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


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

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FOR 1991-92

Mr. Robert Van Siclen

Mr. Virgil G. Camby
1st Vice President

Mrs. Faith Brundage
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Barbara Green
813-391-4359 (Office)

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
813-391-4359 (Office)

Mrs. Betty Frassrand
Past President

Mr. Robert Johnson
Legislative Representative

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist

Mrs. Muriel Whitman

Mr. Chris Skeie

Mr. Harry Foster

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

President's M message ............................... ... .. ........... ..... 1
From the Secretary .................................. ................. 2
Editor's Corner .......................................................... 2
Legislative Representative .................................................. 3
Reunion Coordinator's Notebook ......................................... 3
Operation Desert Storm ................................................... 5
Interim A udit Report ..................................................... 6
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings .................................... 9
Retirements ........................................... .............. .. 11
REUNION ............................................................. 12
News Clips ................... ...... ... ... .......................... 35
Where are You? .................. ............ .. .................... 38
Your Reporter Says ..................... .............................. 39
Alabama ....................... 39 Indiana .................... 54
Arizona ........................ 40 Louisiana ................... 55
Arkansas ............... ....... 41 Mississippi ................... 56
California ...................... 43 North Carolina ................ 57
Colorado ....................... 45 Northwest ................... 58
Costa Rica ......................45 Oklahoma ................... 58
Florida ........................ 46 Panama ..................... 59
Georgia ........................ 50 South Carolina ................ 61
H awaii ......................... 52 Texas ...................... 63
Illinois ......................... 53 Virginia ..................... 65
Congratulations ................ .................. .................... 66
Weddings ................... .......................................... 72
Births .................................... ................................ 75
With Deep Sorrow ...................................... ................ 77
Letters to the editor ..................................................... 81
Looking Back ..................................... ................... 87
Announcements ........................................................ 93
For Sale or Wanted ..................................................... 100
Northwest Realty...................104 Zonian Amigos...............101 Kowloon Chinese Restaurant...........103
Keystone Club................... 02 The Travel Company..............................103 Kaw Valley Films............101
Patsy Detamore..............................103 Puerto Panama.................................104 Roberto Rosania........ 102

FRONT COVER: Robert "Bob" Van Siclen, newly elected President of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, for the 1991-1992 term. Bob lives with his wife, Nancy, in Seminole, Florida.
BACK COVER: Painting by internationally known Panama Canal artist, Al Sprague, of a pair of
"mules' pulling a tanker through the lock chamber.

September 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street N., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. Covered Dish.
September 20-22Panama Canal West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA.
September 24 South Carolina Luncheon, Ft. Jackson Off. Club, Columbia, Noon.
September 28 Gulf Coast Picnic, Davis Bayou Campgrounds. (Announcements).
October 1 Ocala Zonians get-Together. Don's Smorgasborg Restaurant,
Ocala, FL. High noon.
October 5 PCSOFL Annual Picnic. Bay Pines War Veterans Memorial Park,
Shelter #2, St. Petersburg, FL. Starts at noon.
October 5 Oklahoma Fall Meeting. La Fortuna Park, Tulsa Oklahoma.
October 5 PCS of Arizona. Fall Lunch/Meeting, Holiday inn, Casa Grande,
Arizona. (See Announcements).
October 13 Fall Luncheon, PCS N.W. Ark, Heritage Buffet, Rogers, AR.Noon.
October 19 Central Florida Zonian Picnic, Auburndale Beach Clubhouse, Lake
Ariana, Auburndale, FL. (See Announcements).
October 27 Space Coast Annual Picnic, Stratham Park, Titusville, FL. Noon
till 6:00 p.m. (See Announcements).
November 1 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 p.m. A Speaker is programmed.
December 1 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA.
Call (619) 277-5000 for details.
December 6 South Carolina Christmas Luncheon, Houndslake Country Club,
Aiken, S.C. 1:00 p.m.
December 7 PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon, Holiday Inn, Clearwater. (See
December 8 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm. For info, contact:
Kathryn Argo Taylor (619)277-5000.
December 14 Hill Country Christmas Party, Red Lion Hotel, Austin, Texas. (See
January 10 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. Covered Dish.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
-To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
y 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642

The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, April, June, September and December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
Second Class postage paid at Seminole, Florida and additional entry.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Sminole, FL 34642-4712.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $2.00 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society
and will be retained in our files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for
advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625


I thank each of you for placing confidence in me by
electing me President of the Society. It is an honor I
value very highly and assure you I will do my best to
deserve your confidence.
I had the pleasure of working with Betty Frassrand
and the Executive Board for the past year and a half, and
now as I take over the office of President, I look to our
membership for comments and suggestions to continue
the growth of the Society.
We have another strong Executive Board, each of
whom will work for the Society, and this is my
opportunity to introduce the members of the Executive
Board for the 1991-1992 term. Some have been elected
by the membership and others have been kind enough to
accept my appointment to the Board:

1st Vice President -
2nd Vice President -
Director -
Director -
Director -
Past President -
Legislative Representative -
Sergeant-at-Arms -
Record Editor

Chairpersons of Standing
1991/1992 term are:

Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
Mrs. Faith Brundage
Chris Skeie
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Mrs. Betty Frassrand
Robert Johnson
Harry Foster
Richard "Pat" Beall
Mrs. Barbara Green
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Committees for the

Budget and Audit -
By-laws -
Nominating -
Society History -
Sunshine Committee -
Service Officers -

Mrs. Jeanne Wheeler
Peter Foster
Fred Huldtquist
Mrs. Beverly Williams
:s Mrs. Dorothy Pate
Mrs. Anna Collins
Eugene Askew and Al Pate

No organization can remain active without
committees, and the Society is fortunate that these
persons have accepted appointments to chair the
following committees:

October Picnic -
Christmas Luncheon
Carnavalito -
Sarasota Luncheon -
May Luncheon -

Mrs. Faith Brundage
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Mrs. Betty Frassrand
Mrs. Sheila Taylor
Joe and Anna Collins

Virgil "Skeeter" Camby has been appointed 1992
Reunion Coordinator, and I look forward to sharing my
1991 experience with him and together with all
committee members we look forward to another great
Reunion in Orlando. So keep the dates of June 17th
through June 21st, 1992 open.
1992 marks the 60th anniversary of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. It was on July 14, 1932 that
John Warner and others, meeting in the lounge aboard
the S.S. Ancon founded the Panama Canal Society of



Florida. I for one am grateful to these persons, for
founding such a group that keep us aware of our history
and in touch with friends.
To honor our founding Fathers and Mothers, I have
selected as the theme for the 1992 Reunion "The 60th
Anniversary of the Founding of the Society." Each of us
can honor the founders by attending the 60th Reunion.
Each person who maintains active membership in the
Society, by payment of annual dues, is a MEMBER of
the Society, and no matter where the members reside
they are entitled to VOTE on all matters which come
before the membership.
The By-laws govern the Society. Changes and
additions to the Bylaws can be made only by VOTE of
the membership. So I urge all members to read the
proposed By-law changes as they appear in the Canal
Record. If one has a question about a change, contact a
member of the Executive Board. Then PLEASE cast
your ballot with a simple YES or NO vote.
Recommended changes to the By-laws can be made
by members. Such changes must be submitted in writing,
addressed to the Chairperson, By-laws Committee, at the
Headquarters address.
We, the Executive Board will make every effort to
conduct interesting and informative monthly meetings.
We will welcome suggestions or names of persons who
members would like to have speak at a meeting.
Please support your Officers by attending the
monthly meetings and affairs our committees plan for
you throughout the year, and which are published on the
inside front cover of the Canal Record.
I invite members visiting Florida to visit with us a any
of our meetings. The meeting dates are printed on the
inside front cover of each issue of the Canal Record. And
I urge our Florida members, when traveling around the
country to visit other Society Chapters.

"Bob" Van Siclen

From the


I have only been working for the Society for three
months but I'm really enjoying it. Renewing former
acquaintances and making new friends has really made
me realize how much I missed the Canal Zone and its
Working with Marge has been great. She's a good
teacher and has made my job real easy to learn. I hope
everyone will be patient with me while I learn the full
scope of the job. And, believe me, there is a lot to learn.
I'll do my best to continue Marge's example in helping
members as much as possible.

Please come by the office anytime you are in the
area. I look forward to meeting as many members as
possible. I may not always remember your name, but my
welcome will always be sincere.
Don't forget that your 1992 dues are due on October
1, 1991 and that you will not get your December Canal
Record if you become delinquent after October 31.

Barbara Rios Green
(813) 391-4359



A beautiful reunion is over and we can relive a bit of
it in this issue. Wasn't that a smashing speech by Vice
President Billy Ford? His speech was taped and we asked
Betty Frassrand, our past president to convert it to type,
a difficult task in itself, so we have it in its entirety in this
issue also. Thanks, Betty.
We have lost a couple of our dear reporters Jo
Konover of New Jersey, who has been with us for quite
some time, and Leona Snedeker, from mid-Florida. We
are sorry they are leaving us and we wish them well. I'm
sure we will hear from them from time to time. We do
welcome Marjorie Coffin of York, Pennsylvania as a
replacement for Jo, and we met at our Reporter's
Luncheon at the Reunion. Marjorie is eager to get
started. To date, we have no replacement for Leona in
mid-Florida. If anyone is interested, please don't hesitate
to call.
Our Reporter's Luncheon was great. We met several
reporters we hadn't met before although they have been
sending in reports for a while now. We got through a
little business and enjoyed a rare and beautiful gesture by
Jo Konover, outgoing reporter, who treated us to a
delicious wine to go with our lunch. Our very many
thanks from all of us, Jo. It was simply beautiful. By way
of thanks for a job well done over the years, the Editor
presented her with a newly printed book entitled,
"Panama Canal Gateway to the World" by Judith St.
George. We also confirmed our stand on the issue
presented and approved at our 1989 Luncheon, for
reporters to limit their reports to four typewritten
double-spaced pages, and to report on members in their
area only, as much as possible.
These actions are considered important to be
consistent in our resolve to keep costs of the Canal
Record down. Prices are going up all over, which includes
costs of the printers. Several have already gone out of
business in this area because of that. So far, we have
asked members not to list all your guests at weddings,
etc. We have also asked that members not submit articles
on birthdays, unless they are really getting on in years,
and we have taken to using photographs in a 1/2 column
format to save space. We have also told members we
have the right to edit and shorten articles if necessary,

and to refuse very lengthy articles. Yet, when one reads
the current Audit Report in this issue, we still see costs
going up pertaining to the Canal Record. Our gradual
increase in membership and our cost reduction steps are
just not keeping in step with price increases. However,
we shall keep looking for ways to keep costs to a
minimum. Our printer, Roberts Printing has offered to
assist us in finding ways to do this, and it is Number 1 on
our agenda, once this issue is put to bed.
My proposed new assistant, Nancy Van Siclen, has
spoken with me concerning her commitment to the Canal
Record and we both agree that she would be overly
committed if she accepted the position. She feels she
must be actively supportive of her husband, Bob Van
Siclen, president of the Society, and I agree. I was
looking forward to working with Nancy but I had an idea
it would conflict with her main interests. So, I am looking
for a new assistant. Those interested please advise (soon).
Thanks, Nancy, for at least volunteering!.

Pat Beall
(813) 391-4359

IA Legislative

MS: Report

As I take over as Legislative Representative from
Jane Huldtquist, a tough act to follow, I will endeavor to
keep members informed of matters concerning our
retirements and benefits.
First, through May, Federal and Postal employees
have banked 3 percent toward their schedule COLA
adjustment in January. The COLA is based on figures
from the third quarter of the year to the next year.
The Annual Open Season for Health Insurance
changes for the year 1991 will run from November 12 to
December 9.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision boosts hopes of
federal, postal and military retirees in a score of States
that they can recoup refunds for State taxes which were
improperly withheld from their annuities. The Court, in
a 6-3 ruling, rejected a legal principle that States have
been using to deny refunds since a 1989 decision found
that retirees had been unfairly taxed.
Many of us chose to receive additional Life Insurance
for our survivors over and above the normal FEGLI that
survivors were entitled to. This policy bears a Group
Policy number GLUG-C-784, and was underwritten by
UNITED OF OMAHA. This certificate is now null and
void under those underwriters and new certificates must
be issued with Pan American of Panama as the
underwriter. In order to receive your new certificate you
must write to Walter C. Bottin, Chief, Retirement
Insurance Branch, Panama Canal Commission, APO
Miami, 34011-5000. You should send a opy of the old

certificate, and request a new one be issued, and indicate
your I.P. No. and C.SA. Number. I would advise all
former employees to do this immediately. If you care to
contact Mr. Bottin personally, you may call him at
telephone number 011-507-52-7831, and be sure to say
that you are making an overseas call.
A point of information Federal Employees Group
Life Insurance paid 1.1 billion in Fiscal 1990.
Civil Service trivia -
The Civil Service Commission, which started in 1920,
had 6,000 annuitants. in 1990 there were 2,100,000.
The Pay-in rate has jumped from 2.5% in 1920 to
7% in 1990. The average annuity was $47.00 in 1920 it
was $1,150.00 in 1990. Death claims were 274 in 1920 and
78,441 last year.
Robert Johnson
Legislative Representative
(813) 789-4858


If you were not at the 1991 Reunion in Orlando,
Florida you missed the time of your life. The Twin
Towers Hotel and Convention Center was completely
renovated, and all work finished. Ask someone who was
there and let them tell you what you missed.
The 1992 PSCOFL Reunion will be in Orlando,
Florida from June 17 thru June 21, 1992, as we have all
ready contracted for this next year. I am looking forward
to seeing everyone again, and would you believe we only
have 9 more regular meetings till we can do it all over
We will have the same four hotels, Twin Towers,
Delta Orlando Resort, Howard Johnson and Days Inn,
all within walking distance of every society activity.
Once again reunion forms will be available to
members residing in Panama after December 1, 1991.
The Atlantic side residents may contact Sue Stabler, and
the Pacific side residents may contact Beverly and Joe
Wood for their reunion forms. Again thank you, Sue,
Beverly and Joe.
Little can be accomplished without committee
Chairpersons, for without them, giving their all, our
reunions would not be the great success that they are
year after year.
This year I feel very fortunate to have working with
me on our 1992 PSCOFL Reunion the following
Committee Chairpersons:
Registration Carolyn & Bob Johnson
Hospitality Richard "Pat" Beall
Annual Luncheon Betty Malone
Golf Tournament Jane & Fred Huldtquist
Panazonian Dance & Annual Ball Rupert Turner
Sports Events John Disharoon
Vendors Faith Brundage
Security & Transportation Harry Foster
Fashion Show Anna Collins
A much appreciated Thank You to each and everyone
of you.
Information concerning the 1992 Reunion will be
published in the December issue of the Canal Record.

Please note that hotels will NOT honor requests for
non-society sponsored functions, such as class reunions,
luncheons, etc., unless such request are authorized in
writing by the Reunion Coordinator.
Therefore, all requests for non-Society functions must
be made IN WRITING, to the Reunion Coordinator. All
requests will be on a FIRST COME basis.
Mail information and requests to:

1992 Reunion Coordinator
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642

Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
1992 Reunion Coordinator


About April 15, my wife Jean and I headed west
once more with about 150 pounds of material for the
museum. On arriving at Fort Worth, we called Mel
Bierman to thank him for items he donated. He came to
the museum and brought two flags which had flown from
the Thatcher Ferry Bridge until September 30, 1979, and
two of the colored, plaster replicas of the Seals. With
Mrs. McCafferty of the museum, we set up our first
Panama display, selecting a wide variety of articles -
bottles, metal checks, CZ School report cards, piece of
sheet music, etc.
On to Utah where we made a side-trip to Riverside,
California, site of the California Museum of Photography
of the University of California. We were shown part of
the 250,000 stereoscopic negatives and the 100,000 prints
of the Keystone-Mast Collection. Approximately 1/10 of
this number has Panama or some facet thereof as its
subject, dating from 1860 to 1960. We saw many we had
never seen before and identified or captioned many of
those not titled or identified. (See: Image of an Age -
Panama and the Building of the Canal, by Jerome D.
Laval for an exhibition of Keystone-Mast photographs).

1Enclosed is my contribution to the Panama Canall
Museum for the amount of $
'Please make check or money order out to: N. Fort Worth
Historical Society.

SSend to either of the following:
A.M. Bouche, Jr. Mrs. Sue McCafferty
1750 Faust Street N. Fort Worth Historical Societyl
Englewood, FL 34224 131 E. Exchange Ave. #112
(813) 475-3971 Fort Worth, TX 76106
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We eventually returned to Florida in time for the
Reunion just in time to field our first request from a
writer/reporter for some historical photographs that are
in our research collection in Fort Worth.
Once again I come back to the financial side of the
museum project. To this point, I believe we have made a
very good showing as far as donations of artifacts and
collections are concerned. We have received material
from 51 Zonians so far.Yet to materialize are monetary
Our/this museum is no different than many other
museums around the world a business that produces no
"end product." BUT, like any other business, it cannot
operate without funds. Funds to pay operating expenses,
employee's wages, taxes, acquisition of supplies and
materials to house, store and display all those things
whereby a museum exists.
Once established, it furnishes us a place to store and
display all the things that show how we lived, where we
lived, when we lived, raised our children and even died.
It is a showcase of our feelings, goals and
accomplishments. AND, at the same time, our pride and
proprietary feelings shine very brightly...showing our
dedication to our country and serving the commerce of
the world.
To facilitate your donation, we urge you to use the
cut-out below.
A.M. "Kibbie" Bouche Jr.
Englewood, Florida

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OCTOBER 25, 1991

WE HAVE MOVED! The former home offices of the
Secretary/Treasurer and the Editor, Canal Record,
have moved to the following address, effective March
1, 1991:
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642.
Tel: 813-391-4359
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.

Je ra






Specialist Charles P. Smith, son of Glenda (Scanlon)
Mecca and Clinton B. Smith, visited his mother and step-
father on the Island of Guam in March, upon his return
from 8 months in Saudi Arabia serving with the 101st
Airborne (Air Assault) Division in Operation Desert

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Charles Smith, Glenda (Scanlon) Mecca, Michael
Mecca, March 1991, Guam.

After some much needed R&R he returned to
complete his obligated service with his Division at Fort
Campbell, Kentucky. His enlistment is complete in Mid-
July and he starts college at the University of South
Florida in Tampa in August.


Sorry I'm late with my payment for my 1991 dues.
I'm late because I was participating in Operation Desert
Emilio A. Lord
Houston, Texas


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T/Sgt Stephen
Shobe left for Desert Storm
on December 22, 1990. He
A I is in the Air Force and his
unit is CES-62, based at
McChordAFB, Washington.
He is now stationed on an
island off Oman and should
be home by the end of June.
His parents are Jim
and Noralie (Roche) Shobe
of Bellingham, Washington,
formerly from the Atlantic
side of the Isthmus where
Steve grew up and married
the girl across the street,
Debbie Rowley.
We have three children,
April 14, Scott 12, and
Dillon 11, and we're all
looking forward to his
return. Steve is doing well
and looks forward to
coming home.


AE3 Jeffrey M.
Crooks, Strike Fighter
Squadron VFA-82, served
aboard the aircraft carrier
USS America in the Red
Sea and the Persian Gulf
during Operation Desert
Storm. He is an Aviation
Electrician and works on
the FA-18 Hornet Fighter-
Attack aircraft.
Jeff, the son of
Bob (BHS'55) and Nikki
Crooks of Mansfield, Ohio
AE3 Jeffrey Crooks was born January 17, 1970
in Coco Solo Hospital (Bob
was stationed at Fort Gulick
at the time with the 8th Special Forces Group). He
celebrated his 21st birthday with the start of the Desert
Storm air campaign (January 17 in Iraq).
Jeff's home station is Cecil Field Naval Air Station
just west of Jacksonville, Florida. He joined the Navy in
September 1988 after graduation from Malabar High
School in Mansfield, Ohio.


July 26, 1991

Mr. Robert Van Siclen
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Dear Mr. Van Siclen:

Your Audit and Budget Committee has completed its examination of the ledgers and accounts of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. for the period January 1, 1991 through June 30, 1991.
All ledgers (Receipts and Expenditures) were audited, balanced and verified as correct and are in order. All check
records, deposit slips, bank statements, bills and other miscellaneous records were verified as correct.
As of June 30, 1991 our paid memberships for 1991 stood at 5,048 and our delinquent membership totaled 1,092. At
the end of December 1990, our paid membership totaled 5,227 with 524 delinquents. This would indicate a decrease of
179 paid members of the Society. Taking into consideration our delinquents, if they renew their memberships, out total
membership (paid and unpaid) would stand at 6,140 at June 30, 1991 compared to 5,751 at december 31, 1990, or a total
increase of 389 members after the first six months of 1991. During 1991 it is estimated that approximately 431 members
will be dropped for non-payment of dues. When these are dropped there will be a decrease of 42 in memberships. We
would like to note that as of June 30, 1991, 403 members had pre-paid their dues, compared to 3,566 at the end of 1990,
or a decrease of 3,163. This is a significant difference.
The Society is still in a solvent financial position. Please note COMMENTS III and IV.
Our recommendations, findings and comments are attached hereto, along with the Statement of Income and Expense
as of June 30, 1991 and two schedules.
Again we would like to compliment Mrs. Marjorie Foster and her replacement, Barbara Green for an outstanding
job in the performance of their duties as Secretary/Treasurer. All records were accurate, neat and ready for audit. They
are always available when needed.
We would like to thank Mr. Harry Egolf for suggestions for other ways besides CD's to invest our money. We
appreciate the knowledge and expertise of those who performed the Budget and Audits for so many years for our Society.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) (Signed) (Signed)
Jeanne W. Wheeler Martha Carey Josephine Attia


July 25, 1991

Having completed our audit on July 15, 1991 for the period January 1, 1991 through and including June 30, 1991, we,
the Audit and Budget Committee respectfully submit the following recommendations, findings, and comments to the
Executive Committee for its approval and implementation for good business practices for he Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc.

RECOMMENDATION I. That job descriptions be adopted for the positions of Record Editor and assistant, and
Secretary/Treasurer and assistant. Because of their vast knowledge of their positions the incumbent Editor and the past
Secretary/treasurer should be prevailed upon to draft-up the guide lines for their job position. These job descriptions
should be reviewed by the Executive Committee and used in the future as a basis for determining salaries..

RECOMMENDATION II. Time studies are recommended for the two assistants. The time study for the assistant to the
Secretary/Treasurer should be at least six months. The time study for the assistant to the Record Editor should be at least
for one year. Time studies of a lesser duration would not show a true picture of the workload, as this is not the same each
month of the year.

RECOMMENDATION III. Chairpersons of special events need to consider all expenses for their event in setting ticket
prices. The price of tickets should include all expenses such as gifts, decorations, advertising, entertainment, printing,
postage, tips, food, etc. Special events are not fund raisers but neither should they be an expense to the Society. A break-
even position is desired. Attached is a schedule of the three events thus far in 1991 showing expenses and income.

RECOMMENDATION IV. A log needs to be kept in the office of all long distance telephone calls. Without a log, there
will be no way to check our telephone bills.

FINDING I. There were no significant findings. Items incorrectly posted were not errors in policy or procedure, but the
human factor. Those concerned have been made aware of these errors.

COMMENT I. There is a correction to Comment I, Budget and Audit Report dated January 17, 1991, printed in the
March issue of the Canal Record. Mileage rate commencing January 1, 1991 is $.275 per mile. The Comment gave an
incorrect amount and an incorrect commencing date. Mileage paid in 1991 has been at the correct rate of $.275 per mile.

COMMENT II. The Reunion Account will be audited and presented to the Board of Directors. It will appear in the
December Canal Record.

COMMENT III. Our fund balance has decreased $39,856.61 from january 1, 1991 to June 30, 1991. This is partially due
to changing the dues year resulting in less income for that year. Also due to an increase in delinquent members and a
decrease in paid members. All of these things caused a decrease in our fund balance. These comments are to keep
members aware of what is happening with our finances and why. See comparisons shown below:

Fund Balance January 1, 1991 $156,236.28
Fund Balance June 30, 1991 116.379.67

Paid Members January 1, 1991 5,227.00
Paid Members June 30, 1991 5,048.00

Delinquent Members, January 1, 1991 524
Delinquent Members, June 30, 1991 1,092

COMMENT IV. Our membership cost is $15.00 per year, of which $10.00 is for the five issues of the Canal Record. (By-
Laws, Article III, Section 5, Dues of the Society) The Canal Record cost $12.04 per member in 1989 and $11.58 per
member in 1990. See Schedule attached for Canal Record Costs. In 1989, $.25 per month per member went to Society
expense other than the Canal Record. In 1990, it was $.29 per month per member. If this trend is to continue for any
length of time, it may be necessary to increase dues.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeanne M. Wheeler, Chairperson
Martha Carey
Josephine Attia


1989 1990

Robert's printing Costs $35,952.69 $43,490.65
Modern Mailing Costs 651.77 781.51
Postage for 2nd Class Mailing 3,450.00 4,124.77
Reporters 550.00 520.00
Record Editor's Expenses (Telephone, postage, petty
cash, equipment maintenance, supplies, etc.) 1,878.61 983.28
Capital Expenditures 5,355.00 -0-
Record Editor's Salary 7,883.00 8,280.00
Record Editor's Assistants Salary 2,100.00 2,088.00

Total Cost of Canal Record $57,821.07 $60,268.21
Current year Paid members 4,802 5,227
What Each Member Pays for Their Canal Record
Out of $15.00 Membership Dues $12.04 $11.53
Balance of $15.00 membership dues for other Society expenses $ 2.96 $ 3.47

Our By-Laws state that $10.00 of our membership fee is for the Canal Record and Directory. Since the Canal Record is
costing more than $10.00 per year to the Society, we are having a decrease in our fund balance. This cannot continue
without some action being taken.



Sarasota Luncheon

May Luncheon









Gain or (loss)


On the Carnavalito it appears that printing and postage for mailing fly-sheets may not have been included in estimates
of expenses. These items totaled $409.81.



Bank Checking Account (Unlimited)
CD (1 year) Expires 01-22-91
CD (1 year) Expires 02-02-91
CD (1 year) Expires 06-27-91
CD (1 year) Expires 10-28-91
CD (" year) Expires 08-09-91
Petty Cash
Dues (includes $6,045 in prepaid dues)
Annual Reunion 1991
Society Functions
Sales (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Record)

JUNE 30, 1991

Salaries Gross
Annual Reunion 1991
Annual Reunion 1992
Society Functions
Canal Record
Taxes, Federal/State
Taxes Withheld and Paid
Office Expenses:
Rent and Move
Maintenance Office Equipment
Monthly Meetings
Cost of Tags, Decals and Pins
Petty Cash C.R.-Society-Refreshments
Bank Charges
Capital Expense/Improvements

Bank Checking Account (Unlimited)
CD (1 year) Expires 01-22-92
CD (1 year) Expires 02-02-92
CD (1 year) Expires 06-27-91
CD (1 year) Expires 10-28-91
CD (1 year) Expires 08-09-91
Petty Cash


$ 45,873.92

$ 23,194.55
$ 37,519.07

$ 14,366.05

$ 77,375.68

$ 30,143.08


Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

May 3, 1991
Yacht Club North
St. Petersburg, Florida

Mrs. Frassrand opened the meeting at 12:08 p.m. at
the Yacht Club North. Mrs. Yocum gave the Invocation
followed by Mr. Beall who read the names of those
recently deceased with a moment of silence in their
memory. Mr. Foster led the membership in the Pledge
to the Flag.
Mrs. Frassrand welcomed the 106 members and
guests. She recognized Past Presidents, Eugene Askew,
Anna Collins, Pete Foster and Muriel Whitman. She
gave a special welcome to several out-of-town guests and
Mrs. Frassrand thanked Mr. & Mrs. Collins for once
again chairing this lovely luncheon.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the April meeting
and they stand as read. She read correspondence
received. She then read the financial report and pointed
out that the Canal Record issues are now costing more
per member than allotted in the By-laws. The financial
report will stand for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand adjourned the meeting at 12:18 so the
members could enjoy the luncheon. Meeting readjourned
at 1:33 p.m.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that the Open House for
the new office had been a complete success and thanked
the Board members for preparing and serving the lovely
refreshments. She also thanked those members who
brought cookies and the Brown Baggers for sending the
lovely floral arrangement.
Mrs. Frassrand introduced Barbara Green as the
new Secretary, replacing Mrs. Foster.
Mrs. Frassrand stated that since this would be her
last regular meeting, she wanted the members to know
that she always had the best interest of the Society at
heart during her two years as President. She thanked
each Board member and Committee chairperson
individually and also thanked the members for their
Mrs. Frassrand mentioned that one of the members
visiting the open house suggested that we consider
allowing school classes to visit and learn more about the
Panama Canal.
Mrs. Frassrand read Mr. Van Siclen's report as First
Vice President and Reunion Coordinator. Mr. Van Siclen
reported that due to world conditions and the high cost
of air fares, many of our members cannot attend the
Reunion this year. He urged the members to submit their
91ticket order forms and reminded them that it is not too
late to get hotel reservations. He also told the members
that a room would be set aside for the Post Office Dept.
to affix a special commemorative cancellation stamp to
items mailed at the Reunion.
Mrs. Frassrand called on all of the Officers and each
one of them thanked the membership for their support
throughout the year.
Mrs. Huldtquist read her legislative report (printed
elsewhere in this issue).

Mrs. Williams stated that there had been several
amendments to the By-laws this past year but she had
enjoyed working with them.
Mr. Camby announced that there was still a need for
callers for the Telephone committee.
Mr. Bill Warren suggested that a dues increase
seemed to be in order due to the increased cost of
printing the Canal Record. Mrs. Frassrand assured him
that the Board was looking into this and it would require
a change to the By-Laws.
Mrs. Frassrand presented a token of appreciation to
Mr & Mrs Collins and their committee, Shirley Camby
& Henri Skeie for their assistance in planning such a
lovely luncheon.
Mr. Foster announced that the Zonian Amigos cruise
for New Years was filing up fast. He congratulated Mrs.
Frassrand on a job well done during the two years she
served as President. -
Mrs. Collins announced the door prize winners.
Since there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

June 21, 1991
Twin Towers Hotel
Orlando, Florida

Mrs. Betty Frassrand opened the annual business
meeting at 10:16 a.m. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the
Invocation, followed by Richard Beall who read the
names of those recently deceased. Mr. Harry Foster then
led the membership in the Pledge to the Flag.
The president welcomed 248 members attending and
recognized Past Presidents Mr. Eugene Askew, Mrs.
Anna Collins, Mr. Pete Foster, Mr. Al Pate, Mr. Carl
Starke, Mr. Gaddis Wall, Mr. Bill Wheeler, and Mrs.
Muriel Whitman. She also welcomed Mr. Joan
deGrummond, president of the Panama Canal Society of
Southern California and the daughters, son-in-law and
grandchildren of the nominated president, Mr. Robert
Van Siclen. She then welcomed Mr. Sam Modica,
Director of Sales at the Twin Towers Hotel who
addressed the members .
Mrs. Marjorie Foster read the May minutes which
stand as read, and the Financial Report which stands for
Mrs. Frassrand called numbers for door prizes with
Pages, Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen and Mrs. Dorothy Pate
distributing the prizes to winners.
She followed by reading her president's report,
thanking members, Board members and volunteers for
their support while in office. She stated the "Friends of
Panama" project was very successful with the hospital
items delivered to the Social Security Office in Panama.
Mrs. Frassrand noted that the motion made at the 1990
annual meeting for a central office had been fully acted
upon, and that the Bylaw amendments had been
implemented, resulting with Mrs. Barbara Green being
appointed Secretary/Treasurer and Mr. Richard Beall
appointed as Canal Record Editor.

Mrs. Frassrand thanked Mrs. Jean Stough for her
untiring efforts in obtaining a commemorative
cancellation stamp to be used for two days only during
the reunion under the direction of the Orlando Post
She then called on each officer individually. Mr. Van
Siclen and Mr. Virgil Camby welcomed members to the
reunion. Mrs. Foster thanked the membership for their
support and enjoyed working with them. She stated the
current membership remains stable at 5,000 members.
She also stated the new office was almost an incentive to
stay in the position and introduced the new
Secretary/Treasurer, Mrs. Barbara Green.
Mr. Beall stated he was happy with the new office
and gave a report on the status of the Canal Record; the
newly acquired Mailing service and the costs of mailing
the magazine since 1982. He advised that due to new
work schedules, delivery of the magazine could be
delayed a few days in the future. He announced that Mrs.
Nancy Van Siclen would be his new assistant and looked
forward to working with her.
Mrs. Frassrand called on other members of the
Board who expressed their thanks to her and the Board
for a successful year. Mrs. Jeanne Wheeler reported that
the audit report would appear in the September Canal
Record for the first 6 months of the year. Mrs. Beverly
Williams encouraged members to read their Bylaws and
to take more interest in the governing body of the
Mrs. Dorothy Pate thanked those who helped in
Hospitality/Refreshments during her absence, and Mr.
Camby thanked those serving on the Telephone
Committee, after which more door prizes were awarded.
Mrs. Frassrand expressed her appreciation to Mr. Van
Siclen and his wife, Nancy for their outstanding work in
making the reunion such a success and the membership
applauded them.
Mr. Van Siclen welcomed all to the reunion, thanking
his committee chairmen for a job well done and called on
each for their report. Mrs. Carolyn Johnson,
Registration, stated that as of that morning, 2905 had
registered. Mrs. Betty Malone, Luncheon, stated she had
over 550 members attending. Mr. Beall,
Hospitality/Information, reported sales were strong on
dance tickets. Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, Golf, stated the
tournament was a success and announced the winners.
Ms. Stacy Parker, Dances, reported all was set for the
two dances and that tickets were still available for sale.
Mr. Camby reported that Security in the hotel had been
increased and guards would be at every entrance to the
Exhibit Hall. Mr. Harry Foster stated that the vendors
had set up and many nice items were for sale. Mrs.
Colette Carlisle stated that 18 teams had signed for
volleyball with game times and that Bingo would be
played at the Delta Resort. Mr. Pete Foster reported
Keppie Travel had been able to give refunds to many
members when air fares were reduced, which was why

they held on to the tickets until 30 days prior to travel.
He completed his report by presenting the Society with
a check for $275.00 from Keppie Travel. Mr. Van Siclen
ended his report by thanking all volunteers.
Mrs. Frassrand distributed more door prizes.
Mrs. Frassrand presented Mr. Jerry Boswell with the
Distinguished Service Award for contributing many hours
of his time in assisting the Editor and
Secretary/Treasurer with his expertise in computers. He
also perfected the program for use by the Reunion
Mr. Adrien "Kibby" Bouche announced that
information was printed in the June Canal Record on the
museum and where donations could be sent.
The president requested Mr. Ralph McClain,
chairman of the Nominating Committee to give his report
on the election of 1991-1992 officers. He reported that
350 votes were received while 28 were invalid. The vote
count was:

President; Robert Van Siclen
1st V.P: Virgil Camby
2nd V.P: Faith Brundage
James Morris
Director: Chris Skeie
Drake Carlisle

303, 4 write-ins.
298, 4 write-ins.

Mrs. Frassrand requested those officers elected to
come forward to be sworn in. She administered the Oath
of Office to all except Mr. Chris Skeie who did not
attend the meeting and was not sworn into office.
Mrs. Frassrand presented Mr. Van Siclen with a
gavel on behalf of the Society and he in turn presented
her with a Past President's pin and red roses on behalf of
the Society.
Mrs. Frassrand thanked Mrs. Foster for her many
years of service and presented her with a bouquet of
roses and a beautiful mola made into the Seal of the
Canal on behalf of the Board. Mrs. Foster thanked the
Board and members of the Society.
The meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m.

