Canal record


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


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

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University of Florida
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FOR 1992-93

Mr. Robert Van Siclen

Mrs. Faith Brundage
1st Vice President

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Muriel Whitman

Mr. Robert Johnson

Mr. Harry Foster

Mr. Peter Foster
Past President

James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative

Mr. Virgil Camby

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
813-595-1 1- 4,

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

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


President's Message ........................................ 1
From the Secretary ......................................... 3
Editor's Corner ............................................ 3
Legislative Representative ................ ................... 4
Correction to Amendments .................................... 6
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ................ ... 9
"W here Are You?" ......................................... 11
Retirements ............................................... 12
N ews Clips ................................................ 12

Your Reporter Sa
California .
Florida ...
Georgia ..
Hawaii ...
Illinois ...
Indiana ...

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Congratulations ........
Weddings .............
Births ................
With Deep Sorrow ......
Letters to the Editor .....
Looking Back ..........
Announcements ........
For Sale or Wanted .....

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....... 16 Louisiana ...............29
....... 17 M ississippi ..............30
....... 18 New England ........... 31
....... 19 New Jersey .............. 33
....... 21 North Carolina ........... 33
....... 24 Northwest ............... 34
....... 26 Panama ................34
....... 27 South Carolina ........... 37
....... 29 Texas .................. 38
Virginia ................ 40
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FRONT COVER: Following her duty as the communications center for the
Japanese surrender, the Ancon transited the Panama Canal on January 14, 1946
en route to New York. During the war, Ancon carried or was visited by Secretary
of the Navy Frank Knox, Field Marshal Montgomery, General Patton, General
Bradley, Lt. Gen. Mark Clark, Admiral Stark and won five battle stars. Courtesy
Panama Canal Commission.
BACK COVER: Pen and Ink drawing of Cristobal Junior-Senior High School, by
Dan A. Fiori, who has contributed many drawings and maps of the Canal Zone.


June 9-13 PCSOFL Annual Reunion, Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando, FL.
June 17 PCSSCar. Meeting, Womens Club Building, Aiken, SC. 12:00
noon. Covered dish.
June 20 Arkansas Get-together, Agri Park, Fayetteville, AR. Bring covered
dish and your own utensils.
June 26 New England pot-luck luncheon. Invitations list time and
location. Call Ann Field Kirrane (617) 566-4483 for further info.
July 9 PCSOFL Regular meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon. COVERED DISH.
August 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th. Street, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1:30 P.M. Refreshments
served at 12:30 p.m.
August 7 Pacific Northwest CZ Picnic, Millersylvania State Park, Kitchen
Number 1, Exit 95, 8 mi. So. of Olympia, WA. 10:00 a.m.
of Forest Lakes Country Club, 2401 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL.
11:00 Cocktails and Visiting, 12:00 Noon Luncheon.
Sept. 10-12 PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA.
October 2 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, FL.
Pavilion #3.(See Announcements).
October 2 Gulf Coast Picnic, 11:00 a.m., Davis Bayou Campground, Ocean
Springs, MS. (See "Announcements")
November 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon, COVERED DISH.

zoNE The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
0 To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
S8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712 0

The CANAL RECORD (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.
Second Class postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the CANAL RECORD, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712
The membership fee is $20.00 annually, $14.00 of which is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD for one year.
The Third Class ANNUAL DIRECTORY is published once a year for $2.00
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 34642-4712
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625

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This the eighth and last column I write as President
of the Society, and I write it with regret.
I have enjoyed every minute that I was lucky enough
to have served the Society, it is a great Society, made so
by the members who have a special "bond" by virtue of
living in the Panama Canal.
I have been favored with a dedicated Executive
Board, whose members were sincere in accepting their
responsibilities and worked with me to do what we
thought was best for the Society. I thank EACH member
of the Board for their guidance and support.
First Vice President Faith Brundage, who served the
society so faithfully for several years. Faith was
chairperson for the 1993 Carnavalito and along with her
committee did a wonderful job,
Second Vice President, Jane Huldtquist, has served
the Society in many ways for several years. Jane was
chairperson of the Budget and Audit Committee and as
a Director. I know Jane will do an excellent job as
President of the Society and I wish her well.
Director, Muriel Whitman, a past president with
continuing interest in the Society, was never too busy to
accept an appointment to a committee. Muriel, with her
husband, John, has been responsible for the Florida
Christmas Luncheon for several years.
Director, Robert Johnson, was responsible for our
October picnic this year. But the Man above rained on
Bob's parade. Bob and Carolyn have served as Co-
chairpersons of the Reunion Registration Committee for
three years.

Director, Harry Foster, I appointed Harry, an old
friend from school days, to the Executive Board. He has
served the Society for several years, and has a continuing
interest in the Society.
Past President Pete Foster, is always ready to serve
when called upon. I appointed Pete to the Board this
year as Legislative Representative. Upon Past President
Betty Frassrand's resignation from the Board because of
conflicts of commitments, Pete resigned as Legislative
Representative and with Board approval I appointed Pete
to replace Betty. In my mind, Pete is an authority on the
Society By-Laws and the Board often calls on Pete for his
interpretation and guidance on the By-Laws.
Legislative Representative, James O'Donnell Jim is
a recent appointment to the Executive Board because he
recently moved to Florida. Jim, by virtue of his
experience is very knowledgeable on legislative matters
and capable of clearly explaining them. I hope Jim will
serve the Society for many years.
Sergeant-at-Arms, Virgil "Skeeter" Camby, chose not
to run for office in 1992 but did accept my appointment
to the Executive Board as Sergeant-at-Arms.
Budget and Audit Chairperson, Frank Matters a
recent member of the Executive Board, very
knowledgeable in accounting procedures, has stepped
right in and is working closely with the Board and
By-Laws Chairperson, Bob Herrington who with his
committee was responsible for writing changes and
amendments to the By-Laws. This is a committee that


must devote quite a few hours preparing changes before
presenting a change to the general membership.
Chaplain, Dorothy Yocum, has served the Society as
Chaplain for many years and has served well. In the few
times Dottie could not attend a general meeting, she
always prepared a prayer to be said by her replacement.
Secretary/Treasurer, Barbara Green has been an
employee in the Society office for two years, and it is her
voice we hear when calling the office, "this is Barbara,
may I help you."
Record Editor, Richard Beall, every Society member
receives the Canal Record, and so must know the name
of Pat Beall. Pat does an excellent job of publishing 4
issues of the Canal Record, plus the Annual Directory
each year.
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Marjorie Foster, was
available to work when required, not only for the
Secretary, but also for the Record Editor.
Society History Chairperson, Bev Williams has an
almost thankless job of trying to compile literature and
pictures of the Canal, especially of the construction era.
Bev continually tries to locate historic information about
the Society.
Nominating Committee Chairperson Al Pate who
with his committee was responsible for presenting a slate
of officers to lead the Society during the coming year,
and will count the ballots at the annual meeting in June
Hospitality, Dottie Pate, makes sure we have
something to eat at our monthly meetings in Florida,
welcomes everyone with open arms and is a tireless
worker for the Society.
Sunshine Committee, Anna Collins sends out get well
cards in the name of the Society to our ill members and
with her husband Joe, arranges the May luncheon.
Service Officers, Gene Askew and Al Pate who will go
to any length to help our members with answers about
estate laws, insurances, etc.
I also want to thank the Area New Reporters and
members of the Telephone Committee for their
contribution of time and effort to the Society.
Also, I thank each Committee Chairperson and each
Committee member for the hours they have dedicated to
making all our functions so successful. When so many
persons are involved, I hesitate to list names for fear I
may skip a name. That would be an insult to the
individual and very embarrassing to me. I urge all
members to read the Canal Record, in which you will find
the names of those who have given so much of their time
and if I have omitted a name I sincerely apologize.
Accepting an office, on the Executive Board or as a
Committee Chairperson, entails giving of one's time, but
I recommend such a commitment to individuals who have
the time.Involvement will get you out to meetings, and
will keep the mind active. You will find it a great
My wife, Nancy, and I have been involved with four
Reunions. Three of the years as Reunion Coordinator,
that is the job of jobs. Try satisfying 4,000 persons who
want hotel rooms or tickets, who want to change
reservations from one hotel to the other, or a group that
requests 100 rooms all on one floor, and the hotels do
not have that many rooms on one floor. Nancy and I had
our telephone number published, so members could call
for information, and some did call late at night or early

in the morning, but that is what the job is all about, and
we did enjoy it.
It was fun talking to members who remembered my
brothers and sisters and told stories of their younger
days, and the astonishment in the voices of callers, when
they learned Nancy had never been to Panama, but was
working so hard for the Society. As I have said before, I
could not have handled the job if it were not for Nancy.
During the past year we have lost some members for
various or unknown reasons, but during the same period
the Executive Board also accepted 343 new applicants for
membership. As of this writing, we have 4,815 active
members in the Society.
At several Board Meetings we have discussed ways
to increase interest in the Society. I wonder if local
groups were organized in other cities would create more
interest in the Society and more members would vote in
the Annual Election of officers and for By-Laws
Amendments? The Panama Canal Society of Southern
California is a very active organization, and I am sure
would be glad to assist interested persons in forming a
similar organization. The Executive Board of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will be glad to give
guidance and assist in the organizing of additional groups.
The Annual Directory is a good reference for names of
Zonians who might be interested in joining a group in
your area.
We in Florida, enjoyed the Annual Carnavalito which
was a successful event. The fish was buried amidst much
weeping and moaning. Leroy Lewis furnished the music
for dancing and all attenders seemed to enjoy themselves.
We are now looking forward to the May Luncheon
at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, chaired by Past
President Anna Collins and husband Joe. My thanks to
Anna and Joe again this year.
In the March 1992 issue of the Canal Record I wrote
about a "clique." In this issue of the Canal Record you
will find a letter addressed to the President from Society
Member William Diaz, on the same subject. I found it
very interesting reading.
You will find the latest By-Laws of the Society in the
April 1993 Directory. There are several new amendments
in the By-Laws. Of particular interest should be the
increase in annual dues, and a surcharge for NEW
members. The By-Laws make interesting reading and I
recommend them to all members as a MUST reading. If
you have any questions, write to the Executive Board for
I am sorry that Marjorie Foster has submitted her
resignation as assistant Secretary/Treasurer. Marje's
knowledge and expertise will be missed.
I will not end this column by saying good-bye, just so
long, because I hope to remain active in the Society for
a long time.
Again, thanks to everyone who supported and helped
me throughout my two years as President of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Nancy and I will see you soon!

Robert "Bob" Van Siclen


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Many of our members have remembered to send us
a change of address when they moved, for which I thank
My sincere apologies to Virginia Bartels whose
address was listed as Stuart, IL instead of Stuart, FL. and
to Lillian Bristol whose name was omitted from the
Directory. Corrections have been made and they are now
in the computer.
I would like to inform those members who have
summer/winter addresses that it has become difficult for
me to keep track of who is where during the year. In
order to assist me and to preclude your missing a Canal
Record, please send me a Change of Address card
whenever you move from one address to another, with
effective dates. Sorry if is an inconvenience for you but it
would be a big help.
Membership dues have been increased to $20.00 per
year effective March 5, 1993. Members who have not
paid their 1993 dues by June 1, 1993, will be considered
as a new member and will be subject to a $10.00
Administrative Fee in addition to the $20.00 dues. To
avoid the Administrative Fee, pay your dues on time.
1994 dues are payable prior to October 31, 1993.
By the time you read this, we should be at the
Reunion. Hope you'll stop by and say "hello." I really
enjoy seeing and speaking with all of you.
'Till next time...
Barbara Green




A very nice thing happened to me not too long ago.
Mrs. Joan Hutchinson, wife of the late Capt. Norman
Hutchinson of Portland, Maine (a former Panama Canal
pilot) came into our office and showed me a magazine
called Steamboat Bill, which is the Journal of The
Steamship Historical Society of America. It is catalogued
under number 198 of the Summer of 1991 and costs $6.25
postage paid in the U.S. ((10% extra for foreign postage).
For the largest part, the issue deals with the TOTAL
history of the Panama Line, from building and launching,

the Ancon, Panama and Cristobal, the Panama U.S. -
Panama runs, WWII roles of all three ships, subsequent
name changes and final scrapping. The title of the article
is "The World of Tomorrow Ships, Panama Liners of
1939" by Peter C. Kohler. There are many large, clear
photographs some I have not seen before, and the text
is all a part of Panama Canal history that should be
conserved. A very worthwhile magazine which will
become a piece of memorabilia of ours in the future. I
was greatly impressed with it, and thank Mrs. Hutchinson
for showing it to me. I have ordered several and am
sending them to my friends as a gift and reminder of
what it was like in the "good old days." If you want to
reminisce about those wonderful cruises of the past, you
can order it from The Steamship Historical Society, 300
Ray Drive, Suite #4, Providence, Rhode Island 02906.
My chapeau tops off for the Golden Parrot, the BHS
Class of 1943 newsletter, published and edited by Ernest
E. "Bud" Pierce, (better known as the brother of Lucille
Pierce Corkran!). He says, "It is the intent of this
squeaking, squealing, screaming and squawking bird to
periodically awaken a kinship and kindred reunions. It
may present particular ranting, raving, rambling or
revolting revelation of a regretful remembrance of our
'good old days.' It may include old news, new news, and
'pe-phews' of pure and unpure gossip. The Golden Parrot
disclaims liability for its content, though the editor does
try hard to keep addresses correct and big words spelled
correctly. The Golden Parrot is printed and distributed by
the inept genius of its amateur Editor and Publisher and
his outdated computer." Bud, you're doing a good job. If
I were in Dayton, Ohio, I'd like to join your staff of one!
Thanks for sending me a copy. I get inspired every once
in a while after reading it.
Our call for members to send their Zip Plus 4, in the
December 1992 issue fell on many a deaf ear. This was
hard to understand unless those who didn't respond don't
read their daily newspaper either. Effective March 21,
1993, the U.S. Postal Service went full automation in
their mail delivery system. To quote them, "You can
enjoy optimum delivery by turning ZIP+4 into bar
codes," and "you're putting your mail in line for swifter
processing and more reliable delivery." (Underlines are
ours. Ed). We have been following this closely and I'm
happy to say that the Executive Board has approved a
trial run by having our mailers run down your ZIP+4 and
in turn they will then PRINT your complete address with
ZIP+4 and bar code on your June issue of the Canal
Record. No more labels to rub off and we firmly believe
that we, the Panama Canal Society of Florida, will have
done everything possible to ensure your receiving your
book in good order, unless you fail to give us your
changes of address. When you do that, would you please
give us your ZIP + 4 then? Then we can interpolate your
bar code into your address. A tip to the wise: Get new
return address stickers for your personal correspondence
with your new ZIP + 4 printed on it. You will be doing all
you can to see that you get all your mail promptly in the
future with this highly specialized billion dollar
automation plan. I paid no attention to this ZIP+4
business when it first started 3 years ago, but I'm awake
now. It's going to cost us to have it done, but we save a
good amount also if we do it, just about balancing
everything out. We think it's worth it to keep our
members informed and happy. We DO have your best
interests at heart.

Regretfully, mistakes and omissions still pass through
our searching eyes. We have been getting better but I
find no solace in knowing that nearly all the prestigious
magazines and newspapers have mistakes and omissions
also. Books are different there are no close deadlines in
publishing books about 6 proofreaders get their licks in
and they have the time for it. For a while there, I had to
rely on outside help to proofread, and each and every
one did a good job with the time in which they had to do
it in. Now, with a regular assistant, we can devote more
care and time to the subject. We have already gone to
great lengths to proof everything we have type set for this
issue up to this moment. When the Reporters send in
their reports, we can concentrate our efforts there, more
so than in the past. To those whose names I have
omitted, misspelled, or misplaced in the past, my most
sincere apologies. Let's hope this issue is one of the most
error-free ever.
See you at the Reunion. I'll still be at the Hospitality
Suite in the Volusia Room!

Pat Beall
(813) 391-4359

. Editor must have by:

JULY 21, 1993

Legisla LL#tin


The Clinton
Administration has notified
medical groups and senior
citizens that $63-billion in
enforced savings over the
next five years from the
health program should not
aggravate the problems of
Hospitals and physicians.
During the month of May
Clinton will send Congress a
comprehensive health reform plan with comprehensive,
across the board, health care cost containment and
controls. The elderly may pay $11 billion more in
medicare premiums over the next five years as one of the
plans to help reduce the deficit. At the present time
medicare premium is $36.60. In 1997 your premium
would be $54.80 a month. Senator Warren Rudman
believes that we are about to have a hefty tax on
Medicare benefits for retirees with incomes of more than


Taxes may increase on Social Security benefits for
people with adjusted incomes exceeding $25,000 for
individuals and $32,000 for couples. A retired couple with
$34,000 income, including $6,000 in Social Security
benefits would pay $196 more in taxes next year. The
government believes it will save about $21 billion over the
next five years. Another plan is to tax 85 percent of the
Social Security benefits that exceed $32,000 for a married
couple instead of the present 50 percent. Members of
Congress are calling for "means testing." If you have
income of over $90,000 or more then maybe you should
not receive a social security pension. Former Senator
Warren Rudman favors the "means testing" for Social
Security, or adjusting your pension according to your
income. Senator Rudman said, "older Americans paid
Social Security all their working lives and deserve to get
their money back. But that money is gone in 30 months.
The rest comes from their children and grandchildren
who are working now. They should get benefits based on
their own means to take care of themselves." The
government believes it could save billions of dollars
towards solving the deficit problem with these changes.


If you have a Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan,
you can expect the cost to increase. The government now
pays about 74 percent of your plan and you pay the other
26 percent. Under the Clinton Administration you may
be required to pay a larger percentage of your Federal
Health care cost. Also, you may be required to pay
Federal Taxes on the 74 percent the Government
contributes to your health care program.


Federal employee may not receive the raise they
were expected to receive in fiscal year 1994 if President
Clinton's plan is approved. The raise was to be 2.2
percent, plus a pay adjustment to reflect cost of living in
the area where they work. Beginning in 1995, Federal
employees normal raises would be lowered by 1
percentage point. The administration believes they can
save over a five year period about 11 billion dollars.


There is a goal to tax fuels. The new tax will be
based on BTU's in the fuel. For example, the cost of
gasoline may go up a little less than 3 cents per gallon
next year and a little more than 7 cents by the year 1996.
For the average family this will cost about $75 by the
year 1996. Your average monthly electric bill now about
$67 should go up about 2 more dollars. If you use heating
oil in your house you can anticipate the oil to cost about
8 cents a gallon more. By making these changes the
government expects to save $80 billion over the next five


The threat of the budget deficit is a cause of concern.
Members of Congress are receiving letters from people

like you and they know that the public is demanding
change. We all understand that Congress and the
President control only a fraction of the budget.
Entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare take
about 50 percent of the budget. Defense takes about 18
percent but the interest on the national debt takes
another 17 percent. That leaves about 15 percent for all
the other programs that Congress can fight over. This
will be a year of change. Now is a good time to find out
who your Congressional representatives are and write to
them. I urge all members to get involved. All that we
hear about this month may be completely different in the
Fall. There is no basis for complacency on our part. Tell
your Congressional representative your opinion on all the
suggested changes that are being planned for the coming
James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative


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Regretfully, your Editor is responsible for the
inadvertent omission of two names that should
have been included in the "In Memoriam"
section of the April 1993 Annual Directory.
With his sincere apologies to their families
and friends, their names are listed below.

Edith Cotton

International Maintenance Institute, Inc.
Houston, Texas
The President
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642
Dear Mr. Van Siclen:
I am writing to compliment you and your remarks
regarding "CLIQUES" in your President's Message of the
March Canal Record.
You will or may note that my name appears as
Immediate Past Chairman and it has been there for four
years now as we cannot get younger "volunteers" who
want to put out an extra effort to participate in our
organization. If they do, they do not stay long enough to
progress through the organization to be able to effectively
run it.
We too must have a "CLIQUE."
I think you all do a hell of a job and are dedicated to
a wonderful organization. I've felt for years that the dues
were too little for what the member gets from the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and its officers.
Thank you for keeping the "CLIQUE" glued
William Diez, Jr.

June H. May

The Secretary apologizes for the omission of
two names from the April 1993 Directory:

Bartels, Virginia (McLean) and John P., 4030
Joe's Point, Stuart, FL 34996, which was listed
under IL (Illinois) instead of FL (Florida).

Bristol, Lillian (Meyer)'s name was omitted
but her husband was listed at 1549 Bel Aire
Drive, Glendale, CA 91201.

And apologizes for a misspelled name in the
Annual Directory:

Fitz Gerald, Barbara and Gerald, spelled as:

The Twin Towers Hotel, across the street from the
Universal Studios.


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Date: February 25, 1993
From: Peter W. Foster, Past President
To: Mr. Robert Herrington, Chairman, By-Laws Committee,
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Subject: Corrections to Adopted Amendment No. 1.

On February 6, 1993, Amendment No. 1 to the Society's By-Laws was adopted by the membership and becomes
effective on March 5, 1993. This Amendment will increase the Society's dues from $15.00 to $20.00 per year, establishes
an Administrative fee of $10.00 for all NEW members and eliminates the $2.00 Delinquency Fee and the $15.00
Reinstatement Fee.

Unfortunately, during the transcribing and printing process, several omissions and typing errors were made which
created some confusion for our members. Fortunately, these errors do not change the basic purpose and content of the

The omission of the title to Section 5. DUES AND FEES OF THE SOCIETY: and the word "new" in paragraph E.
which should have stated "An Administrative fee of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be paid by all new members...". Of all the
printing errors, the above two examples could be considered the most important to correct.

Many members would probably say, "make the corrections and forget it" the Society can not take this most logical
and simple approach because, as we are an organization Incorporated under Florida State Laws, we must conform to
State and Federal Internal Revenue Service Regulations and Robert's Rules of Order.

Since there is only the very remotest chance that the membership would not want to perform the corrections to
Amendment No. 1 and in order to eliminate printing space and costs to make the necessary corrections, I suggest that
the corrections to Amendment No. 1 be printed in the April 1993 Annual Directory, incorporated within the By-laws.
Each correction be printed in bold print and underlined to highlight the change for easy selection by the members. The
ballot for the Amendment correction should be printed in the June, 1993 issue of the Canal Record.


All omissions and typing errors which were created during the transcribing and printing of the By-Laws Committee's
proposed Amendment No. 1 shall be corrected and included in the printing of the Society's By-Laws in the April, 1993
issue of the Annual Directory. The omissions and errors shall be printed in bold and underlined in the April 1993 issue
only, but the corrections shall be permanently incorporated in the Society's By-Laws. This Amendment, upon adoption,
shall not be printed in the Society's By-Laws.

Respectfully submitted,
Peter W. Foster


The By-Laws Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. has reviewed the proposed Amendment 1A
to the Society's By-Laws and do hereby concur.
The Committee recommends adoption of Proposed Amendment 1A.
The Amendment Ballots must be received by August 1, 1993 and shall be counted at the Regular Scheduled Business
Meeting on August 6, 1993.

(Signed) (Signed) (Signed)

Robert C. Herrington Cornelia Van Siclen Marjorie J. Foster
Chairman Committee Member Committee Member

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Early this past April you received your Annual Directory by Third Class mail, rather than by

for domestic mail only and not for overseas. Consequently, we will now have to pay First Class

Amendment #1, passed February 6, 1993 by the members established a Foreign Mailing Fee
for those living overseas. By averaging weights and postal rates for areas involved, two fees were
approved by the Executive Board one for the Western Hemisphere, which includes all of North,
Central and South America, and the other for the Eastern Hemisphere which includes, Austria,

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however you would be wise to add your Zip+4 on your return addresses in order to ensure

SWe have looked into this ne a utomated method closely
Mr. T.R. Canal Zonite and find that as a bulk mailer we can make use of it in an

f1993 Balboa Roinad intelligent manner. We can pay our mailer to sort for the Zip+ 4
Anywhere, State 69432-1504 and bar code for each member in their computer and print it

oers wi e upred ton yON the book, and in so doing, the Post Offic the Swi give us ao
..e .. ......ture a small discount for mailing with a Zip+4 and barcode.
The expense to have it done, and the savings as a result,
just about equals each other. But the best part of it all is that we will no longer have labels torn
off and other inadequacies in the new mailing system where we have to re-mail another book at
over $2.00 postage each toe those who didn't get their issue, because the entire address plus the
bar code will be printe on the book. That in itself will be a tidy little savings for the Society. The
mailer will also correct addresses that don't meet the new Postal Service system, such as change:
98 E. Sunset Drive to: 98 Sunset Drive East, or vice versa. Therefore what you see on your printed
address on future Canal Records would be, in my estimation, and with a working knowledge of the

Postal system, an appropriate thing to copy and use for yourselves.
The Executive Board approved one mailing in June, 1993 for cost comparative purposes. If the
Post Office does what it says it will do, and the Society realizes a benefit by usuig the Zip +a4 and
Barcode in our members addresses, the Executive Board may approve of its continued use for all
future mailings.
Members are urged to notify the Society as soon as possible after receiving the June issue, of
any irregularities or improvement in receiving their June Canal Record.

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

February 6, 1993
Holiday Inn
Clearwater, Florida

President Robert Van Siclen called the meeting to
order at 7:35 p.m.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation followed by
a moment of silence in memory of our recently departed
members. Mr. Virgil Camby led the members in the
Pledge of Allegiance, and President Van Siclen welcomed
the 132 members and guests, recognizing Past President
Pete Foster.
In order to shorten the meeting, President Van
Siclen asked if there was any objection to eliminating the
reading of the minutes of the January meeting. There
being no objection from the membership the minutes
were not read.
In the absence of Mrs. Barbara Green, Mrs. Marje
Foster read the Financial Report and it stands for audit.
Mr. Van Siclen announced that at the last Executive
Board meeting 54 new applicants were accepted in the
President Van Siclen reported that he had been
asked by some members of the Society about the story
behind the burial of the fish. After rereading the book

Tlhe Burial of the Fish written by Sue Core, he gave a
brief summary on how the tradition began.
President Van Siclen called on his Executive Board
and Committee Chairpersons for their reports. The
Executive Board and Committee Chairpersons wished all
members attending a happy Carnavalito.
Mrs. Marje Foster, Committee Member of the By-
Laws Committee, reported that only 111 votes were
submitted by the membership for the changes in the By-
Laws. All 111 votes were valid and the voting was as

Amendment #1 92 Yes Votes
Amendment #2 98 Yes Votes
Amendment #2 1 Abstention

19 No Votes
12 No Votes

The By-law amendments having been approved by
vote of the membership will become effective March 1,
1993. Robert Johnson motioned to destroy the ballots,
seconded by Pete Foster. Report was submitted to
President Van Siclen, signed by Robert Herrington,
Chairperson and Marje Foster, Committee Member.
President Van Siclen announced that during the
evening door prizes would be awarded and the Grand
Prize would be one round-trip ticket Miami/Panama
donated by COPA Airlines.

(1) Leroy Lewis and Christopher Walsh. (2) Clockwise Top L-R: Stella De Marr, Ted Campbell, Leroy Lewis, Faith
and Ben Brundage, Ernie and Dorothy Yocum, Rick Nelson.

(1) Center: Charlie Cooper and Guests. (2) Clockwise L-R: Carolyn and Bob Johnson, Colette and Drake Carlisle,
Joy and Al Maale, Marje Foster.

Since there was no more business, President Van
Siclen adjourned the meeting at 7:50 p.m.


Carnavalito 1993 was held at the Holiday Inn,
Clearwater; 130 members and guests attended this festive
affair, many dressed for the Carnival mood. Music was
provided by Leroy Lewis who formerly played at the El
Panama Hotel. The music kept everyone dancing into the
wee hours.
At midnight the fish was buried. Our President,
Robert Van Siclen, led the parade with most members
following in the fun.
Thanks to Marje Foster for the festive decorations,
with helpers Dot Herrington, Jay and Al Maale, Pete
Foster, Drake Carlisle, Shirley and Virgil Camby, Stella
De Marr and Rick Nelson.
A number of door prizes were presented and the
grand prize, a trip to Panama donated by COPA Airlines,
was won by David Crook.
On behalf of the Carnavalito Committee, we thank
you for attending and once again making Carnavalito a
big success.

Faith A. Brundage
Chairperson, Carnavalito Committee 1993

March 5, 1993
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

In the absence of President Van Siclen due to illness,
Mrs. Faith Brundage, 1st Vice President, called the
meeting to order at 12:05 p.m. A total of 45 members
were present.
Mrs. Brundage gave the invocation in the absence of
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum followed by a moment of silence
for recently departed members. Mr. Virgil Camby led the
membership in the Pledge of Allegiance, and the meeting
was recessed at 12:09 p.m. for lunch. The meeting
reconvened at 1:15 p.m.
Mrs. Brundage welcomed everyone and
acknowledged Past Presidents Howard Clarke, Al Pate,
Peter Foster and Eugene Askew.
Minutes of the January and February meetings were
read and approved. The February Financial Statement
stands for audit.
Mrs. Brundage read President Van Siclen's report.
Changes to the By-Laws will be published in the March
Canal Record.
Mrs. Brundage, Carnavalito Chairperson, reported
that everyone had a good time and enjoyed Leroy Lewis'
music. Marje Foster and her committee were
complimented on the decorations.
Since Mrs. Jane Huldtquist was absent, Mrs.
Brundage reported that the cutoff date to register for the
Golf Tournament is May 22nd.
Mr. Pete Foster commented to the membership that
according to the Financial Report, we are $8,000 in the

Mr. James O'Donnell gave his report. Copy is
attached to the office file copy of these minutes. Mr.
O'Donnell encouraged everyone to contact their
congressmen to let them know how they feel about the
COLA situation.
Mr. Richard Beall, Record Editor, reported that
4,714 March Canal Records had been mailed out on
Thursday. The Annual Issue of the Directory will be out
soon. The new application form is inserted in the March
issue. No envelopes were included in order to reduce the
cost. Canal Records to foreign addresses will be mailed
first class at an additional cost to those members.
Mrs. Marjorie Foster read Mr. Robert Herrington's
report on the By-Laws. She pointed out that corrections
would have to be made to include words which had been
omitted in the December Canal Record. This can only be
done through a vote by the membership. The complete
By-Laws with corrections and amendments will appear in
the April Directory. The ballot for the corrections will be
printed in the June Canal Record.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate, Hospitality, thanked everyone for
bringing the delicious variety of foods. In the absence of
Mrs. Anna Collins, Mrs. Pate gave a report on those
members who are ill or recuperating.
Mr. Gene Askew reported that Mrs. Margaret M.
Ward, the Society Record Editor for many years, passed
away. Mr. Askew assisted member survivors with the
paperwork involved.
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen reported that the reservations
for the Reunion are coming in slower than last year.
Order forms for dance and luncheon tickets are in the
March Canal Record. She asked everyone who has not
made their reservations as yet to get them in as soon as
Mr. Pete Foster reported that Keppie Travel has only
received three reservations to date; however, they did
donate three free tickets to the Society.
Everyone who attended Carnavalito was pleased with
Leroy Lewis' music; Mr. Foster thinks everyone will be
pleased with him at the Reunion. It is not certain at this
time whether the Folkloric Dancers will appear at the
Reunion. Mr. Foster is working on this with the Panama
Tourist Office in Panama.
There was no unfinished or new business to discuss.
Mrs. Brundage made the following announcements:
the next meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. on April 2nd at St.
Bede's; reservation forms for the May Luncheon had
been placed on the tables and also appear in the March
Canal Record; the Reunion will be held from June 9 to
June 13.
Mrs. Brundage received a round of applause for a
well-conducted meeting, and a motion to adjourn was
made by Mr. Virgil Camby; seconded by Mr. Pete Foster.
Meeting adjourned at 1:58 p.m.

