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VOL. 33 JUNE 1999 NO. 2
Mr. Thomas C. Peterson
Mrs. Faith Brundage
1st Vice President
Mr. Virgil Camby
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
Mr. Stephen Nehring
James J. O'Donnell
Mrs. Margot Jordan
Paul V. Rozmeski
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Ms. Barbara Green
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
President's M message .. ............................................
From the Secretary ................................................
Editor's Corner ......... ................... ................
Legislative Representative ..........................................
E-Mail Address Update ............................................
Reunion Coordinators Notebook ....................................
M useum News ......................................................
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...........................
Local Announcements ............................................
News Clips .......................................................
"Where Are You?" .................. ............................ i
Your Reporter Says .............................................. .
Alabam a .................... 20
A rizona .....................
A rkansas ....................
G eorgia ................... ..
H aw aii .....................
M id-W est ...................
W eddings .......................
W ith Deep Sorrow ................
Letters to the Editor ...............
Canal Zone Seafarers ..............
Announcements/Class Reunions .....
M ississippi ................... 29
20 North Carolina ................
21 Northwest .... ...........
22 Oklahoma ....................
26 Panam a ......................
27 South Carolina ..............
28 Texas .......................
28 V irginia .....................
Looking Back .................................... ................. 73
For Sale or Wanted ................ .............................. 78
Application Form .................................................. 83
FRONT COVER: A Panama Canal Commission Photograph. The Balboa Clubhouse,
photo taken in June, 1921, next to Sosa Hill, and it never changed very much after that.
BACK COVER: Filling the chamber almost wall to wall, this large cargo vessel appears
to be part of the locks. Up forward on the deck, a Canal pilot watches the stabilizing
cables attached to the towing locomotive. Painting by Al Sprague, noted artist from the
DATES TO REMEMBER
June 4 PCSOFL Regular Meeting. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St., St. Petersburg. COVERED DISH. 11:30 Lunch 12:30 Meeting.
June 30-July 4 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Orlando's World Center
Marriott. (See "Yellow Pages" of regular issue).
June 20 N.W. Arkansas Annual Get-together, Jones Family Center, 922 East
Eamma Ave., Springdale, AR., 1:00 5:00 p.m.
August 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. St. Petersburg, COVERED DISH, 11:30 Lunch 12:30 Meeting.
August 7 23rd Pacific Northwest Panama Canal Reunion Picnic. Abrams Park,
Ridgefield WA. For more info: Murray Falk, (360) 263-2982. E-mail
September 4 PCSOFL Sarasota Luncheon/Meeting, 11 a.m. pay-as-you-go bar.
12:00 noon Luncheon See Announcements.
September 5 Pensacola/Gulf Coast Mini-Reunion, Coconut Bay/Holiday Inn,
University Mall. Time announced at a later date.
October 2 Annual Gulf Coast Picnic, 11 a.m. at Davis Bayou Campground of
Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ocean Springs, MS. Further details:
Gerda Smith 601-567-9870/Patt Roberson 225-774-7761.
October 2 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, A.L. Anderson Park, Hwy 19 North.
Tarpon Springs, FL. 12:00 noon. See Announcements.
October 5 Ocala Zonians Silver Anniversary Meeting at Maggie's Buffet. Lunch
at noon. Contact Bill Muller (352) 854-7902 for more info.
ZONE, The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
0o (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
"0 "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
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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
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Inasmuch as this will be my last message as
president, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all
the members of the Executive Board who served the Society
and me during my term of office. Also thanks go out to all
the Committee Chairpersons and committee members for the
Sarasota Luncheon, Christmas party, Zonian Christmas Tree
Burn, Caravalito, May Luncheon and the Picnic.
Our Annual Luncheon at this year's Reunion is
dedicated to the memory of Betty Malone. She served the
Society well and was the chairperson of our Annual
Luncheon for a great many years.
The Reunion Committee Chairpersons for the 1999
Annual Reunion have been hard at work to give you a great
Reunion in July. Their work is thankless and endless and all
Chairpersons and their committees are given a big vote of
thanks. Once the December Canal Record went out the
reservations started pouring in and the work and planning is
unending until the Despedida at the close of the Reunion.
Faith Brundage has performed her duties as First
Vice President and Reunion Coordinator outstandingly. To
her we owe a debt of gratitude. Thanks too go to her Reunion
Committee Chairperson this year: Betty Frassrand,
Carolyn and Bob Johnson, Muriel Whitman, Rupert
Turner, Michael Smith, Margot and Hubert Jordan, Jim
O'Donnell, Olga Disharoon, Jeanne Wheeler, Roy
Culbreth, Pete Foster, Steve Nehring, Paul and Lil
Rozmeski, Pat Beall and Barbara Green.
The Executive Board has approved increasing the
hours of our office staff. The office will now be opened from
8:00 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. New
printers for the computers have been purchased and installed.
I have thanked my Chairpersons in past messages.
At this writing I want to thank Jim O'Donnell, P.P. and his
committee for a great carnavalito. After this issue goes to
press, we will have our May Luncheon under the leadership
of Anna Collins, P.P.. I know it will be a good one. Thanks,
Betty Frassrand has been appointed Chairman of
the Reunion Contracts Committee. I know she will do a great
job as she has all year for me. I appreciate all her advice and
To Pete Foster I say thanks for handling the
transportation for our members. He was always there to take
care of my special requests. To Roy Culbreth, Jane
Huldtquist and Kenny Morris, thanks for the long hours
you put in working on the Society Bylaws.
A Special thanks to Olga Disharoon and her
committee for overseeing the covered dish meals at our
monthly business meetings.
To my wife and sweetheart, Barbara, I want to say
thanks for assisting, supporting and standing by me during
my term on the Executive Board and as president.
Barbara and I look forward to seeing all of you that
attend the Reunion in July. Let's have a great time. We look
forward to welcoming Dr. Thomas R. Goethals, grandson
of George Washington Goethals, as our honored guest
speaker at the Annual Luncheon.
I urge all of you to volunteer for committees, service
in the Society office and with programs of the Society. Along
with other organizations, the Panama Canal Society depends
upon volunteers to conduct its activities and provide many of
its services. It gives one a terrific sense of accomplishment
to know that you are one of the members on whom the
success of the Society depends, and you are doing what
needs to be done. The rewards of volunteering are self-
satisfying and appreciated.
This year our theme has been "End of an Era." It
marks the 95Ih year of the United States construction of the
Panama Canal and its operation, maintenance, defense and
support. The end of the year will be a sad time but we, as
Zonians, will continue our association together in the
CANAL ZONE FOREVER
Thomas C. Peterson
Hello Again. Where has the year gone? We are
quickly approaching Reunion time. We have been able to
keep up with the paperwork thanks to the combined efforts
of Faith Brundage, John & Muriel Whitman and myself.
.You have a great group of people working for you on this
Reunion. All the work is well worth the effort, just to be
with friends and former Canal Zone neighbors.
Once again, I am reminding anyone who moves and
has an address change, to let us know as soon as possible so
you don't miss out on your Canal Record issues. I recently
received a change of address card postmarked Tulsa, OK, but
it was blank! If the person who sent the card reads this,
please let me know your new address. Also, please don't
forget to include your zip code, plus four. According to the
post office, using the plus-four digits is supposed to speed
up your mail delivery.
Reminder----our dues year now runs from January
1 to December 31 each year.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the
Reunion. So far it looks like it is going to be a big bash. See
Whew! I thought getting two issues, the June Canal
Record and the newly arranged Annual Issue was a chore,
but we also had the Proposed Bylaws to bring to the printers.
But we seemed to weather the storm and all came out well.
We have several members tell us how much they liked the
alphabetical listing on members in the Annual Issue instead
of members by state. I thought it was inevitable that we go
that route with as many members that we have. And it's
easier for the printer, since we can now give him our usual
listing of members without them having to convert the names
into each state they live in.
A couple of new reporters are welcomed to our
"staff'. Mrs. Evelyn Sellers (703)361-7176) will be taking
over the Virginia area., and Mrs. Kathryne Saville (904)-
642-6835) will be covering the Jacksonville, Florida area.
We welcome them both and look forward to hearing from
them for the next issue again. And our ace reporter "Cookie"
Newlon, that used to cover the Miami, Florida area has
volunteered again to report from the more northern part of
California. Thanks for coming through again, Cookie!
We must reiterate what we have said before, and
that is to keep your news items short, cut down on names of
wedding guests, and when you send photos, give us a little
story about them, not just the names in the photo, and please
do not crop the photo you send. We will do that for you so
that all corners are 90
We are excited about the Medallion that the Panama
Canal Society Foundation is minting, marking the end of the
American Era of the Panama Canal. The order blank is in this
issue, and as far as I know, it is the only souvenir or
memento commemorating the turning over of the Canal to
Panama., stamps included. Orders must be postmarked no
later than December 31, 1999. My order is in already!
See you at the upcoming BIG reunion in June-July.
The Vital Statistic Unit has indicated
that they can no longer accept money orders
drawn against U.S. Banks or Institutions when
requesting certified copies of birth certificates,
etc.. The Vital Statistics Unit will only accept
INTERNATIONAL MONEY ORDERS.
There are currently two Social Security issues that,
if passed, will hit many retirees hard. The Government
Pension offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision.
The Government Pension Offset is that some of an
employee's spousal Social Security benefit may be offset if
the employee has a government pension from work not
covered by Social Security. The offset does not apply to the
employees own Social Security benefit, only the benefit that
comes from a spouse's employment. If the Government
Pension Offset applies, the spouse's Social Security benefit
will be reduced by two-thirds of any federal pension based
on employment not covered by Social Security. Some
employees are exempt from the GPO. They are employees
who are automatically covered by the Civil Service System
offset and those who were covered by the CSRS and who
elected FERS coverage after June 30, 1988 must have five
years of Federal employment covered by Social Security to
be exempt from the offset.
The Windfall Elimination Provision is if you
receive a federal pension and are also eligible for Social
Security benefits based on your own employment record, a
different formula may be used to compute your Social
Security benefit. The Windfall Elimination affects workers
who reach age 62 or become disabled after 1985 and are first
eligible after 1985 for a federal pension. The provision does
not apply if you were first employed by the government after
December 31, 1983, or you have more than 30 years of
substantial earnings under Social Security.
You should contact your local Social Security
office to determine the effect of the GPO and the WEP on
your Social Security benefits.
Group Long Term Health Insurance Proposed
The Clinton administration has proposed group
long term health insurance for federal employees and
retirees as well as other eligible family members. Though
premiums would be lower by 15 to 20 percent than rates
available outside the federal government, individuals would
pay full premiums. The insurance includes assistance with
daily living activities and usually is associated with old age
infirmities and diseases. Eligibles would be active federal
employees and retirees, their spouses who are entitled to
annuities under a federal retirement system and parents and
parents-in-law. The plan still requires congressional
Life Insurance Reminder for those 65 and older
Unless you are paying a premium to prevent a
reduction your Basic and Standard Optional life insurance
benefit begins to reduce by 2 percent of its original value
each month until it reaches 25 percent of its original value.
Option B (additional insurance based on multiples of your
final salary) and your Family coverage begins to decrease by
2 percent of their original value each month for 50 months,
at which time coverage ends, according to OPM.
Paul V. Rozmeski
COLOMBIA RELIEF FUND
The devastating earthquake in
Colombia recently has left the majority of the
coffee production area affected cities have
been completely destroyed the death toll is
in the thousands and hundreds have been left
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
has been asked to help in a relief effort
campaign. Three Colombian Organizations of
the Tampa Bay area (Club Colombia de
Tampa; Colombian Volunteer Ladies and
ASOCOL) are working together, asking for
donations in the form of non-perishable foods,
medicine, light weight blankets, tents, baby
and children items such as diapers, baby
food and children's medicines. For monetary
donations, the Club Colombia de Tampa has
set up an account at the Nations Bank, CCT
COLOMBIA RELIEF FUND #0064 4750 3069.
For more information, call Carolina
Pena, MD President of the Club Colombia de
Tampa at (813) 935-6334 or PCSOFL
Member Amparo Paul at (813) 885-3923.
E-Mail Update (June issue)
Harmon, Theresa M.
Meyers, Charlie sle
Sellers, Ev (Menges)
Borsellino, Frank Jr.
Totten, Jess K.
Cooper, Al E.
McConaughey, Patricia Ryan
Dawson, Herbert C.Jr..
Schmidt, John E. Jr.
Clarke, Howard/Emmy Lou
jcarlson @ sinfo.net
harm2u @ aol.com
fborse @ aol.com
jesstotten @ mindspring.com
acoopertek @ aol.com
Reunion Coordinator's Notebook
Faith Brundage 1999 Reunion Coordinator
The Annual Luncheon will be in loving memory of BETTY L. MALONE. Betty
served as Chairperson of the Annual Luncheon for many, many years, and in all the
years that she was in charge she did an outstanding job of supervising the luncheon
arrangements. Many of you will remember all the work Betty put into the decorations
to enhance the decor used at the annual event. She always did her job with love. We
would like to recognize the wonderful job Betty did over the years, both as the
Annual Luncheon Chairperson, and for all the work and support she gave the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. We look forward to seeing you all at the
Betty Malone Reunion and the Annual Luncheon.
1999 Annual Luncheon Chairperson
Researchers from the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health have been invited to talk with the Society
membership at our Annual Reunion. Their visit is in response to health concerns expressed by some of the members of our
Society relating to possible exposures to environmental agents in the former Panama Canal Zone. The purpose of their visit is
to begin a dialog regarding the need for a scientific investigation into the nature and magnitude of exposures and possible long-
term health consequences. Society members will have a unique opportunity to share their health issues relating to residency in
the Panama Canal Zone. Please check the Information bulletin board for updates and locations where members interested may
Information about the research team and their recently federally funded studies on environmental exposures and health
outcomes can be reviewed at the following web sites: http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa_abstracts/grants/97/hhrisk/sweeney.html, and
One facet of your museum committee is to gather and preserve historical information by recording
interviews in a relaxed, informal setting with former participants in the American era in Panama. If you
would like to contribute a story or two of your Canal Zone days work, school, play all are important,
see Patt Roberson for an interview, beginning at the July Reunion. Reserve your time now. Pictures to
accompany stories are welcome. You may also call Patt at (225) 774-7761.
As of this writing, (April 23, 1999) we have 1542 members who have registered for the
Reunion. All of the Committees are busy making sure that everything will be ready in their
departments when June 30 arrives.
New this year, is the FREE DISCO DANCE on Thursday night, and don't forget there
will be BINGO on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
We look forward to seeing all of you at the last Reunion being conducted while we
still have the Panama Canal. Let's make it a loving farewell to an end of an Era.
The medallion, especially designed for the Panama Canal Society Foundation, Inc., will be minted by the
Liberty Mint, Provo, Utah, under an exclusive production arrangement. The medallion marks the end of the
American Era of the Panama Canal and each coin will have its own unique serial number, a certificate of
authenticity, an air-tight display capsule and an elegant jewelry type display box. An engraved and numbered
medallion embedded in a Lucite pyramid mounted on a wooden base is also available.
The proceeds of this limited edition medallion will go in their entirety to fund the establishment, operation
and future maintenance of a museum and historical research facility dedicated exclusively to the Panama Canal.
You may order your medallion or medallions by completing the order form and remitting by check, money order
or credit card to the Panama Canal Society Foundation, Inc., PO Box 1145, Haines City, FL 33845-1145.
The medallions will be shipped directly to the customer by the mint after the medallions have been minted and
custom engraved. Only a limited number of medallions will be minted prior to the end of the American Era.
Orders must be postmarked no later than December 31, 1999.
Because of the processing and mailing arrangements, only four medallions per order form will be accepted.
Additional medallions may be ordered using additional forms, up to four per form. If the medallions are to
be mailed to separate addresses, separate forms are required. The price of the medallion includes three
custom engraved lines on the reverse, and up to four medallions mailed to the same address. Each medallion is
priced at $49.95. A medallion embedded in an optional Lucite pyramid mounted on a wooden base is also
available at $79.90. Each order of up to four medallions or four Lucite pyramids or a combination of the two
will be charged $4.95 shipping and handling fee. Sales tax will be applied where applicable.
I A special drawing will be held at the Panama Canal Society Reunion in July to assign the low
serial numbers. All orders received prior to the drawing will be included in the drawing.
Orders not drawn or received after the drawing will be assigned numbers in order of receipt.
The Mint will begin processing orders in July after the Reunion.
Delivery will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks.
Commemorative Medallion Order Form
Name on credit cord (print):
Street or Postal Address:
City: State: Postal Code: Country:
Method of PaymentE] Check I Money Order E VISA or MC Card
Credit Card Number: Expiration Date:
Qty. Medallions ordered @$49.95 x $
(No more than four per order form or address)
Qty. Medallions embedded in Lucite Pyramid Mounting @ $79.90 x -
Shipping and Handling @ $4.95 $ 4.95
Florida Sales Tax for Florida Residents. 6 percent $
TOTAL ENCLOSED OR CHARGED:
If you wish the entire order to be shipped to an address other than above, please provide that address:
Street or Postal Address
City State: Zip Code:
ORDERS WILL NOT BE SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES.
Please use block letters and write legibly.
The Mint will not be responsible for errors caused by the customer in filling out the instructions.
You may have three lines of engraving. Each line must be limited to 12 characters, not including spaces.
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Museum Project Surges Ahead
The Panama Canal Museum continues to advance. The board of directors of the Panama Canal Society Foundation
held its quarterly meeting at the Panama Canal Society offices in Seminole, Florida on March 13, 1999. The Commemorative
Medallion Project committee met the afternoon before to hammer out the last details of this exciting project. In addition, the
executive officers of the Foundation met with the office of the mayors of Tampa and St. Petersburg and the board of directors
of the USS Forrestal Sea, Air, Space Museum being established in Tampa. These meetings were to develop possible
collaborative activities with the Foundation.
Major Fund-Raising Project Announced
The first major fund-raising project for the Foundation is to be a limited edition silver medallion commemorating the
American Era of the Panama Canal. Under an exclusive arrangement with the Liberty Mint in Provo, Utah, a specially designed
silver medallion will be struck to mark the end of the American Era. This project will provide a lasting memento of the Panama
Canal transition and will also provide a significant fund-raising potential to support the museum project. The limited edition
medallions will be struck only until the end of the millennium. An order form is available in this issue of the Canal Record.
Each medallion will be uniquely serially numbered and can have three lines of custom engraving. In order to allow the broadest
availability of the lower numbered medallions, the Foundation is going to assign at least the first 500 serial numbers on the basis
of drawings to take place at the Society Reunion in July. Only the first two serial numbers, 00001 and 00002, are being
reserved for the Museum. All others will be assigned on the basis of the drawings or by the date and time of receipt of the
Orders will be accepted after the first order forms are distributed in the Canal Record and other outlets. No orders
will be processed and assigned numbers until the drawings are complete at the time of the reunion. After that the orders will
be forwarded to the Liberty Mint where the lower serial number winners will be struck and get their custom engraving. The
remainder of the orders, not drawn in the drawings will be assigned serial numbers on the basis of their receipt time and then
forwarded to the mint for striking and engraving. The first medallions should be shipped from the mint within 4 to 6 weeks
after the reunion. Present plans are for orders to be terminated on December 31, 1999, as the millennium and the American
Era of the Panama Canal close. The medallion project is under the chairmanship of J. Dorn Thomas, Director of the
New Directors Elected
Three new directors were elected to the Foundation board of directors at their recent meeting. Harold Moore, a
professional journalist; Paul Glassburn, a retired executive of GTE; and Chris Skeie, a Canal history buff, and all former
residents of the Panama Canal were elected to the board. Kathy Egolf was elected to the office of Vice President to fill the
office vacated by Betty Frassrand who resigned. Paul Glassburn was appointed to head the Audit Committee vacated by
the resignation of Nancy Van Siclen. Chris Skeie was appointed interim director of the Facilities and Buildings Committee.
Bill Lyons had earlier resigned from this post.
Major Policies Approved
The official mission statement of the Foundation and a final draft of the crucial collections policy were approved by
the board of directors. The Foundation is dedicated to insuring that its policies protect the artifacts and documents in its care
in the short-, mid- and long-term. A collaborative effort with other area museums and libraries is assisting in the regard. In
addition, the Foundation is a participating member of the American Association of State and Local
History and the American Association of Museums. two of the major professional societies dedicated to historic collections.
The Board has also applied for and been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. This means that all
donations to the Foundation are bona fide deductions in Federal Income Tax filings. Donations from the time of the formation
of the Foundation in March 1998 fall within this tax-exempt status.
With the inflow of funds and artifacts and the availability of secure air-conditioned storage for the artifacts, volunteers
are desperately needed to assist in the receipt and processing of artifacts at the Pinellas Park storage facility. Anyone interested
in volunteering should contact Vice President Kathy Egolf (727-577-6723) or Executive Vice President Chuck Hummer
(941-421-4758) or at P. O. Box 1145, Haines City, Florida 33845-1145.
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Enjoy These Excitin8 Times!
The Panama Canal Society Foundation, Inc. is starting a museum commemorating the American Era in Panama. Thomas
Goethals, grandson of George Washington Goethals, will be speaking at our Panama Canal Society Annual Luncheon in July.
More and more of the running of the Panama Canal is being taken over by Panamanians. These are nostalgic, sometimes sad,
and always interesting and exciting times for Panama Canal history buffs.
Between July 24 and the end of the year, many of us will want to head to Williams College in Williamstown,
Massachusetts. There at the college's Museum of Art, where Marion M. Goethals is assistant director, we'll be able to view
The Panama Canal and the Art of Construction, a small exhibition of paintings, prints, and photographs of Canal construction,
Marion Goethals's husband, Al, writes of a symposium that will also be held at Williams College:
Our plan to organize the Panama Canal Exhibition and the symposium comes from our interest in the Canal
and the historic transfer taking place later this year. The symposium is scheduled for October 21 of this year
at Williams College. Walter Mondale, former vice-president, and Jack Vaughn, former ambassador to
Panama and the director of the Peace Corps, are definitely coming. Sol Linowitz has expressed an interest in
attending, as has Bill Moyers, a former colleague in the Johnson White House of Jack Vaughn's. We have
invited President Ernesto Perez Balladares and former Senator Howard Baker and author David
McCullough. In any case, we will have a major event here discussing the significance of the transfer. The title
of the symposium in Transferring the Panama Canal; Passage to a New Millennium.
In answer to an inquiry about his relationship to General George Washington Goethals, Al explains:
Al is a nickname, my real name being George R. Goethals II. My father was George Washington Goethals
II, and my grandfather was George Rodman Goethals. My great-grandfather was General Goethals of the
Panama Canal. Tom Goethals, or Thomas Rodman Goethals, Jr., who is speaking to your group in July,
is the son of my grandfather's brother, Thomas Rodman Goethals. We, of course, are close to Tom and most
of the other scattered descendants of GWG.
The Williams College exhibition and symposium, the Reunion luncheon on July 3, and the formation of the Panama
Canal Society Foundation, Inc. museum offer wonderful opportunities to share Panama Canal Treasures and insights. Enjoy!
Submitted by Katherine Egolf
Pinellas Park, Florida
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
CARNAVALITO 1999 REPORT
The members of the Carnavalito committee were
James J. O'Donnell, Chairperson, Steve Nehring, Muriel
and John Whitman, Faith Brundage and Barbara Green.
The committee decorated the Treasure Island Tennis and
Yacht Club with the assistance of the manager Tony Wood.
A total of 80 members and guests attended the dinner dance.
The music was provided by Puly y su Conjunto and was
enjoyed by all.
Dinner choices were Roasted Prime Rib of Beef,
Roasted leg of Lamb or Horseradish Crusted Salmon.The
President, Tom Peterson had a short meeting starting at 6:15
p.m., dinner was served at 6:30 and the Carnavalito dancing
started at 7:45 p.m.
Door prizes were donated by Olga Disharoon,
Faith Brundage, Bob Johnson, Gemma O'Donnell and the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Puly y so Conjunto did an
excellent job of providing music which pleased everyone.
The committee would like to recommend that we hire Puly y
su Conjunto for the 2000 Carnavalito.
The Carnavalito Committee has tentatively made
arrangements for using the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht
Club for 2000. The cost of the Carnavalito combo and food
resulted in a deficit of about $500. We are hoping that we
have a better turn out next year.
James J. O'Donnell
Chairperson 1999 Carnavalito
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March 6, 1999:
The president called the meeting to order at 11:37
a.m. at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg. The
members attending were 34, the quorum was 35.. Board
members present were Thomas Peterson, Faith Brundage,
Muriel Whitman, James O'Donnell, Robert Russell,
Richard Beall, Barbara Green. Members absent were
Virgil Camby, Margot Jordan, Roy Culbreth, Dorothy
Yocum, Steve Nehring and Paul Rozmeski. Muriel
Whitman gave the invocation and Bob Russell led members
in the Pledge to the Flag.
Meeting was adjourned for lunch at 11:39 am and
resumed at 12:30 p.m. Moment of silence was observed and
Past Presidents were recognized. Minutes of February
meeting stands as recorded and Financial Statement stands
The president gave a mid-term report. Copy is
attached to original minutes. Reunion Coordinator reported
approximately 1/3 of Society rooms filled.
The granddaughter of Col. Gaillard expressed
interest in the Society. Mr. O'Donnell reported he was asked
to contact someone to teach the editor the Pagemaker
software, which would replace present method. He also
reported the Carnavalito was a success, however, did not
make any money.
Since December over 150 sets of yellow pages have
been mailed out, over and above those attached in the
December and March Canal Records. The March issue was
sent to the mailer on February 26 for processing and
forwarding to Post Office.
Kathy Egolf gave a brief status of the Museum
Foundation. Mrs. Collins suggested the Foundation contact
Senators in Washington in an attempt to get funds.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:05 p.m..
April 9, 1999:
Meeting called to order at 11:32 a.m. with 37
members attending at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St.
Petersburg, FL. Board members attending were Thomas
Peterson, Faith Brundage, Virgil Camby, Muriel
Whitman, Steve Nehring, James O'Donnell, Margot
Jordan, Paul Rozmeski, Roy Culbreth, Robert Russell,
Dorothy Yocum, Richard Beall and Barbara Green. After
the Invocation by Dorothy Yocum and the Pledge to the Flag
by Robert Russell, the meeting was adjourned at 11:35 for
lunch, and resumed at 12:30 p.m.
Minutes were approved as read and Financial
Statement stands for audit. Reunion Coordinator reported
1,381 members registered so far. 708 ball tickets sold, 585
Panazonian dance ticket sold and 272 luncheon tickets. 25
vendors tables paid for. Barbara Green reported 4,443
member on record in the computer and is asking for approval
to send one more reminder. Editor reported Annual Directory
will be in alphabetical order now and should be in the mail
the following week. Nominations Chairperson encouraged all
to get ballots in early.
Bylaws Chairperson, Roy Culbreth explained
revisions and gave background on reason for revisions of
Articles of Incorporation and Standing Rules. He will be
available to answer any questions. Some members questioned
need for such an extensive revision at one time; whether or
not it is a package where you can only vote "yes" or "no" for
the whole thing or are there individual votes. Chairperson
explained that a cover letter will explain everything. Ms
Patricia Booth said the Secretary/Treasurer, Record Editor
and Chaplain should have a vote since they have continuity
and closer ties to the members, whereas the Board changes
yearly. Mr. Chris Skeie felt there were too many changes
being made and being shoved down our throats, too many
people from the sidelines pulling strings. Mr. Peterson
recommended we wait until revisions are published before
making comments. Mr. Nehring wanted to know who will be
reviewing the ballots and asked the cost to publish a book of
49-50 pages plus mailing. No price has been established. Mr.
Beall reported that as 3rd class mail, the cost would
approximate $1,200, and the cost of printing unknown at this
time. Mr. Nehring added it will be a costly project and
committee members have to be considered. Ms. Booth asked
if she was correct stating revisions are supposed to be
published in the Canal Record; Mr. Peterson said it would be
a separate edition. Mrs. Virginia Booth wanted to know the
reason for doing it at this time so close to the Reunion
instead of having it after the reunion. Mrs. Myrtle Hughes
said the present Bylaws have been in existence for about 20
years and we have no problems. It would appear that we
think those people who wrote the Bylaws did not know what
they were doing. Mrs. Betty Frassrand suggested we leave
personal issues aside and give the Bylaws a chance, and that
a past president was involved and not to forget what past
presidents have done for the organization. Mr. Jay Cain said
we come to meetings to discuss things and she is in favor of
people speaking their minds. Mrs. Booth thinks the Area
Reporters should be more involved.
Mrs. Barbara Peterson announced the Sarasota
Luncheon will be held September 4 at Forest Lakes Country
Club. Menu will be pork or chicken, cost $13.00.
The October Picnic will be at Seminole Lake Park
on October 2. Committee to ask board for money for food,
members will be asked to bring desserts.
