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VOL. 25 JUNE 1991 NO.3
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J. F. Warner
Mrs. Betty L. Frassrand
Mr. Robert Van Siclen
1st Vice President
Mr. Virgil G. Camby
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Mr. Carl H. Starke
Mrs. Faith Brundage
Mrs. Betty Malone
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mr. Harry Foster
President's M message .......................................... 1
From the Secretary ........................................... 2
Legislative Representative ...................................... 3
Reunion Coordinator's Notebook ................................ 4
Operation Desert Storm ....................................... 8
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...................... 10
Retirem ents ............................................... 13
N ews Clips ................................................ 13
W here Are You? ........................................... 15
Your Reporter Says .......................................... 16
Alabama ............... 16 Mississippi ............ 29
Arizona ................ 17 New Jersey ........... 30
Arkansas ............... 18 North Carolina ......... 30
California .............. 19 Northwest ............ 31
Florida ................ 21 Oklahoma ............ 31
Georgia ................ 25 Panama .............. 32
Hawaii ................ 27 South Carolina ......... 36
Indiana ................ 28 Texas ................ 38
Louisiana .............. 29 Virginia .............. 39
The Younger Generation ................. 40
Congratulations ............................................ 40
W weddings ................................................. 47
Births ................................................... 51
W ith Deep Sorrow .......................................... 53
Letters to the Editor ......................................... 60
Looking Back .............................................. 66
Announcements ............................................ 74
For Sale or W anted ......................................... 79
Northwest Realty........83 Zonian Amigos........80 Dresses from Panama.......82
Pureto Panama........82 Caribbean American Club.......81 Eddie Stroop........81
Patsy Detamore.........82 Kaw Valley Films and Video.........80
FRONT COVER: The newly renovated Twin Towers Hotel with connecting
Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, the site of the 1991 Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc. Reunion, opposite Universal Studios.
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
June 9 Northwest Arkansas Annual Picnic, Agri Park, Fayettesville, AR.
June 19-23 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Orlando, Florida. (See yellow
insets for complete information).
July 12 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street N., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. Covered dish.
August 3 Northwest Annual Picnic, North Bonneville, WA. 40 miles East of
Portland, OR. Call (509) 427-4490 for further details.
August 3 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street N., St. Petersburg. FL. 12:00 Noon. Covered dish.
August 4 PCSSC Luncheon, Michael's Restaurant, 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Los
Angeles, CA. Call (619) 277-5000 for details.
September 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street N., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. Covered dish.
September 28 Gulf Coast Picnic, Davis Bayou Campgrounds. (See
Announcements for further information.
October 1 Ocala Zonians Get-Together. Don's Smorgasbord Restaurant,
Ocala, FL. High Noon.
October 5 PCSOFL Annual Picnic. Details available later.
October 5 PCS of Arizona Fall Lunch/Meeting, Holiday Inn, Casa Grande.
December 1 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA.
Call (619) 277-5000 for details.
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The time has finally come for me to write my last
President's Message of the term and it is with mixed
emotions that I write it. It has been a wonderful
experience serving as President of our organization for
the past two years. We have accomplished a great deal
during this time and I am thankful to have been a part of
all that we have done. I will miss having such an integral
part of the workings of the Society, but I do look forward
to serving my year as Past President.
Our Open House was a huge success. We are
certainly very proud of our office and from all the
comments we heard from those members who did stop
by, we are not alone in that pride. My thanks to all those
who did stop by; we even had members who came from
as far away as Ocala and Orlando. I'd also like to thank
the entire executive board for all that they did to make
sure the open house was a success. A special thanks
once again must go to Fred and Jane Huldtquist who
took care of all the framing, matting and arranging of the
photographs used in the office; along with Marge Foster
who, together with Jane selected what would be used in
the office and to Pat Beall who made our conference
tables at a great savings to the Society.
The Executive Board voted to have Barbara (Rios)
Greene train with Marge for two months prior to her
taking over the position of Secretary/Treasurer. I am
excited about Barbara joining us and look forward to
working with her.
The reunion will soon be here and I can hardly wait
to see everyone. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and we
anticipate that our members will enjoy this reunion just
as much, if not more, than last year.
By the time this is printed, we will have had another
successful May Luncheon chaired by the wonderful Anna
and Joe Collins. Anna and Joe always do such a
fabulous job with the Luncheon and I am thankful to
them for continuing to do this for our organization
during my years as president.
One of the nice parts about being President of an
organization such as ours is that when we do accomplish
good things, the credit falls on my shoulders. However,
this credit is not mine alone; I have been very fortunate
over the past two years to have an executive board that
was not only very conscientious of the Society and its
needs, but also so willing to give of themselves.
Bob Van Siclen has worked very diligently this past
year to make sure our reunion is a great success. It was
truly a pleasure putting the reunion together with he and
his wife, Nancy. Additionally, Bob has stood ready and
willing to assist in whatever other tasks and projects
needed to be completed. Bob also served on the
Committee to find our office and has been by my side
throughout the entire year. Nancy Van Siclen, although
not from Panama has dedicated herself to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
She has also served as the Assistant to the
Secretary/Treasurer, assisted the Hospitality Committee
with the luncheons at St. Bede's and has been there
whenever she is needed. Following the reunion, she will
take over as the assistant to the Record Editor. Bob and
Nancy are truly great assets to our organization and I am
thankful to have had the opportunity to work with them.
Virgil "Skeeter" Camby has served as second vice
president this past year and has also taken on the task of
the telephone committee and security at the reunion.
Skeeter has served the Board well, coming up with ideas
and possible solutions to various problems we have
We will be loosing Jane Huldtquist as our Legislative
Representative. Our By-laws provide that a member can
only serve two consecutive terms in this position and Jane
has truly been the best Legislative Representative we
have had in a great number of years. Thank you Jane for
all you have done and the support you have given to me
during my term as President.
Pat Beall, despite his health problems last year, has
continued to serve as Record Editor and continues to do
a great job with the Canal Record which is, of course,
our link to each other during the year. Thanks Pat.
We will also be loosing our Secretary/Treasurer,
Marge Foster, this year. Two words best describe Marge
with regard to the Panama Canal Society of Florida;
DEDICATED AND COMMITTED. Marge has served in
this position for quite a few years and has had the task of
serving as "watchdog" of the Society's dollars which she
has done very carefully and diligently. And although
there are times when we thought we were going to be
"committed", I have enjoyed working with Marge more
than words can say. The Society will truly miss Marge's
unique knowledge of the members and her tireless work
for the Society. I have a feeling though that Marge will
be back to work with the Society once she gets an
opportunity to "rest" and enjoy retirement life for awhile.
Thank you, Marge, for all you have done for me and the
The entire Executive Board has been great to work
with, Harry Foster, Betty Malone, Dottie Yocum, Faith
Brundage have all gone above and beyond the "call of
duty" to make sure the Society continued to function and
grow in a positive manner. My thanks to all of them for
making my years as president a success. Since I was
elected to serve two terms as President, Carl Starke also
served as Past President for two years. The drive to the
meetings for Carl is a long one, but he continued to
come up from Sarasota each month and offer his words
of wisdom whenever needed. Thanks Carl for your
support of our organization.
The reunion committees have been great to work
with this year; they are primarily veterans of the reunions
and have allowed our duties to be accomplished without
a hitch. Jane and Fred Huldtquist have the golf
tournament down to a "tee"; Carolyn Johnson has seen
to it that everyone's registration is accurate and that the
entire registration process will run smoothly; Pat, of
course, is Mr. Hospitality again this year and will greet
members in Hospitality with a smile and a cup of coffee;
Stacy Parker has great things in store for us at the
dances; Drake and Collette are making sure our athletes
are ready to play at the reunion; Harry Foster has been
busy getting ready for our various vendors at the reunion;
Skeeter Camby has taken all the steps to make sure that
we are safe and secure at the reunion and Pete Foster
has been busy making sure that we will get to the reunion
by handling the travel arrangements and of, course, Betty
Malone, will chair another fabulous luncheon.
Please be sure and read the article in this issue about
the United States Postal Pictorial Cancellation that will
be available during the week of our reunion. My deepest
appreciation goes to Jean Stough for not giving up on
this project; Jean, it finally happened thank you!
I must also mention that had it not been for my
friends, Bev and Joe Wood in Panama; many of the
projects we accomplished this year, would not have
happened. As I mentioned before, Joe was instrumental
in our Friends of Panama project and has always been
there for me to answer or question, or to the board to
lend a hand.
My thanks would not be complete without thanking
those who are not members of the executive board who
still stood ready to assist in whatever way they could,
Stacy Parker, Brian DeRaps, Eileen and Geoff Cowell,
Rupert Turner, Vickie Sizemore, Ed Wardlow, Drake and
Collette Carlisle, Mike Boswell, Lucky Summers, and of
course, Warren and Kay LeDoux.
I must also extend a very special thanks to my
husband, Larry Frassrand, who has assisted in whatever
way possible and who has put up with my being locked
up in my "Panama Room" working on Society projects
and for putting up with the hours spent on the telephone
and for the hours I was gone for meetings. Thank you,
Larry for allowing me this time in the sun.
I guess if I don't end this message, I won't only be in
the doghouse with Pat for the length of the article, but I
won't make the deadline, so again, thank you for allowing
me to serve as President of this great organization. My
best wishes to the incoming officers for as great of
successes as I have had during my terms.
Betty LeDoux Frassrand
Since this will be my last message in the Canal
Record, I would like to start by saying that I have
enjoyed working with the Officers, Board members and
the entire membership over the last several years and I
will miss you all! I do not intend for this to be the end
of my work with the Society; I will be assisting the
Secretary and will help out in whatever capacity I am
needed. Right now I just want a little time to enjoy
retirement, my grandchildren and take some short trips
The office is truly a step in the right direction for the
Society and the members who have had the pleasure of
visiting the office are as proud of it, as are we, who
helped set it up. Jane and Fred Huldtquist deserve a lot
of credit and thanks for their part in selecting and
framing the different pictures and artifacts on the wall.
Jane and I picked out the plants and Betty Frassrand
went with us when we selected the wicker furniture for
the reception area. If you are in our area, it is well
worth your time to come in and visit and reminisce.
I have especially enjoyed working for and with Betty
Frassrand as President who, although she is employed
full time, found time to work diligently for the Society.
She made the Secretary's job much easier by taking over
the tasks of answering correspondence (she does it so
well) and keeping on top of all committees, projects, and
luncheons. If only we had more young people as willing
and able to take over the reins!
Barbara Green will be starting to work with me May
1, and I know that you all will appreciate her expertise as
a Secretary, she has had many more years of experience
than I in that field. She is anxious to renew old
friendships and contact with those of you who worked
with her in the Canal Zone.
Nancy Van Siclen has given unselfishly of her time
and been a tremendous help to me this past year and will
now be assisting Mr. Beall with the Canal Record.
I have been receiving some complaints from
members that their names did not appear in the April
Directory. In reviewing their records, (date of check is
shown) we find that they did not pay their 1991 dues until
March (five months after due date), much to late to be
included in the April Directory since it goes to print in
March. Dues reminders were printed throughout the
Canal Records last year for the benefit of forgetful
members. We finally resorted to sending out delinquent
notices, (1,200) and these only to members who had not
paid their dues for 1991. We have another thousand who
owe for two years and they will be removed from our
records after October of this year.
The 1991 Reunion is shaping up under the guidance
of Bob Van Siclen and we hope to see you all at the
Twin Towers in June. The Twin Towers has completed
all their renovations and you will be pleasantly surprised
to see their convention center and restaurant. Come by
my desk and say hello and meet your new Secretary,
Thank you all for the support you have given me
over the years, I cherish your friendship and hope to
continue keeping in touch!
Before I give you my final report as your Legislative
Representative, I would like to thank not only Mrs. Betty
Frassrand, our outgoing President for having confidence
in me to keep you informed of our benefits to the best of
my ability, but to you, our members, who have in so
many ways shown your confidence in me by your calls
and questions. I have so enjoyed this work, and I
sincerely hope that I have been of some service to you.
For this I thank you.
Wouldn't you know that in leaving, one of our "alert"
members recognized an error in my report in the March
issue. So, I would like to make a correction on page 4 of
the Canal Record under "SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES"
line 4 titled "Maximum taxable". It should read
$53,400.00 in lieu of $15,400.00. In defense of myself, I
must say that it was submitted correctly, but somewhere
along the line, either in re-typing for the printers or at
the printing office, a mistake was made and not caught by
the Record Office. Sorry, but I do thank you.
OPERATING DESERT STORM VETERANS: Two
notes of interest to Operation Desert Storm Veterans,
deserves a place in this report:
(1) The Office of Personnel Management has
announced that the almost half-million U.S. Military
personnel who served in Operation Desert Storm are
now eligible for veterans preference in federal
employment. They will receive the new Southwest Asia
Service Medal and this makes them eligible for
preferential treatment in hiring, OPM said. The medal
goes to those who served after August 2, 1990. Those
Desert Storm veterans who already are federal civil
service workers need to show personnel their discharge
papers crediting them with the medal to receive the
(2) Federal employees who were mobilized into
military units for Operation Desert Storm and who now
1992 DUES YEAR IS:
OCTOBER 1, 1991 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 1992!!
DUES FOR 1992 WILL BE DELINQUENT AFTER OCTOBER 31, 1991.
MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT PAID 1992 DUES BY NOVEMBER 15, 1991
WILL NOT RECEIVE THE DECEMBER CANAL RECORD!
wish to return to the civil service have appeal rights if
they are dissatisfied with their job placement, the Merit
Systems Protection Board has stressed. Employees
returning from military duty have the right to be restored
to their former or equivalent positions, and a violation of
that right is appealable to MSPB.
COLA COUNT: Through February, federal and
postal retirees have "banked" 2.2 percent toward their
next cost-of-living adjustment, in January 1992. The final
figure is calculated by the increase from the third
calendar quarter of a year to the next.
102nd CONGRESS: The following bills have been
introduced to the 102nd Congress since its opening in
January: FEDERAL INCOME TAX EQUITY:
SPOUSE EQUITY MARRIAGE PENALTY; SOCIAL
SECURITY NOTCH PROBLEM; LONG-TERM
CARE AND NATIONAL HEALTH PROBLEMS;
GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET; REPEAL OF
THE SOURCE TAX. Explanations of all of these bills
can be found and their sponsors in the March Issue of
NARFE'S "RETIREMENT LIFE' publication on Pages
6 and 7. Some of these bills are of vital interest to many
of you, and I would advise you to contact your
Congressmen and Senators to show your support to
them, if they should apply to you.
Once again, I thank you for the opportunity to have
served you these past two years.
Time for the 1991 Reunion is upon us!
Planning for the 1991 Reunion actually started about
June 25, 1990, when the management of the Twin Towers
Hotel approached us about returning to Orlando in 1991.
It was shortly after that date that we started looking for
hotels that could accommodate our group at prices we
We were contacted by the management of the
Tampa Hyatt Hotel, but that hotel did not have the
facilities to accommodate our group.
Several hotels in the Orlando area were contacted.
The hotels that could accommodate our group were not
available on the dates we requested, and the room rates
were considerably above the rate we would ask Society
members to pay.
Knowing that the Twin Towers Hotel could
accommodate our group we started negotiations with
their management. The first matter of negotiations was
assurance that the hotel remodeling would be completed
prior to June 1991, upon receiving that assurance, serious
negotiations got underway.
As in all negotiations there is some give and some
take, sometimes friendly and on ocassion not too friendly,
but finally with both sides feeling each had the best deal
possible, we all came to a meeting of the minds.
The next step was to get similar contracts with the
other hotels in the immediate area. This did not present
a problem. So the contracts were presented to the
Executive Board at the meeting of July 28, 1990 and after
discussion, the Board voted unanimously to accept the
contracts. The Reunions for 1991 and 1992 will be held
in Orlando, Florida.
The contracted hotels have been visited frequently
and they are living up to the contracts. I assure you, the
Twin Towers has completed all renovations, (Yes, the
elevators are working) and when the Society members
see the improvements that have been made, all will be
My wife, Nancy has really been the cornerstone of
the Reunion work, spending countless hours at the
computer, handling telephone calls in my absence, and
working with the hotels reservation supervisors.
Organizing and working on the Reunion has been a
lot of hard work, sometimes starting at 7:30 in the
morning and ending with a telephone call at 11:45 at
night. PLEASE, understand that Nancy and I are not
complaining, we have enjoyed every minute we have
spent working on the Reunion. We have come to know,
through telephone contact, hundreds of Society members,
whose names we would have never known, were we not
active in the Reunion.
We both appreciate how pleasant the members have
been when they called us with questions, and specific
requests, or when we had to call members to request
additional information, or to advise them that they would
not get the hotel of first choice. We have tried to satisfy
each request, but that is not always possible.
Of course, the Reunion cannot be successful without
various committees so let me publicly thank the following
committee members (and their spouses) for all the hard
work they have done in hopes of making the 1991
Reunion a pleasant experience for our members:
Betty Frassrand, our president, and ex
officio member of all committees. Betty
has stood by me in all my efforts, and has
spent many, many hours working with me.
Carolyn Johnson Registration
Richard "Pat" Beall Hospitality
Betty Malone Annual Luncheon
Stacy Parker Dances
Jane and Fred Huldtquist Golf Tournament
Harry Foster Vendors
Virgil "Skeeter" Camby Security
Drake and Colette Carlisle Sports
Pete Foster, who with Keppie Travel Agency
has worked with various airlines to obtain
the best flight schedules and ticket prices
for our members.
Marge Foster, who gave so much of her time
keeping me up dated on new members, and
gave me so much information based on her ex-
perience and knowledge from past reunions.
Jerry Boswell, who donated many hours of his
time, setting up computer programs for the
Reunion, which without such programs would
have required many more additional hours of
THANK YOU ALL!!
All of us that have brought the 1991 Reunion
together, hope that you will find most things to your
liking, but most of all, that you meet old classmates and
friends, and leave the 1991 Reunion with fond
All Committee Chairpersons look forward to greeting
you, and I, as Reunion Coordinator, hope you will find
time to personally speak to me, to offer your comments
and suggestions so we may better please our members at
future Society functions.
Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
1991 Reunion Coordinator
REUNION GUEST SPEAKER
WHAT ARE THEY BUILDING?
A group of energetic, creative Zonians have been
gathering in Auburndale, Florida, at the home of Vicki
Sizemore and Ed Wardlow to create a collection of
"typico props" to be used at the dances during the
upcoming Panama Canal Society Reunion.
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2nd Vice President of the Republic of Panama,
Guillermo "Billy" Ford, will be the guest speaker at
our Annual Reunion Luncheon, Saturday, June 22,
WE HAVE MOVED! The former home offices of the
Secretary/Treasurer and the Editor, Canal Record,
have moved to the following address, effective March
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642.
All future correspondence should be made to the
above address. Telephone calls may be made between
the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The former home addresses are no longer
valid of the Secretary/Treasurer and the Editor as of
March 1, 1991. The home telephone numbers are also
not valid for Society business unless in an emergency.
Meetings are currently held at St. Bede's
Episcopal Church, 2500 16th Street N., St. Petersburg,
Florida. Members will be notified through the Canal
Record, (Dates to Remember) in sufficient time to
attend all future meetings.
A copy of the list of members and
subscribers (Annual Directory issue) has been mailed
to all members and subscribers in good standing.
Single copies are for sale at $2.00 each plus
$2.00 for postage and handling to members only.
Lucky Summers, Ed Wardlow and Rupert Turner.
Under the art direction of Rupert Turner, Ed
Wardlow, Vicki Sizemore, Paula Martin, Lucky Summers
and Betty Frassrand, they have been creating some true
"masterpieces" which you can only view at the Panazonian
Dance and the Ball. Don't miss this exciting opportunity -
send for your tickets today.
A MUSEUM AT LAST?
After almost 60 years it appears that we will have a
museum. My grandfather, James A. Hess was the
originator of the idea. The original plan was to establish
a memorial museum, library and observatory to honor
George W. Goethals, D.D. Gaillard and all who helped
to construct the Panama Canal. The original site chosen
was to be on an enlarged fill at the extreme end of the
mole at Cristobal. For many and varied reasons, only two
facets of the plan came to fruition. The first was the
plaque that is located on the East face of Contractors
Hill, dedicated to the memory of D.D. Gaillard. Second,
was the establishment of the observatory in the vicinity of
the Miraflores Water Filtration Plant. The memorial to
George W. Goethals was built much later by the Canal
Zone Government/Panama Canal Company.
About 1983 the Panama Canal Society of Florida
appointed a committee to investigate and report on the
idea of a museum being built on a site to be chosen later.
The final report concluded that the Smithhsonian
Institute in Washington, D.C. was unable to furnish space
for a Panama Canal Museum, therefore the initial cost
and the ongoing upkeep costs to initiate their own
museum were prohibitive for the Society to consider and
the committee was dissolved.
Late in 1985, after the committee was dissolved, I
went to Washington to start yet another campaign to
found or find a museum. The first stop on a long road
was the Smithsonian Institution once more. I was told
that they were not interested in the Panama Canal. The
same day, I heard the same from the Center For Military
History. Georgetown University wanted only a part of
In 1989, my multi-hour sales talk to the President of
the North Fort Worth's Historical Society was successful.
To this point I had been turned down or rejected by 14
different institutions across the country.
The museum is located in the Livestock Exchange
Building in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic
District. The location is readily accessible from two
interstate highways and other routes and means of public
and private transportation.
Recently I shipped approximately 150 pounds of
assorted materials to Fort Worth. Their recently
remodeling work has made much more space available
and a small Panama display is programmed for the very
near future. We do not plan to ever display all Panama
material at the same time.
The plans at the present are to truly make this a
PANAMA museum in every respect. It is the opinion of
many that the coverage should be comprehensive in all
respects that it should cover the history of the area
from the earliest explorations to the present. Too many
people have forgotten why the original explorers went
there in the first place!
If you have any questions, want information or want
to make a donation of any kind, please contact:
A. M. Bouche, Jr.
1750 Faust Street
Englewood, FL 34224
Past Presidents, as well as his construction of the two
conference tables that he made from "scratch".
For those of you who missed this event, please stop
by anytime to see your beautiful office on weekdays from
10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The coffee pot is always
Briefly, the office consists of a suite of three offices
and a reception room. It is approximately 856 sq. ft. of
space. The three offices are used by the Secretary-
Treasurer, the Record Editor, and the Reunion
Coordinator, whose office also serves as a store-room,
and supply room. The color scheme of the office is red,
white and blue which as you know are the colors of the
American and Panamanian flags. The carpeting is blue,
depicting the oceans that the Panama Canal connects.
The furniture in the reception room is white wicker,
representing the type of furniture used in the lobby of the
Tivoli Hotel as well as in the homes of the workers
during construction days of the Canal. A beautiful white
wicker rocking chair was purchased in honor of President
Theodore Roosevelt and Col. George Goethals.
A large diefenbachia plant, also known as the "lottery
plant" is the focal point of the reception room and other
small tropical plants were used in planters and on end
tables. A large red hibiscus arrangement in one corner
of the room, represents the most common flower in the
Mrs. Sue McCafferty
N.Fort Worth Historical Society
131 E. Exchange Ave. #112
Fort Worth, TX 76106
OPEN HOUSE BIG SUCCESS
The Open House of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. held in our new office on Saturday, April 13,
1991 was a huge success with more than 80 members in
attendance. Some members came from Ocala and
Orlando, in addition to the large turnout from the Tampa
A delicious buffet was prepared and served by the
Executive Board and many of those attending thought
that it was a catered affair. A lovely floral centerpiece,
sent by the "Brownbaggers Club of Pinellas County",
graced one of the buffet tables. The society thanks this
group for its thoughtfulness and its congratulations on the
opening of the new office. President Betty Frassrand,
put her artistic talents to good use. and designed and
made tropical fruit and vegetable snack trays that were
the "hit" of the occasion. Betty was ably assisted by
Nancy Van Siclen. "Lucho" and "Tito" tape decks added
the final touch to the party.
Jane Huldtquist was asked to give a talk on the
decorations of the office that she and Marjorie Foster,
along with Betty Frassrand accomplished. Special thanks
were given to Fred Huldtquist, who framed all of the
pictures in the office. "Pat" Beall was also congratulated
for his research work done in acquiring pictures of our
President Betty Frassrand and Secretary/Treasurer
Marge Foster at the Open House.
The white walls of the room contain pictures of the
Canal Zone from its earliest construction days up to the
present. All presentations made to the Panama Canal
Society over the years, along with medallions, keys to the
Panama Canal, 75th Anniversary Plaque, and Past
Presidents Gavel Plaque are also framed and displayed
on the walls. Most of the pictures in the reception room,
and offices came from the Balboa Union Church
calendars and Panama Canal Reviews and were donated
to the Society.
The Secretary-Treasurer's office has a collection of
the flowers and flowering trees of Panama and are
accented by two beautiful bateas and a chaquira necklace.
A multicolored live croton plan enhances and brightens
Informal snapshots of members and guests who attended the Open House, celebrating our entry of a central office
concept. The photographs show the decorations, framed pictures of the construction of the Canal and current photos
of famous Canal scenes, awards earned, all the former governors, all the former presidents of the Society (less 6),
and all the delicious food brought in by members of the Executive Board for the occasion. A very enjoyable occasion
which also brought members closer to the "mother office." Many, for the first time, began to realize how much work
is put into keeping the Society going. The Secretary/Treasurer, Editor and Reunion Coordinator were on hand to
explain their role in the central office concept.
the office, along with framed pictures of the gardens of
Summit, Boquete, El Valle, and Volcan Baru.
The Record Editor's office also contains two more
bateas, along with a map of the country of Panama
showing the Canal Zone area. A large poster of a lady
in a beautiful pollera overlooking the Panama Canal,
along with various awards received by the Editor
completes his office.
In the Reunion Coordinator's office, a collection of
pictures from the archives of the Society of past reunions;
a large graph showing the increase of membership and
attendance at reunions; a congratulatory letter from
President Bush; a certificate and key to the city of
Orlando; memorabilia including pictures of Mr. Bob Dill
and Mr. "Pop" Ebdon, the last two known surviving
construction day employees is prominently displayed.
As a footnote, all pictures are framed using a dark
blue frame with a "French Blue" matting which we chose
as a special tribute to the early French pioneers who first
started the Canal. We Zonians continue to be a
"sentimental lot", and have tried to preserve our treasured
heritage and memories of the Canal Zone in the decor of
our office. Perhaps even the browns of the office
furniture could be construed to have a special significance
- the soil and the rock, so tediously removed from the
earth by our forefathers to build the magnificent
Submitted by Jane Huldtquist
Whoever controls the Middle East controls a large
proportion of the world's oil supplies, and whoever
controls the oil can afford to buy weapons of mass
destruction and hold the West in ransom.
Thus, when Saddam Hussein, for that very reason
invaded Kuwait, the Americans were quick to react and,
as in Korea and Viet Nam, demonstrated the great
flexibility of their Air Force by reinforcing gulf airfields
with combat squadrons within hours. Once again, the
survival of freedom and democracy rested on America's
broad shoulders, supported, to the best of their ability, by
Britain and France, while the rest of Europe looked on.
After four weeks of relentless bombardment,
Saddam's armory was running out and, thanks to the
coalition's blockade, he had no more re-supply routes.
One-third of his army and artillery had been destroyed.
His small navy was gone, and his air force had either
been written off or fled. His infrastructure power
stations, oil refineries, communications was gone, and
the time was ripe for "Stormin' Norman's" ground forces
to show their mettle.
In less than four days, it was all over nearly, but not
quite a "walk-over" for the ground forces. Victory indeed,
through air power.
Desert Storm proved that today America only has
the capacity to assemble tremendous military strength on
the far side of world on short notice. Only America could
have destroyed Saddam's army, including his vastly
overrated Republican Guard, from the air. Today there
is no other power, or combination of powers, that can
stand against such an armory fashioned by President
Ronald Reagan and deployed with political and military
skills by President George Bush.
Thank you, America.
The letter writer is a retired Air Vice Marshal of
Britain's Royal Air Force. He holds the distinction of
having destroyed more enemy aircraft than any other allied
fighter pilot in World War II. He is a frequent visitor to
Tampa. (Your editor belonged in his Wing during WWII. I
think it was very gracious for Johnnie, a famous Ace and
high ranking member of the RAF to praise the U.S. Air
Force for their part in Desert Storm, while the RAF also
had some pretty dicey sorties as well.)
Letters to the Editor
April 12, 1991
FCC (SW) MARK S. BOGUE
FCC (SW) Mark S.
Bogue, 30, son of Andrea
(Armstrong) and Arthur
Bogue of Florissant,
Missouri, reported for duty
in December 1990, to the
Persian Gulf. He is
currently serving aboard the
USS Normandy CG 60 and
is a career Navy man. Mark
is Surface Warface qualified
and CPR instructor on the
During a past tour of FCC Mark S. Bogue
duty, Mark, serving aboard
the USS Ticonderoga CG 47, made a partial transit
through the Canal. While there in Panama, he took a cab
to see the sights and the driver knew his late grandfather,
Reginald D. Armstrong, who had gotten him a job on the
docks. What a coincidence!
Mark is married to Michele Walka and has two
children, Christina and Stephen. He is home ported in
Staten Island, NY. Mark's grandmother, Marian
Armstrong, formerly of Margarita, now resides in
ROBERT J. ROY, JR.
Robert J. Roy,
Jr. is serving in the
aboard the USNS
tanker, as an
employee of N
Command. He is
Chief Cargo Mate
and his ship refuels Robert J. Roy, Jr., with his
and supplies the father, R.J. Roy.
military fleet. He
was due to come home for leave when the Persian Gulf
crisis broke out and he volunteered for the extended
duty. We are hoping he will be home sometime in April.
Robert was born in the Republic of Panama,
graduated from Balboa High School in 1969, and
attended Canal Zone Junior College. He presently
resides in Corpus Christi, Texas.
JOHN PAUL KOTALIK, USN
HA John Paul
Kotalik, U.S.N. Lima Co.
3/5 Wpns 5th MEB DET
'R', left San Diego on
December 1, 1990 aboard
S the USS Vancouver in the
company of 35 other Naval
ships. All were Desert
Now that the
"Storm" has been quelled,
John will be returning to his
previous duty station. He
John Paul Kotalik will continue his medic
training at the Naval
Hospital, Great Lakes, Illinois.
John's home is in El Paso, Texas, where his family
anxiously await his return. He is the nephew of Richard
(BHS'63) and Susanna Kotalik Morse (BHS'68).
Spec.4 TIM CASH DEAKINS
SSGT ERIC C. GUNN
UNIT IDENTIFIED In a recent story announcing the
return of U.S. Air Force personnel from their
deployments to Operations Desert Shield and Desert
Storm, three units were mentioned: the 17th Recon Wing
and the 10th Tac Fighter Wing, both from RAF
Alconbury, and RAF Lakenheath's 48th Tac Fighter
Wing...Sgt. Eric Gunn of the 6952nd Electronic Security
Sq. was deployed last fall to the 1704th provisional Recon
Sq. He and others from the 6952nd joined the 17th
Recon Wing and 9th Strategic Recon Wing to support
TR-1 tactical reconnaissance aircraft operations during
Desert Shield and Storm.
Spec. 4 Tim Cash
Deakins, son of Randall
and Joella Deakins of
Cocoa, Florida, is serving in
Operation Desert Storm as
a Communications Specialist
in the U.S. Army.
Tim participated in the
initial ground war attack
Tim hopes to be
returning to his home base
in Germany soon, with the
26th Signal Battalion.
SP4 Tim C.Deakins
SSgt Eric C. Gunn, USAF, at RAF Lakenheath, just
returned from the Gulf.
We're glad to have Eric back in England with us.
We're proud of him and the other men from the 6952nd
who helped restore Kuwait's freedom.
OSC PAUL CARR
James A. Coulter
The Stars and Stripes
April 2, 1991
M --- ... OSC Paul Carr, son of Pat
(Hatchett) Clark of
Sacramento, Califoirnia and
Jack Carr of Yountville,
i California, is serving in
Operation Desert Storm
(from August 1990) aboard
the USS Blue Ridge LCC19,
the Flagship of the 7th
(-4 His rank in Chief, U.S.
Navy and he is an
Operations Specialist. His
home port is Yokusuka,
Japan, where his wife,
Ichino and his three sons
OSC Paul Carr now live.
Paul is still in the Persian
Gulf but should be headed home soon.
Eric writes: I have been in the Air Force going on 7
years in July. I'm here in England for a two-year tour
that ends this December.
My family left Panama in 1980, two years before my
graduation, "Class of '82." We settled in Orlando, Florida.
My father is Landon H. Gunn Jr. My mother is Dorothy
L. Lawing (remarried) and my sisters are Lisa and
EDITOR MUST HAVE BY:
JULY 25, 1991
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
February 2, 1991
Howard Johnson Hotel
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was opened by the President at 7:15
p.m., held in conjunction with the Carnavalito Dinner
Dance. The Invocation was given by the Chaplain,
Dorothy Yocum and the Sgt-at-Arms, Harry Foster led
the membership in the Pledge to the Flag.
President Frassrand welcomed 255 members and
guests and recognized Past Presidents Mr. Pete Foster
and Mr. Bill Wheeler. Mrs. Frassrand also welcomed two
past carnival queens, Digna Bonneau and Lauray (Will)
Griffin and thanked the carnival committee for bringing
Lucho back and for all their efforts towards the dinner
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the previous meeting
and it stands approved.
Mrs. Frassrand announced we would be moving into
our new office March 1, 1991 with Open House for
members on April 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida.
Mr. Van Siclen reported that reunion reservations
were arriving steadily and all going smooth.
Mrs. Huldtquist presented her legislative report,
(printed elsewhere in this issue).
Mrs. Williams, Bylaws Chairperson, reported votes
had been counted and that over 2/3 of votes were in
favor of the four amendments. Only 149 votes tallied
from our large membership. Mrs. Frassrand voiced
disappointment in the small response to the Bylaws
amendment vote. She stated further that votes for the
Secretary/Treasurer and Editor would not be counted in
the Officer's Ballot printed due to the changes approved
in the Bylaws amendments.
Mrs. Frassrand introduced the nominees for the
1991-1992 slate of officers. For President, Mr. Robert
Van Siclen; for 1st Vice President, Mr. Virgil Camby; for
2nd Vice President, Mrs. Faith Brundage and Mr. James
Morris; for Director, Mr. Chris Skeie and Mr. Drake
Mrs. Frassrand presented the Carnival committee,
chaired by Mrs. Vicki Sizemore with tokens of
appreciation from the Society. Committee members were
Ed Wardlow, Chris Skeie, Rupert Turner and Jacque
Crowell. Assisting were Bev Vaughn, Evita Dockery, Dot
and Ernie Yocum, Maj-Britt Spurlock, Nancy Holcroft,
Shirley and Skeeter Camby.
The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m. Dinner Dance
(1) Lucho Azcarraga, Carnavalito 1991, St. Petersburg, Florida. (2) Jack and Gloria Corrigan of Clearwater. (3)
Frank Townsend and Skip Rowley, from Gainesville and Tallahassee, Florida.
(1) Vicki Sizemore, Carnavalito Committee Chairperson and President Betty Frassrand about to bury the fish. (2)
Three committee members seen among this group of dancers. (3) Bev Rowley and Frank Townsend with Stella
Boggs De Marr, Bradenton, Florida, in the background.
The Annual Carnavalito celebration was held
February 2, 1991 at the Howard Johnson's Hotel in St.
Two hundred and thirty five Zonians and their guests
turned out for the event which proved to be a huge
success. The combined efforts of the Carnavalito
Committee provide a truly memorable evening.
Committee members were: Vicki Sizemore, chairperson;
Ed Wardlow, Jacque Vowell, Rupert Turner and Chris
Carnavalito Committee: Ed Wardlow, Vicki Sizemore,
Rupert Turner, Jacque Crowell Vowell, Chris Skeie.
Rupert brought our memories of Old Panama alive
by creating a truly spectacular reproduction of the tower
of Old Panama which served as a backdrop for the band.
Jacque Vowell created the table decorations which added
a truly festive air to the surroundings.
Music was provided by Lucho Azcarraga whose
music brought almost everyone to their feet for the first
dance. Everyone agreed that Lucho sounded fantastic as
he played tirelessly throughout the evening. As he played
his familiar rendition of "God Bless America," the entire
crowd rose to their feet and joined in. At that point it
would have been hard to find a dry eye in the house. We
are grateful, to Chris Skeie for making all the
arrangements for Lucho to play at the Carnavalito.