April 3, 1993
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Van Siclen called the meting to order at
1:30 p.m. and Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation,
followed by a minute of silence for those recently
departed. Mr. Virgil Camby followed with the Pledge to
the Flag.

Past Presidents attending: Al Pate, Muriel Whitman,
Howard Clarke, Bill Wheeler and Anna Collins. Also
welcomed were infrequent visitors Bill Clinchard, Roy
Sharpe, and Jeanne Wheeler.
Minutes of the March 5 meeting were read and
corrected to read: "Keppie Travel has donated two
complimentary tickets to the Society." Minutes stand as
corrected. The Financial Statement stands for audit.
The president thanked Mrs. Faith Brundage for
conducting the March 5 meeting in his absence. He also
reported that at the March 25 Executive Board meeting,
changes were made to the Application Form and in order
to reduce expenses, envelopes have been eliminated from
the Canal Records. In addition, the Board approved a
one-time new mailing system which should improve
delivery of the Canal Record to members. Editor Pat
Beall will report results of the test after the June mailing,
after which the Board may approve continuance of the
mailing system which involves printing the Zip+ 4 and bar
code mailing on each issue for each member.
The Board approved 32 new applicants for member-
The president read a letter from a member
complimenting him on his article in the March issue
regarding a "clique" in the Society. (Original in office
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, 2nd Vice President and chair-
person for the Telephone Committee sent a newsletter to
the 41 committee members requesting information as to
the effectiveness of the committee. She has received 12
negative replies, and will present the results to the
Executive Board.
To date, there are 54 paid players for the Chagres
Golf Tournament; 19 in the mail; three paid guests and
47 openings. Cut-off date for reservations is May 27.
President Van Siclen stated the Society will be
placing meeting notices in local newspapers and directed
Editor Pat Beall responsible.
Mr. James O'Donnell gave his report. (Copy attached
to original minutes). He encouraged all to contact their
Congressional representatives regarding means Congress
plans to cut the deficit.
Mr. Pat Beall reported the Annual Directory will be
hereafter mailed 3rd Class rather than 2nd Class. All
issues sent overseas will be mailed 1st Class as there is
no 3rd class overseas. Those members will be required to
pay an additional Foreign Mailing Fee in accordance with
amendments passed by the membership. In addition,
Zip+4 and bar codes will be added to all member
addresses and printed on the book to take advantage of
reduced rates in that category and to facilitate delivery of
the Canal Record. The June mailing will be the trial basis
for continuance or not.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate, Hospitality, reminded all that
refreshments are available on non-luncheon meetings and
that the next meeting at St. Bede's will be in July.
Mrs. Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee, will send a
card to Joe Hickey, who has suffered a stroke. As co-
chairperson for the May Yacht Club Luncheon, Anna
reminded all to make reservations early.
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen, Reunion Coordinator,
reported the Twin Towers Hotel was full; those making
reservations now should request Holiday Inn or Delta
Orlando. Reservations for dances and luncheon are
increasing. The sound system will be better than last year,
and the Panamanian Folkloric Dancers and "Diablos" will

perform at the Panazonian dance on Friday night.
Door prizes were handed out. Mrs. Jay Cain
motioned for adjournment; Frances Sharp seconded.
Meeting adjourned at 2:18 p.m.

Where Are Ycu?

Canal Records and correspondence have been
returned from the following members. Any information
regarding these members will be appreciated.


BHS'34 and CZJC'36 NEWS?

What has happened to BHS Class of 1934 and
CZJC Class of 1936? Would love some news. Bill
French, 614 Cypress Lane, Severna Park, MD 21146.


As a precursor to a possible half-century Reunion of
the BHS Class of 1945, we would like to locate the
missing classmates listed below. Will anyone knowing the
location of any of them, please urge them to get in touch
with us or, failing that, kindly provide us the address of
the missing member. Any help will be sincerely
appreciated. Send info to: Mannie Quintero, 4375
Greenberry Ln., Annandale, VA 22003-3220. (703) 354-

Paul C. Bell, Jr.
Gloria Elvira Caries
Leonard L. Collins
Foster L. Esleck
Leila May Fice
William S. Hall
Henry B. Holle
Deena Miriam Koch
Helen M. Madrigal
Frances May El
William A. McKie
William B. Moye Jr.
Charles R. Nelson
Jean E. O'Brien
Dorothy Mae Peterson
Dolores D.C. Reyes
Billy J. Shelton
Ruth May Smith
Anna T. Sullivan TI
Harold Tuttle

Kenneth Borsch
Reinaldo T. Carrera
Carlos A. DeLa Ossa
Patricia May Everett
Robert F. Finch
Mary Sue Hand
Roderick Humber
Hubert T. Leggett Jr.
Robert Maduro
izabeth C. MacKenzie
Lina Mizrachi
John Moynihan
Barbara Nobles
Geoffrey Osorio
Richard G. Porter
Carl Malcom Rice
Mary Kathryn Schutt
Elia Elena Stark
heodore D. Sundquist
Eve Warner

John Calobreves
Shirley M. Clemens
Kathryn J. Edge
Lynn C. Fern
Mary C. Fredette
Julia Ann Henderson
Mary L. January
Eleanor M. Uopis
Marcel R. Martin
Mildred Monroe
James F. Murray
Fayetta B. Norton
Yolanda E. Paredes
Betty Jane Reif
Ricuarte Rivera Jr.
Leona Ruth Smith
Bert St. Germain
Clyde Towery
Maria Elena Valdes
Marilyn Alice White





Frances H. (Patchett) O'Sullivan is interested in
knowing where any graduates of the 1936 Cristobal High
School Class are. Please drop me a line. Frances H.
O'Sullivan, 1303 Cambridge Road, Dothan, AL 36301,
Phone: (205) 794-0134.

If anyone knows any of the above addresses, please
contact one of the following:

Robert E. Whitam
3208 Trails Lake Drive
Medina, OH 44256
(216) 725-5087

Carmen (Hernandez) Massot
Apartado 55-1986
Paitilla, Republica de Panama


RUTH BOZEMAN I am trying to locate you.
Anyone knowing where she is, please let me know.
Mrs. Irma (Patchett) Kruzick, 8411 Juanita Dr. N.E.,
Kirkland, Washington 98034.

-f/itE ViEM ntn

Pauline M. Andrews
James L. Ferguson
Robert T. Hayes
Paul Leffler
Kai E. Paarup
Forest W. Robberson
Francis J. Rorke
Paul H. Stokes
Robert A. Tartaglia
Joseph A. Vowell Jr.


Motor Transportation Division
Pilot Division
Dredging Division
Pilot Division
Pilot Division
Locks Division
Pilot Division
Navigational Services
Motor Transportation Division.
Administrative Services

25 years 04 months 19 days
38 years 07 months 15 days
30 years 03 months 23 days
30 years 10 months 04 days
19 years 00 months 29 days
26 years 06 months 12 days
25 years 11 months 00 days
16 years 23 months 13 days
38 years 02 months 05 days
34 years 08 months 09 days


Johnstons donate items
By Paula Babb

A couple possessed a priceless slice of history, and
gave it away.
Muriel and Les Johnston were honored recently by
the University of Texas at San Antonio for their
contribution of Panamanian antiquities they collected
during their years in the Central American country.
The donations included about 30 tons of rock with
cutting and polishing tools that went to the geology
department at UTSA, Les Johnston said. The
archaeology department was the beneficiary of a priceless
representation of pre-Hispanic Central American culture.
Huaca is the general term applied to the pottery,
jewelry, ceremonial and symbolic figures that Johnston
found while carving a road in the virgin Panamanian
jungles in the 1960s.
Most of the huacas were found when the road

builders uncovered 1,200-year old graves and burial sites
of the Guaymi Indians, a culture about which little is
known, he said.
Retired from the military, Johnston took a job in
1965 as an engineer with Morrison-Knudson Construction,
which was hacking out a 65-mile stretch of the
InterAmerican Highway.
Johnston moved over to work with the Panama Canal
Company, which at the time oversaw the passage between
the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. His wife also went to
work for the canal company and the couple stayed on in
the country where their two younger children were raised,
he said.
"We loved it, the people are great," Johnston said.
The treasure trove of the native civilization, whose
goldsmiths surpassed those of the Inca and Aztec, went
with private collectors, both foreign and Panamanian.
"I worked right alongside the Panamanians," Johnston
Three times the road builders and amateur
archaeologists filled a museum in Panama with huacas to

preserve it for the country's people, but each time the
government changed hands, the museum was relieved of
its artifacts, he said.
"My husband got very much into geology," said
Muriel Johnston, commenting on the massive rock
collection which also went to UTSA. Johnston operated
a rock shop in Kerrville displaying the semi-precious
stones he collected while in Panama.
He first offered his extensive collection to his four
children, two of which still live and work in Panama, but
they didn't want to take it on, he said.
The donation was made to UTSA because Muriel, a
former English teacher at Schreiner College, earned her
masters degree in counseling from UTSA, he said.
"There were people who wanted to buy it, but this
way everybody can see it," he said.

The Kerrville Times
February 26, 1993

River of Gold: PreColumbian
Treasures from Sitio Conte

An Exhibition of Panamanian Gold,
Circa A.D. 700 to 1100

The exhibition, which originally opened at the
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology for six weeks in 1988, will travel to eight
sites during a three year national tour beginning in 1993.
On display are more then 150 gold objects, circa
A.D. 700 to 1100 hammered repouss6 plaques, nose
ornaments, gold sheathed ear rods, pendants, bells,
bangles and beads as well as ceramics, and objects of
precious and semi-precious stone, of ivory and bone. The
exhibition presents gold from Sitio Conte in its unique
archaeological and cultural context, and features ethno-
historic information, excavation drawings and videotaped
segments from original 1940 color film footage of the
Sitio Conte excavations...
...The cemeteries of Sitio Conte, which lie about 100
miles west of Panama City, were overlooked by gold-
seeking Spaniards in the 16th century. The site was
rediscovered at the turn of the century when the Rio
Grande de Cocl6 shifted its bed, partially exposing the
burials and their gold contents. News of the discovery
spread and eventually led to archaeological investigations.
The Peabody Museum of Harvard University carried out
the first investigations in the 1930's; in the spring of 1940,
a University Museum team carried out three more
months of excavations. One uncovered multi-grave burial
- highlighted in the exhibit proved most spectacular,
with great quantities of gold artifacts and jewelry placed
on and around the grave's chief occupant, a high status
individual laid out on the middle level of the burial pit...
...Goldsmiths of the New World were consummate
artisans, and those who created the gold objects found in
the Sitio Conte cemetery were no exceptions. The
plaques and cuffs were crafted from hammered gold
sheet. Exquisite and detailed pendants were one-of-a-
kind items, formed by the lost-wax casting method. All of
the plaques, beadwork and castings were made of

gold/copper alloy, called tumbaga by metallurgists, some
with a copper content of 25% or more; goldsmiths
employed a complex depletion gilding process which
dissolved away the copper on the surface, leaving a
bright, pure gold color and a composition which entirely
masked the reddish-hued alloy beneath.
Both the Sitio Conte goldwork and the polychrome
pottery found with it were usually decorated with animal
motifs which reflect the great diversity of species in
central Panama, and animals and humans often appear as
composite forms. Two motifs in particular are embossed
on the thirteen gold plaques found in Burial 11 at the
Sitio Conte cemetery: a reptilian-human figure, and a
bird-human figure with some reptilian features. Long
assumed that animal-human motifs depicted gods, more
recent interpretations of these designs based on
analogies with myths of indigenous people living in the
region today and identification of animal species, suggest
that warriors selected animals for use as family or
warfaring insignias...
...The River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures from
Sitio Conte exhibition schedule is as follows:

12/92 4/93 California Academy of Sciences, San
Francisco, California.
5/93 8/93 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
Museum of Art, Utica, New York.
9/93 12/93 Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North
1/94- 4/94 Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore,

9/94 12/94 Emory University Museum of Art and
Archaeology, Atlanta, Georgia.
1/95 4/95 The Charles K. Bowers Museum, Santa
Ana, California.
5/95 8/95 The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa,
Call Pam Kosty, Public Information Office (215)
898-4045 for more information).

News Release
The University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA.

La Crosse Alumnus
Makes News
Margaret (Reed) Peterson, '16, Sarasota, Fla.,
celebrated her 97th birthday last May. Following
graduation from La Crosse, she taught school in
Minneapolis. After the Panama Canal was opened she
was recruited by the U.S. government to teach school in
the Panama Canal Zone where she became the
supervisor of instruction. She retired in St. Petersburg in
1957 and moved to Sarasota in 1985 and currently resides
in Springwood Nursing Center. She was very active in
community service and fraternal organizations in the
Canal Zone. June of 1992 marked the 76th anniversary of
her graduation from La Crosse.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Spring 1993 Issue

Class of 1943 returns to
alma mater after half century

by Susan Harp

Fifty years ago seemed like yesterday for three
members of the Balboa High School class of 1943 who
visited their alma mater last week. Betty Chan Snow,
Diane Yost Mason and Isabelle Zemer Lively traveled
from the United States to walk once again through
familiar school halls and classrooms.
The three-story building had been brand new in their
day; they were the first group of seniors to occupy it. The
class had spent its first three years in what is now the
Balboa Elementary School.
The visitors marveled at the many changes that have
taken place over half a century especially the new
carpets and air conditioning. "I've never seen so many
computers," Mason exclaimed as she chatted with
students in one of the classrooms.

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L-R: Betty Chan Snow, Isabelle Zemer Lively, and
Diane Yost Mason.

L-R: Isabelle (Zemer) Lively, Principal Ernest
Holland, Diane Yost Mason, Isabelle's nephew from
Norway, David Zemer, and Betty Chan Snow at
presentation of Ernest E. Pierce's (BHS'43) essay,
"Guardians of History."

"It's fun to see teachers whose parents we know and
even students whose grandparents we know," said Snow.
During her years as a pediatric nurse in Coco Solo, she

met a lot of people. "Everywhere we go, Betty sees
someone she recognizes," Lively reported. "She even ran
into a former patient out on an island in San Bias."
The fathers of all three women worked for the
Panama Canal organization. Snow's father, Harry Yee
Chan, was employed in what is now the Treasurer's
Office. According to Snow, he arrived in Panama in 1906.
Lively's father, Emmett Zemer, came in 1913 and was at
one time assistant manager of the Tivoli Hotel. Stanley
Yost, Mason's father, was a relative newcomer, arriving
in 1923. He was an admeasurer for the Canal.
Mason carried her 1943 yearbook during the visit. In
it, she appears in a candid photo, sitting in front of the
south entrance to the main building. Standing in the same
doorway, she posed for a repeat picture once again 50
years later.
Before leaving, the group presented an essay written
by classmate Ernest E. Pierce to principal Ernest
Holland. The paper recounts events during the class's
four years of high school and includes a message to this
year's class the 50th to graduate from the building. "Be
proud of your history," it says. "You too will soon be
scattered and will be by lands divided, by friendship
The Panama Canal Spillway
February 26, 1993

"Misconception" nabs third
Cayuco Race title

For the third year in a row, Misconception won the
annual Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race for Explorers.
Spontaneous Combustion captured first place among the
co-ed boats in the 40th annual race, with GE2 setting a
new record in the female category. Ultimate Most and
Slave Galley tied for first place in the patch-boat
category, with La Raza coming in third. (See table below
for other winners.)
Misconception stayed out in front in all but the first
leg, which was won by Tsunami. Utmost, despite missing
one of its paddlers because of a disqualification, made a
strong second-place showing. With sunny days and
relatively calm waters creating good racing conditions, the
GE2 shattered record times in the female category in
four out of five legs and finished tenth overall.
Thirty-three cayucos participated this year, 22
registered with Explorer Post 21 in the Balboa area.
Three were from Post 10 in Gamboa, five from Ship 9 on
the Atlantic side, one from Post 1 in Albrook and two
from the Rovers (the Panamanian Explorers). Among the
trophy boats, there were 14 in the all-male category, six
in the co-ed category and seven in the female category.
There were also six patch-boats.
One of the patch-boats, the Lone Star, was manned
by a crew that flew down from Belleville, Texas. They
heard about the race through John Richardsen, a
Belleville resident who spent part of his childhood in
Panama. His son, Monte, was one of the six rotating crew
members for the boat, newly built by Norman Watkins,
superintendent of the Panama Canal Commission
Towboat Branch.
"My father went to high school down here and my
great-great-grandfather worked on the Canal," said

Monte. He and his five partners, Mathew Massey,
Cameron Stein, David Wallace, Patrick Wallace and
Philip Ivey, first laid eyes on their cayuco only five days
before the race and quickly discovered that there's an art
to balancing four people in a dugout canoe. "We learned
how to unswamp really well because we kept tipping
over," Wallace noted.
With the three day race over for this year, the
cayucos are being put back into storage and the kids are
turning their attention to other interests. But somewhere
in the back of their minds, next year's race is starting to
take shape. When asked if he would be ready to defend
his title next year, Misconception captain Lee Gibson
replied, "I'll have to see how I feel... I haven't won all five
stretches of the race yet." (The crew for the
Misconception were Lee Gibson, Captain, John Williford,
Billy Wing and Tyler Quinn).

Cayuco Race winners

Trophy CatagoryBoat

Male Misconception
Due Process

Co-ed Spontaneous Comb.
The Most
Sudden Impact

Female GE2
High Anxiety
Dear Dick

Place Time

1st. 05:29:03
2nd 05:37:03
3rd 05:40:29

1st 06:07:28
2nd 06:07:44
3rd 06:18:55

1st 06:08:48
2nd 06:29:14
3rd 06:33:07

The Panama Canal Spillway
April 8, 1993

Local divers enjoy exploring
sunken French train in
Gatun Lake

By Susan Stabler
Under about 45 feet of water -- outside the Canal
channel at Pefia Blancas Reach -- sits a steam
locomotive hooked up to dozens of carts, or rock wagons,
all resting perfectly upright on railroad tracks on the
floor of Gatun Lake.
When the French abandoned their efforts to build a
canal through Panama, they also abandoned thousands of
dollars in equipment, leaving behind everything from
cranes to shovels. Some things, like the train near Pefia
Blancas Reach, sit exactly as they were when Gatun
Lake was filled.
Christiansen Dredge Master Bobby Fearon, a scuba
diver who has explored the Pefia Blancas train many
times, says, "To find it, you line up the stern of your boat
with buoy 28 and point the bow north toward the survey
marker. Then, swim west about 50 yards and dive there."
"The first time you see the big locomotive," Fearon
adds, "it's an awesome sight." Even under the best

conditions, he explains, lake visibility is never crystal
clear. You usually don't see the locomotive until you're
practically face to face with it. Then, what gradually
unfolds before your eyes is an entire train -- a huge
steam locomotive hooked to car after car after car.
Of the French canal construction effort; historian
David McCullough wrote, "The official end came on
February 4, 1889." That was when the first French Canal
company -- Compagnie Universelle du Canal
Interoceanique -- went out of business. A second French
company evolved about five years later, but few took it
seriously. In 1904, its rights and property were sold to the
United States.
French equipment actually contributed to the U.S.
construction effort. The November 7, 1909 issue of the
Canal Record noted, "In one of the old diversion
channels just north of Bohio, two cranes have been found
that will be taken out and sent to Gatun where they will
be utilized in the work on the Locks."
The same issue of the Canal Record also stated that
at Bohio and at Pefia Blanca "laborers were paid nine
cents a car for each Decauville car of 18 cubic feet
capacity that they loaded and dumped." This is perhaps
a reference to the same cars that are hooked to the
steam locomotive explored by Fearon and other Panama
Canal Commission employees, including budget execution
supervisor Mark Saunders, Office of Public Affairs clerk-
stenographer Carmen Ortiz, and locks coordinator Mike
The February 9, 1910 Canal Record stated, "Thirteen
of the locomotives left by the French are in use on
construction work as stationary boilers to furnish steam
to various equipment. These engines are in addition to
those used as locomotives on the construction work."
Fearon has also discovered other large pieces of
equipment on the lake's floor, such as a dredge in 80 to
90 feet of water in the Chagres River bed off DeLesseps
Island. He's also located French cranes and other bits of
French equipment.
Local divers urge those who would search for the
submerged French relics to exercise caution. "It's a good
idea to leave someone on board the boat in case it should
drag its anchor and drift into the channel," suggests
Curundu Junior High School librarian Anita Seifert.
"When diving, don't kick up the silt on the lake floor or
you will destroy your visibility."
Some who dive on the French equipment, like
Seifert, Fearon and Saunders, return again and again,
never tiring of the exploration. Others, like Drennan,
admit the last dive they made was over 20 years ago.
Ortiz has been once, but plans to go again.
For visibility, according to Fearon, the best time of
the year to dive in the lake is the end of dry season after
there have been a few good rains. Another recommended
period is during the change from rainy season to dry, but
before the winds pick up. Seifert said visibility is always
better in the morning.
Both Fearon and Seifert claim that if you're under
water diving on French equipment when a ship passes
by in the channel, the muffled sound of the vessel's
propulsion produces an eerie sensation. According to
Fearon, "You'd swear it was the chug-chug-chug of a
train beginning to rumble down the track."

The Panama Canal Spillway
April 8, 1993

From the Isthmian Mango Mill

The local news, an item of interest is the widening of
the road between the Bridge of the Americas and
Arraijan into four lanes. Remember the olden days when
it would take forever to drive from the bridge or the
ferry-ramp to Arraijan or back, especially if you were
driving behind a cattle truck. Completion is due at the
end of 1993. The Government of Panama also has plans
to four-lane the 30 year-old Bridge of Americas.
According to the Mango Mill, other possible
happenings include the following: In the next three years
approximately 4,000 soldiers and 300 military families will
be leaving Panama. Morgan Avenue in Balboa, Curundu
heights, Camp Chagres and Chivo Chivo training camp
will be turned over to Panama in 1993; Curundu flats and
Fort Amador housing in 1994; and Los Rios, Diablo,
Curundu Junior High School, Cristobal High School,
Summit Radio Station and Fort Espinar (Gulick) in 1995.
In addition, the Panama Canal College will become
a four-year institution named the University of the
Americas, with operations beginning in 1995. The campus
would include the present Balboa High School and
Balboa Elementary School.
Lastly, several international companies are exploring

the possibility of renting or buying land in the Albrook
Field area to create a convention center and/or to open
a shopping mall. Visions of grandeur.
In the real world, the Panama Canal Commission has
transferred to Panama almost 3,000 houses which is now
70% the U.S. owned before the Treaty. And, we are now
down to approximately 800 U.S. citizen employees
working for the Commission. By the end of 1944, there
will be 600; by the end of 1995, there will be 425. The
decline of a legend.

Travel advisory to Colombia

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel
advisory warning to U.S. citizens against travel to
Colombia until further notice.
Additional information is available from the State
Department's consular information sheet on Colombia,
which can be found at the U.S. Embassy's Consular

Panama Canal Spillway
February 12, 1993

Your Reporter Says...


Finally spring has arrived in Dothan with its beautiful
dogwood and azaleas in spite of the stormy weather and
snow. Yes, snow in Dothan and we missed it. This native
of Panama who has seldom seen snow missed it and I
can surely say that I was disappointed. Eddie did not
mind as he is from Michigan and has seen a lot of snow.
We were in Stuart, Florida visiting our son Eddie Jr. who
is a reporter with the Port St. Lucie Times. My sister
Mary Dault went with us but she continued on to Miami
and spent a month with her daughter who works at the
Omni Hotel. Eddie Jr. has taken up painting and for
being an amateur he is quite good. He surprised his
father with a water color of Eddie Sr. when he played
baseball with Carta Vieja in Panama. It is one when he
had hit a home run and was coming into home plate and
being greeted by a teammate. Eddie Sr. sure is proud of
the painting.
Margaret and Jack Hern drove to Brandon, Florida
to meet son Dick and his wife Ruth (Chance) who flew
in from Panama to purchase some items for the new
home they have bought in Brandon. Heard it is beautiful.
They were gracious enough to give my sister Mary a ride
back to Dothan. Now they are on a bus tour to Cajun
Country..Lafayette, Louisiana. They were joined by Mac
and Muriel (Moore) McGriff and Wilma and Ed
Kennerd. It is a four-day tour. They certainly will be
enjoying good food in that part of the country.
Lois and Bud Thomas went to Panama to visit with
son Hugh and family. They said they had a fabulous time
and would do it again.

Elsie and Woody Woodruff are planning a trip to Las
Vegas at the end of April and will be met by daughter
Lisa. Hope they break the bank and not let the bank
break them.
Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt flew to Kingwood, Texas
to visit with her sister Marge Ruoff and Marge's husband,
Jack. While Louise was there the Ruoffs daughters came
for a visit. Didi and her daughter came from Dallas,
Cheryl and her son came from Melbourne Beach,
Florida. Gina and her family live in Kingwood. Louise
and sister Marge drove Cheryl to Dallas so that she could
visit with Didi. They spent two days with Cheryl and Jim
Everyone looking forward to the Reunion. Hope we
have good weather. The way it has been lately..I don't
know. We will miss some dear friends at the
Reunion..Helen Tomford and Andy Kapinos. Always
enjoyed their company sitting around the lobby.
For you MOMS out there..have a beautiful Mothers

Catherine (Whelan) Filo
(205) 794-0145
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The Panama Canal Society of Arizona held its Spring
1993 luncheon-meeting on Saturday, April 3, at the
Wyndham Gardens Hotel, Chandler, Arizona. Those in
attendance included: Jeff and Melissa Hirschl, Dr. Dan
and Miriam Hirschl, Jerry and Patricia Doyle, Dora and
Warren LeGrys, Loring and Evelyn White, Helen
Munson, Peggy Bradley, Ann Strickler, Adele Adams,
Anne and Charlie Parks, Natalia and Alan Broderick,
Velma Mae Thompson, Agatha Prome (?), Mac (?) and
Em McCullums. "(?)" signifies signature unclear.
Unable to attend were Danny Cox and his wife Jane
(Dickson) Cox your Arizona reporter because Jane
was undergoing complex surgery involving the spinal
cord. Those attending the luncheon sent Jane a beautiful
card, signed by everyone, for which she is greatly touched
and extends to them her deepest thanks. The group sent
the card by the hand of Peggy Bradley, Jane's childhood
Pedro Miguel friend, who is also a Tucson resident now.

Richard Staab and Bruno Emanuele, Sun City, AZ.
Note CZ license plate (of the last batch issued) and
Bruno's montuno hat on Richard;s golf cart!

Bernardo Grenadino (now a Green Valley, AZ
resident), George Gercich (in town for a tennis
tournament), and Richard Bock.

Bruno L. Emanuele at Laughlin, NV, fall of 1992. He
certainly gravitated to a spot reminding him of "home,"
Richard and Monica Staab, former Atlantic side
people now living in Sun City, Arizona, were visited last
fall by an Isthmian co-worker and pal, Bruno L.
Emanuele, who now lives in Hartford, Connecticut.
Richard's Canal Zone career included two years in army
service; then Gatun Locks security guard; Cristobal
Police; and, finally, Cristobal Customs (1968 to 1981).
During Bruno's visit with the Staabs they all took in the
"flesh-pots" side trip to Laughlin, Nevada, and its
gambling casinos, which is a standard ritual for us central
and southern Arizonans. We call it "visiting our money" -
that which we left there on previous trips!
Speaking of Laughlin trips, that is one of the ports o'
call on the itinerary Charlie and Anne (Trimble) Parks
always plan for their guests. From the greater Phoenix
area where the Parkses live in the suburb of Glendale, up
to the Grand Canyon, then Las Vegas and Laughlin,
Nevada. Charlie calls it his "Northern Loop Tour". That's
exactly what they did in April 1993 when Anne's brother
George Trimble and his wife Leona visited them. George,
unlike most of the Trimbles who were schooled on the
Atlantic side, is a BHS grad now living in Jacksonville,
Florida. Charlie and Anne, by the way, spent a delightful
month mid-February to mid-March visiting their son
Sgt. Matthew Parks and his wife Heike and three
children in Germany.
We finally have some news from our ex-Isthmian
community in Green Valley, Arizona, south of Tucson,
kindly submitted by former Canal Zone teacher, Richard
W. Bock, as follows:
News from Green Valley: Former Schools Division
people, Helen Johnston from Oregon and Jim Rollins of
Little Rock, Arkansas, visited Dora Mcllhenny during




February. Shirley Brown of Pascagoula, Mississippi, flew
in for a visit with Norma and Richard Bock during
Thank you, Richard. And the best of spring and
summer wishes to all our readers and friends.

Jane Dickson Cox
(602) 298-3147


After the ten-inch snowfall that visited the Ozarks on
Valentine's Day, the effect on the early spring flowers
was to make the daffodils, jonquils, and others that much
more bigger and beautiful than ever. It also had an effect
on the dogwoods and redbuds as they are blooming more
profusely than ever. Of course, most of the rest of the
country was more adversely affected than here.
Just a reminder that the spring and summer get-
together of our group will be held at the Agri Park in
Fayetteville, Arkansas on Father's Day, June 20, 1993. All
are invited and asked to bring a covered dish and your
own utensils. Should give all those attending the reunion
in Orlando time to get back and rested up before
Fern Glass writes that she took time out from caring
for her 100-year-old mother to fly to Vancouver,
Washington to enjoy a most delightful belated Christmas
with son Danny Glass, wife Kathy, and grandson Luis
Glass. Also, in attendance were Karen and David Rothe
and children, Justin, age two and one-half years and
Alisha, age four months. "It was a great pleasure to get
to know my great-grandchildren," she said, "and
Washington had a six-inch snowfall just for me. It was so
beautiful over all those lovely evergreens."
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders report all is well along
DeWoody Drive in Bentonville. In early March great-
grandson Ryan of Allen, Texas brought his grandparents,
Bruce III and Sandy Sanders of Plano, Texas to
Bentonville for an all-too-short three-day visit. A good
time was had by all. Charley Stepp of Marysville,
Missouri recently called by telephone. Charley was in
good spirits--just growing older like the rest of us. It was
an enjoyable rag chew. A few days later, Carl (Bajito)
Newhard called from his son Sam's house in Tiffin, Ohio.
All of these conversations were most enjoyable and
brought back memories of yesteryear.
Harold and Jerry Harp reported they had nothing
newsworthy at this time.
Rita and Harold Grammer visited with her dad
Herbert Engelke in Springfield, Missouri the weekend
before Easter and report him doing okay. All their family
doing well.

