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J. F. Warner
Mrs. Betty L. Frassrand
Mr. Bob Van Siclen
1st Vice President
Mr. Virgil H. Camby
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Richard "Pat" Beall
Mrs. Faith Brundage
Mr. Carl H. Starke
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Mr. Harry Foster
Sergeant at Arms
Mrs. Betty Malone
The President's M message ....................................... 1
From the Secretary ............................................ 2
The Editor's Cor er .......................................... 3
Legislative Report ........................................... 3
WE HAVE MOVED! ........................................ 5
Reunion Coordinator's Notebook ................................ 6
1990 Audit Report ........................................... 7
The American Battle Monuments Commission ...................... 9
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...................... 11
Retirem ents ............................................... 13
W here Are You? ........................................... 14
Reunion Guest Speaker ...................................... 14
Slate of Officers for 1991-1992 ................................. 15
News Clips ................................................ 17
Your Reporter Says ......................................... 19
Alabama ................. 19 Indiana ............... 31
Arizona ................. 19 Louisiana ............. 31
Arkansas ................20 Mississippi ............. 33
California ................ 22 North Carolina ......... 33
Colorado ................ 24 Northwest ............. 34
Florida ................. 25 Panama ............... 35
Georgia .................30 South Carolina ......... 39
Hawaii .................. 30 Texas ................ 40
The Younger Generation ................... 45
Congratulations ............................................ 47
W weddings ................................................. 51
B irths .................................................... 55
W ith Deep Sorrow .......................................... 58
Letters to the Editor ......................................... 63
Looking Back .............................................. 68
Announcem ents ............................................ 76
For Sale or W anted ......................................... 80
Keystone Club..........81 Zonian Amigos...........82 Latin American Books...........82
"The Enemy Within"....83 Puerto Panama..........84 Armbruster & Assoc...........80
Eddie Stroop...........81 Al Sprague..............82 Kaw Valley Films & Video.........83
FRONT COVER: Photo of our new offices for the Secretary/Treasurer and Editor,
taken from the large parking lot adjacent to Seminole Mall. We are in Suite 334,
(third floor) on the other side of the building as shown.
BACK COVER: Painting by internationally known Canal Area artist, Al Sprague,
of a towing locomotive (Mule) on its way to meet a ship entering the locks.
DATES TO REMEMBER
PCSOFL Sarasota Luncheon/Meeting, Royal Marine Room,
Sarasota Tower, corner of US 41 and Gulfstream, 11:30 am.
PCSSC Meeting, Knotts Berry Farm.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St. N. St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. Covered dish.
Arizona Spring Lunch/Meeting. Call (602) 298-3147 for updated
PCSOFL Luncheon Meeting, Coach House Restaurant, 1900 4th
Street N., St. Petersburg, FL. 11:30 am. Lots of parking.
Northwest Arkansas Annual Picnic, Agri Park, Fayetteville
PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Orlando, Florida. (See yellow
insert for complete information).
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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 Seminole, Florida and additional entry.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642.
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 interests 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 $2.00 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.
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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a very joyous
I would like to begin my message by saying that our
thoughts and prayers are with those members who have
family in the Middle East. I do hope that the mission of
the United States and its allies will be accomplished
swiftly so that all those in the Armed Services can return
to their families soon.
As I mentioned in the last issue, Larry and I traveled
to Panama following Thanksgiving and had a wonderful
time. Mike and Sheila Bell were quite the hosts. We, of
course, visited all of the familiar places which nowadays
are not all that familiar. Some aspects, of course, never
change. The interior is still just as beautiful as it was 11
years ago. Traveling through Coco Solo, Margarita and
France Field was quite emotional; so many changes and
so many memories to relive. Fortunately, our timing was
perfect both in being there and in leaving. While we were
there, the Annual Lung Fung Christmas Party was held,
which, by the way, was held this year at the Amador
Officer's Club. Ann Best and her committee, Denise Will,
Faye Thompson, Llori Gibson and MC Burt Mead did a
FANTASTIC JOB in putting this event together. We can
hardly wait for all of them to move stateside so we can
put them to work with the reunion and other Society
activities throughout the year. I must caution everyone to
stay on Burt Mead's good side. From what I understand
he MC's a lot of events and he shows no mercy when he
is behind the microphone. My congratulations to the
entire committee for a successful mini-reunion.
I am very pleased to announce that WE HAVE AN
OFFICE. As you may recall, the Executive Board was
directed at the Annual Business Meeting to obtain an
office by the end of the calendar year. This was
accomplished. The Executive Board made its final
approval at a special meeting in December. We have
signed a two year contract for 856 square feet of office
space located at 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole,
Florida. The monthly rent for this space is $670.00 which
includes electricity, water and janitorial service. We are
located on the third floor of this office building which
does, by the way, have elevators for ease in getting up to
the third floor. Due to my living approximately 60 miles
away from the office, Mr. Bob Van Siclen took care of a
lot of the "running around" necessary to accomplish the
finalization of the lease. Thanks Bob!
We were fortunate to be able to set up the structure
of the office in a way that would best suit our needs;
placing the walls, electrical outlets, etc., where we wanted
them. Pat Beall and his committee consisting of himself,
Marge Foster and Skeeter Camby, came up with a plan
that fits us to a tee. We have an office for the Secretary,
the Record Editor and the Reunion Coordinator. We
also have a meeting area and a sitting area for those
members wishing to stop by for a cup of coffee and to
see what we are up to. Pat was able to draw a blueprint-
type drawing of the office and set everything in place for
the Contractor. The Contractor was quite pleased and
said that he had not had such a helpful group to deal
with. Once the structural aspects of the office were in
place, the Decorating Committee consisting of Jane
Huldquist and Marge Foster began their task of making
our office a nice place to be. A visit to our office will be
sure to be a comfortable and most enjoyable one. My
thanks to both these committees for all that they have
done in getting our office ready to occupy.
Please note that all correspondence to the Society
should be mailed to 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 34642. Our new telephone number is
813-391-4359. We have established regular office hours
which are 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. 4:00
p.m., Monday through Friday. Commencing March 1,
1991, the Record Editor and Secretary will be
headquartered out of the office. The Reunion
Coordinator, however, may still be reached at his
telephone number which is published throughout this and
previous issues of the Canal Record. In order to avoid
any confusion with regard to the reunion and the
accessibility of the Reunion Coordinator, we chose to
allow the Reunion Coordinator to work out of his home
for this year. However, the Reunion Coordinator will be
required to work out of the office for the 1991-1992 term
and future years.
Inasmuch as we are attempting something new with
the attainment of an Office, we have drafted procedures
to be followed by the Officers; i.e., the establishment of
office hours, duties, etc. Along this line, we have set forth
that a great majority of the paperwork for the 1992
Reunion will be handled in the office as opposed to be
handled strictly by the Reunion Coordinator. The
Reunion Coordinator will, of course, be responsible and
oversee that work done on the reunion, but it will
alleviate some of the workload from the Reunion
Coordinator. This is done with two thoughts in mind:
first, the job of Reunion Coordinator is overwhelming
beyond explanation and could be a more enjoyable job if
the job was shared by the Assistants and Secretary (when
time allows) in the Office. Additionally, it is believed that
the job of Reunion Coordinator has scared away some
potentially viable candidates for the position of 1st Vice
President. The 1991-1992 term will be the first time that
this is tried and we are hopeful that it will make the
coordination of the Reunion a much more enjoyable
experience for our officers and volunteers.
We will be having an open house for our members
to come in and view the office. This will take place on
Saturday, April 13, 1991 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please feel free to stop by to see the office. We will have
refreshments and hope to see you there.
The Reunion is only three and one-half months away.
We can hardly wait to see everyone again. The Reunion
Coordinator, Bob Van Siclen, and his committee
chairman have been busy finalizing the ticket forms,
which are included in this issue, and making sure that we
do everything we can to avoid any glitches in our
upcoming reunion. Please be sure to review the yellow
pages. These pages are put together for your benefit and
we have tried to include everything that would be of
concern to our members. We can not tell you enough
times, if you do not show up on the date that you have
stated on your hotel reservation form, you will not only
lose your one-night's deposit, you will also lose your
reservation. If you have to change your arrival date,
please let us know immediately.
By the time this issue is mailed, we would have had
a blast at Carnavalito. Vickie Sizemore and her
committee, consisting of her husband, Ed Wardlow,
Rupert Turner, Chris Skeie and Jackie Crowell, put a lot
of long hours into making sure that everyone who
attended had a great time. Thank you Vickie, Rupert, Ed,
Jackie and Chris for all that you did to make this a great
We will have also had our Sarasota Luncheon. Sheila
Taylor answered our ad in the book to chair a luncheon
in Sarasota and we are so very thankful that she did. It
had been a whole year since we had an event in Sarasota
and are excited about going to Sarasota again, especially
in the Sarasota Tower. We have several ladies, Jay Cain,
Myrtle Hughes and of course our Past President Carl
Starke, who come to our monthly meetings in St.
Petersburg these ladies never miss a meeting unless
they are out of state, so it is nice to know that they can
come and enjoy a luncheon in Sarasota without having to
travel so far.
I received a nice note from Pat and Pennye
McCarragher they have opened a restaurant outside of
Atlanta Captain Billy's Fish House which is located in
Griffin, Georgia (approximately 38 miles south of
Atlanta). So, if any of you happen to be going through
Georgia, be sure and stop by Captain Billy's and visit
with the McCarraghers.
Please be sure and mark down the date of the OPEN
HOUSE on your calendars April 13, 1991 from 11:00
a.m. 3:00 p.m. Hope to see you all there.
Betty L. Frassrand
HI! I'm happy to greet you this issue from our new
office complex in Seminole, FL. Although we are not
completely settled in, we were most fortunate (thanks to
our office committee) to find a spacious, centrally located
office from which we plan to expand our services to
We welcome and look forward to you visiting us at
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 375. Give us a little time and
we will endeavor to make your visit enjoyable by
providing you with a comfortable and pleasant reception
area. The Officers and Executive Board take pleasure in
inviting all Society members to an "Open House" on
Saturday, April 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be served and we hope to see a good
turn out of members from this area.
All mail addressed to the Society should now be
addressed to 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole,
FL 34642. Our new telephone number is (813) 391-4359.
Regular office hours will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Monday through Friday.
I am also pleased to announce that we have found an
excellent replacement for me in the office of
Secretary/Treasurer. Barbara Green had many years of
experience as a secretary in the Canal Zone and was
considered a most valuable employee by her supervisors
and co-workers. She is anxious to renew her ties with
former friends and co-workers and has a very deep
feeling for the Panama Canal Society objectives.
I had hoped that reminders printed in the last three
issues of the Canal Record regarding the correct amount
to pay for 1991 dues and the changing of the dues year
would surely catch the eye of most of our members, but
I am sorry to say, most of you still do not read or heed
our messages. Please remember that the 1991 dues year
ends September 30, 1991 and the 1992 dues year begins
October 1, 1991; the dues will once again be $15.00.
Reminders will be printed in the June and September
Canal Record. We are not sending out delinquent notices
and if you have not paid your dues, you will most likely
not appear in the April Directory. Please notify me
immediately if you are anticipating a change of address
or have recently had a change so that it can be corrected
for the directory.
I have spoken with the Postmaster at Tampa
concerning the delay in the delivery of Canal Records to
APO addresses and I have written Washington to an
address he gave me to try to expedite delivery. Keep me
informed if you are still experiencing long delays. I have
advised members in stateside areas to check with their
post offices when they have not received their Records
and in most cases, the Record was delivered to them
within the next few days. ALL CANAL RECORDS
LEAVE THE TAMPA POST OFFICE ON THE SAME
DAY SO THE DELAY IS IN YOUR AREA POST
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE FOR YOUR NEW
OFFICERS LISTED ON THE BALLOT IN THIS
By the time you get this issue, our offices will be in
our new location. Our new location and telephone
number is listed elsewhere in this issue. The changes will
appear in several pages, such as the masthead (upper
part of page 1), back cover, application form and
envelope and other places which are usually taken for
granted. It has been a chore to unearth these little things,
but I think we are covered now.
The new offices look great more room for both of
us and extra room for the Reunion Coordinator next
year. Alterations have been made, furniture has been
selected and purchased, and for the first time ever, in
over 58 years, our telephone number will be listed in the
telephone directory under "Panama Canal Society of
Florida." How's that for progress?
While the telephones were being installed, I over-
heard the installer telling someone on the telephone
about "Zonians." When asked how he knew of that term,
he introduced himself as Charlie Bell, who had married
Nancy DeTore, daughter of Charlie Detore, formerly of
Cristobal. He also stated that he had visited the Canal
Zone before. Now how much more of a coincidence than
that can you have? "Zonites" are everywhere!
The Society earned a 97.8% accuracy in our recent
Post Office audit which is done once a year. The Post
Office requires this be done to verify our 2nd Class
mailing authorization. We didn't get 100% because the
audit was done to December 31, and they had to take the
printing order for December issues given in November.
Of course, between November and December 31 we got
many new members which could not be reported, but
We have been flirting with the maximum number of
pages these last few issues, and it will only get bigger as
we go along. One important issue resolved at the last
(1989) Reporter's Luncheon was that reporters limit their
reports to 4 typewritten pages. Nearly all are complying
with this cost-saving resolve. I urge all reporters to honor
this action. It was also resolved that those not complying
would have their reports returned for further editing.
This has not been done yet, but I caution those not
complying to please abide with the Reporter's decision.
It has been a busy time after Christmas. February
being a short month, our printer's schedule backed up
into January and we had to scramble a little bit to make
things work.I did manage to visit my son Bob and his
wife Laurie and it was my first glimpse of my new
granddaughter Jordan. Talk about princesses! I'd spoil
her to death if I were in California. Loved her to death!
Those who still use that wonderful Sauce Arturo may
not know their new address. It is: The Red Wing
Company, 196 Newton St., Fredonia, NY 14063. Send
$15.83 by check or money order for a case of 24. This
includes UPS. Takes a little longer than before, but it's
still the same old good stuff.
Talk to you again in June through the June issue and
at the Reunion!
New office number (813) 391-4359
I'd like to extend my sincere wishes to each of you
for a very Happy and Healthy New Year, and hope you
are enjoying your 5.4% COLA increase that you received
in your January 1991 pay checks. For those of you
receiving benefits under the Federal Employees
Compensation Act (FECA), back here in January, it
appears that your COLA will be in the neighborhood of
6% in March.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFIT
PLANS: I had previously reported that the Mailhandlers
Health Plan could possibly include a Christian Science
clause that covered practioner's fees. I have since found
out that it does not cover these services. The only plan,
SAMBA, which is restricted to FBI employees, presently
contains that clause. I'm sorry about this as we have a
large Christian Science membership from the Panama
Canal Area that are specifically looking for a plan with
ht is special clause.
FOR ALL NON-
EMERGENCY CONFINEMENTS: There seems to be
some confusion as to whether or not retirees have to
have pre-certification for non-emergency hospital
confinements. It is my understanding, and I am quoting
from the National Association of Retired Employees
publication, that this does not apply to those enrolled in
Medicare Part "A," and uses Medicare as its primary
payer and also to those people enrolled in an HMO Plan.
Otherwise, all enrollees in a "Fee-For-Service" plan must
have this pre-certification. To be on the safe side, I would
advise everyone to individually contact their respective
health plan office and clarify this point.
INCOME TAX RETURNS: I'm sure you have all
submitted your income tax return by this time, but for the
benefit of those of you who haven't and plan to prepare
your own return, there is still time for you to call for an
excellent publication that IRS will furnish you for
assistance, without cost, entitled "TAX INFORMATION
FOR OLDER AMERICANS". You might want to send
for it and the number is 1-800-829-3676. The publication
number is 554.
SOCIAL SECURITY REFERENCE CHART: The
December 1990 issue of "Retirement Life" published an
excellent chart concerning Social Security Benefits that I
feel is beneficial to all of you that might be considering
completing your quarters in order to receive a Social
Security pension. Many of our members do not belong to
NARFE and consequently do not have access to this
information, so for those of you who are interested, I
submit the following:
1991 SOCIAL SECURITY REFERENCE CHART
SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES
Employee.............................................. 7.65% *
Employer.............................................. 7.65% *
Self-Employed......................................... 15.3% **
Maximum taxable.......................................... $15,400.00
*1.45% is for Medicare Part A (hospital
insurance). Note: Beginning with 1991 the first $125,000
is taxed at the 1.45% rate.
**For tax years beginning with 1990, one-half of the self-
employment taxes paid may be deducted as a business
QUARTER OF COVERAGE (QC)
Earnings required for one QC........................... $540.00
Earnings required for four QCs......................$2,160.00
Exempt amount under 65............................$7,080.00*
Exempt amount 65-69..................................$9,720.00**
The earnings test does not apply with the month a person
becomes age 70.
*For earnings above this amount the social security
would be reduced by $1 for each $2 earned.
**For earnings above this amount the social security
would be reduced $1 for each $3 earned.
Maximum benefits worker age 65
retires in 1991.. ...............................................$1,022.00
Average monthly benefits based on December 1990
estimate plus 5.4% COLA:
Retired worker alone............................................. $602.00
Aged Couple ...................................................... 1,022.00
Widowed mother and two children..................... $1,203.00
Aged widow alone...........................................$557.00
Part A monthly premium* ....................................$177.00
Part B basic monthly premium.............................. $29.90
*This is the cost of purchasing Part A for those not
Hope this information will be helpful to you. We will
be looking forward to seeing you in Orlando, FL at the
1991 Annual Reunion. Until then, if I can be of
assistance, please contact me at 1-813-397-5846 or 8447-
140th St. N., Seminole, FL 34646
LET US KNOW WHO IS SERVING
IN OPERATION DESERT SHIELD
Do you have a relative serving in the Middle East?
We'd like our members to now about their former
neighbors who are part of Operation Desert Shield. Drop
us a note with your relative's name, branch of service,
unit or ship; your name and relationship and your name
and telephone number (we may need to get more
information from you). Send a photograph of your
military relative if you have one, and send to the Editor,
Canal Record, Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642.
To Volunteer For
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
December 19, 1990
TO: Executive Board
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 1508
Palm Harbor, Florida 34682
SUBJECT: Nomination for Distinguished Service Award
It gives me great pleasure to place the name of Jerry
Boswell as a nominee for the Distinguished Service
Over the past 3 years, Jerry has voluntarily provided the
Panama Canal Society of Florida with computer expertise
that would have cost the Society several thousands of
dollars for services ordinarily rendered by a professional
computer programmer. He was the catalyst of the
Computer Committee in suggesting which equipment to
purchase for Desk Top Publishing for the Canal Record
and upon receiving the equipment and programs
suggested, he installed them; cleared deficiencies as they
arose and has now set up that computer to accomplish its
He has also cleared deficiencies found in the computer
programs of the Secretary/Treasurer, as well as
suggesting and installing programs to assist her in her
duties. He has created programs to comply with the
requests and desires not only for the
Secretary/Treasurer, but for the Reunion Coordinator so
that he may effectively keep accurate records of
reservations, monies received other programs for his
Jerry Boswell has expended hundreds of hours in creating
programs to fit our needs and has always willingly
traveled to those computer locations to provide the aid,
assistance and instruction to those officers of the Society
when needed, and has constantly refused any
remuneration from the Society.
Inasmuch as Jerry Boswell has shared, created and
passed on his computer knowledge to those in need of
the Society at no expense during the critical and initial
period of the Society's computer programming, I
recommend that Jerry Boswell be considered for the
Distinguished Service Award.
Richard W. Beall
Editor, Canal Record.
S NEXT DEADLINE:
:EDITOR MUST HAVE BY::
APRIL 25, 1991
NEW OFFICE OPEN HOUSE
Our new office, at 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole (adjacent to the rear Seminole Mall Parking
lot) will have an OPEN HOUSE on April 13, 1991, from
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All Society members are invited
(and the Board may invite a few of those who were
instrumental in leasing, refurbishing and installing the
Nothing formal we will have some snacks and some
soft drinks while you are shown around our new office
with its new furnishings and decor. By this time, both the
Secretary/Treasurer and the Editor should be firmly
entrenched, doing their job, so there won't be too much
confusion. It's an office that any member may visit at any
time to pay dues, submit copy for the Canal Record, look
through some of our reference books, or just chew the
fat. The door will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
on week days.
Make it a point to join us, wish us prosperity and
best wishes. Take the elevator to the third floor and
follow the signs. We'll be waiting' for ya'.
WE HAVE MOVED!
The former home offices of the
Secretary/Treasurer and the Editor, Canal
Record have moved to the following address,
effective March 1, 1991:
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642
Their new telephone number will be:
All future correspondence should be made
Ito the above address. Telephone calls should
be made between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to I
Both offices have been cautioned to
discontinue future toll telephone calls from
their homes for Society business.
The former home addresses and telephone
numbers of the Secretary/Treasurer and
Editor are no longer valid as of March 1,
CLIP AND SAVE THIS NOTICE
PLEASE READ THE YELLOW PAGES.
Registration and hotel reservation requests are being
received daily which is an indication that we will have
another good reunion in 1991.
I suggest that members sending in hotel registration
forms with the special request that they be assigned
rooms adjacent to others, such request forms be sent to
the Reunion Coordinator at the same time, so the
requests can be forwarded to the hotels in the same
package. This may better assure getting the adjacent
Order forms for the dances and luncheon will be
found in the "famous" yellow pages which appear
elsewhere in this issue of the Canal Record.
I urge members to send in their order for tickets as
soon as possible. Please remember to fully complete the
order form, send in total payment with orders and make
checks payable to the 1991 REUNION COORDINATOR.
Dance and luncheon tickets will be enclosed in the
registration envelopes, which may be picked up at the
registration tables during the hours listed at the reunion
in the yellow pages. Registration envelopes will NOT be
available at the entrances to the dances or the luncheon.
To avoid the problem of last year of persons getting
into the dance free, after 10:00 p.m., this year, security
personnel will be assigned to all doors entering the dance
area until 1:00 a.m.
There is still time to arrange for Class Reunions and
group gatherings. However, requests for these functions
will NOT be accepted after May 1, 1991. Contracts with
hotels specify that non-Society sponsored activities can be
booked only with the approval of the Reunion
Coordinator. So any group wanting to hold a reunion
must submit their request to the Reunion Coordinator
prior to contacting a hotel.
At a recent meeting with members of the Twin
Towers management, the matter of drinking by underage
persons was a matter of serious discussion. Florida State
Law states that no person under the age of 21 years may
be served alcoholic beverages. Any establishment found
serving such beverages are subject to loss of their liquor
license. The establishment may request proof of age, and
may refuse to serve those persons who cannot show
acceptable proof. Therefore, during the reunion, younger
persons and some of us young looking individuals may be
requested to present proof of age.
To avoid the gathering in the hotel lobby as we did
last year, the EXHIBIT HALL will be used as the
gathering point at the 1991 Reunion. There will be ample
seating and bars will be set up in the area with sufficient
supply of liquids to keep all throats moist for prolonged
For members visiting Orlando for the first time, and
want to visit some of the local attractions, discount tickets
to various local attractions will be available at the
Concierge Desk in the hotel lobby.
Contracts have been signed with the Charlie Cooper
and Tito Mouynes bands to play for the dances, and
again there will be continuous music at the Annual Ball.
Andy Lim will again present a fashion show with
music by Tito.
1. If you cannot arrive at your hotel on your specified
arrival date, BE SURE to notify the hotel 48 hours in
advance. Failure to do so will result in loss of your first
night's deposit and the remainder of your reservation will
2. If you do not receive a hotel confirmation by May 15,
notify the Reunion Coordinator (813) 397-5366.
3. Tickets to the Panazonian Dance is a requirement to
attend the Fashion Show.
The Second Vice President
of the Republic of Panama,
Guillermo "Billy" Ford (BHS'55)
Has accepted the Society's invitation
to be the Guest Speaker
at our Annual Luncheon on Saturday,
June 22, 1991
Keppie Travel is proceeding with arrangements which
will provide members with an efficient Orlando
Airport/Hotel transportation operation.
In order to eliminate any confusion for arriving
members, Keppie Travel is coordinating airport
transportation and rental cars with Carey Limousine,
Unidas Rent-a-Car, and Orlando Hospitality services, Inc.
Special Reunion Rental Car rates are being offered and
cars will be 1991 models.
Upon arriving at the Orlando Airport baggage Claim
area, a Keppie Travel representative will be in the area
with a Panama Canal Society sign. Ther Agency's
representative will direct members to a distribution area
for rental car pick-up or Limo service to their respective
The Agency's representative will have a complete
listing of arrival times of those members who make their
reservations in advance through Keppie Travel.
Obviously, those members who make their reservations
for Reunion Air Travel, Rental Cars or Limo Service in
advance through the reunion's Official Travel Agency will
be assured of 24-hour Airport/Hotel transportation
Advance reservations will be handled by a voucher
system for Rental Cars and Limo Service. Upon arriving
at the airport, the voucher will be submitted to the
Agency's Representative who will be prepared to provide
the designated service.
In addition to Rental Cars and Limo Service, tickets
to various Orlando attractions may be purchased in
advance through Keppie Travel or at th Headquarters
Members are encouraged to utilize the services of
the Society's Official Reunion Travel Agency, Keppie
Travel, as it will minimize problems for the members, the
Society's Reunion Committee and the Hotels.
SEE YOU IN JUNE!!!
Robert Van Siclen
1991 Reunion Coordinator
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
1990 Audit Report
January 18, 1991
Mrs. Betty Frassrand
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society to Florida, Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Mrs. Frassrand:
Your Audit and Budget Committee has completed its examination of the ledgers and accounts of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. for the period January 1, 1990 through December 31, 1990.
All ledgers (Receipts and Expenditures) were audited, balanced and verified as correct and are in order. All check
records, deposit slips, bank statements, bills and all other miscellaneous records were verified as correct. All three petty
cash funds were also verified and are correct.
As of December 31, 1990 our paid memberships for 1990 stood at 5227 and our delinquent membership totaled 524.
At the end of December 1989, our paid membership totaled 4802 and 699 delinquents. This would indicate an increase
of 425 paid members to the Society. Taking into consideration our delinquent if they renew their memberships, our total
membership (paid and unpaid) would stand at 5751 compared to 5501 in 1989, or a total increase of 250 members in 1990.
During 1990 a total of 510 members were dropped for non-payment of dues.
We would like to note that as of December 31, 1990, 3566 members prepaid their dues, compared to 2485 at the end
of 1989, or an increase of 1081. It would seem that the publicity in the Canal Record is still motivating our members.
The Society continues to grow and is still in a very solvent financial position. We anticipate no increase in dues in 1991.
Our findings, recommendations, and comments are attached hereto, along with the projected 1991 Budget, and the
Statement of Financial Assets as of December 31, 1990.
We would like to compliment Mrs. Marjorie Foster for an outstanding job in the performance of her duties as
Secretary-Treasurer. All records were accurate, neat and ready for audit. They are always available when needed.
Signed: Signed: Signed:
Jeanne M. Wheeler Jean Mann Josephine Attia
RECOMMENDATIONS, FINDINGS, AND COMMENTS OF THE AUDIT AND
BUDGET COMMITTEE OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
January 17, 1991
Having completed our audit on January 17, 1991 for the period January 1, 1990 through and including December 31, 1990,
we, the Audit and Budget Committee respectfully submit the following recommendations, findings, and comments to the
Executive Committee for its approval and implementation for good business practices for the Panama Canal Society of
RECOMMENDATION 1. This committee recommends that a 5.4 Cost of Living Increase be awarded to all paid
employees of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. commencing with their first paycheck of 1991.
RECOMMENDATION I. This committee recommends that the audit be completed as of June 30, submitted to the
Board at the July Board Meeting and included in the September Canal Record. This coincides with the term of the
elected President and other Society officers. The Budget will still be prepared as of December 31 for the calendar year
and submitted to the Board for approval at the January Board Meeting and included in the March Canal Record.
FINDING I. Petty Cash has again not been replenished on a timely basis. It is to be replenished before it is depleted.
This has been brought to the attention of the person handling the petty cash. More care is needed in preparing petty cash
reports, there were some errors in subtraction and balances brought forward.
COMMENT I. Mileage rate has been increased to 26 cents per mile by Internal Revenue Service. We have used this as
a guide for years in the event we are ever audited by that office. Please allow this rate for all claims commencing on
January 1, 1990.
COMMENT II. Recommendations and Findings from last years audit have been complied with.
Jeanne M. Wheeler, Chairperson
AUDIT AND BUDGET COMMITTEE
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
STATEMENT OF INCOME AND EXPENSES AND CHANGES IN
FUND BALANCES AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1990
FUND BALANCES AT JANUARY 1, 1990
Checking Account (Unlimited)
CD (42 Mo.) Expires 09-02-90
CD (1 Year) Expires 02-02-90
CD (1 Year) Expires 06-27-90
CD (1 Year) Expires 10-28-90
CD (1 Year) Expires 08-09-90
TOTAL FUND BALANCE AS OF JANUARY 1, 1990
Dues (Includes $40,118 in prepaid dues)
Annual Reunion 1990
Sales, (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Record)
Annual Reunion 1990
Annual Reunion 1991
Taxes Withheld and Paid
TOTAL RECEIPTS 1990
Postage CR- $4,199.46, SOC.- $3,311.60 7,511.06
Supplies -CR- $178.63, SOC.- $2,815.22 2,993.85
Telephone-CR- $472.34, SOC.- $2,409.48 2,881.82
Equipment Maint.CR- $534.52, SOC.- $995.70 1,530.22
Monthly Meetings 310.00
Travel and Transportation 1,789.97
Petty Cash CR $280.31, SOC. $179.42, REFRESH. $119.92 579.65
Bank Charges 154.26
Capital Expenditures/Improvements 1,130.44
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 1990 $140,958.91
FUND BALANCES AT DECEMBER 31, 1990:
Bank Checking Account (Unlimited)
CD (1 Year) Expires 01-22-91
CD (1 Year) Expires 02-02-91
CD (1 Year) Expires 06-27-91
CD (1 Year) Expires 10-28-91
CD (1 Year) Expires 08-09-91
TOTAL FUND BALANCES AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1990
"Along The Way Take Time To Smell The Flowers"
ULIC OF PANAMA
04 October 1990
MEMORANDUM FOR: THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. 2389 CITRUS HILL ROAD, PALM
HARBOR, FLORIDA 43683.
SUBJECT: Reserved Graves
I am writing you on behalf of my agency, the American Battle Monuments Commission and requesting your
assistance in locating personnel that has reserved graves at Corozal American Cemetery.
Since 1979 the American Battle Monuments Commission has assumed responsibility to operate and maintain the
cemetery here in Corozal.
Corozal American Cemetery is scheduled to close for burials on December 31, 1999. At our current rate of burials
we will run out of space in five years or less.
We have one hundred and thirty- seven graves which were reserved prior to our agency assuming responsibility of
the cemetery. A large number of these personnel belong to the Panama Canal Society of Florida. We do not have current
addresses of the personnel and therefore would like to request that an article be published in your magazine for one year
requesting anyone who has a grave reserved at Corozal American Cemetery and does not intend to use it please notify
us in writing so we can release it to someone else.
I would hate to have to turn away someone because of lack of space, yet have numerous reserved graves unclaimed.
Any assistance you could give in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Our address is: THE AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION, COROZAL AMERICAN
CEMETERY, APO MIAMI, FL. 34004-5000.
The list is as follows:
Manford L. Thornton
Manford L. Thornton
Isabel P. de Ourada
Manford L. Thornton
Beulah B. Newlin
Rita M. Hoyle
Rita M. Hoyle
William W.E. Brady
Della A. Pilkertol
Lucilla A. Powell
Julia A. Holsinger
Kurt F. Menzel
L.M. Van Amstel
L.M. Van Amstel
William H. Lawson
Ida A. Smith
Ida A. Smith
Rudolph N. Trower
Louis A. Austin
John W. Hare
John W. Hare
Ronald J. Lewis
Mathilda K. Sexton
Claud M. Kreger
Michael J. Berry
Joseph I. Maldonado
Edward A. Smail
Blanche M. Bishop
John J. Fallon
Leslie M. Spencer
Jose Joaquin Benevides
Norman J. Goulet
Lia Hernandez de Villalta
Dorothy B. May
Frances D. May
Herman J. Henriquez
Clarita A.S. de Wright
Ruth B. Harris
Carol L. Bowen
Elisa M. Arrieta
Dolores E. Suisman
Williams S. McCoy
John B. Willis
Janthia M. Grote
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
November 2, 1990
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Frassrand opened the meeting at 1:35 p.m. at St.
Bede's Episcopal Church. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the
Invocation and Mr. Pat Beall read the list of those
recently deceased. Mr. Harry Foster led the Pledge to
Mrs. Frassrand welcomed the 52 members attending
and recognized Past Presidents, Eugene Askew, Pete
Foster, Al Pate and Muriel Whitman.
Mr. Craig Villanti gave a presentation on Living Wills,
answered questions and distributed Living Will forms.
Mrs. Foster read the October meeting minutes and
they stand as read. She read correspondence from the
Ebdon family, and the Director of the Social Security in
Panama thanking the Society for the Friends of Panama
donations. She read the financial statement and it stands
Mrs. Frassrand announced there would no more
meetings held at the H&D Cafeteria due to poor turn
out. She stressed the importance of obtaining quorums at
the meetings to vote on important issues and asked for
suggestions to improve attendance. All suggestions would
be taken into consideration by the board.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that all info for the hotels
will be in the December Canal Record and stressed the
importance of reading instructions carefully when
completing the forms.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that Sheila Taylor had
volunteered to chair the Sarasota luncheon on March
Mrs. Frassrand stated the Nominating Committee
consists of Ralph McClain as chairman, Board members,
Harry Foster and Betty Malone and members, Henri
Skeie and Larry Barca.
Mrs. Frassrand reported that the new office site would
be voted on at the November board meeting.
Mrs. Frassrand reminded the members to carefully
read and vote on the proposed amendments in the
December Canal Record.
Mr. Van Siclen reported that the Reunion plans were
on schedule and thanked his wife Nancy for her
assistance. He has received many requests from class
reunions and will accommodate them as much as
possible. Tito Mouynes and Charlie Cooper will play for
the Reunion. Keppie Travel had been appointed as the
official travel agency for the Reunion. He summarized
the Reunion information appearing in the yellow pages
in the Canal Record and reminded members to follow
instructions when filling out the forms.
Mrs. Foster reminded members they could not put in
for hotel rooms unless their dues were paid.
Mr. Beall reported that the Canal Record would be
assembled this weekend and was on schedule.
Mrs. Huldquist read her legislative report and it
appears that the Cola will be 5.4%. She reminded the
members that open season for health insurance was now
Mr. Foster read Bev Williams' cover letter for the
proposed amendments to be printed in the December
Canal Record. The By-Laws Committee recommends
that these amendments be adopted.
It was voted on to bring a covered dish to all the
regular meetings held at St. Bede's starting with the
Mrs. Faith Brundage reported on the Central Office,
location, size, etc.
Mrs. Whitman reported that the Christmas luncheon
was on schedule and reminded members to put in their
Mrs. Frassrand presented Mr. Eugene Askew with a
Past President badge.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that although previously
scheduled, Congressman Michael Bilirakis would not be
able to speak at the January meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 3:07 p.m.
December 8, 1990
Mrs. Frassrand opened the meeting at 12:07 p.m. at
the Holiday Inn. Mrs. Yocum gave the Invocation and
Mrs. Foster read the list of those recently deceased. Mr.
Foster led the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Frassrand welcomed the 137 members and
guests and recognized Past Presidents Eugene Askew,
Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Carl Starke and Muriel
Whitman. She also welcomed the Al Carrs and Bill
Nickishers, who recently moved into the area and Mary
Urey who was visiting from Dothan, AL.
Mrs. Frassrand adjourned the meeting at 12:12 p.m.
so all could enjoy the lovely luncheon. The meeting re-
adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the October meeting
and they were approved as read. She read the financial
report and it stands for audit. She read correspondence
from Congressman Crane concerning the President
speaking at our 1991 Reunion. Mrs. Frassrand gave a
little background on this correspondence.
Mrs. Frassrand thanked Muriel Whitman and her
committee for the lovely luncheon.
Mrs. Frassrand reported that the Board had
approved the lease for the new office to be located in
Seminole and that March 1, 1991 was the target date for
the Society to move into it. Regular office hours would
be set from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through
Friday. All the equipment belonging to the Society would
be moved into the central office with the exception of the
Reunion Coordinator since all correspondence was being
sent to his address and it was so stated in the December
Canal Record. It was recommended that in the future
Reunion activities be handled in the office and take the
work off the shoulders of the First Vice President.
Mrs. Frassrand stated that the By-Law proposals
were not intended to take anything away from any
present officer and they would appear in the December
Canal Record for balloting.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that all regularly
scheduled meetings at St. Bede's would be a covered dish
and would begin at 12 noon.
Mr. Van Siclen reported that all was going well with
the Reunion and reminded the membership to read the
yellow pages carefully before submitting reservations and
Mrs. Huldquist announced that the Cola of 5.4%
raise in annuities would appear in the January pay check
and suggested that the members write their legislators
and thank them. She reminded the membership that
December 10 was the last day to make changes to their
medical plans. (Report printed elsewhere in Canal
The Board members each wished the membership a
most happy holiday season!
Mr. Camby stated that he was in the need of more
callers for the telephone committee.
Mr. McClain stated that he needed more members
to run for offices in the Society.
Mrs. Frassrand presented tokens of appreciation to
Mr. and Mrs. Camby for handling the fabulous picnic
held in October.
Mrs. Frassrand presented tokens to Mr. and Mrs.
Whitman and their committee for arranging the lovely
Mrs. Frassrand reminded the members to complete
their Carnivalito and the Sarasota luncheon forms and
forward them to the Secretary.
Mrs. Foster, as a member of the By-Laws committee,
reminded the membership to vote on the proposed by-
law amendments in the December Canal Record and
thanked Mrs. Whitman for the beautiful luncheon.
