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OLD PANAMA TOWER, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA
Courtesy Panama Canal Company
Vol. 3 SEPTEMBER 1969 No. 3
Graduation, June. 1969,
New Brunswick, New Jerse.
Mrs. Lucille Judd,
and Betty Rathgeber
The Haldeman Reunion
St. Petersburg, Florida
Joyce Collinge, George Haldeman,
Tharon Mitchell, Betty Underwood,
Ezra P. Haldeman, Gall Hollingsworth
Col. (RET) Dolim, Charlene & Capt.
Dolim, Gen. Maddux, Virginia Dolim
At awards ceremony, Williams Air
Force Base, Arizona
LT. GEN. SAM MADDUX, JR. &
CAPT. HENRY P. DOLIM, JR.
Williams Air Force Base, Arizona
Ex Post Office Personnel, Reunion,
N. A. Bissell, J. W. Greene, W. L.
Howard, Z. K. Esler, H. H. Corn, J.
Rand, P; Zipperer, M. Abreau, L.
Esler, M. Frey
Reunion, 1969 Ex-Canal Zone Fire
J. A. Tabor, A. J. Troup, C. F.
Hallett, C. D. Howell
7ke Panama c anal Scie4ty 4 ileda, Jnc
(A Non-14ofit Organizaticn)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P.O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
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About The Cover
OLD VANAMA TOWER, a grim reminder of the buccaneer
pirate, Sir Henry Morgan, who destroyed the thriving city of
Panama Viejo in 1671, is the historical setting for native dances
in colorful polleras during the Dry Season. Inaugurated by the
Panama Tourist Bureau, in recent years, these dances have
become not only a tourist attraction but of interest to many
Zonians as well.
Vol. 3 SEPTEMBER 1969 No. 3
HOUSE APPROVES RETIREMENT BILL The House has
approved increased retirement benefits for government em-
ployees, including congressmen.
To pay for the improvements, the legislators also voted to
raise the payroll deductions of most federal workers but not
theirs and to take steps to stablize the ailing retirement fund.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dominick Daniels, D-N.J., was
approved 358-48. A similar measure is expected out of commit-
tee soon in the Senate. A bill much like this one was approved
last year by the House, but the Senate failed to act on it. The
1. Pay retirement annuities on the basis of an employee's
three highest-paid years, instead of the present five.
2. Add one percent to all future cost-of-living annuity in-
3. Include overtime pay and unused sick leave in comput-
To stabilize the deficit-ridden retirement fund, the measure
provides for a regularized series of appropriations by Congress,
which in the past has rarely paid the government's share of the
To cover the new benefits increase, the bill calls for agency
employee deductions, matched by government contributions, to
go up from 6.5 to 7.5 percent.
Deductions for the congressmen, however, would remain
at the present 7.5 percent a point that was obviously a
touchy one. A proposed amendment to raise the members' cost
to 8 percent lost by only 19 votes 138-119.
Supporters of the bill emphasized that the deduction rate
for congressmen has been 7.5 percent for years, while agency
and congressional employees have been paying 6.5 percent.
William F. Grady
Mr. Edward B. Frampton
Mrs. Stella I. N. Frampton
Mr. Hugh C. Christie
Mr. Morris R. Collins
Mr. Winfield S. Ireland
Mrs. Genevieve K. Field
Mr. Rutherford P. Rivet
Mr. John R. Szima
Mr. Glenn C. Dough
Mr. Daile D. Keigley
Mr. Harry F. Willenbrock
Mr. Louis H. Charles
Mr. Robert M. Merrill
Mr. Richard K. Soyster
Miss Coral A. Strickler
Mr. Dean I. Studebaker
Mr. Arthur J. Wynne
June and July
Motor Transp. Division
Accounting Division -
New Orleans Office
The following Amendment has been proposed to the Con-
stitution of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.:
ARTICLE IV- OFFICERS: Eliminate the language of this
Section and substitute the following:
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS: The Officers of this Society shall
be a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Record-
ing Secretary, Record Editor, Legislative Representative, Ser-
gent-at-Arms, and Chaplain. The President, Vice-President, and
Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected by a simple majority vote
of the members present and in attendance at the ANNUAL
MEETING of the SOCIETY, and shall hold office for a term of
one year, or until their successors have been elected or selected
and take office. The Recording Secretary, Record Editor, Leg-
islative Representative, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Chaplain shall
be appointed by the President and shall hold office for a term
of one year or until their successors have been appointed or
selected, with the advice and consent of the Executive Com-
mittee. The term of those elected and appointed shall begin on
the first day of the month following Election or Appointment.
The Secretary-Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Record
Editor shall be paid a salary for work performed in connec-
tion with their duties, the salary paid to be determined from
time to time, by a two-thirds majority vote of the full Execu-
This Amendment has been proposed and has received the
Approval of the Executive Committee at a meeting of the Com-
mittee held July 8th, 1969. It has been ordered that this Amend-
ment be printed in the September issue of the Canal Record, in
accordance with the By-Laws of this Society, and will be voted
on at a Special Meeting to be called in conjunction with the
Regular Meeting to be held on Friday, October 3, 1969 at the
Gulfport Community Center. All members please take notice.
By order of the Executive Committee,
W. L. Howard, President
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
The engagement of Miss Barbara Candice Andersen, daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Andersen, of Oakland, California,
to Michael B. Rudge, son of Mrs. Daniel H. Rudge of Sequim,
Washington, and the late Mr. Rudge has been announced.
A September wedding is planned.
The Rev. and Mrs. David T. Bellamy, of Bremerton, Wash-
ton, have announced the engagement and approaching marri-
age of their daughter, Connie Lee, to Thomas Stoakley, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Stoakley, of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Clinton N. Bohannon, St. Petersburg, Florida,
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Gail Made-
line, to Robert Joseph Wade, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J.
Wade, Fair Haven, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred A. Campbell, of Balboa, announce the
engagement of their daughter, Miss Colleen Maria Campbell,
to Michael H. Getzler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. Getzler,
of La Cresta, Panama City, Panama.
Mrs. Elizabeth Digham, of Diablo, Canal Zone, has an-
nounced the engagement of her daughter, Miss Mary Frances
Digham, to Mr. Dean Terrance Sorquist, son of Mrs. Angella
and the late Mr. Walter R. Sorquist, of Northome, Minnesota.
Capt. L. L. Koepke, U.S.N. (ret.) and Mrs. Koepke, of Santa
Clara, Panama, announce the engagement of their daughter,
Taffy Grace, to Timothy James Corrigan, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Peter T. Corrigan, of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Ladd announce the engagement
of their daughter, Paula, to Reynold S. Tamashiro, of Hawaii
An early October wedding is planned.
Announcement has been made of the marriage of Mrs.
Elena S. Ambrose of Colon and Mr. Henry F. Bird, of Diablo
Heights, on June 5. Mr. Bird is an employee of the Maintenance
Division of the Panama Canal Company on the Pacific side.
The couple reside in Diablo Heights.
Miss Mary Michael Brzezinski, daughter of Mrs. Mary D.
Brzezinski, former Canal Zone resident and now of San Antonio,
Texas, and the late Michael S. Brzezinski, became the bride of
Harlan Harbour Winn III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan H. Winn,
Jr., of Houston, Texas, on June 1.
The young Mrs. Winn was an honor graduate of Balboa
High School and attended Canal Zone College. She also attended
Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and received her
Master's Degree at the University of Southern Illinois.
The bridegroom, also an honor graduate of Spring Hill
College, earned his Master's Degree at the University of Hous-
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Bushong, Orangeburg, South Carolina,
have announced the marriage of their younger son, John, to
Miss Carol Ann Smith, of Binghamton, New York, on June 21.
Miss Nancy Linn Cooke, daughter of Mrs. Norval R. Cooke
and the late Mr. Cooke, of Beckley, West Virginia, became the
bride of Patrick John Mahoney on July 5 at St. Timothy's
Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Mahoney is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Richard J. Mahoney, of Balboa, Canal Zone.
The bride attended Virginia Intermont College and was
graduated from the University of Tennessee.
Mr. Mahoney attended Canal Zone College and the Univer-
sity of New Mexico and was graduated from the University of
Tennessee. He is presently employed as a teacher in Chatta-
nooga, Tennessee, where the young couple will reside.
Miss Susan Edith Coffey, daughter of Mr' and Mrs. Robert
L. Coffey, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Michael Grant McBride,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. McBride of Balboa were mar-
ried in a civil ceremony performed in Panama on June 25.
Miss Virginia Ann Dieckman and Richard Wells Wright
exchanged wedding vows in the First Presbyterian Church, of
Evansville, Indiana, on May 31, 1969.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Herbert S. Dieck-
man, of Evansville. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Wells D. Wright, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
Mrs. Wright, a graduate of Smith College, is a candidate
for a doctor of philosophy degree in English language at In-
diana University. Mr. Wright, a Dartmouth College graduate,
is a candidate for a doctor of philosophy degree in international
business at Indiana University. He has been appointed pro-
fessor on the Faculty of Management at McGill University in
Among those attending the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs.
Wells D. Wright, parents of the groom, Mrs. W. A. Van Siclen,
Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Donovan, and Mr. and Mrs Roy Reece,
of St. Petersburg, Florida; Miss Peggy Ann Donovan, South
Bend, Indiana; and Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Van Siclen, of Ft.
After a three-week honeymoon in Norway, Mr. and Mrs.
Wright will reside at 777 N. Smith Road in Bloomington, In-
Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Joan
Latimer and Robert C. Smith, Jr. The bride is the daughter of
Dr. and Mrs. Garrison Latimer, of Cayce, South Carolina, and
the bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Alberta Smith of Myrtle
Beach, South Carolina, and of the late Warrant Officer Robert
C. Smith who was stationed at Fort Clayton Hospital.
The junior Mr. Smith spent his early childhood in the Canal
Zone. He is the grandson of Mrs. Burton H. Mead, of Balboa.
The chapel of the First Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas, was
the scene of the marriage of Miss Elva Perez, daughter of the
Rev. and Mrs. Isaac V. Perez, of Balboa, and W. Don Adams,
son of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Adams of Tyler, Texas, on April 4.
The bride graduated from Balboa High School and Baylor
University, Waco, Texas. She has also done graduate work. The
bridegroom is a graduate of North Texas State University and
is now a personnel Services Manager with Texas Instruments,
Inc., in Sherman.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Shedlock, of Trenton, New Jersey, an-
nounce the marriage of their daughter, Linda Sue Shedlock, to
Mr. Charles D. Mitchell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mitchell,
Bordentowii, New Jersey,. at the. First United Presbyterian
Church of Bordentown.
; :After a wedding trip to Canada, the couple will make their
home in Yariville, New.J rsey,
SMr. 'and Mrs. 'Allen Beck, of Portland, Oregon, announce
the birth of a daughter, Sherree Elaine, on May 24.
SThe baby's mother is the former Miss Glenda Prunty; Ma-
ternal grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Glen Prunty.
.Mr. and Mrs. William G. Black, of San Jose, California, an-
nounce the birth of their second son, Bobbie Wilson Black, on-
the 14th of June.
Maternal grandparents are Rev. and Mrs. Dorr Van Etten,
of Pinebrush, New York, and the paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Black, of Santa Rosa, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Dorman S. Conklin, Jr., of Meridian, Missi-
sippi, announce the birth of a daughter, Jennifer Dawn, at Rush
Foundation Hospital, Meridian, Mississippi, on June 4, 1969.
Jennifer Dawn is the first grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. F. E.
Culpeppir of Macon, Mississippi, and Mr. and Mrs. Dorman S.
Conklin, of Rose Hill, Mississippi.
Mr. and Mrs. Roland E. Ellis (Nancy L. Shedlock), of Levit-
town, Pennsylvania, announce the birth of their first child, a
son named Roger Eric Ellis, on April 25, 1969.
The' maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Shed-
lock, of Trenton, New Jersey, and the maternal great grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Shedlock, of St. Petersburg,
Captain and Mrs. Thomas M. B. Hicks IV announce the
birth of a daughter, Lois Elizabeth, on April 5, 1969, at Fort
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Barton Woodruff,
of Pinellas Park, Florida. The paternal grandparents are Mrs.
Mildred Hicks, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, and the late Thomas
M. B. Hicks, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ryan Hunter, of Topeka, Kansas, an-
nounce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Wendy Marie,
on June 25, 1969.
Sharing the honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence Freeman, Junction City, Kansas, and Mrs. Virginia
(Pat Ryan) Hunter, Curundu Heights, Canal Zone, and Mr.
Zack T. Smith, Sacramento, California.
Dr. and Mrs. Lee Warren Johnson, of Blackburg, Virginia,
announce the birth of their first child, a son, Eric.
Mrs. Johnson is the daughter of Mrs. Rochelle Head, of
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Lindemeyer (Nancy Webster) an-
nounce the birth of a daughter, Connie Ruth, on May 3, 1969,
in Fort Worth, Texas.
Material grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Webster,
Cristobal, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Glenn R. McNall, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, in
a note written to Mrs. Judd, proudly announces the birth of a
new grandchild, born May 8. "Our son, Spike and his wife have
a lovely girl."
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Mays (Joanne Reccia,) of Lomita,
California, announce the birth of a daughter, Stephanie Ann, on
November 12, 1968.
The maternal grandparents, formerly of Margarita and
Diablo Heights and now of Torrance, California, are Mr. and
Mrs. James J. Reccia. Mr. and Mrs. Al Mays, of Denver, Colo-
rado, are the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Garrett Minke (Joyce Collinge) announce
the birth of their third child and second son on July 24 in Co-
lumbia, Missouri. The baby has been named Peter Francis.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge,
St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Minke, Cum-
berland, Maryland, are the paternal grandparents.
Lt. (USN) and Mrs. Arthur J. O'Leary, of Corpus Christi,
Texas, announce the birth of a daughter, Tamara, on May 25.
Paternal grandparents are Mr..and. Mrs. A. J. O'Leary,
of Balboa Heights, CanalZone.
Chaplain Capt and Mrs. Harold A. Rice (Caroline Zirkman)
announce the birth of a son, Eric Charles, in Atwater, California.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs, W. R. Zirkman,
Bronx, New York. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Harold A. Rice, Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. and Mrs. Donold S. Rogers, of Cocoli, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the birth of their second child and first daughter, Sandi
Lynn on April 10, 1969.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles G.
Morency, of Gamboa. Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Thelma
C. Rogers, of Salisbury, North Carolina, and W. A. Rogers; of
Golf Heights, Panama City.
Mr. and Mrs. Gorden Lee Sanders, of Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, announce the birth of a daughter, Carol Lee, on June 1.
Mrs. Sanders is the former Barbara Dombrowsky, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dombrowsky, of Diablo. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Max Sanders, of Diablo.
Lt. and Mrs. Robert U. Schultz, Jr., announce the birth of
their first child, a daughter, Martha Antoinette, in June at
Gorgas Hospital. The baby's mother is the former Miss Kathy
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert
U. Schultz, Sr., of Balboa and Mrs. Teresa Haggerty of Diablo
and Mr. Frank Hirt, of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Shafer (Helen Fogle, of Whittier,
California, are the parents of a daughter born on Mother's Day,
May 11. Julie Ann has a brother, Eugene, who is five years old.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Fogle,
Montebello, California. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene J. Shafer, of Mon-
terey Park, California, are the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Christian Sigurd Skeie, Jr., announce the
birth of their first child, a son, Christian Sigurd Skeie III, on
July 16, 1969. in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Skeie, the former Wallis (Tita) Bain, is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace C. Bain, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Christian S. Skeie (Henri),
Balboa, Canal Zone, and the late Mr. Skeie.
Submitted by Mrs. Mary Van Siclen, St. Petersburg, Florida,
with the comment, "This is how I rate."
I like my new bifocals
My dentures fit me fine.
My grey hair is becoming,
But oh! How I miss my mind!
Friends in St. Petersburg would quibble about the applica-
tion of the last line of the above "poem." Seemingly, Mrs. Van
Siclen has succeeded where Ponce de Leon failed in his quest
to find the fountain of eternal youth.
St. Petersburg, Florida was the setting for a joyful Re-
union of the Ezra P. Haldeman family in May.
Mr. Haldeman, who retired in 1947, now resides in St. Peters-
burg as do two of his daughters Joyce (Mrs. Roger C. Col-
linge) and Betty (married to Col. Clarence Underwood). Mrs.
Tharon Haldeman Mitchell lives in Houston, Texas, and the
fourth daughter, Gail, a twin to Betty, with her husband, Col.
George Hollingsworth, have retired to their home at Fort Myers
Perhaps, the highlight of the Reunion was the presence of
the only son and brother, George Haldeman, San Francisco,
California. The four daughters of Ezra Haldeman have gotten
together at intervals, but in May for the first time in thirty-five
years all the family were together. Their pride and happiness
is self-evident as portrayed in the Reunion picture shown in this
issue of the Record.
A husband and wife with more than seventy-six years of
Government service between them retired in April from the
Edward B. Frampton, lock operator had thirty-five years of
Government service, and Mrs. Stella I. N. Frampton, personnel
clerk at Gorgas Hospital, had more than forty-one years' serv-
The summer months brought many visitors to Florida -
family reunions, future retirees cogitating on that monumental
decision as to where to reestablish State-side homes, and
Cruising on Florida's numerous inland waterways, relaxa-
tion in the Rod Ely winter home in Ocala, and a busy, three-
day visit with the W. H. Esslingers in St. Petersburg (July 7-
10) spelled vacation for the Ted Henters of Balboa. They first
rented a houseboat in the Lake Okeechobee area. On this trip,
they were joined by Mrs. Hunter's sister, Betty Robinson. In-
cidentally, Betty is returning to the Zone to live. Journeying
north to Ocala and then backtracking to St. Petersburg gave
them a diversified picture of Florida.
Ted Henter, Jr., graduated from Balboa High School and
will matriculate at Northrop Institute of Technology, Ingle-
wood, California, in the fall.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Neville, Jr., Balboa, Canal Zone,
arrived June 5 for a few days' visit with the Harold J. Ziertens
in St. Petersburg. While in Florida, they also visited Mrs. Roy
J. Misenheimer in Winter Haven and Mr. and Mrs. Walter G.
Laurie, Eustis, Florida.
Mrs. Emma Barlow, St. Petersburg, enjoyed visits from
her two daughters. Mrs. John Riesz (June), whose husband is
with the American Embassy in Holland, arrived in June and
Mrs;. Shirley Barlow Hotochak and son Don spent several weeks
in July with their mother.
Mrs. Antonio Suezcum (Ann Preston Wood) and daughter,
Virginia Ann, of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, spent ten days with
Ann's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood in their new home
in St. Petersburg. Dr. Antonio Suezcum joined them after a
Lrief trip to California. The Suezcums were married in the
Zone in February.
Mr. and Mrs. Lana Simms, of Columbia, South Carolina,
were also guests of the Woods early in July. Mrs. Simms, the
former Priscilla Navarro, is the daughter of Mrs. Chester
Dudley. Panama, who, to many, will be remembered as one
o' the Arias Smith twins (Cecilia). The twins graduated from
Balboa High School in 1930.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Townsend, Balboa, Canal Zone, ar-
rived at the Rod Ely home in Ocala, Florida, on July 16 for
several weeks' vacation.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Falk, Jr. (Hank) and daughter, Kristie
Ann, of Sylvania, Ohio, enjoyed a week in July with Henry's
parents, Capt. and Mrs. Henry E. Falk, St. Petersburg.
Mark Driscoll, College Park, Maryland, and Frank Lerchen,
Jr., Alexandria, Virgnia, were July visitors at the home of their
grandfather, Capt. Arthur T. Luther, St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kelly (Mary Alice Hicks) and three
children, of Houston, Texas, spent two weeks with Mr. and Mrs.
Robert H. Hicks in early August.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Thompson (Bonnie Kleasner) and
daughter, Becky, Balboa, Canal Zone, arrived in early June
for a visit with the E. F. Kleasners. After a week in St. Peters-
burg, Jim and daughter Becky drove to Missouri for a visit
with other relatives. In late June Mr. and Mrs. Kleasner drove
Bonnie to North Carolina and on to Cape Giradeau, Missouri.
to rejoin her family. The Thompsons returned to St. Petersburg
in August before leaving for the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Perry L. Starbuck, of Vestal, New.York, were
over-night visitors in St. Petersburg on July. 14. Emma and
Perry, after attending the International Kiwanis Convention
in Miami, enjoyed a trip to the Bahamas and a Caribbean
cruise. En route home, they stopped in Fort Lauderdale for a
chat with the Floyd Buckleys old friends dating back to
Perry's schopl-teaching days at the .Canal Zone Jr. College. .In
St. Petersburg, the G. C. Lockridges, A. B. Wards, and the
Starbucks went back in. time twenty-seven years (Emma and
Perry left the Zone in 1942) recalling the "good old days."