July 12, 1991
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

The meeting was opened by President Bob Van
Siclen at 12:08 p.m. Chaplain Dorothy Yocum gave the
Invocation and Editor Pat Beall read the list of those
recently deceased, followed by a moment of silence.
Following the Pledge to the Flag by Sgt. at Arms Harry
Foster, the president adjourned the meeting for the
covered dish luncheon. The meeting resumed at 1:30 p.m.
The president advised this would not be a regular
meeting as the 44 members present did not constitute a



quorum. He welcomed those present and recognized Past
Presidents Muriel Whitman, Anna Collins and Carl
Starke. He also welcomed visitors Nina O'Sullivan and
Tate and Anna Setzer.
Secretary Barbara Green read the minutes of the
preceding meeting. Colette Foster's name was changed to
Colette Carlisle, otherwise the minutes stand as read.
The Secretary also read the financial report which stands
for audit.
President Bob Van Siclen introduced the new
Executive Board, including the appointments of Barbara
Green as Secretary/Treasurer and Pat Beall as Editor of
the Canal Record. The president stated they have the
Board's full backing. He also stated that Muriel Whitman
will chair the Christmas Luncheon; the Sarasota
Luncheon to be chaired by Sheila Taylor, and the May
Luncheon will be chaired by Joe and Anna Collins.
Bob Van Siclen thanked the former Board members
and chairpersons and looks forward to their continued
assistance. He also stated we would again have
luncheons, picnic and Carnavalito in the coming year. He
is open to suggestions from members for more input,
including for guest speakers and would like to see a
closer relationship with other chapters. He would like to
see some of the local members attend the Space Coast
Picnic scheduled for October 27.
The president also stated that membership can
expect some changes in the By-laws which he thinks is
necessary, stressing membership active participation in
voting. He mentioned a rumor regarding "trashing" in the
Twin Towers Hotel, for which there was no basis. This
was confirmed with the Resident Manager of the Hotel.
He mentioned that the next meeting will be held at St.
Bede's on August 2nd not 3rd. -as printed in the Canal


The Sunshine Committee Chairperson Anna Collins
gave her report, and suggested a speaker from Florida
Marge Foster mentioned lack of attendance to
meetings each July and suggested changing meetings to
once every two months during the summer as a luncheon.
The president indicated it would mean an amendment to
the By-laws.
As there was no further business, the informal
meeting adjourned at 1:55 p.m.


Ray Joseph Elliott
Beatriz Moscoso Gilmore
Alfred Patzelt
Robert Lee Wilson
Hiroyuki Katsumoto (Capt.)
Robert Westman Adams
Richard Gibson Bright Jr.
Richard McNatt


Canal Services Division
Off. of Dir. Pac. Admin Svs Off.
Data Process. Syst. Division
Canal Protection, Atlantic
Pilot Division
Construction Divisiion
Pilot Division
Community Services

17 years 09 months 04 days
18 years 10 months 15 days
24 years 03 months 04 days
36 years 06 months 19 days
42 years 05 months 15 days
23 years 00 months 28 days
27 years 03 months 12 days
22 years 11 months 14 days

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The 1991 Reunion ended on Sunday, June 23rd, a
Reunion I will always remember.
The final official registration count was 3,317
persons. However, it is estimated that several hundred
members did not register their attendance, so we
estimate that over 3,600 persons attended the Reunion.
The Panazonian Dance and Annual Ball were
successful. 1,746 tickets were sold for the dance, and
2,069 tickets were sold for the Ball.
I thank COPA Airlines for their help in making the
dances a success by assisting in bringing members of
Tito's band up from Panama.
580 tickets were sold for the Annual Luncheon. Vice
President of Panama, Guillermo "Billy" Ford was the
guest speaker. Mr. Ford in his speech gave the facts of
conditions in Panama as they exist today, and his speech
stirred the emotions of every person at the luncheon.
From the number of compliments received about the
Reunion, I say the Reunion was a success.
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Reunion VIP's. Back: Bob Van Siclen, Reunion
Coordinator 1991 and incoming President; Vice
President of Panama, Guillermo "Billy" Ford; Joe
Wood, Director, Office of Executive Administration,
Panama Canal Commission. Seated: Nancy Van
Siclen, Betty Frassrand, President, PCSOFL and
Beverly (Bowman) Wood.

We did receive some complaints. These will be
discussed at our post-con meeting, and then with the
Executive Board. Every effort will be made to eliminate
these complaints at future reunions.
Never, will we have a reunion without some
complaints, but we will do our best. Each year we learn
something new, and each year we strive for a better

I feel badly about a rumor that is supposedly
circulating in Dothan, Alabama.
The rumor that I have heard is that some of our
Society members "trashed" a floor in the Twin Towers
Hotel during our recent reunion. At our post-con
meeting held with the hotel personnel on June 24th,
there was no mention of any damage to hotel property.
However, upon hearing of the rumor, on July 8th, I
contacted Mr. Jack Hardin, Resident Manager of the
Twin Towers, who would be aware of any damage done
to hotel property, and told him of the "rumor." Mr.
Hardin very definitely stated that there was no damage to
hotel property during our reunion. No more damage than
may occur at any time.
It is rumors such as this that can give our Society a
bad reputation, and may make negotiations for future
reunions very difficult. So before repeating such stories,
please check with your Society Officers, to verify or deny
such stories.
Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
1991 Reunion Coordinator

July 2, 1991
Mr. Bob Van Siclen
Panama Canal Society of Florida
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, FI 34642

Dear Bob,
I bet you're surprised to actually receive a letter from
me as promised. I'm as surprised as you arell I had the
pleasure of meeting you on Sunday, June 23 the day
following the Annual Ball, after everyone had left Orlando
and the beautiful Twin Towers Hotel. During our
conversation, I mentioned that I had made my travel
arrangements to the Reunion through Keppie Travel in
I wanted to take this opportunity to again emphasize
what an outstanding job Keppie Travel did in making our
travel plans, especially the care and attention I received
from Carol and Jeannine. When reservations were first
made, air fare was astronomical from Los Angeles to
Orlando. Both Carol and Jeannine advised me to contact
them on a regular basis because there was a good chance
airfare wars would start. As we spoke several times over a
three month period, I was able to arrange a decrease in
our airfa re, plus make final arrangements for actual seats
and boarding passes. These conveniences made traveling
quite a bit easier.
Needless to say, I will definitely use Keppie Travel
again when making my plans to attend the Reunion.
I want to thank you personally again for a wonderful
Reunion the hotel accommodations were excellent and
the dances/parties, etc. were great. Congratulations on your
recent election to President of the Society and I look
forward to seeing you again.
Linda Woodruff Weir


The 12th Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament was held Thursday, June 20, 1991 at the
Cypress Creek Country Club in Orlando, Florida with an
8:00 a.m. "shot gun" start.
120 players participated in 90 degree heat with good
weather as usual, but it rained in the afternoon.
Following the tournament, a country buffet was held
in the Lake/Osceola Rooms of the Twin Towers Hotel
at 1:30 p.m. with 141 people in attendance. The guest of
honor, Mrs. Irene Will, with her daughter Mrs. Lauray
Will Griffin were present to award the RAY WILL
MEMORIAL TROPHY to the champions of the field.
Also in attendance was Mr. Bill Murchison, Head
Professional of the Cypress Creek Country Club.
Committee members included Jane and Fred
Huldtquist, Joe and Anna Collins, Ruth and Pete
Tortorici, Betty Frassrand, Margaret Leigh, Ann
Cardoze, and Dotty and Ernie Yocum.
The same format was used as in 1990, with Low
Gross Winners in the Men's and Women's Divisions.
There was one woman's Flight and five Men's Flights by
age groups.
Many donations were given the tournament and used
as favors and door prizes. Mrs. Irene Will donated a
beautiful handmade afghan, won by Lyman Wheeler. Two
bottles of Spanish Sherry, donated by Mr. and Mrs.
Norman Demers were awarded to Margot Jordan and
Ken Morris for their shots closest to the hole on hole
#13 and hole #9 respectively. Other donors were Bill
Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Yocum, Florida Federal
Bank, Indian Rocks Bank, State Farm Insurance Co.,
Prudential Insurance Co., NCNB National Bank, Pete
Foster, Coordinator of Zonian Amigos, and Mr. Bill
Favors were provided to all participants and all
committee members were presented 1991 Panama Canal
Society date books. Betty Frassrand presented Jane and
Fred Huldtquist with a framed huaca from the Panama
Canal Society for their years of co-chairing the Chagres
Invitational Golf Tournament.
The RAY WILL TROPHY was presented along with
crystal decanters to the champions of the field who were
Margaret Leigh and Jess D. Bryant of the Ladies and
Men's Divisions. Congratulations to these two fine
The other winners by flights were: Ladies Flight -
Margot Jordan, Jane Huldtquist, Nancy Whelan, Maggie
Windel, Edythe Rogers, Ruth Ash, Mildred Sanders, and
Ann Richardson; "A" Flight Tom Nickisher, John
Nickisher, Jim Nourse, Michael Smith (Amateur), Lloyd
Roberts, Rick Amato, Eddie Stroop III, Mike Rose. "B"
Flight Frank Anderson, Barry Adubato, Tim Corrigan,
Al White, Bill Catron, Charles Amato, Marvin Metheney,
Bob Sanders, tied with Larry Corrigan, and Dave
Moffitt. "C" Flight Bill Hatchett, Hubert Jordan, Jack
Hern, "Butch" Hope, Bob Zumbado, Terry Fuqua, Ken
Morris, Dick Morgan tied with Jim McKeown. "D" Flight
- Louis Dedeaux, Bud Stroop, George Downing, Bob
Johnson, Mike Kandrin, Ed Stroop Jr., Bob Waggoner,
and Ronnie Angermuller. "E" Flight Jack Smith, Mel
Smith, Tom McGuinness, Bud Thomas, Jim Catron,

Fred Huldtquist, Jim McNamara Sr., tied with Don
Our two professional golfers participated Steve
Waggoner who shot 73, and Mike Smith who shot 71.
Next year we will cut off at 120 golfers as this seems
to keep the field moving well. The 1992 Chagres
Invitational will be held in Orlando and we will advise as
to which course we will use.
Your committee thanks you for your participation
and cooperation and we suggest you register promptly
next year.
Jane and Fred Huldtquist
Co-Chairpersons, Golf Tournament


We take this opportunity to thank the volunteers,
listed below, who worked at the Registration desks during
the 1991 Reunion.
3317 persons were registered at the Reunion, the
second in Orlando. Registration went smoothly due to
the efforts of all involved, and we have had many
compliments for our efforts.

Lucille Abernathy
Nikki Andino

Peg Hutchinson
Wilma Kennerd

Bertha Atkinson Helen Ledgerwood
LeRoy Barfield Joy Maale
Elizabeth Beall Al Maale
Faith Brundage Betty Malone
Jay Cain Margaret Mattey
Shirley Camby Betty Moore
Grace Carey Mary Orr
Martha Carey Kierie Parker
Jeannine Carlin Dottie Pate
Anna Collins Al Pate
Marie Corrigan Ann Pennock
Edith Cotton Bea Rhyne
Jean Dombrowski Henri Skeie
Rae Donaldson Barbara Slover
Mary Egolf Mildred Sutherland
Betty Frassrand Sheila Taylor
Isabelle Gibson J.E. Dorn Thomas
Rosmary Gilead Lois Thomas
Marion Greene Patrice Urick
Michael Greene Cornelia Van Siclen
Dot Herrington Nancy Van Siclen
Bob Herrington Jean Wainio
Mildred Hickey Beverly Williams
Joe Hickey Muriel Whitman
Bonnie Howle John Whitman
Myrtle Hughes Dottie Yocum
Ernie Yocum
Thanks also to Edna Kovel, Edna O'Donnell, Eileen
Cowell, Geoffrey Cowell who volunteered, but due to
unforseen circumstances could not attend the reunion.
In addition, special thanks go to Nikki Andino and
Betty Malone for "stuffing" luncheon tickets, and
extra special thanks go to Nancy Van Siclen for her
unfailing advice and help.

Carolyn and Bob Johnson
Co-Chairpersons, Registration 1991

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The Hospitality Suite and Information Section
reported a busy reunion. Information was able to assist
a great many members in making their reunion more
pleasant. Since we had access to the Convention Center
this year, information on directions were generally asked,
and locations of class reunions, where friends were
staying, etc. were readily answered. The Information
Section will become a more prominent part of future
The Hospitality Suite, beside serving free coffee, sold
327 Panazonian Dance tickets, 558 Annual Ball tickets, 71
license plates, 134 decals and 54 Canal Records and
Directories, for a total of $7,154.00. The volunteers who
so readily gave of their time in handling sales are to be
commended for their management of monies and for
their position in assisting the membership.
Upon review of this and past reunions, some minor
adjustments may be made to make future reunions easier
for members utilizing the Hospitality Suite. We continue
to look for ways to improve our ways to assist members.
Those volunteers who contributed to a very
successful reunion were: INFORMATION Mrs. Jeanne
Wheeler, Mrs. Anna Collins, Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen,
Mrs. Jo Konover and Mrs. Wilma Kennerd.
HOSPITALITY: Mrs. Sarah Cohen, Mrs. Sheila Bolke,
Mr. Lionel Barfield, Mrs. Betty Malone, Mrs. Faith
Brundage. Mrs. Leona Snedeker, Mrs. Marcia Barrere,
Mr. Ralph McClain, Mrs. Mary Lou Lang, Mrs. Emily
Brooks, and Mrs. Gretchen Warren.

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Chairman, Hospitality/Information


Gather a bunch of Bulldogs and we immediately fall
into old routines. the 35th reunion of the BHS Class of
'56 began with roll call as did so many previous days of
our lives. BHS Bulldog name tags were made by Sue
Knapp Light. As each name was called by Master of
Ceremonies Bill Hatchett, the whereabouts of absent
members were given by their friends. Bill then led us in
a moment of silence for deceased classmates.
Luckily for us, as the closets of Balboa High were
being cleaned out in preparation for the turnover of the
school to Panama, the "real" list of the Zonian Hall of
Fame was unearthed. The certificates were presented,
tongue-in-cheek, by Gayle Hasemann Tolbert, with
everyone present a winner depending on how you
looked at it.
Not every class has an internationally known artist,
and the Class of '56 showcased theirs Al Sprague
("Most Likely to Paint the Town Red"). Al donated his
silk screen of the pollera wedding dress as the grand door
prize which was won by....I did tell you Bill Hatchett was
M.C., didn't I? Bill claims it wasn't rigged. A necklace of
semi-precious stones was donated by Kathleen Steiner
Bennett ("Most Likely to Marry a Canal Pilot and Still

Can't Get it Right"). and won by Dixie Stoudner Jeavons
("Most Likely to..." oh, never mind). Drawings were held
for several posters painted and donated by Al, and 8x10
photos of early Zone days donated by Bill. In one, the
palm trees marshalling the Prado were two feet high!
The final drawing was for a tee shirt hand painted by Al
and modeled by the artist himself. No one seemed too
anxious to own this one-of-a-kind Sprague. It was
sleeveless (sleeves ripped out), hemless (hemline roughly
chopped off, and the theme seemed to be Cerveza
Balboa! Al chose Julie Jenson Kaufman as the
winner/(loser?) and, taking it off, gave her the shirt off
his back! Due to laryngitis, Al postponed his stand-up
comic routine until our 40th reunion. Get your
reservations in early! Jose Bettsack "Most likely to Buy
BHS so we can Have our Next Reunion in the School"
will have his hands full.
The 35th Reunion was planned by Dottie Cotton
Manthorne, Gayle Hsemann Tolbert and Beverly Boyett
Hayden, all recipients of "Most Likely to Never Plan
Another Reunion" award.


Appointment of an Official Reunion Travel Agent,
Keppie Travel, presented the Society membership with
an excellent possibility of improving the go-it-alone
problems that members encounter when making their
own travel arrangements through the various individual
travel agents.
This first attempt in appointing an Official Reunion
Travel Agent determined that, with the full support of
the members attending the Reunion, the data on
members' arrival and departure times submitted by
Keppie Travel would be most helpful to the Reunion
Coordinator and Hotel in scheduling and staffing the
Reunion Registration, Hotel Registration and Airport
Limo Service.
In addition, the data indicated that, with full
membership support, special discount group rates from
selected Air Gateway Cities are possible. These group
rates would provide a much better discount and flexibility
for our members over and above the presently used
convention rate discount.
An unexpected bonus was received by the majority
of the members who made their air travel arrangements
through Keppie Travel this past Reunion and they were
pleasantly surprised with a last minute reduction in their
air ticket costs which was accomplished through a special
agreement between Keppie Travel and Delta Airlines.
The appointment of Keppie Travel as the Official
Reunion Travel Agent was one of many new innovative
approaches introduced to accomplish a very successful
1991 Reunion. Many members commented favorably on
the excellent attention and service they received from
Keppie Travel. Jeannine and Carol, The Society's travel
specialists at Keppie Travel enjoyed working with our
members and are looking forward to making their 1992
Reunion travel arrangements.

Pete Foster
Transportation Liaison

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Betty, Joe, Bob, his lovely wife:

Buenas tardes amigos y amigas.

I have experienced, during the last 24 hours some of
the most emotional situations in my life. I was aware of
the existence of this beautiful group but one thing is
talking about it, and another is coming to see the
emotion and the love that you have for my country which
welcomes you and will always welcome you because it is
also your country. I have noticed that there is no
difference in behaviors from when we graduated from
CHS and BHS and I am very proud to have graduated
from BHS, but I was also a student at CHS.
During the last five years in our country, the
dictatorship became very, very brutal, to the point that
there was collective fear which might be one of the worst
things in the world when you lose democracy and fear
replaces democracy. There was no one in Panama that
would be free in this brutal dictatorship; but I am not
here to talk about the dictatorship, as that is in the past,
thank God. But we decided that we had two alternatives:
to take arms and try to overthrow the dictatorship and go
through the same route as our brothers in Nicaragua,
Honduras, Guatemala and San Salvador, or we would try
very hard to go through a very specific, very peaceful
transition. We chose the latter because we felt that as
leaders at the time, the price to pay is never too high
when you are talking about your own country. So, we
decided to go to the political arena and face the monster,
Mr. Noriega, a brutal monster who is not crazy but
fundamentally evil. So we decided to challenge him in the
political arena and we were nominated on the 20th of
January 1989 and we had an uphill fight, walking the
Republic of Panama, because they did not allow big
concentrations in the beginning; but people were tired,
people had made up their mind, people wanted
democracy, they wanted peace. So as we went out on the
campaign, we got the biggest emotions of our lives by
seeing people throughout the country coming to our
demonstrations. Well, I'll be darned, I saw "rabiblancos"
from Chorillo, from San Miguelito, from all walks of life
and we won the election by a landslide; freedom had
won. And I don't say this, the observers say this,
including President Jimmy Carter, who tried very hard to
avoid the annulment of the elections on May 10, and to
make sure the will of the people be respected.
A lot of people remember the picture of May 10,
1989, and say, "Billy, you're a hero" and I say no, "I'm
dumb, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time." but
anyhow, it was worth it. It was really worth it. After the
elections were annulled, we carried on our fight, day in
and day out, until people got to the point they were
disappointed. They thought we were going to give up. We
never gave up for one second, we were fighting with our
fingernails, brutality continued and Just Cause happened.
I want to share with you what happened on the day
of December 19th, 1989, the eve of the liberation
movement. Historians will have to battle whether it was
an invasion or a liberation. I have always said it was a

liberation movement; they removed the obstacle of the
monster and democracy started working in Panama. We
had the minutes of the election and placed them in the
hands of the Catholic Church and right after Just Cause,
Noriega's Electoral Tribunal had no choice but to tally
those sheets and say that we had won the election. It was
not a U.S. imposed government, it was an elected
government by the majority of the Panamanian people.
But, on the morning of the 19th, I had gotten up early, at
6:00 o'clock in the morning and I saw a note under the
door. There was a woman who worked in the political
section of the U.S. Embassy in Panama, who lived in the
same building and she said, "Billy, I would like to have
Mr. Endara, Mr. Arias Calderon and yourself join us for
dinner tonight at Howard AFB at 6:30 p.m.," and she
underlined, "I'm sure you will not want to miss this

Vice President of Panama, Guillermo "Billy"
delivers his address to the members, Panama
Society Luncheon, Saturday, June 22, 1991.


It kept in my mind that something was going on, but
I have to admit that we never knew about the military
action; we never asked for the invasion. Noriega was
begging like a spoiled child to be knocked on the head by
the United States and he got it. So, that evening, we went
over to Howard, the three of us, we sat down and had
dinner (I call it the last supper). While we were having
dinner, the Officer in charge of the U.S. Embassy got up
and said, "Gentlemen, 'H' hour is 1:00 a.m. And for me,
I understood what that meant, because of the R.O.T.C.
He turned around and said, "Just so you understand, we
are talking about an invasion at 1:00 a.m. in the morning.
You are not allowed to leave and for security reasons,
you cannot make any telephone calls. You three were
elected. You have two choices: give your back to the
Panamanians and run, or take over the government and

you will have democracy." It was hard, very hard, we
chose democracy. So at that moment, we were taken over
to Ft. Clayton. A lot of people said we were in the "Canal
Zone." These people have an inferiority complex. They
cannot understand the history of Panama. We are
partners of the United States and we will be partners of
the United States until 1999, because of the Panama
Canal venture. But I was in sovereign soil although we
were in Ft. Clayton. These places are leased to the
United States because of the Panama Canal Treaty and
so we were in sovereign soil. One half hour before the
first GI boys and girls came in, the President and two
Vice Presidents were sworn in. It was amazing and our
admiration for the boys and girls who participated in Just
Cause was wonderful. The Panamanian people loved
them. You should have seen the people that you know in
Panama, how they came out to greet your boys and girls,
to thank them because we were able to say "we are free
We lost some people also. We have records from the
Catholic Church and the Human Rights Commission and
they do not exceed 500 casualties, which is a lot.
So we took it upon ourselves to try to put back
together a sort of country, and under those
circumstances, it was not easy. People were running from
the shooting and the looting started with the devastation
through Panama and on Central Avenue. We never
thought that the Panamanian people would go to the
streets and loot. It was not something we are proud of,
but it happened. So, we put our government together, a
government of the best people under the circumstances,
at Ft. Clayton. Two days later we went to the Congress
Building and afterwards to the Foreign Affairs Building.
We could not get into the Presidential Palace because it
was booby-trapped. There was no bombing, no shooting,
so finally we got into the Presidential Palace and started
to work.
The first thing we did was to ask the General
Manager of Banco Nacional to find out if we had any
money. You cannot run a country without money. Yes,
we did have money, 17 million dollars. 17 million dollars
to run a country. We were broke. So we started from
scratch. But we had something else democracy.
Democracy is a most precious thing for human kind. And
then we started learning about running a country. It was
my first experience and the three of us had never worked
in the government before. You can imagine what we
were going through. But we put our act together and
asked people to help. Then, very shortly after, I became
Minister of Planning and started opening my drawers to
see what was inside, whether it was bombs or something.
It was accounts payable. Six billion in accounts payable
and no accounts receivable. We owed six billion dollars
to the world. We said "Oh my God! What are we going
to do?" So we started working to draft the first budget
of the Republic of Panama. We did not have a budget
for the last three years. The years prior to that had just
been non-existent, because there were no papers. We
were very successful in putting our first budget together
and we ended 1990 with a surplus. I think President
Bush would like that word. We then went ahead to
prepare for 1991, and I am sure that we will also have a
But the infrastructure of our country was totally
destroyed. There was no maintenance in the schools or
hospitals. I remember the first few days when we called

the hospitals to see what they needed; instead of sheets,
they were using newspapers to cover the patients. They
truly stole everything, inside out.
But now, let's talk about what we have been able to
do. Let's forget about the past. I hate to live in the past
and I don't like living in the future. I project myself into
the future by using the experience of the past. I think
you have to live day by day and assume the responsibility
so never again should our country lose its democratic
So we are thankful, we are appreciative for Just
Cause. President Bush, the first time I met him (I'll
never forget he made a gesture with his hands) he said,
"Billy, I want the relationship between your country and
the United States to be like this." I said, "Mr. President,
you will have an excellent relationship between the
United States and Panama but we will be puppets to no
one." He just looked at me and said, "That is a strong
statement, but I like it."
This is the way we feel. We are friends, we are
brothers, you are a part of us. You are a part of our
past, you are a part of our present and of our future.
There has never been a falling out between the
Panamanian people and the people of the United States.
The leftists used to mention the ex-Canal Zone or
the Canal Zone in a demeaning way, that is a complex.
In life, we have to live with reality and the reality is that
we have been and we will continue to be very good
friends of the United States. We have learned about
your country through your good selves, your customs,
your aspirations, your dreams. The American dream is
no different than the Latin American dream and that is
what we are aiming for.
We decided to go to the roots of the problem and
address the foreign debt. We are now on the verge of
striking a deal with the International Finance Institutions,
with which the old regime left us 540 million dollars in
arrears. But we obtained the help of friendly countries to
assist us in settling these arrears and we are ready to pay
them. We will pay 180 million dollars from our own
resources, 130 million dollars which is a grant from the
United States, 100 million dollars from Japan, 40 million
dollars from Taiwan, 20 million dollars from the
European countries, and a "Bridge" loan of 150 million
from the United States.
So you can imagine what we felt telling our poor
people that we would be paying such a huge amount of
money this year to try to catch up on our arrears. We
took the hard road, but we took the honest road. We
could just walk away like Peru did at a certain time, and
say "I'm not going to recognize or repay the foreign
debt," and look what is going on in Peru.
We will be paying. We have refined the Paris Club
debt, which is the bilateral between countries. Once we
settle the arrears with the Finance Institutions, we will
start negotiating the private debt to the private banks
which is 2.2 billion. That is going to be hard-nosed
negotiations, but we will be successful at that also.
What do we see about our future of Panama? I am
an optimist by nature, but I am a prudent optimist. I'm
not a dreamer. I see wonderful things ahead of us. There
is a lot of discontent of the Panamanian people, because
we have had to spend so much time and effort trying to
get to the yeast of the problem, trying to protect the
country. Negotiating is not easy and at the same time,
trying to distribute the wealth among the Panamanian

We need to build roads, more schools, and more
hospitals. So the discontent that you feel that is addressed
in the media is there and I have to be very candid, I
share that discontent and I feel we should start moving
right now.
We need a strong leadership in Panama. President
Endara is a good man and don't ever forget that. A good,
honest man and I would rather have a good honest man
than a blabber-mouth that will blow us out of the water.
We have had our share of evil people, that will affect a
democracy, but we are going to fight, to preserve
Last year in December, there was a coup attempt.
Three hundred and fifty armed men, well trained, from
the previous regime, tried to overthrow the government.
I was in Miami at the time I got the call. The United
States Army was called in and I think it had to be done
to preserve democracy, but I share with you that I don't
think it is fair to you and it is not fair to us to be calling
on your boys and girls every time we have a problem.
The next time we will have to do it ourselves.
But the greatest thing about all this is that three days
after Just Cause, General Thurman and General
Cisneros, very good friends of ours, came up and said,
"Billy, we are in trouble. We have military troops in
Panama, but we are not allowed to police the city, you
have to build a police force." Well, we could not build a
police force so you can imagine the problem. So we had
to bring in, unfortunately, the same people we had under
Noriega and start weeding them out slowly. If we give
them weapons, they would get out of hand. If we don't
give them weapons, they can not solve the problems we
have in Panama, like armed robbery, etc., and they will
continue. So again, what do we do, where do we draw the
line, so we try to control it.
On another subject, people are talking about Panama
laundering money through the banks. I would be a liar if
I said Panama had not been abused, and I mean abused,
not used, to launder money. But we are after them. I
talked with Senator Kerry and told him that whatever
bank, and I hope it is not a U.S. Bank, but whatever
bank is committing the crime of laundering money, will
be closed. I will close it as President of the Banking
Commission. I give you my word that they will be closed.
Some people want to give the impression that we are
condoning and promoting laundering money in Panama.
That statement is not true and is demeaning to the
purpose of the government.
We are trying to control as much as we can to help
clean the image of Panama. We are on the verge of
signing next week a treaty with the United States, that
will give both countries reciprocal access to get
information of those actively laundering money and
trafficking drugs in Panama. This should be approved by
Congress next week.
Panama is a little jewel. I am sure you remember El
Valle, Taboga, Balboa, Ancon, Cristobal, but we are latin
and highly emotional, and we want solutions now. We
have to have a steady course without lying to the people
and telling them we can't do certain things now, although
we wish we could. But politicians have a tendency to
become hypocrites. That is why I hate politicians. They
don't tell the truth, they are afraid. They want the
applause, the gratitude or admiration of the people. That
is not our job. Our job is to run a country, telling them

what is right and what is wrong and where we are going.
We have an obligation to listen, to consult with people,
but we should never, in my opinion, share the
responsibility of being in command and making decisions.
That is what democracy is all about, you listen, make a
decision and do it. Otherwise you are going to be a very
unpopular politician at the end of the term, if you are
lucky enough to make it to the end of the term. So again,
we are working very hard. We have beautiful statistics in
certain areas and dramatic statistics in other areas.
Construction is starting to move. Central Avenue is
totally remodeled after being depleted of inventory and
destroyed by the looting.
Private enterprise has taken it upon itself to do what
the government should not do. I don't believe in a big
government and I do not believe in a government that
will replace private initiative. We are fully supportive of
the private sector. We have an excellent relationship
between the government and the private sector. Some say
they are doing everything and the government is doing
nothing. I say the government should not compete with
private initiative. We have to take care of all public
We have cement factories, we have sugar mills, we
have everything, we are going to see all of them turned
over to the private sector and let the private enterprise
On the other hand, we have a terrible rate of
unemployment. Right after Just Cause, it went up to
about 30%. We have been able to take it down to about
16%, but it is still extremely high. So we are working on
how to get the wealth to the lower levels between now
and the end of the year. We are trying hard to get it to
that level.
We have a new multi-sectional industrial law. We can
take advantage of the Caribbean initiative and export to
the United States through the Caribbean initiative.
But in order to achieve all these beautiful plans, we
had to enter into negotiations with the World Bank, the
International Monetary Fund and the Interamerican
Development Bank, for a total refinancing of our debt.
For many years we had been an orphan. We are getting
along by improvising day by day. We had to lay down a
plan and lay down the rules, to tell the investors what
these rules are.
So, changes are not easy and if every time you have
an economic problem, you have to make adjustments.
People would say, Why me, why not the other guy? Well,
everybody has to come in this time and adjust its
economy. We want to have a very dynamic economy we
want to look outward instead of inward. We cannot make
a country grow by just selling to 2.2 million inhabitants.
We are now going at full speed and I am confident
that with the support of the Panamanian people and our
friends abroad, we will make it.
God Bless you. Thank you.


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The Reporter's Luncheon was held at noon, June 21,
1991 in the Duval Room of the Twin Towers Hotel
Convention Center. Twenty reporters and guests were
present. Luncheon consisted of a buffet which was
enjoyed by all. Jo Konover, reporter for New Jersey,
graciously provided wine for the occasion as this was her
last tour as a reporter. She will be replaced by Marge
Coffin as the New Jersey reporter.
Up-dated Style Books were issued to all reporters
and the Editor selected areas for emphasis, such as no
photo returns and method of attaching captions to
photographs. He indicated there would be no deadline
change in view of all editorial work to be done during
office working hours only, but that the mailing of the
book may be delayed a few days as a result of not
working over a weekend to "mock-up."
The Editor requested the reporter's feelings toward
the commitments that were approved at the 1989
Reporter's Luncheon. These commitments included
limiting reports to 4 typewritten pages and not to solicit
news from outside their area. Discussion followed and it
was unanimously voted on to continue those
commitments set forth in 1989.
Past President Betty Frassrand spoke briefly to the
Reporters, thanking them for their dedication to their
voluntary reporting and presented each with a letter of
appreciation and a Society pocket calendar.
Newly elected President Bob Van Siclen also
provided a few words of thanks and appreciation to the
reporters and that he was fully aware of their
contribution the the Canal Record.
The Editor then presented Jo Konover with a small
gift in appreciation for her many years as a reporter.
The luncheon and business was adjourned at 1:28



After many months, and the help of many people,
our Balboa High School 50th Class Reunion is a thing
of the past. It may be over but the memories linger on.
Everyone entered into things and appeared to have
fun. We had 54 classmates and a total of 112 at our
dinner. During the afternoon we had a mini reunion
while decorating the room for the party.
Our dinner was delicious and the red and white
decorations were lovely. Many classmates and friends
donated favors and door prizes. The prizes were given
out between dinner courses by drawing names of all that
Our classmate Alan Ford
was the M/C and Speaker.
Alan and his wife, Beverly,
have moved to Sarasota and
we are all happy to have
--- them here. While Alan was
attending Mercersburg
Academy in Pennsylvania
and also while at Yale, he
established and broke
several World swimming
records. During the 1948
Olympics in London, he
i narrowly missed the gold
medal in the swimming 100
Smeter freestyle by 1/10
second. Alans talk was
Alan Ford about our days growing up
on the Zone and brought
back many happy memories. Everyone enjoyed the talk



and are proud that he was our classmate.
During the social period before dinner and again
after dinner we had tapes played for listening and
dancing. Our classmate from Panama, Sonny Pereira and
his wife Adela had brought several tapes from Panama
and many others brought tapes of their own. E a c h
classmate received a "1941 Zonian 1991" made up by
Betty Irvin Quintero. Mary Jane White Paulson made
the name tags by using our pictures from the Zonian.
Esther Miller Ahlteen made centerpieces for each table.
Rosemary Millet Gilead held a lottery raffle for several
of Liz Beall's paintings. Jeanne Flynn Stough and Ruth
Kupka Carey, as well as many others, passed out the
books and prizes.
There were so many that worked very hard all
afternoon decorating the room that it would be
impossible to name them all. We thank you all so much.
I sincerely hope that everyone had as much fun as I
did and look forward to seeing you all again.


BHS'41 Dinner at Panama during same time as Dinner
in Orlando. Standing L-R: Alicia Moreno de Jordan,
Rose Marie Porras de la Guardia, Olga Moya de
Cadet, Gladys Jaen de Brannan, Yolanda Ferrari de
Tooke. Sitting: Graciela Velarde, holding year book,
and Elsa Espener de Watson.

Committee members of the Cristobal High School Class of 1961 Reunion, L-R: George Cotton, Pat Egger
Wilkerson, Jack Williams, Shirley Bonneau Camby, Bob Geddes, Hilda Saborio Boseman.

Front L-R: Fred Ryan, Warren Ludlum, Bud Huldtquist, Joe Schack, John Pressley, Bill Dodson, Alan Ford,
Lloyd Kent, Bill Neal. Seated L-R: Carla Renz, Mary Jane White Paulson, Eleanor Sullivan Wainstein, Jeanne
Flynn Stough, Esther Miller Ahlteen, Donna Currier Gude, Adela Snedeker Raymond, Patsy Clemens
Detamore, Mary Gilbert Urey, Audrey Benoit Bowman, June Bunker Ellison, Frances Coleman Pattison,
Adrienne Muller Newhaus, Rosemary Millett Gilead, Dot Jordan Herrington. Standing L-R: Thelma Anderson
Grizzard, Laura Tapia Aitken, Rita McGuire Kennedy, Shirley Jorgenson Magie, Isabelle Gibson, Bill Haas,
Adriene Bouche, Douglas Lord, Sonny Pereira, Eleanor Wichman Bongiorni, Gloria Bongiorni Erickson, Ruth
Kupka Carey, Evelyn Belanger Wood, Betty Irvin Quintero, June Moolchan Lathom, Margaret Milliken, Edythe
Weisiger Rogers. Back row L-R: Lindley Hall, Bill Ward, David Moon Dickerson, Paul Ridge, George Coleman,
Norman Dugas, Ted Bailey, Alice Kain Berry, Robert Orr, Ethel Anderson Gruezke. (Missing from photo: Cecilia
Gibson Demers and Nora Giavelli Elze. Note: Cito Towery and Bud Journey arrived after the reunion dinner).