Even the waiters enjoyed
The folks at Howard Johnson's provided excellent
service and a scrumptious buffet. Towards the end of the
evening, waiters and bartenders were seen joining in to
dance to the incomparable music of Lucho.
The Carnavalito Committee is grateful for the
support they received from the Panama Canal Society
Executive Board, with special thanks to Marge Foster
and Betty Frassrand. We also appreciate all the help we
received in putting up the decorations.
Muchas Gracis a Todo
March 2, 1991
Royal Marine Room, Sarasota Tower
President Frassrand opened the meeting at 12:03;
Mrs. Yocum gave the Invocation and Mr. Beall read the
names of those recently deceased, followed by a moment
of silence. Following the Pledge to the Flag, led by Mr.
Harry Foster, Mrs. Frassrand adjourned the meeting so
members could enjoy the luncheon chaired by Mrs.
The meeting readjourned at 1:30 p.m. with the
President welcoming 118 members and guests, including
Past Presidents Eugene Askew and Peter Foster. She also
thanked Sheila Taylor for finding such a lovely place for
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the previous meeting
and they stand as read. She read the financial report,
which stands for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that 2nd Vice President of
the Republic of Panama, Guillermo "Billy" Ford had
accepted our invitation to speak at our annual luncheon
at the June reunion. She also announced that the Society
office had moved into their central location on February
25 and the Secretary, her assistant and the Editor were
busy restoring order. The Society will hold Open House
on April 13, the address and information would appear
in the March Canal Record.
The President announced that the amendments to the
Bylaws printed in the December Canal Record had been
approved and informed the members the
Secretary/Treasurer and Editor were now appointed
positions and that ballots printed for those two positions
in the March issue would not be counted. She also stated
that Mrs. Brundage and Mrs. Malone had been
appointed by the Board to complete their term of office
as Directors. She introduced Mrs. Barbara Green stating
she would be appointed as Secretary/Treasurer to
replace Mrs. Foster upon her termination of office.
Mr. Van Siclen gave an update on Reunion
reservations, reporting all was going well, stating the
Twin Towers was no longer available for certain nights.
He reminded members to send their reservations to the
address of the Reunion Coordinator, not the Society's
address. He also stated the Registration Committee and
Hospitality committee were still in need of volunteers.
Mr. Camby expressed his pleasure at seeing so many
attend the luncheon.
Mr. Beall mentioned four more members who had
recently passed away, and stated the March Canal Record
would be mailed shortly and reminded members to look
for new address of the Society of page 5 of the March
Mrs. Frassrand presented Mrs. Taylor with a token
of appreciation for chairing the lovely luncheon. She also
announced that the regular Yacht Club luncheon would
be held May 3 at the Old Coach House, now called
Yacht Club North, with the Yacht Club chefs and
Mrs Foster reminded members the April meeting at
St. Bede's would be a covered dish.
Mr. Foster announced the New Year's cruise and
those interested should contact him since it was filling up
Mrs. Frassrand turned the podium over to Mrs.
Taylor who announced the door prizes, and that she
would be happy to chair the Sarasota luncheon in 1992.
The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
April 5, 1991
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was opened by the President, Mrs.
Frassrand at 12:05 p.m. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the
Invocation, followed by Mr. Beall who read the names of
those recently deceased, followed by a moment of silence.
Mr. Harry Foster led the members in the Pledge to the
Flag, after which the president adjourned the meeting for
the covered dish luncheon.
The meeting reconvened at 1:05 p.m. with the
president welcoming 53 members and guests, including
Past Presidents Anna Collins and Muriel Whitman. Mrs.
Frassrand also welcomed Marie Dube, Antionia Sims,
Winton and Dorothy Webb, Nealie Van Siclen, John
Disharoon and Ross and Janet Cunningham.
In the absence if the Secretary, Mrs. Nancy Van
Siclen read the minutes of the March meeting and they
stand as read. She also read the financial report for
February and March and they stand for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that the central office has
been operating for about a month and that the open
house is scheduled for April 13 between the hours of
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be available
and please attend.
The president read a letter from Jeanne Stough in
Texas regarding a stamp cancellation being available at
the 1991 reunion in Orlando. A mini-Post Office will be
set up on Friday and Saturday at the reunion to provide
this special Canal Zone cancellation.
Mrs. Frassrand read a letter from the Propeller Club
of the U.S. inviting members of the Society to participate
in Maritime Day, May 25, 1991 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m. at the Cruise Port Terminal in St. Petersburg.
Several activities are planned for the day.
Mrs. Frassrand reminded all about the May
Mr. Van Siclen gave an update on Reunion
reservations, stating that late April 4, a total of 2,100
people registered, and that the Twin Towers Hotel was
full, however rooms were available at Delta Orlando
Resort and Howard Johnson. If you have not yet received
a confirmation, please advise so he may check.
Mrs. Frassrand recognized Past President Gene
Mr. Camby reported the telephone committee were
being sent cards to call members about the open house
on April 13. He thanked the committee for their time
Mr. Beall stated the Directory was being delivered to
the mailers today, which should reach local members
early next week. He stated that the Post Office
cancellation stamp would be in the Hospitality Suite, and
suggested you bring a plain envelope with a 29 cent
stamp and have it cancelled with the logo of the 77th
anniversary of the Panama Canal.
Mrs. Huldtquist gave her legislative report and
reminded all that 10 days were left to file income tax
returns. (See report elsewhere in this issue).
Mrs. Betty Malone reminded all to get reservations
in for the Annual Luncheon.
Mrs. Huldtquist reported on the decorating of the
office. (See report elsewhere in this issue).
Mrs. Anna Collins encouraged all to attend the May
luncheon. Mr. Joe Collins stated the Old Coach House
has been redecorated and that the luncheon will still be
served by the Yacht Club.
Mrs. Frassrand indicated Standing Rule #9 had to be
amended which covered the address of the Society, to be
changed from P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, FL 34682, to
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642. Mrs.
Grace Carey made the motion to change the address,
seconded by Mrs. Betty Malone. Motion carried.
Mrs. Collins asked why the last 4 digits of the Zip
Code was omitted from the address on the back page of
the Canal Record. Mr. Beall stated he would check with
the Postal authorities if a reduced rate would come into
Mrs. Frassrand called upon Mrs. Antonia Sims to
read a poem she had written called "I Will See You
Daddy." She also read a poem titled "Pink Rose" she
wrote in memory of her husband.
Mrs. Olga Disharoon gave out door prizes.
Since there was no further business, Mr. Van Siclen
moved we adjourn, seconded by Mr. Camby. Meeting
adjourned at 2:05 p.m.
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:EDITOR MUST HAVE BY::
JULY 25, 1991
Stanley M. Warner Jr. (Capt)
Michael J. Bell
William L. Bennett
Jack R. Carnes
William E. Dodd
William R. Droste
Robert J. Dunn, Jr.
John Ira Frank, Jr.
Erbie Kyle Garrett
Oswald D. Hodges Jr.
Paul Harris Hurst
Harris Malone Marshall, Jr.
John M. McTaggart
Ted A. Oliveira (Capt)
Phern Williams Pannia
Romolo Pino (Capt)
John W. Rand (Capt)
Frank Joseph Raymond
John F. Shea, Jr.
Gilbert M. Smith
Robert B. Thompson
Charles John Tobin
Carl T. Tuttle
Daryl F. Bullinger
Bobby D. Clingan
Terry K. Duncan
John D. Hanna
Robert D. Hanna
Richard C. Bailey
Thomas B. Hudgins (Capt)
Nav. Services Div.
Occ. Health Division
Canal Protection Svcs.
Canal Services Division
Motor Transp. Division
Canal Services Division
Canal Protection Division
Pers. Operations Division
Canal Protection Division
Off. of Public Affairs
Off. of Finance Mgmt.
Log. Support Division
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TED PAINE: RUNNER UP
WORLD GOLDPANNING AMATEUR
by Kathy Jones-Gates
When he entered the World Goldpanning
championships, Ted Paine never thought that he would
win the title as the second best senior goldpanner in the
world. Paine, who comes from Port Townsend,
Washington operates a small mining operation on Upper
Bonanza Creek Although he hadn't thought of entering
the championships, Mike Gates urged him to try, and
pointed out that win or lose, he could claim the pleasure
of having competed.
Paine's strategy was simple. Having gained
confidence panning on his own claim, he focused his
attention on the best way to take the flakes from his pan
and place them in the vial. On the day of the competition
he scrubbed his hands several times to remove any
foreign material which might hamper the transfer of the
gold flakes to the vial. In the final round, he assumed he
would not place in the medals because several planners
had finished before he had completed panning his gold.
However he was able to pan the entire eight flakes in a
time of 6 minutes and 7 seconds. Only one other panner,
a Paavo Hulkkonen from Sweden recovered all eight
flakes in a faster time. Needless to say, Ted was very
excited to have finished so high in his very first
competition. Congratulations, Ted!!!
The Klondike Sun
September 13, 1990
An accompanying letter from Ted Paine, former
Gold Coaster of the Canal Zone, states, "I spend my
summer in the Yukon Territory from May to October. I
have a nice claim that was flooded in 1907 and unflooded
in the 60's and hasn't been mined in 83 years until I
started my operation in 1990. There is still plenty of gold
in the Klondike.
I read in the Canal Record that a number of Zonians
visit Alaska, etc. I'm inviting anyone visiting the area to
stop and visit me. I have plenty of room to camp and lots
of area to pan gold. I'm 17 miles out of Dawson City on
Upper Bonanza Creek in the Klondike. Hope to see
some of you."
COUPLE TAKES BIG-TIME LOTTO WIN
When Yane and Helen Leves walked out of their
north Tampa home Tuesday morning and drove off in
their car, they never let on that they were rich.
"I saw them this morning," said Dorothy Corbett,
who lives next door to the couple. "He didn't say a word.
He was very calm just like he usually is, 'Good morning,
how are you?'"
The couple stayed calm too, as they drove to
Tallahassee and turned in the winning ticket from
Saturday's $6.36-million Lotto jackpot drawing.
The two have been married for 53 years and lived in
Tampa for the last 21, said lottery spokesman Ed
The couple and one of their sons drove to
Tallahassee because Mrs. Leves, 73, won't fly, George
SiTTO lUWI ,
From "Rags to Riches." Yane and Helen Leves. April
Leves, 78, and his wife moved to Tampa after he
retired two decades ago as a locomotive operator at the
The couple declined to hold a news conference and
could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
George said the Leveses hadn't thought much about
what to do with the winnings, beyond buying a new car,
building a carport on their home and helping some
St. Petersburg Times
April 24, 1991
TELEVISION PROJECT BRINGS
"SANTA MARIA" REPLICA
In a movie never contemplated by Christopher
Columbus, a scaled-down replica of his historic Santa
Maria, made a southbound transit through the Panama
Canal this week. The tiny ship, La Gallega, and its crew
of five are headed for the Canary Islands on a private
enterprise to film a television series.
The vessel, which measures approximately 48 by
eight feet and looks like it sailed right off the pages of a
history book, has been home to its crew since they set
sail from Tenerife, Spain, in early December. La Gallega
averages about five knots a day. It's comfortable and
roomy, the crew agrees, but launches them into roller-
coaster rides in rough wind and seas because it sits so
high in the water. Fortunately, they've had no life-
threatening episodes so far.
Their good fortune may be due in part to the
updated equipment they have on board, including a
modern sextant, radio capabilities, sonar and a small
motor for emergencies and use in port. The La Gallega
might resemble the vessel Columbus used in his 15th
century global explorations, but the navigational tools of
today certainly give it an edge.
La Gallega takes its name from Galacia, Spain,
where it was built as a tourist attraction four years ago
by a Spanish architect. The crew, unmarried men ranging
in age from 25 to 35, rented the boat for three years for
$40,000, with the option to buy. They hope to return to
Spain in the summer of 1992 and will decide whether or
not to purchase La Gallega for $250,000. A lot will
depend, they say, on how the film project turns out.
They have no name for their proposed television
series and no buyer for it yet, either. But that's the way
they want it. This way, when they get ready to market the
finished product, says La Gallega master, Enrique "Kiko"
Botana, "We're free to make a deal."
The Panama Canal Spillway
March 1, 1991
JOYCE MEMORIAL FUND
ESTABLISHES NEW AWARDS
Mildred Joyce, widow of former Panama Canal
Commission acting Chief Accounting Officer William J.
Joyce, presented a plaque this month to Department of
Defense Dependents Schools officials. It will be used to
annually record the names of outstanding DODDS male
and female varsity basketball players until the year 2000.
The plaque was provided by the Bill Joyce Memorial
Fund, established by friends and family after Joyce's
death. It will be permanently mounted in a place of
honor at Balboa High School. Money from the fund is
also used to provide annual sportsmanship awards to the
Girl's Youth Softball League and an award for the
outstanding sports official of the year for the Panama
Armed Forces Athletic Officials Association.
Joyce was killed last year by a gunman entering his
La Boca home. Born in Ancon, he was a 1951 graduate
of Balboa High School. He also graduated from The
Citadel and served in the United States Army. He joined
the Panama Canal organization in 1957 and is
remembered for his highly effective management style,
expertise in accounting systems and warm and helpful
personality. Joyce was active in community activities,
serving as president of the Balboa Gun Club and as a
member of the Fort Amador Golf Club and Lodge 1414
of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was
also a basketball referee for more than 30 years and
served for many years as president of the Panama Armed
Forces Athletic Officials Association.
To obtain more information about the fund
established in Joyce's honor, write to the Dollar Club,
P.O. Box 2686, Balboa, Republic of Panama.
"MISCONCEPTION" PADDLES TO
VICTORY IN CAYCO RACE
In the 1991 Cayuco Race, not only did the crew
of the Misconception beat the top contender, the Utmost,
but it also broke the race record with a time of 5 hours
24 minutes 59 seconds, cutting the record set by Utmost
in 1989 by nearly two minutes. It was a race of dashed
hopes for the Utmost which fought in vain for its third
consecutive win and a chance to retire the coveted
rotating trophy. The Misconception crew included captain
Eric Diaz, Lee Gibson, Tommy Ellis, Craig Meyer and
queen Kim Thompson.
Taking second place was the Almost with an overall
time of 5 hours 36 minutes 29 seconds, just five seconds
ahead of High Anxiety. The Almost was paddled by
captain David Williford, Daryl Fishbough, Darrel
Canamas and Michael Anderson with Jennifer Ender as
queen. High Anxiety crew members were captain John
Thompson, Billy Wing, Luis Diaz, Brian Dugan and
queen Nicole Nassif.
With an overall time of 5 hours 37 minutes 15
seconds, the Utmost had to settle for fourth place. The
boat was paddled by captain Allan Matheney, Trey Arias,
Kevin Steils and Danny Peterson. Christine Thompson
served as their queen.
Victory was perhaps sweetest for the coed crew of
the Spontaneous Combustion, including captain Adriano
Diaz, Theresa Nelson, David Wertz, Eddie Bedore and
queen Llori Gibson. The cayuco took first place in the
coed category for the third consecutive year, retiring the
In the female category, first place went to the crew
of the Bruised Ree4 including captain Dawn McArthur,
Cathy Nelson, Allison Huff, and Diana Huff. Jay Gibson
served as the king. In second place just a little more than
a minute behind, was the Dear Dick.
Dredging Division Chief Adriano Diaz and his wife,
Griselda, celebrated a family-style victory. Each of the
three sons paddled in winning boats Eric in the first
place Misconception, Luis in the third place Anxiety and
Andriano in the coed winner Spontaneous Combustion.
The Panama Canal Commission firefighters in Fire
took first place in the patch boat category with 7 hours 50
minutes 39 seconds, leaving in a cloud of smoke their
competitors in the Slave Galley.
The Ephriam Leon-Guerrero Sportsmanship Trophy
was presented to Erik Jimenez, "Cookie" Evans and
Brian Richardshon of the Gone Palante, which finished
in 11th place. Hospitalized overnight following an
unfortunate incident at the race's end, the fourth crew
member, Gerald Corrigan, received his award in
Receiving special recognition from the race committee
for meritorious service to the Cayuco Race were
Racemaster Marcos Ostrander, the Southern Command
Network (SCN) and the 1097th medium Composite Boat
Company. The Boy Scouts of America also presented a
special award to Molly Williford for her years of
dedication to the Cayuca Race and to area youth.
The Panama Canal Spillway
March 28, 1991
Where Are You?
BHS/CHS CLASSES OF 1952
The lost alumni of CHS'52 have been identified as:
Gay Burgess Whisnant
Patricia Howard Hall
Please contact Martha Vickery, 4725 S.E. Adams St.,
Milwaukie, Oregon 97222. (503) 659-1247, or Anne
"Rusty" Stapler LoFranco, 2701 Goethals Road N.,
Staten Island, NY 10303. (718) 761-9270, if you can help
us locate our long-lost classmates or if you have moved
recently. In the September issue we plan to list our lost
CANAL RECORDS RETURNED
Canal Records have been returned showing no
forwarding addresses on members listed below. If you
have any information as to their correct address, please
notify the Secretary. Thanks!
Tom C. Robertson Jr.
John R. Engelke
Insufficient address on:
Marcus E. Ross
Panama Canal Society of Florida
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 34642-4712
Your Reporter Says ...
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan held their
luncheon meeting at Hidle's Restaurant. A discussion
was held to decide whether to disband the Society. It
was decided to keep the Society going, but instead of
having a President and Vice-president we would continue
using a committee of three to organize the meetings,
luncheons, and christmas party. Edna Kovel would
remain as Secretary/Treasurer.
We bid farewell to Berniece Deming who left Dothan
to live with her son, John, in Wilmington, DE. She will
Received a card from my good friend, Ann
Hermanny, who now lives in Fond Du Lac, WI. Her late
husband, Al was a Lt. in the Police Department in the
Canal Zone. She informed me that her son, Tommy, is
stationed in Turkey and when the war broke out they had
four hours to leave Turkey. The family is now with Ann
in Wisconsin. I believe Tommy is still in Turkey.
Mickey Harris moonlights as a chauffer for the
Kirkpatrick Limousine Service in Dothan. A very good
and handsome chauffer.
I saw Pat Beall's info about the Arturo Sauce. I
have been getting this sauce at Publics in Stuart, FL. I
have tried everywhere else and no one seems to have it,
except this store in Stuart. In fact, we just returned from
there and I bought some. Glad to know about another
source of supply. Thanks a lot!!
While Eddie and I were in Stuart, we missed seeing
Frances Sharp who was visiting Marie Gangle. Also
missed seeing John and Pat Hunt and Adrian Bouche.
Thanks for the picture, Adrian. I can't remember where
it was taken, but it was many years ago.
Lou (Rathgeber) Hunt was delighted when Jane
(Tompkins) Heselton telephoned her from Annapolis,
MD to say that she and her husband, Les, were coming
through Dothan on March 18th on their way to
Pensacola, FL for a reunion of Les' classmates from the
Naval Academy. Naturally, they had to have a get-
together of their BHS Class of '40 Classmates living here
in the area, plus a few others, so there ended up being
15, sharing a fun-filled evening at Lou's home.
In early April, Lou Hunt's brother-in-law, Jack Hunt
and wife Pat (Dunning) Hunt came for a visit of a few
days from Hendersonville, N.C. where they are now
living. They got together with old friends while they were
here, Betty and Dave Kelleher, Elsie and Woody
Woodruff, John Mallia, and his mother, Mary, Jean and
George Fears, Gladys and Ralph Peterson. Hopefully,
Pat and Jack will return more often.
We welcome my sister, Mary (Whelan) Dault as a
new resident of Dothan. Mary has been living in Brazil
and Argentina for 42 years.
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Dottie Beauchamp will be remembered as working for
Customs in the Canal Zone for many years. She now
resides in Dothan. She enjoys painting antique saws.
"Art is for everyone." That is a tenet of the Dothan-
Wiregrass Art League. The group points to Dottie
Beauchamp, 78, who has been painting for only three
years, to prove its point.
The league could also note that art can happen in
many different forms. Mrs. Beauchamp, for instance,
began by painting a landscape scene on an old wicker
tray. She used leftover house paint.
Inspired by the success, she continued. Painting
antique saws is her specialty. She does paint on canvas
and has exhibited at the Medical Center, Houston
Library and at Landmark Park.
And with the experience she's had since she was 75,
she says, Don't let age hinder you. Don't be afraid to
I would also like to report that my sister, Maggie had
a brain tumor removed at Shands Hospital in Gainesville,
FL on the 14th of April. She is doing well and is back at
God Bless all and hope to see our friends at the
reunion in June.
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
The Panama Canal Society of Arizona held its
Spring, 1991, luncheon-meeting on April 6, 1991, at the
Holiday Inn, Casa Grande, AZ, roughly half-way between
the Tucson/Green Valley area and the Phoenix/Sun City
area. Attendees included Peggy Bradley; Alan and
Natalia (Bender) Broderick; Danny and Jane (Dickson)
Cox; Fred "Fritz" and Betty Frey with Fred Frey, Sr.;
Paul and Ann Guerriero; Dan and Miriam Hirschl; Jeff
and Melissa Hirschl; Mary Ann (Curruthers) Honey;
Warren and Dora LeGuys; Rachel Martindale; Charles
and Emily McCullum; Ethel Munson; Charles and Anne
(Trimble) Parks and guest; Elizabeth "Sis" (Hayes)
Phillips; Bill and Peggy Ryan; Suzanne Shreve; Goodrich
and Nancy Simmons; Maxwell, Art and Ruth Smith; H.
Loring and Evelyn White; Ted and Emma Englebright;
and Earl and Velma Engel.
Brand-new parents Jeff
and Melissa Hirschl
brought pictures of their
adorable baby girl, Audrey
Anne, as did proud grand-
parents, Dan and Miriam
Hirschl. The McCullums,
now residents of Roseburg, *
OR, were in the southern
Arizona area for the
purpose of attending the
wedding of their -.
granddaughter, Jennifier Audrey Anne Hirschl
Gran to William Aragon of
Tucson, AZ. Jennifier,
daughter of Judith McCullum, is a Special Education
teacher in the Tucson schools, and William is an air-
craft mechanic with one of the commercial airlines here.
Business conducted at the meeting included the
election of Anne Parks as Secretary-Treasurer,
succeeding Beverly Fraim, whose new duties as an
American Airlines employee are so time-consuming that
she had to resign, and, in fact, could not attend the
meeting. Dr. Bob Matheney and his lovely wife, Evvie,
were also unable to attend because Bob had had cataract
surgery that very week; his cheerful presence was missed
by many of us.
Earl Engel, now a Mesa, AZ, resident, but formerly
employed at the Mechanical Division in Balboa and
Army Ordinance, Corozal, reported that he is still a very
active Shriner. He attended the Shrine Convention in
Chicago in July, 1990, where he encountered several
former Isthmian Shriners; he hopes to see many of them
again in July, 1991, at the Shrine Convention in San
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Earl and Velma Engel
Bill and Peggy Ryan, formerly with the U.S. Foreign
Service and now Tucson residents, had a visit in January
of this year from Nancy (Kariger) Eide, who now lives in
Bremerton, WA. Nancy phoned me to say "hello" from
one Pedro Miguel Locks "brat" to another, and a very
sweet girl she is. She lived in "Peter Mike" from 1935 to
1940, as a little toddler, before moving to the Atlantic
side. A graduate of Cristobal High, she comes through
Tucson once or twice a year on her way to or from
visiting her father, Lee Kariger, in Sarasota, FL.
Anne and Charlie Parks
told us that their handsome
son, Larry, who has enlisted
in the U.S. Army, was sent
to Europe en route to Saudi
Arabia in February, but only
got as far as Germany
before firing ceased in the
Gulf area. At this writing,
he is still in Germany with
the 4/77th Field Artillery,
but has volunteered for
Persian Gulf duty and still
hopes to be sent there.
The Loring Whites have
been taking a series of short Larry Parks
trips: to Lake Havasu City,
AZ, and Laughlin, NV, in January; to Las Vegas in
February; the San Francisco Bay area in April. They
received a visit from their son, Bill, and his wife, Dianne,
in April, celebrating both Bill's and Dianne's birthdays,
which fell in that same week. Bill and Dianne are
residents of Des Moines, IA, where he is a salesman for
a major beauty products firm and she supervises a
contracting company that removes asbestos. Loring and
Evelyn are currently planning a trip to Germany and
Austria, which will take place in June and July.
In March, 1991, Mary (Curuthers) Honey and "Sis"
(Hayes) Phillips enjoyed a ten-day cruise of the Mexican
Riviera on the Fair Princess, stopping at Puerto Vallarta,
Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Acapulco, Mazatlan, and Cabo San
Lucas. Each port reminded them of Panama people,
language, etc. and being waited upon hand and foot
reminded them of trips on the old Ancon and Cristobal!
They ended the trip with a two-day stay in Los Angeles,
with a Universal Studios tour. Ah, nostalgia!
Mary Honey and "Sis" (Hayes) Phillips aboard the
S.S. Fair Princess, March, 1991.
The Fall, 1991, luncheon-meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Arizona will be held at the same place,
the Holiday Inn of Casa Grande, AZ, on Saturday,
October 5, 1991. Do plan to attend.
Jane (Dickson) Cox
Spring is supposed to be here in the Ozarks, but the
temperatures that we have had the past week or so
wouldn't indicate that. All of the crocuses, redbuds,
dogwoods, and jonquils have bloomed and the rain has
knocked the blooms off.
In mid January, Bruce and Dorothy Sanders, enjoyed
a stop-over visit from Dorothy's sister, Joy, and her
husband, Art Malpass, while on their way from Michigan
to California. Two week later, son Bruce and wife,
Sandy, of Piano, TX, were called to Bentonville because
of the serious illness of his father. Sandy returned home
after a few days, but Bruce III remained until his father
was on his way to recovery and able to return home.
Pete and Sue Warner reports that their daughter
Pam was here last in February and would return again in
late April for three weeks.
Evelyn Engelke spent Easter week-end in Princeton,
IL with her sister, Fran and her two sons Dwight and
Maxine Reinhold returned home from St. Paul, MN
after spending Christmas with daughter Barbara. While
there, she had back surgery and is recovering nicely.
Plans to spend Mother's Day with son Richard in
Addie Colclasure drove to California with her sisters
and while in Arizona had a family reunion when they met
her brothers. Then during Spring Break, she and
daughter Marion took a trip to Tennessee, Alabama, and
Jack and Joan Corliss enjoyed a cruise in March
accompanied by Bill and Jeanine Carlin. Main port of
call was St. Thomas. A good time was had by all.
Etta Fay Terrell had son Lance here in February for
two weeks. Lance helped with some maintenance around
Kathleen and Willard Huffman took another trip to
the Southwest. They stayed in Loughlin, Nevada, for
three days. Didn't make any money, but had a ball
eating standing rib roast and lobster tail for $6.00 plus.
During Easter time they were visited by Kathy and Win.
Henry and their four young ones. Had a party coloring
Easter eggs and later had an Easter egg hunt with the
four grand kids hunting for the hidden eggs. The four
grandchildren took their Easter vacation time to visit and
stay with us in Rogers and we enjoyed having them. The
Huffmans are looking forward to our annual Northwest
Society of Arkansas picnic in Agri Park, Fayetteville, AR,
on June 9. 1991, and the annual reunion in Orlando, FL.
Jessie Newhard and a friend enjoyed a 12 day bus
trip through Mexico-Ciudad de Victoria, San Luis Potosi,
Tasco, and Mexico City were some of the places visited.
All in all, a very good time says, Jessie.
Betty McGilberry went to Hot Springs for three days
with a group from this area. Took in Oaklawn Park and
the horses, but didn't win.
Alice Nail was along on this same tour and didn't
have any luck with the ponies either. She said she did
return with a $2.00 bill as a memento of the trip. Red
Nail stayed home and baby sat his trees..
Polly and John Michaelis are back home after a 50th
Wedding Anniversary trip to Panama, R.P. Both are
glad to be back.
With Rita Grammer attending a travel agents school
in Dallas, that left Harold to keep the home fires
burning. Rita's father, Herb Engelke, is still doing great.
Mary Lou Engelke is in Baltimore, MD taking care
of her ailing mother.
Jerry and Harold Harp are looking forward to a
family reunion coming up in August.
Peggy and Norbert Keller report that her mother,
Sue McGee, will be coming in June for a visit and that
Peggy will accompany her back to California
Lee Cotton is back home from his tour of duty with
the Arkansas National Guard and will be traveling with
wife, Kaye, for Community Concerts, a subsidiary of
Your reporter, Bub Balcer wants to again remind
every one with any connections to the "Canal Zone" of
our spring get-together to be held at the Agri Park,
Fayetteville, AR on June 9. 1991. Bring your own eating
equipment and a covered dish to be shared by all. We,
Betty and I, have been staying close to home as some
health problems have been giving Betty a hard time.
Robert (Bud) Balcer
This spring in northwest Arkansas was one of the
most beautiful one could imagine. The redbud came
first, followed soon by the dogwood, which seemed to
cover the hills and valleys throughout the countryside. In
the towns there were the pink as well as the white
dogwood, plus the azaleas and many other flowers.
Winona York, Fayetteville, was recently named to the
board of directors of the Washington Regional Medical
Foundation. She will assist in planning and implementing
programs to support WRMC and health care in
northwest Arkansas. She served two terms as president
of the WRMC Auxiliary, in which she had been active
since 1984. Her husband, Keith, has been visiting in
Panama for two weeks with his son, Keith, Jr., and
daughter, Gladys Marie Perez. Fishing and taking
pictures were high on his agenda while down there.
Dick and Mary Condon made a three-week motor
trip in March to Texas and California to visit friends and
Mary's family. Former Zonians visited were Georgette
Robertson and Tom Robertson, Jr., in Lewisville, TX,
Virginia Wilcox in Seguin, TX, Jane Ellis of Imperial
Beach, CA, Arlene Seagraves in Daly City, CA, Mary
Journeay in Laguna Hills, CA, Lois Meyer of San
Francisco, and Lois' sister, Jeanne (Meyer) Stotler of
Novato, CA. In order to visit all 36 of Mary's relatives in
California, they traveled from San Diego to Sacramento.
They saw quite a bit of rain as well as snow, but this was
welcomed by the Californians.
Carl and Petie Maedl spent a mid-April weekend at
Mountain Home, AR, where they attended a church
conference. On their way home they stopped to take the
tour of Blanchard Springs Cavern located near Mountain
View, AR. The caves are spectacular, and anyone in the
vicinity should take the time to see them. The latter part
of April, Mack and Frances McLendon and the Maedls
will be among the 11 delegates from NARFE Chapter
463 to attend the Federation Convention in West
Memphis, AR. While there they plan to take in the
exhibit of Catherine the Great treasures in Memphis, TN.
Francis Whitlock flew to St. Petersburg, FL on the
27th. of March to be with her son, Paul Whitlock, who
had surgery on March 28. Paul died on April 12. She is
staying on for a while with her daughter-in-law, Shirley
Whitlock. Later, Frances' daughters, Andrea and Jackie
will visit her in Fayetteville.
Harry and Lee Butz, Springdale, have their first
great-grandchild, Peter III, born to April and Peter Butz,
Jr., of Tulsa, OK, on January 3. (See Births). In March,
they spent a weekend with their son, Peter Butz, Sr., and
family at their home near Sapulpa, OK, and attended a
shower for April Butz at the Methodist Church in
Kellyville, OK. The next day they were guests of Lee's
brother and wife, Clyde and Gloria Wonderly, for dinner
and an overnight stay at a hotel in Tulsa. The Wonderlys
were en route to their home in Kingston, NY, after a
combined business-vacation in Palm Springs, CA. The
two couples caught up on a lot of family news. The
Butzes spent Easter weekend with their daughter and
son-in-law, Esther and Bill Clair, in Broken Arrow, OK.
Knott's Berry Farm
March 3, 1991
Our March Annual Business meeting was held at
Knotts Berry Farm "Fiesta Room" in Anaheim. Spring
was definitely in the air, as our "Greeters", Tom and
Helen McGuinness and Ron and Jolie Seeley welcomed
members at the door. The "BIENVENIDA" was
continued at the Reception Table, hosted by Kathryn
Molinaro and Jack Taylor. Lottery and Raffle tickets
were sold by our "Gentlemen Venders", Charlie Becktell,
David Hollowell and Bill Quinn, Jack Clay, holding a
fistful of tickets was their BEST customer!
The meeting was called to order, and as custom
dictates, a brief "MEMORIAL SERVICE" followed the
Invocation. Co-Chaplains, Adele Argo and Missy Will
remembered the Society's "Dearly Departed" with a
prayer and a touching poem entitled, "The Rose Beyond
the Wall". GONE, but not FORGOTTEN...Clarise
Stabler 2/90, Robert Arnold 2/90, Mary Frances
Scofield 3/90, Frances (Stevenson) Anderson 3/90, Ora
O'Leary 5/90, Susan Becktell 6/90, Milton Wright 12/90
and Mary (Acker) Hammond 2/91. As we remembered,
with a few minutes of silence, David Leroy Smith sang
the moving "The Sweet Bye and Bye".
Our new officers were introduced, President, Joan
(Ridge) deGrummond; Vice President, Karen Wood;
Secretary-Treasurer, Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro; Co-
Chaplains, Adele Argo and Missy Will; Roving Reporter,
David Hollowell; Newsletter Editor, Linda Morris;
Hospitality Secretary, Stephanie (Milburn) Johnson; and
Membership Chairperson, Evelyn Wood. Out-going
President, Edith Wimmer was honored with a plaque,
commerating her five years of devotion and dedication to
the society. Congratulations on a job well-done, Edith!
After a round of applause, the luncheon was served.
Edith Wimmer receiving plaque and congratulations
from PCSSC for five years of dedicated service, from
David LeRoy Smith.
The BHS Class of 1940, was well-represented at the
Luncheon. We were happy to see Class President, Dr.
Fernando Tapia and his wife Emma, who drove from
Scottsdale, Arizona. Other classmates and spouses
present were Eddie and Letty Moore, El Segundo; Bill
and Betty Monsanto, Santa Ana; Bernie and "Monie"
(Duran) Liebmann, Calabasas; Eileen (Cryan) and Bill
Finken, Tustin; Frances (Talavera) Enyart, Huntington
Beach; Lolita (Provost) Packard, Westminster; and Jack
and John deGrummond, Laguna Hills. Others at the
table included Dorothy Hayward, Mary (Cryan) Lade
(BHS'39) Huntington Beach; Warren and Evelyn Wood
(BHS'41), Pine Mountain Club; Margaret and Henry
Neumann, Quincy, WA; and Paul DeBehnke, Pico
Rivera, CA both of (BHS'44) were guests of Eddie and
Our guest speaker was John Harsany, M.D. of
Hemet, a member of the "Flying Doctors of Mercy". Dr.
Harsany spoke to the group of his work in the Yaqui
Indian Territory in Loma de Bacum, Mexico. The slide
presentation showed the volunteer doctors' work, which
includes cataract and cleft palate surgeries, tooth
extractions and most important, health care education.
It was a most rewarding slide-lecture presentation.
President Joan deGrummond and guest speaker, Dr.
John Harsany. He and wife Candace were Science
instructors at Canal Zone College 1968-1971.
It was wonderful seeing Bob and Rosa Dill, well and
hearty again. The Dills drove to the luncheon with
members from Hemet in a LIMOUSINE...way to go
Hemit-ites! It was also nice seeing Jack Monsanto of St.
Thomas, Virgin Islands who was a guest of his sister
Adelaide Ellis and the Rev. Al and Ruth Solomon of
Salinas, guest of Norma and Conrad Horine.
Jennifer Quinn, daughter of Kathryn and Bill Quinn
(BHS'42) Palos Verdes, was recently graduated from
Harbor Community College and has joined the U.S.
Army. She will be leaving soon to be stationed at Fort
Jackson, South Carolina. We wish Jennifer well!
We send our special Happy Birthday Wishes to Ethel
Wanke, who celebrated her 98th Birthday on March 12th.
We also thank Willy Frier, for the Pictorial Maps of the
Panama Canal, that she sent, courtesy of the Office of
Our Lucky Raffle winners were Janet Wanke (Lynda
Geyer print); Mary Kate Underwood (Ships of the
Panama Canal donated by Bill Quinn); Irene Will
(Stationary of the Panama Canal); Hedvig (Sundberg)
Seedborg (Afghan made by Letty Moore).
