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VOL. 33 MARCH 1999 NO. 1
From the Secretary..
Editor's Corner .....
E-Mail Addresses Upc
Museum News .....
Slate of Officers for I
Society on the Internel
Vital Statistics Update
Highlights of Minutes
OFFICERS News Clips ........
AND Retirements .......
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE "Where Are You?" ..
FOR 1998-99 Your Reporter Says .
Mr. Thomas C. Peterson Arkansas .......
President California ......
941-371-7731 Florida ........
Mrs. Faith Brundage aaii
1st Vice President Louisiana ......
727-527-6925 Mid-West ......
Mr. Virgil Camby Weddings .........
2nd Vice President Births ............
727-321-8566 With Deep Sorrow ..
Letters to the Editor .
Mrs. Muriel Whitman Announcements/Class
Director Looking Back.
727 -544-0214 LookingBack ......
727-544-214 For Sale or Wanted .
Mr. Stephen Nehring Application Form ...
FRONT COVER: Orlar
James J. O'Donnell resort, is located in the
Director from the ordinary and
Mrs. Margot Jordan BACK COVER: Filling
Past President to be part of the locks.
813-963-6998 cables attached to the tc
Paul V. Rozmeski Canal Zone.
March 5 PCS(
Robert Russell St., S1
Sergeant-at-Arms April 6 Ocala
813-654-9716 A 6 o
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum April 9 PCS(
Chaplain St., Si
727-595-0846 May 1 PCS(
Ms. Barbara Green May 1 Oklal
Secretary/Treasurer at noc
727-391-4359 (Office) June 4 PCS1
727-319-8593 (Fax) St., Si
Richard W. (Pat) Beall June 30-July 4 PCS(
727-391-4359 (Office) June 20 N.W.
727-319-8593 (Fax) Eamn
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Vorld Center Marriott, Florida's largest and most spectacular
-Id's number one travel destination. They are worlds apart
utes away from the magic that has made Central Florida
chamber almost wall to wall, this large cargo vessel appears
forward on the deck, a Canal pilot watches the stabilizing
g locomotive. Painting by Al Sprague, noted artist from the
DATES TO REMEMBER
Regular Meeting. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
tersburg. COVERED DISH. 11:30 Lunch. 12:30 Meeting.
lians Meeting at Maggie's Buffet in Ocala. Lunch at noon.
ill Muller at (352) 854-7902 for more information.
Regular Meeting. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500, 16th
tersburg. COVERED DISH. 11:30 Lunch 12:30 Meeting..
Luncheon/Meeting. See information in Announcements
1 Picnic, covered dish, Will Rogers Park, Oklahoma City, eat
business at 1:00 p.m.
, Regular Meeting. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
tersburg. COVERED DISH. 11:30 Lunch 12:30 Meeting.
ANNUAL REUNION, Orlando's World Center
(See "Yellow Pages").
ansas Annual Get-together, Jones Family Center, 922 East
ve., Springdale, AR., 1:00 5:00 p.m.
c Northwest Panama Canal Reunion Picnic. Abrams Park,
I WA. For more info: Murray Falk, (360) 263-2982. E-mail
ulf Coast Picnic, 11 a.m. at Davis Bayou Campground of
ZONe, The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
0 (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
.o g "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" =
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712 N
The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.
Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
The membership fee is $30.00 annually, $12.00 of which is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any advertising
not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will become the property of
the Society and will be retained in their files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. assumes no
responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
(727) 391-4359 FAX (727)-319-8593
Hours: 10:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765
The 1999 Annual Society Reunion is less than four
months away. Everything is still on track to have a
successful Reunion. I encourage you, our members, to get
your reservations in as soon as possible. Please review the
"Yellow Pages" in this issue of the Canal Record and attend
as many functions as you can. We have added a "BHS/CHS
Alumni and Friends of BHS/CHS Dance" on Thursday
evening, July 1"t, which we hope will be a huge success.
As you know, 1999, is the "end of an era". An time
in which the United States built, operated and maintained the
great Panama Canal. This year is the 95i" year of the era
which started with our Chief Engineer, George Washington
Goethals. At this year's annual luncheon we will have the
honor of welcoming his grandson, Thomas Goethals, a
historian, as our guest speaker. He was one of the narrators
during the Discovery Channel Documentary titled "The
Panama Canal The Eighth Wonder of the World" that was
aired November 15, 1998. He provided a great deal of
background and interesting information on his grandfather
throughout the documentary.
The Panama Canal Society office has now
officially moved to a new and larger office, one door down
from our previous space. We are in the same office building
and our address is exactly the same. When you can, stop by
for a visit.
I want to thank Faith Brundage, Steve Nehring,
Rupert Turner, and Elaine (Vestal) Lewis in helping Pat
and Barbara move the furniture and other heavy items to the
new office. Thanks go out to Muriel Whitman and her
Christmas Party Committee for a truly great and festive
occasion. Thanks, too, to Steve Nehring and his committee
for the traditional Zonian Christmas tree burn held in
Special thanks go to Past President, Betty
Frassrand who is active in many activities of the Society
and who agreed to be Chairperson of the Nominating
Committee. To you, Betty, and your committee, I say thank
you on behalf of the Society.
Remember, our 1999 Annual Reunion is just
around the corner. Plan on being there with us to celebrate
the "end of an era".
In closing, I would like to quote Past President Bill
Wheeler on remarks he made while he was President of the
Society. He said, "We need to continue to move forward and
make the Society the best ever. So, let's work together and
pull together and put away any petty personal feelings for the
good of all." These remarks made years ago should be
followed today and in the future.
We all need to think, do and act for what is best for the
May each of you have all that is best in 1999.
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I hope you all had a great holiday season. I'm
looking forward to another great year with the Society.
Just want to point out a few important things; Our
telephone area code has been changed to 727. Even though
we moved our office one door down, we were allowed to
keep the same suite number 334. Many of our members did
not receive their December Canal Record too many for it to
have been a coincidence. Canal Records will be issued in
March, June, September and December and the Annual
Directory will be issued in April. If you do not receive your
book by the middle of those months check with the POST
OFFICE before calling us. If you still don't receive it, tell the
Post Office that you wish to put in a claim, and call us back.
Also remember that you must notify us of your change of
address as soon as possible so that we can change it before
printing a disk for the labels which is done about two weeks
before the month in which the book is mailed. If we do not
have a current address, you must pay for a replacement.
Also, don't forget to send us your extended zip code, or Zip
Now for the problems encountered with Reunion
paperwork. Our members are not reading the instructions
carefully and are failing to send in the correct amount for the
Society Registration fee. You must pay $5.00 for each person
over 18 years of age. We cannot process your paperwork -
including your hotel reservation without the Society
Registration fee. If you plan to stay at the Marriott, get your
reservation in right away. Remember, it is first come, first
served, When we run out of rooms you will have to go
elsewhere. Faith Brundage, 1999 Reunion Coordinator, has
been in the office at least twice a week processing
paperwork. Barbara Peterson, President Peterson's wife ,
has been inputting all the information into the computer.
Elaine Lewis and I have been helping out when and where
needed. There is a lot of work to be done and I hope you'll
remember to thank Mrs. Brundage when you see her at the
Ballot for officers for the 1999-2000 year is printed
in this issue PLEASE VOTE. Even one vote can make the
If you happen to be in the area, come by and see the
office it is really nice. We have more room and you can
really appreciate the rattan furniture and pictures of the
former Canal Zone.
Till next time.
The year 1999 has come at last the final year Uncle
Sam has control over our prized Canal Zone which has been
called the Eighth Wonder of the World. We will celebrate
our friendships one last time while we still have control this
July in Orlando, but we will survive for continuing reunions
in the future to relive those golden times we had there.
Matt Grimison, staff writer for The Daytona Beach
Sunday News Journal, of January 3, 1999 wrote a
tremendous article titled 'Zonians': Heritage lost with the
Canal. Many Zonians have already seen it on the internet
and the newspapers. It is a true rendition of how most
Zonians feel and of the future of the Canal. Many such
articles have been printed in other newspapers and
magazines, but Matt, yours was a triumph. You covered just
about everything we are concerned about and how we feel in
losing our "home." I wish I could write like that.
It looks like another big reunion this year maybe one of
the biggest. Besides the many mini-reunions scheduled, it
looks like a big gang-bust to celebrate with each other for the
last time we have together while we still have the 'Big Ditch'.
Reservations are coming in fast but a reminder to all no
reservation is acceptable without a Registration Form filled
out with the proper fee. You will be wasting your time, and
ours, if that form is not included with your other forms.
Talking about our assistant it should have happened
long ago. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis is a very capable person
with a wealth of knowledge that puts me to shame. My only
concern is that I hope she can get along with me! As the
Aussies say, "Good on yer", Elaine. I don't think I'll need to
work Saturdays and Sundays anymore!
Many members send me newspaper articles they would
like me to publish. Copying an obituary newspaper clipping
is acceptable, however those written by a writer of the
magazine or paper are protected by a copyright, and unless
the author and the magazine or newspaper give their
approval to copy such articles, the Canal Record will honor
their copyright. We have requested, many times,
authorization to copy a given article, and it has been
approved, provided we follow their requirements. The.Canal
Record is also on record to refuse to print anything
derogatory or of a controversial nature, not in the best
interests of the Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve
American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships. This has been
a part of the Masthead of the Canal Record on page 1 of
each issue for many years.
Let's get ready for the July Reunion!
Editor, Canal Record
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L-R from top: Elaine Lewis and Barbara Green at Secretary's desk. Reunion Coordinator's office. Visitor's
area. Visitor's area showing entrance and Secretary's desk. Conference Room looking North. Conference room
looking South. Editors office with Elaine Lewis. Editors office, the other side.
Not electing a survivor benefit for a spouse is a
serious mistake either at retirement or upon marriage
(remarriage) after retirement. In order to retain federal health
benefits, the surviving spouse must receive a survivor
benefit. Here's the solution according to the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees pamphlet, "The
10 Worst Mistakes Federal Employees and Retirees Make
and How to Avoid Them"
When congress reconvenes, federal employees and
retirees probably will be facing another attack on the annual
cost of living adjustments that help keep their annuities up
with inflation, if the expected occurs, the proposal probably
will be to delay COLAS from one to three months, or to
grant COLAS that are a percentage point below what is
indicated via cost of living surveys. Expect a counter attack
as well from the National Association of Retired Federal
Employees. It will oppose any proposal that would legislate
COLA delays or across-the-board percentages reductions.
The 1999 Retired Federal Employees Handbook has
virtually doubled it's size. It's not only larger, but is more
comprehensive and jam-packed with all new information.
Here's just some of what it covers: CSRS & FERS
retirement systems, taxes in retirement, COLAS, government
pension offset, windfall elimination provision, health and life
insurance, death and survivors benefits, disability retirement,
Social Security and Medicare, divorce and remarriage in
retirement, dealing with missing annuity checks, official
records, legislation to watch, going back to work, important
telephone numbers and addresses and much more. To order
your copy, send $9.95 plus $3.00 shipping and handling to
FEDweek, Dept. FWR2, P.O. Box 25098, Alexandria, VA
Questions asked by Society members:
1.(Q): If a retired employee has survivor annuity deducted
and the spouse dies, does the retiree then get a higher
(A) Yes, a request for a change of annuity deduction must be
made and sent with a copy of the death certificate.
2.(Q): If a widow/widower receiving survivor benefits
remarries, does he/she forfeit these benefits?
(A) If a widow/widower remarries prior to age 55, he/she
will forfeit their survivor benefits. If he/she remarries after
age 55, survivor does not forfeit benefits.
3.(Q): If an employee is single when he/she retires and then
marries, can the employee have survivor benefits deducted?
(A) Yes, Federal Retirees who marry after retirement can get
survivors benefits deducted if they request those benefits
within one year of marriage. Retiree will have to pay back
survivor benefits to the date of retirement. Retiree will have
to request the change and send a copy of the marriage
certificate to the Office of Personnel Management. Just being
married does not qualify them.
Don A.Betty J. Ross
Shirley Vaughn Christian
Shirley (Smith) O'Connor
Gregory S. Gramlich
George (Woody) Wodraska
Charles E. Slater
Mike/Donna Date Smith
Patrick (Rick) Mahoney
John A. Banasick
Patricia S. Krise
Kelly A. Kirby
Edna Hart Crandall
Lynette (Leni) Stokes
shirleyc @ gamewood.net
werleinl @ sol.net
Panamasso @ aol.com
cestxy @ argontech.net
edlori @ northlink.com
j schierl @ bellsouth.net
keithm @ hiWAAY.com
James G./Mary (Nehis) DeMartinijamesgb@earthlink.net
Barbara O'Neal Braun
Susan (Van Kirk) Cooke
John T./Donna Kimball
Shirley Avery Bentley
Pat Lindley Dominguez
Layne T. Ashton
tparrothed @ aol.com
LayneTA @ aol.com
Editor must have by:
Museum Committee Active in Panama
Joe Wood, President of the Panama Canal Society
Foundation heading the formation of a museum dedicated to
the American Era in Panama, has announced the work of a
very active committee in Panama. The committee was formed
specifically to inspect and acquire memorabilia that are
consistent with preserving the American Era history in
Panama as more and more organizations and people prepare
for the end of the American Era. The committee is particularly
sensitive to gathering those items that cannot be construed as
part of the Panama patrimony. It is making arrangements for
shipment of the items collected when a large enough
collection is in hand. In the meantime letters to USARSO
and USOUTHCOM have been sent requesting historical
items that may not be of significance to the military or the
Republic of Panama. The Executive Vice President of the
Foundation and Society Foundation Liaison, Chuck
Hummer, remains in close touch with Delores De Mena,
USARSO Historian. Tentative arrangements have been made
for the transport of artifacts to the Foundation climatized
secure storage facility in St. Petersburg. As the Record goes
to press, the Foundation is negotiating for the secure storage
area after inspecting a number of potential sites.
Board to Meet in Seminole
The Board of Directors will hold its quarterly
meeting at the Society offices in Seminole on March 13. Prior
to the meeting Foundation officers and Society President Tom
Peterson plan to meet with city officials from Tampa and St.
Petersburg and officials from the USS Forrestal Memorial in
Tampa to discuss possible collaboration with the Foundation.
The final proposal for the minting of a sterling silver
commemorative medallion marking the end of the American
Era will be presented to the board by Fund-raising Chairman,
Dorn Thomas. In addition, Dorn will present a final plan
recognizing donors to the Foundation. Recognition will be
tied to the level of donation. The medallion project is the
most ambitious fund-raising project attempted by the
Foundation. A limited number of medallions will be minted
and available for sale. The plan is for orders to be taken at
the 1999 Society Reunion with delivery at the end of the
American Era in December, 1999. Plans are to transit the
medallions on one of the final transits of the Canal under the
US flag and issue a certificate of authenticity to that effect
with each of the limited edition medallions. Further, the mint
will add a small amount of bronze from a piece of Canal
equipment in order to give the medallions a historically
museum. Members of the Society may wish to contact their
Congressional delegates asking for their support when, and
if, the matter comes before the legislative bodies. As the end
of the American Era approaches, the event will take on
increasing political and historical overtones. At this point,
a major contribution would be the official adoption of the
project as a U.S. Government/Citizen partnership and the
possible use by the museum of excess government
The Foundation is at a point where an increasing
number of inquiries are being received concerning when
artifacts can be safely accepted, catalogued and stored. With
the funds now on hand, the Foundation is able to lease a
relatively small secure storage space. This will allow some
initial receipts and storage. The plans to lease a larger office
space for a mini-museum where volunteer workers can
process the artifacts, the project is facing some potential
delays. Of the slightly more than the $10,000 now in the
Foundation accounts, over $6,000 was from five or six
individual donors. The remainder is made up of smaller
donations and the proceeds from the sale of collectible
magnets at the last two reunions. In order to approach
corporate donors or the government for large grants with any
degree of success, we must have a large donor base of the
population with the greatest interest in preserving the
memory of the Panama Canal. It is essential that more of
the individual Society members make significant
monetary donations to the Foundation and do so now
when we need to demonstrate clearly that the project has
wide grass roots support. Please do not delay. Send your
donation today to: Treasurer, Panama Canal Society
Foundation, PO Box 2179, Zephyrills, Florida 33539.
School Donor Competition
BHS Class of 1955 started a school donor competition when
they donated $100 to the museum. Other classes are meeting
that challenge, and the scorecard of donations is found on the
Museum Web Site, panamacanalmuseum.org. The results
at the time we go to press are as follows:
Panama Canal Memorial Museum
Canal Zone Schools Scoreboard
Canal Zone High School
BHS Class of 1970
BHS & CHS Class of 1954
BHS Class of 1955
BHS Class of 1961
Amount of Donation
Political Help for Foundation
President Wood has prepared letters to key members
of the Florida Congressional delegation and the newly elected
Governor, Jeb Bush, asking for assistance in establishing the
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REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 1999-2000
The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Inc. cnmnnopd of Mrs RPttv Fracrmi
:ing on the outside, and seal the envelope with
rn address in the upper left hand corner. Aff
it the Annual Business Meeting on July 2, 1S
Slate of Offic
In 1947, Ijoined my husband, Ben, in the C
s. When I returned to the Boston area, I s
:husetts Association of Insurance Women an(
insurance agency. I retired in 1984 and moved
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58. Upon graduation from BH
I was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and my father moved the family to the Panama
Canal Zone in 1960. I attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1970 and from the Canal Zone Junior College in 1973. I left the Canal Zone and came to
Florida where I graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1976. Then I
enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Clayton. After my discharge I moved to St.
Petersburg. I was chairperson for the PCSOFL Picnic and Christmas Tree Burning for two
years, and am chairperson for the Vendors for the 1999 Reunion. I am currently a member of
the Executive Board for 1998-1999 and hope to continue to serve the Society as 1st Vice
President. I work for the State of Florida and am married to Lauren (Sadock) Nehring of
St.Petersburg. As I1" Vice President, I hope to foster the growth of the Panama Canal Society
and uphold the traditions and memories of the Panama Canal Zone.
I'm a third generation Zonian, graduated from BHS in 1950, joined the Navy and served in the
Korean theater. After an honorary discharge I returned to the Canal Zone working for dock
security and resigned in 1956 to attend Canal Zone Junior College, graduating in 1958. I
graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi 1960 with a B.S. degree in Management
and Marketing and entered the Graduate Intern Program for the Panama Canal working for
Supply and Community Services Bureau, retiring in 1980 as a Buyer/Contracting Officer. In
1984 I established the Atlantic and Pacific PAC Post Offices for the Embassy/PCC until the
embassy obtained staffing positions. I was also the Manager for BPOE 1414 for four years. I
have served on the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Society; Nominating Committee
Chairman for two years and Registration for five years. I'm married to Mary Lou (Dailey). I
hope to keep and promote the memories of the Canal Zone through our younger members. My
motto is: Those who have drunk from the Chagres shall be prosperous and always be friends!
Darleen Woodruff Hunt is a third-generation 'Zonian' married to another third-
generation 'Zonian' and are related to the Lawyer, Woodruff, Hunt and Rathgeber clans, She
lived in Curundu, Balboa and La Boca and is a BHS'68 and CZC'70 graduate. She also attended
The University of Maryland. Being married to a career Army officer, traveling the globe on over
20 assignments, and raising three daughters, Lisa. Joanne and Kelly has made Darleen an expert
in adapting to different situations on a moment's notice. Darleen and nine others recently
formed a new corporation, Knott Limited which is an excess and surplus lines insurance
brokerage firm and she is the office manager/accountant which is just completing a very
successful first year. Settling in Tampa has afforded Darleen the chance to be a part of the
Panama Canal Society and she "looks forward to bringing a fresh, new look to an organization
that has served its members well. Her goal is to foster good-will between all of the generations
and continue to strengthen this great organization.
Paul V. Rozmeski
In 1954, Paul went to work for the Supply Division of the PCC then transferred to the CZ
Police and retired as a Detective in 1980. Paul was awarded the Distinguished Public Service
Award from the Panama Canal Company for 27 years of work with the Little League. He also
received the Outstanding Citizen Award for his community service. The Atlantic Side Chapter
of the BPOE named him Elk of the year. Paul and his wife, the former Lilia Flores, have three
sons, Joe, Jeff, and Robert. His service to the Panama Canal Society has been untiring. He has
served on the Executive Board from 1995/1996 and again in 1996/1997. He is currently on the
Executive Board as the Legislative Representative and Paul and Lilia are Co-Chairpersons of
the Mini Reunion for the 1999 Reunion. He is very interested in the establishment of the Canal
Society Foundation and will work toward seeing this accomplished. If elected to serve as 2nd
Vice President, Paul plans to expand the recruitment of younger members and provide
activities that will encourage them to become members and participate in Society activities.
Bill P. McLaughlin
Born and raised in the Canal Zone, I graduated from BHS in 1970. I worked for the CZ
Schools Division until the beginning of treaty implementations, then transferred to the Army
where I was Special Events Coordinator for the last seven years in Panama. I coordinated the
Annual 4" of July Activities and was Activities and Director of Community Activities Fairs.
I retired in 1996 with 25 years Service. I received the "Commander's Award for Civilian
Service" and the "Meritorious Civilian Service Award". After retirement, I became very
active with the World Wide Web; learned to create web pages and am owner/publisher of
Canal Zone Images-Home of the Panama Canal Cyber Museum web site. I am also the Web
Publisher of the Panama Canal Society and Panama Canal Memorial Museum web sites. My
goals in life are to support the memories of the Canal Zone through these web sites and through
the Society in any capacity. I am married to Margaret (Lowery) and have a 14 year-old
daughter Allison. We live in Floral City and I am employed by the Central Florida Community
Born in the Canal Zone, I attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High
School with the class of 1963. Upon graduation from high school I attended Oklahoma State
Tech, after which I returned to the Canal Zone and began working with a Plumber Contractor
renovating housing in Balboa. Subsequently I joined the U.S. Navy and became a SeaBee
assigned to Viet Nam. Upon my discharge from the Navy I moved to Florida and am now
settled in Wesley Chapel, near Tampa. I have a son, Chris S. III, and have served on the
Executive Board and several committees in support of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
I wish to contribute more as a Director in helping to keep the Society actively engaged in
fostering new and more members for the future, in a user-friendly Society.
I was stationed in the Canal Zone in 1959, serving with the U.S. Air Force, and upon discharge
was employed with the C.Z. Postal Service, working in many different post offices on the
Isthmus. I left the C.Z. in 1978 as General Foreman, Air Mail Facility, Balboa, then transferred
to DOD as Operations Officer for the Military Postal Service Agency in New York. After nine
years I transferred to the U.S. Post Office in Orlando, where I was supervisor, Mail Processing
at the GMF. I retired in 1992 with 34 years government service. My hobbies include scuba
diving, golf and sports car racing, and served as president of the Isthmian Autosports
Association and was a member of IAA for 12 years. I was on the Carnavalito Committee in
1991 and 1992 and on the Dance Committee for the Annual Reunion in 1991. I reside in
Auburndale, Florida with my wife, Vicki Sizemore (BHS'70). I am honored to be chosen as
an officer for the Society. My goal is to maintain the high standards set by past officers of the
Society and to promote the principles and purposes set in the preamble of the Society's Bylaws.
A 6hism Cumsse hi
The six most important words: "I admit I made a
The five most important words. "You did a good
The four most important words: "What is your
The three most important words: "If you please." '
The two most important words: "Thank you."
The one most important word: "We."