Mary Lou Engelke has just returned from Florida
where she attended the graduation of her grandson
Robert J. Engelke of Seminole, Florida. Also, she visited
with son Bobby John and his family; son Tom and his
family, and daughter Sue. Took a side trip to Miami to
see her sister Margaret Samples and family. Also, while
there visited with brother John who recently moved to
Jacksonville, Florida and who was recently married. Was
quite enjoyable seeing everybody.
Addie Colclasure and daughter Marion planning a
trip to Germany in June. Tests on grandson Freddie
continue to be good. Also, grandson Danny working for
the Rogers School District. During spring break Addie
and Marion spent a week with son David and wife Lou
in Decatur, Alabama.
Jack and Joan Corliss had a very enjoyable time on
a Caribbean cruise in February. All their family doing
Maxine Reinhold reports that granddaughter
Anastasia Christine was born February 13, 1993, and was
held by grandma before she was three hours old. She
spent a month in Columbus, Ohio to help parents
Richard and Laura. She was visited here by Richard and
Laura and the baby for a week in April. Has a bus trip
through Texas the last week in April planned. Will be
accompanied by Etta Faye Terrell.
John and Polly Michaelis were surprised by the "big"
snow storm. Nothing else to mention.
While walking the dog, Peggy Keller slipped on the
ice and fell and broke her leg--happened January 18,
1993. When contacted for news, she hoped to get
permission to give up walker. She and Knobby planning
to attend reunion in Orlando.
Betty McGilberry says she had a good time at the
horse races at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Didn't mention anything about winning or losing.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman will be participating
in a lot of activity this time of year. First of all, son
Willy's championship hunting dog--Sweet Sandy--gave
birth to eleven pups. Mother and pups doing great and
we will motor down to Wynne, Arkansas to check them
out. Son Jim will be headed home from Florida before
going to Japan for a three-year tour in the Air Force.
They have applied for passports hoping to make a trip to
Japan. Finally, they will be flying to Seattle, Washington
to attend the graduation of their oldest grandchild
Heather Marie Novak. Eleanor Donahue Callahan,
Kathleen's sister, will fly out from New York to meet
them there for the graduation.
William "Red" and Alice Nail were presented with a
dachshund in January and enjoyed his antics in the snow
after the big snowstorm in February. Planning to attend
the reunion in June and visit with Red's family in
Alabama afterwards.
Evelyn Engelke has gone to Maryland to be near her
daughter Judy Montanaro. Her address is as follows:
Washington Adventist Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,

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7525 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912. She
would like to hear from all her friends. Her daughter
Judy and husband, John, son Bill from California, and
sister Fran Elmendorf from Illinois arrived here in
Bentonville to oversee getting her house ready to rent.
Your reporter spent the weekend of Valentine's Day
in Shreveport, Louisiana with his son Paul Rhoads and
family. Drove home the day of the "big" snow. Was glad
to get home without too much trouble. Plan on attending
the reunion in June.

Robert J. Balcer
(501) 273-3754


Keith York, Fayetteville, reports that he is feeling
fine since his successful surgery for colon cancer in
February. He has resumed work as an inspector of new
commercial and residential construction. He and a
partner work for five banks in a two-county area and
have been engaged in doing this for over three years.
Keith has no plans to retire in the foreseeable future.
Mary Condon was making plans for a visit from two
friends formerly of Pananii, Arlene Segraves of Daly
City, California who used to work as an X-ray technician
at Gorgas Hospital, and Gudrun Fredensberg of Bemidji,
Minnesota who worked in the Panama City office of
Cutter Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company. They
will be given a week's tour of N.W. Arkansas' scenic
Gloria Malsbury, Springdale, has recently entered
into the Clown Ministry under the auspices of the United
Methodist Church. The "clowns" visit nursing homes and
hospitals in the area for the purpose of interacting with
the people in order to give them cheer and laughter.
Gloria's clown name is "Cowi" (cow-eye), a name given
her by Josephine Hilty years ago when they were
neighbors in a four-family house in the Canal Zone.
Gloria also works once a week with the "Bread of Life"
program in her church, a program which gives food and
clothing to needy people in the area but also offers
counseling, referrals for job training, employment
opportunities, etc.
Pam (Thompson) Langston (BHS 76), shown in the
picture with Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President
Clinton, served as Chelsea's counselor at Mann Arts and
Magnet School in Little Rock, Arkansas. When asked
about working with her, Pam would only say, "Chelsea is
a lovely, intelligent young lady. I really enjoyed working
with her. We will miss her very much here at Mann."
Pam is married to Dr. Jim Langston and has a son
Jacob, age 2-1/2, and a daughter, Jillian, age 5 months.
They will move to Harrison, Arkansas in July where Dr.
Langston will be in surgery practice. Pam's parents, Hank
and Nickie Thompson, have been living in Harrison since
1988. Prior to that, they lived in Panama for nineteen
years. Both Hank and Nickie worked for the Schools
Division. Hank taught social studies and was counselor at
Balboa High School and later was Dean of Admissions at
Balboa Junior College. Nickie taught in the elementary

schools at Los Rios and at Diablo. Another daughter
Sharon Thompson is currently teaching at Curundu
Junior High School.

Chelsea Clinton and Pam (Thompson) Langston

Carl and Petie Maedl spent two weeks in Florida late
January and early February. They especially enjoyed their
stay in Naples and vicinity, which reminded them so
much of Pananm, particularly the flora and fauna, the
mangrove swamps, the white sand beaches (like Santa
Clara), and the tropical breezes. They had the chance for
a good chat with former Zonians, Bob and Beverly
Berger and Carol Goulet, of Naples. Bob is enjoying his
part-time work delivering flowers for a floral shop.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


The "Spring Business Luncheon" held on March 7th
at the Pea Soup Restaurant in Carlsbad, California was
a well-attended and pleasurable gathering. A busy agenda
had been planned by President Joan de Grummond and
it seemed to move effortlessly.
After the opening ceremony and invocation, a short
memorial service, a yearly segment of our spring program
followed. Adele Argo read a moving poem entitled "The
Garden" and with bowed heads we remembered: Alfred
Houston, Andrew Lim, David Leroy Smith, Gerald
"Budd" Bliss, Jane Fuller, Neil "Petie" Clark, Sally
Wilson Stabler, Mary Rita Doran Vercauteren, Zonella
Bliss Field.
New officers from the recently-elected slate were
introduced: President, George Muller; Vice President,
John Hanson; Co-Chaplains, Adele Argo and Agnes
Davis; Secretary, Eileen Peterson; Hospitality Secretary,
Stephanie Milburn Johnson; Treasurer, Edith Wimmer;
and Newsletter Editor, Linda Reimann Morris. A warm
round of applause was given to Joan de Grummond, who
served as President for two years, and all other outgoing
members. A special "Despedida" program had been

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planned by President Joan--a troupe of youthful dancers
from the Casa de Panama, Balboa Park, San Diego. The
group, directed by Mrs. Dayra Barnfield, presented
"Bailes Tipicos". The dancers were well rehearsed and
their graceful moves noted and applauded! Our guest
speaker was the incomparable John Hanson who
mesmerized us all describing his work and company--
"Tootie". Tootie, an educational transfer of energy to
more productive modes, uses exercises to improve quality
of life. John amused us all while he demonstrated with
"Smiling Bob" Morris his "Hot La Tootie", the "Tootie
Bounce", and last but not least the "Tootie Launch Pad".
Everyone was wonderfully entertained!
Anthony Provost, our "Poet in Residence", read one
of his original pieces which was also well received.
It was wonderful seeing not-so-familiar faces--
Charles and Joan Austin, Virginia (Tam) Leon
Guerrero, Lolita Provost Packard, Mildred Provost and
son Robert Provost, Rita Will, Jeanne Townsend, and
Mike and Clelia Fernandez. We also welcomed new
members Violet McNarr and guests Tom O'Donnell and
Helen Crenshaw.
Door prizes abounded: a crocheted shawl made and
donated by Letty Moore was won by Grace Irving.
Photograph of a tanker in Gaillard Cut donated by
Donna Geyer Bowman was won by Mary Price. Coasters
and stationery were won by George Muller, Mike
Fernandez, Joe Caperton and Eileen Peterson. A
Panama Canal Review Index by Jeanne Flynn Stough
was won by Jeanne Townsend. Lottery winners were:
Charles Becktell, $20; Adele Argo, $15; and John
Hanson, $10. Also ten Tooties were donated by John
Our next meeting will be held at Les Freres Taix
French Restaurant, 1911 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.
We hope you will join us for the August gathering which
is always a great success with its "Memorabilia" theme.


Jake and Jeneth Baker, Seminole, Florida, were in
La Costa, California for the birth of little Emily Pierce,
Dr. Ken and Diane Pierce's third child. They hosted a
surprise "30th" birthday party for Diane with the help of
Dr. Ken and son Jake. The birthday girl was really
astonished when friends and neighbors shouted "surprise"
from a balloon-bedecked room, complete with a potluck
buffet prepared by neighbors and friends. The Pierces are
planning a visit to Panama to introduce newest
grandchild to the Tom Pierce family, Balboa Heights, in
Lots of folks planning to attend Panama Canal
Reunion in Orlando--Helen and Joe Ress, Kathryn and
Jack Taylor, Dick Tatelman, Charles Becktell, Jolie
Seeley, Conrad and Norma Horine, and Joan de
Grummond. Jolie Seeley really enjoyed her October trip
to London. She was looking forward to spending spring
break with one of her grandchildren--"Glenn's kids from
Texas", and later the Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando.
This busy lady is also President of the American
Association of University Women, Laguna Hills Branch.
Dorothy Cotton was the guest of honor at a luncheon
hosted by Catsy Taylor Schafer, San Diego. The menu
included Johnny Marzetti, green salad and french bread.
Seems Dorothy Cotton gave original recipe to Catsy 27

years ago. Arthur and Dorothy Cotton will be moving to
Deltona, Florida to be closer to daughter Dottie and Ken
Conrad Horine, working with his "super dooper"
Southern California West Coast Reunion Committee, is
already hard at work painting backdrops and models for
the "September Extravaganza". Bob Morris is promoting
the Golf Tournament and hopes the turnout for this
serious-for-fun golf gathering will be the highlight of the
weekend. Remember--Tito Mouynes will be playing!!

Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 272-9729



I had a nice surprise a few months ago at Sewing
Club here at my house. Lois Van Horn and her sister
Harriet Miller of Belleair, Florida were able to join us
gals for the day. Hope they can do it again real soon.
On March 10th a covered dish supper party was held
for Flora Madison in Holiday, Florida to honor her on
her birthday. Ethel Straub, Aura Erickson's sister, took
pictures of those present.


Front L-R: Aura Erickson, Alberta Scears and Flora
Madison (in chair). Back L-R: Mildred Harper, Vera
Smith, Edna Wertz, Jeanne Wheeler, Bud Erickson,
Dick Parker.

Fred and Marie Dube enjoyed a family reunion for
the Easter holiday celebrated at their grandson Timothy
Dube's new home in Palm Harbor. Their son Fred Dube
and family came up from Homestead, Florida. Their
daughter Agnes also joined in the party. Marie and Fred
will be celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary on
June 1st. Congratulations, mis amigos. By the way, Agnes
Marie Dube is the daughter of Fred and Marie Dube and
her name is Agnes Burns. Sorry Agnes, I get carried
away at times.
Another couple who will be celebrating their 55th
wedding anniversary on June 12th is none other than our
Chaplain, Dorothy, and Ernest Yocum. Congratulations
to you both.

Muriel Whitman is expecting her daughter Barbara
Umberger and grandsons Diven and Teague from West
Virginia for a visit. This will be Teague's first visit to
meet his grandfather John Whitman and other relatives.
Teague is only seven-weeks old. Muriel has already met
her grandson as she was present at his birth on February
16th in West Virginia. His brother Diven is three years
Another event in the Whitman's life was the
marriage of their grandson John Arnold who was
married on April 25th in Dunedin. And Muriel's sister
Jean Holmelin Kirk and husband Fred also visited them
in late March.

Sara Rowley
(813) 531-7339

In January, Bob and Connie Nordstrom came from
Virginia to visit Sally Hancock Smith. While here for
three days, they conferred with Sally re plans for their
BHS Class of '44 50th class reunion next year. Since John
Mayles is also on the reunion committee, Bob, Connie
and Sally drove up to Homosassa to confer with John.
Jim and Gemma Wright O'Donnell seem to have
visitors every month. In late February, their
niece Rosemary came for a visit. She had just returned
after a three-year volunteer stint working with Maryknoll
nuns in Nicaragua.
In early March, Jack and Pat Dunning Hunt came
from Hendersonville, North Carolina. The next visitors at
the O'Donnell's were John McTaggart and son. Like the
good Irishmen that they are, they celebrated St. Patrick's
Day by enjoying two hours of hilarious Irish jokes at the
Hal Roach show at the Mahaffey Theater in St.
Petersburg. Jim says Hal Roach is Ireland's answer to
Bob Hope.
John McTaggart reports that he ran into Al White,
formerly with the Electrical Division, and "Snooky"
Rowley of Panama with their spouses while attending the
famous Calle Ocho celebration in Miami held in early
A wonderful ten-day tour to Panama was organized
by Isabel Zemer Lively of Sonoma, California.
Unfortunately, the response to her advertising was poor
so only six people went to Panama February 10th through
18th. Who says "you can never go home again?" Diane
Yost Mason and husband Charlie were able to see her
childhood home in the Fish Bowl as well as an old family
friend, Mrs. William Boyd, Sr. Unfortunately, she just
missed seeing Fritzie and Inga Elliot Collins when she
stopped at the Panamonte Inn while in Boquete.
One night Dr. T. Malo joined us for cocktails and
dinner at the Hotel Ejecutivo. Other people we ran into
were Mary Moreland Coffey as she got out of a cayuco
after having crossed to the tiny Achitupo airstrip from
the island of Achitupo. Captain Peter and Lesley Berger
Tassell and daughters Jennifer and Candace were seen
at the Hotel Bambito. John Hern, Jr. was seen at
Miraflores Locks. Lunch at the Quarry Heights Officers'
Club produced many friends--Jim and Mary Sullivan
Young, Eric Nicolaisen and Dr. Chevelle.
Betty and Isabel were taken to the posh "new" Union
Club for lunch by Georgebel Bletterman. The Union
Club is still very exclusive and the "little old ladies" still

spend their days playing bridge or canasta, eat lunch,
then go home for their siestas. Mrs. Teddy (Joan) Arias
looks great. She spends the winters in Panama and the
rest of the year with her daughter who is a doctor in the
USA (sorry I don't know her name or where she's
While in San Jos, Costa Rica we visited with Nick
Nicholaisen (Freddie in the olden days) and daughter
Nicole. As this was Isabel's first trip to San Jos6, Betty
let her choose the sights to see.
On our return to Panama, we spent our last night at
dinner at Albrook Officers' Club with Henry and Carol
Holgerson Twohy, son H.B., and Georgebel. The
Mongolian barbecue at the club was as tasty as ever.
Before leaving the club we tried our luck at the slot
machines in the bar. H.B. won--we lost! After-dinner
drinks and good conversation were enjoyed at the
Twohy's lovely home at the foot of Lion Hill and Ancon
We are sorry that Diane and Charlie and Koko and
Dan Tear did not go to San Jos6 with Isabel and Betty.
They missed a lovely country, wonderful weather and
great sightseeing.

Betty Chan Snow
(813) 799-4769


Fran Orvis of Sarasota, accompanied by her
grandson Bobby and his wife Molly Orvis of Naples,
Florida, spent the Christmas holiday in Daytona Beach,
Florida with his parents, Bob and Lotty (Stevenson)
Orvis and their daughter Nita. Bill and Carolyn (Treger)
Price of Melbourne, Florida joined the group for
Christmas dinner. Later in the week the Orvises drove to
Port St. John, Florida to visit Bob and Lotty's other son
Carl and Christine Orvis and their sons, Ryan, Ty and
baby Kyle, born December 21, 1992.
Louise Pustis spent the Christmas holidays in
Redlands, California with her son Lt. Col. Tom Pustis
and his wife Fran and their sons.
Colin Campbell, CHS '34 and his wife Rosemary,
who spend the winter months at their vacation home in
Venice, Florida, recently returned to their home in New
While in Florida they arranged a CHS Class of 1934
mini-reunion at the Brenton Reef Restaurant in Sarasota
for a get-together with classmate Jerry Gorin and wife
Rosalind, who were visiting from Riverside, Rhode
Island. Those attending were Colin and Rosemary
Campbell, Stella (Boggs) DeMarr, Fred and Bev
(Moody) Ebdon, Jerry and Rosalind Gorin, and Mabelle
"Mayno" (Bliss) Walker. It was great fun reminiscing,
telling of present life styles and activities, and planning
for another get-together.
The Colin Campbells are great travellers and took a
trip through the Florida Everglades and will be leaving in
the summer for a visit with their son in Anchorage,
Billie Galloway and her sisters, Alice K. Jones and
Maxine K. Hitchcock, flew to Houston, Texas, to spend

the Easter holiday with her daughter Anna Katherine
(Galloway) and her husband Pat Daniel and their
daughter Katherine (Daniel) Steitz, who was visiting
from Paris, Kentucky.
Blanche (Walker) Hartman enjoyed a visit from her
niece Frances Ann (Thompson) and her husband Dick
Clinton of Marietta, Georgia. The Clintons were
entertained with a dinner party for other family members
to visit with them during their short stay here. They also
visited Frances' cousin Jimmy and wife Bette (Boggs)
Thompson in Englewood, Florida.
Earlier in the year, Blanche's niece Mabel
(Chatburn) and husband Dave Powell stopped over for
a ten-day visit in Sarasota, before returning to their home
in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
George and Mayno Walker of Sarasota had a most
enjoyable and memorable family gathering at the home
of their eldest daughter Mabelle "Mickey" and Martin
Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. It was a very
special occasion as their daughter Jeanne W. Wagner of

Anchorage, Alaska and Mayno's sister, Zonella (Bliss)
Field, were visiting at the time.
Included in the group were the Walkers'
grandchildren, Frank Fitzgerald of Edgewater, Florida,
Kathleen F. Loeffler of New Smyrna Beach, Florida,
Patrick and Lisa Fitzgerald of Jacksonville, Florida, and
their daughter Carole (Walker) Miller of Tampa and
other guests. Besides reminiscing, shopping, sightseeing
and taking pictures, it was fun to see the video of the
recent wedding of the Patrick Fitzgeralds.
After a wonderful weekend being with so many at an
informal family reunion, we all said our goodbyes and
departed on our various ways home.
It was especially memorable as our dear sister and
aunt, Zonie Field, passed away shortly thereafter.

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900

South Florida

The second annual Parthenais' party was held in
March. Let's see if we can identify the suspects in the
above picture. Left to right starting in the back: Oscar
Nuncio, Lee Gaul, Kim Vasquez, Rosita Pollock,
Nita Weiss, Jim Thompson, Kelly Parthenias, Norm
Bruhmaster, Lynn (Budreau) Gritt, Dick and Debbie
Hattler, George Sauvigne, Julie Pollock, Jackie
Johnson, Frankie, Fred, Debbie Pollock and son;
front rows: Tom Vasquez, Kenny Gaul, Kristin Gaul,
Merle and Sharon Wylie, Cookie Newlon, Rick Gritt,
Jerry Curtis, Bonnie Kent, Dado Frensley, Jim
Parthenais, Nancy Baldwin, Mary and Tom Frensley.
We enjoyed visiting with old friends, dancing to Latin
sounds and, of course, the typical foods of Panama,
including the world-famous Tom Frensley ceviche.
Mary and Tom Frensley also hosted a get-together
recently. Including some of the persons listed above, we
got to see Sue Kellerheard who came down from Tampa.
Others included: Lori Nickisher, Michelle Owen, her
husband Steve and their little girl Alex, Erika Welsh, Sue
Hall, Shirley Dodd, and Fred Watkins with his two

children, Michael and Jenny.
The youngest person to visit with the Frensleys was
two-week-old Erika Lee Gaul born on March 8th to Lee
and Kenny Gaul. Erika joins her two sisters, Nikki and
Kristin, who together with their initials make the name
KEN. Pretty neat, huh?
Karyn Dumas called from Santa Barbara, California
to tell me about her wedding plans. She will be marrying
Ken Fish in September. We hope that there is no
relation to Jim Fish but are not really sure at press time
Received a call from Nita Weiss back in January
letting me know that she had just recently moved to the
South Florida area. We hope she likes her new home in
Deerfield Beach.
Well..just a note to the people who live here in South
Florida, please give me your news, you may either write
to me or telephone me. Anyway, just stay in touch.

Janice Cookie Newlon
(305) 532-6525

St. Petersburg


Betty and Barney Forgeson enjoyed family members
visiting them on Tierra Verde from 5 April through 17
April. First, their niece Pat (Lacklen) Ashcroft from
Tallahassee for one week with her sister Diane Caricofe
flying in on Good Friday for five days over Easter from
Washington, D.C. Then, sister Mary Jane and Jesse
Lacklen arrived Tuesday the 13th for five days along with
sister Beverly and George Dilfer from Boca Raton for
two days. Also, Barney's niece and husband, Bill and
Nancy (Coleman) Grubbs, for five days from North
Carolina--pulling a trailer to Ft. DeSoto Park
campgrounds--a fun family get-together to celebrate
Easter and Betty's 75th birthday but mostly to visit and
cheer up Barney!
This is the second enjoyable family reunion this year
at the Forgesons' home as both Betty's sisters and
husbands, the Lacklens and Dilfers, plus Barney's sister
Evy Wilt and niece Susan Weis from Winter Park were
all with them celebrating the Christmas holiday season.

Betty Forgeson
Tierra Verde


As mentioned in the previous issue, February was a
month for weddings. On February 17th, Barkley Hayes
and Stephanie Nellis joined each other in marriage. The
wedding took place on Davis Island here in Tampa and
was attended by many Zonians and relatives from all
over. The couple will be residing in PananA.
Many Zonians also attended the wedding of Gilbert
and Sharon Smith on February 20th which was held in
Tarpon Springs. The ceremony was slightly delayed due
to the fact that the best man forgot his tuxedo. Way to
go, Larry!
Recently a surprise bridal shower was given for
Ginny Escala by her sister Nancy. The wedding is
scheduled for May 15th in the event she survives her
bachelorette party.
Christina Stromberg was also surprised when Connie
Nickisher, Nancy Smith and Vanessa Lasack threw her
a baby shower. Those in attendance were: Patty Revello,
Marina Zamora, Ingrid Diaz, Sharon Smith, Alice
Furlong, Jackie Brogie and Melissa Winford. Christina
and Alan's baby is due April 29th.
I spoke with Marco Robinson recently and he
informed me that his brother Brian and wife Kim have
relocated to Sanford, Florida. Welcome back, Brian! I
also spoke with Kelly (Morris) Fenton whose father
Kenny Morris Sr. recently bought a home in Palm
Harbor. Mr. Morris is temporarily staying with his
daughter and son-in-law due to minor delays with his
home. Great carpet, Mr. Mo!
Well, I'm sure everyone is looking forward to the
1993 Reunion in Orlando. If you have any news to
contribute about the reunion or any other news, please
let me know.
See you in Orlando!

Denise Clark
(813) 969-1875

Mary Scigliane Leach celebrated her husband Bill's
birthday on January 30th with a party at their home in
Lilburn. The party was attended, not only by their many
friends, but by a surprise guest stripper from the "Eastern
Onion" that came at the request of some of the guests. It
was a fun evening with dancing to the music of Lucho,
and a video camera caught the evening events for future
replay. Pat McCarragher brought some delicious new
empanadas that he has "discovered" and hopes to market,
Rosemary Abad brought her super delicious "flan", and
Mary made that "to die for" chocolate cake. Some of the
guests (but by all means not all) were: Mike and
Mariella Meggers McNally, Camille Hendricks Bassett,
Billy and Carole Arnold, Lou and Mary Scigliane, Ray
Burda, Pennye McCarragher and her two daughters,
George Garcia, Maxine and Larry Nolde, Carrie Evers,
Kelly Gerhart, Dick and Diane Wallace, Teri Aleman,
and Davis and June Stevenson. It was a great birthday
party and fun being with "old" friends again.

Bill Leach in center of photo surrounded by his many
friends and family.

Cleve and Odie Winberg Soper missed our March
1993 "Blizzard of the Century" as they were visiting with
their daughter Karen and her husband Robert Welch,
and their new nine pounds thirteen ounce grandson
Brandon Wayne in Baytown, Texas. We were here when
the storm hit and it was a "lulu". Fortunately, we kept our
electricity throughout the whole blizzard so we stayed
warm and up on the news.

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Virgil and Lori (Stevenson) Snow, skiing in Colorado,
March 1993.

Virgil and Lori Stevenson Snow, along with their two
children Alexandria and Nicholas, spent a week in March
at a ski resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It was
their first skiing vacation and they claimed it was the
"best vacation" they had ever been on. Lori and her two
children spent three days at ski school before "hitting the
slopes", but Virgil, the expert, headed out right away to
do some serious skiing. Of course, there is one tree that
still has his body marks permanently engraved where he
failed to stop in time. If you are ever there, you might
see his body print on a tree. They are now planning on
a skiing vacation every year in the hopes that they will all
soon be experts. Next year, though, there will be an
addition to their family as Lori is expecting her third
baby in late August. They stayed in a condo that my
husband had recommended to them and said it was a
great place to stay.

Pat and Jack Hunt and June Stevenson in front of
the Hunts' home in Hendersonville, N.C.

I finally developed my film of our visit to Jack and
Pat Dunning Hunt's home in Hendersonville, North
Carolina so decided to include it with this letter to let
everyone see how great they look. I spoke to Pat on the
phone the other day and she told me that she and Jack
had been to PananA for two weeks, and had a wonderful
Lester and Andrea Byrd Smith had their daughter
Christine Smith Romero and 18-month-old grandson
Jaenon visit with them for over two weeks recently.
Lester, who is still working in South Florida helping out
the victims of Hurricane Andrew, was able to come home
for a week during his daughter's visit, and Andrea said
that the time just flew by for all of them.

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Bernice Baglien, Carl and Elaine Bretscher and
Dave Baglien in back. Branson, MO. Dec. 1992.

Received a nice letter from Dave Baglien in Taccoa,
Georgia and he told me that he and his wife Bernice
spent Christmas in North Dakota with Bernice's parents.
On their way up, they stopped by to visit with Carl and
Elaine Bretscher in Branson, Missouri. Carl used to be
the Pastor of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in the
Canal Zone during the late 1960's. Dave seemed to like
the Branson, Missouri area and recommended it to
anyone looking for classy entertainment at reasonable
prices. On their way back from North Dakota, they
stopped in Maple Grove, Minnesota to visit with their
son Joel, his wife Jodi and daughter Claire. They also
stopped off in Onondaga, Michigan to visit with Julie,
Gary and their three sons, and to see the "Mall of
America" which was a sightseeing experience.


Claire with daddy, Joel Baglien
In February, we received word that my husband's
mother, Muffle Rose Stevenson, had passed away at her
apartment in Winter Haven, Florida at the age of 90. The
entire Stevenson, Snow and Rowley clan drove down for
the memorial services which were held in Winter Haven.
Muffle had lived in Panarmn and the Canal Zone for
many years and was well known there. Dave had her
buried next to his father in the Corozal Cemetery while
he was in Panama at the end of March.
On a lighter note, Davis, in his capacity as tour
guide, took a group of dedicated "birders" to Pananm to
show them all of the birds that are there, and altogether
they spotted over 372 species. They went all over the
countryside from Colkn to the VolcAn, and even a side
trip to the San Blas Islands was arranged, so everyone
went back to the U.S. with beautiful memories of

Cherry Blossom Tree Farm

Davis and June Stevenson with Ginny and Bruce
Hearn on board the dinner train in Atlanta, GA., March

Al Graham wrote from the Cherry Blossom Capital
of the World in Macon to tell me that he, his family and
some friends took a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee to
visit with some friends and take in the sights. Also had a
short visit with Olga and Bill Henderson and gave them
a tour of his beautiful city. Al met up with Drew Marczak
and his wife at a concert at Mercer University. He says
he survived the Blizzard of '93, but no one in his family
had ever been that cold before. Trees were falling down
all over the place and taking power lines with them. One
final note Atlanta has a dinner train ride that takes you
from downtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain and back
again. We took that trip one night with Bruce and Ginny
Hearn and we had a great time. Service and food were
both excellent and I highly recommend it for anyone who
has not yet been on the train.
See you all in Orlando in June!

June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


Reading Peggy Hutchinson's absorbing article about
her visit to Panama certainly heightens one's desire to
return again to revive those memories and enjoy the
beauty and appeal of the Panama she claims is still for
From Elaine (Bohan) Hooper of Jonesboro,
Arkansas came news of the Hawaii visit of Sue Adams,
daughter of her sister Betty Salzman, with Betty's
daughter-in-law Suzanne Salzman. I had hoped to meet
them; however, the girls had only a part day here on
Oahu after their visit to the other islands, so I had only
a nice, long telephone talk with Suzanne.
Elaine mentioned Peggy Hutchinson's trip to Panama
to visit her son Gary, a close friend of Raymond Lloyd
who, he said, died recently. How well I remember that
popular young man. Elaine has enjoyed a videotape of
the former Canal Zone sent by Scottie Michaelson. He
had taken a jitney ride with camera especially around
Ancon and the old Cable Heights area the latter totally
Inadvertently omitted from my last report was the
good news from Lucille (Cook) Nanny of Palo Alto of a
surprise visit from old Canal Zone friends Raymond
Welch (who was there for the marriage of his son),
Raymond's wife Jeanie (Rocker/Allen) Welch, and Jean

(Mitchell) Holland. Raymond (very impressive looking!)
is retired from the Navy, and proud of his seven children
all of whom are very successful and have either a
master's degree or PHD. Jeanie has three children, so
she and Raymond keep very busy with their combined
ten children and the grandchildren. Raymond and Jeanie
live at Ocean Beach, Florida in the Navy retirement
community called "Fleet Landing", where Mathilde
(Brewerton) Blesh also lives. It was a grand mini-reunion
with Jean Holland, Raymond, and Lucille (me too) all of
BHS class of '35; Jeanie probably of class of '39.
Sorry to receive word from Margaret Brock that her
mother Marjorie Gardiner had passed away on March
11th, after spending the Christmas holidays with
Margaret and being hospitalized twice. She was laid to
rest next to her mother, as desired, at Forest Lawn
Central, Ft. Lauderdale. Had met Margaret when they
visited Hawaii.
A call from Benita Fowler of Honolulu inquired
about Emily Price, the widow of the late, well-known
character "Jungle Jim" Price of Panama. Emily, who is
Benita's first cousin, left Spartanburg, South Carolina
about two years ago to live in Panama post-Noriega, and
Benita would like very much to know how to contact her.
Sofia (Hilbert) Burgoon had written to me asking
about a former Panama friend, Nesta (Morales)
LaMontagne, whom I had located, written about and
pictured in this column a few years ago. After many
phone calls, I relocated her and learned that all is well
with her and her husband, who live in Aiea (nice, quiet
"country"), although she works here in Waikiki. They
spent two weeks in the Philippines about a year ago with
her son Kerry, who with his family flew in to meet them
from Japan (where he has a business). They stayed at
Puerto Azul, a beautiful place. Nesta hears from Grace
(Schack) Wilson who mentioned that Anita (Daniels)
Asmussen was going to Florida to meet Grace. Nesta
would like to hear from any friends. They may write to
her at 99-055 Laulima St., Aiea, HI 96701.
Virginia Dolim's brother Jimmy Ridge of Panama
will be here in June for the seven-day, round-the-islands
cruise group Virginia has organized (June 12-19). Jimmy
will spend two days in Waikiki at the Beachcomber Hotel
and then fly to Las Vegas and Florida, after attending the
Shrine convention in San Antonio on July 4th.
Enjoyed a promised visit from Dick Sullivan, a UAL
pilot on his last Honolulu flight before retiring with his
wife Sondra to their chosen spot, Mountain Home,
Arkansas. Dick went to Panama in 1935 with his family
where his father R. L. Sullivan, whom I remember, was
first a teacher at CHS, later GM of the Canal Zone
Commissary Division at Mount Hope, and later lived on
the Pacific side. His father retired in 1958 to Colorado,
where he died in 1973. His mother Ada lives in Florence,
South Carolina with his youngest sister Pat. Dick, I and
my friend Gerry Spencer had a delightful visit. We
agreed that the early commissary organization might have
been the first ever supermarket.
Dick recalls Luke Palumbo, CHS sports coach in
1951, who now lives near Fayetteville, Arkansas as well as
another friend, the late Andrew Lim, who was well
known in artistic circles and community youth affairs.
A young Panamanian girl named Emmy Hosky called
after having met some friends of my daughter Katya. She
is attending a college here in Honolulu (studying

business, finance and marketing). She lives with a girl
from Ecuador, but her family all reside in Panama.
Sissie (Olga Rowe) Speuer of Capistrano Beach says
she has been having a bit of a problem with cancer, but
is now responding to the chemo and radiation treatment.
I had sent her and her husband Bill a care package of
Hawaiian goodies, but alas, she can eat nothing whatever.
As Sissie says, she has the best caretaker in the world,

L-R: Lois Bates, Olive (Koperski) Nicholson, her
sister, Jan Taylor at Taylor's bar, Honolulu.