Mr. Foster announced that he had cancelled the
European tour and replaced it with a very popular New
Year's cruise to bring in 1992.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that during her visit over
Thanksgiving to Panama, she had the privilege of
attending a mini-reunion which was most enjoyable.
The meeting adjourned at 1:55 p.m.
January 11, 1991
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Frassrand opened the meeting at 12:00 noon at
St. Bede's Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation and Mr.
Richard Beall read the list of those recently deceased.
Mr. Foster led the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Frassrand thanked Olga Disharoon and her
committee for setting up the covered dish luncheon and
thanked Mrs. Henri Skeie and Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen for
making the innovative place mats.
Mrs. Frassrand adjourned the meeting for the
covered dish luncheon. The meeting re-adjourned at 1:30
Mrs. Frassrand welcomed the 56 members and
recognized Past Presidents Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Vic
May, Gene Askew and Carl Starke.
Mrs. Foster read minutes of the previous meeting
and they stand as read. She read correspondence received
and replied. She read the financial report and it stands
Mrs. Frassrand stated that the lease for the Central
office had been signed and the transfer would be made
around the 1st of March. The address, telephone number
and date for an open house would appear in the March
Canal Record. The cost of $670.00 covers the monthly
rent, including utilities and janitorial services to cover the
approximately 884 square feet of office area.
Mrs. Frassrand stated that the Propeller Club in
Tampa had contacted her regarding their invitation to
members of the Society to join them in some of their
Mrs. Frassrand announced that the Board had
approved the presentation of the picture of the Admin.
Building like the one presented to the Roosevelt Medal
Holders to Mr. Joe Wood in appreciation of his work
with us in many instances.
Mrs. Frassrand asked that anyone interested in
volunteering their time for the 1991 Showhouse to benefit
the Florida Orchestra to please contact Anna Collins.
Mr. Van Siclen reported all is going well with the
Reunion but that Mrs. Carolyn Johnson still needs
volunteers for registration.
Mrs. Huldquist reported that all contracts had been
signed for the Golf Tournament and that the forms
would appear in the March issue of the Canal Record.
Mr. Harry Foster reported that vendor spaces were
filled and the committee would review requests for
Mr. Camby reported that Security would be tighter
for the dances and entrances would be monitored up to
Mr. Van Siclen reminded the members that arrival
dates given on the hotel registration forms would be
adhered to and members would be charged for their
designated arrival dates if they did not arrive on that
Mr. Beall reported that he had received a list of
names from the American Battle and Cemetery office
and would print the names in the March issue.
Mrs. Huldquist gave her legislative report. (See
elsewhere in this issue.)
Mr. Eugene Askew announced to the members about
an excellent book titled "In Time of Tyrant, 1968-1990"
and recommended they try to obtain a copy.
Mrs. Collins reported that the May luncheon would
be held at the Coach House since the Yacht Club would
be undergoing renovations.
Mrs. Frassrand called on Mr. McClain, chairman of
the Nominating Committee to present his slate of
officers. He presented the following slate of officers:
President Mr. Robert Van Siclen
1st Vice President Mr. Virgil Camby
2nd Vice President Mrs. Faith Brundage and Mr.
Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Barbara (Rios) Green
Record Editor Mr. Richard Beall
Member at Large Mr. Chris Skeie
Mrs. Frassrand asked if there were any nominations
for the floor. There were none for President, 1st Vice
President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer or
Mrs. Dorothy Herrington nominated Mr. Drake
Carlisle for Member at Large and submitted his letter of
acceptance to the Secretary.
Mrs. Frassrand reminded the membership to attend
the Carnivalito at Howard Johnson's in St. Petersburg
and the luncheon in Sarasota.
Mr. Pete Foster reminded the members to vote for
the Bylaws in the December issue of the Canal Record
and stated that the Bylaws committee recommended that
they vote favorably.
Mrs. Olga Disharoon and her committee awarded
door prizes to the members. The meeting adjourned at
Rudolph Louis Crespo
Frank K. Dupree
Billy George Gewin (Capt)
Carl J. Hardee
Fredrick Wilbur Jones
Edwin Albert Letendre
James J. O'Donnell
James Joseph Reid
Ytsel Marcela Schroeder
Karl R. Theile (Capt)
Herman Alfred Erhart, Jr.
Thomas Edward Hand, Jr.
Michael Horoda, Jr.
Robert E. O'Connor
Clarence C. Payne
Mercer Joyce Tyler (Capt)
Gerald H. Allen
Fred E. Brown
George B. Dany, Jr.
Frances T. Donner
Edward J. Donohue
William Drew (Capt)
Johnnie Edwards Fennell
John W. Frensley
William W. Good
Vanice Maxine Jones
Hubert John Jordan
Arthur Lyon Krummell
George A. McDonald (Capt)
Dorothy A. Meissner
William Brian Melody
Diane M. Morris
Robert Karl Munchbach
Joseph M. Pearl
Norman Howard Pedersen Jr.
James Joseph Roddy
Robert J. Saarinen
Eugene A. Steele
Leonard L. Urback
Murray C. Walker
Hubert B. Webster
James H. Wheeler III
Sanitation and Grounds
Canal Opns. Unit.
Canal Svcs. Division
Comm. Svcs. Division
Off. of Exec. Admin.
Navig. Svcs. Division
Off. of Eng. & Const Dir
Off. of Exec. Admin.
Motor Trans. Division
Canal Svcs. Division
Off. of Exec. Admin.
Log. Support Division
Log. Support Division
Off. of E & C Dir.
Gen. Svcs. Division
Off. of Finance Mgmt.
Off. of the Adm. Svcs.
Canal Svcs. Division
Navig, Svcs. Division
Canal Svcs. Division
Gen. Svcs. Division
Motor Trans. Division
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REUNION GUEST SPEAKER
GUILLERMO "BILLY" FORD
Second Vice President
Republic of Panama
Guillermo Alfredo Ford Boyd was born in Panama,
Republic of Panama on November 11, 1936. He and his
wife, Dora Diaz de Ford have five children. To his Canal
Zone friends, many of whom graduated with him from
Balboa High School in 1955, he is known as Billy, and
during the passing years he has kept in touch with those
classmates and friends, in spite of his many and varied
Serving presently as the Second Vice President of the
Republic of Panama, he is also the Minister of Planning
and Economic Policy; Chairman of the Board of
Directors of the following organizations: Institute of
Hydraulic Resources and Electrification (IRHE),
National Banking Commission, National Finance
Commission, Pre-Investment Fund, and National
Autonomous Cooperative Institute. In addition, he is a
Member of the Board of Directors of the Colon Free
Zone, National Port Authority, and National
Telecommunications Institute (INTEL). He is also
President of Seguros Ford, SA., and Chairman of the
Board of Directors of Aseguradora La Union, SA.
Despite his pressing obligations to these
organizations and to the rebuilding and reformation of
his beloved country, the Republic of Panama, Second
Vice President Guillermo "Billy" Ford has found time to
accept the invitation of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. to be the Guest Speaker at the Annual
Reunion Luncheon to be held June 22, 1990 in Orlando,
The Society looks forward to seeing and hearing Mr.
Ford who is playing such an important part in restoring
the Republic of Panama to its former being which we all
knew and loved.
1991 REUNION LOGO
We have adopted a very
i fitting 1991 Reunion logo.
This logo was drawn by
David B. Young, a teacher
in Balboa High School.
Dave is the son of James
/ and Mary (Sullivan) Young
of Camano Island,
^-i ., Washington.
Dave was born and raised
in the Canal Zone; attended
Canal Zone schools and
graduated from Balboa
High School in 1977, after
which he attended the
Panama Canal College, then
graduating from Western
with a BA. in Education,
majoring in Art.
Dave has been teaching art
S at DODDS Balboa High
School since 1985. He took
a year off for the 1987-1988
school year to study
Commercial Art and
Graphics at Western
Washington University. He is currently teaching Art and
Graphis at Balboa High School.
Members may recall the 1982 December cover of the
Canal Record, which Dave drew, depicting all the
common flora and fauna of the Canal Zone as we knew
it. We are looking forward to a new drawing by Dave for
the 1991 December cover.
Where Are You?
WHERE ARE YOU BHS CLASS OF '71?
Although we have compiled an impressive list of
addresses, we are still looking for over 300 classmates.
Due to space constraints we can't list all of the missing,
so we have a few in the hopes that everyone will look a
little harder for all those missing addresses.
Please send addresses to: Janie (Souder) Small. If
anyone wants a current name and address list please send
a SASE ($.45 big list) to Janie.
If you haven't received the letter with details on the
reunion please contact Pam Crowell. And don't forget:
SECOND TO NONE, NEVER OUTDONE, WE'RE
THE CLASS OF '71! The Reunion Committee Members
SUSAN CLEVELAND CARMEN CORCO
KERIE EVERS MARLENE FULLER
DEBBIE HELE GUADALUPE HERNDON
MARIE JORDAN MARTHA LANZA
LOUISE McGRATH THEO MOFFETT (TILLA)
SUSAN MUNSIL DIANA NEWTON
PAT POLETTI CLAIRE PYER
ALBA SALTERIO BEVERLY SIMMONSSON
ALBERT ALLEN KEN ANDERSON
MARCELO BERGQUIST KEN BRYAN
RALPH DUGAS RANDY EDWARDS
DEAN GIBSON BILL MARCOLA
BRIAN MALES THOMAS McFADDEN
BRUCE OLIVER BRUCE PURVIS
MARK SIMSON COURTNEY SPENCER
ARTURO TAPIA RANDY WALLACE
Yvette (Burgoon) Morgan, Chairman
9300 John Thomas Cove
Memphis, TN 38133
Katie (Olliver) Haas Janie (Souder) Small
912 Jackson Drive 544 20th Avenue North
Williamsburg, VA 23185 Indian Rocks Beach, FL 34635
(804) 253-1295 (813) 596-9110
28 Ocean Shore Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
2391 52nd Street N.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR ELECTION
OF OFFICERS, FOR 1991-1992
The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mr. Ralph McClain,
Chairman, Mr. Harry Foster, Mr. Larry Barca, Mrs. Dorothy Malone and Mrs. Henri Skeie, submitted the following Slate
of Officers for 1991-1992 at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting held January 11, 1991 at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St.
President Mr. Robert Van Siclen
1st Vice President Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
2nd Vice President Mrs. Faith Brundage
Mr. James Morris
Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Barbara (Rios) Green
Editor Mr. Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Member-at-Large Mr. Christian Skeie
Nominated from the floor was Mr. Drake Carlisle to Member-at-Large.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING
Detach Ballot from mailing envelope (inserted in this issue). Vote for one (1) candidate only for each office, with
the exception of the Secretary/Treasurer and Editor, placing an "X" in the block to the left of the candidate's name. One
write-in nomination for each office is permitted. Each active member (member or spouse) shall submit one ballot (only
one ballot per member household). Place ballot in envelope marked "BALLOT" placing your name and address in the
upper left-hand corner. Affix a stamp and mail for arrival on or before JUNE 11. 1991. DO NOT USE THE
APPLICATION ENVELOPE ADDRESSED TO THE SOCIETY FOR YOUR BALLOT. Ballot envelopes will be opened
at the Annual Business Meeting in Orlando. The Secretary/Treasurer opens the Application envelopes upon receipt, and
if your ballot is enclosed, it will be VOIDED.
DUE TO THE PASSING OF AMENDMENTS #15, #16, #17, and #18, AT THE
REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING OF FEBRUARY 2, 1991, THE OFFICES
AND NOMINEES OF THE SECRETARY/TREASURER AND EDITOR WILL BE
APPOINTED FOR THE 1991-1992 TERM AND DO NOT REQUIRE THE
MEMBERS VOTE. THEIR BALLOT WILL NOT BE COUNTED IF MARKED.
Slate of Officers for 1991-1992
Robert E. Van Siclen
I am presently serving the Society as 1st Vice President, and with this honor comes the
L ~ responsibility of coordinating the 1991 Reunion. Prior to my election as 1st Vice President,
i C I served as co-chairman of the 1990 Hospitality Committee and served on the Bylaws
Committee. I am one of seven children, born on the Canal Zone, attended local schools,
and with the help of some of the best teachers in any school system, graduated from BHS
in 1938. I practiced law in the Canal Zone until called to active duty in the Navy and was
assigned as OIC of the Navy Shore Patrol on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus. I am retired
i I' from the Mobil Corporation and for several years after retirement was retained by that
Corporation as a consultant. I am the father of 7 children, the grandfather of 6. My wife
Nancy, and I reside in Seminole, Florida. I am honored to be nominated for the office of
the President of the Society for 1991 and if elected I look forward to serving the Society.
Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
I am a third generation Zonian, born on the Atlantic side and raised on the Pacific side.
My grandfather retired as a mule operator at Gatun Locks and my father was a detective
in Balboa. My mother retired from the U.S. Army at Ft. Clayton. I graduated from Balboa
High School in 1962, spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, attended Los Angeles City
College and the University of South Carolina. I am President of Aquatech of Florida, Inc.I
am married to Shirley (Bonneau) a CHS gal, and have four sons. I was your first Member-
at-Large and am serving as your 2nd Vice President; I was Chairman of The Friends of
Panama, which because of you, we were very successful. I have served on several internal
committees with pleasure and pride. I am your nominee for 1st Vice President. If elected
I will happily serve the Panama Canal of Florida to my very best.
As a member of the Executive Board as Member-at-Large this past year, and having
served on committees appointed by the President, I would like to continue serving the
Society as Second Vice President this coming year as I am interested in assisting in the
progress of the Society. I have attended regular monthly meetings; have worked in the
Hospitality Suite for the past four years at our annual reunions; also the Refreshment
Committee; Registration at Reunions, and am willing to work wherever needed.
After leaving the Canal Zone, I settled in Masachusetts; was active in the Massachusetts
Association of Insurance Women; held office as the Director of my County, and was a
Board member for eight years while there. In St. Petersburg, I am active in the church;
the choir; am President of the Woman's Group; am a member of the Administrative
Board, and also on the Organ Task Force.
James "Smiley" Morris
I am a third generation Zonian, raised in Gamboa and Balboa and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1953. I served in the U.S. Navy through 1956 and graduated from Canal
Zone Junior College in 1958. I married the former Marie Cicero the same year and had
three children (two boys and one girl). During my career with the Canal, I worked with
the Schools, Postal, Electrical and Construction Divisions. The last twelve years of my
a I service was with the Marine Bureau, retiring in 1980 as Manager of Towboat Operations.
Marie and I have been living in Clearwater, Florida, for the past ten years and enjoying
every precious minute of life here. I became a licensed realtor in 1981 and have been
listing and selling real estate in Pinellas County since then.
Born in the Canal Zone, I attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High
School with the Class of 1963. Upon graduation from high school I attended Oklahoma
State Tech. for two years, after which I returned to the Canal Zone and began working
with a Plumber Contractor re-piping houses in Balboa. Subsequently I joined the U.S.
Navy and became a SeeBee and was assigned to Viet Nam. Upon my discharge from the
Navy, I moved to Florida and am now settled in Seminole. I have two sons, Chris III and
Jason. I have served on several committees, mostly in support of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, and am presently on the Carnavalito Committe, bringing Lucho back
to the Society.
J. Drake Carlisle is running for the position of member-at-Large for the Executive Board
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Drake attended Canal Zone schools and is a
class of 1977 graduate of Cristobal High School, is married to Colette (Foster) Carlisle
and has an eight year-old son, Wade. Drake is President and Partner of Wearmaster
International, Inc., a company specializing in a new technology which lays a protective
coating on industrial parts. Drake has served as Sergeant-at-Arms and Board member for
the Panama Canal Society during the 1989-1990 year. He also served as Chairman of the
Desktop Publishing Committee and the Facsimile/Modem Feasibility Committee for the
/ Society. His personal interests include golf, scuba diving and travel.
THE FOLLOWING OFFICES WILL BE APPOINTED BY THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
FOR THE 1991-1992 TERM
Barbara (Rios) Green
Barbara A. (Rios) was born in Colon, Republic of Panama. She graduated from St. Mary's
Academy in Colon in 1953. She then worked for Pfizer Corporation and Pan American
Airways in Colon, and for the U.S. Army School of the Americas in Fort Gulick. She
relocated to the Pacific side in 1968 with her then husband, Roger Rios, and three
children, Roger Jr., Terry (Castellano) and Randy. Most of Barbara's service with the
Panama Canal Company was with the Motor Transportation Division in Balboa. Following
her retirement in April 1982, she moved to Henderson, Kentucky, with her husband,
Walter Alves, whom she married in 1980. She subsequently moved to Clearwater, Florida
in 1989, where she resides with her son, Randy.
Richard (Pat) Beall
Born in Bandoeng, Java, Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), I have lived in Panama and the
Canal Zone for 48 1/2 years, including almost five years with the RCAF during World
War II. My homes prior to that were in Holland, England, Venezuela, Mexico and two
years in the United States in school. This is my tenth year as Editor of the Canal Record,
and I appreciate the confidence shown me by the members of the Society during that
time. If appointed by the Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, I will
continue to search for ways to improve the magazine and to find ways to keep rising costs
to a minimum. Previous to retirement in 1980, I was the Chief of the Outside Plant, U.S.
Army Communications Command at Corozal.
ABANDONED TOWNSITE NOW
ONLY HAUNTING MEMORY
Red Tank hasn't always been just a dump (or, as it is
now called, a sanitary landfill). It was once the name of
a town, a thriving community just south of Pedro Miguel,
across the road from what is now the Lakeview Golf
It would make a good story to say that the origins of
Red Tank are swathed in mystery, that the town
disappeared overnight from the face of the earth and that
walking along its deserted sidewalks and peering into the
teak forest that now shades its bare foundations you can
hear strange noises, see fleeting shadows and almost feel
the presence of its former inhabitants.
Yes, that would make a good story, but it wouldn't
be quite true. The origins of Red Tank are largely
unknown not because of any intrigue, but most likely
because of some obscurant recordkeeping practices
somewhere along the line. The town did disappear 38
years ago after the last of its inhabitants relocated to
other townsites, but it was all planned, nothing sinister.
'The Titanic" was the unofficial name given Red Tank's
massive 48-family dwelling, which was rebuilt from
buildings originally constructed in 1907 to serve as
Ancon Hospital wards.
And those noises and shadows? Just nature's little
creatures moving about in the forest and those oversized
teak leaves sparring in the sun and wind.
Red Tank was inhabited mostly by construction-era
West Indians and their descendants. A Panama Canal
Review article from December 4, 1953, just after the last
inhabitants were relocated, explains that the first
available published reference to the townsite came from
a 1904 railroad timetable showing a stop at "Pedro
Miguel Tank," and quotes an "oldtimer" explaining that
there used to be a large, red-painted water tank on the
hill behind the town, from which it undoubtedly took its
According to the article, Red Tank's 1916 census
showed 242 inhabitants. Most of, if not all, the men were
employed at Pedro Miguel Locks. More quarters were
built in 1917 by relocating ward buildings from Ancon
Hospital (now Gorgas Hospital) and joining them
together. The resulting huge structure housed 48 families
and became one of the town landmarks, affectionately
called "The Titanic." (A nearby smaller building, also
rebuilt from an Ancon Hospital ward, was called,
naturally, "The Iceberg.") In 1927, buildings brought from
Culebra and Camp Gaillard were rebuilt into 10- and 12-
family Red Tank quarters.
Besides a railroad stop, the community, in its heyday,
boasted all of the amenities -- a clubhouse, a commissary,
a school and even, briefly, a dispensary.
The town's population peaked during World War II
at more than 2,200; then Red Tank and its aging wooden
buildings fell casualty to the post-war drawdown.
Now the empty sidewalks and bare foundations are
populated only with memories, grown ever more fragile
with time, that, like leaves, rustle gently when disturbed.
The Panama Canal Commission
Office of Public Affairs
November 9, 1990
FRENCH EQUIPMENT FORMED
BACKBONE OF EARLY
By Joaquin Horna
On August 3, 1914, the Panama Railroad ship
SS Cristobal eased past the Cucaracha slide the only
remaining obstacle to the scheduled grand opening of the
Panama Canal. Sharing the narrow Culebra Cut were
dredges that had been working nearly a year to clear a
150-foot-wide channel through the massive landslide.
Cucaracha had broken loose on January 19, 1913,
depositing more than 4 million cubic yards of earth and
rock in the cut just at the time when it seemed as though
the Canal was nearly finished. Four months later, on May
31, the final concrete would be poured at Gatun, the last
locks to be completed. And on September 10, after all
the other dry excavation had ended in Culebra,
Cucaracha still blocked the way. It was at that time that
Chief Engineer George W. Goethals decided it would be
cheaper and more efficient to flood the channel and clear
it with dredges than to use the steam shovel and railroad
Water was let into the cut in October, and the
dredging fleet, which had dug the sea-level channels at
both Canal entrances, went to work. Day and night the
clanking and humming echoed in the air as dippers filled
the barges with spoil to be dumped in designated areas
of Gatun Lake.
By the time the Cristobal made its successful trial
passage almost a year later, 2,767,080 cubic yards of
material had been removed. And 12 days later, on August
15, 1914, the SS Ancon made its historic transit to open
Even after the Canal was completed, however, slides
still plagued the waterway and kept the dredging fleet
busy. Just two months after the opening, a slide blocked
the cut for six days. Additional slides in August and early
September 1915 once again blocked the Cabal for several
days. But the most dramatic was yet to occur.
On September 18 of that year, both of the banks at
Culebra collapsed simultaneously, closing the channel for
almost seven months.
The stars of the dredging fleet were the Paraiso and
Gamboa, two dipper dredges equipped with buckets that
had a capacity of 15 cubic yards. Procured in 1913 for
$258,500 each, these 136-foot-long Bucyrus dredges could
reach 50 feet below water surface.
Many of the dredges, barges, drillboats,
motor-boats and tugs used to build the
Panama Canal and later to clear
debris from the slides that plagued the
waterway right after it opened had served
the French in the 1880s.
The fleet also included two sea-going dredges, six
pipeline dredges, three dredges equipped with buckets
with a 5-cubic-yard capacity, one sea-going and five
French ladder dredges, a drill barge, a rock crusher, a
hydraulic grader, 50 dump barges and a number of other
barges to carry oil, coal, water and other materials.
Some of these vessels had been restored and
improved after having been abandoned nearly 20 years
before by the French. They performed at peak
productivity during construction and for many years after,
saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on the cost of
After the slide in 1914, Goethals, then governor of the
Canal Zone, saw the need for another large dipper
dredge, so the Cascadas, with a bucket capacity of 15
cubic yards was purchased in 1915 for $376,180. In
addition, three 1000-cubic-yard-capacity barges were
bought for $62,000 apiece.
Working around the clock to clear the debris from the
September 18, 1915 landslide, the Cascadas set a world
record for any kind of machine excavating hard material.
On February 18, 1916, it excavated and loaded scows with
23,305 cubic yards of rock and earth in a 24 hour period.
Thanks to thorough maintenance and ingenious
renovation, the Cascadas remained the principal piece of
machinery used to clear the Canal channel of obstacles
until the late 1970s, when it was assigned to serve as a
backup dredge to the more powerful, Japanese-built
Rialto M. Christensen, procured in 1977 for $6 million.
Long before that time, the landslide problem at the
Canal had been brought under relative control and the
Canal organization shifted its focus to landslide
prevention and maintenance dredging activities. But on
October 1986, when a major landslide dumped a half
million cubic yards of earth and rock into the cut at Gold
Hill, the Cascadas was once again called into action and
proved that old does not necessarily mean unreliable.
Working around the clock to keep the channel open, the
Cascadas contributed greatly to the Panama Canal
Commission's efforts to minimize the impact on Canal
The Panama Canal Spillway
December 7, 1990
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Sightseers take in the splendor of a 14-gate spill at
Gatun Spillway last week (October 28-November 3).
Despite a light drizzle, over 200 spectators turned out
to witness the event. The spill tested the readiness of
each of the 14 gates and served as a drill and training
exercise for flood control personnel. The entire
exercise lasted approximately two hours, and during
the 30 minutes when all the gates were fully opened,
182.000 cubic feet of water per second roared over the
apron. Gatun Lake was lowered by three inches.
Your Reporter Says ...
Winter has really come to Dothan. I thought it would
never come as our days had been quite unseasonably
warm. We are prepared.
Our Christmas dinner dance was a great success. We
had 65 in attendance. The buffet was delicious and the
music was good. In fact, I saw more couples dancing this
year than I did last year. The tables were decorated with
the Christmas motif. The table decorations were the door
prizes. The "loteria" was won by Betty Kelleher first
prize; Maggie Janssen 2nd prize and Joan Henderson -
3rd prize. Our thanks to Edna Kovel and her committee
for a job well done.
Maggie and John Janssen; Margaret and Jack Hern
and Catherine and Eddie Fili rode to the Christmas
dance in a beautiful limousine courtesy of Kirkpatrick
Limousine Service of Dothan. Our driver was Mickey
Harris, son of the late Jean and Gardner Harris. Mickey
works for the city of Dothan but moonlights as a driver
for the limousine service. He was attired in black tails
and I can truthfully say there is no better limo driver
than Mickey. He did a superb job and handsome, he was!
Some of our families went to Panama for the
holidays to see their children: Jack and Margaret Hern,
Mary Urey, Louise Hunt and Hugh Norris. They enjoyed
their visit very much but do say things are not the same
as when we lived there. Others who left Dothan to visit
with families during the holidays were: Maggie and
Johnny Janssen; Marge and Louis Palmer who went to
Florida; Marie and Jim McNamara who went to
Connecticut and CJ. Spiros and Marge who went to
Arkansas. Ida Dugan went to Illinois to visit with
daughter Lynnette and family.
Betty and Dave Kelleher went to Belgium to visit
with the Steven Tochtermans who are now residing there.
While there they visited other parts of Europe. They had
a fantastic time!
Mary (Mallia) and Earl Mullins had their daughter,
Kathleen, visiting for the holidays. Kathleen lives in
Our ladies, who meet the first Wednesday of the
month for lunch, took care of two needy families during
the holidays. When we go to the luncheons we put in
money in a "kitty" and this takes care of the families.
Mary Urey is the treasurer and Ida Dugas selects the
families. This year Lois Thomas, Rosemary Anderson,
George and Flossie Derrer distributed the food and gifts.
The ladies also do "Meals on Wheels" in September.
As Eddie and I walk the mall early in the morning,
we see so many of our Canal Zone friends like Elsie
Woodruff, Louise Hunt, Vera Ryan, Jim and Gert
Snyder, Gene Buonviri, Bob and Ann Lawyer, Kay
Daniels, Edna Kovel, Pat Finneman, Margaret Hern,
Mike and Muriel McGriff.
Jim Snyder is now the President of the Dothan
Chapter of NARFE and Doris Etchberger is the
Joe and Cheryl (Stout) Burgoon, Jr. with their
children, Jayme Brooke (2), Jacqui Bernice (1) and
Joe and Gloria (Brid) Burgoon, of Dothan, AL are
proud to show off the family of their son, Joe Jr., who
lives in Dothan and is in the pro golf business.
Stay healthy and God bless you all.
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
As of this writing, our country is several days into
Operation Desert Storm. We hope and pray that the time
you read this, the Persian Gulf War will be over and our
loved ones over there will be out of danger.
Larry Parks, son of Charlie and Anne (Trimble)
Parks, joined the Army in September, 1990, and is now
in Europe en route to Saudi Arabia. His brother,
Matthew Parks, is with the 8th Army in Germany, and
has recently been promoted to E6.
L-R: Jimmy, James, Kate and Chris Parks. Front
row: Shanie Parks, Grand Canyon, AZ., Summer 1990.
Anne tells us that their son, James, and his wife,
Chris, with their three children, visited Charlie and her
in Glendale, AZ, during the summer of 1990. Then in
November, their son, Paul, came up from Panama with
his son, Brett, for a two-week visit over Thanksgiving.
Brett was dying to see some real snow, so they took a
side trip to the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff, AZ, in
northern Arizona, while here. Anne and Charles spent
Christmas at a family reunion in Port St. Lucie, FL,
where their daughter, Lisa Boatwright, lives. Larry was
able to get leave to join the Christmas celebrations,
which also included James and family, Susan (Parks)
Casis and family, and son, Charles, with his wife, Dana,
who is expecting the Parks' 14th grandchild in March.
Paul Parks with son, Brett, Flagstaff, AZ. November
Dan and Miriam Hirschl, of Sun City West, AZ, are
excited about the arrival of their new grandchild, Audrey
Anne Hirschl (see Births). They also report that their
son, Dr. Ron Hirschl, already a Board Certified General
Surgeon, is in his last few months of residency at
Children' Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, and as of June 30,
1991, Ron (BHS'76) will be certified as a Pediatric
My classmate, Bob Blake (BHS'37), of Seattle, WA,
put me in touch with Bill and Peggy Ryan, now residents
of Tucson, AZ. Bill was stationed in Panama for several
years in the U.S. Foreign Service, but did not meet Bob
down there. They ran into each other in Afghanistan,
when Bill was stationed there and Bob was working in
Kabul for Pan American Airways, some years later. Bill
and Peggy are scheduled to play tennis late in January in
the Senior Olympics. Peggy mentioned that Nancy
(Kariger) Eide, now a resident of Bremerton, WA,
visited with her last November when passing through
Tucson. Nancy is a Cristobal High graduate, the daughter
of Lee Kariger, who now resides in Florida.
Another BHS'37 graduate, Rudy (Lionel) Stempel,
is now the Panamanian Ambassador to the Holy See (the
Vatican). He and his beautiful wife, Anita, have finally
found a lovely apartment in a fine neighborhood in
Rome, in time to settle in for Christmas. Previously, they
had taken a two-week summer vacation in and around
beautiful Taormina, Sicily, with some cousins of Anita's
from South America.
Beverly Fraim, daughter of Ted and Emma
Englebright of Tucson, has left her position with Pima
Savings and Loan Co., here, to go to work for American
Airlines. Before taking up her new duties, she is enjoying
a three-week visit from her sister, Marjorie Presson, of
Collinsville, IL. Both Beverly and Marjorie are Cristobal
The Spring 1991 luncheon-meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Arizona will be held in April, 1991,
probably on the second Saturday of the month. The exact
date and location have not been fixed at this writing; they
are to be decided at a meeting of the Society's Executive
Board around February 23, after which date the members
will be notified by mail. Remember, all former Isthmians
are warmly welcome.
Jane (Dickson) Cox
As I write this first report for the year 1991, I look
out my window and see that nothing remains of one of
the worst ice and snow storms to hit the Ozarks and
northwest Arkansas since we retired here some 15 years
ago. Of course, I realize that this area was not the only
place to be terrorized by the ice and snow.
Also, the problems in the Persian Gulf have come to
a head and take precedence over a lot of the every day
happenings in our lives. Our prayers and good wishes go
out to everyone in Operation Desert Storm.
Just a reminder to one and all. The annual summer
get-together of the PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS has been moved up one
week from Father's Day. June 16. 1991. It will be held
Sunday. June 9. 1991, at the usual place AGRI PARK -
in Fayetteville, AR. I am asking that all of the ex-Canal
Zone residents, employees, military personnel, etc.,
please note the change. Our reason for moving the date
up one week was to enable any of those desiring to
attend the Reunion in Orlando, FL later in June to be
able to do so.
The Shueys Ralph and Maria spent the holidays
in Huntsville, AL, with their son Ralph and his family.
They enjoyed a meeting of the Clock Club of North
Alabama during that time. Also, the Shueys started
looking for a house or apartment and finally decided on
a two-bedroom, two-bath condo with a closing date of
March 1st. They have set in motion the wheels to put
their house in Neosho, MO on the market. We sure hate
to see them go.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders report all is well with
them in Bentonville. They are in frequent contact by ham
radio and telephone with son Jack and granddaughters
Jennifer and Jacqueline in Santa Cruz, CA. Jennifer will
be returning soon to complete her second year at San
Diego State College. Jacqueline is a very active 15 year
old high school student. In late October Bruce and
Dorothy drove to Piano, TX, for a four day visit with
Sandy and Bruce III and, of course, with great-grandson
Ryan and his parents Kim and Curtis Sanders of
Allen, TX. The Texas Sanders' (all five of them) came to
Bentonville for Thanksgiving. Four generations of
Sanders were seated around the dinner table. If only Jack
and the girls could have been with us. Great-grandson
Ryan was the center of attraction on both occasions. In
December, Bruce III and Sandy braved icy roads and
snow to come and help Bruce and Dorothy celebrate
Christmas, their first Christmas together in twenty years.
Pete and Sue Warner have their two daughters either
coming or going. Phyllis Gartenlaub just left after a short
visit and daughter Pam is expected shortly. Son Robert is
Captain of a tug boat from Baton Rouge, LA to
Betty McGilberry reports nothing interesting during
the holidays, but says that Marilyn Annen, daughter
Marla, and son Marty were in the area for Christmas.
Daughter Marla accompanied her mother on the trip
back to Panama.
Harold and Jerry Harp went to Colorado two weeks
before Christmas to visit their three daughters and
families. Their daughters are Jackie Harp; Mary Harp,
and Laurie Moreland. They also visited with Jerry's sister
in Caldwell, UT, and with Jack and Gloria Montell in
Oregon. The Montells are retirees from the Atlantic side
of the Isthmus.
Peggy and Nobby Keller reported nothing of interest
and a great dislike for the ice and snow.
E. Lee Cotton was called up by the National Guard
because of Operation Desert Shield, but because of a
broken rib and pneumonia, is in the hospital at Fort Sill,
OK. He and wife, Kay, are booked on the Zonian
Amigos cruise for next New Years Eve. His daughter
Kristen just announced her engagement. Other daughter,
Casey Russell, is employed by the Benton County
Democrats and is also continuing her education. We all
wish Lee a speedy recovery. We also hope the situation
in the Persian Gulf is cleared up by then.
Etta Fay Terrell had daughter Andrea and son-in-
law Paul Oliver visit for ten days during the holidays. Son
Lance couldn't make it, but is to come later.
Harold and Rita Grammer journeyed to Scottsdale,
AZ, to visit daughter Jennifer over New Years. Jennifer
is employed by the Hyatt Hotel chain.
William (Red) and Alice Nail sold Christmas trees
during December and may have made some money on
the trees. They enjoyed the antics of the birds and the
squirrels on the ice covered snow in their yard.
Jessie Newhard had son, Brian Albright of
Columbia, SC, here for two weeks for Christmas and
New Years. Christmas was spent with brother William
Parks and family of Rogers, AR.
Jack and Joan Corliss enjoyed a week's respite at
Gulf Shores, AL. While there, they drove to Pensacola,
FL to see Louis Dedeaux. In Pensacola, they ran into
Ron Lavallee and his dad at the mall. They had Joan's
sister and husband, Joy and Bruce Lindell, for
Thanksgiving holidays. In March they plan on a
Caribbean cruise on Costa Line with Bill and Jeanine
Addie Colclasure had son David and his wife, Lou,
for about a ten-day visit during the holidays. Also,
grandson Freddie, University of Arkansas, and grandson
Danny in college in New York, are doing really well.
Daughter Marion went to Castle Rock, CO during
Christmas to visit with friends.
Evelyn Engelke spent Christmas in Los Banos, CA
with son Bill, wife Shirley, and Billy. While there, her
sister, Frances Elmendorf and son, Bob and wife Rene of
Hayward, CA, came to visit accompanied by daughter
Nikki. She also visited with Lillian and Bob Seiler in
Salinas, CA, and with Mary Ann Hawvichorst in Fresno,
John and Polly Michaelis stayed close to home
because John pinched a nerve in his hip while bringing in
wood to burn in the fireplace. They are planning a trip to
Panama after a stop-over in Houston, TX with son and
family; the trip is to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman motored down to
Wynne, AR to exchange Christmas gifts with Kathy and
Will Huffman and four little ones. While visiting in
Wynne, they were entertained by Kara Huffman, who
performed in the play "Nutcracker," a youth musical.
They also watched Cassie, Kara, Laura Beth, and Steven
William perform in the annual St. Francis School of
Religion Christmas Program. Grandpa Huffman popped
a couple of buttons watching his grandchildren perform.
They had a miserable trip home going over the Boston
Mountains on Rt. 71 from Alma to Fayetteville in heavy,
Mary Lou Engelke with daughter Kathleen Crowell
and her two daughters Alison and Laura travelled to
Roswell, GA, to spend Thanksgiving with daughter
Margaret and husband Charles Gallardo and family.
Daughter Susan Engelke was there also a happy
Thanksgiving for all. Granddaughter Erin Crowell Swift
and husband and two daughters visited Rogers over
Christmas. They all managed to survive the ice storm.
Betty and Bud Balcer have kept quite close to the
casa since their return from England, Wales and
Scotland. However, they did enjoy their Thanksgiving
dinner with Charlotte and Bill McCue. Then they
returned the favor by having Bill and Charlotte for
Christmas dinner with them. The snow and ice storm
made travelling very hazardous, so they took the advice
of the police and stayed put.
Just a reminder: Annual summer get-together will be
held on June 9, 1991 at Agri Park in Fayetteville, AR. Ya
Robert "Bud" Balcer
News from Fayetteville:
Frances Whitlock reports the birth of her thirty-
third great-grandchild, Shane Michael, born January 2,
1991, to Pauline W. and David Falkner of Brush Prairie,
WA. David's father is a former Panama Canal Pilot, and
Pauline's parents are Mary Lou Maher and Paul
In October, Bates Wieman was visited by her son
and daughter-in-law, "Bud" and Betty Huldquist, from
Dothan, AL, and in November by another son, Fred
Huldquist, from Seminole, FL.