Our Lottery winners were: First Prize, Laverne
Fitzpatrick; Second Prize, Edmund Lang; and Third
Prize, Helen McGuinness. Sorry about that Jack (Clay)!!
David Lane, West Coast Reunion Coordinator gave
us an update on the FESTIVITIES planned for the week-
end of September 20, 21, and 22 at the Bahai Hotel in
San Diego. The week-end will include a Golf
Tournament organized by Conrad Horine, a Dinner-
Dance with the fabulous TITO MOUYNES and a
Breakfast Program. David reminded us to mark our
calendars with "GO" and to dust off our "dancing shoes"
for a spectacular week-end in San Diego.
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Nancy Kate Underwood and Elsa Gonzalez having a
"chat" after the meeting.
Our next meeting will be our annual "Memorabilia
Luncheon" at Michaels' in Los Angeles. President, Joan
deGrummond has invited "one and all" to make this
luncheon special by bringing some memento or artifact
from Panama to share with the group.
Our last luncheon was so pleasant that everyone left
smiling...plan on joining us for an enjoyable day.
The following members and guests were in
attendance: Adele Argo; Charles Becktell; Jack Clay;
Robert and Murel Daniel; Agnes (Reinke) Davis; Jack
and Joan (Ridge) deGrummond with guests Dr.
Fernando and Emma Tapia; Bob and Rosa Dill with
guests Charles and Betty Pold, Ray and Helen Johansen,
Claus, Letty and Tanya Sondermann, Bob and Gloria
Moser; Addie (Monsanto) Ellis with guest Jack
Monsanto; Frances Enyart; Bill and Eileen (Cryan)
Finken; Francis and LaVerne Fitzpatrick; Elsa Gonzales,
Griff and Lucille Griffin; John Hanson; Dr. John and
Candace Harsany; Dorothy Hayward; David Hollowell;
Conrad and Norma Horine with guests Ruth and Al
Solomon; Grace Irving; Don and Stephanie (Milburn)
Johnson; Elizabeth Kling; Mary (Cryan) Lade; David
Lane with guest Marji Gilbert; Edmund Lang; Bernard
and Monie (Doran) Leibman; Tom and Helen
McGuiness; Alice Milburn; Ed and Leticia Moore with
guests Henry and Margaret Neumann, Paul Debehnke;
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro; Bob and Linda Morris;
Walter and Bess Morton; Bill and Betty Monsanto;
George and Winifred Muller; Bob Provost; Bill, Kathryn
and Jennifer Quinn; Hedvig Seedborg; Ron and Jolie
Seeley; David LeRoy Smith; Jack Taylor; Mary Kate
Underwood; Ron and Peggy Wanke; George and Janice
Wanke; Irene Will; Edith Wimmer; Warren and Evelyn
(Belanger) Wood; Harvey and Mary Jo Wright; Chubby
Wright; and Ruth (Bauman) Yielding.
Leslie Cofer (Bill Cofer's dad, Balboa) Palm Springs,
celebrated his 87th birthday on March 10th. He was
born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1903, nine years
before New Mexico became a state. Les claims, "...that
one of the reasons why he never ran for President is
because he wasn't a native-born American." Hope your
day was special, Les!
Bess (Stapleton) Morton, Palm Springs is home from
the hospital. She and husband Walt send their best to
Bob and Millie Provost have just returned from
ANOTHER wonderful cruise to the Mexican Riviera
with the Elk's Club of Carlsbad. They highly recommend
Commodore Cruise Line.
Ron and Jolie Seeley entertained son Glenn and wife
Christina (Efthimiadis) and three grandchildren, Stephie
12, Nicholas 8, and Evan 6, at their Laguna Hills home,
during their Spring-Break from Garland, TX. Some of
the activities during their fast-paced visit included visits
to San Diego, San Francisco and Universal Studios.
Highlight of the visit, was a double Birthday celebration
for Nicholas and Grandfather, Dr. Bryon Efthimiadis,
Chief of Pediatrics at Gorgas Hospital in Panama. The
celebration was held at the home of Laura (Seeley) and
Richard Rydell's home in Mission Viejo.
Irene Will spent Christmas in Panama with her son
and daughter. She enjoyed the visit, and especially a
Block Party in Cardenas, where "Lucho" played and was
in "Top Form!:
Bob and Linda Morris had a surprise visit from Tom
and Gertrude Ender, formerly of the PCC New Orleans
office. They had a wonderful time reminiscing about
"Old Friends and Old Times".
Joe and Ella Norton, Del Mar, spent four weeks in
February visiting friends and seeing spectacular sights in
the State of Florida. Joe and Ella's new hobby,
gardening, have them very involved -- their huge yard
will soon have a garden trellis, for shading tomato plants
all fertilized with mulch from their mulch-bin. Daughter,
Tammy recently participated in UC of SB production of
"Singing in the Rain". Ms Tammy's costumes were
fantastic as was her performance!
Vera Bomford of the Bomford School of Dance
writes that she would LOVE to hear from former
students and friends. Her address is: Apartado 3267,
Balboa Ancon, Rep. de Panama.
David Hollowell has a very busy month planned a
two week visit to San Jose to visit Thelma's brother and
later his annual participation in the "Jeanette McDonald
Festival" in Los Angeles. Then a month later, its off to -
Jordan Family Reunion in Ohio with sisters Victoria
from Washington State and Hope from Wyoming. You'll
need a vacation after your vacation, David!
Delia Henderson is busily "fine-tuning" Panamanian
Folklorico Dances for the West Coast Reunion Program.
She still needs dancers so if interested, join the group.
Kenny Pierce and John Irvin show off Panama
handie-work during a recent outing. The Irvins and the
Pierces (Kenny and Diane Baker) get together often and
cookout or go boating on Mission Bay in San Diego.
Kenny is an emergency room doctor and John is a navy
carrier pilot. Diane Pierce stays very busy keeping up
with their son Jacob (in the back-ground) and Julie Irvin
is getting used to the same with their new daughter
Patricia. Good times are had by all!
Kenny Pierce and John Irvin
Congratulations to our newly-weds, Kathryn
Molinaro and Jack Taylor who were married in Las
Vegas in April.
Linda Reimann Morris
I attended the "Open House" at our new Panama
Canal Society office on a recent Saturday and was
delighted to see so many folks that came for the affair -
lots of good food and good company! We enjoyed seeing
the many pictures and decorations, hand picked and
framed by Jane and Fred Huldtquist. Jane and Marge
Foster were on the decorating committee and were also
assisted by Pat Beall.
Among those attending the "Open House" were June
(Foster) Trim and her little daughter, Jacquie from
Texas. Jacquie was by far the youngest attendee. Pete
had the pleasure of baby sitting Jacquie while June was
at the Cape on TDY for a week.
Betty (Chan) Snow had her sister Irene Chan from
Rochester, N.Y. visit with her for a month. Betty invited
friends for a lovely and delicious Chinese dinner that she
had prepared. Grace (Shack) Wilson and I were invited
to be with Irene again before she had to return to her
home in New York, where she says the weather is still
Secretary/Treasurer Marge Foster and husband Pete
with daughter June Foster Trim and new
Bob and Colleen (Lawson) Mate entertained in their
home with a lovely dinner to celebrate Beverly and Bud
Williams 35th Wedding Anniversary. Jo (Hilty) Attia,
Judy (Tipton) Hooper, Gladys Mead and Betty Snow
joined in the celebration.
Cele Marceau and her daughter Ceci went to
Panama recently for a visit to Santa Clara and to visit
friends, but they are back home now.
Edie Cotton also went visiting, to see her sons in
Texas. She visited with Lee in Fort Worth, with her
grandchildren Kristen and Casey, then went to San
Antonio and spent Easter with Larry and Sharie. She is
now back home again and was in time to help us all in
the Sewing Group hold a surprise and belated birthday
party for Flora Madison in her home. We all brought
goodies so that Flora would not have to worry about
anything. Aura Erikson thought of Johnny Marzetti and
others of us brought salads, etc. Everything was as
USUAL--the best. We Zonians are good cooks.
AHEM. Flora was speechless but delighted with having
us together again. There were fifteen of us to share her
On May 2nd I am off to Heidleburg, Germany to
visit with my daughter Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart and her
husband Jim and son Brian. So until Reunion time in
Orlando, TA TA or Hasta Lluego..
St. Petersburg resident, John Disharoon, known as
"Dish" to most of his friends has now worked his second
N.F.L. Super Bowl. He worked statistical services during
the January 27th game at Tampa Stadium. John said
that it was one of his longest work days ever, having
arrived at the stadium at 8:30 a.m. and leaving at 2:30
a.m. the following morning. Never the less he enjoyed
every minute. The game itself was perhaps one of the
best contests in Super Bowl history, which was indeed
fitting since it was the 25th Anniversary game. In
addition to this game, he also worked the 1984 Super
Bowl in Tampa where he did the statistics for C.B.S.
radio world-wide and has worked every Tampa Bay
Buccaneer home game since 1976.
John has become quite efficient in N.F.L. Television
Sports Networks and from this national exposure he has
met some very famous "color" announcers who were
N.F.L. standouts. The list of Quarterbacks alone
includes: Johnny Unitas, Sonny Turgenson, Fran
Tarkenton, Roger Staubach, Bob Griese, Terry
Bradshaw, Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, Lenny Dawson,
and Dan Fouts.
John has been teaching the elementary grades in
Pinellas County for 19 years. His students call him "Mr.
D". In addition, he may be the only person from Panama
to ever work for both the National Football League and
the Major League Baseball at the same time. John has a
Major League contract designating him an associate scout
for the Kansas City Royals.
Do you pause to see the sunrise as you start each
Do you stop to watch the sunset in the midst of work
Do you listen to another as he shares his dreams
Do you give him inspiration for great deeds that he
Do you give a cheerful greeting to the persons who
Do you reach out, smile and touch them?
Do you leave them feeling glad?
Do you give yourself in service; are your motives
good and true?
When you spend life helping others, they will see
God's love in you.
William Arthur Ward
Terry Zemer of Gulfport traveled back and forth for
a month each January, May, and June to care for her
ailing 85 year old mother in Uircennes, IN. Following a
short trip to Mexico, she visited with daughter, Connie
Bungormer and family for Christmas. Cecila Naisd
formerly of Gorgas Hospital Operating Room Staff,
drove her to the San Francisco Airport. In November,
her granddaughter, Jennifer and her father, Jack Sanders
from Santa Cruz, CA, visited her in Gulfport. Her son,
David with grandsons, Rick and Philip visited in
February. She reports the grandchildren are pure sugar
George, Gertrude Allgaier and daughter, Louise will
drive to Reading, PA to visit their families. Also to enjoy
German cooking and visit Lancaster Amish Restaurants.
Hope to see you at the Reunion. Please call me to
provide news at any time.
In March, Fred E.
Wells, Jr. of Perth,
Australia, spent ten days in
Sarasota with his aunt,
Mary Orr. Before coming
to Sarasota, Fred visited his
parents, Fred and Marion
(Orr) Wells at their home
in Kerrville, TX and with
his brother, Alan Wells and
family in Duluth, GA.
Fred and Mary spent
several days in Key West,
FL and enjoyed a most
happy day in St. Petersburg
with long-time friends, Roy
and Frances (Violette)
Sharp, Bill and Jean
Violette, Alma Burrow, and Dr. Fred Wells Jr., of
Ila and George Fenton, who Australia with aunt,
were visiting from Mary Orr
Dr. Fred Wells is the Curator of Mollusks in the
Western Australia Museum in Perth, Australia. His wife,
Patricia (Summerfield) Wells, is the Curator of History
at the Museum. She and Fred are the proud parents of
Jacqueline (Summerfield) Wells, age 10, and David
(Summerfield) Wells, who is seven years old.
Recent visitors to Sarasota are Almond and Diane
(Skinner) Snider of Falmouth, Mass., who spends the
winter seasons here in Sarasota. Diane is the daughter
of Ralph and Charlene (Wertz) Skinner of Winter Park,
FL, whom they visited en route to their winter residence.
Diane graduated from BHS with the class of 1953 and
later from Canal Zone Junior College and contacted
several of her classmates in the area.
While visiting here Diane was a guest of the C.Z.
Monday Morning Coffee Group at the home of Rae
(Newhard) Ebdon, and also at the home of Frances
(Days) Jones, when she hosted the group. She enjoyed
visiting and reminiscing with the group; many were
friends, neighbors or co-workers of her parents.
Diane and her husband returned to their northern
home in early May and she would enjoy corresponding
with anyone who remembers her or her parents. Her
address is: Mr. & Mrs. Almond Snider, 115 Lucerne
Avenue, Falmouth, Mass. 02540.
Henry Lutz has recently returned from a visit in
Houston, TX with his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and
Martha Lutz and their sons, Douglas and Jeffrey.
Henry's oldest grandson, Douglas, will graduate from the
University of Houston in May with a degree in Certified
Earlier this year Henry enjoyed a two week visit
from his daughter-in-law, Dr. Cecilia Lutz and children,
Brian and Mary Christine, of Panama, R.P. Many happy
times were had as they enjoyed the beaches and the
various attractions in Florida. Cecilia is the wife of Gary
Lutz, Henry's younger son.
There were four generations of Orvises when Carl
and Christine Orvis and their sons, of Punta Gorda
visited Carl's parents, Bob and Leticia "Lotty" Orvis, at
their home in Daytona Beach, FL. Those present
included Frances Orvis of Sarasota, the paternal great
grandmother; the paternal grandfather, Bob Orvis; his
son, Carl Orvis of Punta Gorda with eleven year old
Ryan and the newest family member, Ty Robert Orvis,
who was born on New Years Day.
Carl Orvis, wife, Christine, with Ryan, 11 years old
and New Years baby son, Ty Robert, visiting
Julius O. "Barney" Barnes was honored by his wife,
Ramona (Bliss) Barnes at a family get-together and
dinner party to celebrate his 91st birthday. Special guests
included his sister, Elma Carder, and his great-nephew,
Jeff Carder, who came from Ridgeley, W.VA for the
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Three West Virginians, Barney Barnes, Elma Carder,
his sister, and grand nephew Jeff Carder.
Kay Nelson has returned from a trip to Green Bay,
WI to be with her twin brothers, Leonard and Lynden
Duescher and attend the funeral service for their father,
Adolf Duescher, who passed away in March. Kay had
visited the family last November to join in the celebration
honoring their father's 98th birthday.
Frances (Days) Jones enjoyed a visit by her son-in-
law and daughter, Capt. John and Dona (Jones) Brophy,
of Castine, ME. En route they visited friends in Amelia
Island and in Port Charlotte, FL. Their daughter,
Charlene, is completing her first year at the University of
Maine in Portland, ME. On the way home from their
Sarasota visit, the Brophys spent the week-end in
Middleton, R.I. with Dona's brother, Capt. Al Jones,
USN; his wife, Lola (Frauenheim) Jones and family.
Fred and Bev (Moody) Ebdon and her brother-in-
law and sister, Pete and Ruth (Moody) Bollea of Tampa,
FL flew to Los Angeles, CA as guests of Hulk Hogan to
attend the Wrestlemania events held there. They were
there for four days and enjoyed the many activities and
action. They saw and had their picture taken with several
celebrities, such as singer Willie Nelson; Jeopardy host,
Alex Trebek; Regis Philben, T.V. host, and Marla
Maples. It was a whirlwind Wrestlemania week-end and
they all had a great time, but were happy to get home
Fred and Bev Ebdon enjoyed as house guests,
Howard and Arleen Osborn, former Zonites, and
Howard and Ruth Geltz, all of Nashua, N.H., who
traveled from New Hampshire in their Motor Homes.
They were special guests with mutual friends at several
dinner parties given by their hosts, as well as at the C.Z.
Monday Morning Coffee Group. Sightseeing, shopping
and visiting with friends, makes a Florida trip an added
Mayno Walker recently received an award certificate
from the Sarasota Family YMCA for completing the
Hundred Mile swim as part of the YMCA Fitness
Jeanne (Walker) Wagner of Eagle River, AK spent
several weeks with her parents, George and Mayno
(Bliss) Walker at their Kensington Park residence in
Sarasota. During her visit they traveled to New Smyrna
Beach, FL, accompanied by her sister, Carole (Walker)
Miller of Tampa, to spend several days with another
sister, Mabelle "Mickey" (Walker) Fitzgerald and family.
During the weekend they attended a "TOPS"
program at which Carole participated in a Fashion Show
and her sister, Mickey was Mistress of Ceremony and
narrator. They also were luncheon guests of Mayno's
brother and his wife Curtis and Emily Bliss at their
home in Rockledge, FL. Present was a cousin, Leona
(Hart) Lee of Merritt Island, which was a pleasant
surprise for all, as they hadn't met since childhood days
in the Canal Zone.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Al Baldwin, pictured below with Hindi Diamond,
Richard Koster and Matt Kenny in February, where
author Richard Koster spoke to the Miami Press Club
about his recently published book, "In the Time of the
Tyrants." Hindi Diamand, a club member had called me
and the Parthenais to invite us to hear their featured
guest. Mr. Koster was most interesting, comparing the
estranged Noriega to the deposed Torrijos. Other
interesting people at the meeting included: Al Baldwin
(former Panama Canal Press officer for seventeen years),
Matt Kenny (former member of the US Press Corps in
Panama, now living in Coral Gables) and of course, the
effervescent, Hindi Diamond.
Al Baldwin, Hindi Diamond, Richard Coster and
Received a call from Mike Geddes and his mother
Paula Sandusky formerly of Gamboa and now living near
Bakersfield, CA. Paula is working with the California
State Senate and is married to Vern Sandusky who is an
Electrical Engineer with UNIYS. It was fun to visit on
the telephone with such dear friends. Mrs. Kitty
(McNamee) Irvin telephoned from Davie, FL with news
from Tess Owens. Tess was visiting her daughter,
Michelle (Owens) Pepe who had a baby girl in January.
Also visiting at the time was Doris Edelen of Baltimore
who was a Gorgas nurse with Kitty back in the Canal
Zone. Kitty was a nurse for 13 years on the Atlantic side
and served 11 years on the Pacific side. Lloyd Roberts
(from Gamboa, now living in Tampa) was in Miami
Beach for an IBM convention. Lloyd is an executive with
IBM who participated in their performance award
program. Oscar Nuncio and I took Lloyd out to see the
sights on Ocean Drive. At my office, I recently received
the first issue of a publication from the Ohio University,
entitled, "El Latinoamericano" which featured many
interesting pieces by Latin American students.
Please see the "Letters to the Editor" section of this
issue for a special family gathering celebrating Veta
Hatchett's birthday. For all those South Florida
residents, I know you are out there and we want YOUR
news too! Hope to see you at the reunion.
Janice Cookie Newlon
We had a fantastic time at Kelly Morris' wedding in
February. The reception was held at the Hyatt
Westshore in Tampa and there were so many zonians
there that it was like a mini-reunion. Kelly and Joe
Fenton now reside in Clearwater, FL.
Tochterman and family in Brussels. Maritza will treat
herself to a job hunt.
Terry (Hunt) Watkins won her 2nd contest from a
Radio Station in Miami; she invited cousin Lynn Dunning
to accompany her on a weekend trip to Nashville, TN,
where they visited the Grand Ole Opry and did a lot of
shopping, of course.
Hope to see you all at the reunion in Orlando.
George Ateek in the ring. Future champ?
1979 B.H.S. graduate, George Ateek began boxing at
St. Pete Jr. College and continued at the North Florida
Boxing Club in Tallahassee while attending Florida State
University. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Nutrition
and interned at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami,
FL. He is presently employed as a Dietician with ARA
Services, the largest healthcare provider in the nation
with over 134,000 employees. George resides in Tampa
and keeps in shape boxing, weight lifting, and jogging at
the North Tampa Boxing Club. He spars occasionally
with both amateur and professional boxers, and had
zonian support at a match from Mark Albritton and
John Dekle. While he's not working out he gets together
with Les Little, Glen Heath, Danny Coffey and other
zonians for a few drinks and laughs about the past.
Look out Mike Tyson!!
It was great to hear from Marcette (Bernard)
Kilgore, B.H.S. graduate from 1980. Marcette was a
cheerleader for Red Machine and lived in Clayton. She
graduated college from S.W. Texas State University in
Business and married Rex Kilgore of Kermit, TX. Rex
is currently a manager of Luby's Cafeterias in Tampa.
Marcette is currently employed by USAA Insurance and
is studying for her 220 license. She has two children, a
3 yr. old son and 7 mo. old daughter. We hope they can
make it to the reunion in Orlando.
Wonders never cease!! Congratulations on
graduating from college to Patty (Kelleher) Arosemena
and Maritza Reyes. Patty completed the 16 year plan
and will get a degree in Fashion Design from Florida
State University. She will be treating herself to a trip to
Europe in May and will visit Mary (Kelleher) and Steve
Frank and Mary Ann Baldwin of Stone Mountain,
informed me that Mary Ann's parents, Betty and Billy
Lewelling, were visiting for a week from Memphis, Tenn.
The are on their way down to Tampa, Florida to visit
with their son, Bill and his wife, Pam. Frank is working
with a janitorial service here in Atlanta, and doing very
well. Also talked to Kay and Dick Harger regarding the
birth of their newest grandson, Robert John, who was
born on March 18. The proud parents are their daughter,
Holly and her husband, Kevin Dembinski. Dick Harger
was the Comptroller for AID in Panama during the mid
1980s, and he and his wife, Kay were neighbors of ours
when we lived on La Cresta, Panama City.
Sidney George holding Nick
Lawrenceville, Georgia. April 21,
Allie Snow in
Sidney George visited me in April for about a week,
and while here we drove her around our beautiful state,
showing off the "hills of Georgia." Sidney now resides in
Miami where she moved last year from Carlsbad, Calif.
She formerly worked for the Office of Executive
Administration in Balboa Heights. While visiting with us,
we had a small dinner party for her and invited our
closest neighbors, Lester and Andrea Smith, Bob and
Vicki Boatwright, and Virgil and Lori (Stevenson) Snow.
Willie Friar also came with the Boatwrights, and we
loved seeing her once again. Willie was in the United
States to receive a special and prestigious award from
her college in Athens, Georgia. I have written a special
article on Willie with a photo enclosed. Bob Boatwright
is now working at Emory University and seems happy
with his new job. Vicki is now the Assistant Regional
Director of Public Affairs with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Department of the Interior for the Southeastern
part of the United States.
I received a phone call from Annie Rathgeber, who
now lives in Columbus, Georgia. She was up visiting
Eunice Richards in Jonesboro, Ga. and called to say "hi."
Annie reported that she had driven down to Florida for
Kelly Morris's wedding to Joel Fenton on February 23.
She says the wedding was perfect, and that the bride,
Kelly, was beautiful. While in Florida, Annie visited with
Bernice Jackson in Port Richey and with Billie Bowen
Martin in Safety Harbor. She also spent a delightful day
with Liz Zent Beall. It was great talking to Annie, and we
are making future plans to get together.
I also received a phone call from Dottie Coleman
Whitlow. She lives in Marietta, Ga., and called to let me
know she was glad to have a "reporter" in Georgia. She
also said that her mom, Pat Neckar Coleman, who lives
in Fort Myers, Florida, has become very active in her
community and seems to love living in Fort Myers.
L-R facing front: Jason Romero (Groom); Lester
Smith (father of the bride); Christine Smith (bride),
and Elizabeth Randall (maid of honor).
Christine Smith, daughter of Andrea and Lester
Smith of Lawrenceville, Ga., was married on March 3 to
Jason Romero in Fort Worth, Texas. Jason is the son of
Doctors Bruce and Saundra Gilfillan of Fort Worth.
Christine's maternal grandparents are Hoyt and Frances
Byrd of Clearwater, Florida, formerly of Los Rios. Her
paternal grandparents are Robert and Terri Smith of
Miami Lakes, Florida,
formerly of Curundu. Jason
and Christine both work and
reside in Fort Worth,
though they plan on coming
to Georgia in June on a
short visit for her sisters,
Kimberly Smiths graduation
from high school. Kimberly
Anne Smith will graduate
from Central Gwinnett High
School, Lawrenceville, Ga.
on June 7, 1991.
reports that her sister,
Kimberly Anne Smith Mildred Quinley and her
husband Jim and daughter,
Kristen, of Stone Mountain,
Ga. flew to Panama for a week on March 22. They stayed
with Rollo Winberg and family, and were there in time
for the Cayuca Race. Jim Quinley used to work for the
Electrical Division on the Pacific side, and is now with
FAA here in Atlanta.
Cleve Soper informed me that his 24 year old
nephew, Steven Winberg, has a new car of which he is so
proud that he wanted a photograph of it included with
this column. The car is a 1990 Ford Mustang. Steven is
employed with Southeast Switch Computer Banking in
Atlanta, and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1990.
Davis and I were invited to attend a mini-Panama
Canal Reunion on April 13 at the home of Mike and
Mariella (Meggers) McNally. We had a great time and
stayed quite late. We took some photos of the get-
together, and I have enclosed one to be added to this
column. Everyone brought a covered dish and enjoyed
seeing old friends once again. Maxine (Baggott) Martin
and Rose (Monzon) Rindfusz came all the way from
Dothan, Alabama, to see everyone. Now that's real
Seated front L-R: Mike McNally (host); Pat Bartlett;
Rose (Monzon) Rindfusz, Mariella (Meggers)
McNally (hostess), Terry Aleman, Janis Burda, Ray
Burda. Standing 2nd row L-R: Janet (Smith) Bartlett,
Louis and Mary Scigliane, Lester Smith, Pat
(Henson) Albritton, Maxine (Baggott) Martin,
George Garcia, June Stevenson, Pennye
McCarrigher. Top row, L-R: Dick Wallace, Davis
Stevenson, Diane (Hindman) Wallace, Kelly Gerhart,
Camille (Hendricks) Bassett, Frank Baldwin and wife
Mary Ann, Mary (Svigliane) Leach, Pat McCarrigher.
I also received a note from Patsy C. Detamore
informing me that her daughter, Dottie Detamore
Kaufmann brought newest grandson, Michael Bryan
Kaufmann from his home in Switzerland to meet his U.S.
family in February. Patsy and her granddaughter Heidi
(Cathy Denton's oldest) will return the visit in March.
Patsy has been busy completing her book To My Own
Drummer, The Canal Zone Years, which is now ready for
sale. (See ad in this issue of the Canal Record).
Other news from here is that Davis Stevenson flew
to Panama in February for 10 days on a business and
pleasure trip, and enjoyed seeing his old friends, ie. Vicki
and Bob Boukalis, Bob and Cheryl Russell, John and
Tilly McTaggart, Danny and Mary DesLondes, Norita
Scott, George and Roberto Halphen and his many other
American and Panamanian friends still there. He spent
a delightful day with Bob Boukalis on his boat out fishing
in Panama Bay. Dave brought back some delicious Cafe
Duran, and we have been enjoying a cup or two every
morning since his return.
Our weather has turned delightful here, and we are
hoping to have some kind of PanaGringa get-together
this summer with friends and acquaintances in Georgia.
If any of you Georgia readers have any ideas, give me a
June A. Stevenson
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JULY 25, 1991
The family of Henry and Virginia (Ridge) Dolim
held a splendid party honoring the 50th anniversary of
the Dolims' wedding in Ancon on February 22, 1941.
Their two children, daughter Diane (and husband Art
Young) and Henry Jr. (and wife Charlene), along with all
the other family members, created a magnificent event
at the Lanai of the Cannon Club. Besides a seated
dinner for 130 following cocktails, there was an orchestra,
entertainment and dancing, with Virginia's white satin
wedding gown displayed front and center upon a
mannekin. Unveiled later in an amusing program were
two elevated TVs to present a narrative with photos of
the Dolims' life and family this a surprise to the
honorees. One of the visitor guests was Beverly Ridge of
Coral Springs, FL, whom I knew when we were both
working at HQ Caribbean Command, Quarry Heights
(when I was secretary to the Chief of Staff decades ago).
A highlight of the entertainment at the party was the
Dolims' granddaughter Tracey Johnson who sang for us
most engagingly. Tracey is working for the Boston Globe
as a journalist.
Four Zonian "Hawaiians," L-R: Jan (Koperski) Taylor,
Lois Bates, Katya DeLaMater, Margaret (Sullivan)
McMillan, all attending the Dolim's party.
Caroline Corn saw my PC Society decal and left a
note and phone number on my car. Finally reached her
by phone and learned that she was born and reared in
Pedro Miguel (BHS'57), attended CZJC, and worked
three years for the Army as a biologist at Fort Clayton.
She has been living in Hawaii for 22 years, having earned
her Ph.D here at UH, and then began working for the
State of Hawaii on endangered plants. She is now State
botanist and has begun a painting class at UH. Her
mother, Vivian (Corn) Flowers, who lives at Yosemite
National Park, worked for the Canal housing office in
Balboa. Caroline's father retired after 43 years' service
with the Post Office, mainly at Cristobal.
With my son Paul Bates and Becky Dixon, I enjoyed
having lunch and "talking story" with the new Honorary
Consul from Panama to Hawaii, Bill Brophy. Bill told us
of a TV program called "Que Pasa Hawaii?" (Friday
evenings on Channel 22) featuring interviews with local
Hispanics, related music and information on Latino
activities and clips from Washington, DC, which
promotes a positive image of Hispanics in Hawaii (they
comprise about ten percent of the population).
According to Mary Lou Brown, the show's producer and
founder of the Hacer Society, this is the first such
program in the history of the State. Cinco de Mayo
celebration will include the Ballet Folklorico de Vera
Cruz at the University of Hawaii.
L-R: Bill Bropny, Becky
March-April brought the visit of two favorite
relatives, my Aunt Juanita Williams and Uncle Guilford
Worsley, of Farmville and Greenville, N.C. My daughter
Katya and son Paul Bates and Becky Dixon enjoyed
sharing the first visit to Hawaii of our relatives who
are brother and sister of my deceased mother Ann
DeLamater and have visited Panama.
My cousin Arline (Schmidt) Winerman of Sarasota
and I (and out telephone recorders) have frequent
telephone visits. In September Arline will be competing
for a US title in ballroom dancing. Hope she wins!
Marcos Wiggin phoned to ask about any Panama or
Canal Zone club or group in Hawaii. His half-sister
Margaret Wiggin lives, he thinks, in Lake City, FL.
Marcos has lived in Honolulu since 1958, following
retirement from the Postal Service, that proceeded by
Burt and Carol Mead and Jo and Bev Wood, all of
Balboa, have been "doing" Maui Island, the Valley Isle -
golfing, shopping, touring, visiting the Heleakala Volcano,
the winery and the elegant hotels but had very little time
here on Oahu. Then to Houston to visit Ted and Nora
Melanson and George and Ann Downing and to play
some golf. They played golf in Miami earlier with Dick
Burgoon and Al White and will repeat that shortly.
While the Woods and Meads are in Houston they will
visit Ron Bowman, Bev's brother, who will be there with
his family. Joe and Burt play golf weekly with my
brother Bill DeLaMater in Panama.
And for visitors: Beautiful Manauma Bay is still open
for visitors and for the best of snorkeling, though busloads
of tourists are now limited for entry; Del Courtney has
begun another Sunday tea dance schedule at the new
Prince Hotel; the hilarious (and original) Carol Kai Bed
Race in April was a huge success; at the Great Aloha
Run/Walk (about 23,000 entries), my daughter Katya ran
the 8.2 miles in about one hour and 7 minutes and I
walked it in never mind; the colorful 28th Annual
Merrie Monarch Festival, a three-day hula contest sought
by many visitors and locals alike, stars also the chanters -
"The Chants of a Lifetime" as it's claimed that the
chants are more informative and more important than
the dances (keep your eye on the hands).
Louis (DeLaMater) Bates
I was delighted to hear from Lance More who is a
senior at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN. Lance
has attended Wabash College on a full four year
scholarship known as the Eli Lilly leadership Award. He
will be graduating this year on May 12th (Mothers Day)
with a Bachelor of Arts in political science/spanish.
Lance has been nominated to Phi Sigma Iota. He is also
a four year letterman in football and is captain of the
1991 Little Giant Squad. Our congratulations to you,
Lance reports that his parents, Bill and Betty More
have moved back to Panama from Florida and are living
in Aguadulce in the interior. Bill More is general
manager and vice-president of Agromarina de Panama,
SA. which is a shrimp farming company in Aguadulce.
Lance's brother, Russell More, has been married for
almost three years and resides in Houston, TX.
Jim and Pat Cross say
that they are enjoying their
retirement living in
Browntown, Indiana. They
do a little traveling, and a
lot of relaxing. On a recent
trip they ran into Randy and -
Betty Redman in Ashmore,
Illinois and had a nice visit .
remembering their Gatun
days. Jim would enjoy 4-
hearing from any of the
girls who went on the Jim and Pat Cross
Easter Jungle trip in 1963.
Dorothy (Jane) McCauley from Terre Haute, IN says
that she is thrilled to have daffodils and tulips blooming
in her yard now that winter is over. Jane spent Good
Friday this year with her daughter Shiela Marshall and
her family. Shiela and family have bought a home
located between Avon and Plainfield, IN.
At the time Jane wrote, she was expecting her
granddaughter Kristin, Shiela's daughter, to spend a few
days with her during the spring vacation. Kristin is
almost ten years old.
Jane also had plans to fly to Boynton Beach, Florida
to visit with another daughter, Marjorie Ochstein and her
Jane has been taking bridge lessons and plans to play
cards more often. On April 23rd and 24th, she plans to
attend her 50th Anniversary Reunion at Indiana State
University. Her sister Mary, who graduated a year later,
will be her guest for the festivities.
Ruth and Claud's two daughters, Marjorie (Lyon)
Meredith and Marlene Lyon have planned a celebration
in May in honor of their parents 50th Wedding
Anniversary. Now, isn't that a truly good reason to
celebrate? Moreover, one of Marlene's gifts to Ruth and
Claud is a trip to Hawaii. The trip is planned for
Claud and Ruth
(Wood) Lyon are enjoying
their retirement in
Charlestown, IN. They have
not been able to figure out
how they ever had time to
work because they always
seem to be so busy now.
This year holds several
special events for them.
One grandson, Frank
Meredith will be getting
married in September. Ruth (Wood) and
Another grandson, Kevin Claud Lyon
Meredith is engaged and
will soon be getting married, but probably not this year.
Lois Cahn of New Orleans expects a visit from her
oldest son Robert Assof and his daughters as we go to
press. The Assofs live in Paris. Lois recently read the
Knapp book "Red, White and Blue Paradise: The
American Canal Zone in Panama" and recommends it to
everyone. It was so thorough and factual that she feels
more at peace having read it. Lois has heard from a
Zone friend, Daisy Dixon Schunke of Charleston, S.C.
Daisy and her husband Ed, who just retired, will be
visiting the Cahns this fall. Daisy, who was born in
Nicaragua and speaks and cooks Spanish, will try to send
us some old-time CZ recipes. Meanwhile, Lois continues
to write for children and recently sold a story to The
Friend, a children's magazine.
Margaret Ridge Coffey of Chalmette spent three
months recently in Trenton, NJ., visiting her sister Mary
and family. She drove to Center Valley, PA., a couple
times and saw her brother Vince, his wife Dottie Sanders
and their family. Margaret's son Richard, wife Janet and
son Ricky, 3, live only three miles away from Margaret
and they visit regularly. Her brother Joe's only son, Cpl.
Michael J. Ridge, 24, left in January to participate in
Operation Desert Storm. His address is SSN 479-96-
8745, A CO 2/16th INF (M), APO New York 09787, and
he would welcome some mail.
Ann Gerhardt of Walker is anxious for news about
Martha (Mrs. Gilbert) Furey, whose last known address
was 29012 Pebble Beach, Sun City, CA 92381. Martha
had two daughters Ellen and Mary, and a son Jimmy.
Ann and Martha corresponded for many years but Ann
has not heard from her since Christmas 1989. Anyone
with information about Martha please contact this
reporter. Ann, 92, is the widow of Louis Gerhardt, who
was the chief CZ baker for many years and created the
famous French Fruit Cookies for the commissary.
Gene Gregg of Slaughter says a recent trip to Brazil
was great. Rio didn't show him much, but out of Manaus
on Rio Negro in the motor vessel, the tuna were great.
Gene heard from Dr. Putham up in Maine who has been
snowmobiling and Joe Smith in Ft. Lauderdale. Also had
a letter from Jim Palumbo in Panama. Young Gene just
returned from a trip to Ft. Walton Beach and daughter
Helen, with her dad's help, has moved to Chalmette.
