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


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

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VOL. 27 SEPTEMBER 1993 NO. 4

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FOR 1993-94

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist

Mrs. Marje Foster
1st Vice President

Mr. Robert Johnson
2nd Vice President

Mr. Virgil Camby

Mrs. Betty Malone

Margot Jordan

Mr. Robert Van Siclen
Past President

James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative

James Slover

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

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

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


President's M message ......................................... 1
From the Secretary .......................................... 2
Editor's Corner ............................................ 3
Legislative Representative ...................................... 3
A udit R report .............................................. 7
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...................... 9
R union .................................................. 14
"Where Are You?" .......... ........ ....................... 41
R etirem ents ............................................... 42
N ews Clips ................................................ 42
Your Reporter Says ......................................... 44
Alabama ................... 44 M ississippi ..............59
Arizona ................... 45 New England ............ 59
Arkansas .................. 47 North Carolina ........... 60
California .................. 49 Northwest ............... 61
Florida .................... 50 Oklahoma ...............62
Georgia ...................55 Panama ................63
Hawaii .................... 56 South Carolina ........... 65
Indiana .................... 57 Texas .................. 66
Louisiana .................. 57 Virginia ................67
Congratulations ............................................ 68
W eddiags .................................................72
Births .................................................... 75
W ith Deep Sorrow .......................................... 77
Letters to the Editor ......................................... 82
Looking Back .............................................. 87
A nnouncem ents ............................................ 94
For Sale or W anted ......................................... 99

FRONT COVER: Jane Huldtquist, the new President of the Society, was born on
Fisher's Island, N.Y., came to the Canal Zone in 1932 and 1938, graduated from
BHS in 1942, served in WWII with U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, retired from P.C. Co.
as Budget Analyst with Engineering and Construction Bureau in 1979, and among
her many other hats, she has co-chaired the Reunion Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament for 14 consecutive years. Welcome aboard, Jane!
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.


Sept. 10-12 PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA. Call
Kathy and Jack Taylor for info. (619) 277-5000.
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")
October 10 NW Arkansas Fall annual get-together, Ramada Inn, Bentonville,
11 a.m.-3 p.m., all inclusive $10.66 per person.
November 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. Covered Dish. 12:00 Noon.
December 4 PCSOFLAnnual Christmas Luncheon Colombia Restaurant, The
Pier, St. Petersburg, FL.
December 5 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA.
For info call Edith Wimmer. (818) 349-6903.
December 14 Hill Country Christmas Party, Embassy Suites Hotel, San Antonio.
For further info, call Shirley Polston (210) 520-1828.
January 7 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. Covered Dish. 12:00 noon.
February 4-5 Carnavalito Exact date and location to be announced.
March 4 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. Covered Dish. 12:00 Noon.
March 6 PCSSC Annual Business Luncheon at Pea Soup Andersen's,
Carlsbad, CA. Call Edith Wimmer for details.

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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 346424712
(813) 3914359
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625



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It is with great pride, great pleasure, and great
humility, that I accept the office of President of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Pride, because I
will be representing all of you who built, who endured
under difficult living conditions, who operated, who
repaired, who managed, who logistically supported, who
fed, who protected, who healed, who taught, who
preserved, and who loved the great Panama Canal, still
the greatest engineering feat of all times, that is
operating just as efficiently, and running just as smoothly
as when it was completed and opened 79 years ago.
Pleasure, the only word that comes to mind, when
thinking of our great Society. Who else but
"Panazonians," a recently coined word to describe us, love
each other as we do, demonstrated by the "abrazo" when
we meet. Where the Latin rhythms of Lucho are as much
a part of us as rock and roll. Where "Bajan" is spoken as
freely as English, and is always present when Zonians get
together. Where the empanada, the micha, and yucca,
along with the mango, the cho-cho and ginnaps as well as
the mola, the huaca are also as much a part of us as
going to bed at night and getting up in the morning. We
are PANAZONIANS with a mixed culture that is unique -
and it gives me great pleasure to represent you.
And lastly, humility, because I am not a native-born
Zonian, but I did marry one, and I did live 42 years of
my life in that beautiful country, caring and absorbing the
heritage of the native born Zonian, and making it mine.

And so with great humility for your acceptance of me as
your president, I promise sincerely to do the very best
that I can to "Perpetuate American Ideals and Canal
Zone Friendships," and I thank you for your confidence
in me.
We have a wonderful Executive Board this up-
coming year, some of whom were elected by the
members, and others that I have appointed. I think it is
an excellent cross-section of our membership
representing almost all age groups, who I anticipate will
flood the board with new ideas and innovations. So now
let me introduce them to you.

1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Past President
Legislative Representative
Canal Record Editor

Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Mr. Bob Johnson
Mr. Virgil Camby
Mrs. Betty Malone
Mrs. Margot Jordan
Mr. Bob Van Siclen
Mr. Jim O'Donnell
Mr. Jim Slover
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mr. Richard "Pat" Beall
Mrs. Barbara Green

Chairpersons of Standing Committees:

Budget and Audit
By-Laws and Standing Rules

Mr. Frank Matters
Mrs. Muriel Whitman

Nominating Comm.-Chairperson
Service Officers

Mrs. Betty Frassrand
Mrs. Bev Williams
Mrs. Dorothy Pate
Mrs. Anna Collins
Mr. Eugene Askew
Mr. Al Pate

From the


Special Events:

Sept. Sarasota Luncheon
October Picnic
Christmas Luncheon
May Yacht Club Luncheon

Mr/Mrs Tom Peterson
Mr. Bob Johnson
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Mr/Mrs Virgil Camby
Mr/Mrs Joe Collins


I have appointed Mrs. Marjorie Foster, 1st. vice
president to head up the 1994 Reunion. Marje is a very
knowledgeable woman, having served for several years as
Secretary/Treasurer to the Society, with a very organized
background. I'm sure that she will do an excellent job.
Elsewhere in the Canal Record, please take note of
the Reunion Coordinator's Report about information on
the 1993 Reunion. I received permission from the
outgoing board to write an article about the organization
of our reunion, only to enlighten members of the work
involved in putting one together, so that you might have
a greater understanding and appreciation of just how
much our volunteers do to make it a fun few days for all
of us.
Hopefully, this year, my husband Fred and I will
have the opportunity to visit some of the other gatherings
of Society members in different areas of the country and
I am looking forward to meeting, knowing and listening
to you and your ideas.
We are planning an exciting year, but it can only be
as good as your support and attendance at our meetings
and special events. I ask that when a vote is requested of
you on an issue, that you take the time to send it in. We
have a wonderful organization filled with Pride, Pleasure
and Humility, so let's support it completely so that it
might continue for as long as a PANAZONIAN exists.
Our days are numbered, but let us not forget our roots.
All activities and meetings are listed on the inside front
cover of the Canal Record under "Dates to Remember."
Thank you again and hope to see you soon.

Jane Huldtquist

Deputy Administrator
Raymond P. Laverty's Reunion
Address to follow.

Deputy Administrator of the Panama Canal
Commission Raymond P. Laverty's Reunion Address
will be printed in the December issue of the Canal
Record. There has been a delay in receiving the edited
copy from the Canal Area. References to each of the
slides and their contents have to be revised for
continuity within the address itself.

We had a great Reunion this year, and even though
I had to work, I did enjoy it very much. It was good to
see many of my former neighbors and friends from the
Canal Zone. Hope to see more of you at the '94
Many of you have heard of amateur photographers
who forget to load their cameras. I can now be counted
among those. There I was, snapping away and not paying
any attention to the fact that the number of exposures
had not changed during the 15 times that I pressed the
button my apologies to those who were looking forward
to a snapshot from your Secretary. In the future, I will
promise to double check before I have anyone pose for
a picture.
Down to serious business.
1. Don't forget that the 1994 dues have been
increased to $20 and must be paid by October 1, 1993, in
accordance with Article III, Section 5-B of the By-Laws.
2. Many of our members misunderstood the "Special
Notice" that was printed in the March issue of the Canal
Record, (page 9) regarding payment of dues. We failed to
point out that the notice was intended for those members
who had not paid their 1993 dues. Pat and I have
received calls and notes from members stating that the
notice was not clear. Hopefully, this note will help to
clear that up.
3. Change of address: This is a never to be forgotten
subject. We have had several covers from the March and
June Canal Records returned from the Post Office
advising of incorrect addresses. I know it is difficult to
remember to do all the different things when you move
from one place to another, but when you notify your
bank, credit cards, and insurance of your change of
address, think "money" and remember to notify the
Society as well. It works! Remember, you will pay extra
for replacements if you don't send us your new address
in time for mailing.
Pat and I have quite a bit of information regarding
offices to contact for such things as vacation quarters in
the former Canal Zone; vital statistics; school transcripts,
etc. I even have an address where you can order
replacement graduation rings. If anyone ever needs such
information, please contact Pat or me and we will be glad
to help.
Till next time, keep smiling.

Barbara Green
(813) 391-4359

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Leg station

This information is presented to
facilitate dealing with the Federal
B Retirement System, Death,
Remarriage and other important

It was pointed out at our Annual Reunion
Reporter's Luncheon that news clips about people are
being submitted to the Canal Record that make no
mention of them being associated in any way with the
Panama Canal Zone. If those who submit those articles
would also include a note regarding those people
reported, as having been employed or resided in the
Canal Zone or any other information which may
associate them as "Zonites", then the article will be
printed. In the land of the BIG PX (the U.S. of A)
newspaper folk don't always know there is a place
called Panama OR the Canal Zone, and it is left out.
Although it would be nice if it were so, neither my
assistant nor I knew EVERYBODY in the Canal Zone
from zero to one hundred plus years old. Thank you
again for your cooperation.
If this issue has errors in it, I'm going to blame it
on the fact that I sold my home and am moving to
another area and my mind is not always on the job
here. (I'm not sure what I will blame it on the next time
To regress a little, wasn't it a nice Reunion this
year? I think less people make for better association
with friends and time to chat with them. Too bad it had
to be spoiled by some young ADULTS who have no
respect for the law and other people's feelings.
Hope to see you all at our next Luncheon in
Those members who would like to alert the
membership to one who is ill, hospitalized, or
incapacitated, please send his or her name to our
Sunshine Chairperson, Mrs. Anna Collins, care of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, so that she may
send the appropriate card with our best wishes.
I'm sorry I had to curtail a few articles this issue. I
had promised you Kerry Young's article on Canine
Companions for Independence, but it wouldn't fit. It's
beautiful. Look for it next issue!!!
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record


Anytime an annuitant wishes to write the Office of
Personnel Management about retirement, insurance or
survivor benefits, the following information should be
1. Civil Service claim number CSA or CSF followed
by seven digits.
2. Social Security number.
3. All correspondence must be signed by the
annuitant and sent to:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Retirement Operations Center
Boyers, PA 16017
4. If you wish to speak to someone over the
telephone at OPM about retirement, call (202) 606-0500
for all types of retirement related inquiries. This number
will put you in contact with the OPM Retirement
Information Office. This office is staffed by experienced
retirement specialists who will either provide an
immediate response or will redirect your inquiry to a
more appropriate location and give an expected response
Remember the phone lines are busier on the 1st,
2nd, and 3rd days of each month, on Monday and Friday
afternoons and during the Health Benefit Open Season
or the Income Tax season.
If you have a change of address or want to request
information on direct deposit, write to:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
P.O. Box 440,
Boyers, PA 16017
All other correspondence should be addressed to a
specific post office box such as listed below:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
P.O. Box
Washington, D.C. 20044

Tax Election forms (W4PA)
State/Federal tax allotment inquiries.
Garnishment/Court Orders
General Health Benefit inquiries B
Marital status survey, earnings survey
Checks to pay deposit, redeposit, overpayment
and voluntary contributions
Adult Student certification
Disputed insurance claim inquiries
Lost Checks/non-receipt
Report of Death OPM Retirement Operatior

P.O. Box
Box 961
Box 989
Box 17
;ox 14172

Box 579

Box 7125
Box 956
Box 436
Box 7815
is Center
PA 16017


1. Write the Office of Personnel Management Service
and Records Center, Boyers, PA., giving the
deceased's name, address, Social Security number,
CSA or FERS numbers, date of birth and date of
death. Also tell them the name and address to
whom appropriate forms should be sent. You may
also leave them a recording when reporting a
death by calling (202) 606-0133.
2. Notify the bank. Make arrangements for them to
return any annuity and/or Social Security checks
received after the date of the annuitant's death. If
checks come to your home, return them to the
return address on the envelope.
3. Notify the local Social Security office.
4. If annuitant was a veteran, make claim to the VA
office. Send a copy of the death certificate and
marriage license.
5. If annuitant was also retired from a military
service, notify that service of his death.
6. Take a copy of the annuitant's will to your city's
Clerk of Courts.
7. Notify each life insurance company in which the
annuitant held a copy, other than the Federal
Employee Government Life Insurance (FEGLI).
8. Call the local agent for the insurance company
carrying insurance on annuitant's home,
automobile or other valuables. This is necessary
to assure the death is noted in their records also,
that any claim you might need to submit will be
honored without delay.
9. Go to the office of "Taxes, Tags and Title" with a
copy of the death certificate and marriage license.
Re-register autos in your name only.
10. In case of mortgage payments, auto loans, etc.,
notify each payment center of the annuitant's
11. Notify any clubs that the annuitant may have
been a member of, such as the American Legion,
Elks, and others.
12. Notify the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
and the Panama Canal Society's Service Officer if
assistance is needed.

When an annuitant's spouse dies, the annuitant
should act as soon as possible to send OPM a copy of the
death certificate, along with other applicable requests and
statements. I would suggest that several copies of the
death certificate be made.

Where an annuitant has elected a reduction in
annuity to provide a spouse survivor benefit and the
annuitant's spouse later dies, the annuitant is entitled by
law to have the reduction eliminated and to receive the
full annuity rate retroactive to the first of the month after
the spouse's death. The annuitant should, without delay,
write directly to: Office of Personnel Management,
Employee Service and Records Center, Boyers, PA.
16017. The letter should contain the annuitant's full
name, date of birth, Social Security number, Civil Service
Retirement (CSA) Claim number, and a copy of the
death certificate.

Several other items should be covered in the letter,
if applicable to the annuitant's individual situation. These
require requesting forms which will be sent you by OPM
as soon as possible. Each form comes with instructions.
A. Federal Employee Health Benefits
Program (FEHBP). If there are no minor or disabled
children or others needing coverage, the annuitant should
request a change in enrollment from "Family" to "Self
B. Designation of Beneficiary. If the
annuitant wishes to designate a new beneficiary for
Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) and
any unexpended balance in the Civil Service Retirement
System (CSRS) fund, the letter should request standard
forms SF 2823, FEGLI, and SF 2808.
C. Family Life Insurance. If the deceased
spouse was covered by Option "C" Family Life Insurance,
the annuitant should also request the FEGLI Form FE
6-DEP, Statement of Claim.
D. Federal Income Tax Withholding. If
Federal Income Tax is withheld from the annuity and the
annuitant wishes to change the amount withheld, the
annuitant should write to: Office of Personnel
Management, Allotment Branch, P.O. Box 961,
Washington, D.C. 20044, requesting Form W-4P-(A).
E. Review of Will and other documents. The
annuitant's legal advisor should be consulted to review
annuitant's Will and all important financial and estate-
related documents. Substantial changes may be needed
right away.

Widows or widowers who are receiving a Civil
Service Survivor Annuity Benefit can remarry after the
age of 55 and continue to receive their survivor annuity
for their lifetime.
A retiree whose marriage ends due to death, divorce
or annulment and who remarries, must notify OPM in
writing within (2) years after the marriage if he or she
wants to elect a reduction in his or her annuity to provide
a survivor annuity for a new spouse. A person must be
married for nine (9) months or more before this election
can become effective. Congress is looking into this
regulation with a possibility of a change.
A spouse may not simultaneously receive a survivor
annuity based on the federal service of two (2) different
retirees. The spouse must choose between the two
annuities to which he/she is entitled.

If an annuitant wishes to marry, he or she must pay
the survivor benefit back to the day of retirement. For
example, if a widower remarries after two years of the
death of his wife, he will have to pay the survivor benefit
back to the time that he stopped this reduction.



It has been reported that the House and Senate Sub-
committees have agreed on the 1994 COLA. Federal
retirees over age 62 will receive a full COLA in 1994.
Retirees under 62 will receive only one-half of the full

COLA. In addition, no retiree under 62 will receive more
than $400 in 1994. This $400 cap is for 1994 only. When
a retiree reaches age 62, there will be a one-time
adjustment in the annuity to bring the retiree up to the
level it would be if he or she had actually received full
annuities all along.
The Congressional budget has a recommendation
that the retirement lump-sum option be eliminated. The
House Post Office and Civil Service committee is
working on several alternatives to the lump-sum
elimination. For those who are now employed it appears
that the only way to get your lump-sum when you retire,
is to be terminally ill! Under the present law, employees
would be eligible for the lump-sum in 1995.
Unfortunately, this may not be the case if Clinton's
proposals become law.
The budget resolution, which is a guide for the
coming year, has a recommendation that survivor's
annuities be reduced by 10 percent for survivors of
federal employees who die after September 30th of this
The Clinton administration is in favor of taxing more
of your Social Security. The Senate has recommended the
increase be applied at a higher income level. The Senate
would like the tax to become effective for a married
couple with income of $40,000 or more. The Clinton
proposal would leave the taxable threshold for a married
couple at $32,000. The new proposal would apply to 85
percent of Social Security benefits, instead of the current
50 percent. If this new change goes into effect, it could
cost retirees an average of an additional $1,000 more per
year. Under the Senate proposal, persons with incomes
between the old thresholds and the new would continue
to pay tax on 50 percent of their Social Security benefits.
NARFE has contracted with Western Union to send
a custom text letter to your Representative and both of
your Senators. All you need to do is place one telephone
call to Western Union at 800-258-2222. When you get the
operator, ask for "Don't cut COLAS or survivors hot line
#9376" and give your name, address and telephone
number. A letter opposing these cuts will be sent to all
three of your members of Congress. The total cost to you
for these three letters will be $7.75, and this amount will
be charged to your telephone bill. On the other hand, if
you want to oppose any action by the Congress, you can
convey your opposition by calling the Capitol switchboard
at 1-(202) 224-3121 and ask for your Congressional
Representative by name. You will be connected to the
correct office. You can also reach the White House by
calling 1-(202) 456-1111 to leave a taped message.
James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative



Page 10, March Minutes of Meetings, June issue:
Paragraph should read: Mr. Gene Askew reported that
Mr. Allen P. Ward. husband of Mrs. Margaret M. Ward,
the Society Record Editor for many years, passed away.
Mr. Askew assisted member survivors with the paperwork
involved. (Our apologies to Mrs. Ward.)

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There is a special feeling among
us who have lived in the Panama
Canal Zone. We are forever bonded
by those special experiences and
circumstances. We accepted and
respected this tiny government
enclave as our home. We honored
and imbibed of the society which
made it function. Now that the
Panama Canal Zone, as such, is no
more, we only have each other to
gather to help remember and to
reminisce of our past, and perhaps
to laug and ----perhaps to cry.

The Golden Parrot
Ernest E. Pierce BHS'43
September 1993



\,ow do You do ?
Some pay when due
Some pay overdue
Some never do
How do you do ?

I paid my dues..
)id you?


Each of us are proud of our personal reputation, and we are always careful to maintain that

However, when a group such as the members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida attend
meetings, Carnavalitos, and the Annual Reunion, outsiders do not judge our individual reputations, we
are judged by the action of the group, the SOCIETY.
At the 1993 Reunion, I was completing my second term as President of the Society, everything
was going along so well. That is, until I was called to the Hotel Manager's office, and informed that
a "FEW" of the Society members or GUESTS had, during Thursday night, committed acts of vandalism
which resulted in $3,175.12 damage to hotel property and by contractual agreement, the Society is
liable to reimburse the hotel. I was shown photographs of the damaged property.

In addition to the vandalism, a fire alarm was activated and the Orlando Fire Department responded
to the FALSE alarm (I remind those tempted to sound a false alarm, that to do so is a felony,
punishable by a prison sentence). The hotel security staff was called to the 3rd floor to settle a
dispute by several members or GUESTS.

Several tourists from Europe occupied a room on the floor where the trouble occurred. They were
so frightened by the commotion, they checked out of the hotel, and their money was refunded. I
wonder what these people think about this "group" that went around the hotel, proudly wearing T-
shirts showing them to be members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida? (OR DON'T WE CARE?).

As a result of possible involvement in vandalism and a disturbance that occurred in their room,
three persons, guests of a member, were issued trespass notices and evicted from the Twin Towers
Hotel. The irony of this, is the three persons evicted from the hotel WERE NOT and ARE NOT
members of the Society. The names of these individuals were given to the Society by the Hotel
How did these individuals, not Society members, get a room in the Society space? The answer
is: The individual who reserved the room, using his credit card as a deposit, is a member of the
Society, and is the father of one individual who was evicted from the hotel. The father did NOT attend
the reunion, but authorized his son to occupy the room.

The individuals involved are not "kids," they are in the 20-30 year age bracket, old enough to be
Society members, and old enough to stand up if guilty and admit it, and as a group, reimburse the
Society for the $3,175.12 damage done to the hotel property. Are these individuals responsible enough
to come forward and pay for the damage or will they hide behind "Daddy's" credit card?

The parents of the individuals evicted from the hotel will be advised by the Executive Board of
the Society of their "children's" actions.
Taking the matter one step further, if the Society gets the reputation of vandalizing hotel property,
we may find it more difficult to find hotels that will accept us, at reasonable rates, or the hotel
management may require a large deposit, so they will be covered for damage caused by the actions
of reunion attendees, be they members or guests.
Just so the "younger" members do not think we "older" members were angels as we grew up in
the Zone, I, along with members of the "Sosa Hill" gang were guests at officer Tom Foley's "hotel,"
and our names called out in court by Mat Cryan, but not for damage to property. It was usually for
something like ringing the school bell, swiping alligator pears or mangoes from someone's trees, or
a late night nude swim in the Balboa pool, and, oh yes, on occasion we "borrowed" a few gallons of
gas from some heavy equipment parked over on the West Bank the gas cost each "borrower" $25.00
in Judge Blackburn's Court, but that was easy. The hard part was the punishment from our parents.

So there is no need for destroying others property. I am not against having a few drinks, (in my
time we would go to the Chinese Bar, behind the Century Club, rum and cokes were 250) and having
a good celebration, but if drinking is the cause for committing vandalism or fighting, then I suggest
a visit to AA.
The reputation of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. is at stake.

Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
Past President
President 1991-1993

July 1, 1992 through June 30, 1993

July 13, 1993

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Chairperson, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Dear Mrs. Huldtquist:

The Budget and Audit Committee has completed its examination of the ledgers and accounts of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. for the period July 1, 1992 through June 30, 1993.
All ledgers (Receipts and Expenditures) were audited, balanced and verified as correct and are in order. All check
records, deposit slips, bank statements, bills and all other miscellaneous records were verified as correct.
As of June 30, 1993, currently paid membership was 4,917. At June 30, 1992, paid membership was 5,124. This is a
decrease in membership of 207.
The membership approved changes in the By-Laws effective March 5, 1993, which among other things affected
delinquent members. Dues are considered delinquent if not paid by October 31 of the year they are due and, if not paid
prior to June 1, of the current dues year, delinquent members are to be dropped from the Society's membership rolls.
As a result of this change, 1,244 delinquent members were dropped from our rolls in June 1993. If they desire
reinstatement, they will be considered new members and assessed the recently approved $10.00 Administrative Fee for
new members.
At June 30, 1993, 595 members had prepaid their 1994 dues, compared to 482 at the end of 1992.
Our recommendations, findings and comments are attached hereto, along with the Statement of Income and
Expenditures as of June 30, 1993 and one schedule.
We would like to compliment Mrs. Barbara Green on her duties as Secretary/Treasurer. All records were accurate,
neat and ready for audit. They were always available when needed.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) (Signed)
Frank Matters Jeanne Wheeler
Chairperson Member
Budget and Audit Committee Budget and Audit Committee

Attachments: As noted.


July 13, 1993

Having completed our audit on July 6, 1993 for the period July 1, 1992 through and including June 30, 1993, we, the
Budget and Audit Committee, respectfully submit the following recommendations, findings and comments to the Executive
Committee for its approval and implementation for good business practices for the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

RECOMMENDATION I: All funds of the Society should be shown on the Statement of Financial Transaction prepared
by the Secretary/Treasurer. Currently, funds in the hands of the Reunion Coordinator and the Chairperson, Golf
Tournament are not shown. Until such time as the computer program can accommodate including these funds, it is
suggested the Secretary/Treasurer show them in a footnote.

FINDING I: There were no errors in policy or procedures and except for not showing all Society funds in the Financial
Statement, there were no significant findings.

COMMENT I: The previous recommendation regarding the need for increased dues was adopted.

Respectfully Submitted,

(Signed) (Signed)
Frank Matters, Chairperson Jeanne Wheeler, Member
Budget and Audit Committee Budget and Audit Committee


Fund Balances at June 30, 1992


Bank Checking Account (Unlimited)
CD (6 months) Expires 07-29-92
CD (6 months) Expires 08-03-92
CD (1 year) Expires 08-09-92
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CD (8 months) Expires 12-09-92
Petty Cash

Total Fund Balances as of June 30, 1992

$ 20,919.86

$ 97,941.85


Dues (includes $11,900.00 in prepaid dues)
Annual Reunion 1992
Annual Reunion 1993
Society Functions
Sales (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Records)

Total Receipts June 30, 1993

$ 82,744.75

$ 113,287.15


Salaries Gross
Annual Reunion 1993
Society Functions
Canal Record
Taxes, Federal/State
Taxes Withheld and Paid

$ 28,468.11
( 7,447.68)

Office Expenses:

Maintenance Office Equipment
Monthly Meetings
Cost of Tags, Decals and Pins
Petty Cash Canal Record, Society,
Bank Charges
Capital Expense/Improvements

Total Expenditures June 30, 1993

0 -



Fund Balances at June 30, 1993

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Money Market Account
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CD (1 year) Expires 02-04-94
CD (1 year) Expires 05-05-94
CD (2 years) Expires 05-05-95
Petty Cash

Total Fund Balances as of June 30, 1993

$ 8,067.13

$ 94,434.69

JULY 1, 1992 JUNE 30, 1993


Carnavalito 2/6/93

May Luncheon 5/7/93

Sarasota Luncheon

Christmas Luncheon

Society functions
all functions showed a











$ 215.63

$ 65.61

$ 149.47

$ 71.78

are supposed to break even. This year
gain and we congratulate all Committee

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

May 7, 1993
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Robert Van Siclen called the meeting to
order at 12:00 noon. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the
invocation. A minute of silence was observed for recently
departed members. Mr. Virgil Camby led the members
in the Pledge to the Flag. There were 105 members and
guests present.
Past Presidents attending were: Anna Collins,
Eugene Askew, Albert Pate, Peter Foster and Muriel
Whitman. Visitors and members who had not attended
meetings recently were welcomed and invited to attend
monthly meetings.
President Van Siclen recessed the meeting at 12:07
p.m. for lunch. Meeting reconvened at 1:20 p.m.
Minutes of the April 3rd meeting were read. Cut-
off date for the Chagres Golf Tournament was corrected
to May 22nd instead of May 27th. Minutes stand as
corrected. The Financial Report stands for audit.

President Van Siclen thanked Anna and Joe Collins,
Co-chairpersons of the May luncheon, for a lovely
luncheon. He also mentioned that this would be his last
regular monthly meeting as president. He reported that
the Society continues to grow with a total of 41 new
applicants approved for membership at the last Executive
Board Meeting. He also announced that, as a result of
the poll taken by Telephone Chairperson Jane
Huldtquist, the Executive Committee meeting on April
29th approved a motion to dissolve the Telephone
Committee. He extended his thanks to the members for
supporting him by attending monthly meetings and to the
members of the Executive Board for their support.
Members of the Executive Board and Committee
Chairpersons were given a standing ovation. He thanked
Nancy Van Siclen for accepting the job of Reunion
Coordinator for this year.
Mrs. Faith Brundage, 1st Vice President, thanked
everyone for their support and expressed her pleasure in
having served on the Executive Board.
Mrs. Huldtquist, Co-chairperson of the Golf
Tournament, stated she had received a total of 73 paid

reservations; 19 payments are pending for a total of 92.
Maximum is 120 spaces. Cut-off date is May 22nd.
Mr. Peter Foster asked everyone to give President
Van Siclen a standing ovation for his fine work as
president, and also asked for a round of applause for
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen.
Mr. Peter Foster, Chairperson of the Transportation
Committee, reported Keppie Travel had received 30 paid
airline reservations from Society members. Keppie
donates airline tickets to the Society which may be used
for door prizes or for transporting band members to
Society functions, saving the Society several hundred
dollars each year.
As Co-chairperson for the Reunion Dance
Committee, Peter Foster reported sale of tickets for the
dances will be limited to 1,800. This year the Panamanian
Folkloric Dancers will perform before the Panazonian
Mr. James O'Donnell summarized his legislative
report. Following his report, he encouraged everyone to
contact their Congressmen to let them know their
feelings regarding the proposed changes in COLAS and
survivors' benefits. Mr. O'Donnell expressed his pleasure
in working with the Executive Board.
Mr. Virgil Camby expressed his pleasure in having
served as Sergeant-at-Arms and on the Executive Board.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate expressed her pleasure having
served as Chairperson of the Hospitality and
Refreshments Committee.
Mrs. Anna Collins, Chairperson, Sunshine
Committee, asked everyone to advise her or the Secretary
when they know of someone who is ill so that she can
send out get well cards.
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen, Reunion Coordinator,
reported that over 2,000 members have registered for the
'93 Reunion.
Mrs. Betty Malone, Chairperson for the Annual
Luncheon, asked everyone with special seating requests
to submit them as soon as possible.
There was no unfinished or new business.
Door prizes were awarded.
Mr. Harry Foster made a motion to adjourn the
meeting; seconded by Mr. Robert Johnson. Meeting
adjourned at 2:07 p.m.

June 11, 1993
Twin Towers Hotel
Orlando, Florida

President Van Siclen called the meeting to order at
10:05 a.m. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation. A
minute of silence was observed for the recently departed
members. Mr. Virgil Camby led the membership in the
Pledge to the Flag.
President Van Siclen welcomed everyone to the 61st
Annual Reunion. Past Presidents acknowledged were:
Eugene Askew, Gaddis Wall, Robert Roy, Howard
Clarke, Albert Pate, Anna Collins, Peter Foster, Bill
Wheeler, Muriel Whitman, and Betty Frassrand.
Mr. Sam Modica, Director of Sales, Twin Towers
Hotel, welcomed everyone and extended the hotel's
invitation for us to continue having our reunions at the

hotel. He extended the hotel's appreciation to President
Van Siclen and Nancy Van Siclen, Reunion Coordinator,
for their cooperation throughout the preparations for the
Reunion. Hotel personnel had enjoyed working with
them, as well as with Past President Betty Frassrand in
past years. The hotel personnel are looking forward to
working with the incoming President and members of the
Reunion Committee. He closed by extending the hotel
staffs appreciation.
Minutes of the May 7th meeting stand as read. The
Financial Statement was read and stands for audit.
President Van Siclen announced that the grand prize
would be two round-trip tickets to Panama, donated by
COPA Airlines. Door prizes were donated by Twin
Towers Hotel, Delta Orlando Resort, vendors Don and
Bobby Lou Wellington, Dann and Louise Beckley, and
also Mr. Anonymous.
President Van Siclen gave background on
accomplishments during his two years as President, which
was an honor. It was necessary to increase the dues in
1993 if the Society is to survive. A $10.00 Administrative
Fee has been added for new members and members who
have allowed their membership to lapse. The $15.00
Reinstatement Fee and the $2.00 Delinquency Fee, as
well as the $7.50 half-year membership, have been
eliminated. In June '92 we had 5,018 paid-up members;
June 1993 we had 4,850 paid-up members; losing 160
members during the year. New amendments increased
mailing fees to overseas members. Also, amendments
changed the wording in the Bylaws as pertains to
Associate Membership.
A referendum was published in the March Canal
Record asking the members to advise the Board on where
they wanted to hold the reunions. Results: 91 voted to
stay in Orlando; 32 voted to move to another location.
Thirteen ballots were invalid as they did not have a name
or address on the ballot. He also clarified that this was
only a guideline. We will be in Orlando again in 1994.
The president thanked the members of the Executive
Board for their support and cooperation and is sure that
the incoming President and officers will continue to work
in the best interest of the Society.
Outgoing officers were called on and each expressed
their pleasure at having served on the board.
President Van Siclen and Nancy Van Siclen, Reunion
Coordinator, were given a standing ovation for their
Jane Huldtquist, in addition to thanking the Board
for their support, thanked the Telephone Committee for
their work.
Legislative Representative, James O'Donnell, gave a
brief report and informed the members that he would be
available after the meeting to answer any questions.
(Copy of his report is filed with original minutes.)
Secretary/Treasurer thanked the Board members for
their help with special thanks to President Van Siclen for
all his guidance.
Record Editor, Richard Beall, introduced his
assistant, Carol Masino. He thanked Nancy Van Siclen
and Marje Foster for helping out before his assistant
came on board. He gave a brief explanation of the new
mailing requirements and the overseas mailing.
Frank Matters, Audit and Budget Chairperson, who
took over the position from Jeanne Wheeler, thanked her
for her assistance and guidance. The audit report for the
fiscal year 1993 will be published in the September Canal

Each Board and Committee Chairperson thanked
everyone for their support and assistance.
Reunion Coordinator, Nancy Van Siclen, welcomed
everyone to the 1993 Reunion. She stated that she has
been involved in four reunions. 1990 as Registration
Chairperson; 1991 she worked behind the scenes; 1992
she was Co-Reunion Coordinator, and now this year she
was promoted to Reunion Coordinator for 1993. She
thanked all her committee members and the entire staff
of the Twin Towers Convention Center. She announced
that there were 11 class reunions this year.
Committee members were called on to give their
Carolyn Johnson, Registration Co-Chairperson,
reported that as of 7:00 p.m., June 10th, 2,600 plus had
registered. She reminded everyone who had not

registered to do so. She expressed her appreciation to her
co-chairperson, committee members and the Reunion
Coordinator. She is looking forward to working again
next year.
Betty Malone, Luncheon Chairperson, reported that
arrangements for the luncheon were going along well.
She still had some tickets available. She expressed her
pleasure in working with Nancy Van Siclen.
Jane and Fred Huldtquist were Co-Chairpersons for
the 14th Annual Tournament. They have chaired the golf
tournament for the past 12 years and this is their last
year. Margot and Hubert Jordan will be chairpersons for
next year's tournament. There were 95 players this year
and 105 persons attended the golf luncheon.
Pat Beall, Chairman for Hospitality and Information
reported dance ticket sales were slow but would pick up

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tomorrow and that Luncheon tickets may be re-sold.The
Information table continues to be used frequently, and he
reported on lost items found. He thanked Nancy Van
Siclen and his volunteers for their support.
Marje Foster, Co-Chairperson of the Dance
Committee, announced that Leroy Lewis would be
playing for the Panazonian Dance; Frankie Pretto and
Charlie Cooper would play at the ball. Tickets for both
dances are still available. The Folkloric Dancers of
Panama were unable to be present at the Panazonian
Dance but Dalys Benninghoff, a COPA representative,
arranged for a group from Orlando to perform. On
behalf of herself and Pete, Marje thanked her committee
members and the persons who had donated prizes.
Peter Foster, Transportation Liaison with Bowen
Keppie, reported that Keppie donated two airline tickets
for the musicians from New Mexico, saving the Society
over $600.00. Keppie only received 40 reservations from
our members this year, and encouraged everyone to use
Keppie Travel for airline travel to the Reunions since it
benefits the Society.
Virgil Camby, Security Chairperson, reported that
everything was going along well. Additional security had
been added this year.
Faith Brundage, Chairperson for the Vendors,
reported that all the tables were reserved and that there
was a lot of nice merchandise for sale.
Sports Chairperson, John Disharoon, reported that
a volleyball tournament would be held on Saturday at
9:00 a.m. at the Delta Court. There were trophies and
awards. Bingo would be held on Saturday afternoon at
the Delta Court. Everyone was invited to both events.
Nancy Van Siclen thanked all the volunteers who
worked in making this a successful reunion.
There was no unfinished business.