The least important word: "" Panama Viejo
SLATE OF OFFICERS 1999-2000
Mail in Ballot
1st V. Pres
2nd V. Pres
(Vote for 2)
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O1 STEVE NEHRING [I PETER LANG __
0 DARLENE HUNT ] PAUL ROZMESKI __
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Balboa High School
Attn: Transcript Clerk
VITAL STATISTICS APO AA 34002
Cristobal High School transcripts must be requested
The Vital Statistics Unit issues only certificates of through the DSO Office:
District Superintendent's Office
births and deaths occurring in the former Canal Zone from Superintendent's Office
1904 through September 30, 1979. The fee is $2.00 for each Unit #0925
certified copy requested. Money orders only will be accepted APO AA 34002
made payable to the Treasurer, Panama Canal Commission.
Requests must be made in writing to the following address:
Vital Statistics Unit After Balboa High School closes in June 1999,
Panama Canal Commission copies of transcripts and student records may be obtained
APO AA 34011-2300 through the following address:
Educational Testing Service
Attn: Rena Karlin
Marriage records have been transferred to P.O. Box 6605
the following address:
National Archives at College Park Princeton, New Jersey o8541-6605
Civilian Records Branch (NWCTC)
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001 SOCIETY
Make your request as follows:
Please furnish certified copies of the following Canal ON THE INTERNET
Zone District Court record found in Accession Number NN3-
185-98-009 Thanks to two of our pioneering young members who
DESCRIPTION OF RECORD are experts in Cyberspace, the Society has had a web site on
Type of Document: (Marriage Certificate) the internet for over a year. Matt Armistead developed the
Name of Parties: (Male and Female) first Society Home Page after former 2nd VP Chuck
Date of marriage: Hummer got board approval for the experiment. On the
Marriage License No.: basis of that success the web site continues. Matt posted
Location of Marriage: (Balboa or Cristobal) Society membership eligibility, applications and calendars of
Please forward the requested documents to: events. He also started a guest book, notice board and a chat
Signed, name and date. room called the Zonelink.
The numbers of applications resulting from the internet
Medical Records are no longer in Panama Canal exposure and the increase in registrations at the Annual
Commission custody and have been transferred. Outpatient Reunion are clear evidence that the Society has effectively
and inpatient medical records up to 1982 may be obtained reached new audiences with its internet presence.
from the following address: When Matt left his Air Force job and entered the civilian
Federal Records Center (NARA) job market, he asked to have someone else to take over this
1557 St. Joseph Avenue fledgling project. Bill McLaughlin, another Society
East Point, GA 30344 member with extensive internet experience offered to take
To obtain medical records after 1982, write to the over as the Society Webmaster and remains in that capacity.
following address, making your request under the Freedom He has completely revamped the page and added new
of Information Act.: features, while retaining the most popular of the existing
National Personnel Records Center features. He sponsored the Panama Canal Cybermuseum and
9700 Page Boulevard is also a director of the new Panama Canal Society
St. Louis, MO 63132 Foundation. Bill and Matt typify the participation of our
To obtain medical records from either place, younger more technologically inclined members in
provide enough information to identify requester and medical promoting the Society.
charts in question. Besides the web site, there are a number of other web
All vital records will be transferred before the year sites specializing in Panama Canal subjects. Recipes, chat
2000. Information for the final destination of these records rooms, news from Panama, photographs, and poems are just
will be published and the United States Consulate may also some of the myriad Canal-related material on these sites.
be contacted for reference. Some of the more extensive and professionally presented
Pancansociety.org (our own site)
School Transcripts must be requested in writing by Fax CZImages.com (Bill's site)
(507-272-5060) or by Mail to the following address. There CZBrats.com (Leslie Hendrick's site)
is no charge at this time: Panamacanalmuseum.org (The museum site)
Zonian.com (Joe Duvall's site)
LostParadise.com (Matt's site)
The URL or address of the Home Page is
www.pancanalsociety.org. An example of the use of the
Society site was pretty well shown in the statistics for
November 1998, when nearly 1,400 people signed on the
site. In December, over 500 signed on the relatively new jf
Panama Canal Society Foundation's museum site.
As time goes on, the Society hopes to expand its
services and presence on the internet. We now have Email
access to the Society office, Barbara Green can be reached
at email@example.com and Pat Beall can be reached at
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
November 6, 1998
Meeting was called to order at 11:57 a.m. by
President Tom Peterson with 65 members attending. ,
followed by the invocation and Pledge to the Flag and a
moments of silence for those departed. Meeting was
adjourned at 11:40 a.m. for a covered dish lunch. Meeting
resumed at 12:32 p,m,
Mrs. Jordan mentioned upcoming fund raiser for
grandson of Gilbert and Pauline Smith who has cancer.
Motion made by Charles Hummer to accept minutes as
read, seconded by Barbara Peterson. Financial Statement
stands for audit.
The president introduced Elaine (Vestal) Lewis,
hired to assist Secretary and Editor. Society signed new
office lease in same building, and he has received an inquiry
regarding value of old French Canal Certificates.
Faith Brundage reported all committees getting
ready for 1999 reunion. Reservation forms will be in
December Canal Record, reminding all to make reservations
Muriel Whitman reminded all of Christmas
Luncheon December 5th.
Carnavalito forms are on tables. Mr. O'Donnell
said dinner/dance will cost $24/person. The Thunderbird
Hotel has been arranged for those spending the night.
Nominating Committee to present slate of officers
at December Luncheon and nominations from the floor are
in order at that time.
Mr. Roy Culbreth, Bylaws Chairperson stated 55
ballots received for Amendment XII, 50 voted "yes" and 5
voted "no". Amendment passed. He pointed out that with
over 5,000 members, only 5 percent determined what should
be done for the entire Society. The Bylaws Committee is in
the process of revising entire Bylaws and hopes members
will show an interest and vote on the upcoming amendments.
On behalf of Bowen-Keppie Travel and Delta
Airlines, Mr. Foster presented the Society with one round
trip ticket for use at any Society function or in connection
with air travel for musicians for 1999 reunion. A letter of
appreciation will be sent to Mr. Steve Peterson of Bowen-
Mr. Charles Hummer gave a report on status of the
Museum Foundation. A report to be published in December
Canal Record. Storage places are being looked into for
memorabilia collected. Kibby Bouche has been named
Founding Director and contact will be made with various
Congressmen and Senators for assistance in establishing the
The president announced that the recommendation
for Distinguished Service Award for Barbara Green has
been published. The required approval by the membership
was moved by Charles Hummer and seconded by Jay
Cain. Motion passed.
The president thanked Olga Disharoon and her
committee for presenting the covered dish lunch and to Stella
DeMarr for playing the accordion.
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist made a motion to destroy
ballots for Amendment XII, seconded by Barbra Peterson.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
December 5, 1998
Christmas Luncheon/Meeting was held at Holiday
Inn Select, with 130 members and guests attending.. Called
to order at 12:00 by President Peterson, followed by
Invocation and Pledge to the Flag with Moment of silence
for those departed. Adjourned at 12:05 for lunch and
reconvened at 1:30 p.m. with entertainment by "Ladies in
Blue" singing group. Chuck Hummer moved to waive
minutes being read, seconded by Bob Johnson. Financial
Statement stands for audit.
President advised members of Society Office
moving next door and called on officers and chairpersbns for
their reports. Mr. Hummer gave status report on plans for the
Panama Canal Museum.. Mrs. Green reported Lori King
had resigned as Office Assistant and Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
hired on December 1. Bob Johnson moved that volunteers
who helped with the move be provided with lunch, seconded
by Dorothy Yocum. Passed.
Chairperson for Reunion Thursday night Disco,
Betty Frassrand reported it is free to everyone. Co-Chair-
person is Jacque Vowell. As Lodging chairperson, she
reminded all to reserve hotel early.
SLATE OF OFFICERS 1999-2000
Mail in Ballot
1st V. Pres
2nd V. Pres
(Vote for 2)
NOMINATING COMM. NOMINATED FROM WRITE-IN
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O STEVE NEHRING O PETER LANG _
U DARLENE HUNT [ PAUL ROZMESKI _
O BILL McLAUGHLIN O CHRIS SKEIE _
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NOTE: BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JUNE 22, 1999
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The Vital Statistics Unit issues only certificates of
births and deaths occurring in the former Canal Zone from
1904 through September 30, 1979. The fee is $2.00 for each
certified copy requested. Money orders only will be accepted
made payable to the Treasurer, Panama Canal Commission.
Requests must be made in writing to the following address:
Vital Statistics Unit
Panama Canal Commission
APO AA 34011-2300
Marriage records have been transferred to
the following address:
National Archives at College Park
Civilian Records Branch (NWCTC)
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Make your request as follows:
Please furnish certified copies of the following Canal
Zone District Court record found in Accession Number NN3-
DESCRIPTION OF RECORD
Type of Document: (Marriage Certificate)
Name of Parties: (Male and Female)
Date of marriage:
Marriage License No.:
Location of Marriage: (Balboa or Cristobal)
Please forward the requested documents to:
Signed, name and date.
Medical Records are no longer in Panama Canal
Commission custody and have been transferred. Outpatient
and inpatient medical records up to 1982 may be obtained
from the following address:
Federal Records Center (NARA)
1557 St. Joseph Avenue
East Point, GA 30344
To obtain medical records after 1982, write to the
following address, making your request under the Freedom
of Information Act.:
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132
To obtain medical records from either place,
provide enough information to identify requester and medical
charts in question.
All vital records will be transferred before the year
2000. Information for the final destination of these records
will be published and the United States Consulate may also
be contacted for reference.
School Transcripts must be requested in writing by Fax
(507-272-5060) or by Mail to the following address. There
is no charge at this time:
Balboa High School
Attn: Transcript Clerk
APO AA 34002
Cristobal High School transcripts must be requested
through the DSO Office:
District Superintendent's Office
Attn: Modesto Van Horn
APO AA 34002
After Balboa High School closes in June 1999,
copies of transcripts and student records may be obtained
through the following address:
Educational Testing Service
Attn: Rena Karlin
P.O. Box 6605
Princeton, New Jersey o8541-6605
ON THE INTERNET
Thanks to two of our pioneering young members who
are experts in Cyberspace, the Society has had a web site on
the internet for over a year. Matt Armistead developed the
first Society Home Page after former 2nd VP Chuck
Hummer got board approval for the experiment. On the
basis of that success the web site continues. Matt posted
Society membership eligibility, applications and calendars of
events. He also started a guest book, notice board and a chat
room called the Zonelink.
The numbers of applications resulting from the internet
exposure and the increase in registrations at the Annual
Reunion are clear evidence that the Society has effectively
reached new audiences with its internet presence.
When Matt left his Air Force job and entered the civilian
job market, he asked to have someone else to take over this
fledgling project. Bill McLaughlin, another Society
member with extensive internet experience offered to take
over as the Society Webmaster and remains in that capacity.
He has completely revamped the page and added new
features, while retaining the most popular of the existing
features. He sponsored the Panama Canal Cybermuseum and
is also a director of the new Panama Canal Society
Foundation. Bill and Matt typify the participation of our
younger more technologically inclined members in
promoting the Society.
Besides the web site, there are a number of other web
sites specializing in Panama Canal subjects. Recipes, chat
rooms, news from Panama, photographs, and poems are just
some of the myriad Canal-related material on these sites.
Some of the more extensive and professionally presented
Pancansociety.org (our own site)
CZImages.com (Bill's site)
CZBrats.com (Leslie Hendrick's site)
Panamacanalmuseum.org (The museum site)
Zonian.com (Joe Duvall's site)
LostParadise.com (Matt's site)
11ie UL 01 auuress 01 LIM I uinC ragU IN
www.pancanalsociety.org. An example of the use of the
Society site was pretty well shown in the statistics for
November 1998, when nearly 1,400 people signed on the
site. In December, over 500 signed on the relatively new
Panama Canal Society Foundation's museum site.
As time goes on, the Society hopes to expand its
services and presence on the internet. We now have Email
access to the Society office, Barbara Green can be reached
at firstname.lastname@example.org and Pat Beall can be reached at
Highlights of Minutes from Re!
November 6, 1998
Meeting was called to order at 11:57 a.m. by Museum Foundat
President Tom Peterson with 65 members attending. Canal Record. S
followed by the invocation and Pledge to the Flag and a memorabilia coll
moments of silence for those departed. Meeting was Founding Directc
adjourned at 11:40 a.m. for a covered dish lunch. Meeting Congressmen and
resumed at 12:32 p,m, museum.
Mrs. Jordan mentioned upcoming fund raiser for The pres
grandson of Gilbert and Pauline Smith who has cancer. for Distinguished
Motion made by Charles Hummer to accept minutes as been published. I
read, seconded by Barbara Peterson. Financial Statement was moved by (
stands for audit. Cain. Motion pas
The president introduced Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, The press
hired to assist Secretary and Editor. Society signed new committee for pre!
office lease in same building, and he has received an inquiry DeMarr for playi
regarding value of old French Canal Certificates. Mrs. Jai
Faith Brundage reported all committees getting- ballots for Amend
ready for 1999 reunion. Reservation forms will be in Meeting was adjo
December Canal Record, reminding all to make reservations December 5, 1991
Muriel Whitman reminded all of Christmas Christme
Luncheon December 5th. Inn Select, with 1:
Carnavalito forms are on tables. Mr. O'Donnell to order at 12:0
said dinner/dance will cost $24/person. The Thunderbird Invocation and PI
Hotel has been arranged for those spending the night. for those depart
Nominating Committee to present slate of officers reconvened at 1:3
Ms. Frassrand presented slate of officers for 1999- January 8, 1999
2000. President: Faith Brundage Meeting held
1" Vice Pres. Steven Nehring.(R. Culbreth Petersburg, Florida.
declined) and Pledge to the Fl
2nd Vice Pres. Darlene Hunt meeting adjourned I
Directors: Ed Wardlow/Bill McLaughlin. and reconvened at
All rules as set forth in Bylaws were adhered to. minutes; date for C
Members of Nominating Committee included Margot minutes, seconded z
Jordan and Robert Russell appointed by Executive Board; for audit.
and Nancy Van Siclen and Ray Wheeler nominated from President Pete
membership. complete; same buil
President opened floor for nominations. James from Barbara Gr
O'Donnell nominated Roy Culbreth for president, Betty Rupert Turner, S
Snow seconded. President called twice for nominations and hard to save the co
closed after none forthcoming. President called for Reunion Coord
nominations for 1st Vice President. Robert Johnson chairpersons report
nominated Peter Lang, seconded by John Whitman. The Rozmeski reported
President called twice for nominations and closed after none Turner reported LU
forthcoming. President called for nominations for 2nd Vice Father Pretto for An
President. Muriel Whitman nominated Paul Rozmeski, golf course will b
seconded by Carolyn Johnson. President called twice for Invitational. Jim 0'
nominations and closed after none forthcoming. In from 2:00 to 4:00 p
nominations for Directors, Steve Nehring nominated Chris Jim O'Donnel
Skeie, seconded by Muriel Whitman. President called twice Treasure Island Y;
for nominations and closed after none forthcoming. Collins stated the NV
Jim O'Donnell reminded all about Carnavalito on Yacht Club on May
February 7th at Treasure island Tennis and Yacht Club. The guests due to space
Christmas Tree Bum is scheduled for December 26 at Eckerd members who are il
College. Barbara Gret
Door prizes were awarded. Delta Airline r/t ticket visits to Society wel
won by Kenneth Morris. Grand prize of 3 days 2 nights Chuck Humm
donated by Holiday Inn Select won by Rupert Turner. on the Foundation
President thanked Mrs. Whitman and her be in March Canal I
committee of Olga Disharoon, Lori King, Lois Jones, is available and nov
Dorothy Pate, Faith Brundage and Carolyn Johnson for Faith Brunda
great luncheon. Meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m. reported on the ann
90 people attended.
Meeting was ac
Some members keep their organization strong
While others join to belong. December 5'h at the
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Clearewater Yacht Club
on May 1, 1999!
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will hold its May SPRING LUNCHEON on Saturday, May 1, 1999
at the Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 Bayway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida.
There will be a Cash Bar from 11:30 a.m. until lunch is served in the main dining room. Cash bar charges
are $2.25 $2.65 for House brands; $3.25 for call brands and $3.50 for wine. A short business meeting to follow at
1:30 p.m. Cost of the LUNCH is $14.00 which includes tax and gratuity, to include a Three Salad Plate of Shrimp,
Chicken Almondine and Tuna, garnished with Fruit, Rolls, Tea, Coffee and Assorted desserts.
The luncheon is limited to 100 persons due to space limitations, and parking is available, however it is
suggested that car-pooling be used as much as possible to avoid any parking problems with other patrons of
the Yacht Club.
We hope to see you on May 1s', so please jot the date on your calendar so that you won't forget to make your
reservations. RESERVATIONS or requests for REFUNDS must be in the office by April 27, 1999.
Directions to the Clearwater Yacht Club are as follows: On Route 60, a continuation of Cleveland Street,
proceed West over Garden Causeway (Memorial Causeway) to Clearwater Beach. Turn left onto Gulfview Blvd. and
proceed to the Hess Gas Station, where there is a "V". Bear to the left of the "V" and the Yacht Club is two blocks
ahead on your left. If you are coming from Belleair Beach proceed north on Gulf Blvd. until Bayway Blvd. then turn
right onto Bayway Blvd.
There will be door prizes. Any questions ?, please call Anna Collins at (727) 894-8484.
PCSOFL SPRING LUNCHEON
May 1, 1999
Clearwater Yacht Club, Clearwater Beach, Florida
Member Name Membership No.___
Please make Reservations at $14.00 each. Total enclosed: $
Names of Guests (Please print)
DEADLINE: April 27, 1999
Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL
PCSAOFL Regular Meeting P 1' l Rguilar Meeting
-RESERVED r- 0o
March 5, 1999
St. ~ es pieopad &d June 4, 1999
2500 1e SS St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16" Street
St, P5eteur, 7)i St. Petersburg, Florida
oewed Di at 11:30 a. Covered Dish at 11:30 a.m.
%iee at 12:30 /, W. Meeting at 12:30 p.m.
PCSOFL Bguar Meeting Annual Reunion
April 9, 1999
St. Jede's Episcopal Church
250016h Street June 30 July 4, 1999
2500 16h treet
St. petersburg, Florida Orado Wd C ene Martt
Covered Dish at 11:30 a.m. Wod Ceter vD.ie
Regular Meeting at 12.30 p.m. Oando, Floida 32821
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Anita Janssen St. Marys Star
By Tara Potzler
(Anita Janssen is the daughter of Alberta Harris who was
employed in the Administration Building for many years and
is the granddaughter of Hugh V. Powers, early Canal
Running a newspaper in a small town with a small
staff can be a challenge Anita Janssen has been meeting each
week for more than 25 years.
Janssen is the publisher and editor of the St. Marys
Star in St. Marys, Kansas. Part of her success is the obvious
enjoyment she gets from producing the paper each week.
"I like the creativity, the challenge," she said. "I like
seeing the end product. Sometimes I like to work under
tension to get things done. The work is better as long as the
rope isn't too tight." She also credits a "really good support
group" of her employees in making the paper a success.
In addition to the newspaper, The Star also has a
teleservice, a voice recording, updated daily that residents
can call to get information about community activities. This
works well for last-minute announcements or events that
happen after the newspapers deadline. A local business will
sponsor the service for a fee of $1 per month to cover the
cost of operating.
Prior to purchasing The Star, Janssen had no
experience in journalism. She and her first husband, Roy,
bought the paper and began running it on April Fool's Day,
about a newspaper from hands-on experience and by trial and
"We used everything we had in the first issue,"
Janssen said. One of the first things the couple did was to try
to focus on important news facing the community, and to
move away from a lot of the social news that many small
papers rely on. The community of St. Marys is like many in
Kansas largely agricultural, with many family-owned
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like a 100-year anniversary.
A small Kansas town hasn't always been Janssen's
home. She was born and grew up in the Panama Canal
Zone. Her grandfather moved there in 1912 after answering
an ad for construction crews. Shortly after, Janssen's grand-
mother and mother, who was five at the time, moved down
with him. Her mother grew up, married and had three
children; Janssen is the oldest. She said living there didn't
seem unusual while she was growing up.
"We had no basis for comparison," Janssen said.
The family lived inside the Canal Zone, operated by the U.S.
After she graduated from high school, she attended
college in the United States. She was intending to study
elementary education, with a major in religious education.
She returned only once to Panama, when she was in college.,
but would like to go back before the U.S. government turns
the Canal over to the Panamanians in December 1999.
Janssen never had any formal education in
journalism, and what she learned about running a newspaper
she learned from hands-on experience. "I didn't think I
would ever own a newspaper."
Today she is the ninth editor the paper had since it
was chartered as the St. Marys Star in 1884. She's controlled
its content since 1972, except for a 16-month period when
Janssen and her first husband sold the paper on contract.
Because the man they signed the contract with managed the
paper so poorly, The Star lost about half of its subscribers
during that period. The couple then took back the paper and
repaired the damage. The response from the community since
then has been positive.
"People have come back to support the paper," she
said. "The community receives the paper very well."
While Janssen wears many hats at the paper, she
also has an active life outside the paper. She is now married
to Art Janssen, a soil conservationist, and between them they
have six children scattered throughout the country, four
grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, with two more
on the way.
Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media Newsletter
,L BUILDERS. Maintenance
it Sally Oakley finishes a
s the efforts of thousands of
t the Canal. The idea for the The cruise ,
Administrative officer Danaliz Royal Carib
it administrative services last April 15
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lemorate the 84th anniversary record was
WHERE ARE YOUP
NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY!
WHERE ARE YOU?
Blanca Alejandro Inna Hernandez
Robert Bartel Gay Hogan
Manuel J. Berrocal
Iva Jean Bolin
Eleanor Jane Buel
Elsa Lee Chang
Emma J. Clement
Joe W. Crawford
Maria T. Doran
Fred Durling Jr.
George J. Ford
Egbert C. Jones Jr.
Carol Ann Kepford
Keith Kreth Thelma Townshend
Robert G. Leggit Katherine A. Ward
David Long Ruth T. Warren
Roseann Marion Fred Weimer
Earnes Melancon Louis Williams Jr.
Barbara A. Woods Roy Gaul
Victoria Mizrachi Perry R. Young
Pedro Moreno Jr.Dolores Zimmerman
Paul Mullen Yolanda Orsini
Paula Mumma Jean Gardner
Dorothy Neteel Barbara Gey
John E. Nixon Barbara G. Golden
Patrick Ochoa Burt Page
LOST CLASSMATES OF CHS 1979
Doris Acosta R.
Eneida Acosta R.
Ernesto A. Barker
Guillermo Barker S.
Delcia Bowen J.
Hernando Brin I.
Elvia E. Brown
Nitzia I. Burrell
Giovanna Butler R.
Delcia Campbell R.
Sherry A. Chacon
Norma Clarke N.
Roberto Clarke N.
Amira Cohen R.
Jaime Cover S.
Simone N. Curtis
Sheila A. Davis
Rigoberto Gomez C
John B. Good
Alexis Goodridge C
Lori J. Hanes
Amelia Hartley R.
Roxanne D. Hawkin!
Carol P. Henry
Paula L. Hershey
Maria F. Irion
Jean Claude Jordi
Estela M. Koyner
Juliana Landers A.
Michael F. Lopez
John L. MacNeil
Mary M. MacNeil
Ovidio Machado H.
