VOL. 28 JUNE 1994
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Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Mrs. Marje Foster
1st Vice President
Mr. Robert Johnson
2nd Vice President
Mr. Virgil Camby
Mrs. Betty Malone
Mr. Robert Van Siclen
James J. O'Donn.ll
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Barbara Green
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
President's M message ......................................... 1
From the Secretary .......................................... 2
Editor's Corner ............................................ 3
Legislative Representative ................... .................. 3
Proposed Amendment to the By-Laws ............................ 6
Announcem ents ............................................ 9
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...................... 14
'Dis is 'de place!! ........................................... 18
"Where Are You?" ......................................... 21
R etirem ents ............................................... 21
N ews Clips ................................................ 22
Your Reporter Says ......................................... 26
Alabama ................. 26 Louisiana ...............35
Arkansas ................ 27 M ississippi ..............36
California ................ 28 New England ............ 36
Florida .................. 30 Northwest ...............37
Georgia ................. 33 Panama ................ 37
Hawaii .................. 34 South Carolina ........... 40
Indiana .................. 35 Texas .................. 41
Virginia ................ 42
Congratulations ............................................ 45
W weddings ................................................. 53
W ith Deep Sorrow .......................................... 57
Letters to the Editor ......................................... 63
Looking Back .............................................. 74
Class Reunion Announcements ................................. 78
For Sale or W anted ......................................... 78
Application for M membership ................................... 83
FRONT COVER: Marriott's Orlando World Center, where the 1995 and 1996
Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunions will be held. It has 1503 guest rooms
(enough for all our members together), nine restaurants, eight tennis courts, 18-
hole championship golf course, health club, indoor pool, freshwater lagoon, and
more, including lots of meeting space. See pages 18-20 of this issue.
BACK COVER: Ship being lowered down to sea level at Miraflores Locks.
Painting by well-known Canal Zone artist Al Sprague, now of Grafton, Virginia.
DATES TO REMEMBER
June 8-12 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando, FL.
June 19 N.W. Arkansas Annual Summer Meeting/Picnic, Agri Park,
Fayetteville, AR. Bring covered dish and tableware.
July 1 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episc. Church, 2500 16th St.
St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon COVERED DISH. 1:00 meeting.
August 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episc. Church, 2500 16th St.
St. Petersburg, FL. Refreshments 12:30 p.m. Meeting at 1:00 p.m.
August 6 1994 Northwest Reunion/Picnic. Twanoh State Park, Union,
Washington. See 'Announcements" for reservations, etc.
August 7 PCSSC Summer Luncheon, Reuben's Restaurant, Marina del Rey,
CA. 10:30 am 2:30 pm. Call E. Wimmer (818) 349-6903 for info.
September 3 PCSOFL Sarasota Luncheon, Fairways Forest Lakes Country Club,
11:00 a.m. Pay-as-you-go bar, Lunch 12:00 noon.
September 16-18West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego.
October 1 PCSOFL Annual Picnic. A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, FL.
October 4 Twentieth Anniversary Celebration, "Ocala Zonians," Stacy's
Buffet, Noon, 717 NE 36th Ave. (904) 622-7076 for more info.
October 8 Gulf Coast Picnic, Davis Bayou Campground, Ocean Springs, MS.
Starts at 11:00 a.m. (See Announcements).
December 3 Hill Country Christmas Party, New Braunfels, Texas. (See
Announcements for details).
December 4 PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, CA. Call
Edith Wimmer (818) 349-6903 for details.
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It's hard to believe that a year has passed and my
term of office is drawing to a close. I have to say that
being President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc. has been both a learning and rewarding experience.
I sincerely hope that I have kept our members
informed through the media of the Canal Record and at
the monthly business meetings of exactly what has
transpired during the year.
With pride, I would like to recap some of the
accomplishments and changes to our Society during my
term of office. We, hopefully, will provide a balanced
budget this year, through the implementation of an
increase in dues. Raising the cost of advertising, license
plates and decals effective the 1st of June will generate
additional revenue that aids in keeping a balanced
budget. Investing our assets in CD's that generates as
much interest as is possible in today's banking business.
Introducing the recording and computer work, with
additional new equipment, into our office with the office
staff accomplishing the tasks formerly done by the
Reunion Coordinator. The Coordinator is now free to
accomplish the many other duties in connection with our
Annual Reunions. Initiating a Membership Attendance
Prize, given to those members (excluding officers and
spouses) who attend six or more meetings each year and
rewarding these members with special prizes for events
at the Annual Reunion at no charge. Negotiating Hotel
Contracts for the 1995 and 1996 Reunions with the
Orlando World Center, with better dates for our younger
members and families. Please refer to the cover of this
issue, and articles therein.
Without giving the impression of "patting myself on
the back," I truly believe that during my term of office,
progress has been made for the good of the Society. All
of these improvements were not my accomplishments,
but the accomplishments of a hard working, progressive
In order to have a smooth running organization, it
takes dedication on the part of many individuals, devoting
their time and energies in overseeing their particular
function in the Society.
I would like to thank first, the office staff which
includes Barbara Green, Pat Beall, Shirley Boswell and
Carol Masino. These are the people who handle the day
to day business of the organization, as well as producing
the finest magazine on the market today the Canal
Record. They have all been "super" in their assistance to
me, as well as efficiently handling their specific duties. I
thank them all sincerely for a job well done. I'm positive
they will be just as cooperative and helpful to our newly
elected incoming officers.
Our Executive Board has done an outstanding job in
overseeing the business and decision-making for the
Society. I know that every decision that was made was
not always what you, the membership, would agree with,
but the overall picture was always for the benefit of all
our members. I thank each and every one of you Marje
Foster, Bob Johnson, Virgil Camby, Betty Malone,
Margot Jordan, Bob Van Siclen, Jim O'Donnell, Jim
Slover, Dorothy Yocum, Frank Matters, Muriel
Whitman, Barbara Green and Pat Beall.
Without a doubt our Special Events
Chairpersons truly "delivered the goods" in each event
they shared. Barbara and Tom Peterson for a wonderful
Sarasota Luncheon; Bob Johnson for a real "fun day"
Annual Picnic; Muriel Whitman for our beautiful
Christmas Luncheon; Virgil and Shirley Camby for our
spectacular Carnavalito; and Anna and Joe Collins for an
outstanding Yacht Club Luncheon. I thank each of you
and your committee members for making my year so
successful. It's too bad that more of our members do not
attend these very enjoyable functions and spend an
afternoon or evening talking over old times. They really
What would we have done without our
chairpersons of our Ongoing Committees? Frank
Matters and his assistant Jeanne Wheeler have done a
superlative job heading up the Budget and Audit
Committee, as well as other financial committees they
were appointed to. Muriel Whitman and her committee
have always been there to advise me concerning
interpretations of our By-Laws. Betty Frassrand and her
Nominating Committee produced an outstanding slate of
officers for 1994-1995. Dorothy Pate as chairperson of
Hospitality/Refreshments Committee never failed to
make our meetings a pleasure with her very special talent
of friendliness. Anna Collins, chairperson of the Sunshine
Committee always displayed her compassion for our sick
and hospitalized members with a cheery visit or a get-
well card. Eugene Askew and Al Pate, our Service
Officers, always there for our members with advice and
help in paperwork for our bereaved members. Pat Beall,
chairperson of our Advertising and Publicity Committee,
ever alert to make a "few bucks" for the Society and to
add to our assets, and definitely not last, our Historian,
Bev Williams who is still implementing her ideas to
preserve our records for future generations. A great big
thank you to you all!
Special mention goes out to Dorothy Yocum for
her wonderful Invocations at all meetings, and Jim
O'Donnell for his most informative Legislative Reports,
keeping our membership well-informed.
I hope that I have not forgotten anyone, please
forgive me if I have. To try to thank Pat Beall and his
reporters is an almost impossible task, but to be sure,
every word in the Canal Record has been appreciated by
me, and I thank him and his wonderful staff.
No words can express how deeply I feel about
a very special person who took on the largest and most
responsible task in the Society. I am speaking of Marje
Foster, our 1994 Reunion Coordinator. Until one
experiences the magnitude of this job, no one can truly
appreciate all that is involved. Marje and all her
committee chairpersons deserve all our thanks for a
magnificent job well done, so that all of us can enjoy the
1994 Reunion. I will be forever grateful to her and her
committees, and I know that her upcoming term as your
new president will be just as successful as mine.
In closing, may I repeat myself once again, it has
been my pleasure to have served you. I am very humble
as I leave office, but I am very proud of the fact that I
did my best. THANK YOU ALL!
REMINDER: The Society Office hours are 10-12
and 1-4, Monday through Friday. The only time the office
is closed during the week is on the first Friday of the
month when Pat and I are attending the monthly
Business Meeting. Also, on the fourth Thursday of every
month, the Executive Board meets and Pat and I are
required to attend. We try to have someone available to
answer the phones during the meeting but it is not always
possible. In that case, the answering machine is on just
leave a message.
Please remember to send your change of address on
a timely basis failure to do this can, and usually does,
result in your not receiving your Canal Record.
Also, check your address with the Post Office. Their
automated mail system is now in effect and if your
address is different from what the Post Office has
designated, you most likely will not receive all your mail.
Your extended Zip Code Zip + 4 is very
important to the automated mail system. If you have not
sent your Zip + 4 to us, please do so. It will help both
you and the Society a great deal.
Our 1995 dues year begins October 1, 1994 don't
forget to send in your dues.
I am looking forward to seeing you at the Reunion.
'Till next time.
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It's been busy here lately. Not only did we get the
April Annual Issue out on time, but we immediately got
started on the June issue after that as well as get ready
for the Reunion. There is a bit of information regarding
the 1995 Reunion also. A lot of "firsts" there with some
powerful persuasive data. I've been there, people, and it
don't get much better than that! Sure, the prices are a
little higher, but show me a place where prices haven't
Got word of a book store that had a lot of Panama
and Canal Zone hard-to-find books for sale. Checked it
out, and it's true. They have a listing of them, if you care
to write, and if you are a collector, it's worth the asking.
They also buy books. Their address is: The Book Corner,
728 W. Lumsden Road, Brandon, Florida 33511.
In view of the new Registration Fee charged at this
reunion, the Hospitality Suite will not be selling dance
tickets at the Reunion as usual. Proof of paid-up
registration fee is required prior to ticket sales, therefore
those sales will be made near the Secretary/Treasurer's
table where registration fee payment can be verified.
We have received quite a few phone calls and notes
from members expressing their appreciation for the way
in which Bob Dill's passing away was conducted in the
March issue. We also got a few 'abrasos' for the Black
Marlin article, and we thank those who gave us the good
report on both those articles, which really came from the
Glad to see New England has not deserted us.
There's plenty of of them there Zonians up there too,
and we like to hear from them. Our reporter, Debra
Farrell, not only got caught up in those "North Easters"
shoveling lots of snow, but moved house and home to a
new address. You can catch her now at 723 Concord
Turnpike, Arlington, MA 02174. Glad to see you back,
As Hospitality Co-Chairperson (Chairman, for the
past 6 years) I follow the class-reunions pretty close
because we are always asked by class members where
they are to go, what time, etc. and we are happy to oblige
them with the information they ask for (If I can get it
from those chairpersons). And as Editor, I note that a
few classes are scheduling their reunion elsewhere.
Although I'm sure the Society has no objections, it seems
odd that this should come about as there are many who
want to come to both their class reunion and the Panama
Canal reunion, but can't afford the double trip.
Moreover, those class reunions who go elsewhere, deny
those classmates from meeting their friends in classes
below and above them at the same school. Think of it -
if you entered high school in 1980, you most likely had
friends in classes 1977-1978-1979, and when you became
a senior in 1983, you had friends in classes 1981-1982-
1983, altogether a 7-year span of friends going to high
school at the same time. One class is scheduling a cruise
immediately before the reunion and after getting off the
ship, they go to the big one. Now, that's cool.
I was happy to see that the members of the Panama
Canal Society of Arizona honored Jane Cox at their
spring luncheon. Jane did a very good job over there and
I'm sorry she had to give up her job as area reporter. She
unearthed quite a few Zonites we hadn't heard from in
S NEXT DEADLINE:
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July 21, 1994
For quite a while now I have been telling members
that when you send me a snapshot to publish, you won't
get it back. I will make special dispensation for those
vintage photos that have become rare and one-of-a-kind
and for photos for which you pay through your nose for
in studios by a professional photographer. A copy of a
snapshot costs less than 35 cents, which is less than it
would cost to send it back. Please look at page 1 at the
See you all at the Reunion!
(813) 391-4359 Office
CLINTON'S HEALTH PLAN
Congress returned to work in
January and the biggest issues it
faces are trying to fix the health and
welfare systems and answering the
growing fear of crime. This year the
Democrats will face their greatest
test of leadership and their ability to
forge compromise with the health
plan. The Democrats are divided into three groups. The
liberals such as Congressman Stark have long advocated
a Canadian-style health program that would turn over the
management of medical care to the government. Ninety-
three House members declared their support for a bill
that would enact a version of the Canadian-style system.
The moderates like Congressman Breaux are closely tied
to business, and they're backing a health care plan they
call "Clinton Lite." The plan does not include the
requirement that employers provide health insurance to
their workers. The third camp, which includes some
Democrats as well as some Republicans, is best described
as the "go-slow" group. These lawmakers prefer to
proceed with a set of small steps, such as outlawing the
practice of denying coverage to the sick.
THE ADMINISTRATION'S HEALTH CARE PLAN
If the Administration's health care plan became law
today these are some of the programs that would affect
federal retirees. Most individuals would buy their health
coverage through regional health alliances in each state.
Alliances would represent all businesses and individuals.
The health alliances would collect all premiums from
employers, employees and subsidies from the federal
government, and then purchase federally qualified health
plans. The Administration's health care proposal calls for
the elimination of the Federal Employee Health Benefits
Program (FEHBP). As originally proposed, coverage of
federal employees, their dependents, and retirees under
FEHBP ends as regional health alliances begin operation
in the area in which a beneficiary resides. However,
recently the Administration announced that the FEHBP
would not be abolished until 1998. Annuitants without
Medicare coverage will be able to obtain insurance
through regional health alliances. Retirees with Medicare
coverage will be able to obtain health care coverage
through an Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
administered Medigap plan that will cover the cost of co-
payments and deductibles. In both cases, OPM will pay
a premium contribution sufficient to prevent an increase
in annuitants' costs over current fees. In other words,
current retirees and federal employees retiring prior to
January 1, 1998 would pay the same amount for health
care coverage as they would under FEHB.
THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT
The Senate has voted down the balanced budget
amendment. There are many in congress who still believe
that this amendment should become law. If and when it
becomes law, it could lead to severe cuts in Social
Security and Medicare. Support is still building up in
Congress for this controversial measure. Some in
Congress would like to see this amendment become law
so that they can avoid awkward questions about specific
cuts in the budget. The Senate resolution (S.J. 41) that
was to provide for a constitutional amendment requiring
a balanced federal budget except in times of war or if 60
percent of both houses of Congress vote to suspend this
rule. A two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress is
required to adopt this resolution. If ratified by three-
fourths of the states, the amendment will take effect two
years later. It is believed that there are enough votes in
both chambers of Congress to pass this measure, which
was narrowly defeated in the House in 1992 and in the
Senate in 1994. Many members of Congress believe that
the only way to balance our federal deficit is to be forced
to do so with a balanced budget amendment.
COLA NEXT YEAR MAY BE REDUCED BY 50
Many federal retirees called and wrote letters to
members of Congress saying they didn't want their
COLA to be cut in half. Senators Bob Kerry and Hank
Brown introduced an amendment that would have cut
$109 billion out of the budget over 5 years. Sixteen
Senators have endorsed this plan. Members of Congress
are saying that they are not hearing from retirees. If you
want to save your COLA for next year you need to take
ENROLLMENT IN MEDICARE
At the present if you are eligible and do not enroll in
Medicare Part B when you turn 65, you have to pay a
penalty. However, those retirees age 65 and older who
work full or part-time do not have to pay this penalty on
the condition that they immediately enroll in Medicare
Part B after their employment. When Medicare began in
1966, Congress wanted everybody to sign up for Part B
so that the premium income would help pay for the
program. A penalty of 10 percent a year was mandated
for late filing to encourage people to buy Part B coverage
at age 65. The monthly premium in 1966 was $3, and the
penalty for filing one year late, was only 30 cents. Today,
the penalty for delaying for one year is $4.11 per month,
more than 13 times the original penalty. If a person files
10 years late, the penalty is 100 percent, or $41.10 per
month. This year Congress will consider legislation to
reduce this penalty.
PRESIDENT CLINTON'S HEALTH REFORM
Federal Government employees should support a health
plan that allows the government to create its own health
alliance for federal retirees and employees. Such an
alliance would be similar to the "corporate health
alliance" option afforded large employers under the
Health Security Act. In general, federal employees
support what is good in the President's bill, which is
universal coverage, cost containment, and long-care. We
do not support the termination of our Federal Employees
Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP). For those federal workers
and retirees who either do not or did not work for the
postal service, will not be able to keep their health plan,
such as the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).
None of the health plans presently offered through postal
service employee unions would be available to federal
employees outside of the postal service. In fact, it is
unclear if APWU and other employee unions would
continue to offer health insurance to postal service
employees through the proposed corporate alliance.
Congress must clarify these roles before it enacts
comprehensive health care legislation later this year.
COURT REJECTS CHALLENGE TO LUMP-SUM
A federal court has rejected a new challenge concerning
taxation of the federal retirement lump sum annuity
option, saying the payment is not a tax-free return of
capital and therefore is subject to taxes. The decision
came from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which
several years ago ruled against us and in favor of taxation
of the lump sum in the lead case on the issue, "Shimota
v. U.S." In the new case, it was argued that the lump sum
is part of a different retirement contract rather than the
regular annuity. The lump sum should be tax free
because it is a return of the already taxed money that
retirees put into the retirement fund during their working
careers, the new plaintiffs argued. The Claims Court said
the separate contracts argument was found baseless in
the earlier decision. Even if that argument had merit, the
court said, the lump sum credits from the Civil Service
Retirement fund do not qualify for tax exemption under
SENATORS BOB GRAHAM and CONNIE MACK
Both Senators from Florida would like to reduce your
benefits. They believe that the budget problems can be
resolved by cutting some of your entitlements. They plan
to cut government spending considerably more than
President Clinton has requested. One third of the cuts
will be coming out of Medicare. It also includes, among
its 56 money-saving provisions, totaling $94 billion over
five years, a proposal to deny cost of living adjustments
on that portion of the pensions of the U.S. government
retirees, both civilian and military, that exceeds $30,000.
Some recommendations that they have made would
involve imposing a 20 percent coinsurance payment on
clinical laboratory services. Reinstate the 10 percent
coinsurance on home health services for those whose
income are more than 150 percent above the official
poverty level. Require retirees with incomes of $100,000
or more to pay the entire premium for Medicare Part B.
If the Clinton plan is approved it will be ambitious,
expensive and it would create HEALTH ALLIANCES.
In health alliances, much as in consumer buying
cooperatives, small businesses and individuals band
together to get better deals on health insurance. The
Clinton plan, as well as rival bills would compile a form
of community rating for health insurance sold to
individuals and small firms. This means that all such
individuals and firms in the same geographic area would
pay essentially the same price for health insurance,
regardless of whether they or their workers were sick or
THRIFT SAVING PLAN
If you became a U.S. Government employee under the
FERS system, then you can expect the Senate to consider
a budget reduction plan that would, among other things,
cut in half the government's retirement thrift program.
The plan would not effect current employees, although it
could pave the way for cutting their Thrift Savings Plan
benefits later. Continued pressures to reduce government
spending is a threat to the Thrift Saving Plan benefits,
especially for those hired since 1983 and for those who
later switched from the old CSRS retirement plan to
FERS. The threat is real and if you are a FERS
employee you should be prepared to fight further
COST OF OUR HEALTH CARE TODAY
Health care today is one of the biggest "taxes" on our
economy. Health care spending this year will be $930
billion, or more than 14 percent of our gross domestic
product. Without changes in our current system, our
nation's health care expenditures by the year 2,000 are
projected to be $1.3 trillion, or nearly 20 percent of our
gross domestic product. This cost does not include the
millions of Americans who are uninsured today. President
Clinton's Health Security Act (S. 1757) has provisions in
the Act that will help hold down these costs as we move
into the year 2,000 and beyond.
WHO WILL PAY FOR THE NEW HEALTH PLAN?
There will be many debates on how to finance health
care for all Americans and the expanded benefits such as
long term care and free prescription drugs. Everybody
will be asked to pay something for their health care
through premiums, deductibles and co-payments. We
hope that savings generated from Medicare and Medicaid
reform will provide a portion of the revenues needed to
implement the plan. Rather than imposing a broad based
tax on all Americans, new revenue will be generated
through a tax on tobacco products and on corporations
that do not join regional health alliances. Write to your
Congressional Representative and let them know your
views on these complex issues of mutual importance.
Your views will be helpful to them during their debate in
the Senate and House. The financing of health care
reform is very important. You should get involved.
CONGRESS PLANS TO TAX YOUR FEDERAL
Congress and the Clinton administration are
considering whether to tax your FEHBP. Under current
law, your health insurance is exempt from income tax.
When the government puts a tax on your health
insurance it will cost you about $20 to $540, depending
on your income, according to the Congressional Budget
Office. If your income is between $30,000 and $40,000,
you would be required to pay about $150 more in taxes.
During a hearing held recently, the main reason for this
tax emerged, and that is to raise billions of extra dollars
to help pay for National Insurance. All your entitlements
are going to be looked at and no one should be surprised
when Congress taxes many of your federal benefits.
Write your Congressional Representative and let them
know what you think. A letter or two today may help
save your benefits tomorrow.
James J. O'Donnell
Commonly used conversion factors
From English Multiply by To Metric
Inches 25.4 Millimeters
Feet 0.3048 Meters
Gallons 3.785 Liters
Pounds 0.4536 Kilograms
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EDITOR MUST HAVE BY:
July 21, 1994
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE BY-LAWS
Date : March 17, 1994
To : Members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
From : By-Laws Committee, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Subject: Proposed Amendment to the Society's By-Laws relating to Associate Membership.
The By-Laws Committee believes that the proposed amendment to the By-Laws would maintain continuity
in the Society By-Laws and recommends adoption of this Amendment.
Signed Signed Signed
Muriel Whitman, Chairperson Albert Pate Betty Malone
February 1, 1994
FROM: Robert E. Van Siclen, Past President
TO: Mrs. Muriel Whitman, Chairperson, By-Laws Committee
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
THROUGH: Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, President, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
SUBJECT: Proposed Amendment to the Society By-Laws.
Article III Membership and Dues
Section 3 Classes of Membership
Paragraph D Associate Membership
1. To maintain continuity in the Society By-Laws, and because it is most difficult to describe a "Criteria for continued
interest in the Society," and further, because the PREAMBLE and Article 3, Section 2 of Paragraph D in the existing
By-Laws clearly sets forth requirements for membership in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., it is proposed
that Article 3, Section 3, Paragraph D, of the existing By-Laws be deleted in its entirety.
(EXISTING) ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SEC. 3 CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP:
A., B., C. (No change)
D. Associate Membership:
1. Individuals who express a continued interest in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., who otherwise
do not meet the eligibility requirements for membership as designated in Article III, Section 2, may
apply for an Associate Membership.
a. Criteria for continued interest shall include but shall not be limited to: period of interest
in the Society; time and effort in promoting the Society's goals; dedication in
performing services to the Society; distances traveled to perform services,
relationship to current deceased members or persons noted for their dedication to
the construction, maintenance, operations, defense or support facilities in the
2. Application for Associate Membership shall be submitted to the Society's Executive Board for approval
3. Associate Members shall be assessed an annual fee equal to the Society's annual dues and shall receive
a subscription to the Canal Record.
4. Associate Members may attend meetings and speak, but may not hold office, make motions or vote.
E. (No change)
(PROPOSED AMENDMENT #3)
Delete Article III, Section 3, Paragraph D, Associate Membership.
Article III, Section 3, Paragraph E, to Article III, Section 3, Paragraph D, Complimentary Membership.
It is requested that this proposed amendment to the Society By-Laws be published in the June issue of the Canal
Record and voted upon in accordance with Article XV Amendments of the Society By-Laws.
Robert E. Van Siclen
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What is it?
By Jack deGrummond
A comment on the concept of what the Panama
Canal Society represents, and the basic belief of the
esteem in which the Society should be recognized.
It seems that the Society's membership continues to
remain strong and active. However, there are some
eligible Zonians who just haven't felt the need to join. I
feel that they should be a part of one of the Panama
Canal Societies or groups around the country, as so many
I would like to comment on what our Societies really
can mean. One of our biggest events is the Florida
Society's Annual Reunion. What a terrific event it is, to
draw us all together. Everybody has a great time in
seeing old friends again, participating in the functions,
socializing with everyone, and dancing their feet off at the
This all might give the effect that the societies are
purely social in nature just get together, have a good
time and nothing more. But there is a deeper purpose for
which we join together.
Most of us, who have been with the societies in
Florida and California for a long time, believe that
membership in the societies is more meaningful than
"purely social." The social part of membership only
follows the original purpose and motivation for the
creation of the societies.
The motivation of the original organizers of the
societies was a desire to perpetuate the fellowship of
friends and Zonians whose lives and experiences in the
Canal Zone bound them together. They lived and worked
in a unique society, with as close an association as
students in school, in their work, church activities, social
clubs, sports and many other daily functions, where they
enjoyed a special rapport with each other.
Many of us were born in the Canal Zone area, which
was our only home. Our parents came from the United
States in early construction days, met and were married
in the Canal Zone; others came individually, or as
families, and all became one big society. We made our
life in the Canal Zone a heritage from our parents.
Others also established their identity as Zonians when
they arrived on the Isthmus.
Some young Zonians in our early years, during the
1940s, joined a society called "The Panama Canal Old-
Timers' Sons and Daughters Society," to honor our
parents, and to recognize our association with the
Panama Canal Project, as well as to have the opportunity
to be together in a recognized group.
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We all had the realization of the importance of our
jobs in the various fields of work there. We were proud
to work for our government, and to be part of one of the
greatest American engineering projects, the American
Panama Canal, and its continuing successful operation
over the years.
Each generation had its share of experiences there,
and has seen many changes over the years. But anyone
who lived a part of his life in the Canal Zone community,
or was associated with the Canal and its operation, will
have a special feeling of pride to have been part of it.
I believe that when the Panama Canal Societies were
first formed, it was to commemorate the great Panama
Canal project, the sacrifices and work of all of the people
who participated in its construction, operation and
maintenance, who, over the years, have made it a world-
renowned waterway from ocean to ocean, with its
tremendous service to world shipping.
There are many commemorative societies and
organizations, each formed for a special purpose, and
many also have social activities; so, do not let us class our
societies as purely social, or we'll miss the boat.
When a Zonian dies, he doesn't go to Heaven,
And he doesn't go to Hell -
He takes a trip on the Love Boat,
Back through the Panama Canal.
The Man in the Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn't your father, or mother or wife
Whose judgement upon you must pass;
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people may think you a straight-shooting chum
And call you a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye.
He's the man you have to please, never mind the rest
For he's with you clear up to the end,
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you've cheated the man in the glass.
WT COAST REUNION
SEPTEMBER 16,17,18, 1994
BAHIA HOTEL, 998 West Mission Drive, SAN DIEGO, CA 92109, PHONE: 619-488-0551
MAIL ROOM RESERVATIONS DIRECTLY TO HOTEL
NAME ORGANIZATION: Panama Canal West Coast Reunion
ADDRESS SINGLE DOUBLE
ARRIVAL DATE: DEPARTURE DATE
NUMBER IN PARTY: DEPOSIT ENCLOSED: $
ALL RATES ARE SUBJECT TO 9% ROOM TAX. PLEASE ADVISE OF LATE ARRIVAL
ENCLOSE FIRST NIGHT ROOM DEPOSIT. Room rates: Single or Double $76.00
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THEME: CARNAVALITO. Bring your favorite memorabilia to share
Deadline for "reduced rate" reservations is September 1, 1994. Mail checks and reservations for meals to: WEST COAST
REUNION, c/o Norma Horine, 5728 Barley Court, Bonita, CA. 91902. Make checks payable to "REUNION ACCOUNT."
NAME AND ADDRESS 0
FRIDAY, September 16
SATURDAY, September 1I
SUNDAY, September 18
*For Mni-Reunions, etc., co
SFRA FOR FURTHEr
* S U A O'Brien, 619-543
For MIni-Reunions, etc., co
)F EACH PERSON
Dinner/Dance $35.00 per person $
After Sept. 1 @ $40.00 per pers. $
Breakfast $13.00 per person $
TOTAL ENCLOSED $
11:00 A.M. 8:00 P.M. Registration and Open Bar. (Bring your favorite libation).
7 9:00 A.M. 4:00 p.m. Registration. 6:00-7:00 p.m. Open Bar. 7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Dancing to the music of TITO MOUYNES. Raffle, Lottery.
10:00 a.m. Registration. 10:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast. Music and Slides.
R INFORMATION, Kathy and Jack Taylor, 619-277-5000; Ken and Celine Stone, 818-361-
rine, 619-472-6693; David Hollowell, 619-424-5704; Tom and Marian Rice, 213-662-0547; Bob
is, 619-272-9729; Bill and Nana Roberts, 619-440-3071; Jean Pence, 619-566-1831; Sharon
ict Bob Morris at 619-272-9729
ntact Kathy Taylor at 619-277-5000
HILL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Make plans now for our next Hill Country Christmas
Party, December 3, 1994. The 1993 party was a
resounding success and now we are gearing up for the
Best One Yet! This year's party will be held in New
Braunfels, Texas, at the Elks Lodge. Take a step back in
time with us and celebrate the coming of Christmas. For
those who want to stay overnight, you can stay at Tlhe
Faust, an antique and quaint Historical Hotel across from
the Elks (it brings to mind the old Tivoli Hotel).
Cocktails will be at 4:00 p.m. with dinner served at
6:00 p.m. (choice of steak or chicken). Following dinner
will be a band we can dance to. An array of door prizes
and a great raffle is programmed. A Panamanian dance
troupe and musicians will be performing. More info in
the next issue. If you would like to be added to our
mailing list, please contact any of the following; Judy
Wheeler, 5730 Misty Glen, San Antonio, TX 78247 (210)
590-6202; Shirley Lawson-Polston, P.O. Box 27792, San
Antonio, TX 78227 (210) 520-1828; Dianna Lawson-
Lassalle, 9702 Valley Crest, San Antonio, TX 78250 (210)
PCSOFL Regular Meeting
July I 1194
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, Florida
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HEALTH BUREAU GET-TOGETHER
It has been a long time since a lot of us have seen
each other. If you are interested in getting together for a
lunch in Orlando, Florida at the Panama Canal Society
Reunion in 1995, please contact one of those listed
below. Let your friends know so everyone can make plans
now for next year. More details in following Canal
102 Turf Trail Place
Fountain, CO 80817
106 Huckleberry Lane
Dothan, AL 36303
ATTENTION FORMER ALBROOK
A second reunion is being planned for persons who
lived at Albrook AFB from approximately 1968-1978.
This get-together is for parents and their family members
and will be held from June 16-19, 1994, at the Hacienda
Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, NV. For further information
contact Derek Nelson, 319 Vallarte Drive, Henderson,
NV 89014 (702-451-0647 Home) (702-649-0346 Work); or
Ray Mastin, 310 Farming Creek Drive, Simpsonville, SC
29681 (803-963-1606 Home) (803-458-1963 Work).
2440 Winding Ck Blvd. #301
Clearwater, FL 34621-2558
I am researching the Red, White and Blue Troupe
and would appreciate correspondence or phone calls
regarding locations of any collections of historical
material either private or public or the organization.
I was a member in the 1930s and 1940 in Gamboa
under Coach Henry Grieser.
I am particularly interested in doing an oral history
project of women members of the Troupe as the
women held many championships. Please contact:
Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo, 163 Nenue Street, Honolulu,
HI 96821. (Daughter of Eleanor Farrell McQueary)
PCSOFL Regular Meeting
August 5, 1994
ICSCIfL eiaular Aeeting
St. Iede's Episcopal Clhurch
2500 l1(th Street
St. Detersburg, FL.
LIIGT R IEfR SHMENTS
REGULAR ACETING 1:00 D.M.
PCSOFL SARASOTA MLUNCHEON
September 3, 1994
$12.00 per person
OCTOBER REUNION OF THE
LOCATION: Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army/Navy Drive,
Arlington, VA 22202, Tel: 703-892-4100 or 1-800-222-
TREE (Across from the Pentagon and near motorail and
shopping, minutes to D.C.). WASHINGTON ROOM
(Accommodates 200 people).
TIME & EVENT: October 8, 1994. 7:30 p.m. to
midnight. Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres and dancing. Gail
Dawson will be the illustrious Master of Ceremonies!
ROOM RATES: For those folks who would like to stay
the evening, the hotel is offering a single room with an
all-inclusive rate of $86.70 per night and $97.67 per night
for double occupancy.
COST PER TICKET: $35.00. There will be a cash bar.
Parking at the hotel is free.
RSVP: PLEASE send your payment by SEPTEMBER 15
to Rosemary Gilead (703)243-6408, 1608 N. Utah Street,
Arlington, VA 22207-2134) or to Bob Nordstrom (703-
573-5588, P.O. Box 505, Annandale, VA 22003-0505) or
to Barbara Sanders 6014 Crocus Court, Alexandria, VA
22310 (New address in late June, no home phone number
as of this printing, but office phone is 202-634-6441,
Panama Canal Commission.)