Mr. Charles Hummer gave information on the
medallion being struck for the Foundation commemorating
the American Era of the Panama Canal, being used as a
means of fund raising for the museum. Deadline to order
medallion is December 31, 1999. The organization was
granted tax exempt status by the state. They held a 2-day
meeting in March.
Door prizes were awarded and meeting adjourned
at 1:20 p.m.
September 4, 1999
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2401 Beneva Rd. Sarasota, FL 34232 921-7979 921-7970
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. September Luncheon/Meeting will be held in
Sarasota, Florida on Saturday, September 4, 1999 at the Fairways of Forest Lakes Country Club,
2401 Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida 34232.
A pay-as-you-go bar will be available at 11:00 a.m. with the Luncheon/Meeting scheduled
for 12:00 noon.
The menu will consist of your choice of Roast Loin of Pork or Chicken Francaise. Please
specify your choice of entree on the Reservation Form.
The cost is $13.00 per person, and gratuities are included. The deadline for Reservations
or Refunds is TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1999.
Tom and Barbara Peterson will be our co-chairpersons for this favorite event and they and
their committee promises the same wonderful repast as before and a good time for all. Door prizes
will be awarded during the meeting, so let's all head South, North, East or West to the Fairways
Forest Lakes Country Club for some more of their delicious food as we have our Regular Scheduled
Meeting! r____ ----.-- ------
PCSOFL SARASOTA LUNCHEON
September 4, 1999
The Fairways Forest Lakes Country Club
Please make Reservations at $13.00 each.
Total enclosed is: $_
(A) Roast Loin of Pork
(B) Chicken Francaise
Checks payable to: Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc. Mail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida
DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 1999
Update on Jared Smith
To briefly recap for you who may not know, Jared
Smith, the middle child of Larry and Sandy Smith of
Tampa and a grandchild of Gil and Sue Smith of Clearwater,
is suffering from a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma.
He had surgery to remove a large tumor in April 1998 along
with his left kidney shortly after the initial diagnosis just a
few weeks prior. The doctors thought they had removed all
the cancer only to find a few months later that the cancer had
returned at an even more advanced stage. Jared was entered
into an aggressive pilot program that involves treatments with
very high doses of Chemotherapy. He began receiving these
treatments at regularly scheduled intervals over a period of
months while doctors monitored many factors of his blood.
They harvested stem cells from his blood that were "cleaned"
as much as possible to be reinjected into his body upon the
last and most lethal doses of Chemotherapy.
At the time this was written, Jared was in the last
phase of his treatment. On February 10, he was admitted to
All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fl. He was in a
sterile room that only his mom and dad were allowed to enter
after scrubbing and donning as mask to prevent infection to
his frail body, and at this point, completely defenseless
immune system. He receive his first stem cell transplant on
the 17th and after enduring 3 weeks of awful side effects he
was released to go home on March 3rd, 1999. After a brief
respite from the hospital and upon favorable signs that his
cells were beginning to regenerate, Jared was re-admitted on
April 1 to go through this final stage of treatment one more
time. To double his chances for survival, the strongest dose
of Chemotherapy was administered to combat the disease anf
then he was again "rescued" by his own stem cells. He went
for this last transplant of stem cells a great deal weaker and
the family anticipated a longer recovery. At the time this was
written in mid-April, he was still in the hospital's sterile
The family thanks all of you for the many
kindnesses they have received in the way of food, cards,
letters, calls and financial donations to Jared's trust fund.
They are overwhelmed with the support they have received
and generosity of folks, who in many cases they don't even
know! They stress the positive during this ordeal...the prayer
services held by several congregations on Jared's behalf; the
fund raising events held by various organizations, including
one on behalf of the Panama Canal Society members (see
"Tampa Thanksgiving Picnic") and even a feature article in
the Tampa Tribune. They ask that you continue to keep
Jared, his baby sister Kaleigh and big brother Stephan,
along with the rest of their family in your prayers as they live
through these difficult times.
PCSOFL Reula Meting
June 4, 1999
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2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, Florida
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PCSOFL ANNUAL PICNIC
October 2, 1999
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5t. Jelde's Episcopal Church
2500 16' Street
5t. petersburg, Florida
Covered ish at 11:30 a.m.
Regular MYVeeting at 12.30 p.m.
The Annual Picnic will be
held on October 2, 1999, at the Lake
Seminole Park, located at 10015
Park Blvd., Seminole, from 10:00
a.m. until?. Shelter #13 has been
reserved for the Society.
This year's picnic will be
hosted by Steve Nehring,
Chairperson, and his committee.
Plans include providing
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and drinks
free of charge. Cover dishes and desserts are optional, but
will be appreciated.
Plans also include Softball, Horseshoes, and Bingo. The
shelter is near the bike/skate path and the boat ramp for those
who want to skate or bike.
Directions from 1-275 Southbound from Tampa: Take
Exit 15, go West to Park Blvd. Those Northbound from
Sarasota, take Exit 15 and go west onto Park Blvd.,
approximately 3-4 miles with the park on the right side of the
Please don't feed the alligators. Hope to see you there.
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
Replica of historical vessel
transits the Canal on its way to
By Ariyuri H. de Mantovani
Many of the doubts about the South Seas of
Australia and its nearby islands, the large as well as the small
ones, were not clarified until the end of the 18'" century. The
east Coast of Australia was unexplored, the two islands of
New Zealand were thought to be one, and the Hawaii islands
were also unknown. It was Capt. James Cook who solved
most of these great mysteries.
During his discovery voyages, Cook sailed in a
special, snub-nosed, flat-bottomed vessel, with the
characteristics of a coal ship, easily maneuvered in shallow
water near coasts. The ship was perfect for sailing in
channels of unknown depths, and if grounded, the flat-
bottomed hull will protect it from capsizing.
The Endeavour, a replica of the vessel used by Capt.
James Cook during this discovery voyages, moves
through Pedro Miguel Locks in her southbound
Panama Canal transit. The three masted vessel, with
109 feet in length and 29 foot beam was enroute to
San Diego, California, from where it will start a 1999
tour, before returning to Australia.
The H.M. Bark Endeavour, is a historical and
authentic replica of the same vessel used by Capt. Cook in
his voyages of discovery. The vessel is scheduled to
circumnavigate the world in four years.
The three-masted vessel, with 109 feet in length and
29 feet in beam, was built in Fremantle, Australia, using the
same dimensions of the original. It os operated by the non-
profit organization H.M. Bark Endeavour Foundation, which
is based in Australia. The vessel has a 16-person permanent
crew and a temporary one of 40, the latter being selected
depending on their physical and health conditions and
maritime knowledge, and who pay to sail in the 18th century
The Endeavour began its historic voyage in 1994
from Fremantle, in the West Coast of Australia, and has
made successful tours around Australia, New Zealand, South
Africa, the United Kingdom and the Atlantic islands.
Wherever the Endeavour sails, it plays an important
educational role since it serves to teach others about the
great discovery era, when courageous explorers sailed
through unknown waters in the hope of finding new lands
For its Canal transit, this unusual vessel required
special handling. Because of its timber construction, soft
lines were used instead if wires, and it was scheduled for a
daylight transit. Also, an experienced pilot was assigned to
guide the vessel through the waterway.
The Endeavour was en route to San Diego,
California, from where it will begin its 1999 journey, before
sailing back to Australia.
After Capt. Cook's voyages, very little was still to
be discovered in the Pacific Ocean. Learning about the
discovery of the world, helps younger people to appreciate
history, a history that for many is unknown.
The Panama Canal Spillway
December 31, 1998
For Zonians, 1999 marks
"The End of an Era"
By Thomas Becnel, Staff Writer
If you grew up in the Panama Canal Zone, even 50
years ago, you're a Zonian. You went to Balboa High School
if you lived on the Pacific side of the Canal Zone, or you
went to Cristobal High on the Atlantic side.
Your father worked on the Canal, and maybe his
father before him. You were Americans in the middle of a
foreign country, but that only made your pride deeper, your
patriotism stronger and your camaraderie unique.
Today, like so many Zonians, you've retired to
Florida. And you're sad or furious, or resigned because at
noon on December 31, 1999, the United States finally will
relinquish control of the historic Panama Canal.
"Everybody's upset about it," says Paula Fuller, a
Zonian in Englewood. "It's like giving away your home."
Sarasota's Tom Peterson is a Zonian's Zonian. His
father helped build the Panama Canal, earning the Roosevelt
medal awarded to the original construction workers. His
daughter still works in the Canal Zone, and his grandchildren
there make the Petersons a five generation family.
Peterson, 68, is also president of The Panama Canal
Society of Florida. He helped choose this year's theme The
End of An Era for the Society's annual summer convention
So what will he be doing at noon on December 31?
"Crying," Peterson replies, but then he shrugs and smiles.
"There are some who fight it, but 90 percent of Zonians say,
"It's over; let it go."
A different view
In North Port, Maj-Britt Spurlock considers the
Canal Zone from a different perspective. She's a native of
Sweden who followed her husband to Panama, got divorced
and married again, raising a family in the Zone. Still, she
doesn't consider herself a Zonian.
"I like all three of my countries Panama, Sweden
and the United States," she says. "I couldn't tell you which
is the best." Spurlock remembers some Zonians leading
isolated lives, hardly even bothering to learn Spanish. Her
own family took advantage of the Zone's intriguing political
and business situation.
"We had a lot of friends in Panama, diplomatic
people and foreign people," she says. "It was a really
interesting place to live." Spurlock does not, however, join
the foreigners who believe Panama had a legitimate claim to
the Zone. She shares a Zonians distaste for former President
Jimmy Carter, who signed the fateful 1977 treaty and will
always be "The man who gave away the Canal."
She still has daughters in the Canal Zone, but
expects they'll join her in Florida soon. For her, there will be
no final visit to Panama. "I was going to go down." Spurlock
said, "but I got depressed and changed my mind."
Venice's Julius Grigore, Jr., managed a Canal
Zone shipyard in the 1960s and '70s. He's written books,
along with articles for the Panama Canal Review, on
everything from the country's navel oranges to its coins and
Grigore, 77, often returns to Panama to visit his
daughter, who manages an eco-tourism business and plans to
remain in the country. "She's got dual citizenship,
Panamanian and American, but you can never take the
Zonian away," he says. "Once a Zonian, always a Zonian."
Grigore, like so many Zonians, recalls a tropical paradise
improved with American know-how. Immaculate grounds
and gardens. Quality schools and hospitals. And, of course,
the historic and strategic Canal.
Today Zonians worry that Panama will not maintain
or improve the Canal as it should. They fear that Hong Kong
investment in the Canal is a front for Communist China.
With the United States giving up control, and so many
Americans leaving, some refer to the Canal Zone as
"Paradise Lost." "It's never lost to me, though, Grigore
says, "I'll still love Panama.
Life in the CZ
In the Canal Zone, also known as the CZ, there was
a friendly rivalry across the two sides of the Canal. You were
an Atlantic Sider or you were a Pacific Sider. You cheered
for the Cristobal Tigers in blue and gold, or the Balboa
Bulldogs, in red and white.
"Some Zonians will tell you ," Peterson says,
grinning, "that the first people who came to Sarasota were
Atlantic Siders." This superficial division, though, only
serves to emphasize the oneness of the Canal Zone. What
small-town atmosphere would be complete without a local
Just about every Zonian worked for the Panama
Canal Commission or the Department of Defense. There was
plenty of can-do attitude and little cynicism about what
America was doing there. Barbara Peterson remembers it
as a different time and place. "Here, if you talk about
working for the government, people look at you kind of
funny," she says. There, there was such pride in working for
the government." The pride is matched by a powerful
memory of the Zone, one that won't fade away at noon on
In the Peterson living room, opposite a wall of
Panamanian folk art, there is a poster-sized photograph taken
on September 30, 1979. The photograph shows the town of
Balboa, a bridge over the Canal and Sosa Hill, where local
students carved out a large slogan that captures Zonian
sentiment even today: "CZ Forever."
Sarasota Herald Tribune
March 28, 1999
NAVY'S PANAMA CANAL BASE
CLOSES UNDER CARTER TREATY
NAVAL STATION PANAMA CANAL Ending
more then a century of history in this region, U.S. Naval
Station, Panama Canal, Rodman was transferred to the
government of Panama in a March 11 ceremony.
Hundreds watched as the symbolic key to Rodman
passed from Hon. Simon Ferro, U.S. Ambassador to
Panama to Ernesto Perez Balladares, president of Panama.
During the ceremony Navy Capt. Robert W. Bennett Jr.,
commanding officer at Rodman, spoke of the port's
contribution over the years and the significance of the
"This is an important milestone in the U.S. Navy's
continuing commitment to meet the intent and the spirit of
the Panama Canal Treaty, Bennett said.
"Naval Station Balboa (later renamed Naval Station
Rodman) was created during a time of conflict. Since then,
its role has been broadened significantly to become an
enduring symbol of peace and stability, not only to Panama
but the entire Latin American region. Over the years that role
has continued to evolve and grow into an even more
meaningful relationship a partnership of mutual respect
with the government of Panama."
Also on hand for the historic ceremony was Adm.
J. Paul Reason, commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet,
and an up-close player in the Panama Canal Treaty signing in
"Here I am to witness once again a significant event
in the history of relations between the United States and
Panama." Reason said. "A little over 20 years ago when I
was much younger, I served as Naval aide to the president of
the United States. In that capacity, I was present for the
momentous signing of the new Panama Canal Treaties."
He said President Carter felt very strongly about
the accord. Carter, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate felt the
transfer of the canal was a matter of national conscience.
"He was convinced that it was part of the obligation
of the U.S. to treat its American neighbors fairly," Reason
recalled. "President Carter was right; and the transfer of
Naval Station Rodman to the government of Panama is a
major part of doing the right thing."
The warm relationship between the Navy and
Panama is expected to continue into the future.
"Although the Navy will be removing its shore-
based presence from Panama, when Naval Station Rodman
is disestablished." Reason said, "the ships and the sailors of
the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets look forward to continuing a
close friendship for regional security."
Rodman, and the land it occupies holds a number of
possibilities for the people of Panama, according to Dr.
Nicolas Ardito Barletta. Barletta, a former Panamanian
president, is now the official in charge of all real estate being
returned under the treaty.
"These docks, these installations, these Panamanian
lands house many memories of almost one century of
history," Barletta said, "but they also hold a great and
magnificent development opportunities for the benefit of our
people. From here, a new window of the Canal and the world
opens for Panama and the World."
According to Panama's president, Naval Station
Rodman will be used for a variety of projects. He said the
800-plus acres may be a site for an oil refinery, a storage
terminal for grains, a shipping center for the local automobile
market, a lubricants terminal, a repair facilities for vessels, a
center for tuna boats or a residential area.
But an overriding theme of all the speakers was
acknowledgment of the hard work and dedication of the
civilians, Sailors and Marines who served Rodman over the
years. They numbered in the thousands.
Panamanian President Ernesto Perez Balladares
accepts ownership of Rodman Naval Base, March 11,
1999. Base commander Captain Robert W. Bennett
and Atlantic Fleet commander, Adm. J. Paul Reason,
also in attendance. U.S. Army photo by Marshall
Naval Station Rodman's origin can be traced to
1917, only four years after the first ship successfully
transited the new Canal. The waterway was, and still is.
considered one of the world's foremost engineering marvels.
The 15'" Naval District was established in the Canal Zone
early this century. In the '30s, the canal-side land was set
aside by executive order for the Navy's use. Rodman, was
constructed at the pacific entrance to the waterway, giving
the Navy crucial logistical facilities during World War II. In
1950, the original name "Balboa" was changed to honor
Adm. Hugh Rodman, who'd served in the Panama Canal
and later became commander of the Pacific Fleet.
During the Kennedy years, a Navy small craft
school was established at Rodman to instruct Latin American
and Caribbean navies and to enhance readiness throughout
the Americas. Through the years Rodman's missions have
included defense of the Panama Canal and logistical support
during World War II. It furnished around-the-clock support
during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. From the late 1960s
until just recently, Rodman carried out its primary tasks of
Canal defense, pier-side support of U.S. Navy and foreign
navy ships, regional operations, and defense fuel
Over 40 media representatives attended this historic
closure ceremony, reflecting the international interests of this
crossroads of the world. Of those, 18 were international press
and included Reuters, Finnish Broadcasting, Nueva China,
and New Yorker Magazine.
Contributed to this report:
Lt. U.S. Navy Reserve
Deputy Public Affairs Officer
United States Naval Academy
Seven cruise ships in one day set
a new Canal record
By Ariyuri H. deMantovani
Thousands of people visit the Panama Canal every
year, not only to admire this engineering marvel, but also to
watch the ships as they make their voyage from one ocean to
the other each day. Among those most imposing and colorful
ships that go by are the luxury cruise ships carrying hundreds
of passengers who observe Canal operations from the decks
of their floating hotels.
The waterway continues to be a favorite cruise
destination for people who prefer to enjoy the sun and ocean
and leave behind the cold weather of their hometowns. The
popularity of cruises became more evident on January 12,
when a record of seven cruise ships met in the waterway on
the same day.
A Canal towboat assists the Queen Elizabeth 2 as it
leaves Pedro Miguel Locks, followed by the Sun
Princess in the east lane and the Maasdam in the west
lane. Seven passenger ships transited the waterway in
one day, confirming the Panama Canal's popularity as
a cruise ship destination.
Sam H. Mann, manager of the Canal's Vessel
Management Branch called the event a first, and declared it
a new record in the annals of Canal history.
The seven cruise ships that established the record
were the Le Ponant and Temptress Voyager, both transiting
northbound, and the southbound traveling Maasdam,
Seabourn Pride and Rotterdam, as well as the popular Sun
Princess, which is the set for the new version of the
television sitcom "The Love Boat." Also transiting that day
was the beloved Queen Elizabeth II, also known as the QE2,
which for many years held the record for having paid the
highest tolls at the Canal. Altogether, the ships carried 6,012
The cruise season began in October and goes to the
end of May. During this time, each of the floating hotels,
hoisting the colors of various cruise lines, transit the Panama
Canal several times, making true the dream of their
passengers and offering one of the most outstanding
viewpoints from which to observe the operation of the
If you wish to see these and other fabulous ships
transiting the Canal, the Miraflores Locks Visitors Center is
open every day of the year, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Balboa Yacht Club-More Than
Just a Building's Passage
When a fire that began in the pre-dawn hours of
February 18 swept away the building that housed the Balboa
Yacht Club and the American Legion, it demolished more
than a mere structure. The old wooden clubhouse, most
observers agree, had been getting decrepit for years anyway.
The more important lost valuables were the club's historical,
social and symbolic role. We lost one of the world yachting
scene's favorite rest stops. We also lost a symbol of the
bygone Zonian way of life. We also lost what was in many
forms, under many managements, one of the metro Panama
City's favorite bars and restaurants.
With such a loss, there is a tendency to look for
reasons or speculate about blame. As we went to the printer
the bombers were still investigating the fire's origin, both at
the scene and in insurance records. Firefighters were
hampered when they first responded to the blaze because
there was no water available from the nearby hydrants--
apparently, the water mains serving the club had been shut
down for construction of the nearby cruise ship port--thus the
pumpers had to use sea-water. Still, it seems that whatever
the causes or the complications, the building was too
engulfed by the blaze by the time that the bombers arrived
for it to have been saved.
The Balboa Yacht Club had been pleading with the
Panama Canal Commission, then with ARI, for permission
to build a new clubhouse on or near the present site, without
success. Funds had been raised for that purpose, however, so
it's premature to count the club out. Services and activities
at the marina below the ruined building continue while the
club's future and location are sorted out.
News of the fire quickly spread over the internet
among the now-scattered Zonian community, many of whom
had spent many a happy day at the Yacht Club/American
Legion. Several dozen people gathered in the parking lot on
February 19 to sound taps and offer toasts to a departed
friend. Some took the blaze as a metaphor for the Canal
Zone's passage into history.
Lots of folks remembered the clubs for the food.
The American Legion of yesteryear was lauded as the home
of the perfect onion rings against which all others in the
world must be compared, of "Shrimp to Die For," great
corvina dinners and more.
The Balboa Yacht Club and American Legion
launched the careers of many of Panama's better chefs and
restauranteurs over the decades. The most renowned of these
was probably Glen Lee, founder of the now departed Lee's
Steakhouse, who once managed the downstairs restaurant.
Several of the best practitioners of Caribbean cuisine who are
working in Panama City today perfected their craft at the
Yacht Club or Legion restaurants.
Though the restaurant operated until the fire the
Balboa Yacht Club's deck bar, a gathering spot for yachties
and locals, boasted that it had "the best view of the Panama
Canal," was in recent years more popular than the restaurant
end of the business.
Reprinted from the Panama News, February 26, 1999
Article written by Eric Jackson
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Be proud of our role in Panama
Re: U.S. Leaving behind Canal, hidden dangers, Jan.30
Yes, the U.S. presence in Panama during this past
century has been marked by controversy. But the skills and
perseverance Americans have demonstrated in constructing,
operating and maintaining the Panama Canal during this
century should make us all proud of the role the United
States has played in making Panama a world crossroads.
Americans leaving the Panama Canal and returning
to the United States have always been attracted to Florida and
particularly to the Tampa Bay area. The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, with over 4,000 members has its
headquarters in Seminole. So, too, does the Panama Canal
Society Foundation plan to establish a museum to preserve
the American Era of the Panama Canal in this area.
We hope the American Era of the Panama Canal
will last a long time here in the Tampa Bay area.
Katherine Egolf, Board of Directors
Panama Canal Society Foundation, Pinellas Park
Saint Petersburg Times
February 2, 1999
WHERE ARE YOU?
MISSING OF CHS 1940
Albritton, Carrie Nitto, Ethel
Badgely, Jean Oswald, Peggy
Bailey, Josephine Randles, Ruth
Brennan, Dorothy Raymond, Jean
Brown, Mary Pat Stroop, Rose Margaret
Casey, Sarah Frances Attia, Isaac
Drenan, Evelyn Caries, Andres
Grabhorn, Jean Crandall, John
Taylor, Mary Alice Coffin, James
House, Helen Fernandez, Robert
Tuthill, Anna Frances White
Please advise either of the committee members listed below
of known addresses or telephone numbers of those above.
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane
6427 Stone Ridge Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
8184 Copenhagen Way
Boca Raton, FL 33434
pandcgorin @ hotmail.com
THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY -
WHERE ARE YOU?
The BIG BHS Class of 1950 50th Reunion in the year 2000
committee has still not been able to contact or account for its
classmates. Below is the latest list of those missing:
Blanca I. Alejandro
Manuel Jose Berrocal
Iva Jean Bolin
Eleanor Jane Buel
Richard E. Burns
Jorge J. Calvo
Elsa Lee Chang
Emma Jean Clement
Herman R. Davila
Carlos U. deGracia
Maria Teresa Doran
Fred A. Durling Jr.
George Keith Ford
Irma R. Hernandez
Egbert C. Jones Jr.
Kenneth J. Kadock
Carol Ann Kepford
K. Keith Kreth
Robert Gene Leggit
Barbara A. Woods
Pedro Moreno, Jr.
Dorothy L. Netcel
John E. Nixon
John B. Rimmington
Juan L. Severino
Adlia J. Shacklette
Katherine A. Ward
Ruth T. Warren
Louis F. Williams, Jr.
Perry Robert Young
Yolanda C. Orsini
Barbara Gynne Golden
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. Hawkins
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.
Mona I Medina
Laura L. Meyer
David G. Minehart
Cynthia L. Patton
Maricela Rajo O.
Rogelio P. Ramsey
Michele Reece M.
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 e-mail addresses of those classmates
missing. We want to include everyone in our 20th High
If you know the addresses of the above classmates, or if they
have passed on please let us know. Thanks.
Dr. Wendell N. Spreadbury Joan (Powell) Arndt
BHS Class 1950 Reunion 9770 S.W. 198th Circle
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21-E Dunnellon, FL
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599 34431-4149
(409)564-0620 Fax (409)569-2514 (352) 489-3887
LOST CLASSMATES OF BHS 1949
Childress, Jo Ann
Lynnette (Leni) Stokes
10511 Ashley Oaks Dr.
Riverview, FL 33569
Elva (Moolchan) Grant
Please advise the committee member below of known
addresses or telephone numbers of those listed above:
801 Pine Street
Melbourne, FL 32951
LOST CLASSMATES OF CHS 1979
BHS'48 Still Missing
LOOKING FOR CHS'59
Wm. O. Alexander
James J. Ball
Homer Min Jen Chen
Peter Min Chung Chen
Jose M. Garcia DelBusto
Wm. P. Edwards
Beryl M. Garas
Jane N. Hanford.
Jean M. Hanford
Robert D. Hom
Fred J. Horton
John E. Johnson III
James A. Jolley
John D. Landers
Elizabeth L. McNew
Clifford B. Weaver
David C. Ryan
Darrel B. Seeley
Marilyn S. Sisson
Franklin E. Tillman
John L. Toone
Patricia A. Vesser
John H. Wallace
Louis Martin Jr.
Nancy Gibson Bonnie (Rankin) Macy
Ligia Arroyo Jackie Bedwell
Judy Griffon Phillip Judson
Suzie Marie Lloyd Joseph Lorenzo
Esther Miller Norma (Ramirez) Reed
Martin Hernandez William Hogan
If you know the whereabouts of any of the above, please
contact either of the following:
If anyone knows the whereabouts of those listed
above, please notify either of the following:
Barbara Fritz Reyle
10518 Providence Way
Fairfax, VA 22030-3106
Ruth Rose Foster
10397 N. Ranch Hand Ave.
Dunnellon, FL 34433
5310 N.E. 15th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334
4191 Corey Road
Malabar, FL 32950
Your Reporter Says ...
Spring has arrived and our Dothan-Pan Canalers are
out and about. Mary Urey accompanied Ann (Wellington)
Alexander and Jane (Wellington) Lawyer to Madrid,
Spain, where they were joined by Ann's daughter,
Kimberley. The group stayed in Madrid for three days, then
drove to Carmona where they stayed in a beautifully restored
16'h century palace, Casa de Carmona. While there, they
toured Sevilla, then on to Granada and the Alhambra. The
Alhambra and its gardens was an incredible tour. Then back
to Madrid and hnmp
Kimberley Alexander and Mary Urey at the Casa de
Mary's three daughters, Suzanne Kleefkens,
Lorraine Dugan and Michele Perez all arrived on March
31St and Mary's niece, Sheila Bolke on April 2nd to spend a
week in Dothan. The four girls hosted a birthday luncheon
for Mary at the Garland House for the "Ancon-Culebra Road
Gang". A great time was had by all "remembering when".
Edna Koval, Edna O'Donnell and Arlene Abbott
traveled to St. Simon Island for a few days to enjoy the
beautiful flowers and great spring weather.
A surprise birthday party was given for Stella Nita
by her children, Helen and Tim Hotz, Mania Nita, John
and Marcie Nita and Toni Kalb at Longhorn's restaurant in
Dothan. Her grandchildren who attended were Tony and
Stephanie Nita, Rene Kalb, and Kristen (Hotz) Quigley.
Also present were Jan Whitney and Dolores Cleveland.
Roses from son, John decorated the table. Stella really
enjoyed the occasion and was most happy to see her family.
Adele (Farbman) Adams, BHS '69 and her
husband Robbie and two children are planning to attend the
Reunion in Orlando in July. They will also be attending
Adele's 30'h class reunion, as well as visiting her sister,
Sheila (Farbman) LaBella and friends. Adele says they are
all very excited about this trip and her girls can hardly wait
to see their aunt and other family members on their extended
trip throughout South Florida. She also says that if any of
her classmates are planning to attend the Reunion, they need
to contact Betsy Vosburgh by email or phone as soon as
possible for forms and reservations.
The Spring Luncheon of the Arizona Panama Canal
Society was held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Chandler
on March 13, 1999. Those attending included Warren and
Dora LeGrys, Goodrich and Nancy Simmons, Mac and
Emily McCullum, Nancy and Darrell Eide, Leo
Langland, Ellen Altman, Norm and Donna Gillis (Donna,
when will you publish your book on Gamboa?) Adele and
Robbie Adams, Anne and Charlie Parks, Craig and Lisa
Boatwright, Eelyn and Loring White, Miriam and Dan
Hirschl and Mary Grace and Chester Oakes. A very
informative and interesting slide presentation was presented
by Leo Langland. Leo, while stationed in the Canal Zone
with the Army in the 50's was assigned to the Inter-American
Geodetic Survey unit and made maps if Panama and the
border between Panama and Costa Rica. A fun time was had
by all and we look forward to next year's luncheon.
The annual spring get-together of our group will be
June 20, 1999, at the Jones Family Center, Springdale, AR,
from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Bring something to share with
everyone and your own eating utensils. Drinks will be
Polly Michaelis reports she is home recuperating
from heart-by surgery in February. Her children have been
helping out, but recovery is slow but sure.
Maxine Reinhold returned home from New
Hampshire accompanied by son, Mel. She is busy taking
care of personal things. Daughter, Barb, from Minnesota
expected for a visit in mid April.