Under new business:
George Bouche, on behalf of Kibby Bouche, and the
Panama Canal Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, gave an
update on the status of the museum and future plans. He
reminded everyone that there is a donation form printed
in the Canal Record and asked everyone to send
donations. A very informative article by Dr. Phil Breunle
appeared in the June Canal Record; Mr. Bouche
recommended that everyone read it.
Society member Josephine Konover suggested that
the Executive Board consider a modest registration fee
for reunion attenders.
Betty Frassrand commented regarding an incident on
the third floor of the hotel the previous evening, and
expressed her appreciation to Virgil Camby who
responded to the call.
Peter Foster made a motion that the Executive
Board consider placing the museum donation form in the
Record so that anyone wanting to make a donation will
have the form available. Al Maale seconded and passed.
Al Pate, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee,
gave the results of the ballots. Of approximately 4,850
members in the organization, only 318 votes were
received. All votes were verified as to active membership
from a list supplied by the Secretary/Treasurer on June
7, 1993. Outcome is as follows:
President Jane Huldtquist = 307
1st VP Marjorie J. Foster = 293
2nd VP Robert Johnson = 301
Directors Virgil Camby = 139

Betty Malone
Dorothy Herrington

= 109
= 102

Invalid Votes 76
Incorrectly submitted 21
Members of the Committee included Olga Disharoon,

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1Back, L-R: Al Pate, '82-'83; Anna Collins, '83-'84; Peter Foster, '85-'86; Muriel Whitman, '87-'88; Betty Frassrand,
'89-'91; Robert Van Siclen, '91-'93; Jane Huldtquist, '93-?; Front row, L-R: Eugene Askew, '74-'76; Gaddis Wall,
'76-'77; Rob Roy, '77-'78; Howard Clarke, '78-'79. Not shown: Bill Wheeler, '86-'87; Dewey Goodwin, ('62-'64).

Michael Green, Harry Foster and James O'Donnell.
President Van Siclen gave the oath of office to the
elected officers, and then presented Jane Huldtquist with
a gavel as a symbol of her authority and wished her
success in the year ahead.
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist thanked everyone for electing
her and expressed her appreciation for their confidence
in her and the incoming board. She encouraged everyone
to pass on their ideas and recommendations to the
Board, and welcomed everyone to attend monthly
meetings and to support her.
She then presented Robert Van Siclen with his Past
President's pin and commended him on his achievements.
President Van Siclen made a comment on the poor
showing of balloting for officers, suggesting that everyone
consider starting up local chapters in their areas. He
mentioned that the 119 members casting ballots for an
increase in dues, made the decision for all members. He
further explained that all changes in the bylaws must be
published in the Canal Record.
Motion was made by Muriel Whitman to destroy the
ballots; seconded by Robert Johnson. Motion passed.
The number for the grand prize donated by COPA
Airlines was drawn by Past President Howard Clarke,
and the winner was Mim Smith.
In closing, President Van Siclen informed the
members that some problems had occurred the previous
evening and the hotel management has taken necessary
action. Those involved would be required to make
restitution and evicted from the hotel.
Rosemary Gilead commended the organization and
congratulated the Board.
Muriel Whitman made a motion to adjourn the
meeting; Robert Johnson seconded.
Meeting adjourned at 11:52 a.m.

July 9, 1993
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Jane Huldtquist called the meeting to
order at 12:00 noon, and in the absence of Dorothy
Yocum, Muriel Whitman gave the Invocation, followed
by a moment of silence for those recently departed. This
was followed by the Pledge to the Flag, led by Sgt. at
Arms Jim Slover. The meeting was recessed at 12:03 for
the covered dish luncheon.
The meeting reconvened at 12:50 p.m. and the
president welcomed Past Presidents Robert Van Siclen,
Muriel Whitman, Bill Wheeler, Peter Foster, Anna
Collins, Al Pate and Howard Clarke. She also thanked
Dorothy Pate and committee for the decorations and
congratulatory banner. She also thanked members who
had not attended lately and to everyone for the wonderful
As her introductory report, President Huldtquist read
an excerpt from her President's Message, appearing in
the September Canal Record.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of June 11, 1993
were read and approved as read. The June Financial
Statement was read and will stand for audit. There was
no correspondence.

The president introduced the new Executive Board
and committee chairpersons, thanking them for accepting
those positions.
The following chairpersons for upcoming events were
announced: Sarasota Luncheon Tom and Barbara
Peterson; October Picnic Bob Johnson; Christmas
Luncheon Muriel Whitman; Carnavalito no
appointment yet; May Luncheon Joe and Anna Collins;
Reunion Coordinator Marje Foster.
Mrs. Huldtquist announced she plans to incorporate
part of the Reunion work into the office, handled by
Barbara Green. If an increase in office hours results, the
Executive Board will decide action. She felt it was
necessary so as to encourage members to run for office.
This work would be done during slow period from
January to June.
The president requested officer's reports.
Bob Johnson reported that all preparations for the
October picnic were made, but that he would not be
Pat Beall apologized for the incompleteness in labels
for the mailing of the June Canal Record. After having
met the Post Office Business Center Representative, he
feels confident the problem areas will be resolved.
James O'Donnell, Legislative Representative, gave a
recap of his report. (Copy is filed with original minutes).
He would be available after the meeting to answer
Nancy Van Siclen, 1993 Reunion Coordinator,
reported that 2,921 people registered and about 100 more
attended that did not register. She stated that 448
Luncheon tickets were sold, 1,411 Panazonian dance
tickets, and 1,420 tickets for the Ball. She also stated it
was doubtful if there was a profit this year due to the
vandalism charge of over $3,000.00 which occurred during
the Reunion.
Bob Van Siclen, Past President, described the
vandalism and will submit an article for the September
Canal Record.
Dorothy Pate, Hospitality Chairperson, thanked
everyone for coming and bringing delicious food,
reminding all of next meeting on August 6, where
refreshments would be served.
Anna Collins, Sunshine Chairperson stated she had
sent 10 cards to those ill since the last meeting. She
referred to Bob Van Siclen's prior announcement, saying
that in the past, only one guest was permitted per
member, which has now been increased to six, in order
to increase attendance and revenue which paid for the
A suggestion was made regarding acquiring insurance
during reunions to cover costs of vandalism, etc, which
was supported by the president who would investigate.
Jeanne Wheeler, Budget and Audit member
suggested we consider paying a registration fee at future
reunions. This too, would be investigated.
Mrs. Huldtquist reported on the business brought
before the Executive Board on June 24, 1993. Topics
discussed were acceptance of 38 new applicants for
membership; Damage to hotel during reunion;
Replacement of monitor for Secretary's computer;
Replacement of wicker furniture in office; office hours of
employees; supplement of $1,000 to Reunion Coordinator
if necessary; refunds on reunion tickets for various
events; Reports of Reunion Chairpersons; Introduction of
new officers; purchase of business cards and thank-you

tokens; Approval to incorporate the Museum Donation
Form in all future Canal Records.
Under unfinished business, some of the suggestions
offered by members in connection with the referendum
published in the March issue were read by the president.
The president made the following announcements:
pay your $20.00 dues before October 1; Vote for
amendment to By-Laws ballot in June issue; Requested
assistance in selecting the guest speaker for the 1994
reunion; Announced that the Executive Board is taking
applications for the Assistant to the Secretary/Treasurer
position; Reminded members of the September
Luncheon in Sarasota; Apologized for inconvenience in
kitchen and rest rooms; Congratulated those celebrating
birthdays and anniversaries this month.
Under new business, the president requested two
nominees from the floor for the Nominating Committee.
Pete Foster nominated Faith Brundage, and she
accepted; Bob Van Siclen nominated Muriel Whitman,
and she accepted. Betty Boyer was nominated but she
declined Both Mrs. Brundage and Whitman were voted
in as members of the Nominating Committee.

Mrs. Huldtquist reported concerning the progress of
the negotiating team for the 1995 and 1996 Reunion hotel
contracts. Team members are: Jane Huldtquist, Marje
Foster, and Bob Johnson. A videotape was then shown
on the Orlando World Center, a contender, along with
the Twin Towers Hotel. Discussion followed and motion
by Pete Foster was made that the Executive Board
seriously consider the Orlando World Center, seconded
by Jim Slover. Motion passed. The general opinion was
that although the prices were higher, the amenities were
greater than that provided by the Twin Towers Hotel.
Pete Foster then passed out a flyer and explained a
recommendation he proposed concerning an attendance
appreciation contest, making a motion it be incorporated
into the Society, seconded by Jim O'Donnell. Much
discussion followed after which Jack Carey recommended
the motion be tabled until it gets to the Executive Board.
The membership voted and passed the recommendation
to table the motion.
Bob Johnson made a motion the meeting be
adjourned, seconded by Harry Foster. Meeting adjourned
at 2:50 p.m.



1993 Reunion Coordinator's Report

The 1993 Reunion ended on Sunday, June 13th. From all reports everyone enjoyed themselves, even though we did
have a smaller group. A total of 2,921 registered with the Society, but we are estimating at least 100 did not register, and
that is a low figure.
I have been deeply involved with the last three Reunions, and I cannot believe the destruction that was caused by
just a few. By causing this damage, the Reunion had over $3,000 extra expenses this year, and for the first time in many
a year our expenditures EXCEEDED our receipts.
I could not have handled this position without the help of the 1993 Reunion Chairpersons and their committees. This
year's committees worked from the time they were appointed and were still working after the Reunion was over, handing
in reports and attending post-con meetings. In the March Canal Record, I mentioned each Chairperson, their
responsibilities during the Reunion, and thanked each one for their hard work. I would be remiss if I did not say 'thank
you' again to Carolyn and Robert Johnson, Richard "Pat" Beall, Betty Malone, Marje and Pete Foster, Jane and Fred
Huldtquist, Faith Brundage, John Disharoon, Skeeter Camby, and special thanks to all the volunteers who helped out
in the different areas. YOU ALL MADE IT HAPPEN!

In addition, at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning, and before the start of the Annual Business Meeting, I needed help to
get the agendas and other papers placed on the chairs and with the help of Faith Brundage, Carolyn Johnson, Frances
Sharp and Jeanne Wheeler, the Annual Business Meeting was ready to begin on time. Thank you Ladies.
I would also like to thank all the VENDORS, who year after year, donate door prizes to be awarded during the
Annual Business Meeting. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
As of this writing, July 2, 1993, I am still sorting out papers and paying bills involved with the 1993 Reunion, but in
a few weeks, all my work should be finished and all my files will be turned over to the 1994 Reunion Coordinator, Marje
Foster. I have offered Marje any help or information she might need during the coming year.
It has been wonderful working for the members and hope to see some of you at the 1994 Reunion.

Nancy Van Siclen
1993 Reunion Coordinator

1994 REUNION JUNE 8 12


At the joint meeting of the Executive Board held on June 24, 1993, I volunteered to write an article about our Annual
Reunions and to answer the most frequently asked questions and assumptions by our members. Hopefully, I will put to
rest some of the misconceptions our members have and clarify doubts that may have been a concern to you.

commences immediately following the current reunion. A Reunion Coordinator is appointed by the newly elected
president, who in turn selects the Reunion Chairpersons of the activities within the reunion, who in turn form their
respective committees for the next year's reunion. In 1993, over 100 individuals volunteered their time and services to
these committees, and in some instances volunteered to serve on more than one committee. The Reunion Coordinator
is entirely responsible, along with his/her chairpersons, in making the reunion a success. No one receives any monetary
compensation for this work, however, in accordance with Article XV, Section 2, Standing Rule No. 14 of the Society By-
Laws, "Past Presidents, Executive Board members, Reunion Committee Chairpersons, Guest Speaker and spouses shall
be furnished lodging and complimentary tickets to all scheduled Society functions at the Reunion." The Reunion
Coordinator makes every effort to appoint his/her chairpersons from the Executive Board. The Hotel Contract provides
one complimentary room for every 50 hotel reservations and two suites at no extra charge for the President and Reunion
Coordinator. This amenity furnished by the hotels almost covers the lodging of all the individuals entitled to it. This is
the Society's way of thanking those members for their year-round contribution to the Reunion.

PURPOSE. ELIGIBILITY, LOCATION. DATES. HOTEL CONTRACTS: Our reunions are held annually to continue
the tradition set forth by our founders 61 years ago to preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships. All
members in good standing are eligible to attend and receive convention rates agreed to in the hotel contracts. Non-
members are not eligible to reserve a room at the discounted rate. If it is discovered that a member reserves a room for
the use of a non-member, the non-member will be evicted from the room, and the member will jeopardize his
membership in the Society.
The location of the reunion is decided through a referendum published in the Canal Record, similar to that published
in the March 1993 issue, where only 123 members voted, and those members determined that the 1995 Reunion would
be held in Orlando, Florida. Because it is the world's most popular vacation spot, having a reunion in Orlando requires
surveying hotels with facilities large enough to accommodate us, booking dates and signing contracts at a minimum of
two to three years in advance, even then, we cannot always book the date we would like, as was the case in 1993, and will
be the case in 1994. We realize that the best dates and rates for our group is the last week in June and/or the first week
in July, but unfortunately those dates are not always available. The negotiating team for hotels consists of the President,
1st Vice President, and the 2nd Vice President, and their findings are presented to the Executive Board and to the
membership at the first business meeting whenever possible.

REASONS FOR SELECTING ORLANDO AS THE REUNION SITE: Many of our members have asked why we moved
to Orlando from St. Petersburg and Tampa. The answer is we simply outgrew those cities. The reason we do not use the
new Tampa Convention Center is that we simply cannot afford it. Others ask why our reunions are held solely in the
summer when it is the hot time of the year. The reason is that the bulk of our members are now in the 18 to 50 year age
bracket with families, and who could not attend if held at another time of the year. Additionally, the peak season for hotel
rates is the cooler part of the year. We had to find a place with on-site affordable convention facilities to hold our
reunions. We sponsor a Carnavalito in February to accommodate those members who prefer smaller reunions at a cooler
time of the year. It would be wonderful if this event was better attended.

REUNION EXPENSES: Because the Society is a 'Not-For-Profit' organization, we are limited to holding
conventions/reunions by law, not to make profits from a function. All functions held during the reunion are of a 'break-
even' nature, i.e. Annual Luncheon and Golf Tournament & Luncheon. All monies to cover all expenses for the reunion
comes from two sources the sale of dance tickets and the vendor fees charged for table rental in the Vendor's room.
This fee is $100 per vendor. All monies made by the sale of merchandise by the vendors is theirs, and the Society receives
no part of the sales. We are presently limited to 20 vendors due to the limited size of the room. Accordingly, we have
the same problem with our dances. We are limited to the sale of only 1,500 tickets to each dance due to the size of the
exhibit hall, dance floor and fire code regulations. The price of dance tickets are based on this capacity. Our expenses
are great, and to name a few, musicians fees, sound equipment rental, instrument rentals, audio-visual equipment rental,
supplies, postage, telephone bills, printing, extra security guards, transportation, etc. Some members have questioned why
we do not charge a registration fee to offset costs. Let me say, the Executive Board is seriously considering this, if we
cannot meet our financial obligations.

RAMIFICATIONS TO SOCIETY MEMBERS: As you have read in Past President Robert Van Siclen's article in this
issue, all damage created by our members during a reunion is paid for by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
These are but a few of the questions that you have presented to us, and hopefully you have a better knowledge of
how the reunion operates. We welcome your input and please do not hesitate to 'sound us out' in the future.

Jane Huldtquist, President.

Chagres Invitational Golf

The Fourteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament was held June 10, 1993 at the Cypress Creek
Country Club in Orlando, Florida with an 8:00 a.m. "shot-
gun" start.
88 golfers played of the 101 signed up. There were
four refunds to players prior to the cut-off date and nine
cancellations and "no-shows."
The weather was "hot and humid" as usual, and again
was lucky to have no rain.
Following the tournament a delicious buffet was held
at the Lake/Osceola room of the Twin Towers Hotel at
1:30 p.m. with 105 in attendance. Our guest of honor,
Mrs. Irene Will was present to present the Ray Will
Memorial Trophy to the champions of the field. Stopping
by was Mr. Robert Van Siclen, President of the Panama
Canal Society to present the golf committee with canvas
tote bags bearing the Society's logo as a token of
appreciation. Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen, Reunion
Coordinator also attended briefly.
The tournament and luncheon went smoothly thanks
to the committee consisting of Jane and Fred Huldtquist,
Co-Chairpersons, Anna and Joe Collins, Margot and
Hubert Jordan, Betty Frassrand, Ellen Freund,
Margaret Leigh and Bill McKeown.
The same format was used as in 1992, i.e. one Ladies
Flight, and this year four Men's Flights, due to smaller
participation, Medal Play by age groups. Although the
committee would like to use a net play format, not all
our golfers have USGA handicaps and the transition in
computing handicaps after the tournament would delay
the tournament considerably.
The luncheon tables were individually decorated with
miniature golf umbrellas with names of golf courses in
Panama and the former Canal Zone on them, along with
small golf greens with golf clubs and balls on them. A
large banner was behind the head table painted and
donated by Rupert Turner containing the words "Chagres
Invitational," with a golfing scene on it.
The many donations given to the tournament were

used as favors, door prizes, flight prizes and special event
prizes. Mrs. Irene Will made and donated two beautiful
afghans which were won by Kenny Morris and Lloyd
Spradlin. Two bottles of Spanish Sherry, donated by
Cecile and Norman Demers were won by Maurie Moore
and Jim Driscoll as Closest-to-the-pin special awards.
Bill Wheeler donated a hanging tavern lamp along with
many hand-made cedar jewelry boxes. Woody Woodruff
donated packages of peanuts to each golfer and guests at
the luncheon provided by the Peanut Growers
Association of Dothan, Alabama. He also provided prizes
donated by the Olympia Spa, Donald Schmidt and the
Troy Simms Pecan Co. John Gough Jr., donated a golf
towel, and the Cypress Creek Country Club donated all
of the balls for favors, in addition to 10 dozen premier
golf balls for prizes.
The Ray Will Memorial Trophy was presented by
Irene Will, along with large footed crystal fruit bowls to
the champions of the field. Margaret Leigh, shooting 88
won the Ladies Division championship, and Rick Amato,
shooting 77, won the Men's Division Championship.
Once again the committee wishes to thank all
participants in the 1993 Chagres Invitational. 120 players
seems to be the ideal limit to the field, providing us
enough time to make the awards luncheon. Your
cooperation was greatly appreciated and we look forward
to another great tournament next year.

First Place winners: Margot Jordan, 90, Ladies
Division; Marc Deakins, 77, Flight A, tied for
Championship tie broken on first handicap hole;
Charles Amato, 80, (tied) Flight B; "Butch" Hope, 78,
Flight C; Ed Stroop, 82, Flight D.
Second Place Winners" Karen Mescal, 91, (tied)
Ladies Division; Kim Norman, 84, Flight A; Ed Wilder,
80, Flight B; Jim Orvis, 79, Flight C; Ed Stroop, 82,
Flight D.
Third Place Winners: Debbie Smith, 91, Ladies
Division; Michael Smith, 85, Flight A; Ron Smith, 81,
Flight B; Hubert Jordan, 81, Flight C; Ron
Angermuller, 83, Flight D.
Fourth Place Winners: Maurie Moore, 93, Ladies

Division; Charles Ruth, 88 (tied) Flight A; J.D. Bryant,
82 (Tied) Flight B; Bill Hatchett, 83, Flight C; Louis
Dedeaux, 86, Flight D.
Fifth Place Winners: Linda DesLondes, 96, Ladies
Division; Jim Duffus, 88, Flight A; Tim Lane, 82, Flight
B; Jim Brady, 88, Flight C; Mel Smith, 88, Flight D.
Sixth Place Winners: Maggie Windle, 99 (tied)
Ladies Division; George Husum, 89 (tied) Flight A;
Tom Frensley, 87, (Tied) Flight B; George Downing,
90, Flight C; Fred Huldtquist, 90, Flight D.

Seventh Place Winners: Ellen Freund, 99, Ladies
Division; Ricky Salterio, 89, Flight A; Frank Anderson,
87, Flight B; Jim Driscoll, 92, Flight C. Bud Risberg,
Flight D.
Eighth Place Winners: Jane Huldtquist, Sue
Deakins, Pat Riberg, 106 (tied) Ladies Division; Tony
Weedin, 91, Flight A; Ed Mulroy Jr. and John Gough,
88 (tied) Flight B; Jimmy Givens, 95, Flight C; Roy
Leeser, 96, Flight D.
Jane and Fred Huldtquist
Co-Chairpersons, Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament

Top row L-R: Irene Will presenting Ray Will Trophy to Margaret Leigh. (2) Champion in action Margaret Leigh.
(3) Pennant of Cypress Creek Country Club. (4) Champion in action Richard Amato. (5) Irene Will presenting Ray
Will Trophy to Richard Amato. 2nd row L-R: Ken Morris, Bill McKeown, Jim McKeown, Bill Hatchett. (2) Bill
Wheeler, Woody Woodruff, Roy Leeser, Emo Everson. (3) Bob Boyer, Bill Young, Jim Slover, Bud Risberg.
3rd row L-R: Carolyn Bradshaw, Luther Bradshaw, Pat Risberg, Jane Huldtquist. (2) Cindy Forsythe, Debbie
Smith, Jane Buss, Maurie Moore (3) Margot Jordan, Linda DesLondes, Ellen Freund, Margaret Leigh (Ladies
Champion). 4th row L-R: Ken Amato, Ralph Amato, Charlie Amato, Richard Amato Mens Champion. (2) Chagres
Invitational Golf Committee, Standing L-R: Margot Jordan, Hubert Jordan, Ellen Freund, Margaret Leigh, Fred
Huldtquist, Anna Collins, Betty Frassrand, Joe Collins, Irene Will, Bill McKeown, seated: Jane Huldtquist. (3)
L-R: Jess Bryant, Louis Dedeaux, Ron Angermuller, George Downing.

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1st Place Flight Winners: Margot Jordan, Marcl 2nd Place Flight Winners: Ed Stroop, Karen Mescal,
Deakins, Charles Amato, "Butch" Hope, Bud Stroop. I Kim Norman, Ed Wilder, Jim Orvis.

3rd Place Flight Winners: Michael Smith, Debbie i4th Place Flight Winners: Maurie Moore, Charles
Smith, Ron Smith, Hubert Jordan, Ron Angermuller. Ruth, Jess Bryant, Bill Hatchett, Louis Dedeaux.

5th Flight Winners: Tim Lane, Linda DesLondes, Jim 6th Flight Winners: Maggie Windle, Geo. Husum,
Duffus, Mel Smith. absent: Jim Brady. aGeo. Downing, Fred Huldtquist, absent: T. Frensley.

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7th Flight Winners: Jim Driscoll, Ellen Fruend, Bud 8th Flight Winners: Jane Huldtquist, Tony Weedin,
Risberg, absent: Ricky Salterio, Frank Anderson. Ed Mulroy, Jr., Roy Leeser, absent: Jimmy Givens.

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Registration Report

Thanks to all our volunteers listed below, we
registered 2,921 people at the 1993 Reunion! and we

Lucille Abernathy
Brian Albright
Joan Arndt
LeRoy Barfield
Elizabeth Beall
Jay Cain
Shirley Camby
Virgil Camby
Grace Carey
Emmy Lou Clarke
Anna Collins
Joe Collins
Rae Donaldson
Peter Foster
Rosemary Gilead
Marion Greene

Wilma Kennerd
Lori King
Barbara Krueger
Sheila LaBella
Joy Maale
Al Maale
Betty Malone
Betty Moore
Dorothy Pate
Al Pate
Sara Rowley
Betty Snow
Sheila Taylor
J.E. Dorn Thomas
Muriel Whitman
John Whitman

Michael Greene Beverly Williams
Myrtle Hughes Dottie Yocum
Lois Jones Ernie Yocum

As usual, we could not have managed without our
"extra" helpers Nikki Andino and Toby Dixon stuffing
Luncheon tickets, and of course, Robert and Nancy Van
Remember, if you are attending the 1994 Reunion,

Carolyn and Robert Johnson
Co-Chairpersons, Registration, 1993


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Hospitality Suite Report

The Hospitality Suite opened at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 9, and served for 16 hours throughout
the Reunion.
Eighteen volunteers served in both the Information
Unit and the Sales Unit.
The Information Unit provided all types of
information regarding the Reunion activities and Class
Reunions. The Sales Unit sold Canal Records and the
AnnualDirectory issue; Panazonian Dance tickets; Annual
Ball tickets; Society license tags and decals; and resold
Annual Luncheon tickets.
The Hospitality Suite's receipts were $3,736.00 which
went to the Reunion Account from the sale of dance
tickets, and $460.50 to the Society's Account from the
sale of decals, license tags and Canal Records and Annual
Directories. Receipts from the resale of Annual Luncheon
tickets were returned to the members who turned them
in for resale.
Those volunteers who served at the Sales Unit were
Sheila Bolke, Sarah Cohen, Jeanne Wheeler, Wilma
Kennerd, Betty Malone, Carol Masino, R. Nordstrom,
Janice "Cookie" Newlon, Betty Snow, Rose Carmody,
Marcia Barrere, John Hayes and Betty Frassrand. Those
volunteers serving as Information Officer were Jeanne
Wheeler, (Assistant Chairperson), Muriel Whitman,
Anna Collins and Pat Beall.

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Chairman, 1993 Hospitality Suite.

1993 Vendor's Report

As Chairperson of the Vendors at the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, my report is as follows:
We had a total of 20 Vendors and we had one
vendor on the waiting list.
The vendors had a variety of items for sale, with
several first-time vendors exhibiting new and different
items on sale. We hope they will return next year. The
Vendor's Room was always filled with members looking
for new and different wares for sale.
All vendors are urged to remember that if you plan
to be a vendor at the 1994 Reunion, your items for sale
must pertain or be affiliated in some measure to Panama
and/or the former Canal Zone.

Faith Brundage
BHS 1944

The BHS Class of 1944 was well represented at this
year's PCSofFL Reunion in June. Under the direction of
Pat and Bob Whitam, Co-Chairmen, Organizational and
Data Committee, meetings were held to discuss plans for
their 50th Class Reunion, which will take place in June,
1994 in Orlando.
General Committee Meetings with representatives of
CHS Class of 1944 were also held to coordinate a joint
reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of
Florida in June, 1994.

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Wellingtons Introduce
Sassabys to 1993 Reunion

A very special thanks to Don and Bobbye
(Herrington) Wellington, both graduates of class of BHS
'63 for their loan to the Society of the two 10-foot square
banners that were displayed in the Exhibit Hall during
the 1993 Reunion.
Don, President of Technimark, a plastics company in
Asheboro, North Carolina also generously donated
several cases of SASSABYS (Cosmetic cases) to the
Society to be given away as door prizes to our members.
SASSABYS are only one of the many products produced
by Technimark.

Sassaby donators, Don and Bobbye (Herrington)
Wellington, Class of BHS'63.

Don and Bobbye attended their 30th class reunion
with their children and grandchildren. The Society
reunion afforded them the opportunity to also visit with
their parents, Don's father, Fred Wellington of
Clearwater and Bobbye's parents, Robert and Dorothy
Herrington of Clearwater.

Area Reporter's Luncheon

The Area Reporter's Luncheon was held at 12:15
p.m. in the Sarasota Room of the Twin Towers Hotel on
June 11, 1993. Eleven Area Reporters and five guests
attended, along with the Record Editor.
After introductions were made, lunch was served.
After lunch, the Editor brought up ten areas regarding
association of people mentioned in news items with the
Panama Canal, and reminded the Reporters that the
contents of the Stylebook sent to each reporter is still in
effect. Following the guidelines mentioned in the
Stylebook will make reports consistent in their structure
and easier for the editor to emend and typeset. Those
reporters present also unanimously agreed for the Editor
to place all weddings, births, congratulations and
obituaries sent in by reporters under those specific
columns rather than include them in their own columns.
A general discussion followed where reporters were
invited to discuss their problem areas.
Those invited guests were Bob Van Siclen, the
outgoing President and Nancy Van Siclen, the 1993
Reunion Coordinator; Jane Huldtquist, the newly elected

President for the 1993-1994 term; Barbara Green, the
Secretary/Treasurer, and Carol Masino, the new
assistant to the Editor. Those reporters attending were
Catherine Filo, Alabama; Robert Balcer, Arkansas;
Linda Morris, California; Sara Rowley, Gladys
Humphrey, Janice Cookie Newlon, Kerry Young, Beverly
Rowley, Betty Snow, all from Florida; June A. Stevenson,
Georgia; and Jean Dombrowsky (for Alice Roche), North
Upon closing, each reporter was presented a canvas
tote bag, bearing the Society's logo, by the outgoing
President, Bob Van Siclen, in token of his appreciation
for their support and dedication to their job during his
term of office.

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record.

CHS'63 Reunion

The "Mad Class" CHS'63 celebrated their 30th
Class Reunion during the PCS Reunion in Orlando.
Thirty classmates plus their families spent 3 days
remembering the good old days.
Arriving at the Twin Towers on Wednesday; setting
up the hospitality room; stashing food and drink;
decorating the CHS Bohio Room; beads in the doorway;
"CHS #1 Yes, Yes" shoe polished on the big glass
window (rumored it was done with bungee cords). The
waiting at the airport for friends; hugs and kisses;
excitement filled the air every moment; laughter, tears
and memories. The hospitality room was a gathering of
memories, pictures, programs, papers, Panama Line
menus, friends, fun and laughter. "Remember when" was
the statement made numerous times; the oldest kids; the
youngest kids; the grand-kids; picking and poking fun at
each other; being 18 years old all over again. Fantastic!
Four of us dressed alike walking through the Towers
gathering stares.
Then Friday our big day, the banquet and dance;
hurry, hurry; decorations set up; get dressed; get there;
voices going hoarse, nerves on edge; tears welling in the
eyes; the finale of the planning; singing our one and only
alma mater; calling roll call; lighting candles for the ones
we loved and lost to a Greater Being. Presenting a
balloon bouquet for 53 years of service to Leroy Barfield,
Sr; watching a slide show of our home sweet home;
presenting awards to the singing of "Friends." Awards
were given to the farthest traveled (Suzanne Urey
Kleefkins), the oldest (Harry Butcher), the youngest
(Lonnie Smith Montrose), most embarrassing moment
(Judy Stepp Parietti). Then the dancing just like the
younger days, our song; our fun; the contests. Then more
tears and hugs; the farewells; "see you in 5 years."
And we the Class of CHS'63 wish to extend our
heart-felt thanks to Beverly Dockery Vaughn and her
husband Dave for our well organized 30th class reunion
and look forward very much to her being chairman for
our 35th.

The Tigerettes,
Sue Barfield Greer
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40 Years so many and in some ways so few!
Nineteen members of the class of CHS '53 met during
the Florida Reunion. It was nice to see some new faces
although a disappointment to see so few of the original
class. We made up in chatter what we lacked in numbers.
If we all lived closer, we would probably be best friends.
1995 will be the last class of CHS to graduate so
memories will become fonder. We are indeed a dying
Twenty-nine members sent in biographies on the last
forty years and what a joy to read once we got home
from the hustle and bustle of the reunion. Either already
retired or getting ready to, we are now looking to more
leisurely pursuits. The ball decorations were in blue and
gold not in honor of CHS but we felt cherished
anyway. Thanks to those who worked and worried about
our well being: Nancy (Kariger) and Daryl Eide, for their
patience; Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux for her printing of the
bios; Vernon Bryant for the CHS T-shirts; Jim Doyle for
his gifts; Kay (Argo) and Jack Taylor for whatever help
and all those who attended. Don Ponder, Jim Everett,
Bob and Lottie Stevenson (Orvis), Les Reinhart, Dick
Tatelman, Bill Wetzel, Charles Gerchow, Dale Taylor,
Leo Constantine, Margaret Joudry, Lois Scheidegg
(Andress), Bob Salter, Muriel Morland (Mizrachi), Ann
Thomas. We don't get older, we just get better.

Kay (Argo) Taylor
San Diego, CA

Museum Project
Status Report

My purpose today, at this, your Annual Business
Meeting, is to talk to you about the current status of the
Panama Canal Museum.
I'm standing in for my brother, Kibby, who has been
serving as Project Director for the Museum. He can't be
here today.
There are some exciting happenings associated with
the Pan Canal Museum Project that he felt you needed
to know.
First, be sure to read Dr. Phil Breunle's article, "A
Rallying Call for Our Museum," in the June issue of the
Canal Record. You will find the Panama Canal Museum
is at last a reality.
After six years of frustrating effort the Panama Canal
Museum has a modest start in the North Fort Worth,
Texas, Historical Society Museum. Memorabilia and
materials exhibited include many nostalgic items
associated with living and working in the Canal Area.
There are many more items in storage at the Museum
which cannot be displayed due to the lack of funding to
finance additional floor space and display cases.
Second, what happens next is to establish a plan of
Goals and Objectives. Four important initiatives need to
be accomplished:
Obtain recognition, sanction and possible
Incorporation of the Panama Canal Museum.
Obtain Annual Financial Funding to support current
museum operations and programmed expansions.

Seek Corporate support from outside business firms
and agencies, i.e. Canal customers and users.
Establish direct contact with State reporters to
promote coordination and solicitation for museum
support via fund raising benefits and activities,
including the organized regional collection of
memorabilia and artifacts of historical significance.
Third, to date a great deal of work has been done
with virtually no base of administration or financial
support. There are many challenges and hurdles to
Long standing Panama Canal Society member, Dr.
Phillip Breunle, Colonel, USA Retired, former military
assistant to the Governor, and assistant to the Health
Director in the Panama Canal Health Bureau, 1972-
1977, has come on board as Deputy Project Director. He
will work closely with Kibby to accomplish the foregoing
goals and objectives.
Now that you have a better awareness of what is
going on with the Museum Project, let me leave you with
these thoughts:
The Society's officers and the membership must
unequivocally support the project if it is to succeed.
Consider donating your collection of Panama Canal
memorabilia of any kind to the project.
Fill out the Panama Canal Museum Donation Form
in the June issue of the Canal Record and mail it with
your check, today.
Finally, the Canal will be 100 years old on August 14,
2014. That is 21 short years from this August. By then,
we can help America celebrate the Canal Centennial at
a well established museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Georges G. Bouche
Wichita Falls, TX.