We hope to see at least 150 people to attend to cover the
cost of the food and fabulous dancing music of Tito
Mouynes who will be here from Seattle, Washington.
Don't miss out on this great opportunity for bienvenido,
baile and bochinche.
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2401 Beneva Rd. Sarasota, FL 34232 921-7979 921-7970
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
September luncheon will be held in Sarasota, on
Saturday, September 3, 1994 at the Fairways of Forest
Lakes Country Club.
A pay-as-you-go bar will be set up to commence at
11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon/Meeting following at 12:00
The menu will consist of a choice of Beef Burgundy
with noodles, or Chicken Baltimore with Duchess
potatoes, Fresh Vegetable Medley, Garden Salad with
House Dressing, Fresh Bread with Whipped Butter,
Coffee/Tea, and Strawberry Parfait for Dessert. Please
specify your choice of entree on the Reservation Form.
The cost is $12.00 per person, gratuities included.
Deadline for Reservations and refunds is Wednesday,
August 31. 1994.
Jay Cain will be our chairperson for this gala event
and she and her committee promise a good time for all.
Door prizes will be given during the meeting, so let's all
support our Society and head South, or North or East or
West whichever is appropriate. The food is delicious!
PCSOFL SARASOTA LUNCHEON
September 3, 1994
The Fairways Forest Lakes Country Club
Please make Reservations at $12.00 each.
STotal enclosed is: $_
Please check preference:
I Beef Burgundy with noodles
Checks payable to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. Mail to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Sminole, Florida 34642-4712
S DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 1994
PCSOi L ANNUAL PICNIC
October 1, 1994
The Panama Canal Society of
Florida will hold its Annual Picnic at noon,
Saturday, October 1, 1994 at Pavilion #3,
A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs.
Anderson Park is located 7/10 mile
north of Klosterman Road, or 9/10 mile
south of Tarpon Springs/Keystone 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 to share 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.
GAMES AND PRIZES!
A short business meeting will be held after lunch.
The coordinator is James O'Donnell, (813) 894-2478.
Tarpon Ave. E.
Klosterman Rd. \
LOOKING FOR INTERESTED PARTY to continue
Conrad Horine's work with the index of CHS-BHS
persons. Please contact Norma Horine at 5728 Barley
Court, Bonita, CA 91902.
YOUR GAMBOA MEMORIES?
What are your memories of Gamboa? Anyone who
has memories of Gamboa or pictures to ,hare, 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
GAS HOUSE GANG
October 3, 4, 5, 1994
Mark your calendar for a good time
S. in Dothan, Alabama on October
3, 4, and 5. The annual Gas House
S i" Gang Golf Tournament will be held at
S A the Olympia Spa Motel in Dothan. We
are looking forward to seeing all of
you who were here last year. If you
Shave never attended, you have missed
a wonderful get-together for golfers
S and non-golfers to renew
I acquaintances. A special invitation to
all you lady golfers to get a group
together and come enjoy this beautiful
course and the new Robert Trent golf course, The
Highlands. The Itinerary is:
Oct. 3 Practice round.(Make your own foursome)
Music in the evening.
Oct. 4 Mexican Best Ball Tournament male and
female mixed scramble.
Oct. 5 Mexican Best Ball Tournament separate
male and female division. Cocktail hour,
banquet and awards in the evening.
PACKAGE PLAN: Includes 3 days and 3 nights lodging,
3 rounds of golf (entry fee, cart, green fees and prizes),
3 breakfasts and 2 dinners, cocktail party, banquet and
prizes. All prices include taxes.
COSTS: Per couple (both golfers)
Per couple (one golfer)
Single golfer (with/roommate)
Single golfer (staying alone)
Single (non golfer)
NON-PACKAGE PLAN: Includes 3 rounds of golf
(entry fee, cart, green fees and prizes). Music Monday
night, cocktail party and banquet on Wednesday night.
Club Member (golfer)
Non-Club Member (golfer)
Cocktail party & Banquet only
$64.00 per person
$100.00 per person
$15.00 per person
All reservations will be made directly to the
OLYMPIA SPA MOTEL, Manager Joe Bates, P.O. Box
6108, Highway 231 South, Dothan, AL 36302. Telephone
is: (205) 677-3321. For additional information please call
any of the following: Vera Ryan (205) 793-6316, Lou
Hunt (205) 793-4690, Bud Huldtquist (205) 793-5186, Bill
Sherlock (205) 794-5933, Jim Coman (205) 284-0771.
GRANTLAND RICE SPORTS LIGHT(?) info needed
on Red, White, and Blue Troupe film taken in mid 30's.
Has anyone got a copy? Please call (collect): Jackie
(Dorgan) Meketa, 43 Agua Sarca Rd., Placitas, NM
87043. (505) 867-6939.
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GULF COAST PICNIC
The Annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic will be
held starting at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 8, 1994, at
Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands National
Seashore, off Highway 90 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Everyone in the area or passing through is invited to
attend. Just drive through the park and look for the
bohio with the artful CZ banner, compliments of our
artist-in-residence Gerda Smith. And, if you have any
good old CZ recipes, bring them along too. One day we
will have a cookbook and you won't want your goodies
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 Spfings, MS 39564.
For additional picnic details, please contact Gerda or
Owen Smith at (601) 542-3441.
1994 POCONOS REUNION
The 1994 Poconos Reunion will be held from Friday
noon to Sunday noon during September 9-11, 1994 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 $68.00 per person
(double occupancy) for two nights lodging and two
dinners (friday and saturday) at the Train Coach
A great time is guaranteed! Golf is available. A
wonderful time and place for those holding MINI-CLASS
If additional information is needed, call Billy
Michaelsen, Reunion Coordinator: Between January and
April at (904) 683-0826. After April call (914) 271-3097.
OCALA ZONIANS EXTEND INVITE
The "Ocala Zonians" extend an open invitation to all
who may be in Ocala on Tuesday, October 4, 1994 to
visit with us and help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary
of our founding.
Our luncheon meeting starts at noon in Stacy's
Buffet, 717 NE 36th Ave. in Ocala south of East Silver
Springs Blvd. (Hwy. 40 E).
For further information (if required), give Harry
Pearl (904) 622-7076 or Red Townsend (904) 629-1338 a
DESCENDANTS OF U.S. BUILDERS
We are forming a society, ROOSEVELT MEDAL
DESCENDANTS. To keep alive the memories, meet one
another, share experiences, celebrate the Canal's birthday
on August 15, and for all the good that we can do, we
want to hear from you with your ideas too.
It was an extraordinary feat performed by 7,391
hardy souls who worked during construction days,
between 1904 and 1914, to build the Panama Canal. We
want to know your forebear's name? Where did he or she
work? and What do you think of the idea? Would any of
you like to go to Panama in August 1994 to help
celebrate the 80th birthday of the Panama Canal?
Descendants of U.S. citizens who worked on the
construction of the Panama Canal between 1904 and 1914
are requested to contact: Marc Quinn, Aptdo 55-0184,
Paitilla, Rep. de Panama, or Jeanne Stough, 145
Treasure Way, San Antonio, TX 78209-2161 in the USA.
1994 NORTHWEST REUNION
The Northwest Annual Reunion/Picnic will be held
on August 6, 1994 at Twanoh State Park, on the
Southwest area of Hood Canal, over on the Olympic
Peninsula. Address: Twanoh State Park, E12190 Hwy
106, Union, WA 98592. Telephone: (206) 275-2222. The
park takes reservations on a first come, first serve basis.
Alderbrook Inn has 13 guest rooms at approximately $89
each, less a 20% discount. Reservations must be made
prior to July 4th and mention Pan Canal Reunion. (1-
800-622-9370). The Belfair Motel at the Belfair State
Park, approximately 8 miles away, is also offering a 20%
discount to Pan Canal members. (206) 275-4485.
Arrangements were made by Cheri (Daisy) Henderson of
Allyn, WA. The Reunion hosts for 1994 are Jim and
Noralee Shobe of Bellingham, WA. A newsletter with
more detailed information and maps will be mailed to
previous attendees and those listed in the Panama Canal
Society Annual Directory, Northwest area,
Society member continue to show their kindness and
generosity by sending in old eyeglasses. If you have any
that you don't know what to do with but can't bring
yourself to throw away, then please recyle them by
sending them to Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker,
Opthalmologists and surgical support teams donate
their time and expertise to make annual trips to Central
America to perform surgery and distribute eyeglasses. On
each trip they see thousands of patients, perform
hundreds of operations and match up thousands of your
old prescription glasses with people who may never have
worn glasses before and who desperately need them.
Please do your part to help those less fortunate. What
finer gift than the gift of sight!
March 24, 1994
From: Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, President
To: Executive Board
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Subject: Recommendation to Nominate Mr. Joseph J.
Wood for Honorary Membership to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
I respectfully recommend Mr. Joseph J. Wood for
Honorary Membership to the Panama Canal Society of
Florida commencing as soon after presentation to the
Executive Board and publication in the Canal Record and
voted on by a 2/3 majority vote by the membership at
the next Society meeting.
Mr. Wood retired recently from the Panama Canal
Commission as Executive Administration Director after
32 years of government service, and has for many, many
years been instrumental in assisting the Panama Canal
Society in recommending Guest Speakers for the Annual
Reunion Luncheon. He, himself, has graced the Guest
Speaker's podium on two occasions. Additionally, he has
assisted various committee members on many occasions
and has distributed information concerning our reunions
throughout the Panama area to our membership there in
order that they may make prompt reservations. It is my
opinion that one of the main reasons our luncheons have
been successful is due largely to the efforts and
cooperation of Mr. Joseph Wood.
I highly recommend an affirmative vote for Honorary
Membership to a most deserving individual, Mr. Joseph
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Note: Approved by the Executive Board Meeting on
March 24, 1994.
B. SNOW AND F. BRUNDAGE
ATTENDANCE PRIZE WINNERS
Last July, a Membership Attendance Prize contest
was initiated by the Society at the suggestion of Mr. Peter
This was to reward, in a small way, members who
faithfully attend our Business Meetings, thereby helping
to meet a quorum so that business of the Society can be
The member's name tag, which is given each
member at each meeting, would be placed in a "holding"
locked box, which would be opened at the March
meeting. The names of all members who attended six or
more meeting would be returned to the "holding" box
until the April Business Meeting.
Five of those names would be drawn in April and
each of those names would receive as a prize a choice of
two Annual Luncheon tickets or two Annual Ball tickets.
If they chose the Ball tickets, they would have a reserved
table at the Ball.
No officer and spouse, nor Past President and spouse
are eligible for these prizes, as officers are required to
attend meetings and receive two complimentary tickets to
the Annual Ball during Reunions. Complimentary
Luncheon tickets are no longer given to officers nor Past
So congratulations to our two lucky winners this year,
Mrs. Betty Snow and Mrs. Faith Brundage. The contest
will commence with the July meeting this year, and
hopefully the Membership Attendance contest will
become better known with more members attending,
allowing the Society to have five lucky winners next year.
Highlights of Minutes
from Regular Meetings
February 5, 1994
Las Fontanas Restaurant
President Huldtquist called the meeting to order at
7:30 p.m. Invocation was given by Dorothy Yocum and a
moment of silence was observed for those recently
departed. Bob Van Siclen led the membership in the
Pledge to the Flag. The meeting was recessed at 7:39
p.m. for dinner.
Meeting reconvened at 8:20 p.m. Marje Foster
motioned that the reading of the Minutes and Financial
Statement be dispensed with. Motion carried. 78
members and guests were in attendance.
The president welcomed everyone with special
mention to out-of-town members attending. The
Carnavalito committee members were introduced and
presented with tokens of appreciation. The president
recited the story of the "Burying of the Fish" for those
not familiar with the ritual.
Reunion Coordinator Marje Foster reported that 700
members have registered for the reunion to date. A
"Despedida" will be held on Sunday morning, June 12 in
the Exhibit Hall. Registration and Hospitality will be in
the Exhibit Hall this year. After initial hotel reservations
have been made, members should call the hotel direct for
any changes they may have.
Richard Beall announced that Bob Dill, last surviving
Roosevelt Medal holder, passed away in December at
age 104. Arts and Entertainment video channel will air an
interview with Bob Dill and others in March. Please call
the office for times and dates.
Robert Johnson announced we will hold the '95 and
'96 Reunions at the Marriott's Orlando World Center.
Brochures were placed on each table.
President Huldtquist announced that copies of the
Legislative Report and January Financial Statement have
been placed on all tables. Next monthly meeting will be
March 4 at St. Bede's Episcopal Church at 1:00 p.m. with
a covered dish luncheon. The April meeting will be
changed from April 1 to April 8. The May Luncheon will
be held on May 6 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. A
video on petroglyphs, pottery and huacas done by Neville
Harte will be shown.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m. and the joy
of Carnavalito commenced.
presented. Mr. John Brown, General Manager of Las
Fontanas, and the staff were cooperative in every respect.
Door prizes were donated by Olga Disharoon, 94th
Aero Squadron, Guppy's restaurant, Chateau Madrid,
Peppin's Restaurant, Betty Frassrand, and the Panama
Canal Society. Grand Prize: One round trip ticket to
Panama donated by COPA was won by Norman Dugas.
Based on the excellent rapport experienced with the
management and personnel of Las Fontanas, I
recommend that we consider holding some of the
Society's other functions at this location.
Charlie Cooper did such an excellent job of
providing music to please everyone that I strongly
recommend that we hire him again, possibly for the 1995
CARNAVALITO 1994 REPORT
The Carnavalito Committee, consisting of Co-
Chairpersons Virgil and Shirley Camby, Roy and Becky
Bonneau, Olga Disharoon, John and Betty Disharoon,
Betty Frassrand, Rupert Turner and Barbara Green met
twice to discuss plans, decorations, prizes, etc., for the
1994 Carnavalito to be held at the Las Fontanas on
February 5, 1994. Members of the committee who were
not able to be present at the meetings were kept
informed of all plans.
Stella Boggs DeMarr and Diane Yost Mason.
Committee recognized, L-R: Olga Disharoon, Roy
Bonneau, Becky Bonneau, Shirley and Skeeter
Camby, Barbara Green and Betty Frassrand.
A total of 78 members and guests attended the
The music, provided by Charlie Cooper and his
Copra Band, was enjoyed by all. Everyone complimented
the decorations. The food was very tasty and well-
L-R: Doris (Gleim) and Norman Dugas, Esther
(Miller) and Carl Ahlteen, all of Spring Hill, Florida.
Table with Randall and Joella Deakins, Terrell and
Susan Deakins, Lauray Griffin and Keith Kulig.
Barbara and Ernest "Bud" Pierce of Dayton, Ohio,
Diane (Yost) and Charles Mason of El Dorado,
Arkansas, Larry Solien and guest of New Port Richey,
Beverly (Ruoff) Berger and Carol (Ruoff) Goulet of
Naples, Florida, Alma Allen and President Jane
Huldtquist of Seminole, Florida.
In spite of the small turn-out for this year's
carnavalito, I recommend that we continue this event.
I would like to thank the members of the Carnavalito
committee for their support and hard work, and also
especially to Stella DeMarr and Rick Nelson who pitched
in to help with the decorations. Special mention is
extended to Rupert Turner who drew the eye-catching
announcements which appeared in the December Canal
Also, reading the story of "The Burial of the Fish"
should be included as a regular part of the Carnavalito,
as well as the act of burying the fish as was done this
Co-Chairperson, 1994 Carnavalito Committee
March 4, 1994
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
President Huldtquist called the meeting to order at
12:02 p.m. Fifty-one members were present. Invocation
was given by Mrs. Muriel Whitman, followed by a
moment of silence for recently departed members. Mr.
James Slover led the membership in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag. Meeting adjourned at 12:06 p.m.
for lunch and reconvened at 1:00 p.m.
Richard Beall corrected the February Minutes and
the minutes stand as corrected. Financial Statement
stands for audit.
President Huldtquist welcomed everyone with special
mention to out-of-town visitors and members who had
not attended lately. Past Presidents Robert Van Siclen,
Muriel Whitman, Peter Foster, Anna Collins were
Mrs. Huldtquist informed that as of February 24th
there were 5,064 members. Delinquent members will be
dropped from membership if their dues are not paid by
June 1st. They will be treated as new members and will
have to pay $20 dues plus $10 Administrative fee if they
pay after being dropped.
Accomplishments since the last meeting A new
insurance policy covering all office property has been
obtained at a cost of $408.00. Letter has been sent to
Robert Rupp listing topics of interest for his presentation
at the Annual Luncheon. A committee comprised of
Frank Matters, Robert Johnson and Richard Beall was
appointed to study costs and make recommendations
regarding prices of ads in the Canal Record, decals,
license tags and replacement Canal Records. Effective
June 1, 1994, extra copies of the Canal Record will cost
$5.00; license tags, $5.00; decals, $2.00; ads will be
increased by 50%. The Executive Board voted to disallow
commercial ads from non-members. Ads from Society
members will be limited to 1/2 page. Salaries of the two
paid assistants were increased by $3.00 monthly to qualify
them for Social Security benefits. Mr. and Mrs. Neville
Harte will not be able to attend the May luncheon but
Mr. Harte's video will be shown. Frank Matters has been
appointed to initiate a policy for the disposition of
records stored in the office. Quorum for the monthly
business meetings has been set at 41. Number of door
prizes will be limited to three at regular meetings and
five at special events with no limit for the Annual
Meeting. The Board voted to allow members with four or
more children under the age of 18 to reserve two rooms
at the annual reunions.
Marje Foster reported that there are 400
registrations for the Twin Towers; 972 registered to
attend the reunion. Number of rooms held at the Delta
has been reduced to 200. Nancy Van Siclen reported that
the 20 vendor tables have been reserved. James
O'Donnell has contacted the bands and contracts have
been signed. There will be only one band on Saturday
night. Betty Malone reminded everyone to get their
reservations in ASAP and let her know of any special
seating requests. Margot Jordan has received 40
reservations for the golf tournament with six guests for
the golf luncheon. Peter Foster reported that Bowen-
Keppie has received three reservations so far. Mrs.
Foster said that Registration and Hospitality will be
moved into the Exhibit Hall this year. Several requests
has been received from individuals wanting to display
information regarding organizations having connections
with Panama. The Board has approved those received to
Mr. Beall stated that the March Canal Records had
been mailed out, and the issue was dedicated to Bob Dill.
He reminded everyone to send in any changes that
should be made for the Annual Directory; they will be
mailed out in April.
In the absence of Virgil Camby, Carnavalito
Chairperson, Mrs. Huldtquist reported that our expenses
exceeded income by $41.63. 78 members and guests
attended. Mr. Ernest Pierce from Dayton, Ohio, has the
Board's approval to hold their annual class reunion next
year in conjunction with our Carnavalito.
Mr. O'Donnell recapped his Legislative Report. Mrs.
Whitman announced that a proposed amendment to the
Bylaws recommending the deletion of Associate
Membership will be published in the June Canal Record.
Dottie Pate thanked everyone for attending and providing
the delicious food. She requested permission to purchase
two of the more expensive carafes instead of the four as
Under new business, Mrs. Huldtquist stated a new
computer printer had been purchased locally for $442 for
the Reunion Coordinator. As approved at the July 1993
Business meeting, a committee consisting of Robert
Johnson, Margot Jordan, James Slover and Peter Foster
will determine the winners of the Attendance prize at the
Ballot for the 94/95 officers was published in the
March Canal Record. Birthday and anniversaries were
acknowledged and door prizes were awarded. Joe Collins
announced parking arrangements for the May Luncheon.
Robert Johnson made a motion to adjourn the
meeting; seconded by Jay Cain, and meeting adjourned
at 1:56 p.m.
April 8, 1994
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
President Huldtquist called the meeting to order at
1:00 p.m. after a covered dish lunch. The Invocation was
given by Dorothy Yocum, followed by a moment of
silence for those departed. The Pledge to the Flag was
presented by Jim Slover. Fifty one members were
The president welcomed all with special mention to
out-of-town members and visitors. Past Presidents
attending were Bob Van Siclen, Muriel Whitman, Pete
Foster, Al Pate, Eugene Askew and Anna Collins.
Corrections were made to the minutes of March 4;
page 2, second paragraph, change "Orlando Resort" to
"Orlando World Center Resort." Minutes stand as
corrected. The Financial statement stands for audit.
Tokens of Appreciation were presented to the
Membership Attendance Committee by the president and
she recapped business conducted at the March 24
Executive Board meeting.
Mrs. Foster met with Reunion Committee
Chairpersons on March 24. To date: 1,285 members and
guests registered; 628 Ball tickets sold; 685 Panazonian
Dance tickets sold, and 383 Luncheon tickets sold. She
stated that after initial hotel reservations are made,
members are to contact hotel regarding any changes. If
any problems, to contact her.
Barbara Green stated there were 5,091 member
records in the computer, however, 792 are delinquent and
will be dropped from the membership rolls on June 1,
1994 if not paid by then. She stated the cost of decals will
increase to $2.00 on June 1, and the cost of license tags
will be $5.00, effective June 1.
Pat Beall met with Postal personnel regarding
problems experienced with March and April delivery of
Canal Records. He urged members to check with their
Post Office as to their accurate address. Some addresses
have been modified in order to comply with the new Zip
+4 and Barcode system for better delivery.
Margot Jordan has received 59 reservations for the
Reunion Golf Tournament to date.
Jim O'Donnell's Dance Committee is planning
contests and prizes for the dances.
Muriel Whitman reported that the By-Laws
Committee has submitted to the Executive Board a
proposed amendment to eliminate Associate
Membership. It will be printed in the June Canal Record.
The president reported that Frank Matters has been
appointed to head a committee to inventory and dispose
of old records stored in the office. Marje Foster and Bev
Williams, Historian, will be on the committee.
Anna Collins stated that 40 reservations have been
received for the May Luncheon at the St. Petersburg
Faith Brundage and Betty Snow won the membership
prizes for having attended six consecutive meetings.
Contest for 1995 will commence with the July 1994
Bill Muller reported on the 39th semi-annual reunion
of the Panama Canal Ditch Diggers in Ocala, Fl. It will
be published in the next issue and an invitation was
extended for all to attend the 20th anniversary on
October 4, in Ocala.
Frances (Violette) Sharp reported on her recent trip
to Panama with her husband.
Peter Foster gave an account on the Society Bowling
Group and invited those interested to join.
Door prizes were awarded.
The meeting adjourned at 2:15. p.m.
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EDITOR MUST HAVE BY:
July 21, 1994
'Dis is 'de place!!
Where our 1995 and 1996 Reunions start.
July 5-9, 1995 July 3-7, 1996
FOR THE FIRST TIME
All members and guests under one roof!
Dance Hall big enough for all of us together!
A selection of nine (9) restaurants/lounges at one place!
An 18-hole championship golf course on premises!
Eight (8) lighted tennis courts!
Two (2) Sand volleyball courts!
Four (4) swimming pools, indoor and outdoor!
A Lollypop Lounge providing baby-sitting services!
Twenty seven (27) elevators (3 outside glass elevators)!
2,254 parking spaces!
AND MUCH MORE!
Our most versatile restaurant
offers a casual and inviting
multi-level setting for breakfast,
lunch and dinner. An
extraordinary buffet is featured at
all three meal times. Or, choose
from a diversified menu that
combines traditional and contemporary cusine, from
delicious omelettes to prime rib carved to order. Make
a special note not to miss our award-winning Sunday
The chann of the Orient comes to
Life before your very eyes as Master
Chefs maneuver their knives at the
speed of light. Your food is prepared
Mikado on Teppan-yaki grills right at your
i table and the extensive menu ranges
from sushi to lobster to filet mignon.
Mikados is more than a meal. It's
dinner and a show, fun for everyone.
Dinner only, reservations recommended.
A steak lover's delight!
Overlooking our beautifid golf
course, this cozy restaurant offers
S traditional cuts of beef, handcut,
aged and grilled to perfection.
Even if you aren't a meat and
Steakhouse potatoes' person, you'll find
something that pleases your palate.
Perhaps lobster tails or golden
roasted chicken! Quality food, simply prepared, friendly
prompt service...all add up to a great value. Seating
There comes a
___________ ~just time for a
quick bite. No
is our fast-paced fast-food place for breakfast, lunch or
dinner. From crispy fried chicken to juicy cheeseburgers, the
folks at Stachios don't mind if you eat and run. Although
we hope you're never in such a hurry that you miss our
"Sweet StoP" before rushing out.
from "Toscana"! A
little antipasto, a
T E great entree a sip
of Chianti and our
dessert. Let us introduce you to the wonderfid provencal
flavors of northern Italy. Seating capacity: 130.
Who says you have to miss
"da game"? Champions'
great food, cold beer and
ME smWrAsponm 1_8 TV sets make for quite
EsmuRAr possibly the most exciting
meal of your stay. This is
the place for people who know the difference between a hit-
and-run and a nm-and-hit, sweep and a trap, and ace and
a deuce, a slice and a hook. The point is, Champions is a
There you are, nicely relaxed in one of
our poolside lounge chairs doing a little
sun worshipping. Suddenly you get real
Hungry. Don't panic. Palms will be happy
to serve you hot Pizza Hut pizza, or a
variety of salads, even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
for the kids, and yummy frozen yogurt. So you won't have
to miss a meal, or a precious ray of sunshine. Open daily
Restaurants & Lounges
Centrally located in our
magnificent atrium lobby,
the Pagoda Lounge is the perfect place to meet friends and
relax to background piano music. A great view of our
spectacular pool area and great Florida sunsets await you!
Seating capacity: 126.
Pavilion Pool Bar Waterfalls cascade
below this unique bar
located above our grandiose free-form pool. Listen to the
steel drunm band and enjoy tropical frozen drinks while
overlooking the sights and sounds of the cascading
waterfalls. Recently added food items include shrimp,
chicken and beef Kabobs and other sumptuous snacks.
Seating capacity: 55.
Some of the other amenities include:
S.i AD O.NVEN.ON CENTER :.
Fully-equipped complimentary health club
with massage and therapy service.
Five distinctive gift shops
Hertz car rental
Local tours/attraction tickets can be
purchased at the transportation
Shoe Shine Service
Nikki Bryan (Hair/manicure) Salon
The Lobby Concierge assists with dinner
reservations, airline reservations, car
rentals, babysitting services and
Miniature golf course
Four whirlpool spas
Photography services, including one-
hour developing, camera rentals, are
provided through an in-house photo
Separate saunas and locker rooms for
men and women.
Where Are You?
SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
Canal Records and correspondence have been
returned from those members listed. Any information
regarding these members will be appreciated.
BHS CLASS OF '46 ROUNDUP
Have you seen any of the following critters
wandering on your street? They are wanted for their 50th
KEELY, JOSEPH GIBLIN, HUGH
MULLER, CARRIE McFARLAND, LEONA
AMERICAS MOST WANTED BHS'45
As a precursor to a possible half-century Reunion of
the BHS Class of 1945, we would like to locate the
missing classmates listed below. Will anyone knowing the
location of any of them, please urge them to get in touch
with us or, failing that, kindly provide us the address of
the missing member. Any help will be sincerely
appreciated. Send info to: Mannie Quintero, 4375
Greenberry Ln., Annandale, VA 22003-3220. (703) 354-
Reinaldo T. Carrera
Kathryn J. Edge
Leila May Fice
Hubert T. Leggett Jr.
James F. Murray
Fayetta B. Norton
Dorothy M. Peterson
Dolores D. C. Reyes
Billy J. Shelton
Ruth May Smith
Leonard L. Collins
Foster L. Esleck
Mary C. Fredette
Mary L. January
Eleanor M. Uopis
Marcel R. Martin
Charles R. Nelson
Richard G. Porter
Carl M. Rice
Mary K. Schutt
Elia Elena Stark
Maria Elena Valdes
Gloria Elvira Caries
Carlos A. DeLaOssa
Patricia May Everett
Julia Ann Henderson
Deena M. Koch
Helen M. Madrigal
William A. McKie
Yolanda E. Paredes
Betty Jane Reif
Ricuarte Rivera Jr.
Leona Ruth Smith
Marilyn Alice White
BAILEY, Gladys BARGMAN, Phillip
BREVARD, Jack BTESH, Pamela
CASTRO, Dorothy CLAXON, James
DE YCAZA, Herma DISNEY, Betty
DUMOND, Jeannie DURAN, Juan
EISENHAUER, Albert ENKE, Jean Anne
FABREGA, Carmen FELIZ, Barbara
FELIZ, Jean FISKE, Walter
GALLO, Barbara GALLOWAY, Charles
GRIFO, Mercedes GUTIERREZ, V. Jorge
HARSTAD, Phyllis AUGHTON, Alfonso
HILL, Milton JIMENEZ, Julio
KOPERSKI, Nancy LAKUS, Norma
LIBBY, Patricia McGAHEY, Emily
McKEOWN, Betty MOEN, Joice
NEALE, Bonnie NORRELL, Frankie
PERINO, Hugo RAPPAPORT, Marilyn
RODRIQUEZ, Phutarco SANDOVAL, George
SMITH, Jim SOLIS, Jorge
WILBUR, Mary Lou
If you know where any of our classmates are, please
let Charlie Norris know as soon as possible. Telephone
(707) 442-6812, or write him at 2442 E. Atlantic Avenue,
Fairfield, CA 94533.
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Editor must have by:
July 21, 1994
h i-i l a I- a a I I I m
Nothing Is Impossible For The Man
Who Doesn't Have To Do It.
Theodore B. Graham (Capt)
George B. Walker (Capt)
Eva A. Hunnicutt
Robert P. Jones (Capt)
John A. Redman (Capt)
Maximo M. Castillo
William E. Froude (Capt)
Sonja A. Haynes
Mervyl C. McMillan
Eddy J. Smith
Joseph M. Wooley (Capt)
Off. of Exec. Administration
Maritime Training Unit
Off. of Exec. Administration
20 years 04 months 17 days
18 years 11 months 11 days
22 years 03 months 19 days
32 years 07 months 00 days
23 years 09 months 02 days
24 years 02 months 23 days
19 years 03 months 22 days
24 years 05 months 18 days
39 years 06 months 01 days
42 years 12 months 19 days
14 years 10 months 07 days
Cruise Ship passenger
recounts fond memories
of Isthmian childhood,
years of Canal service
Gatun Locks was by far the most eagerly awaited
part of a recent transit through the Panama Canal by
Clara May Chambers. The 83-year-old Canal retiree
remembers her visits there as a young girl, when she used
to take lunches to her father, Victor May Sr., a
lockmaster. Security was less of an issue in those days,
and she recalls feeling free to explore many areas that
are now fenced off.
The 6-year-old Clara May arrived in Panama in 1916,
two years after the Canal opened, and grew up in Gatun,
right next to her father's work. She remembers playing
volleyball with the neighborhood kids and other highlights
of life of the Isthmus, but says that the best thing that
happened to her here was meeting her husband, Harold
E. Chambers, a Panama Railroad engineer.
Clara Chambers was employed as a clerical worker
in the Aids to Navigation office in Gatun for more than
a decade and in the Cristobal Port Captain office for
almost a quarter of a century. For about 10 years of her
time with the Cristobal Port Captain, she served as a
shorthand reporter for marine accident investigations and
was subject to being on call for 24 hours a day to come
in to work. "It was tough at Christmastime," says the
mother of four.
Another unusual feature of the job was sometimes
having to read aloud the testimony of witnesses to an
accident. She remembers a lot of snickering on one
occasion as she gave a verbatim account of a 45-minute
statement laced with profanity, no doubt because those
present thought the salty vocabulary of an agitated sea-
farer sounded a bit strange coming from her lips.
A typing error in a report about a separate marine
accident created another humorous incident. After
Chambers prepared the report, it was proofread by the
office manager, a port captain, the marine director and
his assistant before going to the governor for signature.
Chambers said the governor called her office to express
his feigned bewilderment over the pilot having "no
criticism of the manner in which the master and crew
carried out their cuties."
Chambers retired from the Canal in 1966 and moved
to Kerrville, Texas, with her husband. On several
occasions while her daughter was on maternity leave, she
filled in as an office substitute with a shipping firm,
saying the work was "Mickey Mouse" compared to what
she had done at the Canal. Although the firm
representatives might not agree with the reference to the
cartoon rodent, they did seem to feel that Chambers'
experience with the Canal had prepared her well for her
work with them. "They said there weren't many
grandmothers who could come in and take over the job,"
I m IE
Roger Crespo of C. Fernie and Company S.A., the
agent for the Song of Norway at the Panama Canal,
congratulates Clara May Chambers after presenting
her with a welcome packet from the Panama Canal
Commission. Looking on are Chambers' daughter and
son-in-law, Alice and E. John Wiedenhoff.
Chambers has returned to Panama on only one other
occasion since retiring. When a Panama Railroad
conductor who had worked with her husband visited them
in Texas a year after they left the Isthmus, they gave him
money and asked him to buy them some Panama lottery
tickets. The second-place winnings paid for a fast trip
Chambers' transit was part of a cruise aboard the
Song of Norway. She made the trip with her son-in-law E.
John Wiedenhoff and daughter Alice to celebrate their
anniversary and Alice's completion of doctorate-level
studies. The Wiedenhoffs are experienced passengers,
having made a number of cruises in recent years.
Chambers, however, claims to have influenced the
decision to make the voyage on the Song of Norway.
"When I found out it was going to the Panama Canal,"
she explains, "I wouldn't hear of any other cruise.."
After learning that her mother was going to transit
the Canal, Chambers' son, Richard, wrote the Panama
Canal Commission, saying, "If you might be so kind, I'm
sure she would treasure a greeting from her old team."