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Jack Morton, Sandi Sanders, JoAnn Morton,
Charlie McArthur. Looking for work.

Reunion Coordinator Bob Van Siclen welcomes Tito
Mouynes at the Fashion Show.

Boyhood friends Norbie Jones of Puerto Rico, and
Pete Lang of Clearwater, FL. Information was received
that Norbie passed away shortly after the Reunion, at

Class of CHS 1961, 30th reunion and guests enjoy
dinner at Mango's Restaurant in Orlando. L-R: Diana
Sanchez (Leo's wife), Jay Bialkowski (CHS'61), Helen
(Spector) Gentry (CHS'61), Leo Sanchez ('The
Godfather") (CHS'61), Patsy Lee Moore (CHS'63),
Jack Williams (CHS'61) and Nancy (Morency)
Jeffcoat (CHS'63). Memories and friendships never
fade even after 30 years.


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News Clips


Over the past 56 years, a large number of people
have enjoyed the attentive and friendly service from
Charles and David Oiler at their newspaper stand at the
Balboa Train Station. The recent closing of the stand
generated a lot of community interest in the stand's
history, which began even before the Oilers came into the
The construction of the Panama Railroad brought a
boom in tourism to the area, making the train station a
perfect place for the small shop located there in front of
the main entrance. A writer for the Star & Herald was the
original owner, and when he decided to sell, Henry Oiler,
father of the Oiler brothers, did not hesitate to buy. He
worked at the barber shop that stood to one side of the
train station and thought it would be ideal to have both
his job and his own business in the same place.

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Charles Oiler, left, and his brother David, shortly
before the closing of the newspaper stand they
operated for 56 years at Balboa Train Station.

The parents of the Oiler brothers had immigrated
from Spain to take up residence in Panama. In 1920 their
father started working as a barber under contract with
the Panama Canal organization and eventually became
known as the "Barber of the Governors" because during
his years at the barber shop every governor in the Canal
Zone visited him for a haircut. "We had no problems
since the shop was so well known and so was my father,"
Charles recalls.
In addition to his success as a barber, Henry Oiler
was also an amateur painter. Because he had the
opportunity to meet so many important Canal officials,
he was able to do portraits for a number of them. One
that he made of Gen. George Goethals was kept at the
Technical Resources Center for many years.
When Charles and David became students at Balboa
High School, they began working at the shop after classes
to help their parents with the business. After their father
died, they took turns working so the stand would never
be left unattended.

One of the many satisfied customers the Oiler
brothers have had over the years was David Dempsey,
crane and diving inspector for the Panama Canal
Commission Safety Division. He remembers going to
their shop every day as a kid in the early sixties with 20
cents for a soda and a bag of plantain chips. Even though
the soda and chips were gone in five minutes, the Oiler
brothers would let him stay all afternoon and let him
read their magazines and comic books at no charge.
In 1974, when the Housing and Buildings Branch
renovated the train station, the stand was moved to a
corner where it remained until the date of its closing.
The relocation allowed them to add a little radio repair
shop where David started working. Charles had worked
previously for the Canal organization, serving 36 years
with the Motor Transportation Division.
The Oiler brothers and many of their clients
expressed some sadness as their little shop closed for the
last time. "I used to wake up at 5 and be ready to open
at 6:30 every morning, and now it seems I will be taking
vacations for the first time in 56 years," David said. "It
seems like a part of our lives is being taken away and so
is a part of the history of the railroad."

Panama Canal Spillway
May 10, 1991


By Susan K. Stabler

The British icebreaker HMS Endurance transited
the Panama Canal last week in a hot, humid tropical day
- and its crew probably loved the sweltering heat. After
months of duty in the frigid Antarctic, they are heading
to England. The vessel spent a few days at the Port of
Balboa prior to its northbound transit and will stop
briefly at Wilmington, N.C. before crossing the Atlantic
for home.
The Endurance left England in early November,
stopping briefly in the Falkland Islands before cruising to
the Antarctic. The vessel supports British interests in the
mostly uncharted Antarctic seas, carrying sophisticated
hydrographic surveying equipment and assisting in
scientific research.
Originally a Danish ship named the Anita Dan, the
305-foot vessel has a displacement of 4,000 tons and was
built especially for ice operations. In 1968 it was
converted for British Naval use and installed with
surveying equipment. A flight deck and hanger were also
added. As an icebreaker, its bright red hull and mast
make it readily visible, especially from the air.
The current name comes from an earlier British
vessel. In August 1914, the same month the Panama
Canal was opened, the wooden three-masted thick-
hulled, Endurance set sail from London for the South
Atlantic on an expedition commanded by Sir Ernest

Shackleton. The object was for the crew to eventually
cross the Antarctic over land.
The venture failed whan the vessel was trapped, then
crushed in the ice over a year later in October 1915, still
half a continent away from its intended base. Yet,
Shackleton and his 27-man expedition defied all odds and
probably gained more acclaim than they might have from
the expedition itself merely by getting out of the region
alive. In his book, "Endurance," Alfred Lansing describes
how the men survived, some making "...a 1,000 mile
voyage in an open boat across the stormiest ocean on the
globe and an overland trek through forbidding glaciers
and mountains."

The HMS Endurance glides into Gatun Locks during its
recent northbound Panama Canal transit. The vessel is
represented locally by Associated Shipping Agents,
S.A. (Photo by Susan K. Stabler)

While today's Endurance faces certain dangers in the
Antarctic, it had advantages its predecessor never knew -
the presence of 14 foreign research stations in the
region, radio communications, air-rescue capabilities and
a whole slew of modern conveniences.

Panama Canal Spillway
May 10, 1991


When Priscilla Hallen was born on June 25, 1914,
automobiles still shared the road with horse-drawn
wagons and ice was delivered to people's homes every
morning. Mary Pickford and Sarah Bernhardt adorned
the silent movie screens, and the country of Panama was
almost 11 years old. The Austrian archduke whose
assassination would spark World War I had only three
days left to live.
For the Hallen household, the arrival of the babe was
promptly followed by an event that inspired the world
and also touched the family closely. The Panama Canal
opened for business on August 15, linking two mighty
oceans and fulfilling a centuries-old dream. In his
capacity as official photographer, the infant's father,
Ernest "Red" Hallen had captured virtually every aspect
of the Canal's construction since 1906

Priscilla Pittman, daughter of Ernest "Red" Hallen,
the official Panama Canal photographer from 1907
through 1937, visits Panama Canal Commission
Administrator Gilberto Guardia F. during a 10-day visit
to Panama. Almost six decades after leaving Panama
for the United States, Pittman was delighted to find her
family home still standing on El Prado.

Hallen continued in his work for another 23 years
after the Canal's historic opening, faithfully recording the
people, the events, the transits, the work and the
buildings that made up the Canal and its community but
it is his photographs of the construction era that
guarantee his everlasting fame.
Laborers reduced to the size of ants by the vastness
of Culebra Cut; the sea of West Indians crammed on the
deck of an arriving boat; the massive concrete structures
that were to be the waterway's famous locks; the
heartbreaking landslides that reduced to nothing months
of heroic labor; and President Theodore Roosevelt
operating a steam shovel these images capture the
optimism, daring and the spirit of the era and have
conveyed to future generations the sheer enormity of the
Canal project far more effectively than statistics.
Earlier this month, more than 76 years after her first
breath and the Canal's first transit, Hallen's daughter,
now called Priscilla Pittman, returned to Panama,
accompanied by her own daughter, Patty Friday. Pittman
visited Panama Canal Administrator Gilberto Guardia F.
and attended an exhibition of her father's works in the
Administration Building rotunda.
Much has changed, of course, since Pittman left
Panama back in the 1930's, but she was delighted to find
her old house still standing on the Prado. She also made
a nostalgic trip to what remains of her father's former
studio up in a forgotten corner of the Administration
Building attic. The studio and the photographer have long
been silent, but Hallen's images will forever tell their
Panama Canal Spillway
May 24, 1991


Former Panama Canal Commission Deputy
Administrator Fernando Manfredo Jr. was honored on
May 10, 1991 with a special presidential award, presented
by U.S. Ambassador Deane R. Hinton on behalf of
President George Bush.
The award reads, "The President of the United States
of America presents this Special Award for Exceptional
Service to Fernando Manfredo, Jr. in recognition of your
distinguished service to the United States as Deputy
Administrator of the Panama Canal Commission during
the period October 1979 through December 1989.
"During your tenure, significant programs have been
implemented to modernize, improve safety, and maintain
the competitive posture of the Canal in a developing
environment of alternative trade routes. Your superb
performance as deputy administrator of the Panama
Canal has served well the needs of international maritime
shipping and enhanced the image of the United States as
the operator of this vital waterway."

Among the dignitaries participating in the presidential
award ceremony for former Panama Canal
Commission Deputy Administrator Fernando
Manfredo Jr. are from left, Panama President
Guillermo Endara Galimany, U.S. Ambassador Deane
R. Hinton, Manfredo and Commission Administrator
Gilberto Guardia F. (Photo by Stuart R. Warner)

Manfredo served under former Canal Administrator
D.P. McAuliffe, who retired December 31, 1989.
McAuliffe was honored for his Canal service by President
Bush last year in Washington.
Present at the ambassador's residence for the
ceremony honoring Manfredo were Panama President
Guillermo Endara Galimany, First Vice President
Ricardo Arias Calderon, other officials of the Panama
government, representatives from the U.S. military and
Embassy and members of Manfredo's family. The
Commission was represented by Administrator Gilberto
Guardia F., Deputy Administrator Raymond P. Laverty
and several of the senior managers who served under
Accepting the award, Manfredo said it symbolized
the determination, loyalty, sacrifice and sense of
responsibility of Commission employees, who assured the
operational efficiency of the Canal even in difficult and
dangerous times.

Panama Canal Spillway
May 24, 1991


The Panama Canal Commission's mailing address
was affected by changes in the U.S. military postal
system. With the installation of automated reading
equipment, the last two address lines were
standardized. The new address for mail coming
through the U.S. system is:

Panama Canal Commission
(the name of the specific Commission unit)
Unit 2300
APO AA 34011

"Unit 2300," which specifically designates the
Commission, must appear in the second-to-last line.
The last line must include the two-letter location code
"AA" and the five-digit ZIP code. The Commission will
continue to use the 34011 zip, but the last four digits
(5000) will be eliminated.
There will be a one-year grace period for revising
stationery and forms, and existing supplies will
continue to be used until new stocks are revised and
printed. Questions regarding the change in address
can be directed to the Record Management Branch
chief (52-7767) or the mail system supervisor (52-
Panama Canal Spillway
July 5, 1991


Last Friday (May 3) 11 individuals and organizations
were presented the prestigious Panama Canal
Commission Honorary Public Service Award.

L-R Back row: Joseph J. Wood, Executive
Administration Director; Gilberto Guardia F., Panama
Canal Commission Administrator; Raymond P.
Laverty, Deputy Administrator, pose with the recipients
of this year's Honorary Public Service Awards.

Receiving the gold medallion from Commissioner
Gilberto Guardia F. was the Asociacion Cristiana de
Jovenes. It has been serving the Isthmian community
since 1966, providing assistance to organizations such as
the Asilo Bolivar old folks' home, Palo Seco hospital,
Chapala school and Tribunal Tutelar de Menores. It is
active in church and sports programs and in celebrations
of national holidays and the YMCA anniversary.
Silver medallions were presented by Deputy
Administrator Raymond P. Laverty to the following:
William H. Gonzalez, Charles R. Lavallee, and Brenda
S. McArthur.
Bronze medallions, presented by Executive
Administration Director Joseph J. Wood went to:
William O. Cofer, Alexander Egudin, Master Sgt. Walter
R. Hardy, Carl D. Hern, Mayoral Congress, Hari Singh,
and Capt. Phillip L. Tomlet III.



Please contact Anne "Rusty" Stapler LoFranco, 2701
Goethals Road N., Staten Island, NY 10303. (718) 761-
9270, or Martha Vickery, 4725 S.E. Adams St.,
Milwaukie, OR 97222. (503) 659-1247 if you can help us
locate the above classmates. Plans are in the works for a
joint BHS-CHS get-together at the reunion in 1992.
A special alert has been put out for Nellie Holgerson.
Anybody? Where is she?


Where Are You?


Marie Theresa ARICK
Shirley Ann BEASLEY
Anita Kala BERLEY
Geraldine BLOHM
Ardithanne Gertrude BOYLE
Kenneth Paul CAMPBELL
Jacqueline C. CARLIN
Rosita Lynn CZERNIK
Dorothy Ann ENGLER
Eleanor Janet FOWLER
Nancy Joan GILDER
Stephen GRACIE, JR.
Dorothy Lee GREY
Lois Lucille HAMILTON
Weimer Frank HEITE
Fred Bathea HILL, JR.
Dennis Sh.

Lois Catharine HOUSEHOLDER
Betty Ruth KUHRT
Barbara Elizabeth LAWSON
Mary Constance LEACH
Kenneth Roy LOWE
Carolyn MAGNER
Helen P. MARSH
Hilton Robert McPHETERS
Barbara Mae MILLARD
Constance MILLER
Donald Vare NALL
Charles Leo PERRY
Eddie Leroy PIPKIN
Norman Charles SLADE
Robert Warren SNELLINGS
Thelma Marie THOMAS

Anyone knowing addresses of any of the above,
please contact Eleanor (Williams) Dehl, P.O. Box 1715,
Mill Valley, CA 94942.







Please send your input to: Charlie Norris, 1653 Kidder
Avenue, Fairfield, CA 94533.


The Pedro Miguel Reunion Committee is looking for
addresses for the following:

Louise Swafford
Peggy Bradley, Tucson)
Carol/Peter Kelsey
Mary Lou January
Janet Stockham

Shirley/Harry Keepers
Donald/Caroline Corn, Hawaii
Lane Bryant
Joyce Curling
Bob Taht

Write to: Anne (Edwards) Hale, 101 Waterford
Drive, Yalaha, FL 34797. (904) 324-3406.


Mariela "Mary" ALCORIZA Jeanette Thelma KIRKLAND
Christopher W. ATKINS Joseph L. "Joe" LAWRENCE
Jack C. "Joaquin" ATTIA Jeffrey L. "Jeff" LEON
Ann Marie "Ann" BAAS George Wilber LITTLE
Charles H. "Chuck" BATH III Susan Chris McCULLOUGH
Robert Augustus CHAN Joseph "Long John" McGOFF
Richard Vincent "Rich" CHIN Karen Louis MIDDLETON
Susan Jane "Sue" CORRIGAN Eugene H. "Gene" PUGH Jr.
Louis John "Luke" DAVIS Charles P. "Chuck" RHINE
Janice Kaye "Jan" DECK Aide Maria "Polo" RIGBY
Stephen T. "Steve" FRANKLIN George W. SLAUGHTER
Andrew R. "Richie" GARCIA, JR. Laura Marie STRONGMAN
Earl William "Bill" GRIGGS Joanne Frances "Jo" TANG
Lennard Allen "Len" HAKANSON Katherine H. "Kay" TAPIE
Kathleen F. "Kathy" HEMENWAY Virginia "Ginny" VALDEZ
Verna Raye HELDEBRAND Lawrence T. "Larry" WILDER
Edsall Dean "Ed" HILTY William Howell WYNNE
Norman R. "Rog" BUTCHISON Terrand Trady BING
Mary-Elizabeth "Mary" JONES Edward Hewitt GREEN
Sonia June KANDRIN Brian H. LUTZ
Samuel "Sam" KATZ Robert WILLIS
Sandra "Sandy" Husted CUSAMANO
Please contact: Edna G. (Morales) Foster, 1540
Pawnee Street, Orange Park, Florida 32065-7478 Tel:
(904) 276-5543.


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!

Mr. Marcus E. Ross

Rita Speas

8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 34642-4712



OCTOBER 25, 1991

Your Reporter Says ...


I hope everyone who attended the reunion is rested
and back to the "ole grind". We had a very good
representation from Dothan. Eddie and I enjoyed seeing
our former friends and neighbors. Enjoyed lunch with
Alice and Bud Myers from Spring Hill. Eddie always
looks forward to seeing his former police co-workers.
This year there were quite a few of them. Hope they get
that little reunion going for next year.
Lou (Rathgeber) Hunt went to Panama in May for
a three week visit with all four of her children and
families and also to attend the graduation of her
granddaughter, Leanna Watkins, from Balboa High
School. The ceremony was held on the lawn and front
steps of Balboa High School at 9:30 a.m. There were 170
graduates. The ceremony was very impressive and
nostalgic. Lou also attended a brunch at the home of
Carol and Henry Twohy in Balboa Heights for their
daughter, Kara, and other graduates and their families.
She also had a nice visit from her niece, Judy
(Rathgeber) Whitter, her husband, Keith, and daughter,
Megan. Keith is a lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed
at Ft. Espinar, (formerly Ft. Gulick) where the family is
now living.
On June 28th through the 30th, the Rathgeber family
had a family reunion in Nashville, Tenn. It was held at
Shoney's Inn near the Opryland Park. Dot (Rathgeber)
Yost and Louis Spradlin from Ca (the family has
adopted her) accompanied Lou. Also attending were
Lou's daughter, Jerri, husband, Jim, and children, Noelle
and Brooke Farnsworth who were visiting Lou from
Panama. Other families came from New Jersey, Illinois,
California and Texas. The highlight of the evening was

the impromptu floor show. The grandchildren danced and
sang a song and the grandmas (sisters Berniece Jackson,
Noreen Lucas, Marge Ruoff and Lou) sang "I Love You
a Bushel and a Peck." Lou claims they were "good". All
of the children (they are called in-laws) did a dance
routine together and sang featuring Randi Jackson
Denham. Then those that married into the families "The
outlaws" formed a chorus line and the singing by Kate
Weber and Jack Ruoff. It was great fun.


The Rathgeber sisters at their reunion in Tennessee.
Berniece Jackson, Lou Hunt, Noreen Lucas and
Marge Ruoff.

Lou's sister, Noreen, returned to Dothan with her for
a two week stay. Lou's daughter, Jacque and her
husband, Teddy Arias, have been busy working on their
home here in Dothan. They will return to Panama on
July 23rd. Lou has really enjoyed their being here.
On June 8th, Elsie and Woody Woodruff drove to
Tampa, Fl for a three day visit with nephew, Joseph

Prokop. They then flew to Los Angeles for a week's visit
with daughter and granddaughter, Linda and Jennifer
Weir. On June 19th Jennifer graduated from Canoga
Park High School. The following day Elsie and Woody
along with Linda and her friend, Cathy Mitchell, flew
to Orlando to attend the reunion. As they were checking
into the Twin Towers Hotel, daughter, Darleen Hunt and
Janice (Hunt) Watkins were there to surprise them. At
the last moment they had decided to fly up from Panama.
It had been eleven months since Elsie and Woody had
seen Darlene and one and a half years since the sisters
had been together. So it was really a great reunion.
On their return to Dothan, Elsie and Woody spent
three days with brother-in-law, Jack Morris in Pinellas
Park and over-nighted with Clare and Jack Brayton in
Crystal River.
Recently, Swett and Crawford Insurance of Los
Angeles, announced the appointment of Linda Weir as
Financial Services Manager and the opening of a
Financial Services Department in the company's
Woodlands Hills office.
We are sadden to report the death of Berniece
Deming (formerly of Dothan, Al) in Delaware. She left
Dothan to live with her son, John and family.
Our July monthly luncheon had its fair share of
guests...mostly daughters visiting their parents....Jerri
(Hunt) Farnsworth, Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens, Fran
(Yost) Hern, Shirley Vauche's daughter-in-law, my
daughter Katie (Filo) Woods (she lives here in Dothan),
Louise Spradlin, Noreen (Rathgeber) Lucas.

During the week of July 9th, the Dothan Country
Club of Dothan, AL hosted the Future Masters Golf
Tournament. During the past years, the Canal Zone Golf
Clubs have sent large contingents of young gofers to take
part in this tournament. But now we have no participants.
An ex-Zonian, Frank Anderson III, who is golf coach at
Santa Fe High School in Gainsville, Fl sent a young
golfer to the tournament. Frank was chosen coach of the
year for the ALL-Sun Golf teams in Central Florida. He
has been teaching at Santa Fe High School for the past
ten years. He is the son of Frank and Rosemary
Anderson of Dothan, AL.
Congratulations to Mary and Val Lynch of
Tallahassee, Fl who celebrated their 25th wedding
anniversary at the Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee.
It was almost like old home week. So many ex-Zonians.
Great fun.
Our special friend, Bevilie (Mrs. James) Brigman of
Tampa suffered a heart attack while visiting daughter,
Suzanne (Brigman) Bender in Arlington, TX. Glad to
report she is recuperating nicely in Texas. Bev and Jim
were our neighbors in Los Rios.
Thanks, Pat, for the lovely reporter's luncheon. The
company was great and the food delicious. It was most
Until the next time, God bless all.

Catherine (Whelan) Filo
(205) 794-0145


Greetings from 100-plus degree Arizona! Many
former Zonians find the warm, sunny climate here just to
their liking. Witness Bill and Peggy Ryan, he of PanCanal
Personnel and then U.S. Foreign Service and she a
former math teacher at BHS. Those stalwart souls
participated in the tennis matches in the Senor Olympics
here in January, and Peggy walked off with the bronze
medal for ladies' singles!
They also enjoyed the reunion in Florida this
summer, afterwards spending several days at Ormond
Beach, Fl with Bill and Ginger (Coffy) Young, where they


Left: Art and Maxwell Smith. Center: Paul
Grande, Arizona.

were joined by Nancy (Kariger) Eide and her husband,
from Bremerton, Wa. Nancy was a "locks brat", like this
We hear that Miriam and Dr. Dan Hirschl, now of
Sun City West, Az will be attending the wedding in
Delaware this summer of their godchild, Neil Goldfarb,
son of Terry Goldfarb, who was a teacher with the Canal
School Division until she retired to La Jolla, CA. After
the wedding, Miriam and Dan will vacation in Coronado,
CA. Their daughter, Janice and husband, Dr. Stuart
Sondheimer, with four-year old twins Scott and Steven
and daughter Melissa, plan a July trip to Disneyland,
Dan and Miriam's son, Dr. Ron Hirschl, recently
finished his residency and fellowship in pediatric surgery,

and Ann Guerriero. Right: Anne (Trimble)

a total of fifteen years' medial training. He will practice
and conduct research in that field at the University of
Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Congratulations, Ron!
Their other son, Jeff, and his wife, Melissa, recently
returned from a cruise to the Western Caribbean,
snorkeling, shopping in Grand Cayman, and enjoying the
many delights of a cruise ship. Jeff says he particularly
enjoyed Jamaica, which reminded him of his years in

L-R: Jeff, Miriam, Melissa, and Dan Hirschl, April
1991, Casa Grande, Arizona.

Dr. Bob Matheney very much enjoyed a visit in
February, 1991, from Dr. Frank Smith, former Asst.
Chief of Medicine at Gorgas Hospital, now living in
Easley, SC, since his 1979 retirement. They were
neighbors in Herrick Heights, CZ, and great fishing
buddies in Panama. Frank, an avid bird-watcher,
frequently stops off in Sun City, AZ to visit Bob, and
look for birds, on his way to the West Coast to see
children and grandchildren there.
Charlie and Anne (Trimble) Parks, Glendale, AZ,
had a lovely visit in June from George and Cheryll Klein,
from the Atlantic side of the Isthmus, who were on their
way to California and Washington State to visit friends
and relatives. The Kleins have a beautiful home in La
Corona at the beach and plan to retire there.
In July, for the whole month, Anne and Charlie had
their fifteen year old grandson, Charles Boatwright (from
Pt. St. Lucie, FL) visiting them. They have been canoeing,
rollerskating, picnicing, sight-seeing, attending the circus
and Disneyland, CA, plus tube-ing on the Salt River, AZ.
Tiring even to write about it! In addition the Parkses
have had the excitement, in March, of welcoming their
fourteenth grandchild into the world. (See "Births")
Miriam and Dan Hirschl will give another of their
vastly entertaining and nostalgic slide shows of their
adventures in Panama at the October 12th luncheon-
meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Arizona. Their
last one, a couple of years ago, was about their week in
the San Bias Islands as the guests of their Cuna Indian
friends. They won't tell what this next show will be; they
said you'll just have to come and see. And we hope
many of you will! See "Announcements" for details.

Jane (Dickson) Cox
(602) 298-3147


In June, Winona York traveled to Salt Lake City to
see her daughter, Kerry Smith Davis, receive her
doctorate in educational psychology. Since then, Kerry
and her husband, Jim Davis, have moved to France
which will be their home for the next few years. Davis
works with an American plant that manufactures medical
supplies. Keith and Winona York plan to visit them while
they are in France. In July, the Yorks joined a
Fayetteville tour to Memphis, Tenn., to visit the
Catherine the Great exhibit.
On July 16, Mary and Dick Condon and Maxine and
Earl Wrenn had the pleasure of a visit with Charles and
Lois Salyer of Jacksonville, Fla. Charles retired from the
P.R.R. as an engineer. They brought along pictures which
their daughter, Terri Ann took shortly after "Operation
Just Cause." The pictures showed damaged buildings in
Panama City and Balboa which they recognized. Of
particular interest were pictures taken of Noriega's home,
including one of Terri Ann sitting at his desk! She
worked for the U.S. Military in Panama at that time but
has since moved to a position in the School of the
Americas, now located Stateside.
Keith and Melissa Wrenn and four children from
Rochester, N.Y. visited the Earl Wrenns the latter part
of July.
July was a most memorable month for Harry and
Lee Butz. Esther and Bill Clair of Broken Arrow, Ok.,
spent 4 days with them over the 4th of July. The Clairs
helped Harry celebrate his birthday on the 4th by taking
the Butzes to Bull Shoals Dam to dine at Gaston's, a
restaurant overlooking the White River. They also treated
them to the movie, 'Dancing with Wolves." Then, on the
14th of July, which was Lee's birthday and the Butzes'
55th wedding anniversary, Peter and Janice Butz and
sons, George and Jason, of Sapulpa, Ok., joined them,
bringing a huge bag of garden produce, a casserole and
a decorated birthday cake. In addition, Harry (Ricky) and
Vida Lee Butz of Las Vegas, Nev., remembered them
with a box of chocolates.
The senior Butzes are fine and enjoying life. Harry's
gardens are producing well despite the extremely dry
The latter of May and early June, Carl and Petie
Maedl drove to Washington state to attend a wedding of
a nephew in Edmonds and the golden celebration of
Carl's brother and wife in Seattle. There were a number
of family gatherings over a period of seven days. Blessed
with ideal weather for traveling, the trip itself, all 4,500
miles was most enjoyable. They chose a different route
when returning to Arkansas, but both ways they saw
spectacular scenery. They are planning a trip to
Minnesota and Illinois this fall.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033

The following listed persons were in attendance at
the Annual Northwest Arkansas Society of the Panama
Canal Zone held July 9, 1991, at Agri Park in
Fayetteville, Ark.: (From Arkansas) Paul J. and Polly
Skrable, W.C. (Bill) and Lee Craft, Lee Engelke, Jessie

Newhard, Evelyn Engelke, Etta Fay Terrell, Dorothy and
Bruce Sanders, Jr., Dean Anderson, Willard and
Kathleen Huffman, Audra Dougan,Lyle and Rut Mertz,
Richard and Mary Condon, E.C. and Lois Van Horn,
Keith York, Maxine and Earl Wrenn, Bonnie Conklin
McClish, Glen Conklin, Harry and Lee Butz, Robert and
Betty Balcer, Harold and Jerry Harp, Mike and
Henrietta Howda, Betty and Luke Palumbo, Betty and
Mowry Hoge, Wally Waddell and family, Addie
Colclasure, Marion Colclasure, John and Polly
Michaelis. (Out of State): J.P. Dougan, Helen Anderson,
Tere and Bill Pickle, Doris and Jim Burns, Ron and
Alice Jacobs.

The "dog days" of summer arrived early in northwest
Arkansas. Even though the total amount of rainfall for
the year is above average, the "Man" upstairs hasn't seen
fit to honor us with very much in the past month or two.
Still, we are fortunate in that no water rationing has been
put into effect as it has in other parts of the country.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders report that all is well in
their house. Since Bruce came back from the hospital in
March he has, on doctors orders, been living the life of
a "gentleman farmer." He has not driven the car since
January 28, but thinks he sees the light at the end of the
tunnel. Dorothy does all the driving and just about
everything else. In July, grandson Doug of Los Gatos,
CA., was in town on business and joined them one
morning for breakfast. A few days later, son Bruce III
drove over from Piano, Texas, for a 3-day visit.
Jessie Newhard is expecting son Bryan Albright in
early August for about a 10-day visit. The rest of her
family is doing well.
Peggy Keller reports that Nobby is back home from
the hospital after eight weeks due to a staph infection.
Peggy is slated to have knee replacement surgery shortly
and because of the surgery, had to miss her mother's 91st
birthday in California.
Harold and Rita Grammer had a family get-together
in early July to celebrate the wedding of daughter
Jennifer to Daren Pierse that took place earlier this year
in Scottsdale, Arizona. In attendance were Herbert and
Willa Engelke, from Springfield, MO. They came by
helicopter the first time either of them had flown in
one. Herb is doing well.
Audra Dougan has been staying close to home on
account of the hot weather.
Mary Lou Engelke traveled to Atlanta, GA., in June
for the high school graduation of grandson Todd
Gallardo. Enjoyed a visit with daughter Margaret and
family and then continued on to Florida and visited with
daughter Susan Engelke and sons Robert and Tom and
Harold and Jerry Harp are planning a family re-
union in Colorado in early August.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman buzzed off to
Branson, MO., to take in a show presented by Japanese
violinist Shoji Tabuchi. The show was fabulous, and after
the show, Shoji came out to our tour bus and "Rojo"
being a former violinist, had the opportunity to talk
"shop" with the performer. Then they got the Chevy
Caprice tuned up and set sail for Orlando to attend the
Panama Canal Society reunion. Kathleen's sister, Eleanor
Callahan, along with her husband, Jerry and her brother,
Robert Donahue, were also there from New York.
Eleanor's daughter, Kathleen Callahan, who lives and

works in the Orlando area was with us during our stop at
the Twin Towers...While dining out one night, Kathleen
Callahan announced her engagement to Jeff Anderson.
Willard, President of the Northwest Arkansas
Panama Canal Society is pleased to announce the forth-
coming fall luncheon which will be held at the Heritage
Buffet in Rogers, Ark. on October 13, 1991. Cost of the
luncheon will be $7.56 which includes tax and gratuities.
New Officers form 1992-1993 will be elected at this
Etta Fay Terrell went to New Orleans for Mother's
Day for two weeks. Visited with daughter Andrea and
made a visit to Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, Ala. After
returning home, she accompanied Maxine Reinhold and
a friend to Kansas City and took in the musical, "Chorus
Alice and Red Nail had a whale of a good time in
Cullman, Ala., where they attended a family reunion of
"Red's" family. Attending were four brothers and four
sisters of Red, plus children, grand-children and great-
grandchildren. While there, the birthdays of three siblings
and one friend were celebrated. On the 4th of July, they
had watermelon and lots of excitement. Overnighted with
Ralph and Marie Shuey in Huntsville, Ala., and saw their
son Ralphie and family.
Betty McGilberry is leaving shortly on a bus tour
with a church group to Nova Scotia and Eastern Canada.
John and Polly Michaelis are staying home
attempting to combat the hot weather and keep the yard
After a trip to Columbus, OH., Maxine Reinhold
continued on to Minneapolis to attend the funeral of her
brother-in-law. Then her son, Richard, his wife Laura
and her mother, Jean O'Niel came to Northwest
Arkansas for the Fourth of July and time was spent
touring our area.
Addie Colclasure keeping close to home because of
illness of her sister in Kansas. Marion is spending the
summer in Colorado. Grandson Freddie, working at the
University of Arkansas and taking a computer science
Jack and Joan Corliss with daughter Leslie Everett
and her husband, Steve attended the Florida reunion in
Orlando. While there, visited with sister Joy Lindell and
family in St. Petersburg. Prior to that trip, took a canoe
trip on the Buffalo River and had a good time.
Granddaughter Lee Engelke, daughter of John and
Laurie Engelke is visiting with Evelyn Engelke. Also son
Lewis and family from Panama are here on vacation.
Betty and Bud Balcer took off for a week during
June and drove up to McGregor, Iowa, to visit with his
step-mother Eona Balcer. though the weather was hot, a
nice visit was had.
One last reminder please list the date of October
13, 1991 on your calendar and we expect lots of you

Bud Balcer
(501) 273-3754



The PCSSC annual "Memorabilia Luncheon" will be
held at Michael's Restaurant (formerly the Brown Derby)
in Los Angeles on the 3rd of August. There will be
music, gourmet entrees and an opportunity to journey
down "memory lane" as keepsakes, mementos, and
treasures of Panama are recalled with unabashed
enthusiasm and good humor. This luncheon has proved
to be one of the Society's favorites, as "Panama Fashions"
are in abundance as are "I remember ...." tales from
Panama. In keeping with the society's new program
"Canal Zone Family Histories," Ron (BHS'44) and Jolie
(Kilby) (BHS'48) Seeley and Conrad Horine (CHS'44)
will give a brief account of their families from early
Canal Zone days. Steve Cartotto will also present a short
slide presentation on his recent trip to Panama.
Reservations are still being accepted at the Bahia
Hotel, San Diego, for the Annual West Coast Reunion,
September 21, 22, and 23rd. As in years past, it promises
to be another "week-end in paradise." The week-end will
include a Golf Tournament, organized by Conrad
Horine; a Dinner dance with the fabuloso Tito Mouynes,
and a Breakfast Program. Delia Henderson has been
fine-tuning a Panamanian Folklorico Conjunto who will
present "Bailes Tipicos" at both the dinner-dance and the
Breakfast Program. There will be door prizes, Lotteria,
and a show of Mola Magic Fashions....Still working on
the empanada recipe from the Balboa Clubhouse. Maybe
Al Houston can come up with that! David Lane, West
Coast Reunion Coordinator reminds us all to mark our
calendars with "GO" and to dust off our "dancin' shoes"
for a spectacular week-end in San Diego.

BHS Class of 1940 friends, L-R: Joan Ridge
deGrummond, Laguna Hills; Eileen Cryan Finken,
Tustin; Francisca Talavera Enyart, Huntington Beach;
and Dr. Fernando Tapia, Scottsdale, Arizona.


Tony Huff entertained at a dinner on May 23, in
honor of her dad, Maener B. Huff (a familiar Track
Official at BHS Meets) who was visiting from Brevard,
North Carolina. Guests included Lou and Sue (Taylor)
Pitney, Catsy and Vern Schafer, and Tony's cousins from
Laguna, CA. Catsy (Taylor) Schafer spent two weeks in
July touring Norway, Sweden and Denmark with the
American Leadrship Group.

Toni Huff of San Diego, with L-R: Sue Taylor Pitney,
Maenner Huff, Catsy and Vern Schafer. Not shown,
Lou Pitney and Toni's cousins from Laguna, CA.

Les and Lil Cofer, Palm Springs, will have a visit
from son, Bill (Balboa) the end of July. We are hoping
he will join us at the Memorabilia Luncheon to give us a
Panama update.

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Lil and Les Cofer, Palm Springs, CA., looking like
professional models.