Jr. Zoraida Martinez
Mona I Medina
Laura L. Meyer
David G. Minehart
Cynthia L. Patton
Maricela Rajo 0.
Rogelio P. Ramsey
Michele Reece M.
s Enrico Richards B.
Craig N. Riordan
Sandra J. Smith
Sandra L. Stanley
Tania V. Steele
Emilia Tom I.
Maria F. Viloria
Kenneth Willis Jr.
Please let the committee listed below know of known
addresses, telephone or email addresses of those
classmates missing. We want to include everyone in
our 20th High School Reunion.
Lynnette (Leni) Stokes
10511 Ashley Oaks Dr.
Riverview, FL 33569
Elva (Moolchan) Grant
If you know the addresses of the above classmates, or if they
have passed on, please let us know. Thanks.
Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury
BHS Class of 1950 Reunion
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21E
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599
(409) 564-0620 Fax (409)569-2514
Joan (Powell) Arndt
9770 S.W. 198th Cir.
LOST CLASSMATES OF BHS 1949
Acoca, Mary Sol
Childress, Jo Ann
Please advise the committee member listed below
of known addresses or telephone numbers of those
801 Pine Street
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
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own research) through An Armed Forces Locator
Directory, by Lt. Col. Richard S. Johnson. It is
available through a publisher and it is published by
MIE Publishing, P.O. Box 340081, San Antonio, Texas
78234, cataloged as ISBN 1-877639-11-7. It may cost
a couple of dollars but it is very informative and will
lead you in the right direction. Some of the
information covered is: How to locate anyone, (civilian
or military), How to locate people for a military
reunion, How to locate retired members of the Armed
Forces, and much more.
BHS'48 Still Missing Food for Thought:
Wm. O. Alexander Jane N. Hanford. Beatriz Quintero
Fred Aydlett Jean M. Hanford James Russell Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody
James J. Ball Dorothy Harrison David C. Ryan
Dorothy Bower Nancy Heffington Darrel B. Seeley
Ben Burns Barbara Hentgen Marilyn S. Sisson There was an important job to be done and Everybody
Homer Min Jen Chen Robert D. Homer Elvia Suazo
Peter Min Chung Chen Fred J. Horton Franklin E. Tillman was sure that Somebody would do it.
Maxine Couchman John E. Johnson III Carlos Tong Anybody could have done it, but nobody did it.
Clarence Crenshaw James A. Jolley John L. Toone Somebody got angry about that because it was
Jose M. Garcia DelBusto John D. Landers Aurora Uribe everybody's job.
Wm. P. Edwards Carlos Maldonado Patricia A. Vesser
Genoveva Fonseca Elizabeth L. McNew Audrey Wagner Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody
Beryl M. Garnas Ramona Muller John H. Wallace realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
Nydia Gonzalez Clifford B. Weaver Isabel Washburn It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when
If anyone knows the whereabouts of those listed above, Nobody did what ANYBODY COULD HAVE DONE!
please notify either of the following:
Barbara Fritz Reyle Ruth Rose Foster
10518 Providence Way 10397 N. Ranch Hand Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22030-3106 Dunnellon, FL 34433 SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
(703) 273-2654 (352) 489-3264
Canal Records and correspondence have been returned
from the following members. Any information regarding
LOOKING FOR RAY QUIRK new mailing addresses will be appreciated.
Ray Quirk came to the Canal Zone in the late 50's Christian Adauto
from Scott AFB. He went to Canal Zone schools.
Does anyone know where he is now? Please notify NEW SOCIETY FAX
Karen Lee, 616 N. "J" Street, Lakeworth, Florida727 319;=593
33460. 727 -319-8593
Your Reporter Says ...
Bob. Cheryl worked with Dave Saunders at the Civilian
SALA BA M A Personnel Office in Corozal, so he and his wife, Ann, drove
A LA A A up from Gulf Shores for dinner and a nice long visit.
Now that the Holidays are over, our Dothanites are
home, but planning future trips. Arlene Abbott, Edna
Kovel and Edna O'Donnell, left this week for Las Vegas.
We wish them the very best of luck. Stella Nita tells us that
her granddaughter, Kristen (Hotz) Quigley was promoted to
Senior Electronic Graphic Operator with ESPN. She went to
Australia for the President's Cup Golf Tournament where
she was responsible for some highlights specialty shows as
well as the Sports Center segments. Kristen is the daughter
of Dr. Helen and Tim Hotz. She and her husband live in
In September, Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox
from Ocala, Florida, visited Bob and Vicki (Hutchison)
Boukalis in Foley, Alabama. While the men went off to
watch drag races in Huntsville, the ladies had lunch in
Fairhope with Forest (Wise) Robberson, Pauline "Polly" L-R: Diane (Hutchison) Cox, Vicki (Hutchison)
Wise and Lillian Abell. Unfortunately, Dianne and Jerry's Boukalis, Forest (Wise) Robberson, Polly Wise, and
visit was cut short with the anticipated arrival of hurricane Lillian Abell.
Georges. In October, Robert and Cheryl (Peterson)
Russell from Valrico, FL, spent one night with Vicki and Dolores Cleveland
News for the Canal Record from Fayetteville and
Springdale, AR, Louis Sommers, President of the Panama
Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas, reported that the Jones
Family Center in Springdale has already been reserved for
the Father's Day picnic and the autumn luncheon.
Louis delivers for Sears and recently delivered merchandise
to one of the Pan Canal people, Addie Colclasure, of
Keith York is recovering at home after several
weeks in the Washington Regional Hospital following a
Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger reported that one of
her sons, Michael K. Todd, 45, had passed away June 1,
1998. She and her daughter, Susan, went to Tucson, AZ to
help with funeral arrangements. They also spent time with
her other two sons, Bob and David, and with her
grandchildren and great grandchildren. In October, Nancy
went to Ontario, CA, and spent ten days with her cousin,
Betty (Crooks) Ingram. She enjoyed singing with the
Melowdians, a senior citizen choir, which Betty directs, and
who really love to sing. Nancy even got to accompany one
of their numbers on the piano.
Frances Whitlock celebrated Christmas several
times this season. The latter part of October, her and son-in-
law, Jacqueline and Marcel Werbroucka, from
Misharwaka, IN, came for a visit, and they enjoyed an early
gift exchange. On Christmas Day, Judi Daily entertained 18
members of the family for dinner and they spent a festive day
together. On December 29, Frances' daughter, Andre Lee
Collins, and grand daughter, Ginger Collins, came from St.
Louis, for a visit over New Years and to help Frances
celebrate her 90'h birthday on January 5, 1999.
The Minneapolis branch of the Maedl family,
spanning three generations, the youngest being Lauren
Elizabeth Krough, five months old. The occasion was to
help Carl Maedl celebrate his 90th birthday, which was
January 14. An informal reception was held in the
Convocation Room at Butterfield Trail Village for family
and friends on January 16.
Sandy, Grandson Curt, Kim and children of Allen, TX and
grandson, Doug, from Santa Cruz, CA. She also enjoyed
getting the email addresses.
Kathleen and Willard Huffman drove down to
Russellville, AR with Kathy's parents, Mary and Norman
Stephens and met with Kathy and Will for a pre-Christmas
lunch. They picked up Santa's presents and had a nice visit.
They are planning a gambling trip to Tunica, MS, at the end
of the month. Gretta Vowell reports that Joe is building
himself a combo garage and workshop. Also, she retired in
early December from her job as Public Health Nurse. Alice
Nail spent the holidays at home. Son-in-law cooked black-
eye peas and corn bread to welcome in the New Year.
Jack and Joan Corliss had family home for
Christmas. A bus tour of the Pacific Northwest is planned
for later this year. Herb Engelke, Jr. tells us that his father,
Herb, Sr., after a brief stay in the hospital battling pneumonia,
has moved in with Herb, Jr. and his family at 3712 Lehman
Court, Rogers, AR 72758.
Lynn and Jess Harp had many visitors for
Christmas. Bill and Betty Dunning, Freda Stohrer, Carol
Schwenke and son Mathew, daughter, Montgomery and
her daughter, Tracy and granddaughter, Margaret were
among the group. A good time was had by all.
Michael and Henrietta Horoda spent the holidays
in Texas with all the family in attendance. However, they
had to leave early to avoid the ice storm in southwest
Arkansas and Texas. Betty McGilberry spent a quiet
Christmas with family at home. Polly Michaelis had her
granddaughter, Tiffany Snyder, stop by on her way to
Austin, TX, after graduating from college in New York, and
left two cats for Polly to cat-sit. Son, Gregory and wife,
Charmine and children, Cristina and Stephanie spent
Christmas with Polly in Rogers, AR. They got home safely
in spite of the storms. Richard Cressy and wife spent the
holidays at home. Bud Balcer drove to Bossier City, LA to
have Thanksgiving dinner with son, Paul Rhoads and his
family. He couldn't make the trip for Christmas until the 26th
because of ice storms, but the Christmas celebration was held
over the weekend.
Robert (Bud) Balcer
The annual get-together of our group will be held
June 20, 1999, Father's Day, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the
Jones Family Center, 922 East Eamma Avenue, Springdale,
AR, according to President Bibby Summers.
Dorothy Sanders had the Sanders group from
Texas for Thanksgiving dinner. Then for the Christmas
holidays, she flew to Dallas, where son, Bruce, picked her
up. Those in attendance for the holidays were Bruce and
The Panama Canal Society of Southern California
held its annual Christmas Luncheon meeting at the Holiday
Inn hotel in Laguna Hills, CA on December 6, 1998. There
were 97 attendees including Alois and Priscilla (Gorgas)
Pastor, Betty Sue Gorgas and Lilli (Gorgas) Hunter, who
have not attended the luncheon meetings in a long time. The
highlight of the meeting was David Hollowell's slide show
of his trip to Panama last year. The slide show included
photos of the Atlantic and Pacific sides, the interior as well
as a video of a ceremony for the Roosevelt Medal holder
descendants. The slide show was a big hit and for those of
us who have not been to the Canal Zone in many years, it
was like going home again and renewing old memories and
friendships. Our next luncheon meeting will be on Sunday,
May 2, 1999.
Kathleen Bennett writes that on the 3rd of
November, 1998, Fresia and Charles (Buddy) Magee threw
a "real" Tres de Noviembre party in their new home in
Oceanside, CA. "Real", meaning empanadas, chicken and
rice, plantain and other wonderful things to eat, including
cake made to look like the Panama flag. Attending were
many "Panamaniacs" from Panama and California, including
Tommy O'Donnell, Kathleen and Court Bennett. The
Magee clan and spouses Peggy Keller, Charles and Fresia,
Anne Severy, John and Phylis were center stage. It appears
as if this may be the beginning of a new tradition. Kathleen
Bennett's daughter, Terry (Dyer) Godfrey, husband, Steve
and baby Briget will be returning from a tour in England
where Terry was sent by INTEL to be a the Manager of
Budgets and Planning. Eileen Petersen wrote to tell us she
is happy and doing well in Columbus, Ohio. Betty Jo
Underwood is now living in Bloomington, Indiana. Martha
Browder has moved back east to Leesburg, Virginia to be
closer to her sons.
If any one has news from Southern California,
please send it to P.O. Box 33244, Los Angles, CA 90033-
The West Coast Reunion was held in San Diego,
CA. on September 26, 1998. The last reunion in California
was wonderful, fantastic, fabulous! Cannot find enough
superlatives to describe our latest reunion. The group was
small but enthusiastic and TALK, TALK, TALK. No one
could get a word in edgewise. The food was delicious and
plentiful and the decorations were out of this world,
compliments to Ted and Beth Sundquist. The dance band
was the best with 40's and 50's music. The weather
cooperated, of course, and with our setting on part of San
Diego Bay, it couldn't have been better. We even had three
tables of multi-generational "Gatun Gang", organized by
John David and Mary Fisher. To those who donated
towards our memory grab-bag, thank you! Don't forget us in
Sunday morning we were in for a treat. Many, many
thanks to Roger and Rochelle Thompson of Arizona for
hosting and cooking a delicious brunch on the deck of their
condo in Pacific Beach. Nothing could have been more
welcome or appreciated You missed a wonderful time. To
those, who through illness, death and age couldn't join us,
we missed you. We are still looking for a few more bodies
to help on the committee. We have a great time'planning and
visiting among ourselves. See you next year!
Kathy Argo Taylor
California Central Coast
Lance Wiskowski (BHS '74) has paid us a couple
of visits in recent months. His father (Chet) lives here in
Santa Barbara on the Mesa (very nice area) and has been in
town a few times. We went to a Country and Western Club
with Lance this past weekend and he is quite the dancer.
Lance also recently visited his brother Dane and Joanne
(Wruck) who still live in Panama. Lance's sister, Tara,
lives in Los Alamos and was snow skiing with Mark
Conover and Eddie Robinson in Utah when Lance came to
visit. We really get around, don't we?
Speaking of getting around, Bill and I took a tour of
Italy in November. It was fantastic-o! We toured Rome,
Florence, Venice, Assisi and more. Did you know that both
Naples and Sorrento are cities in Italy? Naples is Napoli in
Italian, sound familiar? Yes, the pizza was great!
Received a Christmas card from Paul Goodrich
(BHS '76) and family. After living here in California since
Paul left Panama, they are moving to the east coast. His wife
has family in the Cape Cod area so they decided to move.
It's tough living far from family.
Matt Lamer (BHS'76) called and has moved from
Alaska to Port Arthur, TX. Watch out Texas! Eva
Thompson (CHS '77) lives in Southern California and is
busy working with the Daily News Newspapers. She sees
Jeff Fryer and Scott Tomlinson (both CHS'77) from time
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Catherine and Jeff Pitney at PCSSC Reunion
Kathleen Steiner Bennett with first grandchild, Brigic
Bennett Godfrey, 14 months, in England. Brigid and
parents Terry Dyer and Steve Godfrey live in England
where she has been sent as manager, Budgets and
Planning, INTEL for Europe, Africa and the Middle
Dick Tatelman with his 2/3 grade teacher, Esther
Krziza. He remembers her helping to learn to read at
Balboa Elementary and Diablo Heights Schools circa
1939 and 1940. Tom O'Donnell was also in the class
but was not available for the photo.
Catsy Taylor and Dick Tatleman at PCSSC Reunion
Anna White Tuthill and Mary Cryan Lade got
together after 58 years at the West Coast Reunion.
Buddy and Judy Zidbech and guests Mr. and Mrs.
Hall at PCSSC Reunion
It was so nice to see so many Zonians at the Sally
O'Brian/Dan Padberg wedding held in Tarpon Springs on
December 30, 1998. Besides Sally's many children and
grandchildren,other Zonians seen were Larry and Sue
Barca of Largo, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis of Clearwater,
Kathy Egolf, Jim and Gemma O'Donnell of St. Pete, Capt.
John and Edie Meeker, Alice (Fairbrother) Myers of
Spring Hill and Bud and Beverly Williams of Palm Harbor.
In spite of very cold and windy weather, the Zonians enjoyed
themselves at the outdoor reception held in Anderson Park
John D. Trim graduate in November from boat
camp at Great Lakes Naval Station, Chicago. Attending his
graduation were grandparents, Marje and Pete Foster and
Dorothy Trim. Also present were June Foster Boechel,
mother, and Monty Trim, his father. After flying to
Bahrain, John joined his ship, the aircraft carrier, Carl
Vinson which is now in the Persian Gulf.
Like the first Thanksgiving in Florida, Margaret
Leigh and her golfing lady friends gathered at her new home
for a potluck dinner. Each person brought a traditional
Thanksgiving dish. Other Zonians present were Jane
Huldquist and Helen Freund.
While visiting her sister, Betty Snow and Beverly
Williams over Thanksgiving, Anita and Ted Kaufer of
Tampa, entertained Irene and her son, Howard Paulding.
Since the two honorees have lived in the U.S. for many,
many years. Anita treated them to a very tasty Panamanian
dinner---rice and gongo peas, Panamanian curried chicken,
fried ripe plantain and more. The meal was so delicious that
Irene went home to New York with recipes.
On New Years Day, Barbara Hickey Grinnell,
Tampa, entertained a large group of friends with a delicious
buffet. Honored guests were new grandson David born on
December 27; daughter Kathy's birthday and daughter Julie
and family who were visiting Barbara over the holidays.
Zonians present were Marjorie McBride, Laurie McBride
Hazlip, Joanie Paige, Margaret Martin, Mildred Hickey,
Carolyn Barlow Vezina, Ruth Barlow Schmidt and Betty
Winter snow storms stranded Ernie and Dottie
Yocum at airports on their way home from the holidays spent
in Hampton, Virginia with sisters Rosalie Cook and Violet
Smith, Ohio. Even though the local weather has been cold,
on and off, the Yocums are glad to be home and not have to
deal with anymore snowstorms..
The next semi-annual meeting of the
Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers will be their 50th
get-together. The group's first gathering was at Lake
Waldena, FL on October 29, 1974, and we are proud to say
we are still going strong. Join us at Maggie's Buffet
Restaurant at 717 NE 36"h Ave, south of Hwy 40, in Ocala.
The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. and our meeting will be
In the December issue, I inadvertently misnamed my
good friends as Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lattin and it should have
been Roy and Charlene Trullinger. Roy's mother, Mrs.
Ann Lattin, taught dance classes in the Canal Zone. He has
a collection of photos of her students.
We recently lost another member of our family,
Mrs. Elizabeth S. (Betty) Muller. She is survived by her
husband, John W.R. Muller, of Deland, FL and daughter,
Joan (Muller) Wright of Minco, OK.
John D. Trim
Joan (Powell) Arndt, Dunnellon, FL is scheduled reasonably well while recovering from recent surgery. They
for a 12 day trip to Panama in February with Condor Travel. all get together on a regular basis. Edna also reported the
The tour guide, Davis Stephenson, was a BHS'50 classmate demise of Eugene (Gene) Divier, a CHS graduate. His
of Joan's. She last saw the Canal Zone some 35 years ago. brother, Larry lives in California. Also, Phyllis (Malson)
Her observations will be duly noted on her new video Maddox, BHS'50, died December 7"t in Jacksonville, FL
camera. Joan recently visited with her daughter, Diane and is survived by her husband Bill Maddox.
Carey and grandsons, Jack and Patrick in Carmel, IN. Virginia Booth and her daughter, Patricia, recently
her disappointment in what she saw. Driving around Panama
was almost impossible. "Too many taxis" and nobody
respected the law. They stayed in quarters in Balboa near the
Chase Mahattan Bank. Sanitation and garbage pick-up was
almost non-existent. It reminded her of the old Chorillo
1 district. The San Blas Indians say that business is slow with
S so many Americans leaving. Over 900 employees and family
members took an early buy-out or retirement as of December
31". Virginia said that if you plan to visit Panama and stay
in Canal quarters, you must hurry and make reservations with
Sthe Housing Branch because there is a five month backlog.
We look forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday,
X April 6 h at Maggie's Restaurant.
William A. "Bill" Muller
L-R: Jack, Diana Carey, Joan (Powell) Arndt and Pensacola
Patrick visit in Carmel, Indiana.
Elaine and Dick Conover of Ocala recently hosted Hola from Pensacola! Our first Pana-Zonian Mini-
a tailgate party for friends and neighbors prior to the Florida Reunion (since I became the reporter for this area) will be
State/Tennessee NCAA championship game. Guest Lorin held on January 18 at the Coconut Bay in Pensacola. I will
Bryan presented the Conovers with an antique wall plate that be submitting this article and photos in the next issue since
depicted the opening of the Panama this article was due on January 18, which is not enough time
Canal in 1914. Future plans call for another tailgate party on to get everything together.
SuperBowl day, January 31s' and a mini-family reunion in Exciting news! I a m going to be an abuela again.
Las Vegas in March. Trips to Houston and Dallas in May My daughter, Darla, is expecting in July. We won't know
will precede a week relaxing in Daytona Beach while visiting until March whether it's a boy or a girl, but regardless of
with Bill and Virginia Young. what it is, we are all just ecstatic about it.
Dianne (Hutchinson) Cox told me about her recent Congratulations to my son, Bob and his fiancee,
travels with husband, Jerry. Thanksgiving in Aiken, SC Dawn. Their engagement was announced on December 5,
with her mom, Peggy (Sealey) Hutchinson and Trudi 1998 and their wedding will be held August 14, 1999.
Clontz. Trudi's husband worked on the locks and she Bill Drummond and his fiancee, Shannon, are
worked at the courthouse. Then, on to Conyers, GA for having a bridal shower at the Drummond's home the end of
another Thanksgiving celebration with Richard and Olga February.
Phillips with daughters Kimberly and Tracey, son John We all attended Donny Drummond's beautiful
and grandchildren. Another visit included Bob and Vicki wedding in October. I am still waiting for photos and
(Hutchison) Boukalis. Dianne's son, Wally Doane, information for an article from him. Hopefully, I'll have
managed to visit for two days before flying to Italy for something for the next issue.
overseas duty aboard a sub tender. Darla's mother-in-law, MaryAnn and brother-in-
Edna (Curles) Cooley moved into her newly built law, Michael, came to Pensacola to spend the holidays with
home in Ocala shortly before Christmas. Her sister, us. Even though they stayed only a few days, we all had a
Margaret (Curles) Maxwell, was due back from a trip from beautiful Christmas. New Year's Day was spent at Bob and
Arizona to Inverness, FL. Margaret works for Blue Bird Dawn's house just eating, eating and more eating. As usual,
Busses and was expecting to move to Georgia. Another we all had a great time!
sister, Barbara (Curles) Aycock and her husband, Dave, are Janet (Martin) Slaughter and her sister, Yvonne
back enjoying the good life in Rainbow Springs, a suburb of (Martin) Stegman from Seattle, spent 18 days in China
Dunnellon, after cruising around the eastern Caribbean with sightseeing in May 1998. Five days were spent on the
the Kiwanis for 10 days on the Holland Line's Statendam. Yangtze River sailing through the Three Gorges, enjoying
Edna reports that their mother, Marie Curies is doing the scenery with stopovers in different towns along the way.
S "all will be fine in nineteen ninety nine" for everyone.
Mike and Marion Greene held their annual
i' Christmas "Tree Trim" dinner party at their home with 50
- guests attending. This was their 50th Tree Trim affair. The
first party was held in 1944 while Mike and Marion were in
the Canal Zone. Everyone who shared a meal at the Greene's
home, has signed their name on the tablecloth which now has
1 840 signatures embroidered in their favorite color.
Out of town guests included Mike's nephew
Ronald Fowler and his wife Linda from Pensacola and his
niece Deborah (Fowler) Helm and her husband Ed Helm
from Gretna, LA. A great time was had by all.
Mayno (Bliss) Walker had a busy holiday with
visiting family. The holiday got off to a great early start with
Janet (Martin) Slaughter and her sister, Yvonne the arrival of her daughter, Jeanne Wagner and daughters,
(Martin) Stegman in Hong Kong, May 1998. Gail and Jeannine of Eagle River, AK for an extended pre-
I holiday visit. After enjoying the Annual Living Christmas
.. Tree program, the group headed for Orlando in a rented six
Passenger RV for a week's visit at Fort Wilderness Campsite
at Disney World along with sisters Mickey W. Fitzgerald of
New Smyrna Beach and Carole W. Miller of Tampa.