On the Friday following Thanksgiving, Luke Palumbo
went with his daughter, Judy Palumbo-Gates and Bob
and Chris Gates to Chicago's Candlelight Dinner
Playhouse to see "Fiddler on the Roof." Playing the part
of Tevye was none other than Lee Pelty (formerly Isaac
Peltynovich of Panama.) Lee greeted them prior to the
opening of the play, and afterward, they had a wonderful
backstage reunion. In addition, they had the chance to
meet Pelty's son, Adam Pelty, who recently received his
BFA degree from the U.S. International University in
San Diego. He had just moved back to Chicago, and he
played the role of Fyedka opposite his father in the play.
A 1953 graduate of CHS, Lee Pelty's flair for
entertaining surfaced early in life. During his high school
years, he performed often at assembly programs and is
probably best remembered for his imitation of Al Jolson.
Lee Pelty and Luke C. Palumbo
Carl and Petie Maedl had as their Thanksgiving
weekend guests Pat and Kim Krough, of Deephaven,
MN, and Pam and Vince Gutowski, and Jennifer, Carl,
and Frank of Charleston, IL. In their Christmas mail, the
Maedls heard from former Zonians, Roscoe and
Kathleen Haining, now living in Alexandria, MN, that
they were very excited about going back to Panama in
February. It seems the United Methodist Church has
launched a program of building houses for some of the
people who lost their homes during Operation Just
Cause. 58 houses are to be built in the first effort. The
two-bedroom concrete block, 500 sq. ft. houses are to be
built in the vicinity of Arraijan. Each church conference
is asked to send a volunteer group of ten to build one
house in a week. When asked to be "leaders" of the
Minnesota team, the Hainings readily agreed. Volunteers
will be housed at the Pan American Institute. The
Hainings are hoping to stay on a few days after
construction is competed to visit some of their old haunts
and so that Kathleen Jr., who will accompany them, can
see where she spent the first seven years of her life. The
Hainings lived in the Canal Zone from 1946 to 1955.
Roscoe was principal of the Rainbow City High School.
The latter part of February, the Maedls are planning
a trip to New Mexico and Arizona. In Albuquerque, they
will visit Claudio and Margaret Iglesias, who will have
returned from a recent trip to Panama. Before settling in
the U.S., the Iglesias' were missionaries in the San Bias
Islands. For some years now Claudio has been the Latin
American Coordinator of Chief, Christian Hope Indian
Eskimo Fellowship. In this capacity, he, sometimes
accompanied by Margaret, travels several times a year to
Central and South America.
KNOTT'S BERRY FARM
December 2, 1990
Christmas was definitely in the air, in the gaily
decorated room, made festive with bright Christmas trees
(handmade by Laurie Shrader) adorning every table.
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro and Jack Taylor welcomed the
guests at the reception table by the door, while Bill
Quinn and Warren Wood sold the loteria and raffle
tickets. Members were especially generous with items to
be raffled so ticket sales were brisk.
The Invocation was given by Missy Will and after the
Pledge to the Flag, President Edith Wimmer opened the
Memories of Christmases on the Isthmus were
remembered by Joan (Ridge) deGrummond, David
Hollowell, and Conrad Horine. An excerpt from Sue
Core's Christmas on the Isthmus was presented by Jim
Will. Janet (Nesbitt) Lashinger read a poem entitled
Merry Christmas, Amigos complete with "Espanish accent."
David LeRoy Smith entertained us with "O Holy Night"
and Mary's Boy Child" and later led the group in the
singing of Christmas Carols. It was a lovely afternoon
(1) David Hollowell and (2) David Lane and friend
lead festivities. Dec. 2, 1990.
The Loterias were won by Bob Provost, Bill Finken
and Bill Quinn. Door prizes and raffle winners were:
George Muller, a Linda Geyer print; Joyce Levy, a
needlepoint wreath donated by Estella de la Pena; David
Lane, a box of Isthmus stationary made by Evelyn Wood;
Joan deGrummond and Helen Ress, ceramic angels;
Agnes Davis, a ceramic house; Elsa Gonzalez and Bob
Provost, two cases of beer; Hele Taylor and Elsa
Gonzalez, Sweat shirts; Catsy Schafer and Norma
Horine, two table Christmas trees.
The luncheon ended with everyone in the Christmas
Spirit, holding hands and singing "Auld Lang Syne." As
always, it was wonderful seeing old and new friends. Our
next meeting will be at the Knotts Berry Farm on March
31, 1991. Hope to see y'all then.
Bob and Millie Provost took a wonderful cruise on
the Nieuw Amsterdam to Alaska. The Provosts were
bunked in Cabin 007, and Bob was aka James Bond
aboard ship. Bob participated in the Shipboard. Talent
Show and won 1st prize for his rendition of "Beseme
Mucho" sung in Espanol.
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The Nortons, Joe and Ella, Del Mar, are on the
move again. They will be vacationing in Florida for five
weeks visiting friends. More info on their visit when they
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M?4W'Y'VEST COAST REUNI
(1) L-R: Charles Laatz, Leslie Laatz, Pat Hutchings, and Jill (McKaig) Hutchings. (2) Raffle winner Wil Robb
Morris receives Al Sprague print from Celine Stone at West Coast Dinner Dance. (3) Panama Fashions L-R:
Laurie (Zerr) Schrader, Virginia (Tam) Leon-Guerrero, Delia Henderson and Mary Acker Hammond.
Ron and Jolie Seeley were also on a seven-day cruise
aboard the Fair Princess, sailing from Los Angeles to the
Mexican Riviera stops in Puerta Vallerta, Mazatlan and
Cabo San Lucas. It was their first cruise and they loved
Dick Tatelman traveled to Panama to visit cousin
Jimmy Doyle and wife, Betty. Dick visited all the
"memory spots" of his younger days and quickly felt at
home in Panama, regardless of the many changes. Dick
and his sister, Muriel (Tatelman) O'Rourke also attended .
the West Coast Reunion in September. Muriel's new
address is 2256 W. Lindner #15, Mesa, AZ 85202.
Party table at West Coast Reunion. L-R: Chris Baker,
Frank Baker, Diane Pierce, Ken Pierce, Art Hassan,
Maria Hassan, Diane Goligoski, Rogelio Fong, and
Virginia (Kam) Fong.
Muriel (Tateleman) O'Rourke and her brother, Dick
Tatelman of San Diego.
Bob and Linda Morris also took a trip to Panama
and Costa Rica. They celebrated Thanksgiving with mom,
Margaret "Moe" Morris, 82, who lives with son Charlie
and his wife Julieta Morris in Panama. The Morrises
especially enjoyed the rain, the hard, wet rain of Panama,
after an especially dry year in Southern California.
Aileene (Smith) Hoyle is recovering nicely from her
second Carpal-tunnel surgery. Brother David Smith's
praise of her..."beautiful, loving and a constant cheerful
spirit" is touching. What a compliment.
Tom and Sarah Pierce were in Del Mar for
Christmas visiting son, Dr. Kenneth and Diane (Baker)
Pierce, and red-headed grandson Jake. Golf, more golf,
shopping, visits to Baja, Calaifornia, Encenada, Rosarita
Beach, kept them very busy as did trips to Del Mar
Beach to watch son Ken surf, wet suit and all, daily! Brrr!
West Coast Reunion, San Diego, CA. 1990. Tina
(Cartotto) Resa and Mike Young, fashion models.
Joe and Helen (Haseman) Ress joined in the
celebration of "The 12th Night" at Linda and Bob's Casa
Morris. Helen, Bob and Linda were c;assmates at the
Canal Zone College way back when... Also present was
helen's cousin, Dick Tatelman. Needless to say, all sorts
of stories were resurrected, including Helen's "Corozal
Update on the Nourse family: Veronica Nourse
(BHS'79) started her own medical supply company. She
lives in Cupertino. Susan (Nourse) Roscoe, (BHS'80)
married Tom Roscoe (BHS'79) and live in Patterson, CA.
Tom works for Lockheed as a Safety Engineer. They
have two daughters, Nicole, 7, and Carrie, 2. Ann Marie
Nourse (BHS'82) lives in San Jose and is attending
college and working as an executive secretary. Brother
Jim Nourse is a restaurant manager in Tampa, FL.
Father Kermit Nourse is working for FAA in Saudi
Ooops, I goofed! My apologies to the Quinn
brothers. Got them confused! Bill is our Californian and
Bob is the Alabamian. It was Bill Quinn who attended
his first Florida reunion in 1990.
Linda Reimann Morris
The Gang Goes Golden! A shared 50th birthday
brought five old friends together over an Indian summer
weekend on the coast of Maine (Santa Clara Norte). Sue
Taylor Pitney, Joan Lawler Harris, Doodle Brady
Mescall, Dona Jones Brophy, and Charlotte Herr
Murphy spent October 4-7 together at Dona's home in
Castine, ME, all outstanding members of BHS, Class of
1958. Remarkably, the first entry in Sue's diary from
September 29, 1954 read: "I made B League All-Stars
today! So did Charlotte Herr, Joan Lawler, Dona Jones,
and Doodle Brady..." that VERY SAME gang of five!
It was a loud, raucous, happy, fun-filled, back-to-the-
future experience, although Joannie was so-o-o bored,
until we happened to drive into the midst of about a
hundred leather-jacketed bikers on the road back to
Boston. Then she felt as though her fantasy of being "The
Wild One" once again had finally been realized. Our gang
always did waver between being "Rebels Without A
Cause" and B League All-Stars.
L-R: Doodle Brady Mescall, Dona Jones Brophy,
Joan Lawler Harris, Charlotte Herr-Murphy, Sue
We had old "Zonians," scrapbooks, "Parakeets,'
photos, the diary, and a 30 year old bottle of Seco to help
bring back the memories. We dined on arroz con polio,
papaya, plantain. Johnny Mazetti, avocado, and Maine
lobster. We played a little tennis, talked, took walks,
stuck our toes in Penobscot Bay, talked, played golf,
partied, laughed, and TALKED! We also phoned a lot of
the friends who couldn't get to Maine and whom we
really missed; and our moms, each of whom surely felt as
though they should have been at this reunion too, since
they had shared so much of our youth. Our husbands
were lauded for their part in making the birthday bash
possible, plus special thanks to John Brophy for leaving
his lovely home for our extended slumber party. (John,
we're very sorry the neighbors stuck that "For Sale" sign
in your front yard.)
Our reunion gave proof the adage that old friends
are the best, though none of you ex-Zonians need to be
reminded of that. "Back To The Future, Part 2" will take
place in Ensenada, Mexico, in 1991, a la playa "Santa
Clara" de Mexico!
Submitted by Sue Taylor Pitney
We are really having winter this year after a 1-o-n-g
Indian summer it was 18 below zero when we picked
up my daughter Barbara and family at the airport,
December 21. From Sarasota to the deep freeze was a
big shock to them, but otherwise we had a great
On the other hand, Coloradan Captain Fred and
Mary Jane (Ugart) Weade were in Panama and had a
fun-filled visit. Mary Jane did see Blanche (Adler)
Browne at a party at the Marriott, but because of
telephone problems, they didn't meet again. Others in
our group are at home and well, so far as I know. Such
a winter is always a shock to me, anyway. We plan to
have a dinner meeting at the Fort, which everyone
enjoyed once before. It is an authentic western food
mecca, housed in the reconstructed "Bent's Fort," an old
trading post in Arizona.
Going through papers from my mother's home, I
found a 1945 program she saved of the Third Anniversary
of the Pedro Miguel U.W.S.O. (United Women's Service
Organization, "volunteer workers in cooperation with
U.S.O.") This was held in the basement of the P.M.
Union Church, built by the town with screened meeting
room at ground level, with large kitchen, and church hall
above. Since barrage balloons and their men were
scattered through the town, gun batteries and searchlight
units on every hill-top nearby, a lot of lonely young men
were in need of a social center. Battery trucks would
drop them there on their free evenings. Mrs. Myrick had
a reading class, Barbara (Evans) Parker played piano
sometimes, and my mother's specialty was decorated
birthday cakes she took her decorating tube with her, in
case of cancellations or changes. One evening a boy
walked in the door, signed the registration book with his
birthday date (that very day) and my mother, in the
kitchen, erased the name of someone who couldn't be
there, writing the new name just before the cakes were
carried in. There was coffee and conversation every night
and a party each Saturday night with entertainment
arranged by one of the sergeants. The program that July
20, 1945 night, the third anniversary of the U.W.S.O.
Center, consisted of Sgt. Al Hill, Sgt. William Meese,
Mrs. Maxwell T. Smith, Mrs. Eva Dickson and Mr.
I spent Christmas, New Years and my birthday with
my daughter June and son-in-law Davis Stevenson from
Lawrenceville, GA. I had the pleasure of seeing my
granddaughter Lori Snow and her family and my
grandson Davis. I didn't see much sun but did enjoy the
several trips made, one to Birmingham, AL to see if I
could find the house I was born in but the city has
changed the map of Birmingham so it was a lost cause.
I got back to find a nice letter from Betty Smith
Sears from California telling about her sister Carolyn
Glassman and their trips on the wine train to various
Pat Beall, our Editor, finally went away to visit his
son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Laurie Beall, in
Calestoga, CA and mostly to see his new granddaughter
Jordan, born last February, for the first time. He said she
is a living doll. It was an all-too-hurried trip but he
relished every moment of it. Bob showed him his current
project in the Napa wine valley, erecting an enormous
winery on top of a hill for a company in Spain about
the size of the Administration Building!
Proud grandpa Pat Beall holding granddaughter
Jordan A. Beall, Calestoga, CA.
Betty Snow just returned recently from a month's
trip to Panama and she was favorably impressed with the
progress while there. She wrote the following about her
"What a homecoming for Bud and Bev Williams and
Betty Snow. Shortly after their arrival, the U.S./multi-
national attack on Iraq was on the evening news. Well,
they were very happy to get home after a wonderful
holiday trip to Panama.
"Their 30-day visit was most enjoyably spent visiting
Pat and Cheryl Williams and their children, Sean and
Katie, and their dog Chip.
"We found the 'Zonians' and the Panamanians were
celebrating 2 Christmases as everyone felt they wanted to
celebrate the Christmas they missed last year. There were
many parties and, I was told, an unusual amount of
visitors had gone down for the holidays. I was told all the
Commission transient quarters were filled. The Sullivan
family had a family reunion as Jim and Mary Young had
all their children together as well as Jim Sullivan and
family and sisters Margaret and Nancy with her spouse.
Many other families also had 'reunions.'
"Dry season weather was well established by late
December, so we were able to enjoy boating and fishing.
While fishing in Gatun Lake, Bev had better luck by
catching more and bigger peacock bass than Betty. Bud
caught a few large corvina and red snapper when he went
fishing at the last buoy in the area beyond Taboga Island.
Pat and Paul Williams always caught fish whenever and
wherever they fished.
"After all the horrible stories of holdups, robberies,
etc., etc., we found going into Panama City safe enough
if you avoided 'hot spots' and were always cautious and
on the alert to avoid problems. We did shopping and
went to several excellent restaurants. Businesses seemed
to be on the upswing as attested by one of my friends.
She opened a gift/card shop in mid-1990 and then a
second shop just before the holidays.
"Every time I go to Panama I see less and less
people I know but I still find that wonderful warmth,
caring and friendliness of the 'Canal Zone' ambience. It
was great seeing the yearly Christmas visitors Irene
Will, Mary Urey, Lou Hunt, Margaret and Jack Hearn -
and the 'younger generation' at that fabulous 3 house
block party given on New Years Eve in Cardenas by the
Robert Wills, the Matthews and I'm sorry I forget the
other next-door neighbor's name."
Vera Smith and Betty Smith lunchtime on the Wine
Train, Napa Valley, CA.
While I could say I hope that the new year of 1991
will be a good year for all, it hasn't started out too well,
but hopefully the War will soon be over and we will have
accomplished what all nations are fighting for.
At this point in time, it is hard to anticipate a happy
and joyous reunion in June. Last year we were all so
concerned with the situation in Panama not only were
we concerned with the safety of the general public in
Panama, but many of us had loved ones and/or friends
who could be in danger. Now we have the war in Saudi
Arabia and there are so many of our young people
involved and in harms way. Hopefully, by the time you
read this, the war will be over and our young people back
home with their loved ones.
The Snedeker family had a rather traumatic holiday
season. Leo and I flew to Houston, TX on November 5th
and he was operated on for a thoraco-abdominal aortic
aneurysm on November 8th. Our four children drove to
Houston and were with us for seven days. Leo came
through the surgery with flying colors but he will have a
long recuperative period.
Rob Thrift of Daytona Beach traveled south to
Panama for the holidays to visit his parents, Pat (Chase)
and Bob Thrift. Accompanying him was Ms. Chantal
Everett of Holly Hill, FL. The family particularly enjoyed
a bonfire at Coronado Beach where they toasted in the
New Year in the company of good friends.
Rob Thrift and Chantel Everett at Coronado Beach.
Ken and Dorothy (Cotton) Manthorne of Deltona
spent a busy and happy time during the Xmas Season.
Dottie's parents, Arthur and Dorothy (Wertz) Cotton
from San Diego spent a month in Florida. They also
visited Dorothy's cousin, Charlene (Wertz) Skinner and
husband Ralph in Winter Park. Ralph worked in the
Comptrollers Office in Balboa. They also visited
Dorothy's sister-in-law, Edna Wertz, in Ozona, FL which
is near Tarpon Springs. Another trip was to Ocala to visit
and recall happy times together with friends Elmer and
Vera (Wheelcock) Stevens. They had all attended church
together in Balboa Heights. Xmas dinner was held at
Ken and Dottie's home. Those attending were Dottie's
aunt and uncle, Gladys and Don Brayton of Deltona, and
Shirley and Don Bruce, formerly of Margarita and now
living in Titusville.
Bob and Bitsy (Gates) Anson spent a couple weeks
during the Xmas Holidays at a campground in Beverly
Beach, FL. They drove to Lake Helen to visit us during
this time and Leo and I drove up to see them after Xmas.
The weather couldn't have been lovelier. The Ansons are
seriously looking in the Central Florida area and a little
further south for a retirement mobile home park with
plans of moving sometime after March of 1991 when Bob
plans to retire. Leo and I would love to have them
choose the Lake Helen Villa as their new home.
I received a phone call from my brother David
(Lymie-boy) Sanders, telling me of the arrival of a new
grandchild Steven Eric Sanders, 9 lbs. 11 oz. and 23"
long. WOW! David and his wife Maxine have another
grandchild due the end of January and he told me the
expected baby is a girl. Guess I am old fashioned, but
knowing ahead of time the sex of an expected baby is like
peeking at your Xmas present before Xmas it takes
away the excitement and anticipation of opening your gift
on Xmas Day.
We are looking forward to attending a benefit show
to be held at the home of Lake Helen's Mayor in
February. Leroy Lewis played the Pipe Organ at the
Hilton Hotel in Panama City and he will present a two
hour program playing Mayor Smart's
beautiful Theatre Pipe Organ.
Amelia (Amy) and Dick Bell's two daughters were
married during 1990. Elizabeth (Beth) Amelia Bell
married John Thompson of Tallahassee, FL on June 23rd
at the hotel in Wekiva Springs, FL. They took a
honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas. John is a Retail
Manager and Beth works with the Florida Board of Bar
Martha Bell married John Paul Corrigan IV on
December 15th. The wedding was held poolside at the
Bell's home in Deltona. Dottie Manthorne and Gladys
Brayton helped with the wedding ceremony plans. John
Corrigan is the son of Jack and Martha (Ely) Corrigan,
formerly of Balboa. Martha and John are living in
Orlando John is a sales representative for a
construction company and a full time student earning his
Associate Degree. He later will transfer to the University
of Central Florida. Martha is an R.N. working at the
Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital and handles high risk
The Bell's son, Rick, has returned to sea as a U.S.
Coast Guard licensed Marine Engineer. He is also a 1st
Lt. in the Navy Reserve but since he is involved in crucial
military activities, he has not been called up by the
Just before finishing this article, I received a phone
call from my former classmate, Jack Reilly, telling me of
the sudden death of our dear friend, Hugh Hale. He and
Anne had spent the Xmas Holidays with their entire
family in Panama and according to Martha (Zent) Bull,
a good friend and neighbor of the Hales, Hugh had not
been ill and was enjoying his visit to the utmost. He was
visiting a friend in the Civil Affairs Office in Balboa when
he suffered a heart attack. I know all of our CHS class of
'45 will be so saddened, but equally happy for those of us
who attended our 45th class reunion (which he co-
chaired) last June that we had the opportunity of sharing
that special time with Hugh and Anne. He worked so
hard for all of us and he will be sorely missed.
And the saga continues. This is Dennis Talavera,
your Pensacola reporter, with the latest news from the
With the holidays come and gone, I was very happy
to hear and to receive so many Christmas cards from our
Society's members. We also received many invitations to
so many open houses. We apologize for not having been
able to attend but a few all because of my busy schedule
with the hotel. Monica and I managed to make it to
Byrle and Gaddis Wall's open house here in Pensacola.
We appreciated the opportunity to celebrate part of the
holidays with the Walls and some of their friends. Among
the various guests we ran into were: Bea and Clyde
Sears, Norma Martin, and Cherry York from the Gulf
Breeze area. I also ran into Bea Sears at the Pensacola
Hilton where she introduced me to Mildred Hearne who
used to report the news here in Pensacola before I took
over from her.
Cherry York extended us an invitation to her lovely
home in Gulf Breeze in celebration of her mother's
birthday, Norma Martin. It was a joyful reunion in
company of so many friends. Among them were Gaddis
and Byrle. We were also introduced to a new member to
the Society, Janet Slaughter, who is Cherry's sister and
also resides here in the Pensacola area.
From the Milton area, we received invitations from
the Dedeaux' and the Gillespies but unfortunately we
were not able to attend. We apologize. We were also
invited to Dio and Michael Stone's open house on
Christmas Day where we sang carols ever so joyfully.
In closing, if you know of a member of this Society
who is or has been in the Middle East since the time
from Desert Shield to Desert Storm, please advise me of
the fact. We all pray that our soldiers will be safely at
home soon. Our prayers are with you all. Till the next
time, good day.
Dennis A. Talavera
It was an attractive sight at Lake Charles at our
homes during December to New Years Day. There were
hundreds of colored lights displayed on trees and shrubs;
also floats over the lake with Xmas trees and decorations.
Many buses and cars enjoyed the sights.
We are indeed fortunate to have our families on
Christmas Day John and Louise, the youngest 2 week
old Asa Ann born to Ann and Steve Martinec,
grandparents Louise and Paul Barkley and great-
grandparents George and Gertrude Allgaier the joy of
adding 2 more folks, who otherwise would have been
alone on that blessed day.
The holiday season has many of our members
coming and going to enjoy festivities with family and
Allen and Kay Miller enjoyed the Christmas holiday
with their two daughters and families; namely, Dale and
Martha (Miller) Scheiwe and daughter, Melinda Kay, of
Monument, CO. During their Florida visit they had a
snorkeling trip to the Florida Keys, while Allen and Kay
had fun grandparenting their two grandss," Michael and
Melinda. A Christmas dinner was enjoyed so all the
relatives in the area could meet again for an informal
reunion. Families are great!
Virginia and George Black recently returned from a
3 week vacation to Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, and
Morocco. The tour which began in Madrid included
Segovia, Salamanca, Lisbon, Seville, Tangiers, the Rock
of Gibraltar and Costa del Sol. One of the highlights of
the tour was the return trip from Barcelona to Florida on
board the Love Boat of T.V. fame. Of special interest
were visits to the Valley of the Fallen, which huge
memorial commemorates the victims of the Spanish Civil
War and is located a short distance from Madrid. It
features a 492 ft. high cross. They also visited the Basilica
of our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, the Alcazar Palace
and the tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville. They
enjoyed a ferry trip through the Straits of Gibraltar to
Tangiers, including sightseeing in and around the Casbah
and a dinner show featuring belly dancers. They also
toured St. Michael's Cave at the Rock of Gibraltar and
saw the popular Barbary apes. The fact that Virginia is
from Costa Rica and speaks fluent Spanish held them in
good stead during their travels.
Al Pate and wife Dottie flew to California to visit
their daughter in December.
Reuben Seidman flew to Philadelphia, PA to visit
his brothers in January.
Kay and Allen Miller's grandchildren, Michael Allen
Hoskins and Melinda Kay Scheiwe.
Rt. Rev. John Smith and his wife, Virginia, of
Charleston, WV spent Christmas week with his parents,
Rob and Elsie (Neely) Smith and other relatives. Their
daughter, Kirsten Smith, arrived earlier for an extended
visit and is the house guest of her cousin, Robbin (Smith)
and her husband, Ron Larson and family in Bradenton.
Myrtle Hughes recently returned from a Christmas
visit with her son, Tom Hughes, and family in Deer Park,
Jay Cain had her annual Christmas trip to Miami to
visit with her nephew, Michael Cain and family. Also to
see her sister-in-law, Nadine Cain, of Houston, TX, who
also came to spend the holiday with her son, Michael and
family. While there they were dinner guests of Edith
Spencer, also a former Zonian.
Fran Orvis spent Christmas in Punta Gorda with her
grandson, Carl Orvis, his wife Christine and son Ryan.
Later in the day the group drove to Naples to visit Fran's
other grandson, Bobby and Molly Orvis.
Marian (Neely) Greene and her sister Elsie (Neely)
Smith were co-chairpersons, and Mary Orr was Mistress
of Ceremonies, for the no-host Canal Zone Group
luncheon held early in December at Brenton Reef
Restaurant in Sarasota. Over 55 guests attended including
Zonians from the St. Pete, Clearwater and Sarasota
areas. Everyone enjoyed greeting friends, singing
Christmas carols to the accordion accompaniment by
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr and the arrival of Santa Claus.
Continuing a tradition they started 43 years ago in
the Canal Zone, Mike and Marion Greene entertained
with their annual Christmas Tree Trim Party at their
home. Their guest list included several Zonians when
living and working in the C.Z. in the 1940's.
At the end of the Christmas holidays, Blanche
Hartman had her "Untrim My Tree" dinner party,
starting a new tradition. More than 20 guests attended
and all joined in "Undoing" the tree. Blanche's niece,
Stella DeMarr played a variety of musical selections to
which many sang and danced for a fun-time evening.
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker had several house
guests which they always enjoy. Her sister, Zonella
(Bliss) Field of San Fernando, CA spent several weeks
there and returned home after the Thanksgiving holidays.
She also visited with other family members and friends.
Her brother and his wife, Curtis and Emily Bliss of
Rockledge, FL joined in many of the family activities.
The Walkers also had the family Christmas and included
several other guests from out-of-town.
Rev. Mainert and Mrs. Virginia Peterson, of
Louisville, KY, were the house guests of Robert and Elsie
(Neely) Smith during the Thanksgiving holiday. They
joined with other family members at the dinner party at
the home of Mike and Marion (Neely) Greene.
Rev. Peterson, former Dean of St. Lukes Cathedral
in Ancon, C.Z., and his wife also visited with Mrs. Annie
(Torbert) Wainio, widow of the late John Wainio, in
Miami and with other C.Z. friends in the area.
Kay Nelson spent a week in Green Bay, WI, with her
father, Adolph Duescher, who celebrated his 98th
birthday on November 7, 1990, with a dinner party
arranged by her twin brothers, Lynden and Leonard
Duescher, for over 30 relatives and friends.
Kay later flew to Hawaii to spend Christmas with her
son and his wife, Lieutenant Jeffrey P. Nelson, USA, and
Mary Anne Nelson.
Maj. Randall N. Everson, USA, Ret., son of Bernard
"Emo" and Phyllis "Fi" (Buechele) Everson of Sarasota,
has been called up for duty in Saudi Arabia as part of
Operation Desert Shield. He left with other reserve
officers in October, 1990, from Chicago, IL where he is
an Engineer with Union Oil Company. His wife, Beverly,
and their children Kate and Justine have remained in the
family home in Hoffman Estates, IL.
Friends may write him at: Maj. Randall N. Everson,
264-92-8055, HQ ARCENT (416) F.W.D.; New York,
Four Generations of Mclntire. Ken and Cheryl
Burkemper, Leo Mclntire, Blanche (Mclntire)
Hartman, Vicki and Jim Healy he's holding daughter
Elizabeth. Front row: Eric Burkemper, Leo's
daughter, Tari, and Jessica Burkemper.
Blanche (Mclntire) Hartman had a family reunion
to share Thanksgiving holidays at her home in Glen
Oaks, Sarasota. Her son, Leo McIntire and youngest
daughter, Tari, were there, as well as his other daughters
and their families. They are Vicki and James Healy and
daughter Elizabeth of Tulsa, OK; and Kenneth and
Cheryl Burkemper with Jessica and Eric of Bethany, OK.
Four generations were all together to share this special
occasion. It was a full and happy household with lots of
Gladys B. Humphrey spent Christmas with her son,
Donald Humphrey and daughters in Palm. He later flew
down to Panama for a three week visit with Jimmy
Palumbo and enjoyed the past season activities. He had
made a quick trip down there during Easter time but it
was all too short. It was the first time in 27 years since he
head been "back home." He reported on the various post
season activities and brought back lots of pictures. It was
a very nostalgic trip and he is ready to go back any time.
While there he visited his cousin, Fred Walker, Gil
Smith, his wife, Susie Pincus and her mother, Alice
Pincus. The Pincus' were our neighbors in Old Cristobal.
He also saw Doug Phillips who had been his house guest
in Palm Bay in November and had come to visit his sister
and her husband, Jon and Sue (Phillips) Fisher, who
were in the process of moving from Vero Beach to the
Palm Bay are.
As we count our blessings
Let us hope and pray for peace
And that soon all will be fine
For everyone in 1991.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Our holiday season was nice with, not one, but two
parties hosted by Mark and Patty Kerr and their son,
John, who live in Ft. Lauderdale. Mark and Patty had
Panamanian jumbo shrimp, Tom and Mary Frensley
brought ceviche and Jim and Kelly Parthenais made
empanadas. Other people who came for the feast
included: Mary Anne Kerr, Tom and Kim Vazquez, Roy
and Stacy Vazquez, among others. For Thanksgiving, Bud
and Nel Green with Bertha and Andrea came down to
visit with Gene and Diana (Newlon) Rendon. John Wruck
was also in town from Gainesville. Over Christmas, Jim
and Karen (Newlon) Mullins came from Tallahassee to
visit. During their stay, Karen visited with Patty (Dertine)
Jones who is married with three children and lives in the
Miami area. Karen and Patty had not seen each other in
over 15 years! Scott Gilman was in town for a convention
on Miami Beach. Also passing through town was the
infamous Diana (Duncan) de Greef. She introduced me
to one of the detectives on the Miami Beach Police
Force, hoping to keep me and the rest of the Zonies out
of trouble! Mike Trout and Steve are almost on their way
to Costa Rica. He is selling the condo in Boca Raton and
have met with the Costa Rican representatives to set up
a business down there.
Kenny Gaul's tailgate party for the First Annual
Blockbuster Bowl was quite a success. On hand to
chaperone the event was Ken's father, Gene Gaul,
visiting from Pennsylvania. Joining them to watch the
Florida State Seminoles triumph over the Penn State
Nittany Lions were Dave, Beth and Megan Gaul on a
holiday visit from Jacksonville, Fred Watkins co-
hosted but forgot to bring the Port-a-Pottie for the
Mazda (thinly disguised as an RV) thanks a lot Fred!
The rest of the festive group included Jim and Kelly
Parthenais, Sean Lauck and Keith Mead here from
Tally with a few friends. Honorable mention must go to
Lee Gaul who put up with this rowdy crowd before
and after. What a party...what a game! Go 'Noles!
Lots of folks here are moving. Roy and Stacy
Vazquez, with son Ryon, are moving to 3140 S.W. 20th
St., Miami, FL 33145. The Parthenais' are staying in the
Grove but changed houses: 3036 Center St., 33131. Tim
Calvitt moved to a house in Hollywood, FL where his
dog, Cuna, has her own yard. Tim keeps his neighbors
supplied with dog treats in an effort to keep Cuna quiet
while he is at work. For the people who live in this area,
please give me a call or drop me a line so that I may
pass on your news.
Janice Cookie Newlon
During Christmas, Sheila Rose, Jorge Bloise and
Abby Emerick, all of Tampa, FL, went to Panama to
spend the holidays. Sheila stayed with her sister Eilleen
(Rose) Thomas and husband Hugh. Sheila had a
wonderful time; she really enjoyed the New Year's Party
at Cardenas. Jorge visited with his father Alejandro
Bloise, who is now retired and living at his beach house
in Gorgona. Abby visited with her father and brothers
Scott and Tom Emerick.
Lynn Dunning hitting the slopes in Winter Park, CO.
Lynn Dunning, also of Tampa, FL, spent Christmas
with her family, Bill and Betty Dunning, in North
Carolina. From their, Lynn went on to Winter Park, CO,
to visit with her Aunt Carol and Roger Schwenke and
enjoyed a white Christmas while doing a lot skiing.
Kelly Morris, of Clearwater, FL, recently had a get-
together at her home to celebrate her fiancee Joel
Fenton's birthday. The party was attended by a few
Zonians, Maritza Reyes, Keri Colvin, Susan Thompson,
Cori Morris and her daughters Jamie and Ashley (I
didn't forget you Cori!), Chris and Valerie Holt, and
Richard Holt. It was a great party and a good time was
had by all.
Alison Garber was down from Tallahassee, FL for
the weekend to attend a World Country Concert held at
the Suncoast Dome in St. Petersburg. Alison and her
friend Alicia had a great time and were able to get some
photographs from the group Alabama. I (Maritza) had
the opportunity to have breakfast with them before they
headed back home.
We're sorry to report the passing away of Elva Ruth
(Johnson) Dunning on January 20, 1991. Formerly of the
Canal Zone, she was the widow of William Dunning, Sr.,
who died in 1981. She had been visiting with her son Bill
Dunning and daughter Pat (Dunning) Hunt's families in
Eddie Stroop of Tampa, FL will be going into the
studios to record a cassette of songs, one of which is
entitled, "The Zonian." Tapes will hopefully be available
at the Reunion in June, and proceeds will benefit cystic
We want to say thanks to all the men and women
serving over in Saudi Arabia; we know there's a lot of
Zonians there. Our prayers are with you; hope you are
home in time for the Reunion in June!
Congratulations to Michele (Owen) and Steve Pepe
of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They had a baby girl, Alexandria
Nicole, on January 16, 1991.
Visiting the Lester Smith family over the holiday
season was Andrea's parents, Francis and Hoyt Byrd of
Clearwater, FL. The Byrds first came up for
Thanksgiving, and while here, they all took a trip to
North Carolina through the Blue Ridge Mountains to see
the lovely Fall colors. On the way back to Atlanta, they
stopped off to see the Biltmore Estate, which Andrea
said was well worth the trip. Lester and Andrea have also
been helping Pat and Pennye McCarragher open up a
seafood restaurant in Griffin, GA called Captain Billy's
Fish House. The McCarraghers opened their restaurant
in mid-December, and report that business is booming.
Congratulations to them! Also visiting Georgia for the
holiday season was my mother Sara Rowley from
Clearwater, FL, Davis' mother Muffle Stevenson from
Winter Haven, FL, and my nephew Kenneth Gerhart
from Arlington, VA.
Cleve Soper called to tell us that his daughter,
Karen, graduated December 15th from Georgia State
University with a degree in Hospitality Administration, so
she is now ready to go to work and support her family in
the style in which they would like to be accustomed. She
will be transferring in her present job with the Hilton
Hotel to Tampa, FL sometime in January, 1991.
Graduation photo of Karen Soper standing between
parents Cleve and Odie. December 15, 1990. Karen
graduated from Georgia State University.
This reporter also heard from Mrs. Peggy (Wilkes)
Burch who lives in Decatur. She mentioned that her third
son, David, was going to be ordained in the Baptist
Church in Hoston, GA on December 30. Sara and Joe
Fink are also living in Cornelia, GA and are in business
selling their mola and sea shell products in a store in
Norcross. Joe had a serious heart attack over the Labor
Day weekend and was hospitalized for approximately two
weeks, but is now back on his feet and fit as a fiddle.
Al Graham called from Macon to say "hi" and was
glad to hear there was a reporter at last in Georgia. He
says Macon is a "great place to live." Bruce Hearn also
called to say that his youngest daughter, Sharon, will be
getting married on January 19th to Mr. Timothy Heard
in Cummings, GA. Which reminds me, all former
"zonies" are welcome to call me to provide all their news.
We want our Georgia column to be a success, but need
June A. Stevenson
Bill Brophy has nothing interesting to report just
now, but his good news, implied in my last report, is that
he has been appointed Consul General of the Republic
of Panama to Hawaii. Saludon to him!
Lois and Mel Sayoc in Honolulu
Recently I met Mel Sayoc's wife Lois, from San
Francisco, during her last trip to Hawaii at the Elks
Club. Kay Yule spent Yuletime week in Waikiki, this time
without her good friend Helen Louise Dudak. We talked
often, though we didn't get together.
Despite the grievous action in the Persian Gulf,
Hawaii televised back to the Mainland the Hula Bowl
game and the Hawaiian Open, showing the chilly
Mainlanders some of the comfortable weather, brilliant
skies and verdant beauty of this precious, pelagic place.
The Elks Club will hold a Super-Bowl party, preceded by
outrigger canoe races featuring drawings among volunteer
rowers. (Hope I make it.)
The formalities, entertainment and feasts which
comprise the official opening of the Hawaii State
Legislature in January were cancelled owing to the war
situation. The first-class show at the Capitol normally is
hugely attended and widely televised.
Upon my deadline day for this report, Margaret
(Sullivan) McMillan returned to her home in Hawaii
from a visit to Panama with a good report on her visits
to the Interior to El Valle, Coronado Beach, to a fish
fry in Gamboa, about shopping in Panama City and of
her surprise at how many shops and other buildings had
been rebuilt (but not the roads!); and of how very much
she enjoyed the entire visit, including the Yacht Club in
Balboa, the Tarpon Club in Gatun (except for the
sandflies!). She was well entertained by Maureen
(Husum) and Dillon Lynch (Mary Foley's niece), and
says the Lynches have a six-month old boy...Some others
visiting Panama then included Margaret's sister Mary and
her husband Jim Young, Bricky Coleman Pattison, Lou
Rathgeber Hunt, and Irene Will. (Wish I could go....)