It's off to Guatamala on August 6 for Bob and Linda
Morris to celebrate the wedding of daughter Victoria to
Ken Hall, whose family lives in Guatamala. The wedding
has been planned long-distance, via FAX, Air Mail, and
Mamacita Bell. It will be a week of "Marry Making" with
friends and family gathering from far and wide to toast
the young people, who will make their home in
Guatamala. Marnie Morris (BHS'63) Hanesworth and
husband, Dan, Chicago, will attend the wedding and later
travel to Panama to celebrate mother Margaret "Moe"
Morrises' 83rd birthday. She lives with son, Charlie and
Julietta Morris in Panama City,
An impressive gathering of family and friends
contributed to a cordial reception of newly-weds Kathryn
(Molinaro) and Jack Taylor. Adele Argo, mother of the
bride and Dale and Shirley Taylor and all members of
the Molinaro-Taylor handsome family made sure
everyone had an extraordinary time.

Anne Magee Severy, Oceanside, came with cousin
Kathleen Steiner Bennett keeping up with the fast
reparte of those two fircrackers is almost impossible. Bob
Wolfenstein and his lovely lady Blanca (Zumbado) drove
all the way from Buena Park.The three Golden Girls,
Adele Argo, Grace Irving and Agnes Reinke Davis drove
from Lahuna Hills together BUT only Grace could
"imbibe in the bubbly" as she was not the Designated
Driver or Navigator. Way to go, Grace! Also present
were Dick Tatleman, wearing a stylized mola shirt, the
Horines, Bill Quinn and the Morrises to name a few.
Congratulations to C. Antonio Provost, on the recent
publishing of his book, The Opening of the American
Mind. Tony and Irene have plans to attend the Reunion
at the Bahai...a celebrity in our midst!
HELP is needed for painting a back-drop for the
Reunion Dance. Anyone handy or not with basic
carpentry and a paint brush can apply. Call Linda


Irene Will looking stylish as ever, was seen
everywhere...on the golf course, on the dance floor, and
visiting friends and family. Irene claims to be "seventy"
this year. I don't believe it!
Tom McGuiness played in the Orlando Golf
Tournament but did not WIN THE COLORS for
California this year. He played the day after the
tournament "kinda like getting back on a horse after you
fall of," he said. We'll be seeing Tom on the links in the
San Diego Tournament.
Kathleen Steiner Bennett, bejeweled and looking
wonderful was enjoying the reunion festivities with mom
and dad, Dottie and Jerome Steiner. The Steiners, after
a very difficult year with falls and fractures, are on the
mend and look incredible, thanks to Kathleen's
Lee and Dottie Doyle, Walnut Hill, attended their
50th (CHS'41) Class Reunion. Brother Jimmy Doyle,
Balboa (CHS'53) attends every year and cousin Dick
Tatleman (CHS'53) had a grand family reunion. Hard to
figure out who talks the most in the trio!
We had to travel 3,000 miles to see Margaret and
Lloyd Spradlin, Scripps Ranch. Those excellent dancers
were on the dance floor whenever they weren't visiting
with friends. It took Tom Rice a long time to warm up
but when he finally got Marion on the dance floor, he
was "burning up the floor."
Ray Nickisher, formerly of the great State of
California, now resettled in Seattle, will try to make the
West Coast Reunion this year. Ray had shoulder surgery
recently, and feels so good, he even took on brother Will
in a game of golf.
Rae Donaldson, Washington D.C. says she misses
California friends but loves her new job.
Marvelous seeing the Horine Gang together in
Orlando. Larry and Mary Ellen were fantastic models in
the Andy Lim fashion show. Fern was seen doing a lively
jitterbug with brother Conrad, and Norma was seen
Franklin Stabler, Imperial Beach, brought friend
Sally Wilson to, Orlando and was seen socializing with
Frank "Bootsie" Leves of 6.5 Million Florida lottery fame.

Canal Zone kids eat Chinese at Catsy and Vern
Schafer's condo. L-R: Dr. Henry Adams (BHS'58),
Loretta Hirschfield Adams (CHS'58), Sue Pitney
Taylor (BHS'58), Charlie Chase (BHS'59) and Frank
(Bootsie) Leves (BHS'59). Henry and Charley used to
sell popcorn at Balboa Theatre.

Another mini-reunion of the Ridge clan Joan Ridge
deGrummond and son, Steve Cartotto; sister Margaret
Ridge Coffey and son Richard and brother Bob Ridge.
Spectacular Fashion Show presented by Margie
Gilbert of Mola Magic. Models included: Charlie
Becktell, Joan deGrummond, David Lane, Bob and
Linda Morris and grandson Carlton Morris from Dallas,
Texas, Marion Rice, Celine Stone,and Warren Wood to
name a few. Margie, ever the professional, did a great
job coordinating and presenting her original fashions.

Bob Morris and grandson Carlton Morris, Dallas,
Texas, "struttin' their Mola Magic" stuff.

Ed "Tinker" Scott was also on the Orlando scene.
Ed, his wife, and three-year old son, live in Fremont. Ed
is in process of building a new home on a hill with a
"view from here to forever." Cousin Tommy Grimison
and wife Nancy visited site in July...had to get the
engineering department approval!
Finally met the "most elusive" Al Cooper, Bajun
Master from Ventura...heard a few good jokes too! Also
had a chance to meet the inFAMOUS Pat Beall and
other reporters at the Reporters Luncheon, which was
well-attended with lots of 'basilando' and wonderful food.
We even did a little work.
We missed seeing Rosa and Bob Dill on the dance
floor, Ron and Jolie Seeley, Jack and Kathryn Taylor and
Bill Quinn this year.
Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 272-9729


Sorry we missed last month, I was sick....
We had an enjoyable winter meeting at a dinner at
an excellent restaurant in the foothills west of Denver.
Attended by: Judy and Col. Phil Breunle, who became
Panama fans when assigned there in the Army; Mary
Jane (Phillips) and Dr Bob Henderson; Norma (Evans)
and Al Harrington; Dot (Kaler) and Roy Kennedy; Dan
Meehan and his wife whose name I lost; Roxana
(Quiros) and Mark Pearsall; Barbara (Geddes) and
Chung-Wai Tung; Alice (Shaw) and Maj. Gen. Jim Wier,
their guest, Ruth Temple; Linda Wier and her escort;
Jacqueline Wuffoletta; Margaret (Meigs) Molloy, Kathy
Molloy and fiancee Joe Perez. Phil Breunle took the
photos, which show some of our group and the courtyard
of the Fort.
Penny (Pennington) Graham's daughter, Summer,
who was living and attending college in South Colorado

has returned to this area and will assist her mother in
giving a shower for my daughter Kathy who is getting
married in September. Penny's other daughter, Sheridan,
now attends college at U. of Northern Colorado. She is
very successful in part-time modeling at a major
department store here when they have a show.
Barbara (Evans) O'Shaughnessy came through here
to spend a few days with her sister Norma Harrington
last month, returning from Portland, Oregon where her
granddaughter graduated from college. I met Barbara
and Norma in Loveland and we had lunch there together.
Doris (Brotherson) Hand paid a short visit to her
daughter who lives in Denver last May. She called Dot
(Kalar) Kennedy to bring her to Boulder to see me and
we had a good time catching up. I'm so glad that Doris's
daughter Carole lives in Denver--her other four children
all live in California as she does.

Margaret Molloy
(303) 499-9528

(Left) L-R: Alice Weir and guest, Barbara and Chung-Wai Tung, Jacqueline Suffoletta, Linda Weir, Al and Norma
Harrington, Jim Weir, back to camera. (Right) L-R: Roy and Dot Kennedy, Mrs. Meehan, Dan Meehan, Dr. Bob
and Mary Jane Henderson.


Greetings from Costa Rica, Central America's
Garden of Peace and Democracy. "Pura Vida," as Ticos
(Costa Ricans) describe life here, is also a common
greeting or farewell.
With over 57 distinct microclimates, Costa Rica
offers a rich diversity of experience, as well as a fertile
one, with over 150 edible fruits and vegetables which
grow here.
Above all that which attracted me here, Costa Rica's
real allure is her people, a proud, centered and
industrious lot who have managed, in this troubled
region, to maintain a stable democracy since 1948, at
which time they also abolished the Army. "Don Pepe"
Figures, the Father of modern Costa Rican society,
traded arms for school books, and at the time of his
death last year, Costa Rica enjoyed a literacy rate of over
95%, and the highest standard of living in Central
To cite the obvious, many societies have much to
learn from this little country, not the least of which is one

just to the south that still occupies a special place in our
With opportunities everywhere, Costa Rica's tourism
industry is really just getting started, and is doing much
already to further enhance the Tico lifestyle. The same
industry could do much for Panama, if she can manage
to achieve and maintain a Society as inviting as the one
I have found here.
My introductory column finished, I hope any Zonians
who pass through will give me a call. Maybe I can help
you find choice spots for surfing, fishing, mountain
climbing, rafting, etc.
Michael Trout
Costa Rica





W" while at Brownbaggers
last week at Edith Cottons' -
' the gals gave me some
News that I'd like to pass
on. Millie Sutherland gave
me a picture of Eric
Sutherland -Phi Betta
Kappa, her grandson who
graduated from the College
of Architecture and Urban
Planning at the University
of Michigan on May 4, 1991.
Eric is the son of Owen and
Ann Sutherland of
Rochester, Michigan. His
maternal and paternal
grandparents attended the

.. Betty Snow gave me some
S news of a picnic luncheon
Eric Sutherland given by Kay Falersio on
May 11 at the cook out
area of her apartment in St.
Petersburg. These ex-Canal Zone nurses enjoyed
swimming, bridge, poker and lots of chit chatting.
Capt. Jack Wallace stopped and chatted with
everyone before he was off to do his own thing. Those
attending were Ruby Ford, Marie "Ducky" Edelen, Marie
Corrigan, Henri Skeie, Kay Butler, Telly McConaghy,
Ann Buchter, Betty Moore, Betty Snow and hostess Kay
Falercio, with guest Jackie Linker and Leona Hicks. The
gals all brought a covered dish and had a great time.
Wilma and Vince Reynolds came up from Bradenton,
Fl. I visit Ralph Kirkpatrick who has been in a nursing
home in Port Richie but is now back home. Happy to
hear about that Ralph.
Due to a position change recently, Capt. Robert
Boyer's family, wife Anna, daughters Corinne, Maddie
and Bobbie Lynn, have rejoined him in the Zone.
I hear Margaret Leigh and Ellen Friend have moved
into the Clearwater area in Countryside. They are both
excited about getting into the swing of things. Margaret
is settled and says the "Welcome Mat" is out. Ellen is still
in the process of settling but is hoping she will be by the
time the "Record" is out.
Dotty Yocum says she and Ernie are going up to
Ohio in September for a visit. She recently broke her
right arm but after much extensive therapy is progressing
rapidly. Glad to hear it Dotty.
I went to Heidleburg, Germany in May to visit my
daughter Dorothy and her husband Jim Gerhart. Spent
a busy three weeks with them. Jim took us to Paris and
Rome with sightseeing in between. While there, their
daughter Suzanne, who goes to Clemson University,
arrived for the summer with a girl friend and they spent
a few weeks back-packing thru many parts of Europe.
Brian, their son is working since graduating from high
school there and I was there in time to see him get his
Eagle Scout Certificate which is beautiful.
Congratulations Brian.

Then Dorothy called me on my return and said she
was coming to visit me and go to our Panama Canal
Reunion in Orlando, Fl. Also my granddaughter Lori
Snow and her husband Virgil with their two children
Alexander and Nicholas spent a week with me before
going to the Reunion.
So it was a busy but delightful May and June for me.
It was great seeing my daughter June and Dave
Stevenson her husband at the Reunion along with my
son, Skipper Rowley, and his wife Beverly and daughters
Adriane and Renee with my newest great granddaughter.
By now.

Sara Rowley
(813) 531-7339


Sarasota is a great place to have reunions and get-
togethers, both before and after the Annual Panama
Canal Reunion in Orlando, as is evident by our many
visitors and activities.
But first our congratulations to our new president of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Robert "Bob" Van
Siclen and the new officers. We know the year will be
great as has already been proven by the most successful
1991 Annual Reunion Bob coordinated with his
committees. You have our support and thanks.
I would be remiss if I didn't express my appreciation
and thanks for the help, support and cooperation I
personally received from our out-going president, Betty
Frassrand and Record Editor "Pat" Beall. Thanks again!
Bernard "Emo" and Phyllis "Fi" Everson recently
enjoyed visits from their sons and their families. Maj.
Randall H. Everson, USA, Ret., and engineer with Union
Oil Company, with his wife, Beverly, and children, Kate
and Justine, arrived from Chicago for a summer visit
with his parents. Randy and other Reserve Officers in the
area had been sent to Saudi Arabia in October 1990 for
duty with Operation Desert Shield, and had just recently
Later in July, their eldest son, Col. John Everson,
USA., with his wife, Lynne, and sons John and Mike of
Springfield, VA., visited in Sarasota and also on Long
Boat Key, Sarasota, with Lynne's father, Capt. Frank
Walker, USN., Ret.. Co. Everson is assigned to the
Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary in
August, Emo and Fi flew from Sarasota to Bergen,
Norway for a 16-day cruise along Bergen and the
northern coast to the northern tip of Russia.
Allen and Kay Miller enjoyed a visit with the son-
in-law and daughter, Don and Marjorie (Miller) Scheiwe
and daughter Melinda Kay, from Monument, Colorado.
During their 2-week stay, the Scheiwes took a cruise to
the Bahamas. The trip was most eventful for Melinda as
it was a "Children's Special" with almost continuous
entertainment from morning to evening for the
approximately 500 children on board.
The Millers other daughter, Martha Hoskins and son
Michael Allen arrived from Portland, Oregon in July and
Michael celebrated his 8th birthday with his grandparents
in Sarasota.

Other visitors at the Miller home were Nellree
Berger, who spent several days after the P.C. reunion
before returning to Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Also
Dorothy Sherry arrived from Portage, Wisconsin to visit
her sister, Margaret Peterson, and joined in honoring her
on her 96th birthday at a dinner party arranged by her
son, Tom Peterson and family and her niece, Kay Miller.
Marion Greene and her guests enjoyed great
entertainment at her traditional "after the P.C. Reunion"
Monday morning coffee. Nellree Berger of Signal
Mountain, TN., sang several favorite songs and Stella
(Boggs) De Marr of Bradenton, played the accordion and
all the group joined with a lively and happy songfest.
Out-of-town guests included Dora (Walker)
Chatburn of Salinas, Ecuador, visiting her sister, Blanche
Hartman and other relatives; Carlton Horine of Monte
Serrano, CA., and his sisters, Fern Dabill of Phoenix,
AZ., and Emily Brooks of Lutz, FL., and Californians
Zonella (Bliss) Field, Eleanor (Lawson) Bliss and Nola
(Bliss) Culley.
Mary Orr's brother, Mattes Orr of Ridgeway,
Colorado, met her in Sarasota and the two drove
together to the P.C. Reunion in Orlando. There they met
their other brother Bob Orr and his wife Eloise, from
Luling, Texas, and were joined by their nephew Dr. Allen
Wells, his wife, Kathy Jane (Melanson) Wells and two
younger children, Krista and Michael, of Duluth, GA.,
who also came to the reunion. All enjoyed the family get-
togethers. The four Orrs stayed in Orlando after the
reunion to take in EPCOT, Disney World and MGM
George and Mayno Walker enjoyed having the
gathering of the Bliss family members as guests in their
home during the reunion and other festivities as well as
their visit with other family members in the area.
Zonella (Bliss) Field of San Fernando, CA., arrived
first, followed by her brother, Gerald D. "BUDD" Bliss,
Jr., and his wife Eleanor, of Campbell, CA., with their
daughter and son-in-law Nola (Bliss) and Ken Culley of
San Jose, CA., who had spent a week with other daughter
and family, Margery (Bliss) Stephenson; her husband,
Steve, and children in Newton, Conn.
A younger brother, Curtis Bliss and wife, Emily
came from Rockledge, FL., to join the group. While in
Sarasota, Emily, an accomplished cellist, played a cello
solo, accompanied by her niece, Nola Culley on the
piano, at the morning services at St. James Methodist
Church, which was greatly enjoyed by the congregation.


Close friends and pals meet at Reunion after more than
35 years. Leo Eberenz and Gerald D. BUDD Bliss.

A highlight of the rip for BUDD was seeing and
visiting with former friends he hadn't seen since he left
the Canal Zone over 35 years ago. He was especially
happy to see his long-time friend and buddy, Leo Eberenz
of Sterling, VA. and also attending the First Baptist
Church of Balboa Heights group, with Pastor William H.
Prior to their return to California, the Bliss Jrs., and
Ken Culley were honored with a special wedding
anniversary and birthday celebrations, shared with 17
family members.
Father's Day and the Annual P.C. Reunion were
special times for Tom and Barbara Peterson, as they had
their three daughters and their families here for both
occasions. Carol and her husband Don Heintz, with their
daughter and twin sons came from Orlando; Elaine and
Michael Little with their two sons and daughter flew in
from Cardenas, Rep. of Panama, and Diane Peterson of
Sarasota were together for a complete family reunion.
Both Carol (BHS'76) and Elaine (BHS'81) attended
their Class Reunions. It was Carols 15th, and Elaines
Lee and Marion Kariger entertained with a dinner
party at their home in Windmill Village, Sarasota, for
their son-in-law and daughter, Darrell and Nancy
(Kariger) Eide of Bremerton, Washington, before going
to the reunion. Guests included several Sarasota Zonites
in the area and neighbors. Surprise guests were Cmdr.
Charles "Woody" Long, USN, Ret., and his wife, "Monk",
whom Nancy met while living in Concepcion, Chile, and
Woody was on a tour of duty in 1965 and '66, and formed
a lasting friendship. Although they had not seen each
other since that time, they kept in contact and had a
wonderful time reminiscing.
Nancy's friends will be interested to learn her
daughter, Britta (Jorstad) Pistrowski lives in Long
Beach, CA., and is Director of Convention Services at the
Hyatt Regency in Ervine, CA. Her son, Lars Jorstad is
a Certified Athletic Trainer in the Central Kitsap High
School district in Silverdale, WA.
Lee and Marion Kariger returned in April from a 24-
day trip to New Zealand and Australia, where they visited
the Great Barrier reef and also attended the stage play
"Phantom of the Opera" in Melbourne.
The most spectacular sea voyage in the world is
along the coast of Norway entering the beautiful fjords
and docking in the picturesque villages along the way.
Miriam Bissett led a group of travelers on this fantastic
tour May 22 through June 6. Included in the group were
former Zonites Roger and Katy Adams; Tom and Cece
Gove and Janet Jenner. The Captain of the S.S. Polarlys
was very friendly and invited Tom, Cece and Miriam up
on the bridge to watch as he navigated into the famous
Troll Fjord. Miriam will be leading another fun tour of
Cornwall and Wales in Great Britain next April, and
extends an invitation to you to join the group. Drop her
a note if interested.
Donald Humphrey and his friends all agreed this was
one of the best reunions ever and didn't want it to end.
They gathered at his home in Palm Bay for a mini-
reunion before returning to their homes. The group
included Patsy (Lee) Moore of Humble, Texas; Jimmy
Palumbo and Luke Palumbo from Panama and Wendy
Sasso, who is visiting his son who attends Brevard
Community College and lives in Cocoa, FL. Luke
Palumbo also visited Gladys Humphrey in Sarasota.

our members. We would be most grateful if each of you
would send us news and pictures.

Helen Roscoe has 80th birthday. Standing L-R: Janice
(Roscoe) Hickey, Ken, Dick and honoree Helen
Roscoe, Ginny (Roscoe) Mici. Kneeling L-R: GReat
granddaughter Dru Roscoe, Sue (Roscoe) Lubera
and Diane (Roscoe) Murphy.

On March 23, 1991, a party honoring Helen Roscoe
on her 80th birthday was hosted by her family at the
home of Diane and Ray Murphy. Those attending were
Ken and Nancy Roscoe, Janice Hickey, Ginny and Ray
Mici, Dick Roscoe, Sue and Jack Lubera, grandson Ken
Roscoe and his wife and daughter Kim (Ave) and Dru
and granddaughter Gail (Roscoe) Tilley. Others from the
Zone attending were Bill and Maxine Dixon, "Mac"
McCullough with daughters Joan Ohman and Judy
McCullough and Judy's daughters Jeannie and Lynn and
Gordie and Ruth Paulson, Estelle Dough and Gerry and
Leneave (Dough) Stroop.

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900


On May 11, Alberta Mead Smith of St. Petersburg,
accompanied by her grandson Aaron Smith of
Bradenton, traveled to Columbia, SC to see Alberta's
son Robert (Aaron's father) graduate, cum laude, from
the University of South Carolina. Robert received a
Bachelor's degree in the humanities. After the ceremony,
family and friends gathered at a reception to honor the
Alberta, Robert, Aaron and a friend, Cathy Eckman,
then spent 4 days in Washington, D.C. visiting the
museums,monuments, and other points of interest.
Upon their return to Columbia, Alberta and Cathy
attended a concert by the United States Army Field Band
and Soldier's chorus at the Carolina Coliseum in
Louise Barkley Allgaier flew to Hot Springs Ark. in
June to attend the funeral of her daughter Carols' 2 year
old precious girl Stormy Lee. Louise returned in time to
attend the Panama Canal Reunion and her CHS 30th
Class Reunion.
Are you reading each and every page of the Panama
Canal Record? So much time and effort is put into it for

George and John Allgaier

Remembering the good old days in Panama. Deep
Sea fishing for corbina and red snapper for George and
John Allgaier and at night on the reefs picking up
longustas or lobsters. What a delicacy, lobster omelette
for breakfast, lobster salad for lunch and a whole lobster
for dinner.

Gertrude Allgaier
(813) 546-2245


We have had some visitors in town recently; Lynn
and Dick Cahill from Tampa, Kathy McClain from
Panama, and Mike Young (during a lay over on his way
back to Panama). Miami does have it's advantages. And
during another lay over, Beatty Hendricks called from
the airport. He and his family live in Corpus Christi. He
is working in Venezuela and travels down there about
once a month. During the reunion we saw some people
we had not seen in a while; Paul Bierman who came with
his wife, Julie, and children, Jacob and Michael. This was
Julie's first reunion and she is looking forward to many
more. Bob Parthenais was there also. He is a pilot with
American Airlines, but it's a good thing he didn't have to
fly any planes back home.
Debbie Pollack Randolph is expecting her second
baby. If only all pregnant women could look so good.
The other night while viewing the local PBS station, we
noticed the "guide with no name" was actually Kenny
Gaul. Maybe he should start his own television series.
Okay, here is proof that Panama really is the Center of
the Universe. Kelly Cahill Parthenais gets a new job...her
boss, Dick Hattler, grew up in Altos de Gulf. One of my
colleges on the board of directors for EYES for Art
casually mentions that she used to date someone from
Panama...James Slater! You may remember him and his
band "VIVA" that played for all the parties in the zone.
I'm going to Montana and Wyoming in August, if I
run into people from Panama there it will be proof

positive that Panama is the center of the Universe. So
long for now.

Janice Cookie Newlon
(305) 532-6525


Contrary to the saying, "No news is good news," lots
has been happening in Tallahassee. At the beginning of
the year, Lorraine (Husum) and Tod Allen had their
annual tree-burn. Skip Rowley and Jimmy Bradley beg,
stole and collected about 150 trees. Some Canal Zone
clans in attendance were: The Paulsons, Kellehers,
Husums, Corrigans, Lynches, Rowleys, Allinders (Ann
Norval), Abelleras (Bonnie Gunn), Luke Givens, Rich
Candia, Rose Cook, Jimmy Bradley, Toni (Nita) Kalb,
and Burt Mead (to name a few). See attached picture.

pool while Cash Paulson barbecued hamburgers and hot
dogs and everyone ate, drank, and yakked.
Elisa Malo has moved to Orlando after graduating
from FSU last December. Her new address is 1444
Sophie Blvd., Orlando, FL 32826. Her boyfriend Anthony
(Tony) Martine from Los Rios is studying Electrical
Engineering at the University of Central Florida in
Jimmy Bradley got a promotion with his company
and has moved to Jacksonville. Jimmy, Davy's barbecues
aren't the same without you.
Kristopher and Andrew Arosemena will be visiting
their aunt Susy (Parks), uncle Manolin and cousins
Michael and Tatiana Casis while spending the summer
with their father Angel Arosemena in Miami. Sue and
Manolin have bought a home in Port St. Lucie near Lisa
(Parks) and Craig Boatwright and family and Jimmy
Parks and family.
Val and Mary Lynch were honored at a fiftieth
anniversary party. Out of town guests included Maureen
(Husum) and Dillon Lynch.

Picture of the Christmas tree burn at Lorraine Husum)
and Tod Allen's home. (See narrative in article for
names of those in attendance).

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Patty (Kelleher) Arosemena, Marcia Nita, Jill
Paulson and Lorraine (Husum) Allen at the Palace
Saloon in Tallahassee, Florida.
Quite a party was had at Cash and Mary Jane
Paulson's home for Jill (Paulson), her daughter, Donia
and husband Skip Berger who were visiting from Panama
this summer. Those attending were: Patty (Kelleher)
Arosemena; Sue and Larry Corrigan; Beverly and Skip
Rowley, John, Marcia, Tony and Stephanie Nita; Janice
Whitney, Toni (Nita) Kalb; Gerry and Sherry Waterman;
Dave, Jamie, and Jessica Kelleher; Dave and Betty
Kelleher; Judy and Brian Weaver; Mrs. Alan; Mike and
Cindy Paulson; Jane Milton; Alan and Jessie Martin;
Leo, Cynthia, Naren and Dustin Paulson; Walter
Kelleher and girl-friend Christy, Debbie, Jim and Alex
Birenburd; Lorraine, Tod and Caitlin Alan; Mary and
Ellie Husum; and last but not least, Jerry Bradencamp,
wife and daughter. The party was held poolside. The kids,
(even the big ones) had a great time swimming in the

Mary Husum and Patty (Kelleher) Arosemena at Midi
Market in Brussels, Belgium.
I had a wonderful time in Europe visiting Mary
(Kelleher), Steve, Lauren and Andrea Tochterman. Mary
Husum and I ran through Europe visiting Munich, the
Dachau Concentration Camp, Venice and Florence, Italy,
Nice, Cannes and Paris, France. The Grand Prix was the
same weekend we were in Monte Carlo and we were
fortunate enough to hit Cannes during the film festival.
It was quite an adventure. We sampled the beer at local
pubs and even danced the hustle in Florence (the most
up to date music they had). We stayed in a convent in
Venice because all the hostels were filled. (The nuns
were the same order as the Sisters of Mercy who taught
at St. Mary's School in Balboa). my bed laid at the foot
of the altar. I was afraid I was going to be sacrificed at
some point during the night. Paris was exquisite we
spent all our money there. Mary Kelleher took us all over
Brussels, through Waterloo, to a huge market at Midi,
rides on the underground trains and to buffets. Betty,
Dave and Sue Kelleher will be going back to Europe in
September for Oktoberfest celebrations.
If you have any news, please call or write. I promise
to try and keep up with the news now that I'm not up to
3:00 a.m. studying every night.

Patty Kelleher Arosemena
(904) 575-2277


We had a wonderful time at this years Reunion, once
again it was a great success. We thoroughly enjoyed
seeing everyone. It will take us a few months to
recuperate from all the partying.
the Reyes Clan, (pictured below), Roy Reyes,
Charlotte (Craig) Reyes, and children Ryan and
Rochelle, with grandmother Diva Reyes, went back to
Panama after 10 years. They had a great time, but of
course went back to find out how things had changed.
They still were able to enjoy a beach trip and the usual
stop at El Valle. They also had the opportunity to transit
the Canal. They visited with family and friends, such as,
Louie and Sandy Reyes and their daughter Erika, and
other Reyes family members. Had the chance to see
some old friends and do the "usual" partying with Barkley
Hayed, Diane (Duncan) DeGreef, Niko DeGreef, Renee
Nellis, Rusty Smith and Dave Bishop. Believe it or not
they are already to go back and visit again!

L-R: Roy Reyes, Ryan Reyes, Charlotte (Craig)
Reyes, Rochelle Reyes, enjoying dinner at "Los
Tinajas" Restaurant in Panama City. R.P.

Kneeling: Lynn Myers, Corin, Kevin Myers, Patty
(Owen) Myers, Michele (Owen) Pepe. Standing: Bud
and Alice Myers, Gary and daughter Danielle, Mary,
Al and Mark Albritton, Paul Myers, Tess Owen, and
Steve Pepe.
Daphne (Terry) Darling, BHS '80, called out of the
blue in June. After living in Europe for several years she
now resides at 2832 Linkview Dr., Las Vegas, NV. 89134,
and would love to hear from old friends.

&^~ wae~i

Sheila Rose and Eilleen (Rose) Thomas in San
Carlos, Panama, R.P.

Mary (Kelleher) and Steve Tochterman had Danny
Coffey as a guest recently at their home in Brussells.
They really enjoyed his visit and look forward to seeing
his brother Patrick who will be there in September on a
program from Boston University.
Bud and Alice Myers held an Easter Brunch get-
together at their beautiful home in Spring Hill, Fl. (See

Maritza Reyes

Received a call from Jeff Slaughter, formally from
the Atlantic Side, and now living in Danville, Ga with his
wife, Sylvia and two children, Michael and Rebekah. Jeff
left Panama in 1965 and is now a Paster of the Mt. Zion
Baptist Church plus he writes for the local newspaper
with a column called "Country Preacher". Jeff also keeps
busy as a volunteer Chaplain of the Higgsville Volunteer
Fire Department and is a Medical/Emergency First
Responder and Automobile Extractions (meaning he is
the first one called for automobile accidents). Jeff is the
son of Frank and Betty Ostrander. As you can see, Jeff
keeps busy and it was interesting talking to him.
Also talked to Eunice Richards who used to work
for the Public Information Office as a writer for the
Spillway and the famous Panama Canal Review
magazine. Eunice now lives in Jonesboro, Ga and has a
lovely home with a swimming pool. She told me she has
just returned from a trip up to New Hampshire with
Virginia Reece and Irene Donovan, both formally from
the Canal Zone. They spent a week at Virginia's camp at
Crystal Lake near the town of Gilmanton Ironworks.
Eunice then went on to Syracuse, New York to visit with
a cousin over the 4th of July week-end.
Katrina M Winberg graduated from Emory
University in May 1991 with a degree in International

Affairs and is now working in Atlanta for the Federal
Government in the U.S. Small Business Association,
Dept. of International Trade. She's working in a program
called Outstanding Scholarship Program as an Intern-
in-Training. She would like to say "Thanks Mom and
Dad, you're the greatest!" Her parents are Rolando and
Maritza Winberg who are still in the Canal Zone.
Katrina can be reached at 500 Northside Circle, NW,
Apt. 6A, Atlanta, Ga. 30309.
Mi ll :- .

Katrina M. Winberg on graduation day at Emory
University, May 1991.
As a reminder to the Atlanta Zonians, Joe and Sarah
Fink, formally of Los Rios, have a booth at the Georgia
Antique Center in Norcross where they have lovely things
for sale from Panama, including Molas, Chaquiras and,
of course beautiful shells from replenished some of their
Panama merchandise, so stop by for a look see.
Jan and Don Ponder stayed with us over the 4th of
July weekend, and it was great seeing them again. They
were on their way back home to Mt. Dora, Florida after
spending a week at a Condominium in Helen, Ga. While
here, Jan, Andrea Smith, Kathleen Sheridan and I went
to an outdoor concert to hear the music of Andrew Lloyd
Webber with the famous Michael Crawford singing songs
from "The Phantom of the Opera". It was outstanding,
in all ways, and if any of you get the opportunity to see
this show, you should do so.
Cheryl and Robert Russell of Cardenas, Canal Zone
were visiting relatives this past week at Stone Mt., and we
managed to have lunch together before they left Georgia
to go on to Florida and then home to Panama. Cheryl
and Bob had just come back from the Shrine Convention
in San Francisco, Ca. which they said was very successful.

S-' U
L-R: Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart, Sara Rowley, Renee
(Rowley) Friedl, June (Rowley) Stevenson, Beverly
Rowley, Joan (Van Vleit) Corliss (June '91 in Hotel

Mariella (Meggers) and Mike McNally hosted
another "Zonian" get-together at their home in Lilburn,
Ga in June, just before the annual Panama Canal
Reunion in Orlando, and again it was lovely. (See Photo)

Standing L-R: Ray Burda, Kathleen Sheridan,
Mariella (Meggars) McNally, Patsy (Albritton), Billy
Arnold, Rose (Monzon) Rindfusz, Maxine (Baggott)
Martin, Lester Smith, Mary Scigliane, Terry (Smith)
Flynn, Lou Scigliane, June (Rowley) Stevenson,
Richard Gerhart. Front: Davis Stevenson, Mike
McNally (host) June '91. Not shown: Janet (Smith)
Bartlett, Wayne Randall, Frank and Mary Ann
(Lewelling) Baldwin, Pat McCarragher, Mary
(Scigliane) and Bill Leach, Kim Smith, Greg Leach
and Heather Flynn.

Speaking of the annual PC Reunion, it was great
seeing old friends once again. Our daughter, Lori
(Stevenson) Snow and my husband, Davis, had a booth
where they sold the wonderful Cafe Duran plus some
commemorative PC Mugs. It was hard work, but they
enjoyed seeing all the people who come in the Vendor
area. (See Photo) If anyone in our area feels like a
delicious cup of Cafe Duran, give me a call, as we just
happen to have some left from the Reunion. My sister,
Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart, came over from Heidelberg,
Germany for her CHS Class Reunion, and our female
relatives gathered in the Lobby of the hotel for a photo
session. (See Photo)

Lori (Stevenson) Snow at our booth selling PC
commemorative mugs and cafe Duran, June '91.
Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn of Riverdale, Ga was telling me
that while out driving the other day, she was flagged
down by a man that saw her Panama Canal Society
License Plate on her car. He had been stationed on both
the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Isthmus from 1968 to

1973. His name is Hal Dayhuff, and he and his wife
Barbara will be living close to Sissy when she moves into
her new home in a lovely area called Windsong about 18
miles from where she currently lives. Hal is with the
American Financial Mortgage Corporation in the
Perimeter Center, East, Atlanta, and will be handling
Sissy's new mortgage. He had never heard of our annual
Society Reunions, but after talking to her, decided to join
the Panama Canal Society, so hopefully, we'll have
another Georgian at our next Reunion.

June A Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


My brother, Bill DeLaMater of Panama, with his
wife Thelma (Leignadier) and her daughter Michelle
Conover, spent a week in these islands, providing my
children, friends, and me a delightful time. The
DeLaMaters and the Bateses held a party at the Top o'
the Elks in Waikiki, which included some former Panama
residents, namely, Jan (Koperski) and Bill Taylor, Hank
and Virginia (Ridge) Dolim, Margaret McMillan, Mel
Sayoc and Alita Lee, and Carolyn Corn. Sorry that Nina
and Col. White and the Borgeses were unable to attend;
likewise Jim Ridge of Panama. Decorations and
spectacular floral arrangements by Katya DeLaMater.
On Sunday, July 14th we frolicked at the Hawaii
Yacht Club with a joyous gathering greeting the first
yacht to arrive in the Transpac race "Chance", and
others. For this memorable edition of the 85-year old
race from LA to Honolulu, another big party took place
the following evening, with a luau and splendid show,
which was interrupted briefly each time another Transpac
ship sailed closely by. Nightly brilliant-hued sunsets were
intensified by the "vog" (volcanic fog) caused by sulphur
dioxide from the eruption of Kilauea Volcano on Big
Island being converted into fine particles. It was
Michelle's first visit to Hawaii, so she and her mother
also visited Kauai and Maui. We all saw the miraculous
eclipse on July llth, but most people who went to Hawaii
Island or Maui to see it in totality saw little more than
clouds. Some of us here on Oahu enjoyed the eclipse in
clarity though not totality, sitting in the grass by the Ala
Wai Canal next door in a balmy, palmy sunrise setting.
Michelle Conover returned home to Trinidad Ca,
and Bill and Thelma took off for New Zealand and
Australia, to explore those lovely lands and to dive the
Barrier Reef, returning here in August.
Virginia Dolim called me at the time of the death of
Jack de Grummond. Jack had been a good friend and
always such a gracious, kind and charming man I
remember him fondly from many of those Panama years.
Thelma DeLaMater told me about the photographic
display in the Admin Bldg rotunda in May of the work of
Ernest "Red" Hallen, official Canal photographer from
1907 to 1937, and that his daughter, Priscilla (Hallen)
Pittman came by to pay a courtesy call on the
Administrator and, when meeting Thelma, asked if she
was related to me. I remember Priscilla well, back in
those BHS school days.