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Middle L-R: Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke, Mariaxenia
Pedersen, Cathi Gilbert, Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens.
Front L-R: Lynn Braun McKenzie, Mary (Gilbert)

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We are happy to report the dances on Friday and
Saturday nights were very successful. Comments received
were all most favorable for the three bands.
Leroy Lewis played his heart out at the Panazonian
Dance, playing many favorite tunes for the crowd.
Frankie Pretto delighted the dancers at the annual
ball with Charlie Cooper filling in between sets. The
dance floor was jumping with a Latin Beat.
Dalys Benninghoff of COPA Airlines saved the day
when the Folkloric Dancers sponsored by the Panama
Tourist Bureau were unable to attend, and she was able
to bring us a group from Orlando who performed the
Panamanian dances.
The sound system was "State of the Art" thanks to
one of our own, Rick Smith, son of Doug and Anita
Smith of DeLand, Florida.
We were fortunate to have an excellent committee
and we thank Bob and Dot Herrington, Al and Joy
Maale, Jim and Gemma O'Donnell and Liz Beall. Liz
outdid herself with her paintings of the beautiful Batea
designs which complimented the 10 foot-square banners
donated by Don and Bobbye Wellington. The committee
met at the hotel and at Herrington's house well in
advance to prepare the decorations for the dances, and
worked right up to the last minute to make the Exhibit
Hall festive using the Society colors of blue and gold.
Our thanks to Elton and Helen Foster, Harry Foster,
Mary Urey and "Sugar" Calloway who pitched in to help
us get all the balloons inflated and in place on the tables.
Nancy Van Siclen, our Reunion Coordinator was
always available for advice, she and Bob even helped fill
sand bags. We congratulate her once again for a job well
done. She will be a hard act to follow.
In closing, we can only add that we wish we could
provide a larger ballroom to accommodate a larger dance
floor and more tables to comfortably seat our members.

Marje and Pete Foster
Chairpersons, Dance Committee

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Kay (Frangioni) and Gerald Pierce of Corpus Christi,

BHS 1944: Back L-R: Bob Nordstrom, Bob Whitam,
Eddie Doran, Conrad Horine (CHS'44), Bob Boyer,
Charles "Bucky" Hall (CHS'44). Middle L-R: Georges
Bouche, Norma (Johnson) Rose, Pat (Heitman)
Whitam, Gila M. (Sally Hancock) Smith, Bill True.
Front L-R: Alice (Fairbrother) Myers, June (Walter)
Murray, Marion (Price) Royston. Also present but not
in photograph: Louise (Murwin) Sale, June Hattaway,
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1993 Reunion Luncheon Report

The Reunion Luncheon was held at 12:00 noon on
Saturday, June 12, 1993 in the Citrus Crown Ballroom of
the Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando, Florida. Ten volunteers
assisted in decorations and table arrangements in time to
open the doors to members attending at 11:30 a.m.
A total of 448 tickets were sold, and we were billed
for the guaranteed number of 450 luncheons. As
Chairperson, I had an extra 20 tickets and sold eight and
recommend that next year only 10 extra tickets be made
available for sale at the door.
Again I suggest that members who wish to attend the
luncheon should make their reservations early if they
desire to sit with family or friends. It is difficult to
accommodate these requests once tables start filling up.
The Deputy Administrator of the Panama Canal
Commission, Raymond P. Laverty, guest speaker, gave a
very informative talk, accented with a slide presentation,
on the conditions and proposed actions to be taken in the
Panama Canal in the future in order to comply with the
Treaty. He held a brief question and answer period
following his speech, after which he was warmly
applauded by those members attending.

Betty Malone
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Reunion Sports Report Bingo:


This year's volleyball tournament featured some great
3-person teams. In the end after some very close games
and an oppressive heat index, the winner was the John
Nickisher, Tom Eckel and Mark Sherry squad. Last
year's winners, Bryan, Howie and Wayne Favorite came
in a close second, while the team of Amparo Paul, Ingrid
Diaz and Raul Morgan came in third. Congratulations
to all who participated. You all played some very fine
See you next year at 9:00 a.m. sharp on the Saturday
of reunion week.

Even though the crowd was very small, everyone
seemed to have a good time. My wife Elizabeth walked
away with the "Grand Prize," a very stylish and expensive
Mola bag. Ironically, this was the only prize she won all
Many thanks to my lovely wife Liz, my mom and
brother for all their help during the reunion.
I would also like to especially thank Bob and Nancy
Van Siclen for appointing me to this position and for a
job well done. Thank you all.
John Disharoon
Chairperson, 1993 Reunion Sports

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Top, L-R: Roger Walker, Fred Rose, Louis Dedeaux, Bob McCarrick, Jim O'Donnell. 3rd row L-R: Gemma
(Wright) O'Donnell, Katherine (Quinzada) Melanson, Lori Melanson, Dorothy (Strauss) Romeyn, Peggy
(Sylvestre) Simpson, Ruth (Taylor) Walker, Marion (Schjeveland) Thompson, Edwin Baumbach. 2nd row L-
R: Lorraine (Terry) Gilmore, Bertha Jane (Becker) Law, Mavis (Beall) Fortner, Dorothy (Sausel) Peterson,
Teresa (Grimm) Stienacher. Front L-R: Lois (Hollowell) Jones, Alice Mae (Johnson) Wallis, Clarice (Dettor)
Brainard. (Photo by O.Y. Thomas, words by O'Donnell).

CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL 1943: Back L-R: Edmond Hesser, John Whitman, James Coffey, Carol Hendrick
Whitney, Robert Johnson, Elton Foster. Middle L-R: Eleanor Chambless Hesser, Obdulia Wright Coffey, Muriel
Holmelin Whitman, Carolyn Glenn Johnson, Helen Foster, Lorelle Fontaine Ansley. Front L-R: Jim Petters,
Sugar Calloway Di Roma, Donald Hendrick.

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CHS 1963 Reunion, Front L-R: Diane Asbury
Stevenson, Margaret O'Brien, Judy Stepp Parietti,
Lonnie Smith Montrose, Bev Dockery Vaughn,
Lauray Will Griffin, Princess Tobin Normandin,
Tinker Holloway Cooper, Miriam Ramiez. Middle L-
R: Charles Reeves (Teacher), Gene Gregg (Teacher),
Marcie Wood Napoleon, Harriett Hewett Dokken,
Tula Brown, Jeanette Hanberg Cothern, Suzanne
Urey Kleefkins, Sue Barfield Greer, Diane Roscoe
Murphy, Patsy Lee Moore, Mae Jacques, Helen
George Boswell, Chris Skeie, Andy Nicolaisen. Back
L-R: Tom Robertson, Bill Huff, Harry Butcher, Roy
Hall, Robert Hauser, Gordon Sanders, Charlie
Vowell, Jack Holcomb.

L-R: Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Curtis, CHS'35, and his
sister, Mazie (Curtis) Schwarzrock, BHS'38, all of
Lakeland, FL.

Hamming it up at the '93 Reunion Amateur Radio
Operators (HAMS) L-R: WB6HPS, Bob Geddes,
WA5YFA, Ed Parker, KC4ZRU, Charlie Salyer, K70B,
Russell Oberholtzer.

Captain F. Kerley's family, Top, L-R: Michael
Hernandez, Mike Hernandez Jr., Capt. Frank V.
Kerley. Botton L-R: Maria (Kerley) Hernandez, Nena
Kerley, all of Plantation, Florida.

Mary Fehrenbach, BHS'72, Austin, Texas; Albert,
BHS'70 and Sue (Hirons) CHS'68 Fehrenbach,
Kerrville, Texas.

Attending the 1993 Reunion, were from L-R: Bob
Haddaeus, Dule (Wright) Coffey, Jim Coffey and
Gemma (Wright) O'Donnell.

Preview of BHS/CHS'44 Reunion 1994, L-R:
(Merwin) Sale, June Hattaway, Marion


L-R: "Woody" Woodruff, BHS'42, Bill Wheeler,
CHS'34, Mary (Cryan) Lade, BHS'40, Erik Petroni,
Gatun, Panama, and Dr. Mary V. Graham, Tulsa, OK.

Fred Rose and Gemma (Wright) O'Donnell attend
the 1943 Balboa Jr. High reunion.

L-R: Carol (Coleman) Masino, BHS/CHS'52, St.
Petersburg, FL. and Betty (Chan) Snow, Clearwater,

BHS'40 classmates planning for their 55th anniversary
reunion, are Back L-R: Pat Beall, Clearwater, FL; Dick
Erbe, Longview, TX; Dr. John Clark, Hagerstown, MD.
Front L-R: Frances (Talavera-Arnold) Enyart,
Chorrera, Panama; Margaret (Whelan) Janssen,
Dothan, AL; Sara (Shytle) Keegan, Kennesaw, GA.
and Joan (Ridge) deGrummond, Laguna Hills, CA.

L-R: Mary (Cryan) Lade, BHS'39, Huntington Beach,
CA. and Norman (BHS'41) and Doris (Gleim) Dugas,
Spring Hill, FL.



Tom Petersen and his mother, Ella (Aukstakainis)
Petersen of Deerfield Beach, FL.

Jim Brady, BHS'51, Stone Mountain, GA and John G.
Riley, Panama.

Where Are You?

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




Does anyone have any information regarding the
whereabouts of the Hal Brenner family that lived in Coco
Solo in the late 1960s, early 1970s? Son's name is Hal
and daughter's name is Becky. Please contact Roger Rios,
P.O. Box 1702 Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii 96748.


Would like to contact WILLIAM RATLIFF. If
anyone knows where he can be reached, please ask him
to contact Linda Wharton, P.O. Box 16423, Spring
Valley, Greensboro, N.C. 27406.


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.



Roland, where art thou? The BHS Class of 1940 is
looking for you. Last we heard you was living in
Mukilteo, Washington. Hast thou moved? If so, where?
Please let Joan (Ridge) DeGrummond know, at 521-Q
Calle Aragon, Laguna Hills, CA 92653-3871.


Linda Marie PERKINS daughter of Duane M.
Perkins, who was Chief of Data Processing at the
Administration Building. If anyone has any information
leading to Linda Perkins, Duane Perkins or the sisters,
Susan Jean and Elizabeth Perkins, please have them
contact Giselle Anaya, 4614 Alveo Road, La Canada, CA
91011, or call me collect at (818) 952-6257.



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

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.

Vincent Abea
Louis Adams
Gina Albaugh
Harry Ashby
Mario Ayala
Marie L. Baquie
Sandra Bauchman
Linda Bell
David Blake
Gene Blumberg
Brabara Brazile
Helen Bright
Michael Bruce
Evangeline Buenafe
Josefina Caballero
Peter Carlson
Willie Castro
Cheryl Cheaney
Irene Conn

Mary Kippenham
Linda Hughes
Sigma Jameson
Barbara Janowitz
Pearline Jemmott
James Jenkins
Helen Jones
Bill Keene
Kathy Kervin
Charlie Keys
Vina L. Kimbrough
Nancy King
Leffel Kirkman
Elizabeth Kitterman
Jon Klages
Angele LaGrave
Maj. Randolf J. Leber
Paula L. Martin
Ruth Litvin

Elva Perez
Alete Pinilla
Antonio Price
Pauline Pyer
George Reichart
Emma Reynolds
Lillian Roe
Olav Roos
Robert Rowe
Enrique Salerno
Charles G. Sanders
Martha Schuck
Paul Sheffield
Julie Shipley
Carol Showalter
Ed Sigerfoos
Richard Sillick
Joan Silva
William Singleton


Jose Davilla
Pat D. Roach
Susan Diercks
Mike Donaldson
Nancy Donaldson
Ann Edberg
Donna Emerson
Bonita Ensey
Juanita Ensay
Ron Evers
Fred Eversole
Edwin Fehrenbach
Diane Gillman
Joe Goff
Ann Griffin
Nancy Jo Grube
Margaret Harrell
Jennifer Horner

If any found, please notify B
COMMITTEE, c/o Carole (Salonic
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Martha Lucus
Beverly Mahone
Linda Mapes
Jolene Marcey
Albert Martin
Carry McDaniel
Stephen Mcllvain
Jim McKenna
Richard McLean
Alicia McMurray
David McPherson
Paul Meyer
Gerald Moore
John Morton
Earl Nelson
Judith Nuchols
Richard Orvis
David G. Parker
Charles Willman

Paul Leffler
William K. Cook
William E. DeSelover
Charles P. Gaines
Carmelo Roman
Gerald E. McElroy
Robert T. Staneszewski
James W. Wood, Jr.
Patricia A. Booth
Carral A. Bosarge
Francis A. Murphy
Selva M. Patino
Richard T. Thomas
Monica H. Wruck


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Restoration to Preserve Rotunda
Murals Into Next Century

The murals painted on the Administration Building
rotunda have amazed visitors for many decades. Recent
visitors, however, may be even more surprised at seeing
scaffolds rising nearly to the dome of the rotunda to
support people who are scrubbing the beautiful historical
paintings with cotton balls.
Since the beginning of May, Anton Rajer, an art
conservator from Madison, Wis., has been working to
eliminate the dirt and dust that have accumulated on the
murals over the past 33 years. A new brightness can
already be observed in the sections of the murals that
have been "cleaned" by the conservator and his associates.
The beauty and drama of the murals makes them
one of the biggest attractions in the Canal area. Painted
in 1914 by William B. Vanlngen, they consist of four

panels and a frieze depicting different Panama Canal
construction scenes. The panels show the construction of
Miraflores Locks and the Gatun Dam Spillway, the
erection of a lock miter gate and the excavation of
Gaillard Cut. A frieze below the panels also presents a
panorama of the work in the cut.
VanIngen painted the murals in his New York studio
from charcoal sketches he made on two visits to the
Isthmus in 1914, during the latter part of the construction
period. The artist painted on canvas panels of 948 square
feet, which were shipped to Panama and placed on the
rotunda walls under his supervision in 1915.
They are the largest murals painted by an American
artist on exhibit outside the United States.
Mold growth and dirt accumulation have been the
murals' worst enemies, making it necessary for Vanlngen
himself to conserve them in 1929. They were treated
again in 1932 and 1936 by Canal employees and in 1960
by Frederick Taubes. Taubes, a paint technology expert,

Russell Slough
A. Richard Smith
Kay Snowden
Maria Solerno
CRaig Steffenides
Eliza Stephens
John Swain
Jane Swasick
Vilma Tarman
Victor Trevino
Pearl S. Unrau
Max Velez
Richard S. Wallace
Don Watkins
Sandra Watson
Rebecca Webb
Douglas Webster
Maria Wilkins

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also applied a chemical to retard mold growth. The
installation of air conditioning in the Administration
Building in 1959 also helped to preserve the unique
Rajer's current work consists of cleaning the dirt and
dust and eliminating the varnish applied during the last
restoration. This is done with different solvents, which
are applied with cotton balls. After the murals have been
cleaned, they will be varnished with a transparent
substance that will not turn yellow. The paintings will
then be retouched where necessary.
According to Rajer, the murals are in good condition
considering the many years of dirt and grime
accumulation. With the help of associates Jackie Hefty,
Keith Raddatz and Linda Morris, he expects to complete
the job in August. He says that after this restoration,
there will be no need to treat the murals again for nearly
50 years.
Rajer will present a free, slide-illustrated lecture in
English on the conservation of the murals at 7 p.m. on
June 25 at the Balboa Union Church. He is also prepared
to present lectures in English or Spanish on the
restoration of the Sistine chapel in the Vatican, which he
observed during a five-month period, and other famous
restoration projects in Europe and the United States,
including the restoration of the house of architect Frank
Lloyd Wright.

The Panama Canal Spillway
June 18, 1993

A Fun Reunion After
Twenty-Four Years

By Dorothy N. Hoobler

When a mother and her three grown daughters get
together for the first time in 24 years, what do they do?
According to Mrs. Alberta Harris, St. Marys, and the
girls, Anita Janssen, Emmett, Louise Bradshaw, Vienna,
Austria, and Antioch, Calif., and Marion Buol, Petaluma,
Calif., they talked, they shopped, they ate, and they
reminisced--and then they started all over again.
Listening to them share experiences and memories
was fun, as well as very interesting and educational. I had
a good lesson in history, geography, and religion. The
girls were all born in Ancon, in the Panama Canal Zone,
and Louise has been a missionary in Norway, Greece,
and Austria.
Even the story of how the family got to Panama is
unusual. Alberta's aunt was living there, so she and her
mother were invited to visit in December, 1912. When
they couldn't get passage back to the United States in
time for Christmas, her father joined them there for the
holidays. What began as a two-week visit became a 40-
year-stay. "Mother always said it was the longest two
weeks of her life," Alberta laughed.
Her father was one of the many men who found

work helping to dig the "ditch" across the Isthmus. When
work began on the Canal in 1904, that area was
considered one of the most unhealthy places in the world
because of the yellow fever carried by mosquitoes. The
Panama Canal was formally opened on August 15, 1994,
when the first ship passed through.
Mrs. Harris shared the story of the day her father ate
lunch with President Teddy Roosevelt in the bottom of
the Canal they were digging. He had gone to Panama to
inspect the work, the first time a president had left the
United States during his term of office. He insisted on
eating with the working men themselves, rather than the
officials and dignitaries.
Anita, publisher/editor of the "St. Marys Star", and
her sisters all came back to the States to go to college,
Anita in Missouri, Louise in Texas, and Marion in
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The Harris family met in St. Marys, Ks. to enjoy a few
days of catching up on the family news. L-R: Louise
Bradshaw, Anita Janssen, Marion Buol, and Alberta
Marion, the youngest of the sisters, runs a concession
stand at Candlestick Park for the Giants during the
baseball season. She also does homehealth care for the
terminally ill through the Hospice program. She has a
genuine love for, and interest in the elderly. Her jolly,
infectious laugh certainly must brighten the days for her
Louise and her husband, Charles, a Southern Baptist
pastor who served a church in Antioch for 20 years,
entered the mission field in 1987. They have served four
years in Stavanger, Norway, fourteen months in Greece,
and are currently home on furlough from their most
recent missionary post in Vienna, Austria.
St. Marys Star
May 18, 1993

(Anita added, "Because our readers know my
affiliation with the St. Marys Star, Mrs. Hoobler did not
interview me more than in the closing paragraph, where
she said...'Louise and Marion have gone back to the west
coast and Anita is back at the Star office.'
"I have owned the weekly community newspaper,
located on U.S. Hwy 24, 30 miles west of the capitol city
of Topeka, Ks. since April Fool's Day 1972. In addition
to the newspaper, we do photo work, job printing, and
have printed six books").

1994 DUES ARE $20.00


At a sidewalk petition station,
a healthy dose of hope

For the past six years Nancy Carter has been in and
out of hospitals, undergoing radiation and chemotherapy
for cancer. The ravages of the disease, and the treatment,
forced Carter, 69, to stop eating solid food a year ago. As
a result she must spend 10 hours a night hooked up to a
device that supplies her body with a fluid that contains
essential vitamins and minerals. And yet Carter has spent
precious hours at a table outside a San Diego
supermarket encouraging passersby to sign a petition to
put Perot on the California ballot; more recently she has
been working the phone on Perot's behalf. It is a sacrifice
she is delighted to make. "I get a little tired," she says.
"I'm expending a lot of energy, but I'm also doing
something I believe in, so that gives me a little pick-me-
A longtime Republican, Carter thinks Perot is the
ideal candidate to deal with such issues as industrial
decline, the budget deficit and the continuing fallout from
the savings-and-loan scandal. But what really caught her
attention is his interest in education. A teacher who spent
20 years instructing fifth graders in the Chula Vista,
Calif., school system, Carter notes that in 1984 Perot
headed a Texas commission on education reform that
tackled the state's cherished pastime--high school
football--and won, mandating that only students who
passed all their courses would be eligible to play. "He
took on the bureaucracy and de-emphasized sports," she
Carter is so enthusiastic about Perot that she spent
$50 of her own money to make copies of articles about

Nancy Norton Carter, 1922-1993

him for distribution. Divorced, with no children and two
dogs, Carter devotes almost all her waking hours to her
medical needs and her newfound political cause. As she
sat outside the supermarket recently, a middle-aged man
wandered up, paused, and blurted, "Who's Ross Perot?
Is he going to be our next President?" Beaming, Carter
retorted, "You bet!"
(Nancy Norton Carter died quietly in her sleep on
July 8, 1993. Ed.)
June 22, 1992

Your Reporter Says ...


The 1993 Panama Canal Reunion is over and I can
truthfully say that we enjoyed it more this year than in
previous years because you could move around more
easily and see more of your friends. We will say that we
missed some of our former friends like Andy and Verna
Kapinos, the Tomfords. Also missed Mike and Carol
Kandrin except for the last day when we spent a few
hours together. They live in Haines City and just came up
to Orlando for a few hours and dinner. After the reunion
we went to Stuart, Florida, to visit with our son Ed Jr.
for a few days. The Saturday night of the reunion most of
our family got together and went out for dinner. Mike
(our son), his wife Cathy and granddaughters Jessica and
Patricia, were down at the reunion for Mike's 20th class
reunion held at the Delta Resort. Eddie Jr. came from
Stuart for one night.
Maggie and John Janssen went to the reunion by
Amtrak. The Amtrak comes within 35 miles of Dothan at
Chipley, Florida. It took them twelve hours. They
returned the same mode of transportation although on
the way back they were freezing to death and no blankets

and the thermostat could not be controlled. I don't
believe they will go that way again. Their daughter Pat
Beck, husband Gene and twin daughters, Michelle and
Anne Marie, and their older daughter Lara also attended
the reunion. Their son Johnny Jr. and his wife Teresa
came from Alexandria, Virginia, to attend Johnny's 30th
class reunion (BHS).
I was very happy to see my former co-worker
Katherine Melanson at the reunion. She was with her
daughter Kathy Wells who lives outside Atlanta.
Katherine looks great. She lives in Modesto, California.
Jack and Margaret Hern had their son Dick from
Panama for a few weeks before the reunion. Then they
all went down to the reunion and came back to Dothan.
Jack and Fran Hern also came up after the reunion to
visit with Margaret and Jack and Dot Yost (Fran's
mother). Fran and Jack then went to Baton Rouge,
Louisiana to visit their daughter Mitch who is working
Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff flew to Panama on May
29th to visit Darleen and Joseph Hunt and family, and
for granddaughter Joanne Hunt's graduation from
Balboa High School. Graduation was held Thursday
morning, June 10th, in front of BHS. The school was

beautifully decorated with yellow and white balloons and
a banner "Class of 1993 50th Anniversary" across the
top of the building. The class of 1943 was the first class
to graduate from BHS. There were only three present
from the Class of 1943 Elsie, Julia Smith McGrath and
Alberto Arias. As honored guests Julia and Elsie were
presented with yellow and white wrist corsages and a
boutonniere for Alberto. As part of the ceremony, they
were made welcome and introduced to the graduating
class and the audience by Senior Class Representative
Erin Hatchett. Erin is the granddaughter of E. W.
Hatchett who was a math teacher and the Junior Class
Advisor for Class of '43. Following graduation exercises
a reception was held in the gym which afforded an
opportunity to visit with graduates, teachers and friends,
and to enjoy delicious refreshments.

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came to the luncheon. While the ladies were visiting in
the lobby, they recognized a familiar face entering the
club. It was Eddie Moore and his wife Letty who reside
in California. Their daughter, husband and two children
accompanied the Moores on a week trip to Costa Rica
and a week in Panama. They were luncheon guests of
Fran (Yost) Hern.
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L-R: Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff, Alberto Arias, Julie
(Smith) McGrath, Jack McGrath. Right background,
Ida Arias.

On Friday, June 11th, along with daughter Darleen
and granddaughters Lisa and Joanne, Elsie flew to
Orlando to attend the PC Reunion and to join husband
Woody Woodruff.
In August, the Hunt family will leave Panama for
Florida. Joe's new assignment will be with the Central
Command at MacDill AFB, Tampa. They will reside in
Brandon, Florida.
Louise Hunt went to Panama this summer for a very
special occasion. Two of her granddaughters were
graduating from Balboa High School Joanne Hunt,
daughter to Joe and Darleen Hunt and Natalie Watkins,
daughter of Janet (Hunt) and Norman Watkins. After
graduation at 9 a.m. in front of the high school, a
champagne brunch was held at the Watkins home. It was
hosted by the Watkins, Hunts and Sandy (Tortorici) and
Dick Roscoe, whose daughter Jill was also a graduate.
Ted and Jacque (Hunt) Arias invited Louise to spend
Memorial Day weekend with them at the Arias' beach
house in Santa Clara. While there they visited Anna
(McFadden) Schoch who still lives in Santa Clara. They
had a good time catching up on news of friends and
made plans to get together for lunch at Quarry Heights
Officers Club the following week with a group of ladies
who had graduated from Balboa High School and still
live in Panama. There were eight women at the luncheon
but Anna never made it. On her drive in from Santa
Clara a tire blew out on her car and it took most of the
morning to finally get it fixed. She was missed by all who

L-R: Bertha Moyer Zerbinati, '44, Gladys Jaen
Brannon, '41, Louise Rathgeber Hunt, '40, Carmen
Hernandez Massott, '44, Julia Smith McGrath, '43,
Olga Moya de Cadet, '41, Alicia Morendo de
Jordan, '41, Elsie Lawyer Woodruff, '43.

We extend our condolences to Wanda Seeley and
family on the death of her husband, Vernon, and father
of Wayne, Roger, Steve, Donna and Joyce.
Again, Pat, thank you for a delightful and delicious
reporter's luncheon and all the good wishes.
God bless all.

Catherine (Whelan) Filo
(205) 704-0145


We do believe that our Arizona members are the
"travelingest" people! Our former Pedro Miguellian,
Peggy Bradley, is off for a two-month jaunt from her
Tucson home to Flagstaff in northern Arizona for a week
or two, then out to the East Coast to meet her niece
Marcy in Washington, DC, and gad about with her for a
month or more. They plan on taking in all the usual
tourist sights there, but Peg said she is most interested in
seeing all the First Ladies' inaugural gowns at the
Smithsonian. Marcy, her niece, is her late sister "Mopsy"
Wood's daughter, and is married to major league coach,
Ed Napoleon, also a former Zonian.
We hear from "Sis" (Hayes) Phillips that she and
Mary Ann (Carruthers) Honey enjoyed a four-day cruise
in February on the Viking Serenade of the Royal
Caribbean Lines from Los Angeles to Catalina Island and
Ensenada, Mexico, and back. Then from April 18 through
22 they had a five-day tour of New Orleans and environs.
They stayed at the Monteleone in the French Quarter.
Their itinerary included a Plantation Tour, breakfast at
Brennans, cooking demonstrations, shopping, and a Jazz
Dinner Cruise on the S.S. Natchez.

Mary (Carruthers) Honey and "Sis" (Hayes) Phillips
aboard the S.S. Viking Serenade, February 1993.
Anne (Trimble) Parks and her husband Charlie
Parks spent all of the winter of 1992-1993 traveling or
entertaining family members at their Glendale, Arizona
home. In November, their daughter Lisa and her
husband, George Boatwright, came West for an extended
visit. Anne and Charlie met them in Las Vegas at the
Tropicana Hotel, where they were joined by their son,
Sgt. Larry Parks, just returned from Korea, promoted,
and now stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Larry
spent two weeks with all of them, touring northern and
central Arizona with them after leaving Nevada and "Lost
In December, Anne and Charlie went to Florida,
spending a week in Jacksonville with Anne's brother,
George Trimble, and his wife Leona. While there, they
saw Ellie (Foley) Husum at the lovely home of George
and Barb Husum, then on to Port St. Lucie for
Christmas with son Jim and wife Sue (Casis) and family,
and daughter Lisa Boatwright and family. Upon their
return in January, they were visited by their son Paul and
his son Brett for whom they staged a second Christmas,
including a trip north to Arizona's Snow Bowl so Brett
could try out his new sled.

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Anne and Charlie Parks at Bad Kruesnach, Germany,
where son, Matthew, is stationed. February 1992.

Then in February, they flew to Germany for a visit
with their son, Sgt. Matthew Parks, his wife Heike
(Scheiber) Parks, and their three children. They
celebrated their granddaughter Erika's third birthday
while there, and enjoyed sleigh rides on the Eibsee, visits
to fabulous snow-covered castles, and traveled the
"Romantic Road" from Weirtzberg to the Bavarian Alps.
Anne says that with fresh-fallen snow all over everything,
it was like a trip to fairyland that she'll never forget.
Upon their return to Arizona, they had a visit from
Anne's brother George and wife Leona from Jacksonville,
Florida, after which Charlie flew back out to Florida for
another visit there!
The Executive Committee of the Panama Canal
Society of Arizona met in the Phoenix area on March 13
to elect new officers, allocate various duties, and plan our
Fall 1993 Luncheon-Meeting. Jeff Hirschl was re-elected
President; Chester Oakes, Vice President; Evelyn White,
Secretary; and Dr. Dan Hirschl, Treasurer. Mary Grace
Oakes volunteered to assist the Secretary by doing the
necessary correspondence. No details as to the fall
meeting where, when, etc. have been disclosed by the
time of this writing.
One more of our traveling members, Helen Daniel
Munson, went all the way out to Wisconsin in July, and
attended a 4th of July picnic there at which her daughter
Helen (Daniel) Miller entertained as "Bubbles the

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L-R: "Bubbles, the Clown" Helen (Daniel) Miller and
her "mom," Helen Daniel Manson, Wisconsin, July 4,

We are grateful for letters of appreciation for "Sam",
former Pedro Miguel swimming pool attendant, and for
the write-up and picture of him in our last edition under
"Looking Back". Among those heard from: Henry Jo
Leisy of Greensboro, Alabama; Donna (Dickson)
Dondanville of Sanford, Florida; Peggy Bradley of
Tucson, Arizona; Peg's sister Bets (Bradley) London of
Washougal, Washington; and through Bets, from another
former Pedro Miguellian, Aggie Atkinson. Thank you all.

Jane (Dickson) Cox
(602) 298-3147


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OCTOBER 21, 1993
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The retirees of the armed forces and U. S.
Government received good news this past month when
the U. S. Supreme Court decided not to rule on the
appeal of the State of Arkansas regarding the deduction
of income taxes. Now all we have to do is wait.
In anticipation of the birthdays of Bruce Sanders, Jr.,
and Betty McGilberry, the following gathered at the
home of Betty McGilBerry and partook of a very good
dinner prepared by the hostess. Attending were Dorothy
and Bruce Sanders, Jr.; Ruth and Lyle Mertz; Etta Faye
Terrell; Maxine Reinhold, and Bud Balcer. A great time
was had by all.
Addie and Marian Colclasure of Rogers travelled to
Germany and Austria from June 1 through June 9th,
their first time in Western Europe. Addie had previously
been to Greece and the Holy Land in 1985. Arriving in
Munich and renting a car, they set off for their first stop,
Oberammergau, the site of the Great Passion Play
performed once every ten years. Then, it was on to
Innsbruck, Austria, which turned out to be a
disappointment. Travelling on through the Bavarian Alps,
they spent an afternoon in Berchtesgaden; too foggy for
Hitler's Eagle's Nest, but a nice day for shopping. That
night and the next two days were spent in what turned
out to be the favorite part of the trip Salzburg, Austria.
The highlight was the Sound of Music tour a four-hour
bus trip which stops at all of the major locations of
filming the movie. It was fun to learn where the real
story leaves off and Hollywood takes over. For example,
Maria, Capt. Von Trapp, and the children didn't escape
over the mountains to Switzerland as the movie
suggested; they left by train for Italy. Also, Hollywood,
not liking the names of any of the seven children, gave
them new names more suitable to the script. The original
names of the children were: Rupert, Werner, Eleonore,
Johanna, Agathe, Rosemarie, and Maria. After Salzburg,
they left for Regensburg, Germany, spending two days at
the Ramada Inn on the Danube River, then back to
Munich and home. They plan to return someday, but for
now they're glad to be back in the USA. Where there's
ice in the glasses! "It's little things like that that
Americans take for granted."

r* "

In late May, son Bruce III flew in from Dallas to
drive them to Piano, Texas, for a five-day visit with Sandy
and also with Curtis and Kim Sanders and their two
sons Ryan and Collin of Allen, Texas. The occasion
was Bruce's 80th birthday and on the morning of that day
there was a knock on the door and grandson Doug and
his wife Pam of Los Gatos, California, made a surprise
appearance. It was a happy occasion and a telephone call
from son Jack and his family of Santa Barbara and Santa
Cruz, California, added to the final touch of the joyous
event. Bruce III drove his parents back to Bentonville the
next day and after an overnight stay returned to Dallas.
Bruce and Dorothy flew to Orlando via Dallas in
June to attend the Panama Canal Society Reunion. Many
friends and associates of years gone by were there and a
good time was had talking of "old" times. Unknown to
Bruce and Dorothy, the Class of 1963 of Cristobal High
School celebrated its 30th anniversary concurrently with
the reunion and they were pleased to see and visit with
so many of their son Kenneth's classmates.
God willing, Bruce and Dorothy hope to make the
reunion again in 1994. Etta Faye Terrell accompanied by
Maxine Reinhold drove to the Shepherd of the Hills at
Branson, Missouri, and attended the Royal Lippinzanner
Horse Show.
Maxine Reinhold is planning a trip to visit her son
Richard and family in Columbus, Ohio.
William "Red" and Alice Nail returned from the
reunion in Orlando and had some yard work to attend to.
On way home stopped in Alabama for a reunion of Red's
family. They also went by Huntsville, Alabama, and called
on Ralph and Marie Shuey just prior to the Shueys
leaving for Germany.
Jack and Joan Corliss attended the Panama Canal
Reunion in Orlando and reported having a great time
seeing relatives and old friends.
Jerry and Harold Harp being kept busy with'
construction work being done by Harold's company.

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Family celebrating Bruce G. Sanders Jr. 80th
birthday. Front L-R: Dorothy, Kim holding Collin,
Curtis holding Ryan, Doug and Pam. Back L-R:
Bruce III, Bruce Jr., Sandy.