During their stay, other family members arrived and enjoyed
outdoor camping. They were surprised to see a Panamanian
Flag on an adjacent RV which housed the family of Tex
Stahler and daughter Margaret Elizabeth Wirtz Fuller and
Joe, all of the early Atlantic Side Canal Zone days. From
Disney, the group gathered at Mickey's for a Craft Group
In front of the Great Wall of China, Janet (Martin) party which included Ramona Anderson formerly of
Slaughter, May, 1998. Balboa, CZ. Mayno also enjoyed a visit from her daughter-
in-law, Kay (Mills) Walker, widow of the late Fred Walker
They visited Tianamen Square in Beijing where people were of Riverview, FL. The Walker family also had a happy time
lined up for a half mile outside the building where Chairman celebrating Nina Janine Walker's 2nd birthday at the Scott
Mao is buried. They also visited the Forbidden City, the Walker's new home in Zephyrhills, FL. Other birthday
Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China. Naturally, guests included Kay's brothers Ron and Buddy Mills and
Yvonne and Janet walked a little ways along the wall to be their families of Brandon, recent retirees from the Panama
able to say, "I walked the Great Wall of China". They then Canal Commission. Lots of fun was had by all.
flew to Xian. Janet spent her birthday in Canton where her Marian and Lee Kariger flew to Nice, France on
father was born. Everyone sang Happy Birthday for her at September 5'" and spent two days at the French Rivera where
the airport. they had an exceptionally nice hotel and enjoyed the scenery
In September 1998, Janet and her sister, Germaine and the people. They traveled west and went up the western
(Cherry Martin) York, took a five-day cruise to Mexico side of France visiting many wineries, cathedrals and other
and came back heavier than when they left. Cherry with historical places including the Normandy Beaches. Then to
quarters and Janet with purchases. Paris for two days before flying home. All in all, it was a
Hasta Luego! wonderful 16 days of travel.
On October 12th, Lee and Marian flew to St. Paul
Barbara (Hall) Vose MN, boarded the sternwheeler "American Queen" for a 14
Reporter day trip down the Mississippi River en route to New Orleans.
(850) 474-6371 Along the way, they visited many historical cities including
Hannibal, St. Louis, where they went up in the Arch, then
Vicksburg, Natchez and Baton Rouge. An extra three days
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Quarter and the excellent food and scenery before flying
Editor must have by: home.
Jay Cain and Myrtle Hughes enjoyed a cruise to
April 19, 1999 Bermuda with other Pan Canal Society members. They
visited Hamilton and St. George Islands and went shopping
for souvenirs and things of interest for "Show and Tell" to We ma
bring back home. A smooth sailing trip and many worth sharing v
friendships were enjoyed, former Zonians
Gladys McLain has returned from an enjoyable problems quite n
visit with her son-in-law, Rabbi Yossi and daughter, Judy granddaughter, I
Kerrie Smith, ii
Feintuck in Columbia, MO. During her visit she was KWinber t Hil,
honored on her December birthday and also celebrated her twin sister, C
Christmas, New Years and Hanukkah with family and Cleve Soper, a
friends. January had quil
Several of our CZ members have had extended and other sympt(
illnesses and would appreciate keeping in touch and hearing the hospital. I
from friends, performed an ar
Mrs. Bill Dixon (Maxine) has been bedridden for the past many, many peo
several months at home, but is now recuperating. She would him well. Our s
New Orleans, wt
appreciate hearing from former neighbors and friends. Her Folgr and
address is 4023 Prudence Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235. St. John--he's ts
Also Mrs. Francis Orvis has been in and out of the weeks in the VA
hospital recently, but seems better and is now at an assisted for cancer. So
living facility. Her address is The Colonial Park Club, 4030 wonderful and f(
Bee Ridge Road, Unit #157, Sarasota, FL 3423301404. Her her share of opei
son, Bob and Lotty Orvis are building their new home in chipper as ever
Naples near their son, Bobby and family, which is also marathon. The b
closer to visit Fran. Visits and cards are always a great boost On a mt
many other ex-Zi
for her. beloved and re!
Gladys Humphrey spent the Christmas holidays in Conley. As m
Malabar with her son Donald Humphrey and his family. Executive Secret,
Donald and Gladys enjoyed a visit by Donnie Bruce and his years. He work
stepmother, Shirley (Wertz) Bruce. Donnie Bruce had employees, inclu
come from Mount Holly, NJ, to spend the Christmas holidays achieve enhance,
with his stepmother, Shirley in Deltona, FL. They also went wife, Bess, move
to Vero Beach to visit Shirley's grandson, Bryan Sasso and members of the g
services were hel
Joni (Paige) Smith, CHS classmate of Donnie's. Shirley is eldest son, US A
looking forward to the birth of her first great grandchild eloquently of thi:
when her grandson's wife, Lisa (Sasso) has her baby. father as a role m,
Donnie returned to Malabar to spend New Year's with the most of us were n
Humphrey's. family, as Michai
Gladys B. Humphrey
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years ago, when
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visit his brother a
other news to report. His eldest son, Daniel, was recently
promoted to lieutenant in the Leon County Sheriff's
Department. Daniel joins his younger brother, John, who is
a captain in the command staff of the Sheriff's Department.
Congratulations to all of you!
Thanks for the news, John. I would sure appreciate
hearing from other fellow Tallahasseans, so I can report
YOUR news. Write me at email@example.com
(The mails from overseas can sometimes be very late, and
this report came much too late top be published in the
December issue. With the reporters permission we print it
Linda and Larry Layman, Lois Bates
My cousins, Jacque (Worsley) and Rush Williams
who visited Honolulu earlier this year, made me homesick
for that special Panama life this due largely to her late and
inimitable father, Bob Worsley, But the 1998 Reunion
helped. My daughter Katya and I often talk about the grand
reunion and the joy of being with so many friends some
relatives namely my brother Billy D. from Panama, cousins
Arline Winerman from St. Petersburg, and Linda (Clark)
and Larry Layman of Sarasota. Arlene has won awards for
the performance and teaching of dancing, and she recently
moved to a nice condo in St. Petersburg. She, Katya and I
thoroughly indulged ourselves into the fascinating
merchandise of the various vendors and spent our respective
wads. Arline bought me a handsome batea which I cherish,
as my (early) Christmas gift. Brother Bill, and some of his
many friends, such as the Nickershers, treated us so
graciously. Hank and Virginia (Ridge) Dolim and Katya
and I came a long way for this '98 reunion, and we all
delighted in the socializing, activities especially the Annual
Luncheon program, and for me, the Reporters Luncheon,
presided over so nicely by Pat Beall; for Virginia her class
reunion. The Dolims will soon be returning (I hope) from
their Riverside home to their Hawaii home.
Dorothy Williams, Bill DeLaMater and Beverly Stiles
Arline Winerman, Lois Bates and Dorothy Williams,
showing Lois' gift batea
Jacque and Rush Williams, Katya DeLamater, John
Rocafort, Becky and Paul Bates
Virginia Dolim, Betty Forgeson, Katya DeLaMal
Jean Dombrowski, Lois Bates
Upon my return to Hawaii, I was greeted with
sad news of the death of my dear friend, neighbor,
the illm sropny, "Mvr. ranama wil present test
an before the Honolulu City Council about establishing a s
s city relationship between Caracas, Venezuela and Honi
Hawaii. Bill reports that the Hawaii Chamber of Comr
Lys is going to participate in the Expocomer in Panama Cit
ad March 3-8.
Bill Brophy with Miss Panama, Tanisha Drumr
at the Miss Universe Pageant in Honolulu last sur
In Farmville, NC, I met Sue Wackerhage
neighbor of my Aunt Juanita Williams, who has
memories of living at Howard AFB from 1958-1961, v
ter, she met her husband Dave, had three children and one h
They especially enjoyed Lucho's music, the invitat
bartenders contest and the happy, carefree Panama life!
the Sue visited Panama in 1980, finding many changes bi
)al, same good life--and the empanadas were still delicious
i to A Christmas time cruise along the major Haw
of Islands was enjoyed by Olive (Kalar) and Len Kr,
her, children and grandchildren, along with three couples
oth Hawaii who had lived next store to the Krause'
Pennsylvania. Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan and I
'35 and Virginia Dolim joined the group of about 30 people
h a a ship-side visit in Honolulu Harbor.
om Lois DeLaMater I
ive Millie Damerau Boudreau of Washington,
da wrote of her wonderful holiday season with friends
family. The Opelousas Community Choir performed
no guests at the big Christmas party hosted by Millie and '
in Millie pays piano with her Skyliners band. Kirt I
me trumpet with the Iberians and Skyliners. Recently they
tist honored to play at the Governor's mansion for a leuk
ng fund raiser. Tanya Tucker was the featured artist. N
in enjoyed a recent phone chat with Henry Cruz and has f
other Zonians via the internet, including Myrna Boyi
George Holt, Dave Otten and Francisca Prieto. Millie
Under the sponsorship and mentorng skills of John
Gough Sr. of Marrerro, Valerie Lynn Isbell, a mother and
artist has earned a high-school diploma from the International
Correspondence School, Scranton, PA. She has been offered
a position with a New Orleans private investigator associated
with a law firm. John enjoyed three Christmas dinners at
friends' homes and visited two other friends as well. He is
enthusiastic about the museum project and is in the process
of cataloging his CZ items, some of which may be loaned to
Millie (Damerau) and Kirt Boudreau
Kirt plan an Alaskan cruise in June and Millie is involved
with a little-theater production of "White Picket Fences".
Capt. Dean Bruch of River Ridge reports that his ... -.
wife Lucienne fell backwards down an unsafe cruise barge
stairway during their vacation in France last summer. After Valerie Lynn Isbell and John R. Gough Sr.
several surgeries, Lucienne is on the road to recovery. The
Bruchs are grateful for the many prayers and kindnesses of
family and friends during their horrific ordeal.
Lucienne Bruch of River Ridge, Louisiana. Alice Benthall Saltzman and Marjorie Hupp Paine on
Joyce Dugas Joubert and husband Bill, brother a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands.
Leroy and Leroy's wife, Bonnie, of Baton Rouge, traveled
to Spring Hill, FL for the 50th anniversary of Doris and Alice Benthall Saltzman of Thibodaux and
Norman Dugas last year. Joyce (BHS'49) has retired from Beverly Reeves McLaughlin participated in an Eldehostel
the Baton Route Police Department and plans to attend her program at the University of Santa Fe, NM, in October, then
50th class reunion this year. Norman would have been in went shopping in Taos and Albuquerque. Upon returning to
BHS'52 but left the Zone before graduation. He and Bonnie Louisiana, Alice enjoyed a visit from Jerry Raymond who
are members of the Cajun French Music Association, which lives in Colorado. In November, Alice and Marjorie Hupp
performs weekly, playing and dancing the Cajun two-step Paine took an 11 day cruise of the Hawaiian Islands aboard
and waltz. They are also involved with FrancoFete '99, the the Norwegian Dynasty. On their way home, Beverly met
state's year long celebration of 300 years of French them at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport where the three former
influence. CHS classmates visited between flights.
Evelyn and Bob Wertz of Belle Chasse made an
autumn trip to France for the 85'" birthday of Evelyn's
cousin. They flew to Paris and were joined by daughters,
Colleen and Gwen. After celebrating in Le Mans, they
enjoyed the world's best oysters in Riec-sur-Belon and got
five dozen more to go. They spent their final three days of
the trip in Paris.
Patt Foster Roberson
After an unseasonably warm November and
December in the Midwest, January finds us dealing with the
"Blizzard of '99" where in some parts of the Chicago area we Jake Connerton and Carlton Morris helping to put a
were blessed with over 20 inches of snow in one day. Yikes! ship through the Panama Canal. Looking on is Bliss
I found myself doing my best Roberto Duran impression Connerton and Shannon Morris.
during the storm--yelling "No mas! No mas! Much to my
chagrin, it didn't seem to work very well. Dan and Marnie (Morris) Hanesworth (BHS'63)
As an airline pilot for TWA, Will Hall (BHS'79) just returned from a 10 day trip to Chile and report it has
had his schedule dictate recent overnight stays in theChicago been one of their favorite countries to visit so far. Santiago,
area. Mark Powell (BHS'79) and I took advantage and coastal towns and the wine country were some of the areas
grabbed Will from the drudgery of hotel food for an evening discovered by tourists.
of good food and conversation. Will is now encouraged to Hearing from lots of classmates from BHS
let us know when his schedule gets him back into Chicago. interested in our 20 year class reunion this summer. Looks
Paul Bierman (BHS'77) stopped by my office like we will have a good turnout and a good time! Those of
during the holidays to let me know he is in the area and you in the Mid-West area, please feel free to call me with the
looking for ex-zonians in the this part of the world to better "happenings" in your life. I will be more than happy to
fill his social calendar. We have already planned a road trip report on the que pasa!
for later this year to attend a Miami Dolphins football game
in Indianapolis with Jim Parthenais. Carlton Morris
Rod and Virgina (Selby) Entrekin of Hattiesburg
are, by now, enjoying the addition of an extended dining
room on their home to make more room for their computer
and piano. Virginia has started taking tennis lessons,
continues with her piano and participates in a handbell
group. She's expecting a second grandbaby this May.
Over the holidays, Gerda Smith of Smithdale
volunteered for an overnight youth lock-in at he? church.
They ate, played corny games, ate, talked, ate, had an Army
Field Communion conducted by a retired colonel and of
L R: John Connerton, Carlton and Shannon Morris, course, ate. The Class of '43 is planning a follow-up reunion
Bliss Connerton heading to Isla Grande, Panama. to the 55'" in El Dorado, Arkansas in April, which she would
like to attend. Her mom celebrates her 90'" birthday that
Bliss (Morris) Connerton, husband John and son, same month.
Jake, joined my family on a ten day trip to Panama last July.
Some of the old friends we were fortunate enough to visit Patt Foster Roberson
included Kaye Ritchie, Richard Grimison, Stephanie Reporter
(Nellis) and "Barkley" Hayes. (225) 774-7761
Greetings from Western North Carolina. Not a
whole lot of news this time. As usual, the holidays brought
lots of friends and family to the area. Willy Nowotny
(BHS'75) came from Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with
his dad, Willy and Wilma Nowotny and Michael
Densmore (BHS'80) came in from St. Peters, Missouri to
spend Christmas holidays with his mom, Wilma and Willy.
The Nowotny house is always hoppin' with visitors! Mike
has his own thriving business in St. Peters, setting up mobile
homes in the area.
Bill and Betty Dunning made their annual trek to
Rogers, Arkansas to spend Christmas with daughter Lynn
and Jess Harp and family. They arrived just in time to help
babysit Samantha and Jess Nathan while baby Cheryl
Rene was in the hospital undergoing surgery for a severe
mastoid infection. Am glad to report Cheryl is recovering
nicely. Am sad to say though that this is the first time Bill
hasn't been able to play golf during his visit. Now, that is a
All of the Hunt clan gathered to spend Christmas
with their mom, yours truly. We were treated to a little
dusting of snow on Christmas Eve which made it nice.
Grandchildren Zach and Justin Trinca stayed for two weeks
with me and it was a very good thing. They had to help to
chop the ice off the driveway. Jim and Diane Bradley spent
a few days in Las Vegas before Christmas, seeing several
shows and trying their luck at the slots. No word yet on how
they did. They returned for Christmas and I think that was a
first being home for the holidays! Richard and Olga
Phillips spent New Years with the Bradleys.
John and Lorena Husum and children, Rebecca,
Catherine and Jason spent a few days in Maggie Valley and
Boone, N.C. for skiing. The weather wasn't the best but they
did have a good time. John and Lorena had lunch with Pat
Hunt, after sending the kids back to their respective schools.
While in Boone, they visited with John Hunt.
If anyone out there has an address for Mary Rose
(BHS'54) I would appreciate them contacting me. A mutual
friend, whom she met in Germany I believe, would like to get
in touch with her.
Guess that is it for this time. Hope to see all you 54
BH and CHS'essers at the reunion in July.
Al Sprague, our renowned Canal Zone Artist,
called me in October after seeing former BHS Coach
Walter Mikulich's photo in the Canal Record. He wanted
his phone number so they could visit, so we had the usual
Jim Shobe and Dan Nellis atop an old Panama Canal
shovel they discovered near Atlin, B.C. It was used
during the Klondike Gold Rush, near Juneau, Alaska.
Bob Blake says that he has now been at 900
Warren Ave. in Seattle for 20 years. This is the longest he
has stayed in one place. Bob had another busy year with the
opera, MIT and reunions and visited Italy for Jerry and
Robin's wedding at Ravello. Also, he went to Santa Cruz,
CA for great-niece, Jennifer's, graduation from the
University of California at Santa Cruz, and Grant's Pass and
Crater Lake, OR for a US Marine Corps reunion.
Arby Matthews Call wrote to say that she and her
daughter Michelle, her husband and five children were able
to take some time off and go camping at Sequoia National
Park, where they had a scary experience with some bears. It
was very cold and snow was everywhere. Shortly after dark,
some bears started prowling around the campsite. Everyone
started yelling "Bears", and banging on cans, which
apparently scared them off. Everyone was safe. The next
morning there were bear footprints all over. The family
packed up and drove down to a lower plateau to a
campground without snow.
Floyd and Bev Baker, honored guests at the
Bremerton, Washington Elks Club First Annual
Christmas Party. They held the Christmas Party at their
home for 17 years!
The first annual Christmas party was held at the Murra
Bremerton, WA, Elk's Club, honoring Floyd and Bev Baker to host this year
who for seventeen years had hosted the parties at their home postcards with c
in Federal Way, WA. Some attendees were, Jim Snyder, 1999, at Abram:
Bobby Best, Cecil Caudill, Ted Paine, Neil Lohr, Dan Their phone
Nellis, Eddie Best, Pat Nellis, Cherry Caudill Blank, POOKEYTOO(
Marti Lohr, Nancy Stickney and Jim and Noralee Shobe, try to attend.
who submitted the report. Incidentally, if you have the
opportunity to visit Jim, who is currently remodeling his 100
year old home, his pole house contains a complete machine
shop where you'll also find a shaper once used in the Balboa
High School machine shop and even some old lockers from Ed an
the Marine Corps barracks at Coco Solo. Jim and Dan Nellis Robert,Wesley
also discovered an old steam shovel from the Panama Canal a Christmas wi
near Atlin, B.C., close to Juneau, which was purchase for Guy Ethan anm
use during the Gold Rush days in Alaska. (Turner) Wall
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O K LA H O M A In closing the Oklahoma news, I would like to say
that the Oklahoma Chapter is going to miss two Oklahoma
residents who recently passed away. Carol L. Vidaurri of
The Burns family and Redemann family enjoyed Oklahoma City, passed away November 26, 1999. Carol had
a visit from Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Foley, retired from the Panama Canal Commission. Also, Dr.
AL, from November 22-25. Bob and Vicki were on their Mary V. Graham, of Tulsa! passed away January 10, 1999.
way to Weatherford, TX to spend Thanksgiving with Bob's She had worked at Gorgas Hospital for many years.
parents, Jim and Julie Boukalis.
Aymee (Lugo) Diaz and son, Miguel, went to Laura (Burns) Redemann
Panama from December 25-30 with Aymee's friend, Anita Reporter
Ermish of Dallas and her family. They visited El Valle, (918) 745-1337
Santa Clara, Coronado, the locks and Taboga. According to
Aymee, the food was delicious and the weather was great.
The group of seven had a wonderful time. PA N A M A
Ss Atlantic Side
Thanks to Vincent and Penny (Wilder) Cafiamas,
the Margarita Recreation Association funds remaining after
the group became inactive has been spent on a good cause.
Darrell Cafiamas and fianc6, Tiffany, visited
Vince and Penny for the holidays. Darrell caught two snook
Si weighing about 13 lbs. each. Tiffany also caught a snook, but
( not quite as big. Dyonne returned from Saudi Arabia to
M Virginia on December 13, just before the crisis.
The "Margarita Recreation Association", better
known as the "MRA", was an organization formed in the
Sue Hunt and Kathy (Mathis) Melnikov having Irish former Margarita Canal Zone by residents of that
Coffees at Buena Vista Bar in San Francisco famous community. This organization for many years sponsored
for introducing the first Irish Coffee to the U.S. youth activities, was involved in helping with the Margarita
Holy Family Church's annual fair, Fourth of July activities
Sue Hunt, of Edmond, went to Rocklin, CA in and other community events. Throughout the existence of the
October to visit friend and BHS '78 classmate Kathy "M.R.A.", many donations and sponsorships were made to
(Mathis) Melnikov. The two classmates had seen each various organizations.
other previously at their BHS 20th Reunion in Orlando this
past summer. Kathy took Sue on a tour of Napa Valley for
some great wine tasting then on to Sonoma county where
they stayed overnight and lastly to San Francisco. The fast
week ended with a wonderful trip to Lake Tahoe.
Bill and Teresa Keller went to Oregon in July to
visit their son Michael and his family. They drove down the
Pacific Coast Highway from Washington State to California.
The scenery was beautiful. They visited many places in the
Pacific Northwest; Crater Lake (Oregon) being one of the
most spectacular sights. While they were there, they
celebrated daughter Kim's 16th birthday, son Michael's 24th
birthday and grandson Cole's 3rd birthday.
Our upcoming Spring picnic will mark the 10th
anniversary of the Oklahoma Chapter so we have tentative
plans to have the picnic at Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma
City, the site of our very first picnic. If you plan to be in the Vincent and Penny Cafiamas deliver needy
area, stop by! wheelchairs to Old Folks Home in Puerto Pil6n.
the remaining funds were passed on to Vincent and Penny
Cafiamas in order to perform one final donation to a needy
Upon the visit by Vincent Cafiamas to the Old Folks
Home in Puerto Pil6n, Colon, it was noticed that there was
a desperate need for wheel chairs and thus the decision was
made to provide as many wheel chairs as possible with the
available funds. A total of twenty wheel chairs and twenty
orthopedic cushions were purchased.
A "THANK YOU" is extended to all residents that
provided their personal time and efforts to the "M.R.A."
during its existence.
Vincent and Penny (Wilder) Cafiamas JAMBOREE CHAMPS: 1998 BHS BULLDOGS: #1
Jeremy Boggs; #12 Anthony Bibbo; #14 Michat
Brewer; #Louis Engelke; #19 Lamont Whitfield; #2
Pacific Side: Robert DeLeon; #21 James Lewis; #22 Romel Dia;
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part of 1998 and early 1999, the mail throughout the
Western Hemisphere has been extremely slow. As a result,
the Panama-Pacific Side report for this March issue arrived
five days after the deadline and could not be processed.
Much the same happened for the December issue, however,
we were able to print the text but not the photos, only
because your reporter had the foresight to e-mail the text to
us at that time. Those photos for the December issue are
hereby printed in this issue while the text was printed in the
December issue. We have promised your reporter to print
both the March issue text and photos, along with the June
issue text. We regret the happenstance, and if it is any
consolation, the same delays in mail service has happened to
other reporters in the U.S. who were not mailing from
Bob and Martha Dahlstrom on a recent trip to
Panama. Shown here with son, Rick Dahlstrom and
IIUIIU T- Lv nay L..Wc Ian, ttov UalllIl oilaV y, #f31
Ryan Marohl; #52 Daniel Amselem; #53 Feli>
Hernandez; #55 John Dee; #56 Keith Vines; #5E
Daryl Fox; #59 Jack Young; #62 David Hopper; #64
George Velasco; #65 Galen Herring; #74 Wes
Parker; #80 Mike Davis; #82 Dionel Peart; #84 Steve
Bowman. FOOTBALL STAFF: Fred Bales, Lou
Husted, Rick Dahlstrom, Ernie Holland, Sr.