Tom Borges and his wife Carolyn, whom I met when
listing them for voting, lived in the Canal Zone from 1971
to 1981, mainly on the Pacific Side. Tom was facilities
manager for the entire Smithsonian Institution operation,
which included the San Bias Islands, Galeta, Barro
Colorado Island, and Naos Marine Laboratory. The
Borgeses have lived in Hawaii since 1982. Tom is general
manager for Waterfront Management, which controls a
large cluster of popular entertainment, dining and music
establishments in Downtown Honolulu, also called
Restaurant Row. In Panama, Tom was once Commodore
of Balboa Yacht Club; Carolyn worked at City Bank in
Balboa. Tom says they loved the Perlas Islands and El
Valle, and that they built a boat at Pedro Miguel Boat
Club and sailed it to the South Pacific and up to Hawaii.
The month of June was Trya Papaya month, with
restaurants featuring everything from papaya soup to
desserts, festival and all. But these tiny, uterine-shaped
papayas cannot match Panama's big, beautiful fruits.
A "Dear Dela" letter from Elaine (Bohan) Hooper of
Jonesborough, Ark. reports that her good-neighbor
friends look after her well, especially her Panama friend
Yola Bell. Elaine's son again will be taking her with him
to the radiology seminar at the Del Coronado Hotel in
San Diego in October, allowing her a couple of days to
visit with Ruthie (Brown) Robertson in La Mesa, and
Elaine hopes Norma (Stillwell) Martin may be there at
the same time.
A "Dear Bocky" letter from Jean (Hall) Neikirk in
Surprise, AZ informs of the death in May of her husband
Robert, following their 25th wedding anniversary. Jean's
parents, Elizabeth and Fred (Papa Ham) Hall were
beloved second parents to me. (The nickname "Bocky"
stems from "bacalau" (codfish), the first Spanish word I
learned, at age two, and I ran around hollering "bacalau,
bacalau" maddeningly.)
A long-distance visit with Beverly (des Londes) Stiles
in Mt. Doro, Fl, was a happy memento of our visits
together in many places, many years. She, too missed the
1991 PC Reunion and may attend the next one. Nice to
know that both of her sons, Jimmy and Danny, and their
families have retired from the Zone and live in Florida,
in Mt. Doro and Clearwater, respectively.
Another previous call came from Lucille (Cook)
Nanny, who keeps contact with many of her many friend
despite some overwhelming setbacks. And a card from
Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd pointing out the Pedro
Miguel get-together planned for the next reunion. (I lived
in Peter Mike about 8 months while in 8th-9th grades.)
A cherry, newsy epistle hers, but two broken arms with
five months??

zteiD aboard shi

Received a letter from
Freddy Dietz, formerly of
Balboa, with a picture taken
of him on the ship heading
for the Suez Canal transit to
the Red Sea. Freddy said he
was serving in the Persian
Gulf aboard a ship involved
in Operation Desert
Shield/Desert Storm, and
that he will soon return to
Hawaii before moving to

., Panama for good.
Beginning this year, the Hawaiian Open will be
renamed the United Hawaiian Open. It will air on TV

for eight hours during prime time in the Eastern US.
By having saved a free (rare!) parking space for a
pair of passing strangers, I met a pretty lady who
admired my mola bag on my car seat, and thus two
Zonians got together. Beth Sadler, who, like me, was
born at Gorgas Hospital, lived in Balboa, attended BHS.
Her father and mother live in Houston, following his
retirement as a Panama Canal pilot. Beth, an RN, is
teaching paramedics in Honolulu. Hope to have more
details next issue.

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


It was great to get so much news from Illinois! We
haven't had any material in a long time so I was thrilled
to hear from everyone. Some people wrote wondering
about me, so here's a little info. I moved to Balboa in
1974, graduated from Balboa High School in 1979, went
to Canal Zone College for two years, transferred to
Southern Illinois University for two years, and officially
moved back to the states in 1983. I am originally from
Illinois but only moved back here in 1986. I live in a
suburb of Chicago as do a lot of other Zonians. I've
never run in to anyone but it would be great for all of us
to get together some time. I don't have much heritage to
the Canal Zone, but I loved it and my Dad, Fred
Spurlin, still lives there. Anyway, enough on me on to the
real news!
Tinley Park Jane Sparling visited with her son,
daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in Seoul, Korea in
May. Their names are Michael, Sue, and Catherine
Marie. Jane got to celebrate Catherine Marie's first
birthday with them on May 20th. While in Korea Jane
took a five day tour of the country. She returned to
Tinley Park on June 1st. Jane also visited with her other
son Wayne and his wife Glenda in Eugene, Oregon for
two weeks.

Catherine Marie with parents, Sue and Mike Sparling
and grandmother Mary Jane Sparling.

Palatine Steven Fetherston, his wife Theresa, and
Lee Fetherson threw a surprise 75th birthday party for
their father Capt. Edward M. Fetherson in April at the
Doubletree in New orleans. Capt. Ed is a former Canal
pilot. The extravaganza was a huge hit as were the food
and spirits! In the photo below are Steven, Capt. Edward
and Lee Fetherston.


Steven, Capt. Edward, and Lee Fetherston

McHenry It was great to hear from Betty Malstrom
even though she and Bob have had a rough year. Bob has
been in and out of the hospital with kidney failure, a
heart attack, and stroke all within a short period of time.
With dialysis, medication, and therapy Bob is doing much
better. On the brighter side, they are very excited about
the arrival of their 10th grandchild in June! Also, their
youngest daughter is expecting her first child! These will
be the first new grandchildren in five years! We send our
best to the whole Malstrom family.
Elmhurst Thanks for Lilliam (Norris) Schwarz for
just writing to say Hi and to say how much she enjoys
reading the Canal Record!
Hartford Ann and Jerry Bennett are just as busy as
ever. Jerry was ordained in the Methodist Church on
May 30th. He is the pastor of two Methodist churches in
Hartford and South Rosanna. Jerry attended Eden
Seminary in St. Louis.
Ann (Siebrands) Bennett is still teaching at Belleville
Area College. In the college text, Purpose and Process:
A reader for Writers, the preface acknowledgements are as
follows; "Special thanks are due to the following schools
and instructor who encourage their students to submit
essays which are printed in this text." Belleville Area
College and Ann Bennett were named specifically along
with Colorado State University,- Ohio University,
Oklahoma State, University of Central Florida, and
University of South West Louisiana.
Ken and Fern Fugleberg from Fairview Heights see
Jerry and Ann often to attend plays, music events, and
just have dinner. The picture below was taken when Ron
and Alice Jacobs visited during the summer.
Fairview Heights Ken and Fern Fugleberg attended
the wedding of Tracy Cowan and their son Stephan at St.
Jons Lutheran Church in Tampa, Fl. on May 18th. Fern
was the soloist for the wedding. Stephan's brothers,
David of Agora Hills, Ca and Jonathan and his wife
Nancy of Norfolk, Ma were also in attendance. David's
wife, Linda, was unable to attend. Stephan's children,
Shane, James and Stephanie were included in the
wedding party.



L-R: Ken and Fern Fugleberg, Alice and Ron Jacobs,
Ann and Jerry Bennett at Pere Marquette Park,
Bartlett I guess I did forget one exciting thing that
I am doing. I'll be visiting with Mary (Davis) Burbach
and her husband Jeff (both BHS '79) in Anchorage,
Alaska in August. I can't wait!
Thanks to everyone who shared news! Hope to hear
from everyone again soon!
Tami Soncek
(312) 837-8490


Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, Indiana, went on a
couple of day trips in June. The one she enjoyed the
most was a guided tour of New Harmony, Indiana, where
there had been two Utopian communities in the early
Jane entertained relatives at her home on July 4th.
Everyone enjoyed a pitch-in lunch. Later that evening she
and her guests were able to watch the fireworks display
from her front porch.
Jane is looking forward to a visit in August from her
daughter-in-law, Carol and her eight-year old
granddaughter. Carol is Dennis' wife Jane's son. They
live in San Bruno, California. Dennis was unable to make
the trip on account of his work schedule.
Ruby (Kitty) Robinson of Franklin, Indiana, and her
husband Frosty, visited her brother Eddie in Louisville,
Kentucky in May. While there they attended Paula
Pabon's graduation from the University of Louisville.
Paula is Eddie's daughter. She received her Bachelor of
Arts degree and will continue her studies in Law.
Ruby's sister, Doris Perkins' daughter Lisa also
received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University
of Chicago in June. She is also studying Law.
Ruby said her swimming pool had been used a lot this
summer as the weather has really been hot.
Camille (Christopher) Van Hoose and her mother
Alice Christopher have made a few trips and have had
numerous visitors in their first year of living in Fort
Wayne, Indiana. Camille writes that they visited with Dr.
Bob and Dorothy (Hicks) Chapman who are presently
from North Carolina. Dorothy grew up in the Canal

Zone and Bob was a doctor at Gorgas Hospital. Camille
went to Anderson, Indiana to meet them and they
enjoyed an afternoon of remembering and talking over
old times.
Camille writes that they also enjoyed a visit from Dr.
and Mrs. William Beeby of Titusville, Florida. He was a
former pastor of the First Baptist Church in the Canal
Zone. Camille and her mother also enjoyed a visit from
Betty Kearney, a former employee at Ft. Clayton. She
now lives in the Miami area. They all drove to Eddyville,
Kentucky for a visit with Bob and Barbara Bridges. Bob
was a mortician at Gorgas. Camille also wrote that they
visited Joffre and Margaret Sauvageau in Canfield, Ohio.
In spite of illness, they continue to be the same generous
and gracious host and hostess they have always been.
Camille's mother Alice (Reese) Christopher is
adjusting very well to the death of her husband, the late
Joseph Cristopher. Had he lived another three months
they would have been married 65 years. Can you imagine
that? Alice grew up in the Canal Zone during the
construction days. She is the daughter of John Reese and
sister to "Bugs" Reese both now deceased. Camille is
looking forward to a visit this fall from Pat and William
(Scottie) Scott. Pat worked at the Administration
Building and Scottie worked for the Air Force at Howard
AFB. They are presently residing in the State of
Washington. The greater number of visitors are friends
from Quito, Ecuador, Camille says, where her parents
were missionaries for twenty years, and numbers of
friends have come to visit her mother this year.
Camille and her mother moved to Indiana from cool
and beautiful state of Washington. Why? Because that is
where her dear little twin grandsons are!
Claud and Ruth Lyon celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary in May. In connection with that celebration
they enjoyed a ten day visit from out of state family.
There was Bobby and Diosa Wood of Lafayette, LA.,
John and Shirley Finlason of Sun City, CA., and Luis
and Mona Finlason of San Leandro, CA.
In order to accommodate everyone comfortably,
Claud and Ruth exchanged homes with their daughter
Marlene who lives in Louisville. They also exchanged
their card with a friend and used his van so that the
whole group could be together. There was much bajan
talk around the breakfast table and at night some of the
old songs were sung as the group gathered on the deck.
The neighbors told Marlene that they enjoyed the singing
and would have liked to join in but they did not know the
foreign language.
The group toured the Slugger Plant in Clarksville, IN.
where the famous Louisville Slugger bat is made. A visit
was made to be Howard Steamboat Museum in
Jeffersonville, IN. which is located in a very old and
beautiful home. It displays many large models of famous
riverboats. An afternoon was spent at the famous
Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby is run. Most
of us learned that you don't get rich by betting on horses.
Part of another day was spent at the Kentucky Derby
Museum where there is so much information about
famous people and horses connected with racing that it
cannot all be absorbed. An evening was spent at the
Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville. A trip was made
to the Frankfort, Ky area to view the Vietnam Memorial
that Kentucky has for its Vietnam veterans. Also to view
a large floral clock that is a tourist attraction. While in
Frankfort, Claud and Ruth found themselves in the office

of the Treasurer of Kentucky. As visitors they were each
offered a bag with a thousand dollars in it. They told the
Treasurer's Secretary that there were six other members
in the party so they were given six more bags each
containing a thousand dollars. What is the catch? All the
money had been run through a shredding machine. Mona
Finlason said when she got back home to California she
was going to see if she could put her bag of shredded
pieces back together. The group also went on to
Lexington, KY and visited The Horse Farm.
Other trips included a trip on the Ohio River aboard
the Star of Louisville, a visit to Jim Beam Distillery and
a visit to "My Old Kentucky Home" located in Bardstown,

Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


Deborah Lynne Erhart reports she was graduated
from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on May
16 with a BA in journalism and a minor in history.
Attending commencement exercises were her parents,
Rebecca and Herman Erhart of Panama; grandmother,
Lillian Abell of Alabama; brother, Michael Erhart of
Panama; and brother, David Erhart of California. Stacey
Keith of Tallahassee, Debbie's Balboa Elementary and
HS chum, also attended. Debbie has returned to Panama
for a vacation and may be reached at Box 913, APO
Miami 34002.
While Stacey was visiting Debbie in Baton Rouge
they received an invitation to the April 20 baby shower
for Robin Mitts Lacrouts in New Orleans. It was a
surprise for Robin who didn't know if they'd make it. The
baby was due in June (see Births). Stacey and Debbie
had a wonderful time visiting Robin and her mother and
all promised to stay in touch.

Stacey Keith, Robin Mitts Lacrouts and Debbie
Erhart at Robin's baby shower, April 20, in New

Tim Garber (BHS'76) recently moved from New
Orleans to Belle Terre Subdivision in La Place. Wife
Amy and boys Mitchell, 5; Robert, 4; and David, 17
months, are fine and enjoying the country life. Tim has
transferred from off-shore tugs to on-shore work at a
steamship agency in Metairie. The Garbers are looking
forward to attending the Gulf Coast picnic in September.
We hope to get his new home address at that time.
Ann Gerhardt of Walker, La., and Martha Furey of
Sun City, Calif., enjoyed a long happy telephone reunion
recently, arranged by Erma Forbes of Sun City. Ann and
Martha are both 92. Erma is the mother of Joan Forbes,
a '50s BHSer. Joan works as a supervisor at a private
psychiatric hospital in Reno, Nevada.
Kathleen Gough of Marrero celebrated her 82nd
birthday in July with her No. 1 fan, great-grandson,
Justin Paul Gough, 2, son of Staff Sgt. John R. Gough
III (CHS) and Bridgitte Ann Gough. Justin's grandpa,
John R. Gough II (BHS'63) came in from Tampa for the
occasion. Also attending were Kathleen and John's son,
William E. Gough III (BHS'67) and his wife Jo Ann.
John's sisters, Etta M. Schiebold of Lincoln Park,
Michigan, and Marty E. Nelson of Pebble Beach,
Wisconsin, visited the Marrero Goughs in May. Max
Schiebold, twice mayor of Lincoln Park, and Etta visited
Kathleen and John in the CZ in the mid-70s and still
enjoy their slide show of the Perlas Islands fishing trip.
We thank John for sending along some yucca recipes
and a 1950 Panama Mirror. In it Louise Glud wrote a
long article about the first Isthmian Bowl -- Miami
Jackson HS Generals vs. BHS Bulldogs. Billed as "the
greatest sports event in Isthmus history," a whopping
5,000 fans packed the stands. Dick Johnson was BHS
team captain and Jim May scored the first BHS
touchdown. Final score was 27-12, Miami won.
On their way to the reunion in Orlando, Marian,
Gene and young Gene Gregg of Slaughter stopped in
Enterprise, Ala., to see Bob, Gail, Molly and Sarah
Weien, then went to Cedar Key. On the way back they hit
Fort Walton Beach. Clayton and Lynn Brown went to
Costa Rica for a more direct viewing of the July 11
eclipse. Gene spent a week at National guard summer
camp and Helen Gregg is in RN school in New Orleans.
Juan, Laura and Ann-Marie Roa of Panama visited the
Greggs in July. Gene plans to attend the Gulf Coast
picnic and West Coast reunion in September and the Gas
House Gang Golf Tournament in Osark, Ala., in
Capt. Charlie Taylor of Baton Rouge is a big
"Jeopardy" fan and phoned to report his old golf buddy,
Capt. Bill Lyons, was on the July 10 show. Bill was a CZ
pilot in the '60s and '70s. He married a gal who worked
in the Building and is today an attorney in San Francisco.
Ursula Thompson of New Orleans enjoyed a rare
visit from her son, the Rev. John Thompson, 41, a
Catholic priest with the Salesians of St. John Bosco, who
has served as a missionary in war-town Liberia, West
Africa, for the past 11 years. He only makes it home
every two years. Father Thompson is one of the 70-year-
old widow's 13 children. He attended St. Mary's School
and received a master's of divinity from Pontifical
College, Worthington, Ohio.
Dave Warren was home in New Orleans in July on a
four-day pass, getting chores done in anticipation of his
return to civilian life. At that time he expected to be
discharged August 14 in San Antonio. In June Dave also

managed a three-day pass to Florida for the 50th
wedding anniversary of his parents, Gret and Bill Warren
of New Port Richey. They repeated their vows at their
church surrounded by close friends and loved ones, then
everyone enjoyed a luncheon party complete with
wedding cake topped with a bride and groom.
Billie Landrum of Shreveport visited with Dot DuVall
Benny at Northwestern University in Natchitoches to
attend commencement exercises for Dot's granddaughter,
Tricia Benny. In July Billie spent a week in Mazatlan,
Mexico, where the lovely beaches reminded her of
Panama. She hopes to attend the Gulf Coast picnic in
September and bring some CZ recipes.

Dorothy DuVall Benny and Billie Holton Landrum,
Natchitoches, La., in June.
Through this column the reporter thanks all those
who have contributed recipes for a CZ cookbook and
those who have sent in programs and yearbook updates
from their class reunions. Both of these projects
represent ongoing historical research dedicated toward
the preservation of part of our heritage. Thank you for
your interest and participation.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Peter Baas, Gulfport, had a brief but wonderful visit
from Mrs. Virginia Morland, Robin Moreland and
Sunny Mizrachi when he went to visit his old
neighborhood, Brazos Heights, on the Atlantic side in
March. Peter says it hasn't changed a bit and he was well
taken care of by Peter Morland in the two weeks he
spent at Howard AFB in support of "Volant Oak" with
the Air Force Reserves. Peter was down last year too, but
it was in the middle of "Operation Just Cause," but
activities were restricted then. Peter's family left the CZ
in June, 1968.

John Boswell, Hattiesburg, feels better than he did
all last year and works out regularly at the Wellness
Center, following heart surgery in January. At deadline
the Boswells were entertaining a 91-year-old uncle from
Milwaukee and expecting a visit from daughter Deanna
and her husband Pat from California. Daughter Jean and
Dick Green's daughters are in Australia for a month.
Liza just graduated from high school and is there on a
modeling assignment. Katie accompanied her for a
vacation after her sophomore year at Duke University.
Daughter Lynn and John Turner and sons, 12 and 14,
are enjoying their new home on a lake nearby. Son
Gordon and Helen (George) and daughter Ashley are in
Huntsville, Ala., since Gordon retired as an Air Force
lieutenant colonel and began a second career with
Virginia Selby Entrekin, Hattiesburg, is busy
unpacking and sorting since she and Rod recently moved
the Whitfield household to the Hattiesburg household
and consolidated the two. Virginia is on the list to join a
church mission team which was planning to go to
Panama City at deadline. She is so excited since she
hasn't been down since 1955. She looks forward to seeing
the sights and promises to report back to us.
Victoria Fuentes Green, Sandersville, enjoys her work
as a hair stylist. Son James, 20, is an engine-room
engineer for Edison Chovest out of Galliano, La. In his
travels he has been to Hawaii, Japan, Australia and is in
Italy until September. Son David, 17, will be a senior this
fall at Northeast Jones County HS. He enjoys drag-
racing a 1970 Mac 1 Ford Mustang and has been clocked
at 137 mph in competition. Victoria left Panama in 1974
after her husband Thomas was retired with a disability
from his job as a chief engineer on a tugboat. The
Greens lived in Balboa. Thomas died in May 1986.
Victoria spent January in Panama with her older sister
Luzmila and her father Amado in David. Father John
Kennedy, formerly at St. Mary's, is now in Nata de los

Left: James Green and his mother, Victoria. Right:
David Green, 17, all of Laurel, Mississippi.

Carol Harvey Johnson, daughter of Opal Harvey, 86,
Meridian, phoned to say she went in March to visit her
daughter and son-in-law Holly Coe and Oscar Wheeler in
Springhill, Fla., and to see their new Arabian colt. Carol's
husband is Jim Johnson, CHS'51. Opal is delighted to
report the birth of her new great-granddaughter,
Elizabeth Marie Ruiz, in Freemont, Calif. (See Births).
Carol's daughter Elizabeth Wilford (Mrs. Robert)
Ghiselli has opened a new catering business in Hayward,
Calif. Another of Carol's daughters Deborah Wilford
(Mrs. Kenny) Conklin, a CHS grad, now lives in Indian
Rocks Beach, Fla., where they moved from Pacifica,

Calif. Carol works at Meridian's oldest restaurant. Ex-
husband Bob Wilford (CHS'50) and his wife Jean live in
Owen Smith, Osyka, phoned to report daughter-in-
law Sheila is working on a master's degree in elementary
education this summer at the University of Southern
Mississippi, Hattiesburg. At deadline Rusty planned to
bring the children up for the Reunion where they all
planned to meet. Gerda is recovering nicely from recent
surgery and Owen is learning to live with an ulcer. Heavy
spring rains washed out the garden. Owen replanted corn
five times and ended up with four stalks. Cucumbers,
peppers and tomatoes fared a little better.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


The PCS of Western North Carolina held their
annual picnic at Jackson Park in Hendersonville on July
6th with an attendance of forty. It was a beautiful day
and every one enjoyed being together again. Among
those present were Janet and Ross Cunningham, their
son Richard and his family; Marian and Lee Kariger
with their daughter and her husband; Dr. Frank Smith,
his wife and her granddaughter and Barbara
(Dombrowsky) Sanders and her daughter Cindy.
Marian and Lee Kariger of Murphy, N.C. brought
their daughter, Nancy and her husband, Darrell Eide, to
the picnic. They are from Bremerton, Wash. They had
celebrated Father's Day in Sarasota with Marian and Lee
before going to the reunion together.
Norma and Sam Irvin left May 11th on a long trip
visiting family and touring southeast Alaska. They towed
their trailer and had a good time visiting as they went.
Spent a night with Peggy (Roddy) Pruett in Missouri and
on to San Diego to visit son, John, his wife Julie and
their 6 week old daughter Patricia. From there, up the
San Joaquin Valley to Oregon and Bellingham,
Washington, to visit Noralie and Jim Shobe who kept
their truck and trailer while Sam and Norma sailed May
31st on the M/V Columbia of the Alaska Marine Highway
System. Short stops at Ketchikan, Wrangell, Sitka,
Juneau and Haines led to Skagway. The Irvins left the
ferry and toured on the White Pass and Yukon Railway
following the Klondke Trail of 1898. A short flight in a
smallish airplane over several glaciers got them to the
Glacier Bay Lodge where they spent the night, touring
Glacier Bay the next day, seeing the glaciers and all kinds
of wild life, including Bald Eagles, Grizzly Bears, and
Mountain Goats. Then a day of sightseeing in Juneau
(including Mendenhall Glacier) followed by another small
plane flight to Sitka where touring was followed by flying
back to Seattle. Noralie and Jim Shobe invited Mary and
Jim Young (from Camano Island) for breakfast and chit-
chat about old times and families. Then Norma and Sam
went down the Coast Highway to San Diego visiting
Walter and Josephine Cole in Solvang. A short stay with
John, Julie and Patricia Irvin and back toward home
visiting the Alamo in San Antonio and friends in Dallas

and Memphis. It was a long trip; the Irvins had a real
good time but they were glad to get home on June 26th.
Janet and Ross Cunningham arrived in Connestee
Falls, N.C., from St. Pete on May 1st. The end of May
they took a trip to Indiana and Michigan. In late June,
their son, Dick, wife Lynn, their 3 children with husbands
and 4 young children came for 10 days. Late in July, they
will all be together again, this time including their son,
Tom, and 2 boys who are coming from Denver for two
weeks and son, Ed, and his family from St. Pete.
Elizabeth (Betty) Quintero went to Florida to attend
the PCS 1991 Reunion. She first spent a few days with
her daughter, Barbara Brown, in Orlando. For Betty, the
highlight of the reunion was the BHS Class of 1941 50th
reunion held on Thursday night, June 20th. 54 classmates
gathered with spouses and friends to form a group of 112
who had a wonderful time. Many of the classmates had
not seen each other during the 50 years but it was
amazing that, after a few moments of chatting, the years
fell away and there was your "old friend". During a
delicious dinner, many door prizes donated by various
classmates were won. The party broke up about midnight
and all agreed that Issy Gibson, as Chairperson, had
done a fine job. After the reunion, Elizabeth spent five
days with Issy in St. Pete and then returned home where
her daughter Beth and son-in-law Paul visited for two
Willy and Wilma Nowotny were very happy to have
his niece, Annette, visit from Germany for a week in
June. That visit was followed by one from Wilma's
daughter, Terri (Densmore) Fields, her husband Bart
and sons Ahren and Brandon from Oklahoma.
Marty and Steve Tanner did a bit of traveling this
summer. Marty went to Beaufort, S.C., to help her
daughter Amanda and Conway McGee welcome to our
world Marty and Steve's first grandchild, Tanner
Creighton McGee. (See Births). Marty's response to
"How wazzit?" takes hours, so suffice it to say everyone
is great and wonderful. Steve, after a quick trip to
Beaufort to see grandson Tanner, went to Boise, Idaho.
He helped his mother move to Spokane, where she will
live with his brother, Fred, and his family. Marty and
Steve are now waiting for pictures of the first time their
four children Don, Amanda, Ed, and Tita have been
together since the summer of '87. This 4th of July they
all, with their spouses, got together in Clearwater.
Ron Angermuller and his daughter Britta attended
the Reunion and has a very good time. Larry
Angermuller called his wife, Liz, from Singapore and
reported that his carrier, the Lincoln, had helped
evacuate Americans from Subic Bay in the Philippines
during Pinatubo' eruptions. The carrier made two round
trips south with a total of 5,000 military and dependents.
The Lincoln's crew slept on deck, giving up their bunks
to the tired evacuees who had already left Clark AFB for
the "safer" Subic Bay. Larry's shipmates had looked
forward to liberty in the Philippines, but encountered
instead a typhoon, earthquakes and falling ash. This was
their first long cruise and it will be a memorable one.
Jean Dombrowsky's sister "Bricky" Pattison came
from Texas to spend a week with her in May. Jean went
back with Bricky for three weeks before going to the
Reunion with her and her son, Tom Pattison, from
Panama. After the Reunion, Jean drove back to N.C.
with her daughter, Barbara. In July, her son, Dale, and

two grandsons, Scott and Jason, from Lakeland, Fla. and
granddaughter, Cindy, from Asheboro, N.C. spent a week
with Jean.

Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127


Tom and Marilyn Marsh have had a busy spring.
Eastern Star activities have taken them all over the state
and in June they served as Grand Page and Grand Page
Escort in Oregon's Grand Chapter.
In June, Vance and Georgia Howard were in
Portland with the Daughters of the Nile, and Tom and
Marilyn got together with them for lunch one day.
The Marsh family had a mini-reunion when Billie
Marsh Wallace rode along to Corning, where Edythe
Marsh Mrashall met them with husband, Tom and
daughter, Heide, to pick up the new car Mom and Dad
(Marsh) brought down from Portland.
Next trip is to the Northwest Picnic at North
Barbara Clark (Margarita) and Dorothy Harper,
both of Corning, California, met Tom and Marilyn Marsh
of Oregon City at Bandon, Oregon with their RV's and
toured the Oregon Coast from Gold Beach up to
Their travels included many beautiful beaches and
harbors; a ride on a paddle wheel boat up the Coquille
River and a jeep ride over the sand dunes.
The week went by too fast and both groups headed
home. Barbara and Dorothy took a jet mail boat up the
Rogue River and the Marshes headed north.

Marilyn Marsh
Oregon City, OR.


It's the "dog days of summer" here in Oklahoma and
I haven't heard much from the Okie Zonians. I did have
a note from Doris Burns. She and Jean had been
gallivanting again. This time, they had been back East to
Our Spring 1991 meeting took place Saturday, May
4th at Little River State Park, Lake Thunderbird, at
Norman. Those who attended were: Ron and Alice
Jacobs, Locust Grove; Jimmie Wickham, McAlester;
Virginia Smith, Arlington, Texas; Bill and Esther (Butz)
Claire, Broken Arrow; Marilyn and Don Sampson,
Collinsville; Pete and Jan Butz and family, Sapulpa;
David Lugo, Midwest City; and Patricia Anduss,
Barnsdall. Those attending from Tulsa were: Jean and
Doris Burns, April Butz, Tom and Deanna Ames, Scott
Burns, Laura L. Burns, Michael and Elizabeth
Redemann, and Julia and Paulino Allande. Those from
Norman and Oklahoma City included: Eliezer and Lydia
Lugo, Amy and Tomas Diaz, John, Eric and Kristin

Raffler, Toy Barnard, Muriel Henry, Lillian Greniger
and Carol Vidaurri.
There was a lot of food but, unfortunately, no
empanadas. The Kellers who usually make them, were
unable to attend due to their daughter's participation in
a track meet. After lunch, the Burns reported that they
had managed to bring back an ice chest full of goodies
from Panama in November, but that they were all
consumed before our meeting. Que' lastima!


Attendees of the Spring Meeting 1991 of the Oklahoma
Chapter of the Panama Canal Society.

Terry and Cathy Coleman sent a beautiful mola
pillow for our door prize. It was won by Marilyn
Ron and Alice Jacobs announced that their son,
Lang, would be married in July in Florida. Incidentally,
Ron was selected as Teacher of the Year at Locust
Grove High School and is in the running for all


Muriel Woodhull Henry (BHS'29) of Norman, OK., is
pictured with her first great-granddaughter, Molly
Hammond. Molly lives in Grapevine, Texas, with
parents, Scott and Kimberly Hammond. Her
grandmother is Rosemary Hammond.

Laura Burn also announced her engagement to
Michael Redemann who is also an Accountant with the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is from Oshkosh,

Wisconsin. They are planning an August 10th wedding in
Bixby, Ok.
The locations of our meetings were discussed and it
was decided that our Fall meetings would be at
LaFortune Park in Tulsa, and our Spring meetings at
Lake Thunderbird in Norman. Our next meeting,
therefore, will be in Tulsa on October 5th. See you there!

Carol L. Vidaurri
(405) 949-1620



On May 29, 1991, 2nd Lt
Frank D Alberga graduated
from the U.S. Air Force
Academy in Colorado
Springs, where he received a
Bachelor of Science Degree
with a major in Manager. A
1987 graduate of Balboa
High School, Frank was a
recipient of a nomination
for appointment to both the
Air Force Academy and
U.S. Military Academy
2LT Frank D. Alberga (West Point). Frank chose
1991 graduate of the U.S. the Air Force Academy
Air Force Academy because of his interest in
flying fixed wing aircraft.
Frank is currently assigned
to the Air Force Academy and will be attending flight
training at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas in November.
Frank is the son of Frank and Marcia (Pinto) Alberga of
Diablo, and they attended his graduation with their
daughter Denise (a junior at Appalachian State
University in Boone, North Carolina) and their cousin,
Randy Alberga, from Riverside, California.
Visiting Panama for 10 days in mid-June were Jim
Driscoll (BHS '56), Lucy Ann (Driscoll) Howe (BHS '53),
Lucy's husband Gerry and their daughter Lisa. Ken
Morris served as their "sponsor and tour guide" during
most of their stay, which has highlighted with a drive
through Gamboa (their old homesite) and by a long
weekend trip to the interior of Panama in search of
polleras and montunos. They also visited and saw a few
friends while here. One afternoon a group got together
at Quarry Heights Officers' Club for a happy hour with
them. Former classmates and friends who attended were:
John and Phyllis Magee, Ken Morris, Bob and Jackie
(Dunn) Fearon, Ron Mead, Lou Reyes, Ramon Reyes,
John G. Riley, Burt and Carol (Morland) Mead, Charlie
Morris, Role Linares, Jim Foster, Ann (Bacheldor)
Richardson, and Blanca "Blanquita" (McNatt) Schield.
("Blanquita" was in Panama for a visit with her mother
and brother, Dick McNatt, who retired here in June.) A
few days later Jim and Lucy Ann ran into Fernando

Pictured with his winning Award plaque, is Brian
Wood, Balboa High School senior. Brian, son of Joe
and Bev Wood, was the winner of the First Annual
Outstanding Male Basketball Player Award that is to be
presented by the Bill Joyce Memorial Fund every
year until the year 2000. The female award went to
Cristobal High School student Wendy Franceschi.

Martinez (BHS '53). They hadn't seen each other in over
35 years! After their visit the Driscoll/Howe family
traveled to Orlando for the big Reunion.

Mary Coffey


I'm running by the skin of my teeth again to get this
report in on time. You'd think summertime would allow
enough hours to do it without being in a rush, wouldn't
I just returned from Belleville, Illinois, where I
attended the wedding of my niece Jennifer Lessiack to
Chris Cassoulo. Also attending were my mom, Kathi
Lessiack; my daughter, Leslie Griffin; my brother John
Lessiack and their kids, Lauren and Danny. It was a
beautiful wedding and a terrific family reunion!
Congratulations to the Gatun Youth Soccer team
that won first place in the recent Activities League.
Representing Gatun were Jorge Grant, Chris Herring,
Jeremy Boggs, Analia Alvarez, Scott Johnston, Alan
Kilborn, Jose Alvarez, Rene Gordon, C.M. Landrum,
Tom Herring, Robreto Romero, Wanfer Ilund and Billy
Epperson. They were coached by Albano H. Aguilar of
the Gatun Youth Center.
We've bid farewell to Tom and Maj./Dr. Evelyn
Barraza Snider and their kids, Kristin, Kyle and Ryan,
who left recently to take up residence in Washington
State, where Evelyn is attending school. Congratulations
to Tom, who before leaving Panama finished up credits
for a bachelor's degree from Florida State University.


Remember "B" badges from the swimming pool?
Well, they're still a hot item down here, regardless how
old you are! Timmy and Robbie Stabler, age four, got
theirs at Gatun Pool a couple months ago, and while she
was in Gatun for her granddaughter Bev Teal's high
school graduation, Muriel Johnston, age 71, got hers! I
bet lots of you still have a tattered, blue-green "B" badge
card tucked away in some secret place, don't you?

Muriel Johnston proudly displays the Red Cross
Beginner Swimmer "B" badge she earned recently at
gatun Pool through the patient instructor of her
teacher, recreation assistant Reynaldo Watler.