Bruce and Dorothy Sanders report that thanks to
doctors and medicine things are pretty much OK for

"Rojo" Huffman and
Kodiak bear trying to

his 20 lb. salmon. Note the
get a piece of "Rojo", (or the

Willard and Kathleen Huffman just returned from a
wonderful visit to Port Townsend, Washington, to help
Gary and Mary (Huffman) Novak celebrate their 22nd
anniversary and to attend granddaughter Heather Novak's

graduation from high school. She plans to attend college
in the fall. Took a trip to Victoria, Canada, with Elinor
Callahan, Kathleen's sister, and their daughter, Mary
Florence. Saw a lot of beautiful sights and even took a
horse-and-buggy ride. One of the highlights of the trip
was when Mary's boss, high school principal Wayne
Johnson, invited Gary and Rojo to go salmon fishing. Lo
and behold Gary caught a 15-pound King salmon and
Willard a 20-pounder.
Next two trips will be to Illinois to visit Willard's
relatives and then in September they will be heading to
New York to see Kathleen's kin.
T/Sgt. James Huffman arrived safely in Japan for a
three-year tour in the Air Force.
Medical problems prevented Peggy and Nobby Keller
from attending the Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando.
Further surgery may be in the future for Nobby. At this
time, Peggy has graduated from a walker to a cane.
The Horodas, Mike and Henrietta, report nothing of
interest at this time.
Mary Lou Engelke attended the high-school
graduation of Brad Gallardo, her grandson, in Atlanta,
Georgia. Also attending were daughter Susan Engelke,
son Tom and his wife Alice and children Evan and
Eileen, and grandson Christopher Engelke, son of Robert
Engelke. Also attended the high-school graduation in St.
Petersburg, Florida, of Angela Engelke, daughter of
Robert and Nellie (Wood) Engelke. Others in attendance
were Nellie's sister, Anne Suescum, and grandparents
Jim and Virginia Wood. Really enjoyed being with all her
John and Polly Michaelis have been busy
maintaining the yard and some repairs to the house.
Jessie Newhard has become a resident of the Rogers
Nursing Center, 1151 W. New Hope Road, Rogers, AR
Bud Balcer wishes to say that he had a fantastic time
at the reunion. He also wants to wish the best to the new
regime for the next year and is planning to be in
attendance come 1994. On my way down and back
enjoyed visits with my son Paul Rhoads and family in
Shreveport, Louisiana and grandson Michael Pedersen
and his family at DeFuniak Springs, Florida.
The annual fall get-together of the Northwest
Arkansas Panama Canal Society will be held at the
Ramada Inn in Bentonville, Arkansas, on October 10,
1993. Cost for buffet dinner, drink and gratuity will be
$10.66 per person.
The following listed people were in attendance at the
Northwest Arkansas Panama Canal Society picnic on
Father's Day, June 21, 1993:
From Arkansas: Robert "Bud" Balcer, Harry and Lenor Butz,
Addie and Marion Colclasure, Jerry and Harold Harp, Jess and Lynn
Harp, Mike and Henrietta Horoda, Mark Horoda, Betty McGilberry,
Carl and Petie Maedl, Red and Alice Nail, Luke and Betty Palumbo,
Maxine Reinhold, Bruce and Dorothy Sanders, Dr. Bill and Marjorie
Scarborough, Etta Faye Terrell, Wally and Jennifer Waddell, Earl and
Maxine Wrenn. From Florida: Ed and Gloria Malin. From Oklahoma:
Jean and Doris Burns, and Bill and Esther (Butz) Clair.

Robert (Bud) Balcer
(501) 273-3754


Lee and Harry Butz of Springdale had a wonderful
vacation in May. They drove east to visit Lee's 93-year-
old cousin in York, Pennsylvania. The weather was
beautiful, so a friend drove them around to see the
flowers in the VIP section of Baltimore, Maryland. They
also saw the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in
Strassburg. A short distance away were two rows of
cabooses, now used as motels, with a restaurant in one.
They were driven to the Chesapeake area to see the
boats and also a large aquarium. One evening, they were
treated to a restaurant where the local graduating class
gathered for dinner. What a bevy of young girls in
evening gowns and young men in black tie and tails!
After spending a few days with Lee's brother and other
family members in Kingston, New York, they headed for
home in a heavy downpour. After a day's rest in
Springdale, they drove to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to
pick up their dog, Tasha, and to attend the high school
graduation of their grandson George Butz in Kelleyville,
Mary Condon made a trip to Alaska, June 2-15, in a
group of sixteen people from the Fayetteville area. They
traveled by air, Holland America Cruise Line through
the Inland Passageway, smaller boats through a canal and
lakes, train, and buses. They traversed the area from
Vancouver to Ketchikan, to Juneau, Skagway,
Whitehorse, Fairbanks, Denali Park, Portage Lake, and
Anchorage. The highlight of the trip, Mary says, was
meeting Mary Shields, one of the first two women to
enter and finish the famous Iditarod Race from
Anchorage to Nome. Ms. Shields, she says, typifies the
frontier spirit that is quite evident among many people of
Others who made trips to Alaska were William and
Marjorie Scarborough, Clarksville, and Earl and Maxine
Wrenn, Springdale. The Wrenns, after spending a week
in Tacoma, Washington, with Earl's brother, took a 7-
day cruise to Alaska. The weather was great, the water
calm and the scenery gorgeous. They rushed back to
Tyler, Texas, for their granddaughter's high-school
graduation. Then they returned home to enjoy visits from
Marje and Joe Coffin and their son Keith and his family.
Ed and Mildred Higgins reported that their
granddaughter and family, Melissa and Bob Burton and
four children, visited them in July. Also joining them
were their son David Higgins and his wife Barbara from
Russellville, Arkansas. David was born in Panama, spent
twenty years in the Submarine Service, and is currently
working at the nuclear plant in Russellville. The family
celebrated David's birthday July 17. The Burtons were on
their way to Ft. Polk, Louisiana.
July Palumbo-Gates of Fairfield, Iowa, visited Luke
and Betty Palumbo in Fayetteville the latter part of May.
She also attended the graduation of her nephew Spencer
Reed from Fayetteville High School. Spencer is the son
of Sara (Palumbo) Stephens. He has signed up to enlist
in the U.S. Navy and expects to go in December. Luke
reported that he would be attending a Palumbo family
reunion in Hubbard, Ohio, July 31 and planned to stay
on for about a week to visit family. He said that in 1992
two hundred eight people attended the reunion, and
more were expected this year. He claims to be the oldest
member of the clan to attend the reunion.
Carl and Petie Maedl drove to Minnesota the latter
part of June to visit their son-in-law and daughter, Jim
and Pat Krough, and to attend the June 26 wedding of

their oldest grandchild Todd Krough, to Elizabeth Baer.
Their other daughter Pam Gutowski and her three
children were there, and it was the first time all six
grandchildren had been together since 1988. Webster, the
best man at the wedding, goes to school in Mankato,
Minnesota. Because the Minnesota River had overflowed
its banks and access by road was difficult, a family friend
offered to fly down in a small private plane to bring
"Webb" to the wedding. Leslie Krough was between
flights. She is an attendant for Sun-Country, a charter air
line. Fortunately, since an outdoor wedding had been
planned, despite heavy rains earlier, the day of the
wedding was beautiful. No rain. The Maedls left at noon
on July 4 and headed for Charleston, Illinois, to spend a
few days with Pam and Vince Gutowski and their family.
On their return trip to Arkansas, as they drove over the
bridge into St. Louis, they could see that the river's edge
was up to the base of the Great Arch. The devastation
caused by the flooding in the upper Midwestern states is
beyond belief.
Frances Whitlock reported that her daughter Andrea
Lea Collins visited her for two weeks in May. Afterwards
she attended a 3-day International Credit and Finance
seminar, sponsored by the National Association of Credit
Management, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In June, her
other daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Marcel
Werberouck, spent a week with her. During that time,
Frances hosted the family, including Andrea and Marcel,
Minnie and Mike Burton, Judy Dailey, and Mattie B.
Weiman, to a dinner at the Hunan Chinese Restaurant as
a belated anniversary celebration of the Burtons' 31st
wedding anniversary which was May 1st.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


Catsy Taylor Schafer has recovered nicely from her
second hip-replacement surgery--she's back to her daily
swim and projects. Anyone interested in a delicious
"Johnny Mazetti" recipe should contact Catsy--it's a
Zonian classic!
Pvt. Jeffrey L. Pitney,
U.S. Marine Corps
Reserves, son of Sue
(Taylor) BHS'58, and Louis
J. Pitney, of San Diego,
California, graduated April
2, 1993 at the Marine Corps
Recruit Depot, San Diego.
He will be in Kentucky July
and August for tank
warfare, and return to San
Diego State University in
Dorothy Davis writes
that on April 21st, Pat Kent
Pvt. Jeffrey L. Pitney Wanke, Cupertino,
Margaret Enright
Bunionwski, San Jose, and

Dorothy Hinds Davis, Menlo Park, enjoyed a mini-
reunion luncheon at the Velvet Turtle in Menlo Park.
Through the Panama Canal Directory, they found that
they lived just a short distance from each other and after
a lapse of fifty-six years, since their Balboa High School
days, they spent many hours catching up on each other's
lives. Of course, now that they've found one another--
more reunions are planned.
George and Winnie Muller will be spending two
weeks in Salt Lake City with Winnie's sister and later
traveling to Albuquerque and Arizona during the month
of July.
A group of former Zonians held a picnic in Santa
Rosa, California, recently. Among those attending were
Jane Kaufer Cochrane (CHS'40) and her husband Jim;
Bobbie Styles Field (CHS'40) and husband Ed; Norine
Kaufer (CHS'76) and her husband Bob; Margaret Bobby
Dunsmoor, wife of the late Forrest Dunsmoor; Harriet
Smith Dunsmoor (BHS'68) and husband Gary (BHS'53);
and Lorraine Juvet, who was a teacher at BHS 1949-51.
Everyone enjoyed talking over old times in the Canal
Diane Baker Pierce hosted a joint birthday party for
husband Ken and two-year-old daughter Hannah. Barney
the Dinosaur, a soft purple Astro Jump, had been rented
and in place for fun for kids and adults. The Pierces
spent their vacation in Panama introducing newest
grandbaby Emily to grandparents, Tom and Sahera
Pierce, Balboa Heights. The Pierces found a lot of
changes in Panama but it's still home! They recommend
visiting a mini-zoo in El Valle.
Navy Lt. John Irvin, wife Julie and daughter Patricia
were at the Mexican Fiesta at the Pierces also. John
(BHS'80) flies radar planes and has just recently returned
from a two-month tour in Panama. While in Panama,
John says he saw Patrick and Myra Grimison and new
baby next-door neighbor. He also gave us an update on
Margaret Biven, Myra Linares Seitz and family.
Wil Robb Morris will be one of the guest speakers
at the United Services Planning Association bi-annual
convention in Oahu, Hawaii. This coveted honor is given
to top producers in sales for USPA. Robb, Barb and son
Robbie will spend a week touring the Islands after the
Bob and Linda spent the long weekend of the Fourth
in San Francisco visiting sister Maria and Bill Thomas.
It was off to Sausalito, the Fillmore St. Art Fair and
antiquing in Half Moon Bay. Listening to the fireworks
was a new experience as the fog kept visibility to a
shadowy range.

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Bob Morris on recent visit to Hearst Castle, San
Simeon, CA.

The West Coast Panama Canal Society Annual
Reunion will be held once again at the Bahai Hotel, San
Diego, September 10th, llth and 12th. A 1943 Class
Reunion within the reunion has been planned and
Coordinator Ron Wanke says "the turnout looks great!"
The theme this year is "Do You Remember?". Tito
Mouynes will be playing at the dinner-dance and at
Sunday's breakfast program. A golf tournament for
serious and not-so-serious golfers will be held on
Saturday at the Tecolote Canyon Golf Course. Plan on
an enjoyable weekend in San Diego!
Seeing faces of old friends and neighbors is such an
uplifting experience. The reunion in Orlando was a
lattice-work of familiarity!
Especially pleasurable was seeing and talking to the
youngsters of yesterday--now sophisticated, trendy, style
setters of the 90s. Kelly Stromberg, still remembered as
the pony-tailed imp frolicking with Victor Archie
Archuletta, the bright-eyed Boy Scout working on merit
badges in the Morris den, now a banker. Johnny "Devil
in his eyes" Morris...still! Martha Velez, the eight-year-
old flower girl in my wedding with a son as tall as she is
now. The Husum gang, all grown up, white headed and
attractive--but, oh, those growing years. Billy Morrison,
David Hannigan, Gus Miskosky, Christina and Richard
Grimison--all accomplished and promising. And, of
course, the Morris clan, Wil Robb, Carlton, Bliss and
I enjoyed reminiscing with my "Painting Partner" for
so many years, Katherine Murphy and Dr. Glenn.
Visiting with my former neighbor from Richardson,
Texas, the vivacious Angie Bloemer and husband Capt.
Bob. We had an enjoyable visit, cackling like two old


Honorary uncle Jimmy Doyle and niece Bliss Morris
Connerton at Florida Reunion.

I also enjoyed visiting with former Canal Zone Junior
College classmates, Barbara Egolf Dedeaux, Jimmy
Doyle, Doug Gibbs, Helen Hasemann Ress, Wil and Ray
Nickisher, and last but not least, Rutherford "Sonny"

Californians on parade included Marian and Tom
Rice, Jack and Kathryn Argo Taylor, tanned and rested
from a week in Jamaica before the reunion. Jolie Seeley
was beaming with son Glenn, Christina and grandkids
keeping her very busy. Jolie will continue her holiday in
August with an Alaskan Cruise accompanied by five
friends. Joan Ridge deGrummond was accompanied by
Mary Cryan Lade and was flashing her 100-watt smile as
she held court with friends and family. Charlie Becktell
and Dale Taylor seemed to be everywhere! Irene Will
looking chic as always was surrounded by family and was
Joe and Helen Hasemann Ress enjoyed a mini-
reunion with cousins Tula Brown, Georgia; Jimmy Doyle,
Balboa; Dick Tatelman, San Diego.

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Dick Tatelman (CHS'53) at Royal Hawaiian Hotel in
Honolulu before boarding SS Queen Elizabeth II for
Pacific segment of her annual world cruise. 3-4/93.

Seems everyone enjoyed the reunion, I still miss
hearing Lucho's familiar chords.
Proud grandmom Janet Laschinger writes that the
last of her three grandchildren, Darli J. Cox, daughter of
Helen A. Cox was married on July 2, 1993 by a Justice of
the Peace in Manchester, Tennessee. They are now at
home in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 272-9729



Fred and Jean Holmelin Kirk and her grandson,
Scott Griffin, were recently in town to visit her sister
Muriel Whitman and her husband John, and cousin
Dottie and her husband Al Pate. While in the area, Jean
took her grandson to Disney, EPCOT, etc., before
returning home to Ohio.
Carolyn Johnson spent the last two weeks of July in
Panama visiting her son Rusty and family. Even though
husband Bob was unable to make this trip, Carolyn
enjoyed "going home" and especially seeing her two
Anne Williams was honored on her 90th birthday at
a dinner party hosted by Bev and Bud Williams. Her
nephew, Pat Williams, flew in from Panama to be
present for this auspicious occasion. Auntie Anne was

very surprised and pleased to see Pat as were his parents.
Those also present to celebrate with Anne were Marie
Corrigan, Tillie McConaughy, Helen Kat, Grace Schack
Wilson, Margaret Lawson, and Betty Snow.

Pat, on his surprise visit for Anne's birthday, with dad,
Buddy Williams.

Marion Price Royston visited with Sally Hancock
Smith. They drove up to Orlando for Marion to attend
her first reunion. Besides enjoying themselves, Sally and
Marion met with their BHS Class of '44 reunion
committee. After the reunion, Marion spent a few more
days with Sally in Pinellas Park before she returned to
her home in Baltimore, Maryland.
After attending the reunion, Bob and Nickie
Medinger flew to Panama to work and play for at least
a month. Since their honeymoon in Panama, Nickie has
fallen in love with Panama.
What a lovely surprise to see Julian Rodriguez at the
May Yacht Club luncheon with Jim and Gemma
O'Donnell. Julian had traveled from Frankfurt, Germany
(I think) to visit his father in Venice, Florida. I wonder
if this was Julian's first time at our reunion. He enjoyed
seeing so many friends and also the Panamanian music.
He was also able to visit many other friends in the
Tampa Bay area. Bud and Bev Williams had him over to
Just by chance, Aura Erikson ran into Lorena Keller
Powell. She and husband Bill had been living in Gulf
Harbor for two years, but Aura didn't find her until
about three months ago. Lorena was a guest at Sewing
Club hosted in Aura's home. She was so thrilled to be
among Zonians that Lorena has now joined the Sewing
Beverly Dockery Vaughn and Sue Barfield Chelette
(sorry I didn't catch her new name) lured me to their
hospitality room with the offer of coffee and empanadas.
While there I ran into Gordie Sanders, Bob Hauser and
Helen George Boswell. What an honor it was to be
invited by Beverly to attend their CHS class reunion.
While there it was such a pleasure to see Marcia Wood
Napoleon, Elaine Asbury Stephenson, and Pinkie Hewitt.
I apologize to Pinkie for forgetting her proper name and
her married name. Anyhow, seeing Pinkie brought back
fond memories of my Pink Girls Program at Coco Solo
Hospital and my Pink Girls. I never did find out how
many of these girls were encouraged to become
registered nurses or go into some other career in the
medical field.

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Anne Williams and her cake.

Helen Kat hosted Anne Williams on her "real"
birthday with a luncheon at the Castaways Restaurant.
Those also present were Bev and Bud Williams, and
Betty Snow. How about that two birthday celebrations
on your 90th birthday.
The report is that the PCSFL Reunion in Orlando
this year registered a little less than 3,000. This smaller
reunion afforded more time to visit. Mike and Marion
Greene proudly were telling people that this was the 29th
consecutive reunion that they have attended. That's some

Grace (Schack) Wilson entertained the girls at her
home in Dunedin. L-R: Jackie (Bowen) Hall, Lorraine
(Terry) Gilmore, Marie (Haggerty) Ewing, Ruth
(Connor) Warner, and Grace, the host.

Class reunions are wonderful as they get so many
people to attend the PCSFL Reunion. Because of class
reunions, I was able to see Bert "Tino" Shelton and sister
Leila. Tino came from Houston and Leila from London,
I think. I say I think because her career takes her all over
the world conducting seminars in some kind of computer
work. After the reunion, Tino and Leila took their
parents, Bert and Helene, to Washington, or was it
Oregon, to the campus where they met, fell in love, and
then married.
Sally Hancock Smith had a family reunion this
summer with son Clinton and Marilyn Gilley Smith, son
Paul and his two sons from Kentucky, and her aunt Eva
Hardwick Martins. Some people may remember that
Eva's father ran Mindi Dairy circa 1916-1922.

Betty Chan Snow
(813) 799-4769

East Central Coast

Donald L. Humphrey of Palm Bay, Florida, hosted
his second annual pre-Panama Canal Reunion and Pig
Roast at his home. Guests included family and friends in
the area. Among them: Dellrie Humphrey, Cary and
Danna (Humphrey) Moorhead and son Glenn Michael;
Dr. Ronald Moore, daughter Maurie Moore and guest
Carol Sullivan; Ed and Cindy (Moore) Forsythe with son
Dillon; Robert "Bud" and Pat Geddes; Bob Geddes Sr.
and Jr.; Sandra (Hughes) Laflin and granddaughter
Jessica; Russ and Elena (DeBoyrie) Oberholtzer; Hank
Duvall; George "Lanky" and Judi Flores; and houseguests
Eileen (Cox) Cowell from Severna Park, Maryland, and
Debbie Frost of Tampa.
Jimmy and Herminia Palumbo with their daughter
arrived for a two-week stay in the States. They spent part
of their time here visiting with the Humphreys and with
Jimmy's father, CHS Coach Luke Palumbo, in
Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The PCS Reunion seemed a little less crowded this
year, unfortunately. Those earlier dates really conflict
with school schedules! My sister Llori (Kent) Gibson and
her family flew in from Panama on Friday following her
son Lee's graduation from Balboa High School on
Thursday. Lee will be attending at least one year of
Canal Zone College (or whatever they call it now).
Paul and Melody (Gibson) Forest finally made it to
another reunion. They closed the door on their business
in Ft. Myers and came for Melody's 20th BHS Reunion.
Received a letter from my cousin Chris Hatchett in
California. The big day is approaching for her wedding to
Sean O'Connell. Seems as though San Francisco is the
place to be come September! Along with the wedding
invitation was a San Francisco tour map and information
on the best day trips in the area. A pre-wedding party
trip is being put together for those interested in seeing
(and tasting) their way through Napa Valley, and Giants
games and tailgate parties are in the works. This sounds
to me like much more than a wedding. This is an event!
If you haven't received your invitation yet, grab hold of
Bill Hatchett (what?). I'm sure he'd love to have you at
his daughter's wedding.

For those of you interested, Pat Beall asked me to
write an article about the dogs I always have with me at
the Reunion. Some of you may have met "Panama" in
June. I actually had three with me this time. I was playing
musical dogs trying to socialize them all. What a great
place it is to "socialize" dogs and get them used to
unusual sights and sounds. Hopefully Pat may be able to
fit it in this issue. It's the biggest issue of the year,
otherwise it will be in the next one for sure! Look for it!

Kerry L. (Kent) Young
(407) 299-6919


Gladys Conley returned in July from a Taucks Tour
with a group of forty-three persons. The tour originated
in Salt Lake City, Utah, and included a tour of the city
and the Tabernacle, then on to Rapid City, South
Dakota, where they saw the President's Monument on
Mount Rushmore. Also in Rapid City, Gladys said she
had an added attraction from her hotel room window as
she watched a Block Party in the street below. She saw
"Elvis Presley" drive up in a white limousine to entertain
the group. The tour group also visited Yellowstone
National Park and stayed in the Yellowstone Lodge.
Then on to Wyoming to a dude ranch, where Gladys
even rode a horse, although she said she couldn't quite
reach the stirrups.
Gladys reported it was a most enjoyable and
interesting two weeks with a most congenial and friendly
tour group, although it was very cold as the temperature
was down to 39 degrees.
Rae and Joe Ebdon have returned from a ten-day
visit with their son Dick Ebdon and family in Irvine,
California. While there they attended the graduation of
their grandson Geoffrey Ebdon from Irvine High School.
Geoff plans to attend Texas Christian University in Fort
Worth in the fall.
Rae and Joe's granddaughter Jennifer recently
participated in the Colorado Springs National Gymnastics
Competition as a member of the West Coast Regional
While in Irvine the family enjoyed visits from Rae's
nieces and their husbands: Dr. Omar and Ann (Newhard)
Franklin of Visalia, California, and Capt. Andrew
Blakely, USN Ret., and Carol (Newhard) Blakely from
San Diego, California.
Five hundred settlers from Hemet, California
gathered in the San Jacinto Valley Wide Sports Center
on May 31, and Al and Miriam Bissett were there. They
flew in to Palm Springs, California, rented a car and
spent a week visiting several old friends and some family
members. They also visited the area where Al grew up,
riding about over miles of beautiful mountainous area
and enjoying the sight of the wild flowers in bloom on
the hillsides.
Then came the fun of reminiscing with the gang at
the picnic. When the time came for the recognition of the
VIPS at the gathering, the chairman asked who was the
family who had traveled the greatest distance to be
present. Of course, Al and Miriam came home with the
blue ribbon and many happy memories.

Bobby and Molly Orvis of Naples recently enjoyed a
"get-away" weekend in Miami which included a trip to the
Joe Robby Stadium to see the Florida Marlins play the
Atlanta Braves. It was especially exciting for Bobby as
this was the first professional baseball game he attended.
Tinsie Bliss Barnes and her sister Mayno Bliss
Walker enjoyed the festivities at the Annual Panama
Canal Society Reunion in Orlando in June. While there
they also attended the Panama Canal District Grand
Master's annual Masonic luncheon at the Delta Flag
Convention Center, presided over by District Grand
Master Guy U. Hall, District of the Panama Canal.
Worshipful Master Hall presented several certificates and
awards, including the Veteran's Medallion and a fifty-
year membership pin to their brother Curtis H. Bliss of
Rockledge, Florida. Also present at the ceremony were
Curtis' wife, Emily Bliss, and a special family friend, Mrs.
Hattie Bliss, also from Rockledge, Florida.

L-R: Emily and Curtis Bliss with his sisters, Mayno
Walker and Tinsie Barnes, at Masonic Luncheon.

Louise Pustis has returned from a two-week visit in
Washington, DC, with her son Joseph Pustis, Lt. Col.,
USAF, his wife and three children.
Fred Walker of Corozal, Panama came for a visit
with his parents, George and Mayno Walker, and also to
register his son Shane Walker in college. Shane is an
honor graduate of the 1993 Class of BHS and will be
entering Hillsborough Community College in Tampa at
Brandon, Florida.
Gladys McLain returned in July following a six-week
visit with her son Douglas McLain, his wife Cindy and
their three children in Frankfurt, Germany. Doug is the
Music Director and also teaches computer classes under
the D.O.D. Schools Division at Germany.
During her visit the family took a sightseeing trip to
Austria and in southern Germany saw the castle that
Walt Disney used as the model for the castle at
A most interesting and informative tour to
Underground Disney at Disney World, Orlando, Florida,
was enjoyed by Mayno Walker, her daughter Carole
Miller of Tampa, her sister Tinsie Barnes and good
friend Frances Orvis of Sarasota.
They learned the background of Disney World's
development and that the Disney World "basement"
(underground) is on the ground level and the Magic
Kingdom is on higher ground.
It was amazing to see the many costumes lined up by
size, the Digital Animation Control System (DACS) that
handles all sound and movements of the many rides and
attractions, and to learn that Cinderella's Castle can be

dismantled and stored in event of an approaching
The Nursery and Tree Farm was most interesting as
Disney uses only live fresh plants and flowers, plus they
saw the development of the topiaries in various designs
that are used throughout the park.
Additional features were the Round House with a
"Lazy Susan" to make repairs of the trains, monorails and
other moving equipment; the Laundry that does sixty-
nine tons daily, the Fertilizer Plant, the Water Treatment
Plant, Main Street, and Spectro Magic Parade floats.
Disney offers excellent programs for students who
earn credit, as well as Management Seminars to learn
and see the Disney innovative operation, which is very
If you ever get an opportunity to take such a tour, be
sure to go, it's great!
Over the Fourth of July weekend, Mary Orr had a
happy visit from her nephew Joseph H. Orr III, his wife
Sonia, and their two little girls, Ashley and Shannon. Joe
and his family were on their way home to San Antonio,
Texas, from a visit to Disney World. They all enjoyed
seeing the local sights and eating Gladys Humphrey's

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900

South Florida

We made a trip up to Gainesville a couple of months
ago and were able to see a bunch of Zonies. Enjoyed the
hospitality of Tom and Sylvia Duncan. We had a great
meal at the Outback Steakhouse owned by George

Gainesville Outback Steak House owned by George
Husum. L-R Front row: Janice Newlon, Kelly
Parthenais, Tom and Sylvia Duncan, Diana Duncan
de Greef. L-R Back row: Jim Parthenais, George
Husum and Dave Bishop.

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Frank Anderson, Shirley (Fears) Anderson, Janice
Newlon, Olin and Taylor Anderson, Diane de Greef,
Jim and Kelly Parthenais.

We also got to see George's wife Barbara and their
lovely home. Enjoyed a brief visit with Frank and Shirley
(Fears) Anderson and their two cute boys, Olin and
Taylor. Shirley is expecting their third. Nice to see them.
Visitors in town? We saw Manuel (Lucho)
Azcarraga who was in Miami on business. Also got a visit
from Jim Fish who came down from Deerfield.
Just a note to all the people who enjoy the Canal
Record, Pat Beall, our editor, does a wonderful job not
only as editor but he was in charge of hospitality at the
last Reunion. If you plan to be at the next reunion, we
really could use some volunteers. It's time to give back.

Janice Cookie Newlon
(305) 532-6525


On April 31, the second annual Big Bend Zonian
picnic was held at Old Bainbridge Road Park in
Northwest Tallahassee. We had a little competition this
year with the FSU graduation and the Centel/Sprint Golf
Classic. Our attendance was down a little from last year
but we still had a good turnout including some out-of-
towners, like Owen Smith from Osyka, Mississippi; Rusty
and Elena Oberholtzer from Melbourne, Florida; Lanky
and Judi Flores from Cocoa Beach (this is a group of
Ham operators who talk every day with Mary Jane
Paulsen on a local PanCanal net), and Jill and infant son
Burt Burger of Margarita, Panama, who was visiting with
her parents Cash and Mary Jane Paulsen. The weather
was beautiful, it was a perfect spring day. Cash Paulsen
and Skip Rowley did all the cooking on the barbecue. We
hope to have the 3rd Annual "Big Bend Zonian" picnic
next spring and invite all you out-of-towners to come and
participate so we can make it an annual event. Dates will
follow in the winter issue of the Canal Record.

Skip Rowley up to his hips in snow on top of Mt.
Evans, Colorado, on May 21. 14,260' altitude.
The last week of May I was assigned a training class
in Denver, Colorado, for a week. Skip took off a week of
work and the two of us flew to Denver. While I was in
class each day Skip played the big tourist role and
enjoyed the beautiful scenery. He even played in the
snow up to his hips. We stayed two extra days so that we
could go hot air ballooning with some friends of Skip's
but due to heavy early morning fog we were unable to go.
So we went to the mountains instead and got into a snow
blizzard while at the top of Rocky Mountain State Park.
It was great for these two Floridians to be able to play in
On the 4th and 5th of June Skip's barbershop chorus
"Capitol Chordsmen" had their annual singing show. The
guest quartet was "Shenanigans" who were the district
champions from Central Florida. Skip's quartet
"Chordless Shavers" did pretty good too. He really likes
his barbershopping.

PCC Reunion, Rowley, Stevenson, Gunn clan: Back
L-R: Niki Snow, Davis Stevenson, "G.J" Stevenson,
Lanny and Jane Gunn, Brian and Renee (Rowley)
Friedel, Jack and Joan Corliss, Bruce and Joy
Lindell, Bev Rowley, Ken Gerhart. Front L-R: Lisa
(Gunn) Webber, Skip Rowley, Allie Snow, Lori
(Stevenson) Snow, Bonnie (Gunn) Abellera,
Miranda Freidel, and Sara Rowley.

At the reunion we had a family get-together with the
Rowley, Stevenson, Gerhart, Corliss, Lindell, and Gunn

Beverly Rowley
(904) 422-2151



At the beginning of May, I attended a golf
tournament planned by Kevin Joyce for NEFAMI. I was
really surprised at how many Zonians attended. Some of
the veteran golfers of this tournament were John and
Mike Reardon, Kevin, Billy and Steve Joyce, Drew and
Julie (Smith) McCullough, Tom Connors, Kyle Barsness,
Keith Jordan, Mike Patton, Andy Efthimitis and a few
others. Assisting as beer cart girls were myself, Nancy
Escala, LeaAnne McCarthur, Milly Joyce, Lisa Corrigan,
Lisa Humpidge, Cheryl Hinson, and Pam Wolf. That golf
course will never be the same.
After recuperating from the tournament, I as well as
many other Zonians, had the pleasure of celebrating Jim
and Ginny (Escala) Nourse's wedding. The wedding was
held at St. Paul's Catholic Church and the reception was
held at The Rusty Pelican in Tampa. The happy couple
took a cruise to Mexico for their honeymoon and they
will remain residing in Tampa.

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L-R: Denise Streeter-Clark, Sandy (Sylvester) Smith,
Nancy Escala, Genell (Escala) Nourse, Jim Nourse,
John Reardon, Mickey Escala, John Nickisher,
Jennifer Drew, David Drew.
Bill and Lisa (Adams) Tynan will be leaving the
Tampa area and relocating to Fayetteville, North
Carolina. They recently purchased a new home there to
raise their two children and begin Lisa's business in dog
Also relocating to Asheville, North Carolina, are my
parents, Bob and Dianne Streeter. I had the pleasure of
flying up to Seattle, Washington, for three weeks in May
to help them pack up. What a way to spend a vacation!
While I was there I got to speak to Frank Young. He
seems to be happy up there with his job and his new
roommates, Mike Jablonski and Dean Young. Dean
decided to pick up his roots and move to Seattle shortly
after the reunion.
Well, that's all for now. Once again, if you have any
news, please let me know!

Denise Clark
(813) 969-1875

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Received a letter from Ed Aanstoos with the
following message, and I decided since it was perfect as
is, I did not change a word of it. He starts out with...
"Greetings from de Colon Beach Bwoy A nex' time:
Me an' me woman jus' come back again from de Land of
the Sittin' Sun. We g'wan dere to attend de granulation
exercises of we dahtah Virginia Joan from Maryland
University Hextension in Tokyo. Dey give she a paypah
station' she now a bachlah. How dem can do dat when she
don' divorce I don' know! Maybe dey taut if she dress up
in a magistrate's gown an' put on a flat cap wid a curtain
pull 'cross de face she don' recognize by no one. We now
'ope de Army don' make she move into bachlah qwatahs
wid she husband John and de two likkel ones... Let me
tell you dem Japan people still running' round in big
crowds wid dem head down like dem no rass. An' when
dem talk it favor plenty guitar strings burstin!"
Ed also wrote me a side note to let me know that his
daughter received her BS degree in Business, and while
there, that the Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom. Their
son, Peter, was married in Santa Barbara, California,
though he didn't say when, but while there they also
visited with daughters Helen and Janet, three
granddaughters and two great grandchildren.