Lois DeLaMater Bates
In September last year, Claud and Ruth (Wood)
Lyon visited Bob and Eola Hamblen in Largo, FL. At
that time both Bob and Eola were not in the best of
health. Since that time both have been in the hospital but
are now back home. Bob had a multiple bi-pass
operation on his leg to improve the blood circulation.
Eola had a series of tests run in the hospital and it was
discovered that she had a bleeding ulcer.
In November Ruth had two eye operations to remove
cataracts and implant lens. Her first operation was on
November 1st and her second operation was on
November 29th. Both operations were successful and
Ruth's eyesight is now 20/20 for distance. She will still
need to wear glasses for reading.
In November, John and Shirley (Crews) Finlason of
Sun City, CA visited their son Frank and his wife and
daughter in Panama. Ruth and Claud were invited to go
with them but prior plans did not allow them to accept.
As per their usual custom, Ruth and Claud invited
family and friends to their house to help celebrate
Thanksgiving Day. Twenty-four were gathered together
for lunch and dinner.
Besides the celebration of Christmas in December,
there were other celebrations for Ruth and Claud. There
was Claud's birthday, and then on Christmas day there
was also a birthday celebration for the youngest great-
grandson, who on that day, was one year old. A few days
later there was another birthday celebration for the
Frosty and Kitty (Pabon) Robinson of Franklin, IN
report that they vacationed in Florida from December
25th to January 9th. First they visited their daughter in
Fort Myers. They then went to Port Charlotte for a visit
with Kitty's brotherJerry Pabon and his family, and also
with Kitty's sister Doris (Pabon) Perkins and her family.
Some of Kitty's cousins recently moved to Port Charlotte
and they were visited also. A good time was had by all.
Jackie (Whitlock) Werbrouck from Mishawaka, IN
reports that her Christmas celebration included a family
reunion. Jackie's oldest daughter Cassie (Stringer) Reese
with husband John and son and daughter Johnnie and
Vanessa (all of whom recently moved to the Mishawaka
area), along with Jackie and her husband Marcel, all
drove to Galien, MI and spent Christmas with another
of Jackie's daughters Beth (Stringer) Dokey. Here again,
a good time was had by all.
Claud E. Lyon
This reporter sincerely thanks all her correspondents
who sent Christmas cards, personal notes and annual
Rolf and Joan Powell Arndt, Perrysburg, OH,
enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family and friends.
Diana has settled into her new home. Rolf and Crystal
have moved to Naperville, IL with the first Arndt
grandchild, David Jeffrey. Jim, an Adolescent
Psychologist, and Martha, a nurse, were married in June
and have moved to Delafield, WI. Joan's sister Celeste
flew in from Los Angeles to spend the holidays with the
Folks were wondering what happened to the Balboa
Union Church calendars this Christmas. We hope to
clear up this mystery in the next issue. If your order still
has not been received, you may contact Marjorie Gerhart
at PSC Box 2204, APO Miami 34002.
The highlight of last year for Capt. Dean and Mrs.
Lucienne Bruch, River Ridge, was attending Dean's 45th
class reunion at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy,
Kings Point, NY, in October. Dorothy and Wilbur
Vantine, and Sophie and Leo Critides were there from
Panama. Dean was honored with an Outstanding
Professional Achievement Award as a well-known
nationwide marine consultant. His piloting career
included the Panama Canal from 1959-1968 and also 10
years on the Mississippi River.
L-R: Judi Hand, Dildra Square, Lois Cahn, and Vera
McDonald in New Orleans.
Lois Steiner Cahn retired November 30 from the
State Department's Passport Agency in New Orleans
after 35 years of service. She stays busy with volunteer
duties for the NA.R.F.E. and the Friends of the
Aquarium. Lois also enjoys writing stories for children
and lunching with friends.
Joan Gibson Conover, San Diego, enjoyed the
holidays with son Keith who came in from Halifax for
three weeks, and daughter Lori. Last summer Joan and
Lori flew down to Puerto Vallarta for a little R&R,
swimming, shopping, horseback riding and practicing
Hal and Myrna Boynton Ericksen of San Jose, CA,
spent a few weeks in Spain before daughter Heather's
June wedding. Heather is an engineer for Varian and
recently developed improvements to night-vision goggles,
not only cutting production costs, but possibly saving lives
as well. Hal had been working for General Electric in
Taiwan, but did get home for Christmas.
Sally Ackerman Estes and Gini Dwyer spent three
marvelous summer weeks in Europe. They took a cog
train out of Interlocken into the Alps, went hiking and
got lost below the glacier as a storm approached. Aries
was their favorite in France. Sally wants to go back to
Barcelona, although she was robbed there shortly after
arrival. The major loss was several rolls of undeveloped
film of Switzerland and France. On they went, from
Cordoba, driving to Seville through the Pyrenees. Of the
Alhambra, words cannot do it justice, said Sally.
Shirley Beckham Gillis, Gatlinburg, TN, broke her
arm and suffered nerve damage several months ago. She
has spent some time recuperating at her mother's in
Tarpon Springs, FL and is looking forward to her first
society reunion with friends in 1992.
Kathleen and John R. Gough Sr., Marrero, hosted a
traditional Christmas dinner attended by their son John
II (BHS'63) of Tampa and their grandson John R. Gough
III (CHS) of Fort Polk along with his wife Bridgitte and
son Justin. Also attending were John Sr.'s sister Martha
Gough Nelson of Madison, WI, sister Helen Breaux of
New Orleans, and Mrs. Isabel Breaux, Kathleen's sister
from Westwego. Son Bill Gough III (BHS'67) could not
come as he and his wife Jo Ann were in Chicago with
Bill's uncle, Larry Gough, Sr.
L-R: Bill Gough III (BHS'67);
Nelson; and his wife, Jo
Marrero, LA., Christmas 1990
his aunt, Martha Gough
Ann Lowe Gough, in
Gene Gregg in Slaughter writes that he and Marian
have had a few passers-through. Betty and Fritz Frey of
Tucson and Norma O'Hare of Barefoot Bay, FL, dropped
in. Young Gene is back from a visit to Panama. Laura
and Ann-Marie were up from Panama for a brief visit.
Marian and Gene enjoyed a week's cruise aboard the
"Mississippi Queen" recently. At deadline they had just
returned from seeing their new grandbaby, Sarah
Elizabeth Weien, daughter of Robert and Gail Gregg
Weien. On the way home they stopped to see Dolly and
Tunney Housley in Milton, FL. Gene then planned to
leave for Brazil with daughters Nancy Gregg, Lynn Gregg
Brown and her husband Clayton, and Clayton's parents
for a week's cruise on the Amazon River.
Dona Helmerichs, Slidell, has generously donated
three old pairs of prescription eyeglasses to an on-going
project sponsored by the Christian Medical Society. The
glasses are collected, graded and redistributed by medical
teams on annual trips to Third World Countries. If
anyone else has any old glasses, regardless of condition,
thank you in advance for sending them along to this
reporter for forwarding.
Shannon, 16, grandmother Anne Lofranco; Jason,
10, in Tulsa, Okla.
Anne "Rusty" Lofranco, State Island, NY, vacationed
in Missouri and Oklahoma in November. In Savannah,
MO, she saw her Uncle John and Aunt Margaret
Morales who helped rear her on the Zone. John was with
the Payroll Division and Margaret was head dietitian at
Gorgas. Rusty's cousin Roy Morales, his wife Janet and
their daughter Elizabeth, came in from Chicago where
Roy was ordained an Episcopalian Priest. In Tulsa Rusty
spent time with granddaughter Shannon, 16, and
grandson Jason, 10.
Helen Edwards Magan in Pueblo, CO, expects to be
at her class reunion in 1992 and help out Ginger Coffy
who is planning another Pedro Miguel get-together.
Happy news from Coila and Sam Maphis, Boulder,
CO, with the recent wedding of Sam IV and Terry who
reside in Santa Barbara, CA. Coila and Sam spent
Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, NM. Jeff and Beth, with their
children Austin and Whitney of Montana, and Joy and
John of Boulder, were together for Christmas at the
Maphis cabin in Steamboat Springs.
David Mcllhenny, Carlisle, MA, is expecting to get
down to Baton Rouge to see his brother, Bob, sometime
soon. Bob has a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee
and teaches nuclear science and interdisciplinary
engineering at Louisiana State University. David still
competes fairly successfully in the Masters swim program.
Jean Harris Milosevich, North Riverside, IL, plans
to be in California this summer when her daughter
Colleen will be having her first baby. Then she hopes to
join the old gang at the Reunion in 1992.
Vera Phillips, Selma, AL, felt the family grew a little
closer over the holidays following the passing of Lewis
Last August. They were married nearly 49 years. Vera
has decided to remain in Selma which has been their
home since retirement in 1972. She enjoys regular visits
from the grandchildren: David who is in the Coast Guard
in Virginia; Kristie, in the Navy in San Diego; and
Phyllis who attends Florida Southern College, Lakeland.
Daughter Beverly and her husband Henry are deeply
involved in church and work in Dayton, OH. Son Ken
and his wife Bev are still happy being caretakers on the
old farm and with Bev's nursing.
Father Fred Raybourn and his wife Susan have
accepted a new assignment in the polar regions of
Plattsmouth, NE. Six other Zonian families are living in
the whole state.
Stacy Lynn (left) daughter of Shawn and Debbie
Reilly Jordan and her cousin Justin, son of Tom and
Brenda Reilly Scott, at grandma's in Curundu.
The Reillys sent out Christmas cards and letters early
to ensure contacting all their friends and relatives. Velma
experienced sleeping on an Army cot at work and eating
MREs (Meals Ready to Eat, aka Meals Rejected by
Everyone). Dave was disappointed he missed the action,
having left a day early for TDY in the States. JoAnn had
just gotten home from Appalachian State University,
Boone, NC. She and Linda, a Panama Canal College
student, stayed with Brenda, Tom and Justin Scott, while
Velma remained at the office. Debbie, Shawn, with the
Air Force, and baby Stacey Lynn live in Zweibrucken,
Germany. Debbie expects to graduate from Troy
University in June. Velma and Dave will be there.
Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" could have
been written for the Warrens of New Port Richey. Their
last card came from Brownsville, TX, after they spent
some time with son David in Houston where his Reserve
Unit is on active Army duty. Then they planned to meet
other RVers, tour along the border to Arizona and
go down to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, before returning
home around March 1.
Another CZer has been found in Baton Rouge!
Charlotte Cain Wilson (BHS'78) has lived in Baton
Rouge for 10 years, works for a major law firm, is
married and has a son, Michael Jr., 8. Her sister Yvonne
Andress (BHS'84) and her mother Lois Scheidegg
Andress (CHS'52) live in Palmetto, FL.
Patt Foster Roberson
The Record gets results! Catherine and John
Boswell, Hattiesburg, report hearing from four friends
they hadn't been in touch with. They got a current
address for Millie and Oscar Hakanson, formerly with
Gatun Locks, after requesting help in the last issue with
locating the Hakansons. This reporter thanks Bob
Forsythe of Sacramento, CA for his call with information
on the Hakansons for the Boswells. Don't you just love
happy endings! Catherine had a dreary December but is
steadily improving after a bout with pneumonia. We wish
her a speedy recovery.
Chita Cassibry in Ocean Springs writes that son Bob
and his wife Suzanne were there for Christmas before
returning to their home in Minominee, MI to minus 20-
degree weather. Chita and Hugh visited their daughter
Peggy Vix and family in Santa Rosa, CA for
Thanksgiving. Linda and her husband Joe Mack and two
boys are still in Stuttgart, Germany. They hope to be
reassigned to a new job back in the States later this year.
Virginia Selby Entrekin, Hattiesburg, phoned to say
she's hoping for a visit from Dianne Hanrahan Coughlan
of Rockville, MD, and Joan Baron Lamkin of College
Station, TX, over her spring break from the University
of Southern Mississippi. The three were BHS'52 buddies
and, among other things, expect to take in shopping,
dining and sightseeing in New Orleans.
Dennis Wood, Pascagoula, enjoyed a trip to
Binghamton, NY after Christmas for the wedding of Fred
Wainio and Diane Ferral. Fred is a CPA.
Patt Foster Roberson
The Panama Canal Society of Western North
Carolina lost one of its charter members when Wendell
Greene died on November 18th (see with Deep Sorrow).
Our sympathy was expressed to Ruth Sill upon the
death of her daughter, Mary Sill Peck, on November
Betty and Bill Dunning's guests for the Christmas
holidays were their daughter, Lynn, from Tampa; Betty's
sisters, Freda Stohrer, Centerville, OH, and Carol
Schwenke with her son, Michael, from Brandon, FL.
Pat and Jack Hunt had a full house at Christmas
with their daughter, Lisa and husband William Johnson
from Ramseur, NC, daughter, Laurie and Sam Trinca
with their two children, Zachary and Justin from
Durham, NC, and son, John, from Boone, NC. Pat's
mother, Jo Dunning, was with them, also. Earlier in
December, their daughter, Terri Watkins, Davie, FL,
won a shopping trip for two to New York from a Miami
radio station. When asked who her guest would be, she
replied, "My mother, of course. She taught me all I know
about shopping." So Pat and Terri had three wonderful
days in New York City.
Jean Dombrowsky spent the Christmas holiday in
Asheboro, NC with her daughter, Barbara Sanders, and
Ron and Linnea Angermuller had a lovely
Thanksgiving with daughter Britta and Mildred Gray,
who both visited from Atlanta. In late November, Ron
and his cousins, Bud and Harriet Journey, from Poulsbo,
WA, drove to Kentucky to visit their aunt and uncle,
Lillian (Kenny) and Fred Haggan, and their cousin,
Jimmy, and his family. Ron hadn't seen them in 52 years.
Fred had worked for Inter-American Geodetic Survey in
the Zone and then came to the U.S. in 1938 to work for
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There were four
Kenny girls, who went with their parents to the Canal in
1911: Marion Journey Campbell, Beatrice Minnix and
Lillian Haggan (who were twins) and Norma
Angermuller. Lillian is the only surviving sister. Bud and
Harriet Journey were in Atlanta to visit their daughter,
Molly Journey Sullivan, and her family for Thanksgiving.
Larry and Liz Angermuller have settled for 5 months in
Union City, CA, south of Oakland, until Larry's carrier,
The Abraham Lincoln, leaves on a long cruise, hopefully
not to the Gulf region.
Elizabeth (Betty Irvin) Quintero, with her brother
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and sister-in-law, Sam and Norma Irvin, drove to Silver
Spring, MD, to spend Thanksgiving with her daughters,
Carol Manning and Beth Schmidt, and their families.
Norma and Sam spent their time with their son, Tom and
his wife, Karen. On the way north, they spent a night in
Lynchburg, VA, with "Ditty" Bramlett. After Betty
returned home, she was visited by her granddaughter,
Lyza Byrne, and later by her youngest daughter, Barbara
Brown, both from Orlando, FL.
Martha and Steve Tanner had the family Christmas
Eve party at their home. Guests included their daughter
and her husband, Amanda and Conway McGee, Buford,
NC, son Donald, from Tampa, Elizabeth Quintero and
Norma and Sam Irvin.
We extend our sympathy to Pat Hunt and Bill
Dunning in the sudden death of their mother, Jo
Dunning, on January 21st. (See With Deep Sorrow.)
Alice H. Roche
For the Halloween holidays, Floyd and Bev Baker spent several weeks in Chandler AZ. visiting daughter Carol and
Mike Goodwin and grandchildren Brett and Leah. Then they headed home to get ready for their annual Christmas
Party and to make ceviche and empanadas. Those attending this year were, front row, L-R: Lee Snider, Bill Lohr,
Ted Paine, Karen (Paine) McAlpine, Billy Paine, Jack Streeter, Marty Lohr, Bev Baker, Suzette Connolly,
Melaina Knoop, Marilyn Marsh, Tom Marsh, Kathy Snider, Jim Hansen, Cec Caudill. Back row, L-R: Elaine
Streeter, Doug McAlpine, Donna Caudill, Dale Fontaine, Bonnie Fontaine, Floyd Baker, Beth Baker, Tito
Mouynes, Lina Mouynes, Paul Baker, Melissa Knoop Thacker, Mary Ellen Knoop, Roy Knoop, Cory Thacker,
Sherry Hansen, Bill Snider. Those missing from the picture were Marty Klontz, and Don Seymour.
I had a surprise December call from Jackie Herring
who brought the Boynton family up to date on the vast
Herring family's doings. Jack now lives in Texas and
advised us that some of George and Margaret Herring's
kids live in Washington so I hope they write and give me
news about the West Coast Herrings. (Ed and Lorie
Herring and Steve Herring this means you folks!) I can
hardly wait to see Jackie again as we have not seen him
since 1949; he will be coming to see Bill Elmendorf
who is also a classmate of my sister Myrna (Boynton)
Ericksen. Jackie has three sons.
Mary (Sullivan) Young wrote that Jimmy got an 8
pt. buck and a doe the last day of hunting season in
Virginia and also had a good hunt in Washington State.
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They are on their way back to Panama via Florida and
will be returning in March when they will be visiting us.
News from Lillian (Norris) Schwarz of 726 Benton
Ct., Elmhurst, IL 60126, let us know that she had gotten
together with Roger and Catherine (Taylor) Walker in
Picture of the Mini Reunion of the Class of 1947. L-R:
Ruth Catherine Taylor, Joe Kunkle, Gretchen Diaz,
Niza Boynton, Jeff Hennessey, Les Johnson,
Dorothy Sausel, Dottie Engler. Kneeling: Carl Rosetti
and Bill Evans. October 21, 1990. Portland, Oregon,
in the lobby of the Days Inn after our return trip to the
Snows of Mt. Hood's Timber Lodge, Oregon.
News from Mary Snedeker from Tucson, AZ advised
us that she is recuperating nicely from her knee surgeries.
She had visited her sister Betty in Florida and was able
to be with her mother during her final days. It was
expected as she had been ill for some time. Mary's ten
children are a great comfort to her as are her
"multitudes" of grandchildren since she has been widowed
a year now.
George and Stella Elizabeth Bendixen wrote that all
is well in Los Gatos, California and will be visiting us
Pat Leach is doing nicely in her home in San Jose,
CA and Mary Leach (now Isaacson) is the happy
cattlewoman in San Juan Bautista and keeps active in
community activities. They were our neighbors in
Cristobal for 12 years.
Sequim, WA members of the SQMasters Swim Club
were the first United States swimmers to compete in the
10th Annual International meet in Nanaimo, B.C.,
Canada. Out of 200 competitors Dan Nellis (CHS'48) of
Sequim placed first in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle
events. Pat (Rudge) Nellis (CHS) placed first in both the
50 and 100 meter freestyle. The Nellis' are active
members of the SQMasters Swim Club and have placed
in numerous other meets in Washington State.
Niza (Boynton) Greig
David Bishop, Engineer, Dredging Division,
celebrated his 40th birthday at Gorgona Beach over the
Columbus Day weekend. Approximately 50 friends joined
him in celebrating this wonderful milestone.
Kelly Morris and her fiancee, Joel Fenton, visited us
here 23 November to 1 December. They had a full
schedule visiting, partying, and relaxing just a little. This
was Joel's first visit, and he fell in love with Panama.
While here, Kelly was honored at a bridal shower hosted
by Carol Mead, Bev Wood, Kathy Stromberg, and Mary
Coffey. Kelly and Joel will be married in Clearwater on
Seen in the above photo is "Rudolph" Lupe Bacot
eyeing Billy McGann who is clowning around with "Elf"
Leanne Thrift during a stop in the Los Rios
Once again it was wonderful to celebrate Christmas
Eve this year in the spirit to which we have grown
accustomed. Santa and his caravan of helpers sleighed
through Diablo, La Boca, Los Rios, and Cardenas
passing out candy and gifts. The overall coordinator for
this very well put-together event was Bryant Teale. Gary
Abbott drove the truck pulling the sleigh with Santa and
his elves. Billy McGann supervised Gary's driving. Lenny
Wertz drove back-up truck with Rafael Diaz who
maintained the lights while Santa's sleigh moved from
townsite to townsite. The Gamboa community was
responsible for decorating Santa's sleigh. Package
collectors for the various communities were: Charlie and
Felisa Hinz; Tom and Marta Judge; Bob and Pat Thrift;
Luis and Maureen Domenech; and Bob and Vicki
Boukalis. Elf coordinator was Pauline Fulop; Jerri
Foster made the elf costumes. Elves were: Leanne Thrift,
Julie Wilson, Ronda Nessler, Allison Fulop, Kate Wilder,
Keri Morrissey, Jill Hauser, Janelle McGuiness, Mayda
Nieves, Tanya Bacot, Julie Matthews, Sherry Adams,
Billy Foster, Robert Domenech, Caryn Fulop, Katie
McAleer, Brooke Farnsworth and Erika Reyes. Elf
helpers were Kisa Parks and Lisa Fulop. Hardly last and
least: our wonderful Santa was Harold Gabrielson and
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was Maria "Lupe"
Bacot. P.S. OUTSTANDING ESCORT SERVICE WAS
PROVIDED BY THE PANAMA PUBLIC FORCE.
The Nehring Family first time they've all been
together in 10 years. L-R: Michael Nehring, Tim,
Patrick, Janice, Annette Avila, Bonnie Tudor, Terre
Denike and Kathie McConaughey.
M V v. IS A N N T
Gil and Sue (Pincus) Smith enjoyed having their
entire family home for the holidays and for their last
Christmas in Panama. (Gil beat Sue to the draw and
retired in November Sue will retire at the end of this
school year!) Coming to join their parents and
grandmother in La Boca were Linda and Julie from
Charleston, SC; Gilbert and David from Clearwater, FL;
and Larry, Sandy, and son Stephan.
The Gil and Sue (Pincus) Smith family. Four
Generations together at Christmas 1990. Front L-R:
Linda and Julie. Middle L-R: Grandma Pincus, Sandy
(Larry's wife) w/ Stephan, Sue and Gil. Back L-R:
Larry, David and Gilbert.
I was fortunate to have two of my three sons here for
Christmas. Patrick came from Dallas and Danny from
Atlanta. Danny's wife, Kim Ann, and daughter Lauren
have been living here for over a year while Danny
completes his International Business degree this August
at Georgia State. It has been a grand year with Kim Ann
and Lauren here. God is definitely making babies smarter
- we can hardly stay ahead of this 20-month old! I cannot
L-R foreground: the backside of Charity Boukalis, Nico DeGreef, Greta Boukalis. Front row L-R: ?, ?,
Nancy Farnsworth, Glori Wright, Kim Bender, Bonnie Bishop with Lynly Farnsworth on lap, Diane Duncan
DeGreef, Dave Bishop with Sean Chadwick on lap, Sonia Burchette, Olga Phillips, Diane Bradley, Vicky
Boukalis. Second row L-R: Jason Ohman, Scott Williams, Tom Duncan, Martley hayes, Duane Wright, Bruce
Homa, Chris Powers, Allison Russell, Richard Burchette, Ed Ohman, Joanie Ohman, Gary dalton with son on
shoulders, Becky Dalton, and Richard Phillips. Back row L-R: Charley Leves, Ruth King, Jim Farnsworth (on
shoulders). Late sleepers (not pictured) were: Dee Bishop, Jennifer Melody, Don Chadwick, Mick O'Hern and
family, Jerry and Lisa Corrigan, Mike and Elaine Little, Jim and Jerry Farnsworth and family.
describe how wonderful it was to have them all HOME!
It was also wonderful to see so many of my nieces and
nephews Todd and Karen (Mizrachi) Atkins; Robert
Mizrachi; Tony, Kathy, and John Blennerhassett; Monica
Rienks, daughter of Clarence and Joan (Coffey) Rienks.
Joan and Clarence ("Babe") are moving back to Panama
after having lived almost 8 years in Costa Rica. Their
son, Alex, is in the U. S. Marine Corps, stationed in
North Carolina. It was great to see all the kids home
again and enjoying themselves so unlike last year!
Oldest son, Michael, wife Shawn, and daughters
Madeline and Alise were not able to be here, so I am
going to Panama City, FL in February to visit them and
to mind the baby girls while Michael and Shawn take a
4-day trip to Savannah, GA. Greatly looking forward to
that. Wishing all of you a Happy, Healthy, and
Prosperous New Year!
Here on the Atlantic side, as with nearly everywhere
in the world, our major concern these days is the
frightening situation in the Persian Gulf. Most of us
agree that the war, which is now certain, could ultimately
grow to proportions beyond our comprehension. Security
has been stepped up noticeably at the Canal, Canal
operating units, and military installations. We've also
been cautioned to note anything or anybody suspicious.
No one's taking Iraq's promise of terrorism lightly. I have
to admit that with worries over the Gulf crisis
dominating, it's hard to get into the right mood for this
issue's write-up, but I'll try.
One of the hottest pieces of news around is the 646-
lb. blue marlin landed by Mike Bell, Ed Stanford and
Cody Hollowell on Sid Coffin's boat recently. Sid rightly
claims a hefty part of the glory for being the boat
captain, handling and maneuvering the boat like a pro.
According to Sid, catches of this size aren't possible
unless the boat captain knows what he's doing. Sid and
company made the catch in the Bay of Panama on
January 4 on their way to Pinas Bay.
Congratulations also to Caroline Adema on the kids'
category prize-winning bass she caught in Dr. Don
Coulter's boat for the Gatun Yacht Club bass
tournament held just before Christmas. Not a bad way
for a kid to earn $20 bucks! Other winners, alas, were
once again mostly Pacific siders.
Another season of coed-softball is in full swing at
Holcomb Field in Gatun. (Danny Holcomb, if you're
reading this, we'd like to thank you for the field you left
us, including the now grown-up, lovely shade trees
nearby. The whole area is a source of pure delight every
dry season, and we think of you often. It's a neat legacy!)
Four teams are participating in the league, Navigation -
managed by Penny Wilder Canamas, Schools managed
by Gayle Fettler Rankin, Industrial Division managed
by George Patton and Gatun managed by Walter Ilund
and Sally Flockhart. At the end-of-the-season picnic
scheduled for March 9th, everyone on the winning team
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Cody Hollowell, Sid Coffin, Mike Bell, and Ed
Stanford pose with the 646-lb blue marlin they caught
in the Bay of Panama on January 4, 1991. Landing the
old-timer was a combined effort, with everyone having
a hand in the excitement, including Capt. Sid's expert
will get one of Mary Blanchette Shuey's famous hand-
painted T-shirts, which is probably one of the reasons our
league competition is so spirited. EVERYONE wants
one of Mary's shirts!
It's also Cayuco Race season again. The race will
have just ended by the time this issue of the CANAL
RECORD comes out, but at this writing it's too soon to
even know for sure how many boats will participate. It
looks like the Atlantic side will enter eight or nine. Race
dates are March 22, 23 and 24.
Collin and Alberta Wilder Corrigan hosted a small,
formal Christmas brunch early in the holiday season. But,
gone are the days of dozens of Christmas and New
Year's parties on the Atlantic side this year there were
basically two, both held in Gatun on the same night!
Wayne and Bonnie Willis Seeley teamed up with Vincent
and Penny Wilder Canamas for a lovely party at the
Seeley's, and just down the street, Eric and Coral Adema
hosted another that was equally charming. At both, it was
great seeing some old "Zone faces" home for the
Holiday hellos were shared with lots of states visitors,
including Joan and Dewey Harris; Andrew and Jeff
Adema and Jeff's wife; three Bjornebys, Kristi, Marc and
Buz; Kindra Rankin, Karen Rankin; Frankie Hoover;
William and Hildegard Epperson; Mike and Matt Rigby;
.all the Carey girls Katie, Stacy, Kelly and Patti;
Christine Will and lots more that I already mentioned in
my last write-up.
Kelly Hoover didn't make it home this year. She and
her husband spent the holidays where he's stationed in
Hildegard Epperson, unfortunately, spent most of
her Gatun visit laid up with a broken leg she took a
tumble going up or coming down the stairs her first day
at son Bill Epperson's house.
Tom Eckel was home for the holidays, too, and was
here for the joyous occasion of his nephew Christopher's
christening, which was performed by Father James
Coindreau at the Fort Espinar Chapel. The christening
was also attended by Christopher's mom, Joann, Aunt
Jennifer, Uncle Alan, Grandpa Butch and Grandma
Janis Brogie Eckel. Rick and Sweetie Brogie and their
girls, Jackie and Darlene, and Anita Oberholtzer,
Christopher's great aunt. Christopher's Godparents are
Tom, Alan, Jackie and Jennifer.
Marixenia Pedersen has left Gatun to join hubby
Norman Pedersen and Norman's dad in Largo, FL.
Daughters Lutcia and Anabela will remain until they
graduate from Cristobal High School the end of the
school year. Lutcia's living with Robert and Gayle Fettler
Rankin and Anabela's staying with Vincent and Penny
Arriving for a visit in Gatun just after the holidays
was Belamy Laatz Abbott. She was royally entertained by
son Gerry and Howie Adams Laatz and her grandsons
Ray and J. While here, she visited with old Penwomen
associates, made a trip to Barro Colorado (yes, it's still
alive and well!) and to the Laatz's beach getaway in La
Guayra near Isla Grande. She also visited with Terry
Ford and went bird watching with Lew Stabler.
Congratulations to Luz Diaz Patton on her new
position as a budget analyst for capital programs in the
Engineering and Construction Bureau.
Rick Doubek will soon be attending a job-related
course in California and while in the States will also stop
by Panama City, FL.
George Favorite suffered injuries in a pretty bad
motorcycle accident a few weeks ago and is still in
quarters recuperating. Although I haven't seen him,
friends say he's doing alright and should be out and
about again soon.
With over 40 years service to the Panama Canal,
Lockmaster Robert "Bob" Thompson has retired and will
be leaving the Isthmus in February, along with his wife,
Mary, daughter "Leesie" and son Bruce. Their plans
include some traveling in the States and then settling in
Washington State. They will be terribly missed by the
Gatun community. We're all already wondering who will
take Bob's place as Santa Claus on Santa's sleigh next
Christmas. He's done such a terrific job the past few
years, including playing Santa a couple weeks before
Christmas at Gatun's annual tree lighting at Gatun Fire
Station, an event Patti Wallace organizes.
We're also bidding farewell to Jim and Gladys
Roddy. Jim retired from the Industrial Division during
the lump sum wave. He and his family will be leaving the
Mike Bell went for the lump sum, too, retiring from
the Construction Division. He and his wife, Sheila
Carnes Bell, and their daughter, Sarah, will be heading
out one of these days, too, to Florida, I think.
Murray Walker has retired from the Gatun Control
House, which means he and his wife, Lessie, will also be
leaving soon to the home they've built in Florida. Daryl
Bullinger has retired from Gatun Locks, too, which
probably means he and Verla will also be heading to
their home in Florida, if they're not there already.
-r""k a b.
Gatun's new generation of bike riders includes L-R:
Richie Johnston, Tito Rodriguez, Robbie Stabler,
Timmy Stabler (partly hidden), Junior Hudson, Aaron
Epperson, Jose Alvarez, Joey herring, Rene
Gordon, Billy Epperson, Jovan Hudson, Chris
Herring, Tom Herring, Monique Herring (head
turned) and C.M. Landrum.
Tom and Maj. Evelyn Barraza Snider and their kids
will probably be leaving this summer. Evelyn's been
accepted for a residency in a preventive medicine
With the Atlantic side so much like one big extended
family, every one of these departures is hard on those of
us remaining behind. Our community gatherings, things
like tree burns, horse shows and Fourth of July picnics,
are becoming smaller and smaller.
Yet, even as our numbers grow smaller, the life here
is still good it's reaffirmed every time we take in the
beauty of the flowering trees or go four-wheeling out to
Collin and Alberta Wilder Corrigan's beach house at
Pina. Collin's currently working on design-change no. 793.
But even if he never gets the place finished, it's still
paradise, although you might not want to hear Alberta's
comment on that.
We just pray that what's going on in the Middle East,
including the very real fear of terrorism around the
world, ends swiftly and that peace the world over can
become a reality for us all.
On December 7, 1990, forty-three members and
guests met at the Houndslake Country Club in Aiken for
a Christmas get-together and luncheon. Those present
were: Leon & Claire Dedeaux, Carolyn Westendorff,
Grace & B. J. Hartley, Bea Lee, Betty Galardi, John
Everson, Ruth & Lou Everson, Lorna Shore, Phyllis &
Jack Woodzell, Peggy Hutchison, Mark Schwindt and
son, Maritza Schwindt, Ethel & J.D. Tate, Trudi Clontz,
Verna & Andy Kapinos, Eletheer & James Catron, Jane
& Jack Steele, Grace & Stade Carlson,, Kathleen
Cynova, Velma Couch, Olga Holmes, Josey Tilley, Frank
& Fina Balinski, Eddie & Bill Cooper, Evelyn & Howard
Hilborn, Leona & Paul Badonsky, Sis & Bill York, and
Past Presidents of the Panama Canal Society of South
Carolina, Bill York, Evelyn (Condon) Hilborn, John
Everson, Olga Holmes, Jim Catron.
John Everson, Louis Everson and wife Ruth.
The holidays were "family time" for many Aikenites.
On Thanksgiving Al and Paula Leitch (Badonsky) and
sons, and Leo and Gabby Badonsky and daughter, and
Gabby's niece from Panama gathered at Leona and
Paul's home in Aiken. Then in December they all
traveled to the Leitch's in Lexington, SC for Christmas.
Bob and Billy Rowe had as Thanksgiving visitors their
son, Bobby, and family who came up from Florida. Lorna
Shore and grandson, Steve, drove to Miami to be with
family members, and enjoyed a sunny Christmas.
Both Thanksgiving and Christmas found Norma
Holder (York) and Nancy Coffey (York) and children at
Bill and Sis York's home in Aiken. In November Paul
and Shirley Whitlock (Karst) of St. Petersburg visited the
Yorks, and the same month, Bernie and Grace Dorfman
stopped by on their way from Vermont to Jacksonville,
Nora and Charles Green had as Christmas week
guests their son Edward Green and family from
J.D. and Ethel (Westman) Tate spent Christmas in
Spartanburg, SC with their son David and family. David's
son Brian will graduate from the Citadel in May. He was
selected a member of the prestigious Summerall Guards
Drill Team which performs on campus and special events
in the State.
The Tate's grandson, Erich Schlegel, is a news
photographer with the DALLAS MORNING NEWS in
Dallas. He sent an interesting postcard he had taken of
himself and friends who were enjoying skiing on a slope
when an unusually heavy snowfall hit Dallas. Erich is the
son of Irl and Louise (Tate) Schlegel of Brownsville, TX.
MaryBelle Westman, Ethel Tate's aunt, formerly of
Panama, is now a resident at Meridian Care Center in
Columbia, SC. On New Year's Eve Day, she fell and
suffered a broken left leg. After a hospital stay, she is
recuperating at Meridian Care Center.
Blanche Browne spent three weeks in Panama with
her children, Grover Matheney and Ellen Major and
their families, for the holiday season. Panama isn't the
same with armed policemen in front of most
establishments and she said she has never seen Panama
City so dirty piles of garbage everywhere, but no
garbage trucks in sight waiting for AID to bring in some
new trucks! She went to Sunday market in El Valle which
was crowded with tourists and saw one familiar face. The
El Valle roads are much improved and the hotel is still
very good with Marie and Dan La Placa still the owners.
She spent a weekend at Coronado with the Matheney
family during New Years. The three Gallardo boys and
their families were with their parents Sis and Carline for
the holidays. Blanche is going to St. Petersburg January
17th for her Aunt Pauline Pender's 100th birthday on
January 20th. Pauline was a telephone operator in the 30s
at the Washington Hotel, for about 15 years. Pauline is
Jessie Matheney's older sister. Blanche's daughter Ellen
Major and daughter-in-law Freddieann Matheney will
join her in St. Pete, and Blanche will be the houseguest
of Nealie Van Siclen.
Billy Brady, Marge Spiros, Rodney Spiros, Bill
Brady, C.J. Spiros, Nancy Brady, Bonney Brady.
Nancy (Spiros) Brady reports from Columbia that
her parents Marge and CJ. Spiros and son Rodney spent
the Christmas holidays with her and her family. The
soldier son, Randy, was vacationing in Acapulco, Mexico.
Nancy and Bill visited Tom and Lynn Coffey, before
Christmas, in Charlotte, NC.
Tom and Lynn Coffey.
Jim Catron, grandson Ed Lotterhos, Eletheer Catron.
Jim and Eletheer Catron had planned to visit
Eletheer's sister in Virginia, but Jim fell, breaking his
arm and injuring his shoulder, so her sister came to
Aiken, ending up in the hospital with a heart attack. She
is convalescing, now, at the Catrons. The Catron's
daughter, Penny (BHS'62) and husband and two
children, Ed and Karen, visited them over the Christmas
holidays. Ed was on holiday from the Naval Academy,
looking very handsome in his uniform. They also had a
visit from their son Jimmy (BHS'60) and his wife and
two children, Kresten and Steven. Other visitors were
Eletheer's brother and sister-in-law William Bosley from
Mineral, VA, and nephew Oliver, who attended Balboa
High in 1952.
We're happy to report that Grace says BJ. Hartley
is slowly recovering from his knee operation.