The Commission responded by preparing a welcome
packet, which was presented to Chambers during the
transit by Roger Crespo of C. Fernie and Company S.A.,
the agent for the Song of Norway at the Canal. It
contained a letter wishing her "a pleasurable and
momentous transit of the Panama Canal."
The Panama Canal Spillway
January 28, 1994
(Editor's Note: Worthy of note with the accompanying
article is that Clara Chambers graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1927, and that out of the 10 graduates,
she was one of the two Honor Grads. She was also a self-
taught typist and learned shorthand in 6 weeks in order
to take the Civil Service exam, passing in clerical, typing
and shorthand categories.
Clara May Chambers, who retired to Kerrville, Texas,
after a long career with the Panama Canal, sees the
waterway again from the deck of a transiting cruise
ship. Chambers now lives with her daughter and son-
in-law in Fort Worth, Texas.
Clara's father, Victor May Sr., retired as Lockmaster
of Gatun Locks in 1940. He passed away in 1962. Her
elder brother, Henry E. May retired as Director of the
Supply Division, Balboa, in 1962 with over 40 years of
service. He passed away in 1965. Her younger brother,
Victor H. May, Jr. retired as a Marine Traffic Controller
in 1976 with over 32 years of service. He passed away in
1992 and was a Past President of the Panama Canal
Society during 1984-1985.
Her late husband served 8 years in the U.S.Army in
Hawaii and Ft. Randolph, C.Z. after which he became a
Panama Railroad locomotive engineer, retiring in 1965
with over 36 years of service. He died in 1991 in
Clara's eldest daughter Alice graduated from CHS in
1955 and from Texas Women's University in Denton,
Texas in 1959, She earned her MS degree in Nursing, BS,
MS, and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Clara's sailing date for her trip to Panama on the
Song of Norway was November 22 (1993), her 58th
wedding anniversary. Editor).
The U.S. State Department has issued an advisory
warning U.S. citizens against travel to Colombia until
further notice. With the exception of several popular
tourist areas, violence continues to affect a significant
portion of the country and American citizens and
institutions have been targets of recent attacks.
Additional information is available from the consular
sheet on Colombia, copies of which are available through
the Panama Canal Commission Administrative Services
The Panama Canal Spillway
February 25, 1994
Goethals Memorial marks
The most visible of the monuments dedicated to the
builders of the Panama Canal, the Goethals Memorial
stands at the foot of the 113 steps leading up to the
Administration Building in Balboa Heights. Officially
inaugurated 40 years ago on March 31, 1954, it honors
Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals, chief engineer during the
U.S. construction of the Panama Canal and the first
Canal Zone governor to preside over the actual operation
of the newly completed waterway.
Symbolic in concept, the white Vermont marble shaft
rising from a reflecting pool 65 feet in diameter
represents the Continental Divide. The basins on each
side represent the Panama Canal locks, with their
cascades emulating the waters of Gatun Lake flowing into
and joining the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Designed by Alfred Shaw of the Chicago-based
architectural and engineering firm of Shaw, Metz and
Dolio, together with the Panamanian firm of M6ndez
and Sander, the 56-foot high monument was erected by
Constructora Martinz of Panama.
As early as 1935, the U.S. Congress designated
$160,000 to build a memorial to Goethals. Ideas for a
bronze plaque, obelisk and even a lighted beacon were
suggested, but the economic depression of the early 1930s
and then World War II delayed the final decision for
almost 20 years.
The long-awaited monument was finally finished in
1953, and was officially dedicated a year later, the 50th
anniversary of the beginning of U.S. construction of the
Canal. The ceremony was attended by some 80 oldtimers
from the United States who had worked under Goethals.
Some of them were seeing the Canal filled with water for
the very first time. Employees and visitors alike enjoyed
three days of events that included picnics, baseball games
played by the grandchildren of construction-era workers
and a transit of the Canal.
During the dedication ceremony, the Administration
Building steps and grassy hill were used as a natural
amphitheater to seat more than 2,000 attendees, including
Panama President Jos6 A. Rem6n and Maurice
Thatcher, the last surviving member of the Isthmian
Canal Commission. A larger-than-lifesize poster of
Goethals displayed on the front of the lectern was
recognizable from even the top of the hill as the crowd
listened to a letter of congratulations from U.S. President
Dwight D. Eisenhower. After the speakers had finished,
Dr. Thomas R. Goethals, the general's son, pulled a cord,
and the bunting that shielded the monument fell away.
Today, 90 years after the start of the U.S. effort, the
Goethals monument serves not only as a symbol of one
man's determination, but also as a community park.
Panama Canal Commission grounds maintenance
crews recently re-landscaped the area, and the circle
around it was newly paved three years ago, providing a
place for children on bicycles, parents pushing baby
strollers and joggers to enjoy a balmy afternoon. The
monument will continue to testify to Goethals'
achievements and offer recreational possibilities to the
community for as long as visitors respect and treasure its
Tlhe Panama Canal Spillway
March 25, 1994
Retirement for Steam Crane
By Susan K. Stabler
In days gone by, steam-powered cranes were a
common sight at the Panama Canal. Today, the only
land-based one still working for the organization is the
Industrial Division's DD-371. (The Dredging Division's
steam-powered Hercules is a floating crane.)
During the rare moments when DD-371 stands idle,
it gurgles alongside the old French drydock as if eager
for an assignment. The sound of its boiler and the sight
of smoke puffing from its funnel suggest the cadence of
the children's storybook engine saying, "I think I can...
I think I can."
The steam-powered, self-propelled rail crane has a
maximum capacity of 35 tons at 55 feet. This means it
could extend its boom about one-sixth the length of a
football field while suspending from its hook a large net
stuffed with about 18 small trucks. The crane rotates 360
degrees, so movement is limited only by the length of the
rail it runs on and the proximity of adjacent buildings. It
is used to lift everything from simple staging to dredge
pipes to launches.
Crane operator Jos6 E. Teodoro says, "Of all the
machinery I operate, this crane is the best -- in safety and
everything." Special projects manager Robert Rankin
adds, "It takes more skill to operate than a diesel crane,
but a good operator can make very precise movements
with the steam crane."
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Last of its kind. The percolating sounds of DD-371, the
Panama Canal Commission's only remaining land-
based steam crane, provides marching cadence for
employees strolling along the Industrial Division
drydock. Panama Canal Commission photo.
"If you get up in the crane in the early morning,"
Rankin says, "It's beautiful to see the steam coming out
and the sun coming up." His experience with steam
cranes includes not only DD-371 but also 192 and 98, two
smaller models he worked with several years ago as the
mechanical supervisor at Gatun Locks. These cranes have
been replaced by diesel-powered models, and Rankin
reports that DD-371 is scheduled for the same fate in
fiscal year 1995 under the Canal's ongoing modernization
DD-371 was built in 1936 by the Mechanical Division,
forerunner of today's Industrial Division. It was based on
the design of D-4, a larger, 50-ton capacity model that
can be seen at the Balboa drydock. That crane, like the
drydock itself, was turned over to the government of
Panama in 1979 and then placed in the hands of private
All cranes belonging to the Panama Canal
Commission, and a few outside the organization that
might contribute to work performed on Commission
equipment, are inspected by the Safety Division
approximately once a year. In his 1992 certification of
DD-371, crane inspector David Dempsey noted no serious
problems, only various bumps, bruises and scars --
nothing out of the ordinary for a 57-year-old. "I'm half
the age of that crane -- but not half as healthy," quips
marine woodworking and drydocking general foreman Ed
Farrell, who is actually closer to the crane's age than he
cares to admit.
Rankin explains how the crane has remained in such
good shape. "The Industrial Division can fabricate
everything the crane needs. We made a new boiler for it
within the last five years," he says.
To understand boilers and how they work, imagine
a sealed pressure cooker partly filled with water sitting
on the lit burner of a gas stove. As the water boils, steam
pressure inside the pot builds up and then escapes
through a small opening in the lid. On a steam crane, the
steam pressure is not allowed to escape, but is instead
harnessed as energy and channeled through a series of
pipes to drive the machinery that operates the crane.
If DD-371 is such a great crane, why is it scheduled
for replacement? Because it's expensive, for one thing.
Rankin explains that steam cranes burn diesel to produce
heat for the boiler, but consume three times as much fuel
as diesel-powered cranes. It also takes two employees to
run a steam crane -- an operator and a boiler tender --
while diesel cranes require only an operator. Also,
because it's old, it requires more maintenance. Yet, as
Rankin points out, "There's a lot of nostalgia associated
with our steam crane."
It's no wonder the employees who work with DD-
371 feel a tug on their heartstrings when talking about
the crane. With its corrugated tin sides and wood-framed
windows that slide up and down, the crane looks as much
like a house as it does a huge piece of machinery.
Teodoro considers it an operating historic relic. "When
it's taken out of service, it should be made into a
monument," the crane operator suggests.
Until that happens, however, there's still a lot of
work for the old crane to do. "We love that crane," says
rigger Alexander Morris. "Out on the job, we call it
Tie Panama Canal Spillway
March 11, 1994
Ship Takes Smaller Craft
to Exotic Vacationlands
By Susan K. Stabler
Six yachts of varying sizes and propulsion methods
entered the Panama Canal together on January 27 and
exited the other end later that day at precisely the same
moment. They never shifted positions, and they paid no
tolls. How did it happen?
The yachts were not actually transiting the waterway
themselves, but rather being carried as cargo -- sitting
stationary, side-by-side on the deck of the Super Servant
6, which paid $21,116.55 in tolls. En route from Port
Everglades, Fla., to Acapulco and Tahiti, the Super
Servant 6 was making its first transit as a yacht-transport
vessel. It had been through the Canal once before, in
January 1985, under a different name, Dan Mover,
carrying a cargo of heavy equipment.
Currently chartered by the Belgian company United
Yacht Transport c.v., the Super Servant 6 specializes in
getting yachts from one place to another. Although
United Yacht Transport has for some time offered an
extensive schedule of voyages between the United States
and the Mediterranean, its recent Canal transit signaled
the beginning of yacht-transport service to the Pacific and
South Pacific. The company also offers round-trip service
to remote destinations..
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Yacht-transport vessel. The Super Servant 6 transits
through the Panama Canal with six yachts secured to
its semisubmersible deck. The vessel is represented
by C.B. Fenton & Co. Panama Canal Commission
Years ago, the only way for a yacht to cruise to
places like the Mediterranean or South Pacific islands
was to sail or motor there, and many yacht owners still
do that. However, owners who can afford the
convenience can now use a vessel like the Super Servant
6 to spare their yachts the wear and tear of ocean
voyages. Skippers and crews also save valuable time,
either traveling aboard the Super Servant 6 with the
yachts or by air to meet them at faraway places.
Capt. Augustin Delgado, one of the two Panama
Canal Commission pilots who guided the vessel through
the Canal, was told by the yacht skippers and crew
members that the price of shipping a yacht varies
according to its size and destination. They said the deck
of the Super Servant 6 serves as a dry dock, allowing for
maintenance, repairs and painting while the yachts are en
route. "Yachts have to be pampered," Delgado says,
"After running for too long, their engines have to be
broken down and rebuilt."
Admeasurement assistant Jorge Cho measured the
Super Servant 6 for its tolls assessment at the Canal.
Admeasurement documents identify it as a roll-on-roll-
off cargo vessel with a semisubmersible deck. Cho says,
"It was a very interesting ship -- I've never been on one
like it before."
For yacht loading, the Super Servant 6 partially sinks
itself, taking on ballast until its deck is sufficiently
submerged for the yachts to sail aboard under their own
power. Then, with the vessels resting on keel blocks, the
vessel discharges ballast and the yachts, which have been
left high and dry, are secured to the deck.
The Super Servant 6 measures 457.78 feet in length
and 104.99 feet in beam (139.53 meters by 32 meters)
and looks like a wide, oceangoing flatbed truck. Yet, in
spite of its unusual configuration, Delgado reports, "It
handled very well in the Canal."
The Panama Canal Spillway
February 25, 1994
Cayuco Race Madness
Plagues Canal Residents
By Dwaine Brown
Tropic Times Contributor
The onset of dry season brings with it the local
hazard of Cayuco Race Syndrome.
For those new to the Isthmus, this strange and highly
contagious disease may seem to afflict those who have
spent many years here in the hot dry season sun, but this
is sadly not the case. Time in the sun has little to do with
the possibility of contracting this dreaded disease.
Therefore, in the interests of public health, the following
is a description of possible symptoms.
Most people afflicted with Cayuco Race Syndrome
are between the ages of 14 and 21, although it has been
observed in patients through their 50's. The most likely
to contract it are usually referred to as "a little crazy" by
their friends. The normal season runs from January to
April, although some hardcore cases have been seen as
early as October.
For those afflicted this soon, it becomes a
permanent, year-round affliction. One of the most
notable symptoms is the inability to talk without using the
The next symptom is talking in a strange language,
that includes such terms as: the SNAFU, swamp, bailer,
patch boat, the DP, Ship 9, trophy boat, Post 21, the Mis,
the GE, the Spon and Banana Channel.
This is a sure sign that exposure has occurred.
Dressing in only a swimsuit and looking like a
drowned rat most of the time is a sure sign of an acute
case of Cayuco Race Syndrome.
Progressive cases develop into long hours on the
telephone setting up "work parties" to "work on the boat."
Spending time at all hours of the day and night getting
filthy with all sorts of strange and sticky things that no
parent can ever remove from shirts, shoes or shorts.
Advanced symptoms include returning to Panama for
spring break, blisters on strange parts of the body,
shriveled prune-like skin, a strange bending, jerking reflex
done from the waist, an unpredictable response to the
word "switch," and the thought of having a meaningful
relationship with a disk sander.
People assigned to the Isthmus should be advised
that the medical community in Panama will not treat
cases of Cayuco Race Syndrome. There is no cure.
This should not be too alarming, just treat symptoms
as they occur and keep a large supply of old, dry towels
The best treatment is the annual 50-mile Ocean to
Ocean Cayuco Race from Cristobal to Diablo sponsored
by the Boy Scouts of America.
This cures most cases, but, sadly, only puts some into
March 11, 1994
Unique ship. The unconventional twin-hulled design of
the cruise ship Radisson Diamond frames the small
cruise ship Aurora II, as the two vessels transit
southbound through the Panama Canal on January 15.
This was the inaugural transit for the 420-foot-long,
103-foot-wide Radisson Diamond, which has a
passenger capacity of 350 and carries an international
crew of 191. The agent for the ship at the Canal is C.B.
Fenton & Co. S.A. Panama Canal Commission Photo.
Your Reporter Says ...
After a rather severe Winter, Spring arrived in
Dothan in all its wonderful glory. Temperatures are now
in the high 70s and low 80s most of the day. Evenings are
very cool and comfortable.
Catherine Filo started Spring on a bad note. She had
an auto accident and received many bruises and
contusions. She is recuperating rapidly but finds it
difficult to slow down. We all wish her a quick recovery
and a return to her active life.
Lt. Col. USAF Robert A. (Bob) Lawyer, son of
Robert W. and Ann E. Lawyer of Dothan, Alabama,
retired in May 1993 with over 25 years of military service.
Upon his retirement Bob was employed as a Pilot with
Southwest Airlines and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
St. Patrick's Day luncheon, clockwise, Joan Collins,
James Collins, Elsie Prather, Dolores Cleveland,
Dot Yost, Doris Etchberger, Marie Bierbaum.
Our March Birthday Luncheon was given at the
Olympia Spa with St. Patrick's Day as the theme. The
traditional corned beef and cabbage was served. Panama
Canal men were cordially invited and many were in
The Women's Birthday Lunches are held on the first
Wednesday of each month. If anyone is in the area,
please come and join us.
Marie (Raymond) Bierbaum family gathering,
Christmas 1993 in Dothan. Theresa (Bierbaum)
Brown, Raymond Bierbaum, Marie (Raymond)
Bierbaum, Theresa (Raymond) Bennett, Marty
Bierbaum, Barbara Brown, William Brown.
Megan and Lauren Lenard
Megan and Lauren Lenard, daughters of Patty
(Newbury) and Buddy Lenard; granddaughters of Emily
(Riley) and Charlie Newbury and great-granddaughters
of Joe Riley, competed in the National Dance
Competitions held in Dallas, Texas. There were over
7,000 contestants competing at the different age levels
and dance categories hailing from all over the United
States. Both girls placed first Megan in Jazz with a
dance called "Here We Go" and Lauren in character
dancing to "I'm A Cartoon". To compete in the nationals,
dancers must win in the Regionals first. Needless to say,
we are very proud of our girls.
Dolores W. Cleveland
The biggest snowstorm of the year occurred on
March 8, 1994, and departed after dropping anywhere
from 8-20 inches of the white stuff. It was unforeseen by
the people predicting the weather and about a week later,
the temperature had reached 80 degrees. However, as of
this writing our springtime weather has not fully arrived.
All of the spring flowers and trees have bloomed and
they were all beautiful.
Before I forget, our summer get-together will be held
on Father's Day, June 19, 1994, at Agri Park in
Fayetteville, Arkansas. Bring a covered dish and your
own utensils and have a good time.
Polly and John Michaelis are on the road and will be
visiting friends and family in Texas, Louisiana, Florida,
and Washington, D.C. They expect to be gone about six
Harold and Jerry Harp had their daughter Laurie
and her two sons, Zeke and Eli, visit during school break.
They came from Boulder, Colorado.
Joan and Jack Corliss are planning a trip to Gulf
Shores, Alabama, in late June plus a canoe trip on the
Buffalo River here in Arkansas.
Jess and Lynn Harp are expecting their first child in
June. May have to miss the picnic.
Addie Colclasure visited with son David for a week
in Decatur, Alabama. David is working on making a
movie for Hollywood. It is called "Jamie". Grandson
Danny visited with friends in Florida and Marion had
visitors from Colorado.
Mary Lou Engelke reports that her granddaughter
Laura Crowell-Clairday had a baby girl Kathleen Marie
born February 8, 1994. She and her daughter Kathleen
and her children, Erin, Alison and Laura, spent a quiet
Easter at home.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman are traveling quite a
bit this spring. Just returned from a two-day trip to
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs where they enjoyed the
races and brought a couple of bushels of oats for the
horses. During the first week of April motored to Little
Rock to see their granddaughters participate in a
basketball tournament. Kara and Kathleen are daughters
of Will and Kathy Huffman. Elinor Callahan, Kathleen's
sister, will fly in from New York and then it is on to
Branson, Missouri, to see Pat Boone and company in the
"Will Rogers Follies". Will come home, rest a few days
and then head to Kentucky to attend the Kentucky
Derby. Their grandson Casey Novak, son of Gary and
Mary Huffman Novak, will fly to Vienna, Austria, in
June to visit with his uncle, Robert Novak, and family.
Peggy and Norbert Keller say they are planning on
attending the upcoming reunion in Orlando, Florida.
Betty McGilberry just returned from a Caribbean
cruise. Spent three days in New Orleans, Louisiana, with
friends and then sailed on to visit the Cayman Islands,
Jamaica, and through the Panama Canal to Acapulco,
Mexico, where they left the ship and flew home. The ship
spent time in Panama Bay while bunkers were loaded.
William T. and Alice Nail drove to Tulsa, Oklahoma,
to bring Betty McGilberry and Barbara Andrasek home
to Rogers, Arkansas, on their return from the cruise.
Etta Fay Terrell had Lee Engelke of the U.S. Navy
in Cuba come for about three days while Lee took care
of some personal business.
Maxine Reinhold is planning a trip to Norway,
Sweden, and Denmark in August. Before leaving, she is
going to the Twin Cities in May for the 50th anniversary
of her graduation from nursing school.
The Horodas Mike and Henrietta report that
their daughter Pamela Rogers and her husband Rob of
Coppell, Texas, are expecting their first child.
Your reporter, Bud Balcer, chauffeured Dorothy
Sanders, Etta Faye Terrell, and Maxine Reinhold to the
local Holiday Inn for Easter Sunday brunch. A nice time
was shared by all.
Evelyn Engelke has enjoyed a couple of trips to the
home of her daughter Judy Montanaro. Made one to
help her granddaughter celebrate her birthday. Also, in
January her sister Frances Elmendorf visited with her.
Reports are that George Engelke has been in and out
of the hospital with minor physical problems. At this
writing, he is back in the nursing home.
This reporter is planning to attend the 1994 reunion
in Orlando, Florida, and hopes to see lots of "old" friends.
Robert "Bud" Balcer
Probably the event which generated the most
excitement and enthusiasm in this area for some time
was the University of Arkansas basketball team winning
the NCAA National Championship on April 4.
Luke C. Palumbo has taken on a new school-related
assignment, that of being monitor on a bus for
handicapped students in Fayetteville and Goshen.
Anywhere from 14 to 20 children, mostly elementary age,
board the bus each school day. Palumbo has a number of
other activities, such as gardening, to occupy his time and
energy. He and his wife Betty also deliver meals each
week as part of the Elderly Nutrition Program.
Bob Folsom, son of Jim and Veva Folsom,
Fayetteville, a fifth-grade teacher of science and social
studies in Farmington, was recently named one of the ten
best teachers in the area in a contest sponsored by TV
Channel V. One of his students wrote a letter to the
station recommending Folsom as an outstanding teacher.
A TV crew subsequently interviewed the teacher and
students in the classroom, and this was aired later for the
viewing public. Because of the rapid growth in the
population of Farmington in the last few years, a new
school had to be built for 5th and 6th grades, and the
move-in took place just after spring break this year. Bob's
wife Joett is assistant principal at two elementary schools
in Fayetteville, Root and Butterfield. They have two
children, Tabitha in 7th grade and Rusty in 3rd.
In mid-April, Gloria Malsbury joined a tour group,
sponsored by the Worthen Bank in Springdale, which
went to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to take in a Johnny Mathis
show. She stated that Mathis sang a lot of old familiar
songs, and she found this to be most enjoyable.
Eldridge (Mike) Burton and Carl Maedl were
among five members of the Washington County chapter
of NARFE to be awarded honorary national membership
for outstanding contributions to the organization
throughout the past 20 years. Mary Condon, Carl and
Petie Maedl, and Mack McLendon attended the NARFE
Federation convention in Little Rock, May 5-7.
Jacqueline and Marcel Werbrouck, from Mishawaka,
Indiana, spent several days visiting Jacquie's mother,
Frances Whitlock, in mid-April. The three of them drove
to St. Louis for a visit with Andree Lee Collins, Frances'
other daughter, before going on to Mishawaka. On the
return trip, Andree Lee and her daughter-in-law, Ginger
Collins, drove Frances home to Arkansas, and Andree
Lee stayed on for a three-week visit.
The Maedls spent a week or so in the Mesa,
Arizona, area in February. While there, they stopped to
see Ray and Rhoda Brians. They had a good visit and
caught up on family news. Both the Brians' sons, Michael
and Wallace, went into aviation. At that time, Mike was
in London on a special assignment for American Air
On their way home, Maedls spent some time with
Claudio and Margaret Igesias in Albuquerque, New
Mexico. Their son, David, had just returned from U.S.
Navy Reserve duty in Hawaii. In the early '70s, David
attended Balboa High School. He is currently a city
attorney in Albuquerque. An article he had written,
entitled "A Kuna Homecoming", which was published in
the Spring 1992 edition of Native People, tells about his
returning to the San Bias Archipelago off Panama to visit
his tribe after living thirteen years in the U.S. Among
other things, he states, "In an astute move, the Kuna, in
the early 1980s, invited the scientific community,
including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, to
help establish a rain forest park and game refuge -- the
world's first Native American operated national park.
The 50,000 acre park, Udirbi, acts as a buffer between
the deforested land south of the continental divide and
Kuna lands....Udirbi's rain forests are among the last
remaining original forests left in Central America."
David's parents make periodic visits to San Bias and
especially to Mulatupa, where they were missionaries for
many years. They were there between February 28 and
March 18 this year.
The annual PCSSC Business Luncheon was held at
Pea Soup Andersen's in Carlsbad on March 6th. Our
"Greeters" were Ed and Letty Moore, Bob and Blanca
Wolfenstein, Leo Krziza, and Mary (Cryan) Lade, who
extended a warm "Bienvenida" to all members and guests.
Our March meeting was dedicated to the memory of
Robert Dill, Roosevelt Medal Holder #7391, a member
of our society for many years.
The meeting was called to order by President George
Muller and the invocation given by Adele Argo, Chaplain.
The list of those departed was read and all bowed their
heads and remembered.
Rosa Dill was introduced and was presented a potted
plant as a token of our sincere affection. Rosa thanked
all for the many cards and remembrances sent in honor
of Mr. Dill to the Crippled Children's Hospital in
Rosa Dill and Adele Argo, PCSSC Luncheon.
Rosa Dill and Adele Argo, PCSSC Luncheon.
Our dear friend, Conrad Horine, who died February
19, 1994, was also remembered. Conrad was remembered
as the "mover and shaker" of the West Coast Reunion
Committee, "coordinator extraordinaire", master of
ceremonies, prop designer, painter, chief cook and bottle
washer (as needed). He was a "great gentleman" and will
be missed. Wife Norma Horine and sister Fern Horine
Dabill were in attendance at the luncheon.
The following members have agreed to serve as
officers from March 1994 to 1995; President, Louise
Roberts; 1st Vice President, Robert Wolfenstein; 2nd
Vice President, Evelyn Wood; Secretary, Eileen Petersen;
Treasurer, Edith Wimmer; Newsletter Editor, Linda
Reimann Morris; Hospitality Secretary, Stephanie
Johnson; Chaplain, Adele Argo; Membership, Joan
New Officers of PCSSC: L-R: Bob Wolfenstein, 1st V.
Pres.; Nafia Roberts, President; Edith Wimmer,
Treasurer; Linda Morris, Newsletter Editor; Joan
deGrummond, Membership. March 6, 1994.
Blanca Wolfenstein and
Special guests at the luncheon were enthusiastically
introduced by Dr. John Hanson, of "Tootie Fame": Grant
Westbrook; Dr. Fernando and Emma Tapia, Scottsdale,
Arizona; Claus and Letty Sondermann; Violeta (McNair)
Shattuck; Fern Horine Dabill; Shorty and Cleo Long;
and Bill and Jean Muller, Ocala, Florida.
John Hansen and George Muller, PCSSC Luncheon.
After a delicious lunch, Ron Wanke was introduced
to narrate his family history. The arrival of Carl and
Ethel Brownell Wanke in 1905, and the "adventures" of
three brothers, Ron, Carl, and Dick in the Canal Zone.
Plans for the West Coast "Carnavalito" Reunion,
September 15, 16 and 17th at the Bahai Hotel in San
Diego were discussed by Kathy Argo Taylor. With music
by Tito Mouynes, dinner/dancing and golf, it will be a
The day wouldn't be complete without a special
welcome to Tom and Helen McGuiness, Joe and Helen
Ress, Ivan Jenkins and daughter Donna Jenkins
Frantom, Jean O'Brien Pence, Agnus Davis, and Adele
Our meeting wouldn't be complete without our
"Loteria" and door prizes; Linda Geyer print, "Cuna Girl",
won by Bob Morris; official Panama Canal photograph
of Washington Hotel won by Blanca Wolfenstein; black
sweatshirt with Mola patches, designed and donated by
Letty Moore, won by Evelyn Wood; stuffed mouse,
donated by Rosa Dill, won by Ivan Jenkins; Kleenex box,
donated by Evelyn Wood, won by Ron Wanke; 3 sets of
Tooties, donated by Dr. John Hanson, won by Joan
DeGrummond, Ester Condry; Panama Canal Reunion
hat, donated by Victoria Morris Hall, won by Ron
Wanke. Lottery prizes: first, won by Rita Will; second,
won by Leo Krziza; third, won by Dave Hollowell.
The summer luncheon will be held at Rueben's
Restaurant at Marina Del Rey on August 7, 1994. Hope
we see y'all there!
Catsy Taylor Schafer was really, really surprised at
an 80th birthday celebration planned by her daughter Sue
Pitney and family. The guests gathered below Catsy's
patio, and when everyone was in place, grandson Nico
pulled open the draperies to a glorious serenade from
seventy-five friends and family. There was music, party
pickings, and lots of good cheer. The remarkable Catsy
says, "She needs another eighty years to do it all!"
Still an avid photographer and working on another
book, "On the Art of Heraldry and Genealogy", and an
active member of the DAR and Colonial Dames, we wish
her many more years of health and happiness.
Enjoyed chatting with Bill and Jean Muller (Ocala)
visiting brother George and wife Winnie in sunny
California. Jean and I took art classes at Panama Canal
College together and really enjoyed catching up on
everything. The Mullers plan on doing more traveling
now that Bill is retired.
Joan Ridge DeGrummond is just back from a visit to
Texas. I don't know who she visited but I can guarantee
the list was extensive.
Jolie Kilbey Seeley cruised the Caribbean on the
Regent line for eleven days in February. She will spend
two weeks in England on a "house exchange" trip in
Linda Reimann Morris
It was dry season. The nanc6 berries were ripe. The
pigeons were fat. Now it was time for Roland Casanova
to head south from Slidell, Louisiana, to the VolcAn,
Rep. of Panama, for his annual pigeon hunting. He left
mid-March to hunt until he had enough of hunting and
eating the succulent pigeons so who knows how long that
would take. Roland is the last of a hunting group from
the Gold Coast that consisted of Walter Johnston, Shorty
Schexnayder, Frank Chollar and Art Sutton. Roland will
be home at least in time to attend the Reunion
accompanied by Ed Parker.
The Carnavalito brought Barbara and Ernest Pierce
as well as Charlie and Diane Yost Mason to Clearwater.
They not only enjoyed the festivities but were only too
glad to thaw out from the harsh winter weather. The
Pierces are from Dayton, Ohio, and the Masons from El
Dorado, Arkansas. Sally Hancock Smith and Betty Snow
joined them for the weekend at the Holiday Inn. Ernie,
Diane and Betty explored the hotel facilities and the
Carnavalito for the possibility of holding another BHS
Class of '43 reunion in conjunction with the Carnavalito
in 1995. Can you believe it! This would be the sixth
reunion held by the Class of 1943.
Jim Rybicki and his wife are back from his last
assignment in Germany and are now living in Seminole,
Florida. He is now assigned to MacDill AFB. He's very
excited about getting involved in society activities. He's
especially looking forward to his 20th class reunion (BHS
class of '74).
It's so nice to have Mildred Harper and Dottie
Sanders at Sewing Club after their bouts with illnesses.
Easter Sunday afforded Grace Jones Carey and
husband Jack the opportunity for a mini-family reunion.
Mollie Grace Carey, granddaughter, accompanied them
to Englewood, Florida, to spend the day with Belle Jones
Schroeder, and Jimmy and Betty Thompson.
In early April, Tommy Lou Jordan Horton spent a
week visiting Dot Jordan Herrington and her husband
Bob. After lots of shopping (the girls' #1 interest), they
were off to Alabama to visit their older sister for another
Nancy Van Siclen would like to encourage more
people to join the Canal Zone Bowling League that now
meets at 2 p.m. every Monday at the Major League
Bowling Alley on Hercules St. just south of Sunset Point.
This bowling group not only enjoys the game but also
fosters camaraderie by going out to eat after their game.
This summer Tess Owen was treated with a gift of a
trip to Europe by her sister and brother-in-law who
accompanied her. They flew to Paris from New York on
the Concorde on May 29 then returned from London on
June 10 on the QEII.
Another example of warm and enduring friendships
was demonstrated by Mildred Hickey when she
entertained Margaret Bradley Martin, Father Bill
McKean and myself before Father McKean had to return
to Philadelphia. She had wanted Father Brandenburger
to come to dinner also but he was busy visiting his
relatives and other friends during his very short time in
The Rowley family were all together at Sara's for
Easter. Skip and Beverly came from Tallahassee and
June and Davis Stevenson came from Lawrenceville,
Georgia, accompanied by daughter Lori Snow and her
children -- Allie, Nick and baby Sara.
It's so good to see Marie Corrigan buzzing around
in her new car after recovering from a one-in-a-million
fractured spine at the neck level. It was a miracle that
her hangman fracture (complete fracture of spine) did
not involve the spinal cord whatsoever.
Helen Kat, Margaret Martin and Margaret Lawson
were entertained at an Easter dinner by Bud and Beverly
Williams. It's unfortunate that Bud's sister, Anne
Williams, was unable to attend.
In December 1993 the Kauffer clan, formerly of New
Cristobal and Margarita, had a get-together in Santa
Rosa, California. Ted and Anita Kaufer went from
Tampa, Florida, where they joined their daughter Norine
Crnich and her husband Bob and another daughter, Vicki
Garrison and her son, Matthew. Nancy (Kaufer)
Lanfranco from Redlands, California, was there with her
sons, Leroy Leach and Barry Leach and his wife Paula.
The third member of the Kaufers, Jane (Kaufer)
Cochrane, from Santa Rosa, and her husband Jim (with
beard) joined the festivities. Their daughters Kathleen,
Elinor and Janet also came, as well as sons Tom, Joe and
Steve, daughter-in-law Vicki, son-in-law James, and
grandsons Aaron and Breck. This was the first time so
many of the cousins had seen each other in a long time.
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L-R: Norine (Kaufer) and Bob Crnich, Anita and Ted
Melanie M. Donahue (BHS'84)(FSU'88), formerly
employed as a research analyst at the National Senatorial
Committee in Washington, D.C., recently relocated to
Atlanta, Georgia. She is presently employed as the
Finance Director for Mr. Paul Heard, Republican
candidate for governor of Georgia.
