. Thanks
again, Helen and Diana for all your help!
In closing, I want to say congratulations to Kat and
Red Pattison on the expectancy of their second child
which is due in May. I also want to say thanks to my
friend, Dave Jones, for helping me put together my first
article. Dave jut recently started teaching Physics in the
Austin area, so I had to take advantage of his teacher
Until next time, we all in Austin wish everyone a very
Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Sue (Ann) Davenport
(512) 331-699919

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Jessie and Olga Gettle of Dothan, AL visited the
Ezra Smiths in Kerrville recently. They were guests of
honor at a cocktail party hosted by Ezra and Helen
Smith. An evening of old friendship and "comidas tipica"
of Panama was enjoyed by: Bob Blades, Del and Bob
Dunn, Bill and Gigi Fleckenstein, Fred and Marion
Wells, Annette Fields and Les Johnston. The Gettles
continued on their trip to Granberry, TX for a visit with
their son Mike and his family before heading home to

Orr family reunion. L-R: Fred Wells, Alan Wells,
Matties Orr, Marion Orr Wells, Fred Wells, Jr., Mary
Wells Fealey and Mary Orr.

Mary Orr with grandnephew Guy Ethan Fealey and
grandniece Jamie Fealey.
The first week in October, Marilyn Carter attended
her nursing school's, St. Mary's Hospital, reunion in
Galveston, TX. Marilyn was delightfully surprised by a
large portrait of herself in the entrance hall when she
arrived. This was done from her yearbook photo, by a
local artist. She was also rewarded by winning one of the
lovely door prizes. Marilyn is now looking forward to a
mother-daughter weekend with her daughters: Renee,
Kim and Vanette in Corpus Christi in November.
Harvey G. Rhyne, Jr. won a silver medal for
Distinguished Police Pistol Combat (PPC) and a Bronze

for Individual 1500 PPC in the 1990 Puerto Rico Law
Enforcement Invitational Olympics held in San Juan,
Puerto Rico the week of October 8. The Senior Rhynes
drove to Miami, FL to take care of their grandchildren
while Harvey and Sonia were in Puerto Rico.
Iris Hogan has improved enough that she has gone
to Pensacola, FL to be with her brother, Louis Dedeaux
and his wife Barbara. Louis flew to Kerrville and drove
Iris back to his home. Iris will spend November with her
brother, Leon, and family in Deltona, FL. We are so
proud of Iris and her miraculous recovery.
Camille Eastham visited her parents, Harvey and
Bea Rhyne, in Kerrville. While here, she visited Kathy,
John, Cody and baby Camille Keenan in Houston.
Sharon O'Brien flew from her home in San Diego to
spend a weekend with Camille and her family.

John, Kathy, Cody and Camille Keenan.

Gene Litton is recovering from her hospitalization
and skin grafts caused by a burn on her ankle.
This winds up another year of being your reporter.
Thank you for all of your news and support. A Merry
Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all!

Bea Rhyne
(512) 896-8643


Bill Price (CHS'55) was surprised by wife Carolyn
with a 55th birthday party on 28 September, three days
after the fact. Several of Bill's CHS classmates came
from here and there to remind him of his elevated senior
citizen status. Those in attendance were Joan
(MacKenzie) Kozar, Elena (deBoyrie) and Obe
Oberholtzer, Ben and Ada (Wynne) Favorite, Pat (Kelly)
Kappe and John, Diane (Scheidegg) Henn and Bill,
Malcolm and Jean (Pearson) Stone. Bill also received
many cards and phone calls from classmates and friends.
The birthday cake was in blue and gold and with every
one of the 55 candles lit thus keeping the Fairfax County
Fire Department on "Condition Red." The party came off
just great and Bill was obviously surprised. No one will

let him forget his classic entrance on a Friday after a
hard day at the laboratory "Carolyn, what the hell is the
air conditioning doing on?" Is he a loving husband or
what? Elena, Obe, Joan and Carolyn had slaved in a hot
kitchen all day preparing all the goodies. Joan and the
Obes stayed over for the weekend and everyone went to
a cookout at Diane and Bill Henn's place on Saturday

L-R: Joan (MacKenzie) Kozar, John Flatley, Elena
(deBoyrie) Oberholtzer, Pat (Kelley) Kappe, Bill
Henn, Jean (Pearson) Stone, Bill Price, Ben
Favorite, Malcolm Stone.

Captain Herbert H. Lewis, Jr., Civil Engineer Corps,
United States Navy, retired June 22, 1990, after
completing a thirty-year career. Herb is a 1955 graduate
of the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, with
a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He joined the Navy at Fort Amador, Canal Zone,
and was commissioned as an Ensign in the Civil Engineer
Corps in June 1960. During his career he served tours of
duty in the Navy Seabees, Public Works Administration,
Construction Contracts Administration, and held various
staff positions. In 1968 and 1969 Herb served as the
Public Works Officer for the Naval Station, Rodman,
Canal Zone. Following duty in the Canal Zone, he
attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,
CA, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in

L-R: Joanne, Mark, Doris, Jeannette, grandma
Thelma Lewis, and Herb Lewis.

The first Navy Unit Herb commanded was Naval
Mobile Construction Battalion 133, which was awarded
the Peltier Award under his command as the best Navy
Seabee Battalion in the Navy. For his first five years as a
Captain, Herb served as Assistant Commander for
Energy and Environment; Deputy Commander for
Manpower and Organization; Assistant Chief of Civil
Engineers; Deputy Commander for Military Readiness;
Deputy Commander, Naval Construction Battalions,
Pearl Harbor, HI. Herb retired from dual duty as the
Commanding Officer of the Naval Construction Battalion
Center, Gulfport, MS, and the Commander, Twentieth
Naval Construction Regiment.
Herb's awards include three Legions of Merit, three
Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Achievement
Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, two Navy Unit
Commendation Ribbons, Vietnam Campaign Medals and
the Expert Rifle and Pistol Medals.
Herb and his wife, Doris, have three children: Joan
in Austin, TX, Jeannette in Houston, TX, and Mark in
Sterling, VA. Herb and his wife live in Annandale, VA,
near his mother, Thelma Lewis. He is the Director of
Management Engineering for the worldwide Navy
Federal Credit Union.
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr visited her hometown of
Arlington, VA. She enjoyed her visit with Sarah Storey,
Rosemary Gilead, and friends from Panama. She also
visited with Mina Anderson, Etty Torres Salterio (from
Colon, R.P.) and Leoni Lam. Leoni is now the secretary
of the Ambassador of Panama. Estella attended 4 days
with the DeMarrs in Lake Geneva, WI. The clan had an
enjoyable reunion. Estella also visited with her 4 sons and
all of her grandchildren. There were plenty of beautiful
scenes, relatives, hot dogs, etc. She enjoyed herself
enough to last her until her next clan reunion in 2 years.
Rosie and James Van Dyke of Ocala, FL, had a very
nice surprise in August when they were visited by their
grandson Chuck Burke and his fiance Theresa Atkinson,
both of Arlington, VA. It had been a year since the Van
Dyke's had seen Chuck and were delighted to find out
that there will be a wedding in May, the first wedding for
the Van Dyke grandchildren.

Rachel (Van Dyke) Burke
(703) 241-0971


Well, it sure is nice to be back and with so much
Karen (Rood) Ramsey wrote with news of the birth
of her and Hugh's second child, Christopher (see Births).
In addition to being a busy mommy, she is the volunteer
chairperson for her daughter Lisa's school. She keeps in
touch with Wayne and Denise West and Paula (Vaught)
Sue (McCullough) Burk sent the enclosed picture of
the McCullough family reunion which took place at the
wedding of Dawn (McCullough) and Kevin LaCosta in
New Jersey recently. Dawn is the daughter of Karen
(Hammond) and Don McCullough. At home in
Michigan, Sue keeps busy with her kids and their

activities daughter Chevaun is in girl scouts, gymnastics,
band and cheerleading. Recently she and Sue joined the
girl scouts for a weekend of camping during which they
went horseback riding. Sue said it was definitely an
experience! Now she and Jim are busy planning a big
Halloween party!

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Back L-R: Judi McCullough (BHS), Tom McCullough
(BHS), Don McCullough (CHS), Karen (Hammond)
McCullough (CHS), Joan (McCullough) Ohman
(CHS), Ed Ohman (BHS), Susan (McCullough) Burk
(CHS), Jim Burk (Michigan), Seated: Mac and
Snookie McCullough.
Barbara (Goodwin) Brand wrote that she visited
Panama this past June and said it has really changed and
definitely not for the better. She and husband, Jeff, were
planning to spend Labor Day visiting with Laurie (Nairn)
and Jim Simmons in Melbourne Beach, FL.
Barbara (Betcher) Barkeim is busy as always. In
May she had a quick (12 hour) visit with John Meeker
as he passed through on his way back to California after
attending the Indianapolis 500 race. June saw all of her
kids in swimming lessons and then a 40th wedding
anniversary celebration for her husband Brian's parents.
In July she took all kinds of ribbons for her handiwork at
the fair! She also spent some time finding a house in
Winona for her mother who hopes to be moved in by
September. August was vacation time for the Barkheims!
They went to Yellowstone National Park and then
traveled through Wyoming to visit cousins. While
traveling they camped in tents and froze in the
mountains! They also took in the Minnesota State Fair
and some more camping with Barb's sister upon their
return home. School started September 4th so Barb says
she's now back to baby-sitting and preparing for the
upcoming winter. She said that during a visit to Reptile
Gardens in Rapid City, SD, she found molas for sale in
the gift shop for $29.95!
I received a real newsy letter from Theresa (Snider)
Herring. Of course, the biggest news is the birth of
Herring #7, Bernadette, born August 9th while in
Washington for a Snider family reunion! She joins
brothers Tom (10), Chris (8), Joey (5 1/2) and James
(22 months) and sisters Mary (7), and Monique (3 1/2)!
Now that they are all back in the Zone, they are busy
enjoying visits from Joe Herring and his 5 boys, Conan,
Phil, Galen, Nathan and Nolan who, along with Tom,
Evelyn (Barraza), Kristen, Kyle and Ryan Snider, Janis
(Kunkel), Rick, Allison, Sondra and Daren Doubek, Lew,
Sue, Timmy and Robbie Stabler joined them for
Bernadette's Baptism and celebration at the Ft. Gulick
Chapel and Ft. Davis Officers Club. Tom and Evelyn

stood in for Patty (Snider) and Ken Morgan who are
Bernadette's godparents. Additional news from Theresa
included Anne Herring being awarded the Oustanding
Performance award for her good work as an electrician
leader at Pedro Miguel Locks. She and son, Marky, are
doing real good! Evelyn (Barraza) Snider was promoted
to Major in June and is now the "OIC" (Officer in
Charge) at the Coco Solo Clinic! Tom Snider is now the
Cristobal High School soccer coach, the
Secretary/Treasurer of the Tarpon Club and CCD
Director for the Atlantic Community busy guy! At the
recent Jamboree at CHS, Theresa found herself sitting
next to Elizabeth (Grimison) Fahy and her 2 daughters!
Elizabeth is teaching 2nd grade with DODDS at Clayton
Elementary School and her husband helps coach the
Balboa Red football team. Theresa adds that they are
very proud of the CHS Tigers this year (so far 2 0)!
Gatun Yacht Club sponsored a bass tournament in
September. Uncle Tom Snider and nephews, Galen, Phil
and Chris Herring were in it. Galen won $20.00 for his
1 lb. 6 oz. whopper while during the last tournament
Chris won $40.00 for his 3 lb. bass that beat the winner
in the adult's division!

Uncle Jim and nephew Ryan.

Theresa (Snider) Herring and new daughter,

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L-R: Monique, Joey, Mary, Chris, Tom, Bernadette
and James Herring. (Poulsbo, WA. Aug. 1990)

Some news on some of Theresa's stateside friends -
Paula Davison is an occupational therapist in Austin,
TX. Vicki (Dowell) and Mike Green are the proud
parents of Zachary, Erika and Kalleb in Jacksonville, FL.
In closing, she said that all the Panama Herrings (Tim,
Joe, Anne Marie and Chris) were looking forward to the
upcoming visit from mom, Margaret! "She is the neatest
Grandma and easiest houseguest in the world; we all
fight over her!" Prior to arriving in Panama, she is visiting
with Anne and Mike Herring in Panama City, FL and Ed
and Lori Herring in Vacouver, WA!
My own news includes 2 wonderful visits! The first
was with Drummond McNaughton at his parents' home
in Sarasota! Drum was stateside, from Guam, for a short
time and we were able to connect for a wonderful
afternoon of chatting and catching up with he and his
parents! The second visit was with Sheryl (Ruoff),
Charles, Tyler and Marshall Alberga, Maurie Moore,
Evelyn (Barraza), Tom, Kristen, Kyle and Ryan Snider,
Grandma Evelyn Barraza, Laurie (Nairn), Jim Simmons
and their 3 children and my family, Tom and Jessica, at
Sheryl and Charles' home in Melbourne Beach recently!
It sure felt great to be with so many good friends!
Well, I certainly cannot complain about no news!
Please keep it coming! As I've always said, this is your
column without your news there is no column!

Sandy Robinson
(813) 799-6421



Joe and Rae (Newhard) Ebdon of Sarasota, Fla.,
were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary, on
August 25, 1990 with a dinner and reception at the Lido
Holiday Inn in Sarasota.
Their sons, Thomas J. Ebdon Jr., of Rancho Santa
Margarita, CA., and Dick Ebdon, his wife, Kathy and
children, Geoffery and Jennifer of Irvine, CA., hosted the
celebration. Guests included over 65 family members,
close friends and former Zonians.
Posters of their wedding and 50 years of memories
with family and their many friends were prominently
Their son, Dick was master of ceremonies, which
included a champagne toast to the popular couple. His
daughter, Jennifer, was in charge of the guest book and
later presented her grandparents with a "Pot of Gold"
containing 50 Florida lottery tickets.


Rae and Joe Ebdon with sons at 50th Wedding
Anniversary celebration L-R: Son, Joe; Rae Ebdon,
Joe Ebdon, and son, Dick.
Joe and Rae were married November 2, 1940 at the
Gatun Union Church. Three members of the 1940
wedding party were present for this special occasion:
Harry Egolf, who was Joe's best man; and two of Rae'
bridal attendants, Marion (Neely) Greene of Sarasota and
her niece, Ann (Newhard) Franklin, the junior
Their son, Dick and Kathy Ebdon, also received
congratulations on their 18th anniversary, which was the
next day.
Out-of-town guests included Rae's brother, Carl
Newhard of Battle Creek, Mich. and his three sons,
Bruce Newhard, Battle Creek, Mich., Sam Newhard,
Tippen, Ohio and Carl Newhard Jr., Rogers, Ark.; Ann
(Newhard) Franklin, niece, from Visalia, Ca.; Carol
(Newhard) Bleakley, niece, from San Diego, Ca.; also
Mrs. Agnes Ruff, Irvine, Ca.; Bill and Sara Clawson,
Manchester, N.H.; Bob and Shirley (Million) Muse,
Winter Park, Fla., and Roger and Mary (Wilmoth)
Million, Somerset, N.J.