Ed Parker of Slidell writes that he and Owen Smith
of Osyka, MS, want to report the death of Fred L.
Raybourn on September 14, 1990, in Panama. They said
that because Fred was not a member of the Society his
obituary did not appear in the Canal Record. Raybourn
was a long-time Atlantic Sider and worked for the MTD.
He was a amateur radio operator and Owen and Ed
contacted him almost daily and sometimes twice a day.
Raybourn is survived by his wife, Chi-Chi, and three
children: The Rev. Fred L. Raybourn, Jr. of Plattsmouth,
Neb., Herbie Raybourn of Bradenton, FL, and Nellie
Raybourn Kline of Austin Texas.
Capt. Charlie Taylor of Baton Rouge spent a short
week in Harrisburg, N.C., in April, visiting at the home
of his son, Greg, daughter-in-law Annette and
granddaughter Alyssa, who was born last July. They
enjoyed going out to dinner every night. Charlie's
daughter Pami is in her second year at the LSU Medical
School in New Orleans and has begun making rounds
with staff doctors.
At deadline Ora "Ding"
Stich (BHS'28) of New
Orleans was wading through
20 years' accumulation and
packing for her move to
1280 Fairview Lane, Singer I A
Island, FL 33404, to the
home of her daughter Mrs.
William F. (Ann) Barnes III
and her family. Once
settled, Ding expects to
inventory the family's CZ
memorabilia, especially that
of her mother, Winifred
Ewing, CZ College
housemother for many r. ra n th
years. Arrangements will be Mrs.Ora "Ding" Stich
made for its disposition in of New Orleansd La.
the new CZ museum in Fort with friend.
Worth, Texas, with the help of Kibby Bouche of
Englewood, FL. Kibby spearheaded the museum project
as a tribute to the dream of his grandfather, J.A. Hess, a
Roosevelt Medal holder.
David Warren of New Orleans, whose reserve unit is
on active Army duty, is being reassigned from Bayonne,
NJ., to LaPorte, TX, to help offload returning military
equipment. He hopes to return to his regular job in New
Orleans in August. His parents, Gret and Bill Warren,
who returned in February from a 10,000 mile trip around
the USA, are planning another RV trip with a stop there.
They attended the four-day Silver Jubilee International
Samboree of the Good Sam RV Club at the Tampa
fairgrounds in March. About 5,000 people in 2,500 RVs
participated. Six people worked three hours to prepare
the delicious birthday cake which was three layers, 14 feet
long. David's sister Katherine lives with her husband
Jim in California.
Because of an article in Canal Record, Charlotte
Cain Wilson (BHS'78) of Baton Rouge heard from an
old CZ buddy, Scott Peters of Richmond, VA. They had
a marathon phone talk, reminiscing and catching up.
They hope to get their families together at a reunion one
of these days. Charlotte also sent her mother's recipe for
French Fruit Cookies. Her mother is Lois Scheidegg
Andress (CHS'52) of Palmetto, FL.
Patt Foster Roberson
Catherine Boswell of Hattiesburg writes that the
search for Millie and Oscar Hakanson put her in touch
with old friend Margaret Klasovsky who helped to find
them. The Boswells hope to travel up East later this year
to see the Hakansons. John Boswell is recovering nicely
from triple bypass surgery in Janaury. Daughter Lynn
contacted the family and they worked out coming to
spend time with Catherine and John. In February son
Gordon and his wife Helen came from Huntsville, AL.
Gordon had to get back to work, but Helen stayed on for
a week. Daughter Jean arrived from Miami for a week.
Then Alice Turner, Lynn's mother-in-law, invite.
Catherine to stay with her during John's intensive care,
since Alice lives much closer to the hospital. Then
youngest daughter Deanna arrived from California for a
week. Lynn lives nearby so was in daily contact.
Catherine and John deeply appreciate the love and
concern expressed by their family and other friends
throughout this time of crisis. John has now regained his
strength and is eagerly pursuing his hobbies and
Clairee Chisolm of Union enjoyed a recent visit from
Donna Wimberly, wife of a former police officer, who
now lives in New Mexico. They hadn't seen each other
in 40 years. Donna left with a carful of bushes, trees and
flowers. With good weather Clairee has started her
summer garden with tomatoes, peppers, and flowers.
Husband Roger is still under a doctor's care but getting
Virginia Selby Entrekin of Hattiesburg writes of the
fantastic time she had over Easter break with a visit from
Sally Ackerman Estes of Oak Park, IL, and Jodi Baron
Lamkin of College Station, TX. Virginia picked them up
in New Orleans and they came to Baton Rouge for
dinner with this reporter at Mulate's "the world's most
famous Cajun restaurant." They went sightseeing in
Natchez and enjoyed a Johnny Mazetti dinner with
Virginia's family in Whitfield. Before leaving they toured
the Aquarium of the Americas and the New Orleans
Virginia's brother Jim Selby called her recently. He
will be living in West Germany and working for Coca-
Cola in East Germany for the next several months.
Virginia's husband Rod will retire in July and they'll
move the Whitfield household to the Hattiesburg
household. Virginia teaches math at the University of
Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and Rod is a
Methodist minister serving as chaplain at the state mental
hospital in Whitfield. Irwin Frank contacted Virginia
recently to say he has sold his Las Vegas casino and
moved back to California's San Fernando Valley. He still
has a real estate business, recently acquired a second
grandchild, a boy, Ryan, and hearing aids.
Patt Foster Roberson
Len and Olive Kaler Krouse took their clan (all
seventeen of them) to the Galapagos Island for a winter
Most of the "The Dennis Clan" flew to Hawaii for
the wedding of Howie Dennis and Annalies Nieman (see
weddings). Jo Dennis Konover and daughter Bobbie,
Jean Dennis Herbert and daughter Janice Tucker, Rob
and Linda Dennis, Bruce and Patsy Dennis spent a week
on the big island of Hawaii on the Kona-Kailua Coast.
There were picnics, parties, and family get-togethers. We
had a gorgeous condo with an ocean lanai. We saw
spouting whales, went plane-sailing and took tourist
cruises. A lot of sight-seeing was done. We came home
tired, happy, and almost broke.
Front: Rob and Linda Dennis. Back L-R: Jean Dennis
Herbert, Bobbie Konover, Jo Dennis Konover,
Annalies and Howie Dennis, Patsy and Bruce
Dennis, and Janice Tucker.
Don't forget our Pocono Reunion, September 13 and
14, 1991-Friday, Saturday till Sunday noon. The special
week-end rate per person is $65.00 plus tax. This
included two nights lodging and Friday and Saturday
dinners. Directions to the Hill Motor Lodge -- A Best
Western on 1-80 and 715, exit 45, Tannersville, PA.
Telephone no. (717) 629-1667. Be sure and tell them you
are with the Pan-Canal Group.
I will be bringing Marge Coffin to the Reporters
Reunion Luncheon to introduce her. Marge will be
replacing me as our area reporter. This will be my "Swan
We are enjoying the most beautiful spring in several
years. Right now, the pink and white dogwood and
azaleas of all shades are gorgeous. It's a pleasure to
drive anywhere, even on errands.
Norma Irvin lost her father, Otas Lewis, in March.
Norma and Sam's son, Tom, and his wife, Karen, came
from Maryland and John flew from San Diego for the
services for their grandfather. John hurried back to San
Diego for the birth of Norma and Sam's second grand-
Jean Dombrowsky went to Aiken, S.C. with Ruth and
Lewis Everson. They all attended the S.C. Panama Canal
Society spring luncheon. Jean is expecting her son, Dale,
to come from Lakeland, FL, to spend a few days with her
in late April.
Linnea and Ron Angermuller's son, Larry, who is
stationed on the nuclear powered aircraft carrier, the
Abraham Lincoln, will leave in May for the Persian Gulf
for 6 or 7 months.
Ted Bailey from Dunnellon, FL, was a houseguest of
Martha and Steve Tanner for a week in early March.
They got in some sightseeing and a lot of bridge, with
Elizabeth Quintero as a fourth. In the middle of March,
Martha and Steve drove to Buford, S.C., to visit their
daughter and her husband, Amanda and Conway McGee
in their new house at 133 Elliott St. in Buford. They
stopped in Columbia, S.C., to visit some of Steve's Army
Nuclear Power Group friends.
We welcome new residents, Capt. Malcolm and Jean
Stone, who have purchased a home in Hunter's Crossing,
Wilma and Willy Nowotny in their new home at
From Wilma and Willy Nowotny: "Our first year of
retirement in Hendersonville, N.C., has been very busy!
We relocated from Germany to Hendersonville in March
1990 and have spent the first year adjusting to life in the
USA, fixing up our home, entertaining family and friends,
and traveling a little in our spare time! So far,
retirement is great and we can't say enough about the
beautiful area. I think Willy is most impressed with the
beautiful golfing areas and spends as much time as
possible checking them all out!
Our families were delighted to have us back in the
USA although they are all quite a distance away. We do
get to see each other occasionally and Willy and I are
enjoying getting to know our five grandchildren.
Willy's oldest son, Willy, and his wife (Sheryl) and
son (Brian, age 7) reside in Tampa. Sheryl is employed
with American Express and Willy works for Hardaway
Construction Company. He is currently working in
Plantation, FL and commutes on weekends. Gerald and
his wife (Adrienne) and two daughters (Alexandra, age
4 and Jacqueline, age 2) live and work in Miami. Gerald
is currently pursuing his law degree at the University of
Miami and he and Adrienne both work full time.
Wilma's children are even farther away. Oldest
daughter Terri (Densmore) Fields lives in Ravia, OK,
with her husband Bart, and two sons (Ahren, age 7, and
Brandon, age 6). We haven't seen them since returning
to the USA but they're planning to visit in June. Linda
(Densmore) Hayes transferred to El Salvador in
December 1990 where she works as the Secretary to the
Commander of the US Army Milgp. Son, Michael lives
in Warrenton, MO. (He is still single and looking!)
We've been happy to have him visit us twice since we
We were happy to see many friends at our first
Panama Canal Society reunion last year. We had been
told what to expect but must admit that it was even
more! Although we have no plans to attend this year,
some of the children might make it (Willy, Gerald, and
After leaving the reunion, we returned home to N.C.,
repacked and headed to the Shrine convention in
Chicago. Afterwards, we visited friends in Milwaukee
and completed the circle tour of Lake Michigan, saw the
sand dunes, visited Door County, etc. It was nice. After
stopping off in Culver, Indiana at the Culver Military
Academy which Gerald attended, we returned home to
Hendersonville. If you find yourself in our area, please
give us a call."
Alice H. Roche
Recent returnees from visiting the Canal Zone are
Jimmy and Mary (Sullivan) Young, Fred Hatchett (Peter
Miguel) and his grandson Kenny Jackson, who lucked
out with a Marlin. Fred had a great time showing off
Panama to his grandson as he was an old timer there,
however was so depressed over the maintenance
condition of the former Canal Zone.
This reporter has had her hands full these last three
months with visits from Rena Sodi (Givens-Boynton);
Harold and Myrna (Boynton) Ericksen; George Vic
Boynton, and their children and grandchildren -- all
coming to enjoy Oregon's fabulous Southwest Region.
Niza (Boynton) Greig will be opening her Bed &
Breakfast starting June 1, 1991.
The Northwest Annual Canal Zone Picnic will be
held on August 3, 1991 from 1:00 p.m. to dusk. The
picnic will be in North Bonneville, WA, 40 miles east of
Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. Plan on camping or
hoteling overnight and enjoy the heart of the gorge. For
more information contact Jim and Clover Duffus, P.O.
Box 8a, N. Bonneville, WA 98639 or call (509) 427-4490.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone once again!
No other news received from this area -- so come on
Pacific Northwest give me some news.
Janet Anduss was in the U.S. for the Christmas
holidays, but returned to Saudi Arabia in early January.
She'll return in late spring. Daughter Patty is staying in
Barnsdall while her mother and father are in Saudi
Bill and Ester (Butz) Clair celebrated an early
Christmas with Esther's parents, Harry and Lenore Butz,
in Springdale, Ark., before driving on up to Quincy, IL,
to visit Bill's parents at Christmas. Their dog, Gypsy,
went along for the ride.
Mary Graham visited her son Christopher Van
Overen (BHS'72) and his wife, Vickie, in Portland, OR,
in early November. The fall weather was great and Mary
was able to see much of the area around Portland,
including Mt. Hood and the Hood River area. Mary was
also lucky in being able to visit her other son, Peter Van
Overen, and attend the Hill Country Zonians' Christmas
party in Austin, TX in early December. Lots of old
friends attended the Austin party.
On January 3, 1991, Peter Butz, Jr. and his wife,
April became the proud parents of Peter Leonard Butz,
III. The baby is the grandchild of Janice and Peter Butz,
of Sapulpa and the great grandchild of Harry and Lenore
Butz of Springdale, Ark.
The first week in November, Elaine and Bob
Donaldson from Rockland, ME, visited Jean and Doris
Burns. Then, the Burns (Laura and her parents Jean
and Doris) went to Panama over Thanksgiving to visit
Vickie and Bob Boukalis. They had a wonderful time
shopping on Central Avenue and in the Free Zone. The
situation seemed fairly normal, but some stores on
Central have not re-opened. They also went to the
Atlantic side where they visited Capt. Chamberlain's
beach house. They report that the beaches on both the
Atlantic and Pacific sides are as beautiful as ever.
Cathy (Hoyle) Coleman reports from Woodward that
with the help of the Bill Keller family they have settled
into a new home there. They really enjoy living near the
Kellers. The girls (Kim and Dana) along with Cathy are
planning a trip to her sister's, Virginia (Hoyle) Lankarge
in July. Hopefully, her brother's girls (Lee, Jennifer and
Crin Hoyle) will be able to join them in Hartford, CT.
Rita and Warner Hoyle are also planning to be there.
For the first time all the Hoyle grandchildren will be
together. This will be just in time to celebrate her Mom
and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary on July 11th.
Bill Keller reports that his son, BJ. will graduate
from highschool this year and plans to attend the
Southwestern in Weatherford. Then, he will enlist in the
In October, Carol Vidaurri visited her daughter,
Virnna (BHS'83) Sabine, and her husband, Kirk, in
Cuba, N.Y. The leaves had turned and the countryside
was gorgeous. Virnna has since given birth to a boy,
Miles Kirk Sabine. He was born on February 27, 1991
and weighed in at 81bs. 2oz. Maternal grandparents are
Carol of Oklahoma City and RJ. Vidaurri of Nashville,
TN. Paternal grandparents are the Sabines of Truro,
Our summer reunion will take place on May 4 at
Lake Thunderbird near Norman. Hopefully, this reporter
should have a lot of news for the next issue.
DATELINE PANAMA....Diane Morris, who retired
the end of March with more than 20 years of Panama
Canal Service, received the Master Key award in the rank
of "Master Keeper of the Red Carpet" from Panama
Canal Commission Administrator, Gilberto Guardia F.
Diane was recognized for unceasingly promoting a
positive image of the Canal through her gracious and
efficient treatment of the public, the press, dignitaries,
and celebrities during her employment with the office of
Public Affairs and Staff Assistant to the Administrator.
Diane Morris displays the plaque presented to her
with a "piece of the rock" from the Canal.
In the above photo Diane displays a plaque which
was presented to her on which is mounted "a piece of the
rock" from the Canal.
The 4th Annual Captain Jim Young's Bass
Tournament was held on February 2, 1991 in Gatun
Lake. After the tournament a fish fry was held at the
Gamboa Community Center where the awards were
presented. Winners were: George Barkley Hayes, First
Place with a 4 lb. 9 oz. bass; Thomas "TY" Young, Second
with a 3 lb. 3 oz. bass; George Hayes and Mark
Goodrich, winners for the 10 largest bass per boat; Diane
Ellis, Ladies Largest Catch, 2 lb. 2 oz.; Darren Jack
Young, Largest Bass for 12 years and under, 1 lb. 15 oz.;
Dee Dee Bishop, Second Largest Bass, 12 years and
under, 1 lb. 6 oz.; Smallest Bass, Jackie Hunt Arias.
Average Most Caught per Boat (48 Bass) was a tie with
honors going to Gary and Gail Abbott and Mark
Goodrich and George Hayes. Officials for the
tournament were from the CFN (Cable Fishing
Network): Cameraman Bob Dollar; Weigh-in Judge,
Mike Young; Sportscaster, "T-Bird" Pattison. Awards
were presented by Master of Ceremonies, Mike Young.
George Barkley Hayes, winner of the
Category, with his "Catch of the Day."
GATUN LAKE, PANAMA 1991
Logo designed by David Young for T-shirt prizes for
the 4th Annual Captain Jim Young's Bass
T-shirts with logo designed by David Young were given
out as prizes. Special guests attending the tournament
were Mary and Jim Young from Camano Island, WA.
The 40th Annual Balboa Relays was held at Balboa
Stadium in February. The Relays bestowed the title of
Honorary Referee to Margaret Leigh, a dedicated
teacher, counselor and administrator in the Canal
Zone/DODDS school system for many years. Margaret
A memory not soon to be forgotten! Mary (Morland)
Coffey shakes the hand of General Colin Powell,
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during his visit to
Panama in April.
Jeff Riley of the Fort Amador Golf Club fired a final
round 72 to edge Eddie Gleichman of Panama by one
stroke to win the 1991 C.B. Fenton Panama Isthmian
Amateur Championship, with a total of 294, which took
place 12-13, 19-20 January. Riley and Gleichman dueled
throughout the final round with no more than two shots
between them at any time, and the difference between
them came down to the final six-foot putt by Gleichman,
which rimmed the hole to stay out. Riley has now won
this tournament over four different decades, winning his
first in 1966, followed by victories in 1972, 1978, 1983,
1987, and now 1991. Truly a remarkable
In the Ladies Championship, Carol Abbott of Fort
Amador led from wire to wire in capturing her first
crown with a very fine 314 gross. Defending champion
Kelly Kirby could not find her game throughout and thus
relinquished her crown for the first time in six years.
During the awards ceremony, Robin Morland, sponsor of
the tournament, gave special thanks to George Dany,
Margaret Leigh, Mike Norman, Roy Bettis, Tom Pierce,
Chico Echevarria, Kiki Joton, Max Escobar, Eddie
Myers, Bob Best, and Robert Will for their help in the
running of this event.
In February, a three-day golf outing was held at
Coronado Golf Course in honor of PCC retirees, Hubert
Jordan, William Coffey, and last but not least, Ed "Fast
Eddie" Donohue. The retirees were honored at the end
of the event and presented special awards (see photo).
has been a timer at the track meets for as long as anyone
can remember. She has always been an avid participator
and promoter of sports, with golf heading the list.
Margaret will "retire" to Clearwater, FL the end of May.
We will miss her greatly she is a very dear friend to
many of us.
The plan was to paddle out and get a tow back. The tow
back never materialized, and the crew paddled back to
Balboa! The trip took them 5 hours, but they were more
proud than tired from their accomplishment. Crew
members from bow to stern were: Jan Brockman, Cheryl
Williams, Taffy Corrigan, John Kennedy, Len Brockman,
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Participants in the 3-day golf outing at Coronado Golf
Course. Front row L-R: John Riley, Louis Engelke,
Dave Wilder, Robert Will, Pablo Fenochetti. 2nd row
L-R: Tim Corrigan, Bill Coffey, Louis Vogel, Ed
Donohue, Rolando Winberg, Buster Carr, Bob Best,
Jack Hern. Back row L-R: Jay Sielman, Gary
Anderson, Noel Farnsworth ("HoRoKo Club Champ"),
Crew of the Slave Galley during one of their practices:
L-R: Jim Sweeney, Captain), Kim Ann Coffey, Bill
Coy, Len Brockman, John Kennedy, Taffy Corrigan,
Cheryl Williams, Jan Brockman.
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Winners of the 38th Annual Ocean-to-Ocean Boy
Scouts of America Cayuco Race making the turn at the
Cristobal Yacht Club start. L-R: Lee Gibson, Gamboa;
Eric Diaz, Gamboa; Tom Ellis, Gamboa; Craig
Meyer, Los Rios, in their cayuco Misconception.
The Cayuco Race this year was an exciting one right
down to the finish. Congratulations to The
Misconception, which broke the overall record with a
total time of 5 hours, 24 minutes, and 29 seconds. Please
see Sue Stabler's (Atlantic side) write-up for the details.
I'm sure that not enough credit ever goes to the patch
boats that participate in this incredible event every year.
For the benefit of those who are not aware of what a
"patch boat" is, it is a boat manned by adults, coed or
otherwise, who compete for a patch rather than a trophy
but, believe me, the discipline and desire to excel is
right up there with the best of them! My daughter-in-
law, Kim Ann Coffey, wife of Danny, competed in this for
the first time, and she took to it just like a native.
During a practice session, The Slave Galley's Captain,
Jim Sweeney, challenged his crew to paddle to Taboga.
Part of K-Boy Richey's "harem" who attended the 4th
Annual Bass Tournament, L-R: Diane Ellis and Cheryl
"Paco" Carrillo, Kim Ann Coffey, and Captain Jim
Sweeney. Alternate was Billy Coy. Until they were
swamped by the wake of an unidentified motor boat in
the Banana Channel during the 2nd leg, the Slave Galley
was ahead of Fire, their competitors, by 12 minutes.
Although they won the 1st, 3rd, and 4th legs, the
swamping took its toll (it cost them an hour), and The
Slave Galley lost to Fire by 10 minutes. The Slave Galley
wishes to extend SPECIAL THANKS to Pat Williams
for all he did for them. As they said, "Whenever we
needed anything....PAT WAS THERE!" Everyone
concerned did a fabulous job and deserve tremendous
The Atlantic side joyfully welcomed an old retiree
back into its fold in early April when Capt. Ted Bailey
made his first return to Panama since retiring to Florida
several years ago. Spending most of his nearly two-week
vacation on the Pacific side more of his former towboat
students live over there Capt. Bailey returned to the
Atlantic side for one wonderful weekend with Lew and
Sue Lessiack Stabler and Tim and Theresa Snider
Herring in Gatun and one really special evening, a
WELCOME HOME BIRTHDAY dinner, at Gatun
The captain and his "kids." Capt. Ted Bailey, retired
Panama Canal Commission towboat training officer,
seated at center in a white guayabera, is honored by
more than 50 former students and their spouses with
a dinner last week at Gatun Yacht Club. In an
expression of deep affection, many of the students,
now towboat captains and pilots, contributed to
Bailey's airfare from Florida to Panama and entertained
him for the nearly two weeks we was on the Isthmus.
Photo by Susan K. Stabler
During his Gatun weekend, Capt. Richard Johnston
"let" Bailey handle the controls of the tug Harding when
it arrived on the Isthmus over 20 years ago. Bailey also
spent an evening wiggling his toes in the sand on Pina
Beach at the mouth of the Chagres, helping Timmy
Stabler celebrate his fifth birthday. The Herring gang
was there, too, along with Lennie Huff, Tom Snider and
his daughter, Kristin. There are a few versions of the
story of Lew's landcruiser getting stuck in the sand
(whether you talk to Lew, Lennie or Tim), but everyone
agrees Capt. Bailey dug the most sand out from under
the tires and that Tom Snider was no help at all!
The dinner at Gatun Yacht Club was attended by at
least fifty of Bailey's former towboat students from
"Bailey's Point", many of whom traveled to Gatun via the
Panama Canal's Banana Channel. With Panama's meat
in short supply, the steak and baked potato menu had to
be changed to barbequed chicken, but no one, except
Rafael and Judy Amado Mendez seemed to mind (joke).
Bailey's diamond (not to be compared with all his
"rocks"), Panama Canal Pilot Sarah Terry, joined us from
a northbound she had just put through the Canal. After
blowing out his birthday candles, Capt. Bailey made a
short speech and among other things lamented that
Joanne Gilman wasn't there also. She was Capt. Bailey's
secretary at "Bailey's Point" and mothered the 90-plus
mates that went through the towboat program under
Eddie Overstreet was here recently, too. In Panama
at Howard AFB for just 36 hours, he rented a car and
breezed over to the Atlantic side for a look around.
Some of Eddie's classmates who still live on the Isthmus
are Atlantic siders, Elinor Lewis Johnson, Sid Coffin,
and P-sider Lennie Huff.
Elinor Lewis Johnson, her husband Peter and their
kids Lauren, five, and Peter Henry, four, had an extra
special Christmas this year when Elinors's nephew Dylan
Dempsey visited them at their home in Margarita. He
also spent time with his dad and step-mother, David and
Suzanne Dempsey, and their daughter, Emma, in La
Dylan was also present when Elinor and Lauren
received their yellow belts in Shotokan Karate. Dylan is
an E-3 in the Air Force and has just returned from a
two-year tour in the Phillipines. He's now stationed at
Pope AFB in North Carolina.
Another recent Atlantic-side visitor was Brent
Mitchell, his wife, Carolyn, and their three kids.
Sid Coffin's friend Gerry Whaler was here for a few
weeks, too. She was on hand with a lot of other folks to
help Mike Andrews and Terry Kitteridge celebrate their
wedding at Terry's fishing establishment in Pinas Bay.
Sylvia Glass Landrum, who has been taking flying
lessons, flew herself and hubby Mack down (under the
watchful eye of her flight instructor and his wife).
Others, but certainly not all, who attended included Mike
and Sheila Carnes Bell.
Easter weekend, Mack Landrum drove his four-
wheel-drive truck to Pina Beach. His wife, Sylvia Glass
Landrum joined him by boat down the river, along with
their son, C.M., and his friend Scotty Johnston, while
their daughter, Misty arrived via the family's pet (this is
for real) mule. Visitors included Woody Dejernette, his
wife, Dean and their nephews, the Stablers and the
Herrings. Sid Coffin, Jerry Whaler, and "Maz" Mazerolle
also stopped by before heading back up river from a
Here in April for about a week on the sad journey to
spread Rosie Wilder's ashes were her husband, Ab
Wilder, their son, Tommy and Tommy's daughter
Samantha. They joined Ab and Rosie's daughters.
Alberta Wilder Corrigan, Penny Wilder Canamas and
Joanne Wilder Anderson and their families for a quiet,
private family ceremony at Alberta and Collin Corrigan's
place at Pina Beach. Then, Penny and Alberta returned
to the states with Ab and Tommy for a couple of weeks.
Howie Adams Laatz went off galavanting the end of
April on none other than the luxury liner the QE-II,
sailing from New York to London, with her mother-in-
law Belamy Laatz Abbot and two sisters-in-law.
There's sad news to report for those of you who
remember glass-eyed Willie, bartender for many years at
Gatun Yacht Club. Willie died in early April of a
bleeding ulcer. He was buried at Mount Hope
A few buildings in Margarita have undergone much-
needed face lifts. The KC, which for at least a couple of
years has been painted in shades of purple, yellow, and
red was recently repainted a very sober white with dark
lavender trim. The Episcopal Church on the corner has
been repainted creamy white with dark blue trim, and
Holy Family Church is a lovely rosy buff color. Holy
Family's grounds are looking really pretty, too.
George Patton's mom, Fina Patton, is here visiting.
George's daughter, Stacy Patton, was here also the end
of March during this year's Cayuco Race.
The Cayuco Almost, which, with Darrell Canamas as
a crew member, was "almost" an Atlantic-side boat, not
only won the first stretch and took the Gatun Yacht Club
rotating trophy, but came in second in the race overall.
(see SPILLWAY story for full race details).
Kathy Corrigan and her baby daughter made a
surprise visit to Theresa Snider Herring in Gatun earlier
this year. Kathy, who lives in Miami with her husband,
expressed sincere joy in being back in the Atlantic area
where people still actually sit and chat out in front of
their homes, while the kids play and ride bikes in the
street. Oh, home, sweet home...
When most people seem to be leaving the Atlantic
side and moving to the Pacific, we're happy to welcome
back Eric Hazeldon, his wife, Chela, and college-age
sons, Edward and Samuel. After years in the Optical
Shop and a few things in between, Eric joined
Admeasurement in 1979.
Former Atlantic-sider Joe Herring went through a
frightening experience in April when his seven-year-old
son, Nathan, was bitten twice in the calf by a fer-de-
lance in their back yard in Cardenas. Thank God,
Nathan's recovering well, but it was a terrifying
experience for the whole family. Nathan had a horrible
allergic reaction to the anti-venom and spent several days
in ICU at Gorgas.
The Navigation team, winners of this year's Coed
Softball League in Gatun, pose for a photo in front of
the Holcomb Field backstop. They are, back row, L-
R: Xiomara Diaz, Penny Wilder Canamas, Theresa
Snider Herring, Vincent Canamas. Front L-R: Evelyn
Barraza, Bonnie Willis Seeley, Tom Snider and
Wayne Seeley. Not pictured are: Sue Lessiack
Stabler, Eric Hazledon, Mary Mouw, Ken Griffiths,
Cecil Small and Roberto Whitaker.
Hats off to Bonnie Willis Seeley and Penny Wilder
Canamas, Cristobal High School cheerleader sponsors.
In April they embarked on another huge money-raising
project to again take their cheerleaders to cheerleading
camp in the U.S. this summer.
Believe it or not, Gatun still has enough kids to field
a whole soccer team. Albano H. Aquilar of the Gatun
Youth Center this year coached Alan Kilborne, Jose and
Analia Alvarez, Wanfer Ilund, Billy Epperson, Jr. Grant,
Tom and Chris Herring, C.M. Landrum, Jeremy Boggs,
Travis Sherman and Lorelei Butler.
Nancy DeSolover's son, Sam, is still on a ship in the
Persian Gulf, but she hopes he'll be home soon. Esther
Sober's son-in-law returned to the U.S. recently, so little
by little our troops are leaving the desert behind.
When the earthquake hit Costa Rica and the
northern Caribbean coast of Panama on April 22, many
people felt it even in Gatun, especially those who were
indoors in houses up on stilts. The more that's learned
about the damage at the earthquake site, the worse it
seems to be.
We Atlantic siders are still shaken over an incident
that happened at the Ft. Espinar (Ft. Gulick) Aquativity
Center a few weeks ago. Right before its owner's eyes,
a big labrador retriever was grabbed and eaten by a huge
caymen as the dog was playfully swimming for a frisbee.
Well, guess that's it until next time...
On March 8th, 45 members and guests of the
Panama Canal Society of South Carolina met at Ming
Yat Chinese Restaurant in North Augusta. The following
attended: Trudi Clontz (President), Peggy Hutchison
(Secretary-Treasurer), Marjorie Thomas (guest), Velma
Couch (guest), Kathleen Cynova, Jim and Altheer
Catron, Charles Green, Dorothy and Bill Catron and
daughter Glenda (from Florida), Beverly Lard and her
mother Virginia Smart, Grace and BJ. Hartley, Blanche
Brown, Jeannie Dombrowsky (guest from Hendersonville,
N.C.), Ruth and Louis Everson (also guests from
Hendersonville, N.C.), John Everson, Ethel and DeWitt
Tate, Lorna Shore, Sis and Bill York, Billie and Bob
Rowe, Leona and Paul Badonsky, Charlotte Mullins and
mother Hazel Kilbey, Caroline Westendorff, Olga
Holmes, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Fina and Frank
Balinski, and guests Edythe and Bill Cooper (from
Georgia), Ann and Doc Harley, Mark Schwindt and his
two children, and Brian Albright.
Our next meeting will be a potluck luncheon at the
Senior Citizens Clubhouse in Crosland Park, Aiken, on
Friday, June 7th at 12 noon.
J.D. and Ethel (Westman) Tate drove to Charleston,
S.C. in late February to see their first great grandson,
David E. Tate, III, born February 1st. They also
attended the weekly parade of The Citadel cadet corps,
2,000 strong. Brian Tate is a senior this year and is
Executive Officer of Company C of the 2nd Battalion.
He is the son of David Tate, formerly of Gamboa, and
now residing in Spartanburg, S.C.
MaryBelle Westman, Ethel's aunt, celebrated her
90th birthday at Meridian Care Center in Columbia, S.C.
It was a festive occasion with a birthday cake and
greetings from family members in PA, FL, CA, plus
friends in Panama and Columbia.
Steven LeBlanc, son of Diane (Shore) LeBlanc, has
been accepted as police cadet by Aiken Department of
Public Safety. He attends ASCU, majoring in Criminal
Pete and Betty Barr visited Pete's Aunt Dot (Dorothy
McNall) in St. Petersburg. She is ninety years old, still
plays Bingo. They also visited Spikie McNall in
Clearwater, formerly from the Canal Zone.
Olga Holmes spent Christmas holidays with her
daughter Bebe and family in Florida. Bebe became ill,
was in the hospital and Olga stayed on to help. Bebe
and children spent Easter week in Aiken and Carolyn
and hubbie Charles came over from Augusta and spent
some time with them. They visited the zoo in Columbia.
Caroline, chairperson of Walk-America and an employee
at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, was named 1990
Volunteer of the Year at the March of Dimes Birth
Defects Foundation's annual Board of Directors
Appreciation Meeting. Walk-America 1990 had a 75%
increase over 1989 in raising money to fight birth defects.
Peggy Hutchison had several visitors. Jeannie
Dombrowsky drove down from Hendersonville with Louis
and Ruth Everson, and all attended our luncheon. The
following week Doris Hutchison stopped by for a week
after visiting in N.C., before returning home to St.
Petersburg. We drove over to Charleston to visit Peggy's
daughter Diane and hubble. Her son Wally Doane is
back from the Gulf -- he was stationed aboard the USS
Comfort, and is living in Silver Springs, MD, with his wife
Jodi. Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Panama, writes that
Wally Matthews is visiting them and fishing up a storm!
They went to Niagara Rock at Las Perlas, stayed
overnight, came back and cleaned and packaged 165
pounds of boneless filets! Ah, Panama!
Peggy, Evelyn Hilborn, Jim and Eletheer Catron all
attended the NARFE South Carolina State Convention
in North Charleston on April 18 through 20th.
This year will be the Catron's 50th wedding
anniversary. They wanted a family picture made.
Daughter Penny took over the arrangements for all of the
family to be in Aiken on March 9th. Bill (BHS'64), wife
Dorothy Harper (CHS'67) and daughter Glenda from Ft.
Lauderdale, came to the luncheon. Penny (BHS'62)
(Catron) Lotterhos, husband Joe and daughter Karen
came from Clinton, MS, and son Ed came from
Baltimore, MD (he's at Annapolis). Jimmy (BHS'60),
wife Sylvia, daughter Kristen and son Steven came up
from Madison, FL. Their last family get-together was in
1981. A most enjoyable time was had by all. Happy 50th
to the Catrons!
We are sorry to report the death of Dr. Z. Steve
Szymonski, of Aiken, SC. He was a Doctor at Gorgas
Hospital before 1977. (see With Deep Sorrow)
Blanche (Adler) Browne went to Panama in March
James O. Catron family on 50th Anniversary, Back L-R: James Jr., son Steven, Bill and wife Dorothy, Ed
Lotterhos, Penny and Joe Lotterhos. Front, L-R: Sylvia Catron, (James' wife), daughter Kristen, Elehteer Catron,
granddaughter Glenda, James Catron, and granddaughter Kern Lotterhos.
for three weeks and was the guest of her son-in-law,
Landis Major, as daughter Ellen was in their condo in
Florida with son, Andrew while he was on spring break.
Daughter Laura stayed in Georgetown University during
her spring break. The main even was the cayuca race
through the Canal in which her grandson, Alan Matheney
(Capt.), Trey Arias, Keven Steils, and Danny Peterson
participated. It was an exciting three days following the
Utmost cayuco all the way, but unfortunately, they didn't
become the first crew to win three consecutive years.
She enjoyed going places with the Matheney family until
Freddie-ann and Anyse left for Vail, CO to ski for two
weeks, but Grover, Alan and Tammy stayed in Panama.
Anyse was queen for the cayuco, Due Process, but she has
a crew ready to compete in the race next year.
4 Generations of the Kapinos family: Verna E.
Kapinos (right), Carol K. Smith (center), Melissa
Smith Swaney (left) baby Addison T. Swaney.
Jo Ann Matthews (Susan (Ewing) Bishop's
daughter) visited Blanche the last week in Panama and
also saw her godmother, Winifred (Ewing) Hausman.
Doris Leeser from Dothan, AL visited Blanche in April
for ten days.
All the Austin gang hopes 1991 has gotten off to a
good start for everyone. The first quarter of the year has
seemed kind of quiet but we're all gearing up for the
spring and summer fun to begin here real soon. We'll all
be pooside at Mom Pattison"s house -- living there until
the end of summer!!