Melanie's youngest sister, Tanya, who is a senior at
Florida State University majoring in finance, is scheduled
to graduate in August. They are the daughters of Ed
Donahue (CHS'60)(FSU'74), who in 1990 retired from
the Office of General Counsel, and Jeanne Buss Brekke
Betty Chan Snow
Easter vacation and Spring break brought several
visitors to Sarasota to have family reunions and also for
Rae and Joe Ebdon had the pleasure of a visit with
their son Dick Ebdon, his wife Kathy, and their daughter
Jenny, of Marietta, Georgia. During their visit here they
were also guests at a dinner party hosted by Fred and
Bev Ebdon. Earlier in the year the senior Ebdons had
motored to Atlanta to visit with their son Dick and family
in their new home in Marietta where he had recently
been transferred from California.
Leo Mclntire with his wife Susie and daughter Teri
of Tulsa, Oklahoma, spent the Easter holiday with his
mother, Mrs. Blanche Hartman, at her home in Glen
Oaks, Sarasota, Florida. While here they were
entertained at a dinner party including Leo's cousin,
Stella (Boggs) DeMarr, Rick Nelson, and longtime Canal
Zone friends, Milton and Shirley Altmark, now of
Sarasota. They enjoyed our wonderful weather, and
swimming at our beautiful sandy beaches was an
Jeanne (Walker) Wagner of Eagle River, Arkansas,
came for a week's visit with her parents, George and
Mayno Walker. While here she enjoyed seeing the
famous Royal Lippizaner Stallions in their final dress
rehearsal (practice) before going on tour. She was
accompanied by her Aunt Tinsie (Bliss) Barnes and her
sister Carole W. Miller of Tampa, Florida. Having had
horses in their earlier Canal Zone days, this was a very
special treat for both Jeanne and Carole.
Diane (Skinner) and Almond Snider were here for
their annual four-month vacation in their Sarasota
residence. While here Diane enjoyed being with the
group at the Canal Zone Monday morning coffees. She
also visited with her mother Charlene "Snookie" (Wertz)
Skinner in Winter Park, Florida. Diane is the daughter
of the late Ralph Skinner, former Panama Canal
Company employee and noted photographer and
Bill and Maxine Dixon, accompanied by his sister
Hilda Harrold of Safety Harbor, Florida, travelled to
Georgia to visit his sister Aurelia Hadarits in
Toomsboro, and her son Phillip Hadarits and his wife
Charlotte of Augusta, Georgia. They also visited
Maxine's 93-year-old uncle, Herman Overstreet, and his
wife Bess in Twin City, Georgia.
Earlier, the Dixons welcomed Maxine's nephew,
Matthew Chambers, when he returned from a three-
week trip to England and Scotland to visit his brother
Michael Chambers, a member of the U.S. Air Force
stationed in England. Bill and Maxine also enjoyed as
houseguests, their annual visitors, Bob and Minnie Stern
of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Gladys Conley enjoyed a visit from her cousins, June
and George Smith of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, who also
visited friends in Stuart, Florida. Besides our beautiful
beaches, they especially enjoyed the weather which was
quite a break from the snow and zero weather in their
Kelly, Margaret and Paul (P.K) Karst with
houseguests from Naples, Florida, Bob and Molly
On January 7, 1994, Molly and Bob Orvis (BHS'76)
of Naples, Florida, went to Panama and were houseguests
of Margaret (Brown) and Paul "P.K." Karst of Panama.
They spent several days in the Interior staying at Mike
Totman's "weekend house"... It was a beautiful A-frame
house overlooking the town of Boquete. They missed the
Flower Festival by one week but plenty of flowers still
remained. They visited Rick Livingston who lives in
Boquete. They also went to the Vulcan, Sierra Punta and
spent Superbowl Sunday in Santa Clara watching the
game in Spanish. Stopped in Santiago and bought
carimanoles the size of hot dog buns for forty cents
apiece! Also consumed a great deal of ceviche, bello,
queso blanco, empanadas, micha bread, corvina and, of
course, washing this all down with Ron Cortez. They
returned back to town and visited with Kenny and
Frances (Flynn) Morales. Also visited with Carlos Selles,
Jim Fehrenback and Rita Cruz, John and Mary Snavely,
and Frank DeAbate.
They also spent the night in Isla Grande to snorkel
and swim, and stopped in Porto Bello to see the "Black
Christ". They had a fantastic time and thanks their hosts
who made it possible Margaret and Paul.
Jimmy Mullins, formerly from Gamboa (now
residing in Marianna, Florida), celebrated his 40th
birthday on April 2nd. Jimmy did it in style. He flew to
the island of Eleuthra, Bahamas, with his brother-in-law
Gene Rendon and their respective families. (Karen
(Newlon) and daughters Jamie and Kaycee and Diana
(Newlon) with Russell and Michelle.) The Newlon sisters
are also from Gamboa. Oh, yes, I was able to join them
as well. Gene flew us out in a private plane and we
enjoyed both the ride and the scenic views. Not a bad
way for Jimmy to turn 40!
Speaking of Jims, Jim McCarrick now lives in the Ft.
Lauderdale area. He is flying for United out of Miami.
Jim recently purchased a boat, naming it Plane Crazy,
appropriate for a pilot.
Gerri (Cahill) and Mark Garvey have recently
relocated to Tacoma, Washington. Gerri (from La Boca)
left Panama in 1987 and moved with her family (Dick
and Lynn Cahill) to the Tampa area. Gerri and Mark (of
Tampa) were married last summer and Mark joined the
Air Force. He's now finished with basic training and
starting on his career with the military. Good luck to
Gerri and Mark.
Recently discovered: Corvina Ceviche at the Bayside
Seafood Restaurant on the Key Biscayne Rickenbacker
Causeway. You get a great big bowl and it tastes just
right! Sheila Rose, Kelly (Cahill) Parthenais and I
enjoyed some last time Sheila was in town.
Now you may have noticed that there was no South
Florida report in the last issue. That is because no one
sends me any news. So, please help your local reporter
out and drop them a note or a phone call (this is for all
reporters, not just myself).
One last thing, the reunion is right around the
corner. If you go, please ask if you can help out. It takes
a lot of work and it's done by mostly the same people
every year. It's great fun and you see more people this
way. If they don't need your help this year, ask them to
take your name for next year.
OK, have a good summer!
Janice Cookie Newlon
On April 17, 1994, the third annual Big Bend Zonian
picnic was hosted by Bev and Skip Rowley and held at
the Old Bainbridge Road Park in Northwest Tallahassee.
As usual, the cooking was done by Cash Paulsen, George
Gauger and Skip Rowley.
We had 39 in attendance. Out-of-town guests were
Rusty Oberholtzer from Melbourne, Charlie and Lois
Salyer froni Jacksonville, and David Overstreet from
Orlando. A good time was had by all and it couldn't have
been a more perfect day for a picnic. Why more people
from Tallahassee didn't turn out was a bit disappointing.
Laverne Larrabee had shoulder surgery on January
28 and had a wonderful recuperation. Even her doctor
L-R: Terry Hunter, Tuna Tufon, Ricky Larkin,
Darren Boatwright (groom), Kevin Brandenberg, Ray
Francis, Jos6 Tufion, Rudy Francis. (Just a few of
the guests at Darren Boatwright's wedding.)
In March we went to Atlanta to attend the wedding
of Darren Boatwright, son of Vicki and Bob Boatwright,
formerly of Balboa Heights. It was a beautiful wedding.
We saw so many old acquaintances and many of our
daughters high school friends, it was almost as though we
had never left Panama.
Our daughter Renee (Rowley) Friedel is expecting
another child in late November so we are really excited
about having another grandchild. Skip's cousin Bonnie
(Gunn) Abellera of Tallahassee is expecting another child
News is scarce in this neck of the woods.
Annie Rathgaber tells me she is finally back home in
Georgia, after being in Fayetteville, North Carolina, for
several months, staying with her daughter Judi who has
been quite ill. Judi is now bouncing back to good health,
and Annie is settling down into being a Georgia resident
once again. My husband and I spent a Sunday recently
with Annie, Lou (Rathgaber) Hunt and Vera Ryan (from
Dothan, Alabama) as guests of Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn to
attend the Atlanta LPGA being held at her country club
in Eagle's Landing, Georgia. It was a beautiful Spring day
and we all had a great day visiting and watching the golf
tournament. Made me almost wish I played golf,
especially since the 1st place winner received a check for
$97,500. Lou and Vera were especially pleased with the
golf tournament as they both play a lot of golf back in
Eagle's Landing Country Club, GA. L-R: Vera Ryan,
Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn, Anne Rathgeber, Louise
(Rathgeber) Hunt, June (Rowley) Stevenson. Photo
by Dave Stevenson.
Bill Conley, son of Roger and Olga Conley, recently
left for Sao Paolo and Santos, Brazil, to work as a 3rd
mate on the Logos II doing missionary work. Bill
volunteered for this job for three weeks to give him the
opportunity to see how he likes doing missionary work.
Urandcnlldren ot sara Howley at ner utn olrrnaay
party, January 1994. L-R: Davis R. Stevenson, Lori
(Stevenson) Snow, Renee (Rowley) Friedel,
Suzanne Gerhart, Sara, Brian Gerhart, Adriane
Rowley, Kenneth Gerhart. Taken at Sara's home,
We finally got some of the photos developed of Sara
Rowley's 80th birthday party in January, and decided that
the one with all of her grandchildren was good enough to
make this issue of the Canal Record. As you can see, they
are a healthy-looking group of young men and woman,
the youngest being 21, the oldest 38. My daughter Lori
Snow, her three children, and my husband and I spent
Easter week with my Mom in Clearwater. The weather
was great, although the Gulf water was a bit too cold for
my blood. Our grandchildren loved it though and actually
did some swimming.
Mariella (Meggers) McNally told me she had
recently had some out-of-state visitors. Pinky (Fulop) and
Joe Garcia of Port Orange, Florida, were here along with
Yoly (Velez) Woodman from Madison, Wisconsin, and
Woody DeJernette from Friendsville, Tennessee. Marilee
had several of their classmates over for a get-together,
including Janet (Smith) Bartlett, Pat McCarragher,
Lester and Andrea (Byrd) Smith, and Mary Leach. After
everyone left, Mariella says she had an old-fashioned
slumber party for some of the ladies, and a great time
was had by all with lots of laughter and memories of
their bygone days in Panama.
Mariella also says that her oldest daughter Rebecca
will be getting married on June 18th to Craig Gilden
from Aiken, South Carolina. Rebecca and Craig will be
graduating from Georgia Tech with degrees in
Mechanical Engineering, and both have been hired by
Ford Motor Co. in Detroit, Michigan, where they will live
after a honeymoon trip to Bonaire, Venezuela.
Ex-Zonians and friends on dry-season tour of Panama
in March 1994, led by Davis Stevenson of
My husband Davis recently returned from conducting
a 10-day "Dry Season" tour of Panama. I hope to go with
him next dry season as I have not been back to Panama
since I left in 1989, and I know there are lots of changes
to see throughout the country.
Till next time, see you at the reunion!
June A. Stevenson
Helen Louise Dudak and her friend Kay Yuhl of
Orlando again visited Hawaii, taking the one-week cruise
among the outer islands. Helen also earlier enjoyed a
ten-day visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the
Christmas holidays, visiting her 93-year-old aunt Doris
Bonk and family there. Helen plans a trip to
Williamsburg, Virginia, in October.
Edna (Curies) Cooley and Frances
Viglielmo at Tahitian Lanai, Honolulu.
How good it was to visit and reminisce with a former
Zonian, Edna (Curles) Cooley, and her Hawaii friend,
Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo. They were school chums
when living in Pedro Miguel and in Edna's case -
Gamboa. Edna lived in Panama from 1939 to 1954 and
now lives in Ocala, Florida. She visited her daughter and
husband, Sherry and Jeffrey Bain, in Honolulu for six
weeks, which coincided with the birth of their baby,
Edna's first grandchild. Edna's son Greg and wife Cathy
live near Ocala. Edna, Frances and I lunched and gabbed
at the Tahitian Lanai, one of the few Tahitian/Hawaiian
places remaining, and had a jolly good time exchanging
fond memories. We discovered that when Frances'
mother took a six-month maternity leave from her job for
John G. Claybourn at the Dredging Division (then
located in Pedro Miguel), it was my mother, Ann De La
Mater, who filled that position and which brought about
our move from Cristobal to Pedro Miguel.
From Lucille Nanny of Palo Alto, via Elaine Hooper
of Jonesboro, came the sad news of the death of Wilma
(Wickens) Kennard, a long-time friend from our days in
"Peter Mike". I knew her family well, took many trips on
their boat to some remote river areas of Panama and
always enjoyed seeing Wilma at the reunions.
A fine telephone visit with my friend Beverly
(DesLondes) Stiles of Mt. Dora, Florida, brought news
of her son Danny and wife Mary who live near Tampa.
He enjoys his post-retirement work managing two Papa
John's Take-Home Pizza (along with some Zonian
friends in the concession), and I hear he's gaining weight!
Beverly's son Jimmy and family live in Mt. Dora where
he is giving golf lessons and remodeling golf clubs as pro
for the Mt. Dora Golf Club. Beverly's grandson JJ
DesLondes lives in Kapaa, Hawaii Island with his wife
and child, Beverly's great-grandson; her sister Jesse still
lives in the mountains near Bakersfield, California, where
her sons often visit.
I was pleased to hear from Suzanne Caracciolo of
Honolulu, a former Zonian, inquiring about the PC
Society and to mail her an application form (promised to
give her one of my back issues of the Canal Record).
Suzanne lived on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus for 16
years with her mother Susan Smith (now living in San
Antonio). Suzanne left Panama in 1967; her mother, who
left in 1969, was head of the laboratory at Coco Solo
Hospital. Suzanne (the daughter) lived in Hilo, Hawaii,
for 20 years, where she and her husband were in business
together. He died in 1986 and she later moved to
Honolulu, where her daughter now attends Chaminade
Marie Greene first Christmas in Hawaii, 1993.
At a dance I was introduced to Marie Greene, of the
Quijano family of Panama (BHS'58). Marie had married
a Panamanian, reared her four children in Panama, was
divorced and left Panama in 1984. Three of her children
live in Panama and one in Dallas. Marie works for the
military at Schoffield Barracks and lives nearby in
Had a call from Michael Anderson who spent his
whole life in Panama and moved to Honolulu in
November, with his wife Kristy. Michael is in the Coast
Guard on Sand Island here. His father is Gary Anderson;
her father is Rod Brayton; his grandparents are Norman
and Agnes Anderson; her grandfather, Joe Putaturo,
started the drive-in movie theaters in Panama. (Michael
said he was a neighbor of my brother, Billy D., in
The traveling Dolims (Hank and Virginia (Ridge))
flew to northern California to meet her brother Paul
Ridge ("Diz"), and together they flew to San Juan to
board the Crown Odyssey for a cruise and transit through
the Panama Canal. Since the ship did not dock in Balboa,
Virginia's brother Jim Ridge was at Miraflores Locks
wall communicating by pilot's radio. The Canal pilots
were Captain Ed Wriskey, who was on the locks wall
with Jim, and Captain Charles McDaniels, the pilot in
control of the ship. So their visit in Panama consisted
mainly of a great telephone conversation and a nostalgic
transit. Their tour of San Jose, Costa Rica, was
highlighted by their stay at the Grand Hotel where they
had spent their honeymoon in 1941.
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L-R: Paul Ridge, Henry Dolim, Canal pilot Captain
Charles McDaniels, Virginia Dolim, during Canal
The three-day Merrie Monarch hula festival held
each April is a magnificent pageant of the hula and
chants, both old and modern, and of great appeal to isle
visitors. The Make-a-Wish boy from Florida was granted
his wish to attend the festival and made a poignant
impression, dancing with his sisters on the stage and
being deluged with heaps of flower lei and paper money.
Apparently hula is now performed round the world.
Lois DeLaMater Bates
Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, Indiana, says that
her son Dennis and his family are now living in Danville
about twenty miles from Indianapolis. The United
Maintenance Center where he works is drawing a lot of
attention and seems to be making changes in the
On Good Friday Jane had Dennis and his family, her
sister Mary from Illinois, and her sister-in-law for a
dinner. In other family matters, Mary said her daughter
Sheila and husband Tom and their two daughters went to
see the Grand Canyon and other sights out west during
Spring vacation. Mary's other children, Mickey and
Margie, are coming to Indiana for a visit the last week in
Claud and Ruth (Wood) Lyon's daughter Marjorie
and her husband Roy Meredith live next door to them
here in Charlestown -- and have for many years. Roy was
transferred to Jacksonville by CSX. In order not to lose
accrued benefits with the railroad, Roy had to accept the
transfer -- even though neither he nor Marjorie wanted
to move. Ever since, Roy has been coming home four or
five times a year by spreading out his five weeks a year
vacation. Marjorie has been spending school breaks and
Several graduates of the Panama Canal College (aka
CZJC) are interested in more information about the
reactivation of the alumni association. We'll be watching
the Canal Record for details.
Apologies to William H. Grant, Jr., of St. Louis for
not being included in my Senior Olympics article in the
December Canal Record. I'm so sorry I didn't find him to
get his picture and results. In the 75-79 age group, Bill
won the 50-meter and the 100-meter butterfly and placed
in five other swimming events. He's also a crack
shuffleboard competitor and will be looking for a big CZ
turnout at the next Senior Olympics slated for San
Antonio in 1995. If you're not up to competing, you're
eligible for the cheering squad.
Barbara McShane Barnickel (BHS'73) of Leesville
is very busy these days teaching geography and civics at
Pickering High School and studying toward a master's
degree in secondary education administration at McNeese
State University in Lake Charles. Staying busy is nothing
new. At BHS Barbara was an ROTC battalion sponsor
and worked on the Parrakeet, student newspaper. At the
Panama Canal College, extracurricular activities included
acting in plays directed by Bruce Quinn. Barbara's
husband, Richard, works in TV advertising sales and they
have a daughter Corinne (9). Barbara's dad is a retired
sergeant major, JAG Corps, Ft. Amador. Susie McShane
Edwards, Barbara's sister, was a BHS cheerleader. Their
brother Mike works for Texaco in Houston.
Roland Casanova of Slidell took his annual April trip
to Panama and El Volcan to shoot birds. Details will
unfold at the Gulf Coast picnic in October.
Gail and Bob Weien and their daughters, Molly (6),
and Sarah (3), are looking forward to a visit this summer
from Gail's mom, Marian Gregg, of Slaughter, Louisiana.
The Weiens are stationed in Farnborough, England,
where Bob is a colonel in the Army Personnel Exchange
Program with the British. Gail's brother, Gene Gregg,
expects to spend most of June with the National Guard
working in Jordan.
Papa Gene reports that all CHS grads should try to
make the Last CHS Football Jamboree on Friday,
September 2, at Cristobal. CHS will close forever in June
the summer, along with a granddaughter also, in
Jacksonville with Roy. Also, any time in between that she
is able to, Marjorie goes to Jacksonville for a week or
two. Claud and Ruth's van has been kept busy running to
Claud's sister and brother-in-law, Leila (Lyon) and
Hobert Mills lived in Colon, Gatun and Balboa. I am
sure many of you knew them. Leila fell at home and
broke her hip. She had a ball and socket replacement.
She is recovering at home now and has to use a walker.
Her next stage will be one of those walking sticks with
several prongs at the bottom for more stability.
Claud E. Lyon
1995. Big Luke Palumbo, who started the jamborees
many years ago and has retired to Fayetteville, Arkansas,
will be there. His son Jim Palumbo is a counselor at
Ed Parker of Slidell flew to Denver before Easter to
visit his daughter Ann, then RVed with his other
daughter Sandy and son-in-law Walker Burgdorf through
Zion National Park to St. George, Utah, to visit Jean and
Kibby Bouche. Ed said he has known Kibby so long that
he doesn't remember when he didn't know him. While in
Colorado, Ed stopped in Grand Junction to see Zayda
O'Connor, widow of Bill O'Connor, former dock
foreman in Balboa.
Ed (WASYFA) and James O'Donnell (KB4HMQ)
of St. Petersburg have organized the first-ever reunion
luncheon for amateur radio operators. Hams will gather
at the hotel reception desk at noon, Friday, June 10.
Lunch will be dutch treat, probably in one of the hotel's
private dining rooms. Anyone interested can contact Ed
(504-643-5603) or James (813-894-2478) by phone or
radio for details. Several of the hams plan to set up their
2-meter rigs at the hotel.
Whitney Lynn Arabie at her first birthday party with
parents Katie and Ronald Arabie and friends.
Yvonne Morales Vegas of Marrero writes of the first
birthday of her granddaughter Whitney Lynn on March
20 in Covington, Louisiana. Whitney Lynn is the daughter
of Ronald Arabie and his wife Katie. Festivities included
a crawfish boil, keg beer, pony rides for the kids, and lots
of family and friends. Yvonne and her husband Nathan
Vegas spent Christmas with Yvonne's mother, Mrs. Deya
Morales, in Lakeland, Florida. Joining them were
Yvonne's sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Dennis
Foster, with their children, Jayson and Robert, of Tulsa,
Oklahoma; Dennis' parents from Lakeland; and Yvonne's
sister and brother-in-law, Luella and Colin Wamble, from
Lakeland. In January, Deya went to Panama to visit her
sister and brother-in-law, Olda and Benjamin Sierra, in
San Francisco. In May she will spend two weeks in
Marrero to visit her daughter Yvonne, her grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren, Karey (10), Kelly (3), and
Patt Foster Roberson
Jack and Dorothy Chase have moved from Winter
Haven to Vicksburg, Mississippi, to be closer to their
daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Tommy Birchett.
Their grandson Mark Birchett (24) is a student at the
University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Jack retired from the main office of the Supply
Division in Balboa Heights in 1971. Dorothy is warmly
remembered and loved by hundreds of her dancing
school students. Their son still works at Executive
Planning, Balboa Heights.
Laurie and Michael Rinehart, formerly of Ocean
Springs, have moved to Dothan, Alabama.
Meanwhile, down on the Osyka farm, Gerda Smith
reports that Owen is mastering his Packard Bell
computer. Over spring break Gerda and Owen RVed to
Pensacola and Destin with the girls, Kessie and Hildi,
who both love camping. Along the way, they stopped to
visit Cash and Mary Jane Paulson in Tallahassee. All's
well with the Gatun clan. They took an alternate scenic
route home north through Alabama.
Shirley Zemer Swenson of Picayune spent spring
break with an old college friend from California. Shirley
has retired from full-time teaching to become a full-time
student of horticulture, now studying plant materials,
propagation, greenhouse and nursery management,
grounds and maintenance, and engineering drawing. A
BHS classmate Bill Underwood owns and runs a
greenhouse and nursery in Dalton, Georgia.
Dennis and Becky Wood have moved from
Pascagoula to Moss Point, Mississippi, where they've
bought a big, old home and are enjoying fixing it up.
Dennis (CHS'74) works for a small manufacturing
company and Becky, who is from Carthage, Mississippi,
teaches at the local high school. They are planning a
summer trip to see Dennis' mother in Delta, Colorado.
Patt Foster Roberson
Not only is there still news from the New England
area, but many of us are still alive and well after
surviving 15 or more Northeasters. For those of you who
don't know what a Northeaster is, come on up to the
north during January or February and learn all about it.
My apologies for some late news -- Lois and Bill
Riley (BHS'52) reported they were visited by brother
John and family at Bill's summer home in Eastham,
Cape Cod last summer. Also visiting were Edna and
Duane Rigby who had a great visit with everyone. Bill
and Lois went on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean in
November and then spent the entire winter on Marco
Island. They stopped in to see Bill's father Joseph J. and
then Bill's sister and family, the Newburys in Dothan,
L-R: Bill Riley (BHS'52), Christine, Cindy, Kevin,
Patrick, Paula, Dayanna, and John Riley (BHS'54).
Front: Bill's granddaughter Katelyn.
I received a call from Leslie Wallace (BHS) who is
now residing in Brookline, Mass., with her husband. They
reported they are doing well (I apologize for not having
Leslie's married name). I also spoke to Cheryl (Kresge)
Gillespie (CHS) who reports that she and son Brandon
are doing well, and she is looking forward to seeing her
classmates at the reunion this summer.
Visiting Deb, Joseph and Sean Farrell recently were
Mike, Joanne (Simonsson) (BHS'80), Patrick and Kathy
Flaherty of Ft. Drum, New York. They visited the
Museum of Science and helped to celebrate Sean's third
birthday. The Farrells also had Deb's brother Tom Boyle,
President of the R.C. Society, (BHS'79) as a visitor
during the Christmas holidays. Tom is currently living in
Pensacola, Florida, and studying to get into medical
My apologies for not having any news in the last two
publications. Between buying a house and moving, we
have been extremely busy, not to mention trying to dig
our way out of the snow every week. I would certainly
appreciate to continue receiving news for future
publications. Of particular feedback requested is the
upcoming New England/Panama Canal Reunion which
will be in late October or early November. What I would
appreciate hearing from all of you are the dates that
would best suit your busy schedules. My new address is
723 Concord Turnpike, Arlington, MA 02174. Thank you
for your continued interest and support.
Debra J. (Boyle) Farrell
Just returned from a week's vacation to Concord,
California, where I visited with my mother Silvia Cruz,
who has recuperated nicely from her knee replacement,
and also sisters, Landy Donohue and Silvy Cruz and
families. While there, also contacted some older friends,
including Vern Neal (CZJC) at Monterey, California, but
we were unable to get together since he had to leave for
San Diego to attend a seminar.
Our snowbirds must still be in Arizona, or other
points south, since I hadn't heard from anyone until
today when I received a call from Beatriz (Moscoso)
Gilmore, asking for my address. She had just received the
Canal Directory but didn't notice that the reporters'
addressed were listed on page 3. Bea said her husband,
Capt. Michael Gilmore, who passed away in November
1993, started out in tugboats in 1973 and three years later
became a pilot on the Pacific side. In September of 1993
they retired to Pendleton in Eastern Oregon. Their son,
Matt, is now employed in Juneau, Alaska, by the Silver
Bay Logging Co. crewing out of Seattle, Washington. A
week after Easter, she received a visit from Ann Suescum
who came from Sacramento, California. They took in the
sights and enjoyed the snow. Bill and Jeanne Wood also
went down from Clarkston, Washington, and they all
enjoyed lunch together. In addition, she said that Sonia
Aliponga also dropped in on her way to Florida. A side
note, fresh tracks and evidence of a black bear have been
seen near her property, but she hasn't actually seen it.
Bea also attended impressive retirement ceremonies for
both Joe Wood and Fred Cotton. She said they were
highly people-oriented type individuals, well respected
and nice. As I recall them, those are very apt
Reverend Roy Jeffries called from Marana, Arizona,
to tell me that not only is he now a minister for the
Universal Life Church, but we wouldn't recognize him
since he had doubled his weight from our track days, and
grown a full beard. After his retirement as a paratrooper,
he drove long hauls for about 10 years. The last time we
met was in the town of Moji, Japan, in 1956.
Lastly, I'd like to remind everyone of our Northwest
Reunion on Saturday, August 6, 1994, at Twanoh State
Park in Hood Canal, Washington. If you happen to be
anywhere near the area, drop in. Even if you don't live in
the Northwest, we'll be glad to see you.
As usual at this time of year, the annual Cayuco
Race takes top billing. One of our Atlantic siders, J.
Laatz, and his Pacific-side crew members, John Bates,
Ryan Underwood and Jerry Cantu, took third place in
this year's race, paddling the cayuco Due Process to a
great finish! The Misconception came in second and the
Utmost, paddled by Trey Arias, Donovan Arias, Tommy
Ellis and Michael Charles, came in first. With an overall
time of 5 hours, 15 minutes and 18 seconds, the Utmost
won every stretch and broke every race record ever held.
In the patch boat category, an Atlantic cayuco Prime Cut
took second place, paddled by Ernie Holland, William
Price, Ricky Alvarez and Kent Grubbs. Also participating
in the patch category were Bonnie Seeley, Jennifer
Holland, Bev Teal and Jennifer Eckel in the Bixbidi and
Jose Alvarez, Roger Braun, Lars Thompson and Luis
Ortega in the Gone Palante. Altogether, 42 boats
participated in an excellent race -- rough water but
smooth in every other way.
The anticipated drawdown of military forces from
Fort Davis and Fort Espinar (Gulick) continues to take
a heavy toll on our Atlantic civilian community. Many
families have already moved to the other side, including
the Herrings, the Doubeks and the Brauns, with others
planning to follow. If things stay on schedule, the two
bases will close completely by the end of 1995.
Coco Solo Army Health Clinic (Coco Solo Hospital)
will close on April 22, 1994, and reopen immediately as
a clinic in Fort Sherman. Too soon to tell how that will
affect people, how hard it will be to get across the locks
in an emergency, etc. Staff-wise, some are following the
clinic to Fort Sherman, while others, like Grace Whitney
Kraemer in X-ray, will relocate to the Pacific side.
Billy Rankin retired the end of 1993 as the Chief of
the Industrial Division's Production and Planning Branch,
and his wife Ginny Rankin, who has served as the area
occupational health nurse, will retire the end of April.
They will make their new home in Tacoma, Washington,
near Billy's dad, Alvin Rankin. Billy and Ginny traveled
to California in early April for the wedding of their
daughter Sandi Rankin to Louis Siano. The wedding
party included daughters, Karen and Nancy Rankin, with
Nancy traveling all the way from England where she
currently lives and works.
Another wedding, that of Tiernan Corrigan to Dodd
Dupree, will be coming up on December 17 in
Jacksonville, Florida. Mom Alberta Corrigan is busy with
long-distance arrangements for the big event and dad
Collin Corrigan is even more busy counting his pennies.
Collin and Alberta's son, Gerald, is stationed in Hawaii
as an E-3 in the Navy. Alberta says he loves it there.
Beth Mizrachi and her son, Shannon Allen Price,
share a happy moment at the home of Grandpa and
Grandma Henry and Sunny Morland Mizrachi in
Brazos Heights. Born on New Years Day 1994,
Shannon traveled to Panama at age two weeks to
meet Henry and Sunny, great-grandmother Virginia
Morland and aunts and uncles, Mary Morland Coffey,
Robin Morland, Peter Morland, and Burt and Carol
Henry and Sunny Morland Mizrachi are preparing
for an upcoming Mediterranean cruise with Sunny's
mother, Virginia Morland, brother-in-law and sister Burt
and Carol Morland Mead, and sister Mary Morland
Coffey. Henry Mizrachi recently returned from a trip to
the Holy Lands, an experience he describes as
breathtaking. While there he also became acquainted
with relatives he had never met before.
Currently living in Sarasota, Florida, Beth Mizrachi
returned in January to introduce her infant son, Shannon
Allen Price, to his grandparents, Henry and Sunny
Mizrachi, great-grandmother Virginia Morland, and all
the Morland family. He made a big hit with everyone!
Dick Bjorneby will retire as the superintendent of the
Panama Canal's Launch and Linehandling Branch the
end of April, and his wife Pat Bjorneby will retire later
this year. They will make their home in both Bremerton,
Washington, and Naples, Florida.
A happy group of ceviche-makers gather under Sid
Coffin's house in Gatun behind the 30 gallons of
ceviche they made for the Margarita Elks Club booth
at the annual Fort Davis Fair. Pictured are Steve and
Ann Robbins, Ron and Jan McKrackon, Tita
Dunlap, Bob Nash, "Maz" Mazerolle, Luke Palumbo,
Mary Randel, Helio Alves, Tex Randel, Jill Berger,
Dave Morrison, Jenny Nash, Gerry Laatz, Lovelia
Castrellon, Sid Coffin and Lucky Dunlap.
Sid Coffin's house in early February was the site of
an incredible ceviche-making party! Sid, "Maz"
Mazzerolle, Lucky and Tita Dunlap, Gerry Laatz, Luke
Palumbo, Helio Alves, Jill Berger and a host of others
prepared approximately 30 gallons of ceviche for the Elks
Club booth at the Fort Davis Fair held February 17-21.
In a regular assembly line, some people cut peppers,
some cut onions, some cut fish, Sid added salt and lime
juice and others loaded ceviche into gallon jugs. It was a
wonderful collective effort, and the ceviche was finger-
Most of the same people mentioned above hosted
the someteenth annual Atlantic Syndrome Survivor's
party on Saturday, April 9, in Gatun. Survivors partied all
day and danced all night and pitched a few horseshoes in
The women's softball champs, the "Hustlers", fell to
second place this year to a group of young-uns that out-
hit, out-played, out-fielded and out-did we older types.
Some old-time "Hustlers" include Grace Kramer, Ginny
Rankin, Sue Stabler, Linda Mazzerole, Edith Rozzette,
Penny Cafiamas, Bonnie Seeley, Elinore Johnson,
Jennifer Holland, Laura Kraemer, Marr Shan Modisset,
Roxanne Woolard, Margarita Martinez, Alice and
Phoebe and coaches Robert Rankin and Vincent
There were also some diehards on the men's team,
including Randy Grubbs, Wayne Seeley, Bill Will, Bill
Epperson, Walter Ilund, Ernie Holland, Merle Mackey'
and Chuck Flockhart to name a few.
Former Atlantic siders Ann and Mike Herring and
two of their children, Leigh and Georgie, returned to
Panama during Easter week for the first time in about
five years to be on hand for Lenny Hufls baptism,
confirmation and first Holy Communion at St. Mary's
Catholic in Balboa during Easter Vigil Mass on April 2.