1998 BHS CHEERLEADERS: L to R: Gisella West,
Sheyenne Branch, Samantha Parthenais; Stephanie
Bodden, Shannon Young, Jillian Heddaeus,
Stephanie Chase, Marcella Tunon, Monique
Woodrow, Kisa Abbot. Cheer Squad Sponsor: Ms.
Linda Haggerty. Cheer Squad Coaches: Ms. Zenia
Morris, Ms. Marelisa Samuels.
Alumni wine and cheese get-togther at Chery
Williams' house to kick off Alumni Homecoming Wee'
Nicole Highley helps unload trees for the 1999 Xmas
tree burn in Gamboa. Also pictured L-R: Fred Highley
, Karl Marohl.
3amboa Tree Burn, L-R: Ryan Marohl, Fred Highley,
(arl Marohl, Eddie Sykes.
Eva V. Anderson
SI'. a 'M A H Na I
harles and Fresia Magee at Tres de Novembre party
t their home in Oceanside.
In mid-December Lorna Shore and Diane (Shore)
eBlanc drove to Miami, and Sandra (Shore) Davis and
-r son Adam came to Aiken for the Christmas holidays.
Donna (Malin) Meyerson (BHS'80) was in Dallas
n business in November. She is a Director of Account
AVlnP ,np fnnn r in-lmnp 1iiQ I
Present at our pre-Christmas luncheon at
loundslake Country Club were Oscar and Beverly Lard,
ack and Scottie Steele, Blanche Browne, Arlene
lopkins, Olga Holmes, Josey Tilley, Lorna Shore, Diane
Shore) LeBlanc, Jack Woodzell, Peggy Hutchison, Trudi
ilontz, Betty Barr, Mitzie Schwindt, Mark Schwindt and
Frank and Fina Balinski. Our members are dwindling....
Christmas day, Al and Paula (Badonsky) Leitch
nd their sons, Rob and Adam, picked up Leona Badonsky
t Eden Gardens in Aiken where she now resides, and they
traveled to Georgia to spend the day with Gabriela and Leo
ladonsky and their daughters Natasha and Mary.
Peggy Hutchison's home was a busy place
bhristmas week. From the looks of her Christmas tree, Santa
dropped most of his load at her house! Bob and Vicki
Hutchison) Boukalis came in from Alabama Gerry and
)iane (Hutchison) Cox arrived from Florida. They were
3ined by Peggy's grandson, Wally Doane, who is in the
nner and lots of "bochinche". Donna's husband, Adam
id two year old Samuel, live in San Francisco. Plans for
other rendezvous in San Francisco in February are already
iderway when Bliss and her family will be close by on a
:i holiday at Lake Tahoe.
Bob and Marcia Smith, former PRR and Health
ureau employees wrote from Pecan Plantation near
ranbury, Texas. They are enjoying retirement. Bob plays
)lf and Marcia plays bridge. Their son, Dr. Daniel Smith,
s wife and their two sons, Chris and Ben, live in the same
ea and the boys attend Texas A&M University. Marcia
id Dr. Dan have recently returned from New Zealand where
ey participated on a Friendship Force visit. This non-profit
ganization was begun in 1977 by former President Jimmy
carter. Its focus is on the promotion of peace through citizen
:changes. Meanwhile, back at Pecan Plantation patriarch,
ab tended to home and hearth.
Wil Robb Morris and family spent two weeks in
.. They had an
with the Woods.
1999 REUNION LODGING REPORT
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, June 30, 1999
REGISTRATION: 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. MARRIOTT CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
INFORMATION/HOSPITALITY 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. CONVENTION CENTER, LOWER LEVEL
VENDORS SET UP: 4:30 7:30 p.m. NO MERCHANDISE SOLD CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND
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Thursday, July 1, 1999
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., MARRIOTT GOLF COURSE.
GOLF LUNCHEON: 1:30 p.m. GRAND BALLROOM 3-6.
REGISTRATION: 1:00 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 9:00 p.m. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
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BHS/CHS ALUMNI AND FRIENDS DISCO, (NO CHARGE) GRAND BALLROOM "G" 8:00- 1:00 a.m.
Friday, July 2, 1999
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: 10:00 a.m. (Members only)GRAND BALLROOM SECTION 2-6.
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BINGO: 2:00 4:00 p.m. GRAND BALLROOM 5-6. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE!
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE: 8:30 PM-1:30 a.m. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
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REGISTRATION: 9:00-11:00 a.m.; 2:30-4:00 p.m. CONVENTION CENTER, GRAND BALLROOM.
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gistration Fee, Dance & Luncheon Tickets.
16409 Lake Byrd Dr..
Tampa, FL 33618-1203
Center Marriott Reunion Coordinator
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772-4712
3 it is crucial that members reserve rooms
rooms if needed. We CANNOT get more
oney order on a U.S. bank or use a major
expiration date and signature on Application
the Society Lodging Chairperson, NOT THE
lust be made directly with the Society Lodging
tions you must have paid your 1999
ration fee (See Page "C").
FOR 1999 REI
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IF YOU ARRIVE AT HOTEL AFTER REGISTRATION
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he Grand Ballroom, rooms 5-6. THERE IS NO CHARGE 1
Those interested, look us up on Friday, July 2nd and
day July 3rd. You'll love the prizes!
1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning tc
membership to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Soc
Florida 33772-4712, before the June 17, 1999 Executive B
2. UNDERAGE DRINKING WILL NOT BE TOLEI
SECURITY MAY REQUEST PROOF OF AG
DRINKS TO UNDER-AGE INDIVIDUALS WII
3. STATE LAW FORBIDS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
CONSUMED OUTSIDE THE CONFINES OF THE G
4. Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functi
on the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotel. Any schedi
displayed at the Society Information Desk. Contact Pat B<
5. CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE WILL NOT BI
ANNUAL BALL, AND UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE A]
5. DRINKS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE DANCI
THE BALLROOMS OF BOTH DANCES.
7. REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR REGISTRATION FORM
PLEASE LIST ALL YOUR GUESTS, WITH NAMES THI
WE MAY PREPARE NAME BADGES FOR THEM TO
MANY WE CAN EXPECT TO ATTEND AND PLAN A
8. THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA HA
LOVING, AND CONGENIAL GROUP AND W
DISRESPECTFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE ACTS WH
UNBECOMING A SOCIETY MEMBER AND WI]
THEIR GUESTS WHO PERFORM THESE ACTS V
VANDALISM OF HOTEL PROPERTY COULI
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1. Location: Canary Room Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Luncl
2. Tickets limited to 1,000 10 tickets per member.
3. Seating will be at tables of 10 persons.
4. TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. THEY MAY BE PI(
THE LOWER LEVEL.
5. MENU: Choice of entree Grilled Pork Loin Medallions
Chicken Breast with Artichoke Hearts, Black Olives and T
Fresh Greens with Mushrooms, Alfalfa Sprouts, Sliced Rad
Potatoes and Roasted Vegetables. Sugared Apple Strudel D
6. NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AND N
NOT BE SOLD AT THE LUNCHEON.. Be sure to list i
$18.00 per ticket 10 tickets per member. No. of Tickets_
Please check your choice: PORK LOIN MEDALLIONS
id the 1999 Reunion, you should submit an application for
f Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole,
:D OR PERMITTED AT THE REUNION. HOTEL
ANYONE OBSERVED SUPPLYING INTOXICATING
E DEALT WITH AS DEEMED NECESSARY.
T PURCHASED AT HOTEL BARS TO BE
.re not permitted to place schedules, notices, pictures, etc.
r reasonable information concerning your event may be
r Tom Peterson at the reunion.
EMITTED INTO THE PANAZONIAN DANCE OR THE
E DJ DANCES.
)OR AND SMOKING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN
[ THE NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE, AND
'ANT PRINTED ON THEIR NAME BADGES SO THAT
P US TO OBTAIN A TRUE HEAD COUNT ON HOW
JOYEDD THE REPUTATION OF BEING A FUN-
)PE TO CONTINUE THIS REPUTATION.
ATTENDING THE 1998 REUNION IS BEHAVIOR
OT BE TOLERATED. SOCIETY MEMBERS OR
BE DEALT WITH TO THE FULLEST EXTENT.
SULT IN CANCELLATION OF MEMBERSHIP.
AND ENJOY FRIENDS!
tman (727) 544-0214
) UP AT THE REUNION REGISTRATION TABLES AT
Mango-Herb Chutney, OR Chicken Alexander Sauteed
oes. Rolls/Cuban Bread, Butter/Margarine. Garden Salad of
and Spring Onion, with Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing. Mashed
with Confectioners Sugar and Rosette of Cinnamon Cream.
FUNDS MADE AFTER JUNE 5,1999. TICKETS WILL
ou want to sit with.
T ORDER FORM
y 3, 1999
or CHICKEN ALEXANDER_
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Make Reservations Early!
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS MAY 15,1999, OR UNTIL ROOM BLOCK IS FULL
Society Lodging Chairperson: Betty Frassrand (352) 567-5594
HOTEL RESERVATION FORM 1
~I O aRT1 ( W ,'d Ci I Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. I
^ 1} Un a ow W n tr1999 Reunion June 30-July 4, 1999
S----- RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTER
For Revisions or Cancellations Please call Requests must be received by May 15 1999 Month/Date I
Society Lodging Chairperson
at (352) 567-5594 CHECK-IN TIME 4:00 PM. CHECK-OUT TIME 11:00 AM. DEPARTURE: TIME: I
NAME OF PERSON REQUESTING ROOMS FOR HOTEL
I l I l l _ I i il I USE ONLY. I
Last Name --I
I PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA. INC. I Name(s) of additional persons) sharing room I
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Area Code Phone Number Fax Number Last Name First Name I
oof Rates Number of People in Each Room I
No. of Rates
RIooms A.-CCOMMODATIONS Single-Double Method of Payment To Be Used at Checkout:
oos ACCOMMODATIONS_______ igeDul
SNo Preference $ 99.00 + tax ___ American Express Visa/Master Card I
___ One King Bed $99.00 + tax Diner's Club Di
S Two Double Beds $ 99.00 + tax -scover
___ Accessible Room One King Bed Only $ 99.00 + tax ___Other___________________________
___ No Smoking $ 99.00+ tax Credit l! 1 I!1II_ Il
Suite (See below) Caerd it
For Suite information contact Society Lodging Chairperson at (352) 567-5594 --- --
Expiration Date 1 | ] I
SPECIAL REQUESTS: Exiraton Date [_Ii II]I
FOR ALL RESERVATIONS I
____________________________________________________ I understand that I am liable for one night's room and tax which will be
deducted from my deposit or billed through my credit card in the event Ido
not check in on my scheduled arrival date or cancel my reservation 72 hours i
prior to arrival.
ONLY ONE ROOM PER MEMBER AUTHORIZED s-woiure-o-------
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1.Members with PHYSICAL DISABILITIES and members needing roll away beds and refrigerators will be assigned on a first
come, available basis.
2.SUITES: Members must contact the SOCIETY LODGING CHAIRPERSON for prices, availability and approval and then
submit their request ON the Hotel Registration Form.
3.FAILURE TO CANCEL reservations 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival, or FAILURE TO CHECK INTO THE HOTEL on
the first night will forfeit your first nights deposit and your reservation will be canceled.
4. A Sales and Resort Tax will be added to your final bill.
5. The State of Florida allows only five (5) people to occupy one hotel room.
6. Only ONE ROOM reservation PER MEMBER is authorized.
SEND HOTEL RESERVATION FORM AND CHECK TO: SOCIETY LODGING CHAIRPERSON,
8050 SEMINOLE MALL. SUITE 334, SEMINQLE, FL 33772-4712,. ____
INFORMATION & HOSPITAL
Marriott Convention Center, Lower Le
Chairperson: Pat Beall (813) 391-4359
Hospitality was conceived as a service to our members attending the Reun
pleasant, helping them over some of the rough spots they might encounter in an unfar
Infnrmatinn and T-nntaitn1itv\ T'kL ic nnpn tn anyr mpmhpr rlirina thp nhllichcrl winrVin.
Dances Chairperson: Rupert Turner (813) 877-2703
DJ Dance Chairperson: Michael Smith (813) 933-1339
1. Ticket orders will be accepted only from members who have paid their 1999 dues and have paid the $5.00 Registration Fee.
(See Page "C"). Tickets will not be refunded after June 15, 1999 and will not be resold at the Reunion.
2. TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. PREPAID TICKETS WILL BE AT THE REUNION REGISTRATION TABLES ON
THE LOWER LEVEL.
3. CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ENTRANCE TO THE DANCES. NO
TICKET RESERVATION FORM
ANNUAL BALL ORDER FORM PANAZONIAN DANCE ORDER FORM
Music by: Frankie Pretto Saturday, July 3, 1999 Music by: Leroy Lewis Friday, July 2, 1999
8:30 p.m.-l:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom 1-8 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom 1-8
$12.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member $8.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member.
No. of Tickets Total $ No. of Tickets Total $
Special Request: Special Request:
Dress: Semi Formal, NO SHORTS OR JEANS. Dress: Informal or Panamanian attire.
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Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3, 1999
11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.
12 oz. BEER SPECIAL $2.00
CHILDREN UNDER 15 NOT PERMITTED INTO DISCO DANCES
MEMBER'S NAME: Age
July 2nd: $5.00/Ticket July 3rd: $5.00/Ticket
No. of Tickets: Total $ No. of Tickets: Total $_
Special Requests: Special Requests:
Chairperson: Steve Nehring (727) 522-5369
1. Only paid-up members of the Society and who have paid their $5.00 Registration Fee will be authorized to sell.
2. Vendors MUST submit an application for the 1999 Reunion, which may be obtained from the Vendor Chairperson, Steve
Nehring. Applications will not be published in the Canal Record. The deadline for receiving Vendors applications and for
REFUNDS is June 1, 1999.
3. Approval of the application will be based on whether items for sale are related or compatible to Panama memorabilia.
Authorization will be assigned in order of receipt of Vendor's application and fee of $100.00. Instructions and Restrictions
are completely defined with the Vendor Application Form. Please read the instructions carefully. The Marriott's World Center
have certain restrictions which must be complied with such as attaching anything to walls, etc.
4. Space is available for 25 vendors. Crystal Ballroom "A" thru "F" will provide vendors with a large single room area.. Vendor
tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of the Chairperson.
5. Vendors hours for selling will begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. PLEASE NOTE AMENDED HOURS FOR SALES
IN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS.
6. MAKE CHECK OUT T1 AND MAIL CHECK AND APPLICATION TO: REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050 SEMINOLE
MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4712.
FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1999
This is your Society we urge ALL members
there for the election of Officers and Committee Rei
1. Grand Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM. THEI
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this m
3. Only paid-up members will be admitted.
4. There will be several drawings for prizes donated by V
enter the Ballroom for the meeting.
YOU MUST BE A MEMBER AND YOU MUST Al
DOOR PRIZES WILL ONLY BE AWARD
OF THE I
GRAND PRIZE WILL BE TWO (2) R(
COME TO THE Al
RESERVE A PHOTOGRAPHER
'DAY DELIVERY OF PHOTOS -
ias C. Peterson (941) 371-7731
Sto attend and give your support and ideas to the membership.
E WILL BE NO SMOKING AT THE BUSINESS MEETING
endors and other contributors. You will be given a lottery ticket as
'TEND THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING TO RECEIVE
TICKET FOR DOOR PRIZES.
ED TO THOSE MEMBERS PRESENT AT THE TIME
)UND TRIP TICKETS TO PANAMA VIA C.O.P.A.
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AND LUNCHEON THI
ALL PLAYERS AND GUESTS MUST P
TO THE SOCIETY OFFICE IN
'MENT ADDRESS: Send Golf Registration form, and make
ipa, FL 33618. Tel: (813) 963-6998. Do not send to Society C
JRNAMENT LOCATION: Orlando World Center Marriott C
E: Check in at 7:00 a.m.. Shotgun tee off at 7:30 a.m.
'RY FEE: $69.00 Includes Green Fees, Golf Carts, Luncheon
imittee, consider yourself registered, no confirmation will be
ARDS LUNCHEON: 1:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom Nos. 4-6 at i
iSTS: Cost: $19.00 each. Only one Luncheon guest per played
APETITION: Prizes will be based on Special Events and Poir
ired for the Women's Flight. You may play with players of ye
.p. If you do not select anyone to play with, we will place you
:ated on the Registration Form.
3GAGE DROP: Golfers may drop off their golf clubs at the E
Shop will store them for a nominal fee of $5.00 plus tax. This
do not leave your clubs at the Pro Shop the night before the t(
rsday morning, so they can be placed on the carts prior to pla,
)ES: Soft cleats are required to preserve the new golf course.
)LERS: No coolers are allowed on the course. Beverage car
JRNAMENT INFORMATION: Posted in the Registration at
noon, June 30".
Panama Canal Society members can play prior to or after the'
* own tee times.
GOLF TOURNAMENT R]
Wtlantic Sider Pacific sider Professional
F YOU DO NOT HAVE A HANDICAP, LIST YOUR AVE]
3OLF AND AWARDS LUNCHEON: $ 69.00 NON G
LUNCHEON GUESTS TOTAL
.UNCHEON GUEST'S NAME
Send Golf Registration form, and make check payable to: Margot Jordar
send to Society Office..
L I r U IA vJd dLIr 1 U UIAN AIvtl i I
SDAY JULY 1, 1999
'THE $5.00 REGISTRATION FEE
IDER TO PARTICIPATE
une 14, 1999
:k payable to: Margot Jordan, 16409 Lake Byrd Dr.,
Course, 1 World Center, Orlando, Florida.
'ards, Favors, and Door Prizes. ** Unless advised by the
af escalator. Golf I.D. tags are required for admission to
) children under 12 will be permitted.
stem within Flights set up by age for men. Age is not
choicee but you will compete within your own age
. foursome based on your age or your handicap as
Captain's Station or the Pro Shop Baggage Drop. The
is a one time fee for the duration of the Reunion. If
ament, your clubs must be at the club by 6:30 a..m.
,11 be available on the course.
f the Marriott Convention Center on Wednesday
-nament for a fee of $45.00 plus tax. You must make
;e (7/1/98) (Males only)
IE SCORE FOR 18 HOLES
ING LUNCH GUEST: $19.00
OUNT SUBMITTED $
09 Lake Byrd Dr., Tampa, FL 33618. Tel: (813) 963-6998. Do not
Pete Foster Transportation Chairman, (727) 785-8555
**Win a Free Round Trip Ticket between your air Gateway City**
**Within the Continental U.S. and Orlando or Tampa**
*Make your Reunion Travel Reservations through the Society's Official Reunion Travel Agent*
**Fly Delta with Reunion Discounts of 5% and Up**
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 1999 Reunion Coordinator has appointed BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL of
Clearwater, Florida as the Society's 1999 Reunion OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT.
Among its peers, Bowen-Keppie Travel is considered to be one of the most reliable and honest Florida Travel Agencies. Bowen-
Keppie is the oldest Travel Agent in the State of Florida it has been in business continuously since 1924.
The Society's Official Travel Agent will provide Society members with the lowest fares available when making their
1999 Reunion travel arrangements. The membership travel data will be used to determine methods which would be helpful in
determining ways to reduce membership travel costs and improve Reunion /Hotel support activities.
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL has arranged with DELTA Airlines to offer discounted Reunion Fares from June 27, 1999
through July 7, 1999. Delta Airlines was selected as the primary Reunion Carrier due to the fact that it has more flights in and
out of Orlando than any other Air Carrier. Delta is also the designated Air Carrier for Disney's Magic Kingdom. Although Delta
is providing Convention Discounted Rates for Society members, Bowen-Keppie Travel will offer the lowest rates available on
any other Air Carrier if they are lower than Delta's discounted rates. In addition, membership tickets reservations will be
monitored for significant fare reductions in order to provide refunds to members when applicable. This service is not available
when members make their air reservations directly with Delta by using the Delta File number indicated in the Bowen-Keppie Ad
at the end of the Reunion yellow pages. In addition to Orlando, the Delta discounted rates also includes flying in or out of several
other Florida Airports during the Reunion period.
Members are asked to support the Reunion Transportation Program by making their Air Travel Reservations with the
Official Reunion Travel Agency and enter the Society's Travel Contest by completing and mailing in the form in the BOWEN-
KEPPIE TRAVEL ad.
To make your Reunion travel reservations, follow the information provided in the Bowen-Keppie ad and if you should
call after hours, leave your name, phone number and request that the Panama Canal Society Specialist return your call.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.bowenkeppie.com
Chairperson: Paul Rozmeski (813) 961-9230
The Mini-Reunion Chairperson will aid and assist all Coordinators for high school, and ancillary reunions held during
the 1999 Reunion. Coordinators planning a mini-reunion at Marriott's World Center must receive advance approval from the
Mini-Reunion Chairperson prior to making arrangements. He will assist and advise as much as possible while conforming with
the Society's schedules. Those planning their mini-reunion will be responsible to obtain the necessary Society membership
application and ticket forms for those in their group from the Mini-Reunion Chairperson. They will also be responsible for
making their arrangements with the hotel for their function. Upon completion of their arrangements, they must notify the Mini-
Reunion Chairperson, at The Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712.
Chairperson: Olga Disharoon (727) 323-5678
Say farewells to your friends at the Despedida which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Convention Center at
the Marriott's Orlando World Center on July 4, 1999. The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. when the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc. will furnish free coffee and the hotel will have sweet rolls for sale.
The Folklorico Dancers will perform for your entertainment and pleasure starting at 9:30 A.M. This dance group will
be available afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of Panama!
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
1999 ORLANDO REUNION
Announces the Appointment of
As the Official Travel Agent for the Reunion -,, _J.
I.V The Official Carrier
***FLY DELTA g**l ils. ** 60 DAY EARLY **
UP TO 10% DISCOUNT VeLoToFlyAndltSmhous. BOOKING DISCOUNT
** HELP YOUR SOCIETY **
FLY DELTA TO THE ORLANDO REUNION
** DELTA discounted Air Fares are available from June 27, 1999 through July 7, 1999 for REUNION TRAVEL to or from
ORLANDO, TAMPA and SARASOTA.
JOIN THE 1999 REUNION TRAVEL CONTEST
Send in a completed CONTEST/TRAVEL FORM below. The Contest Drawing will be held during the Annual Reunion
Business Meeting. The winner will be reimbursed the cost of one roundtrip ticket (not to exceed a maximum value of
$400.00 and purchased through the Reunion's Official Travel Agent) between the winner's continental U.S. major Air
Gateway City and Orlando, Florida.
As a service you may phone DELTA at 1-800-241-6760 and request your reservations under FILE No. 122194A
Regrettably, this method does NOT permit BOWEN-KEPPIE to monitor your reservations and fare reductions.
Limo transfers to/from Airport Hotel discounted for Society members and their guests
with Reunion Air Reservations.
Call Bowen-Keppie for your Reunion travel plans. Bowen-Keppie will find the lowest rates with the best flights to get you
to and from Orlando. Bowen-Keppie will continue to monitor your reservation and automatically reduce your travel costs
should air fares go down significantly before you depart.
FOR BEST RATES & FLIGHTS DON'T DELAY CALL TODAY!