Virginia Joan Aanstoos in Japan, receiving her BS
degree in Business.
Dave and Bernice Baglien wrote to let me know they
have been doing some traveling to North Dakota,
Minneapolis and the NARFE Convention in Albany,
Georgia, where he was elected District Officer for the
mountain district. After the convention, they spent a few
days in St. Pete, Florida, visiting with Marie Weir.
Sidney George and her daughter, Marcela Halphen,
stopped by here for a weekend on their way back to
Miami, Florida, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Sidney has
been living for the past year. They both looked great, and
I hated to see them leave.
June Walter Murray called to tell me that her
husband, Delbert, had died on May 13th. They had been
married for 48 years. June graduated from Balboa High
School with the class of 1944 and has lived in Georgia for
37 years. She will be sending a separate article on her

husband to the Record.
By the time you all read this article, the annual PC
Reunion will be only a memory, but I found it to be a
good one. While there we had a mini-family reunion, and
I was happy to see my nephew, Kenneth Gerhart, from
Arlington, Virginia, there. It was his first reunion in many
years, and he said he enjoyed himself enough to go back
next year.
Till next time. June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


The recent complete lunar eclipse, visible from
Hawaii only, was a noted event, but seemingly eclipsed by
the visit of President and Mrs. Clinton just before closing
time for this report. They, plus Chelsea and entourage,
were rousingly greeted everywhere. I didn't join the
20,000 people at the Hilton Hawaiian Village beach; I
preferred watching on TV. Hope they saw a performance
by the Hilton guards, who recently took first place in the
Military Exhibition Drill World Championships in Florida
(you can see them every Friday evening at the Hilton).
At the Hale Koa (Army) Hotel's beautiful "state-of-
the-art" swimming pool/deck complex (which opened last
year), my pal Gerri Spencer and I were in the bathroom
where there was a blackboard and chalk in each pew for
writing notes. She asked me what I'd written, and I said
"Viva Panama!". A voice responded, "I lived in Panama
too let's talk". Then a chat with a beautiful, very young
lady vacationing in Honolulu, who called me later with
some details--Angela Snyder, who lived in Panama as a
child. Her mother Irene Michaels, who was born in
Panama (BHS'60 and also CZJC), was once Carnaval
queen, married and moved away. (She's now known as
Aurora Hunter, living in Houston.) Angela is a college
student at the University of Houston, studying psychology
and law. Her mother, Aurora, keeps up with Panama
connections and has attended some of the PCSFL
Jim Ridge made it to Hawaii as planned. Along with
his sister Virginia Dolim, her husband Hank and his
brother, we rendezvoused at the Elks Club, followed by
lunch at the Hau Tree Lanai of the Kaimana Hotel
(recommended!). There's never enough time to hear
about Panama from someone like Jim who still resides
there, and likes it (and who is a friend of my brother
Billy D). Within the family, Tracy Johnson, great
granddaughter of the late Goldie Sullivan Ridge
(supposedly her lookalike and also Virginia's
granddaughter) is now an intern reporter for the Boston
Globe. Her first interview was of Danny Glover ("Lethal
Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan, one of the six
"Roving Rembrandt" local artists, is also the roving
wayfarer, who not only enjoys but also paints favorite
scenes of the world she travels. Her recent trip to

Greece, on an art/watercolor work job, was much
enjoyed. Thereafter, she stayed on in hostels among some
of the islands of the Ponesis Peninsula, including a week
on Rhodes and Santorini.
The controversial TV movie "Panama-Deception",
which Lucille Nanney had called me about, was finally
shown here, both at UH and at the Art Academy theater,
where question-and-answer discussions followed, handled
by Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo. Sorry I had to miss it--
immobilized by two eye operations, one a vitrectomy.
At last I was able to meet with Joyce (Masters)
Danford on her recent visit here and to enjoy a visit with
her and Frances Viglielmo. Lucky Joyce--she lives with
Tom Selleck! and Jillie, his wife, and daughter Hannah.
Joyce is the nanny for Hannah, lives with the family full
time in their home outside Westlake Village, California.
She is fond of them and enjoys traveling with them. In
talking, we recalled Joyce's hot-air balloon adventure
about ten years ago when she owned several balloons.
She went to Rio de Janeiro to give an exhibition, and at
one point she was unable to take off because a local man
would not let go of the basket. Another time, when
attempting a landing, she was greeted by a farmer who
would not give her permission to land (I forget what
happened then). Joyce arrived in Panama at age 9 and
left at age 18 (BHS'49 and one year at JC where she was
a cheerleader).
Bill and Jan (Koperski) Taylor were honored with
a beautifully planned 50th wedding anniversary party by
their daughter Marti and husband Bill Frensley at the
letters' home in Foster Village. The Taylors' three other
children, sons Russ, Bill and Rick, came from different
mainland states to participate and to visit.
For Isle visitors, the band called the Makaha Sons of
Ni'ihau is well worth seeing and hearing. They make
good music, and made a big win (five awards) a the Na
Hoku Awards contest--big indeed--their lead singer,
Israel Kamakawiwoole, weighs in at nearly 500 pounds!
We here are proud of the Kahuhu High School Learning
Center Marching Band and color guard--one of 16 invited
to march in the 105th Tournament of Roses Parade
(1,000 bands worldwide applied).
The renowned big band leader of the past 55 years,
Del Courtney, went out in style at his last tea dance at
the Royal Hawaiian Hotel--a packed and exalting affair.
I told him long ago my husband and I danced many times
to his band in San Francisco about 50 years ago.
The inclusion in the upcoming Aloha State Games of
the dance element "Ballroom Dancing Extravaganza"
suggests that Hawaii may be leading the way for the
entire U.S. in making ballroom dance a regular part of
such events.
I am deeply grieved at the death of Olga ("Sissie"
Roe) Spreuer and have submitted an obituary to the
editor, as requested by her husband Bill Spreuer.

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766

1994 DUES ARE $20.00



Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, Indiana, had her
second cataract surgery on June 2nd and again, as with
the first cataract surgery, she has had good results and
says that she feels that she has been renovated. Jane's
son Dennis, his wife Carol and their eight-and-a-half-
year-old daughter Meghan have been in Indiana visiting.
Jane says she has been on "cloud 9". Jane hosted a picnic
at a county park. Besides Dennis and his family, those
present included Jane's daughter Sheila (McCauley)
Marshall and her family, Jane's sister Mary, and two
aunts and one uncle from the McCauley side of the
family. Everyone present had a great time. Jane's only
regret is that her son Mickey and daughter Margie could
not make it to Indiana for the occasion.
Margie (McCauley) Ochstein and her husband
Harold were too busy and unable to leave home. Harold
has a shutter business at West Palm Beach, Florida and
at this time of the year is very busy installing shutters.
Margie has been busy working in a bank as well as doing
her bit in civic things.
Claud and Ruth (Wood) Lyon had three great
grandchildren at the time the Indiana report for June was
written. That has changed. On May 28th another great
grandson was added to the rolls. This one is Alex
Meredith, son of Frank and Connie Meredith. The score
now stands at two great grandsons and two great
granddaughters. However, our granddaughter Melody
(Meredith) Flowers is expecting another baby in another
seven months or so. Also, our youngest grandson Kevin
Meredith got married in June and there is always hope
that he and his wife may someday contribute another
great grandchild. Who knows where it will all end!

Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


Capt. Dean Bruch of River Ridge was looking
forward to babysitting four grandchildren for eleven days
recently while his wife Lucienne, daughter-in-law Mary
Bruch of LaPlace, and daughter Carine Bruch Rishton
of Humboldt, Tennessee, toured Amsterdam, Austria,
Germany, London, Paris and Switzerland. The grandkids
are Daniel Bruch (16), Sara Bruch (12), Jason Rishton
(12), and Chad Rishton (9). Grandpa was taking them all
to Opryland in Nashville.
Capt. and Mrs. Roy Evans of Slidell enjoyed a visit
from Jack Ruoff and Gena Ruoff Robinson during the
Jazz Fest in April. Roy left the Canal Zone in 1979 but
returned to pilot on the six-weeks-on, four-weeks-off
program until 1991. Son David (CHS'75) lives in Houston
with his wife Carmen and works in insurance. Son
Michael (CHS'74) is captain of a seismic-sounding vessel
out of New Hampshire, and daughter Cheryl (CHS'76)
is a registered nurse in Victoria, capital of British
Columbia, Canada. Roy and Betty were planning a three-
week trip to England at presstime.

L-R: Capt. and Mrs. Norman Currier, Capt. Charlie
Taylor, Capt. and Mrs. Roy Evans, and Capt. and Mrs.
Dean Bruch, at White Oak Plantation, Baton Rouge,
Capt. and Mrs. Norman Currier of Slidell took a trip
to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in July and expect to attend
the NARFE convention in San Antonio in September,
then on to see son Robbie (CHS'75) and his wife, the
former Daphne Downing (CHS'76) in Santa Fe, New
Mexico. Robbie has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and
works at Los Alamos. Norman, a Canal Zone pilot,
retired in 1975.
The Captains Bruch, Currier and Evans and their
wives got together at the May 22 wedding and reception
of Pami Taylor and Vishal Sachdev. Mrs. Sachdev is the
daughter of a fellow retired pilot, Capt. Charlie Taylor.

Standing, L-R: Bobby Gibson and friend Karen from
Houston; Korby Fearon, Tampa, Bruce Chan,
Norman, OK, Robbie Weldon, Tallahassee, Andy and
Maureen Whillock and little Andy and Raymond, Ft.
Worth, TX, Megan and Diane Fearon, St. Petersburg.
Kneeling L-R: Keith Fearon holding Krister, New
Orleans, and Wendy Seitz, Biloxi, MS. Not pictured,
photographers Mike Seitz and Cyndi Fearon.

Keith and Cyndi Fearon of New Orleans entertained
ex-Zonians from Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Oklahoma and Texas during the New Orleans Jazz Fest
which was held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds in April.
Such a good time was had by all that next time they've
decided they won't need a reason to get together.
Paul Fletcher (CHS'80) was in Greensboro, North
Carolina in June to compete in the USPF Men's
Powerlifting Championship. He placed second in the 275-
pound class with a three-lift total of 1,802 pounds. While
there he saw Leo Barker (CHS'79) and his family. Leo
played with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984-92 and is now

coaching linebackers at Elon College near Greensbo
The final game Paul and Leo played together
Cristobal High School was the 1978 Palm Bowl. Leo th
played ball for New Mexico State University. While at
Greensboro meet, Paul and Leo reminisced about th
Panama lifting days when Coach George Down
(BHS'49, now in Kerrville, Texas) set them up with th
first training program. They agreed that their b
coaching, regardless of level, came from Coach Down
when he turned the Cristobal Tigers into a winning tea
Paul lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former J
Meredith, and their sons, Austin (3) and Stephen
and would welcome news from ex-Zonian friends.
George Goethals left his mark on the little town
Plaquemine before becoming chief engineer of
Panama Canal. Visitors and RVers to the Baton Roi
area may want to visit the Plaquemine Lock, register
as a National Historic Landmark in 1972, which reopen
in June. The restored lockhouse is now a museum
features a working model, explanatory video, interpre
panels, equipment display and observation to\
Goethals designed the lock, considered an engineer
marvel of its time. It had the highest lift--51 feet--of
freshwater lock and operated on gravity (soi
familiar?). Construction began in 1895 and fourteen ye
later the lock opened for steamboat traffic.

The Mitten twins: Sheila
the reunion.

Stepp and Sue Corrigan



Jim and Andrea Mahoney at the reunion.

and John Gough, Sr. of Marrero says his first Panama
tive Canal Reunion exceeded his fondest expectations. He
ver. managed to speak with many former co-workers,
-ing neighbors, church members, Sunday School students and
any Cub Scouts from his 1944-79 tenure. Co-workers from
und the PCC Comptroller's Office John saw included Bitsy
ars Atkinson, Bob Boatwright, Audrey Bowman, Joan
Corliss, Sue Corrigan, Douglas Fulop, John Hern, Jr.,
Maenner Huff, Maggie and Arwin Janssen, Virginia
Leon-Guerrero, Andrea Mahoney, Kenny Morris, Jolie
Seeley and Gilbert Smith. He visited with former
neighbors including Ralph and Dorothy Frangioni, Ralph
and Brenda Furlong, Ron Lavallee, and Joe and Blanche
Stabler. One of the first people John saw was Russell
Leeser, one of his former fourth-grade Sunday Schoolers.
From Curundu Pack 7 of the 1950s, Cub Scouts Carlos
Beechner and Patrick McCarragher were there as was
son John Gough II of Tampa. John Sr. roomed with his
nephew Herb Cooke and enjoyed railroad stories told by
Cliff Brown, 1935-52 PRR conductor. After the reunion,
John Sr. spent a few days with son John II in Tampa,
then visited Robert Hanna, Sr. in Clearwater, and Myrtle
Sparks and the W. J. Frenchs in Jacksonville. Then he
was off to St. Simon's Island, Georgia, for a reunion of
the old CZ Curundu Protestant Church/Crossroads Bible
at Church. In Dothan, Alabama, he visited Johnny and
Shirley Vaucher, Keith and Patricia Stinson, and Arwin
and Margaret Janssen. A favorite Zonian gathering spot
in Dothan is Bruno's Coffee Shop. There he visited with
Jim and Marie McNamara, '50s Curundu Heights

Bernhard Everson, former CZ Civil Affairs Director,
and Gaddis Wall, former CZ Chief of Police, at the
1993 Reunion.

Jim and Marie McNamara with Reporter Catherine
Filo at Bruno's Coffee Shop, Dothan, Alabama.

At the Gene Gregg household in Slaughter things are
quieter than usual. Laura came up from Panama in July
with her two children, Ann Marie and John. Lynn Brown,
her family and the Greggs planned on a paseo to
Colorado. Gene writes that Victor Herr has returned with
his wife Mary Ann to Panama. He is in Paitilla Hospital
in Panama City very ill with cancer. His mailing address
is Apartado 303, Volcan, Chiriqui Province, R. de P.
(Reporter's note: Watch for a feature on the 1993
Senior Olympics in the December issue.)

Patt Foster Robinson
(504) 774-7761


Joel Baldwin dropped us a note from Gulfport where
he lives with his wife, the former Claudia Jordan. Joel is
stationed with U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
133 and is currently deployed to Rota, Spain. Claudia is
a junior at the University of Southern Mississippi
majoring in educational psychology. She expects to
graduate next Spring. Joel is a Builder 2nd Class (E-5) in
the Seabees and has also been deployed to Guam and the
Mariana Islands. The Baldwins expect to be on the Gulf
Coast for three years. Upon his return from Spain, Joel
will instruct at the Naval Construction Training Center in
Gulfport. He is the son of Spike Baldwin and the
grandson of the Rev. William Baldwin of Chula Vista,
California. Joel is always interested in finding old friends
and making new ones, swapping stories of growing up in
the Canal Zone and the mountains of El Volcan. His
address in Spain is BU2 Joel Baldwin, NMCB-133, CCC,
Unit 60254, FPO AA 34099-5041. His Gulfport address
is listed in the directory.

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Claudia and Joel Baldwin, Gulfport, Mississippi.

Clairee Chisolm in Union stays on the go, she says,
more than her seventy years would like. Her son and
grandson help with the mowing and she still enjoys
gardening. Since her daughter isn't working right now,
Clairee hasn't been babysitting. She'd like to sew but her
grandson has taken over the sewing room with his CB,

record player and other boy's junk, she laughs. She visits
the nursing home and hospital each week, taking goodies
to friends. A bedridden uncle lives nearby and she looks
in on him regularly too.
Mark your calendar for the Gulf Coast Picnic,
Saturday, Oct. 2. See announcements for details.

Patt Foster Robinson
(504) 774-7761


The weather was nice enough to allow us a pretty
good turnout for the Second New England/Panama
Canal Luncheon Reunion. The potluck luncheon was held
on June 26th at St. Anthony's Hall, Brookline, Mass.,
which is Ann (Field) Kirrane's parish. Ann did another
terrific job coordinating the luncheon. The tropical
decorations all made for a festive afternoon. The place
mats Ann put together were a collage of Panamanian
drawings, and everyone was given a favor cup of mango-
flavored candy from Panama. The memorabilia on the
tables included old photographs and books related to
Panama. Of special interest was the passenger list and
menu of the S.S. Alliance, which used to be the Panama
Railroad Steamship Line. It was sailing from Cristobal to
New York, July 26, 1913. It carried fifty-four passengers
and listed each passenger and officer by name, as well as
the menu for Wednesday, July 30, 1913. Ann purchased
it for 25 cents at a yard sale in Boston, Mass., in 1982.
The potato casserole prepared by Ann was a big hit,
and everyone else's dishes which were well prepared and
delicious. A special thanks to the two Society members
who made generous donations towards our expenses.
Although we had a smaller group than last year, it was a
very intimate and enriching experience. Most people had
interesting stories and memories to share regarding their
past lives in the Canal Zone.
Attending the reunion were Alice (Kain) and David
Berry of Wakefield, Mass. Her fond memories included
the Christmas tree bonfires and rival gangs stealing their
trees. Frances A. Kienzle of Brookline, Mass., formerly
of Brazos Heights, a close friend of the Owens family
also attended. Ralph and Margaret Hussey of
Mattapoisett, Mass., had a very interesting story of how
they met. Rene (Owen) Seaton and Jean (Owen) Young
of Scituate, Mass., accompanied their parents Ronald and
Florence Owen. Florence recalled their days of living in
Brazos Heights, especially the day she called the plumber
to retrieve her wedding ring from the sink--a rare service
these days. Fulvia Correa of Boston, Mass. (Cheryl
Kresge Gillespie's mom) and I sat together and gabbed
away in Spanish about our most recent trips to Panama.
Frank and Ellen Castles of Falmouth, Mass. (both who
looked wonderful) recalled their early experiences at the
schools; the high caliber of teachers hired and the after-
school activities. (Frank Castles used to be Ann Kirrane's
principal when she was in 7th grade at Balboa Jr. High.)
Bill and Lois Riley of Medford, Mass., also attended.
Sally Bigelow, from Barrington, N.H., recalled how happy
she was living in the former Canal Zone. Bob and Carol

Metivier of Pawtucket, R.I., also attended. Bob's
memories included the pranks he and his gang members
used to pull, which seem innocent enough today. Ann
(Field) Kirrane spoke about her memories of Cocoli, but
what amazed Ann was that nobody really knew of Cocoli,
except that perhaps it was a town on the way to the
interior. She also recalled when her father gave her
brother Sam a bucket of iguana eggs. She passed her
brother on the way to school, who was sitting on the
sidewalk crying because all the eggs hatched, and the
baby iguanas were squirming around trying to get away.

Sitting: Sean Farrell on Debra (Boyle) Farrell's lap,
Sally Bigelow, Ann (Field) Kirrane; Second Row:
Fulvia Correa, Alice (Kain) Berry, Margaret Hussey
and Frances Kienzle; Next Row: Jean (Owen) Young,
Rene (Owen) Seaton, Lois Riley, (down) Ellen
Castles, Carol Metivier and Ralph Hussey; Next
Row: Ronald Owen, Florence Owen; Top Row: Frank
Castles, Bill Riley, Bob Metivier, and David Berry.

My husband Joe and son Sean Farrell came later,
with Sean in his montuno and Panama hat. A thanks to
Joe who helped me during the planning and clean up.
There were a couple of other spouses who were great
sports and we thank you for your support to the Society
as well. Although there were fewer people than last year,
Ann and I received some notes from people who couldn't
attend. I received a call from James and Dorothy Stewart
of Charlton, Mass., thanking us for their invitation which
they had to decline. They are frequently in touch with
Lillian Ryan of West Springfield, Mass., and asked to be
remembered during our reunion. Also unable to attend,
Jerry and Rosalind Gorin of Rhode Island sent their
regards. Diane Skinner Snider of Falmouth, Mass., and
Bea and Worden French of Castelton, Vt., sent their
regards. Father Brandenburger, now stationed at a parish
in Pennsylvania in the Poconos asked to be remembered
and keeps us all in his prayers. Mrs. Ruth Drake of
Dalton, Mass., asked if she could be of assistance with
the postage. Her offer was generous, and perhaps we
could use some assistance next year if others are
interested in making donations. General (Ret.) and Mrs.
Fred Woerner of Natick, Mass., also sent their best
wishes. Hazel Richards of Nashua, N.H., said to say hello
to those who remember them. Ann received a very nice
note from Charlie French of Rutland, Vt., who thanked
us for his invitation. His golf tournaments take place
during the months of June and July which conflict with
the reunions.

The timing of our reunions was discussed and the
general consensus was that the summer months were
busy times, but that early November would be better.
Also, people were disappointed that there were no
empies or Johnnie Mezzeti. Ann Kirrane promised them
for next year if more people attend. The reunions have
typically lasted for two-three hours. It was decided that
next year's reunion will be scheduled for early November
1994. See you there! (I found an empty camera case
during the clean up at the reunion. Please call or drop
me a note and I'll be glad to mail it back to you.)
I received a very strange call the other day from
someone asking for my friend, Vivian (Simonsson) Jupp
(BHS'79), of Henderson, Nev. This is obviously some
"old" Zonian both Viv and I know who is very confused.
Come to find out I was talking to Jerry (Tiger) Maloney
of Tampa, Fla., who married the lovely Seraphina of
Panama. After Tiger found out who he was talking about,
he promised to come up to see us when he visits his
Debra Farrell
(617) 643-8531


The Panama Canal Society of Western North
Carolina had their annual picnic on July 16th. Those
attending were: Ron Angermuller, Jean Dombrowsky,
Bob and Priscilla Dunn and daughter Katrina, Norma
and Sam Irvin, Elizabeth I. Quintero, Martha and Steve
Tanner, Hugh and Patti Harvey with their small son,
Carmen and Charlie Howe, Marian and Lee Kariger,
Wilma and Willy Nowotny with their guest Gisela
Stowski, and Agnes and Pat Patino.
We extend our sympathy to the Huff family on the
death of Maenner Huff. We will miss him very much as
he was such a loyal member and attended every get-
together if it was possible. A contribution was sent to the
Transylvania County Educational Foundation as a
memorial of Maenner.
Jean Dombrowsky and her daughter (Barbara
Sanders) went to the reunion and enjoyed it very much.
Jean spent the weekend with her son Dale and his family
in Lakeland before returning home. Alexander, son of
Alan and Susan Dombrowsky of Miami Shores, Florida,
stopped for a short visit with Jean on his way to Nova
Scotia. He has just finished his first year at Florida State.
Linnea and Ron Angermuller's son Larry has been
promoted to Chief Petty Officer. He is in the Navy
stationed in San Francisco. Ron and daughter Britta went
to the reunion and then spent a week fishing at Punta
Pat and Jack Hunt went to Panama for two weeks in
February and on their way home stopped in St.
Petersburg to see Gemma and Jim O'Donnell and Sue
and Gil Smith. Recently, they have had guests from
Panama, Mike and Lucille Baker with daughter Michele.
Michele is transferring from Miami to East Tennessee
State University at Johnson City.
The Hunts and the Dunnings had a mini-family
reunion in July. Guests of the Hunts were son John from

Boone, North Carolina; Laurie Thomas and two sons,
Zachary and Justin, from Durham; Lisa Johnson from
Ramseur and granddaughter Jennifer Watkins from
Davie, Florida.
Betty and Bill Dunning's guests included daughter
Cheryl and husband, Mark Lowery, from Germany; Lynn
and husband, Jess Harp, from Arkansas; nieces Tracy
(Wolfe) Dickey from Virginia and Montgomery Wolfe
from Atlanta. Needless to say, there was much traffic
between the two houses!
Marian and Lee Kariger met their daughter and her
husband, Nancy and Darrell Eide, at the reunion and the
Eides accompanied them to Sarasota for a few days, then
they all left for Murphy, North Carolina. After a week,
Nancy and Darrell left for Tucson. On Father's Day,
Lee's grandson Kurby and his wife had a baby girl
making a total of six great-grandchildren, all living in
California. Son Bob and his wife visited in Sarasota in
April for a week and Marian and Lee enjoyed taking
them around southern Florida. They are looking forward
to a 16-day tour of Portugal and Spain in September.
Wilma and Willy Nowotny traveled to Florida in May
for visits with family and friends. After a stop in Miami
to see son Gerald and Adrienne and granddaughters
Alexandra and Jacqueline, they went to Tampa to see
Willy and Sheryl and grandson Brian. Also, they enjoyed
a visit with Patricia and Sherri Fraser in Bradenton.
While there, they met Roger Stowski from Panama for
dinner and a lot of good laughs. On July 16th, Gisela
Stowski from Panama arrived for a short weekend visit in
time to attend the Panama Canal Society picnic with
I had a pleasant surprise the other evening when I
received a phone call from June Hopkins. I hadn't heard
from June since I left Panama and we had been in
positions that entailed working closely together. She is in
Missouri City, Texas.

Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127


This reporter reached her 64th birthday in April, too
late to make the last issue but what a wonderful day. All
the Boynton family called from all over the USA. My
dear friends Anne Marie (Schultz) Falcone from
Pennsylvania, formerly of Balboa; Mary 'Bubbles'
Snedeker Benson of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of
Balboa; Barbara (Hatchett) Jackson of Pedro Miguel,
now in Boise, Idaho, also called and brought me up to
date on their families. Anne Marie's husband Sam is
recuperating from cancer surgery; Mary Snedeker too is
recuperating from recent lung surgery and I do hope
their old Canal Zone friends will send them a get well
card they are such great gals. Anne Marie (Schultz)
Falcone, 3731 Morrow Drive, Bensalem, PA 19020 and
Norris Mary Snedeker Benson, 1150 N El Dorado Apt.
161, Tucson, AZ 85715, telephone (602) 290-0111.
Don and Barbara (Hatchett) Jackson are here in
Roseburg for the month and opening date of trout fishing

our fantastic rivers, streams, lakes and ocean coast
staying with their daughter Elsie and Bert Smith. Imagine
their enjoyable surprise when a few hours after their
arrival at Elsie's, Granddad Fred Hatchett and Uncle
Mac McCoullough, formerly of Margarita, showed up
from their visit in California staying with Pat (Hatchett)
Clark in Sacramento.
What a great joy at receiving a call from a dear old
friend Paul Kramer of Balboa, now of Portland, Texas,
this last May. He advised me Jane Madison, my sister
Myrna's good friend, lives in Portland too. Many of you
will recall our Mariner-Seascout days (Mavis Beall, Jean
Keiswetter, Bernice Israel, Stanley True to name just a
few). Paul reminded me of our sailing to the Perlas
Islands on his sailboat on our practice runs. I wound up
joining the "WAVES" as a result. We are looking for
Stanley True, Choppy White, Bapo Lord to join us for a
great gang reunion in the making. Please contact me if
you know their whereabouts, also if you wish to join us
in the plans.

I .

Ginny (Selby) Entrekin, BHS, Henry Cruz, BHS, Rod

Visiting Henry Cruz in Seattle, Washington, in April
were the Entrekins, formerly of Balboa, now of
Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Cruzes gave them a tour of
all the Seattle-Puget Sound-Colombia River Gorge area.
Ginny still plays a "mean" game of ping pong reliving the
Balboa Gym days.
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L-R: Gwen Blair, Johnny Dodds, Pauline (Engler)
Harvey, Ewart G. Harvey (BHS'39).

The end of April Ewart Harvey (BHS'39) and his
wife Lillian of Bremerton, Washington, visited his sister-
in-law Pauline Engler Harvey in Tigard, Oregon. The
three of them then drove to McMinville, Oregon where
they visited with Gwen Blair and Johnny Dodd. All four
had lived in Panama during the years 1937-1950.

Niza (Boynton) Greig
(503) 440-9248

On Memorial Weekend Bill and Marti Lohr hosted
the 30th Indy 500 Race Party at their home in Sequim,
Washington. The first Indy Party was held on Contadora
Island with Paula and Jerry Fleming joining Marti and
Bill to listen via shortwave to the great auto race and
place a bet or two on the outcome. Over the years TV
replaced radio, the group expanded and generally
"whoever was LUCKY enough to pick the winner hosted
next year's event". Since 1981 Lohrs have had a stateside
Zonian gathering Indy weekend. This year Kathy and Lee
Snider, Bev and Floyd Baker, Sherry and Jim Hanson,
Garnett McLaughlin, and Donna and Cecil Caudill
arrived with RVs and trailers for the shindig.

L-R: Marti and Bill Lohr, Kathy and Lee Snider, Bev
and Floyd Baker, Donna and Cecil Caudill, Sherrie
and Jim Hanson, and Garnett and John McLaughlin.

Baseball fans, watch for Greg Litten in the lineup of
the Seattle Mariners. Greg plays utility fielder. Yeah,
Greg, you have many Zonians rooting for you.
Lee and Kathy Snider have just finished building
their new home in Kingston, Washington, and moved in
Vince and Dottie Ridge spaced their travels to the
scenic Northwest to include visits with Ed and Millie
Kennedy (Anacortes, Washington), Floyd and Bev Baker
(Federal Way), and Tom and Marilyn Marsh (Oregon
City, Oregon).
Beverly Baker
Federal Way, WA.


The Spring Picnic held on May 1 was a good one
even though the attendance was low. Those who enjoyed
the occasion were: Julia and Paulino Allande, Tom and
Deanna Ames, Al and Toy (Lugo) Barnard, Jean and
Doris Burns, Bill and Esther (Butz) Clair, Amy and

Thomas Diaz, Muriel (Woodhull) Henry, Jerry and
Lydia (Lugo) Long, David Lugo, Eliezer and Lydia Lugo,
John and Madeliene (Lugo) Ramer, Win and Linda Rice,
Jimmie Wickham, and Sara Ziegler.

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Oklahoma members posing in front of lake in Norman,
OK, after May Picnic.

George Flanric Butz, son of Peter and Janice Butz
of Sapulpa, graduated from Kellyville High School this
past May. George plans to attend Devry University in
Kansas City, Missouri, this coming October.
Marilyn Carter flew up to be with her daughter
Renee (Carter) Collins and family over May 7-10 to
celebrate a couple of events. Grandson Chris Collins had
his 12th birthday, and son-in-law Rick Collins graduated
from the University of Tulsa with his Master's Degree in
Industrial Organizational Psychology. Granddaughters
Beth and Christina Collins recently won places to the
State Piano Competition during the district achievement
auditions. At state competition, Christina received the
highest rating possible. Beth followed with an excellent
rating too. Renee has been accepted by three nursing
schools and now faces the prospect of narrowing down
the field. Previous to these events, Chris and Beth won
science fair awards at their schools at the district level
again, and finally at the Regional Science and
Engineering Fair. As Beth took the best at her school she
was then nominated to attend the State Science Fair
Competition. You see, only twenty-five students were
chosen from approximately 275 from Tulsa. Although she
didn't win, she found everything very exciting and felt it
was an honor to be there with winners from around the
state. Also, Grandma was very proud of first grader
Michelle who managed straight A's at school this year.

Renee (Carter) Collins with her mom, Marilyn Carter.

Charley Brown and friend Erma from Joplin,
Missouri, made it to Tulsa for Jean Burns' 65th birthday
in March. Cathy and Eddie Goodrich from Apollo Beach,
Florida, visited Jean, Doris and Scott Burns and Laura
(Burns) Redemann in Tulsa for one day in May. They
were looking for Cathy's in Missouri and were on their
way to visit their daughter Gail Totten and her family in
Austin, Texas.
Bill and Esther (Butz) Clair drove up to Quincy,
Illinois, to celebrate Bill's parents' 50th wedding
anniversary during Memorial Day weekend. It was a
memorable time for Bill's parents.
Harry and Lenor Butz of Springdale, Arkansas,
drove east to see friends and relatives. Their dog Tasha
and some houseplants were taken care of by Bill and
Esther Clair. The Butz's trip was a grand one, especially
in Kingston, New York, where they visited their nephews
and families and Lenor's younger brother Clyde
Wonderly. Lenor and Harry are honorary members of
the Oklahoma Chanter.

Eliezer and Lydia Lugo (bottom right) with their five
Congratulations to the Lugo family. Their oldest
daughter Lydia and her husband Jerry have moved to
Oklahoma from Durham, North Carolina. All five
children (Lydia, Toy, Amy, Eli and Madeleine) and
mother and father (Eliezer and Lydia) are now living
close together again in Norman, Oklahoma, after thirty
Now, our next picnic and meeting will be held on
October 2 at La Fortune Park (S.E. Shelter) in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. Our meeting will begin after our 12:00 noon
picnic. Everyone is most welcome to come. Remember,
spread the word, bring your news, ideas and settle in for
that Oklahoman-Zonian hospitality. Any questions, call
the reporter or Secretary/Treasurer Doris Burns.

Esther Clair
(918) 254-9633



DATELINE PANAMA..."The Abou Saad Temple
observed its 75th anniversary on Sunday, June 6. The
celebration included a parade through Balboa, a 75th
anniversary ball at Hotel El Panama, and a special
commemorative service at Abou Saad Temple.

"More than 6,000 men have been associated with
Abou Saad Temple since it received its charter on June
6, 1918. It has the distinction of being located the furthest
south among the 191 Shrine temples throughout the
United States, Canada, Mexico and the Republic of
Panama--and its history also makes it unique.
"According to a book titled 'Masons and Masonry on
the Panama Canal: 1904-1914', Shriners were among the
earliest workers to arrive from the United States to help
with the construction of the Panama Canal. Their first
formal get-together was a banquet at the Tivoli Hotel in
March 1911, which was so successful 'it was deemed
advisable to form a permanent organization of Shriners
of the Canal Zone.' A May 1911 meeting resulted in the
organization of a Panama Shriners' Club, and the officers
were told to 'exert every effort' to arrange a Shrine
initiation ceremony on the Isthmus.
"Chief Engineer George W. Goethals granted the
Shriners permission to use an empty lock chamber for
the ceremony, and Gerald D. Bliss and Frank H. Wang
traveled to the Shrine's Imperial Council meeting in
Dallas to get dispensation from the organization. The
Osman Temple of St. Paul, Minnesota was given the job
of conducting the ceremony, which was held on Labor
Day, September 1, 1913, in the upper chamber of the
west lane of Miraflores Locks. More than 190 Shriners
arrived from the United States to initiate 171 Isthmians
into their avoid the midday heat, it was
held at 7 a.m., which gave the ceremony the added
distinction of being the first Shrine Ceremonial to be
held before breakfast and also twenty-five feet below sea
"The jurisdiction of the Abou Saad Temple includes
Panama, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands,
Ecuador, Venezuela, and Colombia. The organization's
heritage as a maker of Shrine history is still strong to this
day. On April 15, 1993, for example, the group staged the
Shrine's southernmost initiation ceremony with the
induction of 10 new members in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Potentate of the Panama Abou Saad Temple, Robert
T. Russell, Jr.

"The Abou Saad Temple is currently headed by
Potentate Robert T. Russell Jr., a personnel management
specialist with the Panama Area Personnel Board. He is
following in the footsteps of his father, Robert Russell
Sr., who served as potentate in 1956." (Excerpt from The
Panama Canal Spillway, June 11, 1993.)
Bob is married to the former Cheryl Peterson of

Panama Canal Commission officials gathered with
this year's Honorary Public Service Award recipients on
May 19, 1993. From left, in the first row are gold
medallion honorees Mellicent Patrick, accepting the
award for her husband Reno G. Patrick, and Jeannine H.
Wilder. Second row has the silver award winners:
Richard A. Gilman, Molly Williford, Camille D.
Mazerolle, Patricia L. Nessler, and Kenneth P. Puckett.
Bronze medallion recipients are, third row: Clarita A. S.
Wright, Dorothy C. Friedman, James O. Hashman,
Sylvia L. Landrum, and Debra A. Sykes, and fourth row:
Mirna P. Abernathy, Joseph F. Lahue, Beverly B. Wood,
Carolyn H. Twohy and Jo Ann E. Thompson. In the back
row are Deputy Administrator Raymond P. Laverty,
Administrator Gilberto Guardia, and Acting Executive
Administration Director James E. Ferrara, flanked by
Balboa High School Junior Reserve Officers Training
Corps cadets Jonathan H. Hoffman, left, and Thomas P.
Briceland. Janet G. Len-Rios, who received a bronze
award, is not pictured.
I know that many of you will be interested in
knowing that Joe Wood, a dear friend to many, is
recuperating quite well following his heart attack in April.
He, along with wife Bev and good friend, Burt Mead,
traveled to St. Luke's Hospital in San Antonio in mid-
April where doctors performed an angioplasty to reduce
two blockages in one artery. The doctors are very pleased
with his progress. Joe, Bev, and their three sons, Craig,
Brian, and Scott, are extremely grateful for the many
cards and telephone calls they received from loving,

caring friends. Please continue to keep him in your
Joe and Bev's oldest son, Craig, graduated from the
University of Florida (UF) with a BS Degree in Business
Administration and will be entering graduate school at
Rollins in September. Brian completed his sophomore
year at North Carolina State, and Scott completed his
freshman year at UF.