Candace "Candy" (Stroop) Schap of Worcester, MA.,
daughter of Edward Clyde and June (Fowler) Stroop Jr.
of St. Cloud, Florida, has written a book entitled,
"Sometimes I Don't Like My Kids," which will be
published in March 1991 by Pacific Publishing
Associates, a religious publishing company.
The story is about struggling with negative emotions
of motherhood, and is a true and real story that will
touch many mothers' and fathers' heart. A truly "Must
Candy has also written several short stories and
articles, some of which have been published in magazines
and other publications. She is presently working on three
more books.
She is the mother of four children, two girls, Rebecca
and Elizabeth, and two boys, Daniel and Peter. Her
husband, David, is an Economics professor at Holy Cross
University in Worcester.
Candy was born in the Canal Zone and went to
school in Florida, and attended college in St. Louis, MO.
Ruth F. Stroop of Sarasota, is Candy's paternal
grandmother, and along with her parents, is extremely
proud of her, as are all of Candy's sisters, Shayne
(Stroop) Fite, Colorado Springs, CO; Melody (Stroop)
Petrick, Kelly (Stroop) Grubbs and Robin (Stroop)
Wilburn, all of Sarasota, and brother Mark E. Stroop of
St. Cloud, and many, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces,
and nephews.
All wish her all the best, and continued success in her
writing endeavors to help other people with their


Mark Rowell graduated
in May, 1990 with
distinction from the
McIntire School of
Commerce at the University
of Virginia. He had a
double concentration in
finance and management
information systems.
While at UVA, Mark
was co-chairman of the
Finance Committee and the
budget director for the
University Union. He also
wrote articles for the
University Journal.
He was a member of

U. of VA. GRAD

Mark Rowell

Beta Gamma Sigma, the

business honor society, and the Golden Key Society.
He is currently employed by American Management
Systems, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Mark is the son of Zoe and Jack Rowell, formerly of
Coco Solo, and he attended Canal Zone schools.


Truman and Betsy Hoenke celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary while on a three-week Princess Line
Alaskan cruise and interior trip. They were married July
3, 1940 at the Balboa Union Church.
Upon their return to their island home in Vermont
they were greeted by friends and relatives at a surprise
anniversary party hosted by their son, Roger of Boca
Raton, Fla., Edna and Jim Million of Sarasota, Fla.,
Ruth Zelnick of Tulsa, Okla. and her daughter, Carol
Richmond of Simsbury, Conn.
Truman retired as Chief, Locks Division and Betsy
as Administrative Officer, Police Division, in 1971. They
resided in Hendersonville, N.C. for 14 years before
moving to their present home in Homosassa, Fla., five
years ago.

Dick and Sofia Burgoon pictured during his retirement
party held in the Administration Building on December
28, 1989.


Richard "Dick" Burgoon recently "retired" for the
second time as the Panama Canal Commission's Chief
Financial Officer. In actuality, his official retirement date
was December 29, 1989, but he returned on a contractual
basis to fill the position after the tragic death of his
successor, William J. Joyce in January, 1990. He stayed
on until late September assisting the new Chief Financial
Officer, Norbert E. Kraegel, who took over the position
on August 27, 1990.
Born on the Isthmus into a family of Canal
employees, he joined the Agency in December 1953.
Dick's first duties with the Canal were those of an
accountant, financial administrative assistant and auditor.
He then became a rates analyst and later moved up to
the positions of assistant comptroller and Chief of the
Financial Planning Division. After serving as Deputy
Chief Financial Officer for six years, he was named Chief
Financial Officer in 1985.
Throughout his long and loyal 36 year career with the
Canal organization he received numerous performance
awards for leadership, professionalism, and an
exceptional commitment toward continuing the agency's
high financial standards. In December 1989, he was
honored by the Commission when he was awarded the
Distinguished Service Award (the highest award
presented to a PCC employee) and also received the
Master Key Award in the grade of Master Financial
Dick is married to the former Sofia Hilbert of
Panama City and is the father of five children. Dick and
Sofia have departed the Isthmus for temporary residence
in the United States (somewhere). He will be missed by
all his friends and co-workers and especially his golfing
buddies who now will have to seek other means of
financing their weekends on the golf course.

Truman and Betsy Hoenke
Truman and Betsy Hoenke


William and Dorothy Loehr of Ozawkie, Kansas,
recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by
renewing their marriage vows on April 5, 1990.
Both are reported as being fat and sassy, however
travel has been curtailed by health problems, not serious.
Our congratulations to Bill and Dot.


Louise (Heim) Saum celebrated her eightieth
birthday at a week-long family reunion at Emerald Isle
off the coast of North Carolina the first week of October.
Altogether, forty-six people attended, representing four
Sisters of Louise who came were Snookie McCullough
of Sarasota, Frances Hennessey and Lois Cotton of
Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, and Jeanne Kalander of
Huntington Beach, California. Louise's surviving brother,
Charles Heim, of Crestline, California, was prevented by
ill health from attending.
The party, which began on Monday, continued
through the weekend with a mid-week golf tournament
organized by Louise's grandson, Peter Reichard of
Greensboro, N.C. Participants included Mac McCullough
of Sarasota, Pat (Hatchett) and Don Clark of
Sacramento, California, Barbara (Hatchett) Jackson of
Boise, Idaho, Dennis Corrigan of Phoenix, AZ., Jack
Saum of Sykesville, MD., and Lawrence Reichard of
Castine, ME. Mac McCullough had low score.
Fred Hatchett, widower of Mary (Heim) Hatchett was
both the oldest and the liveliest of those present. Four-
month old Loren Casson, great-granddaughter of Jeanne
(Heim) Kalander, was the youngest. It was a perfect
party, and a perfect reunion, said Louise, and there was
a full moon all week long.

Louise (Heim) Saum


L-R: Mac McCullough, Snookie (Heim) McCullough,
Lois (Heim) Cotton, Frances and Dan Hennesey.


The American Red
Cross has awarded Douglas
Stockham Reece the
Certificate of Merit "for
selfless and humane action
in saving the life of a human
being." This is the highest
award given by the
American Red Cross to a
person who saves or sustains
a life by using skills and
knowledge learned in a Red
Cross Health and Safety
Doug successfully
administered rescue Douglas Reece
breathing to a man who was
pulled from the bottom of a swimming pool after
suffering a diabetic attack. The man was unconscious and
stopped breathing.
Doug is the son of Jim and Janet (Stockham) Reece,
both BHS'56., of Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a
Senior at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.


Seaman Apprentice J.
Matthew Altman of New
Market, Alabama, has
completed recruit training
for the U.S. Navy at the
Recruit Training Center in
Orlando, Florida. He is the
son of Kathie Johnstone
(BHS'68) of New Market,
AL., and Jeffrey H. Altman
of Loxahatchee, FL. His
maternal grandparents are
Captain Hank and Evelyn
Johnstone of Bricktown,
New Jersey and Pinellas
J. Matthew Altman Park, Florida, formerly of
Seaman Recruit Balboa, Canal Zone.
Matthew graduated from
Buckhorn High School, New Market, AL., in May, 1990
with an advanced diploma and entered the Navy in June,
Kathie, her husband Bill Whitten and her daughter
Elizabeth, and Jeff and Barbara Altman attended
Matthew's Pass-in-Review and graduation ceremonies in
Orlando in August for his completion of Recruit
After a 15-day leave at home, Matthew is attending
Electronic Technician "A" School at the Naval Training
Center, Orlando, after which he will continue his
schooling at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, North
Chicago, Illinois.

Julie Davis (10 years) aboard her
June, 1990.

Katie Davis (11 years) showing her I
"Emily" in August 1990


/ Daughters Katie (age 11) and Julie (10) Davis both
had a successful season in 4-H this summer in Brimfield,
S .. MA. Each took many ribbons and trophies across
Massachusetts. Katie is shown with her prize winning
Brown Swiss calf "Emily," and Julie is shown mounted on
her prize winning horse named "Lady."
Both girls worked very hard this year and it paid off
well for them.
I am a proud father, but the credit for the work goes
i_ to their school-teaching mother, Jeanne (Williams) and
their aunt Jan Williams as well as their career farmer
grandfather Elliot Williams; whose farm, the
Keekamoochaugg Brook Farm, Dudley, MA., is where
the girls board their animals.

Ted (Robby CHS'63) Davis
Brimfield, MA.


Rick Deakins, the son
of Randall and JoElla
Deakins, of Cocoa, Florida, *
formerly of Gamboa, Canal
horse "Lady" in Zone, has been hired by
NASA at Kennedy Space
Center, as a Quality
SAssurance Specialist
(Aerospace) after receiving
Shis degree in Quality
Assurance .
He will be working with Rick Deakins
Shuttle Payloads.


SFred Zornes, who entered
the U.S. Navy after
graduating from Mesilla
Valley Christian School, has
completed Submarine
School at Groton, CT., and
Strategic Weapons Systems
Electronics 'A' School at
Virginia Beach, VA. After
the 'A' school, Fred was
promoted to Missile
Technician 3rd Class (E-4).
Currently, Fred is enrolled
in the Naval Guided Missile
School at Virginia Beach,
Fred Zornes VA., and will graduate in
January 1991.
Fred is the son of Linda and Tom Zornes of Las
Cruces, New Mexico, and the grandson of Marian and
brown Swiss calf Fred Yanker of Mesilla Park, NM., and Myrna and Dick
Zornes of Denver, CO.

Robin D. (Gibson)
Collins, a graduate of
Balboa High School Class of
1979, has passed the Boards
for Registered Nurses in the
State of Florida after
graduating with honors from
Florida Community College
at Jacksonville, Florida. She
is presently employed at
Luke's Hospital in
Jacksonville. She and her
husband Mark, have two
children, Jesse, four years
old, and Erin, three years

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Robin (Gibson)


Mark Thrailkill and Alison Reed

Clare and Elwood Read of Sarasota, Florida are
proud to announce the engagement of their daughter,
Alison to Mark Thrailkill of Augusta, Georgia. Mark is
the son of John Thrailkill and the late Donna Thrailkill
and stepson of Patricia Miner Thrailkill of Riyadh, Saudi
Alison and Mark graduated from Balboa High
School in 1979 and attended Panama Canal College
Mark is a graduate of Florence-Darlington Technical



3 Patricia A. Dockery has
/ been promoted to Loan
Officer. Patricia started with
the American Bank of the
South in 1986 as a mortgage
loan processor in their
Melbourne, Florida office.
Since then she has worked
in their 520 Office in
commercial loans and is
now located at their Cocoa
Beach Branch in her new
In banking since 1981,
Patricia began her career as
a loan receptionist. She has been a loan processor,
mortgage loan closer and mortgage loan underwriter.
Patricia is working toward an Associate of Science degree
in finance at Brevard Community College and is carrying
a 4.0 average.
Pat was born in the Canal Zone and graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1968. She is the daughter of
Bob and Iris Waggoner of Cocoa, Florida. She is married
to Harry A. Dockery, Jr., and they have three children.
She has been a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida since 1878. "Working for the American Bank has
made it possible for me to help people work toward their
everyday goals or achieve their lifelong dreams."


Airman 1st Class
Bradley J. Pearson, son of .
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S.
Pearson (Emily Tinkler -
BHS'76) of Whittier, Calif.,
was recently certified as an
Air Traffic Controller
(USAF-Level 5). Bradley is
completing his one year
apprenticeship at Eaker Air
Force Base Strategic Air
Command in Blytheville,
Arkansas. Bradley
graduated from La Serna
High School, Whittier,
Calif., in 1988. Bradley J. Pearson
He is the grandson of
Judith V. Tinkler of Whittier and the late Melvin F.
Tinkler, both formerly of the Canal Zone.

College and earned a degree in Aviation Maintenance
Technology. He also attended Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University. He is employed with Allied
Signal Aerospace Garrett Engine Division as a turbine
propulsion technician in Augusta, GA.
A November 21, 1990 Civil ceremony will take place
and an April 20, 1991 date has been set for a formal
ceremony and reception.


Colonel (Ret) and Mrs. Gustav J. Braun of
Alexandria, Virginia, are pleased to announce the
engagement of their daughter, Katherine Anne, to Steven
E. King, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. King of
Walkersville, Maryland.

Katherine Anne Braun
Miss Braun, a 1978 graduate of Duke University also
holds a masters degree in physical therapy from the
University of Alabama in Birmingham. She practices
physical therapy and is owner of the Sports Therapy And
Rehabilitation Clinic in Washington, D.C.
Dr. King, a 1978 graduate of Duke University also
holds a doctorate degree in physics from Duke
University. He is a research physicist at the Naval
Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.
A February wedding is planned.

During the past four years, while completing her
graduate studies, she founded and administered a
national advocacy group called the Dalkon Shield
Information Network, Inc. Currently comprised of fifteen
regional chapters, the organization seeks justice for the
survivors of the Dalkon Shield IUD tragedy.
Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal,
The New York Times, and Ms. magazine, and she has
appeared on countless television talk shows including
Good Morning America, People Are Talking, and the
McNeil-Lehrer Newshour.

NEWS, Albright College Public Information Office
Reading, PA.
September 20, 1990


On July 13, 1990, Richard and Frede Coy of Atlanta,
Georgia, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary
at the Lanier Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.
Their children, Barbara Coy Sheets from Stone
Mountain, Georgia, and LtCol William Alexander Coy,
currently serving in Panama, and their spouses, planned
the dinner celebration. One hundred guests attended;
family and friends traveled from different states of the
Union for the occasion.

Enjoying the beautiful evening were some from the
former Canal Zone; among them were Mr. and Mrs.
Louis Scigliane; Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Burda; Mr. and
Mrs. Jules Damiami; Mrs. Digna Bonneau and Mrs.
Edna O'Droske and daughters Michelle and Nicole.
Mr. Coy retired in 1974 from Civil Service of the
United States Government. Richard and Frede married
in St. Mary's Mission, Balboa, Canal Zone.


Dr. Karen M. Hicks (BHS'64), formerly of the human
relations faculty at Lehigh University, has been named
director of the Albright College Women's Center.
A graduate of Michigan State University, she
completed her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education at
the University of Pennsylvania.


Mrs. Vernon "Catsy" L. Schafer, National Chairman,
Heraldry & Coats of Arms, of the National Society,
Colonial Dames XVII Century, had her article, "Trip to
England 1989" printed in the Seventeenth Century Review,
Spring 1990.

Mrs. Schafer, of San Diego, California contributed a
lengthy article on her tour through England on her study
of British Genealogy for Americans, which was sponsored
by the New England Historic Genealogy Society and
started on August 15. She attended classes and lectures
covering such subject as English Parochial System, parish
churches, chapels of ease, parish registers, Burgess Rolls,
visitations, family history societies, wills and probate,
titles, estate maps, surnames, English Manorial records
and heraldry.
As she visited historic places, she came across names
of illustrious English families that she recognized from
the background of Colonial Dames XVII Century.