It was a precious event, made even more so by Anne and
Jennifer Eckel has moved to Tampa, Florida, joining
her brothers, Tom and Alan Eckel, who already live in
After the tragic suicide of Billy Millar earlier this
year, Letty Millar and her girls, Ponell, Honorine and
Sabra, will be leaving Gatun and relocating to California
some time this summer. They will be sorely missed by all
of us and we wish them Godspeed.
Susan K. Stabler
The 41st Annual Boy Scouts of America Ocean-to-
Ocean Cayuco Race began on Friday, March 25, 1994, at
3:30 p.m. The cayucos started to enter the water at the
ramp by the Cristobal Yacht Club for the start of the
race. This year, there were 42 cayucos participating in the
race; 31 in the trophy class and 11 in patch. This
consisted of 20 male, 6 female, and 5 co-ed.
The race got underway at 4:00 p.m. It was a race the
Utmost crew will treasure for years to come! The Utmost
came in first at Gatun, breaking the record with a time
of 44:09. At the Cayuco Race spaghetti dinner that night,
the Utmost crew was presented with the Gatun Yacht
Club rotating trophy. Second place male was presented
to the Due Process with a time of 45:17. First place
female went to Lone Star with a time of 54:20. First place
co-edAlmost with a time of 50:12 and first place patch to
Prime Cut with a time of 54:11.
Utmost crew: Michael Charles, Trey Arias, Thomas
Ellis and Donovan Arias.
Scenic Route Kate Wilder, Jill Pownall, Paula
Monaghan, and Jill Hauser.
Saturday morning, day two, was the long stretch 22
miles of rain and rough water. The Utmost got off to a
good start and was able to maintain the lead all the way
to Gamboa (Dredging Division) breaking another record
with a time of 2:53:13. In second place was the
Misconception. First place female was Scenic Route with
a time of 3:26:30; first place co-ed Almost with a time of
3:14:12 and first place patch to Bee Line with a time of
3:28:15. The last day, Sunday, March 27th, would be a
long day as it was in three stages with long, hot waits in
the Locks Pedro Miguel and Miraflores. The Utmost
got another fantastic start as far as the Penitentiary;
however, there were cayucos coming up fast the Delfin,
a Rover Scout boat from the Perlas Islands, Rapid
Transit, Due Process, and the Misconception. The Utmost
took the lead and maintained it to Pedro Miguel breaking
another record with a time of 1:13:27. Second male was
Misconception; first female High Anxiety; second female
Great Expectations; first co-ed Almost; first patch Prime
Cut. Miraflores Lake was also taken by the Utmost
breaking another record with a time of 10:20. The last leg
of the race was in the Utmost practice ground which they
won breaking another record. By breaking records in all
five legs, they also broke the sixth record which was the
total time. They beat that by 9:41 minutes. For each leg
a boat comes in first the crew earns a bead. By earning
all five beads, the crew becomes "Master Paddlers" which
the crew of the Utmost earned this year. The crew of the
Utmost consisted of Captain Donovan Arias, Thomas
Ellis, Trey Arias and Michael Charles and Queen Anyse
Matheney. The Utmost total time for the race was
5:15:18. CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL
Carlton Morris made a visit to Panama in February.
He had a great time seeing friend, Captain Mark Powell,
assigned here with the Army, and various family
members. Went fishing at Pinas Bay with his cousin
Charlie Morris, uncle Dan Hanesworth from Chicago,
and friend Sean Lager from Alabama. They caught a
657-lb. Pacific Blue Marlin.
Several friends, family members, softball players (old
and young), gathered at the Pacific Softball League Field
in Balboa on Tuesday, April 12, 1994, to enjoy the formal
renaming of the field to the Bill De La Mater Softball
Park. The dedication ceremony was organized by
Herman Wilkinson, long-time softball aficionado and
friend of Bill's. Bob "Groovie" Barnes, a softballer from
way back, began the ceremony as M.C., and then
introduced John Banasick who entertained the gathering
with many serious and comical historical tidbits about Bill
and all his years of directing, playing, managing and
organizing events there.
Bill and Thelma DeLaMater at the formal renaming of
the Pacific Softball League Field.
Darien Hannah Corrigan, age 7 months, agrees that
the 1993 FSU Seminole football team is a true National
Champion. Her father is David Corrigan (BHS'84) and
her mother Marcy Klug, residents of Clearwater,
Florida. The photo was taken when they visited Burt
and Carol Mead in Panama during February of this
year. Carol is David's mother.
Bill, as was pointed out by John, was the catalyst and
driving force behind the Pacific Softball Leagues, both
fast pitch and slow pitch for the past 43 years. (Some say
he is still very much actively involved, but Bill says he's
on the sidelines just observing). The design and condition
of the field, which has improved substantially through the
years, is a tribute to Bill because of all the time and hard
work he put into it. Pictured, after the unveiling of the
sign that renames the park, are Bill and his lovely wife
Thelma. Bill and Thelma live in the Pacific Hills Condos
(El Dorado area of Panama). She works for the Panama
Canal Commission as the Secretary to the Deputy
Administrator, while Bill still works at his softball, golf,
Shrine, boatshed, VFW, etc. CONGRATULATIONS,
BILL, ON A WELL DESERVED HONOR!
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: July 21, 1994
The March 17, 1994, luncheon meeting at the Ming
Yat restaurant was attended by 33 members and guests.
Those present were James and Eletheer Catron, Sis and
Bill York, Oscar and Beverly Lard, Virginia Smart,
Lorna Shore, Phyllis and Jack Woodzell, Ann Dyer, Fina
and Frank Balinski, Mark and Arnette Schwindt, Toni
Hattaway, Trae Hattaway, Mitzi Schwindt, Charles and
Nora Green, Peggy Hutchison, Grace and Stade Carlson,
Leona and Paul Badonsky, Blanche Browne, Olga
Holmes, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Caroline
Westendorff, Charles Giavelli, Josey Tilley, and Trudi
On March 19th and 20th, Jessica Holder,
granddaughter of Sis and Bill York, was in a cheerleading
competition in Jacksonville, Florida. She then headed to
Disneyland, California, for a dance competition. Sis and
Bill and daughter Norma (York) Holder and daughters
attended the Jacksonville competition, and while in
Florida visited daughter Nancy and family.
Verna Kapinos had as Easter visitors her son-in-
law, Lt. Col. Charles Buchon, who is attending a course
in Alexandria, Virginia, and her brother-in-law Frank
Kapinos of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Her daughter
Carol Smith and family are being transferred to Tacoma,
On April 10th, Blanche Browne hosted a "drop-in"
party at the nursing home in Columbia where Ethel Tate
has been recovering from a severe stroke. She and J.D.
are moving to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to live near
their son. Peggy Hutchison, Caroline Westendorff, Sis
and Bill York, Jim and Eletheer Catron and Trudi Clontz
drove up to wish them well.
1. Doris Hutchison of St. Petersburg, FL. and Phyllis Woodzell at the Aiken Christmas luncheon. 2. Officers installed
at December meeting Trudi Clontz, Reporter, Peggy Hutchison, Secretary/Treasurer, Blanche Browne, Vice
President, Mark Schwindt, President, Jim Catron, Sgt. at Arms. 3. Stade and Grace Carlson at the March
1. Peggy Hutchison and Blanche Browne at the March luncheon. 2. Paul and Leona Badonsky and Lorna Shore.
3. Olga Holmes and Josey Tilley at the March luncheon.
Lorna Shore had as Easter guests her daughter
SSandy Davis and grandson Adam of Miami. She plans to
IN drive back to Miami with them for a visit.
Phyllis Woodzell, who does beautiful ceramic work,
and her husband Jack traveled to a ceramic show in
Orlando in February. In June they will head to West
Virginia to attend Phyllis' family reunion at North Bend
S ITrudi Clontz
Kristen Catron, who is attending West Point, and her
cousin Ed Lotterhos, who is attending Annapolis. They
are the grandchildren of Jim and Eletheer Catron.
In March Karen Lotterhos drove to Aiken from
Atlanta to visit her grandparents, Jim and Eletheer
Catron, and her parents came in from Mississippi. Her
father, Navy Captain Joseph Lotterhos, recently received
the Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell Jr. Award of
Excellence. It is the highest award in the Naval Reserve
Judge Advocate General's Corps award program. He is
assigned at Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Naval
Supply Activity, New Orleans, Louisiana, as a drilling
active reservist. The Catrons' son James of Madison,
Florida, won his fifth four-year term on the City Board -
the only contested race.
Greetings from Kerrville. As we used to say in
Balboa Elementary, "Spring is here, the grass is riz, I
wonder where them birdies is?" The wildflowers are at
their prime right now--spectacular! To reinforce this, I
have included an article from our local newspaper
naming Kerrville among the top 11 retirement spots in
granddaughter and Dorothy (Hinds) Davis and her
youngest daughter. Dorothy, Sue, Doris and Marge were
Panama Dance group and band, Christmas Party,
December 3, 1993, San Antonio, Texas.
Marilyn and Wade Carter had Marilyn's cousin,
Asbjorg Oakland, from Norway visit for ten days in
February. The cousins had not seen each other in over 40
years so there was much catching up to do. Marilyn is a
great guide and showed her cousin the Hill Country, San
Antonio and the Mardi Gras in Galveston. At the same
time, they attended a family wedding in Galveston. Kim
(Carter) Baird from Houston joined the celebration. On
Valentine's Day a party was enjoyed with Kim's four
children: John, Rebecca, Joan and Katherine. They were
given Olympic Mascot Dolls brought from Norway as
THE CANAL ZONE'S FINEST. L-R: Jim Wheeler, Mike
Perez, Dale Bishop, Jimmy Ransom, Bill Graham,
Bob Steele, Les Wiles, Jim Slice, George Thornton,
Gerry Brown. Not pictured: Harvey Rhyne, Marcos
Williams, George Cotton, and Paul Shacklett.
December 3, 1993 Christmas Party, San Antonio, TX.
As the old saying goes: "Our loss is someone else's
gain." We bid farewell and wish much happiness in their
new homes to: Jeanne (Bishop) Sheets and her husband
David (Jackie and Dale Bishop's daughter). They moved
from Kerrville to 8303 Los Ranchos, Austin, TX 78749.
Jeanne is employed by Guaranty Federal Bank and David
is with Carson and Associates, Land Development
Company. Lois (Bergman) Carpenter and her husband
Bob have returned to their former state of Arizona.
Four Balboa High School alumni recently got
together for lunch in Palo Alto, California. The group
consisted of Sue (Ewing) Bishop who came from
Colorado Springs to visit her daughter; Margaret
(Enright) Buniowski, her sister Jane (Enright) Cuzner;
Doris (Brotherson) Hand and her daughter and
L-R: Dorothy (Hinds) Davis, Doris (Brotherson)
Hand, Jane (Enright) Cuzner, Sue (Ewing) Bishop,
Margaret (Enright) Buniowski.
Our Kerrville Daily Times of March 8 featured an
article, of which we are very proud, by Mike Previte, Staff
Writer, stating that Kerrville was among the top 11
retirement spots, the only entry from the state of Texas.
Money magazine's annual survey selected Prescott, Ariz.,
Fairhope, Ala., and Mount Dora, Fla. as the top three
retirement communities of America. Kerrville Mayor Joe
Herring Jr. said it is not hard to find reasons as to why
Kerrville made Money's list. "People are attracted to
Kerrville because of its scenic beauty, low crime, health
care and social facilities," Herring said. "The quality of
life is good here, and that's something we continue to
emphasize." Out of Kerrville's total population of more
than 18,000 citizens, 30 percent are over the age of 65,
and that's the third largest percentage from the list,
behind Sequim, Wash. (52%) and Sedonia, Ariz. (32%).
the other remaining cities in the top 20 are Las Vegas,
Nev.; Chapel Hill, NC.; Naples, FL.; Sedonia, Ariz.;Palm
Springs, CA.; Aiken, SC.; Fayetteville, Ark.; Brevard,
NC.; Durango, Colo.; Asheville, NC.; Myrtle Beach, SC.;
St. George, Utah; Hendersonville, NC.; Sequim, Wash.;
Charleston, SC.; Clayton, Ga.
The news is sparse at this writing. I guess everyone
is getting ready for their trip to the Reunion and enjoying
Spring weather here.
A recent 50th birthday celebration of '61 BHS grads
was held in the home of George and Sue (Trim) Cotton
who have now relocated to San Antonio, Texas. The
birthday gang feasted on George's traditional pig roast
barbeque and was attended by: (front row) Didi
(Bremer) Rogers, Ella (Carter) Cornelison, Marianne
McCarragher, Jackie (Ashton) Wagner, and George
Cotton and his pig-headed friend; (back row), unknown
(sorry!), Bill Dockery, Warden French, John Deming,
and Ford Mosely.
MINI-PANAMA CANAL REUNION
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Gathering at Lo's Hunan Szechuan, L-R: Sarah P.
Storey, Wendell V. Allen (Cinco), Connie
Nordstrom, Mike Glaser, Rosemary Gilead, Mannie
Quintero, Rae Donaldson, Bob Nordstrom. April 16,
The Northern Virginia section of the Mid-Atlantic
Gang, PCSOSFL, held its April "meeting" on the day-
after-tax-day at Lo's Hunan Szechuan Restaurant in
Fairfax, Virginia. The nucleus of this unofficial (no dues,
no membership card, no fixed roster) group are
convinced that these "meetings" are a good way to
preserve the memories and camaraderie of special people
who lived in a special place during a special period of our
The May "meeting" will be held at the Lebanese
Taverna Restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. Former
Zonians who live in the Northern Virginia area who are
interested in good food and camaraderie should call
Rosemary Gilead (703-243-6408) or Bob Nordstrom
Rosemary Gilead and Sarah Storey recently made a
trip to Panama. Several group shots of their recent trip
Panama, January 1994. PCC employee Celestino
Cubilla and wife, Gilma Cubilla. Rosemary Gilead,
holding Anna Marie Cubilla, and PCC employee Enid
50th celebration! BHS Class of 1961.
A mini Panama Canal Reunion was held in Virginia
in March. The successful gathering was held at Rae
Donaldson's (BHS'68) apartment complex. Some photos
of the group are included. Plans are underway for a more
formal gathering of as many Pana-zonians in the DC-
MD-VA area as possible. Look for all of the information
on this reunion of the Mid-Atlantic Gang to be held on
Saturday, October 8, in the Reunions section of this issue
of the Canal Record.
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its eightieth anniversary
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The Panama Canal will observe its 80th anniversary
August 15 and a logo for use during this anniversary year
has been created by the Office of Public Affairs. It is
featured in the nameplate of this issue of the Spillway.
Adhesive-backed copies of the logo are being produced
and an announcement will be .made when they will be
available to employees.
In observance of another anniversary -- one marking
the passage of four decades since the inauguration of the
Goethals Memorial -- this issue of the Spillway includes
a special feature on Maj. Gen. Goethals.
The Panama Canal Spillway
March 25, 1994
GOMEZ' 45TH ANNIVERSARY
Mike and Vee Gomez celebrated their 45th wedding
anniversary February 4, 1994. They were married at Coco
Solo Naval Chapel in 1949. Mike (Civil Engineer) worked
as Chief of Installation at G-4 USARSO (Ft. Amador)
and retired in 1972. Vee (Miss Villa) was a nurse at
Colon Hospital (1945-1949) before getting married and
raising a family of seven children.
Vee and Mike Gomez
87 YEARS YOUNG
Reverend William W. Baldwin, Sr. (pictured here
with son-in-law Greg Fischer) celebrates his 87th
birthday on May 22. 1994.
Rev. William W. Baldwin Sr., and his son-in-law, Greg
Father Baldwin lived in the Zone and then ElVolcin
for 48 years. Six years ago he moved to Virginia, and
then to Hawaii. El Padre now lives in Chula Vista,
California, phone 619-424-9305.
Their eldest child, Diane (age 44), is married to Dr.
James Soler, a physician at the San Antonio State
Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Their children are
Michael (15) and Marc (12). Norma (age 42) is child #2
and she is a Lt. Commander in the Naval Reserves. She
is married to Gary Paglia, a pilot for U.S. Air and they
reside on a 133-acre farm in New Wilmington,
Pennsylvania. They have two children Alaina (7) and
Michael (5). Tom (age 40) is child #3 and works for
Houston Power and Light Co. (computer giant). He is
married to Sue Runion, who runs a day care center. They
reside in Houston, Texas, and have a daughter Robyn
(11). Rita (age 34) is child #4 and she is a Pharmacist at
Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Bernard (age
32) is child #5 and he is a Mechanical Engineer at
Sandia National Laboratory. He is married to Madeline
Romero (Electrical Engineer) and they reside in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, with their one-year-old son
Christian. Michael (age 31) is child #6 and he is an
Algebra teacher at Hobby Middle School in San Antonio,
And, last but not least, is child #7, Dalys (age 28),
who is in her last year of medical school at the University
of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas. Dalys was
a former ICU nurse at Methodist Hospital in San
Antonio, Texas. The entire Gomez gang wishes the best
to all their friends.
JAMES BROOKS BRUZZESE
James Brooks-Bruzzese, Music Director, is a
graduate of Cristobal High School, Class of 1958. He
received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from
Duquesne University and his PhD. from Washington
University in St. Louis, where he studied with Maestro
Slatkin of the St. Louis Symphony. The Maestro's impact
both as a conductor and educator on the quality of music
in Southern Florida has been a dramatic one as shown by
the successful growth of the professional South Florida
Symphony, as well as the Broward Community College
Youth Symphony, both of which he founded in 1976.
Standing ovations in some of Europe's greatest
concert halls have set the tone for the 90's in Brooks-
Bruzzese's career. The Maestro recently returned from
critically acclaimed performances at the famed Vigado
in Budapest and the legendary Concertgebouw in
Amsterdam, where only the world's finest perform!
Following that, Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese completed a
successful tour of the Soviet Union under the auspices of
Dr. James A. Brooks, Jr.
Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese is also internationally
acclaimed for his dynamic appearance with orchestras in
Central and South America, Europe and the United
States. Conducting appearances have taken him across
the globe, including Czechoslovakia, Korea and Spain as
well as the Mozart Festival and Competition in Malaysia.
As an outgrowth of his newly founded project "East
meets West at Summerfest" Maestro invited the famed
Hungarian Virtuosi Orchestra to perform and be the
focus of a Documentary which had its international
broadcast premiere on WPBT, Channel 2 PBS television
in Miami. Following that, he toured the orchestra to
Curacao and Panama. A CD recording of these concerts
is now available. Two new CD recordings have recently
been released entitled "Crazy for Gershwin" and
"Hollywood Highlights." Both of these recordings were
produced by Pickwick in London and were on the top 20
chart ratings for several weeks.
Numerous guest appearances with orchestras and
festivals on five continents have clearly marked the
Maestro as one of this country's outstanding young
conductors with applause highlighting his work with
major orchestras in Brazil, Bulgaria, the Dominican
Republic, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Peru,
Honduras, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Spain and Turkey.
He founded and created the Augusta Opera Company,
bringing to the South international singers from the
Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Opera and Covent
Garden, London. He founded the Florida Music Festival
and the Festival of the Americas. This brought national
and international acclaim, including recognition by former
President Ronald Reagan, who considered these tours as
"Ambassadors to Latin America."
In his appearances with major orchestras worldwide,
his musicianship has been acclaimed as "Dynamic...
exciting and remarkably controlled, but simultaneously
free spirited." He has been described as "Electrifying...
Captivating..Downright exciting" by the Ft. Lauderdale
News. "One of the most beautiful moments in the Villa-
Lobos Festival" by Rio de Janiero. "Great applause and
recognition for an exciting performance" by II Messaggero,
Rome. "Solid musicianship...Vigor... Disciplined
orchestra" by the Miami Herald. "The Philharmonic has
never played better" by the Palm Beach Post.
His many guest conducting appearances this year will
include performances with major orchestras in Hungary,
South Africa, Russia and China.
VELA HERBERG ENGAGEMENT
Peter E. Herberg and Elizabeth Edith Vela
Peter Eric Herberg (BHS'77) of Tucson, Arizona,
and Elizabeth Edith Vela announced their engagement
on January 10, 1994.
Our congratulations to you both!
QUEEN OF VOLUNTEERS
By Betty Jean Miller
News and Views
Anna Collins, surely one of the community's most
outstanding volunteers, was crowned 1994 Queen of
Hearts at Saturday night's Heart Ball.
The 36th annual ball, a benefit for the American
Heart Association, took place at the St. Petersburg
Hilton and Tower, with 451 people at a minimum of $70
apiece. This took lots of fancy footwork by chairwoman
Toni Fudge, and, although the returns aren't in yet, it was
probably the biggest financial success ever.
J6I (,(( I
Queen Anna Collins
Lt. PAUL OVERSTREET
NAVY TEST PILOT SCHOOL
Lieutenant Paul Overstreet graduated with
distinction recently from the United States Naval Test
Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland.
The year-long course provides instruction to
experienced Naval pilots in the specialties and techniques
of aircraft and systems test and evaluation. Graduates
meet the rigorous test and evaluation requirements of the
Naval Test Center and various other test and evaluation,
research and development activities of the U.S. military
services, government agencies, and private industries.
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Lt. Paul Overstreet, CHS'81.
Paul is a 1981 graduate of Cristobal High School and
is the son of Edward and Mary Overstreet, formerly of
Mrs. Collins, who was escorted by her husband,
Charles, is past president of St. Anthony's Hospital
Auxiliary, Interlock, the Christmas Toy Shop, and the
Women's Chamber of Commerce. She is a 10,000-hour
volunteer at St. Anthony's. She has held many other
leadership positions, including Girl Scout leader, and is
known for her willingness to do small and thankless jobs
as readily as prestigious ones.
Her eight princesses are Nellie Bonitati, Diane
Coates, Barbara Cowan, Celeste Essman, Edith Lyster,
Carole Merritt, Eleanor Speakman and Edith Spies....
Please thank these people. Our community has been
greatly enriched by what they have done.
St. Petersburg Times
February 26, 1994
We gave Florida Orchestra Guild president Vicki Fox
a very short term of office the other day. She is incoming
president. Barbara Cowan is outgoing president, and for
the first time the group has a president-elect, Anna
Bill and Jean Muller recently returned from visits in
Texas and California. They attended the quarterly
luncheon of the Panama Canal Society of Southern
California with Bill's brother George presiding. There was
much reminiscing with old friends.
George was interviewed on A&E's (Arts &
Entertainment) "Time Machine" with Jack Perkins
regarding the construction of the Panama Canal and
living in the Canal Zone. The last survivor of the
construction days and holder of the Roosevelt Medal,
Bob Dill, age 104, was the guest of honor and the
program was dedicated to him upon his recent demise.
Upon their return to Florida, Bill and Jean attended
the 50th wedding anniversary of his brother John and
sister-in-law Betty in DeLand. It was a golden
opportunity they just couldn't pass up. Vows were
renewed by the septuagenarians with the younger Mullers
St. Petersburg Times
April 12, 1994
Ocala Star Banner
March 23, 1994
60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Bertha and Gardner Hayes celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary on March 24, in Lexington,
Kentucky (formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone). Son Bill
and niece Judy Horsley gathered more than forty-eight
friends and relatives, including a former student of
Bertha's, who attended the afternoon open house.
The celebration was doubly enjoyable for the Hayes
had not seen their neighbors because of the winter
weather, not had most of the neighbors seen each other.
A happy afternoon was spent catching up on all the local
news and sharing the lavish array of finger foods
prepared by Judy. Most guests arrived with armloads of
fresh flowers, which added to the festivities.
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The Hayes lived on the Atlantic side of the Canal
Zone for thirty years. They returned to their home in
Lexington in 1969.
The Hayes were married on March 24, 1934. They
have two sons, John of San Antonio, Texas, and Bill of
Lexington, Kentucky, plus three grandchildren.
in February 1944 and now he had reached the apex of his
life--his wedding day.
Vows were exchanged and wishes were received for
a long and happy life together. Leslie and Janet Smith
were proud for their daughter and John received
congratulations from cousins, Henry and Marion Klahre,
and uncles Richard and Anton Eyring and their
respective wives, "Liz" and Amelia. Betty's sister Elinor
Smith was her bridesmaid and cousin Ed Lally was
John's best man.
John and Betty Muller of DeLand, Florida.
In 1946, John introduced his wife to friends in the
Canal Zone as he returned to his job with the Panama
Canal. Upon his retirement in 1969, they settled in
Now it was March 11, 1994, fifty years later and time
to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. They
chose to renew their wedding vows at the First
Presbyterian Church in DeLand. At 7 p.m. in the John
Calvin Chapel, Mrs. Margaret Iverson, pianist, played the
traditional wedding march and Minister Clyde Wiley
officiated. Bill and Jean Muller were attendants for the
Congratulations were once again in order and
expressed by friends of the couple in Deland after the
JOHN AND BETTY MULLER
John Muller described his bride as "gorgeous" and
Elisabeth Smith was ecstatic over her handsome groom
in his navy blue officer's uniform.
They had first met in August 1943 and it was now
their wedding day, March 11, 1944--5 p.m. at the First
Presbyterian Church in New Rochelle, New York.
John had been working for the Panama Canal's
Municipal Engineering Division after graduating from
Iowa State College as a Civil Engineer in December
1940. He received a commission as a U.S. Naval Officer
The day after the last two Grimison children
graduated from college, we were on our way to Panama
for a Christmas family reunion.
Eric and Matthew's graduation last December
brought to five the number of Florida State University
graduates in the family, the others being Patrick,
Rebecca, and Melinda. When we count son-in-law Bill
Fahy and daughter-in-law Myra (Brannon), also FSU
graduates, the family total is seven. Elizabeth and
Christina are graduates of the University of Central
Florida, and Richard earned his degree from the U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.
So, after enduring the cold weather of Tallahassee
even for such a spectacular occasion, it was a relief to
find ourselves once again basking in the familiar warm,
tropical breezes of Panama at Christmas time. It was
especially rewarding to spend Christmas with Elizabeth,
Bill, and our granddaughters, Erin and Colleen, in their
Diablo home, and with Patrick, Myra, and our family's
newest member, grandson Brandon, at their home in
Eight down and zero to go: Eric (left) and Matthew
(right) Grimison, along with mom, Nancy, are jubilant,
immediately after graduation ceremonies at Florida
State University in Tallahassee, FL. last December.
We all enjoyed getting together with good friends
and neighbors at home, at parties, and in our St. Mary's
Church community. The sight of old neighborhoods,
schools, offices, and favorite places, along with such
delights as the taste of authentic seviche and Napoli style
pizza, largely unchanged, were pleasures we all savored
throughout our stay.
We took trips to the beach, the lake, Stevens Circle,
and yes, the PX. We even went sightseeing through such
Panama Canal attractions as the locks and the
Administration Building, and downtown to visit the
Church of the Golden Altar and other areas of interest
such as the Museum and Las Bovedas. Sightseeing jaunts
were for the benefit of Christina's husband, Ed
Volonnino, and Rebecca's and Melinda's friends, Geoff
Pletcher and Tom Niemeyer, all three of whom were
seeing Panama for the first time.
Last, but not least, in honor of all our graduates, of
our family being all together and "home" for Christmas,
and of the nurturing, supportive Panama Canal Zone
community we were privileged to be a part of for so
many important years, the Grimison family held a
celebration at Amador Pool. We were gratified to realize
that because so many of our friends, both young and
older, were kind enough to join the festivities, it appears
that our party was a rousing success. Our thanks to one
BONK CARROLL ENGAGEMENT
Jo-Ann (Belinske) Bonk, of Tampa, Florida, daughter
of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Belinske, of Manitowoc,
Wisconsin, and Martin Carroll, of Largo, Florida, son of
the late Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carroll became engaged
Jo Ann Bonk and Martin Carroll
Ms. Bonk resided in the Canal Zone at both
Gamboa and Diablo, from 1969 to 1984. Following a July
9th wedding, the couple will make their residence in
LOEHRS CELEBRATE 54th
Bill and Dot Loehr of Ozawkie, Kansas, celebrated
their 54th wedding anniversary on April 5, 1994.
Dot and Bill Loehr
The Loehrs were residents of the Canal Zone from
1949 to 1955. Bill was a member of the U.S. Armed
Forces there and was a member of the American Legion
and was associated with the Canal Zone Council, Boy
Scouts of America. He was also employed at the Corozal
LAWYERS' 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Robert E. Lawyer and Ann E. (Utegg) Lawyer
recently celebrated their 50th anniversary together. They
were married on January 22, 1944, in New York City,
They have four children: Patricia A. (Lawyer) Heilig,
who resides in Pensacola, Florida, with her husband
John; a son Robert A. Lawyer who resides in Phoenix,
Arizona, with his wife Jane and three daughters, Karen,
Stacy, and Lindsey; a daughter Michelle A. (Lawyer)
Schaaf who resides in Flossmoor, Illinois, with her
husband Stephen and two sons, Christopher and Trevor;
and a daughter Deborah J. (Lawyer) Arsenault who
resides in Walnut Creek, California, with her husband
Paul. son Jason and daughter Kristen.
THE FUCIKS COMMEMORATE 50th
In October 1993, Peggy (Reinig) and Ed Fucik
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Highland
Peggy and Ed were married in the Tivoli Hotel,
Ancon, Canal Zone in 1943. Peggy was raised in Pedro
Miguel and graduated in 1934 from Balboa High School.
She was later employed at Gorgas Hospital. Ed was a
Lieutenant j.g. in the U.S. Navy stationed at 15th Naval
Ed and Peggy Fucik
Robert E. and Ann E. (Utegg) Lawyer
The Lawyers resided for 36 years in the Panama
Canal Zone where he retired from the Canal Zone Police
Division as a Captain/Inspector in January 1976. Upon
retiring the Lawyers lived in Florida for a year before
moving to Dothan, Alabama. They celebrated their
anniversary with a cruise to Mexico and Key West,
Florida, given to them by their children.
EDNA MILLION CELEBRATES 80TH
A surprise birthday party was given for Mrs. Edna
Million on April 16th at the Hyatt Hotel in Sarasota. The
party was hosted by her husband Jim Million and
approximately fifty friends and family members toasted
and offered their congratulations. Their children, Shirley,
Roger and Gordon, reminisced about growing up in the
Canal Zone and brought back fond memories to many
guests at the party.
L-R: Betty (Comley) Forgeson, Beverly (Comley)
Dilfer, and Peggy (Reinig) Fucik.
Among those who helped celebrate the occasion
were former Canal Zoners Betty (Comley) Forgeson of
Tierra Verde, Florida, who was a bridesmaid at their
wedding, and Betty's sister, Beverly (Comley) Dilfer of
Boca Raton, Florida.
The Fuciks have three children and five
The fiftieth wedding anniversary of Bernice and
Andrew Jackson was celebrated in Chicago the last
weekend in March. Their three children, Drew, Darlene
and Randee, hosted the affair. A pizza party was held on
Friday night at son's house in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Bernice's three sisters, Louise Hunt, Norine Lucas,
Marge and her husband Jack Ruoff, sister-in-law Carol
Rathgeber, Charles Bernier (Andrew's nephew),
granddaughter Kate Weber from Los Angeles, and son-
in-law Tom Denham attended.
The Andrew Jackson family.
A Saturday gala evening for family and friends was
given at the Denham's Chicago residence. A video of the
Jackson family growing up in Des Plaines, Illinois,
vacationing in Metedeconk, New Jersey, and all the
Rathgeber clan gatherings were on display throughout the
house. A leprechaun serenaded the honored guests.
Karaoke was enjoyed by all.
A Sunday brunch was held at the Drake Hotel where
the Jacksons spent the weekend. It was a great time and
will be long remembered.
HICKS 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
It took a year of sneaking around and secrecy but it
paid off in the end. The Hicks kids, Kenneth, Pamela,
Richard and Judyrhea succeeded in totally surprising
their parents Mack and Dorothy with a luncheon to
celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on April 3,
1993 in Yulee, Florida.
Richard, the family photographer, recorded the event
on video and film. Judyrhea and Kenneth created a feast
of down home cooking Pam's daughter, Amyjo (Adams)
Walker created a wonderful picture story wall with large
photos and posters of Mack and Dot's life together the
past 50 years. Pam coordinated the affair and designed
two anniversary cakes one commemorating Dot's
association with the O.E.S. Chapter #1 and the other
with Mack's badge #28 from the C.Z. Police.
Left: Mack and Dorothy Hicks, April 3, 1943. Right:
Mack and Dorothy Hicks, April 3, 1993
Back, L-R: Richard Hicks, Timothy Buell, Pamela
Hicks, Timmy Walker, Mack Hicks, Jaque, Kenneth,
Michelle and Kim (McCune) Hicks. Front L-R:
Christopher, Beth and baby Stephen Hicks, Amyjo
(Adams) Walker, Dottie Hicks, Michael Figueroa,
Judy (Hicks) Buell.
Family members attending were Kenneth and
Kimberly (McCune) Hicks (daughters Michelle and
Jacque), Pamela Hicks (daughter Amyjo (Adams) and
son-in-law Timmy Walker, Richard and Judyrhea (Hicks)
Buell (son Timothy). Special Zonian friends were Henry
and Beulah Perry of Daytona Beach and Leon and
Marilyn Rademacher of Oklahoma City.
Among the wonderful gifts, Mack and Dorothy
received a scrapbook containing congratulations and
memorabilia from many friends. Our thanks to all who
helped create this very special occasion.
THE GUHLINS EARN MASTERS
Juan Miguel Guhlin and his wife Monica received
their masters degree on December 18, 1993 at the
University of Texas.
Both are employed in Public Education in San
Antonio, Texas. Three days earlier, their baby daughter
was born (See "Births").