After an absence of thirteen years, Bill Brophy
enjoyed a busy and gala few weeks in Panama in January
and February. His mother Gladys Altamiranda is a
friend of my sister-in-law Thelma (Leignadier)
DeLaMater dating back to their New Orleans days in the
70's. Bill enjoyed the EXPOCOMER, a large
international trade fair promoting and selling products
and services directly. He says private enterprise is
booming, new subdivisions being built in many areas,
much growth in the Colon Free Zone (over $10 billion
worth of business generated last year). Bill attended
opening night of a fair in Chorrera, says Taboga is still
quiet and enchanting, and that everyone in Panama still
has the license to party.
As president of the Hawaii Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce, Bill is promoting monthly get-togethers for
socializing, with free pupu (that's plural for hours
d'oeuvres), featuring fine and primitive ethnic art
(including molas and mola attire), music, dancing, no-
host cocktails. The first one will be on Cinco de Mayo at
a large home in Portlock. Bill also is a contributor to the
entertaining Hispanic TV half-hour variety show at 3:00
p.m. Monday (Ch 22 local) which has featured Panama
and Tamborito dancing in costume several times, as well
as segments from other Latin American countries. Last
week the Mexican dance "La Quebradita" was performed.
The Hacer Society, sponsors of the TV show, now holds
Hispanic socials every third Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00
p.m. at the Ilikai Hotel in a suite over the Yacht Harbor
May Day is Law Day (Dia de La Ley in Spanish?),
is Labor Day in Panama, and, in Hawaii, Lei Day (watch
that spelling!). For isle visitors, Kamahameha Day on
June 12th signals many celebrations and shows. The
Kamehameha School, which is supported by the Bishop
Estate, is the most richly-endowed private school in the
U.S. The Bishop Estate is rumored to be bringing into
the isles Nieman-Marcus stores (just don't call them

Back L-R: Gerry Spencer, Alicia Derosier, Lois
Bates. Front: Joe Ornellas, Katya DeLaMater, and
the winning hats Hawaii Yacht Club.

Also recommend for visitors the rather new
"Navatek" tourist catamaran, which cruises on the lee side
of Oahu, offering luncheon or dinner service and
entertainment. Any Jolly Sons of St. Patrick visiting in
next mid-March might care to march in the St. Patty's
Day parade claimed to be the third largest in the U.S.
The active Kilauea volcano is again providing visitors
spectacular views, both as the lava crosses Chain-of-
Craters Road and as it cascades into the sea in a fiery
My daughter Katya DeLaMater had charge of the
successful Easter brunch at the Hawaii Yacht Club which
featured a fashion show of yachting and beach attire,
good music and dancing, and an Easter bonnet parade
and contest. Her hat and mine were prize winners, and
both the hats and the club were bedecked by Katya with
a little help from her friends.

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Jerry and Anne (Siebrands) Bennett's son David, his
wife Becky, and grandson have moved to Phoenix,
Arizona. Ann followed them to their new home in
December for a brief one-day stay, but she looked up a
number of former Canal Zone school systems employees
on the way home. Ann contacted H. Loring White in
Phoenix for a long telephone conversation. He was an
instructor at Canal Zone College. In Albuquerque, New
Mexico Ann visited with Rex Hopson, a former Cristobal
HS librarian. Ann's next stop was in Locust Grove where
she had another wonderful visit with Ron and Alice
Jacobs, who taught on both sides of the Isthmus.
Just prior to the trip out west, Jerry and Ann
participated in the Christmas Stroll with their new home
in Okawville. Their collection of international decorations

attracted local attention as described in the article below:
Reprinted from The Okawville Times, December 3,
"Rev. Jerry and Ann Bennett's home is filled with
native decorations they have collected from their travels.
"For the Christmas Stroll they are displaying creches
they bought in Israel, Ecuador, Peru, Germany, Pananm6,
El Salvador, and Hong Kong. Friends brought them
nativity scenes from Taiwan and Philippines. Other
decorations include a woven table cloth from Guatemala,
a Christmas tree tapestry from Colombia, South America,
and choir wood carvings from Barcelona, Spain and
Switzerland, and tapestries woven by the San Bias Indians
off the coast of Colombia.
"They have a collection of Bing and Grondal and
Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates in the kitchen. A
Christmas tree upstairs is decorated with straw
ornaments from Pananm and angels from El Salvador.
Their collections also include Don Quixote and Sancho
Panza figurines and wooden masks from Latin American
countries. He has dozens of elephant figures, mostly
acquired as gifts. They also have a silver carving from
Peru of the Last Supper.
"The Bennetts have lived in Okawville since June,
when he became pastor of the United Methodist Church.
He recently graduated from the Eden Seminary in St.
Louis, and this is his first church.
"The couple met in Panarn while working with a
community theater group. She taught at an American
school in the Panama Canal Zone for eighteen years and
he was in the Air Force and a civilian employee of the
Army for ten years. She has also taught in Guam,
Smokey Mountain of Tennessee, and in South Dakota.
The couple both have roots in the Midwest, as he is from
Moline, Illinois and she is from Iowa. She now teaches
English at Belleview Area College."


Joyce Collinge, Beth Thorpe, Kelsey Thorpe and
Sara Ulrich.

Christmas lasted three weeks for Don and Sara
(Collinge) Ulrich of Algonquin. Sara's mother, Joyce
Collinge of St. Petersburg, Florida visited for a week
before Christmas. Sara and Don's daughter Barb Ulrich,
a graduate student at Eastern Illinois University, arrived
home for Christmas as Joyce was leaving. Their son
Christopher Ulrich from Redwood City, California
visited for a week following Christmas, and with each
new arrival, Christmas was celebrated all over again.
The holidays were very special for the Ulriches with
the addition of Kelsey Elizabeth Thorpe born October

31, 1992. Parents are Jim and Elizabeth (Ulrich) Thorpe
of Mt. Prospect, Illinois, Don and Sara's oldest daughter.
Kelsey is the first grandchild and great grandchild in the
Dorothy Dedeaux Pape (BHS '49) of Monmouth,
Illinois attended the Society and "Peter Magill" reunions
last year with sister Iris (BHS '37) and brothers Leon
(BHS '42) and Louie (BHS '47). They "loved every
second of the week". Dorothy and her husband George
planned a trip to Palm Beach/Delray Beach in
December. Their children, Georgia, Clay, and Scott, live
and work in the area. Dorothy had a good idea for an
Illinois/Iowa Panama Canal Society meeting. If anyone
is interested in gathering at the Quad City River Boat
area, let me know. If anyone has any other ideas, please
let me know too.
Margie (Morris) and Dan Hanesworth spent nine
days in early February in Panamn. They visited her
brother Charles Morris, recently appointed deputy
general services director, his wife, two daughters, and
their mother, Margaret (Moe) Morris. The dry season
weather cooperated, and they enjoyed four days at
Gorgona Beach in Charles' lovely home there. They
reported that the old Zone is changing rapidly, but the
country of Panand is still lush and beautiful and
rebuilding since the invasion. Margie, Dan and daughter
Holly plan a return trip in late July to attend niece
Mercedes Morris' wedding at the beach.

At Las Cascadas in Panama City
Spurlin and Mike Soncek.

- Maria and Fred

Mike and Tami (Spurlin) Soncek (me!) also traveled
to Panamn recently! We visited with my father Fred
Spurlin and his wife Maria for a week in April. They
showed us a wonderful time! We went to El Valle for the
weekend, sightseeing in Old Panamn and the locks,
shopping on Central Avenue and Stephen's Circle, and
much, much more. One of my best friends Bea (Dunn)
Weiler and family were stationed back in Panamn just a
couple of weeks before our trip. We visited with them at
my father's home where Maria fixed us a marvelous meal
of typical Panamanian foods. It was great to go back to
Pananm since I had not returned since 1983. Things have
changed a lot in ten years. This was my husband's first
visit and we're planning another one early next year.
We also took a trip to Florida last Thanksgiving
where we went on a cruise out of Miami and then
returned to attend Bea's wedding. Bea's parents, sister
Patricia, and brother Dwight were all there with their
families. Also attending was my other best friend Mary

(Davis) Burbach with her husband Jeff and children
Michael and James. Bea's wedding was beautiful. Her
children, Willie and Jessica, participated in the ceremony
along with Steve's (Bea's husband) niece and nephew.
The wedding reception was held outdoors at the home of
Bea's neighbor Margarite, who is also formerly of the
Canal Zone. It was so great to see friends from the Canal
Zone again.

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Bea and Steve Weiler, Nov. '92.

Mary (Davis) Burbach "stopped over" at Chicago
O'Hare for an afternoon in February. She was on her
way to visit Jeff at a military training course in Kansas.
Mary and I had a lovely three-hour lunch at a French
restaurant in Chicago catching up on everything. Since
then, Mary and family have been stationed in California.
We all manage to stay in touch one way or another!

Tami Soncek (Spurlin)
(708) 572-1102


Last year I reported that Betty Lou (Forrest)
Correira was seriously ill and would appreciate hearing
from friends. I recently had a letter from her telling me
that she had heard from five or six of her childhood
friends. She really appreciated the cards and letters and
well wishes.
Betty Lou said her oldest daughter Elena Kiley, who
lives in upstate New York and is the mother of four boys
and two girls ranging in age from five to eighteen years,
had recently spent two and a half weeks with Betty Lou
helping to take care of her as she had to be in bed all the
Anyone who knows Betty Lou and would care to
send her a note or a card, I know she would appreciate
it very much. Her address is Mrs. Elizabeth F. Correira,
702 W. Winona Avenue, Warsaw, IN 46580.
Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, Indiana reports that
she spent Easter in the Indianapolis area visiting friends
and relatives.
Jane is having a cataract removed from one eye on
April 14th in Indianapolis. At a later date she will have

a cataract removed from the other eye. Jane will spend
a short time with her daughter Sheila, who is a nurse,
before she returns home.
Jane is looking forward to her improved eyesight as
she says it will make traveling safer and she will be able
to drive longer distances.
A few weeks ago I received a telephone call from
Wilma Kennerd from Dothan, Alabama, who asked if I
had Jane's telephone number. I don't have the telephone
number of all of the Indiana members of PCSOF, but I
did have Jane's. Jane writes that she and Wilma had a
nice chat.
My wife, the former Ruth Wood, and I, since the
beginning of the year, have visited some former residents
of Pananm and the Canal Zone who live in the Louisville,
Kentucky area but not more than forty miles from where
we live in Charlestown, Indiana. My sister and her
husband, Leila (Lyon) and Hobert Mills, live about thirty
miles away and Jesse Nelle (Moses) Robles, widow of my
cousin Frank Robles, lives about forty miles away.
We also had an opportunity to spend a day with Judy
(Stepp) Parietti from Missouri who flew one of her
female dogs into Louisville to participate in a dog show
there. Unfortunately, the dog did not win any of the
events here but Judy entered her in another show
somewhere else and she was a winner. Judy plans to
attend the June Reunion in Orlando.
We have also talked by phone to some other former
residents of Panama and the Canal Zone. We spoke to
the following Florida residents--my brother Carlyle Lyon
in Miami, Teddy and Alice McGann in Orlando, Dick
Parker in Palm Harbor, and Eola (de Leon) Hamblen in
Largo. We also spoke to Charles Stepp in Marysville,
Missouri and John and Shirley Finlason in Sun City,

Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


Thanks to Mrs. Lorraine Currier of Slidell for
recommending this reporter for membership in the
organization for retired federal employees. Though I'm
not yet retired and am a state (not federal) employee,
others who are eligible may be interested in knowing
dues are only $20 a year.
John R. Gough, Sr., Marrero, is about to publish the
first part of the Cooke-Wood family history. Memoirs
that deal with life in the Canal Zone make a valuable
addition to our Canal Zone Museum in Texas. John
recently heard from Claud Lyon (CHS '38) of
Charlestown, Indiana, whose wife Ruth Wood Lyon (CHS
'38), is a cousin to John's late wife, Kathleen Cooke
Gough. Claud was born in Cob n; Ruth in Costa Rica.
Their three children were born in Pananm. They left for
Louisville, Kentucky in 1951 and moved to Charlestown
in 1975. Claud's sister Leila married Hobert Mills, who
worked in Gatun and Balboa, and they had three
children, Shirley, Kenny and Patsy. Mills is a past master
of Sibert Masonic Lodge in Gatun. Ruth's sister

Margaret married Charles Stepp, an Atlantic side
inspector. Their daughter Judy attended Canal Zone
schools on the Atlantic side. Of Ruth's three brothers,
Richard worked in the banana business on the Atlantic
and Pacific sides; William came to the States; and
Robert, after a stint with the Air Force in Korea, was a
mule operator on both sides and worked at the Balboa
docks. He and his wife had two sons, Robert Jr. "Junie"
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Ruth (Wood) and Claud Lyon of Charlestown,
John also has heard from Bettye Jo Opry, Norman,
Oklahoma who worked for the Army finance office in
Corozal before 1976; Rachel Martindale, Green Valley,
Arizona and Wilma Kennerd, Dothan, Alabama, both
former Army employees. John's nephew, Ex-Zonian
Herbert "Bertie" Cooke, will be his roommate at his first-
ever reunion in June. John looks forward to visiting with
Sue Corrigan in her vendor booth. After the reunion he
will spend a few days with Jay and Diane French in
Jacksonville before attending the first reunion of the
Curundu Protestant Church/Crossroads Bible Church of
the Canal Zone at St. Simon's Island, Georgia.
This reporter thanks John for sending a copy of the
September 12, 1950, issue of Panama Mirror containing
Louise Glud's column "Tagging the Teens". In it Paul
Jameson won the Governor's Cup in boat racing aboard
the Limbo, cheered on by Fran Dwyer, Carolyn Smouse,
Annette Godby, Lee Meyers and Ray Nickisher. Taking
a last trip to Santa Clara before the start of school were
Rod Ely, Bill Altman, Virginia Fahl, Sheila Fearon,
Libby Blitch, Bill Clark, Joan Scott, Bobbie McCloud,
Tibby Nolan, Ray Tucker, Faye Tucker, Emo Weltz, Dave
Stevenson, Gay Edwards, Sally Ackerman and Joan Van
Vliet. Also, a basketball team from Ancon including
Johnny Flores, Bill Carson, Tomas Pasamante, Willie
Simpson, Charlie McArthur, Henry Phillips and Bill
Gilbert played Chitre, but Louise forgot to ask who won.
The column also contains a feature on Jacque Hutchings,
a BHS junior, born in Cristobal. She was on the all-star
volleyball and softball teams and was initiated into the
GAA in her sophomore year. She predicted that Miami
Jackson High School would beat the Bulldogs by nineteen
points and, after BHS, planned to attend San Jose State
College in California. Today, Jacque has four children
and lives with her husband Bob Baker in Opp, Alabama.
Gene Gregg, our correspondent in Slaughter,
returned in early April from a trip to M.D. Anderson
Hospital in Houston to see Victor Herr, who was
undergoing cancer treatment. Mr. Herr took over the

BHS chorus and band classes from Neil Branstetter in
1952 and retired about 1972. All his former students will
remember the energy and commitment he brought to the
classroom and music programs. "Winter Wonderland", "I
Heard You Cry Last Night" and "This Is My Country" a
la Fred Waring, were just a few of the popular songs he
made meaningful for us. By publication of this issue, it is
hoped Mr. Herr will have returned with his wife Mary
Ann to PanamA.
Following a brief visit with his parents, retired Lt.
Col. Jim and Jane Rougeau of St. Francisville, CW2
Gregory J. Rougeau (BHS '78) has returned to South
Korea for a year's tour of duty at Camp Humphreys. His
new address is B Co., 3d MI Bn (AE), Unit 15218, Box
1201, APO AP 96271-0155. He hopes to hear from some
of his BHS friends.
At presstime, Millie Damerau Sellers of Washington
was trying out Cajun recipes and looking forward to the
arrival of Giles and Lydia Albonico, cousins from Paris.
They are related through Millie's grandfather Achille
Vincensini, a civil engineer with Ferdinand deLesseps
during French construction days. Not since CZJC has
Millie been in a play. Then earlier this year she appeared
in a little theater production of "The Girls of the Garden
Club" and won a local Oscar. More recently she's had
parts in "Ida" and "The Cemetery Club".
Yvonne Morales Vegas of Marrero announces the
newest arrival in the family: Whitney Lynn Arabie,
daughter of Ronnie and Katie Arabie, Mandeville, born
March 21, 1993. Katie's mother Yvonne Gleason also
lives in Mandeville. Great-grandmother is Mrs. Deya
Morales of Lakeland, Florida. The Vegases had a four-
day visit before Mardi Gras from Yvonne's sister Edna
Foster and hubby Dennis from Jenks, Oklahoma.
Another sister Luella Womble and hubby Calin from
Florida visited in April for five days.
David Warren, New Orleans, spent two weeks at
Army Reserve training in Beaumont earlier this year. His
parents, Gret and Bill Warren of New Port Richey,
helped him celebrate his 46th birthday with a steak
dinner before they returned to Florida and on to the St.
Pete Carnavalito. In April they spent ten days in Hawaii.
David's sister, KA, attended a marketing seminar in Los
Angeles recently.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Virginia Selby Entrekin of Hattiesburg conducted a
workshop for math teachers at a convention in Seattle in
April. Her husband Rob, who retired recently,
accompanied her. While in Washington the Entrekins
visited with Pat (Mertz) and Henry Cruz of Edmonds,
eating out and touring the falls there patterned after the
PanCanal locks. Virginia and Henry were BHS '52
classmates. In May, Virginia lectures on math education
in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and will be joined by
her daughter Meade, who works in medical records in
Whitfield, Mississippi. Next year Virginia plans a math

lecture trip to Tulsa and hopes to look up former
classmate Kayleen Vinton, a speech pathologist, while
This reporter received a call for help from a member
about the need for prescription medicine at a hospital in
Tutwiler. The caller recalled having heard about it on the
Paul Harvey Show. After checking telephone and hospital
directories, this reporter could locate no hospital or clinic
in Tutwiler and could not find a working phone number
for the Paul Harvey Show. If anyone has any leads on
this, please let me know and I will write an item for the
Canal Record.
Mark your calendar for the Gulf Coast Picnic,
Saturday, October 2.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


SEditor must have by:
JULY 21,1993


No azaleas or dogwoods in sight yet, but the daffodils
are on the rise to welcoming Spring 1993. For those of
you who witnessed the "Blizzard of '93", you can say you
made it through one of New England's worst storms in
years. It was a very tough winter! By the time you read
this, the sun will be shining, and warm weather
welcoming us all to a great summer!
Anne (Field) Kirrane (BHS/CHS) and I are
planning the Second New England Panama Canal
Luncheon/Reunion. Those listed in the directory under
the New England states will receive invitations, on which
the location will be announced. Please see the
announcements section for more information.


(Sitting) Cheryl (Kresge) (CHS'74) and Brandon
Gillespie; Caitlan and Priscilla Husband (CHS'76);
Elizabeth (Gillespie) Cooksey; Debra (Boyle)
(BHS'79) and Sean Farrell; Grace Gillespie and Joe

During the Christmas holidays, I visited the
Gillespies at their West Barnstable, Massachusetts home.
Visiting them from Okie country was Elizabeth
(Gillespie) Cooksey and her son William. Also visiting
were Priscilla Husband (CHS '74) of South Dennis,
Massachusetts and her daughter Caitlin. Priscilla is a
successful landscaper and has done some wonderful work
on the Cape.
I have some more interesting news to report. I went
home (Panand) to visit my folks and friends in February.
The logistics of traveling went very well, and we had a
pretty good time considering some of the situations one
runs into when going overseas. My husband Joe, son
Sean and I arrived on Thursday afternoon to be greeted
by my parents, Hubert and Argentina Boyle, of Pananm
City. We weren't down the road even a mile when Dad
pulled over to reintroduce me and JoJo to some ice cold
Pananm beers. We then went over to my aunt's house
about thirty minutes from the airport. The heat on the
first day was almost unbearable. She fed us some of my
favorite dishes: rice with coconut and beans, and chicken.
While we were there, Sean immediately stripped all his
clothes off and ran around her house and back yard. Dad
followed Sean around while we drank more beers. I
couldn't believe I was home! We then headed to Mom
and Dad's condominium in Pananm City to see its
progress. It looked great, and we then headed to the
guest quarters on El Prado in Balboa. Being in the house
and on that particular street brought back a lot of
memories. We were in a house that was close to three
other places I grew up in (Barnaby Street). Not much
had changed except for the security. There were iron bars
over all the windows and doors. We didn't exactly get
right in though--we were missing one of the keys to get
through the iron bars, so we had to wait. We finally got
in and it was very comfortable. The apartment was
completely furnished and AIR CONDITIONED! That's
very important to have a good vacation in Panama. I was
so excited I stayed up putting everything away and
wishing I could hit the town, but went to bed eventually.
Joe had his first taste of the word "mafi ana", when it took
almost two hours for us to cash some travelers checks at
the Chase Manhattan Bank the next day. While at the
bank, we noticed that our neighbor from the guest
quarters was also waiting and we started chatting about
the wait, etc., etc. I came to find out that I was talking to
Lori Harp (BHS), now married, sister of Jess and
Rebecca Harp who I knew while growing up. She was on
her way to Las Guias for a beach trip, and we didn't see
her again after that.


Tito and Ricky Miro, sons of Carolyn (Boyle) Miro
with Ben.

My sister Caroline Boyle Miro (CHS '86) arrived the
next day from Atlanta with my nephews Ricky and Tito.
They moved to Pananm permanently, and we spent most
of our adventures with them. One of the highlights of the
trip was the nanny that we hired to help us take care of
Sean, who was such a great help and very tolerant of
some of our crazy days. Another highlight was meeting
up with my good friends, Joanne Campbell (BHS '79)
and Rodolfo Chiari, who treated us to dinner at El Pavo
Real. It was a beautiful evening, filled with scrumptious
food and great conversation, followed by a few cocktails
at Cocos in El PanamA. What was also impressionable
that night was that we noticed that every nice restaurant,
hotel, bank and store in Panamf was heavily guarded by
men with machine guns.

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Condominium being constructed at Coronado Beach,
Panama, Rep. of Panama.


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Front: Melanie Herrington, Sean Farrell and Cassie
Herrington. Back: Moms Lori (Matros) Herrington
and Debra (Boyle) Farrell.

The biggest adventure we had, however, was our
beach trip to Coronado. Just trying to arrange for the van
and gather our belongings and people took a whole day.
The van that took three hours to rent, broke down before
we left. Murphy's Law you are saying. Ever tried to use

a public phone in the city? It was beyond the point of
ludicrous. Help finally arrived, and by the time we got to
Coronado, it was 9:30 p.m. Needless to say, everyone was
tired but we felt great when we saw the house and the set
up. We sat at the area near the pool and had a few
cocktails while the wind blew around us. It was heaven.
I fell asleep while talking to my sister and listening to
some Irish music by Efia. My good friend Rosa Sucre
and her daughter Lupita joined us the next day. We
hadn't seen each other in five years, but picked up where
we left off. One of the places we visited one night was a
jardin called Mi Santo. It was the middle of the week
before carnival and dead. There were a few local people
there, but the place was pretty empty. We saw the juke
box and Caroline put on a few Spanish songs. Another
highlight was visiting my friends, Lori (Matros) and Russ
Herrington, and their two children Melanie and Cassie.
They cooked us the most fantastic filet I have ever tasted.
Cassie and Mel were wonderful hostesses and gave Sean
the royal treatment. I spent every second of our evening
trying to make up for lost time. We headed back to
Coronado for an overnight trip, this time by ourselves
and left Sean with the nanny and Caroline. We stayed at
the Chiaris' very attractive beach house. While there we
visited with Johnny Campbell, Ronnie and Tanya
Campbell and their little girl. Our vacation was coming
to an end. The next night we visited John and Mary
(Thompson) Snavely of Los Rios. Also visiting them was
Mike Flaherty from Ft. Drum, New York, who was
training at Ft. Sherman. Darien and Sheldon Snavely
were such big boys I couldn't believe it. Mary and I tried
our best to get all the bochinche out on the table before
our visit ended. Another great night. We also did some
shopping at Steven's Circle and La Central, which was
modified so that no cars can pass through. Some of the
other places we visited were Baccus (not sure of
spelling), the night club at the Marriott, Napoli's, and La
Cascada. I also visited my old friends at Gorgas Hospital
and saw Debbie Permenter and her cute little boy Alex;
Drs. Herrera, Ortiz, and Dubois (Dubby-Dubby). There
were many people I missed seeing because they were out
carnivaling. I spoke to Peter Tassell by phone the day
before we left. He reported that he, Leslie and the
children are fine. Michelle is attending school in
Massachusetts, and promised she would call me soon.
Leaving was difficult. I had a lot of mixed feelings, and
was very disoriented. Coming home to 32-degree weather
wasn't much comfort either, after spending glorious days
in warm weather. Overall, we had a successful trip and
recommend that anyone thinking about going, to go
through with your plans. It was definitely worth the time
and expense. We'll be back.

Debra Farrell
(617) 643-8531

1994 DUES ARE $20e00

Pay before October 11.


My brother Paul Olsen and I are old timers who
grew up in the Canal Zone. We old timers, Edythe Olsen
Stephens and Paul Olsen, lived in the Canal Zone from
1915 off and on until 1933. We had a wonderful time
growing up there.

Richard Roscoe and Ray Bost (in hat) picking
tomatoes from Ray's garden in Burgaw, N.C.

Edythe Olsen Stephens and Paul Olsen.
Thanksgiving, 1992.
We want to say Hello to all our Canal Zone friends
who are living in Florida. My friend Margaret Considine
is living near me. She was born on the Canal Zone. She
wishes to say Hello to all her friends too.

Edythe Olsen Stephens
1537 Sycamore Street
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035


I'm afraid that there isn't much news this time. After
the holidays there seems to be a period of hibernation.
Also, the main topic of conversation for a time was the
"Storm of the Century", the blizzard of March 13th.
These pictures were sent in by "Bird" Bost and taken
last summer at a get-together at Bird and Ray Bost's
home in Burgaw, North Carolina. The Roscoes are from
Los Rios, Pananm, and the Baileys and McBrides from
Wilmington, North Carolina.

L-R: Mark Roscoe, Sean Angermuller, Jill Roscoe,
Renee Bost, and Michael Anderson.

Richard and Sandy Roscoe, Gelena and Richard
Bailey, Bird Bost, Carol McBride, Ray Bost and Ron

Britta Angermuller came from Atlanta to spend
Easter with her parents Linnea and Ron.
We're happy to report that "Pat" Patino is recovering
rapidly from surgery on his shoulder.
Wilma and Willy Nowatny went to Washington, DC,
to see the cherry blossoms. They were in touch with
friends there so they could go at just the right time.
Norma and Sam Irvin had a houseful for two weeks
the last of February. Sons, John with wife Julie and
daughter Patricia from San Diego, and Tom and his wife
Karen from Alexandria, Virginia, and Nancy and Robert
White III from Nashville, Tennessee, were there. Also, an
unwelcome visitor, the flu, stopped by. Norma and Sam
are taking a trip to St. Augustine, Florida to take in the
historic sights and while there, they will drive to Daytona
to see Norma's cousin who is there from England.
Jean and Malcolm Stone took two weeks in April to
go to visit their daughter in Virginia and Jean's mother
in Delaware. They will visit Ada and Ben Favorite in
Virginia Beach, Virginia before returning to

Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127


WOW! in response to the "Proposed townsite in
Roseburg (Oregon's Banana Belt)" ad that Rena
(Boynton) Soddy ran in the last issue, we have had
eighteen replies to date with the meeting date to be the
last weekend in August 1993 here in Roseburg. As a
result I have heard from old friends in Panaman who are
coming. My old friend Stanley True's (of Florida) brother
Bruce True who wrote "So glad to hear about
meeting...I graduated BHS 1953. My wife Mary and I
recently celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary and we
will be celebrating it with a cruise to Cozumel in April.
We will be spending a week in Pensacola with my sister
Mildred True Hearne. I retired as a Special Agent
Supervisor from the San Francisco office of the
Department of Justice. Since 1984 I have been employed
as the manager of a minimum-security adult probation
center in Grants Pass, Oregon. Through the International
Police Association we have developed 'overseas' friends
and exchange visits with other police officers from many
areas. With work, five children, seven grandchildren,
church activities and travel, we barely have time to
'manicure' our five wooded acres. I keep in close contact
with my old gang, Bill Fullerton, Gary Dunsmoor, Joe
Oliver, Jim Herzog and Pat Hutchings as well as Fred
Cotton. Mildred True Hearne, son John and his wife Pat
will be visiting us in June.
"If there are any 'old' Canal Zone friends out there,
give us a call we'd love to have you. (503) 479-0995"
A bittersweet reunion was held at the Episcopal
Church in Dalles, Oregon on March 21st for Julia, age
23, daughter of Jim and Nancy Ramsey, who passed away
due to a viral infection. Julia was in her fifth year at the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Attending were Irwin
and Dorothy Ramsey's children; Nancy Waite from
Cleveland, Ohio; Danny from Kansas City, Missouri;
Diane and Steve from Maine.
Grady, Margaret and Jim Hardison drove to the
Dalles from McMinnville, Oregon to be with the family.
The Hardisons and Ramseys were friends and neighbors
in Margarita from 1951 through 1964.
This reporter has five extra bedrooms for any of her
friends that wish to come out in August to be with the
other eighteen Zonians coming the last week in August.
Can hardly wait to see you all.
Glen and Diane Baker returned from Singapore for
a stateside Christmas with parents, the Floyd Bakers. The
Bakers had a few days visit in Chandler, Arizona with
daughter Carol before the Goodwin family moved to the
Denver area. While in Arizona they visit Cec and Tom
Gove in Sun Lakes. Homeward bound, they stopped by
Bernie Lights in San Diego, California for a nice visit.
Kathy Snider spent the month of February in
Panama to be on hand for a new arrival, Madeline, at
Tim and Terese Herring, their fourth.
In April Dr. Evelyn Barraza visited her

grandchildren and their parents, Tom and Evelyn
(Barraza) Snider in Puyallup, Washington. In June, Tom
and kids will drive cross country while "Major Mom"
attends some training before reporting to her next duty
station, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.
The Silver Haired White Water River Rafters will
take on the Methow River in late June, this being the
third expedition for the crew of Lee and Kathy Snider,
Bill and Marti Lohr, Jim and Sherry Ranson, Floyd and
Bev Baker, and John and Garnett McLaughlin.