Mr. and Mrs. B. I.- Everson, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone,
vacationed at St. Petersburg Beach for several weeks in July..
When in Florida in March, George and Bebe Sanford, Nash-
ville, Tennessee, visited the J. D. V. Reeves and Kate and Tuck
Hummer in St. Petersburg and Lucille and Steve Fulop in Sun
City Center. To quote, "Durn near froze!"
Mr. and Mrs. Jack (Jackie) Larson and their four chil-
dren from Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, spent their vacation
with Jack's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Larson, of Port Orange,
Miss Mary Esslinger, Washington, D.C., surprised her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Esslinger, by flying to St. Peters-
burg to help celebrate their thirty-sixth wedding anniversary on
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Paine and two children, of Colorado
Springs, Colorado, were summer guests in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Gusaf A. Peterson. Mrs. Paine is the former Marjorie
Hupp, of Gatun, Canal Zone. Mr. Paine is taking a summer
course in computers in Tallahassee.
Mrs. Eleanor Connor, recently retired from the Account-
ing Department, Panama Canal, was an early August visitor
in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wolford.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harvey, St. Petersburg, had Virginia's
mother, Mrs. Hugh Thomas from California as their guest in
With'three active grandchildren as visitors, Capt. and Mrs.
Elmer Abbot had a busy but happy month during the
summer vacation. Barbara and Richard Abbot joined their chil--
dren and Richard's parents for a short visit in July. Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Huls and four children of North Palm Beach, Flor-
ida, timed their visit with Beth's parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. C.
Lockridge, with that of the Richard Abbots all close friends
since early childhood.
Mrs. Elmer -Dailey, of New Orleans, Louisiana, visited her
son and daughter-m-law, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dailey in St. Peters-
burg in August.
Summer Time is Travel Time for many from the St. Peters-
Mr. and Mrs. Barton Woodruff spent several weeks in April
in Arlington, Virginia, visiting Lt. Col. and Mrs. (Shirley
Woodruff) Thomas M. B. Hicks III (AUS Ret.), their grand-
children, Thomas, Susan, and Jeannine Parker, and their new
granddaughter, Lois Elizabeth Hicks.
Col. Hicks, who was Chief Public Information Officer, U. S.
Army Caribbean, at Fort Amador from 1956-1960, is-now serv-
ing as Public Information Officer in the Office of the Chief of
Information, Department of the Army, at the Pentagon in
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Banan attended the 55th High School
Reunion in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on June 13. En route to
the Reunion, they visited relatives on Long Island, in Falls
Church, Virginia, and in Massachusetts.
Mrs. Harriett Shreves and her sister, Jewell Oliver,
drove to Westland, Michigan. They particularly enjoyed the
peace and quiet and the COOL, dry air of their surroundings.
Mrs. A. G. Matheney left on July 16 by plane for a three-
week visit with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Angus Matheney in Ottawa, Canada. From Canada, Jessie
planned on seeing old friends in Vermont, and then on to New
York City for three or four days.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones enjoyed a month's visit in the
Canal Zone with their son and his family, Mr. and Mrs. Larry
Mrs. Mae McCloskey visited her daughter, Roberta Ann
Scott and family in Curundu. Her grandsons, George Y. Scott
III and Robert Alan Scott were graduated from high school
while she was on the Zone. Unfortunately, a few hours after her
arrival, Mrs. McCloskey fell and broke her right arm.
Summer travel meant family visits for Mr. and Mrs. H. J.
Zierten. Leaving by car on July 8, their first stop was with their
son. John Zierten and family, in Ohio. After visiting Emma's two
sisters and a brother in the Barrington, Illinois area, the Zier-
tens drove to Minnesota, Zip's home state, for more family get-
together. En route south, they stopped for a few days in Bel-
July 9, 1969 Vacationing with his wife in the land of the
Sioux, Custer, and Sitting Bull, Dewey. Goodwin sends a card,
"Here I am in Wyoming shooting the bull (bull moose). We
have had a good trip so far. It is nice and cool here in my home
town in the mountains. We are heading back to Ohio, then to
the Smoky Mountains, and home."
The Ralph A. (Tony) Sylvesters left St. Petersburg May
30 for an extended northern vacation their ultimate destina-
tion the home of Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Smith (Mary Jane Syl-
vestre) in Easton, Pennsylvania. En route north, they saw many
old friends. In South Carolina, they were hosted by the J.
Palmer Smiths, and loved the exotic seclusion of their home on
John's Island. Enjoyable visits were made with Mr. and Mrs.
Larry Broggini (Margaret Alley) and Helen and Chubby Dal-
ton in Arlington, Virginia. They were guests of Virgil and Carl
Labonge in Alexandria, Virginia. It was fun-time in Easton
with Mary Jane, K. C. and the five grandchildren. Peggy and
Tony met for the first time another member of the K. C. Smith
family. Mary Jane for a number of years has provided a
temporary home for foster children awaiting adoption. Last
August a four-day-old baby girl came to their household. At a
routine physical examination, doctors discovered that the baby,
Jackie, has a precarious heart condition. The Smiths then de-
cided to keep her in their home where little Jackie is assured
of excellent care and unlimited LOVE.
After visiting families in Ohio, Miss Elizabeth Skelding and
Miss Ellen M. Tiernan spent the summer in Europe. They ex-
pected to spend most of their time in Ireland.
Back to New England just in time to see the apple blos-
soms and witness the lilacs in full bloom was one of the joys of
a late May vacation for Mr. and Mrs. Alfred T. Veit, St. Peters-
burg, Florida. While in New England, Jessie attended her
fiftieth reunion at Burr and Burton Seminary, Manchester, Ver-
mont, and the forty-fifth reunion at Middlebury College. They
visited relatives and friends in Vermont, Hampton Beach, New
Hampshire, and Boothbay Harbor, Maine. On the return trip
to Florida, the Veits had an enjoyable two-day stay with the
A. H. Cookes, of Hampton, Virginia for many years their
neighbors in Gamboa, Canal Zone. "Mabel and Tac are just
fine and send regards to their many friends in St. Petersburg."
Col. and Mrs. William R. Tomey, who returned to their
home in Tampa on April 28 after an extended stay in Costa
Rica, purchased a camper and left Tampa on June 8 this
time to see the United States. A note dated July 25 from Idaho
Falls, Idaho, stated they were leaving for the Tetons, Portland,
Mt. Shasta, then south and east before returning to Tampa.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Carter Orr plan on leaving St. Petersburg
in late August for Shelter Island, New York where they will
be the guests of their son, Tom C. Orr and family.
The Balboa High graduating class of 1955 may have "irked"
the ESTABLISHMENT when they took off for Goofy Lake on
Senior Day. But they haven't "goofed" in their meticulous
plans for the September Reunion of the CLASS. ALL members
of the Class (if addresses are known) have been contacted as
well as retired faculty members, and a form submitted for
data pertaining to their individual lives since leaving the
Zone thus, it is also a REUNION BY MAIL! As early as
June, enthusiastic responses to the questionnaire were received
by the Committee.
Mrs. Gerald Pierce (Kay Frangioni) not only returned the
completed form but wrote a delightful newsy letter. After grad-
uation, Kay attended the University of Maryland for a year
and then transferred to a Secretarial School in Washington,
D.C. Even being selected as the "Ideal Secretary of the year"
didn't convince Kay to continue, as another career a life-
time job with more challenge, and greater rewards was in
the offing. She married Jerry Pierce, Class of 1953, and a gradu-
ate of the Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, in June of 1957.
Jerry's job with duPont in Texas was abruptly interrupted
when Uncle Sam called him to duty at Patterson A.F.B. near
Dayton, Ohio, in September of 1957. "Ohio," quoting Kay, "will
really get to you when you are a 'Panama Hattie' at heart, so
by December when Jerry's training was over, my cold feet
were soothed back to normal upon our arrival at MacDill
A.F.B., Tampa, Florida." During this interval, the Pierces
lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, the birthplace of their first
daughter, Kathy. In February, 1960, after a tour of duty at
Thule, A.F.B., Greenland (Kay returned to the Zone for the
duration), Jerry was discharged from the Air Force and re-
turned to the "payroll of duPont." They now lived in Aiken,
South Carolina, and were delighted with the contacts there of
many Canal Zone folks. While living in Aiken, two more daugh-
ters were added to the family. In September, 1965, they were
transferred to Beaumont, Texas. Yearly visits to Florida to
see Jerry's mother in Miami brought renewed contacts with
many friends of her age group in that area.
Marriage and a family only temporarily curtailed Kay's
formal education. She is now back in college working toward a
degree. In addition, both Kay and Jerry are deeply involved
in the St. James Episcopal Church Jerry as a Senior Warder
of the Vestry and Kay as a newly-elected vestrywoman.
Kay's brother, Ralph, Jr. is a Lieutenant in the Air Force
currently stationed at Hanscomb A.F.B. just outside Boston.
Mrs. J. B. Allred (Hallie Beavers), Siler City, North
Carolina, writes that a visit to the Zone is impossible because
of her husband's health, but that she is encouraging her niece,
Mildred Sandrone (a 1955 graduate) to attend. Hallie included
in her letter a list of ex-pedadogues to be contacted if, per-
chance, they had been forgotten. Although appreciative, the
Committee in charge of the Reunion has not forgotten anyone!
As with many of us, to Hallie, the years on the Zone now
seem like more of a dream than reality, but with all the stu-
dents Hallie had in her math classes over the years, her
memory seems to be excellent. She named many of the stu-
dents of the class of 1955 and stated she was certain that she
would recall other names if she saw them.
Following retirement, after a year of travel and just visit-
ing, Hallie taught near her home town for a number of years.
Eventually, she retired a second time and almost twelve years
ago embarked upon another career. According to the grape
vine, Mildred, her niece, says, "Aunt Hallie eloped!" Hallie
writes, "I have no objection to the elopment idea. However,
at our ages this idea is not credible. Perhaps truth is stranger
than fiction, so I'll fill in a few notes. Believe it or not, Jess
and I went together a bit soon after I graduated from college
. He had been a widower for eight or nine years when our
paths crossed again." Both were alone so as she stated upon re-
newing their old friendship they saw "the possibilities of a
Another letter an unfinished letter momentarily failed
to connote the joy associated with other letters. Mrs. Clarence
L. Hubbell, 548 Main Road, Oxford, Connecticut, found Nina
Kosik's letter pertaining to the Reunion to Miss Alice Candee,
Sun City, Florida, along with the incompleted answer which
Alice had started. She thoughtfully forwarded both to Nina.
To Alice, the joy of being remembered by her former students
(she fully realized that she was considered "tough") was one
of her last memories. Miss Candee, after stating that she also
graduated (retirement) in 1955, had written a brief resume of
her activities her retirement to Connecticut, the bitter cold
after thirty years in the Tropics, her move to Bradenton, Flor-
ida, and (her words), "On March 4, 1966, a move was made to
Sun City Center, senior citizens' paradise. Since then, the days
are not long enough for me to do all the things on my calendar."
Her niece in a short note filled in where Alice left off, writing
that Alice had joined a Spanish study group and was very active
in the Community Church.
The following are excerpts from a letter from Nina Kosik
who sent in the above correspondence. "I'm glad that my
letter reached her so that she could know that even though the
years have passed, she was not forgotten by us nor by the
preceding generation as well since she taught my mother at
Balboa High in 1932-33, and mother remembers her, too. She
never talked down to us as kids, but tried to raise us to her
level as adults-to-be, and for this all of us are grateful. Teach-
ers and students, of necessity, live in separate worlds. Some-
times, it's hard to 'communicate' beyond the actual teaching
of the lesson, and I must confess that most of us were a little
afraid of Miss Candee. I remember that I began to be less
afraid of her when one day I caught her laughing at something
that was going on up the hall. She didn't see that I had noticed
the laugh, but I was stunned she was human!
There's more purpose in it than this mortal understands,
but I wish I knew why the Alice Candees of the world didn't
get the recognition they deserve until they are gone and unable
to hear it."
Capt. and Mrs. P. F. Graham (Doris Van Evera) announce
plans using Air Force letterhead stationery in a unique letter
from North Bay, Canada, where Jerry was Major in Command.
Attn of: Office of the Commander (Doris) 11 June 1969
Subject: Plans & Programs
1. There comes a time in every "young man's" life
when he seeks a new career-and, that time has come
for the Grahams. Jerry retires July 31, 1969, at Mac-
Dill AFB, Tampa, Florida. We plan to leave North
Bay on or about 15 July. We shall miss the Air Force;
however, we are looking forward to "our new life in
2. There will be a retirement Dinner in Jerry's honor
on the 23rd of June at the Officers Mess and a parade
at a later date. How we wish that you, our friends,
could share these festivities with us! Until we are
settled, our temporary address will be: 1740 41st St.
North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713.
3. Due to an uncorrectable eye ailment, Lee was medi-
cally disqualified from the Air Force Academy ap-
pointment. He will attend Florida Institute of Tech-
nology located near the Cape. Jerry Jr. has just com-
pleted his first year of college and is working for an
Air Conditioning firm in St. Pete. Scott starts high
school in the Fall and is quite a young man, also.
4. We hope this note will find you and yours in the best
of health God willing we hope to see you all some
day in Florida.
FOR THE COMMANDER
Doris & Jerry
News from Erma Forbes detoured via Lil Evans, Edna
Judson, Bernice Howard, and finally to YOU, our members.
July 7, 1:30 p.m., Bradford, Pennsylvania The wash was on
the line and with a cup of Sanka, Erma brings friends up-to-
date on news. Busy as always canning one hundred (at
least) jars of home-made strawberry jam (some of the fruit
personally picked in the fields) with more still in the freezer
was just Fun for Erma.
Jim, her son, will either visit his mother in Pennsylvania
or she will meet him in Buffalo. He has meetings in Cleveland,
New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Montreal.
Jim reported that the family were all well and that little Jamie
wants grandma to come back and see him soon.
Joan and family in California are house-hunting. Chuck
gets out of the service in July and is being interviewed for a
job by various companies. When in California, Erma saw Inez
and Jerry Evans, the Bob Millers, the Jay Joneses, the Clem
Genises, the Art Cottons, and Aunt Lu Lumby. The Sun City
folks and the San Diego folks and Ann and Jay Jones from Vista
went to the Lawrence Welk's restaurant near Escondido one
day for lunch "had lots of fun and a good lunch!"
Erma will return to St. Petersburg in the fall.
Colonel Gustav J. Braun, Jr., U. S. Army, left July 21 for
Korea where he has been assigned to the Eighth Army Depot
Command, as the Deputy Chief of Staff Comptroller.
For the thirteen months that Colonel Braun is in Korea, his
wife, Margaret Cauthers Braun, and their two daughters will
be living in the Washington, D. C. area. Until they have a per-
manent address, Mrs. Braun will use her brother Dick's ad-
dress 3624 Barcroft View Terrace, Baileys Crossroads, Vir-
After spending four weeks in the hospital, Mrs. W. G. Hull
is now (July 15) in a convalescent center. Bob Hull in letters
to Mrs. Bernice S. Howard wrote of her condition. Her general
health is good, according to her doctor, but she needs someone
with her at all times.
Mr.and Mrs. Carl H. Starke, Margarita, Canal Zone, va-
cationed in Mexico for three weeks in late May and June. They
visited Carl's sister, Nancy Jane Koch who is a consulate at
the United States Embassy in Mexico City.
Mrs. Tobi Bittel left the Canal Zone May 5th by plane for
Miami where she visited for a few days before going on to New
York and the Bahamas. After visits in the Bahamas, Texas,
and California, Mrs. Bittel will go to Tokyo, Japan, where she
has enrolled for classes in Far Eastern Affairs and Basic Japa-
nese at Sophia University.
Mrs. Bittel was formerly a member of the staff of the Pub-
lic Information Office of the Panama Canal Company.
The Balboa High School Class of 1949 held their first Re-
union at the Albrook NCO Club on June 14. Committees in
charge of plans for the Reunion were: Mrs. Priscilla (Van der
Dijs) Van Hoorde, Publicity; Mrs. Barbara (Klipper) Mc-
Arthur, Party Reservations; Mrs. Sheila (Snyder) Kersting,
Special Guest Speaker; Mr. Bill Brunner, Tickets; Mrs. Mary
(Chase) Thrift for the Canal Zone and Mrs. Gloria (Toledano)
Maggini for the Republic of Panama, Ticket Reservations;
Mrs. Sarita (Watson) Quachenbush and Mr. Lee Hunnicut, Cor-
respondence; Mrs. Inez H. (Berg) Clark, Coordinator.
Special After Dinner Guest Speaker was Mr. David A. Speir,
Jr., Assistant Superintendent U. S. Secondary Schools. Fifty-
two attended the Reunion of which thirty were graduates.
Dr. and Mrs. Russell D. Steele, Cincinnati, Ohio, attended
the American Psychiatric Convention at Miami, Florida, the
first week of May.
They report that their son-in-law (Janice's husband), Capt.
James Davis USAF had recently returned from Vietnam.
Charles Steele entered the Air Force in February and is in
school at Chanute Field, Rantoul, Illinois. Charles' designed
child's auto called PROBE, manufactured by AMF, was placed
on the market last spring.
Mr. James Van't Veld, his mother, Mrs. Etelvina Van't
Veld and niece, Bobbie Lynne Oliver, of Falls Church, Virginia,
spent a month in the Zone this past summer as house guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Torbert of Ancon.
The Van't Velds, former Isthmian residents, were making
Lheir first trip back to the Zone in fourteen years.
Xen Hosler, son of the late Fred Hosler, former principal of
Uialboa High School, has been in charge of Vocational and Adult
Education in the Jefferson County schools in Colorado since last
July and enjoys his work very much. He and his wife and three
children live in Broomfield, Prior to joining the Jefferson County
school system, Xen worked for the State Department of Edu-
cation in Denver for three years.
His oldest son, Fred, named for his grandfather, graduated
irom high school in Broomfield this June. Xen's mother, Mrs.
lFred Hosler from Pennsylvania visited them at that time. Fred
enrolled for summer school at the University of Colorado in
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MEMO from Phyllis (Schjeveland) Milkey, Augusta, Maine,
July 19, 1969 "We spent last Christmas in New Zealand with
Gene and Margaret Thomas and their five children and had a
marvelous time. We also spent a month with Claude and his
family all very exciting. Margaret and Gene, after a two-
week visit with us, left on a trip around the world We plan
to retire next year and go to New York to live. We feel it will
wonderful to have a family, and the children are very anxious
!or us to make our home there ."
Bill and Loisdene (Towery) Smith, of Chesterton, Indiana,
nnd their sons Rick and Owen were at Terre Haute, Indiana, to
watch their twins, Randy and Ralph, play in the Babe Ruth
late championship tourney the winners to go Wisconsin.
Their team, the Westchester BR ALL STARS had won three
northern tourneys to entitle them to play in T-.i,:. Haute. The
team went all the way to play the last day but was beaten by
TH by 7-6 after 13 innings ..
Bill learned to fly while in Venezuela, and Randy, Ralph,
and Rick are active in CAP with him. Randy and Ralph hope
to solo by their 16th birthday in November.
Mr. Fred K. Pruner, Altadena, California, submitted the
picture of a group of Atlantic-side employees on a hike to the
ruins of Fort San Lorenzo, and in his letter wrote, "We took a
launch from the Colon Docks to the Lighthouse across the bay
three or four miles. The fallen log was just the proper length
for the entire party, including the guide who is in the center
of the picture .
That was about fifty-eight years ago (1910 or 1911). I have
often wondered how many of the boys are around now. I have
lost track of them with the exception of Smith, second from
the right in the picture. Believe he lives in Maryland. We worked
together in the store house at Mt. Hope in 1910 There was
room on the log for me third from the right next to Smith."
News from Helen and Dave Fogle, Montebello, California-
"David had a stroke in November of 1967 but recovered very
nicely. Dave and I flew to the Zone on February 7 and had a
six-week visit with our son and daughter-in-law, Robert and
Carolyn Johnson, who reside in Margarita." Upon returning
home March 21, both were ill; Helen had pneumonia and David
a slight stroke. They are doing fine again. The Fogles drove to
Long Beach while the Ed Tompkins were docked there when
on their tour to the Far East and had a wonderful visit with
A Hello to everyone with news from Paul W. Mohl, Pom-
pano Beach, Florida. Both Marge and Paul are enjoying good
health and send up-to-date news of the family.
"My daughter, Evelyn Baker, is back in Panama with her
husband, Harvey, iat c spending a year and a half in Honolulu,
Hawaii. The eldest son, William, got out of the Air Force two
years ago and is now an apprentice in air-conditioning in Fort
Lauderdale. Son Robert was married in January of 1968 to Aud-
rey Gratz, of Fort Lauderdale and has a son, Anthony. He is sta-
tioned in Vietnam due for his discharge in January, 1970."