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


Just before they went on leave for the summer,
Gerry and Howie Adams Laatz enjoyed a visit from
former Atlantic-sider Mike Koncier. Currently living in
Washington, DC, he was in Panama on business and
managed to steal away for a weekend in good old Gatun.
And while I'm still on the subject of the Laatz family,
let me say congratulations to J. Laatz and the other three
Gatun kids who graduated from Cristobal Jr. Sr. High
School in June. Besides J, they included Misty Landrum,
Angie Epperson and Paulette Prescod. The graduation
ceremony was true to CHS tradition over the past several
years, very personal and touching, with its candle-lighting
moment and a slide show featuring each of the grads in
candid activities. Two very special guests were Alberta
Wilder Corrigan and Penny Wilder Cafiamas, sisters
and former CHS grads, who were invited by the class to
read the names of the graduates as they received their
diplomas. The whole evening was pretty emotional stuff.
I'm not sure about Angie's plans or Paulette's, but
J will be living on the Pacific side and attending Panama
Canal College in the fall. Misty will be attending college
in Tennessee. Her mom and dad, Mack and Sylvia Glass
Landrum, and brother C. M. Landrum are in the states
with her as I write this, getting her settled for her first
We recently bid farewell to Eugene Butler and his
family from Gatun and to Capt. James Wood and his
family from Margarita. Little by little, retirements are
stealing our Atlantic community.
Also stealing away our members is the upcoming
military drawdown I wrote about in the last Canal
Record. Tim and Theresa Snider Herring are just a
couple of weeks away from becoming Pacific siders. Their
house in the Balboa flats is almost ready--I'm sure they'll
be moved before school starts. We're also losing Pastor
Dan and Mary Mouw and their four boys, Jeremy,
Isaiah, Zack and Daniel, to a new post in Japan. They
just dropped that news on us a few days ago. To our
deep regret, even Lew and I and our boys are practically
Pacific siders. A senior master position came open on the
tugs over there and Lew put in for it as a lateral since
the handwriting is on the wall for all of us here who still
have kids in school. We're still looking for a house.
Some of our Gatun folks contributed to this year's
Fourth of July parade (which was held on Fort Davis on
the Third of July). Mack Landrum rode his cantankerous
mule, Billy Rankin rode his horse "Yapita", and the
Millar girls rode their beautiful horses. Camille "Maz"
Mazerolle did his usual wondrous thing and spearheaded

a float. The weather had been wet as all get out in the
days leading up to the Fourth, but like a gift from the
god of dry season, the whole weekend turned out to be
the best the Atlantic side has to offer--even soft, cool
breezes blew. And I must say that the fireworks (which
were also fired on the Third of July) were absolutely the
most gorgeous any of us have seen in a hundred years.
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Gathering for a group shot in Gatun are, L-R: Richard
Dowell, George Chevalier, Winship Dowell, D.
LaPorta, and Sam Kredell.
To those who would like to know, Frank Grice's dog
"Tar Baby", who Frank left behind when he retired, is
doing fine. None of us have heard from Frank, but we
hope the same can be said of him.
It's no surprise that Collin and Alberta Wilder
Corrigan sit in their hot tub humming "Anchors Away
My Boy". Son Gerald is currently finishing up his U.S.
Navy basic training up in the Great Lakes area. He'll
follow that up with a few weeks at firefighting school, and
then head to parts unknown--that is after a two-week
break in Texas visiting Vicki Seeley.
Butch and Janis Brogie Eckel are in Tampa right
about now making the final arrangements for the
wedding of their son Richard Alan to Kristine
Stromberg. The wedding will be held at MacDill Air
Force Base. Among the participants at the wedding will
be Alan's brother Tom, sisters Joanne and Jennifer,
three-year-old nephew Christopher, and Christopher's
brand-new cousin Kyle.
You know it's a small world when Capt. Charles and
Iko McDaniel return home to Gatun with the news that
they are having their new home in the Tampa area
landscaped by none other than Tom and Alan Eckel.
Kathy McDaniel came home to Gatun for a brief
visit this summer. Also home for a quick visit was
Vincent and Penny Wilder Cafiamas' daughter Dyonne
Former Atlantic siders Lee and Kathy Snider say
they wish the Eckel brothers lived out in the Pacific
Northwest in their neck of the woods so they could solicit
their help in landscaping their brand-new, just-built
On a very sad note for those of you who may not
have heard, Anne Gegg suffered two losses in her family
recently in the span of just a couple of months. First, her
daughter Kathy passed away most unexpectedly and, not
too long afterward, she lost her husband Bob.
Laurie O'Connor Hiatt has returned to Panama and
taken up residence on Fort Sherman. I had hoped to call
her and get more specific information, but I think her
husband is the new Colonel in charge there.

Golfers and others who hold memories of Brazos
Brook Golf Club will be saddened to hear that much of
the building burned down about a week ago. I've never
heard definitely what caused the fire, but unofficially I
heard it started with a grease fire on the stove in the
kitchen. The main ballroom/dining room is just a shell
(no roof no nothing) and the bar suffered serious smoke,
fire and water damage.
On a happier note, congratulations to Matt Rigby
who just graduated from King's Point. Among the proud
people attending his graduation were his mom Janet
Rigby and good friends Donna and Randy Grubbs.
I'm sure there's lots more to share, but this is
summertime, and the news is a little slow.

Susan Stabler
(011-507) 43-5487


There was a meeting, June 17, 1993, at the Senior
Citizen Center in Aiken, South Carolina. It was a
covered-dish luncheon served at noon. Those attending
the meeting were the President Jack Woodzell and his
wife Phyllis; Fina and Frank Balinski; Paul and Leona
Badonsky; Marjorie Darrison; Bill and Sis York; Ethel
and J. D. Tate; John Everson and son Robert; Ruth and
Louis Everson; Peggy Hutchinson; Olga Holmes; Evelyn
and Howard Hilborn; Ann Dyer; Earl and Catherine
Woodard; Betty Galardi; James and Eletheer Catron;
Jane and Jack Steele a total of 23 members and 6
In late April, J. D. and Ethel (Westman) Tate had
visitors from Laguna Hills, California, Robert and Ruth
(Westman) Adams. The Adamses had visited their sons
and families -- Robert in College Station, Texas and
Donald in Stockbridge, Georgia -- before arriving in
Columbia, South Carolina. Louise (Tate) Schlegel arrived
the middle of May to drive her parents, Ethel and J. D.,
to Sanibel, Florida, for a reunion with Donald and Alice
(Westman) Weigold.
Olga Holmes participated in a Senior Citizen Sports
in Aiken, receiving a first and second place in bowling.
Phyllis and Jack Woodzell visited their daughters in
Northern Virginia the last of June. Phyllis' family had a
reunion in West Virginia over Memorial weekend at
which time Phyllis and Jack also celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary.
Leona and Paul Badonsky had Paul's sister and
husband, Catherine and Earl Woodard, visiting them
from Irving, Texas.
John Everson was in the hospital for ten days at
which time he received a pacemaker. He is home now
and feeling much better.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brady, formerly of Panama, now
reside in Columbia, South Carolina. Their youngest
family member, Robert Anthony Brady, born December
28, 1992, and the other members of the family are
pictured below.

L-R: Marge Spiros, Bonney Brady, Nancy Spiros
Brady, Bobby and Billy Brady.

Blanche (Adler) Browne and her New Zealand
traveling companion took a British Isles trip fo 22 days
in April England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales was a
new vista. Even though she had been to the other
countries several times before, there are always more
interesting places to visit. Blanche came to Canaan, New
Hampshire early in June for the summer. Since arriving
she has seen Mary and Ed Doolan, Rosemary and Colin
Campbell and talked to Bea and Worden French who she
plans to see soon. Blanche is expecting Ethel and J. D.
Tate for a 10-day visit July 19th.
The next meeting for PCSofSC will be Thursday,
September 23, 1993 at noon place to be announced
later. For information call the President, Jack Woodzell
(803) 663-7465.

Blanche A. Browne
(803) 782-4663



Our spring started off with the official engagement
party for David Fehrenbach and Tina Holloman. The
party was held at the home of Stanley Wright, and
catered by Dorian Mills and Jaco Petiton. The party was,
of course, very successful and in celebration of a nice
event! All of the Austin "regulars" were present as well as
Albert and Sue Fehrenbach from Kerrville. Also, from
San Antonio, Jaco Petiton, his brother Alex and his wife
Janie. Congratulations, Dave and Tina--wedding details
to follow.
Our annual Memorial Day Camping Trip happened,
even on time this year, as opposed to Labor Day, like last
year. Our camp commander was absent (on his way to

the Panama Reunion) so the camp leadership was shared
by all. However, no one's leadership abilities are quite
what Albert's are. Those who adventured the hill country
were: Red, Kat, Tommy, and Megan Pattison; Dave
Fehrenbach and Tina, Margie, Mary, and Sindy
Fehrenbach; Jaco Petiton; and Dave Melendrez and his
boys. It was a much smaller group this year. And, it
wouldn't be camping if it didn't rain in the middle of the
night. The rainstorm hit with a vengeance--must have
been from the rain dance that Mary was doing around
the campfire! And, all braved the bad weather and storm.
Hooray for them, since I was inside the house. Then,
after the storm, out of nowhere, the jambox begins to
play "It's a Beautiful Morning". Meanwhile, everyone in
their tents thinking "someone" is lunatic enough to be out
playing music at this hour of the night. Must have been
the ghost of camps past--or Albert checking up on
Red, Kat, Tommy and Megan Pattison went on
vacation--they went to the east coast to visit Kat's family
and then on to Florida to do the Disney World thing.
Tommy got to ride the waves while they were there--it
was reported that everyone had a good time.
Stanley Wright hosted a July 4th party--a good party,
naturally. There were lots of former Zonians there. From
Corpus Christi, Bo Lane and Billy Bell. And all of us who
live in Austin, the Dolans along with all of the Austin
regulars. Albert and Sue Fehrenbach came from
Kerrville. After the party at Stanley's, we all hit this little
"Latino" club in south Austin and kind of took over the
place, serenading those already at the club. We all
danced and danced until our dancing feet couldn't go any
more. It was really a night of fun. The clan all gathered
the next day/evening at Stanley's to watch the fireworks
for the 4th.

Sue (Ann) Davenport
(512) 331-6919


Anna Calvit was honored at a Grandma Shower at
the home of Marion Wells. Ex-Canal Zone friends and
present neighbors gathered to welcome Tim and Lisa's
new baby daughter, Ashley Marie. Honey Fealey and Bea
Rhyne proved to be the best puzzle solvers, and walked
away with the prizes.
I recently received a letter from a former Zonian
who has retired and moved into the Hill Country. Joe
Reynolds grew up in Pedro Miguel and Balboa, attended
St. Mary's Parochial School, BHS 1955-59, and CZJC
1959-61. Both of his parents worked for the Canal; his
father Edward S. Reynolds worked for the Locks
Division, retiring in 1977 as a Lock Master at Miraflores
Locks; his mother worked for the Payroll Branch and
also retired in 1977. Mrs. Reynolds passed away in 1989
and Mr. Reynolds in 1992. Joe joined the USAF in 1961
and retired in 1987. Since joining the service, Joe became
"J.J." He has a daughter Jacqueline Marie (25) and a son
James J. (20) who live in Auburn, Washington. Since his
retirement, he and his wife have settled in Mountain
Home, Texas, and conduct a little Bowfishing Guide
Service. Joe was recently inducted into the USAFSS/ESC
Association Hall of Honor. We add our congratulations.

The Balboa Union Church 1994 calendars are out
and a couple of Marilyn Carter's photographs were
Honey Fealey left the end of July to spend six weeks
with her sons, Guy and Jimmy Fealey, and their families
in Washington and to get a bit of cool weather.


Back L-R: Mel Harvey, Bill Graham, Max Hanna.
Front L-R: Beth Waddell, Theresa Harvey, Elizabeth
Neal, Chita Hanna.

Mel Harvey, Bill
(Washabaugh) Harvey.

Graham and Theresa

Bill and Sue Graham had the pleasure of a visit with
their niece and husband, Theresa (Washabaugh) and Mel
Harvey from Dubuque, Iowa. They flew into Kerrville
Airport on July 5 in a little four-seat Piper Cherokee with
two priest pilots who were on their way to San Antonio
to a convention of priest pilots. It had been 24 years since
the Grahams had seen Theresa and Mel (and none of
them had changed a bit!). They did their regular tour of
the Hill Country and San Antonio. As an added surprise,

Theresa's college roommate, Elizabeth Hanna Neal, flew
in from Long Beach, California. Also, Max Hanna, with
son Jon, drove from Houston to join his sister's visit with
their mother Chita Hanna. It was a wonderful reunion.
Theresa and Mel departed Kerrville Airport July 8,
headed back to their home in Iowa, knowing their
basement was flooded by the heavy rains. Bill and Sue
are off to Hinesville, Georgia, to visit their daughter
Donna Elliott and family and bring their grandsons back
to Kerrville to visit.

Bea Rhyne
(210) 896-8643


Shirley Erickson of Pennsylvania organized a day-
long Mid-Atlantic reunion of Zonian friends from this
area, which was a catamaran boat ride from Baltimore
to the quaint waterfront town of St. Michaels on the
eastern shore of Maryland. The group--Rosemary Gilead,
Sarah Storey, Barbara and Bruce Reyle, John and Ruth
Weimer, Marian (Price) Royston, Charline Bernard,
Irma and Manny Quintero, Wendel Allen, Bill and
Florence Griffin, Shirley Erickson, and John Clarke--
joined up with Joe and Jay (Jeanette Collins) Greene of
Delaware, and enjoyed the historical town and lunch at
a seafood restaurant.
Mike Perry (BHS'70) of Reston, Virginia, reports of
his rendezvous with the entire Wiese family who had a
family reunion at t'iis year's grand reunion in Florida: Ed
and Nita Wiese from San Clemente, California; Mary
Wiese from Kansas City; Jim Wiese and Kurt Wiese
(with his family) from Panama; daughter Nita from
Deerfield Beach; and Ed, Jr. from Cape Town, South
Africa. This was the first Panama Canal reunion for
Mike, who markets luxury cars here in Virginia, and he
says it won't be his last, hoping to attend every year from
now on. He also enjoyed the reunion festivities with close
friends Mary Ann Reynolds, Paco Buehler, Frank
Anderson, John Harris, Joey Burgoon, Nancy Baldwin-
Reid, and Kim Norman.
Just thought you might like to know that Shirley
Makibbin, formerly a senior official with DODDS in
Panama, is now with DODDS (DOD Dependent
Schools) here in Alexandria, overseeing all the regional
educational divisions throughout the world.

Barbara Sanders
(703) 536-8760

1994 DUES ARE $20900

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Mrs. Henrietta McCarthy of Jupiter, Florida, and
Mr. Hilliard Pace Burt of Albany, Georgia announce the
engagement of their daughter, Virginia David Burt, to
Paul Martin Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J.
Williams of Palm Harbor, Florida.
Miss Burt is the granddaughter of Mrs. Ernest
Franklin Carlisle, Jr. and the late Mr. Carlisle of Griffin,
Georgia, and Mrs. Walter Holton Burt and the late Mr.
Burt of Albany, GA. She is the sister of Mrs. Stanley
Thomas Snellings of Atlanta, Mrs. Thomas Carens
Hilton of Ponte Vedra, FL., Mrs. Mark Alan Harris and
Hilliard Pace Burt of Albany, GA.



Jessica Matheney celebrated her 100th birthday on
April 26, 1993, with family and friends sharing festivities
which spread over several days. From Panama came
granddaughter Ellen Major with her daughter Laura,
who graduated from Georgetown University in May, and
grandson Grover Matheney with Freddianne and their
children--Tami (Atlantic University), Alan (University of
Arizona) and Anyce (Balboa High School). Jessica's niece
Marie Santry came from Brockton, Massachusetts, to
attend several functions.
Local celebrants included son Angus and Martha
along with long-time family friends including Zonians
Peggy Sylvester, Clara Saarinen and Cornelia Van
Unable to attend, son Bob Matheney and Eire of Sun
City, Arizona, added their best wishes via long distance.
Jessica, with a babe of one year, accompanied her
husband Gus to the Canal Zone when he went to work
with the Building Division in 1918. After a stint in Colon,
they spent most of their Canal Zone years in Balboa,
before moving on to Corozal to finish up their
employment before retiring to St. Petersburg in 1952.
St. Petersburg has been home to Jessica since that
time until she moved "next door" to Seminole last year.
She now resides at The Inn, Lake Seminole Square,
8355 Seminole Boulevard, Seminole, Florida 34642.


Paul Williams and Virginia Burt
The bride-elect attended Deerfield-Windsor School
in Albany, GA. and St. Mary's College in Raleigh, NC.
She is a 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia
where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. A
member of the Albany Debutante Club, she is now living
in Ponte Vedra, FL.
Mr. Williams is the grandson of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Francis Williams of Balboa, Canal Zone,
and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Yee Chan of Balboa,
Canal Zone. He is the brother of Patrick Charles
Williams of Balboa, Panama.
A 1979 graduate of Balboa High School in the Canal
Zone, the future bridegroom graduated from Auburn
University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Electrical Engineering. Mr. Williams received a Master
of Business Administration from Georgia State University
in 1991. He is President of The Wheatstone Energy
Group, Inc., Atlanta, GA.
The wedding will be held in Atlanta in early Fall.


William R. Co
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William R. Conley is the
1993 Valedictorian of the
U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy at Kings Point,
N.Y. He was also selected
as a National Outstanding
Leader among college
students, being recognized
in the 1993 edition of Who's
Who Among Students in
American Universities and
Colleges, and Summa Cum
Laude of the 1993 Class.
William Rogers
n Conley was born and raised
inley in Balboa, Canal Zone and
toger R. Conley and the late Carol

(Rogers) Conley. In his future, he plans many trips
through the Panama Canal.
William learned to sail at the U.S. Navy Rodman
Sailing Club, and would crew sail boats transitting the
Canal, which started his interest in sailing.


Kim Gutierrez (Balboa
High School Class of 1987)
received her B.S. degree in
civil engineering from the
S University of Miami in
S .. .-. Miami, Florida on May 4,
I 1993
LB Kim is the daughter of
Senovio "Sam" and Martha
Gutierrez of Corozal,
Kim Gutierrez Republic of Panama.


E sMidshipman Robert
Esmond Munchbach of
Rockledge, Florida, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert K.
Munchbach, formerly of
Gamboa and Corozal,
Panama, graduated on June
14 from the U. S. Merchant
Marine Academy, Kings
Point, New York. He
received a 3rd Mates
merchant marine license
and was awarded a bachelor
of science degree in Marine
Part of his training at
the Academy included a
year aboard US flag
I merchant vessels to gain
Midshipman practical shipboard
Rob't E. Munchbach experience. One of Rob's
assignments was on the SS
Allison Lykes which transmitted the Panama Canal several
times while he served as deck cadet.


Jack and Gloria
(Ely) Corrigan of
Clearwater, Florida,
announce the engagement
S of their daughter, Jolene to
Richard Spraggin of
Atlanta, Georgia.
The bride-elect
attended Balboa High
School and is a 1988 class
graduate of Countryside
High School in Clearwater,
Following an
S August 28th wedding, the
Joline Corrigan and couple will make their
Richard Spraggin residence in Atlanta,


On May 29, Marjorie Fuller LeBrun, a former
employee and resident in the Canal Zone now living in
Oxnard, California, was the guest of honor at a party
held at the River Ridge Country Club for the celebration
of her 100th birthday. Joining her on this special occasion
were her four children, Alberta, Bill, Charles and
Barbara, and about 50 other close relatives from
throughout the country. There were several fourth
generation members present and one fifth generation, her
great-great grandson, Tom Quinn, of San Jose,
California. Mrs. LeBrun is the grandmother of sixteen,
great grandmother of twenty and great-great
grandmother of one. Her youngest great grandchild, also
present at the party, is Marjorie Kathleen (Kate),
daughter of Kathy Lebrun and Gene Lavelle, born less
than a month before on April 30.

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Five Generations, L-R: James Quinn, Jr., grandson,
Marjorie F. LeBrun, Michael Quinn, great-grandson,
Tim Quinn, great-great grandson, Alberta Quinn,


Woody and Ruth (Rose)
Foster are pleased to
announce the graduation of
their grand-niece, Patricia
Lee Ann Duffy. Patty, the
daughter of Gerry and the
late Ed Duffy, formerly of
the Canal Zone, was
awarded an Associate of
S Arts degree from Central
SFlorida Community College.
During the May 7, 1993
ceremony in Ocala, she was
Patricia Duffy presented the Jefferson
of Ocala, FL. Award for excellence in the
social sciences. Patty was also a member of the
International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa and has
continually been recognized by the Dean's and
President's lists.
This fall, Patty plans to study anthropology at the
University of Florida in Gainesville. She will also be
interning with the City of Ocala for the next 12 months.


John E. Kresge, son of Richard Kresge of Savannah,
Georgia, and Nancy Kresge of Meridian, Mississippi;
grandson of Jack Clarke of Sarasota, Florida; brother of
Cheryl Gillespie of Massachusetts, Rick Kresge of
Pennsylvania, Marsha Collins and Wyatt Collins of
Georgia, graduated from Robert W. Groves High School,
Savannah, Georgia, with honors on June 15, 1993. John
received an Air Force ROTC Scholarship in Computer
Science at the University of Georgia.

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Richard E. Kresge and John E. Kresge


L-R: Willard Huffman, Mary (Huffman) Novak,
daughter Heather Novak, Kathleen Huffman, Casey
Novak and his father Gary Novak. Mary was born at
the Old Colon Hospital on the beach. Gary is the son
of Captain (retired P.C. pilot) Ray and Mary Novak.


Seven of the 203 members of the 1993 graduating
Class at the United States Merchant Marine Academy
have Panama Canal connections.


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ALL FROM PANAMA! Kings Point graduation, June 14,
1993. Standing L-R: Ralph Smith, Panama; Javier
Landero, Panama; Tom Fennel, Cardenas, R.P.; Rob
Munchbach, Gamboa/Florida; Class Valedictorian Bill
Conley, Balboa R.P./Georgia. Kneeling, Matt Rigby,
Cristobal, R.P.; John Williams, Gatun R.P./ Texas.


Anne-Marie Holder,
daughter of Norma York
Holder (BHS'64) of
Martinez, Georgia, and
granddaughter of Sis and
Bill York of Aiken, South
Carolina (formerly of the
SCanal Zone), graduated

Evans, GA., on June 6,
During her high school
career she was a member of
the National Honor Society;
.NN `4 nominee for the Governor's
Honors Program in the area
of foreign language;
Anne-Marie Holder candidate for "Miss Evans
High School;" Student
Council Representative; Features Editor for the school
newspaper; a correspondent for the Augusta Chronicle; a
member of the Spanish Club and Save the Earth Club;
and for four years was listed in Who's Who Among
American High School Students. She is also an
accomplished ballet dancer.
Anne Marie will begin her studies this fall at the
University of Georgia in Athens, where she has been
accepted into the school of journalism.


Megan Barriteau, ten-year-old daughter of Zip and
Lisa Barriteau of Milton, West Virginia, wins Social
Studies Fair with her project on Panama. She is the
granddaughter of Frenchy and Pat Barriteau, formerly of
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Social Studies Fair 1993 winner.


The C.H. McCullums, "Mac and Em, of Roseburg,
Orgeon celebrated their fiftieth anniversary twice in 1992!
Mac and Em were married on December 22, 1942, in the
Cristobal Union Church.

Emily and C.H. "Mac" McCullum, Roseburg, Oregon,
July 11, 1992.
In July, 1992, their three children gathered in
Roseburg for an open house celebration on July 11. Then
on December 20, they all got together again for a dinner
celebration in Arizona.


Barbara Sanders recently graduated from The
American University's Executive Program with honors
and a Master of Public Administration degree.
She is surrounded on graduation day by special
friends Eileen Bradley and Bonnie Davis, formerly of
Panama; Cathy Gekas and Iris Wilson from Virginia, and
Kelly Dawson, Jacque Wagner and Diane Morris, also
formerly of Panama. Missing from the photo is Rosemary

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Barbara Sanders graduation from The American
University's Key Executive program with honors, and
special friends.

Barbara continues her employment with the Panama
Canal Commision in Washington, D.C. and welcomes
calls from former Canal Zonians.


A party was held recently at the home of Ray and
Diane (Roscoe) Murphy in Sarasota, FL. honoring her
sister, Sue (Roscoe) and Jack Lubera on their 25th
wedding anniversary.

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Jack and Sue (Roscoe) Lubera honored on their 25th
wedding anniversary.
Sue and Jack were married in Miami on April 11,
1968. Among the guests were Diane and Sue's mother,
Helen Roscoe, and family members David Wertz, Ken
and Nancy Roscoe, Dick Roscoe from Los Rios, R.P.;
Janice (Roscoe) Hickey, Ray and Ginny (Roscoe) Mici;
John and Carol Mici and daughter, Ashley, all of
Bedford, MA; Gail (Roscoe) Tilley, Brian Roscoe, Glenn
and Suzanne Murphy, Ted and Emily Henter, Ted and
Mel (Little) Henter, Fred Mead and Alberta Smith.

Megan Barriteau,


Marie (Haggerty) and Lyle W. "Bill" Ewing Jr. of
Sarasota, Florida, celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary June 5th, 1993 with family members and
friends at a dinner party in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
They were married June 5, 1943 in Balboa, Canal
Zone and have lived in Sarasota for twelve years.
They are the parents of Ann Shuart of Richton Park,
IL; Claire Rieckelman of Iron River, MI; Bejal Higgins
of Rancho Bernardo, CA; and Mary Bower of Fairfax,
VA., and nine grandchildren.
Bill worked with the Panama Canal Company as a
designing engineer in the Administration Building,
Balboa Heights and later transferred to the 15th Naval
District, Fort Amador. He was one of the first persons to
ride across the Trans-Isthmian highway following its
He retired from Standard Oil Company and Amaco
Corp. in Chicago, IL. He is a member of the
management consulting staff of Kearney & Assoc., the
American Petroleum Institute, Lions International,
Experimental Airplane Association and is a past director
of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Marie worked in the Canal Zone Library and the
Payroll Section of the Accounting Dept., P.C. Co. She is
a member of the Sarasota Women's Club and the West
Coast Symphony Association.


John FitzGerald, who is assigned to the Tahoe City
substation and has been with Placer County since 1985,
was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant. His law
enforcement career began with Roseville Police
Department and he worked for Plumas County before
moving back to Placer. His assignment as a sergeant will
remain at Tahoe City where he is in charge of the
investigation division.

John Fitzgerald

John is the son of Mrs. James Meyers, formerly a
Registered Nurse at Gorgas Hospital and presently
residing in Chesterfield, Illinois.
John's father, George T. FitzGerald, Sr., retired from
the Panama Canal Company as the Marine Inspector at
Balboa, and later as the Vice President of the New
Orleans Steamboat Company in New Orleans, Louisiana.
George is now living in Dunnellon, Florida.
John's wife, Jeanne, is the daughter of the late Jack
Robertson, of the Panama Canal Locks Division. She is
employed as the Taxpayer Service Specialist for the
Internal Revenue Service in Reno, Nevada.
John and Jeanne presently reside in Truckee,
California with their youngest child Lindsay.


Elizabeth Baer and Todd Krough were married on
June 26, 1993, in a beautiful garden setting at the home
of the groom's parents, Jim and Pat Maedl (CHS'61)
Krough in Deephaven, Minnesota. The bride is the
daughter of Roger and Hillevi Baer, of Minneapolis.
Attendants were Corinne Grubar as maid of honor,
and Webster Krough as best man. Jacob Brown escorted
his mother down the aisle.

Pat (Maedl) and Jim Krough, Leslie Krough,
Elizabeth and Todd Krough, Webster Krough. In
front, Jacob Brown.

Family members attending from out of state were the
groom's grandparents, Carl and Petie Maedl, Fayetteville,
AR; and the groom's aunt, Pam Maedl (CHS'71)
Gutowski and children Jennifer, Carl and Frank,
Charleston, IL.
The young couple spent a week's honeymoon in
Maine and Massachusetts. They are currently living in
New Hope, MN., but expect to move into their new
home in Plymouth, MN. in October.


Charles N. Norris and Eleanor L. Williams eloped
to Reno, Nevada and were married on April 16, 1993.
Attending their wedding ceremony were: Carole
Norris, Cameron and Cyndi Hodes, and Chris and
Joanna Norris, their children.

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Sharon Mahoney and Gilbert Smith

Carole Norris, Cameron and Cyndi Hodes, Charlie
and Ellie, Chris and Joanna Norris.
Ellie is a graduate of Cristobal High School and
Charlie from Balboa High School. They first met over
fifty years ago while attending Balboa Junior High
School. They now reside at 1653 Kidder Avenue,
Fairfield, CA 94533.

Sharon Mahoney and Gilbert J. Smith were united
in marriage on February 20, 1993 at St. Ignatius Catholic
Church in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard
Mahoney, formerly of Boston, Massachusetts. The groom
is the son of Sue and Gilbert Smith, formerly of LaBoca,
and now residing in Clearwater, Florida.
The matron of honor was Melissa Mechtly, the
bride's sister. The bridesmaids were Leigh Ann Sheeley
and Colleen Schwartz, friends of the bride. Jessica
Turner, the junior bridesmaid, Kellie Turner and Katy
Mechtly, the flower girls, are nieces of the bride.
The best man was Larry Smith, who is the groom's
brother. The groomsmen were John Nickisher and
Richard Goldsberry, who are friends of the groom and
former Zonians. David Smith, the groom's brother;
Devin Kane and Sean Mahoney, the bride's brothers,
served as ushers.
Following the ceremony, the reception was held at
Ahepa Corporation Center in Tarpon Springs. Out-of-
town guests included many family members and friends.
Sharon and Gilbert met at their place of
employment, Morton Plant Hospital. They will continue
to work there and reside in Tarpon Springs. The
honeymoon took place in Las Vegas. A trip to Panama
is planned for Christmas 1993.


Brandy Sue Allen and Lars Bridstrup were united in
holy matrimony on April 24, 1993.
The bride is the daughter of Betty and Dave
Larrison of Dayton, Ohio.

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Brandy Sue Allen and Lars Bridstrup

The groom is the son of Mr. amd Mrs. Roger
Norman and Norman Bridstrup of Fairborn, Ohio.
The ceremony took place at the Airway Baptist
Church in Dayton, Ohio.


Amy Christine Rockwell and Douglas Geoffrey
Cowell were married on April 18, 1993, at the Loyola
College Chapel in Baltimore, Maryland.
The bride is the daughter of Commander John H.
Rockwell, USN of San Francisco, California and Mrs.
Eugenia Rockwell of Warminster, Pennsylvania.

Amy Rockwell and Douglas Cowell
The groom is the son of Colonel and Mrs. Geoffrey
Cowell of Severna Park, Maryland. His brother, Michael
Kenneth, of Irvine, California served as best man.
The newlyweds are both Lieutenants in the U.S.
Army. They are currently stationed at Ft. Bragg, North
Carolina with the 82nd Airborne.

Kathleen Kozar and Guido DiPietro
The newly-weds honeymooned their way down the
eastern seaboard, culminating in a week's stay with
Carolyn and Bill Price (CHS'55) of Melbourne, FL. Bill
had the honor of walking the bride to the altar for the
bride's mother to give her away.



Kathleen Elizabeth Kozar and Guido Andrew
DiPietro were married June 5, 1993 in Rindge, New
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Joan MacKenzie
Kozar of Harwichport, Massachusetts. Mrs. Kozar was
born in Ancon and graduated from Cristobal High School
in 1955. The bride's father was the late Andrew Kozar, a
Canal Zone policeman from 1950 until his retirement in
The wedding was held outside in the beautiful
Cathedral of the Pines, a national memorial to all
American war dead. Kathleen and Guido exchanged vows
at the Altar of the nation.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Guido
DiPietro, Sr. of West Boylston, Massachusetts. He is a
graduate of Fitchburg State College, majoring in
computer science. He is a Systems Performance Analyst
with Stratus Computer, Inc. in Marlboro, Mass.
Following the ceremony a dinner reception was held
at the rustic John Hancock Inn in Hancock, NH. The
John Hancock is the oldest operating inn in New
England, established in the 1700s.

Cathie Soucie and Steve
Gilbert (BHS'73) were
married on June 5, 1993 at
e St. Paul's Catholic Church
S in San Antonio, Texas.
SCathie is the daughter of
Ms. Rita Soucie and Mr.
Donald R. Soucie of San
SAntonio. She is a graduate
of Thomas Edison High
School in San Antonio and
attended San Antonio
College. Cathie is currently
employed by Taylor/West
Advertising as an account
Cathy Soucie and coordinator.
Steve Gilbert Steve is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. John (Bucky)
Gilbert. He is a 1973 graduate of Balboa High School
and attended Oklahoma State University. Steve is
presently a police officer for the City of San Antonio.
The couple honeymooned in Florida and attended
the BHS 1973 Class Reunion and Canal Society Reunion.
They will reside in San Antonio.


Genell M. Escala and James A. Nourse were married
in Tampa, Florida on May 15, 1993 at St. Paul Catholic
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Jorge A.
Escala, Jr. of Los Rios, Panama. Parents of the groom
are Mr. Kermit Nourse of Tampa, and Mrs. Lucy Nourse
of Sunnyvale, California.


Genell Escala and James Nourse
The maid of honor was the bride's sister, Nancy
Escala. Bridesmaids were Sandy Smith and Denise
Clark. Best man was John Reardon. Groomsmen were
John Nickisher and the bride's brother, Mickey Escala.
The flower girl and the ring bearer were the bride's
cousins, Jennifer Drew and David Drew.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Rusty Pelican. Among the guests were current and
former Canal residents.
The couple went on a cruise to Mexico for their
honeymoon, and will make their home in Tampa, Florida.


Dr. Pami Jo Taylor and Dr. Vishal Sachdev were
married May 22, 1993 at St. Andrews United Methodist
Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Revs. John and
Marie Williams officiated and Krishna Agnihotri wrote
and read "The Hindu Marriage from Manu to Present."
Pami is the daughter of Capt. Charles H. Taylor,
retired Panama Canal pilot, and the late L'Dora
McKenzie Taylor. Vishal is the son of Dr. and Mrs.
Surjan Sachdev of Portland, Oregon.
Attendants were Dr. Annette Cacioppo, Carla
Criner, Dina LeBlanc and Gayle Hatfield for the bride
and Vikas Sachdev, Amit Sachdev, Dr. Sahmmi Kataria
and Dr. Christopher Pope for the groom.
Following a wedding trip to France and Greece, the
couple will live in Jackson, Mississippi, and serve their
internships at a hospital there.


Cecil Juan Cajandig and Teresa Maria (Leon-
Guerrero) Cajandig of Vacaville, California proudly
announce the birth of twin daughters on March 30, 1993.
Marilena Teresa Cajandig arrived at 5:52 a.m.
weighing 5 lbs. 12 1/2 oz. and measuring 19" and
Gabriela Maria Cajandig arrived at 5:54 a.m. weighing
5 lbs. 12 oz. and measuring 18 1/2".
Maternal grandparents are Virginia (Tam) Leon-
Guerrero, formerly of Diablo Heights, now residing in El
Sobrante, California and the late Ephraim B. Leon-
Guerrero. Paternal grandparents are Grace and Juan
Perino Cajandig of Jonesport, Maine.
The twin girls are joining their sister, Anamaria who
is six years old.