Peggy Hutchison's daughter Vicki Boukalis, from
Panama, arrived in Charleston for some cool weather on
December 26th. They stayed with daughter Dianne
(Hutchison) and Jerry Cox for several days, and returned
to Aiken. Vicki's hubbie Bob was in Texas hoping to
shoot some deer, but didn't see any with big racks, so
didn't shoot any. He visited his mom and dad, Jim and
Julie, for a day before flying up to Weems, VA, where
Vicki joined him for a visit with Wally Mathews (Wally's
wife Helen passed on just before the holidays.) Peggy
also had a surprise visit from Myra (Davis) Walston, her
daughter Lelani and hubbie Herb, and their daughter
Myra, and Norma (Davis) Short was with them. Norma's
husband Joe was a pilot for Ralph Sexton on the
-Mya C. -, Nor Myr
Myra Collins, Norma Short, Myra
Isthmian Airways. Peggy's dad, John Sealey, and Myra's
dad, John Davis, were policemen in Culebra days. Myra
and family live in Vallejo, CA and Norma lives in
Hollywood, FL. It was great seeing them again.
We were sorry to lose our member and friend
Dorothy Willenbrock, who died in St. Petersburg in
The fall got off to a good start here, but only with
the help of the Jamaican Bobsled Team, they're so good!
Our own Austin-based team includes Mary Fehrenbacho,
Dave Fehrenbacho, David Joneso, and Margie
Fehrenbacho. This team took first place in all the city-
wide halloween parties and contests. As you can see by
the photo, they did make a great team!!
Kris Kreis Anderson and her husband Rob paid a
weekend visit to Margie Fehrenbach. They enjoyed the
weekend and especially the good sounds of Steel Power
and Sixth Street. Kris and Rob live in San Diego, CA.
Also submitted is some news from Jack Morton
about the Austin area and the Annual Christmas Party.
Jennifer Davidson Trost came out for another visit
with Sue Ann Davenport. She spent several days here,
and then went to Houston to meet up with her broker,
Dennis Davidson. Together, with their families, they
traveled to spend Thanksgiving with their parents, Ray
and Adrianne Davidson. We keep expecting to see
Jennifer as a permanent resident of Austin in the near
future how about it, Jennifer?
The Jamaican Bobsled Team in racing condition. Mary,
Dave, and Marge Fehrenbach and David Jones.
Steve Cartotto also came for a visit and to attend the
Hill Country Zonian Christmas Party and Dinner. All our
regular Austin Zonian friends and family were there. It
was an enjoyable evening for everyone.
Red and Kat Pattison recently returned from a
vacation in that wonderful land where we'd all like to live
- Panama. They had a great time with T-Bird and Mom
Pattison and seeing and visiting all their friends. Dave,
the rest of us want to know if you're going to share your
house-watching "thank-you" gift with us? Word has it you
were given a friendship with Ron, and we all want to
share it!! Mom Pattison is still vacationing in Panama,
so when she gets back we will have a full report of details
from her. Haco Petiton also went to Panama for an
extended visit. Let us hear about it, Haco.
Suzanne (Dolan), Kyla and Tom Gill.
I'd like to mention again that I'm in the process of
arranging my class (1976) reunion. If anyone has any
suggestions and comments, please contact me.
Until next time, all the Austin gang wishes everyone
the best and we look forward to seeing everyone at the
Reunion. If anyone has anything they would like to add
to the article for the Austin area, please give me a call.
Sue Ann Davenport
(1) L-R: Jack and JoAnn Morton, Jerry Ransom, Sandy and Bruce Sanders, Sharon and Doug Schmidt. (2) L-
R: Barbara and Bucky Krueger, Anna Dolan, Tom Marine, Jerry and Dona LePage, Trudi Mohl, Shirley Marine.
(3) L-R: Bob and Flois Carlin, Trudi and Fred Mohl.
Approximately 200 Zonians, their relatives and
friends, got together for another successful Hill Country
Zonian Christmas Party, held in Austin, Texas. The party,
held at the Red Lion Hotel on December 1, continued a
popular series that originated in Kerrville, Texas.
Those attending from out of state came from as far
away as Oklahoma, Florida, and California. Texas
residents came from the Dallas area, Bryan, Corpus
Christi, San Angelo, the Houston area, Kerrville, San
Antonio, and many other towns and cities.
The program began with a social hour, followed by
the Invocation delivered by Joe Dolan, and a delicious
chicken picata dinner with all the trimmings. Master of
Ceremonies Ted Corin had several announcements of
interest to guests, and introduced Thelma Chan who
called winning door prize numbers. The individual door
(1) L-R: facing camera, Mrs. Sue Cagle, Dr. T.W. (Ty) Cagle, Ted and Georgia Corin. (2) L-R: Dot and Bob
Herrington, Tommy Lou Horter, Patsy Rice. (3) L-R: Georgia Corin, Aurora and Bill LeBrun and daughter, Vivian
(1) L-R: Marguerite Orr, Dona LePage, Ellen Coyle. (2) L-R: Shirley Cavanaugh, Agned and Ed Mulroy. (3) L-
R: Mark Farmer, Paula Dee, Paul Morton, Carol Ann Duff. (4) L-R: Muriel and Richard Johnston, Maxine
Keenan, standing: Bill Caskey.
prize contributors deserve a vote of appreciation for their
efforts and generosity. The prizes ranged from
homemade ceviche and Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls to
the perennial favorite -Ron Cortez, Panama Railroad
memorabilia, a framed mola, and the hotel contributed
a $30.00 gift certificate to be used in its restaurant.
Entertainment was furnished by the Gail Goodrich
Totten "Tex-Zonies," featuring herself on the ivories and
a collection of talented children from the Totten and
Clary (Husum) families. The program concluded with a
sing-a-long of traditional Christmas favorites.
Harry and Thelma Chan, Ted and Georgia Corin,
and Jack and Jo Ann Morton, who worked on the
committee, want to thank all who attended and who
otherwise contributed to the overall success of this year's
party. Last, but certainly not least, the organizers
appreciate the participation of the "younger generation."
See you December 14, 1991, at the Red Lion Hotel!
Attendance at 1990 Austin Christmas Party: Kathleen
Andrews, Doug & Ellie Aseron, Lorie Barney, Joseph &
Lorene Bialkowski, James & Florence Bird, Betty Ann
Bird, Dale & Jackie Bishop, Margaret Bivin, Bob Brown,
Patty Brown, Virginia Brown, Nancy Burns, T.W. (Ty) &
Sue Cagle, Van Carter, Marilyn Carter, Anna Calvit,
Bob Carlin, Flois Carlin, Herb & Nina Carlson, Jane
(Wilson) Caskey, Bill Caskey, Stephen Cartotto, Charles
& Shirley Cavanaugh, Clara Chambers, Harry & Thelma
Chan, Bruce Chan, Jack & Avon Chavez, Bob & Carolyn
Ciepiela, A.C. Cherry, James & Karen (Husum) Clary,
Anne (Husum) Clary, Darien (Husum) Clary, Harold &
Dale Conway, Ted & Georgia Corin, Ed & Ellen Coyle,
Colin Creel, Paula Dee, Amos & Madeleine DeRaps, Joe
& Anna Dolan, Carol Ann Duff, Susan Ehrensberger,
Art & Edie Farrell, Mark Farmer, John Farmer, Sharon
Farmer, Honey Fealey, Mary Fehrenbach, Dave
Fehrenbach, Margie Fehrenbach, Janice Fehrenbach,
David Feller, Angelo Feller, Annette Fields, Richard &
Faye Finegan, Bill Fleckenstein, Gigi Fleckenstein, Fred
Fox, Nicki Fox, Lew & Elsmary French, Robert Gaston,
Patty Givonetti, Shirely Givonetti, Bill Graham, Mary
Graham, Pappy & Verla Grier, Mike Gomez, Vee Gomez,
Noreen Hanson, Ginger Hansel, Eva Harte, John Hayes,
Al & Jean Hendricks, Bob & Dot Herrington, Janet
Herrington, Keith Herrington, Ernie Horter, Tommy Lou
Horter, Richard Johnston, Muriel Johnston, Marian
Karr, Marvin & Maxine Keenan, Cody Michael Keenan,
John & Kathy Keenan, Paul Kramer, Buck & Barbara
Krueger, Valerie Krueger, Edward & Marjorie Kunkel,
Thomas Kunkel, Paul Kuyoth, Amy Kuyoth, Jane
Kuyoth, Ray & Elsie Larson, Pat LeBrun, Bill & Aurora
LeBrun, Jerry & Dona LePage, Katherine Lessiack, Tom
& Shirley Marine, Camille Mastrocola, Mitch
McGaughey, Chuck McGinnis, Michael Melant, Sally
Melant, Fred Mohl, Trudi Mohl, Carlton Morris, Jack
& Jo Ann Morton, Paul Morton, Ed & Agnes Mulroy,
Glen Nicolaisen, Jim Norman, Marguerite Orr, Harland
Oxley, Lisa Oxley, Frances Pattison, Jim & Kathy
Pattison, Karen Powell, Selinda Raesz, Jerry Ransom,
Glenda Ranson, Beatrice Rhyne, Patsy Rice, Jack &
Marge Ruoff, RJ. Roy, Lynn Saarinen, Bruce & Sandy
Sanders, Edna Sanford, Mary Beth (Bialkowski) Sayre,
Earl Sayre, Doug & Sharon Schmidt, Val Schroeter,
Suzie Schroeter, Edward Sebik, Betty Sebik, Paul &
Jacquelyn Shacklette, Bill & Marie Shaw, Beth Shaw,
Tino Shelton, Vivian Simmons, Johnny Simmons, Nelva
Simmons, Elizabeth Sudron, Kellye Sullivan, Jenny
Turner, Jess & Gail Totten, Julia Totten, Jess G. Totten,
Patrice Urick, Peter Vanoveren, Robert Von Tress, Irma
Von Tress, Beth Waddell, Al & Connie Wanner, John
Watson, Debra Watson, Fred & Marion Wells, Perry
Wittington, Jewell Wittington, Ray & Gene Wilson, Skip
Wolverton, Mary Wolverton, Julia Wolverton, Becky
Young and Anna Lee Young. Jack Morton
SLATE OF OFFICERS 1991 1992
** MAIL IN BALLOT **
1st V. PRESIDENT:
2nd V. PRESIDENT:
MEMBER AT LARGE:
E Robert Van Siclen
E Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
D Faith Brundage
D Jim Morris
0 Barbara Rios Green
E Richard W. (Pat) Beall
O Chris Skeie
[E Drake Carlisle
NOTE: BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JUNE 11, 1991
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
At the Twin Towers Hotel
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, June 19, 1991
REGISTRATION: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM Convention Center Lobby
HOSPITALITY SUITE 6:00 PM 9:00 PM Florida Keys and Dade Rooms
VENDORS SET UP: 5:00 PM Space Coast Rooms
Thursday, June 20, 1991
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT & LUNCHEON: STARTS AT
REGISTRATION: 1:00 PM 5:00 PM; 7:00 PM 9:00 PM Convention Center Lobby
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON; 1:00 PM 5:00 PM See Wednesday
VENDORS: 12:00 noon 8:00 PM Space Coast Rooms
Friday, June 21, 1991
REGISTRATION: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM; 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Convention Center Lobby
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM; 1:00 PM 5:00 PM See Wednesday
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: 10:00 AM (Members Only) Citrus Crown Ballroom
VENDORS: 12:00 NOON 7:00 PM Space Coast Rooms
AREA REPORTERS LUNCHEON: 12:00 NOON 2:00 PM
FASHION SHOW BY ANDY LIM: 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Exhibit Hall
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE: 9:00 PM 1:00 AM Exhibit Hall
Saturday, June 22, 1991
REGISTRATION: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM 5:00 PM Convention Center Lobby
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM 5:00 PM See Wednesday
VENDORS: 9:00 AM -11:00 AM; 2:00 PM 7:00 PM Space Coast Rooms
SPORTS EVENTS: 9:00 AM 11:30 AM; 2:00 PM 4:00 PM, AT DELTA ORLANDO
ANNUAL LUNCHEON: DOORS OPEN 11:30 AM, LUNCH 12:00 NOON Citrus
ANNUAL BALL: 8:00 PM 1:00 AM Exhibit Hall
Sunday, June 23, 1991
VENDORS: 9:00 AM -11:30 AM Space Coast Rooms
CHECK-OUT TIME: 12:00 NOON
HAPPY YOU CAME HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME ARRIVE HOME SAFELY
REUNION COORDINATOR (813) 397-5366
TWIN TOWERS HOTEL
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.
DELTA ORLANDO RESORT
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, 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.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS
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.
b. ONLY ONE ROOM RESERVATION PER MEMBER AT REUNION RATES.
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.
REQUESTS TO HOLD CLASS REUNIONS, LUNCHEONS, ETC.
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.
BABY SITTING SERVICES
AT THE DELTA ORLANDO RESORT: "Wally's Kids Club" (For Residents of Delta Orlando Resort Only)
1. Kids Nite Out: From 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. No children under 6 or over 12 years. Seven nights a week. Charge is
$8.00 per child, includes meal. Maximum children is 20 with no notice; up to 40 children with advance notice
to provide more help.
2. GROUP RATES: Charges and Activities available upon request.
3. INDIVIDUAL RATES: 4 hour minimum $4.00 -$8.00 an hour extra charge for additional children.
CONTACT: Ms. Joanna LaNeave, Recreation Director,
(407) 351-3340 Extension 1634.
AT THE TWIN TOWERS, HOWARD JOHNSON, and DAYS INN there are no babysitting services available.
Those requiring that service may contact the Following:
Fairy Godmothers Child Care Nursefinders of Orlando Super Sitters
4775 E. Anderson Road 701 Altaloma Avenue 1862 Winter Park Road
Orlando, FL 32812 Orlando, FL 32803 Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 277-3724 (407) 894-1112 (407) 740-5516
FLORIDA KEYS AND DADE ROOMS
Chairman 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 expreienced 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 only) 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 who wish 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.
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. After reviewing several Transportation proposals, the Executive
Board at its October 18, 1990 meeting, accepted the proposal submitted by Keppie Travel of Clearwater, Florida.
Delta Airlines has been designated the official airline for the 1991 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 attenders. 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 round trip 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,
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
YOUR FINAL BILL.
8. There are a limited number of one and two bedroom suites available from $175.00 to $250.00 per night at the Twin
Towers Hotel, and a few one-bedroom suites at $128.00 per night at the Delta Orlando Resort.
9. MEMBERS MUST BE AWARE THAT FAILURE TO CANCEL RESERVATIONS 48 HOURS PRIOR TO
ARRIVAL DATE, OR FAILURE TO CHECK INTO THE HOTEL ON THE FIRST NIGHT FOR WHICH
RESERVATIONS WERE MADE, MEMBERS WILL LOSE THE AMOUNT OF THE FIRST NIGHTS DEPOSIT
AND THE REMAINDER OF THE RESERVATION WILL BE CANCELLED.
CONVENTION CENTER LOBBY
Chairperson Carolyn Johnson
1. Please pre-register yourself, family and guests if you plan on attending the Reunion and/or ordering tickets. 1991
DUES MUST BE PAID.
2. Use the Pre-Registration and Ticket Order Forms printed in this section of the Canal Record.
a. Mail these forms INTACT DO NOT SEPARATE, along with your check or money order, payable to
the 1991 Reunion Coordinator and send to Reunion Coordinator. P.O. Box 10621. Largo. Florida
34643. Those members residing in the Republic of Panama please use checks on U.S. Banks or
money orders or drafts payable by U.S. institutions.
3. At Registration tables located in the Lobby of the Convention Center adjacent to the Twin Towers Hotel, name badges
and pre-paid tickets will be alphabetically filed under the last name of the member who ordered them.
a. Make sure that you pick up badges and tickets during registration hours. See Schedule of Events for
Registration hours. Our Registrars are all volunteers and we cannot work them OVERTIME.
b. Only the member or spouse may pick up tickets and badges that have been pre-registered. If you are
unable to pick them up, a signed note to the Registration Chairman, Carolyn Johnson, authorizing
another individual to pick them up may suffice.
c. Tickets will not be sold at entrances to the Dances or Luncheon.
d. Unsold tickets for the Dances will be for sale at the Hospitality Suite during their operating hours.
e. Tickets will not be mailed.
4. Tickets for the Golf Tournament, Class Reunions, Past Matron's Luncheon, etc. should be picked up from the
Chairperson of that event.
5. PLEASE BRING YOUR 1991 MEMBERSHIP CARD WITH YOU TO THE REUNION. THIS WILL BE USED
AS IDENTIFICATION AT THE REGISTRATION TABLES.
1. 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/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite
334, Seminole, Florida 34642, before the May 25, 1991 Executive Board meeting.
2. Underage drinking will not be tolerated or permitted at the Reunion. Hotel Security may request proof of age.
Anyone observed supplying intoxicating drinks to underage individuals will be dealt with as deemed necessary.
3. Hotel Security will be increased during the Reunion to prevent vandalism to hotel property.
4. The mixing of your own drinks will not be permitted in any of the hotels, outside of the confines of the guests' room.
5. Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functions are not permitted to place schedules, pictures, etc.
on the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotels. Any schedules and other reasonable information concerning your
event may be displayed in the Hospitality Suite or at the Society Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall.
6. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the Panazonian Dance or the Annual Ball.
DRINKS OF ANY KIND AND CIGARETTES, LIT OR UNLIT, WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE DANCE
FLOORS OF THE EXHIBIT HALL.
SPACE COAST ROOMS
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 1991 Reunion Coordinator.
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.
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
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.
For 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 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (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.
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 1991
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The Twelfth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament will be held at the CYPRESS CREEK COUNTRY
CLUB, 5353 South Vineland Rd., Orlando, FL. on June 20, 1991. (Please refer to the map in yellow insert for location).
You will be required to furnish your own transportation.
With the field expanded to 144 players, check in with committee at the club by 7:30 a.m, for an 8:00 a.m. "shot-
gun" start. NO LATECOMERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Reservation deadline is June 10,1991. No refunds will be made
after that date. Submit your registration form early to assure your entry in the tournament. If confirmation is required
of your reservation, please include a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) with your registration form, otherwise
consider yourself as entered, unless advised by the committee chairpersons.
Each player must provide his/her own breakfast as we were unable to secure a reasonably priced continental
breakfast. Coffee and danish will be available at the club, at players' expense in the morning. Check with your hotel for
its "early-bird" breakfast time.
Identification tags will be given each player at "check-in" time at golf club, to be used for admittance to Awards
Luncheon. Please wear them in prominent place on your person to facilitate entrance to the luncheon.
The entry fee has been increased to $40.00 per player, which includes greens fee, cart fee, luncheon, prizes, favors
and door prizes. The committee feels this is still a bargain even though all costs have risen this year.
The Awards Luncheon will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the LAKE/OSCEOLA ROOM in the Convention Center of the
TWIN TOWERS HOTEL. A country-style barbecue buffet with chicken and ribs, along with other barbecue items will
be served. An open cash-bar will be available. The committee requests you go directly to the luncheon from the golf
ONE GUEST PER PLAYER will be permitted to attend the luncheon at $11.50 per person. In response to our
questionnaire, luncheon has been opened to guests. NO CHILDREN will be allowed at the luncheon under 12 years of
age. Guests' identification tags will be provided at the door to the luncheon.
Note change in Registration Form as to flighting. For a more even distribution of prizes and to balance number of
players in a flight, please indicate your exact age as of June 20, 1991 to be flighted accordingly. The age requirement is
not necessary for women, being only one flight in this category. Your age will be kept confidential. Hopefully, a "super-
senior" flight may be possible, as suggested by a player.
The format of the tournament remains the same, i.e. Medal (Gross) Play with Men and Women Champions of the
field. You may play with players of your choice, however each player will be competing for prizes in their own age group
flight. The committee will pair you appropriately with players in your own age group and/or handicap if you have no one
to play with. If you have a PGA handicap, please indicate on your registration form, which will assist the committee
Information concerning the tournament will be posted in the Registration Area of the Twin Towers Hotel, Wednesday
afternoon, June 19.
Submit your registration form and check payable to R.F. Huldtquist, and mail to R.F. Huldtquist, 8447-140th St. N.,
Seminole, FL 34646.
NOTE: Professional Panama Canal golfers are invited to participate in this tournament, but will be ineligible for prizes,
as this is an amateur event. Please indicate on your Registration Form.
NO SPECTATORS PLEASE AT THE GOLF COURSE, IT ONLY SLOWS DOWN PLAY. THANK YOU.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21 ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
CITRUS CROWN BALLROOM
President Betty Frassrand
1. The Annual Business Meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida starts at 10:00 a.m.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting and assist in conducting the business of the Society.
3. Only paid-up members (1991 dues) will be admitted.
4. You will be given a lottery ticket at the entrance to the meeting. There will be drawings for several prizes throughout
the meeting. You must be present to claim your prize.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE
Chairperson Stacy Parker
1. The Panazonian Dance will be held from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
2. DO NOT bring your own drinks the Twin Towers Hotel will have cash bars set up in the immediate area.
3. Music by Charlie Cooper's Latin "Copra" Band. A teaser by Tito Mouynes.
4. Andy Lim will conduct a fashion show from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. prior to the Panazonian Dance. You MUST
purchase a ticket to the Dance to be admitted to the Fashion Show.
5. No Drinks of any kind or Cigarettes, lit or unlit Will be Permitted on the Dance Floor.
6. No tickets will be sold at the door.
7. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted to enter the dance hall.
8. Transportation will be available between the Twin Towers Hotel and the other three participating hotels.
9. The cut-off date for ticket orders is June 3. Cut-off for refunds is June 10.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22
ANNUAL BANQUET LUNCHEON
CITRUS CROWN BALLROOM
Chairperson Betty Malone
1. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch served at 12:00 Noon.
2. Tickets will be limited to 1,000 persons 10 persons 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 22, 9:00 11:30 AM., 2:00 4:00 P.M.
2ND ANNUAL SPORTS EVENT DELTA ORLANDO RESORT
Chairpersons Colette and Drake Carlisle
We've got the procedure down this year. Two events are going to be offered during the 1991 Reunion a volleyball
tournament and bingo. If we do not receive adequate advance pre-registration for an event, it will be cancelled and a
notice will be posted in the Hospitality/Information area on Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21, 1991.
The volleyball tournament will be played based on a "ladder" format with six to eight people on a team. The times
and teams will be posted in the Hospitality/Information area. You may pre-register either as an individual or as a team
or group of people. If you pre-register as an individual or group of people, you will be placed on a team as needed. Please
check the boards on Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21, 1991 to find out your team assignments and game times.
Additionally, at that time you will need to re-register to confirm that you will be playing so that we have an accurate
count for the tournament and have names/teams for awards presentation at the Ball Saturday evening.
Bingo will be offered at the Delta Orlando Resort between 2:00 4:00 P.M. Last year we had several great prizes
from vendors, and the staff at the Delta Orlando does a great job of calling bingo. Again, we must ask you to pre-
register for bingo so we have an accurate count for the Delta Orlando staff and to determine whether there is enough
interest to hold the bingo games. Please pre-register at the Hospitality/Information area on Thursday and Friday, June
20 and 21, 1991 so we have confirmation that you will indeed be playing bingo.
I Volleyball Pre-registration: Bingo Pre-registration:
Names Ages Names Ages
Mail this form to Reunion Coordinator,
I P.O. Box 10621, Largo, FL 34643.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22
- (813) 397-5366
ANNUAL SOCIETY BALL
Chairperson Stacy Parker
1. The Annual Society Ball will be held from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
2. YOU MAY NOT CARRY FOOD OR DRINKS INTO THE EXHIBIT HALL.
3. The Twin Towers Hotel will have cash bars set up in the immediate area.
4. There will be no reservations, with the exception of the Reunion Committee members and Past Presidents.
5. Semi-formal dress NO SHORTS OR JEANS,
6. Music by Tito Mouynes, with his conjunto, and Charlie Cooper and his Latin "Copra" band.
7. NO DRINKS OR CIGARETTES, LIT OR UNLIT, WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE DANCE FLOOR.
8. Transportation will be available between the Twin Towers Hotel and the other participating hotels.
9. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted into the dance hall.
10. Cut-off date for ticket order is June 3. Cut-off date for refunds is June 10.
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TICKET RESERVATION FORM
For Office Use Date/Post Fee Rec'd Dues Paid Ball Lunch Panazonian
Member's Name (Please print)_
City State ZIP_
MAIL THIS ENTIRE FORM TO:
P.O. Box 10621
Largo, Florida 34643
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: THE 1991 REUNION COORDINATOR
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PANAZONIAN DANCE ORDER FORM
Limited to 3000 Capacity
$3.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member
No. of Tickets Total $
No children under 12 allowed
at the dance
ANNUAL BALL ORDER FORM
Limited to 3000 Capacity
$10.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member
No. of Tickets Total $
No children under 12 allowed
at the dance
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LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
Limited to 1000 capacity.
$13.50/Ticket 10 tickets per member
No. of Tickets Total $
1. Member 6.
Cut-off date for orders June 3, 1991
Cut-off date for refunds-June 10, 1991
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO 1991 REUNION
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If you plan to attend the 1991 Reunion, please complete and mail this form.
For Office Use Date/Post Fee Rec'd Dues Paid Ball Lunch PZ
Please print or type: Members Number
City: State Zip
List name of each additional person in member's group who are NOT making their own Pre-registration.
NAME Residence State/County
BEHAVIOR UNBECOMING OF A SOCIETY MEMBER OR VANDALISM OF HOTEL PROPERTY WILL
RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF MEMBERSHIP AND/OR OTHER ACTION TAKEN.
***** ********************* *** **** ***** **** **** ********
Please print or type:
HOTEL RESERVATION FORM
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
1991 Reunion June 19 23, 1991
Arrival Date: (Check-in time: 3:00 PM) Departure Date: (Check-out time: 12 Noon)
HOTEL SECURITY WILL BE INCREASED TO PREVENT VANDALISM
Hotel Choice (1) (2) (3) (4) Type of room requested
Twin Towers NO VACANCIES
Delta Orlando Resort Single Double Triple Quad $64/night
Howard Johnson Single Double Triple Quad $64/night
Days Inn Single Double Triple Quad $64/night
Children 17 and under occupying same room as parents stay free. Rates do not include 10% tax.
Names of all room occupants
GUARANTEE RESERVATION WITH ONE NIGHTS DEPOSIT
CHECK ENCLOSED: $ (PAYABLE TO HOTEL OF CHOICE) AMEX VISA MC
OTHER CARD NUMBER
MEMBER'S SIGNATURE DATE:
Room reservations must be received before May 19, 1991 (cut-off date). Reservations received after that date will be
granted on a space-available basis with no guarantee of special room rates.
DID YOU FILL OUT YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION FORM? IF NOT, PLEASE DO SO.
MAIL BOTH FORMS TO: REUNION COORDINATOR, P.O. BOX 10621, LARGO, FLORIDA 34643
GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM JUNE 20, 1991
INAME (Print) Address:
City State Zip.
ITelephone Number Exact age as of June 20, 1991: Male Female_
GOLF AND LUNCHEON persons @ $40.00 per person
LUNCHEON GUEST @ $11.50 per person. TOTAL ENCLOSED: $_
LUNCHEON GUEST'S NAME (Print)
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We welcome Edwin and Dorothy Hepner who have
recently chosen Kerrville to be their new home. They
come to us from Florida, and had lived in Gatun and
On November 14, 1990, the Kerrville Grandmas
honored Jackie Bishop and welcomed her into their
ranks with a Grandma Shower (see Births). There were
30 in attendance. After lunch, Bridge and Canasta were
played. High and Low for Bridge were Anna Lee Young
and Aline Cornels. High and Low for Canasta were
Jackie Bishop and Nealie Van Siclen. Marion Wells, our
Poet Laureate, composed and read her poem for the
L-R: Olga Nordstrom, Chita Hanna, June Burns and
Delle Dunn. Grandma's Shower, Kerrville, November
Nealie Van Siclen, from St. Petersburg, FL, visited
Bea and Glenn Rhyne in November and timed her visit
to be here for the Grandma's Shower. Her visit was a
surprise to the group and she was able to see all of her
friends. Nealie was guest of honor at luncheons in
Kerrville and San Antonio.
Lester L. (Sam) Largent and his 9 lb. 4 oz. Ambrosia
Hybrid cantelope, grown in his garden. West, Texas.
Honey Fealey had her annual Christmas Luncheon
and Canasta on December 7, 1990. It was a delightful
party, one that we have all come to look forward to as
the beginning of the Holiday Season. Her hand-made
favors and corsages are a labor of love and are treasured
keepsakes. Marion Wells composed a poem for the
occasion but was unable to deliver it as she had laryngitis
and was not able to attend. I am happy to report that the
laryngitis was short-lived and that Marion is her
inimitable self again. After the luncheon at the Inn of the
Hills, we went to Honey's home for dessert and an
afternoon of Bridge and Canasta.
Our Canal Zone group has lost two more of our
friends: Elizabeth Davison and Betty Marshall (see In
Memoriam). The following was written by Betty's
daughter-in-law, Ann Marshall. A hope that we could all
have the same mother-in-law/daughter-in-law
"It is with sadness that we report the death of Betty
Marshall (12-24-90) after a long battle with emphysema.
Despite this struggle, Betty enjoyed some happy days in
1990. In July she had a wonderful visit from one
grandson and his wife, Scott and Robin Anderson, of
Gilbert, AZ. Betty's other grandson, Chuck Anderson, is
serving in the Navy and remains in the Mediterranean.
One wish Betty had was to see her two boys celebrate
their 50th birthday together. Even though she was in the
hospital, Betty got her wish. Betty, Ed, John, Ed's wife
Ann, and a dear friend, Glenda, ate birthday cake
together on Ed and John's 50th birthday, December 3,
"More than anything I would like to tell you what a
wonderful pleasure it has been to have had such a super
mother-in-law. Also, being a part of the Canal Zone
family here in Kerrville, and previously in the real thing,
has given me a unique experience that I'm glad I have
had. Betty's friends never failed her: Bill and Sue
Graham, Beth Waddell, Chita Hanna, Elizabeth Davison,
and Dale and Jackie Bishop. This is with love to Mom
Marilyn and Wade Carter are off again on one of
their cross-country trips. They headed for Florida this
time to visit family and friends. The first leg of their trip
was a stop in Austin, TX to attend the inauguration of
Ann Richards as Governor of Texas.
Well, it's hard to believe that 1991 is already a month
old, but it, is so that means it's time for another report!
I heard from lots of folks during the holiday so,
without further adieu, here is their news.
Carol (Baker) Goodwin reports that her son, Brett,
is now 6 years old and his sister, Leah, is 3. Husband,
Mike, passed his architectural licensing exam and is
temporarily working in San Francisco. The Goodwins
spent Thanksgiving in Atlanta with Mike's family.
Sheryl (Ruoff) and Charles Alberga's boys, Tyler and
Marshall, are 4 and 2 and so much "into" the Ninja
Turtles that Tyler has dad taking judo lessons with him!
Sheryl spends quite a bit of her time being thrown
around for practice! The Alberga's managed two trips to
Texas during 1990, both to celebrate weddings. One was
that of Daphne Downing and Robbie Currier and the
other was that of Didi Ruoff. In August, Sheryl and
Maurie Moore assisted in bringing a 42' sailboat up from
Edna O'Donnell writes that she was able to visit with
daughter, Ann, and her family, Steve, Samantha and Kyle
Barger, three times during 1990. One trip took them all
to Las Vegas where they had a personally guided tour of
Hoover Dam. They said they were happy to get back to
Wyoming, though, as the temp in Vegas was 107 degrees!
Ann is in 1st and Katie is in pre-school getting ready for
Kindergarten. Thanksgiving was busy at the Morgans with
Jim Snider, Mike, Joan and Carl Snider all sharing in
the festivities. Patty and Ken are looking forward to a
short trip to San Francisco in March. While there they
will visit with Bill Snider who is doing real well in a
group home in Gilroy.
Katie (5), Patty, Bridgette
(9), Ken and Leslie (7)
Snider Family Reunion. Standing: Jim, Theresa,
Mom, Dad, Bill. Sitting: Beth, Mike, Patty, Tom.
Patty (Snider) Morgan writes that she and husband,
Ken, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary with a
short trip to Florida last February. They spent August at
a very large family reunion in Washington. The 3 Morgan
girls are growing up fast; Bridgette is in 4th grade, Leslie
The Barkeims: front: Brian, Barbara, Amy (10) and
Jason (14). Back: Tyler (9), Justin (12) Todd (9).
Short note from Barbara (Betcher) Barkeim. She is
keeping real busy with kids' activities plus being a leader
for L.Y.F.T. and 4-H!
Evelyn (Barraza) Snider writes that Grandma Evelyn
was in Panama over the Thanksgiving holidays. While she
was there the family took a three-day trip to the Volcan.
Evelyn has been accepted for a Preventive Medicine
Program in Washington State. At the time she wrote the
Sniders planned to be stateside by summer but did say
that war could change those plans.
Leslie and Russell Gillespie shared the news that
their family was going to grow by 1 around March 10th!
Donna Bunnell wrote that 1990 was a full year with
lots of company! Daughter, Bev (Olsen) Bouche, and kids
visited for a month. Son, Don (Olsen), Chris and family
moved back to Washington from Texas. Don is stationed
in King Salmon, Alaska. Daughter, Cheryl (Olsen), and
family are still living in Everett, WA. Dell has retired and
Donna is considering doing the same in about 2 years.
Alan Cheshire called to share the news that he
attended the annual Christmas Tree Burn in Pinellas
Park, FL. This burn is hosted by the Littles. Alan said
that there were close to 200 people in attendance! Alan
and his family are still living in Lakeland, FL where he is
an instructor at the Shori Kan Dojo. Alan is now working
on his 4th black belt and keeps busy being a judge at
international state championships.
Keep the news coming! Till the next issue.
JOSEPH WOOD HONORED
The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc., at its October 18, 1990 meeting voted
unanimously to present Mr. Joseph Wood of the Panama
Canal Commission with a 1915 picture of the
Administration Building which was taken during an
anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt's visit to the
Joseph Wood has continuously made himself
available to the Panama Canal Society of Florida
ensuring that any information or documentation that the
Society may need is provided. Mr. Wood was
instrumental in helping the Society to deliver the Friends
of Panama merchandise to the Social Security Hospital
and represented the Society in the presentation to the
Administrator of the Social Security System of Panama.
Actually, we could not have done it without his help.
President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida Betty
Frassrand, accompanied with her husband, Larry,
present Joe Wood with a photograph of the
Administration Building taken in 1915 during an
anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt's visit to
Additionally, it was Joe who discovered that there
are several Roosevelt Medals in the vault of the Panama
Canal Commission. He notified us immediately and we
have published the names who have a medal in the vault
waiting to be claimed. (see September, 1990 issue). On
November 30, 1990, Larry and I were extremely honored
to personally make this presentation to Mr. Wood on
behalf of the Panama Canal Society of Florida in his
office at the Administration Building. Joe, we appreciate
all you have done and all that you continue to do for the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and are anxiously
awaiting the day for your return Stateside to become
more directly involved with the Panama Canal Society of
Betty LeDoux Frassrand
COL. KENNETH WHEELER RETIRES
Colonel Kenneth R.
Wheeler, USAF, retired
from the U.S. Air Force on
November 27, 1990, at
Wright-Patterson Air Force
Colonel Wheeler was born
in Colon, Rep. of Panama,
attending high school in
Aiken, SC for two years
,W then returned to the Canal
Zone and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1956.
Col. Kenneth R. He earned a BS degree in
Wheeler Business Administration
from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1960 and also holds
a Masters degree in International Relations from George
Washington U., 1972. He is a graduate of Squadron
Officer School, the Naval War College Command and
Staff and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
The colonel received his commission in 1960 through
the Air Force ROTC. Trained as a navigator, he was
assigned to SAC's Heavy Bombardment Wing in the B-
52 aircraft, where he was twice deployed to Southeast
Asia flying 135 combat missions over South and North
Vietnam. Col. Wheeler has since been assigned to
Arkansas, North Carolina, Southeast Asia again, Andrews
AFB, and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
With over 4,000 flying hours, Colonel Wheeler's
decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious
Service Medal, Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Air
Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding
Unit Award and several other awards, including
decorations from Vietnam.
Colonel Wheeler is married to the former Susan
Boon Short of Roanoke, VA. The Wheelers have three
children: Wendy, Brian and Kristin.
SALLY A. ESTES PROMOTED
Sally Ackerman Estes, Oak Park, Ill., has been
promoted to editor of the new "Books for Youth" section
of BOOKLIST, the publication of the American Library
Association, Chicago. The new section was formed when
the "Children's Books" section was merged with the
"Books for Young Adults" section. Sally (BHS'52) has
been with ALA for 25 years.
EDITOR MUST HAVE BY:
APRIL 25, 1991
CAPT. FRITTS'S SEVENTY-FIRST
Onie Elizabeth Fritts gave her husband Captain
Gilbert Lee Fritts a birthday party at their home in Boca
Raton, Florida. The date was September 23, 1990 to
celebrate Captain Gil's seventy-first birthday.
Brian Cicero (and his trophy!)
BRIAN CICERO WINS TROPHY
Brian Cicero, son of Mark and Dena Cicero of
Lewisville, Texas, proudly displays his first place trophy
which he was awarded in the "Beautiful Baby Contest"
recently held in Lewisville.
His daddy is envious that Brian, at age 2, already has
the biggest trophy in the house.
Brian is the grandson of Joe and Marcia Cicero of
Clearwater, Florida, and Bob and Sandy Chandler of
FOR VOLUNTEER WORK
Sgt. Jessie Sandifer, an
LSU police officer, has been
named Health Services
Instructor of the Year by
the local chapter of the
American Red Cross.
She has been a Red
Cross volunteer for 15 years
and her recent honor is for
her volunteer work as an
resuscitation and first aid.
Jessie was raised in the
Canal Zone and is a Jessie Sandifer
graduate of Balboa High
School. She is the daughter
of Mrs. Anona Kirkland and the late William E.
Kirkland who was a long-time employee of both the
Dredging and Electrical Divisions in the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Fritts.
Captain Gil retired June 11, 1983 as a Pilot with the
Panama Canal Commission after 32 years of service.