Mrs. May Murray, Boulder, Colorado, fell on May 3 and
twisted her foot. She has a cast on the foot but was discharged
from the hospital after a seven-week stay. Mrs. Murray is ex-
pecting her son Jim and his family in July.
Condensed from the PANAMA CANAL REVIEW, May 1969.
October 28, 1923 The men of the U. S. Submarine 0-5
were roused out of their racks before dawn for a Sunday transit
through the Panama Canal. The 0-5 had orders to escort three
other submarines through the Canal from Cristobal to deep
water on the Pacific side.
Like most sailors during the rather quiet 1920's in Panama,
the men moved around the vessel performing their duties in
an unhurried but exact way. The twenty-one officers and men
quietly chatted about the usual things women, whiskey, the
heat and rain, and plans for their next liberty.
At 6:25 a.m. the 0-5 was a dead ship in six fathoms of water
on the bottom of Limon Bay. She had a 10-foot-long gash in
her bow three men were dead two of the survivors
were trapped inside and another chapter to submarine
history was launched.
The event became one of the most pictorially documented
stories of submarine salvage ever made. It created an under-
water record when a Canal Zone diver (Sheppard J. Shreves)
in his rescue attempts made the longest dive up to that time.
Also, it became the first attempt at physically lifting any vessel
the size of the 520-ton 0-5 off the ocean bottom.
That historic day for the 0-5 began before dawn with the
arrival from Havana of the SS Abangarez, a freighter owned by
United Fruit Company. The freighter received orders to pro-
ceed to Dock No. 6, Cristobal. It was a collision course; the 0-5
was leading submarines 0-3, 0-6, and 0-8 to Gatun Locks. At
6:24 the Abangarez struck the starboard side of the submarine,
and in less than a minute the 0-5 sank, bow first. Sixteen men
were quickly rescued but five were missing. Later, two bodies
were recovered the third just disappeared.
Rescue divers on a salvage tug stationed at Coco Solo
promptly arrived. Their raps on the 0-5 hull brought immediate
Rescue divers on a salvage tug stationed at Coco Solo
promptly arrived. Their raps on the 0-5 hull brought immediate
response from inside two men were alive in the forward
torpedo room. The divers, however, were helpless to rescue
the trapped men. Artifical lungs and rescue chambers to en-
able men trapped in a submarine to escape had not been in-
vented; there were no salvage pontoons within 2,000 miles of
the Canal Zone. Therefore, a means to lift the submarine's bow
off the bottom was necessary. One of the leviathan floating
cranes (the AJAX or HERCULES) was requested for the salv-
age operation. Unfortunately, a slide, the first to block Gaillard
Cut since 1916, had just occurred, and both cranes were on the
opposite side, miles away from the 0-5. By two p.m. two dipper
dredges had cleared a narrow passage for the AJAX.
Before the arrival of the AJAX, Panama Canal salvage
forces had assembled over the submarine. Among them was
Sheppard J. Shreves. Shep, 38, dockmaster and foreman ship-
wright for the Panama Canal Mechanical Division, was a quali-
fied diver and supervisor of the Canal's salvage and diving
crew. Rather than RISK the lives of his men, he decided to
make the dive himself, tunnel under the 0-5, pass through the
lifting cable, and secure it to the hook of the AJAX. Working
under monumental handicaps the pitch black of the night,
floating debris, the soft, oozing mud, the precarious dredging
under the bow, Shep succeeded in fastening the cable to the
hook of the AJAX. Twice the cable broke. At 12:30 p.m. on the
29th, all was ready for a third lift. "I signalled the AJAX to
slowly lift the 0-5. God, how we prayed the cable would take
it this time. The intense silence of the rescue force and spec-
tators was electrifying almost unbearable." After what
must have seemed a lifetime, the bow finally broke surface.
When the hatch was clear, the two trapped men crawled out,
more dead than alive. But both men had survived the ordeal.
"I was a big hero for awhile," said Shep, "The boys car-
ried me around on their shoulders. Everybody rushed down to
the Stranger's Club in Colon for a big celebration. But me, I
went to sleep at the party."
Sheppard J. Shreves was presented a Congressional life-
saving Medal on recommendation of the Acting Canal Zone
Governor, Harry Burgess and was given a 14-caret gold watch,
donated by 800 grateful members of the Coco Solo Submarine
With more than 1,000 dives behind him, Shep retired to St.
Petersburg, Florida, on December 31, 1945, after 32 years of
Panama Canal service. He died in January, 1968. Editor:
"Heroes never die." Although hearts were saddened at his
passing, Shep Shreves left behind, his "Footprints on the sands
Ralph K. Frangioni retired from the United States Army
Topographic Command, Washington, D. C. on February 28th
of this year after thirty-three years of government service -
of which twenty-seven were spent in the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Frangioni expect to occupy their new re-
tirement home in Clearwater early in August. Their new ad-
dress is: 1211 Norwood Avenue, Clearwater, Florida 33516.
News from the Robert W. Blades After 17 months on the
road, we have now parked our trailer and have established our
new home in the city of the Big "D", in the Lone Star State of
Texas 5223 Elkridge Drive, Dallas, Texas 75227.
Leonard H. Stark, who has made his home with his son-in-
law, Mr. Al Hanson, and his grandchildren in the Canal Zone
for the past year, sailed on the Cristobal on April 23rd for New
Orleans and journeyed on to Colorado by bus. In September or
October, Mr. Stark plans on going south for the winter, possibly
to Blanco, Texas, to join friends retired from the Panama Canal.
A belated Happy Birthday for that May 22nd 80th birthday!
Currently, Mr. Stark's address is: 1406 Stout Street, Denver,
Mr. Daile D. Keigley, who retired from the Accounting
Department in June, was the guest of honor at a luncheon held
on June 28th in the Roosevelt Room of the Tivoli Guest House.
Mr. Arthur J. O'Leary acted as a master of ceremonies.
The guest of honor received a key to the Panama Canal and
A Superior Service Award.
Mr. and Mrs. Keigley join many old friends in the Sunshine
City 1014 56th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705
Mrs. Daniel H. Rudge, Sequin, Washington, enjoyed
a week in the Oakland, California area in March with
her son, Michael. Going sailing with Michael and his friends,
who were practising for competitive racing, in San Francisco
Bay was exciting. Her previous experiences in sailing had been
the make-shift sails on a small cayuco as a child in the Canal
Zone quite a contrast to the thrill of speeding along in a 28-
foot yacht. The HIGHLIGHT of the trip, however, was meeting
Michael's finance (see engagements).
Another thrill for Mrs. Rudge was having her daughter and
family (Mr. and Mrs. Dan G. Nellis and four children) from
Balboa, Canal Zone, home for a visit during the summer.
Mrs. Florence Berude, Laguna Hills, California, describes
that mythical "leisure" which supposedly characterizes the
lives of retirees. "We still keep very busy here in LEISURE
World. This year I am Chairman of Special Events for the
Women's Golf Club here. It's an active group with a member-
ship of 275 women.
We have glowing letters from our daughter-in-law, Dorothy
Berude, about their life in Sasebo, Japan. The country is beau-
tiful and the people very friendly It would be nice to visit
them while Jack is stationed there, but so far we have made
The summer months found the Raymond O. Shueys in Ket-
chum, Idaho. They have been traveling with Ray's brother and
his wife, Marie, since their return from Germany. Both couples
wintered on the Texas border at Donna and then went to Oregon
and Washington for the month of May. Ralph and Ray enjoyed
catching that Idaho trout! The Shueys expect to be back in
Florida in November of 1969.
News from the W. R. Zirkmans, Bronx, New York After
a successful double cataract operation in January, Mrs. Zirk-
man reports it is wonderful to see well again even if it means
seeing how the inevitable years take their toll. She is even able
to crochet. Walter, too, has had his difficulties, but recovered
quickly from a hernia operation and is back at work.
Chp. Capt. and Mrs. Harold A. Rice (Caroline Zirkman)
are at Castle Air Force Base, Atwater, California. Caroline
keeps busy with Scouts, civic, and church work. Their son,
Richard Zirkman, went to Taiwan in May and writes the town
is much like Panama, but how he wishes they would speak
Spanish instead of Chinese. He hopes to have his wife join him
later. His address is: 1st Lt. Richard A. Zirkman, FV 3178122,
CMR 1467, 314 FMS, APO San Francisco, 96319.
Mrs. 0. W. Ward (Mrs. John Ward) sold her home in St.
Petersburg and has an apartment in Allison Park, Pennsyl-
vania, just four and one-half miles from her daughter, Jean,
who recently moved into a new home. She is happier in Penn-
sylvania than living alone in St. Petersburg and writes "that
she will stay put snow, ice, rain, and hail!"
Mrs. Ward expressed her sincere thanks to the many tele-
phone calls and sympathy cards she received following the
death of her husband on March 6, 1969.
She will welcome any friends who may be in the vicinity;
her address is 308 McKinley House, 9802 Presidential Drive,
Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101.
July 12, 1969-addressed to the Panama Canal Society of Florida
I won't be formal and address each one by name. I know
many of you as friends and many know me, ditto. I don't know
whether you are interested in us Northern folks, but anyhow
I'll give you a little rundown on this family.
We retired in 1958, and after a year of terrible loafing we
decided to get back to work. Margaret (my wife) went to work
for Mr. Yaukey of the Boston Red Socks, then went to teaching
at secretarial schools and is now Dean of the Wood's School
in New York City. After several different jobs, 1 opened my own
company and am kept fully busy by several Insurance Comp-
In 1967 we spent a month in Mexico at what we like best -
visiting all the many numerous cultures of the ancient civili-
zations. In the remote town of Oaxaca we ran into an American
family from Panama City who were driving back from the
States. While on the way home, in New Orleans we met some
more friends such as Abbie Anderson and Doctor Gilder. Early
1968, we went to Seattle to my brother Earle's funeral. I'm sure
many will remember him, especially those from Gatun and
Bottle Alley as he was Captain of the Lighthouse tender "Favor-
ite." We then went to visit Miriam McDaid at Leisure World in
Long Beach; this was just before she died. Most of you will re-
member her from the Chase Bank. She was sent back to the
Canal and buried with her "Barney" at Mt. Hope, with the aid
of Marion Taylor, Grace Williams and the Atlantic Elks.
Late in '68 we went to Alaska for a month where we took a
small plane up above the Artic Circle, came back down to the
Yukon Territory over the Alcan Highway and the Klondyke
Pass, down through the Inland Water Passage to Prince Rup-
pert and then up into the Canadian Rockies. This year we are
giving some thought to Japan for a couple of months. My oldest
son, Stuart, an army Colonel, is Chief of Personnel for all the
U. S. Armed Forces here. This past Easter we spent two weeks
driving over a thousand miles through Florida to see if we
would like it and what part. We haven't decided as yet. We
visited many friends on our drive down the East coast, then
across to Naples, up the West coast and on our way across
again we carted away a couple of bushels of Bill Grady's fruit.
Well hasta la vista Amigos as they say.
Captain C. Stuart Townshend and
Mrs. David S. Smith (Mildred Cotton) is now living at Fort
Clayton, Canal Zone, with her daughter, Mariemma, and family.
Paul is at present attached to Fort Clayton. All of the family,
including two sons, Paul and Mark, are enjoying being back
in the Canal Zone. Mariemma was born at Gorgas Hospital,
graduated from Balboa High School, and attended Canal Zone
Mrs. Smith asks to be remembered to all her friends and
the members of the Society, adding, "I surely miss the en-
joyable monthly meetings and pray for their continued suc-
cess." Her address is: c/o SSG Paul R. McDonald, 534th M. P.
Co., Fort Clayton, Canal Zone 09827.
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. McConaughey and son, William, from
Balboa, Canal Zone, were guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Gilbert H. Davis on Cow Creek in Azalea, Oregon. Dick and
his son experienced being in a snow storm for the first time
on a trip to Diamond and Crater Lake unusual at this time
of the year.
Albert G. Turner, Tucson, Arizona, has informed the Society
that Phyllis had been in St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson from
July, 1967, until April of this year. She is now in the Casa Maria
Nursing Home, 1548 E. Hedrick Drive, Tucson and would ap-
preciate getting cards from her Canal Zone friends.
From Mrs. R. E. Hileman, Palmdale, California-"I do not
know whether any of you know that Rus had a stroke the 20th
of December, 1968, and has been placed in the totally disabled
category. He is able to get around but tires easily his eyes
bother him quite a bit and he just isn't the old Rus although
he tries so hard not to let any of it bother him."
The Reverend Clarence C. Payne, pastor of the Balboa
Union Church, has resigned his pastorate to attend Florida
State University this fall where he will pursue studies in family
living and marriage counseling leading to master of arts and
doctor of philosophy degrees.
Reverend Payne, who is affectionately called Clarence by
his congregation, ends a seven-year ministry with the Union
Churches of the Canal Zone; he served the first two years at
the Gatun Union Church.
Mrs. Patrick S. Coakley, Grand Rapids, Michigan, flew to
Colorado Springs in July to attend her grandson's Court of
Honor. Jim Coakley, son of Major and Mrs. James H. Coakley,
became an Eagle Scout, Troop 27, Rampart Range District,
Pikes Peak Council on July 8 see picture section. While in
Colorado Springs, Mrs. Coakley was present at the bestowing
of a Commendation Medal on Major Coakley by Lieutenant
General Agar for his meritorious service as Chief of Fuel and
Cryogenics Ent A.F.B.
After a two-week visit in Houston, Texas, with Pat and
Genevieve and seeing many old Canal Zone friends, Mrs.
Coakley returned to Colorado Springs.
Major Coakley left July 24 for Bangkok, Thailand, his new
assignment where he will be stationed for one year. Pat and
Genevieve drove to Colorado Springs to wish Jim a Bon Voyage,
and later drove Pat's mother home to Grand Rapids. They
planned to remain with her until the opening of school in the fall.
A soldier, a sailor, and a marine, all graduates of Cristobal
High School, visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond R.
Will, of Margarita, Canal Zone, during the early summer. Staff
Sgt. Robert R. Will, U. S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade, is
now stationed in Vietnam; Lt. James M. Will, U. S. Navy,
returned from Vietnam in February and is now stationed at
Coronado Beach, California; and Lt. William L. Will, U. S.
Marine Corps, another Vietnam veteran, is at Camp Pendle-
Mr. and Mrs. Shepard S. Clark are spending the summer
in Shelter Island, New York. Both Evelyn and Shep keep busy;
after a year in Patchogue, where Shep is teaching, home for
the summer means catching up on house and yard work.
Mrs. Charlotte Herr and daughter, Charlotte Ann, spent the
Fourth of July weekend with the Clarks.
The Rev. and Mrs. John B. Fields left the Isthmus on June
12 to make their home in Texas. At a Despedida given in their
honor, Bishop Gooden commended Rev. Fields on his long and
excellent service to the Cathedral and to the Diocese, first as
a layman and then as a priest.
in March, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart P. Trail, Lexington, Mis-
souri, drove south to Fort Valley, Georgia to be with Polly's
mother, Mrs. Earle Young, on her 79th birthday. Mrs. Young
lives with her son, Guy. Another brother, Jim and his wife,
and a sister, Louise all contributed to a Happy Day for Mrs.
En route to Georgia, the Trails also visited Mr. and Mrs.
J. Morton Thomson (Macel Goulet) in Memphis, Tennessee and
the Roy Koontzes in Fairhope, Alabama.
News from the Dwight H. Ladds, Okinawa, written May 7,
1969, by 'onrude.
"We were on home leave last year. Dee's mother, who will
celebrate her 91st birthday on May 27th, was the first stop on
our list. The senior Ladds visited us twice on the Zone. From
then on, it was a mad race across country to see the rest of
our scattered family. It was hectic, but worth every minute of it.
On our way home, we stopped in Taipei, Taiwan, for a
few days and enjoyed it so much that Dee and I went back
for a week in January.
Dee has made several business trips to Japan recently. I
hope to go with him on his next one.
Bob, a senior, spent Easter vacation in Japan on a cul-
tural trip; Paula made the same trip in her senior year.
We frequently see Julio and Ann Hernandes and Ben and
Ana Turpin, all former Zonians."
Elsa Reimann Bailey sends news of her family from
Mobile, Alabama. She is working for her brother-in-law, Dr.
J. W. Blount, a dentist. Mack relieves her at the office two days
a week which gives her time to do things she wants to do. The
rest of the time Mack works in his garden or refinishes furni-
ture for their home.
Honey is an Airline Stewardess working for United Air-
lines; she is based in Washington, D. C., where she has an
apartment by herself. Elsa writes, "Needless to say,.half of my
furniture from Panama is in her apartment. But, what the heck,
she'll get it all someday, so she might as well enjoy some of
Phoenix, Arizona, 6/24/69 Lucy M. Bates.
"Am leaving Arizona on my way East, longest way 'round'.
Expect to go to New Mexico, Colorado, Yellowstone, South
Dakota, Arkansas (?) Then?
Her address until further notice is: 68 Marshall Avenue,
Lynbrook, New York 11563.
July 14, 1969 news from Harold L. Gunther, Wanaque, New
"On July 28, 1968, a reunion, the first of the Cristobal High
School, was held at Fort Amador. My daughter (Helen L. Gun-
.ther) and her husband, Mr. and M. :. Robert O. Andersen,
both graduates of the High School, visited the Zone for the first
time since they left there many years before and just in time
to attend the reuion. See picture section.
Mr. and Mrs. Andersen stayed at the Washington Hotel for
two nights and in the El Panama in Panama City for the rest
of their stay. While there, they visited with old friends, Mr.
and Mrs. F. A. Anderson in Diablo.
Mr. Robert Andersen's father, Mr. Andrew M. Andersen,
retired from the Mechanical Division in Cristobal in 1944 after
many years with the Panama Canal.
I worked on S.I.P. 7 from 1940 to 1943."
Harold L. Gunther is currently Chief Engineer, New Jersey
District Water Supply Commission of the State of New Jersey.
The Donald H. Bolans have a new address 5403 Marlene
Drive, Lanham, Maryland 20801. They are just outside of Wash-
ington, D.C. and express the hope that any friends who are in
that area will stop by.
With the death of her mother, who was 93 years of age,
Mrs. Robert Rolofson, Piqua, Ohio, has sold the home in Piqua
and is moving to California. After October 15, her new address
will be The Monte Vista Grove Home, 2889 San Pasquel Street,
Pasadena, California 91107. Monte Vista Grove Homes are
Presbyterian homes for retired ministers, wives, or widows.
Leonard E. Landers, with the comment "Escondido's (Cali-
fornia) climate is God's gift to retired people" writes that he
had had a nice visit with Lyle Womack, Prineville, Oregon. He
is as busy and interesting as ever.
Lou Hasemann reporting in from California June 7, 1968.
"Irene and I are in California answering a sort of emerg-
ency call for our young daughter. She just had her first baby
and had a rather rough time After six weeks, we finally
thought Reenie's condition improved sufficient to come down
here (San Diego) and spend a few weeks with Helen and her
I talked to Art Cotton this morning, and he and Dot are
just fine. He has a part-time position at the new stadium -
Irene and I hope to see them in person before we return to
I also talked to the De la Penas. They seem very happy
here and are gradually adjusting to State's life. Their son is
at home but will depart about July 1 for a tour of duty in Viet-
nam. Their daughter had an accident and her leg is in a cast.
She graduates from high school on the 19th."
Although several other ex-Zonians had been phoned, Lou
thus far had been unable to contact them but planned to con-
tinue trying to chat with as many old Zonites as possible and
hoped to send additional details.
The Hasemanns probably will return to Jacksonville, Flor-
ida, in August.
July 23, 1969 Doris E. MCawley reports on the illness of
Walter G. Ross, Washington, D.C.
"A year ago last April he fell and broke his pelvis and
while in the hospital, he had a heart attack and has also suf-
fered a stroke. Since November, he has had two other falls,
but, fortunately, has broken no more bones. His walking is not
what it used to be, and he only comes to the office on the aver-
age of about twice a month. However, you will be pleased to
know that his mind is still very alert, and he maintains his
terrific sense of humor."
':, .Robert. Silverstein, former Assistant U. S. Attorney U. S.
District Court, Canal Zone, was transferred late in 1968 to the
U. S. Attorney's office, Department of Justice, Miami, Florida.
Although in the Canal Zone for only two years, Mr. Silver-
stein. participated in many diversified activities. He was a
member of the B'nai Brith and of the JWB executive com-
mittee; chairman of the Abou Saad' executive committee;
charter member of the Abou Saad clown unit; Department
Judge Advocate of the Canal Zone Reserve Officers Club;
member of the executive board of the Canal Zone.Boy Scout
Council; a member of Scottish Rite; Federal Bar, Canal Zone
Bar Association. Sojourners, Toastmasters, and the. Gem and
Frederick L. Dear received his Master of Science in Edu-
cation Degree from .the University of Southern California in
January. He is now assistant Registrar at the University.