Niza Greig
(503) 440-9248


Pacific Side

The 1993 Isthmian Amateur was recently completed,
and in an exciting duel to the end, Mike Chadwick edged
Sam Scribner on the second extra play-off hole, their
74th, at the Club de Golf de Pananm. Both golfers tied
at 290 over four courses (Brazos Brooks, Fort Amador,
HoRoKo, and Panama). Mike won with a four-foot eagle
at Pananm's No. 11, to beat Sam's birdie! This was the
75th edition of Panama's Isthmian Amateur, which was
sponsored by C. B. Fenton & Co. The results of the
tourney are as follows: Championship Flight 1. Mike
Chadwick, 290G; 2. Sam Scribner, 290G; 3. Don
Chadwick, 281N; 4. Anel Calvo, 285N. Ladies Flight 1.
Kelly Kirby, 316G; 2. Mayita Alfaro, 266N; 3. Katya
Endara, 271N; 4. Eddamaria Gonzalez, 274N. Super
Seniors 1. Rene Ibarra, 351G; 2. Merv MacMillan,
301N; 3. Ellsworth Morgan, 305N; 4. Ron Phillips, 306N.
First Flight 1. Max Escobar, 311G; 2. Luis Gutierrez,
285N; 3. Jesse Banks, 287N; 4. Carlos Ledezma, 289N.
Second Flight 1. Guillermo Clement, 322G; 2. Gonzalo
Bayo, 279N; 3. Luis Varela, 281N; 4. Papito Beltran,
282N. Third Flight 1. Ed Nassiff, 349G; 2. Pedro
Sarasqueta, 281N; 3. A. Vila, 284N; 4. E. Vieto, 285N.
Fourth Flight 1. Tom Carlson, 374G; 2. Jim Jolliffe,
278N; 3. Stan Duell, 279N; 4. Mike Adams, 280N.
The Isthmian was followed by the Sony Golf
Championship at Pananm, which was won by Al Beck of
HoRoKo, with a 306 total gross. He was followed by Don
Chadwick, Chito Ubben, and John Geist in that order.
Al Sprague wrote to say that he visited Richard and
Gelena (Putaturo) Bailey in Wilmington, North Carolina
last October. He reports: "When I asked Richard how he
liked retirement living in North Carolina, he said, 'I enjoy
it so much I don't know why I didn't do this years ago.'
It seems that Richard and Gelena have found true
happiness. When I was there, Gelena's children and

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grandchildren were visiting also everyone was having a
ball! Richard Bailey, without a doubt, is one of the
funniest men I have ever met. He had me laughing so
hard that I was in conniptions most of the time. He is a
master of the Jamaican language. Richard still loves his
fishing and has boats galore. Gelena is a most generous
hostess and a loving, fun grandma.
"I have known Richard for years and he is a true
diamond in the rough. I know of no one braver than
Richard Bailey. Years ago four idiots (I was one of them)
who knew everything about boat engines were sixty miles
out in some very rough seas with a dead engine.
Although we called for help, no one except Richard
Bailey came out to rescue us. He has done the same for
other people, but like a true Samaritan, never mentioned
his heroic adventures.
"Marsha and I hope that the Baileys will come visit
us in Virginia in the not-too-distant future, but I know it
will be difficult to get them away from their new-found

Tom and Brenda (Reilly) Scott are again proud
parents of a son, Ryan Christopher, who was born
January 22, 1993, weighing in at 7 Ibs. 10 oz. and
measuring 20 1/2" Ryan is welcomed by his 3-year old
brother, Justin Michael. Paternal grandparents are
Ken and Nancy Scott of Balboa, and maternal
grandparents are David and Vilma Reilly of Curundu.

Spoke with Linda (Densmore) Hayes recently. Linda
is working at the Military Group, US Embassy El
Salvador. She told me she had attended the Accelerated
Freefall Course offered by Skydive DeLand in DeLand,
Florida in October and made two jumps at 13,500 feet.
She fell in love with the sport and says everyone should
try it, at least once! Blue Skies.

Linda (Densmore) Hayes is shown here (in middle)
freefalling with her two instructors in DeLand, Florida.

Had a call from "Bronco" the other day to tell me
that Bob Rupp made a hole-in-one at Ft. Amador Golf
Course on February 18th. He did the trick on the 133-
yard, par 3, No. 3 hole, which is usually a difficult hole
due to continuous swirling winds. He used an adult size
No. 7 iron (which is a bit too long for him, but he choked
way down on the grip). His playing partners that day
were Ray Laverty, Joe Wood, and Norb Kraegel. His
"wager partner" was Norb Kraegel, and in spite of the
"ace", the two of them lost three nassaus plus a couple of
presses that day. "Bronco" also mentioned that Bob Rupp
is now into his 50th putting stance and style and is still
considered the worst putter at Ft. Amador. In fact, if
challenged by members of other local clubs, he could
become the worst putter on the Isthmus. (By the way,
"Bronco" advises that local golfers better make their
holes-in-one at Ft. Amador soon as current plans are to
transfer the entire Ft. Amador area to Panam by the
end of 1994.)

Mary P. Coffey
(011-507) 52-6794

Atlantic Side

In January of this year, U.S. Army General George
Joulwan unveiled a plan that, if carried through, will have
far-reaching effects on Atlantic-side life. The plan
includes--by the end of 1995--closing and turning over to
the Republic of Panamn Fort Espinar (formerly Fort
Gulick) and Fort Davis and retaining Fort Sherman only
for training purposes. The base closures will mean no
more military families on the Atlantic side, which equates
to no DODDS schools, no MEDDAC (medical) facilities,
no youth sports programs, no PX, no army commissary,
no military postal service and no U.S. chapels. It will also
mean many people's Department of Defense jobs will
disappear or be transferred to the Pacific side, including
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affect on Atlantic siders will be profound, and many of
us, especially those with children, are having to decide
how we will weather the storm.
Tim and Theresa Snider Herring have already made
the decision to move their growing family to the Pacific
side, where they are currently awaiting the preparation of
quarters in the Balboa Flats. Theresa had hoped to be
established over there before the birth of their eighth
child, but Madeline Marie came into this world on
February 15th as a bona-fide Atlantic sider. With Lew
and Sue Lessiack Stabler as her Godparents, she was
christened on February 25th by Father James Betz at the
Fort Davis Chapel. Attending the christening were
Grandmothers Margaret Herring and Kathy Snider,
Uncle Joe Herring, Aunts Ann Marie and Chris Herring,
Markie Herring and Renee and Rachel Rivet.


paws in favor of being a Balboa bulldog. She returned to
the Isthmus in the fall and is teaching English at Balboa
High. Welcome home, Patti!
In March, Gloria Bredenkamp and her hubby made
a visit, staying at the Masonic Temple in Cristobal with
George and Cheryl Klein. Among other things, Gloria
had lunch one day with Petrona Thomas.
My husband Lew Stabler occasionally has courtesy
guests along with him as he works a regular shift on the
tugs. One of those guests wrote the attached poem as his
way of saying thank you to Lew. It is such a touching
poem, and a tribute not only to Lew but to the Canal we
all love, that I'm hoping it can be used in the Canal


Have you ever met a Zonian?
Probably not, their numbers are so few.
But I've been very fortunate.
I met one whose name is Lew.

He's the Captain of a tug.
Gatun is where it docks.
He and the crew on the morrow
Help the big ships through the locks.

The pilot takes control of the ship
and heads it towards the Canal.
He has the Paz tied up on stern
And the Morrow on starboard bow.

The Stabler family gets together at Christmastime in
Gatun for the first time in over 20 years. From left are
Frank, John, Blanche,Lewis, Frances and Joe.

Young Phil Herring of Cardenas, who I think
secretly wishes he was an Atlantic sider, has spent a
couple weekends in Gatun in the past few months.
Panarmi's "Viva Carnival" in February brought some
former Atlantic siders home for the festivities. Kathy
Corrigan Barcia returned with her husband and their two
children, Megan and Katherine. They spent time on the
Pacific side with Kathy's mother Bernice Corrigan and in
Colon at the home of Kathy's father-in-law.
Heading for carnival celebrations in the interior,
Richie Dowell played host to his brother Winship Dowell,
D. LaPorta, George Chevalier and Sam Kredell, who
hasn't been back to Panama since he left as a 15-year-
old around 20 years ago.
Bob Medinger, CHS class of '75, was here for a
combination of insurance business and pleasure. While
on the Atlantic side, he stayed with Rick and Janice
Kunkle Doubek and their children, Allison, Sondra, and
Patti Cowles, CHS class of '85, has hung up her tiger

He begins to give commands,
And the tugs respond to his call.
Together they skillfully maneuver
To keep the ship on center wall.

Rapidly the orders come, "Paz back"
"Morrow stop", then "Morrow half ahead"
With a toot of the whistle
The tugs acknowledge what was said.

I'm a land lubber, and not sure
How it's done in other ports;
But in the Zone when the job is over
They blow a long and then two shorts.

It tells the crew "untie"
This particular job is done.
And we're heading up the channel
To pick up another one.

My eyes begin to moisten
And my heart begins to throb
When I recall the pilot saying
"Thanks Morrow, you did a real fine job."

So here's to the Zone
And the Zonian known as Lew,
Thanks for the real fine job.
May the locks always be with you.

In memory of my locking experience on 17 February
Gene B.

Thanks to the efforts of "Maz" Mazzerolle, Sid
Coffin, R. "Lucky" Dunlap and I'm sure a host of others,
the umpteenth Atlantic Syndrome Survivor's Party was
held at the Gatun playground on Saturday, April 17, as
an all-day-and-all-night affair.
Jack Love is recuperating from a broken hip and
three broken ribs suffered from a fall in his transient
apartment sometime after the Atlantic Syndrome party.
Former Atlantic siders Tom Snider and Dr. Evelyn
Barraza will be moving from Washington state to their
new duty station at Fort Jackson, South Carolina,
sometime in August, right after Evelyn completes six
weeks of training in preventive medicine in Washington,
DC. Tom hopes to use South Carolina as a springboard
for a few trips to Panamn during their tour.
Eleonor Lewis Johnson reports that she and sisters
Betty Lewis and Glenda Lewis Kochel recently visited
their mom Mary Lewis in Suffolk, Virginia and had a
great time. The sisters also stopped in Lexington,
Kentucky for the state championships in cross-country
running to watch Stephanie Dempsey compete and be
part of the winning team!
We've bid farewell to Nancy and Bill DeSolever, a
Canal pilot who retired early this year. They've moved to
their home in the Pacific northwest area.
Our local pee wee baseball team recently finished up
a great season--nine kids and four coaches, which for pee
wee is just about a perfect ratio. The kids included
Darlene Seeley, Zach and Isaiah Mouw, Nicholas
DeBore, Angel Herrera, Sarah Bell, Timmy Stabler, Joey
Herring and Daren Doubek. The coaches were Rick
Doubek, Wayne Seeley and Sue and Lew Stabler. Lots of
Janis Eckel flew to Tampa, Florida the middle of
April to be on hand for the birth of her second
grandchild to parents Alan and Christine Stromberg
Speaking of grandchildren, yours truly is expecting
one in mid November to proud parents Richard and
Leslie Griffin Robertson. Excited? Are you kidding? I'm
entirely over the moon!
That's all for this time.

Susan K. Stabler
(011-507) 43-5487


There was a meeting, March 12, 1993, at Shoneys
Restaurant in Aiken, South Carolina. Those attending the
meeting were Beverly Land, Virginia Smart, Sis and Bill
York, Olga Holmes, James D. Catron, Marilyn
Hendricks, Josey B. Tilley, Fina and Frank Balinski,
Brian Albright, Trudi Clontz, Evelyn and Howard
Hilborn, Peggy Hutchinson, Ann Dyer, Grace and B. J.
Hartley, John Everson, Phyllis and Jack Woodzell, Ethel
and J. D. Tate, Blanche Browne, Lorna Shore.
J. D. and Ethel (Westman) Tate spent Easter
weekend in Spartanburg, South Carolina with their son
David and family.

President of the Panama Canal Society of South
Carolina Jack Woodzell and wife, Phyllis.
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B.J. and Grace Hartley

Peggy Hutchison and Brian Albright

L-R Back: President Jack Woodzell, Ex-Presidents
Evelyn Hilborn, Bill York, Olga Holmes, Jim Catron,
seated L-R: John Everson, Trudi Clontz.

bus ride to the capital, Kuala Lumpur, which was
gorgeous--so clean and no unemployment! The cruise
terminated in Bangkok where they stayed for three days.
The flight to Los Angeles was seventeen hours late
leaving Bangkok--a nice airport hotel!
The next meeting for PCSofSC will be a covered-
dish luncheon June 17, 1993 at the Women's Club
Building in Aiken, South Carolina and will be held at 12
o'clock. For more information call the President, Jack
Woodzell (803-663-7465) or your reporter.

Blanche A. Browne
(803) 782-4663

Jim and Eletheer Catron, seated, with Trudi Clontz.

John Everson was a recent patient in the hospital in
Aiken, but is home now and feeling much better.
Andy Kapinos of Aiken, South Carolina passed away
recently as the result of a stroke he suffered. He is
survived by a wife, two daughters and several
Annie Smart Gerhardt passed away in January 1993
in Walker, Louisiana and she was 93 years old. Her
husband Louis Gerhardt was Chief Baker at Mt. Hope
for many years through the '30s.
Peggy (Sealey) Hutchinson and Trudi Clontz went to
Atlanta in February to see the "Will Rogers Follies" and
are looking forward to another trip to the Fox Theater to
see Robert Goulet in "Camelot".
Trudi spent a week in December helping to pack her
brother for a move to Massachusetts, and is now waiting
for good weather in the northeast to visit him and her
Diane (Hutchinson) Cox and Jerry are waiting out
the decision on Charleston Naval Base. Dianne has two
years more before she can retire. Jerry retired from the
Navy a few years ago and is now working as a civilian.
Son Wally is on the USS Rodgers and is out to sea.
Brian Albright spent ten days in Bermuda visiting
friends he met during the '60s when the Smithsonian
Institute sent him there. In September he went to
England and Scotland for twenty days with a friend. They
made the trip by car. He spent the holidays with his
mother Jessie (Albright) Newhard in Springdale,
Eletheer and Jim Catron had their daughter Penny
(Catron) Lotterhos and husband Joe, and daughter
Karen, who is a student at Agnes Scott in Atlanta,
Georgia as their houseguests.
Margaret (Ryter) Saarinen retired in March with
thirty years service from USA MEDDAC, Ft. Jackson,
South Carolina. She plans to stay in Columbia, South
Carolina. Daughter Laurie Siltz lives in Panami with
husband Josh and their son, Sammy, who is two and a
half years old. Another daughter Lynn and husband Herb
Jahnke were married in 1991 and live in Houston, Texas
where they both are attorneys. Her son Albert and his
wife Zori live in Panama. Zori is an attorney and her
husband works with her.
Blanche (Adler) Browne and Doris Leeser from
Dothan, Alabama flew to Singapore January 21st for
three days then boarded the Ocean Pearl for a 15-day
cruise stopping in Jakarta, Bali, Semarang, Pulau Sepa,
Indonesia, and Port Kelang, Malaysia where they took a



We all hit the big Brazilian Carnival in February.
Dave Fehrenbach and Tina hosted the pre-carnival party.
We all had our usual GREAT time, once again. The
entire Austin gang was there and Alex and Jaco Petiton
came up from San Antonio. This year's pre-party was as
much fun as carnival itself!!
Stanley Wright had a garden party at his house--he
had to have a party to get manual help from his friends.
He needed help with landscaping and cleaning up the
yard/pool area! He had to entice us! Now that it's
becoming summer time, we're all going to take advantage
of the pool, Stanley.
Chuck Soukup and Ed McArthur were in Austin
recently on a business trip. I understand that several
Austinites got to see them while they were here, and
spend an evening together.

L-R: Bob and Nicki Medinger, Karen Creel, (taxi
guide), Colin Creel. Taken in Panama with guide to
"Isla Grande." February, 1993.

In northern Texas news...Colin and Karen Creel met
up with Bob and Nikki Medinger in Pananm during
February. They enjoyed the hospitality of Ty and Julie
Young in Cock (Youngstown). Ty had to put out the "No
Vacancy" sign since there was no more room at the
"pensi n". They enjoyed visiting all the usual spots--El
Valle, Coronado, Rio Mar, Isla Grande and finalized the
trip with a camping expedition at Barkley and Stephanie
Hayes' "Gilligan's Island" at Gatun Lake.
They also enjoyed shopping at Gran Morrison's.
Those two weeks flew by too quickly for Karen and Colin
so they are already planning their trip home in February
1994 with Noreen Hanson and myself! Bob and Nikki
were able to enjoy an additional two weeks. They all
extend their gratitude for the hospitality given to them by
all their close friends--THANKS, MIKIE AND DAVE!

Sue (Ann) Davenport
(512) 331-6919


Clara Chambers came to Kerrville in January for a
visit with her friends and family. A no-host luncheon was
held for Clara in a local hotel and twelve of her friends
attended. It was good to see Clara again. We miss her.
After her visit in Kerrville, she headed to Florida to visit
with her niece before returning to her home in Ft.
Worth, Texas.

Clara Chambers and Anna Lee Young.

Gigi and Bill Fleckenstein received a Christmas-
Birthday gift from their son and daughter of a seven-day
cruise to the Caribbean on the "Love Boat". Gigi's two
sisters and their husbands joined the Fleckensteins on the
cruise. It was an unforgettable trip, thoroughly enjoyed by
Gene Wilson of San Antonio is doing well after her
surgery. She is beginning to drive about the neighborhood
again and credits her recovery to all of the "TLC" and
cards from her family and friends.
I recently had a telephone call from Winston (Win)
Rice in Clarita, Oklahoma. He was in Panama from 1969
to 1978 and knows as much, if not more, than many
people about Panamanian history and culture. He is
beginning his tour company with trips to Panania. We
wish him much success.

L-R: Joan (Barrett) Molinaro, Rita Washabaugh and
Sue Graham.
Rita Washabaugh of Sheffield, Pennsylvania, Sue
Graham's sister, visited Sue and Bill Graham for three
weeks during February. She arrived in time to enjoy the
monthly luncheon and card game with the Canasta group.
Rita was pleased to be able to renew acquaintances with
all her Canal Zone-Kerrville friends. The Grahams were
also happy to have Rita's granddaughter Dr. Jean
Wagner Lindsay and her husband Clint from Salt Lake
City visit for a weekend. Jean had come to Austin to take
the medical State Boards in hopes of setting up her
podiatry practice in Texas, and hopefully in the Hill
Country. We hear that she passed with "flying colors".
Congratulations, Jean! Also Rita and Sue's niece, Joan
(Barrett) Molinaro of Houston, Texas, came for a
weekend which added to Rita's wonderful time in
Kerrville. Rita left Kerrville for Jacksonville, Florida
March 8th to visit another sister Helen Barrett. While
there Rita and Helen drove to Hinesville, Georgia and
spent the "worst winter storm of the century" with Sue
and Bill's daughter Donna Elliott and family. The sound
of the wind and no electricity will be a weekend they
won't soon forget.

Front L-R: Jean (Bergman) Smith, Honey (Bergman)
Fealey. Back L-R: Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan, Sue
(Kotalick) Graham.

Pappy Grier's son, Bob, left Ft. Hood for the U.S.
Naval Institute Graduate School in Monterey, California.
He is working on a Master's Degree in Computer
Science which is expected to take him two years to
complete. Enroute to his new assignment, he stopped in
Fullerton, California to visit with his aunt Margaret
Bob Byrd is improving daily from the stroke he
suffered in February. He would be pleased to hear from
his friends.
Bob and "Delle" Dunn went to Houston to spend the
Easter holidays with their friend and former neighbor,
Claire Ochletree and family. In May they celebrated their
50th anniversary with a trip to Las Vegas.


Beth Wadell, ?, Annette Fields.

Anna Lee Young spent three weeks, including the
Easter holidays, with her daughter and son-in-law Debbie
and Joe Ford in Washington, DC.
Marion Wells flew to Atlanta to spend the Easter
vacation with her son Alan and Kathy Jane and their
family in Duluth, Georgia.
Kathi Lessiack flew to Belleville, Missouri in March
to meet her first great grandchild, a girl named Melanie
Lauren. The baby's grandfather was the late Lorin
Lessiack. Congratulations, Kathi.
Iris Hogan and Kathi Lessiack drove to Baton
Rouge, Louisiana in April to attend the International
Bowling Tournament.
Anna Calvit was off again to Florida to visit her son
Tim and daughter Helen and her family. Enjoy Anna.

Bea Rhyne
(210) 896-8643


Leo Eberenz's 90th birthday was celebrated on
March 7th by his family. Leo retired in 1965 from the
Panama Canal's Locks Division.
Rae Donaldson of Falls Church recently visited
family and friends in Florida including Vicki Sizemore
and Ed Wardlow and their houseguest Lucky Summers

Back: David Eberenz, Richard Lindsay holding son
Alex, Jin Lindsay, Josephine (Eberenz) Sharp,
Wayne Sharp. Middle: Matthew Lindsay and fiance
Karin Lavy; Mary Eberenz, Lynn Eberenz, Madeline
Sharp held by mother Catherine Sharp, Rachel
Eberenz and Mary Ann Eberenz. Front: Thomas
Lindsay and wife Marie (Eberenz) Lindsay, Leo and
Madeline Eberenz, Alexander Eberenz (far right).

Back L-R: Iris Wilson, Eileen Bradley, Barbara
Sanders, Lance and Sue Hunt, Bill Ford. Front L-R:
Anna Young (Deb's mother), Debbie and Joe Ford,
and Sylvia Hackbarth.

L-R: Cathy Goodrich, Elaine Donaldson, Gloria
Malin, Bob Donaldson, Ed Malin, and Ed Goodrich.

in Auburndale; Dave and Betsy and Dianna Vosburgh in
Melbourne Beach; Pam Crowell, and Jacque and Charlie
Vowell in Ormond Beach. A gathering happened at the
home of Cathy and Ed Goodrich in Apollo Beach.
Joe and Debbie (Brown) Ford of Springfield hosted
a party at their home on Easter Sunday, the official day
of opening their pool and jacuzzi for the summer months.

Barbara Sanders
(703) 536-8760

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Stephanie Lynn Dempsey, age 15, formerly of
Margarita, Panama, lives in Fort Knox, Kentucky, with
her parents, Lt.Col. Michael and Glenda Kochel.
She attends Fort Knox High School and is a member
of the cross-country running team. Stephanie has been
training for the past three years and has been quite

Fort Knox High School Girl's Cross-Country Runners.
Stephanie Lynn Dempsey is at center rear, next to
the coach.
This past November, Stephanie's team of seven
participated in the statewide Cross Country
Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. Her team won
first place for their category, Class A 3rd Division. Go for
the gold, Steph!


After leaving Panama in
February 1990, Pam and her
two daughters Jamie (9)
and Lindsey (7) moved to
Washington and lived with
her parents William
(Scotty) and Pat (Baron)
Scott until husband Jim
/ retired as Chief of the
Printing Plant in August of
S 1990. Shortly after getting
i settled, she was introduced
to Mary Kay Cosmetics and
immediately saw a career
Pamela (Scott) Reid opportunity.
According to Pam, "This
has provided me with the
perfect vehicle to meet new people, make lasting
friendships and learn the area. I have found that sister

consultants and building a business have made leaving
Panama a much easier transition. It also affords us the
flexibility to enjoy Jim's retirement, travel with the kids
during the school breaks, the freedom to set my own
hours, write my own pay check and work my business
wherever I am." She received her sales unit's "Miss Go-
Give" award and became Team Leader and recently
celebrated her first year anniversary as an independent
Beauty Consultant with the company. She is active in the
local chamber of commerce, other business related
groups and volunteers for local community and church


Les and Jane (Tompkins) Heselton celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary on June 19, 1992. They were
married the night of Les' graduation from the U.S. Naval
Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, in 1942 so it was sort of
a double celebration. An anniversary party was held at
the Bay Ridge Inn in Annapolis where they retired and
built a home in 1991.

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Jane and Tom Haselton.

Les and Jane have two sons, Leslie III and Tom, and
five grandchildren from ages 2 1/2 to 22 years! Never a
dull moment. Jane is a Balboa High School Class of 1940
They travel as much as possible, and took a cruise to
Bermuda after their anniversary party. They also traveled
to Morocco for New Years Eve and will be heading for
the Galapagos Islands in May.


Beverly (Neville) and John Fawcett of Rancho
Bernardo, California, celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on January 30, 1993 with a dinner dance at
the Bernardo Heights Country Club. Among the 87
guests attending were Gordon and Maggie Dalton,
Pinehurst, North Carolina; Bob and Dottie Chandler, Key
Biscayne, Florida; Marjorie King, Raleigh, North
Carolina; Mary and Torrence Sneed, Gulfport,
Mississippi; and Dee and Robby Robins, Fallbrook,


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur (Elsie Arruda) Blystone Sr.
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 14,
1993 with renewal of their marriage vows at St. Mary's
Help of Christians Catholic Church in Aiken, South

Arthur and Elsie (Arruda) Blystone

The couple were originally married at St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Balboa, Canal Zone on March 15,
A reception following the ceremony was given at the
Willcox Inn by their children, Arthur and Glenda
Blystone, Charles and Nevada Blystone and Marvin and
Lynda Blystone.
The Blystones have five grandchildren and two great-

Beverly (Neville) and John Fawcett.

The Fawcett's daughter Linda of Ben Lomond,
California, acted as mistress of ceremonies for the special
occasion and her husband Joe Griffin proposed the
champagne toast.
They will continue the celebration of their marriage,
which took place at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San
Antonio, TX, on January 30, 1943, by taking a
Mediterranean cruise on the Crown Odyssey beginning in
John and Beverly retired in 1977, John as Assistant
Superintendent of Schools and Beverly as an elementary
school teacher.


Phyllis Marie Gross, daughter of Beverly (Phillips)
and Henry Gross of Dayton, Ohio, was graduated from
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, on May 2,
1993. On May 3 she flew with her parents to San Juan to
join the Pan Canal cruise to Caracas, Curacao, San Bias,
through the canal to Costa Rica and Acapulco before
flying back home. Phyllis earned a bachelor's degree in
communications specializing in public relations. She
interned at Grenelefe Resort, Winter Haven, Florida.


Betty (Comley) Forgeson celebrating her 75th
birthday on April 15 at home in Tierra Verde along with
seven family members; husband Barhey, Sis Beverly
and George Dilfer from Boca Raton celebrating their
51st anniversary the same date, Sis Mary Jane and
Jesse Lacklen from Arlington, VA., niece Nancy
(Coleman) and Bill Grubbs from N.C., nephew Paul
Grubbs from Woodbridge, VA., plus friends Bob and
Hazel Daniel from North Palm Beach and Skip and
Doris Schaefer from Treasure Island, FL.



Jess and Mary Jane (Comley) Lacklen celebrated
their 50th Golden wedding anniversary on April 3, 1993
on a week's ocean voyage to commemorate this special
anniversary. Their ship, the S.S. Horizon sailed from San
Juan, Puerto Rico to the deep southern Caribbean
Islands (called the "Celebrity's Fantasy Cruise"). They
celebrated their magical day back in San Juan by opening
more than 100 anniversary cards.
They first met on board the ship S.S. Cristobal in
November 1941, just before Pearl Harbor, sailing from
New York to Panama after each having spent a 2 month
U.SA. vacation from their jobs. They married a little
over a year later in the Balboa Union Church.



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Randall Baker

Randall Baker, son of
Jake and Jeneth (Willoe)
Baker of Seminole, Florida,
received his Masters degree
in Business Administration
from Auburn University in
Alabama during Spring
Graduation with his MBA
and undergraduate degree
in Health Asdmonistration.
Randall hopes to
pursue a career as a
representative. Anyone
wishing to contact Randall
may do so at (205) 826-

Mary Jane (Comley) and Jess Lacklen

Mary Jane was employed by the Canal Zone Civil
Intelligence Agency and Jess worked for the Commissary
Division later for the 6th Air Force. After Jess' military
service for two years in the South Pacific during World
War II, they made their home in Arlington, Virginia.
Jess was employed for 34 years by the Department
of Defense and Mary Jane worked 24 years as Secretary
for the Arlington County Schools in Virginia. During
these years they raised three children, Cary, Pat and
An interesting note: The 3 Comley sisters have been
married to their one and only husbands for a total of 152
years plus! Betty and Barney Forgeson for 51 years on
February 14, 1993; Beverly and George Dilfer for 51 years
on April 15, 1993, and Mary Jane and Jess Lacklen for
50 years on April 3, 1993.


Dave Fehrenbach and Tina Holloman announce their
engagement and forthcoming wedding.
Dave is a 1975 graduate of Balboa High School and
is employed at the University of Texas.
Tina is a long time resident of Austin, Texas, and is
employed with a consulting firm.
A spring/summer 1994 wedding is planned.


Paul and Clara Gorin, former residents of Colon,
Panama, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on
January 10, 1993, by taking a cruise on the SS Dawn
Princess, sailing from the port of Los Angeles to Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida, via the Panama Canal. Many stops
were made but the highlight of the trip was going
through the Canal.
At Gatun Locks, Julio Dominguez, CHS'36 and his
wife Elfrida Flores, CHS'40, were on hand to wave and
shout "hello."


Paul and Clara Gorin, January 10, 1993.

Paul lived in Colon for 22 years, attending Cristobal
schools and graduated in 1940. Clara, originally from
Boston, spent four years in Colon. They were married on
January 10, 1943 at the Washington Hotel on Colon
Beach. Clara worked at the Central Labor Office in Old
Cristobal, and Paul was in the mattress business with his
father. Paul served in the Army for 30 months. After
basic training at Fort Kobbe, he was stationed at Fort
Sherman. In 1947 they returned to Boston and in 1957
moved to Miami, Florida. In 1990 they moved to Boca
Raton where they reside, at 8184 Copenhagen Way, Boca
Raton, FL 33434. (407) 451-4997. They have two children
and four grandchildren.