Make your reservations early ** Complete this CONTEST/Travel Form and mail to Bowen-Keppie Travel:
Address: City/State Zip
Phone: Senior Citizen: 0 Yes 0 No Rental Car 0 Yes 0 No
Frequent Flyer Nos:
Pre-Reunion Originating (Home) City to (City)____
Pre-Reunion Departing Date Preferred Time
Post-Reunion Departure City ___Return Date Preferred Time__
Limo Transfer: To Hotel: [ Yes E No From Hotel: E]Yes El No
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL 1-800-457-2131 MONDAY THRU FRIDAY
825 COURT STREET 813-446-6332 FAX 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA 34616 813-442-2131 Local EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Ask for the PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY SPECIALIST
E-Mail: email@example.com Web: http://www.bowenkeppie:com
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THE AIRLINE OF PANAMA
Pa"t"ma CaIa Societ o 7&orida4
(Welod e to yor Mlemores)
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST ANNUAL MEGA CLASS REUNION DJ DANCE TO BE
HELD THURSDAY NIGHT FROM 8:00 PM TO 1:00 AM IN THE
CRYSTAL BALLROOM "G".
COME SUPPORT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL IN AN EVENING GUARANTEE TO BE FESTIVE
CLASS REUNIONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE THIS DANCE A PART OF YOUR
REUNION FESTIVITIES. THOSE NOT ATTENDING A CLASS REUNION SHOULD STOP
BY TO SEE IF ANY OF YOUR CLASSMATES.ARE JUST HANGING AROUND WAITING
TO RUN INTO YOU.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DID NOT GRADUATE FROM CHS OR BHS, PLEASE STOP BY
TO SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL AND JOIN THE FESTIVITIES.
EVENING WILL INCLUDE DANCE CONTESTS FROM ALL OF THE DANCE ERAS FROM
THE 1920'S TO THE 1990'S. DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE
YOUNG'UNS HOW THE EARLY CLASSES COULD REALLY CUT A RUG.
THIS MEGA CLASS REUNION/DJ DANCE IS BEING BROUGHT TO YOU
FREE OF CHARGE
CASH 1ARS WILL BE AVAILABLE BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE
WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL ATTEND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A VERY
SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR WHICH WILL ENSURE THE CONTINUATION OF
ANOTHER FESTIVE EVENING AT OUR REUNION.
Betty Frassrand and Jacque Vowell, Co-Chairpersons
L-R: Anna Calvet, Burt Shelton, unknown, Marion The four Kotalik girls, L-R: Helen Barrett,
Wells at Christmas Party, December 12, 1998, Inn of Jacksonville, Fl., Sue Graham, Kerrville, Tx., Anna
the Hills, Kerrville. Theresa Collins, St. Petersburg, Fl., and Rita
Washabaugh, Clarendon, Pa., celebrating the
The Graham family, L-R: David Day, Rodney Elliott,
L-R: Anna Patchet Calvit, Irma Patchet Krizick, Leo Donna Elliott, Jeffrey Elliott, Bill Graham, Sue
Krziza, and Mary Cryan Lade. Graham, Danny Graham, Will Graham, Denise
Graham, and Lauren Graham. (See write-up under
We enjoy showing off our Hill Country to visitors Congratulations.
and we have had ample opportunity to do just that. In
October, Anna Calvit, sister, Irma, and Andy Kruzich of
Kirkland, WA, spent three weeks with her. Also, Leo
Krziza and Mary Cryan Lade from California visited
during that time. John E. Schmidt Jr., from Tallahassee,
visited his sister and brother Jackie Bishop and Doug
Schmidt and their families in December. While in Kerrville,
John and his newborn grand-niece, Catherine, daughter of
Cheryl Schmidt Fritz and husband, Kenny also visited the
family. John won seven lottery prizes at the Canal Zone
Christmas party as well as the table prize. Upon leaving
Texas, John was going to Colorado Springs to spend
Christmas with one of his daughters, Kathleen Schmidt L-R: Elsie Larson, Kathi Lessiack, Iris Hogan, June
Ryan and family. Burns and Anna Young at the Canasta/Bridge
The H.G. Rhyne Jr., family drove from their Luncheon held at the Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, Texas.
home in Princeton, FL to spend the Christmas holidays with
his parents. This made the holidays very special for them. Miami where they attended the wedding of a former Canal
S fMiami where they attended the wedding of a former Canal
Sue and Bill Graham had their family here to help Zone neighbor. After the wedding, Kathi flew to Panama
them celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on December
28th with Sue to spend the holidays with Sue, Lewis and their
We congratulate Doug and Sharon Schmidt on the
birth of their first grandchild.
Congratulations also to Les and Muriel Johnson
and Wally Teal on the birth of their great grandchild born to
Wally and the late Janet Johnston, Teal's daughter, Beverly
Teal and Ron Ridge. Muriel and Les opted to miss our
party and babysit their newest great grandchild.
The Byrd family, Bob, Lois, Pidgie, Chris, Sarah
and Rachel Stone spent Christmas in Houston with Bob's
son and Pidgie's brother, Donald Byrd.
L-R Standing: Mac Lane, sister, Cassandra (Lane)
Zupanic; Seated: Randell (Bo) Lane and brother,
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Editor must have by:
Jo and Ken Booth, Mission, Viejo, CA, spent
Thanksgiving holidays with their daughter and son-in-law,
Doug and Sharon Schmidt.
A bit of Zonian trivia. Our granddaughter, Cheryl
Ann Stanford will graduate with the last class of the
Panama Canal College in May, 1999. She is the fourth
generation of my family in the former Canal Zone. My
cousin, the late, Lilia Monsanto Dean, was in the first class
of the Canal Zone Jr. College in 1935 and the second
generation of my family in the former Canal Zone.
Anna Calvit spent the Christmas holidays with her
daughter, Helen, and son, Tim, in Florida. She had a great
KERRVILLE GRAHAMS REACH 50th
Sue and Bill Graham. Kerrville, Texas, celebrated
their 50'" anniversary with family and friends at the Inn of the
Mills on December 28, 1998. They were married January 7,
1949 in Balboa, Canal Zone.
Present at the celebration was their son Will and his
wife Denise and children Lauren and Danny from Olympia,
WA. Their daughter, Donna Marie and husband Rodney
Elliott with son, Jeffrey from Hinesville, GA. and also
grandson David Day, Atlanta, GA. A total of 26 family
members attended the festivities which also included Sue's
three sisters, Helen Barrett, Jacksonville, FL.; Rita
Washabaugh, Clarendon, PA, and Anna Theresa Collins,
St. Petersburg, FL. Also sister-in-law Carmen Kotalik, El
paso, TX. Numerous nephews and nieces plus friends from
KIrrville, numbering 65 people attended the formal
anniversary party MC'd by son Will, which turned into a
On Sunday, December 27, 1998, Sue and Bill
recited renewal of vows during Mass at Notre Dame Catholic
Church in the presence of family and friends. Bill and Sue
retired in 1972, he from the Panama Railroad and Sue from
the Terminals Division, Cristobal, Canal Zone.
GRIMISONS CELEBRATE 40th
A surprise 40'h Wedding Anniversary celebration
was held for Tom and Nancy Grimison of Satellite Beach,
Florida on Monday, July 6, 1998. The celebration began with
a Mass and Renewal of Wedding Vows ceremony at Holy
Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Melbourne Beach, Florida.
A reception followed at the Cocoa Beach Pier Restaurant in
Nancy and Tom Grimison
Bill and Sue Graham at their 50th anniversary
Nephew, Col. J. Scott Graham participated along
with Kerrville friends to add to the fun and laughter of the
program. Some of the out-of-town relatives included
Susanna and Richard Morse, Barbara Kotalik, Paul
Washabaugh, Charles and Tim Collins, Joan Molinaro
Hatcher, Lucy Graham and sons Brad and Paul
All eight of the Grimison siblings along with their
spouses and children were in town to celebrate this special
occasion. Many family and friends joined in commemorating
the anniversary. Tom and Nancy's seven grandchildren are
Erin, Colleen, and Shannon Fahy, Brandon and Chelsea
Grimison, and Dylan Pletcher. The eighth grandchild is due
LLOYD PETERSON'S 94th
Midshipman Sean Morrissey of Merritt Island,
Florida was recently named an Honor Midshipman Under
Guidance during his first semester as a member of the Maine
Maritime Academy Regiment of Midshipmen. He received
the award as part of a Fall awards ceremony at the Maine
Midshipman Sean Morrissey
In November, Lloyd Peterson (Uncle Pete to many
former Zonians) celebrated his 94th. birthday with family
in Atlanta, Georgia. Pictured are his grandson Andrew
who helped to blow out the candles and daughters
Jayne and Cheryl.
Morrissey, who is majoring in nautical science, was
one of six midshipmen selected for the first year honor based
on exemplary performance as a junior member of the
Regiment. He demonstrated personal growth and excellence
team building skills and improved leadership ability during
the Regimental Preparatory Training process.
Sean is the son of Captain Robert E. and Frances
Morrissey of Merritt Island, Florida..
BOB RUSSELL SR'S 85th
Bob Russell, Sr. (formerly of Curundu Heights)
celebrated his 85th birthday on October with friends in
Destin, Florida and son, Bob Russell, Jr. (Photo by
daughter-in-law Cheryl Russell.)
Louis "Sparkle" Seldon receiving his retirement
plaque from Bill Weaver (FAA FSDO Office Manager
at Ft. Lauderdale, FL) after Lou retired in May, 98. Lou
had 30 years, 5 months government service (7 years
were in the Navy).
la McCarrigher, and Sheila
anta, Ga. Joe's grandmother,
Park, FL was unable to attend
and cousins, Ni
-i in Brandon, Flk
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alton Beach, F]
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Florida. The groom is the son of Grace Pearson and the late
Robert Pearson of Cocoa, Florida.
Many fellow Zonians were in attendance, including
the bride's cousin, Glenora (Hale) McInerney traveled
'edro Miguel/Ft. Walton Beach and Carolyn Hale (BHS'84) and Scott Pearson
the nuptials and the reception at the
A casual reception followed with plenty of good
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Y ou( r VVOT ( j0 Carolyn and Scott honeymooned at Disney World
and now reside in Melbourne, Florida. Scott is employed by
Voortman, Inc. as an independent distributor. Carolyn, who
Im o[P. rt [B earned her Masters degree in Counseling is employed by the
/Rlallfnt in thiQ /sn l P rnrrA I Brevard County School Board as a Special Education
USAF, were united in marriage on June 20, 1998 at the B
Chapel, in Great Falls, Montana. Ms. Kathy Irwin served
maid of honor. Capt. William L. Kretz, USAF, was i
man. Nicki's son, Chase, served as ring bearer, and I
Kurt Rosenberger and Melanie Donohue v
married July 11, 1998 at the Acension Catholic Churc
Melbourne, Florida. Kurt is the son of Dave and D,
Rosenberger of Des Moines, Iowa and is a graduate(
Clemson University. He is employed as a pharmaceut
sales representative with Abbott Laboratories. Melani
graduate of Florida State University, is the daughter of
Donohue of Palm Harbor, Florida and Jeanne Brinsoi
Melanie Donohue and Kurt Rosenberger
The reception was held at the Patrick Air Fi
Officers' Club and was a great time for the 150 old Pan;
friends and families that attended. The couple honeymoc
in the U.S. Virgin Islands and now live in Melbou
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The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
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V. Hietpas also of Cut Bank.
The groom is a 1990 graduate of Balboa H
School and a 1994 graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronauti
University, Daytona Beach, Florida. He is the son
Richard (BHS'67) and Virginia (Wertz), (BHS'68) Zor
of Cardenas, Panama. He is the grandson of Mrs. Pel
Wertz, Fruitland Park, Fl. (formerly of Curundu Hgts.
Albrook AFB, Canal Zone), and the late Mr. Joseph
Wertz, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. Zornes formere
of Cocoli and Rodman, C.Z.). Out of town family memb
included Bob (BHS'71), Gail, Amanda, Brian Zorr
Denver, Co, Tom (BHS'66) and Tom Zornes Jr., I
Cruces, Nm, and Ms. Colleen Porter, Edmonton, Albe
After enjoying a brief honeymoon in Las Vel
NV, the newlyweds returned to Great Falls where the gro
serves as a Missile Launch Officer with the 564th Mis:
Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Mt. The bride is currer
employed by Ultra-Med Transcription Services, Great Fa
Shannon Blanusa and Lars Jorstad were mar
in a garden ceremony in Bremerton, Washington
November 7, 1998.
Shannon Blanusa and Lars Jorstad
The bride is the daughter of Doris Blanusa and
late Steve Blanusa. The groom is the son of Nai
(Kariger, CHS'53) and Darrell Eide, and the grandson
Lee and Marian Kariger.
They are residing in Bremerton where they are 1:
employed as teachers.
le spent Christmas in Panama with their
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Kelley Forster Slimon
Scot (CHS'80) and Kathy Slimon of
Saybrook, CT are pleased to announce the birth of their
child. a daughter. Kellev horn on Anril 27 1998 weiol
Forster of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and patei
grandparents are Captain and Mrs. Hamilton Slimon
Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zo
James Clary Conner IV
Jean Marie (Gramli
.*and Jimmy Conner
Clermont, Florida, prou
announce the birth of tl
first child, a son, Jar
Clary (JC) Connor IV,
September 10, 1998.
weighed seven pounds and
1/2 ounces and measured
The proud grandparents
Aggie and Larry Graml
of La Boca, Rep. of Panai
and Gail and Jim Conner
Bristol, Florida. Grc
grandparents are Glai
Gramlich and the 1
Tarpon Springs, Florida, i
Jean and Jimmy Ruth Conner of Brand
Conner with JC Florida.
Cheryl (Schmidt) Fritz and Kenny with Catheri
Anne Nicole Fritz. Born: October 20, 19!
Maternal grandparents are Doug and Shai
(Booth) Schmidt of Kerrville, Texas. Paternal grandpare
are Helen Fritz and the late Francis Fritz of Harper, Te)
Great-grandparents are Kenneth and Josephine (Stum
Booth of Mission Viejo, California and John and Cather
"Kitty" Schmidt, both deceased.
Haley Madison Roundy
Tristan (Morrissey) Roundy, with daughter Ha
Madison Roundy, born August 27, 1998.
Tristan Morrissey Roundy with daughter Hal
Haley is the first grandchild and granddaughter
Capt. Robert E. and Frances Morrissey of Merritt Islai
Jacob Lyne Gragg
Monika (Higginbotham) and Jason Gragg of
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, are proud to announce the birth of
their son, Jacob Lyne Gragg, born on the 6th of September,
Monica (Higginbotham) and Jason Gragg
Proud paternal grandparents are Larry and Sharon
Gragg of Balboa, Republic of Pananma. The proud maternal
grandparents are Norm and Trudy Higgenbotham, of
Thomas Dennis Grimison
Richard and Diana (Huff) Grimison of Curundu,
Panama, are pleased to announce the birth of their son,
Thomas Dennis, on November 27, 1998 at Paitilla Hospital,
Panama. Thomas weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 19 /2 inches
long at birth. Tommy joins big sister Carley Anne who is 18
Richard, Diana, Carly and Tommy Grimison
Proud grandparents are Dennis and Peggy (Hale)
Huff of Los Rios, Panama, and Tom and Nancy (Burns)
Grimison of Satellite Beach, Florida, formerly of La Boca,
Panama, who were visiting Panama at the time.. Tommy was
baptized on December 27 at St.Mary's Catholic Church,
Balboa, Panama, which was attended by many relatives and
friends. His godparents are Rick and Brandy (Huff) Cofer
of Coral Springs, Florida.
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Cecil Earle Alberga, 84, of Riverside, California,
died October 31, 1998. He was born in Colon, Rep. of
Panama and lived in Riverside for the past 22 years. He
worked for the United Fruit Company in Cristobal for 49
years and retired as freight manager in 1977. He was a
Mason and Past Master of the Union Lodge #7 in Colon.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lilia Alberga
of Riverside; two daughters, Cecilia Alberga, and Charlene
(Alberga) and Ken Skog, both of Riverside; three sons,
Charles and Sheryl (Ruoff) of Melbourne Beach, Fl.,
Clarence and Judy of Laguna Niguel. Ca., and William and
Teresa of Riverside; two brothers, Percy of Riverside and
Frank of Panama; seven grandchildren and numerous
cousins, nieces and nephews.
John Baker, 86, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died on
November 28, 1998 at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in
Tampa. He was a Navy veteran, serving eight years prior to
World War II in the Asiatic fleet aboard the USS Blackhawk,
the battle cruiser USS Rochester (the last coal burning ship
in the Navy) and the aircraft carrier USS Ranger, (the first
ship built as an aircraft carrier). During WWII he worked as
an electrician for the Panama Canal, served on a gun-boat on
the Yangtse River in China, enlisted as a deep sea diver and
mined gold in Mexico. He was a member of VFW, St.
Petersburg, Masonic Lodge 139 F&AM and St. Petersburg
Sail and Power Squadron.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; daughters
Rosalind Baker-Mahoney and Suci Lambeth; a son, John;
two sisters, Betty Rachael Sanders and Dottie Shiphorst;
brothers Sam and Bill of St. Petersburg, stepsons David and
Kevin Stinnette; stepdaughter Sandra Ripberger; six
grandchildren and three step grandchildren.
Charles Stratten Barthlow, 73, of Colorado
Springs, died in Panama City, Rep. of Panama on September
9, 1998. He was born in Holly Hill, Florida and was a retired
;3ittJ rryp $vrrfau
ed civilian She retired from NAS Staufley Field and spent 25 years in
tive in the the Canal Zone. She was an avid golfer and a member of St.
irine. Ann's Catholic Church, Bellview. She was preceded in death
i, whom he by her parents, Joseph and Virginia Gallion; her husband,
Trl Knron KTnnpth W Rrvnn nnd hbr hrnthpr Tnhnnv (2llAnn
and James, all of Indianapolis, and many nephews, nieces,
aunts and uncles.
Charles Edgar Belden, 83, formerly of Dothan,
Alabama, died December 19, 1998 in San Jose, California, He
was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, attended Canal Zone schools
and graduated from Cristobal High School. He was a Navy
veteran of World War II and resided in the Canal Zone until
he retired in December, 1977 from the Accounting Division
with over 40 years of service. While in the Canal Zone, he
and his wife opened their home to more than 5,000 children
and then to several hundred more while in Dothan. Late in
life, Charles spent much of his time caring for young children
at a local day center.
He is survived by a son, Charles F. of San Jose, Ca;
a grandson, Charles A.; four sisters, Blanche Hopkins, Texas,
s tenure as Executive
e was known as "Mr.
Sin the negotiation and
of 1977 for which he
tinguished Service. He
ed in the Army in 1942
.the war, he returned to
He worked for the Community Services Division of the
Panama Canal Company and retired with 37 years of
service. He additionally worked for the Sarasota County
Utilities for 15 years and retired at age 70 as Chief, Utilities
Inspector. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and the Catholic Church of the Incarnation. He was
active in the Little League and VFW baseball teams, brought
four teams to the U.S., umpired the Latin American
Olympics, Pana American Games-1946-Columbia, in 1951-
Venezuela, and judged boxing and umpited girls softball.He
enjoyed playing golf, swimming and watching sports on TV.
Survivors include three sons, Peter Jr. of Sarasota,
Timothy J. of Centerville, Va., Michael J. of Chattanooga,
Tn; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Danny Cox, 86, of Tucson, Arizona, died October
17, 1998. He was a native of Santa Barbara, California and
a member of the Panama Canal Society of Arizona. An
interdenominational memorial service was held at his home
and recordings of his own singing provided the music for the
service. The Eulogy, written by his wife, was read by a
He is survived by his wife, Jane (Dickson) Cox
(BHS'37) of Tucson, and a nephew.
Wilhelmina K. Galloway, 88, of Sarasota, Florida,
died on November 25, 1998. Born in Enterprise, Mississippi,
on December 25 and she retired on December 25 as an
accounting clerk from the Panama Canal Company Office of
the Comptroller in 1971 with over 30 years of service. She
was a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
N.A.R.F.E. and the Church of the Nativity.
She is survived by a daughter, Anna K. Daniel of
Houston; a son, Joseph C. of Sarasota; a sister, Maxine K.
Hitchcock of Sarasota; five grandchildren and eight great-
Virginia Graham, 82, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed
away January 10, 1999. Born in Tulsa, she graduated as a
Doctor of Pediatrics from Tulane University, and returned to
Tulsa to establish her practice, and married Jack K. Van
Overen in 1946. She moved to the Panama Canal Zone in
1957 as a Staff Physician at Gorgas Hospital. She completed
her Masters in Public Health at the University of California
and returned to the Canal Zone as supervisor of the Pediatric
Branch of the Public Health Department. She retired in 1978
with 23 years of Government service and returned to Tulsa.
She was active in church, community affairs and traveled
She is survived by sons, Peter Van Overen, Austin,
Texas and Christopher Van Overen of Portland, Oregon.
Gregory P. Gramlich, 75, of Tarpon Springs,
Florida, passed away peacefully at home with his family on
October 20, 1998. Born in the Panama Canal Zone, he was
the son of Mary and Gregor Gramlich, a Roosevelt Medal
holder who retired from the Dredging Division. He attended
Canal Zone schools and graduated from Carson Long
Academy in Pennsylvania. He served an apprenticeship with
the Panama Canal Company and enlisted in the U.S. Navy,
serving during World War II. After 37 years of service, he
retired in 1978 as Senior Lock Master with the Locks
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gladys; a
daughter, Beverly Gramlich of Tarpon Springs; a son, Larry
of Panama; brothers Richard of Largo, FL and Mark of San
Diego, CA; four grandchildren, Terri Lynn Bianchi, Ormond
Beach, FL, Montessa Reed, Christiansaburg, VA, Jean Marie
Conner, Clermont, FL, Gregory Gramlich, St. Petersburg,
FL; and two great-grandsons, Jason Gramlich and J.C.
Lucia Ernestine Hendrick, 97, of Titusville,
Florida, died November 20, 1998 at Mariner Health of
Titusville. She was born in Esmeraldes, Ecuador and was the
widow of Donald J. Hendrick, former manager of the
Washington Hotel and Hotel Tivoli. She was a member of
the Order of the Eastern Star; The Panama Canal Society and
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church.
Survivors include sons, Donald J.Hendrick, Jr.,
Merritt Island, Florida; and Les L. Hendrick, Edgewater,
Florida; a daughter, Carol B. Whitney, Titusville; nine
grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one great-great
Edward Charles Hribik, 84, of Dunedin, Florida,
died January 16, 1999 at Dunedin Care center. He retired as
vice president of Airplane maintenance for Air New England
and was a 32 Mason, a member of Scottish Rite and York
Rite, Abou Saad Temple of the Canal Zone; Egypt Shrine
Temple and Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary A. and
a daughter, Kristina H. Mello of Pembroke, Mass.
George F. Hudson, Sr.,92, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, and Copperas Cove, Texas, died December 13, 1998
at Metroplex Hospital, Killeen, Texas after a long illness
with Parkinson's disease. Born in Boston, he was a graduate
of the Boston Maritime Academy and was a certified Master
Mariner. He retired in 1963 as a pilot for the Panama Canal
Co. He was a 320 Mason and a member of the Balboa
Masonic Lodge and was a Noble of Abou Saad Shrine
Temple, both in the Canal Zone.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Armenia S.;
a daughter, Judith Hudson, California; two sons, Stephen,
California and George F. Jr.,Copperas Cove, and a sister,
Hellene Flagg, Bagnor, Maine.