His father, a former Canal Zone pilot, died five years ago.
Mrs. Dear is still residing at the home in Santa Monica, Cali-
R. S. Ostenso, M. D., Eau Claire, Wisconsin, reports that
his son Zed is almost fully recovered, following a long period
of hospitalization, surgery, and physiotherapy. He fractured
"hiineck playinig end for the University of Minnesota football
::tea last fall. "
Zed attended grade school and Jr. High School in Diablo.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hoverter, who left the Zone in 1953 and
now live in Carmichael, California, celebrated their 50th Wed-
ditrg A Lriiiersary on June 30, 1969. Their son, Bill, and his wife.
Dorothy (Brayton) had celebrated their 25th Anniversary on
Many friends dropped in to share the cake and offer their
congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Orlando T. Symonds, Albuquer-
que, New Mexico, who celebrated, their 51st Anniversary on
June 19. Mrs. Nena McMillan, of St. Petersburg, Florida, flew
to Albuquerque to participate in the festivities.
i:';TheSymonds are both comparatively well and enjoy excel-
leirt care from Alma (Symonds) and Tommy Burrows who
make their home with them. Mr. Symonds spends many
thought-provoking hours each. day on crossword puzzles.:
Anniversary Congratulations to: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Banan
-48th, June 21; Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Kieswetter 44th, Au-
gust 22; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Deavours 53rd; Mr. and Mrs.
A. B. Forsstrom 56th, August 7.
SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY CONGRATULATIONS TO: The
Panama Canal 55th on August 15 and Panama City -- 450th.
The 24-foot topographical model of the Panama Canal, which
was displayed at San Antonio's Hemisfair, 1968, and the Inter-
national Trade Mart Building in New Orleans was set up at the
Civil Affairs Building. A ribbon-cutting ceremony opened the
exhibit on August 15. The Canal model which is equipped with
lights, has tiny ships in the waterway and includes scale models
of the Thatcher Ferry Bridge and the townsites along the route.
The model is designed to explain fhe complete operation of the
Canal from the time a ship begins the transit from' one ocean
until it exits at the other.
SPILLWAY August 1, 1969 Spunky Grandmother Takes to
Mrs. Lillian Ryan, Panama Canal telephone operator super-
visor and widow of the late John J. (Pete) Ryan of the Supply
Division, probably is the only flying grandmother around the
Isthmus these days. Mrs. Ryan became eligible for this dis-
tinction a short time ago when she made her first solo flight
in a one-engine Cessna 150 plane and passed her test for a solo
flight permit after only fifteen hours of instruction! Mrs.
Ryan started taking lessons only four months ago.
After passing her solo test with flying colors on her first try,
she was promptly doused with everything from beer to diesel
oil the traditional initiation of all new pilots.
Her biggest thrill, outside of getting a pilot's license, was
the message of congratulations from'her soi, Johh W. Ryan,
who 'works as an engineer of Pratt Whithey in Easf Hartford,
Lieutenant Colonel Henry Phillips, a0 Balboa High. School
graduate in 1949;.is;a !Liaispn Officer to HQ US Army. Forces
Southern Command from the US Army Combat Development
Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs.
Phillips (Ann Howze, also a BHS and JC graduate) and three
children are now living at Fort Clayton, Canal Zone.
Miss Mildred Slater, who retired from the Division of
Schools at the close of the school year spent a week in Houston,
Texas, with Doris Mary Young and Mrs. Blodwen Turbyfill.
Miss Slater plans to make her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mrs.
Turbyfill also had a wonderful ten-day visit with her son Dick
and his wife, Sue, from New Jersey in July.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Brayton, of Margarita, have two
sons in the Army. Jack, a first lieutenant who graduated re-
cently from Rotary Wing School at Fort Rucker, Alabama and
Rod, a sergeant, now with the Environmental Science Labora-
tory in Washington, D.C. Both are graduates of Cristobal High
School and St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.
Jack is now serving in Vietnam. His wife and infant daugh-
ter are staying with his parents while he is overseas. Donald
Brayton is manager of the Railroad Division.
Arthur J. Wynne, Accounting Agent, Panama Canal, New
Orleans Office, retired on July 15. The Wynnes new address
is: 8283 139th Lane North, Seminole, Florida 33540.
Mrs. Storer Everett and Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin, of St. Peters-
burg, enjoyed a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas,
Virgin Island, on the SS ADRIADNE in late May.
Mrs. Hamlin expected Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hamlin for a
visit in late August. After a trip to Europe and visiting with
Jane Hamlin Leffingwell and family in New Canaan, Connecti-
cut, the Hamlins were returning to the Canal Zone with a stop
over in St. Petersburg.
ABOUT PEOPLE submitted by Gladys Humphrey.
Mrs. Martin F. Fitzgerald (eldest daughter of George and
Maybelle Walker of Cocoli) received her degree as Medical
Secretary at Potomac State College in Keyser, West Virginia,
on May 13. Mickey and their three children live in Keyser
while her husband, Captain M. F. Fitzgerald, is serving a tour
of duty in Vietnam. Attending the graduation with the three
children were Mickey's brother-in-law and sister, Jack and
Jeanne Wagner and her sister-in-alw, Mrs. Fred R. Walker
(Mary Almquist), all of Balboa.
Fred Walker, central office repairman at the telephone
exchange in Balboa, completed a five-week course at the train-
ing center of the Automatic Electric Company in Northlake,
Illinois, with a 98-7 average. At the completion of the course,
Fred joined his wife, Mary, for a vacation with relatives in Cali-
fornia. They flew to Kailua, Hawaii, for a six weeks' visit with
Mary's parents, Earl and Fran Almquist.
During their summer vacation, Mr. and Mrs. Donald C.
MacNeil (Teresa Gallagher), of Pompano Beach, with their
son, Ron, visited their daughter, Dona, a teacher in Wash-
ington, D..C., and another daughter, Mary Ann in Philadelphia.
On August 29, the family went to New York for the marriage
of their third daughter.
Mr. Edward C. Stroop, Jr., an engineer with a consulting
firm, returned early in 1969 after a two-year assignment in
Georgetown, Guiana. Following a vacation with his family at
Merritt Island, Florida, he was assigned to MBEYA, Tanzania,
East Africa. His wife, June, and four children left by plane in
June to join her husband in Africa and will remain until the
end of his two-year assignment.
On July 8, when the SS RANGITOTO made a short stop-
over at Port Everglades, Florida, Tinsie and Barney Barnes,
of Sarasota, and Teresa (Gallagher) and Dan MacNeil, of Pom-
pano Beach, were there to meet Joe and Della Noonan of Brazos
Heights who were en route to England. They were surprised
to see Mrs. Howard Finnegan (Peggy) who was traveling with
the Noonans as far as Bermuda. When the group went to din-
ner at the Captain's table in Deerfield Beach, they had another
surprise the waitress turned out to be a former Canal Zoner,
Joe and Della plan to spend two months in Europe and will
visit Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lafham in Dardayne, France, and
Major Geoffrey Cowell, USA, and family in Belgium. Eileen
Cox Cowell, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Cox, is
In May, Mrs. William W. Wolfe (Karen Stroop) had as over-
night house guests, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berry (Hazel Griffith)
and their three children, of Phoenix, Arizona, who were en
route to Newport News, Virginia, to visit Hazel's grandfather,
Mr. David Potts. Hazel, the daughter of ex-Zonites, Major and
Mrs. Rodger W. Griffith, of Phoenix, grew up with Karen on
the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Era L. Greene, of Anniston, Alabama, received her
B. S. degree in teaching from Jacksonville State University in
Alabama on May 31 and received a letter of congratulations
from Alabama Governor, Albert P. Brewer. Mrs. Greene has
been with the Anniston City School System for the past five
years, teaching a class of physically handicapped children.
Major Charles F. Clark, U.S.A., who has been stationed at
Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with his wife, Huey (Lee) and chil-
dren, transferred during the summer to California. Major Clark
has been assigned duty at Ledderman Hospital in Presidio,
Dr. Willard F. French has been appointed Chief of the
Dental Service at Gorgas Hospital. He succeeds Dr. L. E. Fon-
taine, who retired several months ago. Dr. French comes to
Ancon from Coco Solo Hospital where he has been Chief of the
Dental Service since 1955. He joined the Canal Zone Health
Bureau in 1946.
In recognition of his work with the Canal Zone Council, Boy
Scouts of America, Paul M. Runnestrand, Executive Secretary
of the Canal Zone, was awarded La Orden de Espiritu de Las
Buenas Obras (The Order of Good Deeds) by the Council. Mr.
Runnestrand accepted the award certificate from Wesley H.
Townsend, Canal Zone Council Commissioner.
Michael Doran, son of James R. Doran, of Diablo Heights,
Canal Zone, and a student at Texas Christian University. has
received the Fort Worth Chapter, Association of the U. S.
Army Award for displaying outstanding leadership characteris-
tics and aptitude for military service.
In a letter to Doran's father, Col. Walter A. Divers, Pro-
fessor of Military Science, Texas Christian University ROTC,
praised his achievement and said, "We are sure that he is a
credit to you and the university and an outstanding potential
commissioned officer for the U. S. Army.
Gordon Graham, a 1969 graduate of Balboa High School, is
one of twenty-two United States student scientists who will take
part in the International Youth Science Fortnight in London,
July 30 to August 13. He is the son of Mrs. Frances K. Graham,
Balboa High School teacher. The group is comprised of out-
standing science students, ages 17 to 19, from high schools and
colleges across the country.
Steven Michael Jeffries, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jeffries,
of Coco Solo, has received an appointment to the U.S. Merchant
Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.
Steven was nominated by Canal Zone Gov. W. P. Leber to
compete for one of the two vacancies allotted to the Canal Zone.
Jeff Riley, well-known golfer, son of Mr. and Mrs. James W.
Riley, of La Boca, Canal Zone, and a graduate of Balboa High
School in 1966, has been selected by Middle Tennessee State
University as one of the school's three outstanding athletes for
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced
that Laurence M. Senzer has been named a National Merit Scho-
lar and has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The young
scholar is the son of Dr. and Mrs. David Senzer, of Gamboa.
George Y. Trail, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart P. Trail,
Lexington, Missouri, was awarded his doctor of philosophy de-
gree in English at commencement exercises at the University
of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
Dr. Trail has accepted an assistant professorship in the De-
partment of English at the University of Houston, Texas.
Malcolm E. Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm R.
Wheeler of Los Rios, graduated on June 15 from Stanford Uni-
versity Law School. Mr. Wheeler also holds a degree in physics
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Wheeler is employed by Donovan, Leisure, Newton and
Irvine Law Firm, No. 2 Wall Street, New York.
Captain Lawrnce C. Cox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard E.
Cox, who retired from the Supply Division in 1963, has been
decorated with U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Arling-
Captain Cox received the medal for meriLorious service as
a development engineer, White Sands Missile Range, New Mex-
ico. He was cited for his outstanding professional skill, know-
ledge, and leadership.
The captain is now assigned with the Office of Aerospace
Research, Arlington, Virginia.
A graduate of Cristobal, Canal Zone High School, Captain
Cox received his B.S. degree and his commission upon gradua-
tion from the U.S. Naval Academy and earned his M.S. degree
from the University of Southern California.
Of interest to many friends in the Canal Zone is the an-
nouncement of the June 7 graduation of Robert Lee Diaz from
'he University of Maryland School of Law. Mr. Diaz is the son
of Chief Master Sgt. Arthur F. Diaz (U.S.F. Ret.) and Mrs. Diaz
(the former Edith Sanders), of Red Bank, New Jersey, and the
grandson of Mrs. Bruce G. Sanders, Sr., of Margarita, Canal
Zone, and the late Mr. Sanders. Mrs. Sanders attended the grad-
uation ceremonies on the Universtiy of Maryland campus at
Mr. Diaz has accepted a position with the Baltimore law
firm of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman until called to
active duty with the United States Air Force early next year.
There is a certain blend of courage, integrity, character,
and principle which has no satisfactory dictionary name but has
been called different things at different times in different coun-
tries. Our American name for it is "guts." -Louis Adamic,
"A Study in Courage"
THE GAZETTE, Phoenix, Arizona July 23, 1969. "WIL-
LIAMS AIR FORCE BASE-Capt. Henry P. Dolim, Jr., an in-
structor pilot here, has received 17 medals for mertitorious
service in South Vietnam.
The awards; presented during retreat ceremonies by Lt.
General Sam Maddux, Jr., commander of the Air Training Com-
mand, included three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 14 Air
Medals as an F-4 Phantom fighter pilot last year ....
The 27-year old pilot, now an instructor flying Northrop
T-38 Talons, was awarded the first through 14th Oak Leaf Clus-
ters to his Air Medal for participation in 205 aerial flights, one
hundred of which were over North Vietnam from February to
September 1968, while assigned to DaNang Air Base."
Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Dolim were invited to the above cer-
emony and renewed acquaintanceship with General Maddux
who was stationed in the Canal Zone just prior to World War II.
At that time, as a first lieutenant, General Maddux was the
Aide-de-Camp to General Dargue, Commander of the 19th Wing
at Albrook Field with headquarters at Quarry Heights, Canal
Zone. Capt. Dolim was born in Gorgas Hospital when his father
was stationed at Albrook Field. "Hark" is the first grandson of
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ridge now living in Los Angeles, California.
First Lieutenant Richard Dennis Porrello, of the Marine
Corps, has been awarded the Bronze Star with V device for
valor in Vietnam. Lieutenant Porrello, who also holds the Silver
Star, was promoted recently to his present rank at the U.S.
Naval Hospital at St.. Albans, New York, where he is recuperat-
ing from wounds sustained while on a search and destroy mis-
sion north of DaNang.
Lieutenant Porrello is the son of Safety Officer, Peter S.
Porrello and Mrs. Porrello of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Sp4c. Richard L. Cooper, 21, a 1965 graduate of Cristobal
High School, was awarded the Air Medal near Phu Bai, Viet-
nam, .for meritorious service while taking part in aerial flight
in support of ground operations.
Specialist Cooper is the son of Mr .and Mrs. George L.
Cooper, of Edmonds, Washington.
:First Lieutenant Walter Alan Dryja, son of Walter A. Dryja,
Assistant Director of the Marine Bureau, and Mrs. Dryja, of
Balboa, Canal Zone, on tour of duty in Vietnam, has been
awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal and the Combat
Medical Badge. He is serving as Surgeon's Assistant and is a
member of the 326th Medical Battalion of the 101st Airborne
Capt. James E. Orvis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis,
of Sarasota, Florida, received the Distinguished Flying Cross at
ceremonies held at MacDill Air Force Base in May. The citation
in part reads, "Captain James E. Orvis distinguished himself
by extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight
as a B-57 pilot near Hoi An, in the Republic of Vietnam on Au-
gust 5, 1969 .. The professional competence, aerial skill and
devotion to duty displayed by Captain Orvis reflect great credit
upon himself and the United States Air Force."
CWO Fred M. Weade, Jr., returned from Vietnam recently,
after a year of duty as a helicopter pilot in Tay Ninh and Cu
Chi, where he received many citations. He was awarded the Sil-
ver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and Oak Leaf Cluster
plus two Combat "V" devices; the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf
Cluster and three Combat "V" devices; and the Army Air Medal
with 32 Oak Leaf Clusters. He also holds the Cross of Gallantry
presented by the Government of Vietnam.
Chief warrant officer Weade is the son of Canal Pilot Capt.
and Mrs. Fred M. Weade. He is a 1965 graduate of Balboa High
School and attended Canal Zone College from 1965-67.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
Thru July, 1969
Summer is here-hot, sticky, and most unpleasant-we are
having rains, wind, hail, etc., but we have been lucky too. Wea-
ther man says "bad storms" then they go elsewhere very often,
for which we are most thankful. The rains save the grass, and
keep our yards looking nice, but they also bring out the weeds-
So-you just can't win.
We have been so happy with our visitors so far, and we hope
that they continue to pay us a visit, only fault was we didn't
have them long enough.
The REUNION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SORENO AS
USUAL ON THE 8th and 9th of January, 1970-we hope you can
make it. Reservations can be made early, and for that purpose
we have placed the form in the back of the book, so in case you
are leaving home early you can still have the form-however
another will appear in the December Record. There will only be
300 Reservations for the luncheon-and it might be a good idea
to send in your money, $3.00 for each. If you have paid, you
know that the reservation will be held until 11:00 A.M. on the
day of the luncheon, or if you are unable to attend please notify
us and a refund will be sent covering the number of reserva-
tions. We are trying to make things as easy for you as possible
so please cooperate with us. Also we are hoping that you all
The Annual Issue will go to the Printer October first-NO
CHANGES CAN BE MADE AFTER NOVEMBER first. If you
wish to give a gift membership please send me the name, etc.,
and $4.00 and I will hold the card until the proper time to send
it for Christmas. You know in this way the name will be in the
Annual Issue, and people like to see their name in print; too it
brings to mind old friendships made many years ago to others.
If you wish to send the membership card yourself, please let me
know and I will send it to you direct.
You may send in your dues at any time for 1970-If a resi-
dent of Florida and you are a member of the Blood Bank one
check is sufficient-dues are $4.00 annually and Blood Bank
$2.00 each annually. Children $1.00, however, they become adults
when they reach 18 years, are working and drawing a salary.
Please keep this in mind when you send in your dues.
At the present time 200 plus have not sent in their dues in
the Society, and 33 have not paid their Blood Bank-these of
course will not receive the September Record. I sincerely hope
that those who have not paid up will not need blood.
As of today, July 28th, 2,015 have paid their 1969 dues, 140
have paid for 1970, 22 for 1971, 4 for 1972, 3 for 1973, 1 for 1974
and 1 for 1975.
I am asking again-please send in your changes of address
BEFORE it is time to mail out the RECORD, that is by the 20th
of February, May, August, and November-many Records have
been returned-that is really unnecessary-you know when you
are going to move, or you can drop me a card and ask that your
record be held until you have a mailing address. We want you
to get your RECORD, but that is up to you. This could be avoid-
ed if you would remember that we are trying to make you all
happy and keep you advised on Canal friends and relatives.
Just as a reminder-NO MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE MADE
FOR A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS, UNLESS THE FOLLOWING
YEAR IS SENT IN AT THE SAME TIME. The six month period
is from the middle of the year thru December. This will cost
$6.00-$2.00 for the balance of the year and $4.00 for the follow-
ing year-total $6.00.
Gift Memberships are as a rule given for one year only. For
the following year the Records are sent in March and June. You
have already received the Annual Issue the previous December.
Dues should be paid in the months of January, February
and March. All memberships expire with the December issue,
unless an additional year has been paid in advance.
Again, may I remind you that the Reunion will be held at the
Soreno Hotel, January 8th and 9th-Rooms ,single $8.00 plus
4% tax-double $12.00 plus 4% tax. There is gratuity and tax
included in the $3.00 luncheon.
Please note that the address for all mail for the Society
should be addressed to:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
P.O. BOX 11566
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Lucille S. Judd
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT
THE GULPORT COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM,
May 2, 1969
The May meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
was opened by Henry E. Falk, Vice-President, with a hearty
"Welcome Aboard" to the seventy-five members and visitors
present at the meeting. Capt. Falk not only represented Presi-
dent Howard, vacationing in Maryland, in leading the Society in
the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag but also substituted for the
Chaplain, Mrs. Barnes, by giving the Invocation. Thirty seconds
of silent prayer were observed for those who had passed away
since the April meeting. The following members who had been
absent from regular meetings and visitors stood for a special
welcome as their names were called by the Recording Secre-
Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Bitter-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Waldorf-Los Rios, Canal Zone-vaca-
tioning and looking around. They plan on going to St. Paul,
Minnesota for a visit with family.
Mr. Bart Dewey-formerly from Curundu, now living in
Mrs. W. A. Van Siclen, Sr.-St. Petersburg-Absent for
The Minutes of the April meeting were read by the Record-
ing Secretary. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were
approved as read.
Eleven new members joined the Society since April. Mrs.
Judd emphasized that benefits from the Blood Bank depend en-
tirely on paid-up membership in the Society. If a member is
delinquent in dues, membership in the Blood Bank is VOID. Be-
fore reporting on weddings and other current news, a wedding
anniversary, May 4, was announced. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bar-
nard, celebrating their first anniversary, stood and were con-
gratulations by a hearty clapping of hands by the members.
Mrs. Wally Bain is anxious to get chests of drawers-the
type with four large drawers with two across the top as were at
one time furnished in Canal Zone houses. If anyone have any to
dispose of, contact Mrs. Bain.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, informed the mem-
. ers that steps had been taken to facilitate death benefits to
survivors. He has a supply of the standard form No. 2800, FPM
Supplement 831-1, on hand. To secure all benefits without a
long delay, if such a form is needed, ask for one. To write to
the Civil Service Retirement System for this form often means
a long delay before benefits are received.