JANE COX HONORED AGAIN
I wish to thank you for your beautiful accolade in the
March Canal Record, and for recommending me for the
lovely Certificate of Appreciation (even framed and
glassed, ready to hang!) Danny hung it on the wall
You may be interested to know that I was honored
by the Panama Canal Society of Arizona at their spring
luncheon meeting last week, with their first Life
Membership for reporting, other services and founding
the Society in January 1986. Yes, I'm its "Big Mama."
Susan Carol Kelleher and David L. White
Jane Cox at her home in Tucson, Arizona, January 17,
I am humbly grateful for these honors by you, the big
Florida Society, and our local one. Should you care to
mention my cherished lifetime membership in
"Congratulations," I enclose a snapshot taken this past
About the motto of our Society and my feeling for it:
I feel that, more than friends, we are ex-Isthmians,
especially Zonians, a family from a background and
culture now extinct.
Thank you again.
JOHN R. GOUGH III
PROMOTED TO SERGEANT
Jay and Diane (Sparks) French would like to
congratulate their son, John R. Gough III, on his recent
promotion to Sergeant First Class. John is presently
serving with the 2nd Armored Division in Ft. Hood,
KELLEHER WHITE ENGAGEMENT
Mr. and Mrs. David I. Kelleher of Dothan, Alabama,
are pleased to announce the engagement of their
daughter Susan Carol (BHS'80) to David L. White of
Tampa, Florida. David is the son of Marilyn V. White
and Marc L. White of Seminole, Florida.
The bride-to-be is a graduate of Troy State
University with a B.S. in Computer Science and is
employed as an Auto Claims Adjuster with USAA
Insurance Co. in Tampa.
Her fiance is a graduate of South Florida University
with a degree in Criminal Justice. He is employed as a
probation officer with the State of Florida.
An October 1994 wedding is planned.
John and his wife, Bridgitte, live in Copperas Cove,
Texas, with their son Justin, and are expecting another
baby in October. John graduated from Bonanza High
School in Las Vegas, Nevada. He would have been with
the CHS class of 1982 if he had remained in the Canal
Michelle M. Brown and Wayne E. Small exchanged
vows in a double-ring ceremony on December 19, 1993,
at Harvest Time Memorial Church in Riverview, Florida.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Virginia Ann Hubbard of Jackson served as maid of
honor. Bridesmaids were Mary Parker Hilbun of Tupelo;
Amy Caplenor Liscomb of Lexington, KY; Tanya
LaDawn Oliver of Birmingham, AL; Tanya Robinson
Fortenberry of Houston, TX; and Jane Ann Lampton,
Erin Corinne Myers, and Elizabeth Ann Williams, all of
Michelle M. Brown and Wayne E. Smail
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack
Brown (sax musician), Tampa, Florida. Michelle is
attending college at Hillsborough Community College
studying sign language, and living with her parents. The
groom is the son of Robert (Bo) and Barbara (Will)
Smail, and is the brother of Todd J. Small. Robert Small
is a former Canal Zone police officer and is now with U.
S. Customs in Tampa. The groom is in the Navy,
attending Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut.
Melissa Shannon McGriff and Stephen Douglas
Johnston exchanged wedding vows on January 22, 1994
at Christ United Methodist Church, Jackson, Mississippi.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Corbin
McGriff, Jr. of Jackson, MS. and the bridegroom is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Johnston of Jackson, MS.
The grandparents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Corbin
McGriff Sr., of Dothan, AL. and Mrs. Charles Byrd and
the late Mr. Byrd of Augusta. GA.
Mrs. Stephen Douglas Johnston
Best man to the groom was his father, John Wendell
Johnston. Groomsmen were William H. Hardin, Jr. of
Duncan; Paul W. McMullan, Jr. of Hattiesburg, MS;
Jerry K. Montgomery of Oxford; Gary O. Parker of
Quitman; James E. Sharp Jr. of Tupelo; and John A.
Crawford, Jr., Walter J. Garner, Laurence W. Morris Jr,
Charles C. Upton, Jr., Everett C. McGriff III, John W,
Johnston Jr. and Christopher W. Burns, all of Jackson.
The reception was held at the Country Club of
Jackson. Registering the guests were Lauren Burns and
On the eve of the wedding Mr. and Mrs. Johnston
honored the couple at a candle-light dinner at the
University Club of Jackson.
A luncheon honoring the bridesmaids, assistants to
the bride and out-of-town family was held at the home
of Mrs. Ruby B. Parker. Hostesses were Miss Parker
Hilbun, Mrs. Benton Hilbun, Miss Ginger Hubbard and
Mrs. John Hubbard.
The couple honeymooned in Barbados. They will be
at home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alice Furlong and Anthony Riviezzo
Alice (Furlong) Riviezzo and Anthony Riviezzo spent
their first anniversary this year as husband and wife.
Alice is the daughter of Ralph and Brenda Furlong of
La Boca, Republic of Panama. They were married
February 13, 1993, in Tampa, Florida. Bridesmaids
included Kim (Morgan) Stonecypher, Irene Katsumoto,
Lori Nickisher, Hope Lee, Erika Welch and maid of
honor Mitchie Hern. Groomsmen from the Canal Zone
were brother Ralph Furlong and John Magee. The bride
and groom spent their honeymoon in Panama enjoying
Keith and JoAnn (Reilly) Yoder
JoAnn Reilly and Keith Yoder were married June 12,
1993, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Boone, North
Carolina. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
David C. Reilly of Curundu. She is a graduate of Balboa
High School and Appalachian State University in Boone.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd L.
Yoder of Hickory, North Carolina. He works for the
Watauga County Sheriffs Department in Boone and is
currently attending Western Piedmont Community
Matron of honor was Debbie Reilly, sister of the
bride. Bridesmaids were Linda (Reilly) Kemp, Sheila
Vaughan, Liza Brown and Denise Alberga. Flower girl
was Stacy Lynn Jordan.
Best man was Floyd Lewis Yoder, father of the
groom. Groomsmen were Aaron Miller, Scott Yount,
Norman Wells and Barry Yoder. Ring bearer was Bo
Brenda (Reilly) Scott, and son Justin Michael Scott,
sister and nephew of the bride from Curundu, also
attended the wedding.
Following the reception at the Broyhill Inn, Joann
and Keith honeymooned in Orlando, Florida and the
Panama Canal area. The couple reside in Blowing Rock,
Herminia Gonzalez Pimentel and James R. Palumbo
were united in marriage on December 22, 1993, in
Panama City, R.P. A reception was held later on
December 30, 1993, at the couple's residence in Diablo,
R.P., for family members and friends.
Herminia and Jim Palumbo
The groom is a counselor with the Department of
Defense, Schools Division, on the Pacific side. He is the
soon of Luke C. Palumbo of Fayetteville, Arkansas, one
of Cristobal High School's most popular coaches and
teachers on the Atlantic side.
The bride is employed with the Army.
Kerry Smith and Edward T. Rathgeber were married
on January 29, 1994, in Brick, New Jersey. The bride is
the daughter of Nelda Smith of Brooklyn, Connecticut,
and the late Joseph A.W. Smith. The groom is the son of
Carol F. Rathgeber and the late Edward T. Rathgeber.
Specialist 4th Class Jennifer Lynn O'Neil and
Specialist 4th Class Michael G. French were married
November 12, 1993, in Reno, Nevada.
Jennifer is the daughter of Dalton O'Neil of Norfolk,
Virginia, and the late Madeline O'Neil.
Michael is the son of Jay French and Diane (Sparks)
French of Jacksonville, Florida, and the grandson of
Myrtle Sparks of Jacksonville and Marjorie French of
Lakeland, Florida, and the late Dr. Willard French.
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Edward Rathgeber, January 29, 1994
The newlyweds honeymooned in Maine and will
make their home in Moosup, Connecticut, where Ed is
stationed in the U. S. Navy.
SP4 Jennifer Lynn O'Neil and SP4 Michael G.
The bride graduated from Cox High School in
Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 1990 and the groom
graduated from Fernandina Beach High School,
Fernandina Beach, Florida, in 1991. Both are serving with
the U.S. Army in Ft. Ord, California. In September they
are due to relocate to Germany.
Cassie Lynn Moorhead
Donald L. Humphrey of Palm Bay, Florida, proudly
announces the birth of his second grandchild, a daughter
born to his son-in-law and daughter, Carey and Donna
(Humphrey) Moorhead, of Palm Bay, Florida.
The baby, who has been named Cassie Lynn
Moorhead, was born Monday, March 28, 1994, at Holmes
Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida. She
weighed seven pounds four-and-a-half ounces and
measured twenty-one inches at birth and joins a nine-
year-old brother, Glenn Michael.
The paternal grandparents are Ted and Ann
Moorhead of Palm Bay. Her maternal grandparents are
Dorothy (Frost) Hon of Tampa, Florida, and Donald L.
Humphrey of Palm Bay.
Cassie's great grandparents are John and Jane Frost
of Tampa, Florida, and Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey of
Alexa Nicole Rebhan
Jeff and Cookie (McKeon) Rebhan of Kingwood,
Texas, announce the birth of their second daughter, Alexa
Nicole. She was born in Panama November 14, 1993.
Cookie, Gabriella, and Alexa Rebhan.
Alexa's maternal grandparents are Don and Joan
McKeon of Balboa, Panama. Paternal grandparents are
John Rebhan and Margaret Glodde of Warren, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs.
Aida Rosalia Guhlin
On December 15, 1993, a daughter, Aida Rosalia
Guhlin was born, beautiful and in good health, to Juan
Miguel and Monica Guhlin of San Antonio, Texas.
Grandparents are Ada and James Guhlin of Canyon
Daughter Aida Rosalia with grandmother and father,
On December 18, both parents received their
master's degree at the University of Texas. Both are
employed in Public Education in San Antonio, Texas.
Gtmnar Davis Woodburn
Thelma Davis of Garland, Texas, holding her new
great-grandson Gunnar Davis Woodburn. Seated in
front are great-grandchildren, Megan and Andrew
Fischer. Grandparents are Florence (Davis) and Leon
Strawn of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Also pictured are
Thelma's grandchildren, Mark and Beth Davis. Parents
are Ed and Karin Davis of Houston, Texas.
Thelma Davis with Gunnar Davis Woodburn. Front:
Megan and Andrew Fischer. Right: Mark and Beth
Darien Hannah Corrigan
Kelly Nicole McDougall
Joe and Robyn McDougall with Kelly Niciole
Joe and Robyn McDougall announce the birth of
their daughter Kelly Nicole on July 31, 1993. Robyn is the
granddaughter of Rosemary Millett Gilead which makes
Kelly Nicole Rosemary's first great-granddaughter.
Marcy Klug and daughter Darien Hannah Corrigan
David Corrigan (BHS'84) and Marcy Klug of
Clearwater, Florida, are delighted to announce the birth
of their daughter, Darien Hannah Corrigan, who was
born July 14, 1993. In February, David, Marcy and
Darien visited David's mother, Carol (Morland), and
stepfather, Burt Mead, in Panama. Carol and Burt had
a wonderful time introducing baby Darien to family and
friends while Marcy and David enjoyed sight-seeing,
carnival, partying with friends, and visiting with family.
Timothy J. Walker (T.J.)
Timothy James Walker (TJ.) (with grandma Pamela
Hicks) arrived December 13, 1993 into the Walker home.
Parents are Amyjo (Adams) and Timmy Walker of
Grandma Pam Hicks with "T.J."
Proud grandfather is Charles Adams of Venezuela,
South America. Even prouder great-grandparents are
Mack and Dorothy Hicks (retired) of Callahan, Florida.
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Wilfred Ewart Barrow, 71, passed away during the
early morning hours of Sunday, September 12, 1993, at
the Amador Guerrero Hospital in Colon, R.P. Wilfred
was employed by the Panama Canal organization at
Cristobal by the Receiving and Forwarding Agency, later
renamed the Terminals Division of the Transportation
and Terminals Bureau. In his later years, he was
appointed Special Assistant to the Director of the
Transportation and Terminals Bureau for Employee
Relations and Labor Management/Liaison Activities,
becoming the first Panama Canal employee of West
Indian origin to be promoted to a bureau staff officer
position. In addition to his work for the Canal, Wilfred
was a dedicated community worker and served on many
boards and organizations. Following his retirement, and
until the time of his death, he volunteered his services at
the Retirement and Insurance Branch in Cristobal. He
assisted hundreds of active PCC employees, retirees,
Disability Relief recipients and Disability Relief widows.
Left to mourn him are Mrs. Tulia Penn and her son
Michael, Mrs. Patricia Booth and her children Chantal,
Shajira, Dashenka and Jorge, whom Wilfred loved dearly.
Anna Griffin Robertson
Leslie Griffin Robertson holds her daughter Anna
Griffin Robertson, born November 30, 1993 at the
Sanford Medical Center in Los Altos, CA. Her maternal
grandparents are Lew and Sue Lessiack Stabler of
Gatun, Dan Griffin of Boerne, Texas and her paternal
grandmother is Bea Robertson of San Jose, CA.
Dorothy Lucille Beauchamp, 81, of Dothan, Alabama
died February 27, 1994 at the Southeast Alabama
Medical Center following an extended illness. She was
born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and lived in the Canal
Zone from 1936 to 1973 when she retired from Gorgas
Hospital with over 26 years of service and moved to
Miami. She then moved to Dothan in 1979. She was a
member of the Dothan Art League and won numerous
awards for her art. She was a member of the Trinity
Survivors include her daughter, Edith N. Shutter,
Miami; three grandchildren, Dr. Lori A. Shutter, MD.,
Lynda M. Schladant, Leslie M. Shutter and a great-
granddaughter, Janelle Marie Schladant.
James Anthony Brooks Sr., 84, died February 25,
1994 from cardiopulmonary complications in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida. He was born in Syracuse, New York
and served in the U.S. Army from 1933-1937 at Ft.
Sherman, Canal Zone, receiving an honorable discharge
at the rank of Sergeant. He was employed by the
Terminals Division on the Atlantic side and retired in
1965 with over 33 years of service. Throughout his career
he received numerous Certificate for Outstanding
Performance. In 1964 prior to his retirement, he received
a Presidential Citation "for recognition of an outstanding
contributor to the greater economy and improvement in
Government operations" by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
In 1980 he was awarded Life Membership in Elks Lodge
#1542, Margarita, C.Z. after 30 years of membership. He
was also a lifetime member of VFW Post 100, Cristobal,
He is survived by his wife, Elvira Bernal Brooks,
whom he married in 1938 in Cristobal; a sister, Thelma
Valentino of Syracuse, NY; two sons, James Anthony Jr.
and Nicholas Edward now residing in Ft. Lauderdale, and
four grandchildren, Nicholas Jr, Sean, Fena Marie and
Emma Brown, 79, of Shady Palms Retirement
Homes, Tampa, Florida passed away December 2, 1993
from an aneurysm. Emma was formerly employed by the
U.S. Army at the Corozal Commissary in the Canal
She is survived by her daughter, Nina Kosik, Panama
Canal area, and her granddaughter, Laura Anderson of
Thelma Harkins Bull, 89, of Gadsden, Alabama, died
March 1, 1994 in Riverview Medical Center. She was
born in Shelby County and resided in Etowah until
entering her career as a legal secretary. She worked for
the Juvenile and Equity Courts of Etowah County then
with the Alabama State Land Company. In 1943 she was
transferred to the Panama Canal Company and retired in
1967 as a Statistical Assistant in the Executive and
Planning Staff. During this time she became interested in
the history and aboriginal cultures and after retirement
in Florida, she published the Anthropological Bibliography
of Aboriginal Florida. In 1979 she became co-founder of
the Museum of Fine Arts in Safety Harbor, Florida,
where one wing was dedicated to her. She had an
extensive collection of Panamanian and Colombian
She is survived by her sisters, Blanche H. McDonald
and Mary Nell Thornton, both of Gadsden; and several
nieces and nephews.
Nelson A. Cain of Eustis, Florida, died recently. He
was born in Massachusetts and went to the Canal Zone
in 1937 while in the U.S. Army. As a civilian, he held
several positions and entered the U.S. Navy in 1944. He
left the Canal Zone in 1946 and lived in Long Island
before retiring to Florida in 1976. He treasured his time
in Panama, and membership in the Panama Canal
Society of Florida kept those memories green. He was a
Mason, a shriner, a member of the Order of the
Amaranth, and of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church of
He is survived by his wife, Elinor R. Cain; three
children and two grandchildren.
Charles "Chuck" Leo Cannaday, 28, died November
14, 1993. He was a native of Millington, Tennessee, and
lived in Jacksonville, Florida, for 15 years.
He is survived by his mother and father, Mable
(Eberenz) and Alvin D. Cannaday; maternal
grandmother, Sarah Spangler; maternal grandparents.
Leo and Madeline Eberenz; a brother, Michael D. and
sisters, Elizabeth Price and Christina Cannaday.
Marian Seibold Clay, 96, passed away in Pasadena,
California on November 23, 1993. Her father, Victor
Shepherd, fought in the Spanish-American War in Cuba.
He later brought his wife and daughter to Cuba where he
resided for several years. The family moved to the
Isthmus during the construction days. Marian married
George Seibold in 1918 and they had two daughters,
Louise (deceased 1979) and Mary Ann. They resided in
New Cristobal until Mr. Seibold's retirement in 1942.
They moved to Monrovia, CA where Mr. Seibold passed
away in 1948. Marian later married Dr. Claire Clay and
resided in Seal Beach, CA.
Marian is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann
Eldridge, Pasadena, CA; two grandchildren, five great-
grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
James Ralph Covington, Sr., died October 12, 1992
at home under care of Hospice in Tampa, Florida. A
native of Jackson, Tennessee, he moved to Tampa from
Panama in 1981. He was retired from the Panama Canal
Commission as a Senior Lockmaster of Gatun Locks. He
was a U.S. Army Sergeant and a veteran of World War
He is survived by his wife, Oriana; two sons, James
R. of Tampa and Thomas E. of Valrico; a brother,
Charles E. of Indiantown and six grandchildren.
Edward D. (Ned) Dwelle, 74, of Alice, Texas died
January 16, 1994 after his third bout with cancer. Ned
was born in Ancon, Canal Zone to Ruth and Roy Dwelle
of Balboa. He attended Iowa State University and Texas
A&M University where he received his degree in
Veterinary Medicine. For the past 40 years he has
practiced his profession in Alice, Texas, and was an Elder
in the Presbyterian Church. He was President of the
Alice Library Board for 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his son, Steven, and his
brothers, Roy and Robert. He is survived by his wife,
Jean of Alice, Texas.
John A. Everson, 83, of Aiken, South Carolina died
February 1, 1994 at Aiken Regional Medical Center. He
was a native of Colon, Republic of Panama and had
retired as foreman of the Electrical Division of the
Panama Canal Company after 43 years of service. A
resident of Aiken since 1972, he was a graduate of Tri-
State College with a degree in electrical engineering. He
was a Past Master of Canal Zone Masonic Lodge, Past
Potentate of Abou Saad Shrine Temple, Past Director of
the Royal Order of Jesters, Court No. 18, Chapter Dad
of DeMolay and a 32 Scottish Rite Mason. He was a
member of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church.
Survivors include a son, Robert of Aiken; two
brothers, Louis of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and
Bernhard of Sarasota, Florida; and a grandchild.
Alexander Bell Fairchild, 87, of Gainesville, Florida,
died February 10, 1994 at his home. He was a research
entomologist at Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in Panama
City, Rep. of Panama, spending almost 30 years in
Central and South America studying insects in disease.
He was continuing those studies at the University of
Florida since 1970. He was the author of more than 140
articles in scientific journals and was a member of the
New York Academy of Sciences; the American
Association for the Advancement of Science and was the
last living grandson of Alexander Graham Bell.
He is survived by his wife, Elva Fairchild of
Gainesville, Florida, a son and a daughter.
Morris David Finkelstein, 70, of Charleston, South
Carolina, died March 13, 1994 at a local hospital. He was
born in Brooklyn, N.Y., was a graduate of the High
School of Charleston and received a bachelor's degree
from Newberry College and a master's in health,
recreation and physical education from Peabody College.
He attended the U. of South Carolina, The Citadel,
Laverne College, Appalachian State U. and Azuza Pacific
College. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He
was nicknamed "The Fink" and "The Red Spider." In 1962
he left Charleston for the Canal Zone to become an
associate professor and athletic director with Canal Zone
College, and retired in August 1979 with 21 years of
service, then returned to Charleston in 1980. He was a
former member of the S.C. Coaches Association and
received an Outstanding Coaching Award. He was an
active member of B'rith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue.
He also coached athletics at several schools in the
Surviving are his wife, Sarah Gifford Finkelstein; two
sons, Joseph B. of Charleston and Matthew D. of
Morehead City, N.C.; two brothers, Abe and Henry, both
of Charleston; and a sister, Helen F. Lesch of Jackson,
Donald Lewis Gifford, 69, of Altamonte Springs,
Florida, formerly of Bunker Hill, Northville, New York,
died March 31, 1994. He was born in Cranberry Creek,
New York, to parents Myrtle Putnam Gifford and Claude
Gifford. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from
1941 to 1954 where he participated in all four major U.S.
invasions. He resided in the Canal Zone for a total of
fourteen years. Prior to retirement in 1979 he was
Machinist Lockmaster at the Miraflores Locks. He was
also active in the Scottish Rites Masons.
He is survived by his children, Don Jr. of Hilton,
New York; Paul of Portland, Oregon; Donna of San
Mateo, California; Ralph of Orlando, Florida; and
Charles, also of Orlando; and his brothers and sisters,
Doris, Marion, Patricia, Clark, Charles, Sally, Betty, and
Services were held in Binghamton, New York, on
Victor Herr, former music teacher at Balboa High
School, died last November 1993, in Panama. Vic Herr
came to Panama in the early 50's and retired in Cerro
Punta, Panama in the 1970's. Although no details are
known, we want to share this news with his many friends
and former students.
Paul Cristopher Herring, 19, son of Anne and Mike
Herring of Lynn Haven, Florida, died May 20, 1993 as a
result of an automobile accident in Panama City, Florida.
He was born in Coco Solo Hospital and his family had
lived in Coco Solo, Margarita, and then Howard Air
Force Base where he attended Elementary School
through the sixth grade. He then attended Curundu
Junior High School and Balboa High School through the
10th grade. When his family moved to Panama City,
Florida, he graduated from Moseley High School there
in 1991. He played football and soccer and loved the
outdoors, enjoying fishing and sailing. He served as lector
at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Panama City and
was employed by Allied Signal Bendix at the time of his
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister,
Leigh; brothers, Georgie and Raymond; grandmother,
Margaret Herring; grandfather, Carl Riggs; Godparents
Anne Marie Herring and Joseph Herring, and a host of
aunts, uncles, cousins in the United States and Panama.
Joseph L. Hickey, 85, of Clearwater, Florida died
March 2, 1994 at Mease Hospital, Dunedin. He was born
in Boston and retired as a marine engineer with the
Industrial Division of the Panama Canal Company in
1970 with over 35 years of service. His memberships
included the Light of Christ Catholic Church and the
Knights of Columbus, both in Clearwater. He was a life
member of B.P.O.Elks Lodge 1542, Margarita, Canal
Survivors include his wife, Mildred; two daughters,
Barbara Grinnell, Tampa, Fla. and Diane Irvine,
Tewksbury, Mass.; two sons, Thomas John of Sierra
Vista, Ariz. and Joseph L. Jr., Oslo, Norway; a sister,
Anne Bell, Jamaica Plain, Mass.; many nieces and
nephews; seven grandchildren, and four great-
William E. "Bill" Hopkins, 70, of Vilano Brach, St.
Augustine, Florida, died in St. Luke's Hospital,
Jacksonville, on December 28, 1993. He was born in
Raynham, Massachusetts, graduated from the
Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1943; served with
the United Fruit Company and National Bulk Carrier
Company until 1951 when he moved to the Canal Zone.
He served with the Office of the Director of Marine
Bureau until his retirement in 1979 with over 27 years of
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter,
Nancy Booth of Hampton, Virginia; a son, William E. Jr.,
of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; and two sisters,
Mildred Ketchum of Port St. Lucie, and Rebecca
Freiwald of Jacksonville.
Conrad S. Horine, born May 28, 1926; died February
19, 1994 of primary amylordosis. He was born in
Reading, Pennsylvania and went to the Canal Zone when
he was 6 weeks old, and graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1944. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and attended
the University of Colorado where he met his future wife
and graduated as an Aeronautical Engineer in 1949. He
is survived by his wife Norma, of 45 years; four children,
Conrad Jr., Paul C., Patricia L., and Carol Gooch; one
granddaughter, Lauren; two brothers, Carlton L. and
Larry E.; two sisters, Fern Dabill and Emily Brooks.
Conrad was active in San Diego Amateur Movie Club
and the Panama Canal Society of Southern California
and the West Coast Reunion Committee. He had been
active in Boy Scouts for 30 years. Golfing and the Senior
Olympics were his new hobbies on retirement.
Erna K. Hower, 92, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
February 17, 1994 at Suncoast Manor. She was born in
Hamburg, Germany and lived most of her life in the
Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include a niece, Carla Renz, Chatham, New
Jersey, and a brother, Karl Kreiger, Germany.
Grace Joustra, 57, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away
at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on February 25, 1994. She
attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1953 and had two years at Canal Zone
College. She later moved to New Jersey and came to
Sarasota 25 years ago. She worked for the Sarasota
Police Department for 17 years and was secretary to the
Captain. The Sarasota Police held a memorial service for
her where many paid tribute to her. Her mother, Mrs.
Joustra, was presented with a large framed portrait, a
placque in recognition for her service, and a tape of the
service. The Canal Zone Birthday Club, No. 3, later
assembled at the home of Mrs. Maxine Dixon to pay
tribute to its charter member.
She is survived by her mother, Jacoba J. "Co" Joustra
Sherman Kellstrom, of Woodland Park, Colorado,
died suddenly at his home on February 21, 1994. He had
been a pharmacist at Gorgas Hospital from 1968 to 1980
at which time he retired.
Survivors are his wife, Dora M. Kellstrom; three
children from a previous marriage, six grandchildren and
Wilma Wickens Kennerd, 78, of Dothan, Alabama,
passed away March 19, 1994 at Flowers Hospital
following a brief illness. She was born in Norfolk,
Virginia and moved to the Canal Zone at an early age.
She was employed by the Panama Canal Company as a
senior accounting technician and retired in 1974 with over
34 years of service. She resided in Dothan for the past 14
years and was a member of the Order of the Eastern
Star, the Panama Canal Society of Florida, the American
Legion Auxiliary and the U.S. Naval Officers Auxiliary.
She was a Methodist and always volunteered to assist the
staff at each of the Panama Canal Society's functions.
She is survived by her husband, Edward "Ed"
Kennerd, Dothan, a cousin, Elizabeth Smith, Chesapeake,
Va., and five nieces and nephews.
Leida Kleeflens, 93, of Tampa, Florida, died
February 25, 1994 at Palm Gardens of Tampa. She was
a native of the Netherlands. Leida was the widow of
Herman Kleefkens who retired as a chief engineer with
the Marine Division. They moved from the Canal Zone
to make their home in Tampa in 1950. She was a
homemaker, a Protestant, and a former member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by a stepson, Herman A., (Louie)
Kleefkens, Tampa, and a stepdaughter, Johanna
Kleefkens Freudigmann, of Tampa; seven grandchildren,
25 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-
Carroll E. (Pat) Kocher was born in Louisville,
Kentucky and died in Weslaco, Texas on January 23,
1994. Pat went to the Isthmus in 1919 as a boy of seven.
He had 36 1/2 years of service with the Canal Zone
government in the Canal Zone Postal Service.
He is survived by his wife, Carol M. Kocher of
Donna, Texas; a son, Carroll E. (Mike) Kocher of
Corpus Christi, Texas; two daughters, Patricia Kocher
Graham of Temple, Texas and Beth Kocher King of
Mercedes, Texas; and three grandsons, Steven Earl
Hayden of Temple, Daniel Rory King and Dirk Clifton
King, both of Mercdes.
Thomas Santee Kromer, 77, of Yacht Haven,
Virginia, died while doing yard work at his home on
April 21, 1994. He was born in Ancon (Gorgas) Hospital
and lived on the Zone during his early years, leaving in
1941 to serve in WW2. He was a graduate of Balboa
High and Canal Zone Junior College and Lehigh
University. After his war service, he worked as an
engineer with Bethlehem Steel and the U.S. Corps of
Engineers, continuing a career which started with the
Special Projects Division of the Panama Canal. He is a
former officer in the Yacht Haven Club and served as
deacon and other capacities in the Mount Vernon
Presbyterian Church since soon after its founding.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; daughter, Karen,
of New Jersey; and son, Stephen, of California. He is also
survived by his brother, John (Jack), of Maryland.
ago where she was a retired secretary in Law
Enforcement. She was a Lutheran.
Survivors include her husband, James R.; a son,
Richard of St. Petersburg, FL.; a daughter, Carrie Willis
of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Bruce Styles, Whittier,
CA; three sisters, Bobbie Field, Santa Rosa, CA.,
Marjorie Nellis, Clearwater, FL., and Jean Sevey,
Spokane, WA.; and a granddaughter.
Marie Bleakley McDaniel, 53, of Tonganoxie, Kansas,
died March 20, 1994 of cancer, at Providence Medical
Center, Kansas City, Kansas. She was a graduate of
Cristobal High School class of 1958 where she was very
active in all phases of school life and excelled in
academics. She attended the University of Northern
Colorado and married Calvin McDaniel in 1960. They
moved to Kansas in 1964 and she returned to college,
graduating from Kansas University in 1970 and became
a language arts teacher. Kansas University awarded her
a Masters in Education in March 1994, delivered to her
hospital room. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma
Sorority, the Kansas Chapter of the National Education
Association, the Tonganoxie Education Association and
the Tonganoxie Christian Church.
Survivors include her .husband, Calvin; daughter
Wendy Peelin, Sanborn, Iowa; sons Calvin Jr. (C.J.),
Charles (Chuck) and Christopher (Chris), Tonganoxie;
mother and stepfather Jean and Fred Montgomery, West
Palm Beach Garden, FL.; brother, Andrew Bleakley, San
Diego, CA.; five grandchildren and three nephews.
Edwin C. Mcllvane, 62, of Clearwater, Florida, died
April 19, 1994 at home. He was born in Colon, Panama
and came to Florida from Panama, where he was an
accountant for the Panama Canal Company for 32 years.
He also worked for the Nielsen Media Research in
Dunedin, Florida. He was a member of Light of Christ
Catholic Church, Clearwater.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra of 42 years; four
sons, Edwin C. Jr. and Kenneth S., both of Panama,
James L. of St. Petersburg and Sherman A. of
Clearwater; three daughters, Karen I. Miller and Linda
R. Welch, both of Clearwater, and Susan A. LaPerriere
of Germany; and 11 grandchildren.
Glenn R. McNall, 81, of St. Pete Beach, died Sunday
(April 24, 1994) at HCA Largo Medical Center. He was
born in Detroit and came here in 1962 from the Panama
Canal Zone. He was a member of St. John Catholic
Church and American Legion Post 305, both of St. Pete
Beach, and was a life member of Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 4256, Madeira Beach. Survivors include a son,
John, Clearwater; two sisters, Doris, California, and
Shirley Cavanaugh, Texas; four grandchildren; and six
Carol Anne Nellis, 54, of Lutz, Florida, died March
16, 1994. She left her native Canal Zone fourteen years
Edward Pilley, 87, of Lubbock, Texas, died March 1,
1994 in Carillon Medical Center. He was born in
Chekiang Province, China and graduated from Shanghai
American School and received a bachelor's degree in civil
engineering from Washington and Lee University in
Lexington, VA. He served with the O.S.S. during World
War II and worked with the California-Texas Oil
Company in China for three years, and worked with the
U.S. Bureau of Public Roads on the Inter-American
Highway and also worked for the Panama Canal
Company. He was a registered engineer in the state of
Texas and a life member of the American Society of Civil
Engineers. He was a member of First United Methodist
Church. He retired in 1971 and moved to Lubbock in
Survivors include his wife, Katherine, and a son,
Tanner of Tucson, Arizona.
Richard PJ. Rohden, 86, of Tampa, Florida, passed
away March 21, 1994. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he
lived in Tampa since 1923 coming from the Panama
Canal Zone. He was a newspaper Addressograph
Operator, retiring from the Tampa Tribune after over 32
years of service. He was a member of the Panama Canal
Society, Tampa Amateur Radio Club and Radio Relay
Survivors include his wife, Helen; a daughter, Dixie
Howard of Montgomery, AL.; two granddaughters, Julie
Stephens, Oklahoma City, OK., and Beverly Hooks,
Montgomery, AL., and four great-grandsons.
Bruce G. Sanders, Jr., 80, died peacefully in his sleep
February 2, 1994 at his home in Bentonville, Arkansas.
He was born in Ancon Hospital to Bruce G. and Grace
Aloise (Meister) Sanders who came to the Canal from
Kentucky during the Isthmian Canal construction period.