Cristobal High School held its graduation ceremony
on June 13, 1991. Our Gatun Grads included Bev Teal,
Lutcia and Anabella Pedersen, Vicki Seeley and Zoila
Hudson among others. The class was another tiny one,
easily fewer than 40. Small classes let you to such
wonderful and personal things at graduations, however,
and this one was no exception. By the time it was over,
all of us in the audience felt like we knew each graduate
personally and had reason to be proud of his or her
accomplishments. It was neat.
Besides Muriel Johnston statesiders on hand for the
CHS graduation included Muriel's hubby, Les Johnston,
and their son Lionel and his wife, Gladys, and their two
kids, Matt and Shannon. Gladys was able to squeeze in
a visit with good friend Berta Medina Garcia in
Cardenas. Doris and Ken Willis were also here for the
CHS graduation. Doris and daughter Bonnie Willis
Seeley brought the audience to tears when they sang to
Vicki Seeley and the other grads a duet about how
quickly kids, especially little girls, grow up. Especially
teary-eyed was Marixenia Pedersen, who had returned
from Florida to see both her daughters graduate at the
same time.
Graduation also brought Dorothy Hauser and
Anastasia "Kap" Kapitulik back to the Isthmus. Dividing
their time between this side and the other side, they were
entertained on the Atlantic side with a "ladies' night
dinner" hosted by Chris Bru. Attending were Sandy Pace
and her daughter, Ana, Sue Follett, Bonnie Jimenez,

Donna Grubbs, Mary Perkins, Nancy Desolover, Coral
Adema and Mary Coles. Dorothy was accompanied to
Panama by her parents from Aiken, South Carolina,
especially to see niece/granddaughter Kathleen Kelly
graduate from BHS. Joe and Caroline Hauser Kelly will
retire this summer and move to Aiken, leaving behind
Bobby and Janine Bedsworth Hauser and their three
Billy Snider and a buddy returned to Gatun a couple
months ago for a two-week vacation. He had a wonderful
visit with the Tim Herrings and the Snider/Barrazas, as
well as several other old friends here, including Lew and
Sue Stabler and Pat and Dick Bjorneby. Billy's folks, Lee
and Kathy Snider, plan to be in Gatun for the Holidays
this year.
Last I heard, Bev Hoffman is planning to leave
Cristobal High School's English department and teach
elementary-level kids at Fort Gulick Elementary School
this fall for a change of pace. She will be sorely missed at
CHS both for her English teaching expertise and the
wonderful creative drive she applied to so many extra
The Atlantic firefighters have once again proven
themselves too hot to handle. They recently took their
fourth consecutive season win in the Atlantic Divisional
Softball League. Congratulations you guys.
Beginning this year, awards are made to the outstanding
Male and Female basketball players in the school system.
These awards are made possible by the Bill Joyce
Memorial Fund which was established by friends and
family following Bill's untimely death in 1990. The name
of the young lady who has been chosen as the
Outstanding Female Basketball Player of the Year is
Wendy Franceschi, Cristobal High School.


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Wendy Franceschi

Jan Johnston will achieve practically a life-long
dream this fall when her book Ellie Brader Hates Mr. G.
is to be published by Clarion Books. It's expected out in
hardback on October 28, 1991, and has already been
listed in a recent Clarion catalog. It's a fiction book about
a fifth grade girl. Jan's already hard at work on another
Although at this writing I have no details, there's a
possibility that Jan's husband, PCC Assistant Fire Chief
H. Wallace Teal, will be heading to Kuwait to help put
out the ponderous oil fires still burning there.
Collin and Alberta Wilder Corrigan played host to
their nephews Kevin and Russell Cheezum for about a
month during the summer. The boys spent a lot of time
at "Rosie's Cove", the name Collin and Alberta have
given their beach home at Pina.
Speaking of Pina, Peter and Elenor Lewis Johnson
have begun building a beach retreat there, too, right next
door to the Corrigan's and George and Luz Diaz
Margaret Herring is back in Panama, staying with
daughter Anne Marie Herring and grandson Mark in
Cardenas. She recently returned from Utica, South
Dakota, where she visited with son-in-law and daughter
Rocky and Elaine Herring Mason to attend
granddaughter Samantha Mason's high school
graduation. "Sam" plans to attend Creighton University in
Omaha, Nebraska, to study laser surgery.
Other Herrings visiting in Panama for two weeks
during July were Mark and Heidi Herring and their kids,
Torin, Shealyn and Ethan, back to Mark's old stomping
Darrell Canamas will be heading to college in
Orlando, Florida, in August, where he'll be sharing an
apartment with Cory Grubbs and Craig Meyer. Also
heading stateside to college are Vicki Seeley and Bev
Teal, both to Texas.
My apologies to Eric Castleton, who I mistakenly
called Eric "Hazeldon" in my last report. The only excuse
I can give is that the two names sound very much the
same. Sorry, sorry!
And that's about it for this time.
Susan K. Stabler


On June 7th, 33 members and friends met at the
Senior Citizens Clubhouse in Aiken for a potluck
luncheon. There was a magnificent display of may
delicious dishes brought and enjoyed. We all especially
enjoyed BJ. Hartley's fried rice pure "Panama." Those
attending were: Peggy Hutchison, John Everson, Bea Lee,
BJ. and Grace Hartley, Eletheer and James Catron,
Ethel and J.B. Tate, Blanche Browne and son, Grover
Matheney, Verna and Andy Kapinos, Trudy Clontz,
Phyllis and Jack Woodzell, Olga Holmes, Josey Tilley,
Virginia Smat and daughter-in-law, Beverly and LeJune
Lard, Sis and Bill York, Lorna Shore, Fina and Frank
Balinski, Cadie and Bill Cooper, Evelyn and Howard
Hilborn, Betty Galardi, Jane and Jack Steele.

Garnet and

Howard Anderson, former Pacific Locks

Peggy Hutchison and Margaret Davis, former teacher
at Diablo Elementary School.

After the luncheon, our President Trudi Clontz called
the meeting to order and it was decided to hold the
September luncheon in Columbia at the Ft. Jackson
Officers Club on September 24, 12 noon. The members
also voted to hold the Christmas luncheon at Houndslake
Country Club in Aiken on December 6, at 1:00 p.m.
From all reports, the Canal Zone Reunion in
Orlando was a success again this year. I have been away
from Panama for so long that each year many old friends
are missing and new ones appear. I enjoyed the
Reporters luncheon with a number of old-timers present.
Aikenites attending the Reunion were the Catrons,
Kapinos, Hartleys, Peggy Hutchison, Sean and Debbie
Barr, Arthur and Glenda Blystone, Richard and Sheila

Jack and Larry Corrigan with Peggy Hutchison.

Virginia Russon and

Sis and Bill York with their daughters and
grandchildren were at the seaside for a week.
Paul and Leona Badonsky and son, Leo and wife,
Gabriela with daughter Natassia, motored to Irving,
Texas for a Badonsky family reunion. 53 attended, and
Paul was the oldest while Natassia was the youngest.
Daughter Paula who lives with her family in Lexington,
S.C. could not attend.

Natassia, Leo, Gabby, Leona and Paul Badonsky.

During Memorial Day weekend, Phyllis and Jack
Woodzell traveled to Harrisville, W. Va. for a family
reunion. Daughter Leslie is presently in Washington,
D.C., a graduate of Balboa High, also attended.

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Joan (Lawler) Harris.
Joan (Lawler) Harris.

Doris Hutchison, Olga and Richard Phillips.
Doris Hutchison, Olga and Richard Phillips.

Phyllis Woodzell, Ringer Champion, Woman's Golf
Association, Aiken, S.C.

Consuela and Mel Menges enjoyed a week's visit
from daughter Evelyn and husband Tom Sellers,
granddaughter Dawn (14), grandson Yivid (11), son Paul
and wife and grandson Paul (11).
Nora and Charles Green with daughter Virginia are
visiting relatives and friends in Florida.

Pete and Betty Barr celebrated their 40th wedding
anniversary. Pete's sister Barbara Frances is visiting them
for a week. She is with Mary Knoll Sisters in New York.
Son Sean Barr attended the Reunion with his bride
Debbie, for his 10th year class reunion (Cristobal '81).
Olga Holmes has had a busy summer keeping two
granddaughters of Bebe's, Shamon (10) and Tayla (7).
She is looking forward to attending the wedding of Alice
Baggott in July. Alice is the youngest child of the late
Henrietta and Frank Baggott.
Blanche Browne is up in New Hampshire enjoying
the cool weather. Son Grover visited her in Columbia in
early June and he also attended the Reunion. Her
neighbors and the Tates visited her in New Hampshire.
Blanche also visited her grandson, Andrew Major (Ellen's
son) at Wolfsboro Camp where he is attending
camp/school for eight weeks.
Peggy Hutchison joined the great-grandma crowd.
Her daughter Diane Cox's son Wally Doane and his wife
had a baby girl in April, Shauna Marie. Peggy, Diane
and hubby Jerry drove to Maryland over the memorial
Day weekend to see them. They are now transferred to
Charleston, S.C. both Wally and wife, Jodi are in the
Navy. Jerry Cox has retired from the Navy after 28 years
of service and is attending college and working. Peggy
attended the Reunion and sister-in-law Doris Hutchison
joined her. Bud Phillips' three children and their families
were there and they had a family reunion. Richard and
Doug still work for the Commission, and Sue and Jon
Fisher live in Florida.

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Jodi and Wally Doane, Jerry and Diane Cox and
baby Shauna Doane.

Bobby Rowe visited his parents, Billie and Bob in
Our daughter, Penny, husband Joe and
granddaughter Karen, who live in Mississippi, visited us
over the Fourth of July weekend. I flew up to Richmond,
Virginia, to visit my brother and sister in mid-July. Jim
celebrated his 79th. birthday and the gang at Hardee's
brought him a cake to eat with their morning coffee.

Eletheer Catron
(803) 648-7517



We all had our annual zonian camping trip over
Memorial Day weekend at the Davenport Ranch in the
hill country. It was another great, successful camp out

with lots of sun and fun! Those who roughed it for the
weekend were Al, Sue, Margie, and Dave Fehrenbach,
Jaco Petiton, Stanley Wright, Bo Lane, David Jones, Red
and T-Bird Pattison, and Dorien Mills came out for one
lone night of camping. Albert had his usual fireworks
display as the local fire department stood by a la
roulette style around the campfire!! We got the 1991
camp out on video just so everyone can see exactly how
rough we did have it! We had a great tour of the ranch
and river (with the 1800 history included) from our ever
so efficient tour guide team of Stanley and T-Bird!
Excellent video, guys!!

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The Awesome Austin Aquatic Association members
include L-R: T-Bird Pattison, Val Krueger, Sue Ann
Davenport, Dave Fehrenbach, Margie Fehrenbach,
Red Pattison, Stanley Wright.

My brother, David and his son, Booker, came to visit
from Kansas during the first part of June. The three of
us got together with my parents for a couple of days for
a nice "partial" family reunion. David Jones had the
pleasure of doing the same thing, he visited with his
brother, Larry and Larry's wife and two children. He
spent several days in Bay Town visiting them.
During the month of June we had a Zonian pot-luck
dinner at Mom Pattison's house (of course, our favorite
party spot!) with lots of wonderful Panamanian food
dishes and great friends and family. T-Bird was here on
his perpetual Texas summer vacation, some of the others
were David, Gail, Michael, and Alex Melendrez,
Kathleen Mullins Andrews and her brother Jim Mullins,
Val Krueger and her daughter Sarah, Stanley Wright, Al
and Sue Fehrenbach (in from Kerrville), David Jones,
Noreen Hanson and friend Mitch (in from Dallas). Some
of the other out of town guests were Mom P's sister,
Jean Dombrosky, Belen Singleton (from Austin) with her
son, Bob Singleton from Houston. And our out-of-
country guests were Ed Fehrenbach and his family, who
were here visiting from Panama. Some of our good eats
that day consisted of mango, paella, empanadas, tamales,
plantanos, and lots more. Hats off to everyone for
making this a great "Panama Day", complete with Lucho
music and all. Our after dinner entertainment was
provided courtesy of Stan-Bird Home Video Productions,
Inc., which featured that great hill country camp out!! It
had all of us laughing! The late night competition
consisted of a mean pin-ball game between T-Bird, Red
and Dave Fehrenbach. If you ask each of them they were
THE winner but the pin-ball machine was the real
winner, just for enduring such an abusive undertaking!!

My parents had a surprise visit from some long time
Zonian friends during July. Jerry and Glenda Ramsey
(from the Atlantic side) along with their daughter, Vicki
came for a visit. They are currently living in Bryan,
Texas, and their son, Jerry is living near the Dallas area.
Tim Calvit also came back to Texas over the 4th of July.
He breezed through the state long enough to pick up
his belongings and head back to Florida. I guess this
means you're permanently history as far as Texas goes,
huh, Tim?! Tim's mom, Anna Calvit, drove with Tim
back to Florida and flew home shortly thereafter.
My brother, Boone and his daughter, April, and son,
Wesley, are currently here visiting for a few weeks during
the summer. Boone was briefly in Jacksonville, but has
now moved back to Pensacola. I tried to talk him into
moving further west, but he wouldn't go for it!!
Frances Lepley Reynolds, lab tech, Coco Solo
Hospital 1958-1959 and 1963-1964, Jackie Mason, nurse,
Coco Solo Hospital 1958-1960, and Norma Schmidt
Wendlandt, nurse, Coco Solo Hospital 1959-1960 finally
enjoyed a long postponed reunion in Austin in May.
Jackie flew from Boise, Idaho to be Norma's houseguest
in Houston for several weeks and enjoyed all the tourist
things while there. Then the two of them, together with
Norma's sister, Lee, drove to Austin. Although they had
all kept in touch off and on, Fran and Jackie hadn't seen
each other in 31 years. They did indeed have a great time
reminiscing about old times and acquaintances in the
Zone, and hope for a repeat reunion in the not-to-
distant future.

Sue Ann Davenport
(512) 331-6916


Congratulations to Reunion Coordinator Bob Van
Siclen and his committee for a job well done. The
Reunion was the best yet. Well organized and executed.
Everyone was in a festive mood and I heard no
complaints! The long hours spent in the organizing and
planning the entire affair was reflected in the smooth
Congratulations to Leo Eastham and Marilyn Carter
for the selection of some of their pictures for the Balboa
Union Church 1992 Calendars. Leo has four pictures and
Marilyn has three in the calendars.
The Rhyne Srs. had a mini-reunion of their own.
Barbara Rhyne Stanford and her two children Eddie and
Cheryl came to celebrate her mother's birthday early in
June. Ed Stanford and his brother Larry came to
Kerrville a few days later with Larry's two children Jill
and Lee. The four cousins enjoyed each others company
and the paddle boats on the Guadalupe River. Camille
Rhyne Eastham joined her mother after the BHS Class
of '71 reunion and they returned to Kerrville together.
Bea and Camille joined Harvey and drove up to Lake
Whitney in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to be with the rest
of the Stanfords: Fay, Bill, Nancy and the Rhyne Jrs.
Harvey, Sonia, Erick and Taffy from Florida. The Rhyne
Jrs. followed us back to Kerrville and spent some quality
time with us. It was the first time in eight years that we
have had our three children and their families together.

We missed Leo Eastham, but never give up hope of
getting everyone together.
Our congratulations go to Mrs. Margaret "Cecilia"
Nicholaisen who won Kerrville's Most Beautiful
Residential Area Award for the month of May. Mrs.
Nicholaisen has many wood carvings in her yard, done by
her late husband, surrounded by flowers and shrubs.

Ann and Jerry Bennett and Hal and Dale Conway.
Ann and Jerry live in Illinois. Jerry is now a Methodist
The Harold Conways are semi-retired in Denton,
Texas. Hal is a speech therapist for the Denton County
Special Education Co-Op while Dale is a librarian for a
small, rural school three days a week. Their son,
Christopher, is a senior at the University of North Texas
majoring in Criminal Justice. They have enjoyed making
new friends in Denton, but love having "old" friends like
the Charles Millers from Florida and the Jerry Bennetts
from Illinois visit them.
Bill and Sue Graham were visited by Sue's sister,
Rita Washabaugh, her daughter Mary Louise and
husband Jim Wagner from Sheffield, Pennsylvania. It was
the first time that Mary Louise and Jim were in Texas
and they enjoyed Kerrville and San Antonio.
'Delle Dunn is doing well now, after a short stay in
the hospital.
Joan Ridge deGrummond was the guest of honor at
a luncheon in Kerrville in May. She visited her sister-in-
law, Julia Ridge, niece Cathy and Don Adams and had a
wonderful visit with her niece Sr. Therese Ann in Corpus
Christi while in this area.

L-R: Bea Monsanto Rhyne, Iris Dedeaux Hogan,
Katherine Adams Lessiack, Sharon Booth Schmidt,
Honey Bergman Fealey, Marilyn Hanson Carter,
Gene White Litton, Sue Kotalik Graham, Anna
Patchett Calvit, Jackie Schmidt Bishop, Cathey
Ridge Adams, Marion Orr Wells, Annette F. Fields,
Julia Wilson Ridge and Joan Ridge deGrummond.
Kerrville Luncheon, May 8, 1991.

Joe and Lorene Bialkowski attended the graduation
of grandson Joseph D. (Lee) Wynne, Jr., from Auburn
University in Alabama, March 20, 1991. Lee received a
Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. Attending
the graduation were his parents, Joseph D. "Jougie" and
Charlotte Wynne and brother Vincent W. Wynne.
Dale and Jackie Bishop drove to West Virginia to
visit Dale's mother who will be 93 in August 1991. Katy
is in a Care Center in Marlinton, W. Virginia and is
cheerful and alert and accepts her life there. She is
unable to walk, otherwise she is doing fine. Dale also
attended his 55th high school reunion in Backley, W. Va.
Out of a class of 33, ten attended and nine are deceased.
Dale hadn't seen many of his classmates since he left W.
Va. to join the Marines. He and Jackie drove around to
places where Dale played and worked as a boy and found
some landmarks unchanged. They spent several hours at
the newspaper office looking at microfilm of high school
basketball games played in Dale's senior year, 1936, when
he was the star basketball player in the area. It was a real
"trip down memory lane."
Doug Schmidt is fast becoming a Texan and adapting
to this country. He recently made a visit to a real working
ranch, and it was such a good experience that he wanted
to share it with his PCC friends. Following is his report:
Working Ranch Visit 5/14 5/16/91
My neighbor, Jack Spencer, recently arranged for me
to spend two days on the ROUSSELOT RANCH located
in Sonora, Texas which is owned by Norm and Doris
Rousselot. Inasmuch as the ranch exceeds 200,000 acres,
and rises goats, sheep and cattle for a competitive
market, its operation requires highly skilled personnel on
a continuing basis. This job is fulfilled by Donald and
David Patton, both holding academic degrees and
possessing a thorough knowledge of ranch management.
The two days I spent at the ranch seemed more like
two weeks with all the things there were to do. We
rounded up large herds of sheep and cattle which were
given various medications to ward off possible problems
they may encounter on the open range.
This 'drenching" process is tough and even dangerous
work for a "tenderfoot," however it is quite impressive to
watch real cowboys do their job the way only they can do
it. For lunch, we all ate Texas size steaks cooked on a
grill over an open mesquite fire.
The ranch abounds with wildlife such as white-tailed
deer, bobcats, blue quail, rabbits, raccoon, and many
other species of birds and animals.
The experience is one I'll never forget, nor can I ever
thank enough the men who made it all possible. The
ranch is a beautiful place to see and do all the things that
most of us just read about. If you ever have a chance to
visit a real working ranch, by all means, don't let the
opportunity pass you by. Douglas C. Schmidt
We extend our condolences to Bob "Pappy" Grier
and family on the loss of his wife Verla Grier. Pappy
gratefully acknowledges and thanks all of his friends for
the cards, notes and support given to him during this sad
We also extend our condolences to Clara Chambers
and her family on the loss of her beloved husband
Harold. (See "In Deep Sorrow")

Bea Rhyne
(512) 896-8643


Well, BHS Class of '61 had their 30th Reunion in
Florida and IT WAS GREAT, believe it, the Class of '41
kept on trying to crash it!! For many of us, this reunion
gave us the chance to catch up with 30 years of living. We
have all matured (well, most of us) and looking pretty
good for "39". Remember our yearbook section on "The
Most....", well, here is goes: "The One Who May not
Remember He Enjoyed Himself the Most" Jim Slice,
hands down; "The Most Changed" Terry Deakins, Jim
Bassett, and Julie Maduro Milling; "The Least Changed"
-Ralph Edmondson; "The Most Ageless" Mike Koncir
and Elaine Herring Mason (Grandma); and "The One
with Still the Best Laugh" Pat David Bright. We did
have those with the least amount of "hare"; the one with,
"My husband/children turned my hair this color", and so
on, but they shall remain unheralded. We did have
fun/food/music and for this, we want to thank the
committee for all the headaches they encountered and
the members of the band for the nostalgic reunion music.
Did you all look carefully, at some of those dancers
bodies telling them it was "1961" and 15 minutes later
their faces/lungs saying, "That's what you think baby."
Good health and God bless until we meet again in "1996"
for the 35th or "2001" for the 40th reunion. Ouch!!!!

BHS Class of '61. 30th Renion Committee, L-R: Jackie
(Ashton) Wagner, Bill Thrigt, Didi (Bremer) Rogers,
(?), Beverly (Bowman) Wood, Dick Hern, Rachel
(Van Dyke) Burke.

Mary Jane (Comley) and Jesse Lacklen of Arlington,
Va enjoyed 4 weeks of family reunions in July. One week
at Hilton Head, S.C. at the H.H. Beach & Tennis resort,
and one week in Orlando, Fl. at their Time Share Condo
in the Ventura Resort (doing up all Magic Kingdom
attractions) along with their daughters, Pat (Lacklen)
Ashcroft from Tallahassee and Diane (Lacklen) Caricofe
from Harrisonburg, Va. plus their three grandchildren
including sister Betty and Barney Forgeson from Tierra
Verde, Fl joining in on the fun! After their family
returned to their respective homes, Mary Jane and Jesse
visited sister Beverly and George Delfer in Boca Raton,
Fl., sister Betty and Barney Forgeson in Tierre Verde, Fl.
and daughter Pat and Tim Ashcroft in Tallahassee before
their sightseeing drive up the east coast on the way home
to Arlington, Va.

"Our own Downunder Gal" June Barlow Riesz, (sheep
station Canberra, Australia.

received a very nice letter from June Barlow Riesz. June
and her husband John are presently making their home
in Canberra, Australia. John has been the Agricultural
Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra for 18
months now and will complete the tour in late 1993. She
enclosed a photograph taken at a sheep station in
Canberra for all her Zone friends and she certainly looks
like she is enjoying Australia. June mentioned in her
letter that she may be attending next year's Canal Zone
Reunion in Florida. Hope she can make it up from
Rachel (Van Dyke) Burke
(703) 241-0971





Victoria Ann Cannon,
daughter of Leo and Sarita
(Boyd) Cannon graduated
from BHS, Gainesville,
Florida with honors in June
She received several
scholarship awards. Two of
them were the National
Hispanic Scholars Award
and the Florida
Undergraduate Scholars
Vicki will enter the Victoria Ann Cannon
University of Florida,
Gainesville, in August. She plans to pursue a career in
Engineering and to graduate with the Class of 1995. Vicki
attended Diablo Elementary School and Curundu Junior
High School in the former Canal Zone.


Elba Kreis of Oakland, California announces the
engagement of her daughter Patricia Diana to Geoffrey
Roen Witt, son of Robart J. Witt Sr. and Janice Witt of
Winnetka, IL.
The future bride, the daughter of the late Robert
Gail Kreis, a former assistant chief of the Storehouse
Division of the Panama Canal Commission, is a graduate
of San Diego State University. She is a women's
designer-shoes buyer for Bloomingdale's in New York.
Formerly she had been a systems engineer for IBM Corp.
in San Diego. Her mother is administrative supervisor for
the Office of the President of the University of California
in Oakland.
The future bridegroom, a U. of Pennsylvania
graduate, earned his masters degree at Harvard U. He is
vice president of the Asset Backed Securities Group of
the debt division of Merrill Lynch and Co. in New York.
A July wedding in Winnetka is planned.



Back, L-R: Betty and Carl Wilson, Karl Hoch, Christi, Gene and Lynne Frauenheim, Regis Frauenheim, Lola
Cheeseman. Middle row L-R: Leslie and Darrell Frauenheim, Lynne Hoch, Foy and Kerner Frauenheim, with
Greg Frauenheim between, Lola Jones, Thomas Hoch, Tara Jones. Front row L-R: Jamie Frauenheim, Lisa
Jones, Ryan Frauenheim, Charlotte Hoch, Darren Frauenheim, Neil Frauenheim, Daniela Hoch, Ashlyn Jones.


Kerner and Foy Frauenheim of Seminole, Florida,
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 30, 1991
with a dinner party at the Carmel Country Club in
Charlotte, North Carolina. This golden event was hosted
by all their children and spouses: Lola and Al Jones of
Providence, R.I. with daughters, Tara, Lisa and Ashlyn;
Gene and Lynne Frauenheim of Charlotte, N.C. with
their children, Darrell, Leslie, Christi and Greg; Lynne
and Karl Hoch of Muttlangen, Germany with their
children, Thomas, Daniela, and Charlott; and Neil
Frauenheim of Jacksonville, Florida, with his children,
Ryan, Darren and Jamie. Also attending were Foy's
sisters, Lola Cheeseman of Brea, CA.; Foy's sister and
brother-in-law, Betty and Carl Wilson of Santa Maria,
CA.; and Kerner's brother Regis of Downey, CA.
A collage made up with old photos of Foy and
Kerner portraying the memorable times in their lives was
put together by Al Jones and displayed on an easel. Neil
Frauenheim presented a slide show of the Frauenheim's
"American Vacations." After dinner, Foy and Kerner cut
their anniversary cake, opened gifts, and with champagne,
many toasts were presented in their honor. Throughout
the evening, a VCR tape recorded this memorable
The following morning, the entire family met at the
Piper Glen Country Club for an Easter Brunch. "What a
wonderful family reunion."
Kerner and Foy were married March 29, 1941 at the
St. Mary's Rectory, Balboa, Canal Zone, Father Hild


Mabel E. Cooke, a former Gamboa resident (1930-
1960) celebrated her 80th birthday on May 9, 1991 in
Hampton, Virginia.
Out of town guests included her grandson, Ryland
Riggs Forrest and her daughter and son-in-law, Arden
and John O'Daniel from Southport, North Carolina.




By Thy To
Times Staff Writer
For Ted Henter, his faith is in his insight.
Crossing over wakes, jumping over ramps and
performing tricks on his water skis, Henter used this
insight to win the gold medal as best overall skier for
blinded men, at the Third World Cup Water Ski
Championship for the disabled.
The competition was this past weekend in Ann
Arbor, Michigan, with teams from 12 countries
competing. The U.S. team came in second after Britain
and ahead of Australia.
"Skiing is one of the few sports that blind people can
do well," said Henter, 40, who was blinded in a car
accident in 1978. He has been skiing, though, since he
was five. "I knew all the movements. All you have to do
is hang on and the boat will pull you. Normally you rely
on your eyes more, so I just had to learn to rely on my
His only eyes while jumping the ramp is a guide
skiing alongside of him. As he approaches and lines up
with the ramp, he focuses on the guide's four words of
countdown, "3-2-1-FREEZE!"
"That's the most frightening part hitting the ramp,"
he said. "I've actually hit the ramp a few times. And when
you hit it going 25 miles an hour, you get a few bruises."
But the bruises and bumps haven't stopped him yet.

months later, hope faded and reality set in.
After the operations, it took me 10 minutes to adjust.
I knew that some things just happen," he said. "I made up
my mind that I was going to be successful. There have
been blind people for centuries, and I could make it too."
Proving himself in both the skiing circle and business
world, Henter now owns his own company,
manufacturing computers and software that speak to
blind people. With motivation, drive and guts, Henter's
greater challenge is to tackle what he gently refers to as
a "subconscious prejudice."
"You don't get to be on the world team if you are
just ho-hum," said Henter, "you have to strive for
excellence. Not only do we (blind people) go out and
water ski, but we can accomplish anything."
With a gold medal under his belt, he is ready to face
that challenge. "it gives me more credibility when I speak
to civic groups. The fact that I'm a gold medalist proves
that the blind and disabled are very competent, like on
the job."
Henter serves on the Committee for Assistance to
the Physically Impaired (CAPI), a St. Petersburg advisory
And as the father of two daughters, eight and 10
years old, Henter also speaks to elementary schools
about understanding the blind. In appealing to a younger
generation, Henter often comes equipped with his seeing-
eye dog and talking computer. "So they don't think it's so
weird," he said.
He has never seen his daughters, but he says they
can see him through eyes of unconditional love. "They've
come to realize that I'm different than most people's
parents. But it's not a disadvantage, just different."
(Ed. note: Ted was born in the Canal Zone, and is the
son of Ted and Emily Henter of St. Petersburg. His wife
is the former Mary Elizabeth Little (Mel), also born in
the Canal Zone. His daughters are named Emley and
Elizabeth. Ted graduated from Balboa High School in
1969. He will be competing again, early in August, at the
U.S. Nationals in Ann Arbor, which will qualify him for
the World Cup in 1993).
St. Petersburg Times
July 26, 1991

Ted Henter stands near his collection of trophies and

While in England 13 years ago, shattered glass from
a car accident left him with 80 stitches in his face and 12
in each eye.
"There was always hope that they would recover
some sight," he said of his eyes. Two operations and nine

Paul Williams received the degree of Master of
Business Administration from Georgia State University,
Atlanta in March. Paul is the son of Beverly and
Buddy Williams of Clearwater, Florida.


Jean M. (Wagner) Lindsey received her Doctor of
Podiatric Medicine Degree from the Dr. William M.
Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois
on May 17, 1991.
Jean achieved the Dean's List throughout her four
years of medical school and graduated Cum Laude.
Dr. Lindsey will begin a surgical residency program
in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June.

L-R: Rita Washabaugh, Dr. Jean M. Lindsey,
daughter Mary Louise, son-in-law James W. Wagner.

Jean is the daughter of James W. and Mary Louise
Wagner of Cherry Grove, Pennsylvania, and is the
granddaughter of Mrs. Rita Washabaugh of Dubuque,


Director of Public
Affairs of the Panama Canal
Commission Willie K. Friar
was presented the Alumnus
of the Year Award by the
University of Georgia Henry
W. Grady College of
Journalism and Mass
Communication at a
ceremony held April 19,
1991 at the Country Club in
Athens, Georgia. Friar,
keynote speaker for the
evening banquet at which
Dean Thomas Russell
presented the award, spoke
about her career at the
Canal and on the Panama
Canal as a cruise
Each year, since
1975, the College of
Willie K. Friar Journalism has recognized
an alumnus for sustained,
career-long contributions to the profession. Past
recipients include the publisher of the LosAngeles Times,

many Pulitzer Prize winners, and other prominent
journalists. Friar is the first woman to receive this award.
She is also the first woman to serve as director of public
affairs for the Panama Canal Commission, a position she
has held since 1988.
Besides the award, Friar was honored by having her
likeness and name engraved on a bronze plaque for
permanent display with those of previous recipients in the
entrance hall of the journalism college.
Friar was recognized for her service with the
Panama Canal, which began in 1969 and has included the
positions of press officer, assistant information officer,
chief of public information and deputy director of public
affairs. She also for many years edited the Panama Canal
In addition to her work with the Commission, Friar
was cited for previous work as a foreign correspondent
and photographer in Europe for several newspapers, as
a special assignment reporter for Stars and Stripes in
Germany and Denmark, and as writer-editor for a book
publishing firm.


Gretchen Trevillyan Radak and Leon Marion (Bill)
Warren were married in the Cristobal-Colon Union
Church in Panama on June 25, 1941. They celebrated the
special occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary by
repeating their vows at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in
New Port Richey, Florida. The ceremony was followed
immediately by a reception-luncheon at the New Port
Richey Holiday Inn. The ceremony and luncheon were
attended by friends and their children, Kathryn Lewark
and husband James, and David Warren.

Gretchen and Bill Warren

Bill and Gretchen lived and worked in the Panama
Canal Zone for 30 years. Gretchen retired from Army
Finance and Bill retired from the Panama Canal
Engineering Division in 1970. They lived and worked in
New Orleans for several years, then went into complete
retirement in 1977 and moved to their New Port Richey
Their retirement hobby has been to travel by ship,
auto, air and motorhome. They are looking forward to a
few more years on the road.


Rita and Warner Hoyle were honored at a special
dedication and awards ceremony, April 22, 1991, to
celebrate National Volunteers Week at St. Anthony's
Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Hoyles, who will celebrate 15 years of service to
the Hospital in December, received 20,000 hour bars to
their service pins. Rita currently volunteers 32-40 hours
a week at the main information desk and Warner puts in
40 hours in the bio-chemical section of plant operations.

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Rita and Warner Hoyle
Their names are also engraved on the Volunteer
Honor Roll Plaque, which was unveiled and dedicated in
recognition and honor of all volunteers, past and present,
who have accrued more than 10,000 hours of service at
St. Anthony's Hospital.

SURPRISE! Cory Thacker, Roy and
Mary Ellen Knoop.


Roy and Mary Ellen Knoop of Gig Harbor,
Washington, were tken completely by surprise on May 4,
1991, the eve of their 30th wedding anniversary.
Their daughters, Melina and Melissa, and son-in-
law Cory, hosted the party with over 50 friends and
relatives in attendance.
Zonian guests included Floyd and Beverly Baker,
Patrick Gormely, Leslie Griffin, Joe and Ella Norton,
Tammy Norton, Robert (Bob) Knoop, Sam and
Rosemary Wright. Greetings were sent by the following
Zonians who were unable to attend: Russ and Betty
Annis, Mel and Cathy Boreham, Ted and Georgia Corin,
Omar and Ann Franklin, Tom and Darlene Gibson, Gene
and Marion Gregg, Roy Howell, Oren and Em Irion, Lois
(Stapf) Mauer, Doug and Becky Norton, Rev. Rex and
Margaret Owen, Norman Slade, Lew and Sue (Lessiack)
Stabler, Reid and Sara Stinnett, Claudio and Sue
Vasquez, and Chuck Wall.


Monique La Shann Raby, the daughter of Sharon
Creque and Bruce Raby, graduated from Belaire High
School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on May 21, 1991. The
commencement excercises were held in the Louisiana
State University Asembly Center.
Monique plans to enroll in a 10-week program at the
Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
during the summer. She then hopes to major in physical
therapy at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in
Lafayette for two years before moving on to Howard
University for an internship.
Monique's mother grew up in Curundu and was a
member of the Balboa High School Class of 1974.


Deborah Lynne Erhart graduated from Louisiana
State University in Baton Rouge on May 16, 1991.
Deborah received her degree in Journalism/Advertising
and will pursue her career in Baton Rouge after a short
vacation in Panama.
Attending the graduation ceremony from out of town
were her parents, Herman and Rebecca Erhart, brother,
Michael, all from Diablo, Panama; brother David from
San Jose, California, and Lillian Abell from Fairhope,




Bob and Linda Morris of San Diego, California, are
pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter,
Victoria Lynn Morris to Ken Hall of Guatamala City,
Guatamala, Central America.
An August 10 wedding is planned.

Victoria Lynn Morris


Jack and Betty Duncan, Tampa, Florida, announce
the engagement of their daughter, Leigh Ann, to Raymon
Lange Jacobs, son of Ronald and Alice Jacobs of Locust
Grove, Oklahoma.