Dorothy Sanders is doing okay. Her son, Jack,
has taken up residence in Hawaii. Joe and Margaretta
Vowell enjoyed a trip to Tallahassee, FL to visit with Mike
and Elaine Stephenson. Their daughter is still in the Peace
Corp in the Far East. Jack and Joan Corliss are working on
plans for a coupe of bus trips later on. Also, they have
reservations for the Panama Canal Society reunion in July.
Addie Colclasure is home from Kansas accompanied by her
sister, Juanita, and is taking care of personal business before
returning to Kansas in mid April.
Richard and Janet Cressy are expecting their
daughter, Susan and granddaughter, Jenna, to visit with
them around May 1s.
Jerry and Harold Harp visited Jim and Betty
Stewart in Manhattan, TN. They also spent some time in
Boulder, CO, with their three daughters. Peggy Keller spent
time in Dothan during the fall golf tournament. Then on to
California to visit with family and friends. While there, she
had major knee surgery. Jess and Lynn Harp said not much
is going on and are kept busy with three children.
Kathleen and Willard Huffman returned from a
trip to the casinos in Tunica, MS, to find their children,
Mary, Will, Jimmy had come home to surprise Willard on
his 80th birthday. Kathy and our grandchildren from Wynne,
AR, came up and Kathy's parents joined us for a wonderful
birthday dinner. We all enjoyed being together for the
weekend and had many laughs looking at old 35 mm slides.
Enjoyed a good time at Oaklawn Race Track at Hot Springs,
AR. Our next venture will be a trip to Alaska in May.
Fern Glass writes that she has been doing a lot
traveling. With Billie Landrum., she took a trip to
Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons in
Wyoming and Glacier National Park in Montana. In
Washington, they saw Jack and Anna Rocker and Dan and
Kathy Glass in the Vancouver area. They also enjoyed
seeing David and Karen (Glass) Rothe and their children.
They also spent time with Bill and Marg Hicks and helped
Sylvia and Mack move into their new home in Alabama.
She also enjoyed a visit from Pete and Connie Grosz. She
also spent this past Christmas in Panama with family and Jim
and Louise Duffus. While in Alabama with the Landrums,
they took time out drove to Florida and visited with Frank
Robinson, Don and Fran McElhandy, Betty and Bob
Dahn, Howard and Arlene Osborn, Fred and Beverly
Ebden, Paul Ebdon, Janet Cunningham and Mildred
Mike and Henrietta Horoda were baby sitters for
their grandson while his mother, Pam (Horoda) Rogers, Dr.
Michael Horoda, Mark Horoda and Robins Higgins made
a visit to the former Canal Zone in March. The visitors
enjoyed the hospitality of Fred and Melanie (Trim) Bales
along with that of the Balboa High School staff and
principal, Tom Price.
The group visited many familiar sites and says that Santa
Clara beach is still gorgeous! They enjoyed traditional
Panamanian food, seafood and of course, Napoli pizza. Any
regrets? Only one, that they won't be in Panama for the last
graduation of Balboa High School. It promises to be an
exciting and nostalgic time for all.
As for your reporter, he has been occupied with
assisting the local Kiwanis Club with various projects.
Hoping to get to South Dakota in May for his brother's
Robert "Bud" Balcer
Editor must have by:
July 30, 1999
Mrs. Adele Argo, (Mrs. Emmett) of Laguna Hills,
California sent news of a slide presentation about the Panama
Canal at a NARFE meeting on February 5, 1999, by Mrs.
Joan (Ridge) deGrummond. She offered a perspective of
how U.S. government families integrate in the region.
September 7, 1998 was Edna (Mrs. George)
Wertz's 90"h birthday. Her family gathered at daughter
Marie's home in San Antonio, Texas. Those present were
Marie and Tony Ayala, their son, his wife and 2 year old
grandson Lennie, and Renee Wertz and son, and wife of Ft.
Lauderdale, FL. Edna was thrilled to celebrate her 90th
birthday with the entire family. A belated Happy Birthday
and many more to come.
Five local area people enjoyed the 10-day tour to
Panama 24 March to 2 April 1999. This tour was organized
by Pete Foster (Zonian Amigos) and Davis Stevenson
(Condor Tours). It was a wonderful comprehensive extensive
tour of all Panama. Those local people who were on the tour
were Isabelle Gibson, Marje and Pete Foster, Aura
Erickson and Elma Scheibe Seiferlein, Shirley Boswell
and your reporter.
Hope Mike and Marion Greene don't break their
record of attendance at the Annual Reunion this July. They
are now living in an assisted living facility in Sarasota. They
are so pleased that their long time friends, Marian and Lee
Kariger visit them very often.
In September, Sally and Will Nickisher, Jan and
Al Carr, Joe and Marcia Cicero and Doris and Bill Holt
flew to Seattle from Tampa and boarded a bus to Vancouver
for a round trip cruise up the inland passage to Alaska. Not
one day of rain. Alaska is truly the last frontier. They stopped
in Juno, Skagway, Ketchican and cruised Glacier Bay. In
Juno they called John McNatt, formerly of the Canal Zone,
and met him at the base of Mendenhall Glacier, It was so
good to see him after so many years. A lot of old times were
exchanged. This was the Nickisher's, Cicero's and Holt's
40'h and Carr's 41"s wedding anniversary present to each
other. What a way to celebrate.
L-R: Marcia and Joe Cicero, John McNatt and Will
Nickisher at Mendenhall Glacier.
Doris Holt, Sally and Will Nickisher at the base of
one of Alaska's Totem Poles.
Front: Joe and Marcia Cicero, Jan and Al Carr, Sally
and Will Nickisher. Back: Doris and Bill Holt.
Afterwards all but the Nickisher's flew home to
Clearwater. Sally and Will spent nine days with Will's
brother, Ray, in Seattle. Carol, Ray's wife, was on a trip to
Chile. They did get to spend a couple of days with both Ray
and Carol before they left for Alaska. They have a beautiful
home. Will especially liked the magic door next to the
bedroom on the thirds floor. You drop your clothes inside the
door and the next day they appeared on your bed all washed
and folded. He wants one of those. Will's sister, Rosie, flew
up from Auburn, California that weekend and the family had
a real reunion with much laughter and fun. They also met
Bob Best and Lee Schneider near the water for drinks. Had
a great time. Ann Best couldn't make it as she was sick.
Seattle is beautiful country. Only had one day of mist there.
It was then home to Clearwater and the regular routine of
work for Sally and golf for Will.
Tommy and Shirley Marine spent 2-3 weeks
refurbishing their condo near Tyrone Square Mall. Between
waiting for workmen to install new carpeting or a new air
conditioner, they met several friends for lunch or dinner
Betty Boyer, Juanita Karst, and Shirley Whitlock.
Tommy has enjoyed jokes and reminiscing about boyhood
events when he lunches with the Thursday mens golf crowd.
George Chevalier and Vic Melant drove down from
Orlando to join Tommy, Larry Jones, Eddie Doran and
The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers
gathered at Maggie's Buffet Restaurant in Ocala on Tuesday,
April 6, 1999 to celebrate their 50th semi-annual festivities.
After an enjoyable luncheon and a lot of talking, the meeting
was opened with an introduction of the individuals present.
Dick and Joanne King made the long trip from
their home in Bellingham, WA. Robert (Jim) and Nellie
Derrick were visiting from Cornelia, GA. Sarasota residents
and Society President, Tom and Barbara Peterson along
with Kathyleen Miller were welcomed after their long drive
Other visitors included Gerald and Bee Williams, Roger
and Peggy Dubble, Roy and Charlene Trullinger and John
Muller. Bob and Kathie McConaughey and their
granddaughter Summer Peyton came from Merritt Island.
Jerry and Carolyn Coffey, Gladys Knapp, Jim and Ethel
Wich were others who made the special effort to attend.
Other loyal members who have passed on since our last
meeting are Betty Muller, Iris Terwilliger, Dick Conover
and Tom Duncan, Sr.
Tom Peterson, President of PCSOFL was
introduced and asked to update us on Society activities. He
surprised us by presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to
William A. Muller as a "token of out esteem and sincere
appreciation for outstanding service rendered" to the Society.
Tom then reported on his term of office. He noted an
increase in membership by 200 in his first six months as
president and 400 since then. He stated there would be no
increase in dues. He mentioned there have been many
requests by CNN and other news agencies for interviews
regarding the turn-over of the Panama Canal. Tom reported
on the proposed amendments to the bylaws and invited
members to visit the new offices. A new Directory will be
printed and in the mail very soon. He asked that every
member cast their vote in the next election of officers and by
laws changes. He discussed the relationship between the
Society and the Museum. The Museum is not a part of the
Society, but has its verbal support. A limited number of
Silver Medallions commemorating 95 years of the Panama
Canal will be made available by the Museum Foundation
after the Canal is turned over to Panama in December. They
will be minted in Utah and sold by special order at the
Reunion in Orlando.
At the Reunion, an extra dance is planned for all
BHS/CHS graduates and it will be free. An extra day of
Bingo, with prizes, will be held. All you bingo enthusiasts
should be happy about that. Be sure to partake in the
Joan (Powell) Arndt visits Durans Coffee finca in El
Volcan, with Dave Hilliard in background.
We have had a number of Ocala residents visit
Panama in recent months. Virginia and Patricia Booth,
Joan (Powell) Arndt and Richard Lopp. Joan reported on
visits to Gamboa, Las Cruces Trail, Pedro Miguel Locks, El
Valle, Coronado, and El Volcan. Richard Lopp spent two
months visiting his brother, George. He suggested using
taxis rather than renting a car since the traffic was so
difficult. He was somewhat saddened by the changes in
Panama. The bowling alley has been torn down, the post
office needs some repair and the Ft Amador Officers' Club
is now a storage area. Wesley "Red" Townsend and his
wife, Virginia were introduced as some of the originators of
the Ocala group. Wes is now 97 years old.
Our next meeting will be October 5, 1999 and it will
be the Silver Anniversary year for the group. Plans are being
made to celebrate the occasion. If you would like to
participate, please contact Bill Muller at (352) 854-7902 or
email email@example.com. Meeting will be at Ocala's
Hola from Pensacola. We found out last month that
my daughter, Darla, is expecting a baby boy. He will be
born on July 16'h and his name will be Jonathan Thomas. We
are all excited and really looking forward to his birth. There
will definitely be a picture in the next issue.
I had a call last Sunday from Alice Fletcher who
lived in Panama 46 years ago. She is originally from
England, but now lives in Jacksonville and is planning a
return trip to Panama this summer. Alice's daughter is living
in Pensacola during her husband's tour of duty with the
military but will be transferred soon.
The first bridal shower for Bob Vose's finance,
Dawn, was held in April. She received some lovely gifts and
there was a delicious assortment of foods. Jake and Jeneth
(Willoe) Baker of Largo, FL formerly of Corozal, Panama,
have informed me that their son, Randall and his wife, who
live in Mobile, AL are expecting twin girls in June.
Congratulations to the Bakers!
The first Pensacola/Gulf Coast mini-reunion since
I became the reporter for this area, was held on January 17,
1999, Coconut Bay/Holiday Inn University Mall. It was a
full-blown success. The food was all comida tipica which
included ceviche, plantano, sopa borracho, arroz con pollo,
rum cake, sancocho, mangos, fried yuca and Johnny Mazetti.
Everyone ate and had a great time visiting with old friends.
and contributed to the displays with their personal treasures
from their memorable years in the Canal Zone. There were
"B" badges, old license plates, photo albums, books from the
December "Just Cause" war, hats, dresses, shirts and framed
pictures and bateas. There was a large display of great
pictures taken by Elsa Smith. Kevin Vose had an album of
pictures of old Zonian theater tickets, ice cream container
labels, and bakery items. Eddie Williams also had the
Panamanian flag hanging, which is always displayed at
Coconut Bay. Those who attended had a wonderful time.
Display of Memories at the Pensacola Gulf Coast Mini-
Reunion on January 17, 1999 at Coconut Bay in
Group photo with reporter, Barb (Hall) Vose in front at
Pensacola Gulf Coast Mini-Reunion at Coconut Bay on
January 17, 1999.
Thanks to all those who helped me make this event
a huge success. A special thanks to Clyde and Eleanor
Willman for the photos they donated for this article. The
next event is scheduled for Sunday, September 5, at the
same location. Please contact me if you are interested in
attending. Also, if you have any news, please call me.
Mayno Walker had a wonderful visit with Tom
Rainey of TN who is an accomplished underwater
photographer. He shared some spectacular enlargements of
his underwater photography with Mayno. Tom also visited
Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald, the Bateman's, John, Bruce,
Diane, Nancy, Carlina and other friends in the Florida area
Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey and her daughter Donna
(Humphrey) Mann spent several relaxing and fun days in
Malabar, FL with Glady's son, Donald Humphrey and his
family in February. Mike and Marion Greene recently
moved from their home in Kensington Park to a new place.
They moved just a short distance away to "Heron House". It
is in the area and convenient for us to visit. It's easy to find
and they would like to have you stop by for a visit.
Mayno Walker's trip to Panama with Davis
Stevenson's tour was rudely interrupted by emergency heart
surgery. Daughters Mickey W. Fitzgerald, Jeanne W.
Wagner and Carole W. Miller have taken turns at "hospital
sitting" during her recuperation. They are all planning their
Panama tour for the year 2000. Jeanne Wagner returned to
her home in Eagle River, AK after a two week visit, while
Mickey of New Symrna, FL and Carole of Tampa take turns
with weekend and week long visits to make sure Mayno is
following orders. Many of the Sarasota/Zonians have been
filling in and helping out with feeding the two cats, checking
mail and visiting with Mayno.
Capt. Ove Hultin and wife, Billie (Crump) Hultin
are new residents of Sarasota. He recently retired from the
Panama Canal Commission as a pilot with 35 V2 years
service. Billie retired in 1979 from the Civil Affairs
administration with 30 years of service.
Virgina and Bill Hitchcock have bought a new
home here in Sarasota and will be moving from Bethesda,
MD sometime in July with their daughter, Sarah. Bill is the
son of Maxine Hitchcock, a long time resident of Sarasota.
His cousin, Joe Galloway, is looking forward to more
family in the area..
Gladys B. Humphrey
The 1999 Picnic in Tallahassee, Florida with 60-90 attendees (unfortunately not all are shown).
It is ever beautiful this time of year--azaleas and
dogwood blooming everywhere and still cool days to enjoy
being outside! Our Springtime Tallahassee Festival and
Parade was delightful, as usual. Thousands of people
enjoying the entertainment, food, and merry-making, all
treating each other with the southern hospitality/manners that
are so appreciated (and lacking!) in today's society.
Well, it was time for the annual Hunt Classic golf
tournament, and this year it was scheduled to be held at Joe
Norton's house in Ukiah, California. Now in its eighth
year. the four amigos--Joe Norton, Sharon Shaw, Mike
Smith and Jim Hunt (see photo) decided to hold it in Tally
instead, as Joe had been planning a visit here in March (Joe
gets to hold the Year 2000 event!). I am not sure if they play
more poker, longboard, or golf, but I do know they laugh a
lot (especially during golf!) and seem to really enjoy their
The "Hunt Classic" in Tallahassee, Florida. The four
amigos Sharon Shaw, Jim Hunt, Mike Smith and
We had a barbeque for the group and invited some
other former Zonians: Joe and Bev Wood, Burt and Carol
Mead, Mike and Elaine Stephenson, Ed and Kari
McIlvaine, Laverne Larrabee, Doris Hunt and Kathy and
John Naum. Sharon Shaw was so tickled to see Kari, his
former student; and Kari had an appropriate response, saying
Sharon Shaw has been her favorite teacher! There must have
been laughing gas in the air because we all seemed to be
holding our sides most of the evening.
Another reunion that has become an annual event
is "The Sisters' Reunion" among Carol Mead, Sunny
Mizrachi, Mary Coffey, and Sally Williams at their
mother, Virgina Woodhull Morland's, home in Pinehurst,
North Carolina (see photo). You could not find a nicer group
anywhere, so I am sure their reunion was an especially warm
and wonderful visit. Both Carol and Sunny had another
reason to celebrate. Both welcomed new grandchildren into
the fold this year (see photos in birth section). Amazingly,
Carol and Burt Mead have gone from having no
grandchildren in Tally to having four here at the same time
and at the same place.
Virginia (Woodhull) Morland with her four daughters,
Sunny Mizrachi, Sally Williams, Mary Coffey, and
Carol Mead during their "sister's reunion" in Pinehurst,
The annual Tallahassee picnic was held April 3rd at
a park adjoining Lake Jackson. Unfortunately, I was sick
with the flu and unable to attend, but I asked Joe and Bev
Wood to take pictures and submit a report for the Record.
Joe Wood was kind enough to report the following.
Annual Tallahassee Picnic a Success
Through the stellar organizing efforts of Skip and Bev
Rowley and Laverne Larrabee, the annual Tallahassee
picnic on April 3 was a huge success and promises to get
bigger and better each year. The cool and balmy spring day
provided perfect weather, the BBQ chicken, burgers and hot
dogs were done to perfection by chief cook, A.J. Abellera
and the food table was groaning with all the superb pot luck
dishes brought by everyone. Had there been a burger-eating
contest, we are sure that Keith Mead might have won. The
egg-toss would have been won by Mike and Elaine
Stephenson, Clarence Payne would have given the
benediction, the jitterbug contest would have been a snap for
Chris and Phyllis Gunderson, and the music surely would
have been provided by Tom and Lorraine Spencer and their
son, Courtney, although it probably would have been an
FSU fight song. But, Zonians don't need all those
distractions to have fun, as they spent the day eating, playing,
imbibing and remembering the good times and renewing old
acquaintances. Out-of owners, Audrey Bowman, Gladys
Mead, Ann and Jack Beers, Janet (Husum) Herrington
and Michael and Shawn Coffey and their three daughters,
Madeline, Cameron and Alyse, enjoyed their visits with old
friends and the great Tallahassee hospitality.
Paul and Stacia Morgan told us that this will be
their last Tallahassee picnic, since they are moving to the
Tampa Bay area soon. ,Ellie Husum, Bess Conley, Mary
and Val Lynch, Stella Nita, Nel Green and Burt mead,
John Schmidt and Henry Mizrachi must have brought the
Chagres waters with them because they all look so young!
As Easter egg hunt was full of drama as the young
ones scampered around the playgroup to see who could find
the most eggs., In the three and under category, Gil and
Andrew Corrigan, Brianna Mead, Chase Mead, Connor
Toolan and Tara Turner captured all the eggs as parents
Gil and Cher Corrgian, Maria Mead, Keith and Cindy
Mead, Rob and Ann (Conley) Toolan and grandparents,
Larry and Sue Corrigan, Gladys Mead, Burt and Carol
Mead and Bess Conley watched. Too old for the egg hunt
but wishing they weren't, were Doris Hunt, John Steiner,
Mania, Toni and John Nita, Lori (Husum) and Tod Allen,
Tom Conley, Bill Beers, Joe and Bev Wood, Terry and
Sheila (Mitten) Stepp, and A.J. and Bonnie (Gunn)
Abellera. A good time was had by all and we are looking
forward to next year's bash.
On a sad note, we want to express our condolences
to Shirley Hicks, of Tallahassee, on the death of her
daughter, Susan Parker Franklin (see obituary). Our hearts
and prayers are with you. That's it from the northern (but
most "southern") part of the states. Again, I urge you to call
or email me with your news. I really want to report YOUR
"The Enld of cL tErCa" ...
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Panama seems to be the "hot" topic for this
newsletter. My daughter, Lori Snow, escorted my husband
on his tour to Panama in February. She convinced me that
when I went to Panama I must go on the Canopy Tour in El
Valle since, in her words, it was a blast. This Canopy tour is
not for the faint of heart. First you walk about 45 minutes up
a jungle mountain path, then you get strapped into a harness
and hooked up to a cable which will speedily take you down
the mountainside to a waterfall at the bottom. There is a
weight and age limit; unfortunately, I passed both, so I
couldn't chicken out after I arrived at our first jumping off
platform at the top of the mountain trail. I do remember
watching a TV documentary on Panama several months ago
when Muriel Hemmingway took this Canopy tour and I
remember thinking that looks like such fun. Guess I forgot
that Muriel Hemmingway and I are not the same age and
although I survived the trip over the jungle canopy, I do
admit I was rather scared.
Davis Stevenson on canopy tour in tL= vale, ranama,
El Valle, Panama The Zonian Amigo group getting
ready to see the "square trees" and golden frogs. Our
driver, Demas, on left and our guide, Cornie Folse,
laying on the ground. March/April 1999.
While I was in Panama I met up with Jim Selby and
his wife, Jeanne. They were there with Dick and Pat
Bjorneby visiting the hotel in El Valle. I later met up again
with Jim and his wife along with Tilly McTaggart, Tatina
Joyce and Rollo Linares at dinner at the new Marriott Hotel
in Panama City. We had such a good time visiting and
enjoying the delicious food. While in Panama, Bruce
Newhard, Donna Geyer Bowman and Daniel Gressang III
were able to visit the old CHS along the Limon Bay and went
inside to see one of the old classrooms. Stephanie Beck
May, whose Dad used to be principal of CHS was also on
that tour and said she really enjoyed visiting the school once
El Volcan, Panama. BHS Class of 1954 June
Stevenson, Bruce Newhard, Donna Geter Bowman,
and Daniel Gressang II. Horse farm in background,
The second group that came to Panama was the
Zonian Amigo group with Pete and Marge Foster. They
were a fun group, ready to see Panama and shop. I managed
to get them all together for a group photo at the Flat Arch in
Old Panama City.
There are lots of changes in Panama, but it is still
beautiful. The whole time we were there, we ate lots of fresh
fruit and corvina. I had planned on losing some weight, but
couldn't resist the wonderful deserts that were served with
every meal. Oh, maybe the next trip in June. While in
Panama, we also did our fair share of shopping, buying
linens, jewelry, Panamanian hats, mola shirts, handmade
baskets and carved tagua nuts. Getting everything packed
into a suitcase to come home was a real challenge. At least
this time I did not buy a wooden alligator, although the
Indians are doing beautiful work with their wood carvings.
My brother Skip and his wife Beverly Rowley will
be here this coming week to overnight prior to leaving for
Europe to visit my sister, Dorothy and her husband, Jim
Gerhart, in Heidleberg, Germany. They will be gone two
weeks and are both quite excited about the trip. Dorothy
wrote that Europe is beautiful at this time of year with the
spring flowers in bloom.
Andrea Byrd Smith is finally back in Georgia.
She went to Florida before Christmas to help her mother who
had fallen and broken her hip. She stayed on until she felt is
was OK to leave. When she got home, she was called for
jury duty so it has been a busy time for her also. She and I
are planning to see the show "Victor Victoria" at the Fox
theater later this moth. It's good to have her home again.
For our classmates out there, don't forget our mini-
class reunion on July 3rd. I even managed to get some door
prizes while in Panama on several of my shopping trips. It
was a tough job, but someone had to do it.
Hawaii was represented in Panama City at the
EXPOCOMER, an international showcase for commerce, by
Bill Brophy (from Eden Works). Paul Rehob (Executive
Vice President of Hawaii Chamber of Commerce), and Rene
Mansho (City Councilwoman). Bill says this is the first time
Hawaii has reached out to Latin American people, via this
means, an event in which 23 countries participated. My
brother, Bill DeLaMater and his wife, Thelma, attended the
EXPOCOMER and visited with Bill Brophy. Brophy's
descriptions of today's Panama and his enjoyment of his visit
make me homesick for Panama.
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Bill and Thelma DeLaMater and Bill Brophy at the
EXPOCOMER in Panama.
Two of Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan's relatives
who have resided in Panama since birth have been
transferred to US locations. Margaret has family and college
reunions scheduled for San Diego, Michigan and the Harvard
event in Moscow, which she will skip. Her brother-in-law,
Jim Young's cousins, Ginger and Bill Young, visited
Honolulu in April. They are retirees now living in Florida.
The BHS class of '49 reunion and a possible
research trip, will take Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo to the
Orlando reunion. She is planning a trip to Panama in
Though Big Islanders worry about fog from
Kilauea's volcano eruptions or copious Hilo rain, snow has
fallen on Kilauea this April, according to my daughter,
Katya De La Mater, who lives in the northern part of
Hawaii Island, in Kamuela. I look forward to warmer,
wind-free weather here on Oahu. Reportedly, there are many
eager visitors here to watch the pelagic visitors, the
humpback whales, who are putting on a whale of a good
Lois DeLaMater Bates
Capt. Dean Bruch of River Ridge is happy to report
that Lucienne is slowly recovering and expects to be out of
the neck collar very soon. She took a nasty fall while on
vacation in France last year. They hope to see everyone at
the annual Gulf Coast picnic near Ocean Springs, MS on
Exciting news comes from John R. Gough Sr. of
Marrero. It seems that he will marry his long time friend and
neighbor, Teresa Ruff. No date has been set. John and
Teresa plan to attend the July Reunion with his son, John
(BHS '63) and new bride, the former Ellen Douglas, also a
Teresa Ruff and fiance, John R. Gough Sr. of
Millie Damerau Boudreau of Millie and Company,
Washington, LA entertained at a VIP cocktail party at the
Governor's Mansion to honor major sponsors of the Denim
and Diamonds Gala for the Louisiana Chapter of the
Leukemia Society of America. Millie plays piano, husband
Kirt plays the trumpet, Tony Cutrera the bass guitar and ,
J.A, Allen on the drums.
L-R: Kirt Boudreau, Tony Cutrera, J.A. Allen and
Millie Danerau Boudreau.
Bob Wertz of Belle Chasse is still flying high after
55 years. Currently he is the flight instructor for six students,
five of whom flew their first solos in March. Bob (BHS '40)
is also a check and mission pilot for a Civil Air Patrol
squadron. On February 15, 1999, he logged his 22,000'h
landing and says his former military flying has evolved into
a relaxing hobby.
This reporter will be recording stories from the
Canal Zone at the July reunion. Contact her for details and
Patt Foster Roberson
The big Reunion is drawing close and it sounds like
this will be the one reunion not to miss. I have heard from
lots of folks who plan on attending that have not been to a
reunion in years. On a sad note, James "Jimmy" Doyle
passed away on March 8, 1999, after a year long battle with
cancer. I don't think Jimmy had missed a reunion in over 18
years. RIP, Jimmy.
Last November, Carlos and Phyllis Pinzon
welcomed old Canal Zone friends to their home in Iowa City.
Cissy and Gary Collins, their daughter, Jillian and her
husband, Richard came from Atlanta and Monica and
Larry Milan from their home in Arkansas. The men hunted
pheasant while the women hunted bargains in the malls.
Several meals were provided from the successes of their
hunt. The guys did join the gals for a day of touring the
Amana Colonies. The ten-day trip ended with all in
agreement that the reunion of friends should be repeated in
the next year or two.
Enjoying the sights in the historic Amana Colonies are,
L-R: Larry and Monica Milam, Richard and Jillian
(Collins) Walker, Gary and Cissy Collins, Carlos and
Daniel and Margaret Hanesworth are off to
Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore to attend the wedding of
Ariane Hefferna. Ariane is the daughter of Janet Adkins
and granddaughter of the late Raymond and Liz Adkins, all
formerly of Panama.
That's all the news from the sleepy Midwest. If you
have any news on your activities in this area, feel free to
Penny Lotterhos and Nellie Bruland Jansen on
Bourbon Street in the New Orleans French Quarter.
Penny Lotterhos and
Nellie Bruland Jansen
at St. Louis Cathedral
in Jackson Square, New
of Clinton, Mississippi
enjoyed a recent two-
week visit from Nellie
Bruland Jansen of
Pennsylvania. She had
lived in Aiken, South
Carolina near Penny's
parents, and also lived
on the Zone, graduating
from Balboa High
Penny and Nellie
spent a weekend in New
Orleans and dined at
Emeril's (from TV's
food network "Emeril
Live!") They also toured
the Natchez Trace and
Vicksburg's casinos and
battlefield. Nellie has
now eaten crawfish,
doughnuts), gumbo and
pralines, but Penny
could not get her to eat
Patt Foster Roberson
Greetings from Western North Carolina!
Spring is finally here (we hope) and many people
are on the move! Jim and Diane Bradley left for Florida in
March to visit with son Jim and wife, Sheri (Anderson)
andl6 months old Candace. While they were there, Candace
had the new laser ear procedure done to drain fluid from
behind the drum, instead of the "tubes in the ear" method.
This new technique is fast and painless and baby Candace is
doing well. While in Florida, Jim and Diane also visited with
Fran and Bob Morrissey in Merritt Island and attended a
pot luck Zonian get together at Randy and Joella Deakins'.
About 50 Zonians attended. Around the 1" of April Jim met
up with his sister, Marion in Miami and they flew to Panama
for an l1day visit. They had a wonderful time visiting
friends, eating lots of corvina and michas in the downtown
restaurants, and spent some time at Gorgona and El Valle.