We all made a road trip to Kerrville to visit Albert
and Sue Fehrenbach for the week end. Also visiting was
Alex and Janie Petiton along with Jaco Petiton.
A recent big celebration was a baby shower for Kat
Pattison. There were lots of zonians there -- all the
regular Austin gang, Margie, Mary, and Dave
Fehrenbach, Val Kruger, Noreen Hanson (who lives in
Dallas, but we still think of her as part of the Austin
gang!), Kathleen Mullins and her brother Robert and his
wife, David Jones, Steve Niskanen (from Houston),
Albert and Sue Fehrenbach from Kerrville. Steve was in
for the week end visiting with David Jones. We're still
waiting for a report on the week end visit! The shower
was lots of fun and Kat and "Baby Pattison" received lots
of nice gifts. As of this writing, "baby" isn't here yet, but
should be here just any day and any minute. The next
article will have all the details!!
David Jones received a visit from his mom last week
end. She is visiting from Panama and was able to spend
about 4 days with him. They had a great visit for the few
days she was here.
All of us here in Austin would like to congratulate
Colin Creel and his new wife Karen on their recent
marriage. And we thought you were a confirmed
bachelor, Colin! Best wishes to you and Karen -- we're
all anxious to meet her.
Until the next article, good-bye and we'll have more
"newsy" news next time!
Sue Ann Davenport
The Hill Country Zonian ladies have started meeting
for lunch once a month at a local restaurant. It is a nice
opportunity for fellowship and to recognize those whose
birthdays fall in that month. At our first luncheon in
February, Gladys Turner and her sister-in-law, Katherine
Hyde from Dallas, Gene Wilson from San Antonio,
Dorothy (Dedeaux) Poppi from Illinois, Iris Hogan's
sister, and Alice Fisher from Arizona joined us. Anyone
who is in our area is most welcome. It is a great way to
keep in touch.
Dr. Fred Wells, Jr, from Australia visited his parents,
Fred and Marion Wells before going on to visit other
family members in Georgia and Florida.
Sharon (Booth) Schmidt went to Mission Viejo, CA
to visit her parents, Kenneth and Jo (Stumpf) Booth.
The Booths drove Sharon back to Kerrville. Jo attended
our March monthly luncheon and renewed her friendship
with CHS classmate Olga Nordstrom -- it's a small
Doug Schmidt made his first trip to Panama since he
moved to Kerrville over a year ago. He spent the month
of February--choice time--enjoying the beautiful country
and visiting friends. He was happy to see Panama slowly
returning to normal.
Anna Lee Young went to Panama for the month of
March. She shared her time between her daughter,
Debbie and Joe Ford and son Dwayne and Gloria Wright.
Anna Lee said the businesses are rebuilding; the people
are friendly; and the country is so beautiful. An added
bonus for her was a trip to Costa Rica with Debbie and
The Ezra Smiths (Helen and Smitty) are off again in
their motorhome to visit Don Spencer in Port Mansfield,
TX and then on down the coast to Port Aransas.
Alice Fisher has moved to Kerrville from Arizona
and is currently recuperating from orthopedic surgery.
We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to
seeing her at our monthly luncheon soon.
A few of our zonians are keeping the orthopedic
surgeons in this area busy. Gigi Fleckenstein is
recuperating from knee surgery and doing well.
Gene (White) Litton had a knee replacement done in
San Antonio. The first one lasted 15 years. After a week .
and a half in a rehabilitation center in San Antonio, she
is at home and will continue therapy in Kerrville. She AI
expects to give this one as much, or more, TLC than the
Vera Grier is recovering from surgery in San I
Antonio. We hope it won't be too long before she is
home and back playing Canasta with us.
Kathi Lessiack gave us all a scare the end of
February. She had a heart attack and spent ten days in L-R: Jackie (Ashton) Wagner, Oscar Roos, George
the hospital. For two weeks following her release from and Sue Cotton.
the hospital, her daughter Sue Stabler from Panama,
took on the duties of dietitian, chef, chauffeur and best
of all companionship. Kathi begins a supervised exercise
routine at the Cardiac Rehab Center in April. She says
she is feeling amazingly well. She looks very good and
well rested. She regrets that bowling will have to be put
on hold for a while longer--doctor's orders.
We offer our condolences to the families of Harry
Carlson and Stanley Wright. (See in Loving Memory). 4
I am looking forward to the Reunion and seeing you
VIRGINIA Pio Schultz and John Deming
After 30 years, at the Panama Canal Mid-Atlantic
Reunion '91, on March 2, held at the Holiday Inn,
Arlington, Virginia, Jackie (Ashton) Wagner, Oscar
Roos, George and Sue Cotton; Pio and Kathy Shultz,
John and Karen Deming, Dale Clarke, his wife, and his
mother; and others saw each other. All of us caught up
on a lot of gossip, had a wonderful time, and everyone
was in good health and looked good.
We are hoping that we can see each other again at
the Florida CHS/BHS '61 Class Reunion during June 20-
23, 1991 at Orlando.
Sitting L-R: Linda (Long) Gallardo, Nona Kane,
( Freddieann (Gallardo) Matheney, Tamata Matheney,
Anyse Matheney. Standing L-R: Carlos Gallardo,
Robert Gallardo, Derek Gallardo, Todd Gallardo,
Tiffanie Gallardo, Brad Gallardo, Marge (Engelke)
L-R: Mrs. Clarke; Dale Clarke and wife; Standing, Gallardo, Alan Matheney, Margaret (Williams)
Rachel (Van Dyke) Burke; sitting, Kathy and Pio Gallardo, Charles Gallardo. Not pictured, Grover
The Gallardo family gathered in Panama to
commence a week-long reunion from December 26, 1990
through January 3, 1991. This was the first time the
Gallardo family had been together all at once with their
respective families. The majority of the time was spent
at Coronado where Carlos and Margaret Gallardo own
a lovely home. This reunion was to be a surprise for their
youngest son, Derek, who was already visiting Panama.
There were many celebrations within one weeks
time. The Gallardo family welcomed Nona Kane, who
will be the newest Gallardo addition; the New Year was
celebrated; and Carlos Gallardo's birthday.
It was a special to close 1990 and welcome 1991. The
hard part were the goodbyes, yet hopefully, this will be
the start of future reunions.
Michele (Urey) Perez asked me to share the
following information. The past year was a busy one.
Ryan (6 years) was again involved with soccer. His team,
The Larson Movers, were once again the Del Rio
(Texas) Champs. The season started in September and
lasted until the middle of December after a tournament
in Hondo for the "Six and Seven Year Old Southwest
Texas Title". The tournament was two days long. The
team played different teams from around the southwest
Texas area. Their 1st game was against the Hondo Bulls,
in 35 degree weather, ended in a 2 2 tie. They won
their next game against Uvalde. The 3rd game against a
team from Alice was also won. On the final day of the
tournament there were 2 teams from Del Rio and 2
teams from Hondo. They made it to the Championship
game and won hands down with a score of 6 0! After
Christmas it was off to a tournament in San Antonio in
February. Out of recreational and tournament teams
from all over Texas they placed third! In addition to
Soccer, Michele is also a Den Leader for Cub Scouts and
Mike is coach for T-Ball and Board Member for Little
League. Quite a schedule.
Just spoke to Alan Cheshire. All is well, said that he
and Dorothy thoroughly enjoyed the Carnivolito!
Hopefully he's sending pics for next issue! He is keeping
busy with his job at MCI and his after job "job" at his
My sister, Vicki May, was in for a week during
March. Had a real nice visit taking in Busch Gardens
and spending a day on the "links'! Haven't golfed in over
10 year! Know how Michele Perez feels with her busy
schedule...I am currently training to be a Brownie Leader
for Jessica's troop and I am also the Team Mom for her
T-Ball team...Feel like I never stop!
Well, till next issue! Keep the news coming!
DR. KENNETH PIERCE HONORED
can uiego Meaocal society recenny nonorea ur.
Kenneth Pierce, Sharp Cabrillo Hospital at a luncheon
"...as someone who has gone above and beyond in
delivering Emergency Care" Pictured are, L-R: Mrs.
Kenneth (Diane Baker) Pierce, son Jake and Dr.
CALLS RENEW VOWS AT 25th
Roy and Arby Call.
Roy and Arby Call renewed their wedding vows at a
25th wedding anniversary party planned by daughters
Michelle Pene and Giner Lombard in San Diego,
California, on January 5, 1991.
VOWS RENEWED AT 50th BY
JOHN AND POLLY MICHAELIS
We have at last returned to "the scene of the crime"
where we renewed our vows, on the occasion of our
celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary, which took
)lace on March 25th. 1941. at Balboa. Canal Zone.
Polly and John Michaelis
After the Golden Nuptual Mass had been solemnized
at the church of St. Francis of Assisi in Panama, the
officiating priest finished his signed Certification, then off
to the newly located Union Club where we were feted for
five hours by a gathering of many intimate friends.
On the following day we
took the Taboga launch to
revisit our honeymoon site
l of a half century earlier. We
were disappointed to learn
from Islanders that "our"
palm tree (marked by
SL. initials we made on our first
visit to the Island in 1941)
Shad been felled, along with
,i o /- others, to make room for
the construction of a
(. dwelling. Time Marches On!
Inasmuch as this was to be
our last visit to the Isthmus, we spent several weeks
roaming the delightful beaches Santa Clara, Corona,
Coronado and Gorgona. We also spent a week in El
Our memory-filled O WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
sojourn in Panama came to OHN ANDREW
a close all too soon after AND
four weeks. Polly and I met POLYMNIA TYPALDOS
on November 9, 1940, ON T"ELNE
eloped and married on MARRIED AND ELOPED MARCH 25. 1
March 25, 1941, and was JOINED IN HOLY MATRIMONY JUNE 14.1941
March 25, 1941, and was
joined in Holy Matrimony
on June 14, 1941, except that we never got around to
requsting a certificate! Now, after 50 years of being
happily married, we have finally taken care of that little
oversight right back to where it all started.
TRICIA L. BENNY GRADUATES
Tricia Lee Benny
Tricia Lee Benny (BHS'87) graduated May 10, 1991,
from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches,
Louisiana, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Agriculture with an emphasis in Animal Science.
Tricia plans to live in Baton Rouge, La.
WILLIE FRIAR PRESENTED AWARD
Willie K. Friar, Director of Public Affairs for the
Panama Canal Commission was presented with an
Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Journalism Alumni
Association of the Henry W. Grady College of
Journalism and Mass Communication at a banquet at the
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, on Friday, April
19, 1991. Willie is the first woman from her college to
receive this very prestigious award which was presented
to her for her achievement in the field of journalism. She
was the keynote speaker for the evening and her subject
was the Panama Canal and Panama.
Willie was the houseguest of Bob and Vicki
Boatwright, now residing in Norcross, Georgia. The
photo of her was taken the following evening (April 20)
at the home of Davis and June Stevenson.
IT'S THE GOLD FOR THE DOLIMS
Henry and Virginia (Ridge) Dolim of Honolulu,
Hawaii were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary,
February 22, 1991 with a dinner at the Cannon Club, Fort
L-R: Henry Jr., Virginia, Henry and Diane (Dolim)
Their children, LTC Henry Dolim, Jr. (USAF Ret.),
wife Charlene and sons, Scott, Anthony and David from
Palos Verdes, CA. and Diane Dolim Young, husband
Arthur and her children, Tracy and Mike Johnson of
Honolulu hosted the celebration. Guests included 130
family members and friends.
The pavilion was
decorated in gold and white
with the original bridal
gown on display among the
wedding pictures and
Scrapbooks. The party was
blessed by the most
beautiful Hawaiian sunset
enjoyed by the guests during
Sthe cocktail hour.
Their son was
master of ceremonies. While
dining, guests were
serenaded by a roving
Henry and Virginia Hawaiian trio led by Randy
February 22, 1941 Ones (formerly with Harry
Owens). Tracy Johnson
sang several of her grandparents favorite songs. A video
tape in the theme of "this is your life" prepared by their
children and made up from old photos of the family,
accompanied by music, was shown on two TV's to the
surprise of Henry and Virginia and the enjoyment of all
the guests. The Hawaiin wedding song "Ke Kali Nei Au,"
brought up the honored couple to dance and soon all the
family and many of the guests joined them on the floor.
Henry and Virginia were married February 22, 1941
at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon. Virginia, born and
raised in Balboa, is the daughter of the late Larry and
Goldie (Sullivan) Ridge. Her grandfather, Thomas C.
Sullivan Sr., was one of the original founders of "'he
Panama Canal Society."
Former Zonians attending were Mrs. Beverly Ridge,
Coral Springs, FL., and from Honolulu: Lois
(DeLaMater) Bates, Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan and
Col. Bill and Janet (Koperski) Taylor.
W1 if Hf
L-R: Scott, Henry, David, Virginia, Tony Dolim,
Tracy and Mike Johnson.
DENISE MARTIN HONOR GRAD
graduates with honors.
Honor Graduate Miss
Denise M. Martin, Canal
Zone born, graduates June
12, 1991 from Vista High
School, Vista, CA., with
Denise will attend
Palomar College in the fall.
Her proud family,
Susan and Michael Cooke
(mother and step-father),
George Glenn and Denise
Martin (father and step-
mother), her maternal Denise M. Martin
grandparents, Capt. Lloyd
B. and Edith Van Kirk, her paternal grandmother,
Margaret Martin of Clearwater, Fla. and the late George
A. Martin, wish her the very best.
BEVERLY GRASSY ATTENDS
Beverly Buehler Grassy, MN, RN, CNAA, attended
the Nursing Informatics '91, International Informatic
Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Bev, as assistant
professor at the Medcenter One College of Nursing,
Bismark, North Dakota, presented a paper entitled
"Nursing Informatics: Bridging Education and Practice"
and a poster presentation "Importance of Informatics in
an Undergraduate Curriculum" on April 17 and 18.
She was accompanied by her husband, Dr. Richard
G. Grassy, a pediatrician with the Quain and Ramstad
Clinic, the second oldest multi-specialty clinic in the U.S.
On the return trip, Bev and Richard spent several
days in Honolulu and visited Paul Buehler in Los
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 Duval Room
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
CONVENTION CENTER LOBBY
Chairperson Carolyn Johnson
1. YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR BADGES AND TICKETS DURING REGISTRATION HOURS. SEE SCHEDULE
OF EVENTS FOR REGISTRATION HOURS. OUR REGISTRARS ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS AND WE
CANNOT WORK THEM OVERTIME.
2. Please pre-register yourself, family and guests if you plan on attending the Reunion and/or ordering tickets. 1991
DUES MUST BE PAID.
3. 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.
4. 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. 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.
b. Tickets will not be sold at entrances to the Dances or Luncheon.
c. Unsold tickets for the Dances will be for sale at the Hospitality Suite during their operating hours.
d. Tickets will not be mailed.
5. Tickets for the Golf Tournament, Class Reunions, Past Matron's Luncheon, etc. should be picked up from the
Chairperson of that event.
6. PLEASE BRING YOUR 1991 MEMBERSHIP CARD WITH YOU TO THE REUNION. THIS WILL BE USED
AS IDENTIFICATION AT THE REGISTRATION TABLES.
FLORIDA KEYS AND DADE ROOMS
Chairman Pat Beall
The Hospitality Suitp 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.
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.
S GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM JUNE 20, 1991
I NAME (Print) Address:
S______City State Zip_
I Telephone 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)_
Make check/money order payable to R.F. Huldtquist. Mail to R.F. Huldtquist, 8447-140th St. N. Seminole, FL 34646.
IList names of foursome and exact age you wish to play with, or we will pair as appropriate. Please list your handicap or
your average score for 18 holes on a 72 par course. This information to be used for pairing only.
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
NAME AGE HANDICAP
Professional Amateur___ ENTRY DEADLINE: JUNE 10, 1991
REUNION COORDINATOR (813) 397-5366
REUNION COORDINATOR (813) 397-5366
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 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
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.
For the convenience of our members wishing to attend the Panazonian Dance and the Annual Ball, the Mystery Fun
House Trolly will operate between the Twin Towers Hotel, the Delta Orlando Resort and Howard Johnson Hotel on
Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
REUNION COORDINATOR (813) 397-5366
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.
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
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,
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.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 9:00 11:30 A.M., 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.
11902 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
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PHOTOS ON LOCATION!
SOCIALS FAMILY REUNIONS
HIGH SCHOOL REUNIONS
DANCES TOWN REUNIONS
FAMILY & PERSONAL PORTRAITS
CONTACT US TO RESERVE A PHOTOGRAPHER
FOR YOUR GROUP ACTIVITIES.
SAME DAY/NEXT DAY DELIVERY OF PHOTOS -
OFFICIAL REUNION TRAVEL AGENT
A DIVISION OF BOWEN TRAVEL CONNECTION
The Official Carrier
June 19 23, 1991
Keppie Travel, in cooperation with Delta Air Lines, Inc. is offering special
rates to the Panama Canal Society's 1991 Reunion. These fares are based on
Delta's published round-trip fares within the United States and San Juan.
FARES IN EFFECT
FROM JUNE 12 TO JUNE 30, 1991
* A 5% discount off any published fare (except group, military, government contract, Visit USA, and Delta's
Canadian fares), providing all rules and conditions of the airfare are met.
* A 40% discount off the unrestricted Coach (Y, YN, Y1) fare. Seven days advance reservations and ticketing
Travel from Delta's Canadian cities will apply at 40% discount, and travel solely on delta Connection Carriers
will apply at a 35% discount.
RESERVE YOUR CAR
41 N. Ft. HARRISON AVE.
CLEARWATER, FL. 34615
KEPPIE TRAVEL SERVICES INCLUDE....... Sr
*BOARDING PASSES WITH YOUR TICKETS.
*TICKET LOWEST FARES AVAILABLE ON ALL CARRIERS.
*HONOR SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNTS WHERE APPLICABLE.
S*RESERVE RENTAL CARS AT SPECIAL CONVENTION RATES.
*ARRANGE LIMO TRANSPORTATION FROM THE ORLANDO
AIRPORT TO AND FROM CONVENTION HOTELS.
*ARRANGE FOR AMTRAK TICKETS UPON REQUEST.
*DOCUMENTS FOR ALL TRAVEL DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOU.
Make your travel arrangements early CALL NOW
MONDAY THRU FRIDAY
8.30 AM to 5:30 PM
EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Ask for the PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY SPECIALIST
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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
PANAZONIAN DANCE ORDER FORM LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
Limited to 3000 Capacity Limited to 1000 capacity.
$3.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member $13.50/Ticket 10 tickets per member
No. of Tickets Total $ No. of Tickets Total $
No children under 12 allowed 1. Member 6.
at the dance
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ANNUAL BALL ORDER FORM 3- 8-
Limited to 3000 Capacity 4. 9.
$10.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member 5. 10.
No. of Tickets Total $ Cut-off date for orders June 3, 1991
Cut-off date for refunds-June 10, 1991
No children under 12 allowed
S tder 1 aled MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO 1991 REUNION
I Volleyball Pre-registration: Bingo Pre-registration:
Names Ages Names Ages
I ___________________ _____ I
Mail this form to Reunion Coordinator,
I P.O. Box 10621, Largo, FL 34643. I
THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS APPLY:
* Travel must originate in Miami
* The fare is a 30 days excursion fare and
does not include airport taxes
* Tickets must be solicited by sending a
Miami, Fla. 33152 USA
* Letter of request must be accompanied by
proof of membership
For more information call us at 1-800-1
* Fare is extended to spouse and accompanying
children up to eighteen years old
Letter of request must be sent at least 14 days
prior to date of departure
Travel dates are restricted to 1st of february to
15th of june 1991 1ist of september to 15th
of november 1991
Days of travel restricted to monday thru thursday
COMPARIA PANAMERA DE AVIACION, S.A.
MIA ISSUED MAR 1991
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CHARLIE COOPER and his Latin Band.
Hotel and Convention Center
5780 Major Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 351-1000 Telex: 567416 Fax: (407) 363-0106
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MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY!
JOE AND PEG WERTZ CELEBRATE
Joe and Peggy Wertz celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on March 21, 1991. A group of friends were
on hand to commemorate the happy occasion at the Z-
Phoenix in Leesburg, Florida.
HANNAS CELEBRATE 50th
Mary and Bob Hanna of Clearwater, Florida,
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Bill Irle's
restaurant in Clearwater on April 5, 1991 with family and
friends. Amusing readings were given by Josephine Hilty
Attia and Eileen Flaherty, and a mini-slide photo essay,
"Memories" was shown.
IMary and Bob Hanna
Mary and Bob Hanna
Joe and Peggy Wertz
Joe went to the Canal Zone October 1940. He was
employed in the Engineering Division of the Panama
Canal Company, Balboa Heights. Peggy followed him in
March 1941 and they were married in the Balboa Union
Church the day she arrived in the Canal Zone. She was
hired by the Army Engineers at Fort Kobbe. Joe and
Peggy left the Canal Zone in 1942 to work on the
Roosevelt Roads Naval Project in Puerto Rico. Sfter
seeing the Dry Dock completed they returned to the
United States. Again in 1945 they returned to Panama.
Joe was hired by the Corps of Engineers and later by the
U.S. Air Force Engineers, and Peggy was employed by
the Signal Corps-USARSTRATCOM. Both remained in
the Canal Zone until May 1971 when they retired.
Their daughter Virginia Lee is married to Richard S.
Zornes. Ginger and Dick have two sons, Jeffrey, who is
going to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in
Daytona Beach, Florida, and Joseph attends Balboa High
DR. ROBERT McILHENNY
Dr. Robert Mcllhenny, associate professor m
Louisiana State University's industrial engineering
department, has been recognized after four years of his
work as principal researcher in the development of an
economical system to produce finished plastics products
that can be used by some of the state's industries. Ethyl
Corporation has donated a $275,000 computer system to
assist in the design process.
Bob worked as an Accounting Supervisor at the
Administration Building and Mary worked as Cashier at
Gorgas Hospital. Bob plays trumpet in five bands in
Clearwater for amusement.
The Hannas have four sons, Bob of Tarpon Springs,
Fl; Bill of Cardenas, Panama, Tom of Houston, Texas,
and John of San Antonio, Texas. They have 5
Former Zonians attending were Lloyd Peterson,
John Gough, Josephine Attia, Hilda and Chester
Harrold, Henri Skeie and Harry Foster.
HOWARD CLARKE WRITE-UP
A biography of Howard Clarke of St. Petersburg,
Florida was written up as the "Story of the Month" in the
March issue of CQ magazine. Howard, also known as
WA4KER, got interested in amateur radio as a
retirement hobby and got a novice license in 1974. He
earned a USA-Canada All-Counties Award recently with
the help of his wife, Emmy Lou, who drove him through
48 states to give out 60 last counties. Canal Zone born,
he served a ship rigger apprenticeship and worked as a
salvage diver. He retired after 37 years of government
FLUMACH BEERS ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Flumach of San Antonio,
Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement of their
daughter, Elizabeth Anne, to John Edwin Beers, son of
Captain and Mrs. John A. Beers of Port Charlotte,
Mrs. Teresa Casserly celebrated her 104th birthday
on March 26, 1991. Teresa is the widow of Dr. Timothy
L. Casserly who retired in 1946. He was with the Health
Department, in charge of Mindi Dairy from 1915 to 1946.
Following his retirement from Panama Canal Service, he
conducted small animal clinics at Mt. Hope and later at
Corozal, Canal Zone. Dr. Casserly died in April 1952.
Teresa celebrated her birthday with her family and
friends at the Country Meadows Nursing Home,
Bridgeville, Pa. where she has been a resident for the
past three years.
Elizabeth Flumach and John Beers
The bride-elect is a 1986 graduate of Balboa High
School and is presently attending Florida International
University in Miami.
The future bridegroom, a 1987 Balboa High School
graduate, will receive his Bachelor of Music degree from
the University of Miami in May.
The wedding is planned for August 3 in Port
KANE GALLARDO ENGAGEMENT
Nona Kane (BHS'84/PCC'86) and Derek Gallardo
(BHS'83) announced their engagement on December 29,
1990 at Coronado Beach in Panama. Since they had not
been to Panama in three years, the companies where they
work allowed them to spend a month on their vacation.
Nona is the daughter of Joseph and Lucille Kane,
formerly of Balboa, since retired to Geneseo, New York.
Nona is a Benefits Analyst for the State Department
Federal Credit Union located in Alexandria, Virginia.
Derek Gallardo is the son of Carlos and Margaret
Gallardo of Los Rios, Panama. Mr. and Mrs. Gallardo
were able to pull off an incredible impromptu
engagement party. It just so happened that the whole
Gallardo clan was visiting and Nona was graciously
accepted into their family. Derek is an Electrical
Engineer for Gauthier, Alvarado and Associates located
in Falls Church, Virginia.
Nona and Derek currently reside in Falls Church,
and plan to hold their wedding in Virginia.
with her sister, Denice
ARTIST NANCY WELLS' WORK
Artist Nancy Wells
with one of her creations titled
Artist Nancy Wells of Jersey City, New Jersey,
recently had a one-woman exhibition of her artwork at a
well-known restaurant in the artsy section of Jersey City.
She works in a mixed media including fabric, paper-
mache and paint.
She also makes unusual one-of-a-kind dolls.
Diane and Kenneth L. Morris proudly announce the
marriage of their daughter, Kelly Morris to Joel Berdine
Fenton on February 23rd, 1991 at a candlelight ceremony
at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater, Florida.
Following the ceremony a "black and white theme"
reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Westshore in
Tampa, attended by many friends and family. A lot of
great laughs, and many said it was a mini-Canal Zone
Reunion. The theme "Black and White" was also followed
by some of the guests and a special thanks to all, but
particularly to Joe Cicero, who so willingly bought a black
jacket for the occasion, and he looked good, but his wife
Marcia and sister Marie Morris looked great. Also
attending from the bride's immediate family were her
uncles, Jim (Smiley) Morris, John and Peanut, cousins
Michael, Cori, John, Brandi, Stephie and her husband
Joel Fenton and Kelly Morris
The date had a special meaning to it, in
remembrance of Kelly's grandparents, Jim and Elizabeth
Morris, and Joel's grandfather John Evan Kadel.
The bride's matron of honor was her sister-in-law,
Page (Maisano) Morris, and the ring bearer was her 3-
year-old nephew, Kenneth III. The groom's brother,
Bradley was the best man and his niece, Heather, was the
The newlyweds honeymooned on a cruise in the
P.S. My wedding day was the proudest day in my life.
I thanked my parents for allowing me to have the
picture-perfect day, an absolute fairytale wedding. My
heart, love, and admiration is for my husband. He is the
perfect man in my life. He has taught me so many new
thoughts and dreams, and as I have done for him. I thank
him for his love which today makes me shine with
happiness. I love you Joel with all my heart.
On April 6, 1991, Mike Andrews and Terri Kittridge
were married in a beautiful tropical ceremony attended
by family and friends. The poolside ceremony and
celebration took place at the Tropic Star Lodge, Pinas
Mike Andrews and Terri Kittridge
The sister of the bride, Kaydee Hock, was matron of
honor and Woody Dejernette was best man. Sara Bell
attended as flower girl and Kittridge Hock, nephew of
the bride, as ring bearer.
The icing on the cake was the event of two more
world record Marlin caught at the renowned fishing lodge
during the weekend festivities.
Andrew T. Peake and Laurel Chilton were married
August 10, 1990, in Edmunds, Washington.
Matthew H. Peake served as best man for his
The groom's parents are Marje Frensley of Attica,
Michigan, and Robert Peake, of Des Moines,
Robin Peake Bland and her family, of Las Vegas,
Nevada, attended the ceremony and the reception. Other
guests included friends and relatives of the couple.
The newlyweds plan to make their home in Northern
Andrew Peake and Laurel Chilton
Sylvia Christine Yow and Douglas Lee Mann, both of
Sarasota, Florida, were united in marriage November 10,
1990 at Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church in Sarasota.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny
Yow of Sarasota. The bridegroom is the son of Donna J.
(Humphrey) Mann and the grandson of Gladys B.
Humphrey of Sarasota.
Douglas Lee Mann and Sylvia "Chris" (Yow) Mann
Tammy (Yow) Zuknich was her sister's matron of
honor. Bridemaids were Kristi Hefflefinger, Lynn
Elsberry, and the groom's sisters, Deborah and Deannine
Mann, all of Sarasota. Leah Marie Mann, niece of the
groom was the flower girl. Scott Weingar served as best
man. Groomsmen were Edgar Fernandez, Ron Berdell,
Mario Emanuelli and the bride's brother, Michael Yow,
all of Sarasota. The ring bearer was Tyler Lounsberry of
Following the ceremony, a reception for over 175
guests, was held at the Samoor Grotto in Sarasota.
Family members from out-of-town included Zonella
(Bliss) Field, San Fernando, CA., Donald L. Humphrey
and daughters Danna and Dellrie Humphrey and
grandson Glenn Michael, Palm Bay, FL., Carole
(Walker) Miller, Tampa, and Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald
and daughter Kathleen (Fitzgerald) Loeffler, New
Smyrna Beach, FL.
Following a honeymoon to South Carolina and
Disneyland, the couple are at home at 280 Hoosier Place,
Sarasota, FL 34232.
Deanna Briem and Monte Lee Evans were married
on August 4, 1990 at the Foothills Southern Baptist
Church. Deanna is the daughter of Allen and Dilsa
Briem and Monte is the son of Gene and Cozetta Evans
of Houston, Texas.
Those attending the wedding were the parents of the
couple; the brides sisters, Leslie of Panama and Anna
Kent, her husband and two children of Portland, OR; her
brother Jeffrey of Huntington Beach, CA., the groom's
sister, brother-in-law and many other relatives and
friends. Past residents of Panama were Lita Hall of San
Jose, CA., wedding attendant Gloria Williams of San
Diego, CA., her mother Rosa Williams and grandmother
Mercedes Elias of San Antonio, Texas.
Monte Evans and Deanna Briem
Joseph A. Robles of John Day, Oregon, and Ann
Beth Taylor of Culpeper, Virginia, were married January
26, 1991, in Rhoadsville Baptist Church, Rhoadsville,
Virginia. The bridegroom is the son of David de C.
Robles of Panama City, Republic of Panama, and
Marguerite Zumbado of Orlando, Florida. The bride is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walden Taylor of
Culpeper, Va. The groom's father was the best man and
the bride's sister, Trudi Vinson, was the matron of honor.
Joseph A. Robles and Ann Beth Taylor
Following the ceremony the couple honeymooned in
Winter Park, Colorado, on the way to their residence in
John Day, Oregon, where Joe works for the U.S. Forest
Service and Beth works in the public schools and is a
free-lance writer specializing in articles about horse
raising and training.
John Arnold, former military dependent from the
Atlantic side during the years 1969 through 1980 was
married February 9, 1991, in Gainesville, Florida, to
Laurel Finn. The bride is the daughter of Michael A.
Finn of Ocala, FL., and Phyllis S. Finn, Gainesville.
John's parents are Phillip W. Arnold and Virginia A.
Voorhees of Gainesville. John's sister, Michelle and
brother, Steve were members of the wedding party. A
reception followed in the historic Thomas center.
John attended Cristobal High School and graduated
from the University of Florida, College of Engineering
Masters program. He works as an environmental
engineer for Jones, Edmunds and Associates. Laurel is
employed by Clinque Inc.
After a wedding trip to Breckenridge, Colorado, the
couple will reside in their new home in Gainesville.
Old friends from the Atlantic side in attendance were
Ed and Barbara Healey, Ron and Wilma Moore, Cindy,
Ed, and Dylan Forsythe, Donald and Sharon Love and
Yvonne Morales Arabie and Nathan P. Vegas were
married April 26, 1991 at Timberlain Estates, Gretna, La.
A reception followed at Elmo's Cuisine, Gretna. Allen
Vegas of Harvey, brother of the groom, was best man,
and Sandy Allen of Marrero, the bride's best friend, was
maid of honor.
John Arnold and Laurel Finn
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Nathan P. Vegas and Yvonne Morales Vegas,
Among those attending were Yvonne's mother Deya
Morales of Lakeland Fla.; three sisters, Louella Womble
of Lakeland, Edna Foster and family of Jacksonville, Fla.,
and Ella Mae Conrad of Tarboro, N.C.; brother Ralph
Jr. of Stockton, Calif., and friend Marsha; son Ronald
Arabie Jr.; daughter Lorna Dufrene and fiance David
Beurnsfather, and grandson Korey Dufrene; Nathan's
mother Eunice Vegas of Harvey; brother Edwin with wife
and children; and sister Linda Mooreman and husband
Following a weekend on the Gulf Coast, the couple
will honeymoon on a cruise to Nassau and the Bahamas.
Yvonne is executive assistant at Stan-Blast Abrasives,
Harvey, La., and Nathan owns Vegas True Value
Hardware, Avondale, La. They will reside in Plantation
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Ramsey of Escondido,
California (formerly of Gamboa, Canal Zone) announce
the marriage of their daughter, Rebecca (Beckie) Jill to
Mr. Joseph Arthur Davies, son of Mr. and Mrs. William
Davies of Poland, Ohio. The ceremony will be held April
6, 1991, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Joseph and Rebecca Davies
Beckie is a 1978 graduate of Balboa High School, a
1981 graduate of Panama Canal College and a former
employee of the Panama Canal Commission.
Joe is a 1972 graduate of Poland High School and an
alumnus of Youngstown State University in Ohio.
The couple are both civil service employees at the
Naval Aviation Depot in Coronado, California where
Becky is an electronics technician and Joe is an Aviation
The couple reside at 4525 Mississippi St., #5, San
Diego, CA 92116.
Matron of honor was Carolyn Adams of Mobile,
Alabama and the best man was Linda's son David
Following a reception at Yester Oaks Clubhouse.
Linda and Phillip honeymooned in Gulf Shores,
Alabama. They will make their home in Mobile,
Miss Annalies Nieman, daughter of Mrs. Eileen
Evanshun and Mr. Gregory Nieman was married on
February 2, 1991 to Mr. Howard E. Dennis, son of the
late Robert (Dink) Dennis, Sr., and the late Mary
Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Dennis
The ceremony was performed at the Keauhou Beach
Hotel, Kuakini Gardens, overlooking the Pacific Ocean
on the big island of Hawaii, on the Kona-Kailua Coast.
A reception for about one hundred guests followed
at the hotel, with family and friends coming from the
Hawaiian Islands, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Mexico.
Linda (Askew) Gomez (BHS'65) was married to
Phillip Trois Martin in Mobile, Alabama on January 26,
1991. Present at the wedding were Ethel and Eugene
Askew of St. Petersburg, Florida, parents of the bride.
Also attending the ceremony were Lt. Col. Robert
Askew of Terre Haute, Indiana and Stephen Askew of
Clearwater, Florida, brothers of the bride, along with
Steve's wife, Sonya.
Linda (Smith) Patton and Glenn (Buddy) Silliman
were married on March 30, 1991 at their home in Mt.
Pleasant, South Carolina. Linda is the daughter of
Gilbert and Sue (Pincus) Smith of LaBoca, Panama, and
Buddy was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant.
Also pictured and attending Buddy at the wedding
were his two sons, Joshua (right) and Clint Silliman.
The maid of honor was the bride's sister, Julie
Smith. Best man was Dennis Melton, and flower girl was
Frances Ott, the groom's niece.
Linda (Smith) Patton and Glen Buddy Silliman with
sons Clint and Joshua.
Guests included the bride's father, Gilbert Smith, and
brothers, Gilbert and David Smith; the groom's sister,
Nancy and her husband, Eddy Ott, and several of the
couple's friends of Mt. Pleasant. Other Zonian friends
were Ray Kingery, Christina Grimison, and Mary
S' Brian and Renee (Rowley)
Friedel are proud to
announce the birth of their
first child, Miranda Renee
6 Friedel. Miranda was born
on January 17, 1991, at the
Arnold Palmer Hospital for
Children and Women in
Orlando, Florida. She
i A weighed 6 lbs. 1 1/2 oz. and
was 20 inches long.
Ai Maternal grandparents are
; : Beverly and Skip Rowley,
formerly of Corozal,
S Panama, who now reside in
Miranda Renee Friedel Tallahassee, Florida.
Paternal grandparents are
Ernest and MaryAnn
Friedel of Pensacola, Fla. Her great-grandparents are
Sara Rowley of Clearwater, Fla., Beverly and Brown
Shircliffe of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Percy and Ruth
Allen of Punta Gorda, Fla.