Happy May birthdays to: Mrs. Henry E. Falk, Mrs. Bessie
Lyons, Mrs. Dow Walker, Mr. H. A. Shedlock, Mrs. Jacoba
Joustra, and to Mrs. George L. Grimm.
June 6, 1969
The Panama Canal Society of Florida met June 6 for their
regular monthly meeting. Seventy-five members and visitors
were present. The President of the Society opened the meeting
with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Mrs. Alice Barnes,
Chaplain, gave the Invocation. Thirty seconds of silent prayer
was observed in memory of those who had passed away since
the May meeting. The following stood for special recognition as
their names were called by the Recording Secretary.
Mrs. Helen Daniel-Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Vance Howard-St. Petersburg, absent for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Wilkes-Marathon, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Greene-Sarasota, Florida.
Mrs. Robert J. Neely-Sarasota, Florida.
Mr. Albert L. Taylor-formerly of Port Charlotte but now
living in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Howard welcomed Mrs. Barnes, recently back from an
extended vacation in Canada. He then related incidents of his
own recent trip to Maryland-in particular meeting an old school
chum whom he had known fifty-six years ago. Both immediately
recognized the other even after that lapse of time. The President
thanked the Dworaks for taking charge of the refreshments in
the absence of Mr. Banan, vacationing in Massachusetts.
The President reported to the Society that the Records had
been mailed the preceding day. If any member received a faulty
copy, he should return it and receive another copy.
The Minutes of the May meeting were read by the Record-
ing Secretary. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were
approved as read.
Current news from correspondence to Mrs. Judd was read
by the Recording Secretary, pinch-hitting while Mrs. Judd va-
cautioned with family in New Jersey. See the September Record
for details of this news and deaths.
Mr. William Grady, Legislative Representative, reported on
the NARCE meeting held May 6, 7, and 8th in Clearwater. He,
with Mrs. Grady, had attended the banquet and reported that
the food was excellent and that all enjoyed the affair.
At the urging of Thomas G. Walters, president of the Na-
tional Association of Retired Civil Employees, the Civil Service
Commission has announced that government retirees will have
a chance to change health insurance plans during the "open
season" this November, along with active government workers.
Previously, the CSC said only active federal workers could
May 26, 1969-The omnibus civil service retirement bill, for
which such high hopes were held only a month ago, now has
been postponed for House action for the third time.
June 2, 1969-The House's action in rejecting a move to can-
cel the $12,500-a-year Congressional pay raises as well as execu-
tive salary increases is greatly encouraging to sponsors of the
omnibus civil service retirement bill.
Action on the retirement bill has been postponed three
times because of the leadership's fears that House members
were jittery over the public's reaction to the measure. How-
ever, the resounding defeat of the amendment to cancel the
congressional pay raise is a good indication that the House's
"jitters" are a thing of the past. Therefore, they are optimistic
that the bill will be brought up for House action and approved
without any trouble.
Happy Birthday to: Mr. and Mrs. Bud Esler (they cele-
brated by coming to the meeting), Mrs. Helen Daniel, Mrs. Eliz-
abeth Grady, and Mrs. Agnes Coleman, of Gulfport.
Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dworak who were in
charge of serving the coffee and doughnuts, which, as always,
were enjoyed while chatting with friends.
July 4, 1969
On July 4, the Panama Canal Society of Florida met for
their regular monthly meeting at the Gulfport Community Cen-
ter Auditorium. The President of the Society opened the meeting
with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Following the Invoca-
tion, given by the Chaplain, Mrs. Alice Barnes, thirty seconds
of silent prayer were observed in memory of members and
friends who had passed away since the June meeting. The fol-
lowing stood for special recognition as their names were called
by the Recording Secretary.
Capt. and Mrs. W. H. Ward-Venice, Florida
Margaret Edwards-Burbank, California
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Straus-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. John Gifford (Ida Straus)-St. Petersburg, Florida
Grace Joustra-Sarasota, Florida
Mark Driscoll-College Park, Maryland
Frank Lerchen-Alexandria, Virginia
Mrs. Marie Wolf-recently back from a visit to the Canal
Mrs. Janet Richardson and ten-month-old son, John Todd-
St. Petersburg, Mrs. Richardson is the daughter of Mrs. Alice
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cox-St. Petersburg-absent for some
Mr. and Mrs. Irl Sanders-Largo, Florida
Mrs. Era Greene and her daughter, Miss Peggy Lee-An-
niston, Alabama, visiting Mrs. Gladys Humphrey in Sarasota,
Mr. Howard personally welcomed the eighty-one members
and guests attending the meeting. He called their attention to an
article which will appear in the September Record pertaining
to a widespread rumor which has been circulated for some time
to the effect that the Executive Committee of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida was attempting to arrange a charter trip on
the CRISTOBAL to the Canal Zone either in January or Febru-
ary of 1970. He emphasized that there was NO TRUTH in this
rumor and that said rumor should be scotched immediately. See
the September Record for details.
The Minutes of the June meeting were read by the Record-
ing Secretary. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were
approved as read.
The President informed the Society that Gen. William E.
Potter had been invited to address either the August 1 or Sep-
tember 5 regular monthly meeting of the Society. General Pot-
ter, in his reply, informed Mr. Howard that the dates as sug-
gested were inconvenient and suggested either the November or
the January meeting. As another speaker has tentatively been
arranged for the January meeting, definite plans for such an
address currently have not been made.
Mr. Howard announced that the following Amendment has
been proposed to the Constitution of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc.-eliminate the current Article IV-OFFICERS
and re-write Article IV. SEE full account for details and exact
wording in the September Record. On October 3, a Special
Meeting in conjunction with the regular meeting will be called
for members to vote on the proposed change.
Mrs. Judd reported that there had been a total of ninety-six
new members since January of this year. Deaths, births, etc.
as well as news from general correspondents will appear in the
In answer to a letter to Mrs. Judd from Carl E. Anderson,
Administrator to the estate of Mr. C. M. Lupfer, the President
of the Society informed Mr. Anderson that the Society is a Social
Organization and is not a benevolent organization; therefore,
no benefits were due the estate.
Happy July Birthdays to: Mrs. Lucille Judd, Mr. Gustaf A.
Peterson, Mr. C. J. Post, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goodwin, Mrs.
Helen Beil, Mrs. Cecil Bqnan, Mrs. Anna Bartlett, Mrs. Alice
Dolan, and Mrs. Macon Turner, all of St. Petersburg; Mrs. J.
H. Schneider, Clearwater, Mrs. Kent Lambert, Maryland, and
Miss Hazel Alsing, Calfornia.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported
that the Cost of Living increase is very close to the index neces-
sary for an increase in annuities. Many duplicate bills benefit-
ing retirees continue to be introduced in Congress. The stalled
Omnibus Civil Service Retirement Bill has received a boost
from the influential House Appropriations Committee, which
urged action on it as soon as possible. Impatient at the House's
failure to act on this bill, the Senate Civil Service Committee
has scheduled hearings on the legislation for July 10 and 11.
Mr. Grady has heard from ten out of the twelve Congressmen
from Florida to whom he had written, urging support of this
Mr. Howard thanked Mr. Grady, who makes a long drive
from Lakeland for the monthly meetings, for his excellent re-
Mr. Banan, back from vacation, was again assisting the
Refreshment Committee with the serving of coffee and dough-
nuts during the brief social chit-chat following the business
Margaret M. Ward
John L. Deming, son of Judge John E. Deming of Balboa
Magistrates' Court and Mrs. Deming was among the thirty-
five University of Nebraska graduate students to receive doctor
of philosophy degrees at the Centennial Commencement held
in Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Mr. Deming graduated from Balboa High School in. 1961
and received a bachelor of science and masters degree in
chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska. He is
presently working for duPont in Delaware.
He and his wife, the former Karen Schmidt of the Canal
Zone, have a son, John, Jr.
"They never quite leave us, our Friends who have passed
Through the shadows of death to the sunlight above.
A thousand sweet memories are holding them fast
To the places they blessed with their presence and love."
Mrs. Mary Allen, a retired employee of the Army Tele-
phone Exchange in the Canal Zone, died June 2, 1969, in Dun-
Mrs. Allen had been living at the home of her only son,
William, since last January when she retired after 29 years
Mrs. Zipporah (Pora) Bain, 85, mother of Wallace C. Bain,
St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away in Panama City, May 3,
1969. Mrs. Bain was employed for about fourteen years at the
Fort Amador Post Exchange.
Mrs. Loy (Liz) Bates, formerly a resident of Gamboa,
Canal Zone, passed away in April in California.
She is survived by her husband, one daughter, three sons,
and twelve grandchildren.
Mr. Harry A. Boland, Columbia, South Carolina, passed
away on May 3, 1969. He is survived by his widow and two
-'ons, Earl of the Canal Zone and Donald H., Lanham, Maryland.
Mrs. Florence E. Boomer, widow of the late Capt. George
Boomer, former Cristobal assistant port captain, died July 11
in Lakeside, Ohio, where she was visiting her sister, Mrs.
Nancy McCune. She was 84 years old.
Mrs. Boomer went to the Isthmus in 1917 with her husband
who was employed as one of the Panama Canal's first pilots.
After her husband retired in 1945, they lived in Ohio but later
returned to the Isthmus. Since her husband's death in 1958, Mrs.
Boomer has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. S. J.
Taylor in Margarita.
She is survived only by her sister and her daughter.
Mr. Charles Benjamin Bordt, 86, a retired machinist with
the Panama Canal Company, died on May 15, 1969, in a Tampa
hospital. Services were held in Danbury, Connecticut.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Marea B. Bishop.
Tampa, Florida, and two grandchildren.
James E. Bradley, 85, former head foreman in the Mechani-
cal Division of the Panama Canal Zone, passed away on May
31 in St. Petersburg.
Survivors include his wife, Frances E.; a daughter, Mrs.
Margaret Martin, of Balboa, Canal Zone; sons, Louis. of New
York City and Vincent of Providence, Rhode Island; 14 grand-
children and 3 great grandchildren.
Frank Otis Bryan, 69, died July 7, after a brief illness in
a Santa Rosa hospital. Prior to his retirement in 1958, he worked
for the Panama Canal for thirty-three years, most of his service
being on the Pacific Locks.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Bryan; a son, Frank
Bryan, Jr., of Pacifica, California; a daughter, Mrs. Peggy
Anderson, Oakland, California; and two grandchildren of Paci-
Services were held on May 30 in Ruskin, Florida, for Miss
Alice Candee, a former well-known teacher in the Canal Zone
who died in Sun City Center, May 28, 1969.
She is survived by.her niece, Mrs. Clarance L. Hubbell, Ox-
Ernest A. Erickson, Jr., age 52, a former employee of the
Panama Canal Mechanical Division, passed away on May 2,
1969, at his residence in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, after a long
His survivors are his widow Gloria; two daughters, Mrs.
D. K. Farrell, of Columbia, South Carolina, and Mrs. J. D.
Hampton, of Vincentown, New Jersey; his father, Ernest, Sr.,
of Clearwater, Florida; a brother, Robert, of Carlisle, Penn-
sylvania; and three granddaughters.
Mrs. Harriett C. Essex died May 10, 1969, in Cincinnati,
Ohio. Services were held May 13 in Cincinnati, with interment
at Memorial Park, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Everett Leo Farlow, former Administrative Officer of the
Panama Canal's Civil Affairs Bureau, died suddenly July 19
while he and his family were visiting in Vancouver, British
Columbia. He was 58 years old.
Since retiring in July, 1966, the Farlows have been living in
Mr. Farlow's favorite hobby was the Ancon Theater Guild
with which he was always associated from the time it was
In addition to his widow, he is survived by his daughter
Lester Haines Fennel, 59, an employee of the Meteorology
and Hydrography Branch of the Panama Canal, died suddenly
on July 28, 1969, from an apparent heart attack.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Margaret Fennel, who is
employed at the Canal Zone Library and two daughters, Eliza-
beth and Rebecca.
Andrea P. Frangioni, 28, died in Vicksburg, Mississippi;
May 28, 1969. Mr. Frangioni, a former resident of Curundud
Heights, Canal Zone, was an employee of the U. S. Waterways
Experiment Station in Vicksburg.
He is survived by his wife Donna Kay Crider Frangioni;
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph K. Frangioni, of Clearwater,
Florida; a sister, Mrs. G. M. Pierce, of Beaumont, Texas; and
a brother, Lt. R. K. Frangioni, Boston, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Lelia I. Gibbs, former Canal Zone resident, died on
July 11 in Lincoln, Alabama. Mrs. Gibbs retired from Panama
Canal Company service with the Personnel Bureau in 1962.
Mrs. Gibbs is survived by her husband Ernest S. Gibbs;
two daughters, Mrs. Gloria Hollingsworth of Lincoln; Mrs.
Janet Hall of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and a son Paul D.
Gibbs, of Corozal.
James W. Henry, Williamstown, Vermont, passed away on
July 4, 1969. This information was received from his sister,
Miss Bella Henry.
Mrs. Margaret E. Hoffner, widow of Herbert R. Hoffner,
former Panama Canal accountant, died June 13 in Orlando,
Surviving her are her brother, Edwin G .Jones, of San
Gabriel, California; a sister, Mrs. Viola E. Bestor, of Tujunga,
California; and several nieces and nephews.
Elmer P. Hogle, 81, Gulfport, Florida, passed away on June
5, 1969. Mr. Hogle, a retired chief engineer for the U. S. Navy,
came to Gulfport fourteen years ago from the Panama Canal
Zone. There are no known survivors.
Norris B. Holt, 73, a retired electrician from the Panama
Canal Zone, died May 24, 1969, in St. Petersburg.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy M.; a son Jack N.,
Columbus, Ohio; a brother Wayne, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Walter K. Howe, Pelham, New York, died April 14, !969,
in the New Rochelle Hospital. Mr. Howe went to the Canal
Zone in 1917 with the Cristobal Post Office. Later, he became a
dispatcher in the Port Captain's Office. He left the Zone and
became connected with the Singer Sewing Machine Company,
Latin American Department.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda Gutting Howe, of the home
L. S. Kiser, Canton, Mississippi, died December 4, 1968. He
was ill only four days. Information from his brother, R. W.
Kiser, Canton, Mississippi.
Cambridge Moreland "Phil" Lupfer, former assistant
executive secretary for the Panama Canal and a well-known
olI timer, died suddenly at Redlands, California, May 19, 1969.
After his retirement in 1948, he and his wife, who passed
away several years ago, moved to California to live.
Harry A. Maiers, of Oreland, Pennsylvania, passed away in
October of 1968. This information was sent in by his son, Ken
Maiers. Further details are not available.
Mrs. Rita Marine, 79, widow of the late Thomas J. Marine,
a former employee of the Canal Zone Postal Division, died at
Gorgas Hospital on May 26, 1969.
After the death of her husband, Mrs. Marine made her
home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elzie
Lee Talbot, of Curundu. Also surviving her are one son, Lt..Col.
Thomas C. Marine, of George Air Force Base, California; and
two other daughters, Mrs. Diana Bright, of Curundu Heights
and Mrs. Bertha Scott, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Kathryn L. Mason, mother of the late Capt. Sam
Mason, of Margarita, and a frequent visitor to the Canal Zone,
died at Matawan, New Jersey, May 5, at the age of 70.
John A. Mennell, 91, died July 6, 1969, in St. Petersburg,
Florida. He is survived by his wife, Lula R.; a son, Vernon G.,
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; and his grandson, Thomas A.
Sgt. Larry J. Miller, Canal Zone Fire Department officer
stationed in the Balboa District died at Gorgas Hospital, May 1,
1969. He was 60 years old and had been retired on April 11
with thirty-two years' service.
Surviving him are his two daughters, Mildred, 14, and
Shirley 5; and a son Larry Jr. 8, all of whom live in Diablo
Heights, Canal Zone.
Capt. Sterling P. Miller, 81, one of the Panama Canal's first
pilots and a former well-known resident of the Atlantic side,
died in Dallas, Texas, on May 25.
He joined the Canal organization in 1914 and later became
a Canal pilot, making more than 8,000 trips through the Canal
during the more than 25 years of service.
Surviving him are his widow; a son, Sterling, of Alamo,
California; a daughter, Mrs. T. A. Long, of Hayward, Cali-
fornia; and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Raymond S. Morris, 74, died August 5, 1969, at the
Morton F. Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida.
Dr. Morris, a retired dentist, moved to Clearwater eight
years ago. He is survived by his widow, Dorothea E., of Clear-
Dr:. Eric H. Osterberg, who served with the Panama Canal's
Health Bureau from 1948 until 1959, died April 27th as the re-
sult of a mugging two days earlier at a bus terminal in down-
town Philadelphia. He was 50 years old.
Surviving Dr. Osterberg are his wife, Doris, and four [chil-
Mrs. John L. (Susan P.) Reese died in Gorgas Hospital on
July 23, 1969, after a brief illness. She was 91 years of age.
The widow of John L. Reese-, a former employee of ,the
Railroad Division, Mrs. Reese went to the Isthmus during the
early Canal construction days and lived in the Canal Zone until
her husband's retirement in 1920. For several years, Mr. and
Mrs. Reese operated a Boy Scout Camp, then 'located on
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Joseph 'Christopher, a
missionary, who now lives in Quito, Ecuador; a granddaughter.
Mrs. Melo Van Hoose, an employee of Gorgas' Hospitaf'; and
great granddaughter, Nadja Van Hoose.
Phillip Schneider, 69, retired employee of the Panama
Canal Industrial Division, died at Gorgas Hospital on May 16,
Surviving him are his widow.Mrs. Ivy Schneider, of Diablo
Heights; a daughter, Mrs. Sony Ferry, of Diablo Heights; a
sister, Mrs. Marie Dorcy, of Baltimore, Maryland; and two
brothers, Joe Schneider, of Phoenix, Arizona, and John
Schneider, of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.
Information of the deaths of two old Timers was received
in a note from Marion Bevington, Rock Stream, New York. "I
just received word today from Shirley Smallwood telling me
that her father, Bill Smallwood, died May 24 in San Juan,
Puerto Rico, and her mother Emma Metke Smallwood died
June 4 of a heart attack in New York City."
Shirley Smallwood was leaving on July 5 for Puerto Rico
with her brother and family. Her address is: 5067 Puerta de
Tiprra, Puerto Rico 00906.
Mrs, Hat-tie Viola Smith, 87, passed away on June .16, 1969,
in Tampa, Florida. She is-surviyed by two. daughters: Mrs.
Emily Viola Harris and Mrs. Marjorie L. Engle, both of Tampa.
News was received on the. Zone' of the recent death. of,
Charles E. Thomas, Panama Canal old-Timer at the age. of 87.
Mr. Thomas went to the Canal Zone in 1907 and was employed:
by the Isthmian Canal Commission as a carpenter. He was
transferred to the Canal organization in 1914 and. was em-
ployed at Gatun.Locks as a locks operator..He retired in 19.45.
Recently he made his home with his daughter Mrs. Jerry
O'Neal. Other survivors are two sons, Dorn and Charles, both
living in Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Mary Townsend, wife of Rev. John H. Townsend, a,
long time resident of the Canal Zone, died June 29, 1969, in
Survivors are Father Townsend, .who served for many years
as.Executive Secretary to Bishop Gooden; her daughters, Mrs,
Rosemary Bell, Mrs. Letitia Burns, Mrs. Charlotte Domrke; and
Mrs.. Elizabeth S. Wallace, a resident of the Canal Zone
since 1919, died April 9 in-Gorgas Hospital after a brief-illness.
She was 84 years of age.
*Mrs. Wallace is survived by two sons; Stuart in Balboa with
whom she had made her home in recent years and John C., of
Miami, Florida; daughter, Miss Elizabeth Wallace, of Balboa;
twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. "
Louis C. Warner, Vestal, New York, passed away July 25,
1969. He made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Eve. Gilchriest
in Vestal. Another daughter, Miss Ann Warner, Schenectady;
New Yorik, survives.
Mrs. Maude Wilson, 97, passed away quietly in her sleep
July 23, 1969 in Chillicothe, Ohio. In spite of her 97 years she
maintained an interest in life about her and events around the
world, climaxed by nian's walk on the mrio6i. She loved: her
many friends and especially cherished the friendships made
on the Canal Zone. Her husband Albert preceded her in death
in 1942. She is survived by her son, Alexander and daughter
Henrietta (Mrs. Robert Triick), four grandchildren and "one
great grandchild Mrs.:Alex Wilson.