Jim says Charlie Leves recently completed his beautiful new
home in Gorgona. This was Marion's first trip.
I had a call recently from LeeAnn Coffey. She and
Mike (who retired in February 1998) moved to Statesville,
N.C. in April 1998, where they bought a two acre farm. They
really like the area. Their son, Daren (BHS'97) was married
January 28h to Shannon Rettman. Daughter Chelsea is in
her 1st year of medical school at Allegheny Medical College
in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated Cum Laude from
Roanoke College, Va.
Capt. David Stone, son of Malcolm and Jean
Stone is now stationed at Nellis AFB near Las Vegas,
Nevada. David will be teaching there. He and wife Michelle
will surely take Malcolm and Jean to visit the casinos on
their next visit. Malcolm and Jean visited Jean's mother and
daughter Lynn at Easter time. While in the
Virginia/Maryland area, they saw Tom and Cheri Fulcher
in Columbia, Md., and visited Diane Scheidig Henn in
Fairfield, VA. They also had a short visit with Sandi
Graham (Gordie Graham's wife).
Bill and Betty Dunning returned recently from a
months visit to Germany where daughter Cheryl and
husband Mark Lowery are living. As they do every year
They had a great time.
My daughter, Lisa Johnson spent Easter with me
and we drove to Atlanta for a few days to visit my daughter
Terri and family. A short visit but a pleasant one. When we
came back my son John came for a few days he called it a
"working visit. Nice to have working visits!
My daughter Laurie, husband Sam Trinca and
Zack and Justin spent several days in the Cape Hatteras area
mainly to do some fishing Unfortunately the weather
wasn't the greatest. We had high winds and rain. But they
did have a fun time.
Willy and Wilma Nowotney spent a week in
Panama and had a super time. They were wined and dined
almost every minute and saw lots of old friends and Shrine
Pat Fraser spent a week in a convent in Mississippi
attending an Icon painting class. It was a wonderful
experience, says Pat-- the painting, that is. The food left a
little to be desired (it was during Lent) and she would have
given her painting arm for a coke machine (the can kind)!
Jim and Noralee Shobe are now neighbors since
they have moved to Bellingham, WA. Jim had been
bedridden with a bad case of the flu for a couple of weeks.
He surprised a lot of people by moving north and buying a
beautiful, cheerful four year old home close to town. It's
also close to Mt. Baker, our favorite family retreat and also
close to youngest son, Ed and wife, Carrie, who are having
their first child in May. Jim and Noralee gave us a beautiful
engraved brass knocker. He also told us they are playing bed
and breakfast for their grandson, Joshua Duffus, who is
now a student at Western Washington University. Son-in-
law James Duffus and wife Clover (Shobe) went to Boston
recently where he was a presenter for an engineers' seminar.
Jim also visited his brother Bill Duffus in Panama. Bill,
whose wife Elaine, works for the Army, is waiting for the
school year to end at which time he will depart Panama.
Jim and Mary Young are visiting Mike in
Memphis, TN, who moved there after leaving Panama. They
expect to be there until April 28h. Jack and Ann Rocker
have settled in Deer Park, north of Spokane, WA to be near
their daughter. Dan and Pat Nellis have returned from
Arizona where they visited their son and grandson.
Please remember to make plans to attend the Pacific
Northwest Panama Canal Reunion Picnic at Abrams Park,
Ridgefield, WA. on Saturday, August 7, 1999. For more
information, contact Murray Falk (360) 263-2982, email
Pookeytoo@wa-net.com. Murray and wife Candy hosted a
reunion at the same place a few years ago, which was very
Last summer, after attending the Reunion in
Orlando, Jimmie Wickham went to New York to participate
in the Teach the Teacher's workshop conducted by the New
York Stock Exchange. The workshop was very informative
and exciting. Jimmie also had the opportunity to see several
Broadway plays and visit relatives in the area. This past
Christmas, Helen Brathwaite was in Oklahoma City where
she was joined by her son and grandchildren from California.
Helen is still teaching at Ft. Clayton Elementary School so
Helen filled Jimmie in on the changes in DoDDS.
Rene Carter Collins and son, Chris Wade Collins.
Renee Carter Collins had the pleasure of sending
her graduating senior, Chris Wade Collins, on a spring
break trip to Germany and Austria. Chris toured with other
high school groups from several states in May. Michelle
Collins is in the final stages of her preparations for touring
Europe in June. She will be visiting Germany, Austria,
Switzerland, Italy, France and England with an educational
group of middle school students and faculty.
Aymee Lugo Diaz, went to Panama in December
and she, her son, Michael, Anita Eldredge Ermish, Bill
Eldredge, Clara Eldredge Gilder, son William and Mrs.
Eldredge went on a chiva trip around Panama City. Aymee
commented on all the changes in Panama. The roads seemed
to be in better condition that she remembered. Although the
area has grown immensely, the skyline, beaches and interior
looked great. More information and pictures of their trip can
be seen on the website http://bhs63@CZBrats.com.
Kurt and Kellie Meissner had a full day on Easter
Sunday. Their whole family joined a new local church and
their twin daughters and son were baptized. Doris and Jean
Burns and Scott Burns have planned a trip to the British
Isles in May. Vicki and Bob Boukalis will be joining them.
That's it for now. If you have any news from
Oklahoma, please let me know.
Laura Burns Redemann
With the departure of Gayle (Fettler) and Robert
Rankin in late January and Maz and Linda (Malone)
Mazerolle in early April, the Gatun group has dwindled to
Penny (Wilder), Vince Cafiamas, Sid Coffin, Alberta
(Wilder),Colin Corrigan,George Favorite and Brian
Plaisance families. Mary (Mike Coffey) and Ned
Blennerhassett, Joan and Roy Newall and Donnie and
Surse Pierpoint are still in Santa Rita and Nina and Dave
Miller are still in Margarita.
"Gayle's Gals" (Gayle Rankin's group) continues
to enjoy Shimmey Beach on Thursdays even though it is now
reverted property. Donnie Pierpoint vigorously sought and
received permission for the group to continue their weekly
trek. Susan (Newall) Sasters, Michael and their young
daughter, Hannah, flew from England to Panama to spend
Christmas with Susan's mother and father and two year old
Lorianne. Joan and Roy also returned the Sasters' visit and
were off to merry ole England recently.
Mary (Mike Coffey) and Ned Blennerhassett, spent
a great Christmas in San Diego with their children and
grandchildren. Mike stayed on while Ned and his sister,
Veronica, went to New Zealand to help their mother move
into a retirement home. Tony will graduate as a physical
therapy assistant in June. Kathy is teaching in a preschool
and her son, Nate, goes with her. John just got a great job
doing computer design work for the San Diego Convention
Center. Karen (Rankin) and Ryann, their nine month old
daughter, returned to Panama with Mike and Ned for a three
week nostalgia visit. The weather was glorious and they had
a wonderful time fishing in the Perlas and lolling around Isla
Grande and swimming around Shimmey Beach. The rest of
the family plan to visit in June.
Congratulations to Dyonne Cafiamas, who was
recently honored as Airman of the Quarter and to her
squadron, which won the Hughes Trophy, an award to the
best squadron in the entire Air Force.
The rainy season has begun and the fishing looks
good. Penny Canamas has landed a couple of big ones while
on a night time outing with Bill Bailey and Wayne Seeley.
They caught a 50 pound tarpon!
Howey A. Laatz
Anacortes, WA 98221
Pacific Side-December News
The 28th Annual Shrine Bowl was held at Balboa
Stadium for the final time on November 7, 1998. Many
thanks goes out to all who made it possible. Abou Saad
Potentate and Chairman of the Shrine Bowl, Terry Zittle;
Abou Saad Chief Rabban and Assistant Chairman Arthur
Kerr; Balboa Rams Football League President Pablo
Prieto; Vice President Roberto Roy; Secretary Sherry
Williams and Treasurer Lew Stabler. The announcers for
the event were Jerry Hayden, Bill Fahy and Vince
Martinez. Food and refreshments were provided by Abou
Abou Saad, Panama Junior Football League and
Balboa High School Representatives present courtesy
tickets for the Shrine Bowl to Administrator Alberto
Aleman Zubieta, and Deputy Administrator Joseph
Cornelison. L-R: Bulldog Gisella West, Chief Rabban
Arthur Kerr, Tiger Lyndsay Molczyk, Raider
Samantha Diaz, Administrator Alberto Aleman
Zubieta, Potentate Terry Zittle, Deputy Administrator
Joseph Cornelison, Huskie Tania Kat, Falcon
Mylene Cover, Panama Jr. Football League President
Thanks also goes out to the Panama Armed Forces
Officials Association for donating their time to referee the
games. Entertainment was provided by the cheerleaders
(with each team performing an exciting routine) and the
Shriner's Parade, including the presentation of the Shrine
Bowl Queen, Angel Marohl. The evening began with the
Junior All-Star White Team, with players from the Raiders
and Tigers vs the All-Star Blue team with players from the
Huskies and Falcons. The final score was 25-7 in favor of
the White Team. The Senior All-Star game followed, with
the White Team victors over the Blue Team 7-6. The Varsity
game and the final game of the evening pitted the Bulldogs
against the Panama All-Stars. After an incredible winning
season, the Bulldogs suffered a loss to Panama in a tight
game. Final score, Panama 7 Bulldogs 0.
El Volcan Horseshoe Tournament Champs! L-R: Colin
Corrigan and Robert Will.
On November 25, 1998, approximately thirty
families made the last of the traditional annual Thanksgiving
trips to El Volcan. They stayed at the Kusikas Cabins and the
weather was perfect. Everyone had fun either rafting,
golfing, fishing, hiking, bird watching or motorbike riding.
The highlight event was the horseshoe pitch tournament,
which was won by none other than the outstanding team of
Collin Corrigan and Robert Will. After the trophy
presentation and a few spirits, there was a small parade given
in their honor. This was their third win in four years and they
will appropriately be named the reigning champions. It
should be mentioned that 2nd place winners were two
stateside visitors, Richard Frensley and Roy Reyes. They
played a great game but were no match for the winners!
Among those attending were Robert, Denise, Raymond and
Regan Will; Sherry Williams, Kate, Ryan and Rick
Williams; Renee, Nellis and Lenny Wertz; Richard and
Jeanine Frensley; Roy and Charlotte Reyes; Tom, Diane,
and Alexandria Ellis; Mary, Jack and Shannon Young;
Noreen, Michael and Kellen Ernest; Frank and Margaret
Ender; Lew, Sue, Tito, Tommy and Robby Stabler; Keith
Stroneck; Wayne, Bonnie and Darlene Seeley; Colin and
Alberta Corrigan; Hugh, Eileen, Blake and Colin
Thomas; Rick, Janice, Sondra, Allison and Daren
Dubeck; Debbie Pohlman; Brook and Sarah Stringfellow;
George, Summer and Donovan Hayes, Rusty, Jessica and
Owen Smith; Fred, Donna, Freddy, Zack, Zabrina and
Kelsey Kunkel; Maggie, Yeola and Vivian Cedefio;
Wendall Sasso and Michelle Womble; Ernie, Jennifer and
Dylan Holland, Gary, Gail and Kisa Abbott; Kboy, Cathy
and Matthew Richey; David and June McArthur; Jim,
Krista and Kyle Wiese; Bob and Nikki Medinger; Pat and
Cheryl Williams, Mike, Terry and Zane Andrews, and
Kurt, Dominique and Nicholas Wiese.
Others enjoying the annual Volcan "reunion"
holiday were Sheila and Dennis Weldon, and Bob Tott and
their guests, Ned and Mary Blennerhassett, Bob and
Jackie Fearon, and Lori, Jay and Chris Gibson. The men
enjoyed climbing Cerro Punto while the ladies checked out
the ceramic shops in Volcan. The group joined Mark
Dillon's family and their friends for the traditional day after
Thanksgiving get together.
Gamboa held its last annual Christmas sleigh ride,
hosted by Kim McLaughlin and Rebecca Highley with help
from Debbie Sykes, Jackie Fearon, and Llori Gibson. Jo
Novelich played Santa Claus. His sleigh was pulled around
the neighborhood as he handed out toys and candy to all the
children. Santas's helpers were Jonathan McLaughlin
dressed as a polar bear, Nicole Highley was Frosty the
Snowman; Chris Highley was a chipmunk and Lindsey
Sykes was Rudolph. When this tradition first began, these
children were sitting on Santa's lap and watching the parade.
Now they are enjoying their opportunity to give something
back to the community. Joining the parade was the town's
fire truck, police and ambulance cars.
About 350 Zonians celebrated the New Year at the
El Panama Hotel, at a first-class party organized by Cheryl
Williams, Gail Abbott, Denise Will, Ginger Zornes and
Eileen Thomas. Those who attended, enjoyed a buffet
dinner, music and dancing with DJ Greg Norton, and a
champagne toast at midnight.
Bocas Del Toro's Botanical Gardens on Hospital Point,
front L-R: Bob and Jackie Fearon, Back L-R: Llori,
Chris, Jay, and Lee Gibson.
Balboa High School's Biological Honor Society
exploring Bocas Del Toro.
Bocas Del Toro or Bust! The New Year began with
a fantastic trip to Northern Panama for the Gibson, Fearon
and Seitz families who accompanied the Biological Honor
Society of Balboa High School. Rain or shine, the weather in
Bocas allowed for outstanding adventures! The "original" bat
cave with its pseudo-scorpions, blind crickets, thousands of
bats, and COLD water was a special adventure. The
abundant mangroves that surround all the islands were
perfect snorkeling havens for the many species of sea
creatures that would fill the various journals of the Biological
Honor Society students. Evening were spent discussing the
sightings of the day and planning the next day's outings. At
Swan Key the group saw the tropic birds and boobies.
Venturing inland, they observed the red poison arrow frogs
and three-toed pygmy sloths. On the fourth day they left that
world behind and flew back to Panama, landing in Albrook
Field! What a view, as they flew over the High School and
past the Administration Building for "the first time."
Robert and Denise Will, and Rafa and Titi Diaz
hosted a BBQ/tree burn at the Cardenas River Center. The
event drew a large crowd, as community members from all
over gathered to enjoy the festivities. Thanks goes out to the
tree-gatherers: Monty Trim, Rusty Smith, Robert,
Raymond and Regan Will, George Hayes, Richard Bacot,
Willy McConaughey, Tom Ellis, Kristan and Ruben
Prieto, Sidney and Tommy Little, Reuben Ganser, Hugh
Thomas, Gary Abbott and Dillon Lynch, thanks for the
Gamboa hosted its tree burn at the McGrath Field
and Civic Center. The BBQ/Potluck was a smorgasbord of a
feast, with drinks and hot-dogs donated by the Civic Center.
Over 500 trees were gathered for the event thanks to Carl
and Ryan Marohl, Fred Highley and Julio Rodriguez.
Julio even collected trees from Panama and rented a truck to
haul them all out to Gamboa! Thanks also go out to the
"Mayor of Gamboa," Jay Gibson, who provided the "Off!"
until the fire blast of 500 trees eliminated the rest of the
mosquitos! Entertainment was provided by the Bohio Boys,
Fred Bayles, David Seitz, Mike Erhart and sit-in
drummers Evan Rodaniche and Mike Young. A guest
appearance was made by Alex Reyes and David Seitz, a.k.a
Shorty and Slim. The Seitz family, David, Mayra, Melanie,
Katherine, Stephanie and Sarah left Panama a few days
later on January 13, to continue working for DODDS in
Germany, at Giessen High School near Frankfurt. However,
it's not the last of Shorty and Slim... they recorded their third
CD in Evan Rodaniche's studio, once again creating
memorable music right up to their final days together in
Panama. Look forward to a June '99 CD release!
At 2:50 AM on February 18, sirens were heard in
Ft. Amador as fire trucks and bombers rushed to the blazing
Balboa Yacht Club. Unfortunately, when the bombers tried
to connect their hoses to the fire hydrants, there was no water
because it had been shut off due to the extensive construction
in the area. Not having many options, the bombers pumped
sea water in an attempt to suppress the raging fire. By this
time, the word was out and people flocked to the scene which
was already roped off by the Panamanian police.
Photographs of the fire were almost instantly placed on the
internet for all to witness. The rubble smoldered for days
and at the bottom of the stairs of the lower bar, flames
continued to flicker. When the fire was completely
extinguished, nothing remained, not one single bar stool!
A sailboat that was in the Yacht Club's dry dock suffered
some damage to its main sail and canvas cover. The next day,
a "wake"/tailgate party was held in the BYC parking lot. The
"wake" brought people of all ages together and many paid
their respects to a place that left them with great memories.
Before dark, a group photo was taken and a member of the
US Air Force band in 1971 played Taps on his trumpet twice
during the evening. Throughout the night, beer bottles were
ceremoniously broken against the only standing piece of wall
where the kitchen had once been. Sometime after dark, the
area where the steps used to be, which had been smoldering,
lit up again and the flames were still burning in the area of
the lower bar. It certainly was a heavy hearted sight to
behold. Let it be said that the old Yacht Club did not go
down without a fight.
Tailgate party goers at the burned down Balboa Yacht
In February, 28 friends gathered on the deck of a
wooden cottage in Gamboa overlooking the Canal where the
Zone's most infamous "pirate" and his beloved "wench",
Bob and Mindy Dollar, lived for the last 18 years. A
ceremonious lowering of the pirate flag was held at sunset
and a few days later, Bob and Mindy left Panama for their
new home in Annapolis, MD.
Farewell to Mindy and Bobby Dollar (pictured left og
Elizabeth (Grimison) Fahy turned 40 in February.
She celebrated Panama-style on the "Chiva Parrandera" for
an evening of live "murga" while traveling to the Causeway,
Yacht Club parking lot and the marina on Balboa Avenue.
She got off at each stop along the way for dancing and
celebrating. Fellow revelers were husband, Bill Fahy,
brother Richard and Diana (Huff) Grimison, Bill and
Laura McGann, Laura (Gregg) and husband Juan Carlos
Roa, Fred and Melanie (Trim) Bales, Louis and Robin
Husted; Brenda and Tom Scott, Doug and Connie Ulrich,
Sharon Fasano, Kenny Anderson, Berta Briceno, Lenny
Huff, Sherry Lewis, and Gary Hooper. It was an evening
Misconception win the first stretch. The cayuco was built in
1985 and entered into its first race in 1986. The Gamboa
post also had winners in other categories. The girl's crew of
Deception placed in second place. Other local groups
participated and 15 people came from Washington, DC to
compete. The group from Washington, DC copied the
training practices of the crew from the Misconception and
actually won in their category. When it came time to enter
the locks for the partial transit, access was denied, but the
paddlers didn't let that slow them down. Mark (BHS '72)
and Katherine (Simons-BHS'75) Heddaeus are very proud
of their daughter, Jillian's accomplishments during the
cayuco race. Jillian paddled in the Jungle Crews along with
Hillary Underwood, Katie Huerbsch, and Gisella West,
winning all five stretches of the cayuco race and breaking the
overall female record by two minutes. The crew of the
Predator, paddled by Christy Ford, Tommy Morris,
Denise (Alberga) Winkler, Willy Palm and Reyna Royo
received a trophy for 2nd place in the Patch Category, coming
in behind the professional paddlers from Washington, DC.
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199 Cayuco Champs, Chris Gibson, Armando
Gundin, Romel Diaz, David Chase, crew of the
The crew of the Predator came in 2nd in Patch, beaten
only by Carioca's "Washingtonian" paddlers.
Liz turns 40! Chiva Parrandera celebration. L-R: Bill
Fahy, Liz (Grimison) Fahy, Richard Grimison.
The 1999 "End of an Era" Cayuco Race was won by
Gamboa, Post 10. The Misconception, paddled by Kris
Gibson, Armando Gundin, Romel Diaz and David Chase.
The Misconception also won the Regatta Cup held in
Gamboa. The crew trained hard, knowing it was the last
cayuco race. Gamboa's Llori and Jay Gibson (a veteran
paddler of eight years and coach/mentor to many paddlers
since 1985) had been waiting for 12 years to see the
Final Cayuco Race, 1999
First Place Female, L-R: Hillary Underwood, Kathie
Huerbsch, Jillian Heddaeus, Gisella West, crew of
Jungle Crews won all five stretches in Female
Once again, the race was a great success due to the
continue support of Rick Williams, Hugh Thomas, Jean
Brandenburg, Peggy Huff, Jeanne Rupp, Billy McGann,
Marcus Ostrander and Ed and Kari McIlvaine.
Panama has welcomed many other visitors in recent
months. Kelly Stromberg-Cotner and her baby Alexandra
Marie; Lisa Corrigan, Jerry Curtis, Joel Scott, Ricky
Royo, Pam, Mike and Mark Horoda, and Jeff Little.
Dorothy Trim visited in December with her daughter Dottie
Turney, husband, TJ and sons Keegan and Garrett Monty.
In March, the Bales enjoyed a visit from Fred's stepfather,
Sam D. Bolt, who retired from PCC in 1981. Sam brought
his new wife, Bea. and they enjoyed a trip to Boquete and
David. Nancy Sullivan and Carol Schorsch made their 25th
trip to Panama in January to visit nephews, Dave, Mike and
Jim Young and family. Nancy and Carl spent time birding
in the area and made a trip to Canopy Tower near Summit
Gardens. Ty Young visited for Spring Break and enjoyed a
fishing and surfing trip with his brother, Dave and David
McArthur. They had a farewell dinner at Napoli restaurant.
For those Napoli enthusiasts, the wood burning stove has
been replaced with the modern electric version, but it is
rumored that on a slow day, you can request a pizza from the
Last August, the Harpy Eagle Project at Summit
Gardens opened to the public. Panama's national symbol,
the Harpy Eagle, has long been clothed in mystery. Now,
with the help of the Miami Metro Zoo, you can find all the
answers about these birds at the Project in Summit Gardens.
With the help of a few international companies, local
volunteers and the Mayor's office in Panama City, it took
four years to start the construction. If you plan to visit
Panama, you might want to consider a trip to Summit and see
the Harpy Eagle project.
Our March luncheon at the Red Lobster restaurant
in Aiken, SC was attended by Olga Holmes, Peggy
Hutchison, Lorna Shore, Diane (Shore) LeBlanc, Beverly
Lard, Tina Balinsky, Jack Woodzell, Scottie and Jack
Steele, Blanche Browne, Trudi Clontz and Arlene
Blanche Browne traveled to Cashiers, NC for a
week in March to visit friends. She had lunch one day with
Jean(Coleman) Drombrowsky. Blanche is now preparing
for a two week Mediterranean cruise, to include Egypt and
the Holy Land. She also plans to attend the special
ceremonies for Balboa High School alumni in May.
Peggy Hutchison and Trudi Clontz walked the
Augusta National Golf course. As usual, the flowering
azaleas and dogwood were spectacular. They also spotted
a few familiar players. At this point in time, it's easier to
identify the golfers on the Seniors' tours. The following
Friday, they visited Abbeville, SC where they toured an old
mansion and went to the opera house for a performance of
"Arsenic and Old Lace".
Blake and Holly (Richardson) Stock will spend
the 4h of July weekend with family in Maine. Plans were
made well before BHS class of '79 publicized their 20'h class
reunion in Orlando. Holly will miss seeing classmates but
will definitely make the 25 h! Holly is a stay-at-home mom
to darling 2 /2 year old twin girls named Avery and
Channing. They live in Piano. Holly's pre-twin working
experience includes five years with Child Protective Services
and eight years of teaching. Blake is a CPA and a CPO for
an insurance company in Dallas. Brother, Court
Richardson, owns his own communication company in
Blake and Holly (Richardson) Stock with twin
daughters, Avery and Channing (2 V2 years old).
Blake and Holly (Richardson) Stock (BHS'79) with
Court Richardson and fiance Dionne Stein, Piano,
Court Richardson with goddaughter Avery Stock of
Cory Green spent a weekend in Dallas as a
houseguest of classmate Karl Shaw in January. Cory works
for FAA in Washington DC with his wife Alma, a US navy
Commander in the Supply Corp. Karl Shaw is a CPA
working in the insurance field. The guys drove to Ft. Worth
for a visit with Wil Robb Morris. Cory, Alma, and Wil are
all graduates of the Annapolis Naval Academy.
John and Debbie (Sholk) Sousa and children,
daughter Katya and son, Evan, will be attending the BHS
final celebration in Panama this May. The Sousa's will visit
John's family in Panama City before the festivities begin.
The itinerary supplied by BHS class of '75 includes
receptions, a trip to Taboga, El Valle, Summit Gardens,
Gamboa Forest Preserve, cruises on the bay and visits to old
The Jones Boys; son, Dr. Dan Jones, grandsons
Christopher and Benjamin Jones, and Bob
Bob and Marcia Jones, former PRR and Health
Bureau employees write that grandson, Christopher Jones
graduated from Texas A&M University in May. He has
accepted a position with IBM in Austin, working in
computer design. Brother Ben, is a second year pre-med
student at Texas A&M.
Dr. Michael Horoda, Mark Horoda and Pam (Horoda)
Rogers watching the last cayuco race.
Pat (Horada) Rogers and brother Michael and
Mark spent nine days visiting some old stomping grounds
and new sights in Panama last March. The Horoda clan
attempted to see everything from Santa Clara Beach to the
Eco Park in El Valle. They were saddened, however, to find
Balboa High School with a fence around the perimeter which
was constructed for security A trip to the Napoli for shrimp
pizza and a visit to the Administration building for the
cafeteria's delicious empanadas completed their search for
Panamanian typical treats.
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L-R: Bob Morris, Retired, Commissary Div., Harriett
Coroneo, Bob Bloemer, Retired P.C. Pilot, Augie
Bloemer, Linda Morris, Paul Coroneo, Retired Col.,
to U.S. Embassy, Panama.
Col. Paul and Harriet Coroneo are living the good
life in Texas.They enjoy the company of sons, Frank and
Peter, with their wives and four grandchildren for six
months of the year.They spend the other six months in
Greece, in their home that overlooks the Aegean Sea..Life
has been good for Robert and Gladys O'Connor, who
settled in the Dallas area. Three of their four children,
Robert, Roger and Edward live in nearby communities.
Daughter Laura, husband, and two children live in Bogota,
Kathi Lessiack had knee surgery and is recovering
very well. Her daughter, Sue Stabler was here to lend a
helping hand. Kathi has recovered enough to plan a trip to
Panama to attend the last graduation at Balboa High School
in May. Barbara and Ed Stanford of Panama will join the
Kerrville Zonians this May since they bought a home here
and will retire. Their daughter, Cheryl will graduate from
Panama Canal College this year.
We congratulate Dale and Jackie Bishop on the
birth of their second grandson, born to their daughter and her
husband, Jeanne and David Sheets.
We've had several visitors to Kerrville this spring.
Among them were Jo-Ann Fields, who came from Panama
to visit her mother, Annette Fields, during Easter break.
Sharon O'Brien, from San Diego was in town visiting her
sister, Melanie and family. Sharon, her mother, Sally and
Sally's new husband drove to Kerrville to spend some time
with the Rhynes.
Dr. Allen Wells from Atlanta came for a visit with
his parents Fred and Marion Wells in Kerrville. Dee Dee
and Billy Hanna called to say hello as they passed through
on the way to their future home in Oregon. Eddie Stanford
and girlfriend Wendy Winkler from Tallahassee spent a
week in April visiting his grandparents, Harvey and Bea
H.G. Rhyne broke his hip in March and his son,
Glenn and daughters, Barbara Stanford and Camille
Eastham came immediately. He was hospitalized for about
three weeks, but now he is ready to challenge anyone to a
walker race. Having his family around him aided in his
Hiram Overall from Ingram, TX was also a patient
in the hospital at the same time H.G. Rhyne was with a
broken hop. We wish him a quick recovery, too,
Bob and Lois Byrd have been on a short trip to
England. They just returned and reported it was a wonderful
and memorable trip. We send our condolences to John and
Gene Litton on the death of their son, John Litton, Jr.
(Buzzy), in March.
Greetings from the beautiful state of Virginia! I am
the new Canal Record reporter. My name is Ev (Menges)
Sellers, CHS'68 I'm from the "good side", raised mainly in
Margarita, married to Tom Sellers, CHS'59. We both work
and play in the Northern Virginia area and reside in
Manassas, about 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.
On February 20'h a Canal Zone Get together was
held at the Fair Oaks Holiday Inn, Red Moon Saloon in
Front, L-R: Bill Dawson, Pat Eggar, Rae Donaldson,
Connie Dawson, Chuck Concannon, Mannie
Quintero, Barbara Fritz Reyle, Basil Harrington.
Back, L-R: Sue Storey, Dee Concannon, Manin
Stanford, Dale Clarke, Lillian Clarke, Brian
McNamee, Cinco Al, Ev Sellers, Tom Sellers,
Bill uawson and tv (Menges) sellers, were we
singing? Ev seems to be!