Milton (Lefty) and Thelma Davis of Garland, Texas
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Holiday
Inn in Dallas, Texas on September 1, 1990. Children
Florence, Carolyn and Ed hosted the celebration.
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L-R: Ed Davis, Florence (Davis) Strawn, Thelma
Davis, Carolyn (Davis) Smith and Milton Davis.
Former Zonians in attendance were: Audrey and Ron
Bowman, Val and Steve Goreham, Beverly Goulet,
Stephanie (Goulet) Alanzo and family, Dorothy Harwood,
Glen and Christina Seeley and family, and John and
Florence Terry.
A birthday cake was also presented to "Lefty" by his
5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren celebrating his
80th birthday.


Robert E. "Eddie" Lee
Jr., son of Bob and Faye
Lee of Picayune, Mississippi,
and formerly of Gamboa,
Canal Zone, has been
promoted to first lieutenant.
He is stationed in
Korea and will report to
Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in
Eddie was seven when
the Lees left Gamboa.

1stLt. Robert E. Lee Jr.


Wendy Wilde, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone, and
Tim Anderson of Glenn, California, were married June
30, 1990, at St. John's Church in Chico, CA.
The bride, daughter of Gifford and Evelyn Wilde of
Indian Shores, FL., had as her matron of honor, long
time CZ friend Donna Date-Smith of Tampa, FL. who
designed a beautiful cover for the wedding program. Her
parents, Don and Loretta Date assisted in making the
programs, given to each guest.
Bridesmaids included Lori and Debbie Anderson,
sisters of the groom; Sandra Davis and Gaianne Golden,
former Chico State U. roommates, and Marietta
Petersen, a cousin of the bride from Santa Rosa, CA.


Wendy (Wilde) and Tim Anderson
The groom's parents are Don and Barbara Anderson
of Hamilton City, CA. The best man was Gary Anderson,
Tim's brother. Groomsmen were Bill DeVor, Steve
Holetz, Kamron and Kalin Koehnen, and Brad Wilde,
Wendy's brother. Flower girls were Jocelyn Anderson,
Tim's niece, and Colleen and Michelle Ronchelli, cousins
of the bride.
The reception dinner was held at the Elks Club in
Chico. In addition to many out-of-town guests in the
U.S., Norm and Donna Gillis from Panama attended the
After a honeymoon cruise to Mexico, the newlyweds
returned to Glenn, CA., where Tim works with Anderson
Orchards, the family almond and walnut business. Wendy
is a first grade teacher at Mill Street Elementary School
in Orland, CA.


Karen Elaine Witt and Thomas Franklin Smith,
both of Gatesville, Texas, were married June 2, 1990 at
the First United Methodist Church in Gatesville.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Harry Witt of
Mathis, Texas, and the late Mr. Witt. The groom is the
son of Mrs. Robert H. Smith of Buffalo, Texas, and the
Inte Mr Smith

Karen Witt Smith
Judy Chopelas of Mathis, sister of the bride was
matron of honor. Tillman Meadows of Buffalo, was best
The bride is a graduate of Mathis High School,
Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas, and
Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. She is with
Simpon & Byron, Certified Public Accountants.
The groom is a graduate of Buffalo High School and
is the manager of the Lazy Dollar Ranch.
The couple honeymooned in New Orleans, Louisiana
and are now living in Gatesville, Texas.

Best man was Gwin Pepper Wilburn, father of the
groom and groomsmen were Robert Schiel, Stanley Vail,
and Dale Cebert. Flower girls were Erin and Jamie
Grubbs, nieces of the bride.
A wedding reception was held in the church
fellowship hall after the ceremony.
The bride is associated with AM Engineering in
Sarasota, and the groom is lead guitar and vocalist with
The Dixie Rose Band in Tampa, Fla. The couple will be
residing in Sarasota.
Robin the the granddaughter of Ruth F. Stroop and
the late Edward Clyde (Red) Stroop, Sr. of Sarasota.


Kelly Ann Cahill and James Michael Parthenais
were married October 6, 1990, at St. Agnes Catholic
Church on Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida.
Paul Bierman and Janis "Cookie" Newlon served as
best man and maid of "dis" honor. Keith Mead and Chris
Gordon were Jim's "groom's guys" and Robin and Gerri
Cahill were the bridesmaids. Evan and Eileen Engelke,
children of Alice (Parthenais) and Tom, completed the
wedding party as ring bearer and flower girl.



Robin Stroop and Gwin Anthony Wilburn were
united in marriage on August 26, 1990, at Hope Lutheran
Church in Bradenton, Florida.
The bride's parents are Edward Clyde and June
(Fowler) Stroop Jr. of St. Cloud, and the groom's parents
are Mr. and Mrs. Gwin Pepper Wilburn of Bradenton.
Matron of honor was Kelly (Stroop) Grubbs, sister
of the bride, and bridesmaids were Melody (Stroop)
Petrik, sister of the bride, and Heidi Wilburn, sister of
the groom.

Kelly Cahill and James Parthenais
Despite heavy competition from the Florida State -
University of Miami football game, the afternoon
ceremony was beautiful.
A long weekend of festivities was capped off with a
reception at the Beacon Hotel in Miami Beach's Art
Deco District where Jim and Kelly both were joined by
their parents, Dick and Lynn Cahill, Dick Parthenais and
Betty Garrisson. Relatives, including Kelly's grandmother
from New Orleans, and a host of very special friends
from the Canal Zone and Miami were on hand to start
their marriage off with a bang!!


Renee Rowley and Brian Friedel were married in
Tallahassee, Florida at the Dorothy B. Oven Park on
August 17, 1990.
Maid of honor was the bride's sister, Adriane Rowley
and the bridesmaids were Suzanne Gerhart, Clemson,
SC, the bride's cousin; Michelle Friedel, Pensacola, FL,
the bridegroom's sister, and Jolene Corrigan, Orlando,
FL. Flower girl was Alexandria Snow, Lawrenceville,
GA., the bride's cousin.
Best man was E.G. Friedel, groom's brother. The
ushers were Dean Friedel, Pensacola, FL, groom's
brother; and Ronald Lagaspi, Tallahassee, FL. Ring
bearer was Doug Friedel, groom's brother.

The Rowley Friedel wedding
Family members and out-of-town friends included the
bride's grandmother, Mrs. Sara Rowley, Clearwater, FL;
Mr. and Mrs. Brown Shircliffe, St. Petersburg, FL.,
bride's grandparents; Bill Shircliffe; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
Friedel, groom's parents, Pensacola, FL; Mrs. Joyce
Gunn, Ponte Vedra, FL; June and Davis Stevenson, and
Virgil and Lori Snow, both of Lawrenceville, GA;
Kenneth Gerhart, Arlington, VA; LaVoyce and Virgil
Snow, Griffin, GA; Lanny Gunn, Orlando, FL.
Many Zonians attended the wedding. Following the
ceremony, a reception was given by the bride's parents,
Beverly and Skip Rowley, at the Dorothy B. Oven Park.
Renee and Brian are living in Orlando where Brian is
employed with Westinghouse.


Mr. and Mrs. John H. Foster of Tampa, Florida,
formerly of La Boca, Canal Zone, announce the marriage
of their daughter Debbie Foster to Donald Sorchinski on
August 26, 1990 in Tampa, followed by a reception.
Donald's parents are Mrs. Mary Sorchinski and the
late Bruno Donald Sorchinski of New Jersey.
Mrs. Donald Sorchinski is now working as office
manager in a CPA office, and Donald Sorchinski is
operations manager with Dow Jones of Princeton.
The young couple are now living in the Princeton area
of New Jersey.


Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Kidd of sarasota, Florida,
announce the marriage of their daughter, Lisa Kay Kidd
to Donald Wayne Mann of Sarasota, Fla. on August 30,
1990 at Island Park, in Sarasota.
Joy Emmert of Sarasota was the bride's maid of
honor and George Rupert of Sarasota served as best
man. Leah Marie Mann, the groom's three-year old
daughter, was the flower girl.
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Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mann
The bridegroom is the son of Donna J. (Humphrey)
Mann and the late David T. Mann of Sarasota. He is the
grandson of Gladys B. Humphrey of Sarasota.
After a wedding trip in Orlando, the couple are
making their home in Sarasota.


Mr. and Mrs. Harold Grammer of Bentonville, Ark.,
announce the marriage of their daughter, Leslie Rene
Grammer to Michael Wayne Beckham of Bella Vista,
Ark. Leslie is the granddaughter of Herb Engelke and the
niece of Molly Williford of Cristobal, Panama. Mr.
Beckham is the son of Mrs. Judith Sellers of Bella Vista,
and Mr. Doyle Beckham of Spring, Texas.
The celebration of marriage was in the garden at the
home of the bride's parents on July, 28, 1990.
The bride is a 1981 Bentonville High School graduate
and earned her bachelors degree in journalism from the
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1986. She is the
owner and operator of the Menagerie Pet Shop in
Bentonville. The groom is employed at the Phillips
Company/Food-For-Less Company General Office in


L-R: Monique Umnuss, Pilar and Terry Albert, Marissa
Umnuss at the Umnuss-Albert wedding in San Diego,
California in June, 1990.

Monique Umnuss, Pilar and Terry Albert, and Marisa
Pilar and Terry Albert are engineers for the Naval
Ocean Systems Center, a Naval research lab, and reside
in San Diego.


Kimberly Lynn Buchter and John Gregory Moran
were united in marriage on June 23, 1990 at St. Cecelia
Catholic Church, Clearwater, Florida.
The bride was given away by her mother, Ann
Buchter of Clearwater, former resident of Ancon and
Balboa. The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Leo
Moran of Clearwater.

Kimberly Lynn Buchter and John Gregory Moran

The bride was attended by maid of honor Missy
Bailey. Bridesmaids were Diana Ham, Susan Pergram
and Tamara McConnell, all of Lexington, Kentucky;
Sandy Jones and Laura Bouse of Clearwater.

Ken Moran served his brother as best man. Ushers
were Jim Foster, Bill Garcia, Bill Morris, Leonard Poe
and Pat Verdon.
Following a reception at the Sheraton Grand Hotel
in Tampa, the couple enjoyed their honeymoon trip to
the Cayman Islands.
The bride is a graduate of Florida State University
where she was a member of the Golden Key Honor
Society and did graduate studies at South Florida
The groom is a graduate of the University of Florida
and is Youth Minister at Incarnate Word in Tampa and
Director of "What's up in the Tampa Bay Area."


Jean (Wruck) and Henry Dorzback are pleased to
announce the birth of their fist child, Lauryn Kathleen,
born on May 14, 1990 at Brandon Humana Hospital in
Brandon, Florida. Lauryn weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces and
was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Monica and FrankWruck
of Gamboa, Panama, R.P. Paternal grandparents are
Glen and Noel Sizemore of Seaford, Deleware.

Grandparents Monica and Frank Wruck of Gamboa.
Lauryn had a number of friends and relatives stop in
to see her. They included both sets of grandparents,
Marilyn Wruck; Joanne (Wruck) and Dane Wiskowski
and their daughter Cathy; John Wruck, Cindy Marotta
and Jesse Marotta. All currently reside in Gamboa,
Panama, R.P. except for John Wruck, who attends
college in Gainesville, Florida.

Lynn (Budreau) and Rick
Gritt are proud to announce
the birth of their first child,
Alessandra Marie Gritt,
who was born on September
28, 1990 in Panama City,
SFlorida. Alessandra weighed
4 lbs. and 15 oz. and was 19
1/2 inches long. Lynn and
Rick have moved to
Valdosta, GA, and their
new address is Rte. 5, Box
318C, Valdosta, GA 31602,
where Rick is now stationed
as a Staff Sgt. at Moody
Alessandra Marie Gertt AFB.
Alessandra's maternal
grandparents are Marguerite "Pete" (Bouche) and the
late Robert (Bob) Budreau, formerly of La Boca. Pete
now lives in Panama City, FL. Alessandra's paternal
grandparents are Franklin and Charlotte Gritt Of Poca,
W. VA. Her maternal great-grandparents are the late
Adrien and Marguerite Bouche and the paternal great-
grandparents are Walter "Trixie" and Florence

John and Dawn Lessiack
of Kerrville, Texas proudly
announce the birth of their
second child, son Daniel
Owen, on October 5, 1990.
Daniel was welcomed home
by his big sister, Lauren,
almost 3 years old. Daniel
weighed 9 lbs. 8 oz. and ,
measured 21 1/2 inches. He
is the sixth grandchild of
Katherine (Adams)
Lessiack of Kerrville and
the late Robert Lessiack.
Daniel is the first grandson Daniel Owen Lessiack
of the maternal
grandparents, Glenowen and Martha Jenkins of Kansas
City, Missouri. Daniel is also welcomed by his aunt and
uncle, Susan (Lessiack) and Lewis Stabler and cousins
Timmy and Robbie, still in Panama. Cousin Leslie Griffin
is working in San Francisco, CA. and cousin Jennifer
Lessiack is teaching in Scottsdale, Arizona.

SI* "91 Andrew Nathan Heil, was
born August 16, 1990 to Mr.
and Mrs. Alexis J. Heil Jr.
(formerly Jessica Bell). He
S weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and
was born in Miami, Florida.
Grandparents are Billy
". Bell of South Carolina
S'" (formerly of Los Rios,
Canal Zone), Judith
Vosburgh of Miami, FL.,
and Leatrice and Alexis Heil
of S.C.
His grandfather, Billy Bell,
retired in June, 1989 after
Andrew Nathan Heil having worked for the Canal
for 38 years as a locomotive operator.

Katherine (Corrigan
(BHS'78) and Antonio
Rodrigo Barcia (La Salle,
Colon, Rep. of Panama) are
proud to announce the birth
of their first child, Megan
Teresa Barcia, who was
born September 11, 1989 at
Mercy Hospital, Miami,
Florida. She weighed 6 lbs.
10 oz. and was 19 1/2
inches long. She is one year
old in this photograph.
The maternal
grandparents are Joseph
Murray Corrigan of Gatun,
Panama, and Bernice
Corrigan of Panama City,
Rep. of Panama.
Paternal grandparents Megan Teresa Barcia
are Antonio Barcia of
Colon, Rep. of Panama, and the late Vilma Barcia, also
of Colon.

Congratulations to Dave and Gail Melendrez on the
birth of their second son, Alexander. Mom and baby are
doing fine. Alexander was also welcomed by his older
brother, Michael.

Stanford and
Suzanne (Magee) Allen of
Northridge, California,
proudly announce the birth
of their first grandchild,
Kevin Gregory Allen, on
January 10, 1990. The
parents are Kevin and Kelly
(Kearns) Allen of
Northridge, CA.
grandparents are Mrs.
Susan M. Magee of Vista,
California, and the late Mr.
Charles ("Mac/Mugsy")

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Lisa and Shawn

Hugh and Karen (Rood)
Ramsey are proud to
announce the birth of their
second child, a son,
Christopher Shawn, born
June 18, 1990. He weighed 9
Ibs. 2 oz. and was 20 1/2
inches long.
Shawn was welcomed by
his proud sister Lisa, who is
almost 6 years old.
The proud grandparents
are Ken and Ginger Rood
of Union, Kentucky, and
Coleen Ramsey of College
Park, Georgia.