NEWS FROM COLORADO
Dot and Roy Kennedy
Greetings from Colorful Colorado! After a few bad storms,
the weather in this vacation-land has settled down to its usual
wonderful weather warm in the daytime and blessedly cool
In May we enjoyed visiting our daughter, Beth, and her
family in Vancouver, Washington. Roy had never seen Dana,
our second granddaughter, and they both took right to each
other! Our son, who is in Albany, Oregon, with VISTA, was
able to get away to visit us over the weekend, so we had a
regular family get-together. We had wonderful weather while
in Vancouver, and Roy was able to play golf every day. We
were able to spoil both granddaughters to our hearts' content.
My sister, Olive (Kalar) Krouse, and her husband, Len.
are hosting a Canal Zone reunion at their summer cottage at
Carpenter's Point, Maryland, Saturday, July 19, beginning at
noon. They're hoping for a good crowd.
We were pleasantly surprised last Sunday, July 13, to re-
ceive a phone call from Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger, who was
visiting our town of Englewood. After talking for about an
hour about mutual Canal Zone friends, we found out that Nancy
and her family were visiting her husband's cousin just a block
away, so later on in the day we were able to visit with her per-
sonally. Nancy now lives in Tucson, Arizona. Her address is:
Mrs. Adolph M. Koepplinger, 5852 E. 31st Street, Tucson, Ari-
zona 85711. She graduated from high school in the Zone in 1950.
She has four lovely children: Michael Todd, 16; Susan Todd,
15; David Todd, 11Y2, and her son Robert, who is now sta-
tioned in Vietnam. Although I didn't know Nancy in the Zone
(she is somewhat younger than I), we had a marvelous time
thinking back on the good old days of being Canal Zone brats.
The Koepplingers are looking around for a place to retire while
they are on vacation. They have until February to decide. In
the meantime, Nancy says she'd dearly love to hear from any-
one who remembers her or her parents. She'd like to have a re-
union somewhere in Tucson, so if anyone in that vicinity is
game, let her know.
We're planning to go to Hawaii in September for several
weeks, so if all our plans materialize we might have some ex-
citing tales to tell when we return.
NEWS FROM FORT LAUDERDALE
Jacqui Hutchings (Mrs. Robert Baker of Detroit), accom-
panied by her husband and three children, paid a visit to her
aunts and uncles in Fort Lauderdale recently the James
Hunters, the Byrne Hutchings, and Barbara M. Hutchings.
They are visiting her maternal aunt and uncle in Miami Beach,
the Julius Rosenbergs. While in Florida, they plan a trip to
Tampa to visit her father, B. V. Hutchings.
Marge Jones, teacher from Balboa, is spending the summer
vacation in the new home she and Ed bought last year. While
here, they will take a trip to Marge's home in Pennsylvania to
visit her father who is 90 years young.
As many folks in Florida know, the Ernie Paynes and
Evelyn's sister, Elvira Byrne, were visitors from California.
They visited many old friends, and while in Fort Lauderdale
they were the guests of the Frank Naughtons.
Recently, the Strumpfs were in Miami to attend an O.B.
GYN convention. Lila reported a grand time, even though there
were some 5,000 delegates there.
Ann Williams has been a visitor to Panama and the Zone,
visiting various members of her family.
Many sweet girl graduates from college are among the
ones from Fort Lauderdale. Kay Hamilton, daughter of the
Stanley Hamiltons (Hotels), graduated from Northwest Mis-
souri State College. The Hamiltons attended the graduation and
from Maryville, Missouri, went to Jacksonville, Illinois, to visit
Mrs. Hamilton's mother, Mrs. Edith Jones, a many time
visitor to the Zone. There was a family reunion as Martha has
two brothers living there. Then they went to Fort Sill, Okla-
homa, to visit their son, Major Robert Hamilton and family.
Kay graduated in the spring session and has been teaching
school at Norcrest Elementary school (third grade) but went
back to her college for the graduation.
We are glad to report that George Winquist is improving,
and in June he and Kay left for Nashville, Tennessee, to attend
the graduation of their daughter Ann Katherine from Vander-
bilt University. While there, Kay planned to attend the 35th
alumnae meeting of her class.
Ruth and Lloyd (Pete) Peterson also had a sweet girl gradu-
ate, their daughter Ci:ar:. I Ann. The Petersons drove to G.- ;.:.
and there joined their son-in-law and daughter, the Rev. and
Mrs. John R. Owens. (Baptists from the Pacific side will re-
member Rev. Owens when he was at the Balboa Heights Baptist
ChurcL). They ail drove to Arkadelphia, Arkansas, for Cheryl
Ann's graduationi from Ouachita Baptist University. C i::yl
returned tc ALianta with her family for a week, and then re-
turned to Arkadelphia for the summer months to work with
teenagers under the "Upward Bound" program as a staff
worker and counselor.
In Buffalo, Mildred Peterson reports that her father, who
fell and broke his hip, was being operated on placing a pin
in his injured hip. She said he was in good spirits and his
many Atlantic side workers and friends, as well as the many
friends of all the Petersons, wish him a speedy recovery.
On Sunday, May 11th, at the Crystal Lake Country Club,
the folks in and around Fort Lauderdale gathered for another
of their semi-annual luncheons. The crowd far surpassed any-
thing expected by Florence Klipper, Marie Corrigan and Rita
Gribbons, the three gals who took over when the picnics from
Miami were declining. Anyway, with the assistance of Barbara
Hutchings, we had some 106 people in attendance. Among the
guests were: Eleanor P. Parker, Margaret K. Hardy, Ernest
Angermuller, Alice Smith, Lee Willett, Mrs. Frank Welby (Ha-
zel), Ray and Theresa Engle, Paul W. Mohl, Sam and Virginia
Craig, the Frank Cunninghams, Nadine and George Cain, Betty
Rae, Fred Dahl, Buck and Theresa Rogers, Ben and Helen
Thomas, the R. D. Melansons (Babe), Paul and Marguerite
Hertgen, J. C. Wallace, Clarisa Wallace and Mary Wallace. Also
the Stanley Hamiltons and daughter Kay, Lloyd and Ruth Pet-
erson; James and Elvira Brooks, Jimmy and Helen Lyons, Ed-
win C. Jones, Clarence and Tess Priest, Leonard Ruppel, Hi and
De Loris Overall. Jack and Pauline Kaplan, John and Evelyn
Pettingill, Walter and Harriett Garman, Jim and Kathleen Ful-
ton, Johnny Wright, his wife Connie (Clinchard) and his daugh-
ter Trude; Betty Crawford, Mary Poell and Mary Harrison, Wal-
ter and Margaret Schapow, Margaret Wallace, William E.
Thompson and wife Carmen, David A. Yerkes and Peggy, Roy
and Jerie Magnuson, George and Kay Winquist and their guests,
Tom and Elsie Oglesby; Rita and Art Gribbons, Murray and
Florence Klipper, their son, daughter, and grandson, Michael
and Selma; James and Nora Scott, Armella and Byrne Hutch-
ings, Jimmy and Amelia Hunter, Sig and Kay Esser, Hugh Ma-
loney, Flo Munger, Captain Cherryl, Virginia C. Luppey, Cap-
tain and Mrs. Olsen, Carl and Camilla Cetti, Mary and John
Connard, Catherine and Bill Reid, Bev Des Londes, Jack Crouch,
Marie and Jack Corrigan, Barbara Hutchings, Donnie and Bar-
bara (Hutchings) Slay and his young son Steven, as well as their
guests from Long Island, New York; Carrie Schmitt (Bill's
mother) and his uncle Will Lutz.
Frank and Ann Cunningham are off again on one of their
jaunts. This time they went to the Northwest and visited around
Washington State, into Canada, mostly around Vancouver, Bri-
tish Columbia and write glowing reports of that part of the coun-
Another Canal Zone visiting couple were the Jesse DeWitt
States, formerly of Gamboa. She was Ethel Westman. They had
been looking around from the Carolinas and Florida, and also
visited their son David and family. They were at the Ramada
Inn and spent most of their time visiting old friends, especially
the Hunters-Jimmy and Amelia. We have not been able to con-
vince them so far that they should come to Lauderdale.
By the time this goes to press, we should have living in our
midst Gil and Millie Rowe. They will be the houseguests of the
Byrne Hutchings while getting settled in the home they bought
in Imperial Point a couple of years ago. We shall be most happy
to welcome them to our midst.
David and Peggy Yerkes will be leaving the end of this
month to go north and be with their son David, granddaughter
Peggy Ann. and mother Gloria, who is expecting another baby
early next month.
Alba D. Hutchings of Balboa, accompanied by his son Billy
and daughter Michelle, arrived in New Orleans on the 22nd of
July and will drive to Fort Lauderdale to be the guest of his
mother, Barbara M. Hutchings. Next month they will be joined
by Vally, Bud's wife and older son Buddy.
Mrs. Charles Persons was a guest of the James Hunters on
her return trip to her home in Panama. As always, we were all
glad to see her.
Preston and Lucille Abernathy (Commissiary Division), of
Balboa, are visiting his mother in Miami. They are off on a long
jaunt, stopping in many places to visit friends, and then to Ken-
tucky, Lucille's home state, where there will be more visiting
with relatives. We are always glad to have them here.
The Frank Baldwins, with their three children, were guests
in Miami recently and paid a visit to Fort Lauderdale and saw
old friends. They had been to Texas to see their two older sons
who are in the service and college.
Barbara M. Hutchings
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
Mrs. Cicely Knibb Allen, 4221 Coliseum Street, New Orleans,
writes of recent visitors. Her son, Staff Sergeant-Major Melville
Allen, drove down from Fort Lee, Virginia, on his vacation ac-
companied by his wife, 16-year-old son Ronald, and 14-year-old
family dog, Sage. Already visiting with Mrs. Allen was her
granddaughter, Barbara, who came in from Nashville, Tennes-
see, where she and her husband-professor are building a new
home as he has been offered and has accepted a Distinguished
Professorship at Vanderbilt University. Barbara's father (Mrs.
Allen's son) was a pilot killed in World War II. The whole family
motored to Grand Isle on the Gulf of Mexico for the Fourth of
July holiday, staying at the summer camp of Dr. Dorothea Witt,
a niece of Mrs. Allen, who also lives in New Orleans at 1215
Milan Street. Mrs. Allen also recently heard from her grandson,
Charles Cooper, who is back home for 30 days from his fourth
trip to Viet Nam. She has just finished putting up 200 pints of
orange-lemon marmalade for the many people who like to buy
it from her. Another favorite is her lemon pies-"from scratch."
She enjoyed giving a talk recently to the five and six-year-olds
in Sunday School on the life of a missionary child. She finds
working with children most rewarding and says that the older
she gets, the more she learns from them. Her niece, Dr. Witt
and a friend, Jeanne O'Brien, have just returned from a three-
weeks' trip to England and Wales. Dr. Witt's parents were Eng-
lish. They brought Mrs. Allen some beautiful knitting wool, a
plaque from Cantebury and a dainty costume pin made in the
shape of a real plate of bone china from Coalport.
Mrs. Bruce A. Didier (nee Ella Mae Morales), 3600 Pittari
Place, New Orleans, writes of a recent family reunion during her
parent's State-side vacation. Her brother and sisters will also be
Mrs. Wayne Gilder, 5923 Freret Street, New Orleans, writes
of a recent visit from Lt. Col. and Mrs. B. E. Bookout (the for-
mer Nancy Gilder) and their four children and from Mrs. James
Brady (the former Donnie Gilder) and her five children of Hous-
ton. The Bookouts are on their way to Maracay, Venezuela, for
duty and Donnie is moving to Monroe, Louisiana. In September,
Dr. and Mrs. Gilder plan to visit their son, Jack, in Bethesda,
Maryland, and Mrs. Gilder's three sisters in New York State.
Mrs. Mattie B. Harris, 2535 Esplanade Avenue, New Or-
leans, is interested in hearing from old friends and is happy to
report the successful recuperation from an operation removing
cataracts from her eyes. She was 90 years old on September
2 Happy Birthday, Mrs. Harris!!
Mrs. Herbert J. Joubert, Jr. (nee Joyce Dugas), 10215
Oliphant Road, Baton Rouge, writes of a recent visit from
Zonians, Eddie and Eileen Wilson and their three children.
:The Wilsons flew on to California and spent ten days visiting
with Keith and Grace Donahoo in Misson Viejo. Then they went
to. St. Petersburg to spend three weeks with Eileen's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Rabiteau. They stayed two days with the
Jouberts before sailing from New Orleans for the Zone. Eileen
(nee Rabiteau), Grace Klein and Joyce were best buddies at
Balboa High School. Joyce's sister, Dot Broadbent, came over
to help reminisce about old times. Joyce and Herb plan to
make their first trip back to the Zone in September. They left
thirteen years ago and certainly look forward to visiting with
old friends and with Joyce's brother. Ralph J. Dugas, who
lives with his family in Diablo Heights.
.Mr. and Mrs. William R. Kendrick, Jr., formerly of 2217
Lyndel Drive, Chalmette, have moved from Louisiana, follow-
ing Bill's transfer, and now reside at 2038-A Montreat Park-
way, Birmingham, Alabama 35216. They have a lovely apart-
ment and really enjoy the mountains after living in the flat,
flat land of southern Louisiana. In addition, it's only an 80-
mile drive to Athens and the residence of Beverly's brother,
Danny George and his family. Mrs. George is the former Lottie
Schultz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert U. Schultz of Balboa
and Danny's parents are the Curtis H. Georges of Gatun.
Beverly is working at a credit bureau in Birmingham as sec-
retary to the vice-president, and is eager to get in touch with
the Alabama reporter for the Canal Record.
Mr. John J. (Joe) Lawler, son of Mr. and Mrs. George A.
Norris of Curundu, was graduated from University College at
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, on May 31. Before
returning to the Zone, Joe visited with Frank C. Smith, Jr.,
in Houston. Mr. Smith is the son of a retired Canal Zone em-
ployee, and a former classmate of Joe's.
Dr. Russell E. Pierson, head of the Canal Zone Veterinary
Diagnostic and Public Health Laboratory, visited New Orleans
recently for a conference to compare techniques used in his
laboratory with those of the Louisiana State Health Labora-
tory. Chemical and bacteriological examinations of recrea-
tional waters and the bacteriological tests on frozen and pre-
pared foods were also discussed, with emphasis on their im-
pact on community health and prevention of water pollution.
The results of two years of tests by Dr. Pierson for salmonella
on Isthmus produced meats, dairy and food products, as well
as fomites, were compared with those of a five-year study
conducted by Louisiana and Colombia by Dr. John Vaughn,
associate professor of epidemiology at the Tulane School of
Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Tests for these organ-
isms are presently being conducted at the Veterinary Public
Health Laboratory in the Zone.
Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Young, 1135 Richland Avenue,
Baton Rouge, returned recently from an eleven-day trip to the
Zone aboard the SS CRISTOBAL. Dr. Young was serving as
ship's doctor on the trip. Mrs. Young writes that she and her
husband always enjoy their trip to the Zone and, when time
permits, like to take the train ride through the jungle from
Colon to Panama. They were delighted to have Mrs. Donald A.
Dertien of Balboa Heights, along with Patty and Joey at their
table, and extend regards to Captain Dertien. Next trip, if time
permits, the Youngs hope to call on the Dertiens. To all whom
the Youngs have met on their voyages to and from the Zone,
they extend a warm hello and want you to know that they hold
fondest memories of the Panama Canal Zone.
Patt Foster Roberson, Louisiana Reporter
NEWS FROM ORLANDO AND VICINITY
The Thibodeaus have found a pleasant retreat for the sum-
mer 6000 feet elevation in the Roan Mountains of Tennessee.
They report the air clean, fresh and crisp, and the view wonder-
The London Symphony Orchestra arrived at Daytona Beach,
July 24th for its annual concert and entertainment. This means
that Helen Baker will be commuting to the East Coast to en-
joy these superb instrumental musicians.
Herbert and Edna Judson, with their son, Dr. Walter Jud-
son and family from Indianapolis, Indiana, spent a part of the
month of July at Daytona Beach. Edna has recuperated
"spendiferously" and is able to resume her bridge games with
the various groups that entertain each other several times
We are happy to report that Al and Dorothy Meyer are
both recuperating in their apartment at Gurtler Court. Dorothy
has undergone surgery at Orange Memorial Hospital. During
her confinement, Al stayed at the Loch Haven Lodge.
Bess Calloway left Orlando July 2nd for a visit with her
son Vern in Belgium. Vern was recently promoted to Lieuten-
ant Colonel. He is with the E.A.A.R. Division.
Ruth Erbe spent the month of June in Mexico. Her son,
Richard and family, drove from Balboa up the Pan American
Highway to meet her in Guadalajara. After a very pleasant
family reunion, Ruth returned by air to Orlando.
Anita Weltmer has sold her beautiful home on West Lake
Drive, Altamonte Springs. When not on duty as a pink lady at
the Florida Sanatorium and Hospital, she has been living with
Jack Swain, American Embassy, Bohn, Germany, is on
vacation, visiting his mother, Mrs. Kathryn Swain.
M. S. Treadwell
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
The Reverend John R. Smith with his wife, Vickie and
their two daughters, spent a week in Sarasota visiting his grand-
mother, Mrs. Robert J. Neely, and his aunts and uncles, Mildred
Neely and Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene. While in Florida,
the family also visited Rev. Smith's brother-in-law and sister,
Ronald and Robbin Larson and their young son in Plant City.
The Rev. Smith, who for the past two years has been Chap-
lain and teacher at the National Cathedral School in Wash-
ington, D.C., is moving with his family to Vermont to serve as
Rector in the Episcopal church in Middlebury.
Jay and Harry Cain and Gladys Humphrey spent several
days on the East Coast in July to see the Apollo 11 Moon Shot
and visit the Kennedy Space Center. They were house guests
of Gladys' son and family, Dottie and Donald Humphrey and
daughters, of Palm Bay.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain had as their summer house
guest for several days in June, Mrs. Helen E. Daniel, of Balboa,
who was returning to the Canal Zone following a six weeks'
vacation. Helen visited her son-in-law and daughter, John and
Helen Francis Miller, and their three-year-old daughter in St.
Charles, Missouri, and also with relatives in Wisconsin and
Others who stopped by to see Jay and Harry were Mr. and
Mrs. Bruce G. Sanders III and their sons on vacation from the
Canal Zone who were en route to visit Sandy's father at Fort
Walton Beach, Florida.
Robert C. (Chick) Daniel, who retired from the Railroad
Division, and his wife, Merle, stopped for a short visit with
the Cains before driving on to California where they plan to
Early in May when the Harry Cains spent a weekend in the
Orlando area, they visited Mirt and Donna Bender, former
"Gamboaites"; en route home, they stopped at New Port Richey
for short visits with the John E. Eriksens (Bud and Aura Hun-
tbon) and Capt. E. J. Eriksen, retired Captain of the P.R.R.
ships and his wife, Kitty. As is his custom, when they have
anyone from the Canal Zone at their home, Capt. Eriksen flew
the P.C. ship flag during Jay and Harry's visit.
The newest Zonites to move into Kensington Park are Al
and Miriam Bissett, who moved into their newly completed
home at 4116 Tee Road in June. Al recently retired from the
Mike and Marion Greene had as their house guest, Mrs.
J. B. Clemmons (Isabel Bitter) of Balboa, who was visiting
her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bitter,
of Venetian Isles in St. Petersburg.
July visitors at the home of Gladys Humphrey were Mrs.
Era L. Greene and her daughter, Peggy Lee, of Anniston,
Alabama. En route to Sarasota, they made a short visit to Talla-
hassee with former "Gatunites", Maude and Percy Lawrence.
They planned their trip to be able to attend their first meeting
of the Panama Canal Society in St. Petersburg; earlier that
day, they visited Paul and Ruth Beck who were leaving the
next day for a summer visit with their daughter and family,
Steffie and Stephen May and daughter in Evanston, Illinois.
In July, Lee and Gus Schmidt with Gus' brother and sister-
in-law, John and Agnes Schmidt, spent a week in Greenville,
North Carolina, visiting Lee's sister, Mrs. Ann W. De La Mater.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hitchock returned in July from
a two-week visit to Richmond, Virginia, with their son and
daughter-in-law, William and Jennifer Hitchcock.
Doug Russell, son of Mrs. Rose Stroop Morse, went to the
East Coast with his Boy Scout Troop to see the Apollo 11 lift-off
and a tour of the Kennedy Space Center.
Mrs. William W. Wolfe (Karen Stroop), widow of the late
Mr. Wolfe, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, with her three child-
dren moved to Sarasota from West Virginia at the end of the
school term in June. They were house guests of Karen's par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Stroop, Sr., until Karen completed
arrangements on a new home in Kensington Park 4238 Tee
Road. Recently, a group of twenty-five of her friends and
future neighbors were invited to see the new house at a novel
"after" and "before" coffee AFTER signing the papers and
BEFORE moving in.