Present at the party was Gilbert, Jr. from Panama,
and Cheri Fritts from Pompano, Florida. Also attending
was Onie's daughter DeShea Dieser with her husband
Marty and their daughter Kristen.
Tim and Patty Plucker
PLUCKERS CELEBRATE 20th
Tim and Patty Plucker of Williamsburg, MI.,
celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Halloween,
October 31, 1990.
The couple celebrated by candlelight between trick
FEARS WILLIAMS ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Fears of Dothan, Alabama,
formerly of the Panama Canal Zone, announce the
engagement of their daughter, Tami Louise to Mr. Wykle
D. Williams III, son of Mr. Wykle D. Williams Jr. of
Dothan and Mrs. Diane Love of Cottonwood.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Charles C. Fears of Waterbury, Conn. and the
late Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Ferguson of Moorehead, Miss.
The future bridegroom is the grandson of Mr. and
Mrs. W.D. Williams Sr. of Dothan; the late Mrs. Justine
Mitchell of Midland City and the late Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Austin Johnson of Phenix City, Ala,
The wedding is planned for February 9, 1991, at 3:00
p.m. at St. Columbia Catholic Church. A reception will
follow at the Ramada Inn of Dothan.
MALO MARTINO ENGAGEMENT
Elisa Malo (Margarita/Ancon) and Anthony Martino
(Los Rios) announce their engagement. She is the
daughter of Dr. T. Malo, Jewell Kross, and Lynn Egger
Skaggs. He is the son of Carmen Martino and John and
MARISA UMNUSS AWARDED
ALL AMERICAN HONORS
Marisa Umnuss was graduated from the California
Polytechnic State University in June of 1990, with a
degree in Engineering-Electronics specialty.
While attending CalPoly, she was awarded All
American honors, three years successively in NCAA
Division II swimming for the 100, 200 butterfly and the
Marisa resides in San Diego, CA., and is employed as
an Ocean Rescue Lifeguard for the City of San Diego.
Elisa Malo and Anthony Martino
The bride-elect is a graduate of Balboa High School.
She received an A.A. from Panama Canal College in
Behavioral Science, an A.S. from Tallahassee Community
College in Paramedic Technology, and a B.S. from
Florida State University in Sociology.
The groom-elect is a graduate of Balboa High
School. He is currently studying Electrical Engineering at
the University of Central Florida.
RICHARD M. REYNOLDS
WINS COUNTY COMMISSION SEAT
The Honorable Richard
M. Reynolds, son of Gloria
SReynolds and the late Lt.
Paul H. Reynolds of Aiken,
SS.C., formerly of Balboa,
^ Canal Zone has won the
county commission race
against a 12-year incumbent
in Columbia County,
Georgia, which has a
population of 65,000.
Commissioner Reynolds was
born in 1944 in Ancon,
Canal Zone, and attended
Balboa High School and
Richard M. Reynolds Canal Zone College.
Commissioner Reynolds will
be part of history as he will join 4 other republican
commissioners as the first complete republican board in
the history of Columbia County.
Commissioner Reynolds is married to Sheila Blake
of Augusta and they have 2 children, Laralie, 20 years
old, and Tiffany, 8 years old, both of Augusta.
Commissioner Reynolds and his family live in Evans,
LAKES CELEBRATE 40th
Kenneth and Edith Lake celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary on August 27, 1990.
The family gathered at the home of Richard and
Sylvia (Lake) Jean-Louis in Albuaueraue. N.M.
Back: Melanie (Lake) Winaus, Kenneth E. Lake, Sr.,
Sylvia (Lake) Jean-Louis. Front: Kenneth Lake, Jr.,
Edith Lake, Arek Lake.
Attending were Mark and Melanie (Lake) Winans of
Chandler, AZ; Arek Lake of Albuquerque, and Ken, Cleo
and Graciela Lake and Monica Munoz of Midland,
PAUL AUSTIN RECEIVES AWARD
Paul Austin (CHS 1975), son of Mr. and Mrs.
Nelson Austin, has been awarded the Goldie Brangman
Award by the New York State Association of Nurse
Anesthetists at their annual meeting on october 14, 1990.
The award is given for the outstanding research paper
written by a student while attending a nurse anesthesia
program in New York state, the paper, which he
presented at the meeting, is entitled, "The combination of
atracurium and vecuronium compared to vecuronium
administered: Evaluation of neuromuscular and
cardiovascular effects". It was written while Paul was
attending graduate school between 1988 and 1990 at the
University of Buffalo.
A graduate of the Navy Nurse Anesthesia
Program/The George Washington University,
Washington, D.C., Paul is a certified registered nurse
anesthetist. He is currently a major in the United States
Air Force stationed at Wilford-Hall Medical Center
(Lackland AFB, Texas), and is an instructor at the USAF
Nurse Anesthesia Program with a faculty appointment to
the University of Texas Health Science Center at San
Antonio School of Nursing, Graduate Division.
Paul resides in San Antonio with his wife, the former
Nancy Tobin of Saranac Lake, NY. They have three
children: Matthew, 8; Sarah, 6; and Christopher, 3.
The Austins lived in Coco Solo and Margarita from
1966 to 1983, while Mr. Nelson worked for the
Navigation Division. The Nelsons now live in Hermon,
BAUMANS CELEBRATE 25th
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene L. Bauman celebrated their
25th wedding anniversary at a surprise party on October
13, 1990, given by their children andf friends.
Eugene Bauman and Louise Scigliane were married
October 9, 1965 at Howard AFB, Canal Zone.
L-R: Aaron, Kelly, Mary Scigliane, Eugene, Louise,
Louis Scigliane, Jamie and Todd.
They have four children, Kelly, Todd, and Aaron of
Michigan, and Jamie, in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Scigliane of Stone Mountain,
Georgia, attended the festivities for their daughter and
DIANA ARNDT HONORED
For her outstanding involvement in the Big Sister
program, Diana Arndt, daughter of Rolf and Joan Powell
Arndt of Perrysburg, Ohio, was named Big Sister of the
year for 1990. Diana is executive assistant to the chief of
pediatrics at Akron Children's Hospital, attends Akron
University two nights a week and a daily aerobics class.
She first became a big sister in 1982.
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Seminole, Florida 34642
Claudia Hanbury and Lorin Henry Bleeker were
married on August 14, 1990 at the Courthouse in
Lorin is a principal partner in the prestigious
Rockville law firm of Katz, Frome, Slan and Bleeker,
PA. Claudia joined the law firm as Lorin's administrative
and legal secretary in March of 1990 and married him
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Claudia Hanbury and Lorin Bleeker with Cisne (6),
Nicole (3), and Chase (1).
Lorin has become the proud stepfather to Claudia's
three children, Cisne (6), Nicole (3), and Chase (1).
The family resides in Cabin John, Maryland.
Claudia and Lorin continue to work together as a
married legal team in the law firm and Claudia is thrilled
to be back in the Washington area close to her mother,
Elizabeth Mizrachi, formerly of Brazos Heights,
Panama, and Craig Lane of Tallahassee, Florida, were
joined in marriage on December 15, 1990 at the Pisgah
United Methodist Church in Tallahassee.
The bride is the daughter of Enrique (Henry) and
Muriel (Sunny Morland) Mizrachi of Brazos Heights.
Her matron of honor was her sister, Karen (Mizrachi)
Atkins, of Gilbert, Arizona. Bridesmaids were Patricia
(Rice) Cantrell and Sheila McDaniel, both former
The groom's parents are Linda and Robert Lane.
Craig's brother, Robert K. Lane, was best man and the
groomsmen were Charles Lang and Jeffrey Harvey.
Samantha Loori was the flower girl and Joshua Nimblet
was the ringbearer.
The reception was held at the Las Robles Women's
Club in Tallahassee, where small Panama montuno hats
decorated the tables.
Family guests and special friends included maternal
grandmother, Virginia (Woodhull) Morland, Robert
Mizrachi, Todd Atkins, Burt and Carol (Morland)
Mead, Rick and Keith Mead, David Corrigan, Jerry and
Lisa (Corrigan) Curtis, Michael and Shawn Coffey, and
daughters Madeline and Alise, Luke Givens, Cathy
McDaniel, John and Roddy Underhill, Tom Eckel, Jean
and Lee Wade, and Shirley and Paul Whitlock.
After a honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple returned
to make their home in Tampa, Florida.
Thomas Edward Coyle and Susan Renae Dunker
were married on October 13, 1990, in Helotes, Texas.
Guests included Canal Zone friends of the groom's
family, out-of-state relatives, and friends of the couple.
The groom, formerly of Diablo, Canal Zone, is the
son of Edward and Ellen Covle of Austin. Texas.
Susan Renae Dunken and Thomas Edward Coyle.
The bride is a graduate of the SST Travel School and
is a Travel Consultant at Rennert World Travel in San
Antonio, Texas. The groom was graduated from
Southwest Texas State University and is employed with
Intertex Flooring of San Antonio.
After a honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas, the
couple will be at home in San Antonio, Texas.
Elizabeth A. Bell (BHS'79) and John Thompson
were married at Wekiva Springs, near Tallahassee,
Florida, on June 23, 1990.
Elizabeth Bell and John Thompson
The best man was Robert Guris and the maid of
honor was Martha, sister of the bride. Elizabeth is the
daughter of Amy and William R. (Dick) Bell of Deltona,
Florida. John is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry
Thompson of Tallahassee.
They spent their honeymoon in the Bahamas and
reside in Tallahassee.
David and Heather Moore of Humble, Texas,
proudly announce the marriage of their mother, Patsy
"Pat" (Lee) Moore to Edward J. Donohue of Curundu,
Rep. of Panama on November 3, 1990 in Humble.
A reception at Bennigans followed the ceremony, for
relatives and friends. An out-of-town guest was George
"Buddy" Slaughter of Spring, Texas, a former Gatunite
and classmate of the bride.
The bride is the daughter of Era L. Greene and
stepdaughter of the late Clarence A. Greene of Anniston,
AL., former Gold Coasters. She attended C.Z. schools
and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1963. She
is presently employed with Champlin Refinery in
Mr. Donohue is a graduate of Balboa High School
and is Supervisor, General Claims Examiner in the Office
of General Council in the Canal Zone, and plans to retire
in January to join his wife in Texas.
Eddie and Pat Donohue honeymoon in Casa
deCampo, Dominican Republic.
The newlyweds honeymooned in the Dominican
Republic, later returning to Panama to complete plans
for his retirement. Mrs. Donohue flew to Panama for two
weeks during the holidays. The couple were honored at
several parties given by their many friends.
The couple reside at: 5703 Green Timbers Drive,
Humble, Texas 77346.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ruoff of Kingswood, Texas
announce the marriage of their daughter, Diane, to Jay
Heimburger of Dallas, Texas.
Diane Ruoff and Jay Heimburger
The wedding took place on November 3, 1990 in
Dallas, at the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, with
a reception atop the Stoneleigh Hotel.
Didi and Jay will reside in Dallas.
Holly Lynn Richardson (BHS'79) and Blake Young
Stock (Dallas, Texas) were married on June 9, 1990 in a
candlelight ceremony at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at
Winfrey point on White Rock Lake, where everyone had
a wild time dancing to music that included several Zonian
favorites such as "La Bamba."
The bride is the daughter of Rita Richardson
(Lewiston, Maine) and (Ret.) Lt.Cmdr. Donald
Richardson (Metairie, LA). The groom is the son of
Frances and Dan Stock (Dallas). The bride was given in
marriage by her brother, Court, of Metairie, LA. Matron
of honor was Laurie McDonough (Boston) and
bridesmaids were Marlene "Gretchen" Snavely (BHS'79
now of Colorado), Data Ree Carr (Dallas) and Christine
DiTullio-Newman (Austin). Best man was Sam Stock,
father of the groom. Groomsmen and ushers were Greg
and Scott Cook (cousins of the groom from Pittsburg,
Texas), Drue Franklin (Australia), Scott Rolston, Damon
Nelson and Parker Fanning, all from Dallas. In addition
to Holly's mother, relatives and friends of Maine, there
were guests from several other states and parts of Texas.
Butch Walters (BHS'79 now of Virginia) read a passage
during the ceremony. Maureen (Egger) Whitlock
(BHS'79) made the beautiful veil worn by the bride.
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Holly Lynn Richardson
The couple spent their honeymoon in New Orleans -
seeing the town and sailing on Court's sailboat, returning
tanned and relaxed.
The Stocks will reside in Dallas where Holly is a
kindergarten teacher at a K-12 Prep School and Blake is
with a Certified Accounting firm.
Tim and Patty Plucker of Williamsburg, Michigan,
proudly announce the marriage of their daughter,
Jennifer Grace, to John Anthony Zoulek.
Jennifer Plucker and John Zoulek
The ceremony was held at dusk, by the sea, on
September 8, 1990.
In attendance were family and friends of the bride
and groom. After a brief honeymoon the couple will
reside at Port Aransas, Texas.
Lew and I, Sue Lessiack Stabler, were married 15
years ago at the Cristobal Courthouse, but this year, right
after Christmas on December 27, 1990, we were finally
married in the Church in a most dear and joyous
celebration at Gatun's Church of the Immaculate
Conception. Three very special priests, Father James
Coindreau, Father Jack Kane and Father Julio
Fernandez helped us with our vows and administered the
sacraments of penance, baptism, confirmation,
communion and marriage.
We planned the date especially so my daughter Leslie
Griffin could share it with us. The tiny church was also
filled with other precious family members and friends,
including a whole pack of the world's most incredibly
well-behaved children, two of whom were our own four-
year-olds, Timmy and Robbie Stabler. Others celebrating
with us included Lew's mom, Blanche Thelma Stabler;
his sister, Fran Stabler Meyer; Nicki Meyer; Tim and
Teresa Herring and their seven beautiful children;
Margaret Herring; Richard and Amy Garcia Fisher and
their three children; Tom and Evelyn Barraza Snider and
their three children; Gerry and Howie Adams Laatz and
their boys; Colin and Alberta Wilder Corrigan and
I only wish my mom, Kathi Adams Lessiack, and
Lew's dad, Joe Stabler, could have been there they
would have made the day complete.
Martha (Marti) Bell (BHS'81) and John Corrigan
IV (BHS'80) were married in a family-only ceremony at
the bride's parents home in Deltona, Florida on
December 15, 1990. Martha is the daughter of Amy and
William R. (Dick) Bell of Deltona.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
Carlin of Sarasota, Florida. The bride's sister, Jeannine,
served as matron of honor, and sisters Barbara and
Sandra and Julie Smith were bridesmaids. The groom's
brother, JeffFilas, served as best man. Groomsmen were
Fred Brigaman, James Stout and Gordon Hendrickson.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the
gardens of picturesque Victorian Village. Norma of the
Bridal Casa helped plan the affair. After a wedding trip
to Las Vegas, the couple will be at home in San Diego,
Kimberly T. Kahn and Raymond Davis were united
in marriage on August 21, 1990 at Myrtle Beach, South
The bride's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Marty Kahn of
Albermarle, N.C. and the groom's parents are John and
Diana (Smith) Davis, formerly of France Field, C.Z.
Martha Bell and John Corrigan IV
The best man was John (Jack) Corrigan III, father
of the groom, and the maid of honor was Elizabeth (Bell)
Thompson, sister of the bride.
In attendance were Gloria Corrigan, Marie
Corrigan, mother and grandmother of the groom and his
sisters. The bride's brother, Richard J. Bell (BHS'77), a
marine engineer, served as photographer.
They went to the Bahamas for their honeymoon and
live in Orlando, Florida.
Melanie Catherine Carlin (BHS'81) was married to
David Paul Filas on October 20, 1990 in Old Town's
Victorian Village, San Diego, California.
Melanie Carlin and David Filas
Kimberly and John Davis
The bride is a graduate of North Stanly High School
and is employed as a hairstylist.
The groom graduated from Cristobal High School in
1981 and Western Carolina University. He is a North
Carolina Department of Corrections Officer.
John and Kim are residing in Albermarle, N.C.
Due to space limitations and to provide equi-
tableness to all members, wedding guest lists
cannot be printed in the future. Members are
asked to summarize and not list each name.
Rinehart was born
November 28, 1990,
weighing 7 lbs. 9 oz., 19 1/2
inches long, at the U.S.
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He J
is the first child of Laurie
(Hollowell) and Michael
are Freeland and Mary
Hollowell of Dothan,
Alabama, and great-
grandson of Ruth Straus,
Burbank, CA., a former Timothy M. Rinehart
resident of Balboa, Canal
Zone. He is the great-grandson of the late Margaret R.
and Ross H. Hollowell of St. Petersburg, FL.
Paternal grandparents are James L. and Margaret
Rinehart of Balboa, Panama and great-grandson of
William Allen, Dunedin, FL, and the late Louise Allen.
He is the great-grandson of the late Roy and Sue
Rinehart of Gatun, Canal Zone.
Captains Sheryl and Kevin Clark with Zane and
Payson M. Clark.
Captains Sheryl and Kevin (Air Force Academy '85)
and Zane Clark proudly announce the birth of their son
and brother, Payson Montague, born December 13, 1990.
Zane and Payson's grandparents are Huey (Lee)
(CHS'59) and Charles Clark and Virginia Reynolds
(BHS'57) and Monty Cook.
Sheryl and Kevin are stationed at Ellsworth Air
Force Base, Rapid City, South Dakota.
Elaine (Carr) and Brad
Reedy, of Chester, Virginia,
proudly announce the birth
of their sons, Erik Lester
and Taylor Trent Reedy on
February 13, 1990.
grandparents are Jan and
Al Carr of Palm Harbor,
Florida, formerly of Ancon,
Canal Zone. Paternal
grandparents are Merle and
Eileen Reedy of Prince
The twins, Erik on the
left, and Taylor on the right,
are shown with "Papa" Al
Carr during the Christmas
Twins, Erik (L) and
Taylor (R) with Al Carr
Dale and Jackie Bishop announce trhe birth of their
first grandchild, Jordan Michelle, born January 3, 1991,
weighing in at 6 lbs. 15 oz.
Jordan is the daughter of Mark and Alyson Bishop
of Austin, Texas.
Victoria Leigh and Kimberly Elizabeth Burgoon.
Jeffrey and Elizabeth (Burgoon) Lyle are very proud
to announce the birth of their second daughter Victoria
Leigh, born October 22, 1990. She was welcomed by her
big sister, Kimberly Elizabeth who is four years old.
The proud grandparents are Joe and Gloria (Brid)
Burgoon of Dothan, AL., and Charles and Martha Lyle
of Jacksonville, Florida.
Bruce and Susan (Clark) Egolf, of Springfield, IL.,
are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, a
daughter, Erin Leigh Egolf, on September 21, 1990. She
weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz., and was 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Clyde and Bernice Clark
of Springfield, IL. Paternal grandparents are George and
Bobbie Egolf of Pinellas Park, FL.
Bobbie and George Egolf were in Springfield with
their son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Susan for a
two-week visit in November to enjoy their first
Morales of Savannah, MO. Maternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Abdiel A. Flynn of Panama City, Panama.
Great-grandparents are Ubaldino Ortega of Panama City,
R.P.; Clementina Vincensin Flynn of Miami, FL.; P.
Walker of Marrero, LA.; and great-great-grandmother,
Maximina Saucedo Voncensin of Panama City, R.P.
Caroline joins her sister, Monica Jean who is 11
Todd and Karen (Williams) Edwards of Jonesboro,
Georgia are proud to announce the birth of their second
child, a son, Nicholas John, born June 4, 1990 at Clayton
General Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 19
Nicholas was welcomed by his sister Kristan Alaine
who is 2 years old.
The proud grandparents are John and Gerd Williams
of Portland, Texas and John and Gail Edwards of
Morales and Frances Flynn
Morales of Balboa, Panama,
announce the birth of their
second daughter Caroline
Sarah Morales, who was
born on September 27, 1990
at Centro Medico Paitilla.
She weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz. and
was 53 centemeters long
are Mr. and Mrs. John A.
Liam and Julii
Haggerty of Memphis
Tenn. are pleased t(
announce the birth of theb
second child, James lan, or
February 8, 1990. Coming ir
at 7 lbs. 10 oz., Ian gets lot!
of playtine from his brothel
Daniel and his grandma
Teresa D. Ramey.
lan also got a recent
visit from his aunt anc
uncle, Kathi and Bot
Schultz, who we
congratulate on Bob',
recent promotion to ful
Kylee Ann Gill
Brittany Nicole Cicero
proudly announces the birth
of her brother, Kristopher
James on October 10, 1990.
Sharing in honors is Jim
and Cheryl Cicero of
Proud grandparents are
Joe and Marcia Cicero of
Clearwater, Florida, and
Dale and Janice Carter of
Nana with Samantha and sister Rochelle.
John and Kathy Overstreet are proud to announce
the birth of their second daughter. Samantha Marie was
born March 19, 1990 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She
weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz.
Samantha's Nana is Mary Overstreet of Tallahassee,
Florida. Maternal grandparents are Pat and Bernie
Ekman of Oregon.
Carol (Carr) and
S fl Ricky Walton of Durham,
N.C. announce the birth of
their son, Joshua Wynne
Walton, on May 7, 1990.
grandparents are Jan and Al
C-arr of Palm Harbor,
Florida, formerly residents
of Ancon, Canal Zone.
grandparents are Rose
Joshua Walton Walton of Durham, N.C.
and the late Ben Walton.
Everyone says that Josh looks just like proud Papa Al
s Dan and lan Haggerty
Tom and Suzanne
(Dolan) Gill of Houston,
Texas, are happy to
announce the birth of their
first child, Kylee Ann Gill.
She was born on November
13, 1990, weighing in at 6
lbs. 13 oz. and was 19 inches
Ma t e r n a l
grandparents are Joe and
Ann Dolan of Austin, Texas.
Peternal grandparents are
Ernest and Gilda Gill of
Ashley Caitlin Loera was
born on November 5, 1990
to Wally and Helen (Hurst)
Loera of Manassas,
Virginia. She weighed 8 lbs.
13 oz. and was 20 3/4
Her maternal grandparents
A- are Paul and Delia Hurst of
SLos Rios, Panama. Her
40 ~- paternal grandmother is
Anna Loera of Odessa,
S Ashley's first visitors were
all three of her
Grandparents just minutes
after birth! She met her
Ashley C. Loera uncle Paul Hurst, aunt
Betty (Gonzalez) Hurst and
her 1-year old cousin Taylor Elizabeth Hurst shortly after
Ashley is looking forward to her first trip to Panama
for the Carnival in February, 1991!
Lt. Jeffrey P. Nelson and his wife, Mary Ann
(Spaeth) Nelson of Hawaii proudly announce the birth of
their first child, born January 8, 1991. Leeann Kathleen
weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz. and was named after her maternal
grandfather and paternal grandmother. Leeann's
maternal grandparents are Jewell H. Spaeth and the late
Lee Spaeth of Yoakim, Texas.
Kay Nelson, a very happy first-time grandmother, and
the late Gotfred "Bip" Nelson of Sarasota, FL. are the
paternal grandparents. Leeann has a 98-year-old maternal
great-grandfather, Adolf Duescher of Green Bay, WI.
Grandmother Spaeth was in Hawaii to welcome her
granddaughter into the world. Lt. Nelson is assigned to
the Medical Service Corps, HQ 25 Medical Battalion.
Daniel and Pepe Larson of Meridian, Miss. are proud
to announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Sara
Marie, who was born December 2, 1990 in the U.S.
Naval Hospital, Meridian. MS.
The paternal grandparents are Ronald and Robbin
(Smith) Larson of Bradenton, FL. Sara is their first
Robert and Elsie (Neely) Smith and the paternal
grandparents; Sara also being their first grandchild.
Daniel is serving in the U.S. Navy at the U.S. Naval
Station in Meridian.
Welcome to the world, Miss Audrey Anne Hirschl!
Audrey weighed in at 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was born January
12, 1991 to Jeff and Melissa Hirschl of Tempa, Arizona.
Ecstatic grandparents are Dr. Dan and Miriam
Hirschl and Leo and Helen Bruskin, all of Sun City
West, AZ. Dr. Hirschl is the former Chief of Pediatrics
at Gorgas Hospital, Canal Zone; and proud daddy, Jeff,
now a computer systems engineer with Motorola, is a
member of the graduating class of BHS'65.
Bill and Nancy (Barry)
Theriault are proud to
announce the birth of their
first child, William Lambert
Theriault II, who was born
on August 14, 1990 in ,
Hartford, Conn. William
weighed 8 lbs. and was 21
are Capt. Willard and Lee
Theriault of Gatun,
grandparents are Ltc.
Jeffery and Jill Berry,
formerly of Ft. Gulick, now
in Buenos Aires, Argentine.
Bill and Nancy's Birthing
Canal Zone reisdent Carol
Instructor was former
CHS'68. Strangely, Carol noticed a "Panama" tattoo on
Bill's arm and asked if we were from Panama. Funny
how you meet former Zonians in the strangest places.
Maj. Robert and Gail Gregg Weien of Enterprise,
AL., announce the birth of their second child, Sarah
Elizabeth, at Lyster Army Hospital, Fort Rucker, AL., on
January 10, 1991, weighing in at 9 lbs. 6 oz.
Sarah joins her sister Molly, 3. Maternal
grandparents are Marian and Gene Gregg of Slaughter,
LA. Paternal grandparents are the late Warren and Leda
Fay Weien of Omaha, Kansas.
Jeff and Cookie
(McKeon) Rebhan are
proud to announce the birth
of their first child, Gabriella
Margaret Rebhan. She was
born August 27, 1990 at
Centro Medico Paitilla,
Republic of Panama.
Gabriella was born with a
full head of dark hair and
beautiful blue eyes.
Her grandparents are
Donald and Joan McKeon
of Balboa, Panama, and
John Rebhan and Margaret
Glodde of Warren, Ohio.
Carl and Christine Orvis of Punta Gorda, Fl., are
pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ty Robert,
born on New Years Day, January 1, 1991, at Lee
Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, FL. He weighed 7 lbs.
4 1/2 oz. and was 26 inches long. His mother said he
looks just like his dad. Ty joins a brother, Ryan, 11 years
Maternal grandparents are Betty and Richard
Nornhold of Dillsburg, PA. Robert and Lotty Orvis of
Daytona Beach, FL. are the paternal grandparents.
The maternal great-grandparents are Mary Boyer and
the late Fred Boyer of Biglerville, PA. Te paternal great-
grandparents are Frances Orvis and the late Roger A.
Lance and Andrea Edwards of Jonesboro, Georgia
are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son,
Christopher Wade, born December 26, 1990 at Georgia
baptist Medical Center in Atlanta. He weighed 8 lbs. 12
oz. and was 21 inches long.
Proud grandparents are John and Gail Edwards of
Mr. and Mrs. HJ. Million of Sarasota, FL., proudly
announce the birth of the third great-grandchild, born
December 30, 1990 to the granddaughter, Linda (Muse)
Lacy and her husband Benjamin Lacy of Goosecreek, SC.
Robert and Shirley (Million) Muse of Winter Park,
FL., are the maternal grandparents.
The baby, Nolan Matthew, weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz. and
joins brother Brett, 3 years old.
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Murphy B. Alexander, 87, who retired from the
Municipal Engineering Division, died at his home in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida on November 10, 1990 after a
He is survived by his wife, Anita.
George Babinecz, 73, of Titusville, Florida, died
December 3, 1990 at Ocean View Nursing Home in New
Smyrna Beach, Florida. He was born in Oakland,
Pennsylvania, and came to Brevard County eight years
ago from Pittsburgh. He was a retired foreman for the
Panama Canal Company and served in World War II
with the Marine Corps.
Survivors include his former wife, Bernadette
McEwen of Greenville, PA.; a son, Thomas Babinecz of
Great Falls, MT.; a daughter, Bernadette Ann Lampkins
of Orlando, FL., and two grandchildren.
M.K. "Bill" Bailey, 87, born in Alexandria, LA.,
passed away July 5, 1990 in Mena, AR. He went to the
Canal Zone in 1941 and worked for the Commissary
Division at Mount Hope in the Refrigeration and Cold
Storage Plant. Following his retirement from government
service, he and his wife, Linda, moved to Mena, AR. He
was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Q. Bailey, 84,
who died in Mena in 1989. She worked in the business
offices of Colon and Coco Solo Hospital.
He is survived by a son, Robert Bailey; six
grandchildren and six great-grandchildern. Robert
attended schools in the Canal Zone graduating from CHS
in '52 and attended Merchant Marine Academy in Long
Island. He is presently Chief Executive of B.E.P.
John "Grady" Bing, 76, of Tallahassee, Florida, died
December 6, 1990, at Memorial Regional Medical
Center. A native of Huntington, W. VA., he had been a
printer and general foreman at the Panama Canal
Printing Plant. He was a Navy veteran of World War II
and a member of Elks Lodge #1414, Balboa; the V.F.W.,
the Summit Golf Club and the Panama Canal Society of
Survivors include his wife, Eugenia Bing of
Tallahassee, a retired DODDS teacher of Curundu
Elementary School; a son, Terrance Bing of California;
a daughter, Gayle Leone of Maryland, and five
Evlyn W. Brandt, 84, of Tampa, Florida, died
January 20, 1991. A native of Pittsfield, Ohio, he left the
Canal Zone 30 years ago. He was a Navy veteran of the
Korean War, served in the Canal Zone and was an
administrative assistant for the Panama Canal Company.
He was a member of the American Legion, Seminole
Post 111, and he was a Mason.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor R. of Tampa;
three sons, Leland of Spartanburg, SC., William of
Hendersonville, NC., and Phillip of Tampa; three
daughters, Jane of Spartanburg, Sherry Robinson of Land
O' Lakes, FL., and Natalie of Tampa; a brother, Harold
of Pittsfield, OH.; a sister, Fran Dee of New Port Richey,
and six grandchildren.
Robert E. Brown, formerly of Cristobal, Canal Zone,
died at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA on
December 8, 1990. He was a retired Navy Lieutenant
with 22 years of service; a veteran of the Viet Nam war
and a member of the Retired Officers Association. He
had also retired from Dalfi, Inc. after 9 years as a System
Analyst. Bob was born in Colon Hospital and attended
elementary and high school in Cristobal. A former Cub
and Boy Scout, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He
was the grandson of the late Edward V. and Mollie
Brown, Atlantic side residents from 1924 to 1948.
Survivors include his wife, Delores of Virginia Beach,
VA; two daughters, Rene B. Brown of Richmond, VA
and Denise Brown of Virginia Beach; his mother, Mae
Gammill of Georgia; his father, Edward Clifton Brown of
Richmond, VA; his step mother, Helen A, Brown of
Richmond, VA; two sisters, Donna Naugle and Patricia
Brown, both of Richmond, VA; and two brothers,
Edward C. Brown Jr. and Mark Anderson Brown, also
of Richmond, VA.
Charles Fred Burdette, 83, of Herington, Kansas,
passed away October 30, 1990 at the Lutheran home in
Herington. He was preceded in death by his parents,
three sisters and wife, Vilura. He attended schools in
Lyons and Delavan, Kansas, and became an apprentice
machines for the Rock Island Railroad. He later worked
in Ohio, the Panama Canal Zone, and the last 25 years
of employment in Los Angeles when he retired in 1972.
He was a member of the Burdick United Methodist
Church and Masonic Lodge. He was an avid bowler for
Fred leaves his memory and celebration of his life to
ten nieces and nephews, their families and many friends.
Survivors include a daughter, Estelle H. Crews of
Lenexa, KS.; a sister, Jeannette Brown of Madison, ME;
a granddaughter, Doneen Crew of Lenexa KS.; and a
Thomas E. Burrow, 81, of Gulfport, Florida, died
November 4, 1990 at home. He was born in Hot Springs,
Arkansas, and came to Florida in 1978 from
Albuquerque, New Mexico. He retired in 1965 as an
assistant chief on the planning staff for the Panama Canal
Company. Locally, he was a member of the Pasadena
Presbyterian Church and a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Alma Burrow;
several nieces and nephews.
Joseph Spencer Christopher of Fort Wayne, Indiana,
died January 12, 1991 in the Lutheran Hospital of Ft.
Wayne. He went to the Panama Canal in 1939 as a
maintenance foreman with the Building Division. He was
active in many areas of the First Baptist Church in
Ancon, and he retired from the Panama Canal Company
in 1955. That same year he joined Radio Station HCJB
in Quito, Ecuador as a missionary. He also worked in
maintenance in the Vozandes Hospital in Quito, as well
as several years in the jungle hospital in Shell Mera,
another hospital operated by HCJB on the edge if the
Amazon jungle. He worked in the area of hospitality
during his last years of service there.
He is survived by his wife Alice Reese Christopher
of Ft. Wayne; a daughter, Camille Van Hoose of Ft.
Wayne; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be sent to: HCJB,
Hospital Vozandes Shell Charity Fund, P.O. Box
553000, Opa Locka, FL 33055-0401.
Capt. John J. Connard, 87, of Pompano Beach,
Florida, formerly of Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, a
retired Panama Canal Pilot, died November 1, 1990 after
a short illness. He joined the Panama Canal Company in
1939 and retired in April of 1964. Capt. Connard was
buried in North Lauderdale, Florida.
He is survived by his son John and daughter-in-
law Mary of Orlando, FL.; two grandsons, Stephen of Ft.
Lauderdale and Kevin of Pompano Beach; a
granddaughter, Kerry of St. Petersburg, FL.; a brother,
Capt. Albert Connard of Port St. Lucie, FL.; and a sister,
Thelma Tartar of Grenada Hills, CA.
Elizabeth H. Davison, 82, of Kerrville, Texas, died
November 27, 1990 in a local hospital. Born in Anson,
Maine, she was a retired registered nurse, graduating
from Rhode Island Hospital School and was employed as
a nurse in the Canal Zone for over 20 years. She met and
married her husband in the Canal Zone in 1940 on the
Atlantic side. He passed away in 1983. She retired in
1970 and moved to Kerrville where she then worked for
the Kerrville State Hospital. She was a member of the
Burnell (Bud) Dowler 78, of Bucyrus, Ohio, died
January 4, 1991 after a two-month illness. During his 30
years on the Canal Zone he resided on both the Atlantic
and Pacific sides. He had worked for the Aramco Oil Co.
in Saudi Arabia, the Cerro de Pasco Copper Mining Co.
of Peru and various machinist positions before coming to
the Canal Zone. He went to the Canal Zone in 1940 as
a machinist working on the mules on the Locks, later
transferring to the Electrical Division. He retired in 1971
as Foreman at the Gatun Hydro Plant and was known for
growing roses in Margarita, furnishing them to various
occasions and to older shut-ins. He was a member of the
Crossroad Amateur Radio Club of Cristobal; the Quetzal
Club of Guatamala; the Balboa Elks Lodge, later
transferring to Bucyrus Elks 156 Lodge, making him a
48-year member. In Bucyrus he was a member of the
Woodlawn United Methodist Church, the Moose Lodge,
Bucyrus Country Club and the Panama Canal Society of
He first married Bobby Whaler who preceded him
in death in 1969. He then married Mary Etzinger in 1971
in Margarita, Canal Zone, who survives him at home at
835 Sunset Dr., Bucyrus, OH.
Elva R. (Jo) Dunning, 82, died suddenly on January
20, 1991 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She went to
the Canal Zone in 1941 and lived most of her years there
in Pedro Miguel. She moved to Tampa, Florida in 1966
when her husband retired. She is preceded in death by a
son, Danny in 1955 and her husband, William in 1981.
Survivors include a son, Bill Dunning, of
Hendersonville, NC; three daughters, Patricia Hunt of
Hendersonville, Sandie Ingle of Bradenton Beach, FL.
and Vicki Lou Howe of Tampa, FL; nine grandchildren,
and four great-grandchildren.
Jo Ann Euper, 52, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died
November 9, 1990 in her Convent Hospital of bone
cancer. She was born in Gorgas Hospital, daughter of
Ray and Phil Euper of Gamboa. She received her
doctorate in music at the University of Michigan, after
which she became a Nun. Accompanied by other Nuns,
she went to Peru and worked with the poor there. She
taught the children music of all kinds and a few years ago
she had to return to the Convent in Milwaukee because
of her bone cancer, particularly the back bone. She
gradually deteriorated and four months ago entered the
hospital connected with the convent where she stayed
until her death.
She is survived by her mother, Phil, of New Orleans,
Bergueline Cates Goe, 67, of West Memphis,
Tennessee, died November 30, 1990 at Methodist Central
Hospital. A native of Nankipoo, Tennessee, she was the
co-owner of Goe Electric Co. and the former bookkeeper
for the Balboa Union Church in the former Panama
Canal Zone. She was a member of the Robert E.
Spillman Chapter No. 550 of the Order of the Eastern
Star, First United Methodist Church of West Memphis
and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a charter
member of the West Memphis Deltettes, West Memphis
Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and W. Memphis
V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.
She leaves her husband, Arthur Goe; two daughters,
Mrs. Sue G. Garrott of Kenner, LA., and Mrs. Judy G.
Clark of W. Memphis; a son, Arthur F. Goe, Jr. of W.
Memphis; her stepmother, Mrs. Irene Cates of Nankipoo,
TN; and two grandchildren.
J. Wendell Greene, 95, of Hendersonville, North
Carolina, died december 13, 1990 in Carolina Village
Health center. A native of DuBois, PA., he previously
lived in the Canal Zone and has been a resident of
Henderson County since 1951 when he retired from the
Panama Canal Company as Treasurer. He was preceded
in death by his wife, Mildred Watters Greene, who died
Survivors include three nephews, Kenneth Oliver
Greene of Vancouver, WA., Allen Leiser Greene of
Portland, OR., and Bruce Edward Greene of Belleview,
Hugh Hale, 64, passed away in the Canal Area on
January 16, 1991 while visiting his son and daughter and
their families over the Christman Holidays. He was
buried at Corozal Cemetery. Hugh graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1945 and worked as a Fireman
until his retirement in 1976, moving to Kerrville, Texas,
later to Tarpon Springs, and then to Yalaha, Florida,
where he and his wife had resided for the past three
years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World
War II and was a former officer of the Fireman's Union
(IAFF) in the Canal Zone. He also coached Teen League
baseball on the Atlantic side. While in Tarpon Springs,
he worked up to President of the Tarpon Springs High
School Band Booster Club. He had entered into
community affairs at Yalaha even though he and his
family were recent residents there.