Virginia Leon-Guerrero with Gabriela Maria Cajandig
(left) and Marilena Teresa Cajandig (right).

John and Margaret Morales of Savannah, Georgia,
welcome their first great grandchild, Victoria Nicole
Victoria was born May 24, 1993. She is the daughter
of their grandson, Damien Oliver, and his wife Annette.
Damien, son of Victor Oliver and Jeanette (Morales)
Keepers, is serving in the U.S. Navy and is stationed in
Saratoga Springs, New York.


Kimberly (Buchter) and John J. Moran of
Clearwater, Florida proudly announce the birth of their
first child, Chelsea Jane-Anne Moran, on April 6, 1993.
She weighed seven pounds nine ounces and measured 20-
1/2 inches.

Kimberly (Buchter) and John A. Moran with Chelsea
Jane Anne Moran.

Maternal grandmother is Ann Buchter, formerly of
Ancon and Balboa. Paternal grandparents are Dr. Leo
and Mrs. Jane Moran of Clearwater, Florida.

Soon Erin Veronica will be celebrating her first
birthday. She was born September 3, 1992. She is a
bundle of joy to her parents Ronald and Elaine Forrest
and her older brother, Ean Michael. Her maternal
grandparents are Margaret Cutrer and the late "Chief"
Cutrer. The paternal grandparents are Ernie and
LaDonna Forrest, formerly from the Atlantic side.

Myra (Brannon) and Patrick Grimison of Rodman
Naval Station, Panama, are pleased to announce the birth
of their first child, Brandon Patrick, on April 27, 1993, in
Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Panama.
Proud grandparents are Elvia and Jerry Brannon,
now of Bastrop, Texas, and Nancy and Tom Grimison,
now of Satellite Beach, Florida. Brandon's maternal and
paternal great-grandmothers are Leovigilda Tweedy of
Tucson, Arizona, and Mary Burns of Easton,
Pennsylvania, respectively.

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Myrna, Brandon and Patrick Grimison

Myrna, Brandon and Patrick Grimison

Both Brandon and his mother received the
Sacrament of Baptism on May 22, in St. Mary's Catholic
Church, Balboa. The Reverend John Kane C.M.
administered the sacrament. Brandon's godparents are
Nichole (Pujol) and Jerry Garcia of Hollywood, Florida.
Among those present for this joyful occasion were Myra's
parents, visiting from Texas, and Elizabeth (Grimison)
and Bill Fahy, with their children Erin and Colleen, of
Diablo, Panama.

We welcome Jennifer Averill Dickson, daughter of
Jim and Kimberley (Averill) Dickson, who was born in
Bangor, Maine, on May 10, 1993.
Darn it, she missed her great-aunt Jane Dickson
Cox's birthday by five days!
Her grandparents are Mrs. Jane (Cole) Dickson of
Bangor, Maine, and the late David E. "Dabby" Dickson,
Jr., formerly of Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone, and Mr. and
Mrs. Glenn C. Averill, of Bangor, Maine.

Ron and Elaine Forrest with son Ean and baby Erin.

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William H. Allen, 86, of Leisure World, Seal Beach,
California, died May 10, 1993. He was born in Redlands,
CA. He graduated from high school in San Dimas, CA.,
and from Oregon State in 1932 with an electrical
engineering degree. While working for Weber Dental in
New York he designed the first fully shock-proof dental
X-ray equipment. He was employed in the Special
Engineering Division of the Panama Canal until 1959
when he was transferred to Guam and retired from there
in 1972 to Leisure World. He was an avid HAM radio
operator and while in Guam he spent hundreds of hours
during the Vietnam war setting up phone patches for the
hospitalized servicemen to speak to their loved ones
throughout the country. He served as Treasurer of
Leisure World Christian Church and sang in their choir
for nearly 30 years, and played in El Bekal Shrine Band.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Hoffman) Allen,
daughter of the late Carl and Gertrude (Bliss) Hoffman,
who were both Roosevelt Medal holders, also two
daughters, Elizabeth Kane, Ventura, CA., and Nella Nan
Webster, Irvine, CA., and three grandchildren.

Dorothy Keeler Babbitt, 82, of Clearwater, Florida,
died July 8, 1993 at Clearwater Community Hospital. She
was born in Fort Stevens, Colorado, and came here in
1983 from Washington, DC. She was a registered nurse
and worked at Gorgas Hospital, Panama Canal Zone.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include three brothers, Aaron Keeler,
Syracuse, New York, Clark Keeler, Los Angeles, and
John Keeler, Potomac, Maryland; and a sister, Elizabeth
Mears, Catonsville, Maryland.

Dorothy "Dolly" Barbour, 83, of Tampa and formerly
of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (May 11, 1993) at AMI
Hospital, Tampa. She was born in Dorchester,
Massachusetts, and lived in St. Petersburg before moving
to Tampa in 1984. She was a member of Order of
Eastern Star Orchid Chapter 1 and a former member of
the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, both in Panama.
Locally, she was a life member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. She was a Baptist. Survivors include a
daughter, Florence B. Moore, Tampa; and a

Helen E. Barr, 57, of Aiken, South Carolina, passed
away June 15, 1993 at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
She was a native of the Panama Canal Zone and was a
graduate of Balboa High School and Canal Zone Junior
College. Helen retired from Gorgas Hospital as
supervisor of the admissions department in 1984 and has
been a resident of Aiken ever since.

Survivors include two brothers, Pete J. Barr of Aiken,
and Francis R. Barr of Syracuse, New York; and a sister,
Barbara F. Barr of Maryknoll, New York.
Memorials may be made to Maryknoll Sisters,
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311.

Edel Batalden passed away on June 5, 1993. She was
the widow of Calmer Batalden, who was a teacher at the
Canal Zone Junior College and high school for many
years. Edel met Cal in Norway where she had gone on a
sabbatical to study.
Mrs. Batalden is survived by a daughter, Kari
(Batalden) Mcllvaine. After her health failed, Edel made
her home with her daughter and son-in-law Ed Mcllvaine
in La Boca.

Bessie M. Baumbach, 89, died in Pennsylvania on
May 3, 1993. She has been laid to rest in Southgate,
Kentucky, with her husband Fred Baumbach who passed
away in 1976. Bessie was active in the Rainbow Girls and
the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her children, Ruth Lichti, Arizona;
Edwin, Florida; Lois Kocher, Pennsylvania, and Ethel
Messina, of Maryland. Also, eleven grandchildren and
nine great grandchildren.

Helen J. S. Bellinger of New Symrna Beach, Florida,
passed away February 28, 1993. She retired from Gorgas
Hospital as a registered nurse in 1969. She also served in
the U.S. Army.
She is survived by a daughter, Elsa Boyshe, of
Fairview Heights, Illinois.

James F. Bettker, 47, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
July 21, 1993 at home from smoke inhalation after his
couch caught fire, fire officials said. He was a native of
the Canal Zone and left there 40 years ago. He was a
retired school teacher for Seminole High School.
He is survived by his brother, Richard; his father,
Frank; and a niece, all of St. Petersburg.

George A. Black, 72, of Pinellas Park, Florida, died
June 28, 1993 at home. Born in New York City, he came
to Pinellas Park in 1976 from the Panama Canal Zone,
where he was facility manager of the Motorized
Transport Division-Southern District of Panama Canal
Company. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, Pinellas Park. He was a Navy veteran of World
War II, a member of the American Legion and Veterans
of Foreign Wars, Masonic Lodge and Shrine Club and
life member of Elks Lodge 1414, all in Panama. Survivors
include his wife, Virginia; a son, George A. III, Miami;
a daughter, Patricia A. Wheeler, Warner Robins,
Georgia; and four grandchildren.

Lilias "Lil" Halliday Boyd, 77, died April 29, 1993 at
Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She was an active member of
the Post Chapel Protestant Congregation, Fort Sam
Houston; retired from Civil Service; was a member of the
Panama Canal Society; and life member of Fern Leaf
Chapter No. 4, O.E.S. Survivors include her husband
LTC Thurman L. Boyd, USA, Ret.; sister Peggy H.
Crawley and husband Earl of Bradenton, Florida;
brothers Thomas B. Halliday and wife Marjorie of
Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, and William A. Halliday and
wife Joyce of Pequannock, New Jersey; sister-in-law
Doris Halliday of Creskill, New Jersey, and several nieces
and nephews.

Agnes M. Crecelius, 88, of Flushing, New York, died
May 15, 1993 after a short illness. She and her late
husband, Paul, resided in Ancon and Balboa from 1940
to 1957.
She is survived by two daughters, Ann Crecelius and
Florence Killoran; two grandchildren, Annmarie and
Michele Khoriaty; and one great-grandchild, Jacqueline.

Roy Dawson died on August 2, 1992. Mr. Dawson is
survived by his wife Nicki (Harper/Croel) Dawson who
now resides in London, England. No further details are

Nancy Craig (Norton) Carter, 70, of San Diego,
California, passed away in her sleep at home on July 8,
1993 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She
was the daughter of the late Elizabeth F. and Dunham
W. Norton, and was born in Colon where her father was
an engineer. She attended Canal Zone schools and
graduated from Balboa High School in 1940 and
continued her studies and graduated from Syracuse
University, after which she returned to Panama where
she worked for Naval Intelligence. Nancy traveled widely
with her first husband, Hollis O'Hanlon, and eventually
settled in San Diego where she worked at the Naval
Electronics Laboratory (now NCCOSC). She went on to
earn her teaching credentials and did post-graduate work
in bilingual education in Spain during one summer. She
was a retired teacher in Chula Vista, and while teaching,
did much to help the children of that area further their
aims in education. In recent years, she was an active
member of the Great Decisions discussion group, the
United We Stand America, and of the Panama Canal
Society of both Southern California and Florida.
Although she suffered great hardships during her illness,
she was always eager to help those in need and ready to
defend any just cause and kept active.
Nancy is survived by her aunt and uncle, Duncan and
Alice Forgie of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; her
cousins,Doris Wren of Canandaigua, New York and Gail
Palmisano of San Diego, California, and very many close
and wonderful friends. At her request, there was no
memorial or funeral service. Remembrances should be
sent to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Teresa Casserly, 105, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
died March 12, 1993 in the Country Meadows Nursing
Center. She was the wife of the late Dr. Timothy L.
Casserly who was with the Health Department in charge
of Mindi Dairy from 1915 to 1946. Following his
retirement from the Panama Canal service, he conducted
a small animal clinic at Mt. Hope and later at Corozal.
Dr. Casserly died in 1952.
Teresa was a charter member of the Women's Club
of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Teresa is survived by her sister, Denacia M. Stenger,
and nieces and nephews.

Charlotte W. Falk, 63, of Asheville, North Carolina,
died March 31, 1993 in a local hospital.
A native of Grove City, Pennsylvania, she was the
daughter of the late Lester P. and Leah Flack
Williamson. She graduated from Grove City College and
had lived in Asheville since 1986. She was a member of
the American Field Service and hosted several foreign
students in her family's home. She was a member of the
Ladies' Oriental Shrine Club of North America Inc.,
Order of the Eastern Star, Panama Canal Society of
Florida Inc., Country Club of Asheville, and Seniors in
Schools. She had served as a docent at the Smith-
McDowell House and was president of the East Asheville
Home Extension Service.
She is survived by her husband, Henry E. Falk; a
daughter, Kristine Falk Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana;
a sister, Eleanor W. Williamson of Cypress, California;
and two grandchildren.

Bernard W. Forgeson, 75, of Tierra Verde, Florida
died May 26, 1993 after an extended illness of lung
cancer. Born in Pittsburgh, he graduated from Peabody
High School there and attended Penn State University
with a major in Forestry Engineering. He was directly
associated in his 32 years with the U.S. Government with
research engineering, development and test work in the
laboratories of the Panama Canal Co. and Naval
Research, Washington, D.C. He was in charge of the
operation of a large scale model of the Pedro Miguel
Locks during the 3rd Locks project, and of all model
testing in the Sea Level Canal project, and later in charge
of the US Naval Research Corrosion Lab at Miraflores
and finally was Research and Management Officer of
the Metallurgy Division of N.R.L. Washington, D.C. He
was a Navy veteran of World War II and became
Managing Director of the American financed East
African Game Safari Ltd. where he did some of his big
game hunting, after which he and his wife traveled the
world extensively for 6 months. He was a Catholic, he
was a member of the Panama Canal Society, a past vice
commodore of the Canal Yacht Club, on the Board of
Directors of the International Game and Fish
Association, held active membership in the National
Assoc. of Corrosion Engineers and the Sea Horse
Survivors include his wife Betty; a sister Evelyn Wilt,
Winter Park; and 40 nieces and nephews.

August H. Ganser, 74, of Mesa, Arizona, passed
away December 22, 1992 after a lengthy illness. He was
born in Mishawaka, Indiana and was a World War II
U.S. Navy veteran. He was employed by the Department
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration and
retired in 1972 with 37 years of government service.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Beverly, of Mesa;
daughter Angela of Eagle, Michigan; son James and
three grandchildren residing in Cardenas, Panama. A
daughter, Suzanne Marie preceded him in death in 1988.
Contributions may be made to Holy Angels Residential
Facility, 10450 Ellerbe Rd., Shreveport, LA 71106-7730.

Eileen Gazzoli, 62, of Clearwater, died Friday (May
7, 1993) at Largo Medical Center Hospital. She came
here in 1961 from her native Panama Canal Zone. She
worked as an assistant manager for Fortune Federal
Bank, Clearwater. Survivors include her husband of 20
years, Italo; two sons, Gary Allen and Michael Allen,
both of Tampa; a daughter Debbie Allen, Albany, New
York; and three grandchildren.

Gladys E. Hansen, 74, Bradenton, Florida, died
March 21, 1993, at Freedom Village Nursing Center.
She was born January 12, 1919, in East Cleveland,
Ohio, and came to Bradenton 27 years ago from the
Panama Canal Zone.

Martin J. Hayes, 81, of Clearwater, died Wednesday
(May 26, 1993) at Largo Medical Center Hospital. He
was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and came here
in 1978 from the Panama Canal Zone. He was a civil
engineer and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in
Corozal, Canal Zone. He was a member of the Elks and
Knights of Columbus. Survivors include a son, Michael
M., Anaheim Hills, California; a daughter, Patricia
Hayes, Germany; two sisters, Helen Hayes and Claire
Kameen, both of Wilkes-Barre; and two grandsons,
Marty Hayes and Eric Hayes.

Catherine (Kay) S. Howe passed away on May 22,
1993 in Titusville, Florida after a long illness. She was
born in Royal Center, Indiana on January 6, 1916. She
attended Purdue University where she met Roger Howe
from the Canal Zone and married him in 1936. After his
graduation, they came to the Zone to work for the
Panama Canal in April 1939. In 1971 they retired to
Titusville and became members of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Kay is survived by her husband, Roger Howe of
Titusville, Florida; a daughter, Mary Kay Kippenhan
(BHS 64) of Seattle, Washington; brothers, Henry
Sullivan of Greencastle, Indiana and Dr. James Sullivan
of Thorntown, Indiana; and sisters, Venus Miser of
Garrett, Indiana and Alice Schmaltz of Francesville,
A memorial service was held at St. Gabriel's
Episcopal Church in Titusville on May 26, 1993 which
was attended by many of her friends and family.

Maenner B. Huff, 79, of Brevard, North Carolina
passed away June 28, 1993. Born in the Canal Zone,
"Mooney" was a third-generation Canal Zone resident.
His father, Mercer B. Huff, went to the Isthmus in 1908
retiring as Panama Canal paymaster in 1944. His
grandfather on his mother's side, L. T. Maenner, worked
with John F. Stevens in the U.S. and accompanied him to
the Canal Zone where he was employed as chief
draftsman from 1906 to 1909.
Majoring in Business Administration at Pace Institute
in New York, Huff joined the Panama Canal Company
in 1940 and retired as Supervisory Systems Accountant in
He was active in community sports, coaching pole
vaulters at Balboa High School and served as a track
official in the Canal Zone and Republic of Panama. He
was associated with professional baseball in the 1940s and
served as general manager and treasurer of the Balboa
Baseball Club from 1940 to 1948.
He was a member of the supervisory committee of
the Canal Zone Credit Union, as well as a member of
the Canal Zone Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and the
He and his wife, Antoinette (who died in 1990)
moved to Brevard, North Carolina upon retirement,and
again became active in the community, coaching the
Brevard High School pole-vaulting team. He was a
member of the Elks Lodge #1726 of Brevard, the Pisgah
Hikers, and a past treasurer of the Republican Party in
He is survived by his wife, Christine L. Huff; a son,
Donald B. Huff, New Baltimore, MI; three daughters,
Christine B. Fewell, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, Edith L.
Willoughby, Diablo Heights, Panama, and L. Antoinette
Huff, San Diego, CA; a stepson, Arthur T. Crook,
Jonesboro, GA; and four grandchildren and one great-

Ralph D. James, 68, of Lady Lake, Florida, died
June 6, 1993. Born in Cleveland, he moved to Lady Lake
from Pensacola in 1989. He retired in 1978 as a railroad
engineer for the Panama Canal Company and was a
Protestant. He was a member of the American Legion
and a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors
include his wife, Charlene V. James of Lady Lake; a son,
Michael L. James of Montegut, Louisiana; a brother,
John James of Louisville, Kentucky; a sister, Margaret
Beurmann of Orlando; two grandchildren; and several
nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held on
June 9, 1993 in Lady Lake with interment with full
military honors by the Lake County Veterans Honor
Guard at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell,

Mary B. Journeay of 24452 Health Center Drive,
Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Laguna Hills, California,
has passed away June 19, 1993, from a stroke. Services
were held at St. George's Episcopal Church, and
internment took place at Green Wood Cemetery, Cedar
Falls, Iowa.

Jane Hall Journey died on June 30, 1993, in
Winslow, Washington. She was born September 15, 1906
in Farmville, Virginia. At the age of three, she went with
her parents, Peter and Emma Hall, and her sister, Norine
Hall Kaufer, to Panama. Her father was a policeman,
then a custodian of the reservoir in Empire. Jane went to
school in Balboa, and graduated from high school in
Skykomish, Washington. She returned to the Canal Zone,
married her husband, Ewing, in 1928. He was a marine
engineer with the Army and Jane spent 26 years as a
secretary and administrative assistant with the Army.
They lived in Panama until 1951 when they returned
to the States to live in Sunland and San Diego,
California. When Ewing died in 1971, Jane moved to
Washington to be near her stepson Bud and his wife,
Harriet. She spent her final days in the Winslow
Convalescent Center and became President of the
Resident Council there. She belonged to the Panama
Canal Societies of Southern California and Florida, and
the Church of Christ Scientist in Winslow.
She is survived by her stepson, Bud Journey, of Port
Ludlow, Washington; her stepdaughter, Lucille Davis, of
Titusville, Florida; five grandchildren, twelve great-
grandchildren, nieces Jane Kaufer Cochrane of Santa
Rosa, California, Nancy Kaufer Leach of Redlands,
California, and a nephew, Ted Kaufer, of Tampa, Florida.

Hertha Margareta Freund Horn Lacroix, 65, of
Covington, Louisiana, died on June 28, 1993. She was a
native of Lorsbach, Germany, and a resident of
Covington for fifteen years. Hertha, better known as
Heddy, was the widow of former Panama Canal pilot Bill
Horn who predeceased her several years ago.
She is survived by her husband, L. L. "Pete" Lacroix,
Sr., a daughter Steffi Fuchs of Steinfischbach, Germany,
three brothers in Germany, and a grandson.

Daniel Lawson, 85, passed away on April 10, 1993, in
Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. Lawson was a veteran of
both the Army and Navy. After military service, he
became a machinist in the Canal Zone and then Lock
Master at Gatun Locks. Dan was known as "Dean of the
He spent 28 years in the Canal Zone and 10 years
with the U. S. Forest Service, and retired from the
Panama Canal service in 1971.

Robert Leigh died at home in Panama April 29,
1993. Mr. Leigh is survived by his wife, Maruja Leigh,
and daughters, Ann Cardoze and Margaret Leigh.

John T. McGann, of Canyon Lake, California, died
June 10, 1993 at his home after a prolonged illness with
cancer. He was born in Colon, Panama and attended
Cristobal High School. Joining the Navy SeeBee's, he
served from 1942 to 1946 in the Pacific theater during
World War II. He was employed by Rockwell

International, Space Shuttle Division, Downey, CA., as a
project engineer for 27 years prior to his retirement. He
served as Chairman of the Building Committee for the
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sun City, CA.; was
president of the Canyon Lake Twirlers; a member of the
American Legion and the Panama Canal Society of
He is survived by his wife, Lois; a son, John T III of
Laguna Niguel, CA; two daughters, Patricia C. Elting,
Lake Forest, CA., and Cindy E. Lamonica of Orange,
CA; four grandchildren and a great-grandson; his mother,
Emily S. McGann of Flushing, L.I. N.Y.; his brother,
Theodore P. McGann of Orlando, FL.; and four sisters,
Dorothy Dorn, Palo Alto, CA., Cecilia MacMenemin and
Ellen McGann of Flushing, L.I., N.Y., and Rosemary
Fleigel, of New Hyde Park, L.I., N.Y.

Ernest "Mike" Mika, 64, of Rogers, Arkansas, passed
away May 6, 1992. He was a former member of the
Canal Zone Police stationed at Cristobal, Canal Zone.
He was also a former member of the armed forces and
was stationed at Albrook AFB.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy, daughter of Carl
and Fern Glass of Gamboa, C.Z., and his children, of
Rogers, Arkansas.

Delbert Neil Murray, Sr., 72, of Marietta, Georgia,
died May 13, 1993. He was born in Clarion County, PA.
and was a Signals Officer in Quarry Heights during the
war. While there, he met his future wife, June Walter,
who was a member of the only family on that post, since
all military families had been evacuated due to the war.
Del served in the Philippines as a paratrooper and later
worked for RCA and Lockheed Aircraft as an electrical
engineer in Marietta.
He is survived by June, his wife of 48 years; a son,
Delbert Jr.; two daughters, Kathleen Nelson and Leslie
Davis, and seven grandchildren, and many loving family

Arthur J. O'Leary of Rancho Bernardo, California,
passed away peacefully on July 16, 1993 following a short
illness. Art and his wife of 52 years, Ora Wilson O'Leary,
were born in Oelwein, Iowa and moved to the Canal
Zone in 1951 where he rose to become the Deputy
Comptroller of the Panama Canal Company. Both Art
and Ora were members of the Balboa Union Church
where Ora played the organ for many years. An avid
golfer, Art retired to Southern California in 1972 and
enjoyed many wonderful retirement years with Ora
before she passed away in 1990. Art was noted for his
generosity in helping others and will be greatly missed by
his many friends.
He is survived by two sons, Arthur O'Leary Jr. of
Escondido, CA., and Robert Theile of Pioneer, CA., as
well as numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

Grattice (Boler) Otten, 93, of Lakeland, Florida,
passed away July 21, 1993. She was born in Wild Cherry,
Arkansas. While both were working on the MKT
Railroad in the Sedalia and Boonville areas of Missouri,
she met and married her husband who later joined the
Navy in World War I and moved to Chicago. Grattice
and the family moved to the Canal Zone in 1939 to join
her husband with the Panama Canal Company. She later
went to work with the Engineering Division as a
calligrapher. The family returned to the U.S. and lived in
Overland Park, Kansas and later in Raytown, MO.
Grattice moved to Florida in 1986.
She is survived by a son, R. David Otten, a daughter,
Betty Hooper; four grandchildren, four great-
grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Vernon Russell Seeley, 73, of Dothan, Alabama, died
July 10, 1993 at his residence after a short illness. He was
born in Cristobal, Rep. of Panama and attended Canal
Zone Schools, graduating from Balboa High School in
1940. He was subsequently employed by the Panama
Canal Commission, and retired from the Motor
Transportation Division on January 12, 1980 with over 31
years of federal service. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Weed Seeley,
Dothan; three sons, Wayne Seeley, Republic of Panama,
Roger Seeley, Dothan, Steve Seeley, Las Vegas, NV.; two
daughters, Joyce Parker, Gainesville, FL., Donna
Wheaton, Lemon Grove, CA.; his mother, Marie L.
Seeley, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Mildred Hammond,
Titusville, FL., and Norma McGahhey, Dothan; a
brother, Rodney Seeley, Taylor, SC.; several
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Margaret R. Peterson, 98, of Sarasota, Florida,
passed away July 22, 1993. She was born in Viroqua,
Wisconsin and lived in Sarasota for seven years. She
graduated from the U. of Wisconsin and taught at
elementary schools in Minneapolis and U.S. schools in
the Panama Canal Zone. Margaret also worked in the
Mechanical Division on Balboa, from where she retired
in the 1940s. She was the widow of Charles H. Peterson,
a Roosevelt Medal holder. Margaret was a life member
and Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Orchid
Chapter No. 1 of Balboa, C.Z. and a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a son, Thomas C. of Sarasota; a
sister, Dorothy Sherry of Portage, WI; three
granddaughters, Carol Heintz of Orlando, FL., Diane
Pearson of Sarasota, FL., Elaine Little of Panama, R.P.,
seven grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Sherry and a niece,
Kathleen R. "Kay" Miller of Sarasota, as well as other
nieces and nephews.

Earl A. Robins, Sr., of Webster, Texas, died Monday,
May 24, 1993. He was born September 30, 1915 at
Severn, Virginia and had lived in Texas, Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Panama. He retired in 1980 as Assistant
Chief of the Industrial Division of the Panama Canal
Company. Survivors include his wife Virginia Robins of
Webster; sons, Earl A. Robins, Jr., of Seabrook, Texas,
and Michael W. Robins, of Houston, Texas; two
granddaughters and a great granddaughter; his sister
Vivian R. Hogge; a nephew and a grandniece.

Michael K. Sanders, 44, of McAllen, Texas, died
May 26, 1993. He was born in the Canal Zone and had
lived in McAllen for 14 years, previously living in San
Antonio, Texas.
He is survived by his mother, Isabella Sanders of
McAllen; a daughter, Michelle Sanders of George West,
Texas; a brother, Roy D. Sanders Jr., of McAllen and
two nephews.

James G. Slice, 81, passed away May 26, 1993 in Las
Vegas, Nevada. He was born in Chapin, South Carolina
and was previously employed by the Motor
Transportation Division, Ancon, and the Locks Security
Force as Pacific Area Commander. He retired in 1972
with 40 years of service. He was a U.S. Army Military
Police veteran from 1930-1938 at Quarry Heights and
Fort Amador, Canal Zone. He was a Life Member of the
V.F.W. Post #3822, Curundu, Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife Julia of Las Vegas; a
daughter Gloriella of Las Vegas; sons, James, Jr. of New
Braunfels, Texas and Thomas Luis of San Bernardino,
California; five grandchildren and four great

Olga ("Sissie" Roe) Spreuer, 75, of Capistrano
Beach, California, died at home after a short illness on
May 30, 1993. She was raised in Cristobal, Canal Zone,
the daughter of Sam and Olga Roe. She attended Canal
Zone schools, graduating from Cristobal High School in
1935. She worked for Naval Supply in Coco Solo and in
1942 married William Spreuer, who was seriously injured
in an aircraft accident a week later and was hospitalized,
and thereafter partly supported by his wife for two years
while hospitalized in Atlanta, GA. While living in
California, she served as volunteer in several hospitals
and has always done extensive fashion designing and
sewing. She was also a gourmet cook and assisted with
festivities at the Dana Point Yacht Club. She was a warm
person and will be remembered by all who knew her
She is survived by her husband, Bill; five children;
eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a
brother, Bob.

Hugh Sprowl, Sr., 83, died Sunday, May 2, 1993, at
the Navy Hospital in Groton, Connecticut. Mr. Sprowl
was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean

War, retiring in 1956 after more than 27 years of service.
Following his retirement from the Navy, he was employed
by Electric Boat as an expediter for the government for
18 years, retiring in 1974.
Mr. Sprowl was a member of the Balboa Canal Zone
Lodge of Masons; the Scottish Rite, 32nd degree Mason;
the Sub Vets of World War II in Groton; the Fleet
Reserve in Groton; the Retired Armed Forces
Association; and Groton Lodge of Elks.
He is survived by his wife Katherine; two sons,
Edwin A. Sprowl of Lantana, Florida, and Hugh L.
Sprowl, Jr. of Groton; one stepson, William Paige of
Uncasville; two brothers, Edwin V. Sprowl and Shaw T.
Sprowl, both of Louisville, Kentucky; one sister, Dorothy
Hester of Louisville; and three grandchildren.

Dr. Herbert F. Stevens, 67, of Davie, Florida, died
May 23, 1993 at home of cancer. He was born in the
Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in
1944, then joined the Navy. After his discharge he moved
to Philadelphia and entered the Pennsylvania College of
Optometry, graduating in 1950. He then opened his
practice in Oakland Park and quickly became active in
many social and civic roles. He was active in the Lions
Club, First United Methodist Church, started the Ft.
Lauderdale Flying Club, was president of the Hollywood
Rifle and Pistol Club, The Ft. Lauderdale Jaycees where
he was named national director of the Florida Jaycees,
state president and then national vice president. As an
optometrist, he treated many patients who couldn't pay -
some paying with food. He was known for his kindness.
He retired in 1991, bought himself a computer and taught
himself to use it. "He was really resolved never to stop
learning," his son said.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; two sons, Herbert F.
Stevens Jr. of Bethesda, Maryland, and Craig of Fort
Lauderdale; a daughter, Carole McCaffrey of Orlando; a
sister, Sue Kinback of Texas and two grandchildren,

Earl F. Unruh, 83, died March 31, 1993 in
Bakersfield, California. He was born in Hillsboro,
Kansas. 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 Posts of the Canal
Zone. During that period, he also served as a Lieutenant
in the U.S. Navy.
Earl is survived by his wife, Olive and two nephews,
Kenneth Unruh of Sparks, Nevada and Donald W. Unruh
of Elko, Nevada.

Robert C. Walker, 79, of Tifton, Georgia and
Highlands, North Carolina, passed away on May 30, 1993
after a short illness. He moved to Tifton after retiring
from the Panama Canal in 1973. He was a World War II
He is survived by his wife Julia Clark Walker, Tifton,
and sons, Ret. Col. Dr. Robert C. Walker, USAF,
Marshallville, Georgia; Ret. Lt. Col. James W. Walker,
USAF, Stow, Ohio; and Lt. Col. William C. Walker,
Montgomery, Alabama, three grandsons and one
granddaughter, one brother and one sister.

Pauline A. (Polly) Witt of New Blaine, Arkansas,
passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 1993. Polly and her
husband left the Canal Zone in 1975 after her retirement
from FAA.
She is survived by Ray S. Witt, her husband of
almost 59 years; a son John and daughter-in-law Eula
Witt of Holder, FL.; daughters Paula (Witt) and Donny
Adams of Stockbridge, GA., and Becky (Witt) and Jack
Leschner of White Bear Lake, MN; brother Tom and
Betty Allaire of Cochise, AZ; grandson Ray and Ivy Witt
and granddaughter Erin; granddaughter Evonne (Cissie
Witt) and Scott McClary and great-grandson Colin;
granddaughters Christine, Lisa and Kimberly; and half-
sister Betty and Edgar Edrington of Bradley, CA.

Letters to the Editor

J.E. Dorn Thomas prepares..

J.E. Dorn Thomas
J.E. Dorn Thomas

I have enclosed a picture
of myself getting ready for
the Reunion. The white
material is not sand. I'm
sure you will recognize the
"growth" in the background.
We have a continual flow of
visitors to our "Richmond"
Bamboo Grove behind our
shop, requesting samples to
take to school, home,
veteran meetings, etc. It's
fast rate of growth is a
constant source of
amazement to the local
shop owners.

"Corky" and Mary Lou Elbertson, with Julien
Rodriguez attended a luncheon hosted by Gemma
O'Donnell in their new home in St. Petersburg, FL.


Buy a used bike?

Just a note to send you a relic I recently unearthed
while trying to make some organization of shoe boxes full
of nhotos.

Bob Van Siclen and A. Dale Boggs (Early thirties?)

I waited until after the recent elections to send this
to you, since I did not want to be charged with lese
majesty (offense against a ruler's dignity. Ed.) Would you
want to buy a used bike from these two?
On the left is Bob Van Siclen, and I am the tow

Tracy Glassburn, graduate of
four colleges

Tracy Glassburn,
daughter of Sharon (De
Vore) and Paul Glassburn
of Clearwater, Florida
received her Doctorate in
r geology from Imperial
S... College, London and her
PhD from the University of
London, England. Tracy
received her BSC from the
Tracy Glassburn College of William and
Mary, Williamsburg, VA, and her MSC from Lehigh
University, Bethlehem, Pa.
She is a graduate of Pinellas Park High School
where she was President of the National Honor Society.
Tracy belongs to many Science honoraries including
Sigma Xi and Sigma Gamma Epsilon.
At this time, Dr. Glassburn is on staff at
Imperial College, London, England as a research

Morales' Travels

Greetings from Savannah, Missouri! Here is the
proud grandfather on the occasion of the graduation of
Adrienne Marie Oliver, Bachelor of Science (Geography)
from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville on
May 15, 1993.

Col. A. Dale Boggs, USA Retired.
Clearwater, FL

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George Fitzgerald (BHS'63) with his mom, Maxine
Meyers and Lou French (BHS'63).

John A. Morales and Adrienne M. Oliver, daughter of
Jeanette Morales Keepers.
Adrienne is the granddaughter of John A. and
Margaret Kuhn Morales and the daughter of Jeanette
Morales Keepers.
John and Margaret returned recently from a most
enjoyable trip to Germany where they visited their son,
Roy, and his wife Janet and 3-year-old daughter,

John A. Morales
Savannah, MO

Headed for Japan

T/Sgt. James Huffman, son of Kathleen and Willard
Huffman of Rogers, Arkansas, is going to Japan for a
three year tour of duty in the Air Force.
The Huffmans (at home) inherited his Jeep
Cherokee Laredo and his Pekinese dog named "Bandit"
for three years.

T/Sgt James Huffman

Tennessee Mini Reunion

It was worth the trips from Ohio, Pennsylvania and
Texas for Ernie and Barbara Pierce, Gordon and Lois
Davis, and Bill and Rosemary Diez to travel to
Chattanooga, Tennessee for a mini-reunion. The 2-day
stay at the unique Holiday Inn Choo-Choo was filled with
good food, gales of laughter and a special camaraderie
known only to us who have shared lives in the Canal

Ernest Pierce, President BSA
(By Self Appointment)
Panama Canal Society of Ohio

Eddie and Letty Moore
visit Panama

Eddie Moore (BHS'40) and wife, Letty of El
Segundo, California, and their daughter, Yvonne, her
husband Chick Keller and children Kirsten and Jesse
from Los Alamos, New Mexico visited Panama on June
5 to June 20 as guests of their brother-in-law and sister,
Arnold and Norma de Henriquez of Panama City.
Yvonne had not been back to Panama since they left the
Canal Zone in 1953.
They had a wonderful time visiting with their many
relatives. Their nephew, Jack Hern, arranged a V.I.P.
tour of the Miraflores Locks for them, where they met
Georgie McArthur, Superintendent of the Pacific Locks.
They enjoyed it very much.
After the tour, Fran Hern, Jack's wife, invited them
to have lunch at the Quarry Heights Officer's Club where

they ran into Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt (BHS'40), Elsie
(Lawyer) Woodruff, Olga and Betty Moyer, Gladys Jaen,
and others.