Gregory Vincent Husum, 39, passed away
peacefully on October 24, 1998 in Green Cove Springs,
Florida, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone and attended St. Mary's School in Balboa. Upon
ailCjiucU ;II1UUI 111 i anaisicc, rItnua. Licguly was a u.. pig,
Marine Corps veteran and is buried in the National Cemetery
at Bushnell, Florida. his fath
He is survived by his mother, Ellen (Foley) Husum, Manninl
Tallahassee; grandmother Edna (Bull) Sanford, St. Ijamsvil
Petersburg, Fl.; five brothers, Edward of Austin, Tx., John of Orlando
Cardenas, Rep. of Panama, Raymond of San Diego, Ca.,
George of Panama City, Fl., and Michael of Tampa, Fl; five
sisters, Janet Herrington of Stockbridge, Ga., Karen Clary of
Austin, Maureen of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Lorraine Allen Novem
of Tallahassee, and Mary of St. Petersburg, Fl. Gregory was native o
preceded in death by his grandfather, Edward J. Husum Sr., employee
grandparents Mary (Denn) and Thomas Foley, a Roosevelt previous
Medal holder, and ten years to the day, by his father, Edward a membt
J. Husum, Jr. Star, N/
Page Spencer Jackson, 78, died January 5, 1999 in Roebucl
Tallahassee, Florida. He was born in the Panama Canal
Zone, graduated from West Point in 1943 and served during
World War II. He became a lawyer in 1953 and served as a
Pinellas County Attorney. He also served as first vice
president of the National Association of County Attorneys.
He wrote and published an Informal History of St. Decemb
Petersburg. to the U
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jeanie Shackford then witl
Jackson; two daughters, Barbara Jacobson, Bethesda, Md. as a Sea
and Patricia Page Jackson, Sarasota; a brother, Dr. Robert S. employee
of Silver Spring, Md. Division
Henrietta A. Karst. 98 of Gulfnort Florida. died ,..,
S.. u own oa U
December 23, 1998 at Mariner Health of Pinellas Point. Born
in Paola, Florida and she went to Panama in 1940 and left in sons, Wi
1957 when her husband Paul Karst Sr. retired as Postmaster Pompano
in Pedro Miguel. She was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral Fred of S
Episcopal Church. NY and I
Survivors include two daughters, Zoe Ann Nalepa,
Hernando, Florida and Shirley M. Whitlock, St. Petersburg,
Florida; nine grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
died on IN
Hermanus A. (Louie) Kleefkens passed away on
December 20, 1998 in Lakewood, Washington. He recently long tim
moved to live with his daughter, Virginia. Born in Hoboken,
New Jersey in 1915, he came to the Canal Zone in 1916 Minco,
when his father, Herman Kleefkenssister in
when his father, Herman Kleefkens began working as a
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Paul Pryor, 80, of Treasure Island, Florida, died
december 1, 1998 at home. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he
Ad been a Sanitation Supervisor there for 20 years. He was
LT.S. Army veteran, serving in the Panama Canal Zone and
as a Catholic.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Patricia; a
other, William of San Jose, California, a niece and a
John Joseph "Jack" Reilly, 70 of Orlando, Florida,
ed November 28, 1998, Born in Colon Hospital, Panama He
as a Cristobal High School graduate of 1945. and moved to
central Florida in 1954 after serving in the U.S. Army in
'ristobal in 1928 and made their home in the Canal Zone for
2 years before both retired in 1960. She was predeceased by
er husband in 1988. She was a member of the Cathedral of
t. Jude the Apostle.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret A. (Peg)
impson, Fort Walton Beach, Fl. and Mary Jane Taylor of
lethlehem; nine grandchildren, Christopher Simpson,
)eborah Varner, Sandra Barber, David Simpson, Karen
mith, Linda Watsulla, Tony Smith, James Sylvestre and
ackie Bork, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Carol L. Vidaurri, 65, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
ied November 26, 1998. She was born in Oklahoma City
nd retired from the Panama Canal Commission. She was
employed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission at the time of
Carol is survived by her mother, Lillian Greniger of
)klahoma City; daughters Virnna Sabine, husband Kirk of
ussex, New Brunswick, Canada; Vera Fitzsimmons of
'ukon, Oklahoma; a son, Vincent and wife Teresa of
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grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Sane Emery Roy, 64, passed away on November 6,
1998 in a iocal nursing home. She was born in the Canal
Zone to parents John Allen and Mary Catherine (Kerr)
vadison. Jane owned her own business, The Jane Emery
Secretary Service in the 600 building. She was well known
n the oil industry. She was a loving wife, mother and
grandmother and will be truly missed.
Survivors include her husband, Robert J. Roy of
Corpus Christi, Texas; a son, Greg Emery and his wife Holly
)f Corpus Christi; two grandchildren, Michael and Brian
Emery; and a sister, Ellen Reid of Conroe, Texas.
Dolores Stewart, 85, died December 19, 1998 at
vlanor Care Nursing Home in Dunedin, Florida. She was
)orn in Brooklyn, New York and came to Dunedin in 1998
rom Dothan, Alabama. She retired from the Federal
Government in the Panama Canal Zone as a draftswoman.
Survivors include a brother, Manuel Garcia of
grandchildren. Marion was the sister of Jack (Pat) Snyder,
udy (Bud) Haver, Pat Parsons and the late Jim Snyder;
rothers-in-law Julian "Bud" (Bette) and Ed (Rose) Rice and
Frank Zeimitz, 80, of Panama City, Panama, R.P.
ied October 3, 1998 of heart failure at Paitilla Hospital, after
eart catherization. He was the owner of Panama Agencies in
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Butler Zeimitz,
who worked at Civil Affairs, and with whom he would have
celebrated their 50h" anniversary on December 26th; three
children and eleven grandchildren.
Note from the Editor: The Canal Record often receives other
death notices that only state the death and do not offer any
other information such as date, location, former employment,
association with the Panama Canal, survivors, etc..
Hopefully, in the future, this information will be included so
that proper recognition may be given to those deceased..
Some of our group enjoying the Bermuda Cruise: Fron
Cain, Angelica Wong, Carolyn Johnson, Muriel Whi
Haywood, Jean Kirk, Adalia Lim, Alvin Lim, Luis We
Steve Peck, Bonnie Hager, Patti Griffin, Robert Jot
BERMUDA: BRIGHT, BALMY,
We boarded our ship, the Norwegian Crown at
Port Canaveral on November 7, 1998, and spent two days at
sea, enjoying the crisp air, the entertainment, and the food.
The ship was immaculate and every effort was made by the
staff to make the passengers comfortable, and the cruise an
Joining us on this adventure were Robert and
Carolyn Johnson, Faith Brundage, Olga Disharoon,
Robert and Bonnie Haywood, Jay Cain, Myrtle Hughes,
Raymond Ott, Florence Griffin, Patricia Griffin, Pauline
Arnold, Sandra Aubrey, Tiffany Aubrey, Gillian Aubrey,
Mary Ann Ulrich, William and Arlene Gamble, Bonita
Hager, Leon and Aurora Holloway, Jean Kirk, Adalia
Lim, Alexander and Luisa Lim Jr., Alvin and Isolina Lim,
Steve Peck, Michelle Van Gilder, Luis and Angelica
Wong, and H. Chial.
ith Brundage, Olga Disharoon, Leon Holloway, Jay
i, Florence Griffin. Back row: Myrtle Hughes, Robert
Arlene Gamble, Bonnie Haywood, Aurora Holloway,
Our first port of call was Hamilton, capitol of
Bermuda. Our shin docked iust a short walk from Front
Here is a certain magnetic attraction about
ermuda; once you have been there it keeps calling yo
ack. We all had such a good time on this cruise, that we wil
definitely heed that call to go back someday.
Now I will have to consult my compass and see ii
rhich direction our next adventure will be.
Faith "Lucky" Brundage with casino manager
showing off her big win.
C.H.S. 1943 Classmates: Robert Johnson, Muriel
(Holmelin) Whitman, Alex Lim.
HOCKINS' 10 DAY TRIP TO
Russ and Marianne Field (CHS'67) Hockin and
friends recently returned from a 10 day trip to Panama. The
Hockins were in Panama last year to celebrate their 25th
Wedding Anniversary (Marianne had not been back in 27
years), and this time to celebrate their upcoming 50th
In El Valle, Marianne (Field) Hockin (second from
left), along with husband, Russ (in background), and
friends, are harnessed up and ready to being their
Canopy Adventure through the rainforest.
Highlights of the trip included the Canopy
Adventure in El Valle, where they cabled 180 feet above the
forest floor in front of a beautiful waterfall, along with
Peacock Bass fishing in Gatun lake, sightseeing, golfing, and
the beach at the Coronado Beach and Golf Resort, and
Karl Marohl, Rich Velesco, Pablo Carrasqujllo
(Ballot in this Canal Record)
Chris and Bruce Homa with his sister Diane (fro
Tampa) joined the Russells and Jason Ohman tt
day after Thanksgiving for a four hour canoe tr
headed by Joan Ohman, down the Hillsborough Riv
running through Tampa. Florida. Quite a delightful d;
seeing a variety of birds, alligators and turtles along tt
GRIMISON'S TRIP TO PANAMA
Tom and I spent eight eventful days in Panam
during the '98 Christmas holidays. We arrived o
Christmas Eve, in time to attend the 5:00 p.m. Children'
Mass at St. Mary's Church in Balboa, which starred ot
new grandson, Thomas Dennis Grimison, as Baby Jesu:
in the reenactment of the "Christmas Story". Colleen an
Shannon Fahy, Carly Grimison, Catherine, Melanih
Stephanie and Sarah Seitz, and Caleb and Joshua Bale
also played major parts. Elizabeth (Grimison) Fahy an
Mayra (Linares) Seitz were in charge of the production
Melanie (Trim) and Fred Bales provided keyboard an
guitar music for the occasion.
On Sunday, December 27, young Tomm
Grimison was baptized and Melanie Seitz received he
First Communion. Present for this special occasion alon
with Tommy's parents, Richard and Diana (Hufl
Grimison were his maternal grandparents, Peggy an
Dennis Huff, his uncle, Lenny Huff, his cousin, Laure
Hale and his uncles Eric and Matthew Grimison. Jan
(Gabriel) and Bill Huff "stood in" for their daughter
Brandyv and son-in-law. Rick Cofer. Tommv's Godnarent;
who could not be in Panama for the ceremony. Along witt
Melanie's mother and sisters, her grandparents, Mayra anc
Rolando Linares, and her father, David Seitz, were among
those present to celebrate her special day. In his homily
Mass celebrant, Father Pio Jimenez, described the joy ol
the occasion and the season, as being tinged with sadness
considering the impending departure of David and Mayr,
from Panama in January. As teachers with the Departmeni
of Defense Dependents Schools, they have been transferred
to Germany. Another highlight of our trip included a bus
excursion to see the local Christmas lights in the CZ town
sites on the Pacific side. Frank and Margaret Endei
joined the Huff/Grimison/Fahy families for an enjoyable
evening filled with much hilarity. On Tuesday, Patrick,
Mayra (Brannon), Brandon and Chelsea Grimison
arrived in Panama in time for all of us to celebrate Patrick's
birthday at Pizza Italia and at the Fahy's in Los Rios. On
Wednesday, we joined Bruce Quinn to enjoy the "besi
food in town" at the delightful "La Cocotte" French
restaurant in Panama City. Tom's most interesting activity
occurred when he transited the Canal with our son,
(Thomas) Richard, as the Panama Canal Pilot on the ship.
The rest of our time in Panama was spent happily visiting
with our extended family and friends including Anona
Kirkland, Laura, Ray and Danny Reyes, Alex, Vivian
and Jessica Reyes, the Seitz family, Brenda, Tom, Justin,
Ryan, Scott, Billy, Laura and Emily McGann, members
of St. Mary's Guitar Group and Song Leader Choir and
Anita and Betty who helped raise the Grimison children.
It seems fitting, somehow, that during what was certainly
Panama Canal Pilot, Richard Grimison with
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Back row, L-R: Andy Anderson, "Emo" Everson, Ken Roscoe, Jack Riess, Whitey Gieseking, Bob Russell.
Front row: L-R: Bill Dixon, "Corky" Elbertson, Gordon Paulson and Tom Peterson.
A "FUN THING" TO DO IN
Another "fun thing" to do in Florida Not being
able to attend, the Woody Foster's were asked by Ruthie's
classmate, Robert Johnson (BHS'48) to meet and see his
son compete in a Quarter-horse "Reining competition" at the
Ocala Arabian Breeder's Pavilion. Grabbing at the
opportunity here in "horse country" for something new and
different for us to do, we did so, and found it to be a real
treat. Young Andy and his mount Jac-be-quick won all three
categories of the highest level "Open Class" competition.
Jac-be-quick of the Seneca farms, Virginia, is a two-time
winner of the World's Championship competition in Reining,
and from the scuttle-butt we heard going around the pavilion
that day, Andy is one "super rider."
They will be competing again soon in Ocala,
hopefully to qualify for the Summer Olympics,
Congratulations, and ride-on, Andy!
Andy Johnson and "Jac-be-quick". Horse had just
performed and was a bit tired.
Mac and Emily McCullum of Roseberg, Oregon, with
their granddaughter, Rachel Warren.
Chuck and Selma Umnuss with daughter Marisa,
Pilar and granddaughter Pilar Albert, in Tahiti,
Papeete, where they enjoyed scuba diving. Photo by
Frances Mock and Diane Bradley. 2nd. L.J. Barley,
Larry Jones, Ed Mcllvaine, Louise Hunt. 3".- Frank Guy
Jr.. Zeb Gray, Oscar W'heeler, and Ron Smith, !!
Russ Hoogland and Wilma Nowotny. 3rd. Doris Barb
Lois Thomas, and Marguerite Zumbado.
It was great having the younger retirees with 1
There should be a lot of new retirees here in the States
next October and hopefully some of them will join us.
Our dates have been reserved for next October
through October 7"h. Individual mailings will go out later a
we will have more information for future Canal Recon
Jim Coman did his usual professional job as our m
Thanks much, Jim.
We would like to thank all those who donated dc
prizes; Bill Wheeler, Eddie Wheeler, and Mike Smil
Abe Anderson furnished pens and tees for all. I know 1
are forgetting someone. A big Thanks to Ron Smith a
Woodie Woodruff for all of their hard work getting t
business community to donate great prizes. We had prize
galore. We are looking forward to seeing you in 1999.
Bud and Lois Thomas, Abe Anderson and Jim Coma
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Louis "Sparkie" Seldon (left), Dr. Brent Hisi
(center) /owner/pilot of P-51, Ms America and Lai
Butler (right) Chief Mechanic of Ms America at i
Reno Air Races in September. Ms. America won i
Silver in the unlimited category. The owner/pilot a
mechanic "live" in Oklahoma City, OK.
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BARBARA AND TOM HANNA
For those of you who haven't had the opportunity
to return "home" I offer the following: Tom and I gave
ourselves a Christmas present in January of this year (1998)
and planned a two week trip back to the Zone Tom's
brother, Bill Hanna still lived in Cardenas so we had a place
to stay. and planned to rent a car. We left the States on a cold
rainy morning, put on our winter coats in the car trunk to
wait our return (wouldn't need them for a while) and arrived
at Tocumen on a perfectly beautiful dry season afternoon -
pure blue sky and a blast of that wonderful hot humid
tropical air better than a warm blanket in the winter cold....I
was home. I didn't see the new modern airport in my eye I
was arriving at the small one with the open balcony
overlooking the runway and could still picture the waving
greeters looking down at the arriving passengers.
Many say not to return, that there have been so
many changes that you will be saddened but I found that not
to be. The feeling of finally being returned to your element,
the memories flooding back masked all the changes, at least
for me. We made all attempts to return to places that had
meaning to us old neighborhoods, hang-outs, beaches, etc.
The landmarks are still there even if some of them have been
converted to handle offices. I didn't notice the fence around
the high school, I was remembering racing through the
hallway to class, cheering at the ball games, playing ball in
the upper and lower gyms, the Post Office, Theater, Commy
and Stevens Circle, in my mind was still operational and I
could picture the past more memories. Amador Road didn't
have pizza places, mini stores along it, just the old mini
garages and kids on bicycles heading for Plank, Akee and
Mango Streets for back yard ballgame or cars full of teens
heading for Amador Beach for an afternoon. The Causeway,
in my mind didn't have Panama police everywhere, Conc
Train, hoards of people walking or riding bicycles along the
grassy shoulder, or restaurants at the end, people swimming
in the Panama Bay side and at the old beach club sans the
shark net. Instead it was still the same narrow strip of road
bounded by water leading to the beach club and the mine
docks bringing back memories of lazy days, nights of shark
fishing, parties and fun.
At night, walking around Cardenas, you could
almost believe that nothing had changed we went to the
Cardenas tree bur along with a large crowd of Zonians ate
hot dogs and burnt marshmallows, laughed and joked,
watched the little ones throw the trees on the burning pile
and again felt that warm feeling of being "home."
Revisited the Pedro Miguel Boat Club the same
building that my dad and his Locks friends threw huge fish-
fries where the whole town came. I could almost hear their
belly-laughs coming from the upstairs where the beer would
be flowing and the fish stories growing, the kids chasing
each other around the boats outside and the women sitting
and gossiping at tables loaded with fried Corvina, Grouper,
fried shrimp, scallops, potatoes and cole slaw. Wow, what
We rented a car and spent several days touring the
interior visited El Valle, which hasn't changed a bit the
same stores, market, baja riqui, the lush vegetation and
wonderful laid back natives who still smile and wave at
passing cars. We traveled to Boquete and stayed overnight
with a friend of Tom's, who has retired in the area and had
built a CZ home with plans he scarfed from Maintenance.
The fruit was just as juicy as I remembered and still as cheap.
We bought Cafe Duran from the processing plant and toured
the coffee plantations what a beautiful place. Off we went
to David and then on to the Volcan where we stayed at the
bambito Hotel still as nice as ever. We drove around
stopping at homes that once belonged to our friends and
relatives and remembered the times we spent there. The
flowers in the Volcan were still out of this world, the farms
as neat as a pin, the horse ranches pretty as pictures. Again,
memories kept coming back.
On the way back we stopped at many of the
beaches, yes, the Santa Clara Casino is still in existence and
still operating, but it looks a lot better (new management).
We visited with Miss Lehman (my former coach and
teacher) and brought her up to date on some of her students
and laughed about a few stunts we pulled in gym class (she
finally admitted that making us do those pyramids was her
way of getting even.) Those old caballos are still there but
I didn't test their temperament this time. Even though the
beach houses are more elaborate, the beach itself has not
changed As I walked the beach at Gorgona, I pictured a
small girl making sand castles, collecting shells and naming
them (Chinese hats, keyholes, volcanoes and lacies) running
through the surf, collecting drift wood for an evening fire,
swimming in the pool in the rocks and listening for the
Aooga horn that her dad sounded when it was time to return
to the house. In my mind, I was that little girl again.
Yes, things have changed as all things must, but you
can go home...in your mind. And I highly recommend it. It
brought a closure that I needed.
Pablo Carrasquillo and Bruce Scott.
Your Vote Is
(Ballot in this Canal Record)
VIGLIELMO ZEMER MEETING
From Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo (BHS'49,
CZJC'51) comes this photo of her meeting, October 25 at
Capistrano Beach, California, with Bill Zemer (BHS'41).
Frances had a great reunion with Bill, who was her diving,
swimming and water ballet coach. Bill has been helping her
fill the gaps in her memory about the Red, White & Blue
Troupe in the Canal Zone for the fiction she is writing short
stories and a novel.
Bill Zemer and Frances Viglielmo
Bill was especially helpful about their mutual
mentor, Henry Grieser, founder of the Troupe. As Frances
recalls, Coach Grieser was the brother of John G.
Claybourne's wife, Elsie (is that correct? and asks that
anyone who knows, please let her know). Frances' mother,
Eleanor Kelly Farrell McQueary, served as recording
secretary to Elsie Claybourne of the Gamboa Women's Club.
Frances hopes to see all her 1949 classmates at their 50th
Reunion this year. Frances and her husband made four trips
last year; one to Japan where they were presented the Peace
Award given annually by the Nagasaki Atom Bomb
Survivors' Friendship Association. The only other foreigner
to receive it was Mikhail Gorbachev.
Submitted by Lois Bates
Thomas R. Goethals
Grandson of Gen. George W. Goethals
Builder of the Panama Canal
"The Eighth Wonder of the World"
Mr. Thomas Goethals was recently seen on the
Discovery Channel Documentary as a historian and
narrator on November 15, 1998
ANNUAL HUNTERS REUNION
Mac Lane hosted the First Annual Hunters Reunion
in November. Photo taken in the Silver Dollar Saloon in
L-R: Tim Lane-BHS'68), Mac Lane-(BHS'63), John
Wayne-(BHS'41), Garth Feeney-(BHS'63), Garth's
daughter-(BHS96) and Lew French-(BHS'63).
Descendants of medal holders interested
in learning more about
ROOSEVELT MEDAL DESCENDENTS
Panama Canal (1904-1914)
are urged to write to
Marc Quinn, Roosevelt Medal Descendants
P.O. Box 3344, Balboa-Ancon, Panama
You'd cry, too, if hundreds of persons moved
and it cost you 50 cents each time to get the
new address. When you move, please send us
your new address, immediately. Thank you.
BHS CLASS OF 1949
The will be a 50'h Anniversary Reunion of the Balb
High School Class of 1949 at the July 1999 Panama Car
Society of Florida Annual Reunion. Information may
obtained by contacting the Chairperson of the BHS'
:-"prm o nfilnurn n a
We would appreciate receiving current addresses of;
classmates. The last mailing sent, many letters were return
marked "undeliverable". If you know addresses of classmat
who are not members of the Society, please include those
C.H.S. CLASS OF 1949
50th Reunion Plans for 1999
Plans are being made for a 50th C.H.S. Cl
Reunion to be held during the 1999 Panama Ca
Society Reunion in Orlando. Please contact one
the Planning Committee members listed below
more information or ideas on the type of event tl
should be planned.
Jean (Dough) Judge J.E. Dorn Thor
(813) 577-4976 Brian Albright (804) 745-1,
Jackie Whitlock Werbrouck John (Buddy) Thon
(91M (RSS-8770 9Ri 915-11
THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
The Year 2000...50th Reunion
The 50th Reunion Committee met in full sessi
during the July 1998 Reunion in Orlando and we made plh
for our Class of '50 Reunion to be held in 2000. Respon:
from our missing classmates continue to dribble
However, we still have about sixty classmates from wh(
we have had no response. Please read our notice unm
Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury Joan (Powell) Arndt
RR 13 Box 8600 HWY 21E 9770 S.W. 198th Circ
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599 Dunnellon, FL
Cspreadbury @titan.sfasu.edu 34431-4148
CHS/BHS CLASS OF 1954
What do you think of a 451' Class Reunion to
held at the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion, duri
June 30 to July 4 in Orlando, Florida? We are consider
having our class reunion on Saturday, July 3rd at one of t
many rooms in the Orlando World Center Marriott. C
combined class reunion of both CHS/BHS could include
open bar happy hour and dinner, and the cost would
approximately $50 per person which should cover the cost
the dinner as well as door prizes. If you are interested, plea
let any of the following classmates know.
June Rowley Stevenson Marguerite Neal Zumbai
(770) 995-7537 (407) 282-07
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (BH
Sheila McNamee Taylor (CHS)
Email: shephill @multipro.com
CHS '59 40 YEARS!
The CHS Class of 1959 will be hosting its 40th Class reuni
on Thursday, July 1, 1999 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orlando Woi
center Marriott located in Orlando, Florida.
Our reunion will be held in conjunction with t
Annual Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion.