James "Buddy" and
Emily (Ambrose) George
are proud to announce the
birth of their second child,
Daniella Michele, born
November 15, 1990 in .
Clearwater, Florida. She "- ".
weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz. and
was 21 1/2 inches lomg.
Daniella was welcomed
by her proud and eager big
brother, Michael Jameson
who is 4 years old.
are Esmeralda See Ambrose
of El Cangrejo, Panama,
and William J. Ambrose of
Austin, Texas. Daniella Michele
Paternal grandparents George
are Watkin "Jim" and Louise George of Riverdale,
Georgia, formerly of Cardenas Village, Panama.
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Mike and Sue Sparling with Catherine Marie.
Michael and Sue Sparling of Seoul, Korea, announce
the birth of their first child, Catherine Marie, born May
Paternal grandparents are Mary Jane Sparling of
Tinley Park, Illinois, and the late Wesley H. Sparling.
William Grey and Lisa
SBonk of Tampa, Florida are
proud to announce the birth
of their first child, Nicole
Lauren, who was born on
January 23, 1991. She
weighed in at 7 lbs. 11 oz.
and was 19 inches long.
S Lisa attended Canal Zone
schools in Diablo, Curundu,
Jr. High and Balboa High
SSchool, graduating in 1986.
The maternal grandparents
Si. -. are Phillip P. Bonk of
Diablo, Panama, and Jo-
Nio Ann Bonk of Tampa,
Nicole Lauren Bonk Florida.
Michael and Shawn
Coffey of Tampa, Florida
are proud to announce th
arrival of Alise Michele
born on October 25, 1990 ii
Panama City, Florida.
Alise joins her sister
Madeline Rae, who will be
four years of age in May.
are John and Mary
(Morland) Coffey, and the
parents are Mary
(Melendez) Coffey and
Morland, all of Panama.
Donald Wayne and Lisa
(Kidd) Mann of Sarasota,
Florida are receiving
congratulations on the birth
of Joshua Wayne Mann, on
February 21, 1991, at
He weighed 8 lbs. 8 ounces
and was 21 1/2 inches long.
are Donna J. Mann and the
late David T. Mann of
Sarasota, and is the great-
grandson of Gladys B.
Humphrey, also of Sarasota.
Joshua is a fifth
generation baby on the
maternal side of the family.
He maternal grandparents
are Ronald and Elaine
Alise Michele Coffey
and Steve Pepe are proud to
announce the birth of their
first child, a girl, Alexandria
Nicole Pepe. Alexandria was
born January 16, 1991
(Desert Storm Day) and
weighed 7 lbs. at birth and
was 20 1/2 inches long. She
was born in Fort
The very proud,
grandmother is Teresa
(Tess) Owen of Dunedin,
grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Pepe of
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Joshua Wayne Mann
(Thompson) Kidd of Sarasota. He is the great grandson
of David and Florence Thompson, also John Kidd and
the late Wanda Kidd, all from Illinois.
The proud great-great-grandmother is Gladys
Benson of Illinois.
Tyrone Taylor, USNR, son
of Mrs. Renee Taylor of San
Diego, CA., and adopted
son of the late Michael
Wylie Taylor (Balboa High
School Class of'57) and Ty's
wife, Annie (Roorda)
Taylor, announce the birth
of their third child, Caitlin
Mary, on Valentine's Day,
February 14, 1991 in Walled
She joins a sister,
S Shannon Elizabeth, 4 1/2,
ylor and a brother, Joseph
Michael, 8 years of age.
Caitlin Mary Ta
John and Julie Irvin welcome Patricia Ann.
John and Julie Irvin of San Diego are very proud to
announce the birth of their baby girl Patricia Ann.
Patricia was born on April 1 (no joke!) at 1:18 p.m. in
Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, and weighed in at
8 lbs. 11 oz.
The new Irvin family was joined for a week by Julie's
mother Nancy Liebes from Dallas. Sam and Norma Irvin
(John's parents) are coming to visit for a week in mid-
May on their way to Alaska.
Annette K. and John R. Couch of Jacksonville,
Florida, became parents for the first time on December
23, 1990, when a baby girl was born at St. Vincent's
Medical Center, Jacksonville. Stephanie Anne Couch
weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. at birth.
The baby's maternal grandparents are Pat and Jim
Kearns of Williamsburg, VA. The paternal grandparents
are Pat and Dick Couch of Sarasota, FL. The maternal
great-grandparents are Dolly and Jerry Steiner of Seal
Beach, CA., formerly of Dunedin, FL., and Carrie and
Lester Kearns of Asheboro, NC. The paternal great-
grandmother is Ann Maxon of Sarasota, Florida.
"Big Brother" Ryan and proud papa Carl Orvis,
welcomes New Year's baby, Ty Robert orvis.
Carl and Christine (Lightner) Orvis of Punta Gorda,
Florida are pleased to announce the birth of a son, born
at 3:00 p.m. on New Years Day, January 1, 1991 at Lee
Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers, FL.
Ty Robert, who joins a big brother, 11-year old Ryan,
weighed 7 lbs. 4 1/2 oz. and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Richard and Betty
Nornhold of Dillsburg, PA. Robert and Leticia (Lotty)
Orvis of Daytona Beach, FL., are the paternal
Maternal great-grandparents are Mary Boyer and the
late Fred Boyer of Biglerville, PA. Paternal great-
grandparents are Frances Orvis and the late Roger A.
Orvis of Sarasota, Fl., former residents of the Canal
Patsy Detamore is pleased to announce the arrival of
her latest grandson, Michael Bryan Kaufmann on
December 3, 1990. Born in Basil, Switzerland, Michael is
the first child of Dorothy (Detamore) and Juergen
Maternal grandparents are Patsy (Clemmens)
Detamore and the late Jerry W. Detamore of Rex,
Georgia. Paternal grandparents are Hans and Steffi
Kaufman of Basil, Switzerland.
Michael will soon be making his home on Grand
Cayman Island, as his father is being transferred to the
Swiss Bank there in July, 1991.
Edward C. III and Lesa
Stroop of Tampa, Florida
proudly announce the birth
of their son, Taylor Hayes
Stroop, born August 1, 1990
at Humana Women's
Hospital, Tampa, Florida. -
Proud grandparents are
Bud and Lilia Stroop of
Ocala, Florida, and BJ. and
Nellie Travis of Vidor, k
Texas. Taylor Hayes Stroop
Born to Peter, Jr. and April Butz, a son, Peter, the
third, on January 3, 1991.
Grandparents are Peter Sr. and Janice Butz of
Great-grandparents are Lee and Harry Butz of
April and Peter are now living at 2532 E. 8th Street,
Apt. 8, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74010.
Russell and Leslie
Gillespie of Pensacola,
Florida, are proud to
announce the birth of their
daughter, Aislynn Michelle
Gillespie on February 6,
1991. Aislynn weighed 5
pounds 10 ounces at birth
and was 18 1/2 inches long.
The paternal -
grandmother is Grace Aislynn Michelle
Gillespie of cape Cod, Gillespie
maternal grandparents are Elma and Karl Stevenson of
Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Debbie (Bramlett, BHS'79) and Chuck Stuckey
proudly announce the birth of their first child, Rebecca
Ann Stuckey, born November 3, 1990 in Richmond, VA.
Rebecca weighed 8 lbs, 5 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches
Maternal grandparents are Margaret (Ditty)
Bramlett and the late Paul Bramlett, formerly of Diablo
Heights, Canal Zone.
Paternal grandparents are Charles and Isie Stuckey
of West Virginia.
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Adolph Belden, 66, of Dothan, Alabama, died
February 18, 1991 in the Southeast Alabama Medical
Center Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born
in Colon, R. de Panama and lived in Panama until 10
years ago when he moved to Dothan. He retired as a
supply officer from the Panama Canal Company and was
a member of St. Columba Catholic Church. He
graduated from the University of Colorado, and was a
member of the Dothan Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post
3073 and served his country as a staff sergeant in the
Army Air Corps during World War II.
Survivors include four sisters and three brothers-in-
law, Grace Belden, Dothan, Margaret Belden (Peggy)
and Cato May, Dothan, Blanche Belden and F. Brock
Hopkins, Winnsboro, Texas, Lola belden and Luther
Dotson of Bossier City, LA; a brother, Charles E.,
Dothan, several nieces and nephews.
Isabel M. Bell, a resident of Daytona Beach, Florida,
died March 18, 1991. Mrs. Bell was born in Panama City,
Panama and lived in Santa Clara, Panama before coming
to the States.
Survivors include her husband, Elton; two sons,
Carlos Stevenson, Los Angeles, CA., and Edward
Stevenson, Panama City; a daughter, Leticia "Lotty"
Stevenson Orvis, Daytona Beach, FL.; 11 grandchildren
and 4 great-grandchildren.
William Lee Benny, 72, of Dothan, Alabama, died
February 26, 1991 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and lived most of his
life in Balboa where he was employed by the Panama
Canal Company as a field supervisor for the Supply
Division until his retirement in 1976 with over 39 years of
service.. He had resided in Dothan since 1977, and was
a member of the Dothan Elks Lodge and St. Columba
Catholic Church, and was a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Benny, Dothan;
a son and daughter-in-law, William Jr. and Patricia
Benny, Columbus, Georgia; two grandchildren, Tricia and
William Benny; two nieces, Dolly Housley and Pat
Chapelle; and a nephew, Walter Benny.
James A. Brigman, Sr., 83, of Tampa, Florida, died
March 31, 1991 at Tallahassee Memorial Regional
Medical Center. A native of Fitzgerald, Ga., he retired as
Chief of Civil Defense for the Panama Canal Zone. He
was a retired lieutenant colonel having served in World
war II. He was a member of the Retired Officers
Association, The Society of American Military Engineers
and the Ancon Lodge, AF&AM in Panama. He had also
been president of the Society of American Military
Survivors include his wife, Beville Brigman of Tampa;
a son, James A. of Tallahassee, FL.; a daughter, Suzanne
Bender of Arlington, Texas; five grandchildren, Deborah
Pinson, Ali S. Brigman, Christy M. Brigman, Dreu S.
Brigman, and Todd Brigman; and a great-granddaughter,
Katie Elizabeth Pinson.
Austin J. Byrd, Jr., 73, a retired Navy lieutenant
commander, died March 23, 1991 in a Nassawadox
hospital. Byrd, a native of Keller, Virginia had also
retired from the Panama Canal Company. He was a
member of Mears Memorial United Methodist Church,
the Ocean Masonic Lodge 116, Wachapreague, and
Eastern Shore Amateur Radio Club. He was past high
priest of Jewel Royal Arch Chapter 49 and past
commander of Malta Commandery 24, Onancock. He
was cited by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for service
on the USS Wayne during World war II.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Richardson Byrd;
a son, Austin J. Byrd III of Masonville, CO.; a sister,
Jane Marsh of Belle Haven; and two grandchildren.
Ida V.M. Campbell, 78, of Clearwater, Florida, died
April 8, 1991 at her son's home in Clearwater. She was
born in Nova Scotia and left the Canal Zone in 1974. She
returned to Nova Scotia and moved to Clearwater last
Survivors include two sons, Jack, of Largo, and
William M. of Clearwater; a grandson, Corey Campbell;
two granddaughters, Teresa Rayam, Oklahoma City, and
Kathy Williams, Birmingham, Alabama; and a great-
Harry A. Carlson, 80, of Kerrville, Texas, died March
13, 1991 at his home. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and
was formerly a building contractor in the Canal Zone,
leaving in 1972 to reside in Kerrville. He is a member of
the Baptist Church and was married to the late Rachel
Martha Carlson who died in 1988.
Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Givonetto of
Charlotte, NC.; two sons, Jon A. of Kerrville and Herbert
H. of Victoria; a sister, Irene Fisher of Lexington, Mass;
seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Morris R. Collins, Sr., 82, of Tampa, Florida, died
April 14, 1991 at AMI Town and Country Chapel. A
native of Natchez, Miss., he had lived in the Tampa area
for 12 years. He retired from the Dredging Division,
Panama Canal in 1969 as a chief engineer, with over 29
years of service. He had also retired from the Merchant
He is survived by his wife, Berta A.; two sons,
Morris R. Jr. of Clearwater and Michael of Tampa; two
daughters, Jeanette Green of Georgetown, Delaware, and
Jean Sharpe of Tampa; one sister, Mildred French of
Arlington, VA.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-
Vincent J. Convery, 65, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died February 20, 1991 at home. He was born in the
Bronx, N.Y. and left the Canal Zone in 1982 where he
was a boat captain/pilot and a member of the Elks. He
was a Catholic.
Survivors include two sons, Stephan Kennedy, Long
Island, N.Y. and Robert Convery, Gulfport; two
daughters, Christine Sally, Redington Shores, FL., and
Maureen Tavenner, Ionia, MI.; two brothers, James,
Arizona, and Richard, South Jamesport, N.Y.; and a
Sgt. Gerry (Walbridge) Cook, 31, of Punta Gorda,
Florida, died recently in Bowling Green, Va. She was
born in Cristobal, Canal Zone and moved to Florida with
her family when her father, the late Jordan E. "Jack"
Walbridge retired in 1968. Gerry served nine years in the
Army and was an X-Ray technician with MEDDAC,
stationed at A.P. Hill, Bowling Green, VA. She received
several decorations during that time.
She is survived by her husband, R. Paul Cook of
Virginia; her mother and step-father, Lilith and BJ.
"Buck" Johnson of Punta Gorda; a sister and brother,
Leda (Walbridge) Dixson and Michael, both of Tampa,
several aunts, uncles and nephews.
Edward F. Corrigan, 67, of San Jose, California, died
July 31, 1990 at a Palo Alto Hospital after a long battle
with cancer. Born in New Jersey, Ed grew up in the
Canal Zone where his father was an engineer, having
been involved in wiping out malaria-causing mosquitoes
to permit construction of the canal. Ed graduated from
Balboa High School in 1940; received a business degree
from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a master's
degree from the University of Chicago. He joined
Murison Label Company in 1958 and served as president
from 1964 to 1967 when the company was acquired by
International Paper Company. He then went to New
York as president of the label division, but missed San
Jose and moved back in 1973. During his career he was
also president of Consolidated Lithographs in Long
Island, N.Y.; president of Cardinal Printing Co. of San
Francisco. All the companies printed wine and canned-
food labels. He worked until last year when illness
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Dod Corrigan
of San Jose, Ca. and two daughters, Courtney Galgani of
Santa Clara, Ca., and Alden Anne Corrigan also of San
William J. Cronin of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
March 30, 1991 at home. He was born in Chicago and
retired from the Navigation Division of the Panama
Canal as pilot after over 31 years of service. He was a
member of Scottish Rite, and Abou Saad Shrine Temple,
Balboa. He was with the Merchant Marine and was
captain of the USS Kem during World War II. He once
served as an associate professor at the Maritime Institute
of Technology in Maryland and was a member of the
Council of American Master Mariners, Tampa Chapter
and the Masters Mates and Pilots Association. He was a
member of Lodge Erin 463, Shanghai Lodge, China.
Survivors include a son, Baron Gage Cronin of De
Lancey, NY; five daughters, Orion Hyson, Washington,
D.C., Deirdre Cronin, Alameda, CA, Jo Bates, De
Lancey, Jan Boyer, Glenmont, NY, and Darrow
Reinmuth, Irving, Texas; a sister, Patrice Urick, San
Antonio, Texas; and six grandchildren.
Milton Davis, 80, of Garland, Texas, died April 8,
1991. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and was
employed by Westinghouse Corp. before joining the
Panama Canal Company in 1941. He retired in 1972 as
a foreman in the Electrical Division.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Davis of Garland;
daughters, Florence Strawn of Stillwater, Ok.;and Carolyn
Smith of Forney, Texas; his son, Edward Davis of
Houston, Texas; five grandchildren and two great-
John Raymond deGrummond, 81, of Laguna Hills,
California, died April 12, 1991, from an aneurysm at
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. "Jack" was born in
the Isthmian Canal Commission Hospital on Colon
Beach, Republic of Panama. His father went to the Canal
Zone from Washington D.C. in 1905 and retired as Chief
Commissary Accountant in 1933. He was awarded the
Roosevelt Medal with two bars for construction day
service. Jack's mother, Julia Cherry Robb, a school
teacher came to the Canal Zone in 1906 and his parents
married in 1908. Jack's career began in 1925 as a "Boy"
with the Panama Railroad Co. at $22.50 per month. He
resigned in 1926 to attend high school and college in
Boston, MA. and in 1931 was employed at the Balboa
Commissary transferring to the Office of the
Comptroller a few years later, where he remained until
his retirement as Treasurer, Panama Canal Company, in
1971. In earlier days as Pay Clerk, he traveled across the
Isthmus on the PRR Pay Car and in the Canal on PC
launches to pay the employees. Jack enjoyed boating and
fishing in Panama waters, and touring the Interior of
Panama from Chepo to Boquete and El Volcan. He was
a member of the Panama Canal Societies of Florida and
Southern California, and president of PCSSC during
Survivors include his wife, Joan (Ridge)
deGrummond; sister, Madge Freese, and brother, Lyle
Marquis deGrummond of North Hollywood, CA.;
stepdaughter, Tina (Cartotto) Ressa, her husband,
Michael, and sons, Vincent and Stephen Ressa of Rialto,
CA.; stepson, Stephen A. Cartotto, North Hollywood, and
several nieces and nephews.
Eileen C. Esslinger, 89, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died February 1, 1991 at home. She was born in Bristol,
Conn., and left the Canal Zone in 1964. A registered
nurse, she was a graduate of St. Francis Hospital Nurses
Training School in Hartford, Conn. locally she was a
member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, and of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, W.
Houston; a daughter, Mary E. Esslinger, Washignton,
D.C.; two sons, Andrew D., Bristol, and Joel C.,
Bartlesville, Okla.; two granddaughters; and several
nieces and nephews.
Randall H. Ford died April 12, 1991 at the Sun Coast
Manor Health Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was
born in 1898 in Lanark, Illinois, the son of Walter G.
Ford, a Roosevelt Medal holder with three bars, and
Minnie S. Ford. He came to the Isthmus in 1907 wit his
parents, attended Canal Zone schools, completed his
education in Lanark, and returned to the Canal Zone in
1916 to take a job as chauffeur with the Quartermaster
Division. He resigned in 1918 to enlist in the Army Air
Corps, served for a year in Kelly Field, Texas as an
aircraft mechanic. Returning to the Zone in 1919 with his
wife, the former Wilma Renner, he was employed as an
auto repair apprentice in Ancon. He was later employed
as a machinist in the Transportation Division; became
foreman of the Ancon Corral in 1936; named assistant
superintendent in 1948, and was chief of the Southern
District from 1954 until his retirement in 1955. He was a
mason for over 60 years; a member of York Rite, Abou
Saad Shrine Temple, an avid fisherman and member of
the Sailfish Club.
He is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Foster of New
York, N.Y.; a son, Alan of Sarasota, Florida; a sister,
Mrs. Lewis Morris of Columbia, CA.; six grandchildren,
and 8 great-grandchildren.
Jose A. Garces, 26, formerly of Port Orchard, died
January 19, 1991 in an automobile accident in Contra
Costa County, California. Born in Panama City, Panama,
where he was raised and educated, after graduation from
Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, he was
employed by Maersk Lines, and was promoted to a
managerial position in Oakland, CA. last August.
He is survived by his mother, Nelva McKim of Port
Orchard; two brothers, a sister, and his grandmother
Sylvia Brown of Panama.
Albert Edgar Goguen, 75, of Phoenix, Arizona,
passed away on February 5, 1991. He was born in
Somerville, Mass. and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps
in 1940, serving with the First Marine Division in the
Pacific. For heroism at Cape Gloucester, New Britain he
was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant and awarded the
Silver Star which was documented in the August 7, 1944
issue of Time magazine. He was discharged in 1945 in
Balboa, Canal Zone where he joined the Police Division.
He moved to Gatun in 1954 serving as town patrol officer
until his retirement in 1972. He was well known and
loved by the town of Gatun. He was accorded a full
military ceremony and the flag of a grateful nation was
presented to his widow.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mary of Phoenix;
three sons, Albert John "Buddy" and Gregory Peter of
Phoenix, and David Noel of Trumbull, Conn.; two
daughters, Michelle Theresa "Mimi" of Burke, VA., and
Lynne Ellen of Derry, NH; 12 grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary "Sis" McFall of
Malden, Mass., Lorraine Shea of Concord, Mass., and
June Murphy of Ohio.
A Note of Thanks For Your Sympathy
To all of our friends who sent letters and cards of
sympathy to me and my family for the loss of my very
dear husband Hugh Hale, I wish to use this media to
thank you all for your sympathy, understanding and love.
Hughie is loved by all who have had the pleasure of
knowing him. We received so many cards, letters and
phone calls; and each one said something that was a
great comfort to us in our deep sorrow. I am very
concerned, having been so busy and not able to
acknowledge each of your messages of sympathy. I hope
you will all understand that I will do this when I am able
- but for now, I had to let you know how very much your
thoughts and prayers have meant to us.
Anne Hale and Family.
Mary (Acker) Hammond, 74, died February 10, 1991
in Laguna Hills after a long illness. Funeral services were
held at St. Charles Church in Rapid River, Michigan.
Survivors are two daughters, Margaret (Peggy) Acker
of Panama and Mrs. Martin (Sherry) Eid of Livonia; a
sister, three grandchildren and numerous nieces and
Col. Francis Hargy. Died November 30, 1990. No other
Shirleyanne Mason Horine, 71, of Monte Sereno,
California, passed away November 27, 1990. Born in
Vallejo, she moved to the Canal Zone as a four-year-
old were she lived next door to her future husband in the
old French quarters in Old Cristobal. Still a child, she
moved back to the U.S. and met her future husband
again when he came to Southern California for advanced
schooling, and they married after he graduated from Cal.
School of Technology in 1940. She was a highly regarded
volunteer at the Community Hospital where she served
as president and editor of the newsletter, working in
excess of 8,000 hours. She was an active volunteer in the
Community Ministry Program at St. Mary's Church,
served meals to the homeless at Martha's Kitchen in San
Jose and was a supporter of the Guide Dogs for the
Blind in San Rafael. She was an elementary school
teacher at Hillbrook School in the 1960s. She was also
president of the junior high school PTA, an active
volunteer in the Girl and Boy Scouts, and a member,
with her husband, in Holiday circle and the Skirts and
Flirts Square Dance Club. This past August, she and her
husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the
Old Mission Santa Barbara.
Survivors include her husband, Carlton on Monte
Sereno; a son, Dr. Chris Horine D.P.M. of Saratoga;
daughters, Lee Ann Daily of Los Gatos and Dr. Cathie
Mason Hutfless of Napa; daughter-in-law, Carole Horine;
Son-in-law Terry Daily and six grandchildren.
Xen Hosler, 66, died February 18, 1991 in Apple
Valley, California. He was the son of Dr. Fred W.
Hosler, principal of Balboa High School in the 1940's.
Xen was a graduate of Balboa High School in 1940; a
graduate of Bloomsburg (Pa.) State College and earned
his masters degree from Colorado State University.
He is survived by three children; Dr. Fred Hosler of
Springville, AZ., daughter Xenia of Apple Valley, CA.,
and daughter Celie Lundberg of Victorville, CA., and
Lillian Elnora Jenkins, 77, died February 1, 1991
while in Jacksonville, Florida. She was born in McKinney,
Texas, and for 25 years, she and her late husband Joe
Cash Jenkins, worked as missionaries in Venezuela,
Costa Rica and Panama. Lillian also worked as a school
teacher with the Panama Canal Company for 16 years.
Survivors include two sons, Dan Jenkins of
Jacksonville, FL., and David Jenkins of Islamorado Key,
FL.; a daughter, JoElla Deakins of Cocoa, FL., and seven
Hattie Mae Jones, 93, of Gulfport, Florida, died on
March 7, 1991 at home. She was born in Lee, Maine and
was a retired payroll clerk for the US Army in the Canal
Zone. Locally, she was a former member of First United
Methodist Church of Gulfport. She was the widow of the
late Rowland Jones, who worked for the Section of
Surveys, Panama Canal Company.
Survivors include a son, Charles Lawrence of
Treasure Island, Fl.; a daughter, Barbara Hey, of
Florissant, Mo.; seven grandchildren and four great-
Simon B. Jones III, 68, of San Mateo, Florida, died
January 10, 1991 following a lingering illness, in Alachua
General Hospital, Gainesville, Florida. He was born and
raised in the Canal Zone. After graduating from high
school he received an apprenticeship and worked for the
Electrical Division on both sides of the Isthmus. He
retired in 1968 with total disability as District Wireman
at the Atlantic Field Office. He was also a U.S. Navy
veteran. He was active with youth, serving as Assistant
Scoutmaster, coached several Little League teams, and
participated in local Softball Leagues for many years. He
was preceded in death by his two brothers, Russel and
Hayden and three sisters, Ella, Betty and Arlene.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Cullen) Jones of
San Mateo; four children, daughter, Blanche Liston of
Salt Lake City, UT, and sons, James M. of Spokane,
WA., Simon B. Jones IV of Franklin, NC., and Edward
C. Jones, Twin Falls, ID.; seven grandchildren and two
Vera E. Jones, 81, of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida,
passed away on April 15, 1991. She was born in
Menominee, WI., and at the age of 8 she moved with her
family to Donna, Texas. There she finished high school
and went on to Texas A&I University where she earned
her teaching certificate. After teaching at local schools
for several years, she was lured to the Canal Zone by her
aunt, Gladys Hubbard, who was already teaching there.
The year was 1939 and she served in the Canal Zone
schools until her retirement in 1968. In 1942 she met
Alton E. Jones and they were married soon after. While
in the Canal Zone she was an active member of the
Margarita Union Church, Eastern Star, and Women's
Auxiliary. Upon retirement, she moved with her husband
to Largo, Florida. Until suffering from a stroke in 1987
she was active in the Panama Canal Society, the Ladies
Sewing Club, founder of the Brown Baggers Club, and
the Suncoast New Neighbors.
Vera is survived by her husband, Alton E. Jones; a
son, Harry E. Jones, both of Indian Rocks Beach,
Florida,; a brother, Henry Hubbard of Dallas, Texas; a
sister, Etta of Houston; and a grandson, Matthew Jones
of Kansas City, Kansas.
Pauline Roche Kersey, 95, passed away April 12,
1991 in Briar Leaf Nursing Home in Doylestown, Pa.
Born in New York, she went to the Canal Zone in 1907
where her father, the late Paul E. Roche was with the
I.C.C. Quartermaster H.Q. Her late husband, Harry A.
Kersey was a steel design engineer, also with the I.C.C.
After leaving the Canal Zone in 1916, she was employed
in the medical records office of Mercer Medical Center
She is survived by two granddaughters, Lynn Towle
and Sandra Kersey, both of Lambertville, and a nephew,
Capt. Howard Buehler of New Port Richey, Florida.
Alexander Peter Lim, Sr., passed away on January
20, 1991 in Panama City, Rep. of Panama as a result of
complications following a hip fracture. He was born in
Bocas del Toro and was a member of a well-known, large
family in the Republic of Panama. He was a graduate of
the Panama National Institute and owner of several
business establishments in Colon and Bocas del Toro. He
was retired from the United Fruit Company.
He is survived by his children, all graduates of
Cristobal High School, three sons, Alexander Peter Jr.,
Alvin Paul, Andrew Parnell; five daughters, Angelica
Pricilla, Arlene Patricia, Aurora Pearl, Alice Prudence,
Andra Pamela; 20 grandchildren and 10 great-
Pauline M. Schriftgiesser Little, 62, of St.
Petersburg, Florida, passed away on February 15, 1991.
She was married to the late Charles Norman Little II,
(Bugs) for 21 years. Pauline was born in Ancon, Canal
Zone, attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1946. She retired as Credit
Manager at Gorgas Hospital in 1979, and went to North
Weymouth, Mass. to live with her parents until the death
of her father in 1982. Pauline and her mother then
moved to St. Petersburg.
Survivors include her mother, Lorraine B.
Schriftgiesser of St. Petersburg; five daughters, Mel
Henter, Lynn Nehring, Laine Ainsworth, Sue Nolan, all
of St. Petersburg, and Cindy Eggleton of Amelia, Va.;
two sons, Norman of St. Petersburg and Jes of Orlando,
Fla., and eleven grandchildren.
Helen H. Matthews died of cancer December 4,
1990. Helen came to the Canal Zone in 1971 and worked
for the 15th naval District, Marine Bureau, Engineering
Division and the Construction Division. She retired in
She is survived by her husband, Wallace B.
Matthews; a son, Wallace E. (Ed) Matthews; and a
daughter, Cindy Matthews, and two grandsons.
Father Edward J. Melvin, CM died February 18,
1991 at St. Catherine's Infirmary, Germantown
(Philadelphia), PA. Father Melvin was born in Brooklyn,
NY., and was ordained May 30, 1942, at the Cathedral of
St. Peter and Paul. He then taught chemistry, biology,
history, religion and civics from 1942 to 1950 at St.
Joseph's Seminary. In 1955 he went to St. Mary's Mission
in Balboa, Canal Zone and was pastor of Our Lady of
Fatima in Curundu from 1962 to 1972. He was very active
in the Colegio San Vincente in Panama City, in the
Cursillo Movement and the Confraternity of Christian
Doctrine. In May 1967, he celebrated the Silver
Anniversary of his ordination at Our Lady of Fatima
Church in Curundu. He returned to Philadelphia at St.
Vincent's Parish and Immaculate Conception Parish from
1973-1982. In 1982 he became Chaplain at provincial
House for the Daughters of Charity where he served for
three years. Then because of failing health, he went to St.
Vincent's Seminary in Germantown, taking an active role
in local and state organizations working in the pro-life
movement. Those who knew Father Melvin in the Canal
Zone remember his gentle manner, his compassion and
his ability to inspire his congregation to assume moral
and charitable responsibilities.
William J. Monzon, 71, of Dothan, Alabama, died
February 22, 1991 following an extended illness. He was
born in Fall River, Mass. and lived there for eleven years
before moving to the Canal Zone. After graduating from
Balboa High School, class of 1940, he worked for almost
40 years as a Customs official with the Canal Zone
government. After retirement in 1981, he lived in the
Republic of Panama until 1988 after which he moved to
Dothan. He was a member of St. Columba Catholic
Church in Dothan.
Survivors include his wife Rosa E. of Dothan; two
daughters, Irene M. Barnes of Panama Canal area and
Rose M. Rindfusz of Dothan; four grandsons, Grover W.
Barnes, Ft. Benning, GA., Kevin M. Barnes, Panama
Canal area, John W. Rindfusz, Huntsville, Jared A.
Rindfusz, Auburn; three sisters, Phillipa Privett, Atlanta,
Lillian H. Mayoral, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Imos Welch,
Jacksonville, FL; and a brother, Peter, of Panama City,
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Jennie
Mundberg in Santa Barbara, California. She was 102
years of age and the widow of the late Capt. Fred
Mundberg, for many years a Panama Canal pilot, and the
mother of the late Arthur Mundberg.
No survivors are known.
Dorothy Jean Nehring, 63, of Des Moines,
Washington, passed away on November 13, 1990, after a
long illness. She lived in Gamboa and Balboa from 1956
She is survived by her husband, Karl T. Nehring of
Des Moines; five daughters, Kathie McConaughey of Los
Rios, Panama, Bonnie Tudor of Saulsbury, Tennessee,
Janice Nehring of Des Moines, WA., Mary Denike of
Bothell, WA., Annette Avila of Des Moines, WA.; three
sons, Michael of Tioga, LA., Patrick of Edmonds, WA.,
Timothy of Charleston, SC.; fourteen grandchildren and
Muriel Tatelman O'Rorke, 61, of Mesa, Arizona,
passed away on April 8, 1991 in Phoenix, Arizona. She
was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and graduated from the
Canal Zone Schools system and received her Masters
Degree at age 20 from the University of Northern
Colorado. Her parents were the late Judge and Mrs.
Edward Tatelman. Family services were held at sea on
April 17 aboard the S.S. Rotterdam.
She is survived by her husband, James; a daughter,
Mrs. Susan Bell of Chandler, Arizona; two sons, Robin
of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Regan of Santiago, Chile; and
a brother, Dick of San Diego, California.
Irene Atwood Ostrom, 90, of California, died
February 1, 1991. Irene and her sister, Gigi Baxter
resided in the Canal Zone from their high school days.
Her sister was a kindergarten teacher in the 30's.
She is survived by her daughter, Margot Sullivan of
California; a son, Roy Atwood of North Carolina, their
spouses and five grandchildren.
Louis E. Palmer, 68, of Dothan, Alabama, died
March 20, 1991 in Tuskegee, Alabama. He was born in
the Canal Zone and was employed with the Panama
Canal Company as a planner until his retirement in 1981.
Upon retirement, he moved to Dothan. He was a U.S.
Navy veteran of World War II, a member of the Dothan
Elks Club and the Panama Canal Yacht Club.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie J. Palmer; two
daughters, Louise Hause, Austin, Texas, and Maryann
Bross of Tampa, FL.; two grandchildren, Louie P. and
Laura P. Hause.
Jettie Price passed away on her 87th birthday, April
7, 1991. She came to the Canal Zone in 1925 as a bride
and from 1940 until 1957 she was employed by the
Commissary Division on the Pacific side. When she left
the Canal Zone in 1957 because of a RIF, she moved to
Baltimore, Md. to be with her daughters. There, she was
employed by the John Hopkins Hospital as a dietician
until her retirement in 1969.
She is survived by her daughters, Marion Royston
and Ruth Weimer of Maryland, and Connie Cain of
North Carolina; eight grandchildren and three great-
Lorraine B. Schriftgiesser, 99, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died April 8, 1991 at Bon Secours-Maria Manor.
Born in Wisconsin, she came here in 1982 from North
Weymouth, Mass. She was a teacher with the Michigan
School system; a member of the Catholic Daughters of
America Court Santa Marie; past department president
of the American Legion Auxiliary, Panama Canal Zone;
Alumni 1911 Northern Michigan University; and was a
Survivors include a sister, Rose B. Kodad,
Farmington, Mass; seven grandchildren; amd 11 great-
Trevor Simons, of Brazos Heights, Republic of
Panama, died February 14, 1991. He worked for the
United Fruit Company, shipping agency, in Colon, and
who also reported sports events on the Atlantic side of
the Isthmus. He was also very active in the Little Theater
in the Canal Zone, acting and directing in many plays.
No additional information has become available.
Dr. Irving John Strumpf, 90, of Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida, died December 5, 1990 in Savannah, Georgia,
after a long illness. Dr. Strumpf served as a Colonel with
the US Army during World War II and was Chief of OB-
Gyn at Gorgas Hospital, Canal Zone from 1950 to 1966.
He was Co-Director of the Maternal and Infant Care
Project in Broward County, Florida from 1967-1971.
He is survived by his wife Lila of Ft. Lauderdale; a
son, Robert E. of Playa del Rey, California; a daughter,
Mrs. Dorothy Noble of Savannah, Ga. and a grandson,
Richard L. Noble.
Dr. Z. Steve Szymonski, 57, of Aiken, South
Carolina died February 22, 1991 at his residence. Dr.
Szymonski founded the Family Med center in 1982 and
had practiced at Aiken Regional Medical Center since
1977. Born in the jungles of the Amazon Basin, he was
the son of Lita Hollingsworth and the late Dr. Zdzislaw
Szymonski. He was a graduate of Lamburth College,
Tenn., and received his medical doctorate from U.N. San
Marcos, Lima Peru. He also attended Tulane School of
Medicine. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army with 26
years of service, and served as a National Guard State
Surgeon for 10 years until he retired several years ago.
Survivors include his widow, Nina; a son, and a
daughter; and a step-brother, Robert Hollingsworth.
Mildred Palmer Walbridge, 81, of Naples, Florida,
passed away February 23, 1991. She worked as a
Registered Nurse in Gamboa and Balboa from 1938 to
1952. She was the widow of Harry Colon Walbridge who
died June 7, 1980. Mrs. Walbridge retired as Nurse
Supervisor of Army Hospital in 1970. She was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Cypress Chapter
#236, O.E.S., Ft. Myers Shrine #4 White Shrine of
Jeruselem, Order of Amaranth and Daughters of the
She is survived by a daughter, Sharon Walbridge; two
sisters, Mrs. Billie M. Cavanaugh of Pompano Beach, Fl.,
and Mrs. Corrine M. Schmidt of St. Louis, Mo. Her son,
Sgt. George W. Walbridge predeceased her, dying in Viet
Nam in 1968.