Kevin Gregory

Mark and Linda
(Magee) Michelson, of
Oceanside, California,
proudly announce the birth
of their first child, Ashley
Lauren Michelson on July
11, 1990.
The maternal
grandparents are John and
Phyllis Magee of Los Rios,
Panama, R.P. The maternal
great-grandparents are Mrs.
Susan M. Magee of Vista,
California and the late Mr.
Charles ("Mac/Mugsy")

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Chelsea (2), and Cullan (4) with Kaeley F.D. Jones.
Patricia (Dertien) (BHS'69) and Gary R. Jones of
Miami, Florida, are proud to announce the birth of
Kaeley Fitzpatrick Dertien Jones on July 19, 1990,
weighing in at 6 lbs. 15 oz.
She is the granddaughter of Capt. and Mrs. Donald A.
Dertien of Titusville, FL., formerly of Balboa Heights,
, Canal Zone where Capt. Dertien was the PCC Marine

Willie Galloway of Sarasota, Florida, proudly
announces the birth of her fourth great-granddaughter, a
daughter born to her granddaughter, Anna Elaine
(Galloway) and Andrew Adams on October 5, 1990 in
Atlanta, GA. The baby, who has been named Hillary
Anne, joins a brother, four-year old Wesley.
Hillary's maternal grandparents are Joseph Galloway
of Sarasota and Karen (Clark) Hunter of Pensacola, FL.
She has another great-grandmother, Mrs. Evelyn Clark
of Sheller Island, NY., widow of the late Shepherd Clark,
former professor in the Balboa Schools and C.Z. Junior
Hillary's father, Andrew, recently graduated from
North Georgia Military College in Dahlonega, GA., and
is presently O.B.S. (Off Base Course) at Aberdeen
Proving Grounds in Maryland. He has been
commissioned a 2nd Lieut in the US Army and is
scheduled for assignment in Germany in April 1991.

Shawn and Debbie
(Reilly) Jordan announce
the birth of their daughter,
Stacy Lynn Jordan, born
May 27, 1990, in
Zweibruecken, Germany.
Stacy weighed 8 1/2 pounds
and was 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents
are David and Velma Reilly
of Curundu, Panama.
Paternal grandparents are
Hubert Jordan and Lois
Paredes of Los Rios,

Stacy Lynn Jordan

Ashley Lauren

Bud and Betty Balcer announce the birth of their
third great-grandchild named Natasha Nicole Pedersen.
She was born October 5, 1990, and weighed 5 lbs. 14 oz.
The proud parents are Michael and Vivian Pedersen
of 514 Carlyle St., Wichita, Kansas. She joins brothers
Stephen and Joshua.

Clark and Beth (Speir)
Coldiron of Niceville, FL.,
are pleased to announce the
birth of Nolan Karl
Coldiron. He is welcomed
into the family by Nathan
Kyle, 9, and Nicole Kristen,
He was born on June 13,
1990 and weighed 8 lbs. 13
oz. and was 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents
are David and Pauline Speir
of Sarasota, FL. Paternal
grandparents are Kenneth
and Mary Ellen Coldiron of
Perry, Oklahoma.

Esther and Ed
Niskanen of the Woodlands,
'Texas, are proud to
announce the birth of their
third grandchild, Jonathan
Edward Niskanen. He was
born on September 7, 1990
in Houston, Texas.
The proud parents are
Dee and Steven Niskanen of
Lake Jackson, Texas.

Nolan Karl Coldiron

Jonathan Edward

Debbie (Montalvo) and Robert Weatherton are proud
to announce the birth of their first child, Bryant Taylor,
born June 21, 1990 in Dallas, Texas.
He weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Ossie and Dulce
Montalvo of Hollywood, Florida. Parernal grandparents
are Larry and Jan Weatherton of Cypress, Texas.

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Brett and Terrie (Strey) Harmon are pleased to
announce the birth of their second child, Nicholas
Robert, on September 26, 1990.
Nicholas weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches
long. He was welcomed home by his big sister, Jessica,
age 2 1/2.

Melissa (Smith) Swaney, daughter of Carol
(Kapinos) and Col. Robert Smith, USAF, granddaughter
of Verna and Andy Kapinos, gave birth to a baby girl,
Addison Taylor Swaney, on September 14, 1990 at
Baptist Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina.
Baby Addison weighed 8 lbs. Grandmother Carol is
with Verna and Andy in Aiken, SC., until Melissa can go
home to Camp David, Arizona, with her mother. Both
Melissa's husband and Carol's husband are in Saudi

John and Kathy (Orr) Keenan and son Cody (5 1/2)
proudly introduce Camille Sara Keenan, born July 22,
1990. She weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz. and was 20 3/4 inches
long. This was Kathy's excuse for not traveling to her
BHS class reunion this past summer!
Paternal grandparents are Marvin and Maxine
Keenan, Houston, Texas. Maternal grandparents are the
late Elmer and Dorothy Orr.

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Katheryne D. Ackerman, 90, died February 25, 1990
in a Chicago-area nursing home. She first visited Panama
in 1912 at the age of 12. She returned to stay in 1937,
living at first with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. John O. Collins in Ancon, and later taking an
apartment in Panama City. She moved back to Ancon
during World War II when the Postal Service began
hiring women, and worked at the Ancon Post Office,
leaving there when it closed to work in Balboa. She
retired in 1960 and for most of her retirement she lived
in Dunedun, Florida, but since July 1988 she moved to
the Chicago area.
She is survived by her daughter, Sally Ackerman Estes
of Oak Park, IL; two granddaughters, Deborah Estes
Hulsman of Albuquerque, NM, and Rhonda Estes Wood
of Camas, Washington; and two great-grandchildren,
Robert and Katherine Hulsman of Albuquerque.

Frances Lucile (Stevenson) Anderson, widow of
Claude E. Anderson, died March 23, 1990, in Costa
Mesa, California. The family celebrated with her on the
occasion of her 97th birthday on February 22, 1990.
Frances' father, A. D. Stevenson, her five brothers and
one sister lived in the Canal Zone during and after
construction days (1905-22). Frances was aboard the first

vessel (the tug, Gatun) to transit the Canal in 1913. She
left the Zone and returned in 1934, and she again
transited the Canal on its 25th anniversary in 1939. The
family lived in Pedro Miguel and balboa until Claude's
retirement as lock operator, Miraflores Locks around
1950. Her brother, Jesse H. Stevenson worked in the
Admin until his retirement around 1945. All of Frances'
children graduated from Balboa High School and three
from Canal Zone Junior College.
She is survived by a daughter, Frances Goodwin, Seal
Beach, CA.; a son, Claude E. Anderson, Jr. and
daughter, Mildred Anderson, Costa Mesa, CA; ten
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her son,
John Anderson, BHS'40, died in Italy in 1988.

Dennis William Bain, 43, of Heightstown, New
Jersey, passed away September 24, 1990 of cancer. He
was a 4th generation Zonian, born in Gorgas Hospital.
His grandfather, S.P. (Wes) Dennis, was a Roosevelt
Medal holder with two bars, with the Dredging Division,
and his great grandfather, A.E. Baker, Panama Railroad
was also a Roosevelt Medal holder with one bar. The
ashes of S.P. Dennis are buried in the middle of the
Canal. Dennis left the Canal Zone in 1953 with his
parents and grandmother, Josephine R. Baker Dennis.
He took his sheet metal apprenticeship at Bain, Inc.;
became a drafting designer in sheet metal and lead
foreman in industrial and commercial construction. He
was also a 25-year member of the NJ. National Guard
with the rank of Command Sergeant Major; a 32nd
degree Mason, raised in Lodge by his father, a 33rd
degree Mason.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Stiles Bain; two
sons, Jonathan W. and Darin S.; a daughter, Nora Marie
Bain; his parents, Marge (Dennis) Bain of Tampa and
William J. Bain of Cranbury, NJ., formerly of
Maintenance and Mechanical Division, C.Z.; his sister,
Bonnie (Bain) Dunbar; nephew, James H. Dunbar IV.;
his aunts, Jo (Dennis) Konover and Jean (Dennis)
Herbert and various cousins. He was the nephew of the
late Robert E. "Dinky" Dennis, Sr.
Dennis was accorded a full military burial with
Sergeant Majors, Command Sergeant Majors and
Officers as honor guard. His flag-draped coffin was given
a 3-gun salute, the flag presented to his widow.

Dorothy Jean Bernhart (Gill), 68, passed away on
July 17, 1990 at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her husband Robert (Bob) L.
Bernhart of Hernando Beach, Florida, to whom she was
married for 38 years; a sister, Nancy Guthridge of Las
Vegas, Nevada; two brothers, Raymond Gill of
Bakersfield, CA., and John Gill of Fremont, CA.; and
four children, Sue Bondzeleski of Washington, D.C., Dr.
William Bernhart of Orlando, FL., Robert Bernhart of
Anchorage, Ak, and John Bernhart of Philadelphia, PA.

Rufus L. Carey, 71, of Orlando, Florida, passed away
on September 5, 1990, at Sands Lake Hospital in
Orlando. Rufus worked for 35 years in the Locks
Division at Miraflores Locks. He retired in February,
1976 and stayed in the Republic of Panama until he
moved to Orlando with his wife in 1986.

He is survived by his wife, Olga C. Carey of Orlando,
and a daughter, Cynthia E. Carey of Panama, Republic
of Panama.

James A. Carlin, 52, of North Miami, Florida, passed
away on October 9, 1990. Jim was born in Astoria, Long
Island, N.Y. and traveled to the Canal Zone as a young
child with his parents, William and Catherine Carlin. He
grew up in the Canal Zone, living and attending schools
on both sides of the Isthmus. Following his graduation
from Balboa High School in 1957, he entered the U.S.
Air Force and married his high school sweetheart,
Harriet Critch of Curundu. In 1965 he returned to the
Canal Zone, was employed as a policeman in Balboa and
rose to the rank of Lieutenant. Leaving the Canal Zone
in 1978, he continued his career with the U.S. Customs
Service in Miami until his retirement in December 1988.
Surviving are his wife, Harriet; three sons, James
Michael and Jeffery of North Miami, and John of
Colchester, CT. and two grandsons; two brothers,
William of Sarasota, FL, and Robert of San Antonio, TX;
and a sister, Jacqueline Gilbert, also of San Antonio.

Fred B. Cornels, 81, of Kerrville, Texas, died August
25, 1990 at a local care center. Born in Sayre, Oklahoma,
he graduated from Oklahoma University Law School in
1930 and married in Oklahoma in 1937. Her served in
the FBI in foreign service during World War II and came
to Panama in 1945 as a lawyer for Texaco Inc. He and
his wife lived in Colon, Coco Solito and Mt. Hope until
1950 when he left Panama to work at the Texaco office
in New York where he stayed until 1971. At that time he
returned to Panama until his retirement from Texaco in
1974, and lived in Kerrville until his death. While in
Panama, he was a member of Brazos Brook Country
Club and the Strangers Club.
He is survived by his wife, Aline (Ewton) Cornels of
119 Timber Lane, Kerrville, TX 78028.

Kenneth Fred Cox, 87, of Summerfield, Fla. died
June 16, 1990 after a lengthy illness. He went to the
Canal Zone in 1940, worked for the Electrical Division
and aided in the installation of the first telephones in
police cars on the Zone. He was a member of Balboa
Masonic Lodge and Abou Saad Shrine Temple. In 1946
he transferred to the Army Engineers in Boston, Mass.,
where he was employed until retirement in 1964. He was
a ham radio operator and performed many outstanding
He is survived by his wife, Audrey, of Summerfield,

John Albert Dombrowsky, 75, of 3071 Napier Drive,
Hendersonville, N.C. died September 28, 1990, in Pardee
Hospital. A native of Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, he
had lived in Henderson County for the past 17 years. He
was a son of the late Alexander and Edna McClain
Dombrowsky. He was a lock master for the Panama
Canal Company before retiring in 1973. He was a
member of the Hendersonville Shrine Club; Oasis
Temple, Charlotte, and was also a member of the
Scottish Rite and Ancon Masonic Lodge AF&AM in
Balboa, Canal Zone.

Survivors include his wife, L. Jean Dombrowsky; a
son, Dale Alan Dombrowsky of Lakeland, Fla.; a
daughter, Barbara Sanders of Asheboro; two brothers,
Dr. E.F. Dombrowsky of Dallas, Texas, and Alan
Herbert Dombrowsky of Miami Shores, Fla., and seven

Thomas Joseph Ebdon, Sr., of Sarasota who helped
build the Panama Canal, shook hands with four
presidents and last year starred in a nationwide television
commercial for General Motors died October 19, 1990
at the age of 101. He worked as a locomotive crane
operator in the Panama Canal Zone for 44 years. While
there, he shook the hands of four presidents Theodore
Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding and
Franklin D. Roosevelt. Ebdon also toured the Canal with
Alexander Graham Bell. He was born in Houston and
first went to Panama in 1907, and what was planned as a
one-month visit stretched into a nearly 44-yerar residency.
He met his wife and raised four children in Panama
before his retirement in 1950. He was given a "Roosevelt
Medal" because he had seven years construction service
on the Canal when the historic waterway opened in 1914.
Last year he starred in a commercial for General
Motors as part of the "This is not your father's
Oldsmobile" campaign with is 75-year-old son, Thomas
"Joe" Jr., who was seen in the ad zipping around town in
an Oldsmobile as hordes of women chased him. The
elder Ebdon had the speaking parts. Interviewed at an
August 1988 birthday party for centenarians and those
nearing 100, Ebdon said the most amazing feat in this
century was the first manned mission to the moon. "I
thought they'd go up there and never come down," he
This past June, the Panama Canal Society of Florida
honored "Pop" Ebdon in Orlando as one of the two
surviving Roosevelt Medal holders, and Congressman
Philip Crane presented him with a plaque, while Deputy
Administrator Joseph Wood of the Panama Canal
Commission presented him with a photograph of the
Panama Canal Administration Bulding taken in the early
Along with Thomas Jr., Ebdon is survived by two
other sons, Fred Ebdon of Sarasota and William Ebdon
of Houston; nine grandchildren and 13 great-

Lydia B. Forrest, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died
January 2, 1990, of a sudden illness while vacationing in
Lima, Peru. She lived in the Panama Canal Zone then
moved to Arkansas with her late husband, John "Papa
John" in the early 1960s. She is buried in Dallas, Texas.
Survivors include three sisters, Dora, Elsa and
Carmella; a brother, Jorge; two sons, Ernest and John; a
daughter, Winnie; seven grandchildren and three great-

Dorothy Mae (Laurie) Frungillo, died at home on
July 2, 1990 after a 2 year battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Alfred A. Frungillo
of Newark, Ohio; two daughters, Joanne Harmon of
Seattle, WA., and Paula Martin of Granville, OH.; two
sisters, Irene and Rita Will of California; two
granddaughters, two grandsons and a great-

granddaughter. Preceding her in death was her son Ernie
Zorn in 1978.