Rae Donaldson and Pat Eggar
Quite a iew folks showed up and a good time was
had by all. Interest was shown in having a dinner as a future
event, so we are looking into setting one up in the Fairfax
area in June time and place to be determined.
Please send me any items of interest, articles,
pictures, etc. that you would like to have printed in the
Virginia section of the Canal Record. Send to address shown
below or email: Sellers.Evelyn@hq.navy.mil or
Ev (Menges) Sellers
28th ANNUAL PUBLIC SERVICE WILLARD HUFFMAN'S 80th
AWARD RECIPIENTS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The 28*h Annual Public Award Ceremony was held
at the Administration Building, in October, 1998 honoring
those whose voluntary services helped improve the Isthmian
Front: Willard (CHS'38) and Kathleen Huffman
(CHS'48). Back: Jim Huffman (CHS'74), Mary
Huffman Novak (CHS'69) and Will Huffman (CHS'72)
Congratulations! 28th Annual Public Service Awards;
Silver medallion recipients L-R: Robert Will, Maggie
Cedeio, Jeanne Rupp, with Alejandro Hernandez
who represented the Smithsonian Tropical Research
.Institute (Game Warden Force).
Congratulations goes out to Silver medallion
recipients Robert Will for his concern for the welfare of the
Canal area community, for coaching Pee Wee and Little
League baseball and having served as official timer during
the Special Olympics; and to Maggie Cedefio for her work
with the sisters of the "Hogar de Nuestro Sefiora" and
"Hogar Luisa McGrath," and to Jeanne Rupp, for her work
in support of Canal area community activities such as the
Special Olympics, the Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race and the
Balboa High School cheerleading program and senior
Congratulations to Bronze medallion recipient,
Karen Coffey (not pictured) for her organization of
activities during the Christmas season for poor people in
remote areas of the interior of Panama and her work as
President of the Isthmian College Club, which sponsors
scholarships for low income students.
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CHAMP LIFEGUARD RETIRES
After 13 years of ocean life guarding, Marisa
Umnuss, (BHS'82) has been retired due to shoulder overuse
In her career, Marisa was a repeated state and
national champion in lifeguard competition events of Beach
Flags and Ocean Paddle Board. She also pioneered new
uniform regulations to include the two piece bathing suit for
Marisa has saved hundreds upon hundreds of people
as a rescuer.
Marisa Umnuss, BHS'82
RONALD GARRIDO, GRADUATE
Ronald Joseph Garrido (BHS'94), son of Captain
Donald P. and Lydia I. Garrido, formerly of LaBoca,
Republic of Panama, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in
Business Administration with a major in Sports Management
from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio,
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Ronald J. Garrido receives his B.A. degree at the
University of the Incarnate Word.
JAMES BEATTIE GRADUATES
James W. Beattie graduated from North Carolina
State University in Raleigh, N.C. with a BS in Statistics from
the Department of Mathematical Sciences on December 16,
His parents, Press and Susan, his sister Sarah and
friends and family from the Canal area and South Carolina
attended the ceremony. James has accepted a job with the
Quantitative Analysis Division of Scientific Applications
International Corporation in Reston, Virginia.
James Beattie graduates from North Carolina State
Present at his graduation were his parents and many
local and visiting friends. His sister, Lydia Denise
(BHS'91), now residing in San Diego, California, could not
attend the ceremonies in person.
Ronald is currently working as a Northeast Salvage
Dispatcher at the United Services Automobile Association
(USAA) in San Antonio, Texas, and plans to continue his
education and acquire a Masters degree in Management
MICHELE GETS NATIONAL
Michele Money, communications director of the
American Heart Association, Florida/Puerto Rico Affiliate,
has been recognized nationally with the America Heart
Association's National Newcomer Award for her outstanding
achievements in communications and marketing.
Michele is the daughter of Sarah (Spector) West
(CHS'61) of Seminole, Florida, formerly of Margarita, Canal
Zone and George West of Richmond, Virginia. She is the
granddaughter of Capt. and Mrs. Irving Spector, formerly
of Margarita and now residing in St. Petersburg. Florida.
Michele West Money
Michele, who has been with the American Heart
Association for two and a half years, has played an integral
role in increasing the American Heart Association's activity
with the media. She has also been active in promoting the
Florida/Puerto Rico Affiliate by creating marketing materials
in both English and Spanish.
Michele is a graduate of Seminole High School and
the University of South Florida in Tampa. She lives in
Tampa with her husband Ben and her dog Rupp.
OTTO BONK ENGAGEMENT A -
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Maher of Tampa, Florida,
proudly announces the engagement of her granddaughter ."
Cheryl Ann Otto of Tampa, to Leon James Bonk of Tampa
(formerly of Diablo, Canal Zone).
Past and present members of St.Mary's softball team
attend the celebration of Father John Kennedy's 50th
anniversary of Priesthood. The player in the group with
the highest lifetime batting average was Father
Kennedy (.750)! L-R: Rick Dahlstrom, Bill Fahey,
Bob Best, Ramon Reyes, Bill McGann, Russ
Stromberg, Father Kennedy, John Hagar, Ken
Anderson, Fred Bales, Bill Will.
The Pacific Church Softball League ended its 26th
,al = season. Last years champs, St. Mary's finished this year with
8 wins, 1 loss, and lost the League Championship game 13-
11 to the Episcopal Church team.
COL. JACK A. MORGAN RETIRES
Cheryl Ann Otto and Leon James Bonk
Leon is the son of Phillip P. Bonk of Los Rios,
Panama, and Jo-Ann Bonk of Tampa. Cheryl is the
daughter of Michael L. Otto of New Milford, Connecticut
and Diane M. Dill of Tampa.
A wedding is planned for March, 2000 in Tampa, -3
FATHER JOHN KENNEDY
CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
St. Mary's church members were honored to have
Father John Kennedy celebrate his 50'h Anniversary of
Priesthood at St. Mary's on January 31"t, 1999. Joining him
in Panama were his two brothers. Mike and Tom, along with
priests from Chicago, Los Angeles, Missouri, Arkansas, The Morgan-Garner family at Boilling Air Force Base,
Colombia, Vietnam and Panama's interior. Father Kennedy Washington at the retirement of Col. Morgan after 26
is currently stationed in Philadelphia, and has spent the year years of service with the U.S. Air Force, December 30,
working in Rome, Vietnam, Spain, Maryland, Alabama and 1998. L-R: Catherine Garner, Mary V. Morgan,
Hawaii where he preached Spanish missions on the islands Stacey Morgan, William Morgan, Debbie Garner
of Oahu and Maui. Morgan, Jack Morgan and Jay Morgan.
SONNY RIVET'S 65h BIRTHDAY
70th BIRTHDAY SURPRISE
A surprise 70'" birthday celebration was held April
17, 1999 at the Best Western Hotel in Deltona, Florida for
Mavis (Beall) Fortner of Orange City, Florida. The party
was hosted by her son and family, Kenneth, Delight,
Charisse and David Fortner. All 30 of the guests and
family were settled in the dining hall when Mavis was
escorted in by hotel employees, and she was still in shock
after she opened her presents and when the festivities drew
to a close.
Kenneth flew in from a job in Toronto, Canada
while his wife, Delight and David flew in from Atlanta; and
Charisse flew in from her college, Georgia Southern
University in Statesboro, Georgia.
It was a beautifully catered affair, well planned and
enjoyed by all.
December 18, 1998, Sonny Rivet celebrated his 65th
birthday in Holder, Florida. It was great to get together
with some old friends from Panama. Pictured are:
Nolan Herring, Ina, Sonny, Robbin Rivet, Robert
(Lucky) Summers, Dee, Albert Burkett, Jerry, Carol
Coffey, Robbin, Murray Dubose, Renee, Rachel, and
WILLIAM ALLEN GRADUATE RN
William Allen (CHS'75) graduated December 13,
1998 from the Mary Grimes School of Nursing, Neosho
County Community College, Ottawa, Kansas.
After leaving the Canal Zone, Bill attended college,
then spent 4 years in the U.S. Army, serving in the Sinai and
also saw action in Iraq during the Gulf War as a Sergeant
with the elite 82"d Airborne Division of Ft. Bragg. North
William Allen (CHS'75) and brother Brian Allen
(CHS'72) at graduation ceremony.
Bill has been employed as a Licensed Practical
Nurse (LPN) while studying for his nursing degree. He will
be employed as a surgical nurse in the Topeka area.
Shown taking part in the pinning ceremony is Bill's
brother, Brian (CHS'72) who is also an RN in Topeka. Bill
and Brian are the sons of Joanne and Bud Allen of
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mavis (Beall) Fortner being greeted at surprise 70th
birthday party by the Fortner family, nephew David,
daughter-in-law Delight, son Kenneth and niece
Charisse Fortner, who hosted the party at the Great
Western Hotel of Deltona, Florida on April 17, 1999.
HARRINGTONS CELEBRATE 50th
Warren and Merle (Simons CHS'48) Harrington
of Newark, Delaware, celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary with family and friends. They were married April
23, 1949 in the Naval Chapel, Coco Solo, Canal Zone.
They have a son, W. David Harrington and a
daughter, Bonnie King; four granddaughter and two great
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nephew of the groom served as ring bearer. Matt Barriteau
and Buddy May, nephews of the bride were the candle
Audrey Watson of Sarasota, Florida, and Richard
J. Kaplan of Lancaster, California were married on February
15, 1999 in Lancaster, CA. at temple Beth Knesset
Richard Kaplan and bride Audrey Watson
Dr. Russell W. Watson of Sierra Vista, AZ., and
his sister Marge W. Christensen of Tucson, AZ; Michael
Kaplan of Lancaster and his sister Roberta K. Thomas of
Oxnard, CA, attended their parents wedding.
The couple went on a 14-day European cruise for
their honeymoon and will make their home in Sarasota, FL.
at 3781 Mira Lago Drive.
Paige Frances Barriteau and Scott Jeffrey
A reception was held at the American Legion Hall
following the ceremony. Former Zonian guests were Betty
Yerxa, Barbara (Yerxa) Horton, Brenda (Yerxa)
Manning, Donna (Yerxa) Brisky, Marty and Steve
Tanner, Dianna (Huff) Grimison, Ed Longanacre, Craig
Minshew and Guy West.
Scott is employed with Kensington Golf and
Country Club as Course Superintendent and Paige is a senior
at the University of Florida in the College of Health and
Human Performance. Following a wedding trip to
Switzerland, the couple have made their home in Naples,
Paige Frances Barriteau and Scott Jeffrey
Whorral were united in marriage June 27, 1998 at First
United Methodist Church in Lake City, Florida.. The bride is
the daughter of Pat Barriteau of Lake City (Formerly of
Gatun) and the late John Paul (Frenchie) Barriteau. The
groom is the son of Richard L. and Donna M. Whorrall of
Grant Park, Illinois.
Paige was given in marriage by her brother John
Paul (Zip) Barriteau, Jr. The matron of honor was
Danielle' (Barriteau) May, sister of the bride. Bridal
attendants included Megan Barriteau, Lisa Campbell,
Sheri Crews, Tracy Deese, Jennifer Plummer, and Abby
Stalvey. The flower girl was Lydia Whorrall, niece of the
Brian Yott was the best man. Groomsmen were
Chris Blank, Terry Campbell, Scott Scamehorn, Kelly
Wilder, Guy Whorrall and Todd Whorrall. The ushers
were Johnny Buscher, and Jamie May. Dylan Campbell,
Pamela Gale Harkins and Doug Coffey were
married on December 5, 1998 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Doug is the son of Karen and Bill Coffey of Gorgona,
The couple is currently residing in St. Petersburg,
Gale and Doug Coffey
Lisa May Swisher and Michael Alton Mabry
were married at The Wedding Chapel by the Sea, Panama
City Beach, Florida on October 17, 1998. Lisa is the daughter
of Arden Cooke O'Daniel of Southport, NC and the late
Charles Swisher, and the granddaughter of the late Alva H.
"TAC" Cooke and Mabel Eubank Cooke of Hampton,
VA, former residents (1930-1960) of Gamboa/Ancon, Canal
L-R: Garrick Swisher, wife Janice, son Zachary,
Gary Phillips, Luanne Swisher Honea, Capt. John
W. O'Daniel, Arden Cooke O'Daniel, Taylor Marie,
Lisa's daughter, Lisa, bride and son Ike, Mickey,
groom, Keeley Honea, Danielle, Jeremy Nichols. Not
in photo, grooms two children Melissa and Adam.
Lisa was born in the Canal Zone and attended Canal
Zone schools, graduating in 1978 from Balboa High School.
She attended Prospect Hall College in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
and now works in Real Estate Sales at the Long Beach Resort
on Panama City Beach, FL.
Mickey is the son of Billie Ann Clark Mabry of
Chattanooga, TN. and the late Clyde M. Mabry. He is the
owner of Town and Country Residences, Inc. on Panama
City Beach, FL.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Pitney (Susan Taylor
(BHS'58) announce the marriage of their daughter, Layne
Catherine to Christopher Ward Vann on March 1, 1999,
in San Francisco, California. Christopher is the son of the
late John C. Vann and Mrs. Marilyn I. Pettett of Newport
Miss Pitney attended schools in Holland, Brazil,
Japan, and graduated from the San Francisco Academy of
Art College. She is employed by Jock McDonald
Photography. Mr. Vann is a graduate of the University of
California at Santa Barbara and is employed by Auto Fix
Layne is the granddaughter of the late William N.
Taylor of Balboa, Canal Zone., and Catsy Taylor Schafer
of San Diego. Layne's paternal grandmother is Mrs. Mary
Pitney of Derby, CT.
Layne Catherine Pitney and Christopher Ward
A dinner reception will be hosted by Mr. and Mrs.
Pitney on May 1" at Chez Loma in Coronado, CA. The
couple will be home at 651-B Peralta Ave., San Francisco,
Karen A. Stotsky and Michael G. McBride
(CHS'60) were married October 29, 1998 in a ceremony held
in the Secret Garden, Key West, Florida. The bride is the
daughter of the late Henry and Ann Flor of Long Island,
New York. The groom is the son of Marjorie R. McBride
of Mulberry, Florida, and the late Walter G. McBride.
Karen Stotsky and Michael McBride (CHS'60)
The groom is employed by Maersk, Inc. as a
Merchant Marine officer. The bride is a Registered Nurse
and works for the State of Florida.
The couple will reside in Hyde Park, Florida.
Catherine A. (McIntire) Spafford and Daniel T.
Donaldson, both from Curundu, Canal Zone, were married
on August 24, 1998 at a friends riverside home in Merritt
The bridegroom is a 1994 graduate of Balboa High
School and completed his Firefighting Standards in June
1996. He is employed as a firefighter/EMT with the city of
The couple are at home at 704 Russell Drive,
Ocoee, Florida 34761. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catherine A. Spafford and Daniel T. Donaldson
Herschell W. Dempsey Jr. (Bud) gave his sister-
in-law to Danny, and Catherine's sister, Valerie A.
(McIntire) Dempsey was her matron of honor. The best man
and long time friend was Robert H. Smail (Bo).
The wedding was made very special because they
were married by Barbara D. (Will) Smail (Chaco), Notary
Public for the State of Florida and best friend of the bride for
over 40 years. The happy couple will mainly reside in Merritt
Patricia Lynn Dooley Nobles and Ryan David
McConaughey were married on December 16, 1998 in
Eustis, Florida. The bride is the daughter of George and
Betty Dooley of Ocoee, Florida. The bridegroom is the son
of David H. and Donita L. (Crull) McConaughey of
The marriage of Sally O'Brien and Dan Padberg
was sanctified December 30, 1998 at the Unitarian-
Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, Florida. The
ceremony was enhanced by the participation of the couple's
Sharon O'Brien was maid of honor and 13
grandchildren participated. Former Panama residents were
Christopher Wolff, usher; Stephanie Wolff, guest book;
Dylan Johnson, ring bearer. Marissa and Jacob Johnson,
Madeline and Matthew O'Brien were flower bearers.
Following the midday wedding a reception was
enjoyed at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs. Among the
guests and friends attending were many from the former
Karen Ann Soper became the bride of Jamie
Daniel Wakefield on October 24, 1998. The ceremony took
place at the Christian Church in Fairhope, Alabama.
The bride is the daughter of Cleve and Odie
(Winberg) Soper of Daphne, Alabama and the groom is the
son of Emmitt and Ruby Wakefield of Baytown, Texas.
Patricia Lynn Dooley Nobles and Ryan David
Jamie Daniel Wakefield with bride Karen Soper
and Karen's parents, Cleve and Odie Soper
A reception was held at the Fairhope Inn Restaurant
where the joyous occasion was enjoyed by all their friends
After a honeymoon cruise through the Caribbean
the couple is now residing in Dayton, Texas.
Jennifer Lively (BHS'91 and Roy Pinz6n
(BHS'91) were married June 13, 1998 in Rockford, Illinois.
The bride is the daughter of Cathy Lively of Miami, Florida
and Ray Lively of Balboa, Panama. The groom is the son of
Bertie and Will Chajin of Panama and Maria and Raul
Pinz6n of Panama.
Jennifer Lively (BHS'91) and Roy Pinz6n (BHS'91)
Several Panamanian and Zonian friends attended,
including members of the wedding party: the bride's sister,
Christine Lively (BHS'94), Carlos Inchausti, Robbie
Chan, James Westgate, Jaime Oakley, Chuki Endara,
Annie Chajin, Farah Chajin, Lesley and Laurie Hauser
and Ana Sherry.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Forrest of St. James City,
Florida announce the marriage of their daughter Tiffany
Ann to Christopher Pfister, son of Mr. and Mrs. John
Pfister of Cape Coral, Florida on February 14, 1998. The
wedding was held at the McGregor Baptist Church in Ft.
Myers followed by a reception for 150 guests at the Sabal
Springs Country Club in Ft. Myers.
Tiffany is the granddaughter of Mrs. Marie W.
Gibson of Houston, Texas, and the late Charles R. "Bob"
Gibson. Paternal grandparents are the late Dottie and Riggs
Forrest, formerly of Pine Island, Florida. Both the Gibson
and Forrest families were long time residents of the Canal
Lori M. Donaldson and Robert A. Staneszewski
were married January 2, 1999, at Our Lady of Fatima
Catholic Church in Spring Hill, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of William and Martha
Donaldson of Hudson, Florida, and is a graduate of Hudson
High School, St. Leo College and St. Petersburgh Junior
college. She is a physical therapist assistant at All Children's
The bridegroom is the son of Elizabeth
Staneszewski of Oldsmar, Florida and the late Capt. Robert
T. Saneszewski. He is a graduate of Clearwater Central
Catholic High School and the University of central Florida.
He serves in the Coast Guard Reserves and is a financial
analyst for Salomen Smith Barney. They live in Tarpon
Due to space limitations and to
accommodate all members with
their announcements as equally
as possible, wedding guest lists
will be limited and members are
asked to summarize as much as
possible and not list each name.
Eff ective June 1, 1999
Tiffany Ann Forrest and Christopher Pfister with
Dylan Charles Holland
James Langhorne Wiley, III
Erica R. (StumVoll, (BHS'79) and J. Carter Wiley
of The Plains, Virginia, proudly announce the birth of their
son, James Langhorne Wiley, III on 5 February, 1999.
Ernie (BHS'87) and Jennifer Holland of Los Rios,
Panama, proudly announce the birth of their first son, Dylan
Charles Holland born on August 1, 1998, weighing 6
pounds, 7 ounces.
Ernie, Dylan and Jennifer Holland
Dylan's paternal grandparents are Ernest and
Sarita Holland of Panama; maternal grandparents are
Sandra and Charles Williams of Ft Worth, TX. The proud
grandparents were in Panama for Dylan's birth.
Andrew Harrison Corrigan
Gil and Cher (Windes) Corrigan of Tallahassee,
Florida, proudly announce the birth of their second son,
Andrew Harrison, born November 2, 1998, weighing 8
pounds 11 ounces. Andrew joins his big brother Gil, Jr. who
is 27 months old.
Erica and James Langhorne
James Langhorne is the grandson of Dorothy A.
Metzger, (BHS'57) and Richard 0. Stumvoll of La Cresta,
Panama, and the great-grandson of Armenia C. (Asparren,
(BHS'33) Metzger of Ormond Beach, Florida. Paternal
parents are James L. Wiley, Jr., of The Plains and Jane
Burgess Kelly of Salem, Virginia.
Effective since the March
issue, 1993, baby pictures
will net be accented
unless they are shown
with their parents. IDlease
see "Editor's Corner." 9/92.
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Gil and Cher Corrigan with their sons, Gil Jr. and
Paternal grandparents are Larry Corrigan and
Carol (Morland) Mead of Tallahassee. Maternal
grandparents are Bill Windes and Connie Hoge of Overland
Charles(Charlie) Gregg Hodes
Thanks again for an earlier article published in the
Canal Record about our search for an adoption by my
daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Cameron Hodes.
Cyndi, Cameron, and baby Charlie Hodes
We are proud to announce the arrival of Charles
(Charlie) Gregg Hodes, who was born February 25th. 1999
at 7 pounds 14 3/4 ounces and was 20 V2 inches long..
We would like to thank all of our friends and family
who have given us such support and encouragement at
various times over the last eight years. Our dream is now a
reality. Charlie is the answer to all our prayers.
Mia Nicole Atkins
Karen (Mizrachi) and Todd Atkins of Phoenix,
Arizona, proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Mia
Nicole, born July 13, 1998. Mia joins her brother, Conner
Maternal grandparents are Sunny (Morland) and
Henry Mizrachi of Tallahassee, Florida. Paternal
grandparents are Lynn and Betty Atkins of Phoenix,
Deesa Lorraine Johansen
A great-granddaughter, Deesa Lorraine Johansen
was born January 30, 1999 in Richmond, California. She is
the daughter of Liana (Surdi) and Anders Johansen. Liana
was a Balboa High School cheerleader with the class of
Deesa Lorraine Johansen with parents, Liana
(Serdi) and Anders Johansen
Deesa Lorraine made a great grandfather of Captain
Edsel Waishkey, a retired Panama Canal pilot.
Noah David Sheets
David and Jeanne (Bishop) Sheets of Austin,
Texas, are delighted to announce the birth of their second
son, Noah David on January 26, 1999. Noah weighed eight
pounds and seven ounces. He was welcomed by his brother,
Jared Michael, who is almost three years old.
L-R: David, Noah, Jeanne and Jared Sheets
Proud grandparents are Dale and Jackie Bishop of
Kerrville, Texas, and Harley and Sylvia Sheets of
Morgantown, West Virginia. Noah and Jared. are the great-
grandsons of the late John and Kitty Schmidt, formerly of
the Canal Zone.
Austin Wayne Small
Wayne and Michelle Smail of Tampa, Florida are
proud to announce the arrival of Austin Wayne Smail on
June 16, 1998. Austin weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz. and was 20
Wayne and Michelle Smail with baby Austin Wayne
Grandparents are Bo and Chaco Smail, formerly of
Curundu, Canal Zone, and who now reside in Tampa,
antl t/ a ze i 1m
Regretfully, due to our error, the following names were
omitted or incorrectly listed, in the Members master
list of those who passed away, in the Annual Directory:
Edna Mina Mueller Brancone
Alyce M. Friedrich
Donald E. Peterson
Peter T. Corrigan Sr.
William B. Allen, 92, of Dunedin, Florida, died
April 25, 1999 at Mease Continuing Care, Dunedin. Born in
New York City, he retired from the Community Services
Division (Storehouses) of the Panama Canal in 1962 with
over 37 years of service. He was a member of Our Lady of
Lourdes Church, Dunedin.
Survivors include four daughters, Elizabeth Hansen
and Margaret Rinehart, both of Dunedin, Florence Allen,
Eustis, FL. and Mary Lou Maher, Balboa, Panama.; two
sisters, Edna Slusher, Pensacola, FL. and Dottie Steiner,
Virginia; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren, and a
Frances Ann Ateek, 66, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died April 20, 1999 at home. Born in Charleston, W. Va.,
she left the Canal Zone in 1981 where she was a school
teacher for more than 20 years. She was a graduate of Morris
Harvey College and was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic
Survivors include a daughter, Adriana Berky,
Milford, OH; a son, George Jr., Tampa; a sister, Edith
Gilbert, St. Petersburg; several nieces and nephews, and two
William A. Beil, 65, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
April 4, 1999 at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He
was born in Colon, Panama and retired in 1996 as an
engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation,
Clearwater, after 31 years of service. He was a Navy veteran
of the Korean War; a member of Nitram Masonic Lodge and
the Panama Canal Society. He was an avid outdoors man and
Survivors include three daughters, Marcia R. Beil,
St. Petersburg, Sherry B. Hatfield, Largo and Donna M. Beil,
Brandon; a son, William R. of St. Petersburg and several
nieces and nephews.
Richard Bilonick, 94, of Panama City, Panama,
died, apparently of a stroke on April 2, 1999. Born in Serbia,
he became an engineer while serving in the Yugoslav army.
He became involved with the Madden Dam project when he
met others involved in the project in Havana, Cuba and
ultimately directed the construction of Madden Dam in the
1930's. He stayed in the Canal Zone and worked on various
construction projects in Fort Randolph and France Field
during World War II, and also replaced a series of Canal
Zone buildings in Gatun and Gamboa with masonry houses
which still stand today. In the private sector, he worked for
Louis Martinez in contracts with Fuerza y Luz.
He had been married to Rina Vega Amador.
Services were held at the Church of San Francisco de la
Caleta, Panama City.
Louise R. Bissell, of Spring Hill, Florida, died
February 28, 1999 at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. She left
the Canal Zone in 1963 where she had lived for 20 years and
was a budget analyst for the Army Southern Command at
Fort Amador. She was a past matron and life member of
Orchid Chapter 1 and dual member of Adah OES Chapter
219, St. Petersburg. She was Supreme Deputy of all Rainbow
activities in the Canal Zone and Mother Advisor to the
Balboa Rainbow Girls Assembly. She was also a member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a son, Nolan A, Jr., Hudson; two
sisters, Frances Wood and Mary Ann Kinney; and a brother,
William Randle, all of Mississippi; a grandson and two great-
IfijiJ~ir; g E0 8l3 EEij IJairi isJ
Ruby Graves Boggs, 95, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died February 8, 1999 at Westminster Shores Health Center.
She was born in Spring Grove, PA and came to Florida in
1963 from Alexandria, VA. She was a homemaker and a
Survivors include a nephew, James Graves of
Temple Terrace, FL and a stepson, Col. Dale Boggs of
Oscar Oswell Brown, 79, of Orlando, Florida, died
on January 22, 1999. A graduate of Duke University, he
enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and sent to the Canal Zone
where he stayed after he completed his tour. He became a
marine traffic controller and retired in 1974 with over 32
years of government service. He was a member of the
Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Club and played almost every
day until his health forced him to slow down. He traveled a
great deal to play with the elite. A Duke basketball game was
the only thing that took him away from a bridge game.
He is survived by daughters Beth Schmidt of
Ijamsville, MD, Carol Manning of Silver Spring, MD and
Barbara Coleman of Orlando, FL.
James E. Bryant of Tampa, Florida died February
1, 1999. A native of Texarkana, Texas, he retired from the
Fire Division in December, 1973 after 29 years of service.
He was a World War II Navy veteran, a Mason, Shriner, and
a member of the Scottish Rite and a Baptist.
He is survived by a wife, Dorothy, and two
daughters, Beverly McGuire and Elizabeth Jule.
memorial service was held with Rev Clarence Payne,
formerly of Gatun and Balboa, Canal Zone, officiating.
Richard M. (Dick) Conover died February 21,
1999, at home in Ocala, FL. Born in Somerville, MA, Dick
grew up and attended schools on the Atlantic Side until 1944
when the family moved to the Pacific Side. He graduated
from Balboa High School in 1945. Dick excelled in
basketball and softball at both high schools. After spending
18 months in the U.S. Air Corps, he attended Canal Zone
College and Panzer College, in East Orange, NJ and then
transferred to Bradley University, graduating with a Bachelor
of Science degree in 1951. He retired in 1980 as Executive
Officer of the Canal Zone Civilian Personnel Policy
Coordination Board, completing a 30 year career of
government service. He was the president of the Pacific
Saddle Club for many years. Before leaving the Isthmus, he
was recognized for his outstanding achievements by
organizations he had worked with including the U.S.
Southern Command and the Panama Canal Board of Appeals
in Washington, D.C. After retirement he and his wife made
their home in Ocala where, for many years, he was active
with the Ocala Civic Theater.
Dick is survived by wife, Elaine, three sons, Mark
of Buelton, CA; Paul, of Dallas, TX and Peter of Houston,
TX; a daughter, Michelle of Trinidad, CA and four
grandchildren; his stepmother, Alice Conover; two stepsons,
Ron and Steve Christensen; a stepdaughter, Kelly Kramer;
and half-sisters Miriam Gross and Maxine McDonald. Dick
was predeceased by his mother, Julia Zidbeck Maggiori,
stepfather Anthony Maggiori, brother Francis, Father, Max
Conover and paternal and maternal grandfathers Gustav
Zidbeck and Howard H. Conover.