William Douglas
Hunter, of Lee's Summit,
Missouri, has been accepted
to the "People to People
S. International Program" in
S Australia and New Zealand,
June 1993. People to People
Swas founded in 1956 by
SPresident Eisenhower to
Enhance international
understanding through
/ educational and cultural
Activities. The mission
William D. Hunter involves study and
homestays in various
countries. William will tour Australia and New Zealand
with a group of young ambassadors from the Kansas City,
Missouri area.
William is listed in Who's Who in American High
Schools as "Junior Class Secretary, Lee's Summit High
School; a member of Amnesty International; the
Environmental Club; Dare against Drugs; was a member
of the track team, swim team, Vice President sophomore
class, and has been on the honor roll throughout high
school. William plans to attend Northwest Missouri
University and study Pre-med."
William is the son of Susan E. (Alves) (BHS'66) and
Bill Hunter of Lee's Summit, Missouri. He is the
grandson of the late Walter H. and Patricia Alves, and
Virginia Hunter, Dothan, Alabama, and the late William
E. Hunter.

"Mrs. Perez didn't confine her talents to the
workplace. Despite the responsibilities of a demanding
job and a family life, she is an active member of the
community. As a Cub Scout Webelo Den Leader, she
organized three fund-raisers. As Chairperson of the
Advancement Committee, she compiled and handed out
over 250 awards. An active member and catechism
teacher of her church, she worked hard to get citizens of
the community involved in spiritual activities. A member
of the Del Rio Council for the Arts and the Firehouse
Quilting Club she assisted in the construction and sale of
many art items with all proceeds going to local charities.
As equipment manager and announcer for the Del Rio
Little League, she tracked all inventory and announced
play-by-play at the baseball games.
"Talented, motivated, competent, dedicated and
involved in her community--these are all accurate
descriptions of Mrs. Perez."
Mrs. Perez was also honored by the City of Del Rio
and presented with a certificate as Honorary Mayor and
the key to the city.
Michele is the daughter of Mary Gilbert Urey and
the late John Urey. She is married to Michael Perez, a
former Canal Zone Police Officer and now a Chief
Inspector, Del Rio Customs. They have two sons, Ryan
(9) and John Wesley (6).


Katherine Theresa Sears, daughter of Kathleen
Lavallee Sears of Curundu, Republic of Panama, and
Jeffrey W. Sears of Balboa, Rep. of Panama, was the
Salutatorian of the Class of 1993, of Balboa High School
on June 10, 1993.


Michele Urey Perez was named Civilian of the
Quarter at Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas. The
award read in part:
"Mrs. Perez, through tireless effort, unmatched
professional knowledge, and overwhelming enthusiasm,
contributed immeasurably to the mission of the 85th
Flying Training Squadron. As a direct result of her
competence, efficiency, and hard work, the administrative
section of the squadron continued to be one of the best
in the operations group.

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Michelle (Urey) Perez

Kathleen Theresa Sears

During her high school career, Kate was President of
the National Honor Society, Secretary of the Drama
Club, lettered in swimming and soccer, and a member of
the National Biological Honor Society.
Kate will attend either the University of Notre
Dame, as a Notre Dame Scholar, or the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill and study Pre-Med.
Kate is the granddaughter of Wilfred and Mary
Lavallee (deceased) and Earl and Bea Sears, formerly of
Balboa, Canal Zone, now living in Pensacola, Florida.


Bill and Laurena Powell celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary with their three sons, Gary, Mike
and Mark, and their wives and six grandchildren at a
surprise party held at Gary's home in Tampa.

Top row L-R: Laura and Mark, Greg (Gary's son),
Mike, Mary Lou (Gary's wife), Michael (Mike's son),
Justin (Mike's son), Gary and Naomi (Mike's wife).
Bottom row L-R: Kathleen (Gary's daughter), Laurena,
Will (Mike's son), Bill, and Kelly (Mike's daughter).

Bill and Laurena were married in St. Thomas
Aquinas Catholic Church in Gatun, Canal Zone on May
16, 1942, and honeymooned at the Washington Hotel in
Colon, Rep. of Panama.
They now reside in New Port Richey, Florida, and
are looking forward to the arrival of a great grandchild in



Michel Marie Trout and David Christopher Baker
were married February 1, 1993 at the Port Orange,
Florida, home of her parents.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Trout, Edna Drive, Port Orange, formerly of Gamboa,
Canal Zone. Her husband is the son of Mrs. Joan Baker,
Decatur, Georgia, and Roy Baker, also of Decatur.
Mrs. Baker was born in Costa Rica and attended
schools in the Panama Canal Zone. She is a 1981 Spruce
Creek High School graduate.
Her husband was born in Atlanta and graduated
from high school in Decatur. He is employed at Sinbad's
Restaurant in Port Orange.
After a wedding trip to St. Augustine, Mr. and Mrs.
Baker are living in Port Orange.

United Methodist Church, Simpsonville, S.C.
October 17, 1992

Groom's family, back, L-R: Clarke Pitney, brother of the
groom, Susan (Taylor) Pitney (BHS'58), mother of the
groom, bride Julie (McMurray) and groom, William
Taylor Pitney, Louis J. Pitney, father of the groom, and
Jeffrey L. Pitney, brother of the groom. Front Left: Catsy
Taylor Schafer and Mary Pitney, grandmothers of the
groom. Front Right: Layne Catherine Pitney, bridesmaid
and sister of the groom, and Nicholas James Pitney,
acolyte and brother of the groom.
(This is a corrected caption to wedding announcement on
page 45 of the March 1993 issue of the Canal Record).


The wedding ceremony of Diana Lynne Olms of
Akron, Ohio, and Brian Thomas Carey of Akron, Ohio
took place Saturday, May 9, 1992 at Ascension of Our
Lord Church in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

Diane Olms and Brian Carey

The bride is the daughter of 'Rolf C. and Joan
(Powell) Arndt (BHS '50 formerly of Pedro Miguel) of
Perrysburg, Ohio. She is Administrative Assistant to
Chief of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Akron.
Diana is the granddaughter of the late Bronson B. (Bun)
and Celeste Powell formerly of Pedro Miguel, Diablo and
Dunedin, Florida.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. Neil Carey and the
late Mrs. Carey of Oakbrook, Illinois. Brian is a graduate
of Marquette University and is with the Corporate Office
of Stouffer Foods in Solon, Ohio.
Following the ceremony a dinner reception was held
at the DuPage Club in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. After
a honeymoon to Boca Raton, Florida, the couple are at
home in Akron, Ohio.


Dan and Pat Nellis of Sequim, Washington, are
please to announce the marriage of their daughter,
Stephanie Arline, to George Barkley Hayes, son of
Berniece Hayes of St. Petersburg, Florida and the late
Sydney Hayes. The wedding took place on February 12,
1993 at the Davis Island Garden Club in Tampa, Florida.

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Stephanie Nellis and George Hayes

The couple were attended by Jeanine and Richard
Frensley, sister and brother-in-law of the bride.
Stephanie has been employed until recently as a
registered nurse in the Pediatric Department of Tampa
General Hospital and Barkley is employed as a Panama
Canal pilot. They are making their home at Cardenas
Village, Panama.


Henrietta Wolf and Harris W. Hurst (both BHS'85)
were married on January 2, 1993 at Sacred Heart Chapel
in Ancon, Panama. The reception followed at the Plaza
Paitilla Inn.
Henrietta is the daughter of Jim and LaVerne Wolf
who are still in Panama. She is a registered dietician and
a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Master's
degree in Nutrition.

Henrietta Wolf and Harris W. Hurst

Harris is the son of Paul and Delia Hurst of
Panama. He is a mechanical engineer graduate of
Louisiana State University working for a consulting
engineering firm in Fort Worth, Texas.
The bridesmaids were Amy Sloan, Christy Goodwin
and Tammy (Martinez) Gramlich. Groomsmen were
Paul William Hurst, David Dahlstrom and Murray
McArthur. Many good friends (including David Payne,
Gabe Castener, Andrew Efthiamiadis, Yvette Gonzalez,
Jesse Morris, and Ken and Eric Little) flew to Panama,
some as far away as Guam and hawaii, to join the nuptial
festivities, visit families and of course, have fun at the
lake and the beach. It was a special time for close
relatives (Bill and Anna (Wolf) Kessler, Becky (Wolf)
Klug, Hans and Beckie (Thomas) Wolf, Paul and Betty
(Gonzalez) Hurst, and Wally and Helen (Hurst) Loera to
return to Panama and show their children where they
grew up.
After the wedding, Harris and Henrietta spent a few
relaxing days scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters of
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles.


Tina Hughes (BHS'85) and Douglas "Skip" Roberts
were married on February 13, 1993 at the Pinellas Park
Wesleyan Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Maid of honor was Cathy Little of Bradenton,
Florida, bridesmaid was Debbie Vinton (BHS'86) of
Thomasville, Georgia. The best man was Todd Johnson
of Jacksonville, Florida, and the groomsman was Bill
Barlow of St. Petersburg, Florida.


Tina Hughes and Douglas Roberts with wedding
party, Cathy Little, Debbie Vinton, Todd Johnson
and Bill Barlow.
The bride is the daughter of Mel and Faye Hughes
of Bradenton. The groom is the son of Rodney and
Janis Roberts of St. Petersburg.
The couple honeymooned in North Georgia and are
residing in St. Petersburg.


Carol (Sullivan) Kosik and Mitchell Watkins were
united in marriage in a 6:00 p.m. candlelight ceremony at
Landmark Park in Dothan, Alabama. Clinton Watkins,
11, son of the groom, and Kalen Kosik, 5, son of the
bride, served as best "men". Leah Watkins, 7, daughter of
the groom, served as maid of honor. After a double-ring
ceremony, Mitchell and Carol presented the children with
"family medallions". The family medallion is a medal
inscribed with three joined circles. The circles represent
the union of two families into one. The ceremony
emphasizes the importance that the children play in the
marriage. The couple will reside in Dothan where
Mitchell is employed at Dunbarton and Carol at Couch,

L-R: Leah Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell (Carol
Sullivan) Watkins, Kalen Kosik and Clinton Watkins.

Bob Van Siclen with eighth and newest grandchild
Robert Joseph Basirico.

Bob Van Siclen is seen with his eighth and newest
grandchild, Robert Joseph Basirico.
Robert was born November 28, 1992. Bob and his
wife Nancy flew to Long Island, New York in February
for a few days, to attend the christening on February 28,
Robert is the son of Bob's daughter Robin and her
husband Joe. Robert joins his older brother Paul John.

Kim and John R. Davis with John Austin Davis.
John R. (CHS'81) and Kim Davis are proud to
announce the birth of their first child, a seven pound
fourteen and a half ounce boy named John Austin, born
on January 20, 1993.
The proud paternal grandparents are John and
Diana (CHS'60) Davis, retired Atlantic siders.
Austin's great-grandfather, Ray M. Smith retired
from the Panama Canal in 1974 and his uncle Tank
Davis graduated from CHS in 1983.

Joseph Riley and great-granddaughter, Victoria
Joseph J. Riley has become a great grandfather once
again (7). Grandson Lt. (USN) Joe Newbury and his wife,
Janet, became proud parents of a baby girl on February
13, 1993, at Lyster Army Hospital, Ft. Rucker, Alabama.
Victoria Nicole weighed eight pounds and nine ounces.
Grandparents are Charles and Emily (Riley) Newbury
(formerly of Diablo, Canal Zone) and now of Dothan,
Alabama, and Thomas and Emiko McKnight of Newton,
Alabama. Maternal grandparents are Cary and Iris
McKnight. Victoria and her mother will be joining Joe in
Japan in the near future.

James Arndt and Martha Wayman with Max Joseph
Wayman Arndt

James E. Arndt and Martha Wayman are proud to
announce the birth of their first child, son Max Joseph
Wayman-Arndt on November 7, 1992 in Waukesha,
Wisconsin. Max weighed eight pounds six ounces and
measured 21 inches.
Paternal grandparents are Rolf and Joan (Powell)
Arndt (BHS '50) of Perrysburg, Ohio. Maternal
grandparents are James and Jane Wayman of Chicago,

James is a psychologist in the Milwaukee area and
Martha is a nurse with Planned Parenthood in
Milwaukee. They are currently living in Delafield,

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Jeannine D. "Nini" Carlin, 61, of Sarasota, Florida,
passed away February 3, 1993. The daughter of the late
William and Elsie Dorgan, she was born in the Canal
Zone and attended schools there, graduating from BHS
Class of 1949. Jeannine and her husband, Bill, raised
their four daughters in the Canal Zone providing them
with the best childhood imaginable, and upon her
retirement as Secretary of the Executive Planning Staff of
the Panama Canal Commission in 1981, they moved to
Sarasota, Florida. Jeannine was a member of St. Martha's
Catholic Church of Sarasota and the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include her husband, William; four
daughters, Jeannine M. Clark of Levittown, PA, Melanie
C. Filas of Baldwin, MO, Sandra M. Regnier and
Barbara L. Carlin, both of Sarasota; a sister, Jackie
Meketa of Placitas, NM; and two grandsons.

Roger Lee Chisolm, 76, of Union, Mississippi, died
February 9, 1993, at Riley Memorial Hospital. He was
stationed with the Army at Fort Sherman and became a
Canal Zone police officer in 1941, retiring in 1965 from
Balboa. While in the Canal Zone, the Chisolms lived on
the Gamboa Ridge, Balboa and Diablo.
He is survived by his wife, Clairee Chisolm of Union;
two sons, Paul Douglas and Jerry Keith, both of Union;
a daughter, Sheila Long of Sebastopol; two brothers;
Wilton of Union, and Barney of Pensacola, FL.; two
sisters, Violene Atkins and Janie Truhitt, both of Union;
eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and a great

Alfred Morris "Fritz" Collins, of Boquete, Panama,
died March 28, 1993 in Diablo, Rep. of Panama. He was
born in Ancon in 1924 to John 0. and Winnie D. Collins
and attended Canal Zone schools. He was a graduate of
the New York Merchant Marine Academy and served in
the Merchant Marine during World War II. He was a
pioneer in the jumbo shrimp business in Panama,
discovering the beds and built and owned the first shrimp
boat in the Republic. At the time of his death he owned
a "finca" in Boquete, growing coffee and citrus fruit.

He is survived by his wife, Inga Elliott Collins of
Boquete; six children, Hans, Vera Lee, Charles, John,
Viveca, Alfredo; and several grandchildren. Cremeation
and funeral services were held at St. Lukes Cathedral,

William C. Crews, 70, of Bradenton, Florida, died
March 19, 1993. He was born in Arcadia, FL. and worked
the Piers and Pier Gate in Cristobal through the late
1970s. He was a Mason and a retired security
commander for the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal
and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member
of Emmanual Baptist Church and a deacon and Sunday
school teacher.
Survivors include his wife, Opal W.; and a brother,
Neil Crews of Seffner, Florida.

Ralph T. Dickerson, 92, died in Everett, Washington,
on April 17, 1992. He was born in Fort Dodge, and had
spent the last 10 years in the Everett area. He and his
wife Harriet, who passed away on December 3, 1990,
were former residents of Pedro Miguel.
Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn Newsum of
Arizona and Geraldine Wahl Woodard of Marysville,
Washington, and five grandchildren. Geraldine is the
widow of "Bud" Wahl, only brother of Charlotte Dailey of
St. Petersburg, Florida.

Ricardo Arias Espinosa, 80, former President of
Panama from 1955-1956, died March 15, 1993 after a
long bout with cancer. Arias was 2nd Vice President
when President Remon was assassinated at a race track
in Panama on January 2, 1955, and was sworn in as
President after the 1st Vice President was accused of
involvement in the murder. He was later cleared of all
Arias Espinosa is survived by two sons and two

James L. Fernandez, 67, of Dallas, Texas, passed
away on November 29, 1992 of congestive heart failure at
St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas. A native of Colon,
Panama, he began his career in 1954, and subsequently
became the former general advertising director of The
Dallas Morning News, and retired in 1988. He attended
Canal Zone schools, graduating from Cristobal High
School, and attended The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
Survivors include his wife, Colette (Perret)
Fernandez of Dallas; a son, Charles A. Fernandez of
Dallas; a brother, Robert A. Fernandez of Irving; and
two grandchildren.

Zonella (Bliss) Field, 82, passed away at her home
in San Fernando, California on February 17, 1993,
following a heart attack. She was born in Ancon Hospital,

Canal Zone and was the daughter of the late Gerald
DeLeo Bliss Sr. and Mabelle Hart Bliss. She was raised
in the Canal Zone, attended Canal Zone schools,
graduating from CristobaL High School in 1928. She was
also a graduate of Oberlin College, Ohio and completed
nurses training at The Los Angeles General Hospital and
was assigned to the Nursing Staff there. She later
accepted a position on the staff of the Veterans
Administration Hospital in San Fernando and served as
head nurse of her ward for many years until her
retirement in the early 1970s. She was a member of the
Order of the Eastern Star, Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW,
several nursing organizations and the San Fernando
Chapter, P.E.O. Sisterhood.
She is survived by three sisters, Ramona Bliss
Barnes, Gladys B. Humphrey and Mabelle B. Walker, all
of Sarasota, Florida; a brother, Curtis Hart Bliss of
Rockledge, FL., and many nieces and nephews.

Rhoda Lindell Fox, 69, passed away April 17, 1993 at
Playa Coronado, Rep. of Panama. Rhoda retired from
the License Section of the Civil Affairs Bureau in 1979,
and continued to make her home in Coronado, R.P.
She is survived by two sons, George of Balboa and
Fred of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, George, Bryan,
Kristine, Darren, Jennifer and Lorraine and one great-
grandson, Wade. She was the sister of Fred (Fritz), Otto
(Buddy) and Bob (Squeaky) Helmericks. Memorial
services were held at Balboa Union Church on April 22,

Lelia McLeod Freund, 89, of Yalaha, Florida, passed
away July 3, 1992. She was a resident of the Canal Zone
for 47 years.
She is survived by her husband, Earl M. Freund of
Yalaha, formerly a contractor in the Canal Zone for
many years; a son, retired Col. George M. Bull, USAF,
of Yalaha; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;
a sister, Grace M. Koon, Charleston, SC; a step-daughter,
Betty Stewart, Yalaha; and a step-son, Gibby Freund,
Panama Canal area.

Marjorie (Weigold) Gardiner passed away March 11,
1993 in Peralta, New Mexico. Marjorie was educated in
the Canal Zone school system and was a graduate of
Balboa High School, Class of 1935.
Marjorie is survived by a daughter, Margaret Brock
of Peralta, and a brother, Donald Weigold of Sanibel
Island, Florida.

Irene Alice Kay Homa, 66, passed away in Miami,
Florida on March 10, 1993, after a lengthy and
courageous bout with cancer. She was born in Nassau,
Bahamas and came to Panama in 1944 after marrying C.
William Homa. While in Panama, they resided in
Curundu and Gamboa. She left Panama in 1964 and took
up residence in the Kendall area of Miami.

She is survived by three sons; Gary Homa of Boca
Raton, FL., Bruce and Dean Homa of Cocoli, Panama;
two daughters, Diane Homa of Tampa, FL., and Donna
Kunkel of Cocoli, Panama; a sister, Margie Ginsberg of
Miami; and eight grandchildren, Deanne, Tiffany,
Kimberly, Candice and Grant Homa, and Freddy,
Zackary and Zabrina Kunkel.

Estelle Belle Hooper, 87, of McIntosh, Florida, died
February 1, 1993 at Surrey Place. A native of Alabama,
she moved to McIntosh, where she was a retired citrus
and orchid grower, from the Panama Canal Zone 18
years ago. She was a member of Church of Christ of
Survivors include her daughter, Eleanor C. Hesser,
of McIntosh; sisters, Thelma L. Williams, Lowry City,
MO; Louise H. Billingsly, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, and
Grace H. Wallace, Garden Grove, CA; a brother, Walter
Hooper, Prattville, AL.

Adolph C. Kapinos, 75, of Aiken, SC, died Thursday,
April 6, 1993, at his residence.
Mr. Kapinos, a native of Goodyear, CT, had retired
in 1968 from the Canal Zone Police Department. He was
a veteran of the Army, having served from 1936 to 1939 at
Fort Ethan Allen, VT, and in 1940 at Albrook Air Force
Base, Panama. He worked for the government with the
Panama Canal Locks Division and the Panama Canal
Railroad Organization. He was a dispatcher for the South
Carolina Highway Patrol. He was a member of National
Association of Retired Federal Employees and a
communicant of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic
Survivors include his wife, Verna Elinor Kapinos;
two daughters, Carol Smith, Fayetteville, NC, and Lind
Puchon, Kwajalane Islands; three brothers, Frank
Kapinos, Newtonville, MA, Walter Kapinos, Welsley,
MA, and John Kapinos, Mineda, NY; and five
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Francis W. McAndrews, 79, of Moscow, Pennsylvania
died March 11, 1993 at home after an illness. He was
born in Scranton, Pa. where he graduated from high
school and received his bachelor and master's degree at
the Pennsylvania State University. He was a veteran of
the U.S. Navy in World War II and a member of
American Legion Post 579, Moscow; the St. Catherine
of Siena Church and the Holy Name Society. Prior to
retirement he was employed as a teacher for 42 years at
South Scranton Junior High School and was the founder
of Lake Hideaway, Moscow, which opened in 1961.
Survivors include his widow, the former Jean Kalar;
a daughter, Helen Salamone of Delmar, NY; three sons,
Briggs, superintendent of schools in Niscayuna, NY.,
Brian of Moscow, and attorney Dennis, of Wayne; a
sister, Margaret McAndrews, Scranton, PA.; a brother,
John, Wyomissing, nine grandchildren, nieces and

Robert A. (Bob) McClain, 67, passed away January
21, 1993 after a long siege with cancer. He was born in
Jacksonville, FL and went to the Canal Zone with his
family in 1928 and lived in Fort Amador. He attended
school in Balboa and was a BHS Class of 1943 graduate.
After graduation he became a Flight Steward with Pan
American Airways and later joined the Air Force, serving
as tail-gunner on B-17's. After his honorable discharge he
became a civilian employee with the U.S. Army
Ordnance Department, in Corozal and retired as
Superintendent in April 1980. Prior to retirement he built
a home in Las Cumbres where he resided. He later built
another home in San Carlos, and commuted between the
He is survived by his wife, Luz de Sedas McClain;
two daughters, Donna and Kathy and three
granddaughters, all living in Panama. His only brother,
Ralph, lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Charles Avory McGlade, born August 5, 1929, passed
away January 22, 1993. Charles came to the Canal Zone
when he was a young boy, attended Canal Zone schools
and graduated with the BHS Class of 1947. He did a tour
in the U.S. Army, returned to the Zone and attended
Canal Zone College. He then went to work for the Fire
Department and later transferred to the Postal Division,
from which he retired.
Charles is survived by a former wife, Margaret K.
Windle of Panama City Beach, Florida; three daughters,
Joan F. Larson of Lewiston, Maine and two children,
Daniel Carl and Diane Michell, Patricia A. Smith of
Hollywood, Florida and husband Steve and two children,
William Edward and Brittnay Marie, and Marjorie L.
Loonie of Lewiston, Maine and son Andrew; and a son,
Charles A. Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Averil E. Nixon, 77, of Tierra Verde, Florida, died
November 28, 1992 at Bayfront Medical Center. She was
born in Demopolis, Alabama and was a former employee
in the Panama Canal Zone. She came to Florida from
Baton Rouge, LA, and was an Episcopalian.
Survivors include a son, Alton D. Jr., San Dimas,
CA; and four grandchildren.

Ruth L. Presley, 93, of Largo, died Friday, April 16,
1993, at Palm Garden of Largo. She was born in Noank,
CT, and came here in 1959 from Spartanburg, SC. She
was a Catholic. She resided in the Canal Zone for 17
years where her late husband retired from the U.S. Army
in 1942 and worked with the 15th Naval District, where
he retired in 1953. Ruth was a member of the Panama
Womens Golf Club for 15 years.
Survivors include three sons, John, St. Petersburg,
Lemuel, Shreveport, LA, and Robert, Longmont, CO;
two daughters, Jane P. Huldtquist, Seminole, and Betty
R. Huldtquist, Dothan, AL; a sister, Anna Sprouse,
Birmingham, AL; four grandchildren; and two great-

Captain Ernest B. "Chuck" Rainier, 83, died suddenly
on January 29, 1993 from a heart attack. He was born in
Matthews, Virginia and retired as Port Captain,
Cristobal, Canal Zone. After retirement, he resided in
Los Rios with his wife, the former Louise White, until
her retirement. They later moved to Lincoln, Nebraska.
"Chuck," as he was affectionately called will be missed by
all his friends and associates. He made life a little
brighter wherever he was and was respected by everyone.
His career as a mariner was exemplary and was
responsible for the efficient transitting of ships through
the Canal for many, many years.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; two daughters and
sons-in-law, Denise and Michael Sullivan of Ft.
Lauderdale, FL, and Michelle and Gene Hatten of lacon,
IL; three stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Hal and Dee
White of Anchorage, AK, Tom and Ann White of Key
West, FL, and William and Diane White of West Des
Moines, IA. Also surviving are three sisters and brothers-
in-law, Georgia Young of Gaithersburg, MD, Helen and
Robert Preisendorfer, Baltimore, MD, and Marie and
Dahle Amendt, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is also survived
by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Julia Ann Ramsey, 23, died March 3, 1993 in Las
Vegas of pneumonia. She had recently graduated with a
five degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,
and was employed in hotel management.
Julia is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James
Ramsey of The Dalles, OR (formerly of Margarita,
C.Z.); two brothers, Mike, of North Little Rock, AR, and
Bill of San Diego, CA; aunts, uncles and cousins. She
was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Krebbs,
Mercersberg, PA, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Erwin
Ramsey, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.

Rev. Walter K. Reitz, 70, of Panama, R.P. passed
away January 11, 1993. He was a missionary who came to
Panama in 1953 and did his first missionary work in
Chiriqui, then transferred to Panama City to the Seawall
Church in 1959. He worked at La Gracia, then at the
Balboa Union Church from 1979 for five years, followed
by service to Comunidad Cristiana en el IPA. He
participated actively in the Fellowship of the Concerned,
Y.M.CA., Rotary Club, the Union Nacional de Ciegos,
and supported the Embera and Kuna missions.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred; four sons, Paul,
Philip, Peter, Perry; three daughters-in-law; five
grandchildren; a sister and a brother.

daughter, Rita I. Wright, of St. Petersburg, FL; a brother,
retired Col. Thomas C. Marine, San Antonio, Texas; a
sister, Alice Talbott, Panama; eight grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren.

Ana Sharp, 93, of Bar Harbor, FL, died March 29,
1993. She was the widow of Nathan Sharp and they lived
in Panama for over 30 years, being very prominent in the
Jewish community. She was born in Russia and brought
to the United States at eight years of age. The day prior
to her death she was visited by Frank Baldwin and his
two granddaughters, who sang "Happy Birthday" for her
birthday next day when she died. She was devoted to help
anyone she could.

Gary Merrill Silverman, 39, died in Vienna, Austria
on December 25, 1992. He was born in Waukegan,
Illinois and was a member of Balboa High School class
of 1971 and Canal Zone Junior College, 1973, where he
was chosen Outstanding Student in his graduating class.
He's listed in the Who's Who of Junior College Graduates.
He was also a graduate of Georgetown University in
Washington, D.C. and made his home there.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Silverman of Lockhart, Texas; two brothers, Peter and
Charles (Chuck) of Houston, Texas; and a sister, Dorothy
Witte of Englewood, Colorado.

Muffle Rose Stevenson, 90, formerly of Panama and
Curundu, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on
February 10, 1993 at her home in Winter Haven, Florida.
Muffle came to Panama in 1930 and lived most of her
adult life in Panama. She was a graduate of Denison
University with a degree in science and math in 1924. She
was a Panama Canal employee for many years with the
Clubhouses and Schools Division, and after her
retirement, taught school at IPA in Panama. She was also
very active in the Christian Science Church of Balboa and
Ancon and was a member of the Panama Amigos and
Astronomy Clubs.
She is survived by two sons, Davis Stevenson of
Lawrenceville, GA, and Sydney Stevenson of Lakeland,
FL.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her
remains will be hand carried by her son, Davis and
interred beside her husband, Leigh Stevenson in Corozal
Cemetary, R.P.

Bertha E. Scott, 77, of Salinas, California, died
March 13, 1993 in California. She was born in Panama,
Rep. of Panama and left the Canal Zone in 1965 where
she was a homemaker. She was a Catholic and was a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include four sons, Barton J. Jr., of
Indialantic, FL, William J. of Salinas, CA., Thomas S. of
Denison, Texas, and James E. of Lawton, OK; a

Robert D. Stroup, 80, of Clearwater, Florida, died
February 27, 1993 at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater.
He was born in the Canal Zone and was a chemical
engineer, working for 24 years for Grain Processing
Corp. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a
member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a son, Larry, Tampa;
a daughter, Kathy Sellers, Coal Valley, Ill; two sisters;
five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Charles M. Tatman, 71, of Hudson, Florida, died
December 22, 1992. He was raised in Philadelphia, PA.
and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He
earned degrees from Temple and Rutgers Universities
and was a teacher in New Jersey before going to the
Canal Zone in 1958. He taught English at Balboa High
School and Curundu Junior High for over 20 years.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann Tatman of
Arlington, Virginia; a son, Michael of Los Rios, Panama;
and his grandchildren, Shannon and Nicolas Tatman, of
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

Archibald P. Turner, of West Palm Beach, Florida,
passed away February 24, 1993, one month before his
85th birthday. He retired in early 1973 after spending 30
years in the Canal Zone working for the Panama Canal
Company, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy and the
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Olga E.
Rodaniche de Turner; two daughters, Melicent T.
Kennedy of Anacortes, Washington and Olga T. Wallace
of Adak, Alaska; and a son, Paul G. Turner of San Jose,
California, and six grandchildren.

Earl F. Unruh, 83, died March 31, 1993 in
Bakersfield, CA. He was born in Hillsboro, KS. He died
suddenly of a heart attack.
He transferred to the Postal Division in the Canal
Zone in September 1931. After 33 years of service, he
retired in 1964 as Director of Post of the Panama Canal
Zone. During that period, he served in World War II as
a Lt. in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife Olive and two nephews,
Kenneth Unruh of Sparks, NV and Donald W. Unruh
of Elko, NV and several cousins.

Etelvina E. (Rangel) van't Veld, 89, died at Arlington
Hospital, Arlington, VA., on March 14, 1993 after
suffering a massive stroke on March 8. She was born in
Panama, Rep. of Panama and witnessed the construction
of the Panama Canal. She married William van't Veld,
originally from Hilversum, The Netherlands, who served
in the U.S. Army during World War I, and worked for
the Locks Division at Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and
Gatun until his death on January 8, 1944. She continued
to reside in the Canal Zone area until July 1955, together
with her son Jim. They then established residences in
Arlington, Springfield and McLean, VA. She was a
member of the Pedro Miguel Ladies Auxiliary and
Sodality Daughters of St. Mary at St. Mary's Church,
Balboa; Sacred Heart Church, Ancon and St. Thomas
More Church, Arlington. All her children were born in
Gorgas Hospital and attended Canal Zone schools, all
graduating from Balboa High School, with exception of
She is survived by two sons, Cecil W. and wife Mary
Caffrey of Silver Spring, MD., and Hendrik "Jim" of
McLean, VA.; a daughter, Violet "Vicki" and husband
Harvey M. Johnson of Falls Church, VA; and
granddaughter Bobbie Lynn Oliver of McLean, daughter
of the late Ethel J. and Eugene Oliver.