Roy Walther, of Ferndale, Washington, died January
26, 1991. He retired from the Canal Zone Postal Division
in 1973 with 44 years of service. No other information is
available at this time.
Edward E. Welch, 63, of Lakeland, Florida,
passed away March 23, 1991 following a long illness.
Born and reared in the Canal Zone, he attended Canal
Zone schools and served his machinist apprenticeship
with the Industrial Division in the early 1950's. In 1987,
he retired from General Electric after serving 34 years
with the company as one of its Senior Field Engineers.
He is survived by his wife Gena F. Welch of 1814
Sandford Road, Lakeland, FL 33801; daughters, Mary
Combee, Sarah Tapia, and Amy Harkness; brothers Paul
E. Welch and Gerard J. Welch; a sister, Virginia Ann
Sawyer and four grandchildren.
Paul L. Whitlock, 56, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
April 12, 1991 at Bayfront Medical Center. He was born
in Panama and retired from the Dredging Division in
December 1981, being the last chief under the Panama
Canal Company and the first under the new Panama
Canal Commission. He lived in Orlando, Fla. upon
retirement and moved to St. Petersburg in 1989. He was
a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War and a
Protestant. He was also a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida and NA.R.F.E.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley M.; two sons,
Andrew A., Fort Worth, Texas, and Jack W., Balboa,
Panama; three daughters, Catherine L. Cedeno, Balboa,
Jean F. Whitlock, Charleston, S.C., and Pauline K.
Faulkner, Brush Prairie, Wash.; his mother, Frances B.
Whitlock, Fayetteville, Ark; two sisters, Andree L.
Collins, St. Louis, and Jacqueline B. Werbrouck,
Mishawaka, Ind.; and seven grandchildren.
Rosemary K. Wilder, 66, of Ocala, Florida, died
March 15, 1991 at home. She was a native of Long
Branch, NY., and lived in the Canal Zone for 30 years
where she was active in the Cristobal Women's Club and
the Eastern Star, Gatun Chapter. She left the Canal
Zone 10 years ago upon retirement of her husband, a
Panama Canal pilot, to live in Ocala. Her ashes were
taken back to Panama and scattered over Pina Beach by
She is survived by her husband, Albert Wilder,
Ocala; a son, Tom Wilder of Ocala; three daughters,
Alberta Corrigan, Joanne Anderson and Barbara Penny
Canamas, all of the Panama Canal area; two brothers,
Thomas Kearney, Staten Island, NY., and Edward
Kearney, Ocala, and 10 grandchildren.
Lauren G. Woodby, 76, of Niceville, Florida, died
March 14, 1991 in a local hospital. He was a native of
Beaverton, MI., and was a professor emeritus of
mathematics at Michigan State University. He was a
member of Eglin Eagles Golf Club, NCTM, American
Mathematical Association and the Panama Canal Society
of Florida. He was a veteran of World War II and retired
from the US Army as a lieutenant colonel, and was listed
in Who's Who in America 1978-1979. He was a teacher
at Balboa High School in the late 40's and early 50's and
attended his first reunion last summer where he saw a
number of his old friends.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Woodby of Niceville;
daughters Marcia Paulsell of Mercer Island, WA., and
Sylvia Woodby of Alexandria, VA.; sons, Robert of
Denver, CO., Carl of Dallas, Texas, and Douglas of
Juneau, Alaska; stepsons Bennett Hart of Manassas, VA.,
and Michael Hart of Urbana, IL.; brothers Wayne of
Holland, MI., and Donald of Williamsburg, VA.; sister
Virginia Conrad of San Francisco, CA., and eight
Anna Myrtle (DeLaMater) Worsley passed away
February 9, 1991, at the age of 95 years, in Hayward,
California. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Robert C. Worsley (10-18-1980) and daughter, Anna
Marie Valpatic, (1-22-1987).
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Helen F.
Cook, Mt. Juliet, TN., Mrs Roberta C. Richards, Cave
Junction, OR., and Mrs. Jacqueline L. Williams,
Monrovia, CA.; fourteen grandchildren and several great-
grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Milton H. Wright of Ontario, California, passed away
December 30, 1990 at Doctor's Hospital, Montclair, CA.
He was born in Detroit, MI. and moved to Los Angeles.
Later he and his parents moved to a ranch at Ontario
where he went to school and graduated from Chaffey
High School. In September 1938, he and his wife
"Chubby" went to Panama where he managed the Service
Shop at the Day and Night Garage for his brother until
November 1939 when he was employed by the Motor
Transportation Division. He stayed with the M.T.D.
except for 5 years that he worked on the launches for the
Balboa Port Captain, until his retirement in 1964, when
he moved back to Ontario, CA. He was the owner of the
Nautilus and enjoyed deep-sea fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Cornelia (Chubby) Wright
and several nieces and nephews.
Stanley G. Wright, 74, of Kerrville, TX, passed
away April 8, 1991 at his home. He was born in Fort
Worth, and was a retired Lt. Col., having served in the
U.S. Air Force, fighting throughout Europe during World
War II. He was a prisoner of war, a fighter pilot, and
received the Distinguished Flying Cross and five Air
Medals. He lived in the Canal Zone for 20 years. He was
a member of VFW Post 1480 in Kerrville, where he had
been a resident for 15 years.
Survivors include a son, Stanley G. Wright, Jr. of
Austin, Texas; and a daughter, Theresa Anne Lungwitz
of Norfolk, Va.
Letters to the Editor
SENATORS VISIT PANAMA
reconstruction. Dave Jenkins, the Senator's brother and
Mike Petrosky are currently working on several
reconstruction programs in conjunction with the Senators
and the Panamanian Government.
L-R: A. Amaya, M. Petrosky, Sen. Dan Jenkins,
President Endada, Sen. A. Trask, D. Jenkins, and J.
Senator Dan Jenkins (BHS'59) (Florida Senate, Ret.)
and Senator Allen Trask, U.S. Senate, Ret., recently
visited Panama in the company of Dave Jenkins
The Senators visited with President Guillermo
Endara, offering their assistance and support in the
Front L-R: Anita Robison, Vilma Nolan, Chita
Morales, Beverly Williams, Louis de Armas. Back
row L-R: Scotty Robison, Francis Nolan, Ligia de
Armas, Josephine Attia, Buddy Williams, Sally
O'Brien, Manuelita O'Sullivan, Chuck O'Brien,
The long-awaited Mid Atlantic reunion held at the
Holiday Inn, March 2, 1991, in Arlington, Virginia was
everything we could have hoped for. If Oscars are given
for the best films, this two-event party deserved its own
To be assured of a party the guests won't forget, it
takes the proper combination of ingredients such as
thoughtful planning, the gathering together of people who
either knew one another or have shared friends and
memories, great food, danceable music, entertainment, an
affordable cost for all, and beautiful creative decorations.
We had all of these and more.
We had what purported to be authentic lottery
tickets displayed on a replica of those lottery boards we
always saw on street covers. The winner received a
lovely painting of a mola by Liz Beall. We did well by the
lottery and put money aside to get next years mini-
By 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, 60 plus people had
gathered together ready for the delightful luncheon
Taboga Fruit Cup
Grilled Chorrera Chicken
Arroz sin Guandu Pilaf
Mixed Chinese Garden Fresh Vegetables
Rolls and Butter
Duran Coffee and Tea
Balboa Commissary Mango Sorbet with
authentic P.C. French Fruit Cookies.
We chatted our way through the delicious food then
were welcomed by Gail Dawson, acting as M.C. who did
an outstanding job at both events.
Following lunch we were enlightened about "How
Goes The Canal" by Michael Rhode Jr., Secretary,
Top, L-R: (1) Master and Mistresses of Ceremonies, Gale Dawson, Rosemary Gilead, Herb Dawson. (2) The
Committee, 2 March 1991, Arlington, Va., Barbara Sanders, Shirley Jennings, John W. Clark, Gale Dawson,
Rosemary Gilead, Sarah Storey, Rae Donaldson. (3) Registration desk, Yvette George. Center L-R (1) Kelly
Dawson. (2) Stella Boggs DeMarr (3) Eleonora Aguirre (4) Eleonora Aguirre and Gerry Steele. Bottom L-R (1)
Les and Jane Heselton (2) Display Table (3) Mike Rhodes, Guest Speaker, Secretary, Panama Canal Commission,
Panama Canal Commission, Washington, D.C., followed
by a short question and answer session. Some were in
agreement with what had been said and others were quite
vocal in their unhappiness with the place we called home
for so many years.
We had a nostalgia "before and after" slide show of
areas we all knew or had known. Places that had been
either all white or grey with neatly groomed yards around
them is a thing of the past. Houses were brightly colored
with unattractive signs not what we were accustomed to.
So this is progress?
Names of those who agreed to play in a
Panama Jeopardy game were put is a jar, then selected -
two men, two women. Norma Stillwell Martin had to be
forcibly placed in the game she kept saying, "I won't
know anything, I've been gone too long" so guess who
won? She and the other gal all I know is her name was
Susan were first and second. They won lovely linens
brought up from Panama. The two men won bottles of
Carta Vieja and they call that losing?
This writer was staying with Rosemary Gilead and
being on the committee with her, Sarah Storey, John
Clark, (who stayed at the Holiday) Rae Donaldson, Gail
Dawson and Barbara Sanders, we had about two and a
half hours to "go home" after the luncheon to pull
ourselves together and get "gussied" up for the buffet and
dance that evening. More than 100 people attended.
The buffet was outstanding to include ceviche,
empanadas, fried plantains, fresh fruit and salad, all
beautifully prepared and presented.
Sonny Seixas and the Bamboo Lane boys direct from
Colon (40 years ago!) did the music honors from 8 to 12,
for dances such as the Bejuco Chicken Hop, Arraijan
Shuffle, Pete's Catalina Cha-Cha, Fishbowl Fox trot,
Contadora Waltz, Red Tank Tango, La Boca Limbo, and
Rainbow City Conga.
Gals like Stella Boggs and Eleonora Aguirre strutted
around in their beautiful polleras. There were others
dressed in costumes as well, whose names I didn't know.
Stella also entertained us by playing her accordion from
table to table. Those of us who knew the words chimed
in on everything we could remember. PESCAO was the
big enthusiastic winner.
When the lovely molas and wall hangings were being
taken down and put away, we could only think that it's
sad to always leave when you're having a good time so
be it. In my mind I added, now we can look forward to
next year no need to try to top this one. As Ronald
Reagan said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Shirley (Jennings) Erickson
Mt. Holly Springs, PA
SLOVERS OF COLUMBUS, GA.
The past year has been a busy one for us. Susie, Dan
and Nancy came for the Reunion last year. It was the
first for us and we enjoyed it much. In August I flew to
Germany to attend a Catholic Convocation with Fr.
Gonzalez. What a beautiful experience; 450 Priests and
lay people. Jim joined me the following week and over
Labor Day the two of us made a tour of the Alps. We
visited Idar Oberstien where the rock carving and hunting
began many years ago. All in all, we visited 6 countries
while he was there.
In October we went to Manassa, Va. to visit with our
friends Dick and Rochelle D'Arcy and toured D.C. We
visited with Ditty Bramlett on the way up.
We had a quiet Christmas then for Easter we went
to Albuquerque to visit the J.L. Slovers in their new
home. The day after Easter we flew to Seattle for 10 days
with the Wells and Nancy. The weather was not good
either place but we had a ball.
In June we are going to Savannah with the Catholic
group from here to see a Priest ordained. We plan
another trip to Germany in August and then back to
In February, the Al Grahams of Macon came to see
the tape Jim made on our trips. Bill Benny was by not
long ago and told us of their busy times. We belong to
the rock club here and enjoy it. I still spend much of my
time in the Chapels at Ft. Benning.
If you are this way, please stop by.
Jim and Ann Slover
L-R: Myra (Brannon) Grimison, Kelly Stromberg,
Monica (Reyes) Carl, Rebecca Grimison, Melanie
Donohue. 1990 Christmas in Panama was outrageous!
We all came to the conclusion that there's no friends
like Zonie friends.
L-R: Charles H. Leffingwell, Dr. Craig M. Leffingwell,
Eugene E. Hamlin, Jr. The two Leffingwells are the
sons of Janie (Hamlin) Leffingwell, nephews of Gene.
Brian Gerhart and his
mother, Mrs. Jim Gerhart
(Dorothy Rowley), at a
S scenic autobahn reststop in
Bavaria in September. The
*, Gerharts have been living
and working with the U.S.
Army in Heidelberg,
Germany, since last year.
They had a very enjoyable
10" visit from Dorothy's sister
June and her husband Dave
Stevenson in the Fall (See
December 1990 issue-
f Georgia section) and from
daughter Suzanne, now a
junior at Clemson University over Christmas.
They hope to see the children's grandmother, Sara
Rowley, and their oldest son Kenneth, who now lives and
works in Arlington, VA., sometime this year. Brian is
working at the PX Sports store and attending evening
classes with the University of Maryland program at
Heidelberg. Bottom photo: Brian and Suzanne with
Nadja Ruth, a school friend from previous days in Berlin,
at one of the modern subway stations in Berlin. They all
visited there just before Christmas, seeing what it's like
now without The Wall (which Brian helped bring down
with his chisel during his first visit back there in May
week educational training program in Norfolk.
The mission in July will work at the Childrens
Hospital for two weeks. The OSI team will consist of 25
members including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses
and support volunteers who will staff 4 plastic surgery
tables and 1 orthopedic table. One hundred and forty
procedures will be completed.
The 1991 mission is the first of a five-year
commitment Operation Smile has made to the deformed
children of Panama.
Funding for this humanitarian medical mission will
be raised from the private sector. His Excellency and
Mrs. Eduardo Vallarino are hosting a fund raising
reception at their residence in Washington D.C. on April
30, 1991. Former Canal Zone residents planning to
attend are: Dr. John W. Clark, Violet "Vicki" (Van'tVeld)
Johnson, Pat (Heitman) Lenneville, Yvette George,
Rosemary (Millett) Gilead, Gale Dawson and Kelly
Dawson who will represent Mike Rhodes, Secretary of
the Panama Canal Commission, Washington, D.C.
Members of the North Carolina and Washington,
D.C. Chapters of the Panama Canal Society are
contributing their time and resources to the success of
that event and to building name identification and
support for Operation Smile and their continuing work in
Contributions to Operation Smile are tax deductible
in accordance with IRS guidelines. OSI is a 501 (c)(3)
charitable organization. If you would like to send a
contribution to help with this program please write your
check to OSI and mail to: Operation Smile Panama
Mission, 717 Boush Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510.
GOES TO PANAMA
Operation Smile, a volunteer medical services
organization based in Norfolk, Virginia, will travel to
Panama in July to perform reconstructive surgery on
deformed children and to conduct a Scientific Symposium
for local health care professionals consisting of lectures
and slide presentations related to surgical, anesthesia and
In April, Dr. Alfonso Torres-Galindo and Dr. Lewis
C. Moreno of the Hospital Del Nino attended a two-
Hello, from Washington State; Miriam (Bateman)
Lewis with daughters April Marie, Tamara Dawn, son
David and #1 grandson Blake Anthony.
MID-GULF ZONITES MEET
This photo is of several former Canal Zone
employees taken January 31st, 1991 at the home of Capt.
and Mrs. Howard Buehler.
This is one of several social gatherings by a group in
the mid-Gulf area from Indian Rocks Beach to Spring
Catz and his girls L-R: Kathleen Mullins Andrews,
Lynn Saarinen, Julie Boos, Valerie Krueger, Sue
Ehrensberger, Noreen Hansen and last but not least,
1st row: Tom Leavy, Eddie Gourich, Chuck O'Brien,
Howard Buehler. 2nd row: Roger Michel, Alice Myer,
Sally O'Brien, Cathy Goodrich, Mary Helgevold,
Elaine Donaldson. 3rd row: Bud Myer, Sue Barca,
Evelyn Wilde, Maxine Woodruff, Ivaleen Goudie,
Eleanor Buehler, Judy Aurich, Bob Aurich, Edie
Meeker, David Helgevold, John Meeker. Row 4:
Larry Barca, Bob Donaldson. Photographers not in
picture: Paul Goudie, Marge Leavy, and Patty
The group meets at the homes of the various
"members" for a pot-luck luncheon approximately every
Paul L. Goudie
BUSY SPRING FOR SHARPS
It has been a busy spring for Frances (Violette) and
Roy Sharp with visits from Margaret (Meigs) Molloy
from Colorado; Margaret (Cauthers) and Gus Braun of
Alexandria, Va., and George and Ila Fenton of Lexington,
Va., who spent some time in our area in their travel
trailer nearby. While they were here, Fentons and Sharps
went to Ocala to have lunch with our mutual friends, Wes
and Virginia (Clement) Townsend, Harry and Virginia
(Calvit) Pearl, Mary Hare, and Dick and Juanita
McConaughey. Fred E. Wells of Australia, visiting his
aunt, Mary Orr od Sarasota, was guest of honor at a
luncheon in St. Petersburg given by Mary, so we old folks
who had known him as a child could see him.
In addition to the Sharps and Fentons, guests
included Bill and Jean Violette and Alma (Symonds)
Faye (Brewer) Hamlin and elder daughter of Dr. Craig
Leffingwell, Courtney, age 4. Portsmouth (Greenland)
L-R: Bill Violette, Roy Sharp, Mary Orr, Alma
Burrows, Frances Violette, Fred Wells Jr., George
Fenton, Ila Fenton, Jean Violette.
In April we went to see the azaleas in bloom at
Calloway Gardens and returned to Sun City Center by
way of Dothan, Alabama, where our hostess was Marie
Gangle. Sorry we only got to talk on the phone with Dot
(Duvall) Benny, but saw Ralph and Virginia (Thomas)
Harvey, plus the bonus of Patty (Gangle) and Hugh
Harvey who dropped by the table while we were all
having dinner. Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd and Dorothy
Beauchamp had lunch with us and we went back to Dot's
house to view the paintings she has been busy doing.
Mary (Mallia) and Earl Mullins had us over for dinner
where we also enjoyed the company of Mrs. Mallia,
Mary's mother, and her brother, Jack.
My only regret is there was no time to call and visit
with the rest of our friends in Dothan.
Frances (Violette) Sharp
Sun City Center, FL.
HATCHET FAMILY GATHERS
Jo and Lloyd Kent hosted a birthday party for Jo's
mother, Veta Hatchett that brought together three
generations. Veta Hatchett lived in Pedro Miguel for
many years with her late husband, Willie Joe Hatchett.
They retired in the early sixties to georgia. Veta now lives
in Miami where she is close to the Kents (Boca Raton)
and her daughter Vee MacLaren (Coral Gables).
OF THE PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY BOWLING LEAGUE
The Panama Canal Society Bowling League
celebrated its 1st anniversary on April 2, 1991.
The group meets at 3:00 p.m. each Monday at the
Major League Lanes, on Hercules Avenue, Clearwater.
Some members of the group enjoy dinner together after
bowling. League members are:
Liz Beall Jane and Fred Huldtquist
Edie Cotton Nancy and Bob Van Siclen
Marie and Al Dube Nealie Van Siclen
Marge and Peter Foster Mary Lou Lang
Dot and Bob Herrington Carolyn Johnson
Interested bowlers should contact Nancy Van Siclen
(397-5366) or meet any Monday by 2:30 p.m. and join in
ATLANTIC SIDE GOLDEN GIRLS
Front, L-R: Ashley MacLaren, Michelle, Reanne and
Cassie Young. 2nd row: Mary MacLaren, Louise
Saum, Bonny Kent, Veta Hatchett (the star) and Jo
Kent. 3rd row: Mike Trout, Fred Hatchett, Wally
Trout, and Mac McCullough. 4th row: Lloyd Kent,
John MacLaren, Duane Young, Kerry (Kent) Young,
Beth (Hatchett) Trout and Leigh Hatchett. One will
probably recognize this as a Gamboa crowd!
ANONYMOUS...ON LITTLE THINGS
Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The
Pulitzer...the Nobel...Oscars...Tonys...Emmys. But we're
all eligible for life's small pleasures. A pat on the back..a
kiss behind the ear...a four-pound bass...a full moon...an
empty parking space...a crackling fire...a great meal...a
Don't fret about getting life's grand awards. Enjoy
it's tiny delights. There are plenty for all of us!
The Atlantic side Golden Girls: Teddy Parker, Pat
Barriteau, and Betty Yerxa.
Teddy Parker of Kenai, Alaska, decided it was time
to escape the cold winds of home and visit with Betty
Yerxa in Orlando, Florida, for a couple of weeks during
February. Pat Barriteau of Lake City, Florida, joined
them for a weekend of fun-filled sightseeing.
ZONIAN SEMI-ANNUAL OCALA
On April 2, 1991, a group of 21 ex-"Zonians"
gathered at Don's Smorgasbord Restaurant in Ocala,
Florida, to "celebrate" a continuing tradition of semi-
annual get-togethers (See December 1990 Canal Record)
at high noon.
Those enjoying the luncheon and reminiscing were:
Harry and Virginia Pearl, Howard "Andy" and Garnet
Anderson, Richard "Dick" and Juanita McConaughey,
Virginia and "Red" Townsend, Virginia and George
Booth, Marie and Ralph Curies, Betsy and Truman
Hoenke, William "Willie" and Maria Moore, Marie M.
Hare, Ralph and Claire Amato, and William "Bill" and
Please note on your calendar the 1st of October 1991
(Tuesday) at "Don's" in Ocala, around noon and come
enjoy the fellowship!
BRUNSONS VISIT OCALA, FLA.
Jan and Beverly (Muller) Brunson were Christmas
houseguests of William "Bill" and Jean Muller in Ocala,
Florida. Beverly (BHS'76) missed out on a 16" snowfall
in Seattle to enjoy her parents new home in Oak Run (an
Adult Retirement Community). While Jan was out on the
golf course almost daily, they did manage a side trip to
Disney's EPCOT and MGM Studio Parks as well as the
Space Center at Cape Canaveral.
The big surprise of the visit came Christmas morning
when it was "announced" that a cruise for four aboard the
Carnival Cruise Line M/S Fantasy to the Bahamas had
been arranged with the Mullers to be the guests of the
Brunsons. New Year's Eve was celebrated at sea followed
by tours of Freeport and Nassau. Upon the ship's return
to Miami, the Brunsons left behind the sunny skies of
Florida for the far Northwest and some "cool" weather.
A "PRE-PANAMA" CANAL
THAT HISTORY FORGOT
by Maurice Ries
Panama American, January 29, 1942
A century before the French began the Panama
Canal, another canal connected the Atlantic and Pacific
oceans through the American mainland.
One hundred and twenty-five years before the United
States opened the Panama Canal for ships, small boats
were able to pass from ocean to ocean and did.
the "Big Ditch" gets all the credit, but the "Little
Ditch" was dug, used and forgotten half a century before
U.S. engineers succeeded in piercing the Isthmus of
Panama. When the French turned the first earth on the
vast Panama project, in 1880, however, it was still
possible to go by boat from the Atlantic to the Pacific
through the "Little Ditch," during the high water of the
A Spanish monk utilized his jungle Indians to dig the
forgotten waterway in what is now the Republic of
Colombia in 1788. Canoes and other small craft went up
one river, squeezed through a low range of hills and
down another stream to the opposite ocean.
Such is the amazing data discovered by a WPA
worker, Premilas F. Becnel, cataloging maps in the
library of the Department of Middle American Research
at Tulane University in New Orleans.
A slender clue: a thread-thin black line buried among
the maze of little rivers and their tributaries on an
antique map, stained and wrinkled. But from it comes a
lost epic, the saga of the long struggle to link the oceans,
to find the magic passage from sea to sea.
Delighted with his find, Becnel and a member of the
department's research staff uncovered eight other similar
maps, all showing the tiny connecting canal. The
researcher, without leaving the library, set out to trace
the crooked rivers and the little, unknown canal.
Old maps, old books were examined, manuscripts of
the time of the Spanish conquest of Central America
yielded some of their musty secrets; after several weeks
of study, the research worker emerged with the story of
the brave, obscure monk, the little canal of Raspadura,
and the incredible narrative of the efforts to cut a
waterway from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
The idea of a water route from ocean to ocean was
first conceived by Christopher Columbus in 1502, as he
still vainly sought a westward route to the treasures of
All Europe dreamed of establishing the vital,
connecting link, but it took a quiet, unobtrusive monk to
accomplish the feat. His "Little Ditch," never the scene of
busy commerce, was truly the legitimate predecessor of
the Panama Canal. And his project, built by native labor,
succeeded where the vast, imaginary schemes of world
In the corner of present-day Colombia, nearest the
juncture of the Isthmus of Panama on the Caribbean
side, is the gulf of Darien. Into it, by nine shallow
mouths, flows the Atrato River. The Atrato comes from
the south, from the immense jungle swamps of
Colombia's interior, and its source devolves into a series
of tiny tributaries, known by a variety of names. A few
miles away, across the very low hills that crop up out of
the swamp, is the source of the San Juan, a river that
flows westward into the Pacific.
On a little branch of the Atrato, in 1788, lived an
obscure monk, Antonio de Cereso. Besides being a
curate of the town and the parish of Novita, he was
manager of a property owned by an important Spanish
family, the Mosquera of Popoyan.
Good brother Antonio was tired of an interminable
series of quarrels which he had been having with a
gentleman, Francisco Sea, who represented another
family, the Salinas. They differed neither in politics or
religion, but failed to see eye-to-eye on their boundaries.
One day, the monk was struck by an idea: a boundary-
ditch to mark the limits of the Mosquera property from
the Salinas holdings. So, calling his Indians from the
forest, Brother Antonio informed them he had agreed
with Don Francisco Sea to dig a ditch, and they could
start at once.
In 1788 the ditch, three miles in length, was dug.
Fortunately the property-limits permitted the monk and
the Salinas overseer to agree on a cut through a natural
ravine, called the Quebrada de la Raspadura.
Whether our cleric realized that the boundary ditch
was going to provide the neighborhood with a waterway
we do not know. But, during the rainy season, the ditch
held water and since it ran from a branch of the Atrato
at one end to the beginning of the San Juan at the other,
it was perfectly logical for the Indians to paddle their log
canoes through it.
Immediately commerce began. The Guyaquil region
produced cacao, which provides cocoa for the tables of
native and European alike. Soon canoe loads of cacao-
beans were going busily through the Raspadura Canal.
What became of the canal? That is the unfortunate
part of the story. Rains, and soft ground, plus the inertia
of the Indians and the fact that the ditch wasn't very
large to begin with, played havoc with it. No one kept it
cleared, and by 1852 it was pretty well filled.
In that year a Philadelphia engineer, John C.
Trautwine, went up the Atrato as far as the mouth of the
Raspadura ravine, but on the word of his boatmen that
the priest's route was too difficult, too shallow for even
his lightweight draft canoe, Trautwine took a neighboring
canyon and dragged the boat through to the San Juan
and so to the Pacific.
Even by 1820 the Raspadura route had almost been
forgotten in Europe. But about that time the greatest
geographer of his generation, Baron Alexander Von
Humboldt, made extensive explorations in the Atrato
About 1843 a map was published in London, which
carried this note: "Canal of Raspadura constructed in
1783 by a monk of Novita. It unites the S. Juan to the
Atrato and still carries boats from one ocean to another."
But the maps, like the tiny canal, were forgotten, as
Europe, now joined by America, pressed on to realization
of Columbus' dream.
Four principal locations for the proposed canal were
pretty well chosen in the minds of European and
American engineers and politicos; across the Isthmus of
Tehuantepec, across Nicaragua, across Panama and by
way of the Atrato River in Colombia.
As late as 1902 Theodore Roosevelt, in his official
statement of policy upon becoming President of the
United States, recommended the Nicaragua Canal. Then
Providence stepped in and frightened away proponents of
this waterway, in the form of a Nicaraguan volcano which
became active in 1902.
The dream of a waterway through the Isthmus of
Tehuantepec came in for its share of attention too. It was
at Tehuantepec that American engineering reached a new
high for sheer daring, when the Eads proposal was made.
SBRAZIL AND GUAYANA
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There existed a sea-to-sea waterway for small
boats a century before the "big ditch" was even
begun. A Spanish padre dug it, and its course
has been re-discovered through WPA research.
Capt. James B. Eads, who had made himself
practically immortal by conceiving and building the jetties
at the mouth of the Mississippi River in 1861 secured a
charter from the Mexican government for using the
Isthmus of Tehuantepec for a ship railway. This colossal
scheme called for a railroad 134 miles long, with its
highest point over 700 feet above sea level, designed to
carry oceangoing steamers up to 7,000 tons!
The doughty captain visioned a railroad consisting of
many parallel lines of tracks, along which numerous
locomotives would be driven, tandem, hitched to a huge
cradle equipped with giant springs. The idea was to
submerge the cradle at the waterside, get the vessel over
it, bring up the cradle, and presto chug-chug across
the Isthmus with ship and all, ready to launch it on the
Eads claimed he could complete this in four years at
half the cost of the Nicaraguan canals then under
discussion. But Eads died, and with him died the
Tehuantepec ship railroad.
But Captain Eads was competing with the French,
for on New Year's Day, 1880, formal digging began in
Panama on one of the most amazing fiascos in history;
the canal to be constructed by Count Ferdinand de
Eventually, of course on May 4, 1904 the United
States stepped in and actually dug a canal to end all
American canals, the monumental undertaking
affectionately labeled "The Big Ditch."
And until the WPA map cataloger made his discovery,
the builders of the "Big Ditch" have been honored as the
men who fulfilled the dream of centuries. But now
convincing evidence has been found that a pre-Panama
Canal did exist, and that it was used for inter-ocean
commerce for many a year, whether Europe was aware
of it or not.
So the hard-working Department of Middle
American Research of Tulane University takes time out
to nominate for an All-American Hall of Fame:
ANTONIO DE CERESO
Monk of Novita
In the Kingdom of New Granada
Who had the courage of his convictions
and who, in 1788
dug the first canal ever to connect
the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
THE NOSTALGIA NEVER FADES,
EVEN AFTER 30 YEARS
As the CHS Class of 1961 30th reunion nears (our
first), I feel prompted to write a few words. Memories of
what we remember as carefree, uncomplicated times run
through my mind like an old movie. Last night, out came
all the old family albums. They are a wonderful pictorial
history of circa 1930s through the Sixties and Seventies.
Tom and Ginger Egger (my parents) kept all the old
photo albums to pass on to my sister Beverly and me.
David and Dorothy Huff were my maternal grandparents.
Dorothy was in the Eastern Star there that met in the
Masonic Building across the street from the lottery
vendor stands in Colon. Many will remember David as
the ticket agent and dispatcher for many years on the
Panama Railroad in Colon. George and Viola Egger
were my paternal grandparents. George Egger also
retired from the Panama Railroad in Colon.
Remember The Gatun Yacht Club, Gatun American
Legion (fried won tons), Cristobal Yacht Club (ceviche),
swimming on the apron of the spillway (uh oh, we weren
't supposed to do that!), Carnival, Maria Chiquita, Pina
Beach, skinny dipping in Gatun Lake, skiing across the
Canal behind the ships wakes, the Midnight Movies on
Friday night, Santa Clara? Who remembers the first
debutante ball? It was either held in 1960 or 1961, but
I'm not sure.
Let me take you back in time...my first memories are of
Balboa, because my parents moved to Balboa after I was
born in Colon Hospital. We lived in an "up and down"
on Holden Street, and I remember biting a little girl
named Penny on the leg, and I remember the big spiders
that sometimes climbed the walls, and the roaches,
because when you stepped on one, it crunched. In Old
Cristobal, we first lived in a twelve family at the end of
Eighth street next door to 'Mom' and 'Pop" Egger's
cottage. When I was in second grade, we lived in the
second cottage off "the circle" on the beach. The best
sleeping weather in the world was to be lulled to sleep
with the rain drumming on the tin roof. Marge Egger's
nursery school (where we all went) was on The Point.
There were the Corrigans (I remember Tim and Eddie),
the Bohannons, all the Eggers, the Simons, the Keepers,
to name a few of the many that lived there. They had
some real big yard parties in my Uncle Bill Egger's back
yard behind the garages. One New Year's party, Herman
Keepers dressed as Baby New Year in a big diaper. In
those days, the grown-ups seemed to have a lot of fun at
living. In adjoining neighborhoods, in the four families,
lived Shirley Bonneau, Hugo Tomkins, Mike McBride,
and Melvin Fields. Veronica Blennerhassett lived down
the street from the Mottas, toward the beach.
We used to climb the rubber ball trees and have
rubber ball fights (boy, did they hurt when you were hit
with them). Jelly fish used to wash up in the rocks on
the beach, and we used to walk out in the water as far as
we could at low tide (if we didn't get caught by our
parents). Across the bay at Coco Solo, the Navy
Seaplanes took off over the Breakwater. Climbing on the
garage roofs was a sport in itself, we got into lots of
trouble because of it.
In Margarita, we lived first on Second Street, then we
moved to Fourth Street (down the hill from the Baths,
the Bonneaus, the Billisons, the Gilleys, the Ericksons,
the Hayes, the Dreyers, the Donahues, the Ridges).
When I was in Sixth Grade, we moved to North
Margarita (then called Snob Hill). Ringaleevio was the
big game. We played at night in the big field down
below the hill, behind Mike Barfield's house, and that
was where the big Christmas Tree bonfires, and the
Fourth of July Fireworks were held. Who remembers
Ringaleevio? That was the biggest game of hide and
seek ever played, with teams. Remember running
through the bush in the dark with someone chasing you,
and you dove off into the sawgrass and waited silently,
not breathing, while your pursuer ran by you? How
many snakes and bugs do you think we landed near in
the dark? And the sawgrass cuts....especially if you
played in shorts. Kathleen Crouch, Stephanie Dreyer,
George Cotton, Barbara Erickson, Perry Washabaugh,
Jack Taber, Jr., we all lived on the hill. If I've forgotten
anyone in the class of '61' from the hill, my apologies.
Then there were the "older" kids (we were in awe of
them)...Sarah & Mike Barfield; Wendy Cotton; Alice,
Louie, & Carlene Taber; Randy Deakins; Max, Jimmy
Hanna; Linda Erickson; Andy Whitlock; Jean Chambers;
Jack, & Bruce Sanders. I could go on and on, because
there were little brothers and sisters too (Carla
Chambers, Larry & David Wilder, Wally Waddell,
Elizabeth Hanna, Terry Deakins, Sue Barfield, Paul
Whitlock, Kenny Sanders, Theresa Washabaugh, and lots
of Crouches) Shirley and Donald Bonneau lived on Sixth
Street, past the Margarita Gym and Grade School, along
with Becky McLeod, Ginger Slowick (how could we
forget those parties!), Bobby Walker, Pat Dockery, and
Molly Engelke lived at the bottom of Snob Hill with Jay
French, Mary Nell Lee, and Bert Murray. Beverly
Brownlee lived on the left side of the street as you went
up the hill from the Commissary before the Margarita
We moved to Coco Bolo Street (South Margarita) and
Tom Dugan lived on the corner and Walter Kleefkins
lived near 'Pop' and 'Mom' Egger on the next street.
Others not in the class of '61'....Hilda Reifkhol, Donnie
Bruce, Richard Carpenter, Bonnie and Billy Rankin,
3 i ''
Melvin, Maryanne, and Rusty Fields, lived in the
neighborhood (I've forgotten some names). When it
rained hard, we swam in the cement flood ditches.
Remember the ditch behind Bruces and Riefkhols when
an airplane fuel tank leaked in Fort Gulick, and the fuel
flowed in the drainage ditch behind their houses? It was
finally cleaned up, but people were afraid to light their
cigarettes or even run their cars for awhile. The Elks
Club was across Gulick Road on the hill. Margarita
Grade School (Miss Damron was our Fourth Grade
teacher). That's where I got my nickname "Egghead".
Jay French called on me to answer a question in Miss
Damron's class and the nickname stuck. We slid on our
bellies in the mud on weekends or after school out in the
field beside the grade school when it rained.
The Old Cristobal High School (the bell periodically
either got painted, or stolen by someone). Remember
lunch time, when the street vendors would come around
selling green mangos with salt on them in little bags, and
chinese plums? Remember fried meat on a stick in
Colon? We always heard that it was dog meat, but no
one really knew....and then there were sno cones, with
lots of sugary syrup. Remember dinner at the
Washington Hotel, and swimming in the Pool? Some
teachers I remember were Mrs. Riefkhol (she really ran
a tight ship!), Mr. Mazzoni (he gave me a "D" in
beginning Albebra, just to get me out of his class), Mr.