Leigh Ann Duncan and Raymon Lange Jacobs
The bride-elect is a graduate of Florida State
University and is employed as an interior designer by
Interiors by Steven G. Inc. of Fort Lauderdale. The
groom is a 1983 graduate of Balboa High School and a
1985 graduate of Panama Canal College. He is employed
as a firefighter/paramedic with the Boca Raton Fire
The wedding ceremony is scheduled for July 6, 1991
in the First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton.


Lester and Dr. Genevieve Ferguson, formerly of
Balboa Heights, celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on July 16, 1991. They were joined in their
celebration by their children and close friends.

Lester and Dr. Genevieve Ferguson
Mr. Ferguson retired in 1972 having served as the
Director of Supply and Community Services Bureau of
the Panama Canal Company since 1957. Prior to that he
had been General Manager of the Panama Staemship
Line and administrative head of the New York office of
the Panama Canal Company.


Nancy Sullivan Schorsch
of Ventura, California has
come up with dozens of
ideas for children's books,
finally coming up with the
concept for a children's
book on the plight of the
endangered Californis
Condor. She wrote her
r book, "Saving the Condor,"
1 Franklin Watts published it
and now bookstores are
selling it.
Nancy Sullivan Nancy was born in the
Schorsch Canal Zone and graduated
from Balboa High School in
1945 and CZ Jr. College in '47, and Mt. Holyoke College
in '49. She taught in Margarita Elementary School in
1950-51 and now resides in Ventura, CA. with her
husband, Carl, also a retired teacher.
When the California Condor became an endangered
species, Nancy did extensive research through the
Department of Fish and Game, the Audubon Society and
local libraries, and the result is a hardcover, attractive
book filled with amazing pictures and interesting copy.
She is very encouraged by the current captive breeding
program which has raised the known Condor population

to 40, with 8 more chicks waiting to make their debut as
of mid-February.
"I am hopeful that my small effort toward educating
the young people will enhance the condor's fight against
extinction," she commented.


Joseph Edward
Morrissey, son of Capt. and
Mrs. Joe Morrissey of Los
Rios, Rep. of Panama and
East Hampton, N.Y.,
graduated June 17, 1991
from the United States
Merchant Marine Academy,
Kings Point, N.Y. Vice
President Dan Quayle was
the Commencement
Joseph received the Mobil
Oil Corporation Award for
excellence in the study of
Joseph E. Morrissey tanker operations and was
one of two Midshipmen,
Class of '91 to be the
recipient of the Captain Garrison Conner Award for
outstanding performance during his sea year.
He is presently sailing as 3rd officer for Ogden
Marine Inc. and is an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve.


The marriage of Dr. Patricia Elaine Bailey, daughter
of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Bailey formerly of Balboa
Heights, C.Z., to Dr. John Patrick O'Grady, son of Mrs.
Johnny O'Grady and the late Johnny O'Grady of Salinas,
CA., took place May 25, 1991 in the garden of the bride's
parents' home in Richmond, Va.
The bride was born in Gorgas Hospital, and
attended Canal Zone schools through the first year of
Canal Zone College. She then transferred to the U. of
Tennessee from which she graduated cum laude with a
BA degree in Speech and Theatre. After working in the
New York Theatre for several years she started pre-med
studies at Columbia University, after which she enrolled
in Tulane University School of Medicine, her father's
alma mater. She graduated as a Doctor of Medicine,
taking a four-year residency in Ob Gyn at Case Western
University Hospital in Cleveland, OH. She is now a

member of the Ob Gyn Staff at Bay State Medical
Center in Springfield, MA.
The groom is Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at
Bay State Medical Center, receiving his BA and MA at
Stanford U. and his degree as Doctor of Medicine at
Yale University. He interned at the Medical College of
Virginia and completed his residency in Ob Gyn at Yale,
then earned a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at
Martin Luther King Medical Center in Los Angeles. He
is the author of a book on Moder Instrumental Delivery
with a second volume in publication on the psychiatric
effects of pregnancy.

Dr. Patricia Elaine Bailey and Dr. John Patrick

Honor attendants at the ceremony were Mrs. David
Sullivan of Virginia Beach, Ms. Caitlin O'Grady and Ms.
Kristin O'Grady of Shaker Heights, OH., and Ms.
Meghan Bailey of Richmond. The best man, Dr. Camille
Kanaan of Springfield, MA. was assisted by Sean
Brendan O'Grady. The bride's brother Steve Bailey and
brother-in-law Lt. David Sullivan greeted and directed
guests to the garden wedding site. There were several
visitors from the Canal Zone days.
After the ceremony, the reception and the dinner,
the dancing started and the Panazonians went crazy when
the Lucho records started spinning. Virginian visitors
learned some new rhythms.
The newlyweds will make their home in
Longmeadow, Massachusetts.


Ivette De la Reza (BHS'86) and Gregory S. Cowles
(BHS'86) were joined in marriage on January 5, 1991 at
St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.
The bride is the daughter of Carmen De la Reza of
Austin, Texas, and Anthony De la Reza of Panama City,
Republic of Panama. Her matron of honor was Tracy
Foster; bridesmaids were Karla Wall and Monique de St.
Germain, both former residents of Panama.

The groom's parents are Ann and Robert Best of Los
Rios, Panama. Greg's best man was Chuck Foster and
the groomsmen were Charles Vallow and Rod Ladd.
Ushers included Dennis Cowles, Danny De la Reza and
Andre De la Reza.

Ivette De la Reza and Gregory S. Cowles
Following the beautiful candlelight ceremony a
reception was held at the River Place Country Club in
Among the family guests and special friends were
former residents of Panama including maternal
grandparents Del and Emma De la Reza of Clearwater,
FL.; Phyllis Best, Patty (Best) Aho, Tammy Aho and son,
Ryan of Phoenix, AZ.; Michele and Shari Best of
Concord, CA.; Patty Cowles of Daytona Beach, FL.; Lou
(Farley) Bargnesi of San Antonio, Texas; Tanya Meyers-
Ogelsby of Ft. Hood, Texas and Desa Corridori of Troy,
After a honeymoon in Cozumel, Mexico, the couple
returned to make their home in Austin, Texas, where
Ivette, a graduate of the University f Texas, is a first
grade teacher, and Gregory is pursuing a degree in
computer science.


Yes, we did it! Not once, but twice!!
The first time was on November 21, 1990 at the
Aiken, South Carolina courthouse. We enjoyed a
honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas and returned to our
new home in Augusta, Georgia.
We decided to have our civil marriage blessed on
April 20, 1991 and were married again at Woodlawn
United Methodist Church in Augusta. Alison's parents,
Clare and Elwood Read of Sarasota, Florida hosted the
Longtime friend Valerie Shaw was the matron of
honor. Alison's sister and niece, Clare and Valerie
Heffner were bridesmaids. Longtime friend Peter
Hildebrant was the best man and Michael Thrailkill,
Mark's brother was the groomsman. Mark's father, Bob
Thrailkill surprised us by traveling all the way from
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Alison Read and Mark Thrailkill
The reception was held at the historic Partridge Inn
Penthouse and balcony in Augusta. Free flowing
champagne and an open bar helped to make this a joyful
We enjoyed a twenty-one day honeymoon visiting
England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and
We thank all our friends and relatives for sharing
with us on our wonderful day.


Cheryl Ann Evans (CHS'76) and Byron W. Sibson
(Vancouver, B.C., Canada) were married in New
Orleans, Louisiana on March 31, 1991 in a noon-time
"Vieux Carre" courtyard ceremony.

Cheryl Lynn Evans and Byron W. Sibson

The bride is the daughter of Captain and Mrs. Roy
T. Evans of Balboa, Panama and Slidell, LA. She is a
graduate of Tulane University (1980) and L.S.U. Medical
School (Nursing) in 1983.

The matron of honor was Ms. Jody Bear of New
Orleans and the flower girl was Amanda Spilling,
daughter of Cinda (Helmerichs) and Robert Spilling of
The groom is the son of Mrs. Edna Sibson and the
late William Sibson of Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He was
educated in Canada and is a commercial realtor with a
Canadian company in Los Angeles. The best man was
Jeff Meyers of Beverly Hills, California.
Following the marriage ceremony, a reception was
held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. Guests
included local and Canal Zone friends of the bride's
family, out-of-state relatives, and friends of the couple.
After a wedding trip to the Hawaiian Islands, the
couple will reside in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.


Dr. Tina Schroeter and Mr. Christopher John
eloped while on a ski trip to Vail, Colorado. They
celebrated their April 3, 1991 wedding by hosting a three-
hour river boat cruise in Austin, Texas. Approximately
200 guests danced to a Latin beat and enjoyed the food
and beautiful scenery of Lake Austin.
Among the former Zonians in attendance were
Tina's mother, Valerie Schroeter, Tina's sister, Suzie
Schroeter, Kathleen Mullins Andrews, Jean Medinger
McQuire, Tom Robertson, Stanley Wright, Valerie
Krueger, Debbie Horter Watson, Gail Goodrich and Jess
Totten, Laura and Lee Dannhaus, Pat LeBrun, Jane and
Paul Kuyoth, Tommie Lou Horter, Ann and Joe Dolan,
Buck and Barbara Krueger, and visiting from Panama,
Tom Patterson.

Tina Schroeter and Christopher John
The couple had a two-week backpacking honeymoon
in Alaska. Tina is in her seventh year of private
chiropractic practice at Lake Travis, and Chris owns an
independent financial consulting firm. They reside at 505
West 7th Street #209, Austin, Texas 78701.


Karen Powell and Colin Creel (BHS'76) were
married April 20, 1991 at Canyon Creek Presbyterian
Church in Richardson, Texas. The parents of the bride
are Mr. and Mrs. William Powell od Piano, Texas. The
groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Creel of Mobile,
Alabama, formerly of Los Rios, Canal Zone.
Honor attendants were the bride's sister, Kris
Kolodziej of Piano, Texas, and Robert Medinger of
Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone.

Karen Powell and Colin Creel

A country Club reception followed the ceremony and
was attended by many of Karen's and Colin's family and
friends. About 30 Zonies showed up to give the festivities
a little "Lucho" boogie. The following day, the newlyweds
traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico where they embarked
on a seven-night honeymoon cruise in the Caribbean.
Mr. and Mrs. Creel make their home in Piano,
Texas, a suburb of Dallas.


Lois Elizabeth Hicks and Christopher Fecteau
exchanged wedding vows on April 28, 1991 in the
Camellia Garden at Florida State University (Tallahassee,
FL) were the groom is a graduate assistant in conducting
and opera, and the bride is a senior in music
performance (classical and jazz saxophone). A woodwind
quintet made up of friends of the couple provided
wedding music for the marriage ceremony and an FSU
jazz combo provided music for the reception, held in the
lounge of the Kuersteiner Music Building.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andre
Fecteau, Bangor, Maine. The bride is the daughter of the
late LTC Thomas M.B. Hicks and Shirley Woodruff
Hicks of Tallahassee, FL. and the granddaughter of the
late Barton Collins Woodruff and Lois Browning
Woodruff, Lawton, Oklahoma.


Jack A. Taylor (CHS'47) and Kathryn Argo
Molinaro (CHS'53) were married in Las Vegas, Nevada,
on April 18, 1991. They were reunited before family and
friends on July 13, 1991 at Clairmont Covenant Church
in San Diego, California. Jack's three sons and Kathryn's
mother, two sons, daughter and two granddaughters
helped make this occasion memorable.
At a reception that followed at the Moose Lodge,
attendees included many Canal Zone friends and other
relatives and friends.

Jack Taylor and Kathryn Molinaro

Kathryn is the daughter of Adele Argo and the late
Emmett Argo, formerly of Gatun. Jack is the son of the
late Evelyn and John Taylor, formerly of New Cristobal
and Gatun.
Jack recently retired as an engineer with Anacomp,
Inc. Kathy recently retired from Hemet Schools. They are
looking forward to traveling and most of all not setting
the alarm clock. They make their home in San Diego,

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Larry and Robin Mitts Lacrouts of New Orleans are
overjoyed to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexah
Jeanne Lacrouts, born two weeks early on May 27 at
Ochsner Foundation Hospital.

Alexah Jeanne Lacrouts, 4 weeks old.

Alexah weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 1/4
inches long. Maternal grandmother is Marlene Bailey of
New Orleans. Larry and Robin also celebrated their
second wedding anniversary on May 20.

Norma and Sam Irvin
of Horseshoe, North
Carolina, announce the
birth of their first grandson,
Samuel S. Irvin IV. He is
the son of Jenny and Sam
Irvin III.
Samuel was born on
June 4, 1991 and has a big
sister, Jessalyn.
They reside in Pisgah
Forest, North Carolina.

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Samuel S. Irvin IV
Samuel S. Irvin IV


Mrs. Martha Bradford of Dothan, Alabama,
announces the marriage of her daughter, Kathleen
Elizabeth Bradford, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone, to
Craig Alan Monday of Dothan, Alabama. The marriage
took place February 5, 1991.
The bride is a 1980 Balboa High School graduate
and earned her Bachelor of Science with a General
Science Comprehensive in Secondary Education from
Troy State University in 1985. She is currently teaching at
Houston County High School on the outskirts of Dothan,
and is working on her Master of Science degree.
The groom is employed at the General Gigar
Corporation as a machinist mechanic in Dothan. He is
currently deployed with his Army Reserve Unit overseas
in Saudi Arabia. The Army Reserve Unit is from Ft.
Rucker, Alabama. He performs maintenance on
helicopter turbine engines.
Due to the urgency of his deployment, the couple
will repeat their marriage vows at St. Columba Catholic
Church in Dothan upon his return.

Red, Kat and
Tommy Pattison are proud
to announce the birth of the
new edition to their family,
Megan Elizabeth Pattison.
Megan was born on May 2,
1991 and weighed 8 lbs. 9
ounces at birth and
measured 20 1/2 inches
long. She was born in
Austin, Texas.
Megan is the
granddaughter of Bricky
Pattison and the neice of T-
Bird Pattison.
Megan is also
welcomed by her other
Tommy Pattison with grandma, her grandpa, and
new little sister, Megan other aunts and uncles. And
Elizabeth Pattison. by all of the Austin
Regulars who call ourselves her aunts and uncles also.

Dr. Carl and Teresa
Rayan proudly announce the
birth of their first child,
Tiffany Rayan, on October
21, 1989 in Oklahoma City,
Grandparents of Tiffany
are Dr. and Mrs. William
M. Campbell of Clearwater,
Florida, and the great-
grandparents are the late
John R. and Ida Campbell,
formerly of Gamboa, Canal

Marty Tanner and her grandson, Tanner Creighton

Marty and Steve Tanner proudly announce the birth
of their first grandchild, Tanner Creighton McGee, born
to their daughter, Amanda, and her husband, Conway
Tanner was born in Beaufort, S.C. on June 4, 1991
and lives with his parents at 133 Elliott St., Beaufort, S.C.

Tiffany Rayan
Tiffany Rayan

David and Linda Wilford Ruiz of Freemont,
California, announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth
Marie Ruiz, on April 4. Linda left CHS in her junior
Maternal grandparents are Carol Harvey Johnson of
Meridian, Miss., and Bob Wilford of Houston. Elizabeth
weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 211/2 inches.

Tyler Miles and Owen
Trevor Anderson of
Gainesville, Fla.
Dothan, Alabama.

Frank and Shirley
(Fears) Anderson of
Gainesville, Florida, are
pleased to announce the
birth of their second son,
Owen Trevor, born October
30, 1990. He was welcomed
by his big brother, Tyler
Miles, who is three years
Maternal grandparents
are George and Jean Fears,
and paternal grandparents
are Rosemary and Frank
Anderson, Jr., all of

Mark Bishop with wife, Alyson and daughter Jordan
Michelle of Austin, Texas. Mark is the son of Dale and
Jackie Bishop of Kerrville, Texas.

Mark and Lauri (Edwards) Goodrich of Los Rios,
Panama, are proud to announce the birth of their third
child and first son, lan Stewart Goodrich on May 11,
Ian, who joins big sisters Megan 7 and Abigail 4,
weighed 7 pounds 10 1/2 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches
Maternal grandparents are John and Gail Edwards
of Hampton, Georgia. Paternal grandparents are Eddie
and Catherine Goodrich of Apollo Beach, Florida.

Tyler Grant Johns Sisters, Christina and Natalie.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Niskanen of the Woodlands, Texas,
are proud to announce the birth of their fourth
grandchild, Tyler Grant Johns, son of Debbie (Niskanen)
and Don Johns also of the Woodlands, on January 15,
Tyler joins his two sisters, Christina and Natalie.

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Lucas Taylor

Lucas Taylor
McConaughey was born on
August 21, 1990 to Melody
(Toler) and William J.
McConaughey of the
Panama Canal area.
Maternal grandmother
is Rose Toler of Panama
City, Rep. of Panama, and
the paternal grandparents
are Richard and Juanita
McConaughey of Ocala,
Lucas has two sisters,
Erin 4, and Ashley 3.

Rio Kyle Myers was
born in Panama on October
10, 1990. He is shown in his
"montuno" outfit with his
proud grandpa, Charles B.
Myers. Rio's parents are
Kenny and Kathy Myers of
Ancon, Panama.
Rio is the fifth
grandchild and the second
grandson of Charles and
Helen. John has two
daughters and Charles and
Helen have a son and



Rio Kyle Myers and
grandpa Charles B.

Klaus and Teresa (Holtzclaw) Reiser are proud to
announce the birth of their daughter, Miriam Elise on
April 20, 1991 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola,
Miriam is the granddaughter of Bill and Mary White
Holtzclaw of Gulf Breeze, Florida.

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Elmer George Abbott, 88, of St. Petersburg, FL., died
May 16, 1991 at Suncoast Manor Health Center. He was
born in Oakland, California and left the canal Zone in
1964 where he was a port captain for the Panama Canal
Company and a member of the Naval Reserve. Locally
he was a member-teacher at the Propeller Club and a
member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the
Museum of Fine Arts. He was a life-member of Tri-
Square Masonic Lodge 551, Hayward, CA. and attended
the Cathedral Chuch of St. Peters.
Survivors include his wife, Bellamy; a son, Richard G.,
Falls Church, VA.; a brother, Mervyn, Walnut Creek,
CA., and three grandchildren.

Charles A., Hannah Meredith and Dana M. Parks.
Port St. Lucie, Florida. April 1991.
Little Hannah Meredith Parks, first-born of Charles
A. and Dana M. Parks, made her appearance in Port St.
Lucie, Florida, on March 22, 1991.
Proud grandparents are Charles and Anne (Trimble)
Parks of Glendale, Arizona, and the maternal
grandparents, equally thrilled, are Alden and Kay
Lundebeck, of Starbuck, Minnesota.

Howell W. Atwell died July 17, 1991 of cancer
complicated by pnuemonia in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
His funeral took place in Newbury, Massachusetts from
where he was originally from. He was active in the
Masons, an avid golfer and former Principal of Balboa
and Ancon Schools.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Atwell of
Oklahoma; a daughter, Christine Sowell of Oklahoma
and a son, Donald Atwell of Memphis, Tennessee. He
also leaves two brothers, a sister and five grandsons.

Robert W. Brown, 76, of Blue Ridge, Texas, died
April 24, 1991 at North Texas Memorial Hospital in
McKinney, Texas after a long battle with congestive heart
failure. Born in Honolulu, grew up on the Canal Zone
and graduated from CHS. After attending the University
of Tenn He returned to the Canal and an apprenticeship
in the Electrical Division in Cristobal. He and his wife
Alma (Bramin) were married in Gatun and three of their
four sons were born on the Canal. Until he left in 1948
he worked in the Electrical Division and on the Gatun
Locks in communications He and his family moved to

California where he worked for the City of Pasadena
until he retired in 1976. He then moved to Texas where
he and Alma lived an active life in Real Estate and
trailering the United States until he became ill.
He leaves his wife Alma; three sons, Van of Blue
Ridge, Texas, Bill of Hesperia, Calif. and Rob of Maui,
Hawaii. He was preceded in death by his son Wayne in
1986. He leaves five grandchildren and one great-

Harold E. Chambers, 85, of Kerrville, Texas, died
July 15, 1991 at his residence. He was born in Nashville,
Illinois and was a resident of Kerrville since 1966. He
worked for several railroads, eventually worked on the
Panama Railroad as a locomotive engineer where he
worked for 30 years. He served in the U.S. Army as a
Sergeant in Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii, and later at Fort
Randoplh, Canal Zone. He was a member of the Alzafar
Shrine Temple, San Antonio; Hill Country Shriners Club;
Life member, Scottish Rite, Balboa, Canal Zone; Life
member, Sojourners Lodge, Cristobal, Canal Zone (since
1932); Life member, Panama Canal Council #1, Royal
and Select Masters; Cristobal Chapter 2 and an affiliated
member of Kerrville Lodge 697; and Order of the
Eastern Star (since 1943) serving as Worthy Patron in
1954, Royal Palm Chapter 2; also affiliated with Kerville
Chapter 24 O.E.S.; Life member B.P.O.E., affiliated with
Kerrville Lodge 2081; Odd Fellow Lodge, serving three
years as Noble Grand; and Rebekah Lodges of Casper,
Wyo., Cristobal CA. and Kerrville.
He married Clara May at the Cristobal Masonic
Temple in 1935, She survives. Other survivors include a
son, Richard L. of Richmond, VA.; three daughters,
Alice Wiedenhoff of Ft. Worth, TX., Jeanne Thompson
of Kerrville, and Carla Spafford of Denton, TX.; nine
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Miguel Corco, 93, of Panama City, Rep. of Panama,
died June 14, 1991 in his home. He was born in Olot,
Spain, but grew up and went to school in Panama City.
A naturalized U. S. citizen, he was attending the
University of California at Berkeley when he enlisted in
the U.S. Army during World War I Following his
military service, he returned to the Isthmus and in 1919
began his career of more than 40 years of continuous
service with the Canal organization. During his career,
Corco served in various capacities in the Office of the
Comptroller. Corco was considered the "Dean" of the
Comptroller's Office when he retired in 1958 as Staff
Assistant to the Comptroller. The oldest member of the
local American Legion, Corco, fondly known as "Don
Miguel" was one of the original founders of the American
Legion in Panama. A charter member of the Panama
Canal Post One since its founding in 1919, he was
associated with the Legion for more than 72 years and
held every office within the Post, District and
He is survived by his wife Alice of Panama City,
Panama, two sons Miguel, Jr. and Jose E.; nine
grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren all of Panama
City, Panama.

Jean De la Pena, of San Diego, California, passed
away April 23, 1991 following an operation for cancer. It
was her third major operation for cancer. She was born
in Buffalo, New York in 1915 and came to the Canal
Zone in 1946 with her husband after serving with the
U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. She taught 5th
grade school for many years at Balboa Elementary
School, and retired in 1968 along with her husband when
he retired from the Post Office. She led an active life.
Among her interests were voluntary work for the Red
Cross, reading for the blind for Public Broadcasts
Systems, bridge, Mah Jong and being a full-time
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Moises;
three children, James, Jean and Rick; and seven

William George Dolan, 75, passed away July 11, 1991.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he had been a resident of
Jacksonville, Florida, for 19 years. He was the former fire
chief of the Fire Division in the Panama Canal, retiring
after 30 years of service. He was a life member of the
International Association of Fire Chiefs, card #5149. He
was preceded in death by a son, George J. Dolan.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Cecile Dolan;
six sons, William F., Edward V., James J., Robert E.
Richard and Patrick K Dolan; two daughters, Madeleine
Dolan and Cecilia De Borde; two brothers, Joseph F.
Dolan and Ludwig Geckler; three sisters, Beatrice Mary
Bohmert, Sister Catherine Ann Dolan and Martha Louise
Collins; 18 grandchildren abd 4 great-grandchildren.

Marie Dunn of Hoboken, New Jersey, died at her
home after three months in a hospital and bedridden for
five years. She was the wife of the late Maurice F. Dunn
who worked on tugboats in Cristobal until retirement due
to a stroke which inabled him to speak and walk again.
While she belonged to the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, her most happiest moments were reading the
Canal Record.

Marie Doris Edelin, died June 23, 1991. Box 8,
Bryanton, Maryland. 20617.

Sophia L. Evans, 85, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
July 30, 1991 at home. She was born in Scranton,
Pennsylvania and came to Florida in 1961 from the Canal
Zone where she was a nurse.
Survivors include a son, Albert of Morehead,
Kentucky; a daughter, Marion Blair of Plainfield, Indiana,
and four grandchildren.

Genevieve Christie Felps, 74, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died June 23, 1991 at home. She was born in
Verona, N.D., and came to the Tampa Bay area in 1958
from Clinton, LA., where she lived for two years. She
previously lived in the Panama Canal Zone, where she
graduated from Balboa High School and was a nurse in

Panama Hospital from 1939 to 1940. Locally, she was a
nurse from 1964 to 1971 at Bayfront Medical Center and
was a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She was a graduate of Eitel Nursing School, Minneapolis.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, George
G.; two sons, Barry C., Jacksonville, and Brian L., St.
Petersburg; a daughter, Judith C. LoBianco, North
Miami; four brothers, William and Merritt Christie of
Minnesota, and Marvin and Edward Christie of
California; three sisters, Grace Kahle and Mary Ann
Berger of Minnesota and Leathea Hansen, North
Dakota; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Marion F. French, 93, passed away January 25, 1991
at Garden Grove, California.

John D. Gallivan III, 69, of Fairfax, Virginia, died
August 13, 1990 of a heart attack at Walter Reed Army
Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was born in
Ancon, Canal Zone and was the son of the late John
Daniel Gallivan H, who worked on the Canal from 1914 to
1950, and Mary Margaret Noon Gallivan. He was a
professional engineer and joined the Army and served in
the Corps of Engineers, building landing strips in
Germany and England during WWII. He retired in 1964
as a Lt. Col. and received the Meritorious Service Award
among others. After leaving the military, he retired once
more as assistant post engineer of Ft. Meyer, VA.
In addition to his wife, Ursula, he is survived by two
daughters, Kathleen Gallivan Payne and Maureen
Gallivan Savage; a son, John D. IV; two sisters, Mary
Catherine Cole of Belleville, IL., and Marie Fidelis
Wright of Winter Park, FL.; and two grandchildren.

Helen M. Goerger, 74, of Orlando, Florida, died in
Bolivar, Missouri, on March 31, 1991. She was a nurse at
Gorgas Hospital in the early 1940s and left the Canal
Zone in 1975 when she moved to Orlando. She was an
active member of duplicate bridge clubs in both the
Canal Zone and Orlando areas, receiving her Life Master
Certificate in 1978.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Kristi
and Steve Butters of Bolivar, MO.; a son and daughter-
in-law, Van and Linda Goerger of Bryan, TX.; and a
granddaughter, Talena Butters.

Verla Miller Grier, 66, of Kerrville, Texas, passed
away at home on June 23, 1991. She was born in Dubois,
Pennsylvania and was a former resident of the Panama
Canal Zone. She worked as a Medical Technician at
Gorgas Hospital and had lived in Kerrville for 14 years.
She married Robert B. "Pappy" Grier in 1957 in Cocoli,
Canal Zone and she was a member of the Quilt Guild,
Lioness Club of Kerrville, Bowling League and Canasta
She is survived by her husband, Robert; a son, Capt.
Robert B. Grier, Jr. of Fort Hood, Texas; a brother,
Beverly Miller and wife of Winter Park, Florida; a sister,
Eleanor Stull of Kenmore, N.Y.; and a sister-in-law,
Margaret C. Grier of Fullerton, CA.

Elizabeth M. Haines, 87, died at home in Baltimore,
Maryland, April 28, 1991. She was the widow of Franklin
G. Haines, Sr., former employee of the Mechanical
She is survived by her sons, Franklin Jr., and John
Haines; daughters, Betty McKinney, Mary Lou Engelke,
Margaret Samples, Dolly Knauer, Claire Bryan and June
Israel; 29 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren and 2

Joan Louise Handshaw, 63, of Miami, Florida,
passed away June 11, 1991 from a massive heart attack.
She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and went to
the Canal Zone when she was about 8 years old. Was
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1947 and had
41 years of government service, including many years with
the United States Immigration in Miami.
She is survived by her sister, Catherine Pierce; nieces
Leba Pierce and Kerry Jo Yuen, all of the Dallas, Texas

Chester S. Harrold, Jr., 74, of Safety Harbor,
Florida, died July 26, 1991 at home. He was born in
Gainesville, Florida. He was an electronic technician in
the Canal Zone and left there in 1977. He attended the
First United Methodist Church, Safety Harbor and he
was a member of Masonic Lodge 42, Gainesville, the
York Rite Bodies in the Canal Zone, Egypt Shrine
Temple of Tampa, Disabled American Veterans,
Destroyer Escort Sailor Association, and the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda; and two brothers,
David of Inverness and John of San Francisco.

LTC Thomas M.B. Hicks III, (USA-Ret.) died
February 17, 1991, in Mechanicsburg, PA. of
complications following a severe stroke. He had suffered
from Parkinson's disease for several years. He served as
Chief Public Information Officer at Fort Amador from
1956-1960, and headed AFRTS radio and television.
Following retirement from there Army in 1960 he served
as Technical Liaison Officer for the Army Corps of
Engineers and Chief of Information at the Pentagon.
He is survived by his former wives, Eleanor, who was
a teacher in the Canal Zone, and Shirley (Woodruff); a
son, LTC Thomas M.B. Hicks IV; three daughters, Mary
Sharp, Columbia, MD., Barbara Wilke, Chicago, IL., and
Lois Fecteau, Tallahassee, FL.; three stepchildren,
Thomas Parker, Iowa, Susan Parker and Jeannine
Stanton, both of VA., and seven grandchildren.

Eugene C. Holland, 39, of Washington, D.C., died
June 7, 1991 at his home in Washington. He was born in
Bremerton, Washington and grew up in the Canal Zone.
He attended Cristobal High School and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1971. He then attended the
University of Maryland. After college, he went to work
for the U.S. Treasury Department. He advanced in the
organization and became the manager of the Federal

Financing Bank, a position he held at the time of his
disability retirement in 1990.
Survivors include his parents, Robert E. and Elizabeth
S. Holland of Jacksonville, Florida; a sister, Dionne M.
Holland of Jacksonville; a brother, Robert A. of Austin,
Texas; and a paternal grandmother, Evelyn Holland, of
Beaverton, Oregon.

Dorothy Hood, of Casa Dorinda, CA., died March 24,
1991. She was born in Baltimore, MD., and raised in
Greensboro, NC. She was trained in nursing and moved
to Panama in 1923 to take up nursing in a hospital run by
her friends, Dr. and Mrs. Eno. She retired from Nursing
and worked for the Canal Zone government printing
office as a proof-reader, retiring in 1955 and returned to
the U.S.
She is survived by a niece and nephew, Mr. and Mrs.
Richard of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; two great nieces and a
great-great niece living in Washington.

Marshall W. Hughes, 65, of Ocean Ridge, Florida
died suddenly on June 30, 1991, while on a trip to Texas
with his wife. He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and
attended Canal Zone schools, graduating from Balboa
High School in 1943, and from the Canal Zone College
in 1947. He served in the U.S. Air Force from May 1944
to February 1946, and returned to the United States to
complete his education at Michigan State University at
East Lansing, Michigan. He had been employed by IBM
as a Systems Engineer for 36 years until his retirement in
1987. He had resided in Ocean Ridge for the past three
He is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons, Stephen
and James; two daughters, Michelle Pembridge and
Josephine Lewis, and seven grandchildren.

Edith M. Mathieson, 78, passed away May 8, 1991 in
Largo, Florida. She was employed by the Panama Canal
Company for thirty-one years. Following her retirement
in 1974 from the Community Services Division, she was
to spend another fourteen years in Panama pursuing her
favorite pastimes of golf, bird-watching and traveling. She
relocated to Florida in 1988 to be closer to her family.
She is survived by her daughter Susan and son-in-
law Terrell Deakins of Cocoa, Florida; two grandchildren,
Allison and Marc; a brother, Chester McIlroy of
Oklahoma City, OK; and three sisters, Dot Isham of
Gustine, Texas, Doris Hillyer of Laguna Hills, Calif., and
Ruth Alonso of Belleview, Washington.

Richard G. May, 54, of Tucson, Arizona died on
June 15, 1991 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in
Tucson after a long battle with cancer. He moved to the
Canal Zone in 1966, and was employed with the Post
Engineers at Fort Davis. He then transferred to the
Panama Canal Commission, Sanitation and Grounds
Branch, on the Atlantic side, in 1969 where he later
became supervisor. Richard was a member of the Elks
Club #1542 on the Atlantic side and was involved in

many other organizations and activities while living in
Gatun with his family, before his retirement on June 1,
1990, due to his illness.
He is survived by his wife Alice (Link) May
(CHS'65), two daughters, Jennifer (CHS'89), and Sharon
a Sophomore at Pueblo H.S. in Tucson.

Col. Joseph A. McEachern, 82, of Memphis,
Tennessee, died recently at St. Francis Hospital. He was
a commander of the Panama Engineer Depot and was a
former design engineer for the Panama Canal Company
at Balboa Heights. He was a Mason, Shriner and
member of Scottish Rite; belonged to Kappa Alpha
fraternity; the Engineer's Club of Memphis; Sons of the
American Revolution and the Military order of World
He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Mary Jo Hughes of
Ft. Smith, Ark., and Mrs. Priscilla McAndrews of
Shawnee Mission, Kans.; a son, J. Albert McEachern of
Mobile, Ala.; a brother, Webster C. of Sun City, Ariz.,
and nine grandchildren.

John A. McLain, Jr., 73, died June 9, 1991, in
Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was born in Gorgas
Hospital and raised in the Canal Zone. He attended
Canal Zone schools and graduated from Cristobal High
School with the Class of 1937. He was employed with the
Storehouse Division and spent the last 29 years of
government service at the Oil Handling Plant in Mt.
Hope. He was a Navy veteran of WWII, and he retired
in December 1976 after 39 1/2 years of service, retiring as
Lead Foreman at the Oil Handling Plant, then moved to
his permanent home in Sarasota.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys (Watson) McLain
of Sarasota; a daughter Judy (McLain) Fentuch,
Cincinnati, OH; a son, John D. of Heilbronn, Germany,
with the DDS Army School; a sister, Eugenia Corrigan of
San Diego, CA.; a brother, George of Norwalk, CA., and
four grandchildren.

Marvin D. Metheny, 79, a resident of Ingram, Texas,
for 20 years, died May 12, 1991 in a Kerrville hospital.
He was a U.S. Army retiree and worked for the Panama
Canal Company for 13 years.
He is survived by his wife Edith (Jones); two
daughters, Saundra Mitchell of Ingram and Heather
Albertson of Pomona, CA.; three sons, Marvin D.
Metheny I of jacksonville Beach, FL., Steven and Paul,
both of Ingram; three sisters, Ethel Baker, Anadarko,
OK., Fay Holz, Dos Palos, CA., and Irene Casebeer,
Sacramento, CA.; Three brothers, Wayne of Hydro, OK.,
Travis, LaVernia, and Donald of Oklahoma City, OK.; six
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Patricia D. Motykiewicz, a native of Balboa, Canal
Zone and a resident of Mobile, Alabama for the past 16
years died on May 30, 1991. She was the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. M.L. Dodson, former long-time residents of the
Canal Zone, now deceased. She graduated from Balboa

High School in 1954. She was a Registered Nurse of
Mobile Infirmary for the past 3 years.
She is survived by her husband, Len Motykiewicz of
Mobile; a daughter, Mary Anne Nonnenmacher of
Mobile; Four sons, Leonard P. of Theodore, Michael D.
of Mobile, Charles T. of Spanish Fort, Joseph L. of
Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Marian D. Bowen of Winter
Springs, Fla.; two brothers, William Dodson of St.
Petersburg, Fla. and Richard Dodson of Reading, Pa.;
twelve grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and
other relatives.