Ruth E. Clement, 82, of Pensacola, passed away
Sunday, March 7, 1999 in a local hospital. She was born in
Reading, PA, and resided in Gatun, Canal Zone, for 65 years.
She was a retired employee of the Panama Canal Company
where she worked over 36 years. Mrs. Clement was a
member of the Gatun Union Church for 50 years and was
currently a member of Summit Park United Methodist
Church. She was also a Past Matron of O.E.S.Coral Chapter,
Gatun, Canal Zone. Mrs. Clement was precede in death by
her husband, Caleb C. Clement.
Survivors include two sons, Orrin and his wife
Carol, of Pensacola, FL; Caleb C. Clement Jr. and his wife
Virginia of Vancouver, WA; a daughter, Mary Ruth Vaughn
and her husband Steve of Houston, TX; nine grandchildren,
Carrie, Candace and Casey Clement of Pensacola, FL; Drew
and Megan Vaughn of Houston, TX; Dawn, Marilee, Barak
and Graham Clement of Vancouver, WA; brother George
Egolf and his wife Bobbi of Pinellas Park, FL; sister Barbara
Dedeaux and her husband Louis of Pensacola, FL; sisters-in-
law, Virginia Townsend and her husband Wesley of Ocala
and Mary Egolf of Seminole, FL; several nieces and
nephews: Katherine Egolf of Pinellas Park, Bill Egolf and his
wife Carol of Orlando; Bruce Egolf and his wife Sue of
Springfield, IL; Debbie Lane and her husband Bill of Largo;
and Jon and Debra Dedeaux and their son J of Pace; Winnie
Holder and numerous other relatives and friends. A
Ellen Pecor Coyle, 67, of Corpus Christi, Texas,
passed away February 13, 1999, after a battle with cancer.
She was born in Chicago and reared in Indiana. After
completing business college, she visited a friend in Panama,
and remained in Panama marrying the late Edward Coyle of
the Canal Zone. She became active with the Girl Scouts,
serving in many different positions. She was one of 28
women given jungle survival training by the Air Force, and
used her skills when her troop camped at her home in Santa
Clara, Panama. She lived in the Canal Zone for 25 years and
went to live in Austin, Texas upon retirement of her husband,
where they lived for 17 years before his death in 1991. She
moved to Corpus Christi in 1993. She was a member of St.
Pius X Catholic Church and was active in the Art Guild and
She is survived by her daughters Valerie Anderson
of Corpus Christi. Sheila Moss of Austin, Suzanne Miller of
Willow Park, and Barbara Coyle of Ft. Worth; a son, Thomas
of San Antonio, TX and five grandchildren.
Jessie W. Degenaar, 94, of Sumter, South Carolina
died February 27, 1999 at National Health Care. She was
born in West Paterson, New Jersey and traveled to the Canal
Zone in 1918 with her parents, James and Jessie Greene
Weir. The family lived for many years in Gatun where she
and her sister graduated from high school. She was the
widow of Roosevelt Medal holder Albert W. Degenaar and
lifetime member of the OES Coral Palm Chapter #3 in
Gatun. She worked several positions for the Panama Canal
Co. and retired as an accounting technician, Office of the
Comptroller in 1966.
Survivors include a son, Albert W. of Palm Coast,
Florida; two daughters, Joan D. Durfee of Viera, Fla. and
Lynn D. Boland of Sumter, South Carolina; six
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Gene "Topper" Didier, 62, of Atlanta, Georgia,
died unexpectedly October 17, 1998 of a heart attack. He was
a graduate of Cristobal High School Class of 1954.
He is survived by three daughters, Danette, Kelly
and Julie of California, New York and Atlanta; and a brother,
Larry of California.
James "Jimmie" N. Doyle, of Panama, Rep. of
Panama, died March 8, 1999 at Paitilla Hospital- after a
valiant fight against inoperable lung cancer. He was a
graduate of the Class of CHS'53 and attended Canal Zone
Junior College, followed by service in the U.S.Army. He was
also a graduate of Mississippi Southern University and
became a graduate intern in the Supply Division of the
Panama Canal Company, where he retired from the
Purchasing Division in January 1998 with 39 years of
government service. He was a 35 year member of Elks Lodge
#1414, Balboa where he spent many of his spare moments
welcoming and spending his time with his many friends. He
will always be remembered for his unending generosity.
.including his favorite charity, the Panama School for the
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty"
(Coleman) of Panama, and a brother, Lee Doyle of
Marie Dube, 82, of Clearwater, Florida. died
February 17, 1999 at home. She was born in South Boston
and left the Canal Zone in 1967 when her husband retired
from Gorgas Hospital. Marie worked as a medical secretary
for the Army and was a member of Light of Christ Catholic
Church, Clearwater Grads Club, Panama Canal Society of
Florida and the Brown Baggers Club of Clearwater, and
several organizations at On Top Of The World, including the
Ladies 9-hole Golf Association, Mixed League Bowling
Club, Irish Club, New England Club, Pinochle Club. IBM
Club and was the first president of the Ladies Bowling
Survivors include a daughter, Marie Burns, Largo;
a son, Frederick B., Homestead, and four grandchildren. She
was predeceased by her husband, Fred, on July 23, 1998.
Thomas Joseph Duncan, 80, of Gainesville,
Florida, died March 31, 1999 at Shands Teaching Hospital
after having surgery and complications with pneumonia.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, he came to the Canal Zone to work
with the Panama Canal Company in 1942. During World war
II he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and upon his discharge,
returned to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in
Corozal, C.Z. At the time of his retirement in 1977, he was
supervisor of the Plumbing Section with 35 years of
government service. He was a member of the VFW and for
many years served as a union representative under various
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Silvia
Castillo of Gainesville; a son, Thomas, of Cardenas, Panama;
daughters Martha Duncan of Alexandria, Va., Diana de
Greef of Curundu, Panama, and a brother, William Francis
of Taverniers, Florida.
Susan Parker Franklin, 42, of Pineville, South
Carolina, died April 2, 1999 of a self inflicted gunshot
wound. A native of Tallahassee, she was a USAF veteran.
She is survived by her husband, James Franklin of Pineville;
a daughter, Tina Marie Smith of Jefferson, IA; her mother,
Shirley (Woodruff) Hicks of Tallahassee; her father, Edward
Parker of Norwich, England; a brother, Thomas Parker,
Jefferson, IA ; two sisters, Jeannine Bretz of jacksonville,
and Staff Sgt. Lois Hicks of West Point, NY; and ten nieces
Georgia Jones Gwinn, 91, passed away on March
14, 1999 in the Manor of Elfindale, Springfield, Missouri.
She taught school in Henrietta, Oklahoma and in the Panama
Canal Zone for 25 years. She was a member of King's Way
United Methodist Church, Springfield.
Survivors include a sister, Phyllis Pursell,
Springfield; four nieces and two nephews.
Eugene E. Hamlin, Jr., 80, of Carthage, North
Carolina, passed away January 27, 1999 after a long illness.
Born in the Canal Zone, he graduated from Balboa High
School in 1935, then graduated from Carnegie Tech in
Pittsburgh, PA and returned to the Panama Canal. He
became the Director of Admeasurement of the Panama
Canal and retired in April 1974 with over 34 years of service.
He was highly respected by his peers and demanding of his
subordinates, but also demanded much of himself, thus
maintaining the love and respect of those who were his
subordinates. He and his wife, Faye, lived in Margarita until
he retired. His wife was a first grade teacher at Margarita
Elementary School. Gene often traveled extensively in
search of Panama Canal memorabilia and had one of the
finest collections of Canal Zone post cards. He also had a
very valuable coin collection and stamp collection which he
kept in a special room at home and where he spent two
decades after retirement pursuing those interests meaningful
to him. He was always his own person and never pretended
to be someone he wasn't. Those who knew him well over the
years will tell you he was a good man, an honest man, a man
of integrity and a man of faith.
He is survived by his wife. Faye, of Carthage, N.C.,
who will miss his intelligent conversations, his advice, his
wit and their wonderful relationship.
Edwin Price Higgins, 90, of the Round Mountain
Community, Arkansas, died January 22, 1999 at the
Fayetteville City Hospital. He was a former employee of the
Mechanical Division of the Panama Canal Company and a
Navy veteran. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge,
the Shriners Club, the Barber Shop Quartet and the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was preceded in
death by his wife, Mildred; a son, Michael and a daughter
Coral Lee Higgins.
He is survived by three sons, Dave of Russellville,
Bart of Chula Vista, CA., and Jim of Fayetteville; three
daughters, Sherry Downing of Sewell, NJ, Trish Robertson
of Newman, GA and Linda Barnes of Prairie Grove; 21
grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Essie B. Jones, 83, of Raleigh, North Carolina, died
peacefully at home on March 27, 1999. She lived in Gamboa,
Canal Zone from 1944 to 1948 and from 1960 to 1972 when
her husband retired from the Dredging Division. She was a
member of Fern Leaf Chapter of the OES, Ancon, CZ and
more recently the Edith Chapter No. 160, Cary, N.C.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Luther
Frank Jones, Jr; four daughters, Jolene Smith of
Westmoreland, TN, Lynda Pollock, Frankie Bell and Captain
Becky Jones, all of Raleigh; a son, Luther Frank III, of
Greensboro, NC; a sister, Berta Wethington of New Bern,
NC; and five grandchildren.
Nancy Jane Starke Koch, 82, passed away January
14, 1999 in Osprey, Florida. She arrived in the Canal Zone
in 1926 with her parents, Reva and August Starke, with sister
Emma Jean and brother Carl H. Starke, all now deceased.
She was a CHS'34 graduate and worked for several years for
Grace Line Shipping Co. before going to Florida working
for the Navy Department. She later entered the Foreign
Service of the State Department, serving in Ecuador,
Thailand, Spain, Peru, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Nassau,
B.W.I. from where she retired to Sarasota. She taught classes
in English at several Embassies where she was posted.
Before becoming disabled from Parkinson's disease, she did
volunteer work teaching Spanish and English at the Salvation
Army and working at the St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Shop.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Virginia Starke
and niece Cassie Starke.
became active in the Holy Family Church, Margarita as well
as Elks Lodge #1542. She retired from the Shipping Division
in 1971 and moved to Perry, New York.
She is survived by a sister, Teresa Forbes; a son and
daughter-in-law, Dave and Betty Larrison of Dayton, Ohio,
two grandchildren and a great-grandson, as well as several
nieces and nephews.
Phyllis Jean (Malson) Maddox, of Jacksonville,
Florida, died December 7, 1998. She was born in East Alton,
Illinois and lived in the Panama Canal Zone where she
graduated from Balboa High School in 1950 and also
attended Junior College there. She was the administrative
assistant and receptionist with Florida Wilbert Burial Vault
and was also the executive assistant for the South East Shrine
Convention that was held in Jacksonville. She was a member
of Riverside Baptist Church, The Panama Canal Society of
Florida, KHEM Temple #85 Daughters of the Nile, the
Florida Historical Society, Timuquana Country Club and was
an avid golfer. She was admired for her creative works in
crafts and painting, and enjoyed traveling the country with
her husband in their motor home.
Survivors include her husband, William H. "Bill"
Maddox, Jr.; her mother, Pauline Benne of Furguson, MO;
brother Ronald Malson of Cedar Hill, MO and her children
Carol Ann (Tom) Field of St. Augustine, FL, Cathy Ann
Flynn of Jacksonville, William H. Maddox III of Cupertino,
CA and Elizabeth D. (Michael)) Maddox-Harrington, of
Miami, FL, mother-in-law "Oveta T" Maddox; two
granddaughters and three great-grandsons.
Beulah "Boots" Mitchell, 75, of Tampa, Florida,
died January 30, 1999 in Florence, Kentucky. Born in
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, she enlisted in the WAVES in
1943, stationed in Washington DC as a Pharmacist Mate, and
came to the Canal Zone following her discharge in 1945. She
was an active member of Gatun Union Church and was the
Atlantic side administrator for the American Red Cross for
many years. An avid bridge player, she was also a member of
the "Sweet Adelines."
She is survived by her husband George, and son,
Brent of Florence, Kentucky; three grandchildren and one
Andrew J. "Mac" McCoy, 77, passed away March
8, 1999 at Palm Bay Community Hospital. He was born in
Boston, Massachusetts. "Mac" served in the U.S. Army
during World war II and upon retiring from the Army in
Quarry Heights, he joined the Panama Canal Company
Supply Division, working at the Diablo and Balboa
clubhouses. In 1984 he retired from the Panama Canal Co.
and resided in Melbourne, Florida until his death.
Margaret M. "Midge" Larrison, 83, of Perry,
New York, passed away on April 7, 1999. Midge and her
husband Lealand came to the Canal Zone in 1940 and she
Eugene J. McDonald, 52, of LaGrange, Georgia,
died recently at the U.A.B. Hospital in Birmingham,
Alabama. Dr. McDonald was born in the Panama Canal Zone
in 1946, a Navy veteran, a Harvard College and Harvard
Medical School graduate. He was a former resident of
Tampa, he was the interventional radiologist for the West
Georgia Medical Center. His interests included cave diving,
skiing, bungee jumping and rock climbing.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy L. McDonald,
LaGrange, a daughter, Pamela A. McDonald, Los Angeles,
CA; a son, Andrew P. of St. Louis, MO.; two stepsons, John
Mee and Robert Mee, both of Tampa, two sisters, Dianne
Quin of Philadelphia, PA, and his twin sister, Elaine
Culverhouse, Los Altos, CA.
Capt. Karl T. Nehring, a former Panama Canal
Pilot passed away February 23, 1999 after suffering a
massive stroke while he was traveling through a small town
in Texas. He retired from the Panama Canal Transit
Operations in January 1976 and served for 32 years during
his government career.
He was the father of the Balboa Nehring family and
is survived by his children, Kathie, Mike, Bonnie, Janice,
Terre, Pat, Annette and Tim. He was the uncle of the Diablo
Nehring family of Skip, Steve, Butch and Phil.
Joseph J. Riley, 96, of Dothan, Alabama, died
January 28, 1999 after a brief illness. He was born in
Quincy, MA and was a marine machinist. He was later
employed as a machinist by the Panama Canal Company. He
retired from the Locks Division as lockmaster in 1964 with
over 33 years of service. He was a member of Elks Lodge
1414, Balboa for over 70 years.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law Emily
and Charles Newbury, Dothan; two sons, and daughters-in-
law, John and Paula Riley, Dothan, and William and Lois
Riley, Eastham, MA, a sister, Katherine Nichols, Lake San
Marcos, CA; eight grandchildren and nine great-
John K. Sass, 70, of Spring Hill, Florida, died
January 26, 1999 at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. He left
the Canal Zone 17 years ago. He was a medical examiner and
pathologist for Brooksville Regional Hospital, a member of
the Audubon Society and an Episcopalian.
Survivors include his wife, Coralia; a son, John, Jr.
Spring Hill, two daughters, Susan Tallent, Tallahassee and
Valerie Sass, Tampa; a brother, Frank, Monkton,MD; a
sister, Gretta Buntrock, Van Nuys, CA and two
Belle Jones Thompson Schroeder, 92, passed
away on the 13th of February, 1999. She was born In New
York City, but grew up in Culebra, Canal Zone. Her father,
"Broadway" G.A. Jones, a Roosevelt Medal holder, and her
five brothers, and sister all grew up in Culebra during the,
construction days. She was a champion pistol shot and
received many honors, shooting with the best at Camp Perry,
Ohio and the Gun Clubs in the Canal Zone. She lived for
many years in Walden, and Gould, Colorado.
She is survived by a son, James M. Thompson of
Inglewood, Fl; and a sister, Grace Carey of Clearwater, FL
and seven grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and three
Alonzo Sherman, 82, of Beaverton, Oregon, died
March 28, 1999. Born in Colon, Panama, he attended
Harvard University, the University of Washington, American
University and the George Washington University. He was
an Air Force veteran and became a civilian employee for the
Air Force in Washington, DC and retired as the manager of
defense intelligence in the office of the Secretary of Defense.
He received a Meritorious Service Medal as an Air Force
representative during the formation of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff in the 1940s .
Survivors include his wife, Susan Wells whom he
married in 1944; sons Bruce of Portland and Dale of Corvalis
and two grandchildren.
Julia Elizabeth Shockey, 93, formerly of
Hagerstown, Maryland, died June 26, 1998 at Williamsport
Nursing Home. She was born in Hagerstown and had retired
from working for the U.S. Navy in Panama Canal Zone. Her
husband, Albert, worked for the Pedro Miguel Locks. She
was a member of N.A.R.F.E. and A.A.R.P. She was
preceded in death by five sisters, Margaret Bragunier, Phyllis
Bragunier, Frances Fangmyer, Daisy Fahrey and Florence
Castle; two brothers, James Bragunier and Thomas
She is survived by two sisters, Mary Louise
Easterday and Catherine Lynn, both of Hagertown; a brother,
Millard Bragunier of Hagerstown, nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth K. Simon, 81, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died April 4, 1999 at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas
Park. She was born in Ancon and attended Canal Zone
schools and lived in Gatun with her mother and father,
Geraldine and William Keepers and four brothers and sisters.
She married Raymond O. Simon and they lived in New
Cristobal where she and Catsy Taylor Schafer ran a nursery
school for many years. She moved to St. Petersburg in 1957
when her husband retired and started baby-sitting and helped
raise many children locally, who knew her as Nana.
She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Low, of
O'Brien, FL., and Gerry Gagnon of Dunnellon, FL; Four
grandchildren, Mark Ehrman, Brandon, Bobby Abramo,
Clearwater, Nancy Berry, Miami, and David Low,
Gainesville; and one grandchild; two great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Naomi Bohannon, Orlando and Margie Egger,
Cocoa, and several nieces and nephews.
Joe Stabler, 82, of Titusville, Florida, died on
March 21, 1999 at Parrish Medical Center following a short
illness. He was born in Bryan, Texas and was a World War
II Army veteran. He retired from the Panama Canal Company
as a Fire Lieutenant in 1972 with over 29 years of service.
While living in the Canal Zone he was active in the Boy
Scouts of America, youth baseball and many other activities
in which his children were involved. He was a 4"h degree
Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Teresa Church in
Survivors include his wife, Blanche of Titusville;
sons Frank of Mims, FL., John and his wife Lilia of West
Palm Beach, FL., and Lewis and his wife Susan (Lessiack)
of Panama; daughter Frances and husband Ron Meyer of
Panama; daughter-in-law Cindy (Becker) Stabler of Madison,
WI.; sisters Louise Dilda and Julia Sindel of Houston, Texas;
ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Florence O. Stevens, of Dunedin, Florida, died
April 5, 1999 at Columbia Lawnwood Regional Medical
Center, Fort Pierce. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., she left the
Panama Canal Zone in 1972 where she worked as a secretary
for the federal government for many years.
Survivors include three nieces, Lois Thomas of
Fort Pierce, Carol Curley and Muriel Georghegan, both of
Walden, New York; and a step-grandson, Ian Stevens, Essex,
Alfred Joseph Stumpf, 78, of Ventura, California,
died March 18, 1999 at his home. He was born in
Philadelphia and had lived in Ventura for the past 28 years.
He was a graduate of CHS Class of 1938. He began his
career in the Panama Canal Company as chief switchman and
lived in Panama from 1932 to 1948. He attended Bradley
University and graduated from Long Beach City College. He
was a telecommunications engineer for over 38 years, having
worked with the Panama Canal, 15"' Naval District, General
Telephone Company, Southeast Asia Communications, and
held contracts with many other companies. He was a member
of Elks Lodge 1430 in Ventura and was exalted ruler, state
vice president and district deputy grand exalted ruler. He was
also a member of the American Legion post 339; Institute of
Electronic Engineers, Independent Telephone Pioneer
Association Rho Delta Fraternity and the Panama Canal
He is survived by his sons, Myron G. of Santa
Barbara, CA, and Stephen J. and his wife Maggie of
Ventura; and a daughter, Lisa A. Stumpf of Folsom, CA;
grandson Logan of Ventura and granddaughter Elizabeth of
Paso Robles, CA. He was preceded in death by his wife.
Gerrye George, a CHS graduate and nurse at Gorgas
Hospital; son, William E. and sister, Eleanor.
Jack Allen Taylor, 69, of San Diego, California,
died at home on March 1, 1999 from the effects of bone
cancer. He was born in Portland, Oregon and went to the
Canal Zone in 1941, graduating from CHS in 1947 and CZJC
in 1949. He lived in Colon, Cristobal, Curundu and Gatun
and became a member of Boy Scout Troop 6, belonged to the
DeMolay and joined Sibert Lodge in 1953. He worked for
IAGS for a year in Central America before being drafted into
the Navy. He served two years in San Diego after which he
remained there to finish his education in electrical
engineering. He worked for many aerospace companies in the
area, retiring in 1991 and marrying Kathryn Argo, settling in
San Diego. He joined the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol,
working in Patrol and Traffic, and served as Master of
Mission Bay Lodge in 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Argo Taylor of
San Diego; a brother, Dale; three sons, two stepsons, a step
daughter and six grandchildren
Iris Ann Terwilliger, 73, of Inverness, Florida,
passed away at home on March 29, 1999 after a long illness.
Born in Winchester, Virginia, she went to the Canal Zone in
1953 and was a resident of the Atlantic side until she left in
1980. For many years she was employed by the theater in
Coco Solo and was well known by the younger set.
She is survived by her husband, Albert C. who
retired from the Water Transportation Division; three
daughters Cynthia Prine of Washington, D.C., Catherine
Cooke of Gainesville, Florida, and Ann Smither of Palm
Bay, Florida, and two grandchildren.
George Vieto, 77, died in New Orleans on
December 26, 1998. At the age of 19. he left New York with
the 164'h Infantry as a rifleman, served on Guadalcanal, was
awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service; was
honorably discharged and returned to his birthplace in Costa
Rica. He worked at the U.S. Embassy there and then went to
work for the Panama Canal Company where he began as
station agent and train collector with the Transportation
Division at Balboa Heights. He retired in 1978 as Chief,
Transportation Division with many awards and superior
He is survived by his wife, Felicia; three daughters,
Carmen, Peggy and Ann; and a son, George.
Leon M. Warren, 89, of New Port Richey, Florida,
died February 11, 1999 at Community Hospital, New Port
Richey. Born in Oroville, Washington, he graduated from
high school in 1929 and matriculated to the School of
Fisheries at the University of Seattle. He left college due to
the Depression, and held a series of jobs, including ranching,
mining and rangering. In the late 1930's, he was an engineer
technician at the Grand Coulee Dam. In 1940 he went to
Panama where he had been hired by the Panama Canal
Company as an engineering assistant. While in Panama, he
proposed to Gretchen Radak in Salem, OR and he and his
bride made their first home in Colon, later moving to Gatun
and then to Morgan Ave in Balboa with their children.
Warren was active in scouting activities and stabled horses
at the Pacific Stables near Pedro Miguel. He retired from
the Panama Canal in July, 1971 as an engineer aide, in the
Engineering Division with over 32 years of service. He was
a Mason and Shriner. After leaving the Canal Zone, he and
his wife lived in New Orleans before moving to Florida in
1979. They both indulged in traveling the world and spent
many months in Europe. They drove a recreational vehicle
across much of Australia and New Zealand.
Warren is survived by his wife, Gretchen R.
Warren of New Port Richey, FL; son, David R. of
Pittsburgh, PA and daughter Kathryn Warren Lewark of
Menlo Park, CA and three grandchildren.
Frederick J. Wellington, 87, of Clearwater,
Florida, died January 18, 1999 in Gainesville, Florida. He
was born in Corunna, Ontario and left Fort Lauderdale in
1979. He worked for Exxon in Colombia and retired as an
executive vice president at the Panama Refinery in Panama.
He was a member of the United Church of Canada and the
Survivors include three daughters, Ann Alexander
and Jane Lawyer, both of Gainesville, and Lynne Frauenheim
of Charlotte, North Carolina; three sons, Bob, Vancouver,
B.C., Don, Asheboro, North Carolina and Rick of Timmins,
Ontario; a companion, Mary Urey, Dothan, Alabama; 17
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren
Helen J. Wentworth, 94, of Searsport, Maine, died
February 17, 1999 at a Belfast Hospital. She was born in
Portland, and graduated from the Farmington State Teachers
College and taught at the Poors Mills School, a single room
schoolhouse. Over a period of 20 years, she was a leader of
the USO in Panama during WWII and was a'leader of the
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts and Girl Mariners in
Panama. She lived in Gamboa, New Cristobal and Ancon
from 1940 to 1960 when her husband, Capt. Howard
Wentworth, Sr., a Panama Canal Pilot retired. She was a
member of the First Congregational Church of Seaport and
a former member of the O.E.S. She was predeceased by her
husband in 1976.
She is survived by her son, Howard Jr. and his wife
Caro; a daughter, Barbara Pendergast and husband David of
Searsport; a sister-in-law, Mildred Maxfield of Connecticut;
five grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many
nieces and nephews.
Harry Dayton Werkheiser, 90, of Clearwater,
Florida, died February 16, 1999 at home. He was born in
Philadelphia and came to Clearwater from the Panama Canal
Zone in 1969. He retired as an administrator for several
heavy construction operations in Alaska, Iran and the Canal
Zone. He was a former member of the OTW Men's Golf
Association a Mason and a Shriner.
Survivors include his wife, Julie; a son, Barnard
Thompson, San Diego, CA; a granddaughter Margarita
Thompson, San Francisco, CA and six nieces and nephews.
Letters to the Editor
Friends since C.Z. days; Ramona Anderson Nell, her
dad, Les Anderson and Mayno Walker reminisce at
Mickey Walker Fitzgerald's home in New Smyrna
Rytel's second birthday, Alexandria, Va. January 1,
1999. Back L-R: Jack Morgan, Mark Fitzgerald, Jay
Morgan, Matthew Fitzgerald, William Morgan. Front
L-R: Catherine Garner, Debbie Garner Morgan,
Mardette Garner Fitzgerald, Curtis Fitzgerald,
Stacey Morgan, Mary V. Morgan. Seated: Megan
Fitzgerald with son Rytel Fitzgerald.
FIRST ANNUAL CHAGRES
RIVER POT-LUCK DINNER
Randy and Joella Deakins of Rockledge, Florida,
had the First Annual Chagres River Pot-luck Dinner at their
The following 38 Zonians attended: Dave and Judy
Jenkins, Gloria Mitchell, Roger and Nancy Dean, Terry
and Sue Deakins, Bob and Pat Munchbach, Sam and
Marta Gutierrez, Bob and Kathy McConaughey, Joe and
Darlene Hunt, Earl and Nancy McMillin, Jim and Diane
Bradley, Jim and, Jerry Farnsworth, Lauray Will, Jack
and Myrna Dubroff, Sheila Schonert, Jinjer Jeffries,
Janice Scott, Bob and Fran Morrissey, Norm and Janet
Watkins, Dave and Donita McConaughey, Tim Kirby and
Guests were entertained by Fran Morrissey playing
Lucho-style music on the accordion, and Norm Watkins and
Jim Farnsworth playing "oldies" on their guitars.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and Nellie (Wood) Engelke in
a 1954 photo at Balboa terrors of the neighborhood.
Ihe entire group attending tne -irst Annual tLnagres iiver roi-LucK uirir1er
(Left) Norm Watkins and Jim Farnsworth playing their guitars. (Right) Fran Morrissey playing the accordion.
L-R, Top row: Bucky Hall, Robert Fredette, Manny Quintero, Robert Harvey, Owen Rose, Milo Alexander,
Harold Harstad, John Garry. Middle row: Bill March, Dorothy (Fritz) Garry, Anne Hall, Esther (Trew) Prudhom,
Doris (Conner) Fredette, lola (Dilbeck) Louda, Georgia Alexander, June (Walter) Murray, Robert Nordstrom.
Front row: Thelma (Vahey) March, Frances (Austin) Dunn, Constance Nordstrom, Marion (Price) Royston,
Alice (Fairbrother) Myers, Norma (Johnston) Rose, Grace (Cooper) Franklin, Sheila (Randolph) Price.
CHS REPORT OF REUNION
On February 1, my wife Anne, with Esther (Trew)
Prudhom and I left Sarasota for Miami to join a group of
BHS/CHS class of 1944 graduates on a mid-winter cruise
aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise line's Sovereign of the
Seas.Traffic was light on 1-75 until we passed Fort Myers
when we met bumper-to-bumper traffic. We exited for
breakfast where we learned there had been an accident that
blocked the southbound lanes. We later learned that the road
towards Naples was clear. Our son, Will and his wife Kim
were flying to Miami and planned to call us on cellular phone
upon arrival there. Our phone rang when we were about 60
miles from Miami, but was not able to answer. I later found
out that the send button had to be activated to receive a call.
I thought that was strange.
We eventually arrived at the cruise port about noon
and after parking, boarding the ship and locating our rooms,
we headed for the luncheon on the upper deck.. I ate
sparingly knowing dinner was at 6:15 p.m.and I'll admit I did
my share of eating the next four days. Our waiters tried to
give everyone double portions, but resistance was weak most
of the time.
The reunion party was seated at three tables in the
same area which was good because mealtimes was about the.
only time we got together, although we ran into one another
once in a while in the casino where I donated some coins in
the 250 poker machines. One night it took almost an hour to
lose $5.00 in quarters.
Anne, Esther and I are early risers and always
headed to the food deck by 6:30 a.m. Every morning we were
joined by another early riser, Bill March, and one time by
Doris and Bob Fredette. Bill and the Fredettes told
interesting tales of the trials and tribulations of life after the
Canal Zone. Bill and I talked about ships while Bob and I
talked about sports. Doris talked about raising children and
we found that she and Bob are very caring people. We could
use a million couples like them.
Nassau in the Bahamas was similar to Haiti
although the Bahamians appeared to have a higher standard
of living. The women in the market place all had carefully
groomed hair some adorned with glass which simulated
diamonds. Across the inlet was another island that was for
the rich. What a difference clean streets and hotels with
casinos. What a contrast.
Coco Cay (an island owned or leased by the cruise
line) was alive with pale-skinned passengers from the ship.
The BHS group found a shaded bohio while the CHS crew
hit the beach. The water was too cold for much swimming.
Lunch on the island was great, then the CHS group returned
to the ship for a nap prior to the Captain's Dinner.
Thursday found us at the Navy Pier in Key West
with shuttle busses to the center of the city. Because we had
seen the area on another cruise years ago, we returned to the
ship to pack and for another nap.
Since we didn't have another plane to catch, or a
tour to go to, we were the last to disembark Friday morning
at about 10 a.m. and were back in Sarasota by 3 p.m.
A few days later, we drove Esther to the Tampa
airport to begin her trip home to the Oklahoma City area. The
minute I pushed the elevator button, I heard a voice call
"Bucky". It was Eddie Doran, his wife Jeanne and either
his or her two sisters who were returning to their homes up
North. I told Eddie we missed them on the cruise. It was a
short visit as the elevator deposited us on the main floor
Bucky Hall (CHS'44)
Edited (as a favor) by Dolores Suisman, retired Editor,
Information Office, Panama Canal (up to October 1979)
Zlam/2a 9fian7igViin3 -LPciicn
Shortly after receiving the grim news in
September that Jared Smith's cancer had returned (se
related article "Update on Jared Smith") many members of
the Panama Canal Society were moved to action. The
family's plight hit a chord within us..."It could be my
child/family". Jared's aunt Julie (Smith) McCullough and
childhood friend Donna Date Smith hatched a plan to hold
an event for Jared and his family. Through the miracle of e-
mail and the formidable "Zonian grapevine", invitations were
sent for donations to the Jared Smith Trust Fund and to
attend a picnic in his honor.
Foreground: sister Kayleigh, dad Larry, and Jared
Smith at the picnic.
On November 2nd, 1998, the Saturday after
Thanksgiving, over 100 "Zonians" gathered at Al Lopez
Park in Tampa to raise money and show support for Jared
and his family. There were too many families (some spanning
several generations) to list the entire guest list, which
included the Nickishers, Grimisons, Jordans, O'Donnells,
Joyces, Holts, Kellehers, Sutherlands, Soliens, Kennons,
Morrises, Eckels, and several Smith families to give you an
idea. It was a beautiful, bright, sunny, Fall day with a crisp
temperature of about 720 and not a trace of humidity! But
there was plenty of "warm fuzzy" feelings as we gathered to
enjoy each other's friendship. The picnic was slated for 10
a.m. 4:30 p.m. but in true Latin style, most people arrived
around 11 a.m. and stayed until the evening hours. We had a
prime location as our "bohio" was right next to the large
children's playground and conveniently located close to the
rest rooms! A raffle was held to raise additional funds,
featuring paintings by Donna Date Smith with scenes of the
former Canal Zone, as well as a basket of Margot Jordan's
fabulous homemade cookies. Near the end of the day there
was even an impromptu game of flag football featuring "the
old guys" against "the even older guys", much to the
entertainment of all. (I would have loved to know how many
could actually move the next day....)
Best of all, until that very day, it was uncertain if
Jared was going to be well enough to attend the function and
happily he was. Many of you could not attend the picnic but
added your financial support and the result netted over
$5,000. There were many requests to hold another picnic
"same time next year" hopefully for no other reason that just
another excuse to party together. We shall see.
A big thank you to all of you who helped make this
event a success. There were far too many people to name
them all individually but it took each and everyone of you
doing your part to pull this together and make it something to
be proud of.
For those of you who still wish to contribute, the
address for the Jared Smith Trust Fund is as follows: Sun
Trust Bank, c/o Marcia Friedman, 7553 W. Waters Ave.,
Tampa, FL 33626
THE GORINS VISIT PANAMA
Paul Gorin, class of CHS 1940, accompanied by
his wife Clara, and their daughter Barbara Sieger, visited
Panama in February for ten days. They visited many old
friends on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides.
While in Panama, the Gorins' celebrated their 56th
wedding anniversary. They were married at the Washington
Hotel in Colon on January 10, 1943.
The highlight of the trip was a complete transit of
the Canal from Balboa to Cristobal This was the first trip to
Panama for their daughter.
Paul Gorin, (CHS'40) with daughter Barbara Sieger
and wife, Clara at Madden Dam.
ROSS FAMILY GET-TOGETHER
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All the grand kids: Back row L-R: Ellen, Jason from N.
Dakota, Ryan, Loren and Stephanie from N. Carolina
It took a while to get 'em all together but we finally
did it. We rented a couple of beach apartments and had a
week in the sand and sun.
L-R: Don Ross behind wife Betty, Karen behind
husband Fred, Carol behind husband Ron and Wendy
behind husband Mike.
L to R: Amber and baby Richard Dakovich; Susan
(Soyster) Valentine, grandmother of Richard; Ruby
Yocum and her mother, Jayne Yocum and Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis at a "family" reunion in Tampa, FL.
ZONIAN AMIGOS VISIT
On March 24, 1999, a group of 31 fun loving
Zonian Amigos met Pete and Marje Foster at the Miami
airport for their COPA flight to Panama to begin a ten day
Dry Season Tour. Upon arrival at Tocumen Airport in
Panama, they were greeting by Davis Stephenson who had
arranged a speedy process through the Panama Customs and
Immigration. Upon checking in at the Executive Hotel in
Panama City, the group was greeted with a cocktail party and
a birthday celebration for Lee Kariger, Issy Gibson and Joy
The Zonian Amigos were delighted that Davis
carried out his promise that everyone on the tour would see
Panama as they had never seen it before. Many changes in
the area were expected but most of the landmarks that
provided fond memories could be identified. The building
and improvements to roads and high-ways were astonishing,
but the traffic was horrendous. Topping off the tour were the
green landscapes, beautiful blue skies and soft trade winds.
and no rain.
Front: Pete and Marje Foster. First row L-R: Elton and
Helen Foster, Andree Collins, Jeanne Thomas, Joy
Maale, Elma Seiferlein, Alice Saltzman. Second row
L-R: Joan Kozar, Unknown, Nancy Kariger, Marjorie
Paine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee. Third row L-R: Mr. and Mrs.
Graham, Shirley Boswell, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kariger.
Standing: Aura Erickson and Harry Foster. Not
shown: Isabelle Gibson and Al Maale.
The tour included a partial transit of the Canal, a
tour of Panama City, Old Panama, the Church of the Golden
Altar, all the former Canal Zone towns on the Pacific side
including Gamboa and Pedro Miguel; a trip to the Atlantic
side and former Canal Zone town sites, Colon, Porto Bello,
Coronado, Santa Clara, El Valle, Nata, Santiago, Bambito, El
Volcan, Cerro Punto, Boquete with a visit to El Ruiz Coffee
plant and lunch at the Panamonte Hotel. We went shopping
at many familiar stores. The Cuna vendors who used to be
in Stevens Circle are now located in the old gymnasium
building behind the YMCA in Balboa.
On April 2nd, the Zonian Amigos returned home
with a feeling that their Panama Dry Season Tour had
excelled beyond our greatest expectations. We all had been
a part of a memorable experience.
A CROSS COUNTRY BIKE RIDE
Our lives were so wonderful. We were so much in
love. We had interesting jobs, many friends, and four
wonderful adult children. We were right on target soon to
start retirement. But suddenly, Janet Johnston was
diagnosed with Parkinson's and all of a sudden Mr.
Parkinson took over and dominated our lives.
We had gone to the Republic of Panama separately
to work for the Panama Canal and this is where we met. I
was later to become Fire Chief and Janny a high school
English teacher for the Department of Defense Dependent
Schools (DoDDS) in the Panama Region. She was also a
published children' author
In May of 1993 Janny, only 48 years old, was
diagnosed with Parkinson's at Gorgas Army Hospital in
Panama. Parkinson's, what is this? We knew of no one with
this condition and had really never heard of it. We
immediately traveled to the California Parkinson's Institute
in San Jose, for second opinion, and they confirmed the
diagnosis. Still, what is this condition and how do we deal
with it? For some unknown reason Janny's's condition
progressed very rapidly and by late 1994 we would spend ten
(10) weeks with the National Parkinson's Foundation in
Miami with Dr. William Weiner, During this time we were
sent to Cornell University in New York for a PET scan with
Dr. David Eidelberg. By this time Janny had been forced to
take a medical retirement from her job. The predominant
problems that she was experiencing were severe rigidity and
excruciating pain. We were desperate and soon found
ourselves at Loma Linda Medical Center in California. This
is where we met Dr. Robert lacona. It was then that Janny
was selected for a two week study conducted by the
University of Indiana with Dr. Steve Barlow. Dr. Iacona
later performed a bilateral pallidotomy that was absolutely
100% successful and probably saved Janny's life. We felt so
obliged and grateful to Loma Linda Medical Center.
I had planned and organized eleven (11) Ocean-to-
Ocean Bike Rides across the country of Panama and this had
become quite a large Panamanian annual cycling event.
Ocean-to ocean in Panama is only fifty (50) miles. And then
we came up with the idea of a Panama Fights Parkinson's
Bike Ride. The response was very successful and the most
rewarding thing that I had ever done. All proceeds went to
the Loma Linda for Parkinson's research. Something that we
felt was very necessary. Getting closer to my retirement, we
thought of ways and ideas that we could become involved
with Parkinson's awareness, and ways that we could raise
funds for research. It was very important for us to do this.
Janny's condition began to worsen, and she
deteriorated very rapidly with other Parkinson's
complications. She passed away from these complications on
June 25, 1997, only four years after being diagnosed with a
condition that we had known nothing about.
For me to be involved with a cross-country bike ride
for Parkinson's awareness is truly a dream come true.
Something I feel so fortunate to be a part of, and something
that I feel compelled to do. Donna Kos and I will do this ride
together. This is now our way to fight this condition called
Parkinson's. Hopefully, by doing this, we will make many
people aware of this condition. A greater goal is to eliminate
the suffering and pain that Parkinson's disease causes.
I want to thank the National Parkinson's
Foundation and Parkinson's Disease Foundation for their
support with this bike ride and their continued effort to find
a cure for Parkinson's. I particularly want to thank Melinda
Brown and Robin Elliott for all they have done to make this
bike dream come true. Also, an important recognition and
thanks must be given to all my family and friends who have
encouraged me to do this ride.
When we had the Panama Fights Parkinson's Bike
Ride, we adopted Janny's school colors (blue and gold) as
our personal colors to represent Parkinson's awareness. It is
my goal and desire, to soon have these same colors to
represent awareness to everyone.
H. Wallace Teal
Wallace has personally talked to and presented this
idea to Mohammed Ali and other Parkinson's Activists and
has received very encouraging responses. The photos were
taken on one of his rest days while visiting Lucky and Tita
Dunlap in New Mexico on the twentieth day of his West
coast to East coast bike ride. Wallace expects to arrive in St.
Augustine, Florida, on May 7th after having ridden a total of
Editor must have by:
Our recent Panama adventure began when I landed
in Panama with my 13 year old daughter, Allie Snow, on the
Condor Travel Tour. Our group stayed at the recently
remodeled El Panama Hotel but split into two groups to do
some local sight-seeing. The Atlantic siders headed out to
Portobello and an excellent lunch over looking the ocean as
well as a drive around some of their old stomping grounds.
The Pacific siders went to the forest preserve and Gamboa
and worked our way back to Balboa via Miraflores locks ,
Cardenas and Diablo. A corvina lunch was served at the
Spinning Club. That night we rode the Chiva Panandera, a
party bus, out to Pedro Miguel. On the ride, we were
entertained by Panamanian music, and traditional Seco and
Ron Cortez to keep us from getting too thirsty. Sunday
morning we headed for El Valle and the Indian market.
Everybody shopped furiously for the great wares. We
finished up and headed for Coronado for two days of leisure.
We had great weather, nice large rooms, good food,
manicures, pedicures, massages and golf or tennis. It was a
perfect paradise. Afterwards, I took a side trip back to El
Valle with Allie, Brian and Suzanne Gerhart for the
popular rain forest canopy experience that was featured in
the National Geographic with Muriel Hemingway.
Allie and Lori Snow in Panama for the "Last Hurrah"
tour, Feb-March 1999, taken at El Panama Hotel.
When we arrived back in Panama City, we enjoyed
a wonderful dinner at Las Tinajas restaurant. The typico
cuisine was arroz con polio, yuca frita and platanos. The
next day, I met up with Jim and Dorothy Gerhart at the
Napoli restaurant. It is still the best pizza around. Jim and
Dorothy flew in on a military flight to be with their daughter,
Suzanne, on her 29'h birthday. The highlight was visiting
with Julia, our family maid that we had all those years when
I was growing up. We also took a tour on the launch around
the Bay of Panama and to Taboga. We were blessed with a
clear night, a full moon and wonderful music and dinner.
Our last day, the group headed for Panama Viejo.
Panama has built restaurants and tourist type stores adjacent
to the ruins and we enjoyed a tipico breakfast complete with
carimafiolas and shopping for more souvenirs. When the
day came to depart, some folks stayed on to visit the San Bias
Islands, El Volcan and the beach. Allie and I returned
home and have our wonderful memories to hold onto until
our next trip.
Lori Stevenson Snow
Allie Snow, Julia Carvajal and Lori Snow visiting
Fred and Melanie Bales at their home in Balboa,
Panama Bay Cruise while on "Last Hurrah" tour to
Panama, March 1999. Back, L-R: Jim Gerhart,
Suzanne, Dorothy Brian and Ken Gerhart with his
friend from Panama, Teresita. Front: Lori Snow,
Davis Stevenson, Tour Conductor and Allie Snow.
The San Bias children are fascinated with the video
screen of Sharon (DeVore) Glassburn's camcorder.
They followed her like the Pied Piper, pulling her pony-
tails, touching her, etc.
LANGS GO AROUND THE HORN
Pete and Mary Lou Lang went on a two week
cruise around Cape Horn at Tierra del Fuego from February
27 through March 13.
Sharon (DeVore) Glassburn and Ileni in front of
Stevenson's hut on the San Bias Islands. Sharon went
to Panama on Dave Stevenson's :Last Hurrah"
Panama trip, February 26, 1999.
A FOUR GENERATION TEAM
Gerda Halvorsen Lewy, wife of Swift Lewy, who
lived in the Canal Zone from 1941 to 1947, graduated from
BHS in 1944 and attended CZJC. She then worked in the
Accounting Division in the Administration Building. Gerda's
daughter, Grete Victor, granddaughter Holly Sewell and
great-granddaughter Madison make up the four generation
Mary Lou and Pete Lang get initiated in a ceremony
around the horn on March 5th on the Norwegian Crown.
Pete had two large scoops of water poured over his
head by an old friend in 40 weather and Mary Lou had
one small scoop.
They started in Buenos Aires, Argentina and
stopped in Montevideo, Uruguay; two other ports in
Argentina, the Falkland Islands, a total of four ports in Chile
and ended up in Santiago, Chile.
The trip was lots of fun, beautiful, and they saw a
lot of glaciers, volcanos and penguins.
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L-R: Holly Louise Sewell, granddaughter; Grete
Louise Victor, daughter; Madison Louise Sewell,
great-granddaughter; Gerda Halvorsen Lewy. 1/9/99
Gerda,,who has four children, six grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren lives in Sun Valley, California, and
her family lives close by. Her sister is Caroline Halvorsen
Evans, a BHS'46 graduate, who also attended CZJC. She
lives in Newberry Park, California with her daughter Janis
The Balboa Coffee Club Gang. Last March the
following ex-Zonians got together at the Balboa
Railroad Station to have coffee. L-R: Bill Kirkland,
Jerry McElroy, Babe Kessler, Art Pollack, Steve
Helin, Nina Brown Kosik, Bill Kessler, Abilio
McArthur, Henry Twohy, Mike Progana, Jim
O'Donnell, John McTaggert, Dave Niedzialek and
Dylan Dempsey, Marshall Harris, John and Dear
visiting Fort Myers, Florida for the Dear-Knight
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John Disharoon at 10,000 feet at the ski-lift at Sandia
Peak, Albuquerque. Going up or down, John?
At the Dear-Knight wedding, Zonian girls enjoy the
rehearsal dinner, L-R: Susi Apold, Nancy Othon,
Christie Dear Knight, Patti Cowles, and Amanda
A Zonian shot from the Dear-Knight wedding, Back L-
R: Taylor Spurlock, Randy Phares, David Dear,
Amanda Harris, Dylan Dempsey. Middle: Maj-Britt
Spurlock, Patti Cowles, Shelton Wallace, Susi
Apold. Front: Ashley Dear, Marshall Harris, Sandra
Harris, Christie Dear Knight, Nancy Othon John
Mike Chavez, and his lovely wife Premie in front of the
oldest church in Albuquerque, NM. Both Mike and
Premie worked in Panama in the early 80's.
BIKE WEEK AT DAYTONA
The first week in March means BIKE Week a
Daytona International Speedway. Since 1969 a group o
Zonians have been traveling to Daytona to be part of the
racing, or to watch the racing, and of course to see all the
DAYTONA, March 1999. L-R: Mike Bell, Al Schonert,
Larry Layman, Sheila Schonert, Bill Weigle, Joann
Bjurholm (Weigle), Sandee Weigle, Larry Gramlich,
Eric Bjurholm, Donny Mans, Bernie Mans and
This years racing was great, with the winner of the
200 miler winning by .014 of a second in a race that saw the
lead change many times.
Bill Weigle, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone,
entered his 1968 Velocette Thruxton, that he used to race in
Panama, in the Concours d;Elegance bike show sponsored by
the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association and
the Classic Bike Magazine and won 'Best Special Interest
IT TOOK 38 YEARS!
t I attended CHS from 1960 -1964. After my
f freshman year, my best friend, Bill Pollard left the canal
Zone. His father was stationed at Ft. Gulick and in the
summer of '61, they were transferred. I never knew anything
about Bill until 2 years ago. He was living in Montgomery,
AL and he found me through an internet directory. We
talked, wrote letters, sent pictures, all the things friends do
after losing touch 36 years ago.
Frank Borsellino, Jr. and Bill Pollard
Earlier this year Bill attended a convention in San
Francisco. He called me and when we realized he was only
30 minutes away, we arranged to meet. WOW! We were 14
back then, and 52 now. Would we recognize each other?
When my wife and I arrived at his hotel lobby, I recognized
the suit and tie, taller now and a white beard. I don't know
how I looked to him, but we were clearly no longer 14. We
went to dinner, talked, drove around San Francisco Bay area,
talked some more. We shared old memories of CHS teachers,
classmates, classes, and what we had been doing the past 38
years. We stayed up until 2 a.m. It was great seeing him again
Frank Borsellino, Jr.
St. Paul's Cathedral Juried Art Show
San Diego, CA February-March, 1999
Catsy Taylor Schafer shows "Flowers" done with the
Palette Group at Morgan's Garden's in the 1950s,
which later became the CZ Branch of the American
Penwomen. Shown with daughter, Susan Taylor
Pitney (BHS '58) and a photo of her son, Nico, made
by his sister, Layne Vann.
Four generations, from Robert J. Conner, Roosevelt
Medal holder, and William T. Halvosa. Ruth Conner,
with son Billy, grandson Will, and holding great-
grandson Cassidy Halvosa.
BHS '47 MINI-REUNION IN
Some of the members of the BHS class of '47
joined forces and went to Panama together over the
Christmas holidays. They celebrated New Year's Eve at the
Coronado resort amid the lush foliage, beautiful flowers and
the beach. A trip to El Valle's Indian market on Sunday
morning was included along with a hike to see the square
trees and gold frogs. Then on to Chiriqui and the Hotel
Bambito. While in the highlands, they toured the
countryside, the Volcan, Boquete, coffee plants and ate
lunch at the Panamonte Hotel. Instead of driving back to
Panama City, a flight was taken out of David and landed at
the old Albrook field---a memorable day. But before they
boarded the plane, they were told they could not take any
luggage on board with them because they were too heavy.
They were given a big brown plastic garbage bag and told
they could take just a few things such as a change of
underwear, medication, toothbrush and razor. It was a real
"Kodak moment" as they arrived in Panama City and
checked into the El Panama Hotel with their brown plastic
garbage bags thrown over their shoulders.
delicious ceviche and fried corvina, sitting in bohios at a nice
restaurant at the end of the Causeway in Amador.
Everybody had a wonderful time. Although there
are many changes and some people don't like changes, they
are still a part of life; nothing can take away your memories.
Yes, you can go home again.
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Mike Chavez and John Disharoon in "Old Town",
Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both are BHS'68
graduates, and played Little League Baseball in
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BHS'47 Plus Mini-Reunion, Panama, December 30,
1998 January 8, 1999 in front of Admin Building.
Front L-R: Bill Caskey, Roger Walker, Ruth
Catherine (Taylor) Walker, Peg (Sylvestre) Simpson
BHS'47; Barbara (Hatchett) Jackson BHS'46, Bob
McCarrick BHS'47, Jo Fayard Bailey (Perdo Miguel
'50s, Joanne Flynn Farley, BHS'47, Back row: Jane
(Wilson) Caskey, BHS'65, Bill Evans BHS'47, Elaine
(Tuttle) Mount BHS'47, George Hatchett, BHS'47.
Henry Joe Leisy, BHS'47, Honey Leisy.
While at the El Panama, they dined at Las Tinajas
restaurant where they were entertained by local dancers and
typical cuisine. The Pedro Miguel gang had a grand time
walking around the old elementary school and lots of photos
were taken of old haunts.
Most of the group left Panama tired, but glad they
made the trip. Some weren't ready to leave, so they extended
their trip to include visits to Santa Clara, Gorgona and
Contadora Island. On their last day in Panama, they dined on
Faith Brundage and daughter Linda (Brundage)
Marshall enjoying their cruise that Faith won on her
"lucky trip" in November 1998.
The Panama City Skyline, submitted by Sharon Glassburn
THE STEVENSONS TRAVEL
41,000 MILES IN 8 /2 MONTHS
Sydney and Stella Stevenson completed a 41,000
mile car round trip to North America, from Panama City,
Rep. of Panama, which took 8 /2 months (from May 17, 1998
to January 30, 1999.
John Disharoon during "March Madness" in St.
Petersburg. Photo taken an hour before the NCAA
"Final Four" final game. The University of Connecticut
beat Duke University for national championship.
John Disharoon being presented with a flag flown
over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. by
Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young. John's school, the
Country Day Academy of Largo, Florida, was in
Washington for a week-long field trip.
Sydney and Stella Stevenson at one of their over 80
stopovers during their 8 '2 month round trip from
Panama to the U.S and Canada.
They stayed in 14 towns of the 6 Central American
countries (not including Belize), 10 cities in eight states of
Mexico, 53 cities of 27 states in the U.S.A., 11 cities of four
provinces of Canada and, nearly, an equal number of
lodgings to that number of cities and towns.
They were unusual travelers going to many non-
touristical attractions and taking some unusual photos. We
brought back home only one piece of pottery. The trip was a
once in a lifetime experience.
"THE FINAL-FINAL FOOTBALL
GAME AT BALBOA STADIUM"
It seems that the operative word this year in Panama
is the word "final". At Balboa High School, we have had a
host of final activities. The final homecoming parade, the
final homecoming dance, the final Christmas program, the
final drama production the final jamboree and on and on. In
keeping with this "theme" we had the final football game in
Balboa Stadium. The last official football game ever played
in Balboa Stadium was the 13th Annual Christmas Bowl held
on December 26, 1998. This eagerly awaited game closed the
curtain on more than 80 years of football on the isthmus.
The quarterbacks were Pat Fahy, Donny Husted, Fred
Bales, Frankie Linton and Kyle Husted. The running
backs and receivers were Edgar Tirado, Bruce and Darren
Chastain Wanfer Ilund, Romel Diaz, Chris Bowman,
Mikie Boyle, Jose and Ricky Alvarez and Alex Sosa.The
linemen were Trevor Vogel, Andy De La Guardia, Frank
Westgate, John Trim, Ish Rios, Dirkson Bussiere, Jimmy
Oakley, Ryan Taylor, Michael Norman, Buford Bowman
and Sean Williams. The linebackers and defensive backs
were Gabe Prieto, Daniel Hanna, Buddy Bottin, Eric
Holland, Jerome Price, Armando Gundin and Danny
The erstwhile collection of former gridiron greats
formed into three teams and did battle, butted heads, dodged
bodies, threw, caught, bobbled and intercepted passes in a
very unseasonal dry season rain which slowed down the field
for the fleet of foot and caused havoc among the linemen. By
the time the mud began to dry, the team of Frank Westgate,
Dan Hanna, Kyle Husted, Pat Fahy, Jimmy Oakley, Wanfer
Ilund, Gabe Prieto and Ricky Alvarez walked off the field as
the last champions ever at Balboa Stadium. The true winners
were all those who participated in this final tribute, in this
closing chapter of a stadium replete with memories of former
glory days never to be forgotten.
Balboa High School
THE GILEADS VISIT PANAMA
Kathleen Gilead, Frank Kennedy and I met in the
Atlanta airport on 29 January, 1998 and we flew Delta to
Panama. Arrived about midnight and were met by Seior
Cruz who owns ten taxis. Retired from P.C., his job was to
pick up and deliver pilots on the Pacific side he knows
where every current pilot lives. For $10 per hour, we engaged
him for the full day 10 hours.
We spent a weekend in El Valle at "Los Nances" -
super. Then overnight in the San Bias Porvenier. The Cunas
now live on Porvenier and the cooperativea" is there so ships
can put passengers in cayucas to buy mola stuff.
Spent three days in Contadora pricey but nice.
Kathleen and Frank went deep sea fishing caught a lot of
amber jack (great eating) but no tuna or sailfish.
Kathleen Gilead, Frank H. Kennedy, Linda
Benedetti, Dario Benedetti, Director of the Panama
Canal Railway Company, and Rosemary Gilead. From
what we saw, the date of the "up and operating" of the
railroad cannot be determined.
El Valle "Los Nances", a great vacation "Bed and
Breakfast" owned and operated by Olga and Ed
Nance. Very reasonable, highly recommended, clean
and comfortable. Indoor pool, grill, hammocks, parking,
TV and more. L-R: Kathleen Gilead, Frank H.
Kennedy, Rosemary M. Gilead.
Found lots of new places to eat Italian "La Coleta"
No. 1 in city. Old Panama has a great mall and "...peches"
Left Panama on 12 February via Delta, back to
Atlanta. All in all no problems except you leave Tocumen
at 7:00 a.m.! Gads! Dario really laughed when I showed him
the article saying the railroad would be running by December
Look forward to seeing you all in Orlando.
Rosemary Millet Gilead
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LIFE AT SEA
My first professional sea voyage after my
Professional Scuba Diving venture in San Andres Island, was
a Tuna Clipper berthed at pier 20 in Balboa. I signed on in
the engine department the boat was out of San Diego and
she had come in for fuel and supplies. Luckily for me, one of
the crew signed off and flew home. I took his place in the
The crew consisted of the Fishing Skipper, the
Paper Skipper, the Chief Engineer and the bosun, non of
whom fished, and the 10 crew/fishermen members who did
the fishing. All of us fished, including the cook. I was hired
on a $10.00 per ton wage scale. The boat was 149 V2 feet
long, and had she been 150 feet long flying the American
flag, she would have come under maritime regulations that
would have required to have a crew of Merchant Seamen
with Coast Guard papers issued by the Dept. of the
Treasury in those days.
We put out to sea heading South to the Galapagos
and the Humboldt current searching for Porpoise which
accompanies Prime Yellow Tail Tuna.We were about 300
miles West, off the coast of Ecuador when we ran into a
school of tuna, 750 tons worth. The skipper signaled our two
sister ships and the purseiner in our vicinity as all the boats
belonged to the same company out of San Diego. During our
voyage out, we ran into some schools of tuna and we fished.
Fishing tuna on a pole boat is a bit more difficult than
imagined. The pole is a hearty length of bamboo, notched at
the end, with a length of nylon line about four feet long tied
on and a piece of leader with a squid on the end. It is not a
real squid but a piece of lead made to look like the head of a
squid, and the rest made by tying chicken feathers on it. We
painted the head and the eyes by hand. This was then
attached to the leader and this was our tuna fishing pole of
which we had several. The regular, heavier pole we called the
"palo pesado", then there was the two pole, three pole and
four pole. As you can imagine, some tuna weigh over 800
pounds and that takes the four pole, which is four heavy
poles, each with a line tied on leading to a leader with two
fishermen on two racks. The 800 pound tuna were mostly
indigenous to the coast of Africa but changing tides,
weather and the food chain and man, forced the habits of the
tunas of the sea to change. The racks are over the side of the
boat, tied up when we are under way, but the minutes the
engine stops, that is the signal to stop what you are doing and
get to the racks with your poles.
As you are letting the racks into the water, the
Bosun tells you what size pole to use. He is also the
chummer and throws live bait out on the water. The
anchovies slap the water and the tuna goes crazy, fighting to
get to the bait. Once in a feeding frenzy, you can have one
tuna on line one in the air and one hitting the deck, you fish
so fast. The trick is to whip the line in an arch and have your
squid slap the water the same as the anchovies do. The
minute your squid slaps the water, there is a tuna on it and
you use the momentum of the fish to flip him over your
shoulder. If you don't, and the fish sounds, a 50 pound tuna
feels like 500 pounds. On a four pole, two fishermen per
rack, four poles and one leader, the fish is hooked and
together the four fishermen bring the heavy flipping and
jumping giant between the two racks and flip the fish into the
boat. The boat is pitching, tossing and rolling from side to
side one minute I am chest deep in the water, the next, I am
four feet in the air. It is unnerving when you have a deep
water shark that preys on the tuna within a hands grasp as
you are chest deep in the water. A few tuna fishermen have
been lost that way. If an 800 pound tuna sounds, (gets his
head down), there is nothing you can do but let go, the
bamboo poles float and the hooks on the squid have no barbs
so they can fall out of the fishes mouth right away. When we
hooked up with the Purseiner, she made a wrap with her net
which was about 3/4 of a mile long, with cork floats and
pulled in the bottom of the net. We had the 750 tons of fish
and the net began to creep up the boom, drawing the net ever
tighter, bringing the fish into a tight writhing, jumping mass
of "Chicken of the Sea." I noticed then that also creeping up
the boom were some porpoises. I got alarmed and asked the
skipper to call the captain of the purseiner to let me rescue
the porpoises. He conceded and I proceeded to launch the
skiff, rowed over to the net and jumped into the water. I
immersed my head and whistled, immediately the first
porpoise came to me and I grabbed him by the nose with my
left hand and it's dorsal fin with my right and helped it over
the net. When I turned around, another porpoise was there,
and then another and another. I saved over 125 porpoises that
day. During my years of diving in Panama I had formed a
special relationship with them they were my friends and I
couldn't let them down. I have known porpoises from all
over the Pacific and the Caribbean and they are always the
same, and always beautiful.
Acooper Technology, Inc.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Editor must have by:
CLASS OF CHS 1940
We are thinking of having a 60th reunion in the year
2000 in Florida and we need the addresses or information on
the list of classmates printed in the "Where Are You" section
of this issue. Please give us your ideas a 60'h reunion
happens only once in a lifetime let's make the most of it.
You may contact either of the following:
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane
6427 Stone Ridge Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
8184 Copenhagen Way
Boca Raton., FL 33434
BHS CLASS OF 1949
THE NIFTY CLASS OF FIFTY
Balboa High School, Canal Zone
The Year 2000...50th Reunion
Please read our notice under "Where Are You?" in this
issue of the Canal Record to find out who of our classmates
are still missing. WE WILL HAVE A PLANNING
SESSION/MEETING AT 2:00 PM, FRIDAY JULY 2,1999
IN THE LOWER LOBBY OF THE ORLANDO WORLD
CENTER MARRIOTT DURING THE 1999 CANAL
REUNIOIN. Please join us 7/2/99 or contact us about the
2000/50th BHS Reunion.
Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21-E
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599
Joan (Powell) Arndt
9770 S.W. 198th Circle
The will be a 50th Anniversary Reunion of the Balboa
High School Class of 1949 at the July 1999 Panama Canal
Society of Florida Annual Reunion. Information may be
obtained by contacting the Chairperson of the BHS'49
801 Pine Street
Melbourne Beach, FL 32952
We would appreciate receiving current addresses of all
classmates. The last mailing sent, many letters were returned
marked "undeliverable". If you know addresses of classmates
who are not members of the Society, please include those as
CHS/BHS CLASS OF 1954
What do you think of a 45th Class Reunion to be
held at the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion, during
June 30 to July 4 in Orlando, Florida? We are considering
having our class reunion on Saturday, July 3rd at one of the
many rooms in the Orlando World Center Marriott. Our
combined class reunion of both CHS/BHS could include an
open bar happy hour and dinner, and the cost would be
approximately $50 per person which should cover the cost of
the dinner as well as door prizes. If you are interested, please
let any of the following classmates know.
June Rowley Stevenson
Marguerite Neal Zumbado
C.H.S. CLASS OF 1949
50th Reunion Plans for 1999
Plans are being made for a 50th C.H.S. Class
Reunion to be held during the 1999 Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando. Please contact one of
the Planning Committee members listed below for
more information or ideas on the type of event that
should be planned.
Jean (Dough) Judge J.E. Dorn Thomas
(813) 577-4976 Brian Albright (804) 745-1754
Jackie Whitlock Werbrouck John (Buddy) Thomas
(219) 255-8279 (850) 235-351.9
Sheila McNamee Taylor (CHS)
CHS '59 40 YEARS!
The CHS Class of 1959 will be hosting its 40th Class reunion
on Thursday, July 1, 1999 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orlando World
center Marriott located in Orlando, Florida.
Our reunion will be held in conjunction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion.
For further information please contact or call
5310 N.E. 15t" Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334
4191 Corey Road
Malabar, FL 32950
BHS CLASS OF 1959
BHS'59 celebrates 40 years at the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reunion. We will have a suite at our
disposal for getting together from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on both
Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3, 1999. Please contact one
of the following classmates if you plan to attend. We would
like to have e-mail addresses, snail male addresses and phone
numbers, if possible.
BHS CLASS OF '69-30th REUNION!
Being held July 1-4, 1999 at the Orlando World
Center Marriott. We will have a Suite, from Thursday to
Sunday as a Class Welcome Reception Suite, and our
Reunion Dinner will be held Saturday evening.
For Forms and Info, contact Betsy Vosburgh,
Phone (407) 779-3017 or e-mail: Dbdvoz@aol.com, then
send your forms in ASAP!
BHS CLASSES OF 1966 AND 1967
We are planning to have a hospitality suite at the
Society's 1999 Reunion. Come join our fun and parties!! A
donation of $30.00 is requested to offset cost of the suite.
Please respond before reunion. For more information,
P.O. Box 2511
Hailey, ID 83333
Frankie Jones Bell
5329 W. Wenesly Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27616-7826
Merri Bandy Lewis
3403 Governors Lane
Greenville, NC 27858
LOOKING FOR CHS CLASS OF '69
Our 30th reunion is coming up sooner than you think. I
need current mailing addresses and e-mail addresses (if
possible) for as many of our fellow classmates as possible.
I even want addresses of those who did not graduate with us,
but left before graduation. I have the list Maria (Kerley)
Hernandez put together for the last reunion. Some of the
addresses have changed, so send me everything you have. If
you know of someone who may have information, please call
them and get it. The sooner you can do this, the better. I have
a lot of coordination to do so we can have a wonderful
reunion. Pass the word!
2816 Yulupa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Layne (Taylor) Ashton
LayneTA @ aol.com
BHS Class of 1979
Looking forward to our 20th? We need addresses and
phone numbers. Please call, write or e-mail to:
Carlton Morris Will and Kim Hall
1307 Butterfield Rd., Suite 424 1801 Castille Drive
Downers Grove, IL 60515 Orange Park, FL 32073-7044
(630) 778-5329 (904) 269-2882
Panama99 @ aol.com WillCZ@compuserve.com
ATTENTION CHS CLASS OF 1979
"Last Class of the Canal Zone"
We are planning our 20th. We need to find you, so send us
your addresses, phone numbers and/or emails to: Lynnette
(Leni) Stokes, 10511 Ashley Oaks Dr., Riverview, FL
33569, (813) 672-2298.email: email@example.com
BHS CLASS OF 1989
10 Year Anniversary Reunion
Plans are underway for the 10 Year Reunion to be held
in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion in Orlando during Wednesday, June 30 to Sunday
July 4, 1999. Mark your calendars now! We have scheduled
a Buffet for Friday night, and more information will follow.
Please call or e-mail current addresses for the Class of '89
Editor must have by:
oa _oUsE zany aoLf -Jouwnarm2nk
All good things must eventually come to an end and
so we say "adios" to our gas House Gang Golf Tournament.
New management has brought about many changes
and increase in prices. We have been priced out of the
It was fun while -it lasted and we hate to do it, but
we feel with the Reunion in Florida in July and our
tournament in October, it might be too much of a strain on
Thanks for your support all of these past years and
we do have memories to draw on. Maybe we will see some
of you stopping in for a few rounds. If so, give us a call, we
would love to see you.
Bud and Lois Thomas
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.
DON'T MISS THE 37th ANNUAL
CANAL ZONE POCONOS REUNION
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.
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 I-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
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.
SUBMARINES IN PANAMA
Two submarine colleagues of mine, together with a
Naval Historian, are co-authoring a history book to be
entitled "Submarines in Panama: 1942-1999" and published
by the Naval Institute Press. They intend to chronicle the era
of Rodman Naval Station which seems to have been
overlooked in history. Any information you have or contacts
that might have information that would be useful to include
in the book would be appreciated. Please contact me or the
Edward H. Browder R.Adm. M.H. Rindskopf, USN Ret.
877 Morgan Ave. email@example.com
Niskayuna, NY 12309
(518) 393-4869 Gerald R. Menefee, EdD
firstname.lastname@example.org 1134 South Shasta Drive
Lt. Charlie Maher USN
West Covina, CA 91791
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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
Please make 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
Deadline for reservations is June 22, 1999
DUES FOR 2000 MUST BE PAID
BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
Celebrate at the 1999
WEST COAST REUNION
S'Saturday Night Dinner/Dance
Saturday, September 18, 1999
Bay View Restaurant & Lounge
Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego*
Conveniently located near downtown San Diego
overlooking a beautiful marina on an inlet of San Diego Bay
Saturday: 5:00 7:00 p.m.
8:00 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. 12 noon
Dancing Live music
- Brunch at Roger & Rochelle Thompson's in Pacific Beach.
Mail reservations for meals (including name & address of each individual attending and
your phone number) with check for $35.00 per person payable to REUNION ACCOUNT
Mail to: Norma Horine, 5728 Barley Ct., Bonita, CA 91902.
Name & Address of each person:
Amount enclosed persons @ $35.00 = $
Your phone number with area code:
Information Resources: All phone numbers are in the (619) area code unless otherwise noted.
Kathy Taylor 277-5000
Kathy Taylor 277-5000
Bill & Nana Roberts 440-3071
Ted & Beth Sundquist 669-1127
Where to stay: Please make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.
The following hotels are suggested only. No special arrangements have been made.
All area codes are (619) Holiday Inn Bayside: 224-3621
Ramada Harborview: 225-9461
Value Inn: 224-3166
Days Inn: 224-9800
Military: Remember to look into Military Lodging
BRUCE QUINN TO STAGE
Panama City, R.P. Bruce Quinn has been
contracted by the Panama Canal Commission to stage a
spectacular this year, in celebration of the Canal's 85th
Anniversary, which will serve as a sort of "last hurrah" of the
U.S. Panama Canal and a look forward to the future "Canal
de Panama". Quinn said, "Actually the show will be
presented on three days, August 13,14,and 15, in front of the
Goethals Memorial. It will be grand."
Quinn acknowledged that he will design, direct and
produce this spectacular. He sees it as a "tribute to all who
advanced and accomplished the vision of building an
Isthmian Canal". He plans a multi-media history of the
Isthmus presented by a cast and chorus including hundreds
of singers and dancers, performing lavish production
numbers, supported by a 40 piece orchestra. Dino Nugent
will serve as musical director and will compose original
music for the event, including a ballet based on Melva Lowe
Goodin's play From Barbados to Panama. Among the
luminaries to perform are Sarah Knapp, a Quinn Canal
Zone prot6g6e currently in the cast of the Broadway show
The Scarlet Pimpernel and Cynthia Brown Franklyn,
Panama's Vice Consul in New York, a well known opera
singer. Dancers from local dance academies and folklore
groups are already rehearsing their intricate routines.
Quinn expressed his sincere hope that "people
traveling to Panama this year will schedule their trip to
include seeing this show. I promise it will be unique,
colorful, full of surprises, and, well, spectacular!"
DESCENDANTS AT PAN CANAL '99
Members of "Roosevelt Medal Descendants", as
well as anyone else who may be interested are invited to drop
by the organization's table to be set up in the Registration
Room on the morning of Saturday, July 3, 1999.
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.
"The End/ ofI ai Era&"'...
cdti^e ^ 0 4U e Rt te i4l
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Waving his hat to the
crowd, aboard the cruiser USS Houston while going
through the Gatun Locks, October 16, 1935.
Cub Scout Pack, Balboa. Center front: Chris Skeie,
and to his left, Virgil "Skeeter" Camby. Third from left
front, Harold Griffin. Mrs. Henri Skeie in rear. Know
PHOTO TAKEN IN 1923, Physical Education Class?
(1) Mrs. Archibald Scott, (2) Mrs. Clara Percy, (3) Mrs. L.H. DeVore, (4) Mrs. Charles L. Persons, (5) August Nolte, (6). E.A. Lapiera,, (7).
C.C. Clements, (8) Claud A. Ott, (9) Mrs. F.W. Lawyer, (10) M.B. Huff, (11) J.A. Klemmer, (12) Angus Lawyer, (13) David Robles, (14) Ezra
Halderman (15) Mrs. Ezra Halderman, (16) Mrs. M.B. Huff, (17) Miss Anna Dillon (18) Edwardo McKeown, (19) Mrs. Margaret L. Shigley,
(20) Mrs. R.C. Connor, (21) Mrs. Mary Albin, (22) Miss Marjorie Highley, (23) Miss Edna Andrews, (24) Miss Grace Sherman, (25) Mrs.
W.H. Hele, (26) Archibald Scott, Physical Director, (27) Mrs. R. Hollowell, (28) Miss Teresa Miles, (29) Mrs. J.A, Klemmer, (30) Mrs.
Genevieve Rose, (31) Mrs. Alexander McGeachey, (32) Mrs. Edwardo McKeown, (33) Mrs. David Fisher, (34) Mrs. Jack McLeod, (35) Mrs.
Charles Van Clief, (36) Mrs. E.A. Lapiera, (37) Mrs. C. Clements, (38) Mrs. David Robles, (39) Mrs. August Nolte, (40) Son of Mr. and Mrs.
Archibald Scott. Photo submitted by Mr. Chris Skeie.
Locks operating mechanism
was invented in the field by
It is difficult to say enough about the design and
construction of the Panama Canal lock gates. The following
article, taken from the April 26, 1911, Canal Record, gives
some idea of the complexity of the operation involved.
difficult to say enough It is difficult to say enough about the
design and construction of the Panama Canal lock gates.
The following article, taken from the April 26, 1911, Canal
Record, gives some idea of the complexity of the operation
involved. It also tells us that the whole locks operating
mechanism was designed right here in Panama, invented in
the field, so to speak, by Panama Canal construction
engineers for this specific purpose since construction like
this had never been done before. And bear in mind, this was
before the availability offancy computer programs or even
calculators, so calculations and drawing were done by hand.
The drawing here is taken from the original article.
Bids have been requested in the United States for
the machinery to operate the lock gates. It consists of three
distinct parts the machinery for opening and closing the
gates, the machines for locking the gates when they are
closed, and the motors to operate these machines.
The machinery for opening and closing the gates
was invented in the office of the Assistant Chief Engineer by
Edward Schildhauer, electrical and mechanical engineer,
and a patent has been issued on it. It is the subject of the
illustration herewith. It consists essentially of a crank or "bull
wheel" to which is fastened one end of a strut or connecting
rod, the other end of which is fastened to a lock gate. The
wheel, moved through an arc of 197 degrees, closes or opens
the gate leaf, according to the direction in which it is turned.
One operation takes two minutes. It is a combination gear
and crank, constructed of cast steel, is 19 feet 2 inches in
diameter, and weighs approximately 35,000 pounds. It is
mounted in a horizontal position on the lock wall; turns on a
large center pin, and is supported at the rim in four places by
rollers. The center pin is keyed into a heavy casting anchored
securely to the concrete. The crank gear or "bull wheel" has
gear teeth on its rim and is driven by a single pinion on a
vertical shaft The vertical shaft is driven by a bevel gear and
pinion, the pinion being fast on a horizontal shaft passing
through the bulkhead, which separates the motor chamber
from the bull wheel chamber. This shaft carries a gear with
spring center which is driven by a pinion on the back shaft of
The strut pin is fastened on the wheel in a boss near
the rim of the crank gear. The opposite end of the strut or
connecting rod is fastened to the gate at a distance of 17 feet
from the pintle by means of the strut anchor. The connecting
rod consists of the built-up structural member with flexible
connection at either end, and a spring shock absorber at the
gate end. The purpose of the shock absorber is to prevent
undue strain on the crank gear from wave action on the gate,
or other causes. It consists of six nests of two springs each
capable of exerting, when solid, a force about 184,000
pounds and assembled with an initial compression of about
50,000 pounds. The springs are in compression for a force
acting in either direction on the strut. A slip joint allows for
lengthening or shortening the strut within fixed limits.
The strut is supported at the slip joint by a pair of
rollers, which are intended to relieve the joint of undue
bending strains. These rollers are supported in spring
bearings which allow for variation in the distance from the
center line of the strut to the roller track. The roller track is
riveted to the top girder of the miter gate.
bearings which transmit thrust in either direction to the main
frame casting. The screw is turned by a bevel gear in mesh
with a bevel pinion on the motor driving shaft. The driving
shaft passes through a plug bearing and is connected to the
motor shaft by means of a friction cutoff coupling. The
forces acting on the jaws are transmitted directly to the frame
through pins when the jaws are in the locking position, and
there is no strain on the screw due to forces acting on the
jaws. When in open position, the jaws allow either gate leaf
to reach the mitering position without interference from the
The motor is provided with a solenoid brake for
bringing the machine quickly to rest when the current is shut
off by the limit switch. The estimated time of a single
operation for this machine in one direction is 15 seconds.
One gate moving machine will be required for each
gate leaf, 92 in all; one miter forcing machine for each gate
or pair of leaves, 46 in all; one motor for each gate moving
machine and one for each miter forcing machine, 138 in all.
Two gate moving machines, one miter forcing machine and
three motors will be purchased first and given a thorough test
before the contract for the whole quantity is let.
The Panama Canal Spillway
January 31, 1997
Locks operating system. This drawing shows the
locks operating mechanism, viewed from above, which
consists essentially of a crank or "bull wheel" to which
is fastened one end of a strut or connecting rod, with
the other end of it fastened to a lock gate.
The crank gear end of the strut turns through an
angle of about 197 degrees on the pin circle and back again
over the same path. At the extreme position the strut is on a
dead center with respect to the crank gear and can exert a
force on the miter gate depending only on the strength of the
strut, crank gear or gate.
The miter forcing machine is designed to force the
gate leaves to perfect miter and lock them in a mitered
position. It consists essentially of two box shaped castings,
one bolted to the outer end of the top girder of each gate leaf,
one casting carrying a pair of movable jaws and their
operating mechanism and the other carrying a large pin,
which is enclosed by the jaws when they are in the closed
The jaws are connected by a series of toggle links to
a crosshead nut which is moved by means of a revolving
screw. The end thrust of the screw is taken up by two thrust
Mule skinners & the CZ
by Frank Turberville, Jr.
In September '95, under the 1977 Carter/Torrijos
Treaties, The United States turned over Fort Davis and Fort
Espinar on the Atlantic side of the Canal to Panama. Fort
Davis was one of the oldest U.S. military bases in Panama,
just three miles northeast of Gatun Locks and the village of
Gatun, in what used to be the U.S. Canal Zone.
I'm sure that the remnants of the many thousands of
GI's who served there will feel as I do we have lost
something. In my high school years, the school bus went
through the post areas on the way to and from Cristobal High
Fort Davis in the 1920s-30s was the home of the
14'" Infantry and 2nd Field Artillery, a mule outfit. As a
youngster, too young to go to school, I used to sit on the
steps of my Gatun home and watch them march by on jungle
maneuvers. The first mule had the gun barrel on its back. The
second mule had the two gun wheels, one on each side. The
third mule had the gun carriage Following that was a
number of mules each with two ammunition boxes, one on
What became of the 14'h Infantry during WWII? I
heard that the 2nd Field Artillery fought in the mountains in
Italy in WWII. If there are a ny old "mule skinners" still out
there, I's like to hear from you!
Fort Espinar, originally known as Fort Gulick, was
established to provide security for the dam in the hills and to
prevent flooding of the lower region if the dam was
Employees of the Accounting Department, Administrration Building, Balboa Heights, C.Z, about 1940. in photograph,
page 70, Canal Record, March 1999, Identified by Joan (Ridge) De Grummond, and Bernard "Emo" Everson.
Joan began her career in that department on September 27, 1941.
1) ? 16) Herbert Hoffner 31) ?
2) Henry H. Hudson, Claims Off. 17) ? 32) Carlos Santana
3) Arthur L. Miner, Ch. Payroll Div. 18) Arthur J. Soper 33) Roger H. Greene
4) Margaret F. Wiggin 19) George Thurgood 34) Paul H. Warner
5) Thelma E. Reppe 20) Norman Reppe 35) ?
6) Rena DeYoung 21) ? 36) Benjamin Foth
7) ? 22) William O. Adams 37) George Thibodeau
8) Alice Taber 23) ? 38) Charles Lawson
9) ? 24) Otto A. Moore 39) Richard W. Fuller
10) Alice Blanton (Conover)? 25) E.C. Bigelow 40) Jack K. Campbell
11)? 26) William F. Browne 41) Harry David Raymond
12) Nova Warwick (Cain)? 27) Hugh V. Powers 42) Robert W. "Bud" Erickson
13) Lucille (Searcy) Judd 28) Arthur Van Brocklin? 43) Wallace I. Crawford
14) Thelma C. Herrington 29) Charles E. Belden 44) John W. Towery
15) Bruce W. Glaze 30) Carl P. Hoffman, Jr.
Jcltin' Joe IDiMiaiic
It was late February, 1946...perfect day for a ball
game. The grandstand and bleachers were packed full, even
the seats set up along the fences for the soldiers and sailors,
at the Balboa Stadium, Canal Zone. There were still about
100,000 military personnel there and the top military
authorities thought it would be a good idea to host a major
league team for spring training. The Yankees took them up
on the offer.
The New York Yankees with their great players
returning from the service came to prepare themselves for the
coming season. On this afternoon, my buddy Charlie Magee
and I worked the scoreboard beyond centerfield. We both
attended Balboa High School. The Yankees were playing the
Canal Zone League All-Stars in their first spring game.
It was about the 6th inning and the crowd roared
their approval as Joe DiMaggio came to bat. The Yankees
were winning at the time. I don't remember the count when
he hit it. I do remember his classic swing, and the ball
climbing higher and higher as it sailed over left field. The
distance down the line was 325 feet, so Charlie and I knew
immediately that it was a homer.
Beyond the left field fence there is an open space
of about 150 feet before you get to the banyan trees. These
trees grow to about 100 feet tall. Charlie and I watched in
amazement as the ball soared and continued across the open
space and then landed about half way up a banyan tree. We
looked at each other speechless. Finally Charlie told me to
take care of the Board while he went to retrieve the ball.
About 5 minutes later, he returned with the ball. He estimated
that had the trees not been there, the ball would have traveled
close to 600 feet.
Years later when Charlie was working in the
Chicago area as a VP for MacDonald's Corp., we visited,
and recalled the DiMaggio homer. He said that a few years
earlier he ran into Joe DiMaggio in Las Vegas. He recalled
the homer to Joe, and Joltin' Joe not only remembered hitting
that home run, he told Charlie that he thought it was the
longest ball he ever hit!
Earlier on that first day of that spring training, the
Yankees arrived in brown army busses. There were about 50
players and coaches. The stands were filled to capacity,
mostly with servicemen, early in the afternoon while the
locals were still working. They all filed into the stadium to a
round of light applause. But there was no Joe DiMaggio!
Joe McCarthy was the Yankee manager. "Old
Reliable" Tommy Henreich, "King Kong: Charlie Keller,
Phil Rizutto was there. Joe Gordon, second baseman and
Bill Dickey the catcher, Nick Etten, first baseman,
Chandler and Page the pitchers....they were there.
Ten minutes passed. The players were already
loosening up when an Army command car pulled up. Joltin'
Joe got out, wearing slippers, carrying a gear bag. He walked
slowly, quietly into the stadium and across the home plate
area heading toward the third base dugout. A few soldiers
saw him and started clapping. Others joined in as they
spotted the "Clipper". then all the fans were on their feet
giving Joe a roaring round of welcome. I was in the
grandstand not 50 feet away from him as he walked across
the stadium front. I'll never forget that boyish grin he wore
in response to that applause. I'll always remember Joe
DiMaggio. He was something special!
Background info: Joe Ridge and Charlie Magee played
baseball for BHS. Joe's brothers Bob and Vince played in
the C.Z. League for may years. Joe played professional
baseball in the Cubs organization and his brother Ralph was
offered a contract with the Philadelphia Athletics, which he
refused. Joe's younger brother Elbert (Bubber) once pitched
a no-hitter for CHS against BHS. Their father, Jack Ridge
was a Roosevelt Medal holder, beginning construction work
in 1909, along with his brothers, Leo, Joe, Steve, and Larry.
In 1947 Jack Ridge was voted best third baseman to play in
the Zone (Whitey Korowski of St. Louis Cardinal fame was
voted 2nd best).
Chris Skeie and his sister, Selma about 60 years
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
This group includes virtually the entire staff of the Claims Bureau of the Accounting Department of the Panama Canal
at Balboa Heights, Panama Canal Zone. Of this group of nineteen, thirteen are members of Local No. 6. Dated
November 1, 1926. Can anyone provide names? Photo submitted by Chris Skeie
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BY JANUARY 1, 2000.
CICERO, the Roman statesman and philosopher,
wrote the following some 2,000 years ago:
THE SIX MISTAKES OF MAN
1. The delusion that personal gain is made by crushing
2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be
changed or corrected.
3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we
cannot accomplish it.
4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
5. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind,
and not acquiring the habit of reading and studying.
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of Panama, tropical dimes, and life in
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floorcloths, and small furniture.
Bohio Art S.A. (Sanity Alleged!) is a
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Want all and any stories and/or memories that you have
about life in the Panama Canal Zone for publication as
a collection of our lives in Panama. Stories can also be of
a historical event/nature. I lived on the Atlantic side from
birth (1946) to 1964 (CHS graduation) There is so much
about Panama I don't know about, and I really do need
your stories, memories, poems to make this a memorable
collection for all who have lived in Panama, or know of
someone that lived in Panama. Send stories to me at:
Frank Borsellino Jr.
1 Alta Vista Court, Apt. E
Novato, CA 94949
e-mail to: email@example.com
Each story used will be credited to the author
A unique opportunity to enjoy a
water-oriented lifestyle with
community dock and Lake
Santa Fe access. Heavily wooded
one acre plus homesites on
paved streets, starting at the
unbelievable price of $18,900
Location: Near Melrose, 15 miles
East of Gainsville, off Hwy 301
Contact: Dan Jenkins
8760 Barco Lane
Jax., Florida 32244
Revisit Panama Anytime
With a personal car and driver
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THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
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Revised August 1994
SRENEWAL: $30.00 Annually (Jan. 1 Dec. 31) per family, including children under
18 years of age. (A portion of this amount is for subscription to the Canal Record
for one year).
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D NEW MEMBERSHIP: $30.00 Annually per family including children under 18 years
of age, plus a $10.00 Administrative Fee for new members and individuals who have
not renewed their membership prior to Mar. 31 of the current dues year shall be
considered a new member and, as such, must pay the Administrative Fee. Total: $40.00.
Amount enclosed $ Check
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Please mail to: (If different from above)
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Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
OF FLORIDA, INC.
8050 Seminole Mall, Ste. 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712
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