Dolores M. Gerhart, 69, of Atlanta, Georgia, died
March 26, 1990 after a brief illness. The daughter of
George A. Kelly, a Roosevelt Medal holder, who along
with his father, went to the Canal Zone in January 1909,
and Edna Kelly, who as a new bride from New York,
came to the Canal Zone in 1916 to join her sisters, Anna
Dockery and Dora McKenna who lived there. As a 3rd
generation Zonian she was born in Ancon and graduated
from Balboa High School in 1940. She attended St.
Mary's Church in Balboa. Though she left the Canal
Zone in 1967, her ashes were returned this summer by
several of her children.
She is survived by her five children who were by her
side at the time of her death; Edna Sweeney of Westlake
Village, CA., Betty Lasher of Hermiston, OR., Vikki
Gerhart of Alexandria, VA., and her twin sons Kelly and
Keith Gerhart of Atlanta, GA.

Mary Kate Ferris Gregory died in Naples, Florida on
April 1, 1990. Mary Kate married Raymond Ferris, Dean
of the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon, Canal Zone in
March 1946. Dean Ferris continued to serve at the
Cathedral until 1954 when he was transferred to a parish
in the United States. Dean Ferris died in 1974. Years
later, Mary Kate married Richard Gregory, now
Survivors include two daughters, the Reverend
Margaret Ferris Harney of Atlanta, Georgia, and Kate
Ferris of Saratoga Springs, New York; and two
grandchildren, Alison and Katherine Harney.

Carl Peter Hoffman, Jr. of Rochester, NY, died
October 7, 1990 at the age of 72 after a lengthy illness.
He was born in the Old Ancon Hospital to Construction-
day parents, the late carl P. Hoffman and Gertrude
(Bliss) Hoffman. Both had received the Roosevelt Medal.
Carl Sr. worked in the Accounting Division in Balboa
Heights, and his mother, Gertrude Hoffman was one of
the first teachers in the Canal Zone and later ran her
own Montessori School. Carl Jr. graduated from Balboa
High School and attended Syracuse University,
graduating with degrees in business administration and
transportation. He transferred from the Accounting
Division in the Canal Zone to Washington, D.C. and was
the Transportation Economist with the Department of
the Interior when he retired in 1970 with over 27 years of
government service. He and his wife, Betty (McKee)
Hoffman, had just celebrated their 50th wedding
In addition to his wife, Betty, he is survived by two
sons, Carl III of Springfield, VA., and William of
Albuquerque, NM; two daughters, Gretchen L. Hoffman
and katrine (Hoffman) Swartz of Rochester, NY; seven
grandchildren and two sisters, kathleen (Hoffman)
Replinger of Phoenix, AZ, and Doroty (Hoffman) Allen
of Seal Beach, CA.

Theophil Fred "Ted" Hotz, former principal of
Balboa and Cristobal High Schools and Acting
Superintendent of Schools of the Panama Canal Zone

upon his retirement, died at his home in Greensboro,
North Carolina, on August 22, 1990, of cardiac arrest. He
was 86 years old.
A native of Jefferson City, MO., he attended
Elmhurst Academy (Ohio) and Heidelberg College
(Ohio) before earning his Masters Degree in
Mathematics from Ohio State University. He taught at
high schools in Ohio and Kentucky before being selected
to teach mathematics, Latin and sciences at Cristobal
High School in 1937. He was later promoted to principal
there. In 1947, he was named principal of Balboa High
School; later, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and
Acting Superintendent of Schools. He and Mrs. Hotz (the
former Carol Neimand) resided in Balboa, then Diablo
Heights, where they lived until retirement in 1966. During
their 29 years in the Canal Zone, they were actively
involved in school and community affairs, including the
Union Church and the YMCA.
During WWII he was active in Civilian Defense in
the Canal Zone and also attended flight school in Texas.
He was the recipient of the American Legion
Friendship Medal, as well as the National Council of the
YMCA Armed Services Award. In June 1966, he received
the Panama Canal Superior Service Award.
Upon retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Hotz made their
home in Greensboro, N.C., where they became active in
community and church affairs. Mr. Hotz taught part-
time at High Point College and served as a volunteer
teacher at the U. of North Carolina's center for un-wed
mothers in Greensboro. Mrs. Hotz died of leukemia in
1968. Mr. Hotz married the former Hazel Swing Meyer
in 1969.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his
daughter, Mrs. Judith (Judy) Massa of Accokeek, MD; a
son, James R. (Tim) of Greensboro; stepson Don Meyer
of Polk City, FL; brother, Alfred J. of Sioux Falls, SD;
and seven grandchildren.

Daniel Scott Ireland, 38, of Kerrville, Texas, died on
August 11, 1990 in a Kerrville hospital as a result of an
accidental drowning while swimming at Louise Hays Park
in the Guadalupe River. He was born in the Canal Zone
and has been a resident of Kerrville since 1975. He was
a member of the Baptist Church, and was preceded in
death by his father, Winfield "Irish" Ireland on May 5,
He is survived by his mother, Ramona Ireland of
Kerrville; a sister, Marti Ireland Wynn of New Zealand
and two brothers, Conrad of Durham, NC., and Roy of
Nacogdoches, Texas.

Dr. Joe C. Jenkins of Paradise, California, passed
away September 11, 1990 of congestive heart failure. The
Rev. Dr. Jenkins served as director of an Evangelical
mission for nearly 30 years and was responsible for
pioneering mission work among several Indian tribes of
Panama. For many years, his wife was a teacher in the
Canal Zone schools. They have made their home in
Paradise, CA since 1976.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Jenkins, now at
1800 Harrison Street, Apt. 110, Titusville, FL 32780; a
daughter, JoElla Deakins of Cocoa, FL; two sons,
Senator Dan Jenkins of Jacksonville, FL., and David H.
Jenkins of Boca Raton, FL.

Nina J. Jenkins, 71, of Deltona, Florida, died
September 20, 1990 at West Volusia Memorial Hospital.
Born in Boston, Mass., she moved to Deltona from the
Panama Canal Zone in 1974. She was a retired budget
analyst for the comptroller of the Panama Canal
Company. She was a Protestant; a past worthy matron of
the Eastern Star, Orchid Chapter No. 1, Balboa, Canal
Zone, and a member of the DeLand Country Club.
Survivors include her husband, Ivan; sons David of
San Pedro and James of El Paso; three daughters, Nancy
Wright of Mumford, AL., Donna Franton of El Toro,
CA., and Mary White of San Antonio, TX., 16
grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-

Gracelyn H. Johnston, 88, of Clearwater, Florida, died
October 17, 1990 at home. She was born in Brooklyn,
NY, and left the Canal Zone in 1955. She was a member
of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth Agnes Jorgensen, 86, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died October 18, 1990 at St. Anthony's Hospital.
She was born in Bay City, Michigan and left the Canal
Zone in 1965 when she retired as a clerk for the federal
government. She was a life member of Orchid Chapter
No. 1 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Balboa, and a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by a son, Kenneth M. Jorgensen, and
a daughter, Shirley (Jorgensen) Magie, both of St.
Petersburg, Florida.

Maria Louise Keller, died in Panama City, R. of
Panama on August 20, 1990. She was born in Panama,
attended the University of Chile, the University of
Panama and the University of North Carolina School of
Nursing. She had 25 years of service as a nurse with the
Health Bureau of the Panama Canal and retired in 1976
as a Public Health nurse. She was proceeded in death by
her husband, William H. "Doc" Keller, who died in 1984.
She is survived by her son, William (Bill) Keller and
his wife, Teresa, of Woodward, Okla. and five

Marie T. Lindh, 74, died suddenly on June 15, 1990 at
Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach, Florida. Death
was caused by cerebral hemorrhage. Mrs. Lindh retired
from the General Services Division in 1965 with over 22
years of service. She was married to Sydney T. Lindh, an
employee of the Industrial Division in Balboa, who
predeceased her in 1977.
Survivors include two daughters, Frances Morrissey of
Cardenas, Panama, and Jaan Marie Bartley of Pikeville,
KY., and six grandchildren.

Olivia "Nancy" Lutz of Sarasota, Florida, died
September 18, 1990. She was born in Barranquilla,
Colombia and left the Canal Zone 20 years ago. She
attended St. Martha's Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Henry J. Lutz; two

stepsons, Brian of Houston and Gary of St. Petersburg;
sister, Candelaria Gutierrez of barranquilla, Colombia;
four stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

William Barton Mallory II, 76, formerly of Balboa,
Canal Zone, died at Baptist Memorial Hospital,
Memphis, Tennessee on August 12, 1990. A Navy veteran
of World War II, he was formerly employed with Metro-
Goldwyn-Mayer in Memphis. He later joined the Panama
Canal Company in 1946 and retired in 1979 as Chief of
the Motion Picture Section. He had been a member of
Chagres Lodge, Elks Lodge #1414, the Navy League and
was a communicant of the Cathedral of St. Luke while in
the Canal Zone. Upon his retirement to the United
States, he made his winter home in Memphis and spent
the summer months at the family cottage at White Earth
Lake, Minnesota.
He leaves his wife, Marion Lucas Mallory; a daughter,
Mrs. George R. Duncan of Denver, CO., and a son,
William B. Mallory III of Memphis, and six grand-
The family requests that any memorials be sent to the
Boy Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society or
a charity of the donor's choice.

Franz Cecilio Manfredi, 84, died at his home in
Panama, R.P. on August 14, 1990. Professor Manfredi
taught piano, accordion and voice to many Canal Zone
residents and was also a church organist in Panama and
the Canal Zone for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Liliana, and son, Franz
Roberto; daughter-in-law and two granddaughters.

George J. Marceau, 72, of Palm Harbor, Florida, died
October 22, 1990 at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital,
Tarpon Springs. He was born in Chicopee Falls,
Massachusetts, and went to the Canal Zone in 1946 after
serving in the US Army in Italy during WWII. During his
career, he was the last U.S. manager of the Washington
Hotel. He managed the Tivoli Guest House and most of
the clubhouses in the Canal Zone. He was a resident of
both the Atlantic and Pacific sides during his many years
there and at the time of his retirement he was the
manager of the Balboa Clubhouse. He was a Past Grand
Knight of the Knights of Columbus; a member of the
Elks, American Legion, V.F.W., Panama Canal Society of
Florida and St. Mary's Church. He also helped coach in
the Pacific Girls Softball League. He is fondly
remembered for his many recipes for pies and baked
goods that he brought to the clubhouses. His family said
he will be remembered for his love of family, Panama,
his dedication to his work, and for his love of cooking.
He always said his friendships from the Zone were those
most dear to him.
He is survived by his wife, Cecile G.; a daughter,
Cecilia G. of Palm Harbor, Florida; and a sister, Rita
Papach of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

T. Stephen May, 49, of Evanston, Illinois, died of a
heart attack at his home on October 10, 1990. He was a
specialist in broadcast history and television writing,

production and directing. He had been teaching at
Northwestern University since 1966. He worked as a
television producer and director for WETA-TV in
Washington, D.C. from 1961-63. He also worked for
WHA-TV in Madison before beginning his full-time
teaching career at NU.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie (Beck), a
CHS'58 graduate; a daughter, Amanda; a son,
Christopher; a brother, Stanley; and his mother, Barbara.

Catherine (Joustra) Melville, 58, of Middletown,
New York, died of cancer on August 10, 1990, at Keller
Army Hospital, West Point, NY. The daughter of Jacoba
Boon Joustra and the late Gerrit Joustra, she was born
in Paterson, New Jersey. She lived 17 years in the Canal
Zone and graduated from Balboa High School.
Survivors include her husband, William F. Melville,
Sr.; two daughters, Linda Melville of Middletown, NY,
and Kathleen Valko and two grandchildren of Valrico,
Florida; three sons, William F. Jr., of Bloomingburg,
NY., Thomas and Robert of Middletown; her mother,
Jacoba Joustra and her sister, Grace Joustra, both of
Sarasota, Florida.

Vernice (Violette) Moody, 90, passed away October
12, 1990 at Doctor's Hospital in Sarasota, Florida. She
was born in Maine and went to the Canal Zone at an
early age with her family. She was the daughter of the
late Elizabeth Violette and Frank Violette, Sr., who was
also a Roosevelt Medal holder. She moved to Florida
with her husband, the late Henry C. Moody after he
retired from the Panama Canal in 1949. Following his
death in 1981, she lived with her daughters and sons-in-
law, Pete and Ruth (Moody) Bollea of Tampa, and Fred
and Beverly (Moody) Ebdon of Sarasota. For the last
four years she was a resident in the Springwood Nursing
Center in Sarasota. She was a caring and loving person
and regularly visited other less fortunate residents in the
Home. She was very proud of her family and many
visitors to the Home came to her room to admire her
attractive wall, showing many "grand" and great-
grandchildren as well as her personal birthday greetings
from President George Bush and Barbara Bush. Being
the proud grandmother of Terry Bollea, (Hulk Hogan,
Champion wrestler) made her quite a celebrity. She was
the owner and operator of the Beauty Salon at the
Washington Hotel on Colon Beach for 20 years; Past
Matron of Royal Palm Chapter of the OES in Cristobal,
and for many years, the soloist in the Christian Science
Church and also, sang opera in Panama.
She is survived by her two daughters and families
mentioned above; five grandchildren, 12 great-
grandchildren; a niece, Frances (Violette) Sharp of Sun
City, Fla.; a nephew William Violette of Seminole, Fla.
and other nieces and nephews.

Maurice E. Muller, 75, of Lakeland, Florida, died
September 3, 1990, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Born in Newtonville, Indiana, he worked for over 32
years as a member of the Canal Zone Poice. He retired
to Lakeland in 1973.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Muller; two sisters,

Lois Ward of Peoria, Illinois, and Helen Cushing of Port
Charlotte, Florida; two brothers, Alden Miller of Peoria,
Illinois and Elden Miller of Joliet, Illinois, and 15 nieces
and nephews.

Alfred J. Neckar, 82, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
June 18, 1990 at his residence. He was born in Neesen
City, Michigan and came to Florida in 1961 from the
Canal Zone. During World War II he served as an Army
Air Force supply officer. He was a 32nd degree Mason
and a member of Egypt Shrine Temple of Tampa, FL.
Survivors include a son, Alfred J. Jr., of Van Buren,
Ark.; a daughter, Patricia Coleman of Fort Myers, Fla.;
two brothers, Thomas and Milton of Texas; a sister,
Anna Borrer, San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren and
eight great-grandchildren.