Eddie (BHS'40) and Letty Moore, Chick and Yvonne
Keller and children Kirsten, Jesse, and Rolando
Lopez Fabrega. Miraflores Locks, June 8, 1993.

Their nephew, Rolando Lopez Fabrega took them on
a tour of the Canal area and also of the Casco Viejo in
Panama City. They enjoyed brunches and dinners at the
Union Club where they ran into Lucho Azcarraga; visits
to El Valle, Coronado, Cerro Azul, Gorgona and Taboga
where their relatives have vacation homes. They also
drove to Santiago and Sona, and on their way, met Edgar
(Bobo) McArthur who lives in Chitre.
They returned home tired but happy, and with fond
memories of their wonderful trip.

News from Georgia

Geri (McGriff) Davis, Columbus, Georgia and Julia
(May) Howard, Phenix City, Alabama, both 1957
graduates of Balboa High School and members of the
cheerleading squad, are pictured at a bridal tea in honor
of Julia Davenport, future daughter-in-law of Geri
(McGriff) Davis.
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Geri (McGriff) Davis and Julie (May) Howard
The tea was given by Danni Davis and Aimee Davis
and was held at the W.C. Bradley Museum in Columbus.
Julia (May) Howard resides in Phenix City with husband

Muriel (Moore) McGriff
Dothan, AL

Martins to Retire

Soon it will be time to leave Panama permanently.
My wife Bess is retiring, and in mid-July we will bid our
farewells and move northward to the vicinity of Biloxi.
Both of us worked with schools on the Pacific side and
presently live in Curundu. I retired in 1989. We look
forward to aligning ourselves with the Mississippi Chapter
of the Society.

Pictured are: son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Mary
Jo, along with grandchildren, spouses and great-
grandchildren, from the left: Chris Lang, Helen Lang,
Anne and Walter Lang, Cathy and Tom Lang with sons
Andrew and Simon, Mary Jo and Bill Lang, Cathy and
Tom Alexander with daughters Emma, Natalie and
Chelsea. Also in attendance was niece, Margie Sage, with
husband Chuck and children Cody and Kelly.
The non-denominational service included readings by
Tom Lang and brief tributes to Mina by son Bill and
eldest grandchild Helen. A bagpiper played throughout
the ceremony fulfilling an often-stated wish of Mina's.
Among other selections, he played "Going Home". After
the memorial service, the family remembered Mina with
a lunch featuring some of her specialties, including
empanadas and her unforgettable chocolate cake.

Stephen Glassburn, grad

Frank and Bess Martin aboard Black Stallion, near
Contadora Island, Panama.

This year we enjoyed two wonderful trips to
Contadora on the U.S. Navy boat Black Stallion and had
some success with the deep-sea fishing which was part of
the tour.
Early in July we will spend one week in the
Galapagos Islands and Quito. We both look forward to
that venture-then it's pack-out time with much trabajo-
which always goes with that chore.

Stephen Glassburn
Lutz, Florida, at this time.

Stephen Glassburn, son
of Sharon (De Vore and
Paul Glassburn of
Clearwater, Florida,
received his BA from the
University of South Florida
in Tampa, Florida. His
major was economics and
he had a minor in music.
Stephen is a shift
manager for Pizza Hut in

Frank Martin
Curundu, Panama

Lang Family Reunion

CZ Boys' Mini Reunion

Current and past Canal Zone boys recently met at
Arlington Stadium, Texas, when Coach Eddie Napoleon
and his Yankees played the Texas Rangers.
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Mina Dee's son, Bill Lang, and all five grandchildren
gathered in Seattle, Washington, on May 16, 1993 for a
memorial service to mourn her passing. Mina Dee died
on January 25, 1993 after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

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The Langs, reunited for Mina Dee's Memorial Service.

Eddie Napoleon, Yankee coach, Charlie Chase,
American Airlines, at Arlington Stadium, June 5, 1993.
(Yankees won).

Charlie Chase, who works for American Airlines,
lives near Arlington and John H., Dave K. and Rolo L.
were visiting Charley McArthur who lives in Dallas. All
were guests of Eddie and the Yankees. (Chase was the
only Ranger fan!) Charley McArthur, who is not
pictured, was either buying beer or girl watching!

Charles E. Chase, Jr.
Euless, TX

F- Ii j,
Eddie Napoleon's fan club, Arlington, Texas (Arlington
Stadium) June 5, 1993. YANKEES vs RANGERS. L-R:
John Haines, Dave Konoweisz (?), Rolando Linares,
Charlie Chase. Missing: Charley McArthur, who was
off buying the beer.


My 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 McCaflerty
N. Fort Worth Historical Society
131 E. Exchange Avenue #112
Fort Worth, Texas 76106



City: State Zip__
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Wm. Hinkle visits Zumbados

William Hinkle, 16, son of Sandy (BHS'55) and
Yolanda (Navarro) Hinkle of Balboa, took time from his
11th grade studies at Montverde Academy near Orlando,
Florida, to visit Bob and Marguerite (Neal) Zumbado
(BHS'55 and '54 respectively) near the end of the school

Marguerite (Neal) Zumbado and William Hinkle at
Winter Pines Golf Club, Winter Park, Florida.

Bob, Marguerite and William enjoyed a wonderfully
sunny Florida golfing Saturday at the Winter Pines Golf
Club. We are happy to report that the Hinkle family
tradition of high golfing skills is in good hands with young
William. The well earned praise for William's game
notwithstanding, it is noted that the game ended with
Bob up by a skin.

Morton Trip

JoAnn and Jack Morton traveled to Tampa from
Austin, Texas recently and enjoyed an evening of fun at
the home of Margot and Hubert Jordan. They caught up
on all the gossip from friends Kenny Morris, Sr.,
Margaret Leigh, Mary and Dan Deslondes, and Nancy


Margot and Hubert Jordan Jo Ann and Jack
Morton get-together with friends, Kenny Morris, Sr.,
Margaret Leigh, Mary and Dan DesLondes, and
Nancy Smith.
Paul and Kerrie (Hill) Smith visited us after the
reunion before returning to Daphne, Alabama and
allowed us to babysit "Abby", their little pup.
The Jordans are awaiting granddaughter Jamie (3) in
July along with her mom and dad, Patrick Smith and
Michelle from California.

Margot Jordan
Tampa, FL

This is a toss-up whether it is a 5th or 6th grade photo. 5th grade teacher was Avina Freeman at East Balboa
School. 6th grade teacher was Ruth Casey at the "Monkey House" next to the Clubhouse on Balboa Road. It finally
became the Class of BHS 1940 (at least for most of them). Anyhow, those in back from L-R: John Frensley, Joe
Burgoon, Joe Haggerty, John Davis, Roy Cowdry, Norman "Ella" Anderson, Betty Sutherland, Grace McCaslin,
Ann Warner, Ruth Lutz, Middle L-R: Alice Hele, Priscilla Williams, Dolores Welch, Lolita
Provost, Grace Schack, Joan Marie Ridge, Adele Swain, Hugh Norris. Front L-R: Richard Erbe,
Carr?, Otis Myers, Henry Butcher, Vincent Bradley. (Photo by Joan deGrummond).

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CANAL ZONE SCOUTS VISIT MAINE Need help to identify. We believe in middle row, 3rd from right is Harry
Foster, standing next to Bob Van Siclen on Harry's right. Also, 9th from right is Eugene Hamlin, and back, far right
is Dale Boggs? Center, seated with hat on the ground is Oliver Bowen, who appears to be the leader of the group.

THIRD GRADE, BALBOA, 1931. Old French Building, next to Balboa Fire Station? Back row, L-R: Roy Cowdry, Earl
Mullins, ,, John Frensley, Robert Burkle, Hugh Norris, Henry
Butcher. Center, L-R: Joe Burgoon, John Davis, Peggy Brugge, Ann Warner, Mary March?,
Van Fleet, Mary Waters. Front, L-R: Grace Schack, Betty Sutherland, Mary Ann Hunt,
Grace Pitman, Joan Marie Ridge, Priscilla Williams, Gloria Fayard?, Anita Stilson, Dolores Welch.
If you know the others, or mistakes, please send names to the Editor. Photo submitted by Mary Ellen Johnson,
Arlington, Virginia.

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The Margarita Recreational Association Pony League. Photo taken about 1950-52. Standing, L-R: Noel Gibson,
Manager, Ross Tobin, ----, ----, Danny George, Bob Hodges, John Albright, ----, ----, Eddie Smith. Kneeling
L-R: ----, ----, Billy Rankin, B.J. Williford, ----, ----, ----. Not shown: Ed Blount, Coach. Can anyone fill in the blanks?
Photo submitted by Ed Blount, Coach.

Curundu 5th Grade students, Ft. Kobbe Elementary School 1954-55. 1st row L-R: George Hovan, Lilly Luddy, Frank
Reichart, Janette Martens, Barrajas, Lupe Lowe, Omar Roos, Ruby Bacot, Johnny Marcum, Yoly Velez. 2nd
row L-R: Janey Smith, David Bustrum, Judy Brown, Carlos Barkema, Joyce Smail, Sal Geradi, Melinda Ruiz,
John McCarragher, Vicky Bartecchi, Bob Widdell, Becky Fussell. 3rd row L-R: Mrs. Roberts, Billy Griggs,
Marrella Meggers, Charlie Parker, Etti Miller, George O'Masta, ?, Bob Smith, ?, Luisa Critch, ?. (Original photo
of Janet Smith Bartlett, submitted by Mary Scigliane Leach.)

rnoto or commissary division personnel. uate unKnown. i-rea '. urugge, (aarK coai) was commissary Manager
for 37 years, and died in 1947, making this photo possibly dated about 1910. He went with his father to the Canal
Zone who was the Baker (bread) for the Isthmus. Fifth from the right in back row is Earl Brown, who later became
manager of the Cristobal Commissary. (Photo by Elaine Johnson).

Ruth Schullor Looks Back X

William "Bill" Cook,
uncle of Ruth K. Schuller, a
former nurse at Corozal
Mental Health Center,
enlisted in the Army on
February 11, 1911. He went
to Panama and was
stationed at Corozal. He
was discharged at Panama
in February, 1914.
William Cook died
November 28, 1965 at age

Camp Corozal, 1914
Camp Corozal, 1914

i yemo ie

The collective memories of the "Zone" are amazing.
Not only do they span the generations of its time, but
each place that you or I might have been has its unique
characteristics that awaken our senses to its memory.
On the beach last night on Nantucket Sound, I gazed
for a while at the rocks of the jetty and in a moment saw
the black oil washing the rocks along the shore at the
Cristobal Yacht Club. In no time I could smell the
creosote of the many timbers laying about and imagine
the iguanas sunning on them. In the distance are the soft
sounds of the ships traffic but closer to me I hear the
rustling of palms in the breeze and "Woody" cutting new
wood for a sailboat on the dock.
Of course no recollection of "home" ever remains on
the beginning theme and soon I am walking over the
railway of the "ways" entering the cool cement walls of
the restaurant. I can taste the Pink Lemonade that
"Alfonso" serves to me in his special way and hear his
laughter in the surf as I realize it's October and the air
is cool again on Cape Cod.
My memories are many and very clear. The places
and people of Panama who touched my life are with me

Priscilla Husband
South Dennis, MA.


William Cook

CHS 1936 Spanish Class. L-R: Paul Barnett, Olive
Aanstoos, Ruth Moody, Eddie Durham, Mary
Darley, Vernon Clark, Lydia Growatt Nadeau, Mrs.
Spencer, teacher.

The Rovting e porter

Ern1e Pyle
February 1940

The nearly 4,000 white Americans who form the
permanent staff of the Panama Canal are almost a race
It is a hard thing to describe, and they themselves
will describe it in a thousand different ways, all trying to
say the same thing. But to put it in a nutshell of my own
brand, you might say they are people who have had one
of the fundamental elements of living taken away from
them (or rather, have given it away). And by that I mean
the element of chance. Because the government does
everything for them; because it tells them where to live,
what they can do and can't do; leads them by the hand,
attends them in work, play, sickness and almost in life,
there is no mystery for them to look forward to. One of
their own, who sees them clearly, has called them "stall
Fed." They are voluntary convicts in a lively penitentiary.
Some friends and I were sitting one evening over a
glass of beer. We were dressed in white suits, we were
warm, we had money in our pockets. If we clapped our
hands a boy would come running. Around us were palm
trees and beautiful scenery and the teeming peoples from
all parts of the world coming and going. Yet these friends
of mine were melancholy. There was in them a vague
regret for their lives. They knew that in 20 years from
now they would still be sitting here in the Tivoli after
work, drinking beer possibly from the same glasses,
talking the same talk.
Their lives have been so arranged that the only
possibility of anything different, anything startling, any
change of any kind in their routine from now until
retirement is physical accident of some kind. Now you
might say that's what we're all striving for security, and
the sooner the better. True it is. And true that most of
these people are far better off than we are. But it's a
quality of perverse human nature to want to go out and
win your own security and to reap satisfaction from the

battle and pride from the winning. When you voluntarily
turn yourself over into bondage, no matter how beautiful
a bondage, you have given up something vital.
Nearly all of us in the states are held by need and
circumstances just as firmly to the grindstone as are these
people in the Canal Zone. Yet there is something
different. We think we can quit our job and go romancing
for another. And they know they cannot. They have
surrendered the important quality of egotism the
eternal conviction you could do it better than the other
They have given up personal ambition, natural
instincts of competition, all the lovely mystery of life for
a security that gives them a life of calm and vague
It is not right to criticize the system that caused this.
As massive a thing as the administration of the Panama
Canal has to be run this way. It is of necessity only a vast
and efficient machine. You know very well that a gasoline
engine would not be successful if now and then half the
crankshaft would decide to spin in the other direction.
And on the other hand, it is wrong to criticize the
people who have made these cogs of themselves.
Personally, I would go frantic within six months if my life
were planned and ordered like theirs, but I'm not saying
they've done wrong. It's a vague thing; a man merely
knows that his life is good with the material things and
he is secure and well fed, and yet he isn't content. He
feels he has done something to his soul. And maybe, on
second thought, he has. Maybe his uneasy displeasure
with himself is the only hope left in human character.
Maybe if all 130,000,000 of us could tomorrow turn
ourselves over to this great security of the state there
wouldn't be any American people left, but merely
130,000,000 cogs dependent on the state.
Hell, I'm getting philosophical!


Where Columbus Walked

Early this year, my family and I spent a lovely
weekend on a picturesque island off the Atlantic coast of
Panama. "Isla Grande", which means "Big Island" is the
largest of a small cluster of islands between Portobello
and Nombre de Dios which lie east of the twin port cities
of Cristobal and Colon at the Atlantic terminus of the
Panama Canal. Isla Grande is spectacularly beautiful--
covered in coconut palms and surrounded by incredibly
clear turquoise waters filled with an abundance of
tropical fishes and other sea creatures. We arrived at Isla
Grande in a 20-foot open boat powered by an outboard
motor and stepped onto the beach and out of time--
while there are two or three "modern" hotels and a
sufficient number of modern conveniences available,
there is something about Isla Grande and I spent my two
days dreaming at water's edge mulling over that
"something". I know what it was--I loved being there not
only because it is so peaceful and so beautiful, but
because I really loved looking out over that water and
thinking of all the history--we were in Columbus territory.

The names I mention above all are connected with
Christopher Columbus. On his fourth voyage to the new
world he visited Panama searching for the "Secret Strait"-
a passage to the east and its wealth. Cruising along the
Atlantic coast of Panama in 1502, Columbus and his fleet
of four ships arrived at a beautiful bay whose shores were
inhabited by a little Indian town nestling under the palms.
He thought it so charming and lovely that he called it
"Porto Bello" which is Italian for "Beautiful Port". East of
Portobello, along the coast, was another settlement which
Columbus named Bastimientos, rechristened by later
explorers as "Nombre de Dios" or "God's Name" in
Spanish. Many years later, the twin port cities at what
would become the Atlantic terminus of the Panama
Canal were named "Cristobal" and "Colon", Spanish for
"Christopher" and "Columbus".
Columbus spent several months in Panama searching
for the "Secret Strait", the passage the Indians had told
him of. Surely he believed that such a passage to great
wealth existed as the first Indians he encountered in what
is now Panama wore ornaments of pure gold and were
among the most civilized yet encountered by the explorer.
Columbus' writings apparently show that he thought he
was sailing down one side of a long peninsula and that he
would soon round the end of it into the fabulous waters
of the Indies. Columbus did not achieve his dream in
Panama and it wasn't until 1513, when Vasco Nunez de
Balboa first sighted the Pacific Ocean from a hill on the
Isthmus, that the "connection" with the "Secret Strait" was
Christopher Columbus was not the first explorer to
visit Panama, nor was he the last. This little isthmus has
a history teeming with conquistadoress" and pirates but
my favorite is Columbus and, when I think about it, he
has always been a part of my life. Growing up about a
mile from the town of Balboa (named for "who else?") at
the Pacific terminus of the Panama Canal, my explorer of
choice would always be Columbus; his name was a
constant in my life as my Father traveled back and forth
to Cristobal and Colon guiding ships through the Panama
Canal. When I was at Balboa High School, our arch rival
was Cristobal High School--this still did not dissuade me.
Christopher Columbus ... I liked him best.
As I get older, I realize that my attraction has
probably always been related to the fact that I LOVE
HISTORY. I love to walk where others walked long ago
and Columbus is associated with so many places in this
little country. The quaint little town of Portobello became
the marketplace of the Americas and transshipment point
of the vast Incan treasure--Columbus named it and I have
been there!! Isla Grande is lapped by waters that
Columbus sailed. Nombre de Dios is nearby. Almirante
Bay near Costa Rica probably looks exactly as it did
when he first entered Panamanian waters--I have been
there. I am so grateful to be able to relate much of my
life to so much history, so much that helped to shape
what and where we all are today.
Columbus' time in Panama was actually fraught with
many difficulties and misfortune and was, essentially,
unsuccessful in his quest for the Indies. I'm sorry about
that but--I'm so glad that he was here.

Nancy Boyd McAleer
Panama, R.P.

Moore on the

laspadura Camal

On a recent trip to Panama, I found several books
and references regarding the Raspadura Canal in the
library in Balboa. The Raspadura Canal was dug by a
Monk of Novita in 1788 connecting the Atrato and the
San Juan Rivers in Colombia.
The location and length of the canal differed in the
various books. Rivers are located in different places or
have different names as well.
Mr. Ralph Z. Kirkpatrick, a former head of the
Section of Surveys of the Panama Canal, knew about the
canal in Colombia. He made studies of the historical sites
and events in Panama and published a map in 1939
showing them. He mentioned that Mr. James A. Moore,
the Director of the Army and Navy YMCA in Balboa
had pictures of the Raspadura Canal.
Does anyone know what became of those pictures?
Is there a relative of Mr. Moore that may know about his
explorations in Colombia?

William H. Grant, Jr.
1911 Geyer Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104

By Bill Monsanto D/393 (BHS'40)
During the April 1993 tour of the Battle of the Bulge
areas, conducted by Battlefield Tours for the 99th
Infantry Division Association with Will Cavanagh our
guide, we were scheduled to visit Aubel where the
Division had assembled in early November 1944 before
going into the lines and replacing the 9th Infantry
The Division had also retired to Aubel in February
1945, after Elsenborn Ridge, for refitting and receiving
replacements just before being called on to cross the
Rhine River at Remagen.
Aubel was that beautiful village in the Ardennes
where the citizens had let us sleep in their barns and
fields while preparing for, and recovering from battle.
On April 30 while visiting the Henri-Chapelle
Cemetery, we were met by the 99th Division Motor Pool
in Europe a car club with restored 1/4 ton Jeeps and
3/4 ton Dodge weapon carriers. We mounted those
vehicles and then proceeded in column to Aubel where

a surprise was in store for us.
As we entered the village, the vehicle horns were
sounded like local wedding processions back home. We
were on parade formation and the citizens of Aubel were
standing on the side of the streets cheering us on.
Throughout the village Belgian and American flags were
prominently displayed and as we wound our way through
the streets, the citizens waved American flags and
cheered just as they had done in September 1944 when
they were liberated by the U.S. Army.
We were driven to a tennis club where a welcoming
ceremony had been arranged for us. We were officially
greeted by the Mayor. Madame Betty LaMaire, the
organizer of the parade and ceremony, was represented
by her brother-in-law, Emil Doudemont, as she was ill
and unable to be present.
Refreshments were served and we were able to meet
and converse with our friends in Aubel.
Responding comments were made by Bill Meyer who
was as eloquent as Abe Lincoln.
Good wishes and cheers were exchanged and we
were made to recall our feelings of 49 years ago when we
were first greeted in Aubel.
What a wonderful experience it was to be greeted
and accepted by the citizens of Aubel where in 1944 and
1945 our presence had caused damage to the roads and
properties and where danger of enemy actions were
These were the citizens who helped us prepare for
battle and later helped us to recover from battle. These
were the citizens who lost family friends and sustained
other losses in the villages of the Ardennes that were
severely damaged or destroyed in the Battle of the Bulge.
We could have been remembered as the Americans who
brought unwanted hardship to Aubel but they
remember us only as the Americans who brought them
No, the citizens of Aubel, their children and
grandchildren have not forgotten their American soldier
friends of 1944 and 1945; and this American soldier can
never forget the wonderful citizens of Aubel.
(Bill Meyers, the editor of the paper who was with us
- prepared the additional article of my giving "dogtags" to
the 99th Division Association archives (a permanent
museum). Although they made a 'thing' of the Canal
Zone address; there is another one from the Canal Zone
that served in the 99th Division. He is buried in the
Henri-Chapelle Cemetery as the only Canal Zone
representative. I checked out the record in the cemetery,
but it was not a name that I recognized.
The article says I was 17 when I enlisted.. wrong. I
was 19).

Bill Monsanto D/393
1111 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92680

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Bill Monsanto, who was captured as a Pfc. in D/393
during the Battle of the Bulge stayed in the Army after
the war, eventually graduating from the Command and
General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and serving
with distinction as a colonel. While on the recent Battle-
field tour and Rhine cruise, he donated his dog tags to
the 99th War Room.
The dog tags are unusual for several reasons.
Monsanto was born in the Canal Zone, where his father
was stationed for the United States authorities. That
address is given because his official residence was Balboa,
Canal Zone.
Also because he enlisted in the Army at the age of
17, his serial number begins with a "1" instead of a "3."
Monsanto was in the Enlisted Reserve Corps and went
into the ASTP program before it closed and he was sent
to the 99th at Camp Maxey.
He also included his German POW dog tags, from
Stalag IV-B.
Look for them on display in the War Room at

The Science of Communicating:
An Order A Smile
Speech delivered at PCSSC Memorabilia Luncheon
Los Angeles, CA
August 2, 1992
August 15, 1992 will be the 78th anniversary of the
official opening of the Panama Canal. It seems
appropriate to mention something about the building of
the Canal. The mightiest deed the hand of man has done.
The creation of an organization, adopting lines of
communication and the coordination of effort. There is
no man-made endeavor more impressive than the
building of the Panama Canal. Those who have made the
transit through the amazing lock system of this great
waterway found it to be a most exhilarating journey.
The many divisions necessary to complete the Canal
facility were held together by proper communications.
Imagine 4,000 men brought into Culebra Cut on
labor trains every day! Each worker knew why he was
there and he knew the job he was to do. The work
schedules were amazing in that no one part of the
operation could ever be permitted to interfere or disrupt
another. Communications, if you please. Working
together to accomplish the purpose.
The three important divisions, the Atlantic, the
Central and Pacific were able to see fruits of their labors
come together efficiently and form the most wonderful
man-made lake in the world. However, if Dr. William
Crawford Gorgas, Chief of Sanitary Division had not
been able to control and obliterate certain tropical
diseases, this great engineering feat may not have been
Through an excellent communications system, Dr.
Gorgas was able to drain swamps, pools of water, and
spray the area with mosquito oil. Obviously, the doctor
could not do the labor to get the job done, but by
communicating with the proper department heads, the
work progressed to such a state that the Atlantic Division

was able to fabricate the Gatun Locks and the dam that
was used to help form Gatun Lake. The Central Division
was able to cut through the Great Divide so water from
the Chagres River could be used to form Gatun Lake,
and the Pacific Division was able to construct the Pedro
Miguel and Miraflores Locks.
When the three divisions completed their work, their
efforts were united.
Since 1914, the world has experienced profound tech-
nological changes. And yet, the Panama Canal still
provides the international maritime community with a
dependable and economical means which bridges the
distance between one point on the globe and another.
What is equally important, is that it has helped to bring
the people of the world closer together.
We cannot help but admire the visionaries who
conceived this great engineering project, and the workers
who made their visions a reality. It is fitting to
acknowledge the contribution made by the Panama Canal
Commission employees who have not only maintained the
high level of service that has been identified with the
Panama Canal since its opening, but also strived to
increase its capacity, and meet the changing needs of
Canal users. I do not have to tell you how successful this
I have a great feeling of humble pride when I realize
I was fortunate to have been part of this great
undertaking. As I stand before you, I believe it is
appropriate at this time to tell you how much pleasure I
have received from this auspicious organization, the
Panama Canal Society of Southern California. We are
family you are my family. I hold a great love in my
heart for all of you.
Having this communication with you is a treasure I
shall have with me to keep and love the rest of my days.
May our gracious God bless and keep you in the
hollow of his hand.
Thank you.
Thank you. Robert L. Dill
Only living Roosevelt Medal holder
Hemet, CA



Joseph Bucklin Bishop served the Isthmian Canal
Commission from September 7, 1905, through July 16,
1914. For the first two years, he remained in the
Commission's Washington, D.C. office, moving to the
Isthmus in August 1907.
By authority of the Commission, Bishop, a journalist,
designed and founded The Canal Record, serving as its
editor from the first issue, published September 4, 1907,
through the July 1, 1914 issue. On July 3, 1914, Bishop
left the Isthmus on his final assignment, having been
ordered by Canal Zone Governor George W. Goethals to
represent the Panama Canal at its exhibit at the Panama-
Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.
Bishop authored a number of books, including The
Panama Gateway, Theodore Roosevelt and His Time and,
with his son, Farnham Bishop, Goethals: Genius of the
Panama Canal.

The Panama Canal Spillway
May 7, 1993



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
3208 Trails Lake Dr.
Medina, OH 44256
(216) 725-5087

Conrad Horine
5728 Barley Court
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 472-6693

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

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.


Even though 1998 is five years away, I hear it's not
too soon to begin locating classmates for a possible 50th
class reunion. If you were in the BHS class of '48, or if
you know where any of our classmates are, please send
name(s), addresses) and phone numberss.
Also, if anyone from CHS '48 would be interested in
heading up a combined 50th class reunion with your old
BHS rivals, please let me know. Barbara (Fritz) Reyle,
10518 Providence Way, Fairfax, VA 22030-3106.
Telephone: (703) 273-2654.


We are starting early so from the four corners of
earth, the 1954 elite will meet in Orlando, Florida, at the
Panama Canal Society Reunion in June 1994. Please send
updated addresses and a check for $5.00 to cover initial

costs to:
Sheila McNamee Taylor
8011 Longbay Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34243

June Rowley Stevenson
1730 Omie Way
Lawrenceville, GA 30243

We will be contacting those classmates whose
address we have with more details, and watch for up-
dates in the Canal Record.

CHS CLASS of 1959!

All members of the CHS Class of 1959 are invited to
join in celebration of our 35th Class Reunion with the
theme "Our 30th Again" at the PCSOFL Reunion next
year at the Twin Towers Hotel in Orlando, FL. Please,
everyone from the class of '59 contact Brian McNamee,
4704 Drexel Road, College Park, MD 20740, to receive
the "Our 30th, Again" newsletter detailing the plans. (301)


Reunion interest? Contact Ella Mae (Morales)
Conrad (volunteering to assist anyone else). Notes from
30th. available. Let's enjoy a 35th in 1994. 4839 Wall
Triana Highway, Madison, AL 35758-9395. (205) 464-
0119. (Hope you can get together with Brian. No luck
with phones. Ed.)


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


We've changed the location of our 30th Reunion! By
this time most of you have received the letter regarding
this change. We're going back to our ol' stomping
grounds in Clearwater, FL. We'll be at the Holiday Inn
on July 28,29,30, checking out on the 31st. Keep in touch
with your committee if you find any "missing" classmates
or have a change of address yourself between now and
then....we don't want to "lose" anyone else!! Looking
forward to seeing you all again!!

Carole (Salonick) Barber
404 Marble Cove Way
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(310) 430-5800

Sherry (Sabo) Hozack
2286 Amethyst Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 984-5226


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

Jane (Holgerson) Thompson
476 East Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92714
(714) 733-2789


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


Our twentieth anniversary celebration is
tentatively being planned to coincide with the Pan Canal
Society Reunion in June, 1994. The reunion committee is
hoping that the BHS 1974 Class members and/or
relatives and friends will contact me at the address below
so that our files can be updated with current information.
We'd like to hear from ANYONE who knows of a '74
graduate! If you can contact me soon, our networking can
help reach many people in time for others to make plans
to attend the reunion. Thanks, in advance, for taking the
time to help us out. Don't delay write today! More info
will appear in future issues. THANKS! Ann (Walker)
Haynick, 2780 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Kalamazoo, MI
49002, (616) 323-2278.

Bob Parthenais
5649 Normandy Road
Memphis, TN 38120


Plans are being made for the CHS 20th Reunion. We
need names and addresses of any classmates that you
may have. Please contact: Cherie (Danielsen) Lee, 5515
Cactus Drive, Houston, TX 77088. (713) 999-8368.


Plans are being formulated for a four (4) night cruise
aboard the Carnival Cruise Ship Fantasy. We tentatively
plan to depart Port Canaveral (45 minutes from Orlando)
on Sunday, June 5, 1994 and return on Thursday in time
for the Panama Canal Society Reunion to be held in
Orlando. We will be offering group rates along with
package deals that will include: the cruise, airfare, 7-day
car rental and three (3) nights hotel stay in Orlando.
If you are interested in obtaining additional
information, call Carolyn Bohn at (612) 922-2532 or
contact: Carlton A. Morris, 19928 Bothell-Everett Hwy.
#622, Bothell, WA 98012. (206) 486-8065 (Home)
485-5567 (Work)

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food great company!


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.


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


The BHS-CHS Class Lists provide ready references
of your friends and fellow alumni. We would like to
include your name and current address in these lists. To
obtain a listing form, just send a self-addressed and
stamped envelope (SASE) to Conrad S. Horine, 5728
Barley Court, Bonita, CA 91902.
There is no charge to list your name. Copies of a
class list are available for $2.00. When requesting a list
please be specific as to the school, i.e., BHS or CHS, and
class year requested.


The Space Coast gang from the Panama Canal will
be holding their annual picnic on Sunday, October 24, at
Tom Statham Park from 11 a.m. to dark.
Statham Park is located on the East side of U.S. 1,
approximately 3 1/2 miles south of the intersection of
S.R. 50 and U.S. 1 in Titusville.
There is a $1.00 entrance fee which will be used to
help defray the cost of the pavilion rental. Bring your
lunch, drinks, and paper cups and plates.
For additional information call: Terry Deakins, (407)
631-9209 or Randy Deakins (407) 632-4057.

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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
works, and your old eyeglasses for distribution in Third
World countries by the Christian Medical Society.
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.


The Fourteenth Hill Country Zonians Annual
Christmas Party will be held on December 4, 1993 at the
Embassy Suites Hotel in San Antonio. The committee
has arranged to have registration at 12 noon and lunch to
be served at 1:30 p.m.
They have an interesting day planned. Miguelito
Nacel will furnish the music again. That is a treat in
For further information contact Shirley Polston,
11515 Waterbury St., San Antonio, TX 78251. (210) 520-
1828 or Judy Wheeler, 5730 Misty Glen, San Antonio, TX
78247. (210) 590-6202. If you missed last year's party,
don't mis- '"' -nm

The Pier is located at the end of 2nd Avenue N.E.
From 1-275, take exit 10 (The Pier) to Beach Drive. Turn
South to 2nd Avenue N.E. Valet parking available.

Saturday, December 4, 1993
Columbia Restaurant The Pier
800 2nd. Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Make your plans now to get into the Holiday spirit
by attending the PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon and
Meeting at the Columbia Restaurant The Pier, on
December 4, 1993.
The Columbia Restaurant is located on The Pier, 800
2nd. Avenue N.E., St. Petersburg, Florida. (See map).
The Luncheon and Meeting will start at 12:00 noon.
The cost is $12.00 per person. We will offer you a choice
of the following menus:

Salad, Chicken and Yellow Rice "Ybor," Cuban
Bread, Flan, Coffee or Tea.
Salad, Roast Pork "a la Cubana," Potato,
Vegetable, Flan, Coffee or Tea.

Public parking is available on the approach to the
Pier ($1.00). A trolley will pick you up at the parking lot
and take you to the Pier. Handicap and Valet parking
(Charge is made for this service) is available at the Pier.
You may also drop off passengers at the Pier and then
proceed to the parking lot.
We will have some entertainment and lots of door
Send your reservations in now. The deadline to get
your reservations in is November 29, 1993. There will be
no refunds after November 30, 1993.

December 4, 1993
Columbia Restaurant The Pier
800 2nd Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg Florida

Please make reservations at $12.00 each.

Total enclosed is: $

Indicate which and how many entrees:

Chicken and Yellow Rice "Ybor."

IRoast Pork "a la Cubana."

Mail to, and make checks payable to: Panama
Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall,
Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712.




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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 3 Package rates are available for those who
wish to come early or stay after the
tournament. Room is $35.50 single or
double. Golf with cart is $18 for each golfer.

October 4 PACKAGE BEGINS Practice round, tee
times in the Pro Shop.

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 (entry fees, green fees and prizes), 3 breakfasts
and 2 dinners from menu, free cocktail party, buffet
banquet and prizes. All prices include taxes.

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


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

Costs:Club Member, golfer
Non-Club Member, golfer
Cocktail Party & Buffet only

$59.00 per person
95.00 per person
15.00 per person


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.

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.


Patt Foster Roberson is collecting old yearbooks and
yearbook updates that are often distributed at class
reunions in Florida. If you have any old ones or if your
class prepared updates for your class reunion, please send
an extra copy to: 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-
2253. Thank you!


Initial plans have begun for the 1st Ham Radio
Reunion for all ham operators and supporters. Ed Parker
of Slidell, Louisiana, and James O'Donnell of St.
Petersburg, Florida, will host the luncheon reunion on
Friday during the Panama Canal Society Reunion, June
1994. Anyone interested in participating in this amateur
radio reunion, please write or call one of the committee

James J. O'Donnell
405 10th Ave. NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-2007
(813) 894-2478

Ed Parker
2985 Camellia Drive
Slidell, LA 70458
(504) 643-5603


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