Survivors include his wife, Ann (Edwards) of Yalaha,
FL; daughter and son-in-law Peggy (Hale) and Dennis
Huff of the Canal Area, daughter and son-in-law Glenora
(Hale) and Bill Mclnerney of Charleston, SC.; a son and
daughter-in-law Douglas and Maria (Huffman) Hale of
the Canal Area; two granddaughters, Diana Huff and
Lauren Hale; a sister, Dottie Sanders of Hudson, FL.; a
brother, "Pete" Hale, also of Florida; aunts Louise
Randall of Port Richey, and Mary Sweeney of
Washington, D.C.; and many loving and caring friends.
Rose A. Hellums, 88, passed away in a health care
center in New Orleans, LA. on December 7, 1990. She
was the widow of K.C. Hellums who passed away in 1984.
She is survived by daughters Charleen Atwood,
Pinehurst, North Carolina and Jeanenne Schuetz, Horton,
Kansas; two sisters, five grandchildren and seven great-
Cecil A. High, Sr., 82, of Dothan, Alabama, died on
December 28, 1990 at Flowers Hospital. He was born in
Galesburg, Illinois and was raised in Lonoke, Arkansas
and on November 20, 1930, married Luella Higgins in
Hutchinson, Kansas. They moved to Los Angeles, CA.
and lived there until 1941 when they moved to the
Panama Canal Zone to work on the Third Locks Project.
The project was cancelled due to WWII so he and Luella
decided to stay in Panama. In 1943 he started his own
construction company in the Republic of Panama and
retired to Dothan in 1973 where he and Luella joined the
Calvary Baptist Church. Cecil was very active in the Civil
Air Patrol in Dothan and was also a member of the OX5
Aviation Pioneers and the Experimental Aircraft
Association, both national organizations. He was
interested in anything having to do with aviation and was
presently building an aircraft in his garage. He was a man
who enjoyed each day.
Cecil and Luella celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary on November 20, 1990 with many of their
friends. A good husband and father, he will be greatly
missed by all.
Survivors include his wife, Luella; his daughter,
Grace and her husband, Russell Lawrence of Dothan; a
son, Cecil A. Jr., and wife Genny of Dothan;
grandchildren Mark Lawrence of Garland, TX., Gregg
Lawrence of Tulsa, OK., Moira Meyer of Arlington, TX.,
Kerry High of Tibia, Costa Rica, Cameron and Ashley
High of Dothan; granddaughter Megan Meyer of
Arlington, TX; sisters Grace Howe of San Antonio, TX,
Leona Tate of Desert Hot Springs, CA, Esther
Edmonston of Jonesville, LA; and brother Lloyd of
Pauline Ida Holmelin, 94, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died January 7, 1991 at University General Hospital in
Seminole after a short illness. She was born in New York
City and went to the Canal Zone as the wife of Gustaf R.
Holmelin in 1919. During her 32 years in the Canal Zone
she lived on the Atlantic side. She was active in the
Cristobal and Margarita Union Churches, the American
Legion Auxiliary, was organizer of the Emblem Club, and
founded one of the first Girl Scout troops in the Canal
She moved to St. Petersburg with her husband and
daughter Frances when her husband retired in 1952. In
St. Petersburg she was active in the Norwood Baptist
Church, where at the time of her death she was the
oldest member of the congregation, and an active
member of both the church and the Ruth Sunday School
class. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Preceded in death by her husband Gus, and her son,
Gustaf W. Holmelin, she is survived by daughters Jean
Kirk, Springfield, Ohio, Muriel H. Whitman, St.
Petersburg, and Frances Haile, Clearwater, Florida; a
sister, Lillian Lynch, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; a daughter-
in-law Gloria Holmelin, Crosby, Texas; ten grandchildren,
twelve great-grandchildren, and many nieces and
Josephine Walsh Jones, 81, of Gulf Breeze,
Pensacola, Florida, died November 19, 1990 at Haven of
Our Lady of Peace. She was a native of Chicago, Ill. and
resided in St. Petersburg, Florida foir many years before
going to the Canal Zone where she became the first
teacher of a class for exceptional children. Upon her
retirement in 1971, she returned to St. Petersburg,
becoming involved again with exceptional children. For
several years she was activley involved at Morning Star
School, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.
Survivors include two daughters, Sister Robert Anne,
SSJ., of Buffalo, N.Y. and Mrs. Frank P. Sullivan of Gulf
Breeze; a son, Robert R. Jones of Atlanta, GA.; six
grandchildren and four grandsons.
Dorothy C. Kern, 92, of Mankato, Minn., who taught
elementary school in the Panama Canal Zone, died
February 19, 1990, at Hillcrest Health Care Center in
Mankato, after a long illness. She was born in rural
Mankato and graduated from Mankato High School and
Mankato Normal School in 1918. She taught in the
special education field in Minnesota, Wyoming and
California for 10 years. She then taught at Cristobal and
Ancon Elementary Schools in the Canal Zone from 1928
until she retired back to Mankato in 1960. She was a
member of St. John's Catholic Church.
She is survived by two sisters, Margaret Connolly of
Albuquerque, New Mexico and Marianne Haines of
Owatonna; two nieces, and six nephews. She was
preceded in death by her brother, Paul.
Frank Lerchen, Jr. died November 6, 1990 in Fairfax,
Virginia. He was born in the Canal Zone; graduated
from Balboa High School in 1954 and Cornell University.
He is survived by his mother, Martha Lerchen of
Seminole, Florida; a sister, Mary Lerchen of Redlands,
California; a niece, Theresia Moser; and two cousins,
Lucy Ann Howe and Mark Driscoll.
Betty L. Marshall, 71, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away
December 24, 1990 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in
Kerrville. She was born in Madison, Ohio, and her
parents gave her a trip to the Canal Zone as a graduation
gift upon graduating from Andrews Girl School in
Willoughby, OH, in 1938. She married David B. Marshall
in 1939 and in December 1940 she gave birth to twin
boys. Betty worked at Coco Solo Hospital for 15 years
and upon David's retirement in 1971, they moved to
Kerrville. She was a Past Worthy Matron of Coral/Palm
Chapters, O.E.S. Betty was preceded in death by her
husband David in 1978.
She is survived by her two sons and a daughter,
Edward Lee and Ann Marshall of Kerrville, and John T.
Marshall of Blairstown, Iowa, and John's two sons, Scott
and Chuck. She is also survived by her mother, Lucy
Millard and her brother, Gilbert Millard of Kerrville.
Hazel M. "Snookie" McCullough, 72, of Sarasota,
Florida, passed away on January 12, 1991 at Sarasota
Memorial Hospital. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and
was a long-time resident of the Canal Zone. She was
employed by the Canal Zone Schools Division in the
Physical Education Department in schools on both the
Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Isthmus. She moved to
Sarasota with her husband in 1973 following his
retirement from the Canal Zone Motor Transportation
Division. She was an Episcopalian.
She is survived by her husband, Maurice L. "Mac";
three daughters, Joan Ohman of Panama, Judi
McCullough of Sarasota, and Susan Burk of Detroit, MI.;
two sons, Thomas of Woodbury, NJ, and Donald of
Millington, NJ; four sisters, Louise (Heim) Saum of St.
Petersburg, FL., Jeanne (Heim) Callender of Huntington
Beach, CA., Lois (Heim) Cotton and Frances (Heim)
Hennessey, both of AR.; a brother, Charles Heim of
Crestline, CA.; nine grandchildren and a great-
Edward McFarland, 62, of Key West, Florida, died
on November 6, 1990, after a brief bout with cancer at
Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, Mass. Born and educated
in Staten Island, NY, he graduated from Wayne College
after serving with the US Army of Occupation in Japan.
He obtained his Masters in Education from the U. of
Florida and was attending the Florida keys Community
College in order to obtain as associate degree in marine
propulsion. He is remembered as a reading specialist at
Balboa High School for 18 years. He was also active in
the San Juan Hunt Club, where he was known as the
"Great White Hunter." He retired from the Schools
Division in 1980 and worked as a Cape Cod Pilot Boat
Operator, and appliance repair technician on Cape Cod
and in Key West, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Leona, of Key West and
Centerville, MA., two sons, Brent of Yarmouth and Colin
of Cambridge, MA; three daughters, Nicole of Hyannis,
Renata Bateman of Methuen, MA., and Chantelle
McFarland of Key West, FL; a brother, Hugh McFarland
of Edison, NJ.; two granddaughters, Jennifer and Jamie
Bateman; and several nieces and nephews.
Ruth T. Metzger, 97, of Minneapolis, MN., died after
complications resulting from surgery on October 25,1990.
Born in Fargo, ND., she grew up in Minneapolis,
attended Mankato State Teacher's College and taught for
the Minneapolis school system She went to the Canal
Zone in 1919 and taught 5th grade in Balboa Elementary
School. She married Isaac W. Metzger in 1922 and all
their children were born in Panama Hospital, Panama. In
1932, Isaac was transferred to the Atlantic side where he
was supervisor of the Electrical Division, Northern
District until retirement in 1949. Ruth was active in the
Cristobal Union Church and acted as Sunday School
Superintendent for many years. They had particular
interest in the work of Iglesias in San Blas. She supported
Girl Scouts and was a 60-year member of Royal Palm
Chapter of the OES, which gave her life membership and
helped with the Rainbow Girls, serving on the Board for
many years. During WWII she worked at Ft. Gulick Sales
Store until 1948. After their retirement to Miami, FL.,
they were active in Plymouth Congregational Church in
Coconut Grove and she was named Woman of the Year.
They were long-time members of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida as she acted as reporter for several
years. In 1974 they moved to Minneapolis because of
Ike's poor health and he passed away in 1976 at Walker
She is survived by two daughters, Marjean Metzger
Hang of Avon Park, and Marilyn Metzger Marsh of
Oregon City, OR; a son, Bill of Minneapolis; seven
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was
buried in Glenco, MN., next to her husband.
Thomas N. Page, 80, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
November 16, 1990 at Humana Hospital-St. Petersburg.
He was born in Wilmington, N.C. and left the Canal
Zone in 1970 when he retired as a supervisor with the
Locks Division of the Panama Canal Company for 29
years. He was a Mason and a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a daughter, Joni Smith of
Gaithersburg, MD; a stepson, Robert MacSparren of Los
Angeles, CA; and a grandchild.
Thomas W. Petersen, 66, of Pompano Beach, Florida,
passed away November 7, 1990 at home after an
extended illness. He was a graduate of Balboa High
School Class of 1941, and was employed by the Canal
Zone Government at the Electrical Division in Balboa.
Survivors include his wife Ella Petersen of Pompano
Beach; sons Charles and Thomas Jr. of Pompano Beach,
and James of Euliss, Texas; daughters Marjorie LePage
of Ft. Worth, Texas, Mary Swenning of Grand Prairie,
Texas, and Christina Petersen of Pompano Beach; two
sisters, Eileen Petersen of Los Angeles, California and
Sister Loretta Petersen of Columbus, Ohio. He is
preceded in death by his daughter, Lucy.
Margaret "Peggy" Rankin, passed away after a long
illness on January 1, 1991. She was born in the Pacific
Northwest but ended up in New York sailing on Grace
Line ships where she worked as a waitress. It was there
that she met and married Alvin Rankin and came to the
Canal Zone with her family when Al was hired by the
Panama Canal Company. She was active in the Margarita
Union Church, the Cristobal Womens Club, and devoted
many years teaching piano and organ. Upon her
husband's retirement in 1971, she and Al settled again in
Tacoma, Washington where she continued to give piano
and organ lessons until prohibited by her health.
Peggy is survived by her husband, Alvin Rankin;
three sons, William and Robert of Gatun, Panama, and
Richard of Maryland; a daughter, Bonnie of Virginia; a
sister, Virginia of Tacoma; nine grandchildren and one
Sophie Shapiro Robinson, 81, of Charlotte, North
Carolina, died January 4, 1991 at Presbyterian Hospital.
She was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and was a
homemaker. She was a member of the Temple Beth el
V'Shalom and taught school in New York City for several
years, and was on the staff of Literary Digest. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and was
also a senior master with the American Contract Bridge
League in Memphis.
Survivors include her husband, Harry; a daughter,
Linda Clifton of Seattle; a sister, Pauline Lazarus of
Miami, FL., and a grandchild.
Helen Joyce Christensen Schuster, 61, of Blairsville,
Georgia, passed away November 24, 1990 in Emory
University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, after a prolonged
illness. She was born in New York State and lived in the
Blairsville area for the past five years, coming from
Lancaster, PA. She and her husband William were
former residents of the Canal Zone from January 1952
until April 1957 where Bill was employed with the Power
Branch. They lived in Pedro Miguel and Gatun.
Survivors include the husband, William, of the home;
two sons, Gordon of Dunsmear, CA., and Richard of
Albany, NY; a brother, Gordon Christensen of Lakeville,
NY; a grandson and granddaughter.
Charles Samuel Smith, 75, of Pinellas Park, Florida,
died November 29, 1990 at Humana Hospital-St.
Petersburg. He was born in Delaware, Ohio and left the
Canal Zone upon retirement in 1973 with over 30 years
service in the Police Division, retiring as Police Chief,
Balboa. He was a member of the International
Association of Police Chiefs, Washington, D.C.; a
graduate of the FBI Academy, Washington, D.C.; Master
of Sojourners Masonic Lodge, Cristobal; member of the
Scottish Rite, Balboa, member of Abou Saad Shrine
Temple, Balboa; Egypt Shrine Temple, Tampa, Fla.;
Egypt Temple Police Club; lifetime member of Elks
Lodge, Cristobal; Elks Lodge, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and
Pinellas Park Shrine Club, and the Panama Canal Society
He is survived by two sons, Clinton B. Smith of
Tampa, and Paul B. Smith of St. Petersburg, and three
Regina M. Smith, 66, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
on November 20, 1990 at home after a five-month battle
with lung cancer. She was born in Irvington, N.J. and
went to the Canal Zone with her parents in 1938
graduating from Balboa High School in 1942. Her first
husband, Theodore W. Schmidt died in 1961, and she left
the Canal Zone in 1965. Locally, she retired from the
Personnel Benefits Department at the VA Medical
Center at Bay Pines and was a member of the Holy
Family Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin T.; a son,
Theodore W. Schmidt, Jr. of St. Petersburg; two
daughters, Suzanne Goldstein of Orlando, FL, and Karen
Deming of Wilmington, Del. and four grandchildren.
Francis Perry Washabaugh, 76, of Glen Burnie,
Maryland, died November 23, 1990 at North Arundel
Hospital, Glen Burnie. Born in Ancon, Canal Zone, a
son of the late Frank and Bertha Washabaugh, he lived
in Cherry Grove for a short time. He was a graduate of
Cristobal High School and was employed as an
admeasurer for the Panama Canal Company where he
retired in 1970. He attended St. Anthony's Church,
Sheffield, and was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Surviving are his wife, Rita France Kotalik
Washabaugh; three daughters, Mrs. James (Mary Louise)
Wagner, Cherry Grove, Mrs. Theresa Ann Harvey,
Dubuque, IA, and Ruth Macel DeSalvo, Glen Burnie,
MD; three sons, Francis Perry Jr., Rapid City, SD, Paul
R., Wooster, OH, and James P., CTRC, with the US
Navy in the Persian Gulf as of December 8, 1990, 17
grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces
He was preceded in death by his parents and by two
brothers, Frank and Charles Washabaugh.
Letters to the Editor
SPECIAL FRIENDS SPECIAL VISIT
Charlie McArthur enjoyed the company of longtime
friends and former Canal Zone residents Jack and
Joanne Morton (current Austin residents), who visited
him in September at his home in Dallas, Texas. Also
visiting was Titina Joyce, current resident of Panama. It
was a special visit, with everyone exchanging news from
Panama and enjoying each others company once again.
OLD FRIENDS, 25 YRS, MEET AGAIN
In August, Laura Mohr and her daughter Sara Mohr
came to Florida to visit Laura's morr in Ft. Lauderdale.
While in Florida, she and Sara drove to St. Petersburg to
visit Gerry Gagnon. Elizabeth Simon, Doris Monaco and
Dick Gramlich also dropped by to see Laura.
What a wonderful reunion! Laura lives in Tucson,
AZ. with her husband, T.K. and three lovely daughters.
L-R: Sara Mohr, Gerry Simon Gagnon, Laura Dew
Mohr, Elizabeth Keepers Simon.
Jack Morton, Titina Joyce, Charlie McArthur and
Anyone seen this babe recently?
L-R: Gerry Simon Gagnon, Laura Dew Mohr, Dick
Gramlich and Doris Ehrman Monaco.
OLD FOLKS ARE WORTH
Old folks are worth a fortune: With silver in their
hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys, lead in
their feet and gas in their stomachs. I have become a lot
more social with the passing of the years; some might
even call me a frivolous old gal. I'm seeing five
gentlemen every day.
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As soon as I wake, Will Power helps me get out of
bed. Then I go see John. Then Charley Horse comes
along, and when he is here he takes a lot of my time and
attention. When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and
stays the rest of the day. (He doesn't like to stay in one
place too long, so he takes me from joint to joint.) After
such a busy day, I'm really tired and glad to go to bed -
with Ben Gay. What a life!
P.S. The preacher came to call the other day. He
said at my age I should be thinking about the hereafter.
I told him I do all the time. No matter where I am in
the parlor, upstairs in the kitchen, or down in the
basement I ask myself, "Now, what am I here after?"
BILLY FORD SENDS REGARDS
TO BHS'55 CLASSMATES
Engaged in his share of the duties of a fledgling
democratic administration working to unravel the tangle
of Noriega's despotic rule, Guillermo "Billy" Ford,
Second Vice President of the Republic of Panama and
graduate of the BHS Class of '55, regretted being unable
to attend the 35th anniversary class reunion held in June
'90. However, on January 8, 1991 a group of us
representing the class assisted by cousin Tom Ford, also
a BHS 55er, descended on the office of his excellency the
"vicepresidente" and brought a bit of the reunion to him.
L-R: Joe Wood, Tom Ford, Bob Zumbado, Burt
Mead with Billy Ford, getting autographs.
As a memento of last year's reunion, we presented
Billy a wooden chivita candy box decorated to
commemorate the events leading to Operation Just
Cause with Billy's battle cry "Esta vaina se acabo" and
other symbols of personal significance to him. Billy was
obviously touched by our visit and the class gift and asked
that we deliver his personal thanks and warmest regards
to all of his BHS 1955 classmates.
The following photos, taken by Marguerite Zumbado
show Billy Ford enjoying his chivita gift from the class
and classmates Joe Wood, Tom Ford, Bob Zumbado, and
Burt Mead coercing autographs from Billy.
Billy Ford, Second Vice President of Panama,
admiring his Chiva gift from his classmates of BHS.
We extended respect, best wishes for a successful
term of office, good health, and greater future political
successes to the betterment of Panama.
This photo shows Woody Woodruff of Dothan, AL.,
presenting 6 boxes of books, magazines, games,
peanuts, notebooks, etc. to the Public Affairs Officer at
Fort Rucker, AL., for shipment to Operation Desert
Shield from the Panama Canal Society of Dothan,
GANG-UP IN DALLAS, TEXAS
On Sunday, November 18, 1990, approximately sixty
(60) former Zonians got together for a Sunday brunch at
the Blue Mesa Restaurant in Dallas, Texas.
In front of Blue Mesa Restaurant. Back L-R: Murray
McArthur, Lee Morton, John (Pat) Coffey, Mike
McKeon, Lynn Henderson, Jean (Medinger)
McGuire, Carolyn and Bob Ciepiela, Eddir Farrell.
Middle row, L-R: Heather Slimon, Michael Horoda,
Kim (Wilson) Wilkinson, Sue Hunt, Diane Lester-
Sanchez, Debra Hansen, Noreen hansen, Marie,
Beth and Bill Shaw. Front row, L-R: Jake, John and
Bliss (Morris) Connerton, Margaret Bivin, Colin
Creel, Karen Powell, Susan Ehrensberger, Chris A-
--, Jody St. Germain with daughter, Brittany, Jimmy
(holding Cristopher) Cicero, Brian and Mark Cicero,
Carlton A. Morris, holding son, Carlton Reimann. Not
pictured: Glenn and Christina Seeley, Karl and
Bobby Shaw, Art Farrell, Dennis and Bunnie Armon,
Johnny Roach, Angie Bloemer, and associated
After socializing and eating, a group of Dallas Cowboy
fans headed to the local Sports Bar to tap a keg and
watch the Cowboys-Rams football game.
We all look forward to getting together again in the
Carlton A. Morris
Gatun Locks. We also got to see Ed Donohoe who had
just married Patsy Lee and was naxious to join her in
Back: Sue (Pincus) Smith, Geoff Cowell, Barbara
(Hall) Vose. Front: Don Vose, Gil Smith.
Had a really nice dinner at Sue (Pincus) and Gil
Smith's La Boca home. Barbara (Hall) and Don Vose
were there, plus Mrs. Pincus, who looks just wonderful!
During our stay we enjoyed the good eats of tamales,
empanadas, ceviche, corvina and fruit. So glad we went,
had a wonderful time.
Eileen and Geoff Cowell
Severna Park, Maryland
COWELLS REVISIT PANAMA
Well, we returned to Panama after 24 years. Decided
to take advantage of our good friend, Jim Palumbo's
offer to visit him.
Flew down for a terrific 10-day stay the end of
November. Stayed in Diablo Heights and really did some
sightseeing. Went shopping on Central Avenue armed
guards are present in many stores, but it didn't bother us.
Had a lovely day on the Atlantic side. Caught some
sun at Devil's Beach, saw Toddy Palumbo, C.H.S. and
The Dothan, Alabama, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Golf Group. Back, L-R: Hugh Norris, Bill Carlin
(Sarasota), Roger Seeley, Bill Sherlock, Ron Smith.
Front L-R: Dave Kelleher, George Fears, Vernon
Seeley, Bud Thomas.
LIFE BEGINS AT 80
I have good news for you. The first 80 years are the
hardest. The second 80 are a succession of birthday
Once you reach 80, everyone wants to carry your
baggage and help you up the steps. If you forget your
name or anybody else's name, or an appointment, or your
own telephone number, or promise to be three places at
the same time, or can't remember how many
grandchildren you have, you need only explain that you
Being 80 is a lot better than being 70. At 70, people
are mad at you for everything. At 80, you have a perfect
excuse no matter what you do. If you act foolishly, it's
your second childhood. Everybody is looking for
symptoms of softening of the brain.
Being 70 is no fun at all. At that age, they expect you
to retire to a house in Florida and complain about your
arthritis (they used to call it lumbago) and you ask
everybody to stop mumbling because you can't
understand them. (Actually, your hearing is about 50%
If you survive until you are 80, everybody is surprised
that you are still alive. They treat you with respect for
just for having lived so long. Actually they seem surprised
that you can walk and talk sensibly.
So please, folks, try to make it to 80. It's the best
time of life. People forgive you for anything. If you ask
me, life begins at 80.
The Hilbert and Burgoon families can feel justly
proud of their associations over the years, with the
people of Panama as representing the best of Amewrican
democratic traditions and relationships!
L-R: Thea Smith, Jean Baker, George Smith, Joe
Morrissey, John Baker, and John Brophy gather
outside Jean and John Baker's home in Castine,
Maine, after a wonderful lunch and discussion of world
events, including "Just Cause."
JOHN MORALES REMEMBERS
The picture of Dick and Sofia Burgoon in the Dec.
1990 "Record" brought back many fond memories of my
work-related contacts with Dick and of my youthful
association with the Hilbert family.
Fellow classmate George Hilbert (BHS'31) and I
helped his father in pre-dawn firing-up of the Panama
Canal converted steam-drilling equipment which were the
means of drilling many water wells in Panama City and
the interior. I attended numerous fiestas and "tamboritos"
at the Arraijan country home of the Hilbert family in the
John A. and Margaret Kuhn Morales with
granddaughter Elizabeta Marliese Morales (1 year),
daughter of Roy and Janet Morales. Savanna, MO.
Golfers get together at Crystal River, FL. Back L-R: Bill
Sullivan, Bud Thomas, Jim Riley. Front L-R: "Bocas"
Leeser, Woody Woodruff. Photographer, Jack
Brayton, Crystal River.
ELAINE AND I GO BACK SOME
THIRTY, FORTY, FIFTY YEARS....
Royna Reese and Ned Kneece
Burning Christmas trees
P-40's and Albrook Field
Leroy Lundy and E.W. Hatchett
Commissary books, houses on stilts
Mangoes, bougainvillea, iguanas
Rubber-gun wars, howler monkeys and honey bears
Miraflores and Pedro Miguel
Empress of Britain and th whole U.S. Fleet
Ancon Boulevard, Sosa Hill, and sixteen inch guns
Pith helmets and older brothers DickGeorgeDonnell
Admin Building, roller skating, 289 steps
Alan Ford, Choppy White, Joe Friday
Amador, shark nets, Chinese gardens
Fourth of July Avenue, Carnival and Halloween
Tembleques, polleras, and molas
Cardboard forts, palm frond toboggans, white clothes
Wet and dry seasons
Bushmaster, fer-de-lance, royal blue butterflies
San Bias Islands, Angels We Have Heard On High with
Arden Henning and Ernest Horter
Drainage conduit and banana trees
Gorgas Hospital, Panama Line, Red, White and Blue
Port au Prince, coin divers, machetes and dry closets
Old Panama and the Church of the Golden Alter...
Fifty some years?
Seems like yesterday.
For Elaine's #60 (Elaine Lombard Newland)
From David Howard
A CZ SWIMMING HISTORY BOOK?
Would it be possible for the Society to publish a
book on the history of swimming in the Canal Zone?
This book would be a testimonial to Coach Henry
Greiser and his Red, White and Blue Troupe. The title
could be, The Red White and Blue Trouper. The same
format as the Canal Record could be used. Swim team
pictures from the Balboa High School Zonian, 1920 to
1948 could be used. Volunteer members from each yearly
team should attempt to contact all other team members
and collect data about their personal experiences in
swimming. Questions that should be asked are: What
C.Z. swimming did they do? What swimming they did
after leaving the Canal Zone? What has been their
personal achievements? Do they have any stories to tell
about Coach Grieser?
Does anyone know what happened when Coach
Grieser exhibited his group of six-year-old swimmers at
the opening of the Madison Square Garden in New York
City? The Garden didn't have a pool.
Pete Green, Henry's stepson should have pictures and
photographs of prominent people that were entertained
at swimming exhibitions on their visits to the Canal Zone.
These should be included in the book.
On one of these visits President Roosevelt stated to
Coach Grieser, "You have made the Canal Zone famous."
Let's tell the world about it.
I will be willing to collect any correspondence on this
Lt.Col. William H. Grant, Jr.
1911 Geyer Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
THE JOHNSTONE GET-TOGETHER
The Johnstone family had its Third Annual
Thanksgiving Get-Together at the home of Kathie
(Johnstone) (BHS'68) and Bill Whitten, and Kathie's
daughter, Elizabeth, in Huntsville (New Market),
Alabama in November. Hank and Evelyn Johnstone
drove from their new lake home in Pinellas Park, Florida,
accompanied by Hank's sister, Pat Draeger from Satellite
Beach, FL. Joe and Bonnie Johnstone and their dog
drove down from their home in Winchester, VA. Eileen
(Johnstone) Legg (BHS'72) and her husband, Charles
and their son Charley drove up from their home in
Laurel, MS. (Kathie's son Matthew was unable to obtain
leave from his Navy school in Orlando).
Back, L-R: Joe Johnstone, Kathie (Johnstone)
Whitten (BHS'68), Bill Whitten, Eileen (Johnstone)
Legg (BHS'72) Charles Legg, Hank Johnstone. Front
L-R: Bonnie Johnstone (Joe's wife), Elizabeth Moffat
(Kathie's daughter), Charley Legg (Eileen and Charles'
son) Evelyn Johnstone.
The Johnstone Flute and Jug Band made it's debut
and by the end of the weekend we had made a lot of
joyful noise, both in music and laughter and were
reasonably in tune and time with each other.
Each night one family took turns preparing dinner so
everyone got to share their favorite recipes. Bill video-
taped most of the weekend so we could all have a video
memory of our time together. This promises to remain
an annual event in the Johnstone family.
Third Grade, Cristobal Elementary School, Back, L-R: Peter Ender, Walter Peterson, Ellen Clute, Kay Stone,
Norma Lara, Jeanne Lindgren, Teacher, Dorothy C. Kern. Middle, L-R: James Saltario, Russell Weade, Olivia
Causey, Hazel Kirkland, Charlie Cooper, David Fahle, Henry Wells. Front L-R: Eileen Cox, Michael Stevenson,
Marie Croom, Butch Hilty, Marvel Davison, Kay Flowers, Bobby Hanna, Becky Compton. Photo submitted by
survivors of Dorothy C. Kern.
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First Grade picture, in front of B.H.S. of 1929-1930 class. Six recognizable. See if you can find them: Joe Snook,
Alan Ford, Freeland Hollowell, Murray Wright, Joe Schack, Ted Bailey, Bill Dodson. How many more can you
identify? Photo of Joe Schack.
RECOLLECTIONS OF A
CANAL ZONE CHILDHOOD
Star & Herald
March 29, 1964 by Ruth C. Stuhl
For those of us who grew up in the Canal Zone
during the 1920s and 1930s, the dry season was a time for
picnics and excursions as it is today. Roads were fewer
and sometimes rougher but the old automobiles were
better suited for country byways than are today's low
slung automobiles. For the romance of the open road
nothing today can compare with the old open touring car.
The passengers may have eaten a bit of dry season dust
but in what style.
There was no trans-isthmian highway. The Panama
railroad offered a scenic ride across Gatun Lake where
many of the partially submerged forest trees still stood
tall above their drowned roots. A birds-eye view of the
Canal could be had by flying in an Isthmian Airlines
seaplane from Balboa to Cristobal for $7.50.
Madden Dam and the road to it were finished in the
early 1930s. There was a Pan Canal townsite there for a
few years. When the "road to Alajuela" as I first knew it
still had the attraction of novelty, we would drive out to
hunt for wild begonia plants and fossils.
All day excursions were made on the old road to
Chepo which crossed early Spanish cattle land. The
Pacora River was a favorite picnic spot. Nearby the U.S.
infantry fought mock battles in the dust during the annual
dry season maneuvers. I remember watching from a little
knoll as little figures, the Reds and the Blues, ran around
amid dancing heat waves and puffs of dust. Tony
Malagutti tells about capturing a general by throwing fire
crackers into his tent. This was only about ten years
before the first atomic bomb was dropped.
In the other direction from the Canal, over the new
Thatcher Highway, lay Arraijan. It was a very small
village but it had a lovely waterfall and swimming "hole."
This was known as the "Crab Hole" among my
acquaintances. Unfortunately war-time gasoline
restrictions put an end to these excursions for a few
years. Then when the war ended the village had grown so
much, upstream from the town that the purity of the
water was in question.
My first recollection of a trip to El Valle goes back
to the days of the 30 mph maximum speed limit when it
seemed a long day's journey to anywhere. During the
preceding year my mother had clipped colored pictures
from magazines and pasted them in scrapbooks made
from brown wrapping paper. Then with the home-made
books and a supply of pencils and lollipops, we were off
in the family Ford for a day of adventure over the high
road to El Valle.
Mother selected a country school on a ridge along
the El Valle road. The little school had few teaching
materials and the teacher seemed genuinely pleased with
the books and pencils. The school furniture was typical of
that day. The children sat on benches which were simply
planks resting on five-gallon kerosene cans. The five-
gallon can was seen all over the country, and it was used
in as many ways as ingenuity could devise. The country
women carried it to pump the river for water, walking
home with the cans balanced on their heads. Cut and
flattened, they could be used as waterproof roofing or
To venture far into the Interior seemed to me
something akin to going on safari. Remember the African
films of Martin and Osa Johnson? My family made a
number of camping trips in the company of two or three
other families. Fences were few and the cars just chugged
off the road and cots were set up on the sun-baked, burnt
sabana. We relied upon the dry season to be dry and
slept without a tent or roof.
I recall only one occasion when we had any night rain.
We were late in making camp on the road to Ocu and in
the last light of sunset an ant nest was overlooked. I think
that the ants and the rain greeted us about the same
time. Some members of the party decided to spend the
night in Ocu. The accommodations there were all that
could be expected in a little country town away from the
main road and infrequently visited. The rain stopped and
some kind of truce was arranged with the ants, but those
who had gone into town complained that they were
plagued by bats and cockroaches all night.
Although camp was always established at some
distance from the nearest native dwelling, an occasional
campesino and his would call to offer hospitality in the
form of a glass of unfermented corn chicha. I remember
my parents having heard the story of chew-and-spit
method of preparation, gritting their teeth and striving to
do the courteous thing.
The sabanas beyond Penenome were the nearest thing
to the North American plains that I had seen. I had read
how the pioneers on the plains burned buffalo chips for
fuel. One evening after supper when the adults were
relaxing I gathered a supply of the local equivalent of
buffalo chips. This was quietly placed on the campfire
and I sat back to learn about pioneer fuel. Soon
everyone's nose was twitching and my experiment was
discovered. No one complimented me on my zest for
The moon during Holy Week is full and bright. It is
hard to sleep in the open under a moon bright enough to
read by. The country dogs would howl and the roosters
would crow and clippitty-clop, out from town would ride
the cowboys, full of rum or seco and unsteady in the
saddle. I saw one fall amid hoots from his comrades.
They placed his saddle beneath his head and his horse
followed the others off into the night. At dawn he lifted
his saddle to his shoulder and strode off toward home.
The climax of Holy Week in the Interior villages was
the night of Good Friday. Indians and other country
dwellers from remote regions would sometimes walk
several days in order to be in town on Friday. That night
there was a procession with the appropriate statuary from
the church. Torches were carried and "penitentes" carried
In Penenome, while the procession went round and
round the square, boys sold large beetles that lit up like
fireflies. They carried these in a section of bamboo. The
beetles when purchased were pinned to a woman's dress
or a man's belt. There the living beetle, pinned through
the middle would remain alight.
All adventures had to come to an end and we would
start for home early on Holy Saturday. Holy Week traffic
was heavy even in those days. There was neither
Miraflores Bridge nor Balboa Bridge. Everyone waited
for the Thatcher Ferry. One night we waited for three
hours. There was no hump for the drive shaft in the old
cars and I was apt to end my Interior adventure by falling
asleep on a blanket on the floor during that long wait.
The 40/8 Wreck held at the Bertram T. Clayton Post No. 7, April 22, 1950, by members of the Voiture 89 Department
of Panama. Those in the group picture from left to right are: Front row is the P.G's, F. Witzig, Roy P. Day, C.M.
"Bugs" Little, Stephen H. Gott, George E. Feist, John Terry, R.P. Mann, Paul Mohl. Second row kneeling, H.J.
Peterson, Raymond Mitchell, J.E. Schriftgeisser, R.E. Greety, H.P. Pederson, J.C. Hamlin, F.W. Hohmann, Pat
Ryan, F.E. Boutyard, C.E. Campbell, R.J. Provost, A.L. Farrell. Back row standing, L.M. Long, J.J. Crawford,
W.E. Dobson, L.M. Nathaway, P.R. Meck, Edward Compton, J.L. McDermott, E.W. Myers, P.M. Arruda, Missing:
P.G. Flynn, H.P. McCarty. The Miraflores Locks, swing bridge in background. Photo of George Feist.
The harbor, Porto Bello, was first discovered by
Columbus during his fourth and last voyage about
November 1502. He was so impressed by the beauty and
scenery of the place that he immediately named it
"Puerto Bello" or "Beautiful Port." In his mind he
immediately determined that at some future date he
would return and bring a settlement from Spain.
Working still upon the conviction that he would find
a strait which would lead him through to the land of
Cathay, Columbus, during that last voyage sailed three
times up and down the coast from what is now known as
Costa Rica to the San Bias Islands. On each trip he
stopped for a short period at Porto Bello.
The second explorer to find this port was Niceusa,
about 1509. He had in his crew, a man who had been
with Columbus on his travels up and down the coast.
Nicuesa sent a landing party to forage for food. They
encountered a band of natives who attacked the
Spaniards, killing about 20. After this episode, Nicuesa
sailed on to other ports. A settlement was attempted in
1518 by Diego de Albites, but nothing was recorded as to
its success or failure.
However, the beauty, attractiveness and usefulness of
this bay was discovered and developed by many other
explorers so that a settlement gradually grew up, both in
size and importance throughout the early part of the
sixteenth century, (1502-1556).
By the beginning of the reign of Philip the Second,
the strategic importance of Porto Bello had become so
thoroughly established that elaborate plans were made
for the construction of fortifications for the defense of
the port. In his book, "Old Panama," Anderson quotes
that "to defend his bullion and galleons from the
scurrilous attacks of the pirates and buccaneers, Philip
II of Spain constructed at Porto Bello four forts or
Castellos, called San Felipe, San Diego, San Jeronimo
and San Cristobal. San Felipe defended the entrance to
the harbor and was made famous for being constructed
in a superior manner." There was also a village of Porto
Bello in addition to the established fortifications.
About this time, the highway across the Isthmus to
Porto Bello from Panama was well established, sharing
in importance in the amount of traffic, if not exceeding
that amount of the river Chagres. In order to build up
the village of Porto Bello, an effort was made about 1595
by D. Francis de Valveidex Mercado to bring the
settlement from Nombre De Dios, because it had been
looted and burned by pirates, leaving many without
homes. The plan was not an entire success as many
families refused to leave Nombre de Dios.