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Melville (Catherine Joustra) and
their five children, of Belle Mead, New Jersey, visited Cather-
ine's mother and sister, Mrs. Jacoba Joustra and Grace, in
August. Mr. Melville recently retired from the U. S. Army
after having completed a tour of duty in Vietnam.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Cross (Mae and Jiggs) returned
to their home in Miami after a week's visit with Fran and
Roger Orvis during May.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene drove to New Orleans
for a ten-day vacation in July. While there, they ran into
Charles and Sally Smith (Police Department), of Balboa, who
had come to the States for their daughter's wedding.
In May, Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall accompanied
Madge's mother, Mrs. Jessie Finlason, to Miami when she left
by plane for an extended visit in the Canal Zone with her son,
John Finlason and his family.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Barnes returned in June from a five-
weeks' vacation with relatives in California, visiting Tinsie's
brother-in-law and sister, Jack and Zonella (Bliss) Field in
San Fernando, and her brother, Gerald D. Bliss, Jr. (Bud), his
wife, Eleanor, and family in Campbell. They also visited her
aunt, Mrs. Geneva Bliss Shrapnel at Leisure World, Seal
Mrs. Loring V. Mackenzie (Margaret) returned to her home
in Horwichport, Massachusetts, following a two-week visit with
Mike and Marion Green. The MacKenzies lived in Old Cristobal
when Mr. MacKenzie was manager of All American Cables be-
fore his retirement.
NEWS FROM AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
Aiken, South Carolina, is rapidly becoming the center of
quite a colony of ex-Canal Zone folks. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Rowe,
recently retired from the Supply Division, have bought a home
here and will become a permanent part of the group. Mr. and
Mrs. H. E. Willenbrock will also arrive in July to occupy their
home in the Crosland Park area of Aiken. Mr. and Mrs. Willard
Percy were in Aiken in June shopping for a house. They al-
ready are owners of a farm of considerable size near Aiken.
Paul and Leona Badonsky are also home-shopping.
Numerous persons have also made visits to see their friends
or relatives in Aiken. Among these have been:
William Catron, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Catron, spent
some time with his parents in an enjoyable visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Seeley and children, Laura and
Glenn, spent two weeks with Mrs. Seeley's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. C. W. Kilbey. Since two other daughters and four grand-
children live in nearby Augusta, it was a full house at the
Kilbey home most of the time. After leaving Aiken, incidentally,
the Seeleys flew to New York City for a short visit. Then they
flew to Europe for stays in Ireland, England, France, Holland,
Sweden and Denmark.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson M. Carnathan (Heavy and Bertha)
arrived at Aiken in their new Nomad trailer for an over-night
stop. Heavy was Chief of the Supply Division's Building and
Equipment Section until he retired in 1958. The Rowes, Kilbeys,
and Carnathans lunched together on the one day the Carnathans
were in town. Their travels were to take them to visit Mr. and
Mrs. C. (Red) Dameron of Urbanna, Virginia, formerly of the
Canal Zone; to Washington, D.C.; and eventually to Nova
Scotia. The Carnathans now live near Montgomery, Alabama.
Mr. Lawrence Jenrich, of the Comptroller's Staff, was in
Lt. and Mrs. R. W. Smith and daughter, Melissa, spent
some pleasant days with Mrs. Smith's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Reynolds spent several days with Mr.
and Mrs. Art Blythstone, Sr. Mr. Reynolds is with the Canal
Zone Fire Department.
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Hauser had as visitors their daughters,
Caroline and Dorothy. Both are teachers in the Canal Zone
Schools' Division. Their son, Robert, also visited them the
first week in July. Robert, incidentally, was honored by being
chosen as the outstanding trainee of his basic training company
for the period February 24 to April 17 while at Fort Jackson,
South Carolina. He is presently stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas,
as a member of USAADCEN. Also a guest of the Hausers for
a few days was Mrs. Elizabeth Davidson, a pediatric specialist
in the Canal Zone C. W. Kilbey, Roving Reporter.
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
The 18th Annual Picnic of the Panama Canal Society of
Northwest Arkansas was a joyous occasion for all fifty-three
persons present. The weather was perfect. It was Father's Day
and every one was in a happy mood-especially your Reporter,
out on pass from the Hospital in a wheel chair. We did not have
a planned program, just a happy get-together. We missed some
of our regular members off on trips.
Our first-time visitors enjoyed the fellowship of old-time
friends and the delightful place we meet. Agri Park is part of
the University system of buildings. The Shelter is cool and con-
venient, surrounded by trees. They were Bill and Dorthy Loehr,
Fred and Jane Huldquist, John Meyers, formerly of Curundu,
the James H. Penningtons and grandson, Sam, of Norman, Okla-
homa, the James Folsoms and Janice Beck.
It is interesting to know that Bill and Dorothy Loehr make
Lawrence, Kansas, their headquarters but spend much of their
time traveling in their Camper. They camped all night at Agri
Park and welcomed the rest of us as we arrived. We enjoyed
some well-kept albums of snapshots of Canal Zone people he has
acquired in his travels. SFC Loehr was the baker at Corozal
Bakery, Commander of American Legion Post 1 at Fort Ama-
dor in 1952. Fred and Jane Huldquist, of Margarita, Canal Zone,
were visiting Fred's mother, Mrs. Bates Wieman, who recently
moved from Houston back to Northwest Arkansas. She is lo-
cated at 2007-A Theodore Drive, Springdale. Jane had recently
been in Miami Beach, Florida competing in the Southeastern
Championship Sweet Adeline Competition, with the Crossroads
Chapter of Sweet Adelines, Inc., from Margarita. Jane reported
the chorus placed sixth in the competition. Sweet Adeline, Inc.
are Female Barbershop Singers and we in Northwest Arkansas
Jim and Vera Folsom have retired to a farm seven miles
east of Monett, Missouri. We were happy to have them with us-
also John Meyers, of Decatur, Alabama. Miss Janice Beck of
Oklahoma is the fiancee of handsome Peter Butz. She came with
the Harry Butz, Sr. family of Springdale. Janice and Peter are
on their Trimester break from Oklahoma State Tech. Harry and
Lee Butz drove east in April to see Lee's mother in Kingston,
New York. They saw Max and Henry Carpenter in Nashville,
Tennessee. While there, they met the Fetlers and Harpers, re-
cently retired. On the way home they stopped to see the Bill
(Charlotte) Liermans in Granite City, then on to the Gwinns in
Springfield, Missouri. We missed Fred and Jessie Newhard who
were in Ohio taking care of Jessie's mother. Our faithful George
and Edith Engelke had just returned from a trip to Washington,
D.C. and needed to rest. Maude Cook of Rogers was enjoying a
vacation in Michigan.
Our new President, Herbert Engelke, is also the President
of the Band Booster's Club of Bentonville High School. This Club
is interested in helping finance Band uniforms. They have a re-
freshment booth at the Little League Park for the summer.
Later, they plan to have a similar booth at Benton County Fair
and during the Fall Football season. This energetic family had a
five-day camping trip to visit Eisenhower Center in Abilene,
Kansas and the Will Rogers Memorial Library in Claremore,
Oklahoma. They met an old friend and co-worker, "Gube
Rotenberry near Stratford, Oklahoma where "Gube" is now
raising Black Angus cattle. Alice was a delegate to Camp
Mitchell in Petit Jean (near Gov. Rockefeller's "Winrock"
Farm) from their Episcopal Church in Rogers. Their daughter
Marguerite, Mrs. Harold Grammer, has moved from Scotts-
dale, Arizona to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Thoughtful Herbie
Engelke brought his football to the Picnic which took care
of the younger folks' fun.
The William T. Nails (Red Nail) have been busy operating
his Security Guard Company and their small three-horse farm.
Recent visitors from the Canal Zone were Arthur and Olga Hi-
land of Gamboa, Capt. and Mrs. Frank McGilberry and daugh-
ter Katie. They were in Rogers looking for a future homesite.
The Carl Newhards report that Arthur and Ruth Smith, re-
cently retired from Canal Zone service spent a week with them
en route to Phoenix, Arizona where they expect to settle. Arthur's
brother and sister-in-law, Max and Lucille Smith, live in Ari-
zona. Carl and Helen are proud of a new granddaughter, Caro-
lyn Paige Newhard born March 17th to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel G.
Newhard, of Toledo, Ohio. Carolyn is their first child.
Other first-time visitors were Jim and Juanda Pennington
and grandson Sam, of Norman, Oklahoma. They report they are
grandparents again. Twins this time, a boy and a girl born to
their older daughter Penny and husband John (did not get their
last name.) Their daughter, Judy Pennington is working in Ft.
Sill, Oklahoma. We are happy to welcome Nannie Brown and
her sister, Bates Wieman, back. They made a short trip to
Houston to see Bates' son Bud, who was in Houston for a busi-
ness trip. Bud still works on the Zone.
Lance L. Terrell of Dallas, Texas, son of Glynn and Etta
Fay Terrell of Bentonville visited his parents over the Memorial
Day holiday. It was interesting to read a letter Lance sent to
THE DALLAS TIMES HERALD newspaper informing them that
the first Transcontinental Railroad, linking the Atlantic and
Pacific in this hemisphere was completed January 28, 1855, on
the Isthmus of Panama rather than the one completed at Pro-
montory Summit, Utah, in 1869. Quoting from Lance's letter:
"As an ex-Zonian and a high school student at the time, I re-
member quite well the celebration of the 100 anniversary in
Januray, 1955, when one of the railroad's last steam engines was
brought out of retirement and painted up to pull a ceremonial
train across the Isthmus as had been done a century earlier."
Lance refers interested people to "Rails Across Panama" by
Joseph L. Schott, 1967. Your reporter is thrilled in the interest
and plans for reunions of our second and third generation of
Canal Zone "Brats"-they are super descendants of a super
kind of pioneer people.
Our former Canal Zonites living in Northwest Arkansas are
a busy people. Ruth Daniel, in addition to many duties at the
Vet. Hospital (volunteer), D.A.R. Regent, Church and Choir ac-
tivities, third-time President of the local chapter of NARCE,
Adult Center, has been elected 3rd Vice President of State Fed-
eration of NARCE and President of Women's Auxiliary of the
American Legion, presently attending the State Convention in
Little Rock. Walter and Martha Reif are guiding the destinies of
Community Adult Center into further activities preparatory to
our moving into the new High Rise Apartments building to be
completed in 1970.
Heinie and Theo Hallin are redecorating their home. Their
daughter Elizabeth has just returned from Miami Beach, Flor-
ida, where the Uarkettes of the University of Arkansas per-
formed for the Kiwanis International Convention. She is now
taking part in the summer opera workshop and sang in a Trio
from Mozart's "Cosi San Tutti." Her latest achievement-she
was placed on the Dean's Academic list. Lt. David A. Hallin
successfully completed the "Great Event" in every flier's life-
landed his plane five times on a Carrier in a training program.
Vacation season for the Ed Higgins (Mildred) family in-
cluded a trip to visit his sister in Atlanta by 16-year-old
Michael, a trip to Connecticut by 14-year-old Jim to visit his
brother David, and a combination business-pleasure trip for Ed
and Mildred to Santa Barbara, California, where they visited
their son Barton and his family. They also met John L. Miller
and family. Mrs. Miller is the former Fay Fuller of the Canal
Zone. Grandma Higgins visited her sister in Oklahoma. At pre-
sent,'Ed is working with handicapped people, and Mildred gave
up her work with the University for shorter hours as secretary
for Laubach Literacy of Fayetteville.
We were all happy to see Mrs. Nancy Crooks Koepplinger
and her husband when they visited her parents, Eldridge and
Minnie 'Burton.' Nancy was enthusiastic about life in general
and about Canal Zone friends and associates in particular. Any
former- Zonite now residing or visiting near Tucson will find it
worthwhile to call her. Her joy is contagious. Mike Burton,
Jr., visited Richard Levee, son of Fern Levee and the late
Morty Levee, and other friends in the Miami, Florida area. He
returned via Covington, Georgia. He was accompanied by his
friend, Frank Finlason, son of John and Shirley Finlason of
the Zone. Arriving in Fayetteville, Frank spent a few days with
the Burtons and then on to Wichita, Kansas to be with his
brother Jack Finlason, now employed by the Cessna Corpora-
Your Reporter's experience in the Hospital for sixty-six
days was made pleasant by a visit of son, Raymond N. Shaw,
and family. Ray was on his way back to the Zone from a busi-
ness trip to California. Barbara Shaw and sons remained with
her family, the Dave Peels, for a month. Ray's sister, Mrs.
James A. Wier (Alice Ray) was here for a week and made us
happy. Since her return to Bethesda, Maryland, we have been
informed that her husband is under orders to transfer to
Denver, Colorado as Commanding Officer of the Fitzsimons
General Hospital and receive his promotion to Major General
as of August 1.
After a delightfully cool and moist Spring, we are now
having a long, hot and humid spell. But we promise y'all cooler
and colorful weather and scenery when you come to our An-
nual Fall Luncheon in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Sunday,
October 19, 1969. President Herbert Engenlke extends a hearty
welcome to all former Zonites who may be enjoying the beauty
of the Ozarks at that time. The Crescent Hotel is the place.
Blanche E. Shaw
NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES
NE WS N O T E S A nice note from Viola Bissell Shea,
Burbank, and she states the following:
"Am so sorry to read in the news' bulletin of your dad
having to have his leg amputated; but-knowing the Ridges-
as I remember them-he will adjust to the condition and look
on the bright side. I am sure he has the courage and faith to
face any situation. Please extend my good wishes to your
mother and dad."
THANK YOU, Viola, and all the many others who have
sent cards and inquired. Larry (Ridge) is adjusting and feel-
ing wonderful. Goldie says he can get around as fast in his
wheel chair as most people of his age can walk! It keeps her
busy keeping him on a strict diabetic diet, but some mornings
if she can sleep in, you should see how easy he can fix his
From Bob Provost, 3516 Michelle Drive, Torrance, Cali-
fornia "I've accepted the position of Chief Industrial Engineer
at the AFPRO, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company in
Huntington Beach and am quite happy in my new position. It
was here I completed my requirements for an advanced de-
gree and this month my PhD in Industrial Engineering was
conferred on me by Ohio Christian College. Who would have
ever thought I'd be a Doctor? We bought a tent trailer and
will journey to St. Petersburg, Florida in June to visit my
wife Mildred's folks Oh, by the way, Pappy (Lt. Eugene
Provost) just turned 73 in May and is still going strong. See
Leo Welling, P. O. Box 185, Santa Barbara, California.
"Enjoyed the last newsletter and I, too, knew all the Ridge
boys on the Zone and the Drennan boys (Dr. Larry Drennan)
who also played ball and also a pitcher named Murray. I am
sorry I am unable to attend any meetings or picnics as I am
handicapped and cannot travel. Did I write you that Walter
R. Smith, a good friend of mine and who was Chief Clerk to
Charlie Mann, passed away in Ancon Hospital several months
ago. (That's way back Gorgas was formerly Ancon Hospital).
While I lived in the Canal Zone, I roomed with Harry Franck,
the travel writer. He wrote the book called "Zone Policeman
88" and his wife wrote the book called, "I Married a Vaga-
bond." Harry passed on at the age of 62. Best regards to any
old times who may remember me Regards, Leo Welling.
Dell Ryan Lynch, 810 Omar Drive, Escondido, California. ..
I had two damaged spinal discs removed and got behind on
things. Now, I'm quite fine again. Our son, Niel and his wife
Sharon, live in Los Angeles. She is graduating in zoology from
UCLA, while Niel is doing Social Rehabilitation work for Los
Angeles County and studying at California State Los Angeles
Graduate School taking Business Administration. Needless to
say, Jim is busy like all Doctors. Come see us Sincerely,
Dell (Mrs. James Merriman Lynch).
Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Ridge announced the marriage of
their daughter, Jody, to Mr. Richard Venturelli on Saturday,
May 24, 1969, at the Saint Andrews' Lutheran Church, San
Paul A. Ridge, son of Larry and Goldie Ridge, left July
5th on a business trip to Europe. Paul, the Product Manager
of the Traveling Wave Tube Division of Varian Associates,
Palo Alto, California, will first go to Stockholm, Sweden, in
connection with an electronic warfare program of the Royal
Swedish Air Force. Then he will go to Rome for a week to con-
sult with the Italian National Research Council on a communi-
cations satellite, and finally to London to work with the Royal
Radar Establishment on their Radar System and the Sky Net
Satellite System. Paul and his wife, Judy (formerly a nurse
at Gorgas) and their three sons make their home in San Mateo,
Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, now living in La Jolla, is visiting her
son Capt. William W. Jones, in Naples. We went to school with
Bill. Hope they all enjoy Italy.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. McLaughlin, of Oxnard, formerly
of Curundu, Canal Zone, were weekend guests at the home of
Thelma Reppe in Long Beach, California. They joined Virginia
and Martin Seiler at the home of Hedvig Seedborg for a get-
together. Thelma tells us she spent a week in Sedona, Arizona,
where she enjoyed not only the beauty of the state but loved
the fresh air. (Smog stayed in California).
A recent retiree, April, 1968, and I think a new member
of our organization is Lee Kariger. Lee plans to stay in Cali-
fornia. Welcome aboard; hope you enjoy your membership and
Mrs. George (Marian) Seibold sends a note with news of
her family. Her daughter, Louise, now Mrs. Hansey, who lives
in Illinois, was a visitor in Monrovia for two weeks. Her son,
Marian's grandson, Bruce, is a graduate student at Cal Tech.
We are really sorry they did not get to our picnic.
Sad news: Would like to inform you that James Orr Craig
passed away April 9, 1969, after being ill for several months.
Mrs. Craig is in a nursing home now Their Niece Ann
Archie French has informed us that his niece, Patricia
Norr, daughter of Bill and Boz French passed away early this
month. We met Patty at our July picnic, and this tragic loss
is felt deeply by all. Patty was born in Gorgas Hospital. Our
sympathies to all our friends who lose their loved ones.
JUNE PICNIC Some specific notes Guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Lyman Smith (Betty Clement) were "Red" and Virginia
(Clement) Townsend from Balboa. After their California visit,
they will go on to Oklahoma and then visit with the Engelkes
in Arkansas and back to their home in Balboa where Virginia
is teaching first grade at Balboa School the same room she
was in when she was in the second grade at Balboa Elemen-
tary. "Red" has been enjoying retirement life at home for
about five years.
Mrs. Esther Horine from Seal Beach and her son Conrad,
who attended the picnic, brought us up-to-date with their family
doings: Conrad (Class of '44 Cristobal) just completed a one-
year appointment as Professor at California State Polytechnical
College, Pomona, Aeroapace Engineering Department and is
now working for Rohr Corporation, San Diego. Conrad will
attend the National Scout Jamboree in Idaho in July as Scout-
master from Anaheim, California.
Dr. Larry Horine, Professor in charge of the Physical Edu-
cation Department at the State College in Boone, North Caro-
lina, was a welcome guest.
Fern and her husband, Lt. Col. Paul Dobill, who recently
retired from the U. S. Army, are making their home in Phoenix,
Arizona and Fern is working as a Physical Therapist.
David and Helen Fogle, of Montebello attended and had as
their guests, their son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Carolyn
Johnson, of Margarita, who are now on a tour of the States.
After California, they will go to Dallas, Texas, for the National
Llks Convention where Robert will be installed as Canal Zone
District Deputy. Also in the family group were John and Wanda
J6hnson and Helen (Johnson) and the Eugene Shafers with
their children. Helen and Dave have just returned from the
Canal Zone where they enjoyed a six-week vacation with
Robert and Carolyn.
Ruth Bauman Yielding, Secretary
114 E. Avenue, De San Juan
San Clemente, California 92672
NEWS FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Mrs. Erma Forbes, of St. Petersburg, Florida, spent a
few days in Santa Rosa with the Frank Bryans during the
month of April. A get-together with the Bill Blacks, Pete Wil-
sons, and the Bun Powells was enjoyed by all.
Sara and Verne Mitchell are both in the Julia Sanitarium,
276 Sierra Vista Avenue, Mountain View, California. They would
enjoy vistis from old friends or a cheery note.
Clara and Sidney Neville, of Los Altos, spent Memorial Day
weekend with their daughter Bobbie and family in Phoenix,
Heard by the grapevine that Frank Lerchen is going to
Panama to work on a new Sewage Project.
In a letter received from Stanley W. Stearns (1909-1914),
he said he met Bill Humberg (1904-1914) in December, 1967,
in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bill was 93 years young in 1967; he
had heard from Bill this year and he had been in Costa Rica
and expected to go to Panama for a visit. Bill Humberg was a
machinist at Porto Bello and Gorgona.
Note received from Eleanor Seavey; she would welcome
visits from old friends at her Mobile Home at 12348 North High-
way 99, Lodi, California.
The Irwin Parrills spent a short time with Mary Birn-
haumer and her daughter, Phyllis, during their stay in San
Francisco on their way home from Hawaii.