Robert (Bob) Oiler, 73, passed away peacefuuly in
his residence in Panama City, Panama, On July 30, 1990.
Born in Panama City, he resided in the Canal Zone
during his youth and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1935.
He is survived by his wife, Stella; two sons, Melvyn
Oiler, PCC employee of the Liaison Office and Dennis
Oiler; two daughters, Yolanda and Peggy Oiler of Panana
City; two brothers, Charlie and David Oiler of Balboa,
Canal Area, and a sister, Ofelia Ereth of Tacoma,
Washington; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Ruth Anne Parker, 70, of Palm Harbor, Florida,
passed away September 12, 1990 at Mease Countryside
Hospital. She was born in Straitsville, Ohio and went to
the Canal Zone in 1950 when she married Mr. Parker.
She made her home there for over 18 years, and returned
to the States, with her husband and son in 1968 when her
husband retired, and resided in Palm Harbor ever since.
Mrs. Parker was a member of the Eastern Star, Pride of
Pinellas Sweet Adelines Chorus, and Panama Canal
Sewing Club she was a member of the Palm Harbor
United Methodist Church, and often said that the
happiest time in her life was the time she spent in
She is survived by her husband, Richard E.
Parker; a son, William David Parker, Palm Harbor; a
niece, Suson Frecker of Columbus, Ohio, and a nephew,
David Beattie of New Straitsville, Ohio.

Melody (Stroop) Petrik, of Sarasota, Florida,
daughter of Edward Clyde and June (Fowler) Stroop Jr.
of St. Cloud, Fla., passed away on October 29, 1990 at
sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota.
Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband,
Richard; her three children, Marco, Paul, and Jennifer;
sisters, Shayne (Stroop) Fite of Colorado Springs, CO,
Candace (Stroop) Schap of Worcester, MA., Kelly
(Stroop) Grubbs and Robin (Stroop) Wilburn, both of
Sarasota, and her brother, Mark E. Stroop of St. Cloud,
Fla. She was the granddaughter of Ruth F. Stroop and
the late Edward Clyde (Red) Stroop Sr. of Sarasota.
Melody was born in the Canal Zone and came to this

area 18 years ago with her family from Alexandria, VA.
She was a homemaker, member of Home Church
Fellowship, and Support Group of Sarasota Country
Home Schoolers. She was very much loved and will be
truly missed not only by her family, which also includes
many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, but by
her many friends.
God grant His wonderful peace over you, Melody.

James L. Phillips, 74, of Selma, Alabama, died
August 31, 1990 at Vaughn Memorial Hospital, Selma.
He was born in Etowah County, Ala., and worked on the
Pacific side for the Fire Division as a Fire Inspector. He
retired in June, 1972 with over 32 years of government
service. He was able to walk until the day he died and
will be remembered especially for his infectious sunny
laughter. The family enjoyed their 32 years in the Canal
He is survived by his wife, Vera Calhoun Phillips of
Selma; a daughter, Beverly Phillips Gross and her
husband Henry B. Gross Jr. of Beavercreek, Ohio; a son,
G. Ken Phillips and his wife Beverly J. Phillips of
Ohatchee, Ala; three grandchildren David K. Phillips,
USCG, Port Charles, VA.; Anne K. Phillips, USN, San
Diego; and Phyllis M. Gross of Lakeland, Florida.

Ruth Hutchison Powell, 78, died August 5, 1990,
at home. She was born in Scranton, PA.; went to the
Canal Zone with her parents in 1919; graduated from
Balboa High School in 1929; was Pedro Miguel Carnival
Queen one year; and worked 30 years for the Panama
Canal Company. She worked in the Commissary Division,
Navigation Division and was head of the Medical Record
Section in Gorgas Hospital when she retired in 1972. She
moved to Largo, Florida at that time.
She is survived by her son, James F. of Hollywood,
FL., a sister, Doris Hutchison of St. Petersburg, a
granddaughter, two grandsons, three great-grandsons,
three nieces and three nephews.

Wallace W. (Buck) Priester, 78, died August 16, 1990
at Aiken Regiona Medical Center, Aiken, South Carolina.
A native of Allendale, S.C., he retired to Aiken from the
Canal Zone in 1963. He was a member of St. John's
United Methodist Church, and a former member of
Balboa Union Church. He was also a member of the
Canal Zone Masonic Lodge. He went to the Canal Zone
in 1940 where he was a police officer, later working at
the Quarantine Station, then the Admeasurers Division,
all on the Pacific side. He was also an avid hunter.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; a son, Douglas M.
of Columbia, S.C.; two sisters, amd two grandchildren.

Lilburn "Lil" Seidman, 81, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died October 28, 1990 at Edward White Hospital. She
was born in Kingston, Jamaica and left the Canal Zone
in 1965 upon the retirement of her husband, Reuben,
from the Electrical Division. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Reuben;
a daughter, Rebecca Hinoyos of Las Vegas, Nevada; a
granddaughter, Renee Grimaldo of El Cajon, California,
and several nieces and nephews.

Lenora Smith, 97, of Seattle, Washington, died on
October 6, 1990. She was a school teacher and Principal
on the Canal Zone from 1922 until 1954 when she retired
to Seattle.
She is survived by a nephew, Louis H. Benner of Sun
City center, Florida.

Nubern Zack (Steve) Stephens of Apopka, Florida,
died September 27, 1990. He went to the Canal Zone in
October, 1941 and worked for the US Army Corps of
Engineers in many capacities until 1956. He and his wife,
Jennie moved to Washington D.C. where he worked for
the Chief of Engineers, US Army. In 1975 after
retirement, he and Jennie moved to Apopka where they
spent many years enjoying golf and other amenities of
Florida living. Jennie, his wife of 59 years died in March,
Survivors include his daughter, Jennye Alyce Davidson
(Mrs. Tommie A.) of Columbus, GA.; a grandson, John
Stephen Johnson and a great-grandson, Zack Stephen
Johnson of Falls Church, Virginia.

Fred L. Stewart, 86, of Bradenton, Florida, died
October 6, 1990 at Manatee Memorial Hospital. He was
born in Arcadia and retired from the Panama Canal
Company in September, 1966 as a line foreman,
Electrical Division with over 23 years of service. He was
an Army veteran of World War I and a Navy veteran of
World War II, and a Mason. He was also a member of
the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Survivors include his wife, Vera, of Bradenton; a
daughter, Shelley F. Gilmore of Valencia, CA.; two sons,
William W. of Fort Ord, CA., and Philip of Bradenton;
and five grandchildren.

Linda Lee Erikson Stewart, of Huntsville, Alabama,
died August 25, 1990. She was born and raised on the
Atlantic Side of the Canal Zone and graduated from
Cristobal High School. She was a member of the
National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Federation,
Wilderness Society, Greenpeace, and the Whitesburg
Baptist Church. Memorial services were held at Madison
County Nature Trail, Green Mountain.
Survivors include her husband, Terry Y. Stewart;
parents, John Edward Erikson and Aura Marie Huntoon
Erikson, both of New Port Richie, Florida; and a sister,
Barbara Jeanne Adamson of Birmingham, Alabama.

Robert L. Strey, 54, died September 26, 1990 in
Kansas City, MO., after a 2-year battle with leukemia. He
was born in Delano, Minnesota, and went to the Canal

Zone in 1958 while in the Air Force. He was a Canal
Zone police officer for 26 years. He was also a past
advisor to the Explorer Post in Gamboa and a member
of Elks Lodge #1414.
He is survived by his wife, Cristina; two daughters,
Theresa Harmon of Raymore, MO., and Katrina Strey;
two grandchildren, Jessica and Nicholas; and a brother,
Don Strey of Santee, CA.

Jack Dale Ubben, 65, of Beaumont, Texas, passed
away on April 10, 1990, at St. Mary's Hospital, Port
Arthur, Texas, due to lung cancer. He retired from the
Canal Zone Police Department in 1980 with 17 years of
public service. Prior to that, he was a 20-year veteran of
the U.S. Navy. During his first tour of duty in Panama,
Jack married Cecilia Gaudiano of Panama. He was active
in community affairs and served on the Gatun City
Council; managed a Little League baseball team and was
Scoutmaster of a troop of the Canal Zone Council. He
also enjoyed sports, being a basketball star in high school
in Long Beach, CA. He taught each of his sons the game
he loved most golf. He was very proud Elk member and
some will remember losing a nickel or two to him at
poker at the Margarita Elks Club. Most of all, he enjoyed
living. After beating the odds in a bout with cancer in
1972, Jack lived every moment to the fullest. He will be
missed by those he touched.
He is survived by his wife, Cecilia, of Beaumont; four
sons, Miguel of Dallas, Texas, Ramon of the Rep. of
Panama, Matthew of Alexandria, Va., and Mark of Van
Nuys, Ca.; two daughters, Anna of Brookeland, Texas,
and Angela of Balboa, R.P.; a sister, Sherrill Warren of
San Clemente, Ca.; his mother, Louise Vail of Fallbrook,
Ca.; and eight grandchildren.

Col. Prudencio D. Ulibarri, died September 27, 1990.
He retired from the U.S. Army after 28 years of service
in 1969. He had two tours with G-2 at Ft. Amador and
then the MILGP's in South America. He was very
involved with the Cuban Missle Crisis in Miami in 1962.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.
Survivors include his wife, Marion; a son, Prudencio
D. Jr.; daughter, Bonita U. Bishop; four grandchildren,
two sister, one brother, numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary Frances Weber, 78, of Winchester, Tennessee,
died June 8, 1990, at her home. She was born in Joplin,
Mo. and was preceded in death by her husband, Henry
J. Weber, formerly the head of the Electric Shop in Coco
Solo, C.Z. from the early 1940's until he went to
Tennessee in 1951. Mary worked in Supply at Coco Solo,
and they lived in Coco Solito when it first opened.
Together, the Webers helped establish the first Franklin
county, Tenn., senior citizens center. Mary held offices in
the Sharp Springs Homemakers Club as well as the
county's Home Demonstration Governing Council. She
received numerous awards and recognition for her crafts
work and taught ceramics at AEDC for several years.
She was a member of Belvedere United Church of
Christ; the XYZ Club, AARP, NCO Wives Club,
Embroidery Guild of America and the Foothills Crafts

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Ann Conover of
Sewanee; a brother, Andrew Oplotnik of Bellville IL.,
and two grandsons.

Dorothy M. Willenbrock, 79, died on October 10,
1990 at her new home in St. Petersburg, FL. where she
lived with her daughter. Born in Flushing, NY and after
receiving her degree as a registered nurse, she married
and resided in the Canal Zone for 30 years. Upon her
husband's retirement in 1969, they moved to Aiken, SC.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, SC.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Wiseman of St.
Petersburg, and a sister, Gladys Goldthorpe of Ohio.

Rabbi Nathan Witkin, 88, of Sarasota, Florida, died
October 9, 1990 at a local hospital. He was born in New
York, NY, and moved to Sarasota in 1978 from Houston,
Texas. He was a member of Temple Beth Shalom and
Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota. He was educated in New
York City and in 1933 was ordained by Rabbi Moshe
Mordecai Epstein, Chief Rabbi of Hebron Yeshiva, and
by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Ha-Kohain Kook, Chief Rabbi
of the Holy Land. He was commissioned in the
Chaplain's Corps, U.S. Army in 1935 where he served
mainly in the Panama Canal Zone until 1967 when he
moved to Houston, Texas as Chaplain at the Texas
Medical Center. He organized the Jewish Chaplaincy and
Volunteer program at the Medical Center where he
worked for eleven years. In 1947, Rabbi Witkin was
presented the Medal of Freedom by President Truman;
in 1957 he was given Panama's highest civilian award, the
Vasco Nunez de Balboa by the President of the Republic
of Panama; in 1959 he received the Frank L. Weill
Award of the National Jewish Welfare Board; in 1967 he
received the Department of the Army Outstanding
Civilian Service Medal; and in 1974 he was given the
Panama Canal Gold Medal Public Service Award.
Survivors include his wife, Helen S. Witkin of
Sarasota; a daughter, Naomi Steinberg of Boston, Mass.;
two sons, Dr, Michael Witkin of Metairie, LA., and
Samuel Witkin of Austin, Texas.; seven grandchildren and
one great-grandchild.

Viola (Vi) Youngblood, residing in Cardiff by
the Sea, California, died August 30, 1990 in Scripps
Memorial Hospital from a heart attack after a lengthy
period in the hospital. She was a member of the LDS
Church in Snowflake, Arizona. While in the Canal Zone
from 1946 to 1972 she worked with the Girl Scouts and
Brownies. Children in the Curundu area loved her and
called her a good cooker and fun lady. The cookie jar
was always full for them, and was always willing to help
a friend or neighbor. She was a member of the Garden
Club and was chairman of the Annual Canal Zone
Flower Show one year.
She is survived by her husband, Charles V.
Youngblood, former Chief of Buildings and Grounds
Branch, Army Facilities Engineer, Corozal, and retired in
1972; a daughter, Letty Lou Millar (BHS'52), Gatun,
Panama; three granddaughters, Ponell, Honorine, and
Sabra; a sister, Lucille Schrey, Encinitas, CA.; two
brothers, Richard Freeman, Kerrville, TX., and Wilford
Freeman, Coachella, CA., six nieces and five nephews.

Letters to the Editor


Russell Leeser, son of Charles L. (Roy) Leeser Jr.
of Bayonet Point, Florida, and Doris Leeser of Dothan,
Alabama, visited his father recently in Florida. Russ is
the Chief Engineer of a factory trawler operating out of
Dutch Harbor, Alaska. His home address however, is San
Diego, California. H v,

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Summer of 1939, Santa Clara, Panama: Shirley
(Smith) O'Connor and Bette (Farrell) Swearingen.

Russell Leeser in Alaska

While in Florida, Russell drove to Dothan, Alabama
as well, to visit his mother.


Shirley (Smith) O'Connor and Bette (Farrell)
Swearingen went to Europe on August 22, 1990 and their
trip included Oberammergran, Germany; Munich,
Germany; Prague, Czechoslovakia; Vienna, Austria;
Budapest, Hungary; Belgrade, Dubrovanik, and Korcula,
Yugoslavia; Mainz, Germany; Paris, France; Madrid,
Spain; Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland, Salzburg, Austria
and back to Frankfurt, Germany where we got our plane
and returned to the U.S. on September 19. A great time
was had saw lots of history, people and their cultures.
It was nice to come home again where we didn't have to
figure out how much something cost in US dollars and
where people conversed in English.
After four weeks of being together, Shirley and Bette
are still good friends.
Buckeye stayed home on this trip in Ft. Collins, CO.

Summer of 1990, Dallas, Texas, on their way to
Europe, August 22, 1990: Bette (Farrell) Swearingen
and Shirley (Smith) O'Connor.