Mary Rita Doran Vercauteran, 71, of Depere,
Wisconsin, passed away January 6, 1993 after a long
illness of cancer. She graduated from Balboa High School
in 1940 and was a resident of Quarry Heights from 1936
until 1940. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc.
She is survived by her husband, Roy; four sons and
three daughters; a twin sister, Mary Margaret (Doran)
Liebmann; two brothers and another sister. One daughter
predeceased Rita.

James "Jack" Williams, Jr., 49, died March 30, 1993,
at Clinica Paitilla, Panama, of lung cancer. He was a
graduate of Cristobal High School, Class of '61.
He is survived by his wife, Diana lanoule Williams of
Cardenas, Panama; daughters Pamela Jean and Robin
Lea of Lynn Haven, FL; son Nathan Christopher of
Panama City, FL; step-parents Larry and Flor Brown of
Hazelhurst, MI; sisters Lois (Stevens) Paredes of Los
Rios, Panama and Tulia Brown of Atlanta, GA.

Anna M. (Van Siclen) Wright passed away March 8,
1993 in Montreal, Canada. She was born in Brooklyn,
New York on December 30, 1905, moved to Panama in
1914, attended Canal Zone schools and was a former
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Anna
married Wells Wright at the Balboa Union Church, and
they retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1961
and moved to Florida.
Anna was predeceased by her husband, Wells. She is
survived by her son Richard, daughter-in-law Ursala;
grandsons Matthew and Justin of Montreal; sisters
Matilda Bogle, Poughkeepsie, New York, Nealie Van
Siclen, St. Petersburg, Florida; and brothers William A.
Van Siclen, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Robert Van Siclen
of Seminole, Florida, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on March 20, 1993 at
St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church in Seminole and
was attended by her many friends and family.

Letters to the Editor

Bohannon Wade Trip
The Summer of '92

Naomi and Bo Bohannon, their daughter Gail
(Bohannon) Wade, and their grandson, Clinton Wade,
were on the move again during the summer of 1992.
When contemplating which areas of the world would be
interesting to visit, we decided upon Vietnam.
There were many reasons for this decision. We
wanted to see and experience for ourselves this area
which has played such a big part in our recent history.
We wanted to know, in some small way, some of the
places and things we have heard about for the past thirty
We flew from the States to Hong Kong, and then on
to Vietnam. We found it to be a country in the midst of
massive changes. Our journey began in Hanoi. It is
difficult to describe the many mixed emotions that
surfaced when we saw the Hanoi Hilton, where our
POW's were held. In addition to what one would expect -
the natural feelings of awe, sadness, and relief that it is
over, we were a bit surprised to also feel a little guilty for
visiting a country with such a tumultuous past.


L-R: Gail (Bohannon) Wade, her son Clinton Wade,
Bo Bohannon, Naomi Bohannon. Danang, Vietnam.
Summer 1992.

From Hanoi, we traveled on to Halong Bay, Hue,
Danang, Nha Trang, Dalat, and finally, Saigon (Ho Chi
Minh City). Again we experienced a flood of emotions in
Hue and Danang where the Tet Offensives were fought,
and China Beach, where our troops went for a little R &
R, while the Viet Cong maintained a bird's eye view of
our men from Marble Mountain, less than five minutes
away. The most incredible sight was that of the Cu Cui
Tunnels basically a city of 10,000 Viet Cong operatives

living beneath the feet of our forces in the Cu Cui areas
we controlled!
In thinking back over this segment of our trip, we
realize that we will never fully understand all of what we
were asking of our fighting men and women during that
"conflict." We could see, however, what tremendous
hardships and sacrifices they were forced to endure.
The next leg of our trip was in complete contrast to
the first. We proceeded from Hong Kong to South
Africa, an area we have always enjoyed. The new
adventure was to drive from Nambia from South Africa.
Nambia became independent from South Africa in 1990.
In addition to abundant wild life, Nambia has a
spectacular desert ecosystem.
The places in Nambia visited were Keetmanshoop,
Fish River Canyon (second only to our Grand Canyon),
Windhoek, (the Capitol), Walvis Bay, Swakopmund,
Kalkveld, Etosha National Park (unbelievable wildlife),
Otjewarongo, and then we went back to South Africa and
the fabulous Londolozi Game Reserve.
From South Africa, we flew back to Hong Kong and
then on to Florida, taking with us a million memories.

Greetings from Savannah, MO.

John and Margaret Morales of Savannah, MO. are
planning a trip to Giessen, Germany in April, after John
returns from a 3-week visit in March to Panama where
the 4 oldest Morales children live. Roy and Janet
Morales and three-year old Elizabeth are in their second
year of life in Germany where Roy is with DODDS,
teaching in Middle School in Geissen.

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Margaret Kuhn Morales and John Arthur Morales,
Savannah, Missouri, January 1993.
John enjoyed his all-too-brief visit with John, Jr.,
Jeannette, Lars, and Ken and their families. Sad to
witness the final demise of the Panama Railroad,
although Spanish investors hope to negotiate terms for
re-building and modernizing.

Panama? Why?

This question was asked of us by a pilot neighbor of
the McConaugheys Bob, Dave and Wil in Cardenas.
The Kromer C.Z. brats and their families had visited in
late 1992 and early 1993.
Peg Hutchison's article in last March's issue of the
Canal Record answered it for Zonians who were reared
there. Chiquita Pool-Chorrera Falls-Papaya-Taboga-
Mangoes-France Field iguanas-cashew fruit and nut-Red,
White and Blue Troupe-etc.-etc.-etc.
For our antecedents however, it was an adventure. It
was being part of constructing a Canal between the
Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that had only been dreamed
about for better than four centuries. Harvey
McConaughey and his dad, and Wilson Kromer arrived
in Panama when the digging started. Their offspring of
their marriages grew up on the Zone, married and
helped "put ships through". Their total service, and still
counting, is more than 250 years! and looks something
like this:


Including the parents of the Macs, Dick and Juanita
who were visiting from Florida, the assemblage totaled
25. In addition to the HQ in Cardenas, two families were
accommodated in the concrete quarters on Enterprise
Street where Dick had lived 70 years ago.
In order to please relatives ranging in age from
under three to upwards of seventy, the Macs developed
an astute plan: hit the high spots, lots of transportation,
and select a strict wagonmaster. In addition to parties at
the three homes and a Cardenas community bash on
New Year's Eve (featuring Lucho, and an unexpected
encounter with Peg) the Macs provided excursions:
Across the Isthmus by van to the Colon Free Zone;
Gatun Spillway and Tarpon Club; France Field (now
Loma Linda); and Coco Solo for a dip in the Atlantic
followed two hours later by a dip in the Pacific at
Diablo boat ramp.

1st Gen. John
2nd Gen. Harvey Jr.
3rd Gen. Dick
4th Gen. Bob
4th Gen. Kath (Bob)
4th Gen. Dave
4th Gen. Donita (Dave)
4th Gen. Wil
4th Gen. Mel (Wil)
5th Gen. Ryan (D&D)
5th Gen. Lean (D&D)

1st Gen. Wilson
2nd Gen. Tom
2nd Gen. Jack
2nd Gen. Rene

Shops 8 years
Shops/Admin 43 years
Locks/Shops 36 years
Locks/Elec. Cont.30 years
Hosp/Defense 21 years
Locks/Shops 25 years
Defense 15 years
Locks/Diving 20 years
Defense 10 years


SIP/3rd. Locks

1 year
209 years

37 years
5 years
10 years
5 years
57 years

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Masters of all they survey. Viewing the Canal from
Cerro Luis (Paraiso) Back row: Jack Kromer, Jess
and John Rocca. Front: Seth and Barbara Rocca,
Carolyn, Jen, Greg Manetti, Mark and Linda

(1) Not exactly Conquistadores! Back: Ryan and Donita McConaughey. Middle: Irene Kromer, unidentified. Front:
Linda Kromer, Greg Manetti, Mark Kromer, Barbara Rocca, Carolyn Manetti. (2) Comandeering Balboa harbor.
(Unidentified couple) Linda Kromer, Jen Manetti, Barbara, Jess, Seth Rocca, Ryan and Dave McConaughey (in
bow), Rene and Jack Kromer, Greg Manetti, Donith McConaughey, Carolyn Manetti.

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(1) A Hostess Mel McConaughy. (2) 'This one, Uncle Bob?" Gregg Manetti, Jess Rocca, Bob McConaughey -
Miraflores Control House. (3) "I installed that pipe, Dave." Dick with Dave McConaughey in Miraflores tunnel.

To Contractor's Hill and Fort Kobbe Beach.
To Miraflores Control House and tunnel, then to
Cerro Luis (Paraiso) Communications tower and look-
Around the former C.Z. on a nostalgic tour of old
stamping grounds, living quarters, schools, churches,
playshed and stadium, Ancon (Gorgas) Hospital and
Around Balboa Harbor by boat, then transitting
Miraflores Locks.
To El Valle Market on Sunday, then to Coronado
To Mac's island in the Canal, between Barro Colorado
Island and Gamboa for boating, fishing, swimming,
picnicking and telling tall stories.
To "Tinaja Restaurant" in Panama City to enjoy native
dancing with dinner.

With some political help, the Macs just might make
it 300 years!

The Kromers, Manettis, Roccas.
Silver Spring, MD.

To AI1 Thase Born
BSedore Pe arl MSTwib,

We are survivors. Consider the changes we have
witnessed. We were born before television, penicillin,
before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic, contact
lenses, frisbees and the pill. We were before radar, credit
cards, split atoms, laser beams and ball-point pens.
Before panty hose, pampers, dishwashers, clothes dryers,
electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes and
before man walked on the moon. We got married first
and then lived together. How quaint can you be? In our
time, closets were for clothes, not for "coming out of."
Bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits were not
Volkswagens. Designer Jeans were scheming girls named
Jean, and having a relationship meant getting along with
your cousins. We thought fast food was what you ate
during Lent and outer space was the back of the Cove
Theater. We were before house-husbands, sperm banks,
gay rights, computer dating, dual careers, and computer
marriages. We were before day-care centers, group

The owner of El Valle Mercado; Jennifer Manetti.

therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio,
televisions, astronauts, satellite stations, yogurt, guys
wearing earrings (unless they were pirates in old movies),
tape decks, artificial hearts, pacemakers, heart and kidney
transplants, electronic typewriters, word processors,
microwave and convection ovens, automatic dishwashers,
clothes washers and dryers, private telephone lines, push
button and auto phones, and Trans-Atlantic cable. For
us, time sharing meant togetherness...not computers or
condominiums. A chip meant a piece of wood or
something on your shoulder. Hardware meant hardware
and software wasn't even a word. Back then "making out"
referred to how you did in your exam at school and
"Made in Japan" meant junk. Pizza, McDonalds and
instant coffee were unheard of. We hit the scene when
there were 5 and 10 cent stores where you bought things
that cost 5 or 10 cents. Ice cream cones with two scoops
cost a nickel. For a nickel you could ride the local bus,
buy a Pepsi or enough stamps to mail one letter and two
post cards and make a phone call. You could buy a new
Chevy coupe for $600... but who could afford one? A pity,
because gasoline was 11 cents a gallon. In our day, "grass"
was mowed, "Coke" was a soft drink and "pot" was used
to prepare food in. "Rock" music was a Grandma's lullaby
and certainly a comfort. "Aids" were helpers in school
offices. We were certainly not before the difference
between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely
before the sex change. We made do with what we had...
and we were the last to be so dumb as to think you
needed a husband to have a baby.
No wonder we are so confused and there is a
generation gap.
Sent by Wilma Kennerd
Dothan, AL

Mary S. Harrison's 100th

My name is Robin Walker, nee Harrison. I was born
in Colon and attended Pacific side schools, graduating in
1955 from Balboa High School.
While in
Balboa, I
became friends
w i t h Pat
S Stilson,
(married name:
SVan Newkirk)
daughter of Mr.
and Mrs.
Joseph Stilson
t lof Balboa. We
S have been
friends since the
Robin Harrison Walker andries
Pat Stilson Van Newkirk eighth grade
and still see
each other often. She and her family live in this area in
Ellicott City, MD. I am enclosing a picture of Pat and me
taken last fall.
We here in the Baltimore area have been
experiencing a lingering winter. We had a blizzard last
weekend. As I am a nurse, I spent eighteen hours on
duty and was brought home by volunteers in a four
wheel-drive truck. We have also had a series of small,
almost unfelt earth-quakes near Columbia, MD. This is
the area in which Bill Deming and his wife live, as well
as other Zonians.

L-R: Gertrude Harrison Gibson, Gail Harrison Penna,
and Mary S. Harrison (nee Calvit). San Diego, CA.
February 29, 1993.
In February, I went to San Diego, California for my
grandmother Harrison's 100th birthday. Older Zonians
remember her as Mary S. Harrison, nee Calvit, wife of
the late T.W. Harrison, a Roosevelt Medal holder. I have
seen correspondence in the Canal Record regarding the
Pearl and Calvit families. She was born on February 25,
1893 in Houston, Texas to Annie Wright Calvit and
Stephen E. Calvit. To see her today you would think that
she has carried her age well. This can, in part, be due to

good genetics but also to the loving care of her daughter,
Mrs. Gertrude Gibson of San Diego. Mary was an avid
golfer until her eyesight failed.

Lori Conover, Joan Gibson Conover, and Gail
No longer able to live at home, she is a resident of
The Cloisters in San Diego. A festive party was held at
the home of her daughter with three of her
granddaughters attending. They were Joan Gibson
Conover, Robin Harrison Walker and Gail Harrison
Penna, whose home was severely damaged at Princeton,
Florida, on the perimeter of Homestead AFB, following
hurricane Andrew. Her other grandchildren are Christine
Harrison Parrish, Harry J. Harrison Jr. and Thomas
William Harrison III. There was also present a great-
granddaughter, Lori Conover. I have enclosed a picture
of Lori, Joan and Gail and one of grandma getting ready
to blow out her candles. Also present were several
friends with whom she played bridge.

Robin (Harrison) Walker
Baltimore, MD.

John Michaelis Muses

In my youth, a friend/school mate and I hitch-hiked
to Arizona, basically via Route 66. We made the grade as
cowhands (riding, driving, roping, branding) on a real
ranch, the "crazy" KZ (so-called because the original
branding irons were wrought backwards) yet put to use
long before our time there.
We had left New York City as top-ranked pupils in a
common graduating class but in the mid-30s there were
no jobs, only day-to-day chores, so we hoarded our funds
and took off. We found a ranch whose owner would hire
only one of us (par for a tenderfoot), but arranged for
another stockman to take the other.
The two most traumatic events during my stay at the
KZ Ranch were the death of Jean Harlow and the crash
of the German dirigible "Hindenberg." The cowboys took
it hard.
We returned to the East in 1937 and I recall voting
for the very first time for Fiorello de la Guardia, who

became mayor of New York City. Unemployment was
still widespread, so both of us joined the Army together.
The Army shipped me to the Panama Canal Zone and
Bert was shipped out to Hawaii. Luckily we led a
charmed life. but lost track of each other.

John Michaelis at Panama, Oklahoma, just off 1-40.

Another time, on a visit to a Godchild in Montana
circa 1970, I visited the great artist's (Charles M. Russell)
cowboy studio and adopted his aphorism as my own, to
wit: Put your time to good use man, I learned that at
home from my Austrian parents. Yet, Pat, I waste yours.

John Michaelis
Rogers, Ar.

A MaRlying CaU
For "OWur" Museum!

While visiting the Stockyards National Historical
District, during a trip last summer to Fort Worth, I failed
to realize that I was right next to the Panama Canal
Museum. I was most disappointed when I learned that I
had missed out on a chance to revisit a "bit of the past."
Not about to let this happen a second time, I had the
opportunity in February to rectify my earlier oversight.
Upon parking my car and walking to the Live Stock
Exchange Building, I thoroughly enjoyed along the way
the beautiful, warm, sunny day and abundant green grass
and flowers. I quickly was reminded of Februaries in
I was reminded too, of my Canal Zone days as I
entered the Stock Exchange Building. The building itself
is very old but well kept. It was reminiscent to me in
may ways of the old Zone Clubhouses. Nostalgia
immediately prevailed.
I found Sue McCafferty's office (she is the museum
curator of the North Fort Worth Historical Society). As
a long-standing member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, I was immediately afforded the warmest of
welcomes. While Sue gave me an overview of the
endeavors associated with establishing and maintaining
the Panama Canal Museum, I remember thinking that
her office, replete with white furniture, was not unlike
experiencing a sun porch in Panama shadowed by a palm
tree or two. Perhaps at the Tivoli Hotel....
It was very clear to me that a lot of planning and
hard work had gone into the development of the museum
since the idea of such a faculty was first seriously

considered by James A. Hess some 60 years ago. Those
who have served on early committees to study the
feasibility of a museum and, in particular, Adrien "Kibbe"
Bouche, the driving force in making the museum a reality
in 1991, are to be lauded for their unequivocal
persistence and dedicated commitment.
Sue, whose own unswerving dedication to preserving
Panama Canal history, cannot go without mention. She
explained that the museum presently occupies space in
the same area with the Texas collection. Although many
contributions of materials have been received during the
last two years from thoughtful persons comprising the
Panama Canal's past, she stated that most of these items
are in storage. The reason why this is so became
abundantly clear when she gave me a tour of the area. In
reality, the Panama Canal exhibit occupies but a
modestly, small corner of the Historical Society's
collection. This is attributable to the lack of dollars to
support larger, more deserving display. Dollars are
needed to fund the rental of additional floor space, to
obtain more display cases, and to provide for the ongoing
upkeep costs associated with storage, shipment and the
restoration/maintenance of materials. It was clear to me
that, quite simply, OUR museum needs OUR support.

The Fort Worth Live Stock Exchange Building which
houses the Panama Canal Museum.

IMy contribution to the Panama Canal Museum is
Enclosed for the amount of $_

Please make check or money order out to: North
Fort Worth Historical Society, and send to:

Mrs. Sue McCafferty
N. Fort Worth Historical Society
131 E. Exchange Avenue #112
Fort Worth, Texas 76106



City: State Zip_

Each of us needs to consider what we can do individually
to support this most worthwhile project so as to ensure
it's continued viability.
So then as a concerned Panama Canal Society
member I sound a rally call to our membership-at-
large for financial help. Your contributions, regardless of
amount, will go far in providing this much needed
support. (Might I even suggest that you consider
establishing a level of ongoing annual support within your
means for this cause?) Checks or money orders should
be made payable to: N. Fort Worth Historical Society.
Your donations clearly specified for the Panama Canal
Museum may be sent to:
Mrs. Sue McCafferty
N. Fort Worth Historical Society
131 E. Exchange Ave. #112
Fort Worth, Texas 76106

T/Sgt Fred Gelinas now lives in Grand Forks, N.D. and
two children, Jason and Ellen, drove down. Betsy Ross,
who works for the P.C.C. made the longest trip. Don,
who is on the pilot force there had to work Christmas
Day, and he was the only one missing.

Back L-R: Carol, Martha, Hank, Mike. Front: Karen.

Phil Breunle and curator, Sue McCafferty, at the
Canal exhibit in the Panama Canal Museum.

Also, consider any Panama Canal memorabilia in
your possession that you might like to donate. It can be
forwarded to the above address or you can contact Sue
at (817) 625-5082 with any questions you might have.
Most importantly, I would invite those visiting the
Fort Worth area to treat their nostalgic senses to
"another time and another place" by making every effort
to visit our museum. The Livestock Exchange Building in
the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historical District is
both readily recognizable (see picture insert) and easily
accessible from two interstate highways (35W and 820).
Long live the Panama Canal and long live our
Panama Canal Museum!

All of us except Don.
Michael, our youngest, along with Wendy, his fiancee,
now live in Chicago and were able to make it too. Marc,
our oldest grandson with his two children (our great-
grandkids, no less) came up from Orlando, FL. In all, a
great time with lots of memories.
Jodie. Wainio and Michael Anderson, old Panama
Canal friends also showed up for a visit. Along with
Henry and Martha, we had 22 people attend.

Hank and Martha Ross
Panama City, FL.

Phillip "Phil" C. Breunle, Dr. P.H.
Colonel, USA (Ret)
Aurora, CO.

From the Roth-Roffys

Christmas in Carolina

For the first time in 20 years, the Ross family had a
chance, to quote little Jimmy Dickens, "to meet all the
old folks and learn all the babies' names."
We got together in Wilmington, N.C. where Carol
and Ron McBride now live with their three children,
Stephanie, Lauren and Ryan. Karen, who is married to

Since retirement from Panama Canal service in 1980
we have been residing primarily in Fayetteville, N.C.
Several years ago we purchased a duplex in Ocala,
Florida and occasionally enjoy it for a short time. We
rent one unit and keep the other one vacant for our visits
or the family.
The past year we went to the west coast, spending a
week in California and on to Australia for three weeks.
On our return flight, we stopped off in Hawaii for a week
then another week again in Los Angeles, CA. Those six
weeks were the extent of our travels last year. Every year

we travel to foreign lands twice to Europe, twice to
Japan, Philippines, and four visits to Hawaii.
Our summer and fall were spent in building our new
home in Fayetteville. We moved in this February, but still
trying to settle down. Our old home I have up for sale by
a local realtor.
For the first time in ten years, our four children were
all together with us at Christmas.
Will and his wife Karen live across the street from
us in a home built for them the previous year. Will is a
fireman with the City of Fayetteville and Karen a nurses
aid at the Community Hospital. Both are E.M.T's and
regularly ride with the ambulance services on their days
Sandra has four sons and lives in Tupelo, MS. She
is an official court reporter and loves her job.


On board the U.S.N.S. Guadalope (T.A.O.-200) docked
in San Diego, California, April 4, 1993. Roth-Roffy
brothers meet on their ships. Thomas, left, Chief
Engineer. Charlie, right, electrician on the U.S.N.S.
Tippicanoe (T.A.O.-199).

Charles, our oldest son, has been sailing the past two
years with Military Sealift Command on U.S. Navy ships.
At Christmas, he was enroute to his next assignment as
electrician on the U.S.N.S. Tippicanoe. The ship was
under construction at New Orleans and he transmitted the
Canal in March. At present, the ship is undergoing
testing at San Diego with later transfer to fleet service in
the Pacific and Far East.
Thomas, our youngest son, has been sailing with
M.S.C. since graduating in 1980 from the U.S. Merchant
Marine Academy. He is Chief Engineer on the U.S.N.S.
Guadalope (TA.O.-200); a new Navy tanker that was also
built in New Orleans. His ship operates out of Oakland
or San Diego Navy bases and is presently used as a
training ship for underway replenishment crews of Navy
ships of the fleet. Tom is also a Lieutenant Commander
in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
The U.S.N.S. Tippicanoe stopped in at San Diego
Naval Base after its transit through the Canal and trip up
the west coast of Mexico. The U.S.N.S. Guadalope had
completed a training exercise at sea and it also came into
San Diego harbor. Charles came off his ship to visit Tom
and they enjoyed an evening together over a meal at a
harbor restaurant. The enclosed snapshot was taken in
the stateroom of Tom's ship.
I am looking forward to our annual Panama Canal
Society meeting in June to renew friendships with friends
I had in the Canal Zone.

Both Helen and I are happy and proud of our
children finding success and happiness, each in their own
pursuit in life.
Our next planned trip is in the fall to Europe with
visits again to England, Spain and Germany. My twin
brother Bill visited the abandoned Roth-Roffey castle in
Poland which was formally a part of Prussia and
Germany. I especially want to see that also but he
advised me that the Polish people still hold a deep hatred
for the Germans and not too friendly to German
descendants actually showed resentment toward their
inquiries of the history of the old castle.
See you all at the reunion in Orlando in June.

Charles and Helen Roth-Roffey
Fayetteville, NC.

Date Siblings Meet

In December 1992, I went to visit my brother, Daryl
Date, who is now living in St. Criox, U.S.Virgin Islands.
I have been living in the Santa Cruz mountains in
California for the past seven years, and had not seen my
brother for about two years.
My husband Eric Black and I went to the U.S.V.I.
to see my brother and do some scuba diving. There are
some terrific beach entry dives off the island.

Eric Black, Daryl Date, Sandy Hurtado, Daryl
Barnes, Alison Date, Tina Barnes, January 1993, St.
Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands.

While there, we enjoyed a mini-New Year reunion
with Daryl Barnes and his sister Tina on his sailboat, as
seen in the photo. We all agreed that this photo should
be in the Canal Record if it turned out, so..... Cheers and
Happy 1993!

Alison Date Black
La Honda, CA.

George Lee Photo

I took the enclosed picture of George Lee in his den
at Lake Como, Florida. His former students would find
reminders of their days with beloved George, on and
around his desk.

Kathleen Johnstone Visits

Enclosed is a photo taken during my recent visit with
my parents in Pinellas Park, Florida. My parents are
Hank and Evelyn Johnstone I visited there in January
of this vear.


George O. Lee, at home.
In his last letter he reported that since so few of his
friends are still in Iowa for him to visit with during the
summers, he may start staying in Florida all year long.
I congratulate you on your "Looking Back" historical
articles and pictures. Some of them are priceless. Can
you give us more of them? (Will do my best, thanks. Ed.)

C.R. Vosburgh
Batavia, New York

Birthday party for Bob Thompson at Houston, Texas
with stepdaughter Gloria, her husband Alan Wilson,
two grandkids Aaron and Gabriel. January 9, 1993.

L-R: Kathie Johnstone, Gerald Martin and son Barryl
While I was there I had the pleasure of spending
some time with my long-time high school friend, Gerald
Martin and his son, Barryl. The photo was taken in front
of my parents' home in Crystal Lake in Pinallas Park.

Kathleen S. Johnstone (BHS'68)
Huntsville, AL

Meeting V.I.P's again

Hello from the home of the Super Bowl Champs!
In March, Dan and Marnie Hanesworth (Chicago,
IL) visited their son, Brooks. Daughter Holly flew in
from Arizona where she currently is a Junior at the
University of Arizona.

While having brunch with niece Bliss (Morris)
Connerton and family and great-nephew Carlton Morris,
they ran into Roger Staubach, former quarterback for the
Dallas Cowboys.
Happy to say, the whole Morris clan will be in
Orlando this summer See you there!!

Bliss Connerton
Frisco, Texas

L-R: Brooks, Holly Hanesworth, Bliss (Moris)
Connerton, Marnie and Dan Hanesworth, and Jake
Connerton with Carlton Morris in front.

Roger Staubach with Jake Connerton and Carlton

ALLIANCA First in Locks

In 1914, before the SS Ancon made the first official
transit of the Panama Canal, a number of test transits
were made to make sure all was in order. On June 8,
1914, the Panama Railroad steamer Allianca steamed
through Gatun Locks to Gatun Lake, making her the first
ocean going passenger ship to enter or pass through any
of the canal lock systems.
Shortly thereafter, on July 16, 1914, the Allianca left
New York for Panama with 71 First Class passengers and
13 Second Class passengers, for a total of 84. A listing of
the 71 First Class passengers provides some names whom
many of us are familiar with. Mr. Allan B. Arnott, Mr.
and Mrs. F.H. Barritt, Mr. Max Boehme, Mrs. Geo. J.
Bohlman, Mr. Thos. Q. Costello, Mr. Taylor T. Curran,
Mr. John Callahan, Mr. Chas. W. Cashman, Mr. George
Chevalier, Mr. John L. Cannon and two sons, Mr. and
Mrs. J.G. Claybourn, Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Clark and child,
Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Chambers and child, Mr. John
Conneston, Mrs. Emilia Ehrman, Mr. John Freeman,
Mr. Frank Gute, Jr, Miss Sarah Gallagher, Mr. and Mrs.
George B. Halloran and five children, Mr. and Mrs. A.F.
Holzapfel and two children, Mr. Arthur Jurende, Mrs.

D.H. Jamieson and son, Mr. Salvadore Jurado, Mrs. J.R.
Kyte, Lt. Henry R. Kutz, Miss Lillian M. Lewis, Mr.
Robert H. Luce, Mr. Alex Lowande, Mrs. E.A. Lefevre
and maid, Mrs. Regina Merrill, Mr. Fred W. Mueller,
Mr. Alex McKenzie, Mr. William Pass, Master M.
Phetteplace, Mr. John Prier, Mr. Frank Roth, Mr. Frank
Richards, Mr. F.H. Rosenquist, Mrs. Henry Reid, Mr.
H.M. Ross, Mr. Frank H. Schwalenberg, Mrs. Fred H.
Stephens, Mrs. Fred. Shortt, Mr. Albert C. Shahan, Mr.
J.W. Smith, Mrs. Frank B. Turbiville, Mrs. C.R. Wentz,
Mrs. Ed. F. Welch, Mr. Joseph L. Welch, Mr. and Mrs.
Wm. S. Woodward, Mrs. R. Wagner.
That small passenger ship, on July 19, 1914, fed those
71 First Class passengers with a dinner worthy of the SS
Titanic (George Chevalier's words). Would you believe:
Caviar "Volga" Queen Olives Salted Almonds -
Consomme Desclignac Creme a la Duchesse. Boiled
Kennebec Salmon and Cucumbers "Hollandaise," Baked
Deep Sea Bass, "Fine Herbs." Croquettes of Sweetbreads
aux petit pois, Larded Tenderloin of Beef "Richelieu,"
Vol-au-vent "Montglas," Boiled Leg of Veal, Sauce
Soubise, Prime Ribs of Western Beef, au jus, Roast
Hindquarters of Lamb, mint sauce, Baked Virginia Ham,
Champagne sauce. Boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes,

new green peas, Succotash, Fried egg plant, Cauliflower
au gratin, Boiled Carolina Rice. Roast Young Native
Turkey, "Stuffed" Cranberry sauce, Flaked Crab
"Ravigote," Table Celery. Fruit Pudding "St. George,"
Huckleberry Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Macedoine of
Fruit, Pineapple Temptation, Assorted French Pastry.
Nuts, Prunes, Fruit--various, Figs, Raisins, American,
Swiss, Pineapple and Roquefort cheese, Toasted bents,
Water Thins, and coffee.

One wonders what they had for breakfast and lunch.
A couple of days in the hot, Panama sun, and they were
back to normal again. By the way, the Captain or Master
of the ship was A.T. Hudgins, and the Chief Steward was
J.O. Newcombe.
After 37 years of service, the ship was sold to the
Boston Iron and Metals company for scrap in 1923.

Menu and Passenger list provided by George Chevalier
Orlando, FL.