Gladys E. Napoleon, 89 1/2, passed away March 24,
1991 in the Canal Zone. She was born in Pennsylvania
but spent most of her life in the Panama Canal Zone,
and retired many years ago from the Industrial Division.
"Mammo," as everyone called her, ran the Bingo games
at the old Balboa Clubhouse for many years, and
continued to call Bingo at the Balboa Youth Center until
the day she passed away.
She is survived by her son, Edward, his wife, Marcy
and two son, Eddie and Steve of Bradenton, Florida;
Constance Norris and husband Albert of Panama;
granddaughter Joan Harris, and husband Ralph and two
sons, Jack and Asa of Grovetown, Georgia; great-
grandchildren Liza, Layne, and John of Texas (children
of Joseph Lawler, deceased) Marcella Lawler and
daughter Ana Marie of Panama; daughter Mazie
Schwarzrock and son, of Florida; Howard Clarke wife
and three daughters, of Florida; and Tita Dunlap and
husband Royce of Panama.

Mary Ellen Rambo, 83, of Kingman, Arizona, died
April 17, 1991.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel B. Rambo of


Henry Clayton Simpson, 85, of Lehigh Acres,
Florida, died January 20, 1991. He was born in Claxton,
Florida and retired in March, 1968 from the Marine
He is survived by his wife, Virginia DeYoung
Simpson; two daughters, Mary Simpson Francis of Boca
Raton, Florida and Sue Simpson Pitts of Lake Oswego,
oregon and a granddaughter, Nicole Simpson Pitts.

James R. Thompson, 63, passed away February 20,
1991 in El Paso, Texas after a long illness. He was retired
from the U.S. Army as a Captain.
He is survived by his wife, Mabel (Pat Turner); three
daughters, Karen Ezell of El Paso, Patricia Villanueva of
Vallejo, CA., and Clarissa Durant of Bellevue, NE.; two
sons, James and John of El Paso, and eight

Mary Bright Wallsten, 75, died June 6, 1991 in Reno,
Nevada. She first went to the Canal Zone about 1940
with her husband, Ray Bright, who was on the Canal
Zone Police force. Mary worked in the "Building" in
Personnel in the early forties. She later was employed in
the administrative offices at Gorgas Hospital.
Survivors include a brother and a sister, Barbara A.
Wichmann in Tallahassee, Florida.

Charlotte V. Wynne, 44, of Pensacola, Florida, died
May 18, 1991 at her home. She was born in Margarita,
Canal Zone to Ethel and Joseph Bialkowski. She
attended St. Mary's Academy in Colon, R.P. through the
5th grade and completed her primary education in
Cristobal, graduating from Cristobal High School in 1964.
She entered West Texas State Univrsity in Canyon, Texas
in September 1964 to major in Spanish.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph D. Wynne
whom she married in the Holy Family Church in
Margarita, C.Z.; two sons, Joseph D. Jr. and Vincent W.;
her father and step-mother Joseph and Lorene
Bialkowski; a sister, Beth Sayre; and two brothers, Jay
(Bialkowski) Barrett and Charles Bialkowski (a twin).

Letters to the Editor

MN ,

Charles J. (Buddy) Williams and Charles R. Salyer,
Panama Railroad Engineers Reunion, 1991.


Betty Moore retired from Gorgas Hospital in 1986.
She was employed as a nurse in the Emergency Room
for 16 years. But she has not retired from nursing.
Betty recently returned to her home in Seminole,
Florida from a trip to Nicaragua with Medical Group
Missions. Sixty-five participants, all volunteers,
ophthalmologists, opticians, optometrists, nurses, aides
and general helpers were in the group. They saw 6,500
patients in 8 1/2 days. They gave out 5,000 pairs of
glasses and operated on 150 people with cataracts. Some
of the patients couldn't be helped; their eye problems too
long neglected. One father traveled 4 days by horseback

to bring his two daughters to see the doctor.
Medical Group Missions is a part of the Christian
Medical and Dental Society with headquarters in
Richardson, Texas. It provides 2 week medical, dental
and surgical clinics, helping people who have little or no
access to medical care. They schedule projects in Central
and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and the

Betty Moore at Registration Desk in Nicaragua, 1991.

Betty has served with teams in Honduras, Jamaica,
Africa and Mexico. This year she spent 2 weeks in
Nicaragua. We are proud to know you, Betty.

Submitted by Henri G. Skeie
St. Petersburg, FL


For the first time in many, many years, my brothers
and sisters finally got together for a reunion in which all
of us were present. It was a very special time for us.
My family and I had a great time seeing friends again
and enjoying the Zonian way of partying.

Charlie McArthur
Dallas, Texas

L-R: George McArthur, Charlie McArthur, Edna
(McArthur) Mikez, Bobo, Ruth (Ingram) and William.


I went to Panama on December 28 to visit my
daughter, Gail (Shrader) Abbott and her husband Gary
Abbott and daughter Kisa. This was my first trip back
since the death of my husband, Capt. Earl Shrader. We
enjoyed out trip to the Volcan and the beach. I went to
the pre-carnival party held at the homes of the Wills,
Smiths and Mathews in Cardenas.

Lucho and Lois Shrader
At home, the summer has also been really nice
having all four daughters in the same town with their
families. Jana (Shrader) Radzik and her husband Dave
Radzik came to visit from Glendale, Arizona. Gail, Gary
and Kisa came in from Cardenas, Panama. The other
two daughters, Lisa (Shrader) Campbell and husband
Greg Campbell and daughter Ashley; and Cheryl Mayo
and twin sons Nathan and Ryan live nearby, so we were
all together
Gail's friend, Debbie Dragon came to visit from
Kings Mill, Ohio. We all has a great time.

Lois Shrader
Amherst, VA.


Those former Canal Zone residents that are over 50
years old missed a great opportunity to show their
athletic abilities. The U.S. National Sports Classic III was
held in Syracuse, N.Y. on June 28 to July 3, 1991. The
competition was held in 13 sports. Over 6,000 people
attended. About 200 from Florida and 600 from the State
of New York were there. Events were divided into five
year age groups. The oldest entry was 99 years old.
The activity is doubling in attendance every two years.
Retirees that were good in sports should be competitors
and probably be winners. Many who never engaged in
sports are finding that they have abilities that they didn't
know they had.
The next biennial event will be held in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana in July 1993. Qualifications are required. Medal
winners in local Senior Olympics events held in the
summer of 1992 will qualify.
I hope many of you don't miss another boat.

William H. Grant, Jr.
St. Louis, Missouri


John A. Morales, 78, with granddaughters Elizabeth
Marliese Morales, 1 1/2, and Adrienne Marie Oliver and
son Roy, proud father of Elizabeth.
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John Morales, 79, with granddaughters Elizabeth
Marliese Morales, 1 1/2, and Adrienne Marie Oliver,
and son, Roy, father of Elizabeth.

John is still a devotee of henry George's land tax
philosophy and believes President Bush should push for
it along with free trade.


Ed and Jean Armbruster, now residing in
Fayetteville, N.C., toured the Scandinavian countries
during reunion time this year. Departing from
Washington D.C. for Frankfurt, Germany on June 15,
they were accomoanied by daughters Connie Dermody,
Fayetteville, NC., and Judy Aurich, Gainesville, FL.
Their first stop and visit was Stuttgart, Germany
where daughter Margie Speight resides with husband Al
and four children. They departed Stuttgart for
Amsterdam, Holland and continued to Norway, and
Denmark before returning to Germany. Berlin was one
of their favorite stopovers along with Bergen, Norway
where there was 22 hours of daylight which accented the
beautiful fjords. A cruise down the Rhine also ranked
high along with crystal shopping at the Czechoslovakian
border. This is the second time in the past six months for
the Armbrusters touring Europe.
Last November, Dolores Burkett, Hinesville, GA.,
went with Jean and Ed to Germany for the Christmas
Yule festivities, starting that trip in Paris. Besides France,
Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, they managed to go
to Budapest, Hungary and Prague, Czechoclovakia.
Dolores was fascinated by the subway system in Paris and
the modern, comfortable trains in Europe. Highlights was
drinking Gluwein in Germany, buying crystal in Prague,
walking the streets in Budapest, attending Christmas

1939 Rolls Royce Limousine formerly of Winston
Churchill, now of Ed Armbruster.

markets throughout and a week enjoying the Austrian
Alps at a ski resort near Innsbruck, Austria.
The Armbrusters are at home in North carolina
where Bar-B-que was invented. Pig Picken's has taken
the place of fried Corvina. Hog jowl, sow belly and black-
eyed peas is a stable here. Jean still works for Army
Intellegence at nearby Ft. Bragg. Ed is busy running
tours and restoring a 1939 Rolls Royce Limousine which
he hopes to enter in next years Coast to Coast Classic
Car Race. This prized saloon touring car was once used
by Sir Winston Churchill. Ed is also an officer with the
National Association for the Self Employed.
The Armbrusters enjoyed a visit from Lesleigh and
Chris Robinson (General Hospital's Dr. Chris Weber)
for several days in May. Other VIP's visiting this past
year included Dee and Al Burkett of Hinesville, GA.
During this past year, Connie Armbruster Dermody,
with her husband Don and three children, (the latest,
Jared, born Deceember 3) have since moved to
Fayetteville. Don was called back into the Air Force
during Desert Storm. He has since been released and
working at a local hospital.

Norma Schmidt Wendlndt, Frances Lepley
Reynolds, Jackie Mason.


Jim Fish and Beattie Hendricks, both BHS'73
graduates, were recently re-united (March 1991) in
Panama. Both are employees of "Pearcy Marine Shipping
Co.," Houston, Texas.
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Jim Fish, (left) and Beattie Hendricks at Mindi Docks,
March, 1991.

BHS'55 Classmates, L-R: Doris Monaco, Reggie
Hayden, Patricia (Steiner) Kerns, Paul Glassburn
and wife, Joan (Toscar) Hensler, Billy Ford, Joe
Wood, Bob Zumbado.

Photo taken by Eddie and Debbie Sykes and family.
The High Tide II passing Gamboa. March, 1991.

Jim Fish, Captain of the 180' Tug/Supply vessel High
Tide II and Port Captain Beattie Hendricks shown here
loading cargo at the Mindi Docks, Cristobal, Panama.
Prior to a Canal transit, the ship was enroute to San
Francisco, California after previously stopping at several
South American ports of call.

Margarita was well represented at the Reunion, L-R:
Don Bensen, Capt. and Mrs. Kerley, Beverly Egger,
Glenda (Lewis) Kochel, Maria (Kerley) Hernandez,
Fred Nicholaisen, Frank Kerley, Chris Bensen.


E2C Hawkeye Carrier
Qualified John Irvin
carrier qualified in the
Navy's E2C Hawkeye
aircraft in mid-July aboard
the aircraft carrier U.S.S.
Carrier qualifications
involved day and night
"touch and go's" and
arrested landings.
John is being
transferred to Airborne
Early Warning Squadron
VAW 116 based at
Miramar, California in San
Added to John's good
news, was a promotion, the
same day as carrier
qualification, to Lieutenant.


Lt. John Irvin


Mz Peppi, AKA Lolita (Provost) Packard just
returned from Bognor Regis just outside of London.
The International Clowns invited the World Clown
S. Association (I'm a member) to attend a Co-Convention.
One week of clowning around 400 American clowns and
;" 200 clowns from all over the world. Shows every night -
we clown for the town hospitals, schools. At one show
I presented to Her Grace the Lord Mayor of Bognor
Regis the Keys to the City of Westminster, CA., and
letters from our Mayor.
Spent the second week of my trip on a pilgrimage to
Medjugorie, Yugoslavia. This is the place where the
Blessed Virgin Mary is appearing to a number of
children for the last ten years. A whole week renewing
my faith in God. Took time to visit Mostar a very
interesting city 15th century half Turkish and half
Since I retired I became a clown and clown for the
Miller's Children Hospital. Also for the inmates in jail -
abused children, etc. I am President of the California

Clowns and a member of the World Clown Association.
Also assistant Girl Scout leader for two troops Junior
and Cadettes. Just finished two camp-outs Youth Expo
and Jr. Encampment.

Left: Mz Peppi. Right: Lolita (Provost) Packard.
Will spend the first three weeks of July with four of
my ten grandkids. Taking in the sights of San Diego -
Lake Arrowhead, etc. and one week at a ranch. And no,
this time I will not go horseback riding did last time but
not this time. In the last three years I have been hell-
hiking, parasailing, hot air ballooning, white river rafting,
even did a day at the war games crawling through the
Just thought I would let some of my Canal Zone
friends know what I have been up to lately.

Lolita (Provost) Packard
15111 Bushard St. #76
Westminster, CA 92683


Shirley Woodruff Hicks (BHS 1950) reports that her
"aunt," Mrs. Maude Mason is doing much better following
a move from her home in Tallahassee, FL., to the
Florence Hand Home in West Georgia Medical Center
in LaGrange, GA. Mrs. Mason was born and raised in
LaGrange, married the late Roy G. Mason (Roosevelt
medal holder) in the early 1920's, and moved to the
Canal Zone. Her husband retired in 1939 and they
moved to Tallahassee where they lived until January,
1991. Mrs. Mason has been a widow since 1955.
Daughter Katherine (Young) shares a townhouse in
Tallahassee with Shirley, and son Walter Mason is
serving with USAID in Zaire. He is a specialist in Public
Health. Mrs. Mason hopes her friends will keep in touch.
(1514 Vernon Road, LaGrange, GA 30240.)


Esther and Ed Niskanen of the Woodlands, Texas,
are getting ready once again to spend the summer in
Maine. They are still enjoying traveling all through the
various states in their travel trailer.

They recently returned from a month's vacation
visiting different areas in Florida, and while in Florida
they were houseguests of Barbara and Jim Slover for a
few days and also enjoyed visiting with Liz Beall.
This year Esther and Ed plan to fly to Finland and
spend the month of August visiting throughout Finland
visiting Ed's numerous relatives.


Golden gate Park in San Francisco was the site for
a Panama Ping Ding Picnic on July 20th that was
organized by Joan "Joanie" Ridge. The following "Zonies"
who attended were: Twins Joanie and Jerry Ridge, Bob
and his mother Terri Smalling, George Husted, Mike
young, Jim and Carol Sullivan, Allison Murline Logan
and her husband Bob and daughter, Courtney, Sue Foulk
and brother David, Sue's husband Ed Guthrie and their
two children, Stephanie and Kyle, Alex Bloise, Lance and
Don Hughes, Paul Arsenault, twins Renaldo and Reyna
Royo, Pete Vangas and wife Linette, Anna and Mary
Maganini and Mary's two children, Tyler and Larissa.
A great time was had by all on that chilly summer
day in the park!
Joanie Ridge
Roseville, CA

Panama Ping Ding Picnic, San Francisco, California.


Enclosed is a picture of Carl R Newhard and his five
great-grandchildren. It has been some time since any
news of Carl has been in the Canal Record and we
thought it would be nice for old friends and family to
share his joy. He is at home at 146 Beadle Lake Drive in
Battle Creek, MI 49017.

L-R: Jeff Quartermaine, Melanie Coburn, Lisa
Quartermaine, Carl Newhard, Ryan Coburn, Marie
Coburn. May, 1991. Battle Creek, Michigan.

Carl is now 85 and spends as much time with his
great-grandchildren as possible. They visit often and he
takes great pleasure in that. He spends several months
each year with his son, Sam and Ann Newhard, 216
Melmore Ste., Tiffin, OH and enjoys the change of
scenery. He is in good health except for the arthritis that
has made it necessary for him to use a walker to get
We had a visit from Ross and Janet Cunningham
and their son, Dick on Memorial Day. Sam and Ann
Newhard were up from Ohio for the day. It was so good
for Carl to see some friends from his Canal Zone days.
If anyone is in the neighborhood, he'd love to have them
stop and visit.
Bruce R. Newhard
Battle Creek, MI.

Rosemary (Millett) Gilead with former Panama
Ambassador to the U.S., Eduardo Vallarino.

The July mission to Panama performed 160 surgeries
in their week long work at Childrens Hospital. Operation
Smile has made a five year commitment to the deformed
children of Panama.
Operation Smile is a non-profit funded from the
private voluntary sector. If you would like to send a
contribution for the 1992 mission to Panama, the mailing
address is: Operation Smile, 717 Boush Street, Norfolk,
VA 23510.


Three generations of the McArthur family, formerly
of Ancon, Canal Zone, got together at the home of Tim
and Debbie (Mikez) Conard, in Richardson, Texas on
June 8, 1991. The occasion was to celebrate the reunion
of the "original" six (Bobo, Edna, Ruth, George, William
and Charlie) and their families. We had a good time
dancing to salsa and eating seviche.


Mrs. Rosemary (Millett) Gilead of Arlington,
Virginia, joined 150 friends and supporters of Operation
Smile at the residence of Ambassador and Mrs. Eduardo
Vallarino on April 30, to honor the volunteer medical
team going to Panama City in July, to perform
reconstructive surgery on deformed children.
Operation Smile is a volunteer medical services
organization that mobilizes teams of medical
professionals to work with in-country medical
professionals on children that require orthopdic or plastic
In 1991, Operation Smile sent volunteer medical
professionals to China, Colombia, Kenya, Panama, the
Philippines, Romania and Vietnam.

Back L-R: Richard, Georgie, William, George Mikez,
Dalyce (McArthur) Smith, Richard Smith, Tim
Conard, Rob Bartos, Susan Taylor. Middle L-R:
Kathy Felty, Murray, Panchi, Charlie, Edna
(McArthur) Mikez, Ruth Ingram, Natalie Smith, Ruth,
Bobo, Monica. Front L-R: Vickie, Ed, Debbie (Mikez)
Conard, Michael Conard, Tiffany Ingram, Brandon
Smith, Christopher, Brian Conard.



A highlight of the '91 reunion for some former and
current members (and friends) of St. Mary's Mission
churches in Panama, was a Prayer and Praise meeting
held Saturday morning, June 22, in the Twin Towers
room of Laura and Ray Reyes. Tito Mouynes on the
keyboard, serving as music director and accompaniest for
the occasion, led those attending in joyful songs of praise
and glory to the Lord.

Peter Herberg

Reunion in 1992!

My name is Peter
Herberg, (BHS'77), and am
currently living in Tucson,
In February 1991
passed the Pennsylvania Bar
Exam and became a
member of the Pennsylvania
Bar effective June 18, 1991.
I would like this
information and photo to be
entered in the next issue of
the Canal Record.
See you at the

A JOYFUL GATHERING, L-R: Nancy Grimison, Pat
Coleman, Bea Gilmore, Ray Reyes, Patti Harvey,
Diana Hattabaugh, Tito Mouynes, Audrey Bowman
and Laura Reyes.
All attending expressed their thanks for being
together again, however briefly. Also present, but not
pictured, were Bill Will, who took the photograph and
Danny Reyes.


Former Atlantic siders, Earl and Maxine Wrenn, lois
Salyer, Mary and Dick Condon at Fayetteville, Ark.
July 17. 1991.

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The article, reproduced in the June 1991 Canal
Record, "A Pre-Panama Canal That History Forgot," by
Maurice Ries, published in the Panama American
newspaper in 1942, made some interesting claims without
any supporting facts. The Raspadura Canal, as a
boundary ditch, has been supposed but I have not read
that it was actually dug for that purpose. The article
states that in 1880 it was possible to sail from ocean to
ocean in the rainy season, but in 1852, the canal was
pretty well filled. Maybe sailing in mud was possible.
Capt. Julius Grigore, Jr., USN, Ret. published an
article, "Secret of the Strait," dated January 1987. Most of
his information came from an article published by
Harper's Magazine in November 1973. Capt. Grigore
included a 1855 photograph of a map, printed on a
Education Provisional Bond or Land Warranty in
London. That locates the canal. My copy showed no
canal but had a note that the canal was clearly shown.
Capt. Grigore did not list Rieses article in his

Mention was made in the newspaper article about
the extensive explorations in Colombia and Panama made
by Baron Von Humbolt. I have not read any account
referring to his traveling in the region of the Atrato canal
site. He did make map-studies and suggested routes. He
made a remarkable trip up the Orinoco River in
Colombia. He portaged his craft over the ridge into the
Nigro River, which is a branch of the Amazon in Brazil.
He returned via the Casguiare River which is a natural
connection between the two big river systems of Brazil
and Colombia. It is hard to believe that the passage is
natural. It is a meandering river 200 miles long with steep
sides. The water flows either way.
I have not been able to locate the Quebrada of the
Raspadura on a map. Raspadura was the name of a ridge
that ran between the Atrato and San Juan River valleys.
It is now named Cerro San Nicolas. Raspadura may be
translated as "hard scrappings." Does this suggest hard
The article states that a Monk, Antonio de Cereso
lived on a branch of the Atrato River. He probably lived
at his mission in Novita, a town on the San Juan, 30
miles south of Istmina. The city of Istmina could be a

possible canal site as its name might suggest. It is at a
divide between two water-sheds.
The 3 mile length of the boundary ditch as stated in
Rieses report does not compare with the printed line on
the reference map, which is about 30 miles long.
The kings of Spain decided that the canal be kept a
secret. Von Humbolt missed it. In 1852, a Philadelphia
engineer, John C. Trautwine was diverted from the area
by natives. Commander Thomas O. Selfridge, U.S. Navy,
was appointed in 1872 to explore canal routes. Either he

did not find the canal or he deliberately left it out of his
Finding the old canal should not be difficult even if
it was filled and covered with growth. It should be level
and the present growth difference should be discernible
on the ground or from the air.
So far, I don't think the canal has been found.

William H. Grant, Jr.
St. Louis, MO.

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My most sincere apologies to Esther Miller Ahlteen, of Spring Hill, Florida; Nancy Norton Carter of San Diego,
California, and Virginia Krueger, wherever you are, mistaking you in the beauty queen photo above. You should have
been among them anyhow. We have heard from Polly Perkins Grimes of St. Lucie, Florida, and from Lois DeLaMater
Bates from Honolulu, Hawaii, both of whom were in the photo and they should know who's who. Lois writes: "Permit
me to correct and complete the names of the candidates for the 1940 Canal Zone Carnival Queen's Court ...None of the
four princesses elected to the court were named! Here are the names, as I provided them to the press then, when I was
elected queen. L-R Front: Margaret Kealey, Polly (Ramona) Perkins, Regina Quinn, Virginia Willett, me (Lois),
Petey (Carolyn) Ellis, Ruth Horter. Back row, L-R: Geraldine Baxter, Jane Eastwood, Liz Tonneson, Evelyn
Shirley, Katherine Adams, Beverly Comley, Ruth Bauman, and Betty Haldeman. The four princess elected to
the court were Evelyn Shirley of Cristobal, Petey Ellis (an Army "brat"), Polly Perkins of Panama City, and Geraldine
Baxter who came to the Zone from Aruba.. My two prince consorts were Bobby Peterson of Cristobal and Jack Sawyer
of Balboa. Regina Quinn, as first runner-up added beauty and grace to our group and Caleb Clement was uniquely
amusing as court jester when he was able to join us." Thank you ladies. (At least we were 60% right).


On Friday, April 6, 1945 Mary Ann Hughens of
Shreveport, La. and I (L.F. "Bud" Hallett, Jr.) were
married at the Balboa Union Church. On January 16,
1991 (start of war in Iraq) we revisited Panama and
attended church services where we exchanged vows
almost 46 years before. Danny Cox sang for our service,
back in '45.
During our visit we attended the Golden Anniversary

celebration of Camilo and Lola Porras at the home of
son Juan and his wife Aida, along with family and
friends. One son and daughter were in the U.S. at the
time but we had the pleasure of meeting the rest.
We took a one-day and night excursion to Porvenir,
San Bias with a group of about 30. My first visit was as
Paymaster while in the Corps of Engineers, this being my
second trip. Upon our return, Camilo and Lola took us
to their place in Boquete for the weekend. Since we had
a dinner engagement at the new Union Club with
Roberto Aleman (Chato) and his wife, we returned by
plane from David. Roberto was in Law School at LSU

with my wife's brother and was still there when she
arrived at LSU. They became friends during school
holiday visits in Shreveport.
Our last trip before returning was a two-day visit to
San Jose, Costa Rica to meet the family of a pen-pal of
4-5 years. What a contrast to the traffic chaos in Panama
Jorge Porras and sister Rose Marie and families
entertained us also during our all too short 20-day visit.
Rosie had lived with my parents when she was young, to
"learn to cook and -- whatever."
Our photo album is overflowing and our memory
bank is full of exciting things including snatching my
camera while at the Panama Viejo ruins; revisiting my
old "stomping grounds;" seeing evidence of invasion "Just
Cause;" and reliving my early years the best years in my
The hours waiting at airports in Atlanta, Miami,
Panama City, San Jose, and reverse, until we returned to
a silent Shreveport airport and encountered a security
guard (just like in Panama). He was an off-duty police
officer. His home? Panama City, Panama. Small world.

Bud and Mary Ann Hallett, Jr.
Shreveport, LA.

Black Marlin, caught by SKip JacK in December 1948.
Weight was 776 Ibs, length 15 1/2 feet, time to land it,
3 1/2 hours, caught by "Tex" Stahler. Top, L-R: Sam
Coleman, brother-in-law to Barney Forgeson, Sam
Moody, co-owner of Skip Jack. Bottom L-R: "Tex"
Stahler with rod and reel shown, Barney Forgeson,
co-owner of Skip Jack.


On page 72 of the June 1991 Canal Record you
printed a photo of a beer league softball team that was
managed by Fat Fred Mead. I would like to have the
enclosed photo of the "best?" beer-drinking team
published in the next issue.
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L-R: Not known, Shorty Hunter, (way in the rear)
Johnny Hallo, (to Hallo's left) Eddie Jones, (the long
one) ....Nelson, (in the rear) Roy Nelson, (to Nelson's
left) Cy Williams, Manager, Sam Moody (from
Millsapa College), Jack Zorka.

Our team was called "Club 844" after the house
number in which about 30 of us bachelors lived. We
played weekly for a barrel of beer against a bunch of
teams, but I cannot remember what league, or if it was
a league. Anyway, we always had a good crowd to watch
this spectacle. It was a good-natured type of recreation
and I can't remember if it was organized or not. But we
did play against Fred Mead's team on occasion.

Jack Zorka
San Antonio, Texas


One of the most familiar features of Pedro Miguel,
the rambling two-story Clubhouse which stands on an
eminence looking down the Prado in the Pacific Locks
town is soon to be demolished.
The building was opened with a formal program just
35 years ago, January 27, 1914, which was attended by
more than 400 residents of Pedro Miguel and Paraiso,
with a sprinkling of people from other Pacific towns. The
feature of the program was an address by the Honorable
Herman A. Gudger, then Chief Justice of the Canal
Although the building was then already seven years
old, having been built in Gorgona in 1907, its removal
and reopening in Pedro Miguel was an extra special
occasion for the residents. It was one of several buildings
originally erected in Gorgona which was dismantled and
rebuilt in Pedro Miguel.

The old landmark will not be entirely removed from
its present site although the main building will be torn
down. It is planned to move the essential Clubhouse
services and facilities including the barber shop, to the
building now occupied by the Post Office and Housing
Manager. The swimming pool, bath house, and a tailor
and shoe shop will be retained at the present site and
considerable alterations are planned to improve the bath
house facilities.
Location Never Popular
The location of the Pedro Miguel Clubhouse was
never a particularly popular one with the townspeople,
and a protest as to the location was voiced even before
the building was rebuilt there. That protest was lodged by
W.G. Comber, Resident Engineer of the Sixth Division,
who later became the head of the Dredging Division. He
stated that the location would be inconvenient for
residents of Pedro Miguel but especially residents of
Paraiso, which was then being established as a permanent
headquarters for the Dredging Division.
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PEDRO MIGUEL CLUBHOUSE, one of the oldest
public buildings in the Canal Zone will soon be
demolished. It stands on a hill at the eastern end of the
Pacific Locks town. The building was originally erected
in 1907 in Gorgona and was moved to Pedro Miguel
and reopened in 1914.
Another protest on the location was made by the
residents of Pedro Miguel in 1925. This resulted in a
study to determine the cost of relocating the clubhouse
on the side of the baseball park. The project died a

sudden death when an estimate of $40,000 for the
relocation was given to CA. McIlvaine, then Executive
Secretary, who penciled a curt "nothing doing" across the
face of the written proposal.
Although the Pedro Miguel Clubhouse is one of the
most imposing of all the older Clubhouse buildings, it has
been a "white elephant" in many respects during most of
its history since its removal from the rousing shops town
of Gorgona. Even the addition of the swimming pool, at
about the time the proposed transfer of the Clubhouse
was disapproved, failed to make it an overwhelmingly
popular spot.
The Clubhouse had a sort of revival during the early
part of World War H and shortly before the outbreak of
war an expenditure of $60,000 was authorized to
construct and equip a kitchen and otherwise modernize
the building.
Since the end of the war the Clubhouse business has
dwindled back to its former lethargic state and late last
year it was agreed to consolidate the principal facilities at
the new and more central location.
The Panama Canal Review
February 2, 1951

OCTOBER 25, 1991

Pay Dues Now!

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that you will receive if you have not
paid your 1992 dues.

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




Carnavalito '92 is COMING SOON
and so is LUCHO!
Mark February 7th & 8th on your
Calendar now to join us at the
3600 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida
Friday, February 7th HAPPY HOUR
Saturday, February 8th DINNER/DANCE wit
SFurther Details Forthcoming in the December
issue of the Canal Record




The Fall Panama Canal Society of Arizona
Luncheon/Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, Casa
RooseveltBlvd st. Petersburg/ Grande, Arizona on Saturday, October 5, 1991.
- 68 Clearwater Airport Casa Grande is roughly half-way between the
(6 86 Tucson/Green Valley area and the Phoenix/Sun City
Umetonts R, (8'8) area. The no-host bar will open at 11:00 a.m., and the
SUlmerton Rd.(688) luncheon, buffet style, will be served at noon.
Miriam and Dr. Dan Hirschl will present a program
of slides of their many adventures in Panama. Their last
\ \slide show, of the San Bias Islands was very successful.
For reservations send check or money order for
S$10.00 per person (covering lunch, tax and gratuity)
payable to Panama Canal Society of Arizona. Send to
Mrs. Anne Parks, 8601 N. 71st. Ave. #41, Glendale, AZ
PCSOFL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON 85301, by October 7, 1991.
All former Zonians and guests are welcome to

December 7, 1991
3535 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, Florida

Begin the Holiday Season by attending our own
festive Luncheon/Meeting at the Holiday Inn chaired by
Muriel Whitman, on Saturday, December 7, 1991.
The Holiday Inn is located next to the Showboat
Dinner Theater on Ulmerton Road. (State Road 688).
The Luncheon/Meeting starts at 12:00 noon. The
cost per person is $13.00. The menu consists of: House
Salad, Sauteed Chicken Breast, topped with Lemon
Butter Sauce, Rice, Fresh Vegetables, Rolls and butter,
beverage and dessert.
The deadline for reservations is December 2, 1991.
NO REFUNDS after December 3, 1991.
Make your plans now to join us and get in the
Holiday Spirit!
-----....---------- --
December 7, 1991
Holiday Inn, 3535 Ulmerton Rd. Clearwater, FL.

Please make reservations at $13.00 each.
Total enclosed is: $__

Mail to, and make checks payable to: Panama Canal
Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, FL 34642.




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.
A no host luncheon is being planned for Thursday
(Reunion Week) and we hope to have a bulletin board
available should anyone wish to display old photos. A
mailing is in the process furnishing more details. If you
do not receive your letter, contact a committee member
listed below. A donation would 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
(904) 324-3406

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

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

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


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.




PHONE: 619-488-0551


vIE ORGANIZATION: Panama Canal West Coast Reunion







This is a special rate for our reunion. After August 21, rooms subject to availability.
* * * * * * *
* * * * * * *
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


(Area Code) (Number)
Friday, September 20 * *
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 $


* * * * *

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-




BHS '77 FOR 1992 OUR 15th

LOOKING FOR: Members of our BHS Class of
'77. Planning fun and festivities for our June 1992 15th
anniversary reunion. We want you! Let us know where
you and other classmates are. Please send names and
addresses to Lori Snow, 1455 Rilla Circle, Lawrenceville,
GA 30243.


Preliminary plans for our 10 year reunion are in the
works. The festivities are planned to be held in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida
reunion. Please send us your names, addresses, and
phone numbers so that we may contact you. Anyone
with knowledge of the whereabouts of other classmates,
please send any information that would assist us.
Classmates who left the canal area before graduation and
early graduates are also welcome to attend the reunion
If you would like to help plan the reunion or have
any ideas, please contact one of the following:

Kathy Barrere-Llorca
5931 Windover Drive
Orlando, Fl 32819
(407) 423-7782 (Work)

Patrick Grimison
PSC Box 416
FPO Miami, FL 34061
(507) 83-3830 (PANAMA)

David Sutherland
105 Teresa Lane
Merritt Island, Fl 32952
(407) 459-0879 (Home)
(407) 867-5597 (Work)

Mayra (Linares) Sietz
PSC Box 15
APO Miami, Fl 34002


How would you like to get together with other
former Canal Zone teachers, staff and administrators at
the 1992 Reunion in Orlando?
We really do have a common base, wonderful
memories and lots of "catching up" to share with each
other. Plus, wouldn't it be great to honor our own "jefes"
such as Frank Castles, David Spiers, Frances Sampsell,
Chuck Latimer, Marie Neal, John Pettingill, John
Fawcett and many others.
Let's plan on getting together on Friday afternoon of
the Reunion for about two hours at a time that wouldn't
interfere with other reunions and meetings (perhaps 3:00
- 5:00 p.m.), with a cash bar.
If you have any ideas or suggestions please contact:

Clubhouse on beautiful Lake Ariana in Auburndale,
Florida from 11:00 a.m. until..... The event will be potluck
and everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. Grills will
be available for those wishing to use them. Ice will be
provided. The facilities include an air conditioned eating
area, restrooms, swimming, a playground for children, a
volleyball net, boat dock and an outdoor picnic area. A
donation of $5.00 per family will be taken at the door to
cover the rental of the Clubhouse. Auburndale is
conveniently off of 1-4 on State Road 559 and is just
minutes from Lakeland, Lake Wales, Winter Haven and
Orlando. (See map)
For further information call Ed Wardlow/Vicki
Sizemore at 813-967-2106 or Aloha and Ed Baumbach at

To Tampa 1-4 To Orlando
Exit 21

Take Exit 21 off 1-4. Go South on
State Road 559. When road forks atAT
Lake Ariana, go RIGHT on Ariana Blvd. ROAD
until you reach the public beach and 559
the Auburndale Beach Clubhouse.


Auburndale@ Lake Ariana


The Hill Country Christmas Party will be held
December 14, 1991, at the Red Lion Hotel in Austin,
Texas. Reservations are required.
Notices for reservations will be mailed out in early
September. Contact the party committee if you wish to
attend and were not notified last year.
Committee members are: Thelma and Harry Chan
(512) 832-0573; Georgia Corin (512) 339-4342; Jack
Morton (512) 250-1182. Addresses are in the Canal
Record Directory.

Mary Ellen or Larry Horine
300 Stadium Drive
Boone, NC 28706
(704) 264-2556

Katherine Egolf
3848 90th Terrace North
Pinellas Park, FL 34666


The First Annual Central Florida Zonian Picnic will
be held October 19, 1991 at the Auburndale Beach


If you have any old eye glasses that you don't know
what to do with, please send them to Patt Roberson,
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714. A group of area
opthalmologists make annual trips to Central America to
perform surgery and distribute eye glasses, where they
see about 13,000 patients, perform 700 cataract
operations and distribute 7,000 pairs of glasses. If you can
help, please do.

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