Virginia and John Wheatley moved to a new
apartment following her surgery in August. Their
daughter, Pat Rice and her two sons flew out from New
Jersey to help with the move. The surgery and a major
move coming all at once has been hard on Virginia and
recovery has been slow. She faces two more surgeries.
The Wheatley's address remains the same; I'm sure they
would appreciate hearing from friends. It is doubtful
they will produce their annual Thanksgiving letter this
Angelina Palumbo had a short break from her
studies in August and came to Iowa City (only 70 miles
from here) to visit her mother Karen Palumbo for 10
days. They managed a trip to Massena, Iowa, where
Angelina's maternal grandparents live. All celebrated
Dominic Palumbo's 24th birthday at the state home in
Glenwood where he lives. Angelina was recently accepted
into the physical therapy program at Northern Arizona
University in Flagstaff. Out of 800 applicants, 103 were
accepted to be interviewed, and a final 38 were accepted
into the program. Angelina was the 6th one accepted and
will have her Master's by the age of 22 if she first
doesn't collapse from exhaustion. (Her aunt Judy is
bragging, obviously!) I love having Karen Palumbo
nearby. We get together a lot or talk on the telephone
when our schedules get tight. She is presently working at
a fabric and crafts shop and gets material at a discount,
great for her with all her crafts projects! She took classes
last semester at the U. of Iowa, but is taking a break this

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L-R: Carla Meehan Homan, Judy and Robert

The Robert Gates family headed West this summer
visiting Carla Meehan Homan and her husband Francis
in Las Vegas. He recently resigned as catering director at
Caesar's Palace, and they are back in Dallas, Texas. After
Las Vegas we stayed in Los Angeles with sisters Covina
and Vannia Evans. Vannia completed her last radiation
treatment for Hodgkins in May. Though thin and weak
from treatment when we saw her in June, she is much
stronger now. Melissa Knoop Thacker had called both
Vannia and me from Washington State when she heard

that Vannia had cancer. Having been through the
treatments herself, Melissa was an encouragement to
both of us. Vannia is doing so well that she was able to
participate in a statewide athletic competition in Florida,
representing Century City Hospital where she works as
an assistant in the physical therapy department.
While in
California, Robert and I
drove up the coast to Santa
Barbara, stopping in Oxnard
to visit my nephew Oscar
Gallego and his new bride
Ursula. Later in the
summer, Oscar was visited
by more of his family, Luke,
Irma, and Kenneth
Palumbo from Panama.
Luke was unable to stop in
Iowa this summer but we
talked on the phone he
stayed in Gainesville,
Florida, with his daughter
Lisa Palumbo, and in
Western Missouri, with his
son's family, Dean, Kathy,
Ursula and Oscar Adam and Bryson Travis
Gallegos. before joining the rest of his
family in California.
Last March Robert and
I had the pleasure of
hearing Scott Hoffman sing
on tour with the Texan
Lutheran Church Choir
when they gave a
performance in Davenport,
Iowa. Later I talked on the
phone with Marty Hoffman,
who flew to Minneapolis to
stay with his mother and
brother in order to attend
Scott's concert when the
choir performed in
Minnesota. If my "hotline"
information is correct, Scott
also connected with Ronald Judy Palumbo-Gates
Coleman, Pete Matthews and Scott Hoffman.
and Junior Iglesias while on
his singing tour. (These four pals were known as the
Kuna Klan during their senior year at C.H.S.).
Last April we drove to Peoria, Illinois for Dan and
Dagmar Merrick's "despedida" at the First Union
Church. (Robert Gates had his internship under Dan
Merrick at the Margarita Union Church in 1962-1963).
The Merrick "kids" Linda, Karen and David were all
there with their families as well as other former Panama
friends: Wayne and Ruth Smith (Fairfield, Ohio), Grace
and Jim Pfau (Lake Park, Minn.), Ann Siebrands
Bennett (Hartford, Ill.). We had a fun time reminiscing.
An interesting tidbit: except for the Pfaus, all parties
listed are either ministers or married to one!.
I recently called Lee Pelty in Chicago (the former
Isaac Peltinovich of Panama) who performs at a dinner
theater in Chicago called The Candlelight. I inadvertently
saw a photo of him on a billboard when I chaperoned the
Fairfield High drama club on a field trip last year to see
Sweet Charity. (He did not have a part in that musical).

My dad had told me ages ago that "Pelty" broke into the SEMI-ANNUAL GATHERING
theater business in Chicago, but I had forgotten until I
ended up at the very theater where he performs and saw PANAMA CANAL RETIREES
his photo. After a lot of phone calls and letter writing, I DON'S RESTAURANT, OCALA, FLA.
finally made a connection with him. Since he is playing OCTOBER 2, 1990
the part of Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof this season, we
plan to get over there to see him.
Lila Hampton, my Panamanian friend here in
Fairfield and I playfully compete for the few plantains
sold in our grocery stores. We pay dearly for them and
the green mangoes imported to the Heartland, but as
long as there is a taste of the tropics, we shall, continue
to survive in the USA and be happy! Cheers from Iowa!

Judy Palumbo-Gates ,.
Fairfield, IA


The Cronan family had a family reunion at a "Luau" Back, L-R: Greg Gramlich, Jim Cullen, George
in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii in August 1990. Attached is a Booth, Mary Hare, Willie and Maria Moore, Ralph
group photo of the occasion. and Marie Curies, Howard and Garnet Anderson,
Woody and Ruth Foster, Hilton and Margaret
Hughes. Middle, L-R: Red Townsend, Dick
McConaughey, Evelyn Cullen, Gladys Gramlich,
Juanita McConaughey, Virginia Pearl, Virginia
Townsend, Peggy Wertz, Vera Stevens. Front, L-R:
Steve Bissell, Harry Pearl, Elmer Stevens, Irene
Bissell. Photo by Joe Wertz. Submitted by Harry


Left to Right: Dick Gayer, Farrington, Connecticut;
Carl and Julie Meissner, Sanford, Maine; Fran and Jack
Hern, Panama; Marilyn Gayer; Arlene and George
Tochterman, Keene, New Hampshire, are shown at
Kennebunkport, Maine, in July with the President Bush
summer home in the background.

"Old Lahaina Luau," August 1990: Back L-R: Jim
Cronan, John Cronan, Chris Cronan, Joe Miller,
Molly Miller, Celia (Cronan) Miller, Gary Miller, Mary
(Cronan) Spallino, Jim Spallino, Front, L-R: Mary
(Foley) Cronan, Ene (Sorenson) Cronan, Valerie
(Spencer) Cronan, Ashlee Cronan, Ann Spallino,
Jacqueline Spallino, Frankie Spallino. Unable to
attend: Will and Annette (Collins) Cronan, Joe and
Marna Cronan, Mallory and William Cronan,
grandson Brandon Cronan.
Before closing, I wish to tell you that I look forward
to receiving the "Record," knowing full well that only four
issues arrive yearly! Therefore, that then should convince
you all there of the fantastic job you do for all of us in
keeping in touch! Blessings and best wishes,
L-R: Dick Gayer, Carl and Julie Meissner, Fran and
Mary Cronan Jack Hern, Marilyn Gayer, Arlene and George
Santa Maria, CA. Tochterman


Jack Wagner and his son, Jack "Bo" Wagner Jr. of
Anchorage, Alaska had a successful 9-day hunting and
fishing trip to the Innoco River, AK. They caught a large
29 lb. Northern Pike fish, and shot a Bull Moose which
weighed over 2,000 lbs. and had a 60-inch antler spread.

Jack Wagner bags a 1,200 Ib. Bull Moose with a 60
inch antler spread, September 15, 1990, in the Innoco
River Valley, Alaska.


T. Dayle and Virginia Norton have acquired a new
toy, a 1929 Cadillac Coupe, to add to their collection of
nine antique cars.
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1929 Cadillac Coupe

Photo was taken just after purchase, in Palatka,


From the left: Margaret (Stapleton) Dalton, Docia
(Clisbee) Zavitkovsky, and Virginia (Woodhull)
Morland. (60th anniversary and they look like


"Bo" Wagner with his 29 lb. Northern Pike caught in
Alaska, September, 1990, Innoco River, Alaska.

The Tourist Commission/Floate Plane Company
asked if they could use their "catch" photographs for their
Alaska Hunting brochures!

A mini-Reunion in Pinehurst, N.C., Class of 1930. From
left: Margaret (Stapleton) Dalton, Docia (Clisbee)
Zavitkovsky, Virginia (Woodhull) Morland.

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by C.E. Zoemer, Jr.

Pretend you're whisked back to April 19, 1973, to
Balboa, Canal Zone. Pretend you're taking your first ride
on the first transcontinental railroad. Remember the
It's 9:40 on a steaming morning, and conductor Ev
Justice waves the engineer a highball. Exactly on time,
you're off for a ride from Pacific to Atlantic. The ticket
was $1.75.
You're on the Panama Railroad bound for Colon,
just 47.2 rail miles away. As your air-conditioned coach
gathers speed for its northbound journey, your seatmates
introduce themselves. Like you, they both work for the
Panama Canal Company.
Scholarly looking and bespectacled SJ. Shaw is a
professor and department head at Canal Zone College.
His companion, Bob Kreis, with crewcut and mustache,
works in Supply. Both men are old Canal Zone hands.
The coach glides along, unlike the rough, choppy
railroad journeys in the states where roadbeds and rolling
stock are so neglected that rail travel is all but obsolete.
When you mention the bargain, Kreis scowls. "Until last
October the air conditioned rate was $1.50 and the other
coaches were $1.00. The railroad is caught up in inflation
just like everything else here."
High on the bluff to the left is a stately building that
Teddy Roosevelt could have designed. It is the nerve
center of the Zone, the Administration Building. Like so
many other sights in the Zone, it looks remarkably like
the photographs in your childhood encyclopedia.

#903 leaves Balboa for Atlantic side

"The Miraflores locks," says Shaw, pointing to a
structure hard to make out through the tropical growth.
"That's where ocean-going ships start their climb over the
continental divide."
The canal is an engineering marvel. But suddenly the
lights go out. "We're in the only tunnel on the trip," Kreis
explains. The railroad is an engineering marvel, too.
When you ask about its construction, Shaw replies,
"It took about five years to finish. I've read that most of

the labor was done by about 1,000 imported Chinese,
many of whom paid with their lives."
Touching the cool glass of your window and looking
into the forbidding jungle makes it easy to believe Shaw's
statement. "Remember the fever, too," Kreis says. "And
some of the swamps we're riding over right now must
have seemed bottomless."
The affable conductor, Ev Justice, stops by for a
chat. "I'm an old boomer," he says, "rode every rail from
here to Alaska. There never was a more serviceable
railroad than this one right here," he says with obvious
Approaching the continental divide, you pass the
cleared carpet of the Summit Golf Club. Beyond the
giant bamboos on the left, Kreis points to the Summit
Botanical Garden, supplier of shrubbery for the inhabited
parts of the Zone.
Over the spine of the Isthmus, the continental divide
is 271 feet above sea level. Most other American
railroads cross the divide at over 5,000 feet.
"We'll be crossing the bridge soon," Kreis says, just
beyond the Canal Zone Prison. "Stand up so you can see
better and you'll get a great view of the Gaillard Cut."
You can see a raw cleft right through the continental
divide. "They moved over 100 million cubic yards of earth
to make that cut," Shaw says, "and that in the days before
Your knowledgeable seatmates keep you informed for
the rest of the trip. Beyond the Chagres your train pauses
at Gamboa where you see giant dredges and then picks
up speed seemingly to water-ski over Gatun Lake, once
the biggest man-made lake in the world. Dead trees still
break the surface.
The lake behind, your train plunges into a whirring
green corridor hacked through some of the most intense
jungle in the world. It's easy to see why passengers in the
1850's were happy to pay twenty-five 1850 dollars for the
same ride you are taking.
As you pass the US Navy diving school, pause for
Gatun, and then travel by Fort William D. Davis, you
realize that this railroad sounded the death knell to the
tall square-rigged ships which sailed round the Horn
from New York laden with gold seekers for California.
Finally, pulling into Colon is a study in contrasts: on
one side the orderliness of the Zone, on the other the
busy, squalid Panamanian city greeting you with bright
peeling walls and apartment house clotheslines.
The airbrakes sigh and the train halts. Precisely on
time at 11.10. You say goodbye to your two seatmates.
Their knowledge of the canal and the railroad points to
their deep pride in playing a role in one of the truly great
human enterprises.

P.S. S.J. Shaw is now retired in College Station, Texas.
Bob Kreis died earlier this year in San Diego. The last I
knew, Ev Justice was still alive and retired.

Copyrighted 1990 Cyril and Laura Zoemer Trust

General John Pershing visits the Red, White and Blue Troupe. Date unknown. Names: 1. Henry Greiser 2. Richard
"Dick" Grimison 3. Charles Jackson 4. August "Augie" Schwindeman 5. William "Bill" Wedwalt 6. Alma Mann
7. Angela Klemmer 8. Gen. Pershing 9. Harry Granberry 10. ? 11. Mary Jo Lowe 12. P. Byrne Hutchings 13.
Lawrence "Larry" Golden 14. Brown 15. William "Willie" Allen 16. James "Jim" DesLondes 17. ? 18. Roberta
"Bobby" Jacques 19. William "Bill" Burge 20. Lorna Duff 21. ? 22. Jack Humphrey 23. ? 24. Andrew "Andy" Van
Siclen 25. Hayden Hern 26. ? 27. Virginia "Tede" Duff 28. Helene Hudson 29. ? 30. Joyce Haldeman 31. Gail
Haldeman 32. Helen Van Clief 33. Betty Haldeman 34. Emma Van Clief or Tharon Haldeman 35. Caleb Clement.
Photo submitted by George M. Lowe, Wilmington, DE.

This photo might be used for one of those "can you find yourself, or do you recognize any of these people." The
class is from Diablo Elementary School. Don't remember the year or the grade. Robert Boyd Jr. is on the far right
with the good tan. Perhaps it might be of interest to some. Submitted by Mary Boyd, Largo, FL.