By John W. "Bucky" Hall

My friend, Stan Wasiak, died last November 1992,
after battling cancer for more than a year.
Newspapers all over the country carried stories about
Stan who was called the "King of the Minors." The facts
about his career are well known and often repeated.
He played in the minor leagues for seven years until
he was asked in 1950 by then-Dodgers general manager
Branch Rickey to become player-manager at Valdosta,
Ga., of the old Class D George-Florida League.
Thirty-seven years later, he retired as the manager in
minor league history with the most wins.
His career took him to seventeen teams in fifteen
leagues and earned him a place in Baseball's Hall of
Included in his 2,570 wins were nine league
championships and twenty one division titles.
But there was another chapter in Stan's career that

the sportswriters don't know about the career of a
young soldier stationed in the Panama Canal Zone whose
skills in baseball and boxing made him a favorite of fans
during World War II.
It is the memories of those days that come to mind
when I heard that Stan had died from the rare form of
cancer that had killed actor Steve McQueen.
I met Stan early in 1943 in front of the old Cristobal
Clubhouse where the players on the Colon baseball team
gathered to board a bus for the trip to Mount Hope ball
I was the team bat boy and I remember the soft-
voiced fellow in an Army uniform who helped me load
the heavy bat bag and other gear onto the bus.
Later, I learned he was the "property" of the
Brooklyn Dodgers' organization and had boxed in the
Chicago Golden Gloves tourney before entering the
Army from the civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Stan was stationed in the jungle at an area out of
Fort Sherman near the Gatun Lake "Saddles." Thanks to
his baseball and boxing skills, he was soon transferred to
Special Services at Fort Sherman.
Later, probably in the summer of 1944, Stan
participated in the area-wide Armed Forces Boxing
Tournament but kept getting "Byes" and had no matches
until the junior welter-weight championship fight in
Balboa Stadium. His opponent was a Navy sailor named
Ryan who had progressively scored better with each of
his victories. He had a powerful right hand that usually
ended the match when it landed on an opponent's chin.
Stan and Ryan fought on equal terms in the four-
round match until Ryan landed that right hand. Stan's
knees quivered, but true to form he recovered quickly
and continued the fight to the end. Ryan won the bout on
During the war years, the Canal Zone Isthmian
League had four teams Balboa and Diablo on the
Pacific side and Colon and Cristobal on the Atlantic side.
The teams on each side played against each other at
home on Wednesdays and one team from each side
traveled to the other side to play on Sundays.
The teams crossed the Isthmus aboard the
Governor's "scooter" on the Panama Railroad tracks until
the highway across the Isthmus was almost completed
when they began to make the trip by government bus. I
made those trips as a bat boy and they were a real
learning experience. I heard Terry Moore's baseball
stories. He played center field for the St. Louis Cardinals
when they won the World Series in 1942, and I listened
intently when he talked about other major leaguers like
Enos Slaughter and Marty Marian. I liked his story
about Carl Hubbell reading a paper with his left arm
crooked due to his famous screwball.
The Colon team in '43 and '44 was made up mostly
of professional and semi-professional players, some of
whom were in the Armed Forces. Quite a few were of
Polish extraction Wasiak, John Stopa, Tony Janski,
Hans Heine and they would often speak Polish much
to the consternation of the opposing team.
One Sunday afternoon in Balboa Stadium, Mickey
Harris, who had pitched for the Boston Red Sox, was
warming up for a game against Colon, at the time,
sponsored by Lucky Strike Cigarettes.
When I had occasion to cross his throwing area, he
said, "Hello, how are you doing?" I said, "Fine," and asked
how he felt. He answered, "I'll be OK if I can just get by

those Polacks." I think it was the same Sunday that
Lloyd Alberga hit a home run over the left field fence.
It was also the first game broadcast live by the Armed
Lloyd, who also played for the Panama League team
sponsored by Chesterfield Cigarettes, circled the bases
and returned to the bench. The announcer, located next
to the dugout, asked him how it felt to hit a home run.
On live radio, out of breath and excited, Lloyd said, "It
felt just like a Chesterfield!"
Stan returned to the Isthmus several times after the
war to play winter ball in both the Canal Zone league
and, when that league folded, in the Panama League.
One year, he played and managed in Venezuela, and
another time, he was offered $1,000 to fight the Panama
Champion (was it Stanley McKay or Cliffy Finnegan?)
But had to turn it down because of his Dodgers' contract.
Over the years, we corresponded mostly Christmas
cards. Then in 1991, he phoned from a local hotel. He
was in town scouting the rookie League for the Dodgers.
Stan and his wife Barbara, and my wife and I spent
several days sightseeing the Sarasota area. He looked fit
and said he bicycled several miles each morning after
attending Mass.


Stan Wasiack
A year later he learned that he had cancer.
Stan Wasiak died November 20, 1992, sadly, on
his son Marc's birthday.
Baseball people traveled to Mobile, Alabama, from
all over the United States to attend his funeral, and flags
at Dodgertown in Vero Beach were flown at half mast in
his honor.
I remember vividly some of the so-called tough ball
players kidding Stan about going to confession. "You
don't do anything wrong," they said. Stan answered,
"Sometimes I have had thoughts." Maybe he didn't do
anything wrong, but he did many things right.
Ballplayers will always remember Stan Wasiak as a
good man who taught them not only about the game he
loved but about the importance of family, health and
I am proud to have been one of those friends.

John W. "Bucky" Hall
Sarasota, FL.

In memory of his contribution to baseball and to the
University of South Alabama, in Mobile, AL., Stan's
family and friends have created the Stan Wasiak
Memorial Fund. If you would like to remember Stan
Wasiak you may contact "Bucky" Hall for additional


"Sam," as we called him who knows why? -
epitomized Pedro Miguel childhood. He baby-sat all of us
every afternoon and all day during weekends, holidays
and school vacations. To the best of our knowledge, Sam
couldn't swim a stroke, yet he saved most of us at one
time or another, from drowning, by running around the
sides of the Pedro Miguel swimming pool with a ten-
foot pole for us to grasp while he pulled us to safety.
You see "Sam" was
the one and only -
swimming pool attendant.
He took our admittance
tickets; rented bathing suits,
if needed; mended or
pinned torn ones; regulated
the chlorine mix in the
water several times a day;
( I and kept us screaming,
l" obstreperous brats from
killing each other! He
administered first aid. Sam
was Pedro Miguel.
S.. The last I heard about
"Sam" was in the mid-fifties.
I received a letter in Santa
tL Barbara, CA, where I was
AI living, telling me that "Sam"
was nearly blind, and would
surely lose his eyesight
unless he had an operation
which he could not afford.
SThe letter was from my
"Sam" mother, Eve Dickson, one of
Pedro Miguel Pool Pedro Miguel's very last
Sept. 30, 1951 residents if not the last -
who, as the last President of
the defunct Pedro Miguel Little Theater Group, and
custodian of that group's small and inactive funds, was
contacting each former member, including me, to ask
their permission to donate that small, no longer needed,
residual to a fund being collected to pay for "Sam's" eye
operation. Needless to say, everyone she reached heartily
approved of that good use for that pittance, which was
only moldering, anyway, and Mr. John Brathwaite
("Sam's" real name, I was then told) retained his vision
following a successful surgical procedure.
My thanks to Bets (Bradley) London and her sister,
Peggy Bradley, for sharing this photo of our beloved old
friend with me and all of us.
Corrections or additions to these, my recollections of
"Sam," especially by those still in Peter Mike during the
mid-fifties after I had departed, will be welcomed by this

Jane (Dickson) Cox
Pedro Miguel Brat
Tucson, AZ

"Ancon" served in Atlantic, Pacific

during WWII

Text by Susan Harp
Photos submitted by Charles A. Hand

When the Panama Railroad Steamship Line
christened the SS Ancon in 1939, no one would have
predicted that the first-rate cargo and passenger transport
vessel would one day serve as the World War II U.S.
Navy communications ship that would broadcast the news
of the Japanese surrender from Tokyo Bay to an
anxiously awaiting world.
The original Ancon had become famous in 1914 as
the first ship to officially transit the Panama Canal. Its
namesake was built to make a routine ten-day voyage
between New York and Cristobal, via Haiti. its cargo: up
to 206 passengers, housed in modern accommodations
and served excellent cuisine. In the hold for the
southbound voyage were supplies for the commissary and
Canal operations. Bananas, coffee and raw cotton made
the northbound trip.
Designed by well-known naval architect George
Sharp and industrial engineer Raymond Loewy, the
Ancon and sister ships, the Panama and Cristobal, were
built by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Their 493 foot-
long and 64-foot-wide hulls were painted pearl grey, with
white decks and cream smoke stacks. Brochures lured
passengers with pictures of comfortable, air conditioned
interiors and emphasized the vessel's fireproof
construction and tile swimming pools.

Panama Steamship Line's modern 14,206-ton SS
Ancon, sailing from New York to Haiti and the Panama
Canal on 14-day cruise tours.

Pearl Harbor changed all that. After the United
States declared war on Japan on December 7, 1941, the
Ancon was taken over by the U.S. Army Transport
Service. Guns were mounted on the decks, and the entire
ship was camouflaged with a dull, battleship-grey paint.
The holds became troop accommodations; the pool, a
bath-house; and the lounge, the officers' wardroom.
Officers quarters still had pink-tiled private bathrooms,
and the air conditioning was still functional but the
Ancon was now a working military vessel.
The Ancon's peacetime captain, David H. Swinson,
had been with the Panama Line since 1921. He stayed on
in 1942 and made two voyages carrying U.S. Army troops
to Australia. When the U.S. Navy commissioned the

Ancon and made it a flagship, the tenacious Swinson
joined the Navy and stayed on again as the ship's
executive officer. He remained with the Ancon through
three invasions in the Atlantic before moving on to other

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Armed and wearing Army "uniform," the Ancon, newly
designated AGC-4 looked like this. (Official U.S. Navy

The Ancon's first war action as a flagship was at
Fedalia, French Morocco, in the November 1942 invasion
of Casablanca. There were many close calls. Alongside
theAncon, the USS Joseph Hewes, another transport, was
torpedoed and sunk, and the Ancon's crew rescued the
survivors. The next night was worse. Torpedoes struck
and sank five more transport ships and an oil tanker that
were around the Ancon, which only escaped by quickly
cutting its anchor and putting out to sea.
After the narrow escape at Fedalia, the Ancon crew
members proudly nicknamed the ship "The Mighty A."
They took wounded American soldiers and a few
German prisoners back to the United States and began
preparations for a new mission.
On April 20, 1943, with the area that had once been
a swimming pool now converted into a radio shack and
miles of wire and tons of sensitive communications
devices installed, the Ancon became the flagship and
communications center for the invasion of Normandy,
France. For the first two years of U.S. involvement in the
war, the Ancon remained the only communications ship
in the Atlantic.
(During the invasion of Sicily, Gen. Omar Bradley
was aboard, as commanding general of the operation.) At
Salerno, (with Lt. Gen. Mark Clark aboard as the
commander of the 5th Army) "The Mighty A" escaped
the German air force bombs by burning smoke pots
during the day to hide its exact location and by changing
positions at night. Nevertheless, an Italian submarine
managed to locate it and surfaced close by. Instead of
attacking, however, the submarine immediately
surrendered. Some of the Ancon's crew members
boarded the submarine and escorted it to Malta. During
the massive D-Day invasion of the beaches at Normandy,
the Ancon served as the eyes, ears and voice of Rear
Admiral John L. Hall as he coordinated air, land and sea

". -'JS

That fall, the Ancon returned to the United States to
be recamouflaged and refitted. The day after Christmas
1944, it left Charleston, SC to spend New Year's Eve in
Panama. But it was not yet time to resume the parties
once held on its decks; the Ancon was headed for the
A report spread through the ship that Tokyo Rose
had announced that "The Mighty A" was in the Pacific
and that Japanese forces were looking for it. The crew lit
the smoke pots and burned them continually through the
April 1945 invasion of Okinawa.
One night in Okinawa, one of the smoke generators
on the deck exploded into flames just as Japanese planes
were flying in. The crew put the fire out so quickly that
it was never spotted by the enemy planes. Later, the crew
blasted a kamikaze pilot out of the sky, only to watch
another one plunge into a nearby battleship. Another day,
the crew stayed on alert for 14 hours, repelling 19 air
After the Japanese offered to surrender, the Ancon
served as the communications ship for the Iowa, Admiral
William Halsey's Missouri and Admiral Chester Nimitz's
South Dakota in Tokyo Bay. It was from the Ancon that
some 90 war correspondents from the United States,
China, England and Australia sent jubilant messages to
the world that the war was over.

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Culminating her brilliant war career as a command ship
of the Navy, the USS Ancon, in the background above,
served as press ship at the formal surrender of Japan
in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. She flashed the
news around the world as Japanese Foreign Minister
Namoro Shigamusu signed the surrender document
before General McArthur aboard the USS Missouri.
Some 90 war correspondents, photographers and
newsreelmen representing the United States, China,
England and Australia were on board the USS Ancon.
All the major networks broadcast from the Ancon to
the States while leading pressmen from the United
Nations sent out their stories to the world.

With the glorious record of service to the Allied
cause, the Ancon was returned to the Panama Line on
February 25, 1946. Captain Swinson was on hand to once
again take the helm. The Cristobal and the Panama

(renamed the James Parker during the war) also returned
from duty as troop transports.
Its hulls again painted pearl grey with a white trim,
the Ancon settled down to a relaxed routine of carrying
Canal employees to the States and returning with
everything from locomotive engines to stenography pads
in the hold.
The Ancon remained with the Canal until 1961, when
it became a training ship for the Maine Maritime
Academy. Twelve years later, "The Mighty A" was
dismantled, its machinery and equipment sold and its hull
cut up for scrap. The SSAncon is gone now, but the tale
of its exploits recalls a time in history when it served its
mission well.

The Panama Canal Spillway
September 25, 1992


Terraced Dining Salon

Club Room and Bar

A Typical Cabin became the officer's cabins during the

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THANKSGIVING PLAY, Kindergarten, Ancon, 1924.
Left-to Right: Mary Nell Brugge, "Sister" Johnson,
Jack Fitzpatrick, Dorothy Laurie, Mary Jane
Comley. Photo submitted by Mary Ellen Johnson.

After duty as a troopship, Ancon was converted to the
Amphibious Force Flagship AGC-4.

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Gophers Itermural Football team: Back, L-R: Norman Matlowsky, John (Cookie) Kiley, Lynn Hall, George
Makibbin, Ernest Horter, John Davis, Joe Haggerty, Guy Young, Miguel Corco.
Front, L-R: Tomas Reyes, Robert Erbe, Robert Hutchings, Alan Ford, Lorenzo (Larry) Romagoza, Larry Keegan,
Marshall Hughes (?), Ralph Ridge, Dick Erbe,

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Westbrook, Willard Lucy, Dick Erbe, George Maduro, Hugh Norris, Joe
Burgoon, Robert "Pappy" Grier, Tom Sullivan, John Foley, Julius Cheney,
J. O'Donnell, Robert Thomas, Vernon Seeley, Jim Wood, Eugene Mulling,
Dean Dodson, Vance Howard, R. Dodson, Mattes Orr, Vincent Bradley,
Charles Henriquez, John Towery, Wally Russon, Larry Ridge, John Dettor,
Alan Monsanto, Bill Bain, George Makibbin, Lefty McGlade, Jack Haw,
Harry Dockery, Joe Ludlum, Don Mitchell, John Urey, Bob Herrington,
Angus Matheney, Fernando Foster, Clyde Ellis, William Monzon, Mathew
Cryan, Coach Lockridge, Maurice Fitzgerald, Martin Casey, Bill Johnson,
Bob Burkle, Paul Disharoon, Pat Beall, Mack Walbridge, Claude Anderson,
(?) Whitely, Jim Meigs, Jerry Detamore, Ned Dwelle, Tom Bender, Graham
SBrotherson, Don McCaslin, John Clarke, Bill Gaines, George Russon.

Julio Hernandez, Bob Wertz, Vernon Snyder, Joe Young, Murray Wright,
Roy Dwelle, Bill Logsdon, George Whaler, Walter Muller, Ralph Dugas,
Donald Grimm, Jim Roth, Doug Smith, Bob Van Siclen, Vincent Ridge, Bill
LeBrun, Eddie Moore, Johnny MacMurray, Bob Erickson, Robert
Matheney, Tom C. Sullivan, Buddy Dyer, Jack Walbridge, Archie Byrne,
Francis Coyle, Harry Foster, Ed Sullivan, Bill Monsanto, Edgar Quintero,
Bud Horter, Milton trower, Chester Wine, "Windy" Smith, Howard Moore,
"Mickey" McFadden, John Kiley, Harold Willett, Oliver Paterson, John
Davis, Quint Anderson, Chuck Van Steenberg, Charlie Neumann, Lionel
Stempel,Austin Ayala, Doug March, George Fenton, Johnny Arosemena,
Harry Levy, David Wright, Jack Seiler, William Villegas, Emilio Madrigal,
Leo Ferguson, Macon Michaux, Robert Provost, Todd Lipzinski. We
welcome any new names of faces recognized.



The Pacific Northwest Canal Zone Picnic will be
held at Millersylvania State Park, at Covered Kitchen #1,
on I-5 going South from Olympia, about 8 miles, and
take Exit 95. Area is well posted.
Saturday, August 7, 1993, Starts at 10:00 a.m.
and continues "till the last dog dies."

Floyd and Bev Baker
35774 27th Ave. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
(206) 927-0491


Lee and Kathy Snider
Box 382
Kingston, WA 98346
(206) 297-4436


PCSOFL MEMBERS...Do you want some of your
memories of life in the Canal Zone to be included in a
book that Hindi Diamond is writing, called:

She is looking for short reminisces about any
interesting, funny or sad, exciting or unusual experiences
you have had either at work, or from a personal angle,
that would interest readers who are learning about life in
the Canal Zone. Pictures are also welcome, and will be
returned. All departments and fields of endeavor would
interest her. Wives of Canal employees, she wants them
too to tell about what life was like, hardships, fun, family
life, work activities, any and all incidents, plus nostalgia
about the Canal and feelings now, as we draw closer to
the 1999 deadline when the Canal is being given over to
Panama. Direct quotes are particularly welcome. Just tell
it how you feel it.
If you are unsure what to include, just drop her a
note outlining several of your ideas that you want to write
about, and she promises a prompt reply.
Please write to Hindi Diamond, Box 1701, Coconut
Grove, FL 33133. Phone (305) 446-6604.

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I am researching the Red, White and Blue Troupe
and would appreciate correspondence or phone calls
regarding locations of any collections of historical
material either private or public or the organization.
I was a member in the 1930s and 1940 in Gamboa
under Coach Henry Greiser.
I am particularly interested in doing an oral history
project of women members of the Troupe as the
women held many championships. Please contact:
Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo, 163 Nenue Street, Honolulu,
HI 96821. (Daughter of Eleanor Farrell McQueary)
(808) 373-4836.


The 1993 Poconos Reunion will be held from Friday
noon to Sunday noon, September 10-12, 1993 at the Hill
Motor Lodge (Best Western), located at Exit 45 on 1-80
in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. Reservations by phone at
(717) 629-1667. The rate for the weekend is $68 per
person (double occupancy) for two nights lodging and
two dinners (Friday and Saturday) at the Train Coach
Restaurant. A great time is guaranteed! Golf is available.
A wonderful time and place for those holding MINI-
If additional information is needed call Billy
Michaelsen: Between January and April: (904) 683-0826.
After April: (914) 271-3097.


Plans are being made for a pot-luck luncheon to be
held on June 26, 1993. Invitations that you should have
received by now will include the time and location. In
addition to bringing a dish, there will be a small fee to
cover the cost of drinks, paper goods, etc. If you did not
receive an invitation, or know somebody not listed in the
directory under the New England states (Connecticut,
Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
and Vermont) that would like to attend, please write or
call Mrs. Ann Field Kirrane, 93 Eliot Street, Chestnut
Hill (Brookline), Massachusetts 02167, (617) 566-4483, or
your reporter. Society members from other nearby states
(New York, New Jersey and Delaware) are also welcome
to attend.

1994 DUES ARE $20.00


4 thru 6 October, 1993

Keep the dates of October 4, 5, 6 open for a good
time in Dothan, Alabama. Once again the Gas House
Gang Golf Tournament will be held at the Olympia Spa
Motel in Dothan on October 4, 5, and 6. It's always a
great get-together for golfers and for others to renew old
acquaintances. Here is the itinerary:

October 4 Practice round (make your own foursome) -

October 5 Mexican Best Ball Tournament male and
female mixed scramble shotgun start.

October 6 Mexican Best Ball Tournament separate
male and female division shotgun start -
free cocktail hour Banquet Awards.

PACKAGE PLAN: Includes 3 nights lodging, 3 rounds
of golf (cart, green fees and prizes), 3 breakfasts and 2
dinners from menu, free cocktail party, banquet and
prizes. All prices include taxes.


Per couple (both golfers)
Per couple (one golfer)
Single golfer (w/roommate)(Each)
Single (staying alone)
Single (Non-golfer)
Cocktail party and banquet only



What are your memories of Gamboa? Anyone who
has memories of Gamboa or pictures to share, especially
of Girl Scout Little House, Civic Center (1940's 1960's),
houses on the ridge (1940's 1960's), Gravel Alley,
Williamson (1936-50), houses in the Dust Bowl, Boy
Scout meeting site, Halloween in the gym, the bowling
alley, beauty shop, barber shop, shoe repair, library, etc.,
please contact Donna Gillis, PSC #2, Box 926, APO AA


A no-host potluck picnic will be held starting at 11
a.m., Saturday, October 2, 1993, at Davis Bayou
Campground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore off
Highway 90 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. All ex-Zonians
in the area or passing through are invited to attend. Look
for the CZ banner at one of the bohios. Please bring
along your favorite CZ recipes for a cookbook in the
For those with trailers or RVs, Davis Bayou has
campsites with electric and water hook-ups and a dump
station. For camping details, contact the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500
Park Road, Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564. For
additional picnic details, please contact Gerda or Owen
Smith at (601) 542-3441.

NON-PACKAGE PLAN: Includes tournament, prizes,
cocktail party and banquet:


Club Member, golfer $59.00 per person
Non-Club Member, golfer95.00 per person

Those who were on our last year's mailing list and
who responded will be receiving this year's itinerary and
a Registration Form by mail. This year all reservations
will be made directly to the Olympia Spa, Manager Joe
Bates, P.O. Box 6108, Hwy 231 South, Dothan, AL 36302.
(205) 677-3321.
If you wish any additional information or want a
Registration Form, you may call Vera Ryan, (205) 793-
6316; Lou Hunt, (205) 793-4690; Bill Sherlock, (205) 794-
5933; or Jim Coman, (205) 284-0771.


Are you from the "auld" country, where the
countryside is greener than anywhere you know? The
second question is, are you a Farrell or related to one?
Then, I would like to hear from you if you are interested
in attending the 1st Farrell Clan Rally to be held in
County Longford, Ireland. Please contact me at the
following address for additional information: Debra
Boyle Farrell, 67 Grove Street #33, Arlington, MA
02174, (617) 643-8531.


Bob Nordstrom, Class Coordinator for our 50th
Class Reunion, has reported that the CHS Class of 1944
will join us in Orlando, FL, in June 1994, so that we may
celebrate our 50th together. Conrad Horine (address
below) has volunteered to act as CHS Representative. All
interested CHS Class of 1944 graduates should contact
Conrad for additional information.
Due to this publication and your loyal support, all
but 18 BHS graduates out of our class of 132 have been
located. Please see the "Where Are You" section for the
listing of the 18 remaining classmates who are still
missing. Also, please contact one of the following if you
have any further information on them or questions
pertaining to the Reunion.

Robert and Pat (Heitman) Whitam Conrad Horine
3208 Trails Lake Dr. 5728 Barley Court
Medina, OH 44256 Bonita, CA 91902
(216) 725-5087 (619) 472-6693

Carmen (Hernandez) Massot (BHS)
Apartado 55-1986
Paitilla, Rep. de Panama
(011-507) 64-3174


September 9-12, 1993

It's almost countdown time to our wonderful
Reunion at the Bahia Hotel in September. Chairman Ron
Wanke has received many preliminary reservations, but
he wants to hear if YOU are coming!
Ron is holding a block of special rate rooms just for
our group. After you notify Ron that you are coming, he
will send you a direct mailing to make your hotel and
specific Reunion program reservations.
For those who have missed seeing's the
program for the Reunion:


3:00 P.M. Registration in Class Hospitality Suite.
6:00 P.M. Reception in Suite.
7:00 P.M. Class Reunion dinner at Bahia Hotel.


9:00 A.M.- 7:00 P.M. Hospitality Suite open.
9:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. Optional Tour.

Depart Hotel on charter bus tour to Ensenada,
Mexico traveling along the beautiful Baja coastline, past
Rosarita Beach to Ensenada for lunch (included) and

45/50 4 BHS FUN!

Anyone from the BHS Class of 1945 wishing to help
organize or seriously intending to attend, a Half-century
Reunion sometime in the middle of 1995, place unknown,
is urged to make his feelings known to: Mannie
Quintero, 4375 Greenberry Lane, Annandale, VA 22003-
3220. Tel: (703) 354-2037.
Given enough interest in having a reunion, an
organizing committee will be formed.


Initial plans have begun for the 30th Class Reunion
for the Cristobal High Class of 1964. Robert Martin of
Austin, Texas, and Carol (LaCroix) Hamilton, of Palm
Bay, Florida, are again host and hostess for the reunion.
Any new information on classmates (changes of address,
classmates we were not able to contact for our 25th, etc.)
would be appreciated. Our addresses are as follows:

Carol (LaCroix) Hamilton
1436 Starboard St. N.W.
Palm Bay, FL 32907
(407) 724-1299

Robert Martin
4409 Malaga
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 345-9473


9:00 A.M. 6:00 P.M. Hospitality Suite open.
9:00 A.M. 4:00 P.M. Optional tour to San Diego Wild
Animal Park.
9:00 A.M. 4:00 P.M. Optional Tour of San Diego's
Wine country (with tasting).
6:00 P.M. 1:00 A.M. Dinner and Dance featuring Tito
and his wonderful Panamanian
music. We'll also meet old C.Z.
friends at this, the Panama
Canal Society's gala dinner and
ball. BAILE!


10:30 A.M. Attend the Panama Canal Society's


Optional four-day Mexican Riviera Cruise aboard the
Royal Caribbean Lines. Estimated cost, $500.

DON'T DELAY, CALL RON TODAY: 310-699-9755.

See you at the Reunion!

Ronald Wanke
10513 Orange Drive
Whittier, CA 90806

Joan Kenney Hoyt
432 Cedarhaven Way
Anaheim, CA 92807


It is time to plan our 25th class reunion for 1994. If
you have addresses of any of our classmates, or if you are
interested in helping, or have ideas, please contact the
following address: Paula Kuyoth-Martin, P.O. Box 33426,
San Antonio, Texas, 78265. (210) 599-8742


Once again, it is time to "come alive for '75." Plans
for our twenty year reunion are being made today! A 3-
day cruise out of Cape Canaveral or Tampa has been
discussed, possibly from Sunday until Wednesday before
the 1995 Panama Canal Society reunion. A cruise would
offer the opportunity to "catch up on old times" in the
beautiful Caribbean. Cruises are extremely fun oriented
and very affordable! Cruise lines are being researched
now. For your input and addresses, contact one of the

Pat and Cheryl (Allen) Williams Bob Medinger
PSC 02 Box 2683 1117 Lancer Lane
APO AA 34002 Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
52-6846 FAX 52-5638 813-934-1313 FAX 938-2635

Bob Parthenais
5649 Normandy Road
Memphis, TN 38120


The Panama Canal Society of Florida will hold its
Annual Picnic at noon Saturday, October 2, 1993 at
Pavilion #3, A.L. Anderson Park, Highway 19, Tarpon
Anderson Park is located 7/10 mile north of
Klosterman Road, and 9/10 mile south of Tarpon Springs
Road, on the East side of Highway 19.
Pavilion #3 has ample parking, handicapped drop-
off, wheel chair ramp, and an excellent view of Lake
Tarpon, and is close to rest-rooms.

Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish
and your own soft drinks. The Society will furnish plastic
plates, utensils and paper cups.
Members are reminded that the Park does not allow
alcoholic beverages on the premises.


A short business meeting will be held after lunch,
Coordinator is Robert Johnson, 813-789-4858.






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The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
September luncheon will be in Sarasota, on Saturday,
September 4, 1993 at the Fairways of Forest Lakes
Country Club.
A pay-as-you-go bar will be set up to commence at
11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon/ Meeting following at 12:00
The menu will consist of a choice of Beef Burgundy
with noodles, or Chicken Baltimore with Duchess
Potatoes, Fresh Vegetable Medley, Garden Salad with
House Dressing, Fresh Bread with Whipped Butter,
Coffee/Tea, and Strawberry Parfait for desert. Please
specify your choice of entree on the Reservation Form.
The Cost is $12.00 per person, gratuities included.
Deadline for reservations and refunds is Wednesday,
September 1. 1993.
Barbara and Tom Peterson will be our co-
chairpersons for this gala event and they promise a good
time for all. Door prizes will be given during the meeting,
so let's all support our Society and head South, or North
or East or West whatever is appropriate. The food is

September 4, 1993
The Fairways Forest Lakes Country Club

IPlease make Reservations at $12.00 each.

Total enclosed is: $

Please check preference:
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SChicken Baltimore

Checks payable to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. Mail to: Panama Canal Society of
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Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.



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This is a special rate for our reunion. After August 9, rooms subject to availability.

THEME: DO YOU REMEMBER? Bring your favorite memorabilia to share
* * * * * * *
Deadline for "reduced rate" reservations is September 1, 1993. Mail checks and reservations for meals to: WEST COAST
REUNION, c/o Conrad Horine, 5728 Barley Court, Bonita, CA. 91902. Make checks payable to "REUNION

NAME AND ADDRESS OF EACH PERSON Dinner/Dance $35.00 per person $

After Sept. 1 @ $40.00 per pers. $

Table of 10 purchased by one
person before Sept. 1 gets a
discount rate of $315.00 (List $

Telephone:_(___ )
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FRIDAY, September 10

SATURDAY, September 11

Breakfast: $13.00 per person $


11:00 A.M. 8:00 P.M. Registration and Open Bar. (Hospitality Suite)
(bring your favorite)
8:30 A.M. Golf Tournament $30.00

9:00 A.M. 4:00 P.M. Registration and Open Bar (Bring your own)

6:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M. No Host Bar and Dinner Ballroom.

8:00 P.M. 1:00 A.M. Dancing to the music of Tito Mouynes. No Host Bar,Raffle,

SUNDAY, September 12 10:00 A.M. Registration Ballroom.

10:30 A.M. Breakfast is served, followed at approx. 11:30 by program, film or
talk. Lottery. Music by Tito Mouynes.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT THE 'COMMITTEE'; Kathy and Jack Taylor, 619-277-5000; Ken and
Celine Stone, 818-361-1964; Conrad and Norma Horine, 619-472-6693; David Hollowell, 619-424-5704; Tom and Marian
Rice, 213-662-0547; Bob and Linda Morris, 619-272-9729; Bill and Nana Roberts, 619-440-3071.



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permanent roots. Let me suggest Tallahasse, Florida.

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