For further information please contact or c
BHS CLASS OF 1959
BHS'59 celebrates 40 years at the Panama Ca
Society of Florida Reunion. We will have a suite at
disposal for getting together from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on b
Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3, 1999. Please contact i
of the following classmates if you plan to attend. We wo
like to have e-mail addresses, snail male addresses and phi
numbers, if possible.
Layne I A tauol.conl JclSiilut Ull,'Aui
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ATTENTION CHS CLASS OF 197
"Last Class of the Canal Zone"
We are planning our 20th. We need to find you, so sen
your addresses, phone numbers and/or emails to: Lynn
Sunday as a Class Welcome Reception Suite, and
Reunion Dinner will be held Saturday evening.
For Forms and Info, contact Betsy Vosbui
Phone (407) 779-3017 or e-mail: Dbdvoz@aol.com, t
send your forms in ASAP!
LOOKING FOR CHS CLASS OF
riasc can I O -maiill CUT~ren auuresses ulr LIe 10as
Stephanie Mitchell Robert
(501) 905-5501 (407) 83
stephanie.mitchell @ alltel.com teeman357 @
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PACIFIC NORTHWEST PANAMA
CANAL REUNION PICNIC.
August 7, 1999
Come join the fun Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. at. Abrams Park, Ridgefield, Wa. (Exit 14 from 1-5
Bring a friend, bring the kids for an old fashioned
picnic with games for kids of all ages. Games begin at 1 p.m.
followed by our annual Panama Lottery. Horseshoes or
A covered eating area with a fully equipped kitchen
has been reserved for us. Bar-B-Que pits are included.
Make it a week or weekend of fun. Visit
Redgefield's wildlife refuge, an operating grist mill,
Lelooska Indian Gallery, Fort Vancouver, Mt. St. Helen's
(including the Ape Caves) or play a round of golf at Lewis
River Golf Course in Woodland.
A $5.00 donation is suggested at the time of
registering to help defray the cost of next years picnic. We
are looking forward to seeing everyone. Please call us if you
have any questions or need assistance.
Early Bird Registrations receive a 10% discount
when registering at the following locations:
Woodland Inn 1-800-444-9667
Lewis River Inn 1-800-543-4344
Woodland Shores RV Park 1-800-481- 2224
These facilities are about 9 miles north of picnic grounds.
OTHER FACILITIES (Not Discounted)
Paradise Point State Park 5 miles N. of picnic area:
Big Fir Campground & RV Park, about 6 miles from picnic.
Comfort Inn (N.E. 20th Ave. Salmoncreek, 10 miles south
of picnic area. 1-800-221-2221
Shilo Inn, Salmoncreek 360-695-2245
Candy and Murray Falk
Most of us recycle glass, plastic, newspapers, metal,
cardboard, etc. Why not add your old eyeglasses to the list?
Recycling unwanted glasses, empty frames and lenses will
help visually impaired people in Third World countries. You
can make a difference, so do your part. Send yours to:Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.
GULF COAST PICNIC
The annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic starts
at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 2, 1999. at the Davis Bayou
Campground of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, off
Highway 90 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. For overnight
camping details, contact the Assistant Superintendent, Gulf
Islands National Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs,
Ms. 39564. For additional picnic details, contact Gerda
Smith, (601) 567-9870 or Patt Roberson (225) 774-7761.
THE 37th ANNUAL CANAL ZONE
The 1999 Canal Zone Reunion is scheduled to begin
Friday Afternoon, September 10, 1999, through Sunday
Afternoon, September 12, 1999, at the Hill Motor Lodge
(Best Western), Tannersville, PA. Following last years very
successful Flapper Theme, it has been decided to have a
"Country Western" party in 1999. The Hill Motor Lodge is
located at Exit 45 on 1-80 in Tannersville. The cost is $72 per
person, double occupancy and includes dinner on Friday and
Saturday nights. Telephone reservations may be made after
January 1999 by calling (717) 629-1667 (preferably, ask for
Mrs. Paul). This is an ideal time and place in which to hold
mini-class reunions and a great place to relax and enjoy the
company of fellow Zonians. Golf and shopping is available
as well as good restaurants in Tannersville and the Delaware
Water Gap which is only minuted away. If additional
information is needed, call Bob Whitam at (330) 725-5087
or Bill March at (609) 772-9458.
MASONS and OES LUNCHEON
There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern Star
luncheon on Friday, July 2, 1999 at the Orlando World
Center Marriott in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the
Anaheim/Atlanta rooms immediately following the
Society's Annual Business Meeting. The cost of the luncheon
is shown below.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars, spouses
and friends of the Fraternity are invited. Dress for the
occasion will be semi-formal.
MASONS & OES LUNCHEON
Orlando World Center Marriott
Orlando, Florida 32821-6358
July 2, 1999
Luncheon: 12:30 p.m.
(A) Breast of Chicken
(B) Grilled Top Sirloin Steak
reservations and meal selection of (A) or
Total enclosed: $
Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to Robert
Russell and mail to 3023 Bent Creek Drive, Valrico, FL
List names of persons attending (and meal selection for
name tags: CKAE~
Deadline for reservations is June 22, 1999
NORTHEAST FLORIDA RESIDENTS
A spring picnic on April 10, 1999, is in the
making! If you are interested in having this picnic and also in
having an Area Reporter for this area, either call or write
Gloria Malin at 11293 Derringer Circle So., Jacksonville,
FL 32225. Phone number is (904) 642-2386, OR e-mail
Kathy Malin Saville at email@example.com or her
phone number is (904) 642-6835.
The picnic is scheduled to be at Hanna State Park
and Campground, 500 Wonderwood Drive, Atlantic Beach.
The park is off A1A near NAS Mayport. The picnic is
scheduled in the picnic area from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Follow
the signs. Bring your own food come and enjoy the day.
ST. MARY'S PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
There are tentative plans for a reunion of St. Mary's
Parochial School alumni. Sisters, Priests and lay-teachers
planned for a 2000 stateside most likely in conjunction with
the Society reunion. If you are interested in further
information and/or attending please send the following
information: NAME (including maiden, adopted if you
attended under another name) FULL ADDRESS,
HM/WK/FAX Numbers, E-MAIL Address. Years attended
and year graduated from St. Marys to Kathleen Welch at:
(813)797-7139, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 2214 Stacy Ct., Palm
Harbor, FL 34683.
Persons interested in putting together a mini-reunion
(July'99) for all interested former members of any of the
riding clubs of the former Canal Zone (Atlantic and Pacific
side) and downtown Panama; the Canal Zone Horseman's
Association (C.Z.H.A.); or the Isthmian Horseman's
Association (I.H.A.). Additionally, I would be interested in
receiving any kind of correspondence (horse and rider
stories) or mementos (mainly photographs, ribbons and
trophies) from the old days of horseback riding in the Canal
For more information please contact Pamela
Weldon @ (954) 964-6832 Home, or (305) 437-1505 work,
or write to 621 N. 69 Ave., Hollywood, FL 33024.
BALBOA UNION CHURCH NEEDS
PHOTOS FOR CALENDARS
The Balboa Union Church asks that if any of the
people who have been making last trips to Panama have
taken pictures which they think would be suitable for the
calendar, the Church would like to get in touch with them.
One of their main stumbling blocks for producing
the calendar in a timely manner is getting enough pictures,
preferably slides, in time to make selections for next year's
calendar. If you have pictures you would like to appear in
next years calendar, please contact Marjorie L. Gerhart,
Secretary, Women's Auxiliary, PSC 04 Box 3214, APO AA
34004, or e-mail: email@example.com .
Members are requested to attend the 30th turkey dinner
at the 1999 Reunion.
E-mail your number to Chris #4 firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to Jim Bernard 333 S. Patrick Dr. #27, Satellite
Beach, FL 32937. We need to know how many turkeys to
YEARBOOKS and UPDATES
Old yearbooks and the yearbook updates often
distributed at class reunions in Florida are being collected in
the interests of future historical research and preservation.
They will end up in the Pan Canal Museum. So, if you have
any old yearbooks or if your class prepared an update for
your class reunion, please send them to: Patt Roberson,
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253. Thank you!
As for the yearbooks that some of you want, unless
there are duplicates, those I'm collecting are dedicated to the
Museum. However, if you reimburse the cost of
photocopying and postage, you can still get the book,
provided I have the right year. Please include a SASE with
your query. Thanks.
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Tom and Barbara Peterson made a trip to the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point, New York, in November to
visit and pay respect, in behalf of the members of the
Society, at the grave of Major General George Washington
Goethals, in the West Point Cemetery. Tom and Barbara Peterson at Gen. George
The West Point Cemetery site, a permanent one, Goethals' tombstone.
once known as the "German Flats" overlooks the Hudson
River and Constitution Island. There are more than 5,000 The history of the Academy itself can be seen in the
graves in this military cemetery. A few of the better known 18 graves of former superintendents and the resting places of
are Gen. Lucius Clay, Gen. Winfield Scott, Maj.Gen. many military, civilian and sports heroes in West Point
George A. Custer, Maj.Gen. John Buford Jr., Brig. Gen. history. They all lie forever side by side with professors,
Sylvanus Thayer, Tech. Sgt. Martin Maher. Among them monsignors, astronauts, wives and children.
are men who died in battle in every war in which the United Tom reports that Gen. Goethals rests in eternity in
States has taken part, from the War for Independence to a most beautiful cemetery.
Tombstone of General George W. Goethals at the The Coupon Department, Courthouse Buildings,
U.S. Military Academy Cemetery at West Point, New Ancon, Canal Zone, in the late 1930's. Photo submitted
York. by Anna Ruth Werkheiser, who is in the photo.
Revolutionary War soldiers and local residents
were buried here for several years before it was officially
named a military cemetery in 1817. The oldest grave, that of
Ensign Dominick Trant, dates from 1782 and can be found
in the oldest section of the cemetery in the north-eastern .
corner. In this same section, a visitor will notice that there
are many graves marked, "Unknown". These graves hold the
reinterred remains of Revolutionary War soldiers and others
who were buried in several plots around the post, as well as
the remains of those discovered during various building
excavations over the years.
By Willie K. Friar
The ROOSEVELT CANAL, HANNA LOCKS I, II
and III, the Sea of HANNA, and HANNA DAM. Ever
hear of these places?
They might well have been the names of the Panama
Canal, Miraflores, Gatun and Pedro Miguel Locks, and
Gatun Lake and dam, except for the consistent spirited
resistance of Gov. George W. Davis, Gov. M.L. Walker,
and others who followed after them.
From the time the first shovelful of dirt was turned,
the Canal administration maintained a resolute policy of
preserving historic geographical names despite repeated
efforts to change them to honor various individuals .
As early as June 28, 1904, John Bigelow, of New
York, in a letter carefully written in Spencerian script,
suggested to President Theodore Roosevelt, that all of
the locks of the Canal be named for "the late Senator
Hanna, a statesman and friend of the Isthmian Canal." He
also suggested that Gatun Lake be called the Hanna Sea,
and the port city of Cristobal be known "simply as
The letter was forwarded to Gov. George W. Davis,
who though at that time much more concerned with the
building than with the naming of the locks and towns,
made it quite clear that he was not in favor of changing
well-known local names. Expressing his opinion in a
letter to the President, he added, "After the greatest
engineering work of the world is accomplished there will
be time enough, it seems to me, to decide upon the names
of the ports and its principal entrances, the course that
was followed in respect to the Suez Canal."
But this was only the beginning of efforts to rename
the locks and Canal Zone towns that continued until
In April 1928, a joint resolution was introduced in
the House of Representatives that Gatun Locks be named
to honer Maj.Gen. George W. Goethals, chief engineer
of the Panama Canal from 1907 to 1912 and former
Governor of the canal Zone; that Pedro Miguel be named
for John F. Stevens, chief engineer from 1905 to 1907;
and that Miraflores be changed to Sibert, to honor
Brig.Gen. William L. Sibert, division engineer of the
Atlantic Division, 1907 to 1914.
The resolution also called for the naming of the dam
which was known as "Alhajuela" for Congressman
Martin M. Madden, chairman of the Appropriations
Committee, which obtained the funds for building it.
Local sentiment was against all of the proposals and
the names of the locks remained the same, but the name
of the dam was changed to Madden even though a local
newspaper conducted a campaign for retaining the
historic name, "Alhajuela" which means Little Jewel.
In resisting the changes, Gov. M.L. Walker pointed
out: "It is proposed to name Gatun Locks, which were
built by Sibert, after Gen. Goethals, and Miraflores
Locks, which were built by Mr. S.B. Williamson, after
Gen. Sibert, Gen. H.F. Hodges, who was largely responsible
for the design of all the Locks is neglected."
Governor Walker recommended instead of the
suggested change of names that a Panama Canal
Memorial Hall be built in the Canal Zone containing
tablets which would give the full history of American
achievement on the Isthmus and set forth the part played
by every individual prominently connected with the work.
It was proposed in 1928 that the name of the Canal
be changed to honor President Theodore Roosevelt.
Governor Walker expressed his disapproval of this also
and said, "The Panama Canal has been called so since the
French Company first started work. The Canal is known
throughout the world. To change its name now will prove
very confusing and for many years, even if the change of
the name is made, the world will continue to refer to as
the Panama Canal."
He mentioned as proof that names are not easily
changed that in 1915, President Wilson signed an
Executive Order changing the name of Culebra cut, the
excavation through the Continental Divide, to Gaillard
Cut to honor Lt.Col. David Gaillard, who was in charge
of the work there from 1907 to 1913. He pointed out that
the name, Culebra, which means snake, has persisted. It
is still used today by many residents of the Canal Zone
The Spanish names for the locks are .geographic
ones, already in common usage for these sites before the
locks were built, and looking into how the areas happened
to get their name leads one far back into Isthmian history.
In the case of gatun, on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus
evidence indicates that it took its name from the river
which appears on Spanish maps as early as 1750.
On the Isthmus, as in other places, it appears that
names were first applied to rivers and streams, often with
This seems true with the Gatun River which some Miraflore
believe was named for "el gato," the cat, because of its colonial
smooth running feline quality. (Records show that countries
beginning about 1882 the river was called the Gatuncillo.)
There are still some local people, however, who insist that
the name came from "gatunero," seller of smuggled meat, Mai
since the area around Gatun was once known as a place of the I1
where stolen cattle were brought fort sale to travelers, campaign
Of the three locks, the name of Pedro Miguel, builders c
pronounced "Peter Magill" by most Americans living in Mai
the Canal Zone, arouses the most curiosity and provokes original n
numerous arguments and discussions. to change
Pedro Miguel's Cabin Division,
One oldtimer reports that he remembers well the French C(
story he heard while still a boy that Pedro Miguel was the of a fruit t
name of a railroad section foreman. There was no town surname s
there in the old days and the stop on the Panama Railroad tree is n(
was known simply as "Pedro Miguel's Cabin." Others names goi
insist that the name was originally San Pedro Miguel St. Anc
Peter Michael the name the Spanish gave the river by many
which is near the town. names. TI
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SPETEKL MAILL French H,
lost in his
from the I
An 1867 history of the Panama Railroad refers to the the south
river as "a narrow tidewater tributary of the Rio Grande" the disco,
1943, was in favor of retaining the name stating: "Friends paradise, was a stop on the "dry season trail" between the
of tradition and Skunk Hollow need to arouse themselves Atlantic and Pacific and early Canal Zone legend has it
if they want to save the name. They deserve that Sir Henry Morgan first saw Old Panama from a
encouragement. This world tends to become a dreary and hilltop near Paraiso. It was also a headquarters for one of
orthodox place. Whatever piquancy and humor is inherent the working sections of the French Canal Company.
in the name of Skunk Hollow should be preserved for the During the 1850's when surveyors and engineers
coming generations. They, to whom the old place has the were laying out the railroad line, they found a pass which
associations of home and friends, cling to the old name. led into that F.N. Otis, a few years later, described as "the
They might agree that a rose by any other name would beautiful, undulating, valley of Paraiso, or Paradise,
smell as sweet but not Skunk Hollow." surrounded by high conical hills where nature in weird
profusion seems to have expended her choicest wealth."
Middle of 16th Century
The Pacific side community of Diablo Heights can
r N be traced as far back as the middle of the 16th century.
According to Isthmian histories, the narrow Isthmus of
SUNPanama was terrorized by bands of Cimarrones, runaway
Negro slaves who preyed upon the treasure trains on the
S-I Camino Real. They became such a threat to life and
property that the Spanish viceroy sent expeditions to
/ clean them out. They managed to evade their attackers
Sand in 1552 were granted recognition by the Governor of
At that time they had three main villages, one of
which was called Diablo or Devil. It was located near the
i present site of Diablo heights. In 1940, the Canal Zone
director of posts objected to the decision to name the post
office, which was located there until March 31, 1961,
A letter to the Panama American urged compromise. Diablo Heights pointing out there was already
The writer said: "We do not suggest that the warring considerable confusion over Balboa and Quarry Heights
factions compromise by agreeing to such a name as which were often written as "Q Heights" and "B Heights."
Jungle Hollow, although something might be said for He suggested Cerro Diablo which would retain the name
such a name. But we see no reason why everyone could but put it all in Spanish, but the Governor decided to keep
not at once agree to the adoption of the name Skunk Glen. the name and Diablo Heights it remains.
This would retain the saltiness of the original name and
would preserve the memories of the oldtimers. At the Mapmaker's Mistake
same time it would constitute a decided concession to the Names are sometimes the result of mistakes or
aesthetes. Let's make it Skunk Glen and return to the misunderstandings. A good example of this in the United
business of winning the war." States is Nome, Alaska, which received its name because
The problem was solved by ballot and a headline a mapmaker misunderstood the note his supervisor had
announced the result, "Skunk Glenners Vote placed on the map. Not knowing the name of the place,
Overwhelmingly for Name Curundu." Curundu was the he had written the question, "Name?" and the mapmaker
name of the little river nearby. It is a historic name, which misread it an wrote Nome.
has been spelled a variety of ways, but the exact meaning Darien, which once was the name of
in not known. the entire Isthmus, but now identifies a province of the
By Popular Ballot Republic of Panama, was an Indian word misunderstood
The new town of Los Rios was named by popular by Balboa. When Balboa arrived at the coast of the
ballot in 1954 with Sibert and Alhajuela being considered Isthmus he came upon a river whose name the Spaniards
also as possible choices. The streets had already been phonetically translated as "Tarona." The tendency to
named for local rivers and it was decided that it would be change the letter "T" to "D" changed the name to Dariena
fitting to call the town, "the rivers," and Daryen. Due to the consistent substitution of the letter
Rainbow City was named following a contest, "i" for the letter "y" in words which have the latter in their
sponsored by the Panama Canal Review. The name was center, it finally became Darien. The incorrect name was
suggested because of the pastel or rainbow colors of the immortalized in the famous although historically
houses. Even the sewage disposal plant is a cheerful pale inaccurate stanza of Keats "Endymion"..."Cortez with
green. eagle eyes...silent on a peak in Darien.
Paraiso, near Pedro Miguel Locks, which means There are still sporadic attempts to change the
names of the locks, townsites, and streets of the Canal
Zone but chances seem good that the long- time policy of
the Canal Zone to maintain historical places and names
And it is likely that there will still be spirited
arguments concerning such place names as Red Tank,
Empire, Taberilla (little tavern), Ahorta Lagarto (hang
the alligator), and Matachin,
Matachin had already become such a subject of
discussion that Governor Davis took time out from the
business of running the Canal Zone to discuss it in the
Canal Record of december 25, 1907.
He wrote, "It may seem almost heartless to shatter
and destroy the beliefs of the oldest as well as the
youngest Isthmian inhabitants respecting the history of
the name of Matachin, which is known to all
Panamanians as that of a station on the line of the Panama
Although many local people insisted that it meant
"Kill a Chinaman," the Governor went on to debunk the
story, still told today, that the name denoted the site of a
camp for Chinese railroad workers who committed
suicide by drowning, hanging and throwing themselves in
front of passing locomotives.
Then referring to a map published in 1684 "more
than 200 years before the Chinese tired of life on the
Isthmus (if they ever did)," he pointed out that a place of
that name was known to the Buccaneers. It may have
been the stopping place where the butcher, whose
occupation it designates, supplied the weary travelers
with fresh meat.
It has been said of Panama that there are a few other
places on earth where so much of the history of the
civilized has been enacted with so little trace of it
remaining. But clues are there, for the observant, in the
names of places along the Canal and throughout the
Isthmus where historical names abound.
Reproduced from The Panama Canal Review
WHAT I REMEMBER
MOST ABOUT THE
It is difficult to recall what I really remember most
about the Canal Zone. There are so many memories of
people and places. Yet, it wasn't people, places or events
that I remember most. It was something that you cannot see
or touch--it was a feeling. It was that most special feeling
of comfort and security, knowing I was where I belonged.
It was like when you were a child and you stubbed your toe
or someone teased you maliciously, you ran to your mom.
and she would hug your fears and anxieties away. Once
in the circle of her cradling arms, that special place where
you belonged, an invisible barrier, and a force field was
created to keep all the fears, apprehensions, and the
bogeyman away. Once replenished with confidence in this
aura, you were again ready to jump down and face the world
No matter where I went in the Canal Zone, I felt a
part of that special community. In a sense, every one on the
Gold Roll was a parent and every one on the Silver Roll an
adoptive uncle. Most of the people knew my parents and
knew who I was. Where ever C.Z. children went, we were
readily identified as, "There goes Charlie's son, or, isn't
Mary's child growing up to be a beauty?" In trespassing
into work areas, friends of parents would take the time to
say, "Come here, son, let me show you how this works."
Or, "Better not to go there, it is dangerous." Joe, the
corpsman in Balboa, and his equivalent in other
dispensaries, was as concerned and caring as any uncle as
he tended cuts, bruises and even stitched us together again.
There was a common sense of social and moral
values which everyone understood and honored least they
be admonished for severe infractions. As children, we all
knew that any misdemeanor would be caringly conveyed to
a parent for parenting. As somewhat reckless teenagers,
our teachers not only fulfilled academic needs but educated
us in the ethics to serve ourselves and our society. As
adults we had a benevolent government who actively sought
to perpetuate our careers, enhance our lives, and comfort
families, with simplistic housing and by properly controlling
and securing our socially complex environment
As Zonians we were not alone for there were
others who shared our special enclave. We liked the
military as it was there to protect us and our Canal. We
enjoyed the novelty and diversity of military children in our
schools. We liked the Panamanian tuition students who
brought a reality of our enlarged Latin American
environment. We liked and honored our Canal Zone
government as it was benevolent, yet authoritative to the
needs of its mission and our purposes in supporting that
mission. This government, our government, nurtured our
presence, provided comfort, and shielded us with the
assurance of our continued well being. And, even though
thousands of miles away, we liked being citizens of the
United States of America. This Nation, our parent nation,
which was the epitome of freedom and the ultimate mother
to all of us.
Life in the Canal Zone was an adventure with
knowledge of our resolve to maintain, operate and defend
the Canal for the purposes and benefit of our Nation and the
world at large. I remember so many things unique to the
Canal Zone such as the excellent schools, the unique
administrative structure, the Panama Railroad, ships in
transit, special ships for vacation voyages to the United
States for our families, 4'h of July celebrations, the Tivoli,
the Hotel Washington, the Red, White and Blue Troop, the
wars, the growth and expansion, the jungle and on and on.
But what I remember most is that special feeling of being a
special person, in a special place at a special time.
Ernest E. Pierce
Golden Parrot Publications
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