Bruce attended Cristobal Elementary and High School,
graduating in 1932 after which he was employed with the
Panama Agencies Company and Boyd Brothers
Steamship Agencies in Cristobal and Panama City. He
joined the Canal Zone Customs in 1936, serving in
Cristobal until 1942 when he assumed duties as Customs
Inspector-in-Charge at the C.Z. Air Terminal. In 1947 he
returned to the Atlantic side as Senior Inspector of
Customs, and became Chief Inspector in 1957. He was
then promoted to Chief, Customs Division in 1966. He
retired in 1971 with more than 35 years of government
service. He played an active part in the C.Z. Certificate
of Citizenship Assistance Program and served for more
than 16 years with the Office of Selective Service. He was
Past President of the Margarita Recreational Association,
the Crossroads Amateur Radio Club and Canal Zone
Amateur Radio Association. He was a Kiwanian and
Kentucky Colonel; Past Master of Canal Zone Lodge
AF&AM; a Past Patron of Coral Chapter O.E.S. and
Chairman of Atlantic side Order of DeMolay advisory
board for several years. He was a member of the First
Presbyterian Church of Bentonville.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Bentonville,
AR; two sons, Bruce III of Piano, Texas and Jack of
Santa Barbara, CA; three sisters, Bernice Hill of Aiken,
SC., Virginia Kleefkens of Tampa, FL., and Edith Diaz
of Cary, NC.; four grandchildren and three great-
Grace Sarah Schack, 95, of Dunedin, Florida, widow
of Joseph Schack died April 25, 1994 at Dunedin Care
Center. She was born in New York City and worked in
the Addressograph Section of the Panama Canal
Company from where she retired in 1950 when she came
to Miami. She moved to Dunedin in 1977, and attended
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dunedin. Survivors include
a son, Joseph, St. Petersburg; a daughter, Grace Wilson,
Dunedin; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-
Beatrice C. Schloming, 74, of Largo, Florida, died
April 21, 1994 at home. She was born in Gorgas Hospital,
Canal Zone and was a Balboa High School graduate of
the Class of 1938. She graduated from the Virginia
Mason Nursing School in Seattle, Washington and
worked at Gorgas Hospital and for the U.S. Army at Rio
Hato, Rep. of Panama as a registered nurse. She left the
Canal Zone in 1948 and went to Albuquerque, New
Mexico and worked for the U.S. Air Force at Sandia
AFB until she retired in 1974. She left Albuquerque in
1986 to live in Florida.
Survivors include a sister, Isabel Schloming
Cummings of Largo; a niece, Joan C. Semser, Naples,
Florida; and a nephew, Richard L. Cummings, Clovis,
Elizabeth A. Skelding, 88, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died February 4, 1994 at Westminster Shores Nursing
Home. Born in Jefferson County, Alabama, she left the
Canal Zone in 1962 where she worked as a civil servant
for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for over 33 years.
She was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church,
St. Petersburg and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include three nephews, Jack Skelding,
Clearwater, Harold Skelding, West Carrolton, Ohio, and
Robert Fletcher, Parma, Ohio; two nieces, Darlene
Skelding, Tarpon Springs and Frances Evans, Greer, SC.
George D. Suddaby, Sr., 91, of Sarasota, Florida,
died April 7, 1994. He was born in Ottawa and came to
Sarasota 13 years ago. He retired from the Panama
Canal Company in the Canal Zone where he was the
captain of the dredge, Mindi.
Survivors include his wife, Renie; two sons, George
D. Jr. from Sarasota, and James W. from Syosset, New
York; and three grandchildren.
Margaret McCann Ward, 88, of St. Petersburg,
Florida died March 20, 1994. She was born in LaMonte,
Missouri and left the Canal Zone in 1959 where she was
a teacher with the Division of Schools, Panama Canal
Zone. She received her master's degree in 1929 from the
University of Nebraska and was active with the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, where she was the Recording
Secretary from September 1966 to March 1969, and then
became the editor of the Canal Record until March 1976.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn "Masha" Ward,
St. Petersburg; a son, James A, of Berkeley, CA; two
grandsons, William C. Wheeler, St. Petersburg and Perry
Snee of New York City, NY.
Marian Watkins, 82, of Sarasota, Florida, died
February 26, 1994. She was born in Murray, Kentucky
and left the Canal Zone in 1936 to reside in Sarasota.
She was a graduate of George Peabody College for
Teachers at Vanderbuilt University and taught in
Sarasota for 18 years. She was a member of the 53rd
Avenue Church of Christ in Bradenton.
Survivors include her husband, Lee; two daughters,
Marilyn Watkins of Tucson, Arizona, and Linda Lee
Giddens of Norcross, Georgia; and two grandchildren.
John "Jack" S. Watson, 76, of Palm Beach Gardens,
Florida, died February 24, 1994. He was the son of Roy
Watson, former Chief Quartermaster in the Canal Zone.
John graduated from Purdue University at Lafayette,
Indiana in 1940. He worked for the Dredging Division
and was an Admeasurer when he left the Canal Zone to
go into business on Singer Island, Florida.
Mary Josephine (Lowe) Yaeger, 87, passed away
January 24, 1994 in Houston, Texas where she and her
husband made their home after they retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1965. Mary Jo, the daughter
of Mary Cecil (Morrison) Lowe and George Lowe (who
was a Roosevelt Medal holder) was born in Gorgona,
C.Z, in 1907. She graduated from Balboa High School in
1926; was a champion high and fancy diver of Henry
Grieser's Red, White and Blue Troupe which gave
exhibitions for many weeks during the opening of
Madison Square Garden, NY in June 1921. Before her
retirement, Mary Jo worked in the Accounting Division
of the P.C. Co.; was a member of the First Church of
Christ, Scientist, in Ancon, C.Z. and in Texas joined the
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bellaire; was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by her brother, George Morrison
Lowe of Wilmington, DE. and nieces and nephews.
Following are other surviving relatives: In Houston,
Texas, cousins Betty (Morrison) Rathgeber, Florabelle
(Dickerson) Helmerichs and David Dickerson. In Willets,
CA.; Cousins Lorraine (Morrison) Descalzo. In
Fayetteville, AR.; Aunt Mattie B. (Morrison) Wieman,
and cousins Minnie (Brown) Burton, and Frances
(Brown) Whitlock. In Falls Church, VA.; Cousin Mattilee
(Brown) White. In Merritt Island, FL.; Cousin Walter
Guy Brown. In Dothan, AL,; Cousin E. Guy (Buddy)
Huldtquist. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred
Yeager about 16 years ago.
Letters to the Editor
The Balboa Yacht Club is abandoned on the top floors
but the downstairs is still a popular hangout. Friday
nights are especially jumping with live entertainment.
(Photo by Win Rice, Panama Discovery Tours)
The infrastructure in Panama is constantly improving.
The traffic jam from the bridge to Rodman Marine
Barracks intersection is relieved by adding a four-lane
highway and an overpass. Other improvements are an
overpass at Punta Paitilla Circle and widening Balboa
Avenue where it enters Avenida Central area and onto
Fourth of July. (Photo by Win Rice, Panama Discovery
The Balboa Train Station fell on to hard times and a
hangout for undesirables. Although not exactly the way
we want to remember the old station, McDonalds is a
welcome site to such a noble landmark. At least it has
been restored and one can sit and munch on a Big
Mac and view the old train pictures that adorn the
walls. Other businesses are being added a travel
agency and a bank. Restoration of the old train line is
still under negotiation. (Photo by Win Rice, Panama
SHOOT, YOU'RE FADED...
I hope you appreciate this check. I wish to inform
you that the present condition of my bank account made
it almost impossible to pay your invoice.
My present shattered financial condition is due to the
effect of federal laws, municipal laws, county laws,
corporation laws, liquor laws, traffic laws, by-laws,
outlaws and inlaws.
Through all these laws, I am compelled to pay a city
tax, school tax, gasoline tax, cigarette tax, county tax,
business tax, customs tax, exercise tax, sales tax and
In addition to these irritating taxes, I am forced by
the strong arm of the law to get a business license, a city
license, a dog license, a hunting license, a fishing license,
a drivers license, and not to forget a marriage license.
I am also requested and required to contribute to
every society and organization which the inventive genius
of man is capable of bringing into life The European
Relief, Unemployment Relief, The Helping Hand, the
Taking Away, A Home for the Old, a House for the
young, and last but not least, a Home for Gold Diggers;
also every hospital and charitable institution in the city -
The Red Cross, Blue Cross, Black Cross, White Cross, as
well as foundations for the saving of lost and stray dogs
and missing cats!
For my own protection I am compelled to carry life
insurance, hospital insurance, liability insurance, accident
insurance, home insurance, burglary insurance, cancer
insurance, compensation insurance, automobile insurance
and old age insurance.
My business is so governed that it is no easy matter
to find out who owns it. I am inspected, suspected,
expected, disrespected, rejected, dejected, examined, re-
examined, informed, required, summoned, fined,
commanded and compelled until I provide an
inexhaustible supply for every need. Simply because I
refuse to donate something or other, I am boycotted,
talked about, lied about, held up, held down, and robbed
until I am almost ruined.
I can tell you honestly that except for a miracle that
has happened, I could not enclose this check. The wolf
that comes to so many doors now-a-days has just had
pups in my kitchen. I sold them so here is the money.
The occasion of the mini-mini-CHS reunion was the
visit of Rachel (Rice) Diaz's sister, Marlene (Rice)
Markey, her husband Mike and 1-year old son, Owen.
John Diaz called Boodie Swain and Bob Beall, and
presto, a mini-mini Canal Zone reunion, in Roseville,
Back, L-R: Bob Beall (CHS'69), Boodie Swain,
(CHS'69), Julie Swain, John Diaz (CHS'69), Rachel
(Rice) Diaz (CHS'69), Amy Diaz. Middle row: Mark
Swain, David Diaz. Front: Anna Swain, Marlene
(Rice) Markey (CHS'67) son Owen, Mike Markey.
Every time they get together, the stories seem to get
more and more outrageous. It is funny how everyone has
a little different view of what happened, or they
remember things that you don't. If you get enough people
together, you could piece together each minute of a party
or an event. It may be a bit exaggerated, but it makes for
Gathered around the tree after Christmas dinner at
Patrick and Myra's in Rodman are: front L-R: Erin and
Colleen Fahy, Father Jack Kane, C.M.; back rows
combined L-R: Bill and Elizabeth (Grimison) Fahy,
Richard, Melinda, Rebecca Eric, Myra, Patrick, baby
Brandon, Matthew Grimison, Jennifer Ender, Nancy
and Tom Grimison, Christina (Grimison) Volonnino.
Photo taken before arrival of Ed, Christina's husband.
PANAMA REVISITED, 1994
By Frances (Violette) Sharp
For several years Roy and I had wanted to return to
Panama once more to see all the changes and we wanted
to travel in a group.
Last year at the Panama Canal Reunion I met Davis
Stevenson (son-in-law of Sara Rowley) from Condor
Pacific, ECO Tours, of Tucker, Ga. I explained my
wishes and he said he would quote me a price for ten
more people. Meals, transportation, tips, and hotels were
to be in the price quoted, and they were! As a further
condition we wanted an escort for the entire trip to take
care of all the problems that could occur.
When we got to Miami on March 1 most of the 19
friends were already there as our plane was late. They
had their individual name tags and Davis was busy
checking on last minute details. It was fun from the start
as most knew at least a part of the group. Three of the
"girls" were graduates of the BHS Class of 1937 and one
was 94 years old. Most had lived in the Canal Zone at
some time in their lives; so memories were stirred along
the way as we shared our new experiences.
We left Miami on COPA, and arrived at Tocumen,
cleared Customs and Immigration easily and were
transferred to the nearby Hotel Riande. We picked up an
extra guide in Panama from ECO Tours, Yenia Mendoza,
who added greatly to our pleasure and knowledge during
the days ahead.
On March 2 we left by a beautiful air-conditioned
bus for the Atlantic side and an overnight stay at the
Hotel Washington, refurbished and painted pastel pink
and white. Within the fenced area we walked safely in the
early evening with drinks near the pool after a day of
sight-seeing that included Ft. Sherman and Ft. San
Lorenzo. We crossed the Gatun Locks by bus, and
lunched at the Tarpon Club at the foot of the Gatun
Spillway. We spotted howler monkeys, passed France
Field and the Free Zone, etc. Davis did a marvelous job
with the meals and we had lots of red papaya, juicy
pineapple, yucca, shrimp and corvina, not to mention,
sancocho, seviche, arroz con polio, ropa vieja, and
patacones (green plantain). None of the "michas" we were
served were what we remembered. Usually there was a
choice if you did not want to eat the tropical foods. We
had a wonderful driver named Luis. As we traveled,
drinks of soda, bottled water and beer were available on
the bus, plus munchies of plantain and yucca chips,
After breakfast on March 3 we went to Porto Bello
to see the ruins and Church of the Black Christ. Their
history was supplied by Yenia and Davis as we drove.
Lunch at Las Torres was big Panama shrimp boiled and
served in great quantity, delicious. The table cloths were
of plastic with mola designs (available at El Rey
supermarkets at a little more than a dollar a yard). On
the drive back to the Pacific side we stopped at Madden
Dam and Stevens Circle in Balboa. We checked into the
Hotel Ejecutivo in Panama City where food service is
available 24 hours a day, and dinner was Sancocho for
those who wanted something light after an enormous
A tour of the Pacific side was the schedule for March
4 and included Gamboa, a stop at Summit for about an
hour, Pedro Miguel (four of our group had lived there),
Diablo, etc. Lunch was sandwiches at the Tarpon Club in
Balboa (formerly the Elks Lodge). Ruth Diver of our
group was met there by her friend Rose. The afternoon
took us to the murals at the Administration Building, the
Smithsonian, Old Panama, the Church of the Golden
Altar and the flat arch. A rest at the hotel and a short
walk to Las Tinajas for dinner and their show of native
dances ended the day.
After an early breakfast we left by bus for our trip to
the Interior, visiting beaches, Gorgona, lunch at Rio Mar
and on to El Valle, where the only glitch in our hotel
reservations occurred. We had to stay at El Greco
instead of the Hotel Campestre, but we ate at the latter
hotel. Catholics were given a chance to attend Mass
On March 6 we viewed the golden frogs and square
trees before going to the market. About 10:30 a.m. we
left El Valle enroute to El Volcin, stopping enroute for
a look at La Venta, hats in Penonom6, and a picnic
lunch in Aguadulce, where Bob Estes had an old
friend who visited him while we ate. A stop at Told
for chaquiras sold along the highway and on to the resort
Hotel in Bambito. The road was so wonderful; different
in that Sona and Remedios were eliminated and so
straight that we arrived at the hotel about 6 p.m. -
incredible to Roy and me who remembered the long trips
with a lousy road and flat tires of "the old days."
Monday, March 7 we made as unsuccessful try to see
the Quetzal, visited the horse breeding farm at Cerro
Punta and a coffee processing plant, flower export
greenhouses, Palo Santo (my father's finca with Pablo
Brackney) and the old Boy Scout camp. Returned to the
hotel for a cleanup and a Gala Dinner with the fresh
vegetables and excellent food.
On March 8 we left for Boquete where we had lunch
at the Panamonte Hotel. It was like stepping back in time
- even the rooms looked the same. In late afternoon we
flew back to Panama City and the Hotel Ejecutivo. We
made a smooth landing at Paitilla, though how they
found the strip among all the high rises was a mystery.
We all enjoyed the flight because we flew low enough to
see the land below us.
The last day was free for whatever you wanted to do
and the group split up. Roy and I hired a taxi and went
to Morgan's Gardens, our old home in Balboa, El Rey
Supermarket, a shirt factory, the house my folks owned
in Bella Vista, La Cresta, etc. The other half of the day
was spent on business in Panama left over from long ago.
That evening there was a farewell dinner by our tour
guides served at the pool. What a lovely ending!
On March 10 we returned to the USA with breakfast
on the plane (only it turned into lunch due to delays) and
home tired and happy. Some of the group took
advantage of extensions to the San Bias, Canal transits
and to Barro Colorado, and Davis remained in Panama
to see that all went well. Yenia guided the majority of us
to the airport and checked us in before she left. Roy and
I arrived home in Sun City, Florida, about 6 p.m., tired
and happy for a dream fulfilled.
For the curious, the trip consisted of: Bob Estes,
California; Dale and Vivian Flowers, California; Viola
Fuller, Florida; Flora (Moon) Helmerichs, Texas; Bob
and Delores Leisy, Florida; Richard and Ruth Mikkelsen,
Florida; Margaret (Meigs) Molloy, Colorado; Luis and
Idalia Rodriguez, Florida; Bill and Marguerite Roper,
Florida; Ruth Diver, Virginia; Frances (Violette) and Roy
Sharp, Florida, and Betty (Brooks) and Andy Stergion,
NEWS FROM OCALA
The 39th semi-annual meeting of the Pan Canal
"Ditchdiggers" of Ocala, Florida, was convened on
Tuesday, April 5th at Stacey's Buffet.
The 24 who "signed-in" included co-founders of this
group: Harry and Virginia Pearl and "Red" and Virginia
Townsend who reminisced about their first gathering at
Lake Waldena on Hwy. 40 East in October 1974. "Andy"
and Garnet Anderson and Richard and Juanita
McConaughey were also present again after all these
Others from Ocala, Dunnellon, Gainesville, Crystal
River, Lecanto and Titusville were: Bill and Jean Muller,
Jim and Evelyn Cullen, Ed and Eleanor Mack, Delmas
Swafford and Von Vorndran, Jim and Ethel Wich,
Woody Foster, Tom and Sylvia Duncan, "Chuck" and
Veira Sonkun and Richard Phillins.
Pan Canal "Ditch Diggers" of Ocala, Florida, April 5,
1994, on their 39th Semi-annual gathering. L-R: "Red"
Wesley and Virginia Townsend, Richard and Juanita
McConaughey, Harry and Virginia Pearl, Jim and
Evelyn Cullen, Bill and Jean Muller.
Photo albums depicting the history of the meetings
were circulated around the tables. An article by Esther
Schrader of the San Jose Mercury News was distributed
regarding the United States pullout from the Panama
Canal. "In an August survey by La Prensa, 70 percent of
Panamanians questioned said they want the United States
to stay," wrote Schrader.
RIESZES RETURN FROM
June (Barlow) Riesz and her husband John have
recently returned from Canberra, Australia where they
spent four years attached to the U.S. Embassy.
The Rieszes are now making their retirement home
at 58 Rivers Edge Lane, Palm Coast, FL 32137. The
phone number is (904) 445-6610.
June (Barlow) and John Riesz
Anyone who might like to say "hello," we would be
happy to renew old friendships from the Canal Zone.
The picture was taken in the snowy mountains of
Gamboa is still the most beautiful place on earth.
Although almost deserted, it is still kept in repair. I
spoke with a member of a group called Camera de
Tourismo who said they were interested in keeping
Gamboa as an ecological and historical site. It's good
to know that this lovely place may be kept intact.
(Photo by Win Rice, Panama Discovery Tours)
A Group of the Canal Zone's "finest" get together at the
home of Woody Foster in Dunellon, Florida, for a day
of reminiscing with a lot of good ole' "cop" talk. On
hand, L-R: Joe Garcia, Tex Bristol, Don DeSteffano,
Woody Foster, Bill Thrift, Larry Solien, and Andy
Wright. Not pictured: Willy LeBlanc.
THE CASE OF THE
A Tale of Mystery
by Donald II. Beall (BHS'43)
In the streets of the Zone there are murmurs,
Of doings the week just before.
On a summer's day morning it happened,
A doings they'll know evermore.
Just the time and the place and what happened,
Is all that is known and not more.
It's the name of the one who's the doer,
Of him there's still much to explore.
His name is the name they're still seeking,
His scheme was one much to abhor.
First murmured is one who's called Billy;
With doings too foul to ignore.
And they speak of the deeds of the Jesters,
Their deeds were a mischiefer's chore.
Is Art really the misnomered Artist?
Whose proof may be yet washed ashore?
There is Joe, his name fell with his capers,
It fell to be mud on the floor.
And Police searching over the Isthmus,
Have still to unravel the score.
But of all the names that are murmured,
And all that's been said herebefore,
The one name that's spoken most often,
Is the one name engraved on a door.
This writing, entirely ficticious,
is written in a small attempt to
preserve the memory
Arthur (Moke) Mokray
while he was in this world, left
his mark on many of those
who knew him.
For his family,
this writing8 was conceived and executed.
It was a quiet Monday morning in 1945, and
from the heights of La Boca, overlooking the
entrance water to the Panama Canal, motorists were
seen forming a line, waiting for the signal to board
the ferry to cross over and make for their various
destinations in the Panama interior. It's on the other
side, the motorists were thinking out loud, waiting
anxiously at the empty ferry landing.
On the other side, motorists were likewise
forming a line waiting for the signal to board the
ferry to cross over and make for their various
destinations in the Canal Zone and in Panama. It's
on the other side, some of the motorists were
similarly thinking out loud, anxiously waiting at the
opposite ferry landing, also most noticeably empty.
Quite soon it was apparent to motorists on both
sides that the Thatcher Ferry was empty at both
landings, and that the ferryboat the President Amador
was in no wise at its appointed place, be it on one
side or the other. Had it been taken to drydock,
where its sister ship, the President Roosevelt was
taken a month previous? Not hardly. Could it have
slipped its moorings and drifted in the dark of night
quite unnoticed to be concealed out of sight? Not
hardly. Perhaps the July Jesters had gleefully
absconded with it for a day or two of their brand of
fun and frolic? More likely.
The quiet Monday morning made a turn, lost its
quiet, an in no time at all, became a bedlam. There
was fussing and fuming and running about. There
was phoning and moaning and shouting about.
Thaddeus Jones, Captain of the President Amador,
was on the job since sunrise with eager eyes scanning
both sides of the Canal. Braced on the cabin roof of
the commandeered launch Cotinga, he searched the
shoreline in all thoroughness from Pier 18 to the
sands of Far Fan Beach, but even after full daylight
there was no sign of its presence. Gifford Payne of
the Port Captain's Office was not able to name any
suspect perpetrators. Captain Payne, however, offered
his name immediately toward the initiation of a
search to be carried out by the Naval Coastal Patrol,
and gave assurance that the President Amador would
be found and returned to serve transit motorists
again, post haste.
In the office of the Balboa Chief of Police, Dale
Fortner, Captain in charge, and champion of Duty
and Dedication, had called together six of his
stalwart associates to determine the source and
significance of a curious message found on his desk
that same morning. It was a rhyming verse, written
in the vernacular of the Jamaican segment of the
population living on the Isthmus. In the interest of
revealing its meaning so to speak, the verse was read
and re-read again by Captain Fortner to the Stalwart
Six there gathered, listening intently to grasp each
word and inflection.
"fJ Street Joe he say "Art, make us go steal
cayuca boat belong to dat Billy Bigwheel."
"Not a big score" say Art. "Too small like canary."
"Den we steal big" say Joe, "de big Thatcher Fery."
The general conclusion was that although
the verse was apparently placed with the Police
ahead of the theft of the ferryboat, it was not a
message of beforehand advisement of an upcoming
event, but rather an after-the-fact clue, bold as brass,
regarding identity. All the persons referenced in the
verse would be investigated immediately. Considering
also, the episode a few months back at the Balboa
Clubhouse, and of other episodes for which they
were the prime suspects, it would be wise to get up
the recent scam on the July Jesters as well. Tuesday
morning Dale Fortner, Champion of Procedure and
Punctuality, entered the following agreements,
assignments, and analyses, in the Vernacular Verse
Police case file.
1. "J" Street Joe was seen loitering near
2. The Jamaican vernacular was a smoke
3. "J" Street Joe was apprehended, and
was in custody.
4. A dragnet was out for suspects named
5. The word 'canary' was literal; of no
6. The Stalwart Six had surveillance on
7. The Stalwart Six had summoned the
8. Scam notes concerning the Jesters
were on file.
9. Captain Payne's seaborne search was
Wednesday morning, anticipation still ran
high aboard the patrol launch Pescadora. The name
she carried before being pressed into U.S. Navy
service still showed on the brass registration plate
just above the floating compass. Lt. Rick Schneider's
search plot of the day before had taken him along
the coastline to Santa Clara. The return run covered
the Islands of Otoque and Bona Lite. Neither the
Pescadora, or the few fishing boats that were hailed
and questioned had made any sighting of the missing
ferry. Today's search plot would go in the opposite
direction well past Old Panama, and the return run
would be made further off-shore. Heading out from
Balboa, with the submarine net astern, the open sea
was now ahead. Eager to reach the search plot, Lt.
Schneider eased both throttles full forward. Below
deck, the diesel engines thrust the launch forward,
and the prow became a cutting edge, churning the
water both sides to a white foam. He proposed to
continue at this rate of speed, rounding the Fortified
Islands, already cleared by Navy H.Q. from the need
of a search, and when they had been brought astern,
Lt. Schneider was at the starting point of the day's
It wasn't until early afternoon that a
sighting of significance was made. In the distance, the
shape of a vessel was made out, almost
indistinguishable against the Island of Taboga.
Through his binoculars at a closer distance, the
foliage of the island gave way to the silhouette of a
ferryboat. Drawing up close, it was seen that there
was no activity aboard. But it was a jubilant crew
nonetheless that boarded the President Amador. She
was lying at anchor, a half mile off shore, on the far
side of Taboga. The feeling of high spirits soon gave
way to one of puzzlement, when it was discovered
that there was indeed not a soul on board. There
was no sign of violence, no damage, and no sign of
what it was that had brought the ferryboat to its
The articles and objects found on board were all
determined to be those of the crew members. Those
which had a normal place of belonging, were in their
place, and there seemed to be nothing added, or
removed. Except, that is, the ferryboat's dinghy and
the dinghy oars were not in their normal place, or
in fact, not in any other place aboard the vessel.
Could it have been used as a means of escape from
being discovered and caught red-handed? Before
going ashore, a confirming radio message would have
to be transmitted to Navy H.Q. stating recovery of
the President Amador, and its surrounding factors.
On shore a search party was formed. The
Skipper and one of the two deckhands formed the
first half, and the Engineer and the second deckhand
formed the other half. Both proceeded to circle the
island in opposite directions, seeking the dinghy and
verifying from any Islanders who may be
encountered, the comings and goings of persons who
were not native to the Island. When they had met
again, all four were dispirited quite some. Not only
were the results all negative, but worse, there was a
language problem in addition. Roving in the
populated areas, all four heads together now to help
overcome the difficult situation. Soon a minor
breakthrough happened when one of the Islanders
offered the word "Piche." After more gestures and
pidgin English, the word was learned to be the name
of another person' of the Island population. No
further elaboration was gained, and the Islander's
identity remained limited to the one word, "Piche."
(Strange, these Americans) thought the Islander,
expect everyone to have a surname). More questions
further along their roving brought forth this time a
major breakthrough from another Islander. "At hotel,
in kitchen, ask Piche."
One of the more cautious of the Islanders, on
learning of the purpose of the visit by these four,
retired quietly during the questioning and fast-footed
along inconspicuous paths and backways, to arrive at
the rear door of where one of the more attractive
unattached and eligible young ladies of the Island
was living. She, too, quickly learned that recent
strangers were being sought for questioning. Because
it was indeed one who was a recent stranger, who
during the past months was a new interest to her,
it was agreed by both that she should remain out of
sight and be busy indoors for the rest of the day.
After tending to the doors and windows, there was
time to relax and reflect on the happenings of early
Monday morning. A new and most interesting friend
and companion had come calling at her door that
day at a time coincidental with the wake-up call
issued forth for all to hear by a barnyard rooster
somewhere close by. That his visit was timed to such
an early event was, in the final analysis,
understandable. She knew him to be a person of
foreign breeding, American at that, self-assured to
the point of being in conflict on occasion with
customs and traditions. Strange this American, she
thought, that he would temper an inappropriate visit
with a smile big as all outdoors and the gift of a
fresh cut posy, before even the sun is fully awake.
At the hotel, he came from the kitchen
in response to a request by the four. Asked if he
was known simply as Piche, he nodded in
acknowledgement and replied quite clearly, saying
that he was known as Piche Ceviche, with his name
in front. But sometimes, with his name in back.
Makes no difference though, front or back, he said,
because he makes it the best on the Island either
way. To prove his point he extended a plate to the
four. Each tasted a generous sample and had to
agree that it was the best ceviche on the Island, and
most certainly the best on the mainland.
With each now understanding the other
well enough, the questions on the dinghy and on the
comings and goings progressed smoother. Those on
the dinghy left a large invisible question mark on
Piche's countenance. The same question again
brought the same result again. He knew the word,
but didn't know the dinghy in question. On the other
subject, it was brought out that those who were
coming and going were only the mainland tourists
who arrive each day as paying passengers on Panama
supply launch. They make the trip to swim and sun
on the beach. They also come as friends, and they
come as customers who enjoy dining on ceviche
Piche at the Hotel, said Piche. There are those who
spearfish at the underwater remains of the old iron
ship left by the French long ago. There are some
who just like our atmosphere and stay to enjoy the
cool of the evenings.
During the afternoon's interrogation, a
trend became noticeable. The more specific were the
questions, the more generalized were Piche's answers.
(Strange, these Americans) thought Piche, (expect
everyone to be an informer). There being no other
source of information more reliable, Lt. Schneider
called an end to the search and the four made their
way to the launch. On board the radio receiver
crackled and came to life. The message from Navy
H.Q stated that Captain Jones and the crew of the
President Amador were dispatched to Taboga Island.
Heading on a nighttime course back to
the shipping lane, the Lt. at the helm meditated on
the day's course of events. There had been highlights,
and there had been disappointment. All things
considered, it was a day that would make for
interesting conversation at the clubroom bar when
they were once again back on shore.
Thursday morning, motorists were again
seen forming a line on both sides of the Canal,
waiting for the signal to board the ferry. A new
atmosphere pervaded all about from the days just
before. Small craft were all about, milling in different
directions. Whistles and horns were heard all through
La Boca. It was a day of celebration and the
President Amador was center stage, brightly dressed
out with flags, streamers and bunting, blue, yellow,
red and white, from her deck to her masthead. The
Thatcher Ferry was back in business, and transit
travellers were happy again.
At Police H.Q. the color was gray. His
tracks were well covered. Not a piece of evidence
was turned up against "J" Street Joe. Past Police
experience with this person had resulted in
convictions more than dismissals, two to one. But this
experience was new. Determination now seemed to
have set in. No manner of questioning had produced
this time even a crack in his composure. It was as
though he knew something, and had known
something all along. Nothing to threaten was going
to transpire on the outside, and inside these walls, if
he maintained silence, victory would this time belong
to "J" Street Joe.
Only the lines written into the Vernacular Verse
tied the suspect "J" Street Joe to this concern. Not
enough for a charge, and less for a conviction. In
the end, Dale Fortner, Champion of Policy and
Prudence believed it necessary to consider the lines
of the verse as being in the realm of literature and
poetic license more than in the realm of legality and
evidence, and released "J" Street Joe to his own
custody with provisions to keep himself available, and
also with a reminder that his name remains engraved
on the door to the jail cell all his own.
Individuals of the Stalwart Six had shadowed
Billy Bigwheel to various of his haunts and hangouts.
At the Cantina Muchachos Borrachos, he was
observed behind beaded glass curtains dealing in
contraband goods with another of similar reputation.
Later it was a Juan Franco horse jockey who yielded
to Billy Bigwheel's pitch. He was seen at El Paraiso
Escondido, a place where perilous partnerships were
known to be made, rumored to often end with the
questionable demise of at least one of the more
thoughtless. It was where one who is inclined to risk
his money might win a bundle, or lose his shirt, and
more. Billy Bigwheel often came up wheeling.
Although the observations were all of ill-favored
doings, no relationship was found to the ferryboat
disappearance, or to "J" Street Joe. The Stalwart Six,
finding no incrimination against Billy Bigwheel,
removed his name from the suspect list.
Hugh Hafermehl, owner and manager of the
Vista Paint Store situated on 4th of July Avenue,
presented himself as required at Balboa Police H.Q.
In the office of the Stalwart Six, he readily
confirmed to being the Principal Jester of the group
known round and about as the July Jesters, and
further acknowledged their reputation, as he put it,
"for doing the unexpected." And further into the
discussion also acknowledged, as he put it, "our finest
escapade" of dye coloring the water purple in the
swimming pool at the Balboa Clubhouse.
Because of their reputation, said Hugh
Hafermehl, they had been blamed for, as he put it,
"recent compromising performances by competitors
unknown" and being that the competitors unknown
were apparently more extreme in their performances,
the reputation of the July Jesters as he put it, "had
become sorely soiled." For that reason, he said, a
resolution was agreed on to disband as the best
alternative, as he put it, "to prevent further blemishes
on the resplendence of our aims". And as of last
month, the activities of the Jesters were terminated
and, as he put it, "our daring deeds of fame and
frolic will be no more," said Hugh Hafermehl.
The Stalwart Six having received reliable reports
to that effect, and as there was no known connection
to "J" Street Joe, the now non-existent July Jesters
were cleared of incrimination and removed from the
list of suspects, by the untiring efforts of the Stalwart
One by one, by innocence or by reluctant
necessity, the list by Friday was shortened to one
name remaining. Seeking the one who was listed by
the name of "Art" had resulted in a four-day
investigation. One of those found who were so
named or very nearly so named, all had an iron-clad
alibi. Each had at least one witness who would
confirm his presence at a location in the Canal Zone
or in Panama, other than the ferry landings, at the
time of the disappearance. All, that is, except
one.Because he was listed in the records of the
Department by the name of "Arthur", this person was
summoned to appear before an investigating officer
for identification Friday morning. Entering into Police
H.Q., he wore a smile bigger than life, and with a
voice to match offered cheery greetings to one and
all. He was immediately known by many of those
there present, as a friend known many years, and by
others present, as a talented artist, well known; and
by all, as a person of another and different identity
than the name that had been the week long on the
tongue of every member of the Department. A
review of the case file found no indication of any
association between this person and "J" Street Joe.