The reputation of Porto Bello as "the best harbor in
all the Indies" spread rapidly. It attracted the interest of
Sir Francis Drake, the English privateer who with Sir
Thomas Baskerville planned to loot all the ports along
the coast. After burning and pillaging Nombre de Dios,
they set sail for Porto Bello. However, Drake was taken
ill from a fever and died in 1596, as they neared the port,
and was buried with Naval Honors off the coast of the
island that bears his name near the mouth of the Bay of
In February 1602, Sir William Parker arrived early
one morning at Porto Bello and attempted to land. He
was met with heavy fire from the Fort. He continued his
bombardment and gained entrance to the City and
captured the King's treasure house. With his men, he
spent a couple of days pillaging and looting, after which
he sailed away with 10,000 ducats, loads of gold plate,
jewels and merchandise. Had he arrived seven days
earlier, he would have captured 120,000 ducats.
Through the early part of the sixteen hundreds, Porto
Bello continued to grow and enjoyed nearly half a
century of prosperity. It became the center of large
fiestas and fairs, and the Atlantic shipping point for the
bulk of the riches from Panama. In writing of the fairs,
one author quoted from Anderson's Old Panama records,
"When the ships from Peru reached Panama, an
express was sent to inform the fleet at Cartagena. At the
same time, the chest of gold and ingots of silver were
packed upon mules and carried to Porto Bello in recuas,
or trains of 100 mules each, by the overland road. The
bulky merchandise from the Pacific coast was carted to
Venta de Cruces, where it was placed on barges and
shipped down the Chagres River and by sea to Porto
Bello. When the galleons anchored in the port, and the
merchants from Panama, Peru and other ports had
arrived at Porto bello, the President (or Governor) of
Panama, and deputies from the two trading parties held
a conference and regulated the prices of all articles,
which remained fixed throughout the sixty days of the
On the Plaza by the landing, opposite the Aduana, or
custom-house, the seamen erected booths or tents made
of sails, to which the bails of merchandise landed from
the ships were drawn on sledges, and where most of the
trading was conducted. During the fair, a house rented
for five thousand or six thousand pesos, and an ordinary
room and alcove for one thousand pesos. Thomas Gage,
about 1637, waited in Porto Bello for the arrivals of the
galleons from Spain under the Admiral Don Carlos de
Ybarra. When the fleet arrived, the town overflowed with
the four or five thousand soldiers guarding the ships,
besides the merchants from Peru, Spain and elsewhere.
Lodging became so expensive that Gage had to give four
score crowns for a mouse-hole of a room, and a
merchant paid one thousand crowns rent for a shop for
fifteen days. In one day, Gage saw two hundred mules
arrive from Panama, laden with wedges of silver, which
was piled up in the market place like heaps of stone,
without any fear or suspicion of being lost. Within ten
days came the fleet consisting of eight galleons and ten
merchant ships. Much sickness prevailed and the
mortality was high. The cleric further states that about
five hundred soldiers, merchants and mariners died of
fevers and fluxes the year that he was there, so that they
found the town to be, to them, not Porto Bello but Porto
The reputation of Porto Bello "as a port of great
wealth" grew rapidly. It was therefore natural that it
should become the object of pirates and buccaneers. So,
it was that Sir Henry Morgan planned his raid as the
beginning of a campaign to loot the Isthmus. In 1668 he
landed with his men at Puerto Margarita, took to the
small boats and rowed to the point of land at the
entrance to the bay killed the sentry during the night
and demanded an unconditional surrender of the city.
This was refused, as it was defended by three hundred
soldiers and four hundred families. Morgan was assisted
by a member of his crew who had served as a prisoner in
Porto Bello and knew the layout of the city. The fight
was hard and furious but Morgan was victorious.
Prisoners were tortured to make them tell of hidden
treasures; ransoms were demanded; houses looted. The
victors indulged heavily in drunkenness and debauchery.
Morgan sent a demand to the President of Panama, for
the ransom of one hundred thousand pieces-of-eight, or
Porto Bello would be consumed by ashes. Instead of
paying the ransom, the President of Panama started with
fifteen hundred troops to the aid of Porto Bello. He was
ambushed by the buccaneers and his troops took to flight.
After several days, Morgan took his men and departed
with 250,000 pieces-of-eight besides much linen, silver,
and other merchandise.
In 1678-79, Captain Oxen, a British buccaneer, and
Captain La Sound, a French adventurer, attacked Porto
Bello, landing at Port Servin, seventeen leagues east of
Porto Bello and marching to a surprise attack. The
appearance of the buccaneers was so sudden that the
Spaniards did not have time to form any resistance
against them. After a brief skirmish in which a few were
wounded, the buccaneers looted the houses; remained
two days; divided their loot, which amounted to about
forty pounds per man, with extra for the officers, owners,
surgeons and those wounded in the attack.
In 1739, Admiral Edward Vernon (after whom
Mount Vernon was named), having been authorized by
the British Parliament, to take Porto Bello and San
Lorenzo, arrived November 20, off the coast of Porto
Bello with his fleet. His command consisted of his
flagship, Hampton Court, of 70 guns and 495 men; the
Burford, of 70 guns and 500 men; the Princess Louisa,
with 60 guns and 400 men; the Stratford, with 60 guns and
400 men; the Worchester, with 60 guns and 400 men; the
Norwich, with 50 guns and 300 men; making an attack
force of 6 battleships of 370 guns and 2400 men. At
daybreak of November 21, 1739, Admiral Vernon led the
attack against Porto Bello. The English Cannonade drove
the Spaniards from their guns. Landing parties attacked
the batteries and within two hours the iron fort of San
Felipe had surrendered. During the remainder of the day
the fight continued against the other forts until night put
an end to the conflict. The following morning the white
flag appeared over Gloria Castle. Admiral Vernon
permitted the garrison to march out with all the honors
of war but retained all the cannons and the ships in the
Ten thousand dollars were found, which Vernon
ordered to be distributed among his men. After several
weeks stay at Porto Bello, Vernon returned to Jamaica to
refit his ships for the attack on the Chagres. (See San
In 1745 Captain William Kinshill bombarded Porto
Bello with 5,000 cannon balls, in revenge for a prize
having been denied him.
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How many other families lived there, before and after?
How many other families lived there, before and after?
In 1751-52, the three castles of Porto Bello were
thoroughly rebuilt by Don Ignacio de Salo, Lt. Gen. and
Engineer, Governor of Cartagena.
There is a story of a Scottish invasion of Darien in
1671 which encouraged the liberals and progressives of
the Spanish provinces "to take steps for freedom." At
Porto Bello some 1,500 slaves compelled the governor to
grant their liberty, which after it was done, went strutting
about and shaking the hands of their masters.
Part of Early Days of Panama
Chap.(LtCol) Earl D. Weed, Ft. Sherman, C.Z. Editor
My third birthday party, Balboa flats, 192?. Back L-R:
Lois DeLaMater, Harriet Kalar, Olive Koperski,
Howard Keenan, Marie and Helen Worsley. Front L-
R: William Keenan, ???, Jean Hall, Jean Kalar,
Richard Koperski, a freckle-faced redhead I recall,
and my dog Spot. From Lois DeLaMater Bates
New Cristobal Kindergarten Group, 1937. Back row, L-
R: Buddy Corbette, Charles Harrison, David Jacobs,
John Engelke, Milton Altmark, John Andrew Cole,
Charles James Cole, Alan Townshend, Eugene
Phillips. Seated L-R: Ligia Jaramillo, Barbara Fritz,
Helen Millett, Alicia Weisenbanger, Eleanor Kuller,
Mary Furey, Jackie Hunter, Violet Marsland,
Roberte Darendeau, Barbara Brown, Sally Kelly,
Virginia S-, Front: Florence Christian, Janet Davis,
Mary Fisher, Olga Fitzewitz. (Photo by Wes
WEST INDIAN ALPHABET
A is for Asano, look how him stand.
B is for Buckra, very bad man.
C is for Cat, him name called Maria.
D is for Dupee, him eye shine like fire.
E is for Eel, him live by de Ferry.
F is for Fidler, him play very merry.
G is for Governer, him live in King's house.
H is for Dry Harbor, place poor as church mouse.
I is for I is a Gentleman, very well bred.
J is for John Crow, him got peeled head.
K is for Kilibrew, nice when him boil.
L is for Lizard, him tail spoil.
M is for Monkey, look on him face.
N is for Nana, her cap trimmed wid lace.
O is for Oliphant, look on him snout.
P is for Pato, at night him come out.
Q is for Quarter, beg Massa one please.
R is for Ratta, him tiptoe on cheese.
S is for Snake, him live in de grass.
T is for Toad, him forward and fast.
U is for Uncle, say howdy please.
V is for Vervine, make very nice tea.
W is for Woman, married to man.
X is for Mark, made wid de hand.
Y is for Place where old folks meet
Z is for Zebedee, mending him net.
(Asano A giant who lived in Jamaica)
(Buckra a mean labor foreman)
(John Crow Buzzard wid naked head)
("Y" is like Madden Y a crossroads)
Last time all together, at their home, Miami, FL. during
Christmas, 1952. Maybelle A. and Gerald D. Bliss, Sr.
seated. Back, L-R: Gerald D. Bliss, Jr.(Budd), Zonella
(Zonie) Mrs. J.F. Field, Ramona (Tinsie) Mrs.
"Barney" Barnes, Gladys E. (Gladdie) Mrs. B. Don
Humphrey, Maybelle (Mayno) Mrs. George Walker,
Curtis H. Bliss (Bennie).
The family of Gerald DeLeo Bliss, Sr. and Maybelle
(Hart) Bliss at their quarters in Cristobal, July, 1925.
Gerald Bliss Sr. was Postmaster of Pedro Miguel from
1905-1908; Culebra, from 1908-1911; then to Cristobal
from 1913-1934 after which he retired. Top row, L-R:
Gerald DeLeo Bliss, Maybelle Anna (Hart) Bliss. 2nd
row L-R: Zonella L. Bliss (Zonie), Manola F. Bliss
(Nola), Gerald D. Bliss, Jr. (Budd). 3rd row, L-R:
Maybelle J. Bliss (Mayno), Gladys E. Bliss,
(Gladdie), Ramona E. Bliss (Tinsie). Front: Curtis H.
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More recent photo, at Mayno and George Walker
home in Sarasota, Florida. L-R: Curtis (Bennie) Bliss,
Mayno and George Walker, Gladys (Gladdie)
Humphrey, J.O. "Barney" and Ramona (Tinsie)
Barnes, Zonella (Zonie) and Jack Field, Gerald
(Budd) Bliss, Jr.
THE BLISS FAMILY
THEN AND NOW
Hiking through the reeking and sullen Canal Zone jungle
is a tough experience as these Scouts discovered when they
Even at first glance that day there was something
threatening about the jungle. We stood on a ridge of the
Cerro Azul range, fearful of making the first plunge.
Behind us the ridge dropped away to the Pacific and
civilization. Before us, through a leafy peephole in the
matted foliage, we looked down into a heavy green valley.
The jungle, hot, sullen, steaming, stretched out beneath
us as far as we could see. No white man in history had
ventured there, and into the trackless tangle even natives
had rarely prowled.
We shifted our packs uneasily. Then slowly we
started down the slope. Over our heads the dark jungle
closed in -- the screaming, chattering jungle with its hot,
ripe smells that was to hold us in its grip until seven days
later when, our food supply gone, our feet burning and
blistered, we were to break out onto an abandoned
airstrip, four bedraggled Scouts who looked more ghostly
It was the roughest, toughest story that the rough
and tough Jungle Patrol of Troop 3, Balboa, ever wrote
into its adventure-packed log book.
Living in the Canal Zone where the Panama Canal
chops through broiling tropical lowlands to connect the
Atlantic with the Pacific, our Troop came naturally by an
interest in the jungle. A jungle hammock was as regular
a part of our equipment as a cook kit; and for years we
had been venturing deeper and deeper into the trackless
mahogany forest along the border of Costa Rica where
our Scout Camp is located.
But after that one full week of battling the dense
jungle, avoiding tapirs as well as cats, swimming rapids,
coming face to face with the lightning coiled fer-de-
lance, and living in daily fear of catching fever (malaria)
or of being lost in a region where whites have all too
frequently been swallowed up forever, we're willing now
to take a good long rest before once again trying on our
rubber jungle boots.
It all started one afternoon with an innocent hop in
a Piper Cub. I was circling with a pilot friend over an
unusually dense region of jungle that stretched between
the Cerro Azul Mountain range on the Pacific Coast and
an abandoned airstrip near the place called Madden Dam
in the center of the Isthmus. Through heavy foliage which
covered a whole series of mountain ridges we got
occasional glimpses of a large river.
From our 4,000 foot altitude it seemed fairly peaceful
-- a height-produced illusion that seven days of back-
breaking struggle completely corrected later on. We knew
that the region had never been set on map paper. As I
studied this green wilderness the idea burst suddenly that
here would be a fitting climax to previous jungle
excursions made by our adventure seeking Patrol. This
would be real wild country exploration.
For an ordinary bunch of boys, even those who lived
in the Canal Zone, this idea would have been crazily
impossible. But we were pretty proud in the knowledge
that we weren't ordinary as far as jungle lore was
concerned. Our Patrol was carefully picked by strenuous
elimination tests. Each week-end we had held day hikes
and once a month we had taken an overnight trip. In
addition to this we had made several long hikes, one of
which cut straight across the Isthmus from ocean to
Gatun Lake through virgin jungle along a bulldozer trail
which never hesitated in going straight up and down the
steep mountains. (I learned later that cables were used to
keep the tractors from tipping over and even so one man
was killed when his tractor did go over.)
We Plan Our Adventure
The famous "Bushmasters", Army jungle teams which
saw combat duty later in the Pacific, had trained near us.
We had become great friends of the soldier-jungleers.
They attended many of our meetings and had lectured us
thoroughly on life in the jungle. These experiences,
together with our Scout training, made us confident that
if any one could cross the valley, we could. Later, at
times we wondered.
After careful preparations we started on December
26. Our Patrol had been purposefully narrowed to four
members. Don Wills and Jim Thompson were 15; Bill
Howe, 14; I was 19. In our 50-pound packs we carried
besides our food, an Army jungle hammock apiece with
built-in mosquito net. We wore Army rubber jungle
boots. Don carried a .22 rifle and Jim, a shotgun.
We hadn't been going long enough to get steamed up
even, when our trip almost ended in tragedy. We had
found the river I'd spotted from the plane, and had slid
down its bank to rest. Bill had gone first and we were
about to follow him when Don suddenly pushed me out
of the way and raised his rifle. I looked in the direction
of his aim. A few feet behind Bill was the swaying head
of a large snake. Two shots crackled. The snake twisted
furiously on the rocks. Don didn't want to risk any more
ricochetting bullets and signaled to me. We all carried
machetes and you can bet mine whipped out fast.
It was only when we examined the dead snake
afterward that we learned it was a fer-de-lance, one of
the most aggressive and deadly in the jungle. Even then
the danger wasn't past for a sudden convulsive twist of
the head almost sent two wicked half-inch fangs into my
During most of our expedition we sloshed along
knee-deep in the river. It was the only passage through
the matted jungle. The rounded stones were as slippery
as greased marbles and sad experience rapidly taught us
to fall gently if not gracefully under our top-heavy packs.
The rubber soles of our boots were slippery, but we
had learned long ago that the finest pair of leather boots
in the world wouldn't last two days of jungle river travel.
We treated our soaked feet as best we could by pitching
camp around 3:30 each afternoon. Each of us wore
heavy wool socks. In camp we would dry our feet
thoroughly, rinse our daytime socks and our boots with
clean water, and crawl into the hammock with a pair of
dry, clean socks.
Canoeless Rapids Riders
Because mosquitoes were at their worst just at dusk,
we made it a rule to be in the hammocks with net zipped
up tight long before the sun actually set. And we stayed
there until the sun was well up each morning. Because of
quarter-inch ants that ate through anything from leather
shoes to knapsacks, we carefully secured all gear off the
ground each evening. Another camp requirement was
that our site must be on high ground, safe from flash
The sounds of the night, rustlings, booming calls of
birds, thuds of falling fruit, cries of hunting animals and
their victims bothered us a little the first night but after
that we slept like logs.
Sometimes during our slow progress the banks of the
river would rise high above us and the water would roar
through narrow gorges in violent rapids, making footing
impossible. Then we'd either hike around the rocky shore
if practical or trust to skill and luck and float through,
shooting the rapids like so many human canoes and
swimming breast stroke to keep our packs as high and
dry as possible.
We had planned to have our friends in the Piper Cub
make periodic food drops. On our third day out we heard
the plane overhead and once we could even see it. We
shouted desperately and waved our handkerchiefs, we
scrapped together a hasty smudge fire that didn't work.
The plane passed low over the tree tops (1,500 feet) and
was gone. On the fourth day the plane again failed to
find us beneath the matted foliage. As its drone faded
into the endless clamor of the jungle that time we felt
more isolated than ever. We speeded up our sloughing
progress because we knew then we'd have to make our
destination with the supplies we carried on our back.
The Taste Of Fear
The river grew rougher. Often we were in water up
to our chests. On our fourth day out we felt the first
twinge of an uneasiness that was to hound us from then
on in, growing more and more nagging with each day
spent in the steaming wilderness. We'd seen no trace of
any person's ever having gone before us. We knew we
were on course, but had no way of telling how far we'd
come. We'd planned each last detail and knew our layout
perfectly. We were familiar with the Navy's Survival on
Land and Sea in case the worse happened. But that
didn't ease our minds. Suppose something was wrong in
our calculations? Suppose somehow we missed the right
river and were to go wandering on and on into a
trackless wild where no man had ever before even
ventured? We knew of several stories of downed planes
in this region which had never been located. (Even lately
two men have been missing for a month in some
relatively tame jungle where their plane disappeared).
Somehow these tales kept popping into our overheated
We knew the airstrip lay south-south-west from the
mouth of the river we hoped we were following. My
plane flight had told me that. But if that river mouth
didn't show up mighty soon, our food supply would run
out with a long hike still ahead of us. Jim and Don began
to urge that we leave the river immediately and hit a
course off southwest, cutting across mountains and
hacking through the underbrush, when it was too thick to
push aside, in the general direction of the strip. It was
tempting, but I had a hunch we weren't far enough down
the river yet and held out for sticking to our original
And The Air Cooled
Rougher and rougher the river became. It took us
two hours to battle through one quarter-mile stretch.
Finally the churning water entered a deep gorge whose
walls rose high on either side of us. The gorge developed
into a canyon and we climbed the right bank as a last
resort, hoping that if we scaled the cliff, we'd find the
river doubling back on the other side. The moist air was
boiling. Our clothing clung to our bodies. My canteen
had been crushed during an earlier tumble. Bill slipped
on a steep slope and fell at least fifteen feet before he
managed to grab something frantically. It was a tree of
large needle-like thorns and his palms were left with
deep gashes. And the sun beat down hotter on our roof
of trees. Our spirits hit their lowest ebb as we cut back
toward the old river. Here at least there was water. We
pitched camp in darkness that night.
It was the fifth night and the uneasy feeling grew.
Arguments in favor of breaking away from the river were
more vigorous. Jim, especially held a grudge against the
river now because during his last crossing he'd slipped
and been dragged through a terrific stretch of rapids.
Only a frantic lurch into an eddy had prevented his
smashing against one of the jagged rocks of the cascade.
I guess it was a gang of monkeys that kept the jungle
from getting the best of our nerves. They appeared in the
trees across the river while we were arguing the following
day. They were determined to cross to the trees on this
side even though it was a jump of some 20 feet. Their
leader climbed to the highest branch and leapt into
space. He fell and fell and fell. We were sure he was
going to hit the water when he reached out and grabbed
the lowest limb of a tree on our side. His chattering tribe
followed, mimicking his drop in rapid, graceful
The last monkey was a mother with a baby clinging
to her back. She was on the very top branch preparing
to jump. Her companions had barely made the gap and
we feared the mother monkey with such a heavy load
would get a dunking sure. She leaped out into the air
with super monkey strength and plummeted downward.
We were almost afraid to watch as she stretched out her
arms and at the last second seized the branch and swung
into safety. Her tiny burden hadn't budged an inch. We
grinned at each other and somehow after watching this
venturesome band, our own troubles didn't seem so
Following a Cold Trail
I finally gave in and we left the river to follow a
compass course. The jungle was thick with large
mahogany trees. The ground was rough, and we spent
most of our time fighting up one slope only to fight to
keep from sliding too fast down its other side. So rough
was our progress that we had to declare a rest stop
every twenty minutes.
And then Don found it! Our first sign of human life
in six days! It was a faint machete gash in a small sapling.
Even though we judged it to be some six months old, you
can imagine our excitement after the fears that had been
haunting us for the last few days.
We brought to bear every pathfinding trick we knew
or had ever heard of in a search for more signs.
Gradually we managed to pick out a faint trail and even
though it led away from our course, we followed it. And
it led back to our old river! We were so disgusted we
could have quit right there. And to top it all we found
fresh tapir tracks as large as my out-stretched hand on
a sandbar. We got well away and pitched a dispirited
camp just at dusk. Our feelings were about as low as our
food supply which was about at zero.
Not Like "Cover Scouts"
I guess it's true that things are always darkest before
the dawn. Next morning we found a new trail. Farther on
we came to a mahogany tree that had been felled with an
ax. There was no doubt now that we were nearing
something, and even though our feet were blistered and
seemed to be on fire, we quickened our steps. The trail
led to an overgrown bulldozer trail. We were completely
fagged out but we continued without stopping for rests.
Hours later the trail broadened into a dirt road and in 30
minutes of 'pushing on' there it was at last. About a half
mile ahead of us, with its empty control tower gauntly
peering out over the jungle grasses, lay the old
abandoned strip we'd been battling toward for an entire
week. Two of the boys were so jubilant that they hobbled
and ran until they collapsed on the runway.
We were a strange sight, as we hobbled into the
clearing. We were dirty and drenched. Our clothing was
torn and our expressions must have been a little wild.
We didn't look at all like a "Boys' Life" cover picture. It
didn't matter though. We'd fought the jungle and won.
Four Boy Scouts had made a trail where no human had
ever walked before. We were satisfied. A car was waiting
for us at the strip, for there was an old road leading back
to civilization from there. We sagged in the comfortable
seats, soaking up the luxury of civilization and before the
car was even out of the jungle, four explorers were dead
to the world.
TO BHS CLASS OF 1976
There has come to me, a copy of a letter addressed
to "1976 BHS Graduates and Friends," signed by Patty
Wiechert, which certainly misstates the facts relating to
the BHS'76 Class Reunion.
I have never spoken to Patty Weichert, so she has
received her information second-hand, and either did not
understand or misunderstood the information given to
her, by one other than me.
My initial contact with BHS Class of '76 was by letter
from HJ. Malin-Christiansen. This was followed by a
telephone conversation with Helen, on October 11, 1990,
at which time the following requests were made by
1. ALL BHS-76 classmates be housed in the same hotel
preferably on the same floor.
Reply: None of the hotels with whom the Society has
contracts, has 200 rooms on one floor.
2. The BHS-76 Class be permitted to hold a dinner
dance, June 21st at one of the "smaller" hotels.
Reply: Helen was advised that the Panazonian Dance was
scheduled for that date. It has been a long-standing rule
that a non-society sponsored function would not be
approved if such a function is in conflict with a Society
3. Approval for the BHS-76 class to hold a "Happy
Hour," from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, June
This request was presented to the Society Executive
Committee at the meeting of October 8, 1990, and
because of a Society function scheduled at the same time,
this request was denied.
When, during the telephone conversation of October
11, 1990, Helen stated that if the Society would not
accommodate the above requests, the 1976 class reunion
would be held elsewhere. I then advised Helen that the
Society had contracts with the four adjacent hotels,
therefore, the requests could not be granted by those
Never during my telephone conversation with Helen,
did I state that the Society had "booked up all the hotels
and motels in the area," or "they did not want our
reunion to be near their functions," or "they did not care
that we had 250 people who might want to join their
Society." The above quotes are from the letter dated
December 1, 1990, signed by Patty Weichert.
It has never been the intention of the Society to
discourage class reunions, to the contrary, the Society has
always encouraged class reunions, and has made every
effort to accommodate members wanting to hold
Further, Patty erroneously states in her letter that
one must join the Society at a cost of $15.00, after which
the member will receive the Society Directory, when in
fact, members receive in addition to the annual directory,
4 quarterly issues of the Canal Record, which is probably
the best publication on happenings, past and present in
the Panama Canal; up-to-date whereabouts of old
friends; planned society events; etc., etc.
I feel very strongly that the BHS Class of 1976 owes
the Society a sincere apology, in writing, to be published
in the June issue of the Canal Record, for the false or
erroneous statements in the letter dated December 1,
1990, signed by Patty Weichert.
I personally will welcome the opportunity to attend
the 1976 Class Reunion, and with correspondence and
notes in hand, stand before the 1976 class attendees, set
the record straight.
Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
1st Vice President
1991 Reunion Coordinator
ATTENTION ALBROOK AFB BRATS
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.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 6
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.
Fridat noon to Sunday Noon, September 13 and 14,
1991. The rate for the weekend is $65.00 plus tax. This
includes two nights lodging and two dinners (Friday and
Saturday) at the Train Coach Restaurant.
Directions to the Hill Motor Lodge, a Best Western,
is on 1-80 and 715, exit 45, Tannersville, PA. Motor
Lodge telephone is (717) 629-1667. Come jopin us for fun
and frivolity. For additional information call Billy
Michaelson, (904) 683-0826.
GAMBOA MEMORIES TO SHARE?
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.
PEDRO MIGUEL REUNION
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
Helen (Edwards) Magan
914 Alexander Circle
Pueblo, CO 81001
Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd
P.O. Box 6841
Dothan, AL 36302
Ginger (Coffey) Young
1220 John Anderson Dr.
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
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.
Created amd maintained by David C. Thatcher, Jr.,
Orleans/France '62. OSCAR is an acronym for
OVERSEAS SCHOOLS COMBINED ALUMNI
REGISTRY. This highly unique, specially developed
computer service for overseas alumni groups and reunion
committees provides support for mailing lists, directories.
and mailing services at cost. Additional data-based
services are also available, Write OSCAR, P.O. Box 7763,
Washington, D.C., 20044 (Tel: 202-362-4756.
To Class Reunion Committees: This may be a source
of addresses for those in the military who attended CHS
Publisher and Editor: Joe Condrill, P.O. Box 29805,
San Antonio, Texas 78229. (512) 349-1394.
This organization publishes a magazine called
"Overseas Brats" which provides free publicity in their
magazine and they mail out press releases about their
search for all overseas alumni. Another good place to
find your missing military based classmates. Give Joe a
call to find out more about his organization.
PCSOFL MAY BUFFET LUNCHEON
May Luncheon/Meeting May 3, 1991
Social Hour 11:30 AM Buffet 12:15 PM
YACHT CLUB NORTH (Former Coach House)
1900 4th. Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida
Joe and Anna Collins will co-chair the May
Luncheon/Meeting at the YACHT CLUB NORTH,
formerly the old COACH HOUSE at 1900, 4th St. N. in
Parking is available in the rear of the Club and at the
South end of the building.
The food served is the same as that of the St.
Petersburg Yacht Club a beautiful buffet with those
assorted desserts. The famous Yacht Club Shrimp Salad
is included in the buffet.
The cost is the same as last year $14.50 ea, tax and
gratuity included. We must have a minimum of 100
Deadline for reservations or cancellations is:
April 29, 1991
YACHT CLUB NORTH RESERVATION
1900 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL
May 3, 1991
IPlease make reservations at $14.50 each.
Total enclosed: $
Checks made payable to the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc.
MAIL TO: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
:8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642
CI ity ___State _Zip___ I
TO THE BHS CLASS OF 1940...
About half the survey forms are in for the Class
History. Contributions have been generous. It looks like
our publication will be a go. If you don't want to be
omitted (except for name and address) get your form
sent. If you have misplaced the original, ask for another
from Joan (Ridge) deGrummond, but please send a self-
addressed, stamped envelope (SASE), at 521-Q Calle
Aragon, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. (714) 855-6447.
BHS CLASS OF 1941 50th REUNION
There will be a dinner on Thursday, June 20, 1991,
at the Twin Towers Hotel with a limit of 200
reservations. If any others would like to attend, they may
send their $35.00 per person check payable to me by June
1, 1991. If the reservations haven't reached 200, we will
be happy to have you join us.
Those living in Panama may send their checks to
Sonny Pereira and he will forward them to me. Hope to
see our classmates and friends on June 20, 1991. Isabelle
A. Gibson, 2020 Oxford Street N., St. Petersburg, FL
33710. (813) 384-0304.
BHS/CHS CLASSES OF 1952
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.
ATTN: BHS/CHS GRADUATES OF '56
Come celebrate our 35th reunion. Save Thursday, June
20 of the Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando for your
classmates. Send your suggestions: Casual? Dinner?
Picnic? Cocktail Party? Contact one of the following:
Gail (Haseman) Tolbert
1295 Rensselaer Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
APO Miami, FL 34002
Dottie (Cotton) Manthorne
395 Viscaya Circle
Deltona, FL 32738
Beverly (Boyett) Hayden
6950 S.W. 146 Street
Miami, FL 33158
CHS/BHS CLASS OF '60
50th BIRTHDAY BASH
Sometime between June, 1991 and June, 1993, the
vast majority of us will hit FIFTY! Sorry girls, your
birthdates are in the yearbooks.
Our individual 30th class reunions, held this past
June PCSoF reunion, were great successes and well
attended. Of course, CHS had a much higher percentage
of attendees than did BHS, but whose counting?
There were many folks from both schools who
wanted to come in '90 but were unable. How about a
joint 50th birthday party during the 1992 PCSoF reunion?
Perhaps a bunch of us can get together at the '91
PCSoF reunion in Orlando, and start the ball rolling. If
the idea is of interest to you, please contact: Mike
McBride (CHS'60), 2370 Flamingo Dr. #202, Miami
Beach, FL 33141. (305) 672-9822.
ATTENTION BHS '61 GRADS !!
Almost 5 years ago we gather in Tampa to celebrate
our 25th reunion! We agreed to repeat this experience
every 5 years. It's time to contact us with your ideas. We
hope to merge our dinner-dance with CHS '61 LIVE
music by Warren Ashton and Co.! Please direct your
inquiries and suggestions to any of the committee listed
below. After the holidays you will receive a newsletter
from us with further details. Meanwhile, help us locate
our "missing" classmates. Mark your calendars: Thursday
June 20, 1991 Sunday June 23, 1991.
1 Forest Creek Lane
Wilmington, DE 19809
Didi Bremer Rogers
11653 Capt. Rhett Lane
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Jackie Ashton Wagner
286 West 2nd Street
Waynesboro, PA 17268
Bev Bowman Wood
PSC Box 2472
APO Miami, FL 34002
PSC Box 823
APO Miami, FL 34002
Rachel Van Dyke Burke
2227 N. Powhatan
Arlington, VA 22205
30th FOR '61
WE'RE HAVING A PARTY
WHO: C.H.S. CLASS OF 1961
WHEN: IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PANAMA
WHERE: TWIN TOWERS IN ORLANDO.
WHY: BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T HAD ONE YET!
If memories of Pina Beach still stir on the backroads
of your mind, then you should contact one of the
Shirley (Bonneau) Camby
2391 52nd St. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Panama Canal Commission
Office of Port Engineer
Hilda (Saborio) Boseman
379 Avenida Abetos
San Jose, CA 95123
Rt. 1, Box 312-C
Bluemont, VA 22012
BHS CLASS OF 1971
We are planning our 20th class reunion which will be
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of
Florida reunion. It is important that you send in your
name and address (as well as any other of our
classmates) now. Please send to any one of the following
Pass the word to all our classmates so we can hoist a few
to good old C.H.S. and Mrs. Smith.
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C.H.S. CLASS OF 1961
REUNION REGISTRATION FORM
Please make pre-registrations. Fee of $20.00 each.
Total enclosed is: $__
Send form and checks payable to Hilda (Saborio)
Boseman, (Treasurer), 379 Avenida Abetos, San Jose, CA
BHS CLASS OF '66
Our 25th class reunion will be held June 21-23 at the
Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida, just 5 miles from the
Panama Canal Reunion, 15 minutes by shuttle from
Disney World, and minutes from Sea World. Final
arrangements are still underway, but a reception Friday
night and a dinner-dance Saturday night are on the
agenda. If you are planning to attend contact: Marge
Brigadier, 3309 Padilla Way, San Jose, CA 95148. Tel:
(408) 238-2649. Questions or suggestions regarding our
reunion activities should be directed to: Bud Churchville,
7337 Spring Villa Circle, Orlando, FL 32819. (407) 351-
0309. We are planning a reunion booklet, so whether or not
you intend to join us, send information on yourself and
your family to: Marjie Malone Cancil, Rt. 11, Box 740,
Salisbury, MD 21801.
CHS CLASS OF 1966
Our 25th class reunion will be held in conjunction with
the Panama Canal Society of Florida reunion. For further
information please contact:
Diana (Whaler) White
693 Chestnut Street
Clermont, FL 34711
Katie (Oliver) Haas
912 Jackson Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Shirley (Shipman) Evans
11982 Kelly Road
Fort Myers, FL 33908
28 Ocean Shore Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
(904) 441- 6149
2391 52nd St. North
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Janie (Souder) Small
544 20th Avenue North
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 34635
CHS CLASS OF 1971
We are organizing our 20th year reunion! Please
send us your names, addresses and phone numbers so
that we may contact you. Anyone with the knowledge of
the whereabouts of our classmates and friends, please
drop us a line and let us know.
Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, friends, we need
your help. Thanks!
1301 W. Meadgreen Dr.
Austin, TX 78758
Chris (Bailey) Mott
5474 Bellefield Dr.
Theodore, AL 36582
Hila (Lyman) Hanly
2921 Sycamore Springs Dr. #190
Kingwood, TX 77339-1303
BHS CLASS OF 1981
Our 10-year reunion is around the corner. It will be
held this year in Orlando, Florida during the month of
June. Please send your name and address to Maritza
Reyes. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Please forward addresses to: Maritza Reyes, P.O. Box
273355, Tampa, FL 33688-3355. (813) 968-2885.
CHS CLASS OF 1981
We are beginning to make plans for our 10-year
reunion! Presently we are trying to locate any classmates
interested in attending a reunion and/or are willing to
help plan a class reunion!
Please contact us if you are interested or if you have
addresses of other classmates.
Melissa (Knoop) Thacker
234 S.W. 305th Street
Federal Way, WA 98023
Stacey (Follett) Stilley
San Antonio, TX 78253
NEW BHS-CHS INDEX
The BHS-CHS Index provides a ready reference of
your friends and fellow alumni. It is organized by school
and class with an alphabetical index in the front. We
would like to include your information in the next issue.
To get a listing form, just send a self-addressed envelope
to Conrad S. Horine, 16136 Lassen St., Sepulveda, CA
There is no charge for your listing. The Canal
Record will announce publication of the new Index. Its
cost will be nominal.
BHS GOLDEN CLASS OF 1964
We wanted to give you lots of time to save up your
sheckels...the celebration of the Thirtieth (30th)
Anniversary of the Graduation of the Balboa High School
Class of 1964 is tentatively scheduled to be held in San
Diego, California, the summer of 1994. Please keep in
touch if you are interested in attending. We would like
to keep our list updated so please send your name,
address and phone number (especially if you have
moved) to one of the following:
Young folks, old folks,
everybody bicycles in
HOLLAND. The picturesque
Dutch terrain is wonderously flat
and perfect for easy pedaling.
There is an extensive network of
bike trails with their own rules
and traffic signals that make
cycling in HOLLAND an
Sr absolute delight!
Fifteen (15) exciting days
touring HOLLAND including six days of cycling.
If you prefer, while others are bicycling you can enjoy
the beauty of HOLLAND by traveling in our courtesy
Jane (Holgerson) Thompson
476 East Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92714
Send all ads and checks to the Editor, 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642.
Make checks payable to: Panama Canal Society
of Florida. Ads accepted from members only.
Approx 3 1/2 x 1" (1/20th page) is $4.00. 1/5
page is $16.00. Half page is $40.00. Full page is
$80.00. Write for COMMERCIAL AD RATES (for
Wanted: A copy of Cristobal High School 1941
Yearbook. Please contact Opal Holgerson Gomez, 935 E.
20th Street, Chester, PA 19013. (215) 874-5868.
Experience the awakening
Dutch countryside amidst the
radiant colors of red, yellow,
pink and blue. Picture yourself
bicycling along vast fields of
these multicolored tulips that
stretch to the horizon.
Call our toll free line for more exciting
See HOLLAND at its colorful best!
Call today for more information (919) 864-2184
Armbruster & Associates
P.O. Box 35588, Fayetteville, N.C. 28303
For Sale: Legitimate French Rail and Cross-tie Book-
ends. Largest supply of original material in the U.S.
Brochure and information on the Panama Railroad is
included with every order.Write: Dann E. Beckley, P.O.
Box 122, McLean, Texas 79057-0122. Tel: 806-779-3201.
For Sale: Oriental Rice Dishes, place settings for 8.
Includes creamers, sugar jars, salt/pepper shakers, etc.
Call or write William E. Pierson, 1703 Westgate Drive,
Dothan, AL 36303. (205) 794-6850.
Carole (Salonick) Barber
404 Marble Cove Way
Seal Beach, CA 90740
a special 7 song cassette
the title song
Part of proceeds to benefit Cystic Fibrosis
Send name & address with $7.99/cassette
plus $2.00 shipping
P.O. Box 25101
Tampa, Florida 33622
K E Y ST O NE CLUB
320 4th Street N., St. Petersburg (822-6600 for Reservations)
WELCOMES PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY MEMBERS AND FAMILY
CORVINA AVAILABLE NOW FEATURING CEVICHE!
Ask about our PCSOFL member discount on Corvina!
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