McCullough (used to jingle his keys in his pocket), Mrs.
Fattarosi (she could outyell all of us in gym class), Mr.
Sauer (I'll never forget the time I pinched his arm when
he didn't wear green on St. Patrick's Day, and he threw
me out of Sophomore English Class and sent me to the
Office), Mr. Palumbo, Mr. Reeves, Miss (Ada Mary)
Anderson, Mrs. (Dot) Smith, and Mr. Beck. After all
these years, I still think of them as "Mr, Miss, and Mrs".
Then, Cristobal High School moved to Coco Solo.
We were so afraid that the "powers-that-were" would
rename the school as Coco Solo High School, but to our
relief, they didn't!
George Cotton (CHS Class President, '61') helped me
remember the "Gatun Bunch", some of whom eventually
moved to Margarita, and Coco Solo. Since I didn't live
there, I don't know what went on there, but here are
some names that I'm sure will spark memories for
Gatunites....Judy Hallett, Elizabeth McClaren, Beverly
George, Tim Lasher, Bob Morrissey, Sharon McElhone,
Diane Shore, Betsy Hewitt, Randy Coates, Tom Dugan,
Abel Borsellino, David Miller, Kathy Stromberg, Jeff
Slaughter, Judy Hakanson, Livia Lippincott, Pam Theriot,
Bobby Vache, and others we've probably forgotten.
In our Junior and Senior years there was Girls and
Boys State, where we met and became friends with
people from the "other side" (BHS).
After graduation from CHS, many of our class
travelled to the US to go to college, but some of us
stayed behind to go to CZJC. That was when our
extended family became larger. Blue and Gold Tigers
and Red and White Bulldogs melded to become Green
and White Devils. What a great two years! But, I think
I'll leave that story for another time. 1993 is our 30th
year for the Class of 1963 from CZJC.
In the past 30 years, nowhere have I lived have I
known the closeness (even in small towns) like we
experienced when we were growing up. The block
parties, the Christmas Parties, Halloween, Fourth of
July......I hope our 30th Reunion which is the first, will
not be the last for us.
All of us in the old Canal Zone experienced a way of
life with close friends and families that was more like a
large, extended family. We lived in each other's homes,
slept in each others beds, ate at each others tables, and
celebrated all things together. May this coming short few
days rekindle the closeness, love, and camaraderie for
awhile, and in coming years, so that we may not stay so
out of touch. The Panama Canal Reunion was a
tradition begun so that families, friends and neighbors
could keep in contact no matter where they moved. For
the "older" generation, and I don't mean that in any way
except chronologically (my son considers me part of that
generation now), they know this, and that is why the
Reunion keeps perpetuating. It is now time for the rest
of us to keep this tradition going. (After this big speech,
I guess I'll have to volunteer to help!) I have enclosed
a collage of pictures that may spark some memories.
PS--If I've forgotten to mention anyone, it is
unintentional. It was a long time ago......30 years.
Pat (Egger) Wilkerson
CHS Class of 1961
CAN CANAL ZONE
Canal Zone children are not born with fins; they
attain such a fishy proficiency at such an early age that it
just seems that way.
From time immemorial well, anyway, since about
the time water was let into the Canal swimming has
been a pet pastime of Zonians, young and old. Toddlers
tumble into the water fearlessly; teenagers perform
amazing feats of speed and skill; and one of the best
swimmers hereabouts is a grandmother several times
As early as 1919 no high school student might
graduate unless he knew how to swim, and in 1938 there
was an extensive "every child a swimmer" drive in the
Canal Zone schools. Today, formal swimming instruction
is part of the curriculum of the Balboa Junior and Senior
High Schools and of the high schools at Cristobal and
Rainbow City. But any youngster who is tall enough to
keep his head above water in the shallow end of a
standard pool can learn how to swim much earlier than
that in regular classes at any of the Zone pools.
In the Canal Zone's early days, only those Zonians
who lived along the Caribbean had much chance to
develop their natatorial skill. During the latter part of
1913, after the water was let into the Canal, officially-
sponsored "bathing places" were provided for all the
settlements along the Canal between Cristobal and
Except for that at Culebra, which was abandoned
after its raft was broken up one night by a "piece of
floating equipment," these swimming spots were
extremely popular. At Gatun, youngsters and oldsters
swam in the forebay of the locks, and even had an
occasional meet in the locks chambers.
But by 1916, the Canal was becoming too busy and
polluted for swimming, and health officials put their foot
down on such capering. After that, only special events
were allowed in the waterway itself.
One of the Zone's most avid swimming fans was a
carpenter, Henry J. Grieser, who had come to the
Isthmus in 1917. The following year he laid aside his saw
and hammer to become a swimming instructor at the
recently opened Balboa pool. For a while he also
conducted what today would be called "slenderizing"
classes for women, but his main enthusiasm was reserved
for the children, some only three and four years old.
For many oldtime Zonians, the Golden Age of Canal
Zone swimming fell in the 1920's and 1930's the hey-
day of the Red, White and Blue Troupe which Henry
Grieser founded in 1919 "to help entertain our allied
soldiers passing through the Canal after the first World
Under his aegis, spurred on by the chocolate bars he
gave as prizes, the youngsters developed some spectacular
feats. Some of them even swam the length of the pool,
trussed up like rolled-roasts. The troupe made several
trips to the United States, opened the great indoor pool
at Madison Square Garden and closed it some years
later sent water polo teams to South America and
staged exhibitions for practically every dignitary who
visited the Isthmus. (Canal Zone officialdom aided and
abetted this; they notified shipping agents that swimming
exhibitions could be arranged for tourists "on short
The troupe developed a number of Olympic and world
record-breaking champions. Josephine McKim, who won
four national AAU championships in one meet, swam on
several Olympic teams. Alma Mann and Adelaide
Lambert were members of Olympic diving teams, and
Alan Ford broke a number of world swimming records.
Other top Canal Zone swimmers of the 1920's and
1930's were: Henry Brewerton, George Haldeman, Mack
and Jack Walbridge, Eddie Wood, Alan Jaques, aad
Helen and Marny Dryden.
Two of the troupe's leading swimmers were Harry
Walbridge, left, and Eddie Wood, right, with Coach
Although most of the Canal Zone's attention was
focused on these Pacific side stars, there were several
active Atlantic side swimming groups. One of these was
coached by Homer Baker of Gatun who, in 1922, got
permission for a swimming meet in Gatun Locks, "to be
stopped if a boat came through."
Another was the Southern Cross Swim Club, headed
for a while by VJ. Clarke of the Commissary Division.
Two of its members, Navy enlisted men, considered
trying to swim the Canal. Local newspapers reported that
"two Navy launches towing a net, specially prepared for
swimmers, as well as riflemen will protect them from
danger in the water," but did not report whether or not
they actually made the swim.
Certainly, in those days, much wider publicity was
given to Canal Zone swimmers than it is today;
Grantland Rice even brought a film crew here and
photographed young Zonians diving from the boom of
giant cranes and performing other breath-taking stunts.
Actually, however, the records set by the past
generation have not held up under the assault of today's
boys and girls. When Charlene Graves of Cristobal
Junior High School, swimming in the Gamboa Civic
Council meet this year, broke the 100-yard free style
record for women which Josephine McKim had set in
1929, only five old records remained unbroken:
Richard Mallett's 220-yard free-style for men, set in
1952; Genevieve Foley's 50-yard free-style for girls of 13
and 14, set in 1934; Alan Ford's 100-yard back-stroke
record, set in 1941; Eddie Wood's 100-yard free-style for
men, set in 1938; and Marney Dryden's 50-yard free-
Today there are new champions coming up. In May,
Carolyn Holmes, Balboa High School sophomore,
sprinted the 50-meter free-style in 30.6 seconds, to lower
the 32-second Canal Zone record set by Arline Schmidt
in 1953, and just missed by five-tenths of a second -
setting a new Canal Zone record for the 100 meter free-
style, also held by Arline Schmidt.
Other top girl swimmers are: Margaret Mahoney of
Balboa Junior High School, who prefers to be called
"Maggie," holder for the Canal Zone record for the 50-
yard free-style for girls; Jean Seaman, Cristobal Junior
High School, a back-stroke and medley swimmer; and
Diane Hickey of Cristobal Junior High School who tied
the 50-meter free-style record in 1957.
The girls don't have the exclusive corner on the top
Zone swimmers, either. Among the boys are Don Ryter,
who graduated from Balboa High School in June and
who will be swimming and studying at Rensselear
Polytech next fall. In May's interscholastic meet, he did
100 meters free-style in 1:01:5, beating Bob Connor's
1955 record by four tenths of a second.
Joe Blackburn, swimming for the Canal Zone Junior
College, set new Canal Zone records for the 1,500 yard
and mile swims in April. Two other up and coming young
men are Martin Holmes of Balboa Junior High School
(no relation to Carolyn), who specializes in the butterfly
stroke, and Tommy Dugan of Cristobal High School, a
breast stroke man.
Even as this is being read, more records may be
toppling. The annual July 4 swimming meet is on today
at the Gamboa pool and who knows what will happen
before the day is over?
The Panama Canal Review
July 4, 1958
The Agewood Athletics, old Beer League, Ancon
Laundry. Back row: Ray Wilson, Ben Williams, Bill
Wigg, George Riley, Fred Mead (Mgr.), Eddie
Dryzmala, Tommie Allie. Front L-R: E. Pierce, Paul
Badonsky, Pres Trim, Howard Walling, ?, E. Ross.
PANAMA CANAL TRIVIA
While the French were attempting to dig a sea level
canal in Panama, A U.S. concern, the Maritime Canal
Company, was trying to construct a lock canal in
Not a single motor truck was used in the
construction of the Panama Canal. Railroad did all the
hauling, except for the little that could go by water.
Hauling to and from the railroad terminals was done by
The General Electric Company produced
approximately half the electric equipment needed during
the Canal construction and virtually all the motors, relays,
switches, wiring and generating equipment installed
permanently in addition to the towing locomotives and
the lighting system.
The Canal's first night lockage occurred on
December 7, 1914, when the South American Steamship
Company Limari entered Pedro Miguel Locks at 6:34
p.m. and exited Miraflores Locks at 8:57 p.m.
The first commodity that transmitted the Canal was
sugar, transported on Canal barges towed by the tug La
Boca on May 18 and 19, 1914.
Panama Railroad construction crews began working
on Manzanillo Island in 1850. By the end of that year, it
was filled in and attached to the mainland and became
"Otro Lado" (Other Side). On February 29, 1852, Panama
Railroad president John L. Stevens named the town
Aspinwall, after William H. Aspinwall, the major driving
force behind the decision to build a railroad in Panama.
Colombian government officials had their own ideas
about the name of the town, however, and changed it to
The first northbound Canal transit was by the
Pleides, a Luckenbach steamship carrying canned fruit,
scrap tin and lumber, on August 16, 1914.
The idea of a canal across the Isthmus of Panama
was first mentioned in print in 1555 in a book titled "The
Discoveries of the World," written by the Portuguese
governor of Ternate in the Moluccas, Antonio Galvao.
He attributed the idea to a Spanish seaman and trader,
Alvarao de Saavedra Ceron, a cousin of the conqueror of
Mexico, Hernan Cortez. The King of Spain opposed the
idea on the grounds that "if God had intended there
should be a strait, He would have made one." Later,
when gold was discovered in Peru, the king decided that
the solid barrier of the Isthmus was heaven-sent to keep
A Canal Fire Division training program came to a
rather unique end in early 1956 when the firefighting
school was burned to the ground as a grand finale.
Until 1920, the Canal pilot force was divided into
locks pilots, who guided vessels through the locks, and
lake pilots, who took over in all Canal waters outside the
The Queen Mary, a British passenger liner launched
in 1936, was the first ship constructed too large to transit
the Panama Canal.
In a German prisoner-of-war camp during World
War II, 66 master mariners who had had their ships
torpedoed out from under them, voted the Panama Canal
one of the world's greatest engineering feats and the
smoothness of transits a tribute to the pilots and Marine
Division of the Panama Canal.
Sneaking out of a foreign harbor on a secret mission
during World War II, the James Parker, famed for having
one of the loudest whistles on the ocean, had the
misfortune of having its whistle stick and keep on
blowing, alerting the enemy of the whereabouts of its
convoy. Thanks to foul weather, the ship survived to
transport to New York famous paintings worth $80
million, and later to resume its service as the Panama
Railroad steamship Panama.
Panama Canal Spillway
This photo appeared recently in the Spanish newspaper El Siglo in Panama, with no names attached. The photo
shows the candidates for Queen in 1940. So far, we have come up with a few names. Front row, L-R: ?
? ,Regina Quinn, Virginia Willett, Lois DeLaMater, ? Ruth Horter. Top row L-R; Esther Miller,
Nancy Norton, Liz Tonneson, Virginia Krueger, Kathryn Adams, Beverly Comley, Ruth Bauman, Betty
Haldeman. Can anyone fill in the three missing names? Sent by: Cheryl Ann Pinto
The first Reunion of Ex-employees of the Panama Canal held in Bradenton, Florida, on February 22,1933. How many
can you name?
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 CLASS OF 1947
A reunion in Portland, Maine, October 5-6, 1991.
We had such a good time in Portland, Oregon last year
we decided to try and make it an annual event. Please
contact Ruth Catherine (Taylor) Walker, 151 Scamman
Street, South Portland, Maine 04106, for details if
interested. Come see a Maine "leaf peeper" this fall.
BHS CLASS OF '56
"We want to remember the days from September to
early in June"
Friday, June 21, 1991 3:00 6:00 P.M.
Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando, Florida
Approximately 50 classmates plan to attend. Come see
who they are! Walk-ins are welcome but we'd sure prefer
advance notice. Contact:
395 Viscaya Circle
Deltona, FL 32738
Gayle Hasemann Tolbert
1295 Rensselaer Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
6950 S.W. 146th Street
Miami, FL 33157
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
Pass the word to all our classmates so we can hoist a few
to good old C.H.S. and Mrs. Smith.
C.H.S. CLASS OF 1961
REUNION REGISTRATION FORM
Pleas e 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
City State _
Zip Telephone: __
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BHS GOLDEN CLASS OF 1964
We wanted to give you lots of time to save up your
sheckels...the celebration of the Thirtieth (30th)
Anniversary of the Graduation of the Balboa High School
Class of 1964 is tentatively scheduled to be held in San
Diego, California, the summer of 1994. Please keep in
touch if you are interested in attending. We would like
to keep our list updated so please send your name,
address and phone number (especially if you have
moved) to one of the following:
Carole (Salonick) Barber
404 Marble Cove Way
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Jane (Holgerson) Thompson
476 East Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92714
Katie (Oliver) Haas
912 Jackson Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
28 Ocean Shore Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
(904) 441- 6149
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 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 1971
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
Shirley (Shipman) Evans
11982 Kelly Road
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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
2391 52nd St. North
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Janie (Souder) Small
544 20th Avenue North
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 34635
BHS CLASS OF 1972
It's time to organize our 20th class reunion. Please
send your names, addresses, and phone numbers (as well
as those of any other of our classmates) to one of the
addresses listed below. Anyone knowing the whereabouts
of any class of '72 graduates, please help to put us in
Priscilla (Landrum) Brusich
1366 Ridgewood Dr.
Lilburn, GA 30247
Dottie (Coleman) Whitlow
3024 Alberta Dr.
Marietta, GA 30062
1208 Scenic View Dr.
Dothan, AL 36303
Linda (Trimble) Ebersole
3544 Montreal Way
Tucker, GA 30084
Karen (Newlon) and Jim Mullins
4436 Blue Bill Pass
Tallahassee, FL 32303
BHS CLASS OF 1981
The 10-year reunion for the BHS '81 Class will be
held this year in the month of June. Please send
addresses to: Maritza Reyes, P.O. Box 273355, Tampa,
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
Friday noon to Sunday noon, September 6 and 7,
1991. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF
DATES. 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 Hill Motor Lodge, a Best Western, is
on 1-80 and 715, exit 45, Tannersville, PA. Motor Lodge
telephone is (717) 629-1667. Come join us for fun and
frivolity. For additional information call Billy Michaelson,
POSTAL SERVICE SALUTES ZONIANS
To honor the builders of the Panama Canal and their
descendents and to celebrate the 77th Annivesary, the
U.S. Postal Service has created this special pictorial
cancellation to be used on out-going mail June 19-23,
1991, the week of the Reunion in orlando, Florida.
A mini-post office will be set up at the Twin Towers
Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
for special "hand-back" service. That is, the USPS will
stamp any document that bears a U.S. Stamp (postcard
19 cents, letter 29 cents, foreign 50 cents) and hand it
back to you; or mail it out, whichever you prefer. Some
fun items that might be turned into "official" collectibles
are: Menus, programs, drawings, the Canal Record, use
your imagination, anything a stamp will stick to. Stamps
will be available for sale.
19-23 June 1991
PANAMA CANAL STATION
Orlando, FL 32819
1 4 -1 99 i
This is a kind gesture by the USPS and they pay for
everything; Mini-post office, cancelling machine,
personnel to run the booth, etc. so be nice. Instructions
for obtaining the cancel by mail order can be found in all
philatelic newspapers or from Editor Pat Beall.
(Send a self-addressed U.S. stamp on an envelope
(SASE) to: 77th Anniversary, Panama Canal,
Postmaster, Orlando, Florida 32862-9998. The envelope
will be returned to you with a pictorial cancellation. Do
not send for the cancellation until a week before the
dates of use, which are 19-23 June, 1991. Orders received
after 23 June cannot be filled. Limit is 50 per customer.
Anything over 50 is an additional 5 cents each.)
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.
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.
PANAMA CANAL WEST COAST REUNION SEPTEMBER 20,21,22, 1991
998 WEST MISSION BAY DRIVE
SAN DIEGO, CA 92109
MAIL ROOM RESERVATIONS DIRECTLY TO HOTEL
BME ORGANIZATION: Panama Canal West Coast Reunion
DRESS: RATE: SINGLE DOUBLE
ARRIVAL DATE: DEPARTURE DATE
NUMBER IN PARTY:
ALL RATES ARE SUBJECT TO 9% ROOM TAX. PLEASE ADVISE OF LATE ARRIVAL
ENCLOSE FIRST NIGHT ROOM DEPOSIT
ROOM RATES; SINGLE $72.00; DOUBLE $76.00
This is a special rate for our reunion. After August 21, rooms subject to availability.
LIVE MUSIC BY TITO MOUYNES THEME: PANAMANIAN DRESS (Optional)
* * * * * * *
Deadline for "reduced rate" reservations is September 10, 1991. Mail checks and reservations for meals to: PANAMA
CANAL WEST COAST REUNION, c/o David Lane, 603 First Street #515, Oceanside, CA 92054. Make checks payable
to "REUNION ACCOUNT."
NAME AND ADDRESS OF EACH PERSON
(Area Code) (Number)
* * *
Friday, September 20
Saturday, September 21
Sunday, September 22
Dinner/Dance $25.00/person: $
After Sept. 10 @ $30.00/pr. $
Table of 10 purchased by one
person before Sept. 10 @
discount cost $225.00 $
Breakfast @ $13,00/person $
TOTAL ENCLOSED: $
* * * * *
11:00 8:00 Registration and Open Bar (Hospitality Suite)
8:30 a.m. Golf Tournament $25.00
9:00 to 4:00 Registration and Open Bar (Bring your favorite)
6:00 to 8:00 pm No Host Bar and Dinner Ballroom
8:00 to 1:00 am Dancing to the music of TITO MOUYNES
No Host Bar, Raffle, Lottery, etc.
10.00 am Registration Ballroom
10:30 1:00 pm Breakfast. Program begins at 11:30, film or talk.
Lottery, Dancing to the music of TITO
* * * * * * *
* FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT THE 'COMMITTEE': David Lane 619-434-9710: Ken and Celine
Stone 818-361-1964: Kathryn Molinaro 714-927-2908: Jack Taylor 619-277-5000; David Hollowell 619- 424-5704;
Tom and Marian Rice 213-662-0547; Conrad and Norma Horine 818-895-1681; Bob and Linda Morris 619-272-
FOR MINI- REUNIONS AND OTHER GOLF INFORMATION, CONTACT CONRAD HORINE.
GAS HOUSE GANG
7 thru 9 October, 1991
PLACE: Ozark Country Club, Ozark, Alabama.
PROGRAM: 7 October Practice round (not in the
package) and pay as you go party at Country
Club that night.
8 October Mexican Best Ball Tournament
(scramble) with shotgun start.
9 October Medal Play Tournament with
shotgun start, men and women divisions -
Cocktail Party and Banquet that evening.
PACKAGE:Includes Cart, Green Fees, Club Storage,
two rounds of golf, Banquet, and Prizes out
Per couple (Both Golfers)
Per Couple (One golfer)
Banquet Only per pers.
PEDRO MIGUEL REUNION
A Pedro Miguel reunion is now in the planning
stages and is scheduled for 1992 in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society reunion to be held in Orlando,
Florida. The 1985 get-together was a great success and
many have expressed an interest in another reunion.
The Pedro Miguel reunion committee will not be
sending any notices until next year, however we will have
announcement/reminders in each of the following Canal
Records. When actual mailings begin next year, a
donation will be appreciated to help defray postal costs.
If any of those contacted for the last reunion have
address changes, or if you know of someone who might
be added to our current mailing list, please contact any
of the committee members listed below.
Anne (Edwards) Hale
101 Waterwood Drive
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
Make out check to Fred McDuffie and send to OZARK
C.C., 118 C.C. Drive, OZARK, AL 36360. Identify
yourself as Gas House Gang participant and tell us your
handicap and names of those you'd like in
Medal Play Foursome. Please send check by 20 Sept.
GENERAL: Cost of Motel is in addition to Package, and
is $38.00/night plus tax, double and single. Make your
own reservation at the Ozark Holiday Inn, 1-205-774-
Bridge Parties scheduled for 8 and 9 October.
Ozark is just North of Dothan on U.S. 231, and motel is
on left as you face North.
Call any Committee Member for additional information:
Lou Hunt, 1-205-793-4690; Vera Ryan, 1-205-793-6316;
Bill Sherlock, 1-205-794-5933; Frank "Abie" Anderson, 1-
205-794-7623, and Jim Coman, 1-205-284-0771.
The Northwest Annual Canal Zone Picnic will be
held on August 3, 1991 from 9:00 a.m. to dusk.
The picnic will be in North Bonneville, Washington,
40 miles east of Portland Oregon and Vancouver,
Washington. Plan on camping or hoteling overnight and
enjoy the heart of the gorge.
For more information contact Jim and Clover
Duffus, P.O. Box 82, North Bonneville, WA 98639 or call
(509) 427-4490. We're looking forward to seeing everyone
DISTRICT GRAND MASTER'S
The District Grand Master's Annual Luncheon will
be held at the Delta Orlando Resort on Friday, June 21.
Social hour will begin at 12:00 Noon, with Luncheon
beginning at 1:00 p.m.
R.W. Don Garrido, District Grand Master of the
Panama Canal Masonic District will be in attendance, as
well as an honored guest, whose name has not yet been
Cost of the luncheon is $10.00 ea. Those wishing to
attend, please send your reservation and check to Cliff
Beaty, 3922 Barcelona St. W., Tampa, Florida 33629. Tel:
(813) 832-3485. Checks should be made out to the
District Grand Lodge, Panama Canal.
GULF COAST PICNIC
A no-host, potluck picnic will be held starting at 11
a.m., Saturday, September 28, at Davis Bayou
Campground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, off
Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. All ex-Zonians in
the area or passing through are invited to attend. Just
look for the CZ banner at one of the "Bohios." Bring
along your favorite old-time CZ recipes for a cookbook
in the works.
For those with trailers or RVs, Davis Bayou has
campsites with electric and water hook-ups and a dump
station. For camping details, contact the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500
Park Road, Ocean Springs, Miss. 39564. For additional
picnic details, please contact Gerda or Owen Smith at
MULLERS PLAN REUNION
In conjunction with the PCSOFL 1991 Reunion, the
sons and daughters of the late Jack A. and Margaret T.
Muller (Construction Day Zonians) along with their
spouses are planning to reunite in Orlando in June.
Harold and Adrienne (Muller) Neuhaus will use
AMTRAK from Tucson, AZ. for her (BHS'41) 50th
Class Reunion; Wini and George Muller (BHS'42) plan
to fly from Anaheim, CA; Ray and Catharine (Muller)
Peabody (BHS'49) will venture over the mountains from
Albuquerque, NM; Delores and Walter Muller (BHS'38)
will drive from Round Rock, TX; Betty and John Muller
(BHS'32) will coast in from DeLand, FL; while Jean and
William "Bill" Muller (BHS'46) will check out the
turnpike from Ocala, FL. The late Elizabeth and Jack A.
Muller, Jr. (BHS'44) will be with us in many happy
Bill and Jean will be looking forward to many visitors
this summer in Ocala, Florida.
RAMS FAMILY GET-TOGETHER
Type of Function Undecided
Need information/Suggestions from Coaches, Coordinators,
Cheerleaders, Players, Friends, Opponents, Sponsors.
CONTACT: Dick Gayer
135 Wedgewood Drive
Torrington, CT 06790
"RED, WHITE AND BLUE PARADISE"
Herbert and Mary Knapp, authors of "Red, White
and Blue Paradise: The American Canal Zone in
Panama" (Harcourt, Brace, 1984) have moved in
February from Massachusetts to: 590 West End Ave.,
#11-F, New York, NY 10024. Copies of their book are
still available from the authors.
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.
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 interest of future historical
research and preservation. Please send a copy to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, Louisiana 70714.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Panama Canal
Now Available on Videocassette
From the exploration of Panama by Balboa to the relinquishing of more than half of the Canal Zone to the
Republic of Panama, this 32-minute, color production tells the story of Panama and the Panama Canal. The
isthmus and its jungle Spanish exploration and colonization the Panama Railroad French failure and
American success in building a shortcut between the Atlantic and the Pacific hardships of construction ...
operation of the canal today all are dramatically covered in this videocassette.
"I consider this film to be the best orientation film that is available on the Panama Canal and its history. I use it
frequently in my own presentations. MajGen David S. Parker
U.S. Army Retired
Former Governor of the Canal Zone
VHS or Beta $20 plus $2 shipping and handling
KAW VALLEY FILMS & VIDEO
P.O. Box 3900, 6532 Switzer, Shawnee, Kansas 66203
Other Kaw Valley titles available on Videocassette:
Gettysburg: 1863 and Shiloh 34 min. $25 Alaska
Railroad (History of railroads The Grand Canyon of the Colorado
to the 1880's) 45 min. $30 Yellowstone National Park
The Oregon Trail 32 min. $20 Death Valley
The Mississippi 65 min. $30 Yosemite National Park
The 1880's 32 min. $20 Glacier/Waterton Lakes
Mardi Gras 17 min. $20 San Francisco
The Islands of Hawaii 32 min. $20 Seattle
Please enclose $2 per cassette for shipping and handling.
ZONIANS FRIENDS CLASS REUNIONS
WHY NOT RENEW THE ENJOYMENT WE HAD AS ZONIANS
WHEN WE CRUISED TOGETHER ON THE PANAMA LINE
SIGN UP to Travel With A Fun Loving Group
Of Zonians And Their Friends
PETER W. FOSTER
2389 Citrus Hill Rd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
TOURING ZONIAN AMIGOS STYLE
CELEBRATE NEW YEAR'S WITH THE CROSSROADS HAPPY GROUP
Cruising from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 29, 1991 to January 5, 1992
***COZUMEL CANCUN PLAYA DEL CARMEN GRAND CAYMAN OCHO RIOS***
1992 NON-BINDING PRELIMINARY REGISTRATION
( ) I'm interested in the Panama Revisited Tour (7-10 days, August, 1992)
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ADDRESS PHONE_( )
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( ) Please add my name to the Zonian Amigos mailing list. ) Please remove my name from your mailing list.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT PETE FOSTER, 813/785-8555
**** RING IN 1992 WITH YOUR ZONIAN FRIENDS CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN ****
to help Denefit,
and the Title Song
Send Name and Address
plus $2.00 shipping
P.O. Box 25101
Tampa, Florida 33622
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I ,ear La Bamba plain ir n the Panama nigt
I hear La Bamba playln' in the Panama night
I feel Lu, r,,: i ,,, glve ,t ,Ii
Brings back the Zone we knew so well.
Let me tell you a little story,
I went to Gamboa, It cost a Balboa
So I took Los Rios to see Margarita
But she opened La Boca, I had to run to Curundu
I'm lust a Coco Solo, a Canal Zone type fellow
So it's back to Gamboa fresh out of Balboa's
Still a Coco Solo lust here to say hello
We've come to grab a little of the past
Relive a way of life we can't bring back
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Here's to the Canal Zone, forever our home
; All Words & Music by Eddie Stroop & Larry Swiderski
Side One Side Two
Zonian Two Hearts
Girl In The Parking Lot Infatuation
Thinking About You Sweet Luanne
Simply In Love
' 1991 All Words & Music by Larry Swiderski & Eddie Stroop
CARIBBEAN AMERICAN CLUB PRESENTS
CHARLIE COOPER and the COPRA BAND
At the Annual Central American Independence Day dance
on Saturday, September 14, 1991:
LOCATEDAT THE IB.E.W. HALL ON5621HARNEYROAD, TAMPA, FL. 9AT THE INTERSECTION OF HARNEY
ROAD AND 56TH STREET, JUST SOUTH OF HILLSBOROUGHAVE. ALSO JUST SOUTH OF EAST LAKE MALL
TICKETS: $17.00 PER PERSON. FREE CONCH SOUP AT MIDNIGHT. B.Y.O.B. BRING YOUR COOLERS WITH
BEER OR WHATEVER. SOFT DRINKS, MIXERS, ICE AVAILABLE AT OUR SET-UP BAR.
DOORS OPENAT 9:00 P.M. MUSIC STARTS AT 10.00 P.M. UNTIL 2:00 A.M.
DON'T MISS THE ANNUAL PARADE OF FLAGS CEREMONY FEATURING THE FLAGS OF ALL CENTRAL
AMERICAN COUNTRIES AND VARIOUS CARIBBEAN ISLAND NATIONS
For Tickets or Reservations, call:
W- Hillsborough Ave E---
W- 1I-4 E
CALL US TO SET UP A SPECIAL PAN-CANAL SECTION AT THE DANCE. LET US KNOW YOU ARE A
MEMBER OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA.
TO MY OWN DRUMMER: THE CANAL ZONE YEARS
by Patsy C. Detamore
A delightful collection of mini-adventures in the jungles and
waters of Panama and the Canal Zone from flying a home-made
parasail to cave-crawling beneath Fort San Lorenzo.
The 137-page booklet may be purchased directly from the
author for $10 (plus $2 postage and handling). Send check or
money order to Patsy C. Detamore, 3835 Rex Circle, Rex, GA
30273. Books will be autographed upon request at no extra charge.
MOLAS IN MINIATURE!
Hand stitched by Kuna
(=Cuna) Indian women of
Panama, these colorful MOLA
PATCHES (2 1/2 4 inches in
diameter) make unique (and
useful*) gifts. The diversity of
designs of birds, fish, insects
plus other tropical wildlife
captured on each appliqued
patch mirror the life
experiences and imagination of
their Kuna creators.
Please send me mola patch(es) (prices listed
$4.00 each for 1 4 patches
$3.50 each for 5 11 patches
$2.50 each for 12 or more patches (a 37 1/2%
Michigan residents add 4% sales tax. All orders
postpaid. Enclosed is a check or money order for
$ payable in U.S. funds to PUERTO PANAMA.
PUERTO PANAMA (Dept. S)
Route 1, Box 63
Calumet, Michigan 49913
DRESSES FROM PANAMA
FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE REUNION
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BUY A TOUCH
OF PANAMA CULTURE IN 100% COTTON
YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM A WIDE ASSORTMENT
OF DRESSES IN BEAUTIFUL COLORS AND STYLES
THAT REFLECT TOUCH OF PANAMA, ALL HAND
MADE IN PANAMA.
DON'T MISS THIS NEW AND EXCITING BOOTH
WHEN YOU ARE AT THE REUNION AND TAKE A
TOUCH OF PANAMA CULTURE HOME WITH YOU.
4627 El Prado Blvd.
Tampa, FL. 33609 (813) 839-5444
FOR SALE: Framed 26"x50" wall tapestry by Cheryl of
Panama 3 blue and gold macaws on a blue and green
background. $500.00. Contact Dottie Manthorne, (407)
*A FREE color post card showing the wide diversity of
mola patch designs and a brochure including
suggested uses comes with each order as does a
GUARANTEE of returning your order within 30 days of
receipt for a complete refund if it doesn't meet your
WANTED: Old photos of shipboard scenes on the old
Ancon and Cristobal during 1920-1930's. Will return
lenders photos with new negatives and prints. Not a
commercial venture. Use Reg/Cert. mail and I will
reimburse the cost. George M. Chevalier, 6872 Galle Ct.,
Orlando, FL 32818.
ASK FOR YOUR SOCIETY DISCOUNT
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1200 LB LEATHERBACK TURTLES, ESTUARY
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INVESTOR INQUIRIES BIENVENIDOS!
Dear Friends of Peg Donovan:
We are asking you once again to remember someone
very special, a woman who loved children and who gave
to them in a most intense and concerned way. Her life
and her profession revolved around children those
needing homes, those having problems, those who loved
her. At her office, at Sunday Mass, or at home, kids
always jostled to be close to her whether to sit on her
lap, or go through her overstuffed purse looking for the
gum and treats they knew she kept just for them.
In our fourth appeal, we are asking you to keep Peg's
memory flourishing by making a tax deductible
contribution to the Peg Donovan Scholarship Fund. To
date, eighteen young, deserving, adopted individuals have
received Donovan scholarships to help them defray the
costs of post-high school education. We are hoping our
request will receive priority in your charitable giving.
The English poet, Stephen Spender, is convincing
when he cautions us, "What is precious in never to
forget." Thank you for helping us keep Peg's memory a
reality in the lives of adopted children. Peg Donovan is
a woman worthy of remembering.
Please send your contribution to: Peg Donovan
Scholarship Fund, c/o Association for the Rights of
Children, P.O. Box 509, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556.
FOR SALE: Seal of the Canal, counted cross stitch and
needlepoint kits. Cross stitch is $15 plus $1.50 for
shipping. Needlepoint is $27 plus $2.25 for shipping.
Jeanne Wheeler, 12504 Wild Turkey Lane, Bayonet Point,
FL 34667. (813) 863-1489.
PROMPT COURTEOUS SERVICE
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135 WEDGEWOOD DR.
TORRINGTON, CT 06790
60 CARPENTER DR.
EAST HARTFORD. CT
COPPERPLATES engraved/polished/laquered: CZSeal,
PCC &/or Pilot emblems available, in 11 1/2" diam;
$38.00 + $4.00 ea. for insure/postage. Mastergrafx, Rt 1,
Box 206A-2, Point, Texas 75472; (903) 447-3526 *****
EDITOR MUST HAVE BY:
JULY 25, 1991
PARADOXICAL COMMANDMENTS OF
1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-
centered. Love them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of
selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
3. If you are successful, you win false friends
and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
4. The good you do today will be forgotten
tomorrow. Do good anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness make you
vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
6. The biggest person with the biggest ideas
can be shot down by the smallest person with
the smallest mind. Think big anyway.
7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top
dogs. Fight for underdogs anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be
destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
9. People really need help, but may attack you
if you help them. Help them anyway.
10. Give the world the best you have and you
may get kicked in the teeth. Give the world -
and America the best you have anyway.
*Some days you may not really feel a song in
your heart. Sing anyway!
(Courtesy of Emory Austin The North
American Speakers Bureau, Inc.)
USE THE ENCLOSED fiPPLICFiTION iBLNKS
TO UPDfiTE YOUR RECORDS
IN THE SOCIETY!
REUNION TICKET INFORMATION
PANAZONIAN AND BALL TICKETS
WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE
AT THE DOOR
PRE-ORDERED TICKETS MUST BE PICKED UP
DURING PUBLISHED REGISTRATION HOURS.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PICK THEM UP, IN PERSON, A SIGNED NOTE
TO THE REGISTRATION CHAIRMAN, CAROLYN JOHNSON,
AUTHORIZING ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL TO PICK THEM UP WILL SUFFICE.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on
Form 3579 to 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642
2nd Class Postage
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