As his alibi was one that was yet unsubstantiated, he
was deemed to remain in the personal custody of the
Department chief. Further evidence would be awaited
that would resolve the issue of any guilt or
innocence, so that further steps could be decided.
At the last hour, there came forward a
young lady who was a resident of Taboga Island. In
her own hand she gave written testimony stating that
on the day of the ferryboat disappearance, the
person in question was in her company at the
Taboga Hotel on the veranda, overlooking the
Panama Canal approach waters lunching on ceviche
and on pifia de agua, two typical foods of the Island.
Dale Fortner, Champion of Truth and Testimonials,
instinctively knew the testimony to be a statement of
truth. The one in question in custody named only as
"Art" was cleared of involvement, and in the
company of his young lady, left expeditiously for any
atmosphere where there was more peace than Police.
At one of the tables at the Taboga
Hotel, on the veranda overlooking the Panama Canal
approach waters, there sat a man, fat and happy, so
to speak, quietly sipping a fresh, cool glass of Atlas
beer. In his hand was the Saturday issue of the Star
& Herald morning newspaper just arrived on the
Panama launch. A front page article explained that
the recent case of the Vernacular Verse, for lack of
sufficient evidence for prosecution, had been
reluctantly laid to rest by the Canal Zone Police
Department. Placing the newspaper on his lap, he
smiled deeply with a degree of satisfaction that
reached down to his boot heels. Confiding to the
young lady who was seated by his side, he called it
a saving grace that to most of those who he knew
across the Isthmus, he had always been known by
the name of "Moke", and that he was known by the
name of Art by only a relative few, and they aren't
The young lady, who was known on the
Island by the name of Nancy, smiled in return, wiped
the foam from his moustache, and asked how he
came to have the blisters that were on his hands.
From rowing a dinghy, he replied. A half mile, and
against a mean tide all the way. Pointing to the
shoreline he continued. And the proof lies out there,
under twelve feet of water; a fact known to yours
truly only. Then looking at his hands, from rowing a
dinghy, again he replied....But I'll never tell.
In the streets of the Zone they still murmur
Of doings that time long before.
There is more that is learned of what happened,
More learned to be known evermore.
Of the wheelings and dealings of Billy
No due would relate to the score.
And the days of the Jesters are ended.
They'll have no more frolic in store.
And of Art, he achieves with a vigor,
Painting native pure artworks galore.
If the tide holds the place of concealment,
No proof will there be washed ashore.
At Taboga, its tourists now many,
By day, come to swim and explore.
At night the waves gleam and entice them
To walk on the sands of the shore.
At Chorrera they welcomed the stranger.
His faith he came there to restore.
He took on a new name at the Mission
No deeds like the past, he forswore.
He took vows and earned robes of a Padre,
Truth came to the vestments he wore.
When his past name was all but forgotten,
They then took it off from the door.
KAUFERS MEET EN MASSE
On December 15, Ted and Anita Kaufer arrived in
San Francisco and were greeted by son-in-law Bob
Crnich with a white limo waiting to take them to their
Windsor home. Daughter Norine was teaching school.
The Kaufers visited for three weeks at their home.
The Kaufer gang, en masse, during their get-together
in Santa Rosa, California.
Anita's first treat was visiting Norine's second-grade
class at Healdsburg School, meeting and having lunch
with the faculty. At the same time Ted got together with
Jim and Stacia Walsh at their home in Santa Rosa. On
December 19 Bob played Santa Claus at his Kiwanis
Club where they gave food, toys, and candy to the needy
families while Norine and Anita helped out by being the
Another highlight was a trip to see the beautiful
displays of "Christmas in the Park" at San Jose with
daughters Vickie and Norine and Vickie's son Matt on
Christmas Eve. Sisters Nancy Kaufer Lanfranco and Jane
Kaufer Cochrane and families came by to socialize and
discuss plans for the family reunion on December 26.
Three "original" Kaufers. Back, L-R: Nancy (Kaufer)
Lanfranco, Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane, and, Center:
The Christmas dinner was prepared by Anita, Vickie
and Norine, reminiscent of the old Canal Zone days. Ted,
Bob, and Matt enjoyed their cooking. Included was a trip
to Santa Maria for New Years Eve where Norine and
Anita visited Mary Cronan, her children and
grandchildren. Enjoyed a nice lunch with Chili and Trudy
Brennan at their home in Los Altos with sister Jane and
Jim Cochrane. The trip was one of the best Christmases
including dining, shopping, and touring.
THANKSGIVING in Las Vegas, Nevada, 1993, and they
send their best to all they know. Back row, L-R:
"Buckeye" Swearingen, Dave Aycock, Jack Ruoff.
Front row, L-R: Marge (Rathgeber) Ruoff, Barb
(Curies) Aycock, Bette (Farrell) Swearingen.
A fish fry was held afterwards at Gamboa Civic
Center. Over one hundred people were served at the fish
fry, including 23 children.
Out-of-town visitors included Captain and Mrs.
James Young of Camano Island, Charles Soukup of
Houston, Texas, Colin Creel of Piano, Texas, Valerie
Krueger and daughter of Austin, Texas, Bricky "Mom"
Pattison of Austin, Texas, Ed McArthur, of Houston,
Texas, Kathy Mullins of Austin, Texas, Lisa Corrigan of
Jacksonville, Florida, and Lloyd and Joanne Kent of Boca
The trophy for the largest bass was won by Priscilla
Hernandez (3 1/2 Ibs), 2nd was Julie Young, 3rd. was
Largest catch per boat: (1) David Sets and Lloyd
Kent (2) Del Turner and Ruth Testa.
Largest 10 string of bass: (1) Sea Hawg, Capt. Pat
Williams. (2) Gamboa Whaler, Capt. Tom Ellis.
Smallest bass: (1) Colin Creel (2) Lloyd Kent.
Children (under 12 yrs.) (1) Adam Azcarraga (2)
Raymond Will (3) Tommy Little.
Largest, Ladies Class: (1) Gloria Wright (2) Dee Dee
Master of Ceremonies was Mike Young.
The logo shown was designed by Dave Young, and
was printed in T-shirts for the occasion.
CAPT. JIM's BASS
Captain Jim's 7th Annual Bass Tournament was held
February 19, 1994 in Gatun Lake, Panama. This
tournament honors Jim Young from Camano Island,
Washington. This year, 23 boats participated in the
Logo by Dave Young, printed on T-shirts.
LYNN DUNNING HARP'S
Sam, Laurie, Zachary and Justin Trinca hosted a
baby shower for Laurie's cousin, Lynn Dunning Harp at
their home in Rangemont, NC.
Out-of-town guests for the weekend long party
included Lisa Hunt Johnson of Ramseur, NC; John Hunt
Jr. of Boone, NC; Terri Hunt Watkins of Davie, FL;
Tracy Wolf Dickey of Petersburg, VA; Jack and Pat
Hunt, and Bill and Betty Dunning, all of Hendersonville,
Back L-R: Jack and Pat Hunt, Terri (Hunt) Watkins,
Lynn Dunning Harp, Betty Dunning, Traci Wolf
Dickey. Front L-R: Lisa (Hunt) Johnson, Laurie
(Hunt) Trinca, Zachary Trinca, Bill Dunning.
The Hunt and Dunning clan enjoyed a wonderful
weekend spent shopping and talking. Hopefully the clan
will be able to get together again soon after the birth of
Jess and Lynn's baby.
GENE HAMLIN VISITS
GEORGE O. LEE
While making a fast round trip to Tampa recently to
attend a post card show (for collectors), Gene Hamlin of
Carthage, North Carolina made a short detour on his way
home to Lake Como, Florida to see if George O. Lee,
former well-known teacher of the Canal Zone still
resided there. He asked the Postal clerk who got the mail
in Box 3. She said she wasn't allowed to tell. Then Gene
asked if "G.O." still got his mail there. She smiled broadly
and said, "He still walks over every day!"
Gene Hamlin and George O. Lee, 96. February 4,
1994 at Lake Como, Florida.
During Gene's short visit, George told him he's at
Lake Como for good now no more summer visits to
Spirit Lake, Iowa. He's 96 now and in "remarkably good
shape and pretty sharp too. He walks nearly a mile each
day (one way) to the Post Office in that little
OWEN SUTHERLAND WINS
Owen Sutherland (BHS'57) began dialing the
number of the Detroit radio station just as he heard that
the announcer would be challenging the listeners with a
two-part sports question quiz. He won...an all-expense
paid trip to the Detroit Tiger Spring Training
Headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, to join the week-long
Tiger Fantasy Camp.
For four days Owen was a part of the best of the
best of the old-timer Tiger Team uniform and all! The
Campers and the Tiger Legends were at the Tiger
Holiday Inn and participated in actively-packed days and
evenings, including batting practice, inter-squad games,
gab fests, photo fests, and meals--including the Willie
Owen's mother, Mildred Sutherland (Clearwater),
his sister Janet (Dunedin) and nephew Luke joined the
fun on the last night. Janet was Owen's guest at the
banquet, and she is still talking about it.
The next morning was the final game. Owen's forever
friend, Ken Morris (BHS'57) drove up from Tarpon
Springs to watch Owen play ball. The grandstands were
too much like Balboa Stadium. Kenny decided to play the
role of Owen's dad, Jack, and razz!! Kenny said they put
Owen on third because none of the other campers could
make the throw to first.
Owen Sutherland and Ken Morris, Lakeland, FL. April
It all ended too soon--the camp, the reunion. There's
nothing like a big brother especially when he is Owen.
If you are interested in the sports quiz questions, call
Owen at (315) 651-8327, Rochester, Michigan.
BROTHER AND SISTER
It was a joyful reunion when Mary (Gilbert) Urey
greeted her brother, Dennis Gilbert when he met the
Regent Star as it arrived in Costa Rica.
Mary (Gilbert) Urey and brother Dennis Gilbert.
They had not seen each other in over 3 years so
when Dennis found out that one of the Ports of Call for
the Zonian Amigos New Years trip was Puerto Limon,
he traveled from San Jose, Costa Rica so they could
spend the day together.
They enjoyed a tropical lunch and spent several
hours reminiscing over old times.
BASKETBALL STAR After the fishing trip, Dan and Carlton enjoyed
several rounds of golf in Panama. They also visited
Kara Kathleen, pictured above with her parents Will Charles' mother, Margaret (Moe) Morris, who resides
and Kathy Huffman, is participating in a state basketball there in a nursing home. The finale was a family dinner
tournament in North Little Rock. with Charles, his wife Julieta, and three of their four
children. Thanks to Charles for an outstanding
BOHN VISITS TEXAS
During April, Carolyn Bohn (BHS'79) had an
opportunity to take time from her busy schedule as a
Buyer for Marshall Field's to visit friends from Panama.
Her trip began with me picking her up at the airport for
an evening of partying in "Big D." The next day Carolyn
and I ate lunch at a great Cuban restaurant with
Maureen Fergeson (BHS'79) who recently relocated to
Dallas from Atlanta. After lunch it was off to Waco to
Visit with Jeff Scott (BHS'79) and girlfriend Tracy for
Kara Kathleen with parents Will and Kathy Huffman.
Her team, the Lady Lakers from East Arkansas, has
won their first three games and are headed for the semi-
CHARLES MORRIS HOSTS
In early March of this year, Charles Morris
(BHS'56) of Panama City hosted a five-day deep-sea
fishing trip toPifias Bay off the coast of Panama near the
Colombian border. Joining him were his son Charles
Patrick of Panama, his brother-in-law Dan Hanesworth
of Chicago, his nephew Carlton Morris of Dallas, and
his reserves buddy Tom Lager and his son Sean of
Tallahassee. They all had a great fishing expedition with
the catch of the trip a 650-lb. blue marlin by Sean.
Troy Cooper, Sandy (Balzac) Cooper (BHS'79),
Carolyn Bohn (BHS'79), Carlton Morris (BHS'79).
SV '.The next two days were spent in Austin with
newlyweds Troy and Sandy (Balzac) Cooper who are
expecting their first child later this year. We also had a
chance to visit with Lori Simmons (BHS'79) and Debbie
Balzac (BHS'78) while in Austin. Needless to say, it was
great to see old friends again.
Carlton A. Morris (BHS'79)
D allas, Texas
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WILLIAM CRAWFORD GORGAS, M.D.
By John W. Clark, M.D. (BHS'40)
The year 1994 is the 140th anniversary of Gorgas'
birthday. He was an American physician who became
known as the world's leading sanitary expert, "cleaning
up" Habana and Panama in the process.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, (the oldest of six children)
on October 3, 1864, his father was General Josiah
Gorgas, Chief of Ordinance of the Southern Confederacy
during the Civil War; later President of the University of
the South, at Sewanee, Tennessee. His mother was
Amelia Gayle Gorgas, daughter of Governor Gayle of
He earned his BA. in 1875 from the University of
the South, and was graduated from Bellevue Hospital
Center, New York City, in 1879, with the degree of M.D.
Intern, Bellevue Hospital, 1879-1880.
He entered the Medical Department of the U.S.
Army in June 1880, as a First Lieutenant, advanced to
Captain in 1885, and to Major in 1898.
Up to that time the cause of yellow fever was not
known. The concept of viruses was also unknown. The
virus diseases were simply described as being
submicroscopicc." Yellow fever had been attributed to a
number of sources...from "moral decadence" to winds
from the swamps (swamp fever). The public-at-large was
quite terrified of the disease...there had been riots in New
York City and elsewhere about this disease! A
contemporary synonym was "yellow jack." Anyone who
acquired the disease and recovered, was then immune to
the disease for the rest of his life.
In 1880 yellow fever was prevalent as a violent
epidemic in Brownsville, Texas. Lt. Gorgas was sent to
Fort Brown to assist in the medical care of the civilian
population. Here he came down with the fever, but he
recovered with the subsequent immunity. He met Marie
Cook Doughty who also had the disease. She recovered
and they were married in September, 1985.
He was later transferred to Florida, to the West, to
the Dakotas and to "Indian Territory," where he
accompanied a military operation against the Indian,
Santiago in 1898.
The Spanish-American War was started and
completed in 1898. At the end of this war, Major Gorgas
was appointed Chief Sanitary Officer of Habana. Habana
had been a real 'pest hole' where all types of diseases
To address the problems, two Boards or
'Commissions' were appointed. One of these was
appointed by the Secretary of War (1900) and was
composed of Drs. Walter Reed, Lazear, Carroll and
Agramonte, and was known as the 'Walter Reed Board.'
A number of experiments were done to ascertain the
transmitter of yellow fever. Two of the experimental
volunteers died during the process (one of these was Dr.
Lazear), proving the method of transmission of yellow
fever to be a specific mosquito. Walter Reed showed, in
addition, that flies were the important transmitters of
typhoid fever. The vector (transmitter) of malaria had
been described as a specific mosquito by Ronald Ross
(an English physician) in India (1898).
Major General William C. Gorgas. Unknown year.
The other committee was formed locally in Habana a
included Drs. Gorgas, Carlos Finlay, Antonio Albertini,
and Juan Guiteras. The work of Carlos Finlay in 1881
and 1882 had laid the groundwork for the study of the
mosquito as the transmitter of yellow fever.
Dr. Gorgas developed plans to destroy the mosquito
(fumigation, oiling of water, etc); the use of screening of
those patients with yellow fever to prevent the spread of
the disease and screens to protect those without the
disease. By almost draconian methods he was able to
"clean up" the city. Between the announcement of the
plan on February 1, 1901 and September 15, 1901, a
period of less than eight months, Gorgas eradicated
yellow fever from Habana. For the first time in over 150
years the city was free from the disease. As a result of
this success, Dr. Gorgas was promoted to the rank of
Colonel by act of Congress in 1903!
In 1904, the year of the U.S. take-over from the
French, Dr. Gorgas was appointed Chief Sanitary Officer
of the Panama Canal. In the early days of this period,
there were organizational and communication problems
as well as difficulties in obtaining needed supplies. Yellow
fever increased in 1904 and in the first six months of
1905. Several of the higher officials died in early 1905.
In June, 1905, the Governor, the Chief Engineer and
the Executive Committee of the Canal Commission
joined in a recommendation to the Secretary of War that
those who believed in the mosquito theory should be
relieved of duty!
Fortunately, President Roosevelt had been
involved in the Spanish American War and must have
been aware of the Habana experience. The American
Medical Association and the Dean of Johns Hopkins
Medical School supported Gorgas. Canal reorganization
was accomplished with lines of communication and
supplies opened. Death rates began to drop as the
Habana plan was put into effect, so that there were no
more yellow fever cases after a single case in 1906.
Gorgas was appointed to the 3rd Isthmian Canal
Commission (1907-1914). During this time malaria
dropped slowly, since the mosquito that carries malaria
is more difficult to eradicate than that which carries
Dr. Gorgas was elected President of the American
Medical Association (1908).
In 1913, he went to South Africa to investigate the
high death of pneumonia and to advise on antimalarial
activities. He was appointed Surgeon General of the U.S.
Army, with the rank of Brigadier General in January
1914; being promoted to Major General in 1915 (first
physician to this rank) retiring in 1918.
An International Health Board of the Rockefeller
Foundation approved a plan to eradicate yellow fever in
all parts of the world. General Gorgas made tours of
inspection to Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela,
Barbados and Brazil in 1916, as head of the Yellow Fever
Commission of the International Health Board.
He had planned to retire from the Army in order to
carry through the program of the Yellow Fever
Commission. WWI intervened, and he did not retire until
1918. He went to Guayaquil and started his program.
There had been estimates that eradication of yellow fever
from Guayaquil would take 3 to 5 years. It took 6
In the spring of 1920, Gorgas set sail for Africa to
investigate yellow fever in West Africa. He became ill in
London, and was bedridden for about 1 1/2 months and
died there. While on his sickbed, King George V
personally conferred upon him the title of Knight
Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Upon his death, a state funeral was ordered by the King
at St. Paul's Cathedral. General Gorgas died on July 4,
1920 and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery,
Various descriptions of him: "...positive but
winning personality and patience,"..."this gentleman..."
"...was always interested in all subjects that had to do with
medical matters in general." "He was not a talkative
advisor but a good listener. When he had advice to give
the few words which he used to express himself were
simple but effective and his strong character and
charming personality carried great weight with his
associates" "...at 49 years old, a courtly, white haired man
whose humorous eyes and 'sunny' Alabama manner
concealed a marvelous tenacity. Everyone had a good
word for him." "...with such dignity..." "...a grand, quiet,
Had the death rate of the French era continued
during the American construction of the Panama Canal,
35,000 Americans would have died of tropical disease.
Because of the work of Gorgas and his sanitarians, the
total loss of life from disease during the American era
was only 4,000. When Gorgas finished his work, the death
rate in Panama from all diseases was lower than that of
any American city or state. In 1911, the overall death rate
in the U.S. was 14/1,000, with the best (lowest) being
Nebraska's 9/1,000. The overall death rate in the Canal
Zone was 6/1,000.
At the onset of World War I, there were 435 Regular
Army Medical Officers. At the conclusion, there were
32,000 active duty physicians, 35,000 civilian physicians in
the Reserves, 22,000 nurses and 250,000 enlisted
medics...representing the largest aggregate force ever
combined by a Major General. His medical Corps was
larger than the entire pre-war standing U.S. Army. And
there was no draft of physicians!
He published one book; Sanitation in Panama, D.
Appleton & Co. 1915.
Among the memorials honoring him: A bronze
plaque on Calle Gorgas in Habana erected in March,
1921; The Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical
Preventative Medicine, Washington, D.C. now under
University of Alabama; the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory,
Panama City, R.P. organized under the instigation of
Belisario Porras, President of the Rep. of Panama,
originally under the Institute, now under the auspices of
the Republic of Panama; joint resolution of U.S.
Congress (28 March 1928) retitling the Ancon Hospital
to The Gorgas Hospital; the Gorgas Medal and
honorarium presented since 1942 by Wyeth Laboratories
at the annual meeting of the Association of Military
Surgeons; the Gorgas House, now a state shrine on the
University of Alabama and on 24 May 1951, a bust was
unveiled in the Hall of Fame at his alma mater, now the
New York University (NYU).
Honorary degrees/awards: University of
Pennsylvania; University of the South; Harvard; Brown;
Jefferson; University of Alabama; Tulane; Mary Kingley
Medal, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; Gold
Medal, American Museum of Safety; Harbin Gold
Medal, (Belgium); Distinguished Service Medal, U.S.
Army; Commander. Legion of Honor (France); Grand
Officer, Order of the Crown (Italy); Knight Commander
of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St.
"Trojans" Softball Team. Back L-R: -, Archie Byrne,
Chuck Van Steenberg, E. Quintero, Wally Russon,
Angus Matheney. Front L-R: Mickey McFadden,
Sullivan, Vance Howard, Ridge.
"A" League Touch Football, Balboa, 1946. Front L-R:
Madden, Carney, Bull, Benoit, Kelleher, Leaver, R.
Johnson, Raphael, Seidler. Back L-R: Gallo, Ridge,
McDougall, Moranz, T. Smith, Dawson.
"Colonels" Softball team. Back, L-R: George Whaler,
Joe Young, Tommy Lindo, --Dwelle, -Fenton. Front
L-R: Jack O'Donnell, Hugh Norris, Linares, Monzon,
BHS Softball Team, front, L-R: David Moon
Dickerson, Scotty Michaelson,--, --Fitzgerald,
"Bud" Huldtquist. Back L-R: ---, Junior Jones,
Tomas Reyes, Joe Andrews.
1922: TELEPHONE INVENTOR
MEETS THE DAREDEVIL SWIMMER
It was early in 1922 and the cameraman was
following telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell,
who was on a world tour and had stopped in Balboa,
Panama Canal Zone. The youngsters were members of
the Red, White and Blue Troupe, which performed fancy
swimming and diving stunts at the Balboa Swimming
"There were no flies...no mosquitos in the Canal
Zone. It was a wonderful place to live," says Ursula
Raphael Neyrey of Metairie, the teen-ager on the
extreme right, one of the troupe's star performers. Born
August 11, 1907, in New Orleans, she moved to Balboa
when she was 10.
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During her days with the troupe, she thrilled
spectators by swimming underwater while wearing heavy
chains. "I would go down to the bottom of the pool and
work my way up," she says, explaining that two men lifted
her out of the water as she emerged.
Aside from Bell, other people who witnessed her
performances include former president Teddy Roosevelt,
future film "Tarzan," Johnny Weismuller and the Prince
of Denmark. Bell, who patented the phone when he was
just 29, died in August 1922 at the age of 75.
Neyrey returned to the New Orleans area in 1924
and later married and had two sons. Today she is a
retired medical secretary. Does she still swim? "Of
course," answers Neyrey, now a great grandmother.
July 29, 1990
"A" League Touch Football, C.Z. Junior College, 1946-
47. Back L-R: G. Rosania, R. Gill, R. Harvey, L.
Goulet, P. Ridge. Front L-R: T. Marine, C. Giavelli, E.
Gregg, M. Quintero, R. Mitchell, E. Moolchan.
David Moon Dickerson, Second Place Honors,
National Archery Tournament 1937; First Place Honors,
Los Angeles Association Tournament, 1937; First Place
Honors, Western Archery Association Tournament
1937, and Canal Zone Champion 1932-33-34-35-36-
BHS Class of 1954, 7th Grade. 1st row L-R: Mary Hamma, Marlene Jeppsen, Blanquita McNatt, Pat Rigby,
Ann Cramer, Mary Lou Allen, June Haines. 2nd row L-R: Benito Salas, Nancy Gill, Shirley Million, Pat Dodson,
Grace Joustra, Carol Schuler, .3rd row, L-R: Gibson, Bill
Beil, Ralph Zimmerman, Ramon Perez.
Class Reunion Announcements
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.
Diane Roscoe Murphy CHS
Barbara Dom. Sanders BHS
Eddie Wilder BHS
Betsy Mallory Duncan
Stay tuned for more details and spread the word to
other 1963 classmates.
BHS/CHS Class of 1970
BHS '48 50th REUNION UP-DATE
Progress is being made on our 50-year Class
Reunion, planned in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida annual gathering in Orlando in June
1998. We have located nearly half of our classmates and
most of the responses from them have been enthusiastic.
1998 seems a long way off, but already a year has passed
since we began this tracking down process. We continue
to need help in locating the rest of us. If you were in the
BHS Class of 1948, or if you know where any of our
classmates are, please send names and addresses to:
Barbara (Fritz) Reyle, 10518 Providence Way, Fairfax,
VA 22030-3106. Telephone: (703) 273-2654.
Note to CHS '48 Class: Pat (Leach) Koenig has
volunteered to head up a Cristobal High School Class of
'48 Reunion. You can contact Pat at: 14904 Freeman
Ave., San Jose, CA 95127.
BHS/CHS CLASSES OF 1963
50th Birthday Party Announcement
The classes of 1963 are planning a combined BHS
and CHS 50th Birthday Party! We'll all turn 50 years
"old" in 1995 and we are just in the planning stages, but
mark your calendars for sometime during the Summer or
Fall of 1995 in San Antonio, Texas.
We expect this to be a great party and we need your
ideas, recommendations and special requests to make this
a great bash. Please contact Bev, Lew or any of the
planning committee with your suggestions or if you would
like to be on the Planning Committee. Also, please send
addresses of other classmates you know.
Bev Dockery Vaughn CHS, Co-Chair. 404-942-1032
Lew French BHS, Co-Chair 512-327-3399/984-3217
Mike Albanese BHS 1-800-844-6721
Carlos Beechner BHS 210-246-9622/734-0995
Sue Barfield Geer CHS 318-343-9240
Patty Lawyer Heileg BHS 904-492-6968
Mary Lerchen BHS 404-371-1234/488-4795
Lesley Hendricks Litzenberger BHS 203-454-2682
Peggy Flynn Mattey BHS 716-426-1696/473-0595
Celia Cronan Miller CHS 408-281-8612/999-7160
Patsy Lee Moore CHS 713-852-2405
The BHS/CHS Class of 1970 will hold its 25th Class
Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
Reunion to be held in Orlando, Florida at the Marriott
World Center during July 5 9, 1995. If you wish to
receive information concerning the 25th Reunion or if
you have moved since our last reunion, please send your
name and address to:
1213 Valencia Lane
Auburndale, Florida 33823
Packets will be mailed in August 1994.
Reunion Committee members are: Jane Gabriel Huff
(CHS/Rep. of Panama), Donella McClean Vogel
(BHS/Rep. of Panama), Jacque Crowell Vowell
(BHS/Daytona Beach, FL), Art Dealy
(BHS/Washington, D.C.), Faye Weisser Finegan
(BHS/Austin, TX), Vicki Sizemore (BHS/Auburndale,
FL), Rudy Crespo (BHS/San Francisco).
BHS CLASS OF 1974 REUNION INFO
The Balboa High School Class of 1974 will hold its
official twentieth year reunion in Jacksonville Beach,
Florida, on June 24, 25, and 26, 1994. It will be held at
the Ramada Inn Resort, 1201 N. First Street, Jacksonville
Beach, FL 32250. Tel: (904) 241-5333.
For more information and registration forms, please
contact any committee member, Vicki (Borell) Edwards,
Debbie (Foster) Sorchinski or Kathy (Malin) Saville, or
those listed below. Please continue helping us locate
classmates and keep those current addresses coming.
Our ten-year reunion was a wonderful one, and we
are planning on the next main event being just as
It won't be the same without "U"!
Ann (Walker) Haynick
2780 Sleepy Hollow Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI 49002
Ingrid Errhalt Bryan
135 Tyndall Place
Langly AFB, VA 23665
ATTENTION BHS CLASS OF 1975
Don't Miss The Boat
Final Plans are being made for a Caribbean Cruise
for our twenty-year reunion. One hundred staterooms
on the Carnival Cruise Line have been blocked out for
our class and they are going fast. The boat is gorgeous
and the price is very reasonable. Many classmates from
around the world have already made plans to be on
board, but have you? It's going to be a great time. Don't
get left high and dry on the dock. Call today and reserve
(Other than U.S. write or fax):
Pat and Cheryl (Allen) Williams
PSC 02 Box 2683
APO AA 34002
(U.S. Write or fax):
Houston, Texas 77082
CHS '75 CLASS REUNION
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.
BHS CLASS OF '85
Let's start planning our 10th!!
Send your address and addresses of those you keep in
touch with. Also include any ideas you have for our big
ping-ding in 1995! Contact those of us who have started
to plan: Christy Goodwin, Kathy (Kessel) Bradley, Patty
Cowles, Judith Lavallee, Mike Goldstein, Jesse Morris,
Henrietta (Wolf) Hurst, and Harris Hurst.
Send all correspondence to:
BHS Class of '85
c/o Jesse Morris
634 Augusta Dr.
Houston, TX 77057
YEARBOOKS and UPDATES
Patt Roberson is collecting old yearbooks and
yearbook updates that are often distributed at class
reunions in Florida. They are being collected in the
interests of future historical research and preservation
and will end up in the Pan Canal Museum in Fort Worth.
So, if you have any old yearbooks or if your class
prepared an update for your class reunion, please send
along a copy to: 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-
2253. Thank you!
JUNE 1, 1994
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place setting. Please call Mrs. Mildred Sutherland,
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1994 TOURS ARRANGED THROUGH
THE ALL AMERICAN CRUISE
7 DAYS ON AN AMERICAN SHIP
VISITING AN AMERICAN STATE
** THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS **
Shore Excursions on the Islands of
*OAHU KAUAI MAUI HAWAII*
****1940's REMEMBERED THEME****
**DANCE TO THE BENNY GOODMAN BAND**
**Departs Honolulu on November 26, 1994**
**Returns to Honolulu December 3, 1994**
Write or Phone:
MARJE or PETE
2389 Citrus Hill Rd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
about 3" in diameter;
fish, birds, butterflies...
about 5"x7; bird, fish,
with loop for hanging;
Christmas or Chris
natural designs natur
about 13"x14"; mola
panel on front; hole
to insert stuffing
eyeholes; string for tying
$2.50 ea (12 or more)
$3.50 ea for 5-11
$4.00 ea for 1-4
$4.50 ea (12 or more)
$7.00 ea for 5-11
$9.00 ea for 1-4
$3.50 ea (12 or mo
$6.00 ea for 5-11
$7.00 ea for 1-4
tmas (Santas, bells, stars...)
al (owls, fish, cats, birds...)
WANTED: On Video: old TV shows: If These Walls
Could Speak; Treasure Unlimited (as seen on SCN-TV);
silent Terrytoons (as seen on RPC-TV); Write: Bill, Box
291554, Tampa, FL 33687-1554.
PANAMA CANAL I
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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 McCafferty
N. Fort Worth Historical Society
131 E. Exchange Avenue #112
Fort Worth, Texas 76106
I City: Siate Zip_
MOLA PATCH POSTCARDS
chaquiras worn by both
children and adults
crafted fiber bags
$0.25 ea for 1-4
$1.00 for 5
FREE SHIPPING on all orders. Information on other mola
items and framed molas, molitas, and mola patches
available upon request.
GUARANTEE: You may return your order within 30 days of
receipt for a complete refund if it doesn't meet your
Please enclose check or money order for the total amount
payable in US funds (5% discount to Canal Record
subscribers; MI residents add 4% sales tax) to:
PUERTO PANAMA, Route 1, Box 63, Calumet, MI 49913
THANK YOU for your order!
M E MEMENTOS
5% Discount on any size order
Homesick? Miss the sights, sounds and smells of the place you once called home?
How many countless stories have you told your friends and family about the "Good old Days?"
Talk is cheap Show them!
Let us escort you, your family, and friends on a hassle-free homecoming with our
Panacma Discovery Tout package.
Only $1,279 per person / double occupancy
Our Panama Discovery Tour spans 8 days and 7 nights, includes airfare from Miami, and is completely escorted. Included in the
package is a four-star hotel room, all transportation, City and Canal tour visit to the Canal Zone including Summit Gardens and
Gamboa, breakfast every day, dinner and entertainment at Las Tinajas, dinner at La Cascada on Via Argentina, a partial Canal Transit
(when available) and a trip to Taboga. Tour modifications or adjustments can be made to fill your personal needs.
Contact us today
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P.O. Box 130
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Ted. (405) 428-3476 Fax (405) 428-3499
U-ne--ored and aspecalty tours are also available
SECOND ANNUAL DRY SEASON IN PANAMA 1995
Panama has always been an interesting place to visit, and for us old (and not so old) Zonites, this
trip could be your last opportunity to return to your favorite haunts before the transition is
complete. This coming dry season will be your opportunity for a coast-to-coast/border-to-border
tour of Panama. The tour lasts 10 days and includes the following:
-Airfare from Miami to Panama via COPA
.-Exit fees in both countries
-All meals while in Panama
-Tips and baggage handling
-Transportation on air-conditioned busses
-Special dinner at Restaurant of the Americas
-Farewell dinner/show at Las Tinajas Restaurant
Tour will be led and conducted by Davis Stevenson who beside
being born and raised in Panama and the Canal Zone, is completely
If you did not make it in '94 we look forward to seeing you
on our '95 all-inclusive tour of Panama.
For further information and details, contact Davis Stevenson at
OF THE AMERICAS
1780 OMIE WAY
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30243
FAX (404) 995-8017
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major U.S. airlines, and special
joint fares, COPA can bring you to GI
Panama from just about anywhere at prices
that are easy to take.
COPA flies Boeing 737 jets with one-class
service. We call it Preferential Class,s and a few word
will tell you why: Champagne, vintage wines and prer
liquors, all complimentary. A choice of entrees. And fr
For up-to-the-minute fare information and reserve
call your Travel Agent or COPA at 1-800-FLY-COPA.
(In South Florida, call 305 477-7333)
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