Fort San Lorenzo

Fort San Lorenzo is one of the old forts constructed
during the reign of Philip II of Spain who ruled from
1566 to 1598. Immediately following the period of
exploration of the early 1500s, Spain began building for
the defense of her riches discovered in the new country.
So rapidly had the traffic in gold, pearls, and slaves
developed that Philip II decided upon the establishment
of forts for the protection of this traffic. Already the
importance of the river Chagres had become fairly
established as a highway of transportation of this wealth
of gold from Old Panama. The defense of the Chagres
was therefore of very great importance. The historian
Anderson in his volume Old Panama says, "San Lorenzo
was erected by the engineer Juan Antonelli by order of
Philip II of Spain." This places the erection of San
Lorenzo approximately 1575, although the exact date of
completion was not given.
In the map published by the historian Jeffers, in his
history on the West Indies published in 1762, entitled The
Mouth of the Chagres River and Castillo de San Lorenzo
is shown a plan of the construction. Esquemelin, the
historian for the buccaneers thus describes this castle:
"This castle was built upon a high mountain, at the
entry of the river and surrounded on all sides with
strong palisades or wooden walls; being very well
terrepleined, and filled with earth; which renders them as
secure as the best walls made of stone or brick. The top
of this mountain is in a manner divided into two parts,
between which lies a ditch of the depth of thirty foot. The
castle itself has but one entry, and that by a drawbridge
which passes over the ditch aforementioned. On the land
side it has four bastions, that of the sea containing only
two more. That part thereof which looks toward the
South is totally inaccessible and impossible to be climbed,
through the infinite asperity of the mountain.
The North side is surrounded by the river, which
hereabouts runs very broad. At the foot of the said castle,
or rather, mountain, is seated a strong fort, with eight
great guns, which commands impedes the entry of the
river. Not much lower are to be seen two other batteries,
whereof each hath six pieces of cannon, to defend
likewise the mouth of the said river. At one side of the
castle are built two great store-houses, in which are
deposited all sorts of warlike ammunition and
merchandise, which are brought thither from the inner
parts of the country. Near these houses is a high pair of
stairs, hewed out of the rock, which serves to mount to
the top of the castle. On the West side of the said
fortress lies a small port, which is not above seven or
eight fathom deep, being very fit for small vessels and of
very good anchorage. Besides this, there lies before the
castle, the entry of the river, a great rock, scarce to be
perceived above water, unless at low tide."
For nearly a century Fort San Lorenzo held a
position of strategic importance regarding one of Spain's
richest highways of commerce and established as one of
the main trans-shipping points between the old and the
new world. Second only to Porto Bello it became the
objective of pirates and buccaneers and it was only logical
that it should become the goal of Sir Henry Morgan in
his plans for the conquest of Panama.


On December 15, 1670, Henry Morgan sailed with
his fleet from Jamaica on his campaign of the Isthmus.
His first attack was on Old Providence which fell easily
into his hands. After a period of plundering in the vicinity
of Old Providence, Morgan decided on his next step, that
of forcing his entrance into the Isthmus through the
mouth of the Chagres River. He therefore sent Joseph
Bradley with a portion of his fleet to the mouth of the
Chagres, where on Sunday, "The Feast of the Epiphany,"
January 6, 1671, he began his attack on San Lorenzo. A
bitter resistance was offered for three days, when the
palm thatched roof of a building within the wall caught
fire and an explosion of gun powder followed. The
wooden palisades in front of the clay embankments
burned. A breech was made and the place taken by pike
and cutlass. The garrison at San Lorenzo had numbered
350, of whom only 30 stood on their feet at the finish,
and not a single officer survived. The warden, Don Pedro
de Lisaldo y Ursua, a Castilian, perished sword in hand,
asking no quarter. Bradley's losses were correspondingly
heavy. Slightly more than 100 were killed and 70
wounded. One very picturesque incident was given by
Esquemelin, a historian of that period. "One of the
corsairs received an arrow in the back. He plucked it out
and wrapped a little cotton around it, thrust it down the
barrel of his musket and shot it back to the castle. The
cotton had been ignited and it was this strange missile
which set fire to the palm thatched roof." However, other
historians state that the conflagration was started by fire
balls, the primitive hand grenades of the period.
In any event, the mouth of the Chagres had been
opened up and made possible the journey inland with the
city of Panama as the objective. Henry Morgan himself,
did not reach the Chagres until five days after the fall of
San Lorenzo. Upon approaching, he saw the flag of
England flying from the shattered castle. His fleet came
rapidly forward, each boat trying to be the first to enter
the mouth of the Chagres. In their jostling about, four of
the boats floundered upon the shoals of the Chagres, one
of them being Morgan's own flagship, the Satisfaction. All
four of the boats were completely wrecked before they
could be floated from the shoals. The crews were saved,
however, and much of the cargo and military supplies
were successfully unloaded. His men went into camp on
the banks of the river. Morgan was carried into San
Lorenzo on the shoulders of his bodyguard and was met
by an escort of honor from Bradley's victors. He was
taken to the audience hall like a monarch and a period
of feasting and revelry followed.
However, Morgan was soon to realize the seriousness
of some of his losses. The man who had really captured
San Lorenzo, Joseph Bradley, died from wounds received
from the engagement on the fifth day after Morgan's
arrival. Bradley was one of Morgan's strongest leaders
and staunchest supporters, being practically a second in
command of the expedition. Captain Richard Norman
was appointed to replace appointed to replace Bradley
and with 300 men left to garrison the castle. The
remainder of the fleet with a total of 200 men to man the

boats was disposed in battle formation outside the mouth
of the river to repany possible naval attack. Rumors had
come to Morgan that Admiral Alonso Del Campo was
cruising the waters off the coast of the Isthmus. For the
following few days Morgan went about the work
of reforming the army, selecting and making small boats
and equiping his men for the trip up the river. By the
early part of January, he had a fleet of seven sloops,
thirty six small boats and canoes, and a force of 1,400
men ready to embark upon their "march to Panama."
Although San Lorenzo was captured, it was not
dismantled. It had simply changed hands. Morgan knew
that he must provide two things; first, against the
possibility of being followed by any Spanish fleet that
might land; second, he must keep a way open for
retirement in case his campaign should meet with defeat.
For the following weeks, Morgan was busily engaged
in his campaign on Panama. His fleet of small boats and
canoes made their way cautiously up the Chagres River,
always on the alert for any ambush by the Spaniards. His
estimate of the time that it would take to make the trip
however, was completely inadequate, so that before long
he found himself short of food and provisions for his
men. As they approached up the river, instead of meeting
the Spaniards in actual combat, he was surprised by their
continued method of retreat and taking all food and
provisions with them. The famine grew so severe that his
men were forced to "stew" bits of leather in the sort of a
food preparation on which they lived for several days.
His final attack on Panama and the battle that
ensued is a story complete in itself. After several weeks
of pillaging and debauchery in Panama, he returned over
the route he had come, taking his loot, and natives as
slaves, and returned to San Lorenzo.
After a period of resting and reorganization he
decided to abandon San Lorenzo and sail for Jamaica.
Upon leaving, he applied the torch and powder to all that
was left of the fort and the village, and left it in complete
smoldering ruins. The importance of San Lorenzo to the
Spaniards however, led them to eventually rebuild and re-
establish themselves at the mouth of the Chagres. No
further events of interest are recorded concerning San
Lorenzo until the coming of Sir Edward Vernon, (after
whom the home of Washington was said to be named).
Vernon was commissioned by the English Parliament
to again capture the ports of Porto Bello and San
Lorenzo. On the afternoon of March 22, 1740, with a
small fleet of only 6 ships, having already reduced Porto
Bello, he appeared off the mouth of the Chagres and
began a bombardment against the castle of San Lorenzo
and kept firing leisurely until eleven o'clock on Monday
the 24th, when the Spaniards hung out a flag. Captain
Knowles was sent ashore and returned with Don Juan
Carlos Jutierrez Zevalles, Captain of the Fort and a
Castilian. The terms of surrender were soon arranged
and at three o'clock in the afternoon, the Spanish troops
had marched out and Capt. Knowles with 120 men took
possession. Much merchandise was found in the Customs
House on the opposite side of the river. This building
was burned. On the 29th, Vernon blew up the castle of
San Lorenzo and departed for Porto Bello where he
arrived on April 1st, 1740.
This particular little war between England and Spain
was known as the "War of Jenkin's Ear." The incident
related that a certain Captain Jenkins, had previously in

an engagement with the natives and Spaniards had an ear
cut off. He had even shown the mummified member of
his anatomy before Parliament, which immediately
declared war in retaliation for the ear of Capt. Jenkins,
the result being the campaign of Sir Edward Vernon.
and staunchest supporters, being practically second in
command of the expedition. Captain Richard Norman
was appointed to replace Bradley and with 300 men was
Steam Packet Company and it was not until 1844 that it
was dropped as one of the regular ports of the Isthmus.
However, it again came into prominence for a short
period of time during the days of '49 when for a period
of a few years before the completion of the Panama
Railroad, it was a part of the trail across the Isthmus.
The seekers for gold, coming as far as the mouth of the
Chagres to re-ship in cayucos and other crafts being
paddled up the river to San Cruces, where the remainder
of the journey was completed on foot or pack train as
the occasion offered.
With the establishment of Colon as the railhead, San
Lorenzo dropped completely from the picture and
remains today only as a picturesque ruins, a memorial of
the days gone by.

Part of Early Days of Panama
Chap.(Lt.Col.) Earl D. Weed, Ft. Sherman, C.Z. Editor


The photo enclosed was taken in July, 1937. We were
part of a group of Boy Scouts from the Panama Canal
visiting Costa Rica, notably Cartago, although we did visit
San Jose.


L-R: Kirt McCleary, Stadig, Raymond Runyon, Cole
At the time the photo was taken, we had just
returned from seeing the Irazu volcano, not far from
Pictured are L-R: Kirt McCleary, Stadig, Raymond
Runyon and Cole.
George A. Black, Jr.
Pinellas Park, FL.


GATUN LOCKS form one continuous flight of three
steps which raise or lower ships 85 feet. This set of locks
is 1 1/6 miles long.
MIRAFLORES LOCKS, nearest to the Pacific
Entrance to the Canal, raise or lower ships 54 feet in two
steps. This set of locks is 1 mile long.
PEDRO MIGUEL LOCKS, also on the Pacific side
of the Isthmus, raise or lower vessels 31 feet in one step.
This set of locks is 3/4 mile long.
THE LOCK CHAMBERS are each 1,000 feet long,
110 feet wide, and a minimum of 40 feet deep. Each
chamber holds about 7 million cubic feet of water. The
chambers are large enough so that all but the very largest
vessels can transit the Canal. Of the ships now is service,
only the U.S. aircraft carriers Midway, Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, Oriskany, and Coral Sea and the commercial
vessels, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth (I) are too
large to go through. (This was printed in 1953).


Airline between Cristobal and Balboa
Length of Canal, deep water to deep water
Shoreline of Gatun Lake
Distance saved, New York-San Francisco


Length of each lock chamber
Width of each lock chamber
Depth of each lock chamber
Minimum depth of water in each lock
Width of each lock gate leaf
Height of lock gates
Thickness of each lock gate leaf
Diameter of main culverts to fill locks


Each link of fender chain

36 miles
50 miles
1,100 miles
7,873 miles

1,000 feet
110 feet
70 feet
40 feet
65 feet
47-82 feet
7 feet
18 feet

70 pounds

Total weight of each fender chain
Weight of towing locomotives
Each main culvert valve
Lock gate leaves
Each emergency dam

30,000 pounds
47 tons
15 tons
390 to 730 tons
3,350 tons


Towing locomotives (mules)
Towing locomotives used for each ship
Lock gate leaves
Lock chambers



To open or close lock gates 2 minutes
To fill or empty one lock chamber 8 minutes
Ships to be locked through Pedro Miguel, 30 minutes
Miraflores 45 minutes
Gatun Locks 60 minutes
Average transit time through Canal 7 to 8 hours
Travel time of towing locomotives 1,2,2 1/2, 5 m.p.h.


Used (wasted) in one Canal transit 52,000,000 gal.
Average annual net inflow into Gatun Lake
173 1/2 billion Cu. Feet
Used for Canal traffic in one year
48 1/2 billion cu. feet
Evaporated annually in Canal lakes
21 1/2 billion cu. feet


Motors to open and close lock gates
Motors to lift or lower culvert valves
To turn cylindrical valves
Motor pumps to operate fender chains
To drive electric mules (2 each)

25 h/p
40 h/p
7 h/p
70 h/p
75 h/p

(To be continued)



A Reunion is being planned for June 1991 for all Air
Force dependents who lived on Albrook during the years
1970-76. Please contact: Kiki (Gonzalez) Kiser, 5809
Reseda Blvd. #218, Tarzana, CA 91356.


All former members of Boy Scout Troop 6 please
contact me if you are interested in holding a reunion in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida
Reunion in Orlando, FL., in June, 1991. Conrad Horine,
16136 Lassen Street, Sepulveda, CA 91343.


Has anyone any memories of Gamboa or pictures to
share? I am compiling a factual and social history of
gamboa and would like to contact anyone who has lived
in Gamboa. Write to Donna Gillis, PSC Box 926, APO
Miami, FL 34002.

WANTED: From class reunion chairpersons, a copy,
please of your yearbook update or printed program as
distributed to class members at your get-togethers. We
are collecting them in the interests of future historical
research and preservation. Please send a copy to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714.

Plans are being looked into for a mini-carnival over
the week-end of March 2, 1991 in the Washington D.C. -
Virginia area. More information will be available after
the group's next meeting. Any of the following individuals
can be contacted for more explicit details:

Rosemary M. Gilead
1608 N. Utah St.
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 243-6408

Dr. John Clark
526 Gordon Circle
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 733-0650

Barbara Sanders
4001 N. 9th St. #627
Arlington, VA 22203

Shirley J. Erickson
211 Pine Road
Mt. Holly Spgs., PA 17065
(717) 486-5660

Sarah P. Storey
4401 Lee Highway #66
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 528-1576

Rae Donaldson
500 N. Roosevelt #112
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-2463


A Pedro Miguel Reunion is now in the planning
stages, scheduled for 1992 in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando, FL. The 1985 get-
together was a great success and many have expressed an
interest for another.
Those of you contacted for the last reunion please
advise any change of address or addresses to be added to
our mailing list by contacting committee members below:

Anne (Edwards) Hale
101 Waterwood Dr.
Yalaha, FL 34797
(904) 324-3406

Helen (Edwards) Magan
914 Alexander Circle
Pueblo, CO 81001
(719) 544-2845

Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd
P.O. Box 6841
Dothan, AL 36302
(205) 793-4073

Ginger (Coffey) Young
1220 John Anderson Dr.
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
(904) 441-1858

The PM reunion committee will not send
correspondence to anyone until next year, however we
will try to keep you informed through the Canal Record.
When mailings begin, we would appreciate a donation to
help defray postal costs.


Things are beginning to fall in place for a get-
together. The first order of business will be to update
mailing lists and welcome any ideas or suggestions.
BHSers should contact the class secretary, Virginia Selby
Entrekin, 711 Berkshire Dr., Hattiesburg, MS 39402.
Phone: (601) 268-3830, with address changes. CHSers
should contact the class treasurer, Martha Graham
Vickery, 4725 S.E. Adams St., Milwaukie, OR 97222.
(503) 659-1247. Nancy Wells and Rusty LoFranco will be
working with Martha later on a newsletter, once they
decide on an activity.

BHS 1941 50th REUNION

We have a confirmed reservation for our Reunion
Dinner at the Twin Towers Convention Center in
Orlando, Florida on Thursday, June 20, 1991.
A letter will be sent out after the first of the year. If
you have not returned the "Information Sheet" sent you,
please do so. Also, be sure to make all reservations
(Hotel and other activities) as early as possible. Hotel
reservation forms are in this issue (Yellow pages).
Sonny Pereira has volunteered to be the
representative from Panama, so please contact him if you
reside there.
Isabelle Gibson
Chairman, BHS'41 Reunion


December 8, 1990
3535 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, Florida

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
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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