The Chester Swansons have sold their home in Berkeley and
are moving to Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, California.
The V. Wetzels also of Rossmoor are traveling in Europe
and expect to be gone two or three months.
Theodore Kaufer, of Margarita, Canal Zone, visited a month
in San Jose with his parents, Louis and Norine Kaufer. Several
family reunions were held with the LeRoy Leaches and the
J. C. Cochranes.
Mrs. Netta Beauchamp and Miss Lucille Hearn, of Meridi-
an, Mississippi, and Mrs. Mary Moore, of Arlington, Virginia,
spent a few days visiting Fran Getman in San Francisco. The
three sisters visited their brothers, Capt. Jack Hearn and Capt.
Roy Hearn and another sister, Mrs. Folger, all of the San
Eloise (Monroe) and Wes Simpson, of Walnut Creek, took
a trip around South America in March. One day going and one
returning was spent in the Canal Zone. After arriving back in
the United States, they spent a month traveling in southeastern
United States, visiting several friends along the way the
lucky ones being Sue Core, Elsie Patterson, Claude Aycock,
SKatherine Jessup, Carol Newhard Bleakley, Betty Buns Smith,
and Betty Moore Sweet.
Richard and Juanita McConaughey and son, Will, spent
ten days in Ontario, California visiting Ruth and Rene Conlan
(Juanita's sister). They spent a month in Oakland with Rich-
ard's parents, Harvey and Grace McConaughey. While in Cali-
fornia, they went to Azalea, 'Oregon, to visit Gilbert and
Margaret Davis. They traveled east to New Hampshire to visit
Juanita's brother and then on to Washington, D. C., and St.
The last week in May, the A. F. Yoders of Los Altos had
as guests their granddaughter, Helen Adams Laatz and her
husband, Gerry Laatz, from the Canal Zone who were visiting
in the U. S. A. on a belated honeymoon they were married
in January. They also visited relatives and friends in the Los
Angeles area. The Yoders also had a visit from Elmer Haw,
of Seattle, Washington, who had been in San Diego to visit his
brother as well as a sister in Sacramento, and one in Oakland.
Mrs, Elizabeth Haines, of Baltimore, Maryland, had a
family reunion with her eight children over the weekend of
June 27-29. This was the first time in twenty-two years the
family had been together. Attending the reunion were John
Haines; Mr. and Mrs. Robert McKinney (Betty Haines) and
two children; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Haines and son; Mrs. June
Israel (Haines) and four children all of Baltimore; Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Engelke (Mary Lou Haines) and three children
from the Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bryan (Claire
Haines) and two children, of Pacifica, California; Mr. and Mrs.
Ed Samples (Margaret Haines), of Opa-Locka, Florida; and
Mrs. Dan Knauer (Dolly Haines), of Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.
A Maryland crab feast was held at the Frank Haines' home
after which the Haineses challenged the in-laws to a volley-
ball game. Needless to say, the Haineses lost to the in-laws
as most of the men were on their team.
Mrs. Ernest Cotton, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Mrs. An-
thony Fernandez, of Dallas, Texas, spent a month with their
sister and brother-in-law, the Jerry Pragers, of Berkeley, Cali-
fornia, this past spring.
Mrs. Charles Persons, now residing in Panama City, Re-
public of Panama, was a recent visitor in the San Francisco
area. Mrs. Persons spent a day in Mill Valley with Dorothy
and Phillip Thornton who were very pleased to see how well
and happy "Dreddy" is.
Norman and Mary Rocker a wonderful couple and our
President-of Lafayette, celebrated their 50th wedding anniver-
sary on June 11 with a champagne luncheon with the help of
their daughter, Wyllis, and twenty-four of their .Pan Canal
friends of long standing.
Mr. and Mrs. Bronson Powell, of Santa Rosa, had as their
guests for a few days in July, Mrs. George Robinson (Eleanor
Fitzgerald), of Sydney, Australia. The George Clarks,, of Kansas
City, Missouri, (Celeste's: brother) also spent,a few days with
.Our June picnic was. held at Huddart Park in San Mateo
CoQunty, and a. grand time was enjoyed by all. After, lunch,
bingo was played with the members bringing "white elephants"
as prizes;. J.. C. Russell gave a,bottle of Sparkling Burgundy
and a bottle .of Champagne for the final prizes. New faces at
the picnic were Bob (Pappy).Greer.on vacation from the
Canal Zone, guest of Bill Nickisher, of San Jose; Rosemarie
Carr and two. children.; and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Nickisher and
two children. Mrs. Rose Nickisher was back in Panama at the
time enjoying her grandchildren and. greeting her new grand-
daughter, born .March 25, 1969. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mc-
Conaughey. and son, Eloise and Wes Simpson, and. Fran Get-
man were also among the new faces at the picnic.
SCeleste C. Powell, Reporter.
810 Yulupa Avenue No. 20 Santa Rosa,. California 95405
NEWS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
July 24, 1969, letter from Charles Brandl, President
"I just learned that our secretary, Mrs. Inez Ward, had the
misfortune to fracture her wrist and would be unable to handle
any correspondence including news to the RECORD until
she recovers. Since the deadline is near, and we don't want our
friends elsewhere to think we are inactive, I'll try to pass along
a brief resume of our society's activities since Mrs. Ward last
Spring in the mountains of Western North Carolina came a
little later this year than usual. However, the growing things
were favored since there was no damaging frost after the
budding started late in March. The result has been an ideal
growing season for flowers and fruit. Many of our members
have gardens and nearly all are interested in the wild flower
parade of our Southern Appalachians. We have-thanks to the
easy access provided by the Blue Ridge Parkway and the many
paved secondary roads of the area been able to enjoy this
year's exceptional parade of flowering beauty in places which
were until recently remote and almost inaccesible.
On June 14 we met at Lake Julian near Skyland for the
first of our summer picnics. About thirty members and guests
from all over the mountain region enjoyed the fellowship and
surroundings as we exchanged news of mutual friends and
accounts of our own recent travels and exploits. This seems
to be an exceptionally active and wide ranging group. Another
picnic is scheduled for noon on August 21 at the same place,
and efforts are being made to advise all Society members
from other sections who may be in the vicinity at that time
that they and their guests will be cordially welcomed.
When we resume our winter meetings, there will be a con-
tinuation of the "Your Life in the Canal Zone" series of taped
commentary slide programs which were so popular during the
past winter meetings. For these, too, Society members from
other areas will be most welcome.
TO THE MEMBERS
The Society has been getting many inquiries (by phone
and letter) regarding the RUMOR that the Society was attempt-
ing to arrange a Charter Trip to the Canal Zone by Steam-
ship sometime next January or February and that the in-
formation on this would be printed in the RECORD, either in
June or September of this year. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY
NO TRUTH TO THIS RUMOR AND IT IS CONSIDERED IM-
PERATIVE THAT THIS RUMOR BE SCOTCHED IMMEDI-
ATELY. There has never been any consideration given by the
Executive Board or any other Officer of the Society, toward
this RUMOR, as while the matter has been broached at some
meetings of individuals at different parties, there has been
absolutely no discussion by the Executive Committee. There
will be none, so the person or persons starting these unfounded
RUMORS are requested to stop this unnecessary rumor talk.
The regulations set forth by the Government are clear and
concise, but for the information of those who do not know them,
they are quoted below.
The following was received by W. L. Howard, President,
CANAL ZONE GOVERNMENT
Balboa Heights, Canal Zone
Office of The Governor
Your letter of June 28, 1968, refers to the question of a reduced rate for
travel on the SS CRISTOBAL by retired Panama Canal Company Canal Zone
I am pleased to let you know that employees who have retired with an
immediate annuity based on service with the Canal Zone Government or Panama
Canal Company may travel on the SS CRISTOBAL, on a space available basis.
Members of his immediate family actually residing with him may travel with
the retiree. Also, widows of such employees receiving a survivorship may travel.
The rate is $80.00 one-way adult fare or $120.00 round-trip adult fare. Round-
trip discount tickets may be purchased prior to commencement of travel.
It is anticipated that no space will be available for retired employees during
the southbound sailings of July and August, and the northbound sailings from
the Canal Zone during May, June, and the first half of July. For your informa-
tion, we are enclosing a copy of our present sailing schedule.
Requests for steamship reservations and for Advance Authorization to Enter
the Canal Zone in connection with those reservations should be addressed to
the Chief, Transportation Branch, Administrative Services Division, Panama
Canal Company, Balboa Heights, Canal Zonea
Very truly yours,
Robert S. Jeffrey
Assistant Executive Secretary
SS CRISTOBAL SAILING SCHEDULE
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
LEAVE NEW ORLEANS
Saturday, September 6
Thursday, September 18
Friday, October 10
Friday, October 24
Friday, November 7
Friday, November 21
Friday, December 5
Saturday, December 27
Thursday, September 11
Tuesday, September 23
Thursday, October 16
Thursday, October 30
Thursday, November 13
Thursday, November 27
Thursday, December 11
The instructions contained in the letter are very clear in that-
You must have retired on an immediate annuity from service.
You must make your own arrangements for transportation by
writing to the Transportation Section (steamship) Box "M",
Balboa Heights, Canal Zone.
By following these simple instructions, you will relieve the
Secretary-Treasurer of a lot of extra work and give those who
are inclined to believe those RUMORS, nothing to talk about,
and will, likewise, scotch the RUMORS in their first stage;
as you know, as well as I, that a RUMOR once started can
multiply beyond conception and the persons or persons who
started the RUMOR in the first place will not recognize his
handiwork when it gets back to him.
W. L. Howard, President
NEWS received after the dead-line date ALWAYS on
the first of the month preceding issue of the RECORD may
only be used on a space-available basis. Of necessity, such
late news often must be cut. Deaths will also take precedence
over other late news.
Ernest Behlen, 82, died August 4, 1969, in a nursing home in
Asheville, North Carolina. Mr. Behlen, a native of Switzerland,
retired to Asheville in 1946, after serving several years as chief
storekeeper for the U. S. Government in the Panama Canal
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Stewart, of Free-
hold, New Jersey, and Mrs. Robert Sealey, of Amsterdam,
Harry M. Ottman, 84, a retired electrician, Panama Canal
Zone, passed away on August 13, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Ottman is survived by three daughters; Mrs. Mary
Hassell, St. Petersburg; Mrs. Harriett Jones, Springfield, Vir-
ginia; Mrs. Margaret Mickens, Puerto Rico; and one grand-
Mrs. C. C. (Marie) Clay passed away on August 15, 1969,
in Long Beach, California.
Survivors are her husband, Dr. C. C. Clay, retired veterin-
arian at Mindi Dairy, of Long Beach; a daughter, Mrs. Roy
Hoverter, Bellevue, Washington; and a son, Jack, of the home
Leora M. Walling, age 83, widow of Wilbur Earl Walling,
passed away August 19 in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she
has lived for the past nineteen years.
She is survived by one son, Howard E., Seattle, Washington;
one granddaughter, Mrs. Leslie L. Marvin, Milwaukie, Oregon;
and one great granddaughter.
, Welcome! to6 Mr. and'i Mrs. Bremer L. Jorstad (Nancy
Kariger), new members of the Society, who with their two
children, recently moved from Concepeion, Chile to Bremer-
ton, Washington, where Mr. Jorstad has accepted a position with
the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The Jorstads resided in Chile
for almost four years where Bremer was attached to the U. S.
Naval Mission Technical Assistance Group at the shipyard in
.En route to their new home, the Jorstads visited friends
in the Canal Zone and spent several weeks with Nancy's par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kariger, who are retired and living in
Cypress, California. They also enjoyed seeing Nancy's brother,
Bob, his Wife, and four children. Bob is physical education in-
structor at Lakewood High School and also conducts special
physical education classes for brain-damaged children.
The J. A. Cunninghams, of Auburn, Washington, had many
relatives visit them during July. Fran and Anne Cunningham,
of Pompano Beach, Florida, were guests for eight days.
Mrs. J. J. Griffin (Linda J. Cunningham) and daughter,
Barbara Anne, spent seven weeks with the Washington Cun-
ninghams while Mr. Griffin was on tour of Canada, New York,
and across the United States with Stan Siding Productions show-
ing of the "Odd Couple". Prior to Linda's arrival in Washing-
ton, she entertained the P. A. Cowell family in her home in
North Hollywood, California. The Cowells were also visitors in
Washington. Many trips had been planned for Barbara Cun-
ningham's sister and family but unfortunately an emergency
operation for a daughter-in-law necessitated baby-sitting the
three grandchildren instead.
Michael E. Cunningham has moved from Bellevue, Wash-
ington, to join the family group in Auburn 29425 110th Place
S.E., Auburn, Washington 98002.
COME TO THE REUNION
S THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
.TIME-January 8th and 9th, 1970.
PLACE-Soreno Hotel overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at-First
S Avenue and Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST-Luncheon $3.00 per person which includes gratuity and
On the first day, Thursday, January 8th, registration will be in
the forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business
meeting in the afternoon. On Friday there will be a social
period in the morning before the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. You are
urged to forward your reservations early as the hotel may be
forced to decline last minute reservations for the luncheon, as
only 300 will be made.
The primary purpose of the Reunion above all is to enable
former Isthmanians to get together, renew acquaintances and
discuss those gone but not forgotten days. You'll never know
how many true friends you have until you attend the Reunion
where they gather from every section of the country. We will
meet on the mezzanine floor of the hotel where there is ample
room with comfortable seats, or if you prefer seculsion with
former pals, there's the well-stocked bar on the main floor.
Don't miss the Reunion. You'll be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of
$12.00 double and $8.00 single, plus 4% tax at the Soreno Hotel.
-Those desiring reservations should remit $12.00 plus tax for
-double and $8.00 plus tax for single room per day.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORM PROMPTLY. We must
.have them not later than January 4th. Make remittances pay-
able to the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but
LUNCHEON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be
claimed immediately upon arrival at the Reunion. No Luncheon
tickets will be held after 11:00 a.m. January 9th unless paid for.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Thirty-eighth Anniversary Reunion
January 8th and 9th, 1970
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713
Please arrange reservations as follows -
Reunion luncheon tickets for .............. persons, each $3.00.
My party of ...... persons will find our own room accommoda-
tions. My party of ...... persons will need ...... single and/or
..... double rooms in hotel or private home for ...... days
beginning January ....... 1970. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single
room and/or $12.00 for each double room per day for deposit on
these reservations, plus 4% tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $...... representing total for
all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by .... train; .. auto; ...bus; ...plane.
(Please indicate which)
N am e ..............................................
Address ............. ....................................
Names and address of those in my party ...................
While at the Reunion our address will be: ................
SEPTEMBER Ere long our northern compatriots will feel
the cold and penetrating blasts of "Old Man Winter." Why not
stop procrastinating and plan that long-delayed trip to Florida?
At the 1970, Thirty-eighth Annual Reunion, you'll find not only
warmth in Florida's balmy winters but the ALL ENVELOP-
ING WARMTH OF RENEWED ASSOCIATIONS with many
old friends gathered in St. Petersburg from many states and the
Canal Zone. MARK The date on your calendars NOW!
Many thanks to all reporters who sent in their news' di-
gest for their respective areas. We appreciate hearing from all
sections. Thanks to the Roving Reporter from Aiken, South
Carolina; let's have more of them. A designated reporter is
14OT a prerequisite to having news printed in the RECORD.
However, there is ONE vital prerequisite for news for the
RECORD. Articles submitted must either be signed or the
:source of the material indicated. Unfortunately, an occasional
article is received with NEWS OF INTEREST, but anonymous.
Our special thanks to Mrs. Stella Nita, Balboa, Canal
Zone, for the many clippings from the local papers received
by the Society through the courtesy of Mrs. Virginia Harvey.
November 1, 1969, is the Deadline for the December Record.
Margaret M. Ward
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Spillway July 4, 1969
The 117-year-old Panama Railroad, the oldest transcontin-
ental railroad, will soon be one of the smoothest riding. This will
be the result of the acquisition of a highly sophisticated com-
bination tie tamper and track liner which is part of an effort
to retie and reballast the entire main track. The machine is
capable of tamping and lining some 1,300 feet of track per
hour. Railroad officials believe that in less than a year, the
tamper will have brought the road bed to its maintenance peak.
OUR UNCLE SAM
July 4, 1905
One hundred and twenty-nine years ago,
This was a memorable day:
In the swaddling-cloth of starry flag,
Our Uncle Samuel lay!
The Lords of the North, the Kings of the East,
The royal rulers of earth,
All watched from afar with curious eyes,
The infant prodigy's birth.
They watched him fight for the right to live,
They saw him win pow'r and pelf,
And to conquer his weakness and be a man -
They saw him fight with himself!
And yet again they watched him fight.
In a neighbor's righteous cause
And they see that neighbor free today,
Under her people's laws!
O great indeed is our Uncle Sam
And his greatness ne're shall cease!
For greatest of all his conquests won
Are his victories of peace!
A Nation given to the world
A giant's task begun
Show what our Uncle Sam can do
In an orbit of the sun.
Ten years from date he'll amputate
The Western Hemisphere,
And siamese the mighty seas
To bring the distant near!
'Tis said his nieces and nephews boast
Too much their relationship;
But who'll condemn us, this Day of Days,
If our good manners trip.
For from Plymouth Rock to the Golden Gate
From Alaska's snowy clime,
From the sunny shores of the southern gulf,
There comes a song sublime!
From the Occident, and the far-away isles
That gem the Orient sea,
There swells today that song of songs-
"MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE!"
And so, with loving loyal hearts,
We drain the sparkling dram
To the glorious toast heard 'round the world -
GOD BLESS OUR UNCLE SAM!
Panama Patchwork James Stanley Gilbert
July 4, 1969 One hundred and ninety-three years since
that memorable day in 1776 is still a day to be PROUD of our
heritage, PROUD that we are Americans, and PROUD of our
individual roles in serving our country. Yet, in troubled times,
in searching for new values and new appraisals, in attempts
to understand the problems of today, we know NOT the answers
- except one. FAITH IN OUR COUNTRY must never lapse!
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
for Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ................................... ............. hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Inc.. and enclose $4.00 aa my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dves for the ?ear .............. $2.00 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.
Street ... ................................... .............. Box ..............
Name (Wife) ......................................... ............................
street .......................................................... Box .............
City .................. .......................... State .......... Zip Code ..........
Division Em played .....................................................................
Recom m ended by ........................................................................
Approved by ....................................................... Date .............
Amount enclosed $ ........................ Check ........ M.O. ........ Cash ........
DUES $4.00 PER YEAR. Add 4ic to checks on Canal Zone banks.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Florida Only Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
N am e ...................................................................................
Address ............ ... ....... ................................ Box ...............
City .... .................... ... ..................... State.......... Zip Code ..........
Telephone ............................................. .................................
Address ......... ... ............ .. ............ ................ Box ...............
City ........................ ........ ................. State.......... Zip Code ..........
Amount Enclosed $.................. (Check).........( .).......... (C h)........
Approved by ................... .. ...... ...... ........ Guard date .................
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ......................... ........... .............. hereby tramemit my ANNUAL
MX BWARSHIP dues of $4.01 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the yer
.................... $2.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
for one year. (Please return this bill with remittance).
N am e .........................................................
Street ............................................. ................ B ox ...............
City .................................... ............ State.......... Zip Code ..........
Dues for: 1.67.......... : 1968......... : 1969.......... : 1970.......... :1971..........
Amount Enclosed $.................. (Check) ..........(M.O.)........... (Cash)........
Street ..................................... ..... ............. Box...............
City ................................................ State.......... Zip Code ..........
Recorded: Date .............................. Card No. ........................
DUES $4.00 PER YEAR, JANUARY 1, 1969 to DECEMBER 31, FOLLOWING
Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone Banks
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
N am e ................ .......................... ......... ..............................
Street ...... .......... ............ .. ........................... Box ..............
City .................... .. ................... State .......... Zip Code ..........
Dues for: 1967.......... : 1968.......... : 1969 .......... : 1970.......... : 1971...........
Amount Enclosed $.................. (Check).......... (M.O.)............ (ash)..........
Nam e .................................... ..............................................
City ........... ............ ................. State .......... Zip Code ... ..
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 1 $1.00 per year.
June 14, 1969-1ST REUNION OF
THE BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1959
Dr. George Y. Trail
Graduate B.H.S., 1960
PhD. Missouri Univ., 1969
Cristobal High School Graduates
Robert O. (1936), and Helen L.
Gunther Anderson (1942)
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cain
Charlotte Eckert and Mr.
Jacoba Joustra and Gladys Humphrey
Mrs. Leda Kleffkins,
Recipient of Eagle Scout Award
Jim Coakley, son of Major & Mrs.
James H. Coakley
Atlantic-side Hikers at ldstoric old
Fort San Lorenzo
1910 or 1911--See About People on
Fred